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paradise. Eden was the special place of God’s presence. God “walked” in the garden—the same word used later for his presence in Israel’s tabernacle (Leviticus 26:12; Deuteronomy 23:14; 2 Samuel 7:6–7). When the two verbs “work” and “take care of ” occur together elsewhere in the Old Testament, they imply keeping God’s word and serving as God’s priest.47 The Creation of Adam. Jan Breughel, 1601–78. So what does all this mean, and why does it matter for the end times?

Eden was a botanical temple where Adam had a priestly and kingly role.48 The divine plan was for Adam to enjoy fellowship with God, to expand the garden, and to “be fruitful and multiply.” Over time, this garden paradise would spread around the face of the globe and fill the earth with a holy humanity The divine plan was for Adam to living in harmony with one another and reflecting God’s own image. Then the cosmos itself would be God’s temple, and enjoy fellowship his glory would emanate throughout the entire planet with God, to (Numbers 14:21; Psalm 72:19; Isaiah 6:3; Habakkuk 2:14). expand the garden, and to “be fruitful and multiply.”

All of which sounds a lot like heaven, doesn’t it?

You see, Eden was not just for the beginning. Eden points toward the end. Throughout the biblical story, we see God continuing to set apart people and places where his glory can dwell. Then at the end of time, in the book of Revelation, we see Eden restored, renewed, and revamped. The last two chapters of the Bible (Revelation 21–22) are an amplified echo of the first two chapters (Genesis 1–2). In the final paragraphs of Revelation, the elder John sees a new heaven and a new earth, a holy city where God himself dwells with humanity, a place where tears have evaporated and mourning is muted and pain has passed and death has died. A sparkling river flows from the throne room of God and fruit hangs ripe from trees of life on either side of the river.

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Rose Guide to End Times Prophecies - Selected Sample Pages  
Rose Guide to End Times Prophecies - Selected Sample Pages  

Selected Sample Pages from the NEW Rose Guide to End Times Prophecy by Dr. Timothy Paul Jones, Associate Professor, Southern Baptist Theolog...