My sister Judy was killed in March of 1989 and after that time I had a couple of dreams that concerned her. However after my grandmother died in January of 1993 I had a recurring dream where I would get to heaven and Judy would be standing by a river and she would turn and yell, “Grandma, Ronnie has come home.”
This has been a comfort in my life where I believe with all my heart that the promises of God are true, we will be together again and we will live for eternity in heaven.
This brings me to last week. I have been going through one of those times where I just need something from God. I needed to have something that would just say “I love you.” Not that I ever doubt God’s love, that’s not the case. I just needed something.
On Saturday morning of this past week, my friend Lora Terry’s mother Charlotte Lawson took her last breath here on earth and her first breath in heaven. It has been a sad but glorious time for the family who will miss her here but who know they will see her again in heaven. I went to visit with Lora, Ed, and the family on Saturday afternoon and Lora shared the following with me and it was just what I has asked for.
From Lora, “Mom told me last night, Lora I will be waiting for you by the river, under the “Tree of Life.”
Since my recent study and teaching about heaven and the New Jerusalem, I have come to believe that what the Bible is actually teaching is that heaven will someday actually be here on a renewed earth. The curse will be removed and God will restore everything back to its original design or created state. The current place where the souls of people go at their death here on earth is to “The Garden of Eden” or The New Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven at the end of time as we know it. The Tree of Life is there as seen in Revelation.
From the Book “From Eden to the New Jerusalem”
“The garden of Eden is not viewed by the author of Genesis simply as a piece of Mesopotamian farmland, but as an archetypal sanctuary, that is a place where God dwells and where man should worship Him. Many of the features of the garden may also be found in later sanctuaries, particularly the tabernacle of Jerusalem temple. these parallels suggest that the garden itself is understood as a sort of a sanctuary.”
Author’s footnote: The Tabernacle menorah (or lampstand) possibly symbolizes the tree of life (Gen 2:9; 3:22; cf. Exod 25:31-35. Arboreal decorations adorned the temple.
To sum up what I believe God gave me this past week, I believe that when I have had the dreams of Judy standing by a river, which I took to be in heaven, she was always there by a tree but I had never really thought about the tree. That tree is “The Tree of Life.” I never saw it, even when I read T. Desmond Alexanders Book “From Eden To The New Jerusalem” , I didn’t see it until Lora shared what her mother Charlotte had said to her the evening before she passed away.
Some may say it is a coincidence, I say it is just what God wanted me to see, it was the piece I was asking Him for and it is just what I needed.