Forbidden Fruit - What does it really mean?
We update studies as the Lord Jesus leads us. You can find the latest update of this study at ChurchAges.net
Why are we all born in sin? What was the alternative way to populate the earth with eternal life.
- So what was God’s plan for Eden?
- God required a spiritual multiplication
- There is no literal tree that can give you eternal life
- Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God
- We need an enemy to develop our character
- Sexual multiplication is full of problems
- Eve was supposed to give birth to Jesus as the virgin-born Son
- The serpent broke Eve's veil of virginity which shed blood
- Serpent's seed is the male sex cell or sperm
- The belly button is the mark of the beast on our bodies
So what was God’s plan for Eden?
God was setting up the scene for eternity. Nothing would ever need to die. Humanity fell from that high position, which is why we hate death. Deep down we realize that we were never intended to get old and die. We were never originally meant to be in bondage to time.
First God created a spirit-man Adam out of nothing in Genesis Chapter 1.
Adam also had certain feminine attributes in his spirit.
God is a Spirit, so to be in God's image, Adam also had to be a Spirit.
GENESIS 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
Humanity was in God at the beginning. We were all in the mind of God.
Our good human characteristics come from God.
REVELATION 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
So God is mainly supernatural but there were also human characteristics in Him.
GENESIS 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
So Adam was mainly a male spirit but in him were also feminine characteristics.
GENESIS 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Just as human characteristics were in God, God created Adam as a masculine spirit with feminine characteristics in him.
Created means to be made out of nothing. So they were a spirit creation. The good human spirit came from the Spirit of God. Their combined name was Adam. One spirit.
The human body is not created from anything because that is made out of dust.
God required a spiritual multiplication
GENESIS 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:
They were still a spirit creation. The human spirit had not yet been put into human bodies.
To multiply meant spiritual multiplication.
They did not know what that meant.
They would have to wait for God to fulfill that. Like we have to wait for the Coming of the Lord. We cannot bring it to pass. Daniel saw the Lord's Coming as a stone cut out without hands. The Coming of the Lord needs no human help.
DANIEL 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
“Be fruitful” was the clue to spiritual multiplication.
GENESIS 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
“Fruitful” means that the seed is inside the fruit.
What do these symbols mean?
LUKE 1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Just like an apple seed is within the apple fruit, so the Seed of God's Word was within the Body of Jesus while He was within Mary's womb.
The virgin-born Son was the Baby or Fruit of Mary’s womb.
The mother is the fruit tree.
LUKE 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
To be fruitful, Mary must have a fruit with a seed inside it. She must produce a Baby who has the full Word of God within Him. Emmanuel, God with us.
MATTHEW 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Those were the requirements for spiritual multiplication.
God is supernatural but also has human attributes that he wanted to express in human bodies.
In Genesis Chapter 1, God had put the feminine characteristics into the masculine spirit of the man Adam.
In Genesis Chapter 2, God put the human spirit of Adam in a masculine body of flesh.
Later he removed the feminine spirit from Adam which was placed into a separate human body.
GENESIS 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Only in Chapter 2 did Adam appear in a physical human body.
GENESIS 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Now that Adam was in a body of flesh, he could be tempted. So God warned him of two trees that were intertwined at the centre of the garden. What did this symbolize?
There is no literal tree that can give you eternal life
There is no literal fruit that can make you clever.
No literal fruit can make you know the difference between right and wrong.
The tree of life was “also” in the midst of the garden, meaning something else was also in the middle of the garden. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
GENESIS 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
The only source of eternal life is Christ. So He is the tree of Life.
Adam had sinned. God did not want an eternal sinner.
If men could never die, then God could never die for them as a substitute and pay the penalty for their sin. This would leave them eternally cursed and ultimately damned.
JEREMIAH 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,A tree is a symbol of the spirit of a righteous man. That spirit never moves away from the River of Life, which is the Bible.
If Jesus is the Tree of Life, then Satan is the deceptive spirit of good and evil.
Judas was an apostle (a church leader, thus good) and a money-grabber (evil). The combination of good and evil was toxic.
Then God removed the feminine part of Adam’s spirit and put that in a separate feminine body.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God
Nothing with blood in it can live forever.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
So there was no blood in the veins of Adam and his wife initially
The Holy Spirit flowed through their veins, keeping them alive.
