Flaming Sword of Eden

By | December 20, 2011

The flaming sword at the east of the garden of Eden has intrigued men for centuries.  What was it?  Where is it now?  Here is the scripture quotation describing it:

[Gen 3:24 KJV] “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

There is very little information regarding this sword on the internet.  The Hebrew reads חֶרֶב לַהַט or lahat chereb for flaming sword as translated into English by the KJV.  The translation of lahat according to Brown-Driver-Briggs is flame, devour, or magic as in hidden.  The flaming sword is not visible to our eyes.

Where did the sword go?  It is still in the hands of one of Gabriel’s angels.  Gabriel is the leading angel in the rank known as Cherubim according to Rabbi, Torah scholar, and Jewish philosopher Moshe ben Maimon, (also known as Maimonides) who wrote the order of hierarchy in his book “Mishneh Torah”.  According to this source, Cherubim were known for helping people deal with the effects of sin in this world.  God’s Cherubim or angels guard the path to the tree of life according to the account in Genesis.

Jesus will open the path to the tree of life in the last days, allowing us to pass into the New Jerusalem as long as we remain faithful and true to the Truth found only in following Christ.

[Rev 22:14 KJV] “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”

Some Jewish rabbis correlate the natural birth experience with the ejection from the Garden of Eden.  The knowledge of eternal life being guarded by Angelic beings, or Spiritual enlightenment.

What I see is that we have been denied knowledge of the eternality of the soul unless we believe completely in Jesus Christ.  As we bind our spirit with His Spirit, we are made alive again in the Spirit world by having God “quicken” our Spirit, or rather breathe life into these dry bones again and raise us spiritually from the dead.  This is what we find in Revelation.

The leaves of the Tree of Life give healing again, and according to Rev 22:14 quoted above, that same tree is accessible at the end of this age by following “his commandments” which mean the commandments Jesus (aka God) gives us in His Word.

The tree is still there, the angels are still there, and the spiritual sword still guards that path whom we know as the Word.  The Word is the sword of the Spirit that divides asunder.

[Heb 4:12 KJV] “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”


Flaming Sword of Eden
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