I wrote the following on pages 176-177 in Looking Glass, The City God Loves:
When Adam and Eve sinned, they had to leave the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24). God placed cherubim and a flaming sword on the east side of the garden to guard the way to the tree of life. I find the picture of the angel with the sword interesting since it is similar to the Garden of Eden. The angel is standing at a place where east meets west. The floodgate, in a sense, has been opened and living water is flowing to the earth (Zechariah 14:8).
The beloved disciple describes the river of the water of life. He says that it is as clear as crystal and flowing from the throne of God (Revelation 22:1). On each side of the river stands the tree of life (v. 2). We are talking about one enormous tree or, perhaps, several smaller trees being fed by the tree of life.
With Adam and Eve, the curse came when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. With Jesus, however, we find blessings as we partake of the tree of life.
Kirk pointed out a large tree in both pictures. The whirlwind and crack in the foundation make up the trunk of the tree, while all the greenery makes up the leaves. It takes up most of the picture(s).
The blue at the bottom of the pictures could represent water from the river. You may also have noticed a shimmering section across the middle of the button. Like on a pristine lake, it could be reflecting everything around it. Since the water is as clear as crystal, we could also be looking into the river and seeing things below.
To me, it looks like the angel is standing on a stump. Isaiah 11:1 tells us that "a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit." This verse describes David's family tree. The root looks like it is immersed in the river, while the shoot is coming out of the stump. In Revelation 22:16, Jesus says, "I am the Root and the Offspring of David...." Jesus, of course, is a part of David's family tree. During Bible times, people didn't see His greatness. The "tender shoot" refers to His simple and humble ancestry. Jesus also sprouted from dry ground, which represents the spiritually dry condition of Israel, as well as the world (Isaiah 53:2). In God's kingdom, however, people will find both natural and spiritual refreshing at the river of the water of life. Psalm 46:4 says, "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God."
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