Good and Evil

Good and Evil

The man called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all the living.

The Lord God made garments of skins for both Adam and his wife and clothed them. The Lord God said, “The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. And now, he might reach out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life. M348

The written record of Genesis 3:20-24.

In the opening line after the Lord God spoke to Adam, the man changed his wife’s name from “woman” to “Eve.”

In Genesis 2:19-20, every time the Lord God formed something from the ground, He brought it to the man to name.

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. M349

As no suitable helper was found, the Lord God made one for Adam and also brought her to the man as we read in Genesis 2:21-23.

So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. Then He took one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she will be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man.” M350

Later after their eyes were opened and having obtained the knowledge of good and evil, the man gives his wife a new name as recorded in Genesis 3:20.

The man called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all the living. M351

A new name to signify a new promise. A similar thing happened to Abram in Genesis 17:4-6.

“As for Me, My covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer will your name be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. M352

God did the same thing for Abraham’s wife in Genesis 17:15-16.

Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you will not call her name Sarai, but her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will be the mother of nations. Kings of peoples will come from her.” M353

In Genesis 5:3, Adam is recorded as the father of Seth.

Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his own image, and called his name Seth. M354

In Genesis 3:20, Eve became the mother of all the living.

The man called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all the living. M355

In Genesis 17:5, Abraham became the father of a multitude of nations.

No longer will your name be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. M356

And in Genesis 17:16, Sarah became the mother of nations.

I will bless her and also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will be the mother of nations. Kings of peoples will come from her.” M357

Abraham became the father of a multitude of nations, and Sarah, the mother of nations and kings. Eve, the mother of all living.

After the woman was named Eve, meaning the mother of all the living. Coverings were made for both of them by the Lord God, as recorded in Genesis 3:21.

The Lord God made garments of skins for both Adam and his wife and clothed them. M358

To make garments from skins, it would be fair to conclude that at least one animal was sacrificed for this cause.

Which animal was it?

It might have been a ram for Adam and a ewe for his wife.

Ram is the name given to the male adult sheep, female adult sheep are called ewes, and the child sheep is called a lamb.

Throughout the bible, you will see that a blood sacrifice is needed for the cleansing of sin.

One of the most profound revelations is hidden in the act the Lord God did in Genesis 3:21.

The Lord God made garments of skins for both Adam and his wife and clothed them. M359

To unlock this hidden revelation, we need the key that’s found in Roman 5:12.

Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, so death has spread to all men, because all have sinned. M360

Adam’s disobedience brought sin into this world and death through sin when garments of skin covered their nakedness.

ADAM’S DISOBEDIENCE BROUGHT SIN INTO THIS WORLD AND DEATH THROUGH SIN WHEN GARMENTS OF SKIN COVERED THEIR NAKEDNESS

It was the process of covering their sin of disobedience that brought death into the world. The sheep had to give up their life to cover the sin of Adam.

In the Kingdom of God, life is in the blood, and we see it recorded in Leviticus 17:11.

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your lives; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. M361

It was the blood of the animal from which the garments of skin were made that atoned for the soul of Adam and his wife.

Sheep is the representation of the Kingdom of God. We see this highlighted in Genesis 22:6-13.

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

Then he said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Then they came to the place that God had told him. So Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on the wood. Then Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him out of heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Do not lay your hands on the boy or do anything to him, because now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your only son from Me.”

Then Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up as a burnt offering in the place of his son. M362

Let’s unpack what just happened here.

First, Abraham’s son asked where is the lamb for the offering. Second, Abraham prophesied that God would provide a lamb. Third, God provided a ram.

If we pay close attention to the words used, we will see the need for a lamb, the prophecy of a lamb, and the provision of a ram, not a lamb.

Now, as we covered earlier, a ram is an adult male sheep. So if we look back at the requirements, the son asked where was the child sheep, the lamb?

Abraham prophesied that God would provide a lamb, but the child sheep or the lamb in this situation that Abraham was planning to use was his son Issac. Then God intervened and provided a ram, the male adult or father sheep.

This intervention meant that the words spoken by Abraham in Genesis 22:8, were not fulfilled in its entirety.

Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. M363

God provided a ram for a burnt offering, which meant that God still needed to provide a lamb, which is a child sheep.

First, this brings us to John 1:29.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. M364

Second, to John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. M365

God so loved the world that He provided for Himself a Lamb, a child sheep named Jesus, and with this, the prophecy of Abraham was fulfilled in its entirety.

Before we move on, let’s look into another gem hidden in the actions of Abraham. This gem is found in Genesis 22:15-18.

Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham out of heaven a second time, and said, “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you and I will indeed multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens and as the sand that is on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gate of their enemies. Through your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” M366

Abraham activated the promise of the Lord, given to him in Genesis 15:4-5.

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir, but a son that is from your own body will be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look up toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So will your descendants be.” M367

In Genesis 15:6, after the Lord told him this, Abraham believed.

Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness. M368

Through fear of God and action, Abraham activated the promise. However, it was obedience that brought the blessing. This is recorded in Genesis 22:18.

Through your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” M369

In Genesis 20:12, we find one of the ten commandments with a blessing in a promise.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. M370

In Ephesians 6:1-2, there are instructions to children whose parents are in the Lord specifically.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with a promise, “so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” M371

Abraham’s obedience to God activated the promise and blessing for his offspring to be a blessing in the world.

