|I received the following
question which Judy gave permission for me to quote. She clarified that
she has no question about the reality of heaven. She was interested more
in the tree of life with the twelve types of fruit re2202.
I am wondering if we will eat
in heaven, and what? Will the fruit bearing trees contain actual
food, or is this figurative for the blessings of spirit? Thank you, Judy
Your question is a good one. I should add the topic to my "topics" list
accessible from the home page. Heaven is real. I think people often are
interested in it to avoid hell, which is also misunderstood but that's
To start I'll remind you of a verse: 1 Cor. 2:9 "But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of
man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." This means
we don't know exactly what it will be like. I believe God has two reasons.
First, we couldn't understand it and would be tempted to give up hope.
Second, we would cease to enjoy the remaining bright aspects of our present
life. That might be like a modern luxury car shown briefly 3000 years ago.
Then telling the people they would be able to own one but would have to
But back to the Bible. The last chapters of Isaiah tell of the joy the
chosen people would have had by simply living the way of righteousness.
But it becomes clear as you read, that the new earth is being described,
too. For your specific question about trees see is6521
and Rev. 22:2 (linked above). And about eating, mr1425,
Some of the verses are more clearly literal than others.
Aside from the physical aspects of heaven, I'm eager to be with people
who love the Lord. We will have all eternity to make friends. God Himself
being present (Rev. 21) Then we will have the joy of knowing the angel
that was our protector and other angels who have lived in the presence
of God. Then we will know Jesus better and be enraptured by the beauty
of His character.
We will act and do and think and plan unhampered by sin and its effects.
I believe the description of the city as a cube in Rev. 21 is symbolic
The dimensions being equal show that it is perfect and represent the people
who are also the city (as we use the word, city, two ways here) is6212.
The foundations tell us of it's secure base and the gates the perfect freedom.
Could walls and gates and dimensions be also real? Sure. I don't believe
we have long to find out!