The Destiny of the Seed
The divine Seed promised to the woman in Genesis 3, preserved for four thousand years, birthed in Judea during the time of Caesar Augustus, revealed by John the Baptist to all Israel, buried into death and risen in victory, was propagated by the chosen vessel of God – the church. He was to reach out to millions of people throughout the centuries and be planted in their hearts, resulting in a great harvest of souls regained and redeemed for the Father. He traveled through eternity past, entered time and space to obtain a vessel of expression and continuation, and is now about to close the final chapter of His journey, usher humanity into an eternity full of bliss, meaning, joy, and victory.
The history of the church over the past 2000 years is a testimony to how the Seed propagated and His presence impacted the world. It is not in the scope of this book to enumerate the impact the reality of Jesus Christ has had on human history. Without Jesus Christ (and the church as the propagator of Him as the divine Seed sent from God), our world would never have become what it is today.
When we read the history of the church, we cannot but be amazed at how countless people have given their lives to ensure the preservation of the Seed. Millions were thrown into Roman coliseums, were torched to death, were fed to lions, and butchered by gladiators for the sake of the Seed that was planted deep in their heart. The Apostles of Jesus Christ had fulfilled their task as Christ’s ambassadors very effectively. The church was ready to die for Christ. They knew that their death, just like the death of their Lord, would further ‘fertilize’ their world with the meaning and the message of the Seed. Jesus had already laid down the principle: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”. Each and every believer had to release the Seed into the ground of this dead world in order to produce an abundant harvest of countless others coming into the same position and relationship with the Lord. Willingly they planted themselves throughout all of the Roman and Persian empires, and in other countries. In no time a great harvest grew throughout the world. The kingdom of Satan, once dominant and in exclusive control of the affairs of people, had been challenged. It was no longer the only voice in the spiritual world. The church, the ambassador of Christ’s kingdom, challenged it at every turn and corner, declaring the good news of freedom from tyranny and death, releasing the captives, healing the sick, raising the spiritually dead, and lifting the banner of God’s kingdom and sovereignty all over the land of the enemy. The more they killed Christians, the more the Christians grew! The church was growing exponentially! For every Christian martyred, ten others rose to take his place! Rome was losing the war on Christians. In less than 300 years after Christ, the entire Roman Empire was under the influence of Christians. The Persian Empire had similar problems and was quickly losing the war against Christians in their territories and had to resort to violent atrocities in order to wipe away the Christian community from their lands.
Yes, history attests to the ferocious and relentless attacks of Satan through his human agencies in the past 2000 years: The forces of Islam, the Huns, the Mongols, and other tribes and nations did not succeed in preventing the incredible and wondrous propagation of the Seed throughout the world.
The church fought internally and externally, just as Israel had fought foes from within and without to protect the purity and integrity of the message and the person of the Seed. Judaizers and Gnostics, Arians and other heretical philosophies, in the first and second centuries, did not succeed in diverting the path of the Seed; nor did the advent of so many other teachings and philosophies which had attempted to creep into the church through the centuries, particularly since the reformation; nor did Marxism and Socialistic Communism with their absolute resistance to God, in particular the God of the Bible.
Nothing, absolutely nothing, has succeeded to change, corrupt, or destroy the Seed. As Paul experienced and retold, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are MORE THAN CONQUERERS through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).
Nothing could stop the Father from fully manifesting and expressing His love for us through His Seed, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”. God’s love can only and only be experienced when a person allows the Seed to be planted in his or her heart. There is no other way to know God, to experience His love, truth, grace, mercy, goodness, faithfulness, and all His other attributes, but through Jesus Christ. That is why He promised His Son as a Seed to Eve, that lovely companion of Adam, as a means of deliverance and restoration to that spectacular destiny for which He has created and called them. We also, in the manner of the Adam and Ever as the types, are carriers of the Seed so that through us, the Seed of God who has been planted in us by the Holy Spirit, can one day very soon, bring to realization the original promise: crushing the head of Satan and his seed, the anti-Christ, and opening the way for humanity to come back to their creator. There is a controversial verse in I Timothy 2:8-15 regarding the role of women in the church. It seems that Paul addresses the matter of the women’s activities in the church very harshly: “Nevertheless, she will be saved in childbirth if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control”. Even though the immediate subjects of this passage are women in the church, I believe, Paul uses this as a principle to point to a deeper profound truth. The church, like a woman, is the carrier of the divine Seed; as the church is obedient to her head, Jesus Christ, so should a married woman be obedient to her husband in spiritual matters. But, the interesting point is where Paul mentions “childbirth” as a means of deliverance. I think this word also points to the child that the church will ultimately give birth to when the time of Christ’s return draws near. Revelation 12:1-17 is entirely devoted to the matter of the battle between Satan, the dragon, and the woman, the people of God, and the birth of the “man child” or the “male child”. In verse 4 the women is about to give birth to her Child and Satan is ready to devour him. The birth of the male child results in the escape of the woman into the wilderness and her subsequent deliverance initiated and executed by God, as we read in verse 6, “Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days”.
