The invisible realm of the God Yahweh, is made clear by his creation, even his eternal power, his divinity, spirituality, and holiness. The universe with all its types and shadows play a part in opening the spiritual eyes of His children (Rom. 1:16-21).
From the creation of the world, the righteousness of the Father is revealed to his children. They go from confidence in their five senses to confidence in the Holy Spirit. The desire of the Father is to bring his children into full maturity, into the Spirit of Righteousness (Rom. 1:17-19).
Adam named the animals, but he didn’t create their natures. The animals were created to act instinctively with no possibility of ever being in the image of their Creator. On the other hand, as a human, he was to develop into the image of his Father. He was to learn from the animals and take dominion over them. He would see the peaceful and dependent spirit of the lamb, the prideful spirit in the peacock, gluttony in the pig, boldness in the lion, foolishness in the monkey, and etc.
Adam became familiar with and was influenced by the animal kingdom. These natures were the only ways of life he knew by way of his five senses. His five senses were stimulated by these creatures. But the first couple had to learn they were spirit and were created superior to all the creatures around them. They had to learn to take dominion. They had to learn to worship their Father in spirit and be a manifestation of him.
The Father explained to Adam (the first human) that his adamic nature would die if he became one with the knowledge of good and evil. The Father knew Adam did not have spiritual eyes to see the Tree of Life and that he would not come into his image until he developed enough to see his need and desire to become one with Wisdom, Truth, and Love.
Yahweh allowed Adam (mankind) to act according to his own desires so he might learn by experience. He knew that when knowledge was increased, a desire for righteousness would stir in his heart, and then he could plant his seeds of Righteousness in him.
When the first man acted upon his own intuition—feelings, instinct, nature—he acted according to his level of maturity. When Adam “partook of” evil, he was being pulled by his own lower nature and, therefore, was made to face the condition of his own heart—he took action on an idea of his own mind and he preferred his own way, regardless of the consequences. When he partook of good, it was only for the benefit of himself, for Adam was “self-centered.” Adam could only bear fruit of his own nature.
James said, “For every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when his lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).
Once Adam partook of knowledge, he recognized his lack in comparison to the Father. He was immature and foolish and all he could think to do was to hide from his Father who was all knowledge and wisdom. But unlike the animal kingdom, Adam was smart enough to recognize that he did not measure up to his Father. He had a feeling of lack.
The word “sin” means to miss the mark. When Adam acted according to his own instincts, he missed the mark of maturity. A child cannot perform equal to his parents until he has been taught by them. When immaturity acts, it produces something that can be compared to righteousness, thereby, exposing evil for what it is. When Adam took action according to his five senses, he was partaking of knowledge of good and evil. He was experiencing according to his own carnal thinking—he acted like the animals around him.
When the Spirit of righteousness came to the carnal man, it demanded judgment, saying, “Adam, where are you?” (See Gen. 3:9.) Adam’s Father knew where he was, he wanted Adam to voice what he had learned from his actions.
Adam confessed that he had learned that he was naked, but he refused to take responsibility for his action. He said, “The woman that ‘you’ gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” (Gen. 3:12). First the man blamed Yahweh and then he blamed the woman.
The carnal man refused to take responsibility for his own actions; therefore, he continued in his ignorance, declaring that it was Yahweh’s fault—implying that Yahweh wasn’t too smart in creating the woman. In reality, Yahweh is the same as always, while man in his carnality is also the same. We still see this same scenario—people trying to justify their actions by saying statements like: “Everyone does it.” “I had to.” “I just don’t see anything wrong with it.” “If he hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have acted like this.” We do not read of an apology given by Adam, just excuses and fear of being rejected by others.
Yahweh communicated to the first man just as he communicates with people today—through their thoughts, a voice in the wind, visions, dreams, ideas, angels, other Christians, and also through the written Word. Oftentimes people respond now just as the first man did because they do not have an appetite for Truth.
Adam saw a truth, because he recognized a lack. His Father dealt with his condition by drawing his attention to his lack and directing him to a solution. He comforted Adam with a temporary covering. Yahweh, being the Spirit of Love and Truth, gave the man something to cover his sins; his weaknesses and his lustful nature. Adam had clothed himself with leaves, which was just as unacceptable as people who cover themselves with doctrinal titles thinking that will make them in the image of the Tree of Life.
Yahweh took from the best of the animal kingdom and made a covering for the man. This covering had the basic nature man needed to have. The lamb’s nature is to follow a shepherd and depend upon him for food, water, and protection, and in return he supplies the shepherd with food and clothes for his family.
In the natural scheme of things, I am persuaded that Yahweh drew Adam’s attention to the lamb, causing him to know what to do; that is, shear the lamb and make your clothes. The Father provided for and taught man how to clothe himself, just as he has continued to do down through the ages.
