The world is about to be redeemed.
There are three stages of sin:
- Father/son – this was the Fall: a rebellion against authority. A priestly/church sin.
- Brother/brother – this is rising up against your own kin: Cain/Abel. A kingly/land sin.
- False intermarriages – the sin of compromise: the sons of God marrying the daughters of men. A prophetic/empire-world sin.
When these three stages are all fully active, the world comes under judgment. The first time, this came in the form of the Flood: a physical destruction. After that, God promised that He’d never do that again. From then on, we have a death and redemption. Christ is one of many of these redemptions; of course, He is the archetype and the best Redemption, but that doesn’t mean we’ll never sin again.
We are living in an age of sin on a worldwide scale. Very soon, the Church will be called to suffer, die, and be resurrected for the sins of the world. It’ll be traumatic, painful, and terrible to live through. But on the other side lies a fresh start, just as has been the case since Adam.
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is not a bad tree: it’s always been the view of most Christians that it is a tragic tree, put down as a test. This is not the case. Careful study shows us that Adam and Eve would have in fact been permitted to eat of this tree, but only after growing up. This Tree is a Tree of Wisdom. Wisdom is for grown-ups. The Tree of Life is a tree for children. After Adam and Eve had matured, they would have been permitted to eat of the Tree of Wisdom.
The Tree of Life is a tree of joy, gratitude, play, and action without consequences. The Tree of Wisdom grants criticism, the ability to see through things, and judgment. The sin was not eating the fruit itself: the sin was that it was too soon. Adam and Eve grasped maturity before they were allowed to partake. And thus, you wind up with a culture that is cynical and critical, yet lacks gratitude and all the things that the Tree of Life granted. A mature society is one that learns gratefulness before it learns criticism.