Later, from verse 13 we read that, ‘when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half time, from the presence of the serpent… and the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring [Seed], who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”.
If we compare these verses in Revelation with I Timothy 2:15, we see an interesting point. Paul seems to be inferring that the salvation and rescue of the church lies in her giving birth to this “male child” and her subsequent escape into the wilderness. We may not fully understand what some of the symbolisms such as the wilderness or the wings of eagle mean, but we can say with certainty that the church in the end times will deliver an entity called the male child, who will be the object of Satan’s wrath. In doing so the church will ultimately fulfill her mission and as a reward for her faithfulness she will be protected and delivered from the wrath of Satan. I don’t intend to venture into a study of the book of Revelation or attempt to interpret all end-time events. All I want to say is that they point to a great truth – the future of the Seed.
What will be the future of the Seed?
In the beginning of this book, I enumerated some principles I had observed from God’s creation of the natural world and how, in the very heart of every living thing, God had embedded a wonderful symbol of truth that would point to Him and His essence. Every living thing contains a seed, a propagator of the life of its originator. God created plants and trees, each containing in themselves the capacity to reproduce based on the existence of their so-called “seed”. In Genesis 1:29, shortly after God created Adam and Eve, He instructed them, “See I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of the earth; and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be food.” In verse 11, God had created the plant life on earth and said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”.
If we pay close attention to what God did and said early in the history of the world, we can see how He created everything in nature to point to a spiritual reality which would find its fulfillment in the age to come when the earth would once again come under the dominion of humans as God’s regent kings. The verse outlining the explicit purpose for which mankind was created (“let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion…”) is sandwiched between verse 11 and 29 mentioned above. What do these verses tell us about God’s plan and the future of the Seed?
1. Plants, trees, and later animals, were to be food for mankind. Food speaks of three things: Life, fullness, and delight! We were created to consume food as the sustenance of our life. We, as spiritual beings, are to consume the food that the Lord provides for us! There is life in that food. In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, “It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’”. As much as bread is food for our bodies, the Word of God is food for our spirits. The Word of God does not refer to the Bible alone, for even though the Bible is God’s Word written on paper, it is only when it enters into our hearts mixed by faith that it becomes spiritual food. This food gives us life – not just an earthly or temporal life, but an everlasting and never-ending life that proceeds from the mouth of God. God feeds us by speaking to us! Psalm 119 says, “This is my comfort in my affliction for your word has given me life … How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (vv. 50 and 103).
2. Food points to fullness. When we eat a good meal, we experience fullness. Likewise, when we feast on the Word of the Lord in our lives, we experience the marvelous fullness that comes from fellowshipping with and in the Word. As we eat the living Word, we are naturally filled with life and that life brings about fullness! The fullness of God is the in-filling and the rich deposit of the knowledge of God. In Romans 15:14, Paul wishes the believers to be “filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” In Ephesians 3:17-19 Paul says, “That Christ [the rich living food and the word] may dwell in your hearts through faith [mixed with faith to benefit the hearers. Ref. Hebrews 4:2]; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend [the result of being filled with knowledge] with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
God’s Word brings life. Life leads to fullness. And finally, the food God wants to feed us with brings delight and satisfaction to our souls! Psalm 119:92-94 says, “Unless your law [word] had been my delight I would then have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours, save me.”
