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BACK TO EDEN

Back to Eden | The Final Cup | Seeking God | Seeking Man | The Cobble Stone Road 
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PROLOGUE

Prologue | Chapter One | Chapter Two

Fifty-seven years ago, I sat in the basement of a little Baptist Church asking the Lord into my heart. Although the years have stolen the pastor's name from my memory, I can still see us sitting on that long wooden picnic type bench as he lead me in the sinner's prayer.

I attended his church regularly, which was only a block from where I lived. I loved Jesus even then. I was 10 years old at the time and went to Sunday school, church service, and craft night on Wednesday evenings. My family thought I was going to be a pastor.

After a few years, I started high school. My peers and the world got a hold of me and things changed, not only in the natural, but spiritually. I forgot about God and stopped going to church. I was beginning to fall away from God and wasn't fully aware of my predicament. The spirit of gradualism had ensnared me. I ended up in the wilderness and stayed there for forty years. Why does that number sound so familiar to me?

There are probably many stories today just like mine that confess of wandering in the dessert as Moses and the Israelites did over 4600 years ago [1]. I took many laps around that mountain to get where I am today. I have loved Jesus my entire life, but during those 40 years, my fruit wasn't bearing witness to that fact.

I needed to get back to God and His perfect will for my life [2] that I might work His will and be pleasing in His sight [3]. I wonder how different my life would have been had I continued to follow Christ with more passion and closeness. Maybe I would have been that preacher.

Like Adam and Eve, I hid from God. Not intentionally, but nonetheless, I lost fellowship with Him. It was too late for Adam and Eve, but because of Jesus; it was not too late for me. Since God is no respecter of person [4], it is not too late for anybody. I needed to get back to a time when I felt close to Him, and regain my fellowship with Him. I wanted to be a better person and I knew that Christ was the only way to that end.

There is no record stating whether Adam or Eve repented or not. Because of Adam's bite of the infamous apple, we inherited the nature of rebellion as well. It is why we have such a hard time of repenting. This is the reason why Christ came for us, to take us back to a time before Adam's fall so we could reconcile with God, get back into fellowship with Him, and get Back to Eden.

IN THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN

The Lord cried out to Adam from the midst of the Garden, "…Where art thou?" However, because of their guilt and shame, Adam and Eve hid from God. Six thousand years later and the Lord is yet again crying out, asking that same question of us today, "…Where art thou?" We are still hiding from Him for the same reasons. Fear, guilt, and shame keep us from approaching God and asking Him for forgiveness because we feel unworthy to be in His presence.

Human government is about to end and God is calling us Back to Eden and the millennial reign. If we want to be in God's Kingdom and be in His presence, eventually to partake of the Tree of Life, then we have some choices to make. It was by choice that man found himself outside of Eden and it will be by choice that gets him Back to Eden, and back to a time when man was perfect. Right choices can take us Back to Eden and to a time before Adam and Eve dined out at the tree. It was then that man was perfect in every way and walked daily with God in the Garden [5].

Since the Garden of Eden was where man started, I often wondered if this was where God lived. For years, I've heard from the pulpit that God lived in heaven. God led me on an awesome journey throughout His Word to show me the answer and I'd like to share it with you.

As with everything, it all starts at the Cross so that's where the Lord took me first.

v43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

[Luke 23:43]

The Lord showed me how one thief on the cross ridiculed Christ while the other confessed his sins to Jesus [6] and made his choice for Christ, to which Christ rewarded him by promising eternal life in His Kingdom [7]. The Lord then took me to Revelation 2:7

v7 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]

According to Revelation 2:7, the Tree of Life was located in the midst of paradise. I had an idea of where it was, but nonetheless, I asked the Lord, "Where is the paradise of God?" I wondered, would the Bible tell us where it was located? The Holy Spirit led me to Genesis 2:9,

v9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

[Genesis 2:9]

Revelation 2:7 just told us that the Tree of Life was located in the Garden of Eden in the midst of paradise. Christ told the repentant thief on the cross in Luke 23:43 that he would be with Him in paradise, which according to Revelation 2:7 and Genesis 2:9 are located in the Garden of Eden.

Upon Christ's death, He would go back home to paradise to be with His Father and prepare a place for His Bride [8].

Because of Luke 23:43, Revelation 2:7, and Genesis 2:9, the title Back to Eden was born. Man and Scripture begin and end in the Garden of Eden. My journey around the mountain, cost me my fellowship with God. I needed to recapture that fellowship and return to Him.

Spiritually, man needs to return to a time when he was perfect and walked with God. Revelation 2:7 will be our mantra as we learn to overcome and receive Christ's reward from the Tree of Life. In the process of overcoming we can make our way back to a time of perfection, back into God's presence, and Back to Eden.

Our journey begins…

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