The Sacred Scripture declares that YAHWEH created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. It also states that all of God's creations were "good", which means that they were "fitting", "suitable", or "pleasant" to Him. The earth and everything therein were created in good condition. "For thus saith YAHWEH, who created the heavens; Elohim Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am YAHWEH; and there is none else" (Isa.45:18).
However, there was a place called Eden, which God had formed. The whole earth was not Eden. Eden was God's "paradise", God's "delight" and God's "pleasure". That's what Eden means. And eastward in Eden God planted a Garden which was more beautiful than any other place on the earth, even Eden itself. Genesis 2:8-16 records: "And Yahweh Elohim planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made Yahweh Elohim to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And Yahweh Elohim took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayst freely eat."
Most Bible scholars believe that the location of the Garden of Eden was somewhere in the Middle East. Well, that is true. Some speculate that it was somewhere in present-day Iraq, near the Persian Gulf, others believe that it was the area near the headwaters of the two rivers, Tigris (Hiddekel) and Euphrates. Because of the order in which the four rivers, Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel and Euphrates are listed in the Scriptures, those Bible scholars, who believe that the Garden of Eden was somewhere in Eastern Turkey, feel that Pison had to be the first and the northern-most river since Euphrates is shown on today's map as the last of the four rivers in the south of the Mesopotamian Basin. They believe that it flowed through present-day Armenia then turned southward through Western Iran and emptied itself into the Persian Gulf.
But thank God there is a truth! Eden and its Garden were not located in either of those two areas. No one could actually know where Eden and its Garden were located unless the Spirit reveals it.
A common fact often overlooked by most Bible scholars is that the existing surface of the earth is radically different from that of the period before the Flood. Today's maps do not show us the original land surface of Eden, but we could pinpoint the original location of the Garden of Eden. The land surface of the whole earth was transformed in the days of Noah when all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows and floodgates of heavens were opened. And floods of waters burst forth and poured upon the earth for forty days and nights. With such a great deluge, which caused all the high mountains to be covered by the waters, it would be a great wonder if the land surface were not transformed. With the constant pounding of the torrential rain upon the mountains, hills, valleys, plains and rivers for forty days and nights.
The earth is made up of different types of soil. That's why, with tons of water on the earth, earthquakes and earth movements were inevitable. Some mountain ranges had either been reshaped or altered into plateaus or hills; some headwaters would have been shifted that the rivers began to flow on new courses; lands and plains would have become valleys or had become 'bowls' holding large amount of waters; and mountain tops of hard rocks might have become islands. As large areas were flooded with water, terra firma would be weighed down, pushed or heaved in different directions. Such movements in the earth structures caused mountains to be brought low and valleys to be raised up.
The Great Rift Valley which stretches from Syria to Mozambique is a good example of such land movement. The Red Sea which is a part of this rift is still tearing itself apart inch by inch every year.
Geographically, Eden was a vast location. Remember that the Garden of Eden was planted in the east of Eden. It must be relatively smaller than the area of Eden itself. There was one place befitting the description "God's Garden of Eden" - "paradise", "delight" and "pleasure". It was the Land of CANAAN.
Therefore, the area stretching from the north of Canaan to Turkey and from the south of Canaan to the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt and westward must have been Eden. The large river that flowed eastward out of Eden to water the Garden no longer exists today, as most part of Eden had become a sea after the great flood. The Mediterranean Sea was most probably a large area of plains and valleys with many large lakes and rivers flowing into them. Its coastlines were originally ranges of hills and mountains. There were four "heads" into which a large river from Eden flowed eastward through the Garden and split up after flowing out of the Garden. But only the Hiddekel and Euphrates rivers are identifiable although their "heads" have been displaced in the region of Eastern Turkey.
Where the four rivers originally were are not very important. Just remember that there were four of them. However, let us try and trace where the four rivers were most likely located.
