Main references: Ps 78:1-8; Mt 13:34-35; Gn 2:9
What is the tree of life, and what is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Gn 2:9?
Just as recorded in the book of Genesis, if one eats the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he will die, but if one eats the fruit from the tree of life, he will live eternally (Gn 2:17; Gn 3:22). Furthermore, the book of Revelation, which is roughly 6,000 years after Genesis, portrays the tree of life. It records how the tree of life bears twelve kinds of crops every month, and how its leaves are there for the healing of all nations (Rv 22:1-2). Revelation, however, does not make any references to the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which leads people to death if eaten. Why is there no tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Revelation?
It says in 1 Cor 15 that Adam who ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and his descendants have been dead in Adam for the last 6,000 years. It has been about 6,000 years since death entered when the man ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Numerous pastors have also been reigning over their congregation members since that time. Why is it, then, that people do not know the fruit of the tree of life and the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Why are pastors unable to teach these matters? The scriptures clearly show us that people die if they eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If this is the case, why do pastors not teach what it is? The scriptures also testify about the tree of life that one will live eternally if one eats from it. Why is it that pastors are not making these trees known to their congregation members? The reason they are unable to teach them is because they do not know them either, and also because they are not true pastors. I’d like to ask Catholics and Protestants. Are you still the orthodoxy and the chosen people of God? Can people who deceive others and deceive God be pastors? Jesus revealed the secrets hidden since the creation in parables, according to God’s command (Ps 78:2; Mt 13:34-35). Jesus testified that whoever does not know these parables will not receive the forgiveness of sin, and that he will be a gentile (an outsider) (Mk 4:10-13). Thus, not knowing these things serves as proof that a person has become a gentile (Mt 13:10-17; Gn 3:22). How can the scriptures be broken? (Jn 10:35)
Why is it that the saints of God are not trying to understand these two types of fruit while they seek after eternal life? If a certain place can teach these two types of fruit, can that place be the orthodoxy or a heresy? Existing churches today and their congregation just refer to themselves as believers. They are, in fact, the organizations of mere men, using the names of God and the Bible, while pretending to be the organizations of believers, are they not? They are merely helping each other receive positions, authority, and fame. The most essential issue in the Bible and the most problematic issue to the believers are the two trees mentioned above. One is the tree of life, which leads to people to eternal life if eaten, and the other is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which leads people to death if eaten. Out of the whole world, it is only Shinchonji that knows the real identities of these two trees. Shinchonji is truly Shinchonji. It is the City of Truth with the highest truth among all mankind. The Christian Council of Korea (the CCK), which has recently been divided into two parties (the CCK and the CCIK), should stop disputing, and try to know for themselves. They must keel down before God and the Bible and repent with sincere hearts. They also must lower themselves with the proper attitude to learn the word. There is no one qualified for being a pastor in the CCK and in the existing churches, not even one person. There is also no one qualified for going to heaven.
The book of Revelation testifies that one can receive the right to the tree of life that bears twelve kinds of crops every month, and he can go through the gates into the city by washing his robes (Rv 22:14). Can someone attain salvation if he does not know this tree of life and the holy city? If someone is eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil without realizing it, or if someone is in the fallen city (Rv 18:3) without realizing it, can that person receive salvation? Whoever says that he is carrying out a life of faith without knowing such facts is only using his walk of faith as a means of feeding his own flesh. Even if someone sees the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and yet does not know them, and even if someone is eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and yet does not know that fact, he is no different from the blind and the dead, is he not? There is no salvation for those who do not know these two different trees. How can someone possibly attain salvation without knowing the tree of life whose fruit gives eternal life if eaten?
What is the tree of life? What is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Let us examine these two trees according to the Bible.
God spoke in Ps 78 that he would open his mouth in parables and utter hidden things, things from of old. Later God came to Jesus and spoke through him in parables. The greatest mysteries among all are the serpent and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (its fruit), which leads people to death, and the tree of life (its fruit), which leads people to eternal life.
What kind of animal is the serpent, the animal created by God? (Gn 3:1)
According to Rv 12:9 and Rv 20:2, the serpent is the dragon, the devil, and Satan. Jesus referred to the Pharisees who were ruling over Jerusalem as snakes in Mt 23:33. In addition, the dragon gave his throne and authority to the beast with seven heads and ten horns in Rv 13. The identities of this beast, in fact, were the pastors of Babylon and of the world who have seized the ecclesiastical authority according to Rv 17. Babylon was the kingdom of demons that fed people with the wine of adulteries in Rv 18. The kingdom of gods is not the kingdom of the world, but it is referring to a denomination. Considering this, the serpent symbolizes a pastor who has become one with the spirit of Satan. It symbolizes a person. If this serpent was a literal serpent, how could he have talked to people? Why would people believe in the serpent’s words instead of believing in God’s word? If you look at Ez 28, the serpent, that is, Satan, was one of the cherubs in the Garden of Eden. Four cherubs were the four living creatures, and the four living creatures were the archangels who were positioned before God’s throne as well as in the north, south, east, and west. The angels who belong to these archangels are symbolized as many eyes—spirits or angels (Rv 4:6; Rv 5:6). The fallen cherub was a perfect seal full of wisdom. He was adorned with precious jewels, and he was someone appointed by God. This is why Eve was deceived by him. He was God’s creature, the wild animal, the serpent, in Gn 3:1.
What is, then, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? It is not a literal tree, but a spirit and people who betrayed God.
If you examine the book of Jude and 2 Pt 2, both make references to the angels who betrayed and the people who betrayed here on earth. At the first coming of Jesus, Satan fell like lightning from heaven and entered into Judas, and he became someone who opposed [God] (Lk 10:18; Jn 13:2). Furthermore, the king of Babylon, the kingdom of demons, Nebuchadnezzar, was represented by a huge tree in Dn 4. It had abundant fruit, and birds (evil spirits) rested on it branches. Wild animals found the tree to be their shelter. This Babylon, in fact, was the organization of Satan that fed God’s churches, which are all nations, with the wine of adulteries, and that caused all nations to collapse, just as seen in Rv 17, Rv 18, and Rv 13. Considering these, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents the spirit of wickedness that betrayed as well as the people who betrayed.
The wine of adulteries came from wild grapes. Wild grapes came from wild vines. The wild grapes, therefore, are the fruit of the wile vines. Just as seen in Dt 32:32-33, the nation of adversaries, Sodom and Gomorrah’s fields produced poisonous grapes. They taste bitter, and their wine is the venom of serpents and the deadly poison of cobras (Mt 23).
The wild serpent in Gn 3, the snakes in Mt 23, and the serpent in Revelation refer to the same serpent. It symbolizes Satan’s pastor. The group of the dragon and Babylon, the beast with seven heads and ten horns is the serpent. Their liquor, the wine of adulteries, indicates their doctrine (Satan’s untruth). It was this untruth from Satan and the venom of the serpents that Babylon fed and killed all nations with.
Just as examined earlier, the pastor of Babylon, the kingdom of Satan, is represented by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His congregation members are represented by the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
What is the tree of life? What is its fruit? God and his pastor are symbolized by the tree of life, and his congregation members and his word are symbolized by the fruit of the tree of life.
God is a living being with the abilities to create. The seed, which is the secret of the kingdom of heaven, is God’s word (Lk 8:11). There is life inside this word (Jn 1:1-4). The tree of life grew as the seed of life, the seed of the word, was planted (Mt 13:31-32). Since it is a tree of life, fruit of life must be born from it.
God is the nature of the tree of life. God’s fruit, which is the fruit of the tree of life, was Jesus (1 Cor 15:20). Just as it says in Jn 6:51-58, eating Jesus is the same as eating the fruit of the tree of life. It also says in Gn 3:22 that if one eats the fruit of the tree of life, he will live eternally.
What is more, Jesus was the true vine, and the twelve disciples were twelve branches (Jn 15:1, 5; Jn 14:6). The scriptures state that these branches bear twelve kinds of crops every month (Rv 22:1-2). Since the firstfruit is someone born of God’s word of truth according to Jas 1:18, he is God’s child born of God’s seed (Jn 1:13).
Rv 14 portrays the people who are harvested to Mt. Zion (Rv 14:14-16). They are sealed by the name of the Lord just as Rv 7 mentions. They have God’s name and Jesus’ name recorded on their foreheads. The sealed 144,000 of the twelve tribes at Mt. Zion are God’s kingdom and his priests, purchased by Jesus’ blood (Rv 5:9-10). They are the children of God born again of God’s seed. As a matter of fact, they are the firstfruits and the fruit of the tree of life born through the true vine, Jesus (the tree of life), and its branches, the twelve disciples, just as mentioned in Jn 15:1-5.
What about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and its fruit?
God prophesied about two types of seed in Jer 31. Roughly 600 years after the prophecy was made, God came to Jesus and sowed the seed of the son of man. The devil also sowed the seed of animals through the Pharisees of Mt 23. These two types of seed have grown together in Jesus’ field (the church of Jesus) until the time of harvest. At the time of harvest, the fruit of God’s seed, which is a good grain, is harvested. Only the weeds—the children of the devil born of the devil’s seed—remain in the field at that time (Mt 13:24-30).
The devil is death (Rv 8-9), and his pastor is the son of the devil who conducts the work of death (Mt 13:37-39). The devil and his pastor, therefore, are the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and its fruit (the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil). Furthermore, if the devil’s pastor is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, his word and his congregation members can be likened unto the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve died as a result of eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. In the same manner, the king of Babylon (the prostitute) in Rv 17 and Rv 18 fed people with the wine of adulteries—or made people to listen to and accept his words, which are the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, the venom of the serpent and the deadly poison of cobras (Dt 32:32-33). In doing so, he killed the saints in the tabernacle of God one-third at a time. The pastor of the dragon—who appears in Revelation as the beast (the serpent) with seven heads and ten horns, the group of the prostitute—is the real identity of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Why is it that only the tree of life appears in Rv 22 without the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? The tree of the knowledge of good and evil disappears as the dragon of Babylon, which is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, is seized and locked up (Rv 20:1-3), and as his pastors are also captured and judged in Rv 19 and Rv 20. The Sabbath rest and peace can come to this earth as Satan and his pastors disappear.
In short, a tree represents a spirit and the pastors who belong to that spirit (Is 5:7). The fruit of the tree represents the word and the congregation members. Two types of trees are God and the devil. The pastors appointed by each one of them are also the trees born from the seed according to Mt 13:31-32. It is to these trees that birds (spirits) come and perch in. God and Jesus are the word (Jn 1:1; 1 Jn 1:1). People born of this word are the firstfruits. This is the secret of the kingdom of heaven, and they become the children of the word, the spiritual sons.
Whoever does not know the parables, the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, becomes a gentile and cannot receive the forgiveness of his sin (Mk 4:11-12). Today is the time when facts are being plainly explained, and not with more figures of speech (Jn 16:25). Whoever believes in this will be saved.