The Trees of Eden
From the trees in Eden to the two witnesses of Revelation, this book grapples with knowledge, power and the human heart. The great debates of human history are examined in the light of the mind of Christ; with the inevitable conclusion that both sides of every loveless argument are wrong. Our only hope is the love of God the Father himself: revealed in Jesus, and made real in the Holy Spirit. More
From the fall in Eden, to this very day, every human being must decide whether to walk in friendship with God, or in rebellion against him. The choice between the ‘tree of life’ or the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ is not just Adam and Eve’s historic choice, but the option of every living person today. Nor is idolatry ancient and irrelevant: but still as seductively aligned with loveless power—irrespective of education, science and technology—in this third millennium AD, as in any other.
Our most pressing questions are, and always have been: Who is the true God? And what is He really like? This book is my contribution toward sorting the ‘wood from the trees’, to help us find our way through this world’s jungle, to the great ‘tree’ at Golgotha—the Cross on which Jesus died—and back into life through his resurrection.
If we choose life, we will find the tree of life, and within its shade, two other trees, symbolising the mantles of Moses and Elijah. These are the ‘two witnesses’; the ‘two olive trees’; the double-portion Holy Spirit anointing of loving power, to retake planet earth with God.
‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.’ (Zechariah 4:6)
‘These are the two anointed who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.’ (Zechariah 4:14)
‘These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth.’ (Revelation 11:4)
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