The large river of Eden which flowed eastward through the Garden divided into four "heads" when it flowed out of the Garden. The River Pison was the first to break off from its 'mother' and flowed southward, most probably, zigzagging downwards along the mountain ranges of the Sinai Peninsula towards the top half of the Red Sea and crossed the Nubian Desert southward. The second "head" thrust toward southeast along the mountain ranges of the Arabian Peninsula and downward into the land of Ethiopia. The Nile River and the Red Sea are part of the Great Rift Valley. They might have been part of the two rivers, Pison and Gihon. Geographically, River Hiddekel and River Euphrates might have flowed along the mountain ranges of Lebanon and Syria, with River Hiddekel flowing as far north as Eastern Turkey, before they meandered downward through the Mesopotamia and emptied their waters into the Persian Gulf.
Throughout the history of God's dealing with His people, the Land of Canaan has always been His focal point. This is well supported by facts found throughout the Old and New Testament Scriptures. The "goodly mountain" was Canaan (Ex.3:8; Deut.3:25; 4:22). It was the "pleasant land" of milk and honey, and the "glory of all lands" (Psm.106:24; Ezek.20:6,15; cf. Isa.8:8; 62:4; Hos.9:3; Zech.2:12). The Scripture tells us that God had chosen only one place on this earth to put His Name, and that was Jerusalem in the Land of Canaan (2 Chr.6:6, Neh.1:9). Jerusalem is actually Yerushalaim meaning "Heritage of Salem" or "Heritage of Peace. Melchizedek was the KING of Salem (Peace). [See our article on Him]
Before Jerusalem was chosen, Israel could worship Yahweh at any place where they could build an altar to offer their sacrifices. However, since the day when God made it the chosen place of worship, Jerusalem had been the only acceptable place of worship for the True Worshippers. Offerings unto Yahweh were acceptable only upon the altar in the temple ground of Jerusalem (Deut.16:2-6). THE HOUSE OF THE LORD was in the City of Jerusalem.
When the children of Israel possessed the Land of Canaan, they made certain cities as cities of refuge (cf.Num.35). Ancient cities were usually built with high walls around them to give its inhabitants security and comfort in times of troubles. A high mountain was an ideal place for building a good strong city. And usually the ruler would live in and govern from the city that was also the capital of his empire where all national and religious activities were centered.
With this understanding, we should realize what kind of city Abraham was looking for when God called him out of Ur of Chaldees to the Land of Canaan. Abraham "looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Heb.11:10).
Jerusalem was the place where Yahweh revealed His Presence and made Himself known to Israel, His chosen people, the natural seeds of Abraham. When God wanted to reconfirm His Covenant with Abraham, He commanded Abraham to take his son, Isaac, to "the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of" (Gen.22:2b). Moriah is actually MORIYAH meaning ‘ordained by Yahweh'... remember this, it will be important later on.
Since 691 A.D. the mountain peak of Moriah has been occupied by the Mosque of Omar, better known as 'The Dome of the Rock'. This is the place where the Temples of Solomon and Zerubbabel once stood in their respective times. The Jews even believe that this place is located at the center of the earth and that it was here that light first shone upon mankind. And was it not so that the Shekinah Glory of Yahweh came shining upon Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when God came to fellowship with them in the cool of the day, at evening time? (cf. Gen.3:8).
The Psalmists have declared: "For Yahweh hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it" (Psm.132:13-14).
Are you now seeing the hidden mystery of the Spiritual Jerusalem? The city, Jerusalem, on Mount Zion is God's habitation forever. The Psalmists (in Psalm 48:1-2) describe the holy mountain as "beautiful for situation" ("fair and beautiful for elevation" - Amplified) or beautiful in its loftiness. It was the "perfection of beauty" (Psm.50:2).
The Land of Canaan was the very place where the Garden of Eden was located and where Man had his beginning in an environment rich with the beauty of God's creations. God's relationship with Man began here. It is therefore obvious that God had chosen this place where He would deal with His chosen people and dwell with them forever.
Satan has caused much trouble in this place since the dawn of Man. Today, many religious and political conflicts are still prevalent in the land. It is certainly not what we would expect of a land that is "beautiful" and "pleasant" and which was supposed to be a delightful paradise. Yet, Yahweh Elohim had chosen that place to make His Presence known and to put His Name in the midst of it. God has allowed His adversary to somewhat 'hinder' His Divine Plan for a season that the Gospel might be preached to the Gentiles (Rom.11:24-25). But eventually all things will be fulfilled according to His Eternal Plan.
