There is a picture of great contrast between the Garden of Eden in Genesis and the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, the Bride, The Lambs wife—which city we are in the book of Revelation (Rev. 21:9-11). In the Garden of Eden there is a river flowing out of Eden, gold in the land, the tree of Life and the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Bdellium and the onyx stone, and God waking in the Garden. In the New Jerusalem there is a River of Life flowing from God’s throne, pure gold translucent like glass, only the Tree of Life through-out the city, all manner of precious stones, and God dwelling in the City.
There are some significant differences between Eden and the New Jerusalem. Eden is a product of the “beginnings” of our God’s purposes while the City is the product of the ultimate accomplishment of these purposes. In Eden there is a serpent, and through the cunning of that serpent, man is cast out. In the City there is no serpent, for by the dominion of Christ in man the serpent is cast out! In Eden there are two trees–one which contains death. In the City, there is only the Tree of Life. Eden is man on trial. The City is man purified and perfected! Eden is man faced with the processing’s of God through choices and experience, through testings and dealings, for his own learning and development. The City is man established in the mind of Christ having overcome all things!
Taken from “The Cross in the Heart of God” by Doug Eblen–an examination of some of the teachings of Jacob Boehme