In the spiritual scheme of things, the Father was showing Adam a solution to his aggressiveness, his “I can do it myself” problem. He drew his attention to the nature of the lamb, desiring Adam to be like the lamb. Adam’s Father wanted him to follow him, depend upon him, and eat what he provided and drink from his spiritual waters.
All through the scriptures we see lambs symbolized as people and the Shepherd as the Savior. It would stand to reason that the lamb was the first covering as well as the second covering for man’s lack. The lamb represents a Christian that follows the true Shepherd—the SAVIOR. Mankind must have the nature of a lamb if he is to find green pastures.
In the story of the Garden of Eden, the serpent was that force in the mind of man—that nature that drives us to be independent and sure of “self” (humanism). Mankind acts upon lust and pride from within him. It was the same in the Garden as it was in Luke 6:45: “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
Mankind’s Creator, his Originator—the substance of Love, Understanding, and all Knowledge—comforted his child with a temporary solution to his problem by covering him, just as water baptism does today.
Adam’s rebellious nature was no different than the animals around him. Yahweh’s nature was contrary to Adam’s nature. This covering was necessary until knowledge could increase. For where much is known much is required, but where little is known little is required.
After realizing that he was not like his Father, Adam did not glorify his Father as the Supreme Divinity, neither was he thankful; he did not have an appetite for the Tree of Life. He could not visualize the Kingdom of Righteousness as beneficial to his life. His Father was spirit and he did not see his connection with his Father.
Adam did not wish to be joined with Life, he was the first to fulfill Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain Yahweh in their knowledge, Yahweh gave them over to a reprobate (worthless) mind, to do those things which are not convenient [right].”
The Tree of Life was, and is, the Way, the Truth, and the Life—it is the substance of the Kingdom of Righteousness. Mankind rejected Life; therefore he could not serve (till) in the Garden of Eden—Yahweh’s protected place.
In Genesis 3:22-24, Yahweh said, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree of Life, and eat, and live for ever.” Paraphrasing the above scripture, it reads, “Though the man is one of us, knowing the difference between good and evil, if he doesn’t put his energy into taking from the Tree of Life to become one with us he will not live.”
“Therefore Yahweh sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove [to renounce allegiance] 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.”
Adam was put in a place that he might learn by experience; thereby, he would see his need to partake of the Tree of Life. In his freedom, he will be able to act according to his own way of thinking, but he would suffer the consequences.
In Eden, Yahweh’s protected garden, was knowledge—where there is knowledge there is a demand for judgment—where there is judgment, there must be government, rule, principle, law and responsibility—something to compare to. Eden had laws, and Adam didn’t want to adhere to them.
Adam desired the realm where sin was not imputed unto him: (Rom. 5:13) “For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”
In Adam’s realm, the strong ruled according to the ways of flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) and oftentimes they were called gods, because they were the highest and strongest power they could see. They became vain (wicked, adulterous) in their conversation and reasoning, and their foolish hearts were darkened – unable to make sense. They thought they were wise, but instead they produced foolishness. They changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Natures of the animal kingdom were foolishly said to be the Father’s nature so they gave honor to those natures (Rom. 1:18-24).
The character and principles of Yahweh are revealed by persuasion and influence of his Spirit of Righteousness. The passionate desire of our Creator is revealed from his exalted realm of love and truth. His very substance is in opposition to all ungodliness in those who, in their wickedness, repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative. Yahweh is not against people, but he is against the lie that holds them in bondage, causing them to live as the beast.
When knowledge was increased in the mind of mankind, there began to be a cry for deliverance. Yahweh heard the cry of the Israelites and he sent them a savior—Moses—to take them out of bondage. Moses was a tree of knowledge to the Israelites. At this time, the law was put on stone. The stone represented their hard hearts—yet the law was there for those who had a desire for knowledge and a change of character (Eze. 11:19 and Heb. 8:10). The Israelites carried this law with them, yet they still could not fulfill it. They too, just like Adam and Eve, were drawn away by the lust of their flesh. They could not enter the Garden of Eden—the Kingdom of Yahweh—a realm of control, a place of being in the world but not of the world.
Those who cried for deliverance, learned by the things they suffered, by the things Yahweh made, through the process of living on the earth, tilling and planting, reaping and sowing according to the will of their own fleshly nature.
Good is represented by Able, and evil is represented by Cain. Cain, the rebellious one, presented the fruit of his planting and toiling and he was not accepted for he was offering that of his own nature. He could have presented the lamb’s nature, for it was within his rights and ability—he could have agreed to be covered by the nature of the lamb, being led, fed, and protected by the Shepherd. But Cain wanted his own way, which was not productive to life, so he presented that which came out of the ground, that which was earthy. That which the earth produced was not an acceptable covering for Adam and Eve and it could not cover Cain.