WATER OF LIFE
Well watered by a river that came from Eden, the Garden produced and supported an abundance of life. It was God's paradise. God planted the beautiful Garden and gave it to Adam to dress it. And Yahweh Elohim would come down to the midst of the Garden in the cool of the day to fellowship and communicate with the Man and his Wife. Hence, Life Itself - Eternal Spiritual Life - was here in this Garden.
Though Adam and his Wife were natural living beings, created in the image and likeness of God, they were planted by God as 'spiritual trees' in the Garden. And although their lives were without sin, they constantly had to drink of the Spiritual Water of Life and eat of the "meat" of the TREE OF LIFE which only the Shekinah Glory of God could supply, just as the natural environment of the Garden needed the life sustaining water and nutrients from the River of Eden for its continual growth. Natural trees need natural water, so do 'spiritual trees' need 'spiritual water'. Amen. Hence, the two 'spiritual trees' were overshadowed by Christ, the Spiritual Rock, the very Fountain of the Water of Life, and the very TREE OF LIFE, which was right there in the midst of the Garden of Eden during the cool period of each day. Truly, even as they were in the physical Garden, Adam and his Wife were in that GARDEN OF GOD - the true spiritual "Garden of Eden" with the Eternal Presence of God.
As the River of Eden watered the Garden, different kinds of natural seeds sprang forth and produced fruits. These were foods not only for Adam and his Wife but also for the many kinds of animals. Yes, Life was in the Garden. As the River of Eden flowed eastward out of the Garden, it became four rivers flowing in four different directions 'into the world'. These rivers carried with them the very 'water of life' that was in the Garden of Eden unto their utmost ends. And this 'life' watered and fed the earth that was outside Eden and its Garden.
SHEKINAH GLORY - GOD'S PRESENCE
After some 430 years of sojourning (and slavery in Egypt) the children of Israel were delivered. God's Presence was in their midst in a Pillar of Cloud by day and in a Pillar of Fire by night as they left Egypt. After their deliverance from the bondage of the Egyptians, the children of Israel could have directly entered Canaan, but because of their lack of faith and their evil report, they were sentenced to wander in the wilderness for some 40 years (Deut.2:14; Num.14:33-35). Only two men were faithful believers of the Promised Word of God. During that period, God commanded Moses to build a tabernacle for Him to show His Presence among the people (Ex.25-27). The TABERNACLE OF MOSES, as it was called, was only a temporary building. The Ark of the Covenant was in the Most Holy Place. The Mercy Seat, a lid of solid gold, was the top of the Ark. Upon it were two cherubim of gold which faced each other. It was here between the cherubim that the SHEKINAH GLORY OF GOD (or the TREE OF LIFE) was enthroned, and from where God communicated with His prophet, Moses
The Tabernacle of Moses foreshadowed the LOGOS OF GOD coming to dwell in a tabernacle of flesh - the Man, Yahshua. The layout of the whole Tabernacle foreshadowed the Life, the Ministry and the Church of our Lord. It was also called "the tabernacle of the house of God" (1 Chr.6:48). Rightly so, for God has indeed come to tabernacle in Christ (the Tree of Life) who dwells in the Church, the household of God. And out of this "tabernacle of the house of God" the Word of the Lord is ministered to the people.
After almost 40 years in the wilderness, the Tabernacle was moved across Jordan into Canaan under the leadership of Joshua. Now, the Shekinah Presence of the Lord had returned to the "Garden of Eden" after He had left there 'many days', so to speak. And He would live with His chosen ones there in that "Garden" as long as they would obey the Word. In the days of King David, when he had captured Zion from the Jebusites, he brought the Ark of the Covenant there, leaving the tabernacle in Gibeon (1 Kg.3:4; 2 Sam.5-6). And Mount Zion, which was also called the City of David, was situated "in the midst of the Garden" - Canaan. "But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel" (2 Chr.6:6) How appropriate. King David was a type of our King Jesus who was the very ARK OF GOD dwelling among His people in Jerusalem in His days. And in the Age of Regeneration King Jesus would also sit in His Millennial Throne in Jerusalem and reign over Israel and the earth.
