Revelation 22:1-2 NIV
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
The vision above was experienced by the Apostle John who was imprisoned on the island of Patmos circa 90 A.D. He was translated to heaven and saw the river, that flowed from the throne of God, in the middle of the great street of Heavenly Jerusalem. Water from this river had zero toxins and was completely pure and clear as crystal.
The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is the same tree that Adam and Eve were prohibited from eating in the Garden of Eden. It is so large that its trunk and root system spread across both sides of the river. Every month it miraculously bears a new crop of fruit. In the Heavenly city, the tree offers fruit to those who believe and worship the One true God and His Son Jesus the Messiah.
It appears that there is a time table in the measurement of months and and twelve month years in Heaven, but different than our earthly calendar. Second Peter tells us that one day is as a thousand years to the Lord (2 Peter 3:8).
The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. The word ‘healing’ is the word ‘therapy’ or ‘therapeutic’ in English (1). What is implied here is that there will be treatment and a cure between peoples from different countries. Therapy that will help us to understand and appreciate each others customs and lifestyles, not only in our lifetime but from the beginning of time. How leaves will supply this remedy, I am not sure. But, someday we will participate and benefit from this wonderful service.
Everything that God touches emanates life, brings healing, and promotes pure love, even the leaves on the tree.
That’s what leaves mean in this verse.
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