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9. WHETHER WORDS OF THE BIBLE ABOUT THE EAST ARE SO SIMPLE?

9. WHETHER WORDS OF THE BIBLE ABOUT THE EAST ARE SO SIMPLE?

Besides Eden, in the book Genesis is mentioned as well "east": And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, Gen.2: 8. Here see, speak some, - it is told, that paradise in the east, so on the earth. However the word "east" is used in the Bible in two meanings:

For a designation of one of four parts of the world and a movement direction, that is in the standard, terrestrial meaning;

For a designation of a habitat of the God and on a broader scale, heavens. For clear reasons this second, biblical meaning is not known in the world surrounding us, but, unfortunately, it is not known also to many believers.

Let's result one of use cases in the Bible of a word "east" in this other, spiritual sense: it is resulted by the Luke the evangelist in speech of priest Zacharias which prophesied, having filled with the Holy Ghost: to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the East from on high has visited us , Luke.1:78 (translation from Russian Bible; see also this place in New American Standart Bible). In this case the word "East" is written in the Bible with big, from a capital letter and designates a habitation of the God and that doubts does not remain, the words "FROM ON HIGH" are added. That is here means not the terrestrial east, but the East from on high, from heavens. Thus, words And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east have absolutely new sense: And the Lord God planted paradise in the Eden garden, on high, the heavenly habitation, in the East. High the habitatation of the God is none other than heavenly Jerusalem. So, "the East" this is one of names of high Jerusalem, the City which in the beginning of the life of Adam still stood on the Earth.

Continuing a theme Adam in Paradise we will notice further, that abiding in Paradise has surpassed Adam's many expectations: the beauty of trees in Paradise was even more, than on the earth. In particular Adam here has seen, so to say "decorative", the art form leaves and plants. Savour of flowers so involved, that would not be desirable to depart from them; but nearby flaunted flowers finer Here Adam has seen also Angels God's, has heard their singing and music sounds. Angels, contrary to Adam, were spiritual beings, and Adam with admiration observed of their fast flight, ability independently to move on heavens. Some of them entered conversation with Adam, setting him questions* 23, however real friends among them for Adam were not: they were involved with a society same, as well as they spiritual beings. Thus, after a while Adam nevertheless has felt the isolation. 6th Day of creation in the meantime came to an end. Angels prepared to big meating* 24. The second year of the life of Adam came to an end. Sometimes he recollected the first days of the life spent on the earth. In general, Adam carried out the duties on Garden cultivation not bad. For last two years he has seen very much new, however in many places of the third Heaven he never was, except for the Garden God's and to him sometimes it seemed that there for him already familiarly any tree.



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