Consequently, the TREE OF LIFE, which was in the midst of the Garden of Eden in the days of Adam, had returned to Its original place to manifest Its Presence. But because of sin, no one could have direct access to It like Adam and his wife could. And unless the TREE OF LIFE chose to open up His belly of the River of Living Waters (cf. Jhn.7:37-39) to reveal His Love and Truth through certain chosen vessels, there would be no life among the inhabitants of Israel.
Now, before we go any further, let's deal with two important things that are mentioned after the fall of man. The Revelation of The Flaming Sword & The Cherubim. We're going to be discussing why the direction EAST is so important in relation to this study, so we need to bring these in because they tie right in with it.
"And Yahweh Elohim said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever." (Gen.3:22)
The last part of this statement is expressed as a figure of speech. The Hebrew expression shows a sudden silence. It expresses the grief of Yahweh towards the Fall of Man and yet a great promise underscores His words. His action in driving Adam eastward sheds light on His words - "and now, lest he...".
"Therefore Yahweh Elohim sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." - Gen.3:23-24
God drove Adam out of the garden of Eden. But how far away did God have to drive Adam out before Adam was out of the garden? This passage of Scripture is both literal and figurative. Though the garden of Eden was a literal place, it had no fence around it and no entrance or exit for it. We know that the tree of life was not a literal tree but the law of life in God's Word and therefore the last verse could not refer to literal cherubim and a literal flaming sword guarding the way into It on the eastside of the literal garden. If the cherubim and the flaming sword were literal then they should still be there guarding the eastern side of the garden of Eden even to this day. And so would both the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, if they were literally natural trees.
"So he drove out the man..." God divorced or detached the man from the place He had put him. God did not have to drive Adam out very far before Adam was separated from the place where God had put him. Adam had broken the law and judgment had to be passed. God had to shape a divorce between light and darkness, truth and error, life and death. Adam was not only separated from the natural garden where he dwelled but also from that spiritual Garden of God where God's Presence truly dwelled.
Remember that the events of the Creation and the Fall were penned down some 2500 years later by Moses (Moshe') during Israel's wandering in the wilderness after they came out of Egypt. The Spirit of God used various particular expressions to convey Truths even as simultaneously hiding them. In relating the events, oral expressions and imageries of that era and place that the Hebrew people were familiar with were used. The Seraphim and Cherubim are such imageries with hidden mysteries. They are two heavenly beings with wings who are often associated with the Presence of God especially around His Throne (Ezek.1:4-28; Rev.4:5-9).
Both are fiery burning spirits (Heb: saraph). Cherubim are also guarding angels of Light. In chapter 28 of his book, the Prophet Ezekiel was speaking of Satan as he directed his words at the prince of Tyrus. Satan was that anointed guarding cherub named Lucifer who had once possessed great authority and moved among all the other angelic principalities and powers (fiery stones) of God (vv.14). Remember that he had the ability to transform himself into an angel of light (cf. 2 Cor.11:14). After his rebellion, in which he sought to be seated in the position as Yahweh (cf.Isa.14:12-15), Satan was cast down and he became an adversary of God.
No sooner and right after the re-creation of the Heaven and Earth, Satan went straight into the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve dwelled. He came through the enchanting serpent (Heb: nachash) like a "saraph" and tempted Eve. Yes, he was a fiery serpent (Heb: saraph nachash, cf.Num.21:6-9).
Today, cherubim have different imageries such as a chubby winged baby with a bow and an arrow. Religious approaches to the mysterious cherubim have conjured up different imageries of various angelic beings and their roles, but more so to the cherubim and the seraphim. A great example is CUPID.
The Flaming Sword
Now, the Flaming Sword is a power that separates and destroys. It speaks of a hidden mystery. This mystery is later portrayed on the mercy lid (seat) of the Ark of the Covenant found in the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle of Moses (cf.Exo.25) where only the High Priest could enter in but once a year in Yahweh's Presence with the blood of a sin-offering.
