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Pamphlet #6219 Genesis KC 7-1

Do you suppose these were itty bitty little aprons that they sewed together to cover their mouths because they just ate a bad apple?

Trees are used throughout the Bible to symbolize people,
including the children of God, Satan,
Jesus Christ and even God the Father,
who likens Himself to an "evergreen" fir tree in Hosea 14:8.

So before we go any further in the Word of God
we must learn to tell the difference between a "tree" and a "person",
between a tree trunk and the trunk of a person's body,
between tree limbs and human limbs,
between the branches of a vine and the people they represent.

It is in fact, with just a little observation,
very easy to make these distinctions.

It would serve a person well to do a study of trees in the Bible,
for there are many passages where trees are used symbolically to represent people.

You could start by reading the account of Nebuchadnezzar's dream in chapter four of Daniel
and the interpretation thereof.

It is a great example of "tree symbology".

However, we will focus on identifying the "trees" in the garden of Eden.

The following passage from the Book of Ezekiel will document without refute,
not only that trees are used symbolically in the Bible to represent people including Satan,
but specifically those persons present in the garden of Eden!

Ezekiel 31:3-12
Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
The Hebrew word for "Assyrian" used here is te'ashshur and it means "a box tree".

It represents Satan, a plain old box cedar who wants to become the greatest tree of all,
as we will see in a few verses.

[4] The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.

Note: Waters also represent groups of people!

[5] Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.

You should start to get the sense that we are not talking about actual trees.

Verse 10 of this same chapter shows that this "tree" exalted himself above all the others.

Let's keep reading.

[6] All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.

That must be some giant tree,
with a shadow big enough for all great nations to dwell under!

[7] Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.

[8] The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.

No tree (person) in the garden of God could compare in beauty to this one.
Trees = people.
Again, this is not difficult at all.
[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 God, envied him.
Of course trees can't envy other trees,
nor do they have the brains to know the difference between good and evil!

These are characteristics of people, not trees.

The trees are symbolic. Remember, trees = people.

Can you now "see" that Satan is referred to as a "tree" in the garden of Eden?

Remember, aside from the other trees in the garden of Eden,
there are two specific trees mentioned there:
1) the tree of life,
and 2) the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

It is ironic that no one seems to have a problem with the "tree of life"
symbolizing Jesus Christ.

Rev. 2:7
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith 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 God.
But when we say that the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil", i.e.
the tree with evil knowledge, is Satan, that old serpent,
the devil, they go "bonkers" and say,
"No, it's an apple tree!"

The word "apple" does not appear in the entire Book of Genesis.

Let's now examine what Eve told that "glistening one", Satan, in the garden:

Genesis 3:2
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Eating physical food, nuts and fruits, is OK. So is good spiritual food, i.e. good advise.

But it is spiritual food (bad fruit) that can kill your soul.

Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die

Don't you see that "life" is the subject in verse three? The consequence of eating "bad fruit" from a corrupt tree is "lest you die", i.e. death!

You can eat all the "bread" you want, but you better partake of the "bread of life" if you want to live forever.

Christ is that "bread". He is that "tree of life".

If you eat of the "leaven" of the scribes and Pharisees, you'll die.

It's bad bread!


Here is Christ's own words:

Matthew 16:11
How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

Matthew 16:12
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Christ said, "get your mind off of physical bread
and elevate your thinking to that which is important, i.e.
beware of the poison leaven of the bread of the scribes and Pharisees".

The same thought process must apply here to the trees in Genesis or you'll miss the point.

Genesis 3:3
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
But, you ask, if the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
which is in the midst of the garden, is Satan,
what is the fruit spoken of here?

It is real simple. Fruit is that which is "produced" by a tree. Here is what Christ said:

Luke 6:43-44
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. [44] For every tree is known by his own fruit...
Question! Is Christ talking about trees or people?

Good, you've got it!

So the instruction to Adam and Eve is quite simple,
"Do not partake of the fruit produced by the evil, corrupt, tree,
which is in the midst of the garden!"

In fact, don't even "touch" it, lest ye become seduced.

Finally, as background to understand that which is about to happen in the fig grove,
look up the Hebrew word that is translated "touch" in verse 3.

The word is naga and it means not just to "lay the hand upon" but it is an euphemism for "to lie with a woman".

Check it out in a Strong's concordance.

Satan  talked Eve into having sex with him, and Adam participated, also. Eve got pregnant and had twins. Satan was Cain's father and Adam was Abel's father.

Ok! Ok! I'll do it for you since some Christians who don't have "eyes to see" are also too lazy to look up a word in Strongs.
A primitive root; properly to touch, that is, lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figuratively to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.): - beat, (X be able to) bring (down), cast, come (nigh), draw near (nigh), get up, happen, join, near, plague, reach (up), smite, strike, touch.

Let's continue now in Genesis, repeating verse four, Satan's first lie:

Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

[5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

It is their "spiritual eyes" that will be opened!

Again, we are not talking about eating apples that wake you up in the morning.
Go back to Strong's concordance and read the meaning of nega (touch) again and again and again and again until you understand what happened in the garden (fig grove)!

[6] And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
When is the last time you saw a tree and said to yourself,
"you know self, if I eat the fruit from this tree it will instantly make me wiser. I'll bet these are some kind of smart apples".

No, that which just took place in verse 6 of Genesis 3,
is not the chomping of an apple from a fruit tree.

There has been a seduction, the truth of which has been hidden for a long time to those who don't know their trees, to those who have allowed the deceptive stories of the traditions of men to blind their eyes, that in seeing they don't see and in hearing they don't hear.

[7] And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Their spiritual eyes were opened all right!

But why in the world do they now "know they're naked"?

You will find it is because of the SHAME they have brought upon themselves, for disobeying God, yes, but in a much more perverted way than biting bad apples.

"And they sewed aprons together...".
Do you suppose these were itty bitty little aprons that they sewed together to cover their mouths because they just ate a bad apple?

The stupidity of tradition; taught at most so-called Christian churches.

[8] And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees (people) of the garden.
Uh oh!

There's big trouble in the garden!

Adam and Eve hear their Father coming!

And now that they know good and evil,
they know what's coming is not going to be good!

I'd hide too!

Again we stress to you that
Trees are used throughout the Bible to symbolize people,
including the children of God, Satan,
Jesus Christ and even God the Father,
who likens Himself to an "evergreen" fir tree in Hosea 14:8.

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