Eating the Leaves from the Tree of Life Begins here.

By Ray Foster


Ezekiel 47 depicts for us what will happen with the health message as part of the three angel's messages as we approach the end of time and God's people are receiving and witnessing to His great salvation. All who believe and accept God's plan of salvation will reap the benefits of the multitude of plants used for food and for healing. Indeed, the Bible promises that this will be so at the close of earth's history and into the Kingdom of God in glory.

In Revelation 22:2 it says about the Tree of Life "and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations." While God in mercy has temporarily denied access to the fruit of the Tree of Life, the "leaves hang over the wall" and are accessible to us by faith today.

So how do I by faith take hold of the leaves of the Tree of Life which are for the healing of the nations? You remember that God added leaves to the diet of mankind after the fall. Before the fall, man's diet consisted of seeds - nuts, fruits, and grains. After the fall, to heal the effects of sin on the human body, God added the leaves of the plants of the field. Genesis 3:18 "and thou shalt eat the herb of the field." This is how we by faith access the leaves of the Tree of Life. God has a consistency about His plan of creation, which was deliberately created to illustrate the plan of salvation. All leaves of every plant work the same way converting solar energy, water and carbon dioxide into complex carbohydrates that are stored largely in the seeds of the plants. However, in the leaves of all plants, God also has put rich phytochemicals that were there from the beginning. Recently we have come to study their cancer-fighting, blood-pressure lowering, arthritis prevention, and heart disease protective effects of the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in the leaves of plants. And so by faith, we can eat the leaves of the Tree of Life that "hang over the wall" in the herbs of the field. We may receive the rich phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals now which are put there by God for the healing of the nations. This is part of how the goodness of God is yet going to cover the planet as it is written:

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name [shall be] great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense [shall be] offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name [shall be] great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

But what if I don't want the diet part of salvation - can I be saved if I love God in every other department of life?  I know that God tells me to do all to His glory - but eating what I like - could that keep me out of heaven?

Ask Jesus.  He will tell you personally!  Psalms  119:2   "Blessed [are] they that keep his testimonies, [and that] seek him with the whole heart."   Jeremiah  29:13   "And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart."