In the previous episode of the creation account that we are retracing, we saw how the stage was set for a faceoff between the forces of Darkness and the Light. The waters of Light have been divided by a firmament - “heaven” - with a realm of Light being above the firmament, and a domain of Light below it. However, things are now going to change, especially in the lower waters, as Elohim will be calling for the gathering of these (spiritual) waters: “Then Elohim said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry [in Hebrew “yabbashah”] appear’; and it was so. And Elohim called the dry ‘Earth’, and the gathering together of the waters He called ‘Seas’ and Elohim saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:9-10). This is now the first appearance of a physical earth with its seas, but it is held together by the force of Elohim’s “Word and Light”. In spite of science and physics’ studies and research on the effects of the force fields of nature, they cannot find the evidence of the spiritual might/power of YHVH as He acts perpetually upon His creation, even though Scripture says that “… since the creation of the world His invisibleness is clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, His eternal power and divinity, so that they are without excuse…” (Romans 1:20 emphasis added). Paul backs up this statement in another letter, saying: “…while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Let us continue. The evil forces of Darkness, being opposite in nature to the Kingdom of Light, as we have already observed, were facing the te’home (the bottomless pit, abyss), but have not yet been cast into it. The question (that we raised in the last article, Elohim’s Hidden Strategy), still remains: How did they get access to the creation if Elohim separated the Light from the Darkness? Obviously Elohim, the first cause of all, must have provided a way. But first He created, in His own image and likeness, Man as a spiritual being that was given dominion and a physical body to govern all other created living entities. Elohim placed this male-female creation in a beautiful garden, with two special trees – a Tree of Life with its fruit, and a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
There is much talk about “roots” today, so let us ponder the roots of these two trees. Their very description or titles imply that they were not merely natural plants. Therefore when examining them and their purpose, taking into consideration their roots would be of utmost importance. Where did their roots originate and what ground were they drawing nourishment from? The roots of the Tree of Life most likely drew their sustenance from the waters of Light and Life, whereas the Tree of Knowledge would have drawn poisonous sustenance from the realm of darkness. If this picture is accurate, then in His wisdom YHVH allowed the dark entities access to the creation through the roots of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
In the Garden-description there is only mention of the fruit of the two trees, but not of their roots. However, the topic of “roots” is not neglected by the Word of Elohim. Additionally, we also learn from nature that there are many trees that will continue to perpetuate themselves if their roots are not demolished. Thus if the Tree of Knowledge, with its roots into the spirit realm of darkness, is not cut off it will remain a tree of temptation in the creation. Yeshua said: "And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew 3:10). Obviously the Tree of Knowledge could not bear good fruit as its roots consisted of wormwood. How can we make such a categorical statement? That tree was the very seat of the serpent, its “word” and fruit were the bait with which he tempted the woman (and man) to doubt YHVH and hence rebel against Him. When Moses issued a warning to Israel, before the nation entered the land, he told them what would happen if they were to rebel against YHVH, and went on to describe the heart and nature of the rebel: "…so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from YHVH our Elohim, to go and serve the gods of these nations, and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood” (Deuteronomy 29:18 emphasis added). More on the same is found in Hebrews 12:15: “…looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of Elohim; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” Roots, by their very nature, are not seen. It is the fruit that they produce which shows forth the nature of these unseen conduits. A seed first sprouts its root and then the stem begins to shoot upward, eventually to be seen for what it is. The spirit realm of darkness was cast away, out of Elohim’s presence to a dry place where it had no way of expressing its fallen nature (sprout and grow). But through the forbidden tree that realm of darkness with its entities gained access into the waters of the creation. A case in point: The serpent, a resident of the tree, was first and foremost in a state of bitterness as he failed to fulfill his desire to exalt himself and be “like the Most High” (ref. Is. 14:14) and “above the knowledge of Elohim” (ref. 2nd Cor. 10:5), but now he was hoping to pass on this passion to his victims. In order to achieve his ends, he used the following tactic.
The serpent (Satan) promised to our fore-parents that they would be like Elohim if they would only partake of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. In what way can the knowledge of good and evil make a human (hypothetically) like Elohim? When using the knowledge of what is deemed to be right or righteous and then judging others according to that standard, mankind sets itself up in the role of a king and in the position of a judge. This has become the backbone of humanism today. We want to do what is right in our own eyes and then convince others to follow our right pathway, which will always lead to partaking of the fruit of strife and contention, pricking pride that will produce anger, all resulting in death to relationships. It will also have devastating effects on the body and the soul, producing dis-ease. This self-induced (Satan inspired) condition with its gall of bitterness ultimately brings about death. Hence the very seed of the fruit of the tree will turn into a root of hostility within us, while also defiling many others.
Interestingly, the Isaiah 14 description of fallen Lucifer makes use of a number of terms that are associated with plant life. The literal translation of verse 12b is: “How you are felled down to the ground!” Verse 19 uses the loaded term for “branch” - netzer - while in verse 20 we encounter the “seed of evildoers”.
When Adam and Eve, the spiritual caretakers of the Garden, partook of the forbidden fruit they allowed its seed to be planted in their adama (ground). It did not take long for that seed to ‘take root’ and express its nature, contaminating Man’s entire being. Moreover, Man became a slave to the dark spiritual kingdom, being deceived by what looked good and felt tasty, but what in actuality turned in wormwood in his/their heart. As sad as this looks, it was YHVH’s plan.
The dark spiritual principalities and powers were ‘in the dark’ as to this plot, which was actually a trap set by YHVH for their ultimate demise. Elohim’s created son “Adam” would first be the bait and the victim. But by Elohim’s firstborn Son, the Second Adam, Man would be the recipient of redemption and restoration that would turn him into a soldier with the authority and sword to execute judgement upon the realm of darkness and all its works, casting its entities out of the waters of creation and into the “te’home” - abyss - to be burned.
Thus the fruit of the Tree of Life is no longer verboten. Man can now partake of the life-giving fruit of this tree, and himself be the conduit of the “fruit of the Spirit”. This fruit (of the spirit) can only build relationships, strengthen us and others, spirit soul and body, ultimately causing us to become trees of righteousness, the planting of YHVH bearing good fruit, with the leaves being for the healing of the nations and the creation. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal… and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2).