The Psalmist beautifully describes the reality that the Word of God is a believer’s delight, life and salvation from destruction. Paul joins the choir of all those who had experienced the delighting effects of the Word of God in Romans 7:22, “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man”.
As we can see from these and many other Scripture passages, God’s Word is His “Seed”, which was in Him (the Son, being the Seed of God was from eternity past with and in the bosom of the Father – John 1:18, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”) and was meant to feed us eternally, giving us life, fullness and delight! It is no wonder that God planted trees in the Garden of Eden and placed the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the midst of it. Trees yield fruit according to the seed in them. The fruit of the Tree of Life was obviously Life that came from the Seed of the tree who was Christ Himself. That tree represented God Himself as the ultimate source of Life and Christ as His divine Seed bearing the fruit of Life and feeding the race of Adam with life everlasting in the fellowship of that Word! And likewise, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil bore the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that was produced by its seed: lifeless and powerless religion! Humans’ efforts to know good and/from evil constitutes their religion. This religion can be in the form of science, morality, or so-called “heavenly” religion, but at the end of the day, it is still religion, stemming from a tree that was forbidden and void of God’s life. Satan himself personified this tree as he desired to elevate himself above God and resorte to knowledge as the means of achieving this arrogant venture.
The Seed of God, as seen in type embedded in the Tree of Life, was promised to be given to Adam’s race for food through the woman. Thus in Genesis 3:15, God put into motion a series of events in time and space that lasted 4000 years until the Seed appeared in its due time and took flesh on this planet in the form of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, the Son of Man. Through His death and resurrection and the selection of a suitable vessel of distribution, the Lord planted rich seeds taken from His own life to obtain a harvest of humanity who would eventually eat of this food of heaven and live forever!
God gave Adam and Eve seed-bearing trees to eat from in order to live, be filled, and delight in their God. Likewise, God has brought redeemed mankind into His own fellowship which has started this process of feeding on the rich food of heaven. But how do things come to a conclusion in the Bible? What picture does the Bible draw of the future of the Seed in relation to mankind? For this we must go to the book of Revelation and observe the destiny of the Seed.
“To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7).
“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (22:2).
Here, we finally see the destiny of the “Seed” and the many seeds that have come out of the original Seed.
In chapter 2:7, we see Christ warning the church in Ephesus, asking them to either correct their path or face judgment. Even though a church may face the possibility of failure and non-compliance to the command of the Lord, within every church and throughout all ages, there have been those who have stood on the ground of the “remnant” and not compromised with the enemy. They have become overcomers. In this passage, likewise, the Lord is saying that there will be some who will hear what the Spirit says and be counted as “overcomers”. These individuals or classes of believers within the body of Christ will get the chance to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God. The word “paradise” is a Persian word signifying “garden”. I believe that this refers to the Garden of Eden, for Eden was the paradise of God on earth. God will once again permit these overcoming believers to enter the garden and eat of the tree of life. It is my personal belief that this is a symbolic reference to the coming kingdom and millennium of Christ, where those who live the life of a remnant believer and through faith overcome the world, will be considered worthy to sit with Christ on His throne and rule for one thousand years. All believers who are born of God have eternal life, but to have this additional opportunity to eat of something so special at this early point in the book of Revelation, requires a certain degree of overcoming. Later, as we will see, all believers will partake of the tree of life which will be placed in the Heavenly Jerusalem. Everyone will finally gain access to it and experience life, fullness, and delight forever; but to experience it sooner, one must overcome and enter the kingdom as an overcomer. All of Christ’s disciples in the Gospels experienced the Lord in His resurrection, but only Peter, John and James were able to witness that glory several days before His death. They represented the overcomers. Later, they all saw Him again in His glorious resurrection. We see how the Seed in Genesis has become a tree in Revelation! Every seed’s destiny is to become what its parent is. God as a mighty tree of Life had sent His seed to be planted in this world, and through a series of amazing and mysterious processes, to ultimately become the tree of life in the midst of God’s paradise and realm of sovereign rule. Yes! Jesus had His beginning as the seed way back in Genesis, when God promised Eve that from her the one to crush the head of Satan would come. Jesus appeared 2000 years ago and was planted in the field of people’s hearts and souls. Finally, after the fulfillment of God’s designated time span, He will return as a tree, no longer as a small and weak seed, but as a mighty tree of Life that will occupy the center of God’s plan and purpose as He elevates His Son to be the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Those who have been born of His seed and have borne His seed in them, in like manner, having been planted in the field of this world, having experienced daily death and resurrection wrought by the cross, will then be taken up and resurrected to enter the “paradise of God” and eat of the tree that brings life and fullness to their utmost delight! This is the destiny of Jesus Christ, the Seed of God. This is the final act in the cosmic thriller that took a good six thousand years to complete. Jesus portrayed Himself in a similar manner, using a different imagery, to convey the same truth. In Daniel 2:44, God revealed the meaning of the dream King Nebuchadnezzar had had. He explained it in this way, “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever”!
In Matthew 16:18, after Peter’s confession as to the real identity of Jesus being the Son of the living God, Jesus revealed this truth, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this Rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
On earth, Jesus would be the rock of security and stability upon which He would build His church. This rock would one day become a heavy mountain rock that would come crashing down upon the kingdoms of this world and establish God’s absolute and legitimate rule on earth! A rock would become a mountain! A seed would become a tree!
The Seed has always been destined to be a tree, just as in nature, any seed is destined to become what it was designed to be from day one. In like manner, the Son being the divine Seed of God, the Living Word made flesh, was destined to become the tree of Life, in the likeness of His Father. No one has ever seen God, but when Jesus assumes authority and begins to rule in His kingdom, everyone will see God in Him; just as by looking at the offspring tree, one can visualize the parent tree. Jesus will be God on earth while the Father will remain God in heaven! What about us? We who overcome by faith and reach the degree of maturity and approval the Lord expects from us, will enter that kingdom and experience its glory and will have life, fullness, and delight in Him.
The last chapter of the book of Revelation brings us to the borders of eternity and gives us a glimpse into the very distant future, beyond the millennium of Christ, and beyond what we know of earth and heaven.
In 22:2, we see the tree of Life once again, but this time no longer on earth, but in the city of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the capital of the universe! The former things have passed away and everything has been renewed, restored, and redeemed (21:4,5).
Now we see the tree of life adorning the center of the city, on either side of the river of God and of life, standing tall and prominent, bearing fruit every month. I believe that this is no longer Jesus Christ as the tree of life, but His glorious body, the church, the corporate Christ as the Tree of life. Notice that this tree is one entity and yet has some form of plurality. The tree is on either side of the river means that somehow there are various trunks to the same tree extending themselves to either side of the river of life. Also, notice that the tree bore twelve fruits, “each tree” yielding its fruit every month. This seems to indicate that the tree is a corporate entity rather than a singular one. The word “tree” invokes immediately the image of a single trunk extending out of the ground along with branches and leaves. But this tree of life in the city of God is different. It is a composite tree. As I said earlier, I am convinced that this tree is not the singular person of Jesus Christ, but rather the church, glorified, established, and standing next to the river of life. If you look at the picture drawn for us from verse 1 of chapter 22, you will see first the description of the river of life, which represents the very life of God. God’s life is always flowing and reaching out, not stagnant or passive. It is active and penetrating. It is a mighty rush and flows toward any arid area. God’s life seeks death and swallows it up. In many places in the Bible we see water used by the Holy Spirit to symbolize life, healing, and redemption. The Israelites crossed the Red Sea, which for them symbolized redemption, but for the Egyptians, it symbolized death. Naaman the Syrian general immersed himself in the river Jordan seven times and was healed of leprosy, signifying the flow of life removing death from his body.
Jesus compared the life-giving Word of God to water. In John 3:5, He told Nicodemus to be born of water and of the Spirit. In John 4, He advised the Samaritan woman to drink of the water of life which would become a stream of living water. In John 7, He told the people at the Feast of Tabernacles to come to Him and drink of the water of life, etc. So the river of the water of life is the same source of life everlasting that Jesus offered humanity while He was on this earth, because that river flowed through Him and reached out to the spiritually dead. Where does this river take its origin from? In verse 1 we read that it proceeds from the throne of God and of the Lamb. This means two things: First, both the Father and the Son are now united in their reign over the universe and seated in their respective thrones. They are no longer engaged in any act of redemption or warfare against any enemies. God has become “all and in all” (I Cor. 15:28). The Father and the Son are seated on their thrones, but where is the Holy Spirit? The second thing verse 1 tells us is that the river of the water of life is the Spirit of God, the life force of God that flows out of the union of the Father and the Son to give life and glorify the entire universe with life and light!
Notice in John 7, when Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles and invited the people to come to Him, He said, “if anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”. John explained further, “He spoke concerning the Spirit whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was no yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified”. So the river and this mighty flow of water out of the believer were and are the Holy Spirit. Likewise, in eternity, as God the Father and God the Son are seated on their thrones in the center of Heavenly Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit will gush out like a mighty river flowing outward toward all that exists. Along the path of this river, in immediate proximity to the throne, will be this mysteriously composite and corporate tree of life.
Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, we will become the tree of life in the likeness and the image of the one true tree of life, Jesus Christ our Lord who will sit in the middle of the city of God, next to the throne of God and of the Lamb and will bear fruit all year long. The word ‘fruit’ signifies the manifestation of that which is inside. It is an outward expression of something inward. Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them” and “every tree is known by its fruit”. This means that the fruit is the ultimate and most revealing element about the inward condition of a living being, be it tree or human. Here we see that the tree of life bears twelve fruits every month. The number 12 in the Bible is the number of perfection from an eternal perspective (as opposed to 7 being the number of perfection in time and space) and the number of the church. This means that the fruit of the tree and the tree itself are absolutely perfect in every aspect. There is no fault or weakness or corruption in the tree. Thus we are seen as bearing the fruit of expressing, manifesting, and representing the perfection of the Lamb, Jesus Christ in the entire universe. We will be the vessel of perfect life, light, and glory of God in the created universe!
The reference to leaves bringing healing to nations speaks of the outward activity of the tree, serving the needs of those who have taken refuge under its shade. It refers to service and activity that accomplishes the will and purpose of God. We will have a dual role in eternity: Glorifying God and Jesus Christ, and serving the redeemed and the new humanity in the infinite expanse of the universe. What a magnificent call! What a magnificent destiny! Do you remember when I talked about the dual role of the church as the Seed of Christ on this earth? I explained that the church was a vessel of testimony and a vessel of blessing. Not only will the church serve this purpose here and now, but also in eternity and on an astronomical scale. It will testify, glorify, and serve God and His purposes to all creation. The calling of the church does not change with the change of time and dispensation. The church is forever God’s choice vessel of glory and service.
What a glorious calling and occupation is awaiting us! What a serious responsibility we have today to learn to be what we are called to be! It is marvelous! It is magical! It is humbling!
Finally, we see in that distant and perhaps dim future, the Seed, having become a tree, having brought many sons into glory, having filled all things with Himself, having become the vessel of glory and service.
The Tree of Life existed in eternity past, as the Son was in the bosom of the Father. Life was in Him and flowing out of Him to all that existed. Then He became the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, inviting Adam to eat of its fruit and have life everlasting! Adam’s wrong choice deprived him of the opportunity, but God promised mankind that one day He would offer the tree once again as the source of life. The promise was made to the woman that a Seed would someday become this tree of life again! With this hope, men and women lived and preserved the Seed, its hope and its message. Israel became the vessel of preserving and bringing the Seed to manifestation. They paid with blood and tears, not giving up on their quest to remain faithful to their calling. And in due time, through a young virgin, God brought forth His Seed. John declared and revealed the Seed to Israel and symbolically planted Him in the heart of the nation through death and resurrection. The Seed died and like a grain of wheat was buried in order to bring forth a great and abundant harvest unto His Father. The church, this new entity borne of Him and called to bear His life, was created in order to be a vessel of testimony and blessing to humanity. And finally, when He returns, He will be the tree of life who will bless all nations and bring everything into subjection to His Father’s will and purpose. Then He will forever glorify God and serve the nations of the universe through His church, which is His body.
What Satan attempted to disrupt and destroy from the first pages of the Bible, by preventing the Seed from ever becoming a tree, has forever been defeated and. Anything and anyone who has ever opposed this plan of God has been removed from the scene and now everything is compatible and in full conformity to God Himself through Jesus Christ.
The Seed promised!
The Seed revealed!
The Seed living!
The Seed a tree!
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