GENESIS 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
There was no mention of blood.
Without blood, there can be no sex as the male organ requires blood to produce an erection. Thus they were totally unaware that they were naked.
GENESIS 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
There was no sexual desire between them.
In Genesis Chapter 1, Adam and his wife were a spirit-being. Sex is impossible by a spirit. It can only happen in a body of flesh.
So in Chapter 1, God told the male-female spirit-being to multiply and replenish the earth. That means spiritual multiplication. That is something that they also did not understand.
So all they could do was wait until God brought His plan into action. If they did anything, it would be wrong as God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. And we cannot figure out what God is thinking.
So when God put them in two separate physical bodies in Genesis Chapter 2, He had already warned Adam about the tree of knowledge.
“Carnal knowledge” is the definition of sex.
GENESIS 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived,
So in addition, God gave the physical woman a physical veil of virginity, to act as a barrier so that that they would realize that sex was not God’s perfect will. Eternal life cannot be passed on to the children through the sex act.
Once Adam was in the flesh in Genesis Chapter 2, God warned Adam of the tree of knowledge. When Adam was a spirit in Genesis Chapter 1 there was no possibility of sex and thus no warning. All the natural trees were good in Chapter 1. There was no “bad” or forbidden natural tree or fruit.
So the tree of knowledge was not a natural tree. It was the spirit of Satan. His knowledge is dangerous and deadly.
Why were they given sex organs?
Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.
Virtue can only emerge as the product of an intense battle against a strong enemy.
Patience emerges from the tribulations which are beyond our personal control.
Character cannot be given to a person. Character is hammered out on the anvil of defeat and difficulty.
If there is no battle, there is no victory.
Faith only develops when we face situations that we cannot solve.
We need an enemy to develop our character
Self-will in the human mind produces curiosity. We always want to know more. But our human ignorance means we need guidelines for our beliefs and behavior. These guidelines appear in God’s Word that we have to learn to trust.
We have to learn to choose the way that is not easy.
Self-will is the most important part of the human mind. Without it we become robots.
God can force us to do something because we have to do it. But it is much better when we have a mindset that wants to do it of our own free-will.
But there can be no free-will unless there is a temptation in the form of an alternative option which we can choose if we want to.
If I want you to be honest, of your own free-will, then I must leave some money lying around where you have an opportunity to steal it. If you never have a chance to steal anything, I will never know if you are honest or not.
At the end of the war, Hitler and his staff were in an underground bunker. He banned them from smoking. So they did not smoke though they had cigarettes. Hitler thought they had all stopped smoking and he was happy with his law. When he died, the first thing they did was to get out cigarettes and start smoking again. So it was just an illusion that they had stopped smoking.
God does not want mankind to have an illusion of obeying Him because they have to obey Him. God wants man to obey Him from the depth of the heart because that is what the person wants to do.
You will only really know what you actually want to do if you can reject the temptation of something that looks better and more appealing. By providing sex organs, God was giving mankind a very tempting way of disobeying God, if they wanted to.
Sexual multiplication is full of problems
There are probably more sexual sins committed on planet earth than any other kind of sin.
That is the wrong path that most people want to follow. That way people remove themselves from the plan of God if they really do not want to follow God.
Let us assume that God wanted Adam and Eve to produce children by sex.
Those children would not have eternal life. Parents cannot give their children eternal life.
Adam lived over 900 years and had sons and daughters. So how many children would be born? A lot. The children would never die in God’s perfect will. How long would it take before the world was overpopulated? Not too long.
This was not a system that could be sustained forever. This was not the way to eternity.
If God limited family size then He was taking away their free-will to have as many children as they wanted. But free-will is what God wanted man to have.
Sexually transmitted diseases have caused havoc amongst people. Some of them like AIDS cannot really be cured for many people.
Rape, adultery, fornication, prostitution, seduction, women abuse, sexual perversion, homosexuality, and child abuse are part of a range of sins that have emerged thanks to sex and free-will.
So sexual multiplication is simply not a good system.
God must have had a better idea at the beginning.
When He put Adam and Eve into physical bodies, God wanted them to be like Joseph and Mary. There was nothing that Joseph and Mary could do other than to wait on God. God would have to move first.
