The Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and Any Tree
Main reference: Genesis 2 ~ 3
What are the three kinds of trees in the main reference and where are they?
God said concerning the three kinds of trees, if one eats the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, one will die, and if one eats the fruit of the tree of life, one will have eternal life. God made known to Moses a general account of the events that took place before his lifetime. God explained in Genesis chapters 2 ~ 3 first about the event that brought sin. He also spoke about the three kinds of trees and the serpent. Do you know about the three kinds of trees and the serpent?
Religion is not a study of worldly principles, but a teaching of the God of heaven. Why didn't God make known the serpent and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which are the origin of sin, until today? Why did people, specifically religious people, neglect to find out about the actual entities of this important event? Of course, God, who created the heavens and the earth, saw the events at that time so therefore He knows. However, God did not make it known immediately to people.
God prophesied in Psalms 78 that hidden things from the past will be spoken in parables and will be made known to future generations. God, who made that prophecy, came to Jesus, the promised pastor, and spoke about the secrets of the kingdom of heaven in parables (Mt 13:34-35). He also made it known that when the time comes, instead of speaking figuratively, He will speak plainly about Himself (Jn 16:25).
In Matthew 13, Jesus spoke in parables about heaven and the two kinds of seed. Jesus said the reason why he spoke in parables is because they were the secrets of heaven and there were enemies who should not have heard and understood those secrets. The good seed is the seed to become sons of God, and the weeds are the seed to become sons of the devil. We must understand the trees that grow from these two kinds of seed are two kinds of people.
Today is the time when the prophecies of the New Testament are being fulfilled. It is the time of Jesus' return. It is not the time to speak in parables but the time when the prophecies have become flesh and have appeared as physical fulfillment. Jesus said the good seed are the sons of God. He also said the seed that is sown, though it is small, grows into a large tree and the birds come and perch in its branches (Mt 13:24-32). If a person becomes God's son through the good seed, will a literal bird come to this person and dwell with him?
To say a bird dwells within a tree figuratively means the holy spirit is with a person. If God's spirit, the Holy Spirit, comes to a person born of God's seed, it means this tree is the tree of life.
This was God speaking about the tree of life in parables through Jesus. Two thousand years later, today, at the time of the Second Coming, the actual entity of the tree of life is being made known plainly.
Jesus said he was the tree of life and that his disciples were the branches. He also said if the branches are connected to the vine, they will bear fruit. Similarly, if the disciples remain within Jesus, they will bear much fruit (Jn 15:1-5). The tree, branches, and fruit are all people.
Jesus himself is the Word in the beginning, and he is the path, truth, and life who has become one with God. Jesus was a tree that bore twelve kinds of fruit every month (Rv 22:1-2; Jn 15:1-5). Jesus and the disciples were the tree of life, the branches, the leaves, and the fruit. Because Jesus (who is the bread of life) said those who eat and drink his flesh and blood, will live eternally (Jn 6:51-57), Jesus is the tree of life.
In Isaiah 5, it says the choicest vine bore wild grapes, and that vine is the people of Israel (Judah). The vine in Deuteronomy 32 is the vine of the serpent. It is the pastor of the enemy, and their wine is the venom of cobras. Proverbs 13:12, 15:4, and 3:18 refer to a person as the tree of life. Similarly, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is referring to a person who was good but became evil.
Furthermore, there are many passages in the Old Testament that compare a person to a tree. Even today, at the time of Revelation, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil have appeared. As the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil are referring to people, all other kinds of trees are referring to unbelievers.
It is written that the tree of life bears twelve kinds of fruit every month like Jesus (Jn 15) and its leaves are for the healing of all nations. Hence, how can the tree of life be an actual tree? It is referring to the spiritual and physical twelve tribes, the holy city centered around God and Jesus.
In contrast, the forces that oppose God, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the kingdom of demons, was referred to as a large tree. This tree was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and there were many fruits on that tree (Dn 4). When looking at Revelation, it says all nations are deceived and have fallen as a result of Babylon's wine of adultery. Babylon (Rv 17 ~ 18) boasted about this fruit and the wine of adultery; but in the end, Babylon received judgment and disappeared. The only thing left is the tree of life of Revelation 22. Every denomination within the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) holds to differing doctrines. Because their teachings are mixed, the CCK is spiritual Babylon.
The two kinds of trees are trees that grew as a result of the two kinds of seed. This concept was hidden until Revelation was fulfilled, and this is why no one was yet able to know. However, in accordance to the promises of Jesus (Jn 16:25), it is made known plainly today. Will you believe it? If you did believe, you would know which fruit of the two kinds of trees you must eat in order to have eternal life. Are you going to, like Eve, eat the fruit of Babylon (false doctrines), the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which is the venom of serpents and the poison of cobras? God's laws, the Scriptures, cannot be broken.
We, Shincheonji, are the tree of life that has united with Jesus and God. We are bearing twelve kinds of fruit every month, and our leaves are healing all nations. Aren't you seeing this with your own eyes? If you eat the fruit of the tree of life, you will live eternally. Amen.
SHINCHEONJI Healing All Nations