“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations"
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month.
The river flows down the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river was “the tree of life.”
This tree bore crops of fruit each month. There will be twelve harvests a year there. The Greek says “according to each month.” Each month produces its proper fruit. Just as today, different seasons produce different kinds of produce. The tree here represents the eternal state. Contrast the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. This is similar to the trees in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9,16,17). This tree abundantly produces fruit for life.
The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
The leaves of the tree will heal the nations. The word “healing” carries the idea of giving health. The tree secures health to the nations. There is no sickness in the eternal state so the leaves of the tree supply the physical well-being of those in the eternal state. Eating of these trees assures us of continued immortality. Everyone will have perfect health in eternity.
We will eat in Heaven.
In the Old Testament, angels ate when Abraham entertained them. Jesus ate after He rose from the dead. We will eat at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Evidently, there will be no need to eat in Heaven; eating will mainly be a social function. We will have a social life in Heaven. The main person with whom we will socialize is God Himself and the Lamb.