The Garden of Eden is Israel. This is where God placed Adam when He first created him. Adam was not created in the Garden of Eden. He was placed there after his creation. The Word of God is explicit on this fact.
"The Lord God planted a garden in the east of Eden and there he placed the man whom He had (previously) created." This shows Adam was created elsewhere. But where was Adam created?
Adam was created out of desert land. What? Yes. When God tells Adam what his punishment will be for disobeying God concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God tells Adam that the earth shall no longer produce its strength (full ability of crops for Adam) it will yield thorns and thistles.
These words spoken by God are meant to be compared to God's other words to Adam which tell Adam that he shall till the ground from which he (Adam) was taken or created from. In other words, you shall now have to leave the garden which has plenty of water, and go into the desert and till (plant crops) there.
This is why God told Adam that the earth would not yield its strength but would also produce thorns and thistles for him. Thorns and thistles grow in desert soil! This is where Adam was created. He was created in the desert using corrupt soil. Why? Because this is the nature of mankind; corrupt. But as with any soil it can be cultivated to procuce good crops with enough resources added to it.
This was a play on words by God so to speak. He created Adam out of the very type of soil which matched his character. But back to the theme of this article.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was NOT AN APPLE! It was a FIG! What? Yes a fig. This is why Adam sewed fig leaves to cover his nakedness which is symbolic of sinfulness. Jesus became sin on the cross. He died naked!
Adam was aware of God's laws which state that the leaves are for the healing of the nations. We find this in Revelation. Adam attempted to heal himself and his wife with the leaves of the very tree they had eaten from.
This makes perfect medical sense to anyone who knows about medicine. The cure for any disease must come from the same exact place the disease came from. The anti-bodies are derived from the same source. Adam knew this medical fact. However, it did not work as God had spoken and the death sentence could not be altered.
Now that you understand that it was a fig tree they had eaten from, you can relate what happened when Jesus cursed a fig tree in the New Testament. Notice that Jesus is hungry when He comes to this fig tree in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is the Garden of Eden. Jesus notices there are only LEAVES on the tree. This is supposed to make us understand and take our memories back to the Scriptures which speak of Adam trying to heal himself with the fig leaves in Genesis.
Also, There is no fruit on this fig tree. This is symbolically telling us that the law which is symbolized by the fig tree (due to the fact that God only made one law for Adam and Eve; don't eat off of this fig tree) produced no fruit unto God.
It is mentioned that the time of the year was not the time for the fig tree to produce fruit yet. This is supposed to make us understand that at the time of Adam's disobedience in the Garden, it was not yet time for mankind to actually produce the fruit of righteousness unto God. That would come later after Jesus died and placed His own Spririt into us.
Jesus curses the fig tree saying, "No man shall ever eat fruit off of thee again." This is symbolic that God is cursing the first covenant of the law, in order to bring in the second or new covenant of grace!
Where was this tree Jesus cursed? Jerusalem! This is where it all began. Jerusalem is the Garden of Eden. This fig tree was a direct descendant of the tree Adam and Eve ate from.