Both the Cherubim and the Flaming Sword are expressed here as guarding the way to True Life. THAT's IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER. Such expression creates a sense of awe (in the mind of man), giving rise to an imagery of an unapproachable Light. Man is a fallen creature and therefore he can no longer return to God's Paradise. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom.3:23). "For the wages of sin is death" (Rom.6:23). But man's fascination with the Flaming Sword till this day has never ceased. He had been, and still is, thinking of ways to get pass that sword and into God's Paradise. No matter what a man does to try and find his way into God's Paradise, he will surely come face to face with death. He can imagine, philosophize and devise ways to get into God's spiritual Garden of Eden but he will never get pass the Flaming Sword that turns everyway. It's the fiery law of death. No matter how venerated a man's life may be and how devout and holy his approach, death will still stand before him and is ever ready to destroy him. God is as much a consuming fire as He is a holy God. Until a way is provided, man's vain imaginations and religious approaches to get into the spiritual Garden of God remain futile.
God guarded the Tree of Life and kept IT in Himself until He sent It forth in the form of His only begotten Son, YAHSHUA the MESSIAH, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Yet Christ has the burning sword in His hand -- "No man cometh unto the Father but by Me" (John.14:6). Christ is God's Tree of Life manifested. Yahweh, Who is TRUE LIFE, the Word of LIFE, came to dwell in the flesh of His Own Son, Yahshua. It was this Light that came into the world and lit up a pathway for man to find his way into the Garden of God. Read John 1:1-5 & 1John 1:1-3 & 5:9-12
Man could now taste and eat of the Tree of Life (Word of Life) in order to have the true and eternal fruitful life that was ordained of God. "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth" (Rom.10:4). He is the consuming fire of God. He must purge sin before anyone is to eat of the Word of LIFE and enter into the spiritual Garden of God.
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" - Heb.9:14
Unless God reveals His Truth to you, you will not see it. You may claim to have a revelation but if the Truth is not there, then you are deceiving yourself.
Strangely, why were the Cherubim and the Flaming Sword placed only on the eastern side of the garden? What reason was there for such a position? A mystery lies here and unless one first sees the truth that the garden of Eden was Israel, one will not be able to see the revelation of it.
The driving out of the man and the placing of the cherubim and the flaming sword are the scheme of God that speaks prophetically of a great & glorious mystery. As the First Man, the First Adam, was cast out eastward in death, a Second Man, the Last Adam, will surely come and bring Life back from the direction that Death went out. "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit" (1Cor.15:45).
"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (1Tim.3:16). Hence, True Life remained hidden as a mystery of God until He revealed IT in His Son, Who was sent as the Messiah to the children of Israel according to the promise given to them.
It was Yahweh's approach to cast such imagery even with that of the rising of the sun (cf. Mal.4:2). The simple structure of the Tabernacle of Moses (later replaced in Jerusalem by the temple of Solomon, and of Herod) was constructed with its entrance facing the east (cf.Num.3:38). Also, in his vision of the future (millennial) temple, Ezekiel witnessed "the glory of YAHWEH came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east" (Ezek.43:4).
Yes, Life did return to the garden of Eden (which is the land of Israel) when the Christ of Yahweh was born and died for an atoinment for sin, a reconciliation for iniquity. Having ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives, He will return once more to the same. "And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet" (Acts 1:10-12a).
This return will be in the great Day of the Lord when Christ will come to fight in the Battle of Armageddon. In great glory He will descend on to Mt. Olivet and enter into the City of Jerusalem and the temple via the eastern gate (which is presently shut and sealed up).
1,200 years ago the Muslim scholars were aware of the ancient Jewish prophecy of the coming Hebrew Messiah - who would rule the world after entering the Temple Mount through the Eastern Gate - and in hopes of preventing the Messiah from fulfilling prophecy they sealed the gate. Ironically by sealing the gate they were fulfilling prophecy. During the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566), they rebuilt the gatehouse and the walls of the Eastern gate as it is seen today. In their religion walking through a graveyard would defile a priest or holy man. To prevent this prophecy of restoring Israel from coming true, they built a large graveyard in front of the Eastern Gate, hoping this would prevent the Messiah from walking through the gate and fulfilling the prophecies. To be doubly sure to prevent the Messiah from entering the gate, the Arabs placed the graves of several children on the ground only inches from the huge foundations stones of the gate.
Twice in the 20th century an attempt to open the Eastern Gate had failed. First, on December 9, 1917 the Grand Muffti, the Arab leader of Jerusalem, decided to open the gate. He ordered the other gates to Jerusalem sealed to stop the approaching allied Army led by British General Allenby. Since he needed one gate open, he ordered his workers to open the sealed Eastern Gate. As they began their work, General Allenby had his biplanes fly over Jerusalem dropping leaflets asking the Arabs to "Flee Jerusalem." The Muslims had a prophecy, stating, they would never loose the holy city, until they were asked to leave by a prophet of Allah. When the Arabs saw General Allenby's name on the leaflet, they interpreted it as meaning Allah's prophet, then they fled the city without a shot being fired.
The second time was, on June 5, 1967 when King Hussain of Jordan was planning a construction project in the old city of Jerusalem next to the Temple mount. This construction project would have closed the Magreb Gate, (the gate that the Arab pilgrims were using) so he ordered the Eastern Gate opened. As the workers prepared to do their work, Israeli aircraft preemptively responded to the Arab war preparations, and as the Six Day War began, the workers dropped their tools and fled from their work on the Eastern Gate. As prophesied, the gate still remains sealed to this day, clearly shows us that YAHWEH is in charge and HE works in mysterious ways.
Yahweh will not allow the Gate to be open until it is predestinated time for Yahshua to fulfill the prophecy. THAT DESERVES AN AMEN!
Read Ezekiel 44:1-3 & Zech 14:4,
Christ will then sit upon the Throne of David (read Isa.9:6-7; Luk.1:31-33) and in His glory He will judge all nations that are gathered before Him (Matt.19:28; 25:31-46) prior to His Reign over the earth for a thousand years.
When Death entered the Garden, the Man and the Woman were driven out of the Garden and Life was withheld from them. The way into the Garden was from the east - the 'eastern gate'. Since that day, it has been guarded by God's ministering angels (cherubim) and a flaming sword which turned every way so that mankind could never eat directly and wholly of that Tree of Life (Gen.3:22-24) although a chosen group may be permitted to 'nibble' at It.
Until the dawn of Yahweh's "Sun of Righteousness", mankind was denied access to Life. However, Yahweh, Who is rich in Grace and Mercy, would never allow Death to remain long. Almost 4,000 years later, wise men from the east proclaimed: "We have seen His star in the east, and have come to worship Him!" Yes, the Only Begotten Son was seen entering the 'eastern gate' and Life was returned to the Garden - Canaan, the Promised Land. He did not come in the form of a theophany, He was born of a virgin woman. Only "wise" men and women would recognize the return of that Life and would worship Him! Are you one them???
Let's look at the events on palm Sunday... Mark 11:1-10
Hosanna "Yashana" is a Hebrew word meaning please save or save now. The Jews on Palm Sunday were quoting Psalm 118:25. Yahweh's Word always fulfills itself right on time. There is very little doubt that Christ entered the city by way of the then opened Eastern Gate, for it was the main entrance that went to the temple. This is a beautiful foreshadow that took place at His inauguration as King that will be truly an event when He returns as ruling King which is mentioned by the above scriptures.
From our study thus far, we have notice that a river played an important part in the setting of the Garden of Eden. The river brought life to everything around it. In the "Garden of Eden" scene, a river flowed eastward from Eden to water the Garden and from thence it parted into four heads. This river cut through the middle of the Garden where the Tree of Life was presented and it brought life to all the living things in the Garden, from mankind down to the tiniest of flora. Wherever its water flowed there was life. As it left the Garden to the 'four corners of the world' outside, its nutrients also sustained all the living things around it. Adam and his Wife ate of the natural trees and drank of the natural water to sustain themselves naturally, but they ate of the spiritual Tree of Life and drank of the spiritual Water of the Word of Life which were in the midst of the Garden to sustain themselves spiritually. And in the "Millennial Temple" scene, a river also flowed eastward. Ezekiel saw waters issued forth towards the east from under the threshold, from the south side of the altar. The waters became deeper with every measurement of a thousand cubits, and on the banks of the river were very many trees. Like the river in the beginning, this river was also full of life - a double waters, for it not only came from a mountain source (fresh spring) but it also came from where the Tree of Life (the Shekinah Glory of Yahweh) was presented. It came from the Temple ground. The waters gave life wherever it flowed as it moved eastward towards the Dead Sea. We know the "Dead Sea" won't be a DEAD sea in that day.
SHADOWS OF REALITIES & Tying Things Together
Thus far, we have seen that God had chosen one locality upon this earth where His Presence was manifested since the beginning of Man. That place was Israel. It was also called Palestine, Canaan, and even the Garden of Eden. However, on the whole Land of Israel God had chosen only One Place to put His Name, and that place was the City of Jerusalem where a House was built for His habitation on Mount Zion. Now, all these natural earthly things and places reflect the reality of Spiritual Things and Places. "Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith Yahweh: or what is the place of my rest?" (Acts 7:48-49; cf. Heb.8:1-2,5-6). Since Adam and Eve were created both spiritual and natural, God had to deal with them in both realms. They had to eat of the spiritual food from the Tree of Life as well as the natural food from the natural trees. However, the children of Israel, a nation of God's chosen people and descendants of spiritual Abraham (to whom God chose to reveal the Heavenly City) were carnal minded. They were looking for an earthly kingdom and were seeking earthly blessings and a natural redemption. But, spiritual Israel, the true seed of Abraham, looked for a spiritual redemption of the whole man - spirit, soul and body - that he might put on immortality. Truly, natural minded people look for natural things whereas spiritual minded people look for spiritual things. Hence, all that were spoken of and manifested in the natural were shadows of the reality of spiritual things and places.
If God had chosen to put His Name in a House (Temple) in Jerusalem, how much more would He put His Holy Name in a Body, that is, YAHSHUA the House, Who will stand in the midst of the Heavenly Holy City of Jerusalem, which is the Spiritual (Heavenly) Body of His Redeemed. Before the foundation of the world, God had already chosen one place to put His Name. That place is HIS WORD. (THE WORD is The Anointing - The Christ - which issued forth from The Spirit of God to reveal Himself - Jhn.1:1; cf. Exod.23:20-21.) He had put His Name - YAHweh - in His Word - YAHshua (Psm.68:4). "And the Word was made flesh" (Jhn.1:14). Yes, almost two thousand years ago, The Word became Flesh and took the same Name - "thou shalt call his name YAHshua" (Matt.1:21). God had put His Redemptive Name in THE HOUSE OF FLESH, the Son of God. Yes, God and Christ are One (not Two) - "I and my Father are one" (Jhn.10:30; cf. 14:10-11).
Now, the Son of God was the TABERNACLE OF GOD. He was the fulfillment of the 'humble' Tabernacle of Moses when He came to serve, and was the 'lordly' Temple of Solomon when He was glorified (Heb.8:2,5; 9:11,24). We are also His Tabernacle, His Body, which was broken for us. We are His 'NEW TESTAMENT TABERNACLE'. "For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (2 Cor.6:16b). That was why He came in the form of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost and indwelt the believers. He is the Head over His own Church (Body) for God "hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all" (Eph.1:22; cf. 4:15; 5:23; Col.1:18; 1 Pet.2:6-8; 1 Cor.3:16-17). There is One Body but many members. He is the Temple (Sanctuary proper) and we are the Tabernacle (Building).
The Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple of Solomon foreshadowed Christ Jesus and His Body of believers in the Grace Age of Redemption. But God is not just building a Building; He is building a City. Jesus said: "In My Father's house are many mansions" (Jhn.14:2a cf. Eph.2:19; 1 Cor.12: 12,20). The word "house" carries these meanings: "family, residence, household, resting (dwelling) place". In other words, "In My Father's residence (or household) are many abodes." Simply, "In My Father's city are many houses (buildings)". The Scriptures clearly state that God had put His Name in a House (Temple) in Jerusalem. In the Age of Regeneration, His Name would remain there forever because "Yahweh Is There" in the Millennial Temple in Jerusalem. This setting foreshadows God in Christ ("Yahweh El Shaddai and the Lamb are the temple" - Rev.21:22) in the redeemed (the Holy City, New Jerusalem) in the New Heaven and New Earth. And since the days of the Acts of the Apostles the Holy City, New Jerusalem has been progressively taking shape.
Do you see how that Eden and its Garden could not have been located in the area of Iraq? May God grant you wisdom.