When confronted, Cain’s attitude was, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” An attitude that says, “I’m not responsible to put myself out for you or anyone else.” He did not desire to be a follower of the True Shepherd—he did not like the characteristics of his Creator.
“But unto Cain and to his offering he had no respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And Yahweh said unto Cain, Why are you wroth? and why is your countenance fallen? If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin lies at the door” (Gen. 4:5-7).
Able, the good child, the child that felt connected to his heavenly Father and clothed with the lamb’s nature, sought the Father’s substance. His attitude was, I will follow you, depend on you, and I will feed and clothe others. The good child was connected to the Father even from under the ground. He too was covered by a fleshly nature, unable to be an expression of righteousness—like Paul, when he said, “I do that which I would not.”
In ignorance, the first couple desired evil more than good; therefore, they could not bring forth fruit of righteousness. The world could not kill Cain, which represents evil; because the world and Cain were of the same substance (Gen. 4:15).
“Out of the ground made Yahweh God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the Tree of Life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil” (Gen. 2:9). This garden, the Kingdom of Yahweh, still exists. We are still able to eat of the trees in the garden—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of Yahweh’s garden. That which was available to the first man is still available to us.
What are the trees of the knowledge of good and evil?
It was said to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, in Ezekiel 31:9: “I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden that were in the garden of Yahweh envied him.” Here, the trees in the Garden of Eden are symbolic of those in authority. Eden was a spiritual place in the time of Adam and it existed in the time of Ezekiel (572 B.C.) and it still exists today.
Trees of knowledge would come, Seth would come, Abraham would come, Isaac would come; all these were trees in their day. (See Psa. 1:3 and Prov. 11:30.)
At the time of Daniel, which was 543 B.C., the people were still not ready for the new order, the new promise. Yahweh said to Daniel, “Shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end [of the Levitical order].” He went on to say, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4).
Then Christ came—the Tree of Life. We must partake of his fruit to have the seed, for the seed is in the fruit. Our SAVIOR came as the greatest, tangible representation of the Father. Paul said that that which may be known of Yahweh is manifest in those who are righteous; for Yahweh has showed it unto them (Rom. 1:19).
The lamb represented the Savior and the Savior represented the Tree of Life. Then Yasha (meaning Savior) came and connected the two together. The Tree of Life is our Shepherd; He is the Creative, Anointed Word that we are to partake of and become one with.
Mildred Garner wrote, “Christ, the Seed, is the Anointing, the unction, and motivation of Yahweh in us. That Seed is the Seed of Life that sprouts in our understanding.”
Yasha (Jesus) was the Tree of Life in human form—he produced fruit of the Father and the seed is in the fruit. He promised to plant his seed in us, earthen vessels, that we might produce fruit of the Holy Spirit. But the ground (mind) has to be prepared to receive this Seed. Much work has to be done in the earth before the true Seed can be planted. Once the seed of Righteousness is planted, there is still much to be done before it produces fruit.
The Anointed Word is the Tree of Life. We “will” eat of that Tree. The disciples ate of that Tree of Life, for Christ said, “Eat, this is my body”—“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
Christ came as the Lamb that fed and covered the people. He came with a gentle nature. He said, “If you see me, you see the Father” and “I only do that which is of the Father.” He fed and clothed the people of his substance (Acts 2).
As Christ and his disciples were eating the Passover, He, the Shepherd, took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my Body—”I am the Lamb”. Then he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink all of it; for this is my blood [nature, life, my genetic makeup] of the new testament [a new witness—evidence], which is shed for many for the remission [pardon, freedom from] of sins” (Matt. 26:26-29). They were going to fulfill Second Corinthians 3:2: “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.”
Basically, what Christ said was, Okay, when you sin now it will not be covered because knowledge has increased in the earth and Truth has come to you. He said, “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known” (Matt.10:26). And at the same time he was giving them a new nature. The Way, the Truth, and the Life was available and where much was known much was going to be required—knowledge demanded judgment, judgment demanded a law, and the law produced cause and effect.
Christ continued, saying, “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Here, the disciples were getting ready to enter into the Father’s Kingdom. Christ, the Anointed Word, was going to be there when they were filled with his Holy Spirit, which is the new Wine. Man was coming into a new day. The sheep had followed the true Shepherd long enough to learn of the Father, now they too were going to be shepherds. Christ, in the believers, was the only hope they had of manifesting the glory of the Father. By the anointing, they would cease to be sheep and become shepherds (see John 21:16).
What Is the Tree of Life?
“Happy is the man that finds wisdom …She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her” (Prov. 3:13-18).
“The “fruit” of the righteous is a Tree of Life” (Prov. 11:30).
“A wholesome tongue is a Tree of Life” (Prov. 15:4).
“He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of Yahweh” (Rev. 2:7).
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb shall be in this Tree of Life; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads” (Rev. 22:1-4).
“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” (Rev. 22:14).