After Adam and his wife had been in Eden for some time, the Holy Spirit would overshadow her and she would produce the virgin-born Son, Who would be created in her womb, having nothing to do with her physical body. She would just be an incubator for the developing Child.
HEBREWS 10:6 … but a body hast thou prepared me:
SONG OF SOLOMON 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
A garden is the symbol of the woman. A fence is put around a garden for protection. Women need to be protected. The fountain of eternal life can only come forth from a womb that is still sealed or veiled by her virginity.
GENESIS 2:9 … the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The garden represents the woman. The midst of the garden would be the midst of her body. That is where her womb is. She could bring forth eternal life through the virgin birth. Or she could bring forth a natural life with both good and evil characteristics, which must die.
Good and evil. Very few actions today can be defined as good and evil. But sex is one such action. Even though sex is God's permissive will, sex within marriage is good but before marriage or outside of marriage, between one man and one woman, is evil.
God and Satan contending for the womb of the woman.
As Michael the Archangel, God had fought with Lucifer in Heaven and cursed Lucifer by turning him into the Devil.
In Eden, God would curse the serpent from being the top mammal that could talk and reason and turned him into a snake with a forked tongue, the traditional description of a liar. Today the snake still has poison in its mouth. The lies that he told Eve were toxic.
Nowhere in Scripture did Satan ever make an animal talk. The serpent, as the highest mammal, could talk.
Eve was supposed to give birth to Jesus as the virgin-born Son
The fullness of God would be in Him.
ISAIAH 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Immanuel means God with us.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
He would grow to manhood and there would be no sins to die for.
Jesus would then speak His saints from the dust of the earth, just like He will do on the resurrection day. Then there would just be enough people to populate the earth. There would be no extras to burn in hell. That was the original plan.
But character, virtue, and patience would be problem areas for these newly created people. So would pride and selfishness.
In the long run, it would be better if we are born sinners and had to experience the grace and love of God to forgive our sins. The scars in His hands will endlessly remind us of the price He paid for our sins. Needing a Saviour cancels out our pride. Knowing that we were wrecked by sin and headed for hell will remove any interest we may have in sin. We had to be born in sin and see the suffering and grief caused by sin to know its horror so that we long for a sin-free world. Having been forgiven of sin ourselves should make us less critical of other people and thus we become nicer and more sympathetic people.
Hardship and suffering build up our faith until our total trust is in Jesus, not in ourselves or any other man.
The serpent broke Eve's veil of virginity which shed blood
Look at Eve’s punishment.
God never said to her, “Because you have done this ...”.
God gave no reason for her punishment. She had been totally deceived until she had no idea that she had done anything wrong. (Today the church people still cannot tell you what Eve did wrong. They say she ate a fruit. But God punished her for being pregnant. So the church today, just like Eve, does not know what original sin was).
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception
Eve was punished for having a conception.
That conception could not therefore have come from her husband.
She thought God’s command to multiply and replenish the earth meant she had to have sex. There was no other way that she could see for this command to be fulfilled.
She never realized that Satan could use her womb, the tree or spirit of knowledge, to bring forth sinful life. Or that her womb could be used by God, the Tree of Life, to bring forth the virgin-born Son.
GENESIS 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
God told the serpent what his sin was. God cursed him and turned him from the top mammal down to a reptile. His curse was to be on his belly. So he sinned by lying on his belly on top of Eve to introduce her to the sex act.
When she began to believe the serpent, God’s Spirit left her.
God's Spirit does not co-exist with sin and unbelief.
Then God had to fill her veins with blood to keep her alive.
The serpent, before it was cursed and turned into a snake, made Eve pregnant.
That was the Fall of mankind into sin.
Eve no longer had a virgin womb that God could use for the virgin birth.
So original sin was an animal, a mammal, shedding blood.
Thus God accepted the shed blood of an animal to atone for sin.
Eve was doomed to die.
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;
Eve had a conception. She was pregnant. Adam was her husband so God could not punish her for being pregnant by Adam.
In Chapter 1 God said multiply. That meant producing the virgin-born Jesus Who would speak out of the dust just the right number of virtuous saints on earth. That was God’s perfect will.
Now God says “greatly multiply” by sex. Produce a whole lot more. Both the righteous and all the unrighteous will be produced by a combination of sex and free will. But now pregnancy and childbirth will be difficult to show that sex is God’s permissive will. God will only allow sex between a man and the woman that he has married. Satan of course will persuade people to break this rule completely.
