There Were Two Trees

In Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17, we read these interesting words, “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” 

Then in verse 15-17, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’”

There were two trees in the Garden of Eden – the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and I’d not be in any fear of exaggeration to say that these two trees challenged the course of the entire human race. Throughout our lives, we’ll have to choose from which tree we want to eat from because between them lies the focal point of the dichotomy between the Kingdom of God and this present evil age. This present evil age is built on the wisdom that comes from the Tree of Knowledge. But the Kingdom is built on the wisdom that comes from partaking the fruit from the Tree of Life.

The two trees are also symbolic of the two spiritual lineages in the Bible. We often refer to lineages as family trees. The Bible, if you understand it, is a history of two family lines, and one of these two lineages will rule and have ascendancy over the rest of the human race. And the epic battle in Scripture is between the sons of God versus the sons of the evil one and there’ll be a climactic battle at the end of the age when both comes to full maturity. Understanding these two lineages can help us understand the most common errors besetting the human race, including those that have continually misled the Church.

Now we’re told in Genesis that there are three things the woman saw. She was: 1) That the tree was good for food; 2) That it was pleasant to the eyes; 3) That it could make one wise. Understand that these three things God had already given to them.

All the other trees in the garden were good for food and pleasant to the eyes, and God Himself was going to teach them wisdom. But the temptation has always been to do it ourselves. We don’t need God. We are gods. So from these three things come all the perversion, which is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. On these three things is every temptation known to men. When a temptation comes, it’s to test us on one of these three things.

Now when Satan tempted Eve with the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, it wasn’t just because the Lord said, “No, you cannot eat this.” He tempted her because the source of his power was rooted in that tree. And this is what we want to unpack this weekend – understanding where the conflict really lies will open up new victories for the Church.

Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong

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We’re living in a generation of stress, and it’s not only in the world; it’s also in the Church. There’s a tremendous pressure that’s coming down upon every person and no one is exempted from it. Unfortunately, Christians are some of the most worn-out people on the planet and that’s a shame especially when we’ve been offered supernatural rest. There’s a huge crisis coming that’s going to purge the system and we as leaders need to recognise and address this because He’s promising to visit His Church in a way we’ve never seen before.

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The Perils of Overcrowding

Over the past few months, we’ve been having a recurrent problem. Whenever the services end a few minutes late, the queues will snake from the entrance of our church all the way down to the ground floor and go right out of the building, sometimes reaching even Katong Shopping Centre. Whilst this might seem a good problem to have, believe me, in the long run, it’ll begin to wear on the people in the queue.

Apart from this, we’ve been having issues stemming from this overcrowding. It takes a much longer time to get out of the carpark. You’ve to queue up for the toilets, especially the ladies. People have walked away when they saw these long queues and sometimes, they get impatient and lose their sanctification, and this has happened more than once. We’ve a great ushering team and they read more…

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What an amazing week we had during Kingdom Invasion 2016. I’m certain most of us are still in the afterglow of the Spirit; I am for sure! This is our fourth Kingdom Invasion Conference and after the last conference in 2014, I was almost certain we reached a high water mark. But KI2016 surpassed everything we accomplished in all our previous conferences. We’re building one level of glory on another.

I was extremely blessed by all the speakers. They were certainly handpicked by the Lord. The Word was rich, revelation was strong and fresh, we saw hundreds of healings take place, demons were being cast out in Jesus’ name, significant kingdom connections were being made, but most of all, that glorious Presence invaded us. Who could’ve forgotten that moment on the final night when Heidi spoke, all heaven broke loose and read more…

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