1. WELCOME TO PARADISE, the CITY whose foundation is Eden, “…  the TREE OF LIFE also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil” [Genesis 2:9] TREE OF LIFE symbolized the PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE which God offered on the premise of FAITH, “In hope of ETERNAL LIFE, which God, that cannot lie, PROMISED BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN” [Titus 1:2] Eden was the “PLACE” on this side of creation and there, God placed Adam to reign in fellowship with Him, till the City be furnished according to the heavenly pattern of PARADISE. Those who look for Eden in archeological ruins miss the point, it is an ethereal estate and TREE OF LIFE the iconic landmark of PARADISE, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the TREE OF LIFE, which is in the midst of the PARADISE OF GOD” [Revelation 2:7] In the midst of PARADISE is a RIVER, Revelation 22:2 and in Eden, Genesis 2:10, signifying God’s DOMINION. The RIVER watered the earth in four heads, symbolizing four angelic WATCHERS [Revelation 7:1] The First Adam lost Eden to REBELLION, the Second Adam reclaimed Eden and restored PARADISE, “Blessed are they that DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, that they may have right to the TREE OF LIFE, and may enter in through the gates into the CITY” [Revelation 22:14]

2. The story of PARADISE LOST, Genesis 3:1-24, needs no recap, what need be told is WHY. Satan was in Eden before Adam, one of the Sons of God who rejoiced when the foundations were laid [Job 38:4-7] After his rebellion his presence in Eden was symbolized by TREE of KNOWLEDGE of GOOD and EVIL, “Thou hast been in EDEN the GARDEN OF GOD; …Thou art the ANOINTED CHERUB that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy MOUNTAIN OF GOD; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire” [Ezekiel 28:13-14] Angels like all created beings have not IMMORTALITY in themselves, God alone does and dispenses same through Jesus Christ, the TREE OF LIFE in Eden [1 John 5:20] Satan’s gameplan was to implant himself in man through SIN to gain access to IMMORTALITY, “And the LORD God 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: … So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” [Genesis 3:22-24] Satan won the first skirmish but lost the war and the WATCHERS, mentioned above, who compromised their assignment are kept in prison, awaiting the end of time “Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the FOUR ANGELS which are bound in the great RIVER EUPHRATES” [Revelation 9:14]

3. PARADISE was LOST through OFFENCE of one Man and RESTORED by another Man’s RIGHTEOUSNESS, “For if by ONE MAN’S OFFENCE death reigned by ONE; much more they which receive abundance of GRACE and of the GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS shall REIGN IN LIFE by one, Jesus Christ” [Romans 5:17] The LIFE of God illustrated by TREE OF LIFE in Eden is offered to us in Jesus Christ, that we should EAT and receive the ETERNAL LIFE, “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye EAT the FLESH of the Son of man, and DRINK his blood, ye have no life in you” [John 6:53] Adam and Eve made the wrong choice, Jesus’s kinsmen misunderstood Him and their rulers plotted His death, “But AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM to them gave he power to become the SONS OF GOD, even to them that BELIEVE ON HIS NAME” [John 1:12] Death of Jesus Christ which adversaries counted as weakness was the game changer; one man by weakness lost Eden, another by weakness of DEATH dispossessed Satan of his claims to our heritage, “… that THROUGH DEATH he might DESTROY him that had the POWER OF DEATH, that is, the DEVIL” [Hebrews 2:14] In destroying “POWER OF DEATH”, Christ expelled TREE of KNOWLEDGE of GOOD and EVIL from Eden and prepared her, a City fit for God and His Sons, as it is written: “… I go to PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME again, and RECEIVE YOU unto myself; that WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE also” [John 14:1-3]

4. WELCOME TO PARADISE, final destination and resting place of PILGRIMS of FAITH, “But now they desire a better country, that is, an HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath PREPARED FOR THEM A CITY” [Hebrews 11:16] PARADISE is ready and waiting for you; since the GOSPEL was first preached some 2,000 years ago, faithful men and women made the City their eternal home. Those of us alive and in Christ look forward to that glorious DAY, when we shall shed this earthly BODY and shall be TRANSLATED to be with the Lord in PARADISE, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] That DAY is creeping on us as a thief in the night; are you BORN AGAIN? Hold tight to your FAITH and approve yourself with WORK acceptable to Christ, “And, behold, I COME QUICKLY; and my REWARD is with me, to give every man according as his WORK shall be” [Revelation 22:12] The worst offender, ready to REPENT and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is WELCOME TO PARADISE; one the earliest arrivals, one of the thieves on Cross, said to Jesus: “… Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in PARADISE” [Luke 23:42-42] Aaccept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today, amen

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