II CORINTHIANS 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.Paul wants the church as a chaste virgin for Christ. That is not what Eve was when the serpent was finished with her.
The serpent beguiled or fooled Eve. This shame still reflects in the dislike women have for being called by some animal names like cow or bitch.
Adam was never fooled. So call a man a bull and he takes it as a compliment. Sailors call themselves sea-dogs. The man was not fooled by the animal so he has no complex if he is compared to certain animals.
I TIMOTHY 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Adam knew his bride had sinned by learning about sex from the serpent. But he loved her so much that he took a gamble and sinned with her, believing that God would somehow make a plan of redemption for them.
Adam sinned knowingly to stay with his bride. He fell because of his love for her. We still say that we “fall in love”.
Jesus saw us in sin and then became sin by taking on our sin. That was the only way that He could stay with His Bride and save her from sin. Such was His love for us.
Serpent's seed is the male sex cell or sperm
God never called them to repentance in Eden because Eve had committed a sin that could not be put right. God needed a virgin womb for His Son. Eve was no longer a virgin, so God could not rectify the issue. So God would wait 4000 years for Mary’s faith to fulfill His Word.
GENESIS 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The seed of the serpent is the male sperm cell. It looks like a snake.
All of humanity would be born that way. We are thus born as sinners. The one exception would be the virgin-born Jesus.
The showdown came at Calvary.
The virgin-born Messiah was attacked by a host of sex-born religious men.
57-0915 HEBREWS CHAPTER SEVEN.1
And God took the woman out of Adam's side. Is that right? And then woman went and brought man through sex.
It wasn't no apple! How did she realize she was naked? We've been through that. It was actually a sexual affair.
63-0317 THE BREACH BETWEEN THE SEVEN CHURCH AGES AND THE SEVEN SEALS
But the law required a Kinsman Redeemer, and every man on earth was born of a sex.
Now, don't you see, there's where it come from. That's where sin started. So you see where it's at now? There comes your seed of the serpent in. See?
To be saved from death that came in with the sex act, we needed a Kinsman Redeemer Who was not born through sex.
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;
“Multiply thy conception”? Sounds strange . She had been told to multiply.
But she had done it the wrong way.
She was supposed to have had one conception by the Holy Ghost. That Child would grow up and speak everyone into existence from the dust of the earth.
But now she stood before God having had a conception from the serpent. She was pregnant.
So God said that he would multiply this form of conception. This is how humanity would be born. But she would suffer in childbirth to remind her that it was wrong.
GENESIS 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
:2 And she again bare his brother Abel.One act of conception from Adam and two children are born as twins.
But what about the conception in the Garden of Eden? That conception was not from Adam.
She covered up for Cain by claiming that he came from God. That is true. All life comes from God. But why did she not say that Cain came from Adam?
PROVERBS 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
What you eat goes to the belly. Sex produces pregnancy which swells the belly. So eating is a symbol of sex.
We say that a woman “falls” pregnant. Why? Because the first pregnancy caused the fall. Cain was a human-serpent hybrid. Thus never a son of God.
Cain was never listed as the firstborn son of Adam in the Book of Chronicles.
But Cain was the first liar and murderer. Those are attributes of Satan who indwelt the serpent when he was still above the ape, just below humans.
So the tree of knowledge remains the spirit of humans being born of sex.
That dooms us to die within a day. But a day with God is as a thousand years. Methuselah made 969 years. Nobody, born of a woman, made 1000 years.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The belly button is the mark of the beast on our bodies
A scar that tells us that we are doomed to die despite all our wisdom.
Then we end up in a grave. Dig up the soil and it leaves a scar. The soil never goes back to what it used to be.
A virgin-born Saviour is our only hope. He alone is free from the curse of original sin. That makes Jesus Christ the Tree of Life. In Him, we become born again of the Spirit, not the flesh.
4000 years later God used the virgin womb of Mary to bring forth the virgin-born Son.
Elizabeth said to Mary:
LUKE 1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Jesus, the Word of God, is the Tree of Life.
To prove He had Eternal Life. He chose to die for us and rise again in the resurrection.
For the rest of us, we are born by the tree of knowledge and have to keep on dying. But we cannot rise from the grave, unless we repent and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour.