It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

    EXODUS 31:17

The Tree of Life

Posted: 23 October 2012

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The Tree of Life.

Psalms 1:1-3 KJV

(1)  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
(2)  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
(3)  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

 
The personal pronoun “He” in the above verses can only refers to one person who walked not in the counsel of the ungodly (therefore Godly) nor would stand in the way of the sinners nor sat in the seat of the scornful. Often when I read these verses, I would think that the psalmist, in this case King David was admonishing us and giving us direction as how we should conduct ourselves. But a sermon by Bro Branham using this particular verse changed my understanding because we know that we cannot make ourselves good nor can we be righteous nor cultivate ourselves to do good. The same bible tells us plainly that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, so how can we be like the Tree of Life no matter how hard we try?

What is the meaning of Tree of Life. Is it a literal botany tree, a herbal tree that can give Life? No, because only One Being can impart Life or give Life to the creation and that is God. No creation can give life and no creation is to be worshipped or given such a status. Neither is the Tree of Life, a law because the Law is a policeman (schoolmaster if you like) said Paul. It (the law) was given temporary to govern the people until the Grace Covenant restored those names which were written in the Lamb's book of Life.

Galatians 3:19 KJV
(19)  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

The Book of Life refers to a RECORD of those who are the beneficiaries of the Tree of Life. This Grace Covenant is identified throughout the Life of Abraham and was given to Abraham because he staggered not at the promise of God not even when his body was old and frail, but he believed God was able to keep His promise to him because God changed his name from Abram to Abraham, "father of nations".

For there is none righteous, no, not one. It saddens me that there was one who came into our midst who were torn between two straits. On one hand, this sister wanted to make money  by all means and on the other hand, being brought up in a Christian atmosphere, her father and brother being leaders in their own church, that she was gripped by her own conscience as to the going about of making that money.  Will she sacrifice her values and convince  herself that she loves God but spent her Sundays and most hours involved with business seminars forgoing Church and fellowship and yet claimed Jesus smiled at her one early Sunday morning attending a “yes, you can” business  motivational course where all the false leaders were after their money? The last two verses of Isaiah 56 was read out to all in our church. Though the verse pertains to false shepherds, it fit the false MLM marketing leaders so aptly:-

Isa 56:11
Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Isa 56:12
Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.


On most Sundays,  this sister hardly could get out of bed to go to church, and did ask for Taxi fare to assist and ferry her from the West to Little India. Sometimes having a hefty hangover from her binge the night before? The Bible says the “love” of money is the root of ALL evil. Not money itself, but the LOVE of it. Clearly Jesus taught us, no man can serve two masters. We have to listen to the Captain of our soul,  who said, Choose you this day or from today onwards whom you will serve? If God be God, serve Him.  I was inspired to ask “What do you wish to serve? To carry our own cross as Jesus carried His or take the Devil’s horn”? Brother Branham taught us, a dove cannot eat like the crow because it is a clean bird. But the crow can eat both ways. The crow has its conscience seared but yet the crow yearned to be like the Dove,  loved and favoured  of God. 

Jos 24:15
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Like Gideon, we ask : Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?Is God’s hand too short to provide our needs? 

Numbers 11:23 
And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD'S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.


Yes, God provides because He is Jehovah Jireh. God our provider. Brother Branham said:-

GOD.PROVIDING.HEALING.FOR.THIS.GENERATION_  CHICAGO.IL  MONDAY_  54-0719E
  E-18    The trouble with Christians today, they don't realize what is provided for them. Many people doesn't realize that the great glories and powers that's provided for them...
Coming into Jesus Christ is like walking into the arcade down here or a great department store. If somebody give me a great department store down here in the arcade, and told me, "This is all yours." Well, the first thing I'd do, I'd want to walk around in there and found out--find out what I owned, what was mine. And that's the way it is in Christ. When you become a Christian, walk around, find out what you own, what's yours. All things are yours, given to you freely. Everything that Christ died for is yours, every one of you. And you've got a checkbook with Jesus' Name signed across there, and saying, "Whatever you send this check to the Father, whatever you ask the Father in My Name, that I'll do." You're just scared to fill it out; that's all.

  E-19    Why, if I went into department store, and they said all this is yours, I'd look on every shelf to see what belonged to me. And some of these things that's up high, I couldn't hardly reach them, I'd go get me a stepladder, and get up so I could look around and find what it's all about. Wouldn't you do that? That's the way, when we come into Christ, if something seems just a little high, step up in the Gospel ranks and find out what belongs to you. God's got a stepladder that reaches plumb into glory. Jacob saw it one night, with Angels coming up-and-down from earth to glory. It's all yours. God's provided it for you. Just get on it tonight and climb right on out of this earthbound people here, that says, "The days of miracles are past." We are not earthbound people, we are heaven-bound people, filled with the Holy Ghost, climbing the ladder going to glory. Everything along the road belongs to us. Everything Jesus died for belongs to us. Sure.

  E-20    God, back there, the Creator, when they had need of meat, God caused a wind to blow from somewhere out from the sea. And here come quails in that they didn't even have to hunt them. They just picked them up and eat the quails. Where'd them quails come from? How did they come from out of the sea, the wind was blowing that way? God blowed them in from somewhere. I believe that He's God that will provide food for them, and He created those quails, and just sent them down with His breath right into the camp.
I believe God can do the same thing for every needy person here tonight, can send the Holy Spirit in here to awaken you conscious of His Being, and give to you those things that Jesus Christ promised to you, and died for you to have. He's Jehovah-jireh, the Lord will provide.

The Tree of Life mentioned in Genesis refers to Jesus Christ, who clearly said He was the Bread of Life from heaven. Our sustenance depends on it. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God. And we know the prophets are the mouthpiece of God.

The Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden is not a botany tree nor a spiritual law or rules of conduct. It is the Lord Himself. He is the fountain of Living water, the Rock in the wilderness, the Manna from heaven. Many people stilll cling to the thought that the Tree of Life is  a herbal tree that has medicinal properties. Can herbs give Life? Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is the only One who gives life. There is none others beside Him. Now if the Tree of Life is a Person, so must the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We get this from the book of Isaiah and Ezekiel. These verses clearly showed us Satan too was a Tree amongst other Trees in the Garden of Eden.

Ezekiel 31:18 KJV
(18)  To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.
 
Ezekiel 28:12-15 KJV
(12)  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
(13)  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
(14)  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
(15)  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

 
Ezekiel 31:2 KJV
(2)  Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness?
 
Ezekiel 31:4-10 KJV

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(10)  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;

 
Isaiah 14:12-17 KJV
(12)  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
(13)  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
(14)  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
(15)  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
(16)  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
(17)  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

 
Isaiah 14:19 KJV
(19)  But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
 

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This is where many message theologians struggled when they hear Brother Branham said the women was the Tree of Death, so was Satan, the Tree of Death. They assumed he meant Eve was the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil. No, if Eve was that tree, the serpent could not have tempted her by saying she shall be like God, knowing Good and Evil.

Everything that springs from Satan and later Eve dies. There is no life and no continuity that which is born of a woman, is of few days because we were born in sin, shaped in iniquity come to the world speaking lies. Can any good come out of the Tree of Death? Trace the genealogy all the way back to Eve. Every birth caused death. Only Adam and Eve were not birth through sexual desire and Adam was given Eternal Life but he was found in the transgression because he could not let go of Eve and even injected his seed on Eve because he knew that was the only way, she could live again, through Christ, through her seed springs forth the Tree of Life again. Because of Sin, there has to be a Redeemer. One who can pay the price and who is worthy to pay that price.

She was not the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil but she partook of it. What she was told not to eat nor touch it was that which was in the midst of the Garden, and Brother Branham said, she was like the garden just as Solomon wrote in the songs of soloman. We are the offsprings of our mother’s womb, the fruit of the womb. And that which was in the midst of her was the purer language used by Moses to describe her anatomy which produce temporary life and not true Life.She was given a false promise by the Serpent to be like God knowing Good and Evil. But her partaking of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil produced death. And Job highlighted that to us. That was the great fall by Eve and Adam also was in this transgression. Cain killed Abel because he was wicked and that was the first recorded evil and premature death.

Job 14:1-6 KJV
(1)  Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
(2)  He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
(3)  And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?
(4)  Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
(5)  Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
(6)  Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day.

 
Ecclesiastes 2:23 KJV

(23)  For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
 
Job 5:7 KJV

(7)  Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
 
Psalms 51:5 KJV
(5)  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
 
 Therefore, there is an only way of escape from this death cycle of mankind and that is to partake of the Tree of Life which was guarded from men by two cherubims but now Jesus being hung on a tree has made this Tree of Life available to us again. Freely you receive, freely you give. In the Name of Jesus Christ, come unto me, He said, all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you REST. Sabbath……..My message is not to condenm, no, even though God showed me there was an evil person who sought relentlessly to enrich herself to the detriment of others. This is a message of salvation. Come when there is still time.

Knowing the Saviour will come through the Seed of the Woman, Satan tried to destroy the Genealogy Tree of Jesus Christ and made various assaults to destroy the Royal line. He never did succeed because in the process of time Jesus, which means Jehovah our Saviour was born and died for us. He took our place that we might take His.

Will you come?

Just as I am, without one plea
but that thy blood was shed for me.
And that Thou bids me come to thee,
Jesus I come. Jesus I come. 
 



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