Likewise, our obedience to our parents in the Lord will activate the promise and blessing for our children in the land, which the Lord our God is giving us.

Before the Lord God drove out Adam from the garden of Eden, He said this in Genesis 3:22-23.

“The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. And now, he might reach out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. M372

When they attained knowledge of good and evil, and their eyes opened, they sewed fig leaves and made coverings for themselves. Just after that, before they could do anything else, they heard the Lord God and hid. We see this in Genesis 3:7-8.

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. M373

The perfect timing of the Lord entering the garden of Eden prevented Adam from reaching out and eating the fruit from the tree of life.

It was when Adam ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that both their eyes were opened. So it was imperative that Adam was prevented from eating the fruit of the tree of life. If he was not prevented from eating the fruit of the tree of life, he would have lived forever. This would, therefore, prevent the command with a negative promise given to him in Genesis 2:15-17 from being fulfilled.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to 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 from it you will surely die.” M374

What the Lord God did not tell the man, was that in the garden of Eden was the tree of life. It was pure genius, a fail-safe. The wisdom of the Lord God is not only amazing, but the irony is in the knowledge.

After the Lord God formed man, He planted a garden in Eden, made trees to grow from the ground, then came the river, and then after all that, He took the man and placed him in the garden and only told him about one kind of tree; a tree he should not eat from. If we read Genesis 2:7-17 carefully, we will see the wisdom of the Lord God, hidden in how He did what He did.

Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.

The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it encompasses the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it encompasses the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to 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 from it you will surely die.” M375

As we can see, when the man was brought into the garden of Eden. He was not told about the tree of life. He was only told about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Isn’t it ironic to have knowledge of good and evil, but not have knowledge of life!

The tree of knowledge of good and evil would bring death and not life, as the Lord said in Genesis 2:16-17.

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 from it you will surely die.” M376

In the day that Adam ate, he would surely die. In Genesis 5:5, it states.

So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. M377

How long did Adam live in the garden of Eden?

It’s unknown, but it couldn’t have been very long because Adam only lived nine hundred and thirty years. The timer on death was not something that could be counted until the act. Didn’t the Lord God say to Adam that he would die the very day he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil?

Yes. The revelation in 2 Peter 3:8-9 is paramount to understanding the day of death for Adam.

But, beloved, do not be ignorant of this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness. But He is patient with us, because He does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance. M378

One day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like one day to the Lord. The Lord God was also not slow concerning His promise to Adam as some would count slowness. But He was patient with him, and He did not want Adam to perish instantly but to come to repentance.

Adam lived like it was just one day to the Lord.

ADAM LIVED LIKE IT WAS JUST ONE DAY TO THE LORD

Adam was sent out the garden of Eden, to the ground from where he was taken. It’s clear Adam did not want to go, and he may have been pleading with the Lord God.

Adam did not want to go, but what Adam did not know was in the garden was the tree of life, and the Lord God did not want him to eat from that tree and live forever. So the Lord God had to drive the man out of the Eden, as we see in Genesis 3:24.

He drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life. M379

How did the Lord God drive the man out?

Merriam-Websters definition of drove has the key to this.

  • a group of animals driven or moving in a body
  • a large number MW58

By a large number of animals! Another ironic moment perhaps?

As there was no helper for the man, we know that the Lord God in Genesis 2:19-20, formed from the ground every helper, that the man named but none was found suitable.

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. M380

Now these helpers created by the Lord God must have been a large number of livestock, birds, and beasts. Perhaps the Lord God caused a stampede of them and used them to drive Adam out of the garden of Eden.

If the animals drove Adam out of Eden, perhaps this is where we get clean and unclean animals for Noah and the ark, as the Lord said in Genesis 7:1-3.

The Lord said to Noah, “You and your entire household go into the ark, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me among this generation. Take with you seven each of every clean animal, the male and its female, and two each of every unclean animal, the male and its female, and seven each of birds of the air, the male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. M381

After the Lord God, cursed the ground on account of Adam in Genesis 3:17.

And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ Cursed is the ground on account of you; in hard labor you will eat of it all the days of your life. M382

We then see an animal sacrifice for their coverings in Genesis 3:21.

The Lord God made garments of skins for both Adam and his wife and clothed them. M383

And then a lifting of the curse because of the clean animals and birds as written in Genesis 8:20-21.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The Lord smelled a soothing aroma; and the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the inclination of man’s heart is evil from his youth, nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. M384

The animals from the garden of Eden lifted the curse from the ground on account of Adam.

Adam was prevented from entering the garden by cherubim and the tree of life with a flaming sword. Now it appears that there is only one way in and one way out of the garden of Eden, and that way or gate to the garden is at the east.

In Merriam-Webster, cherubim are defined as:

  • an order of angels MW59

The celestial hierarchy recorded in Merriam-Webster is as follows:

  • a traditional hierarchy of angels ranked from lowest to highest into the following nine orders
    • angels, archangels, principalities, powers, virtues, dominions, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim MW60

The cherubim are the second-highest angels that God placed to guard the east entrance. It’s worth noting that Satan was not only a cherub but an anointed cherub as written about in Ezekiel 28:14.

You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I set you there; you were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. M385

Satan was an anointed cherub that covers and walked in the midst of the stones of fire. At the east of the garden of Eden, the Lord God guards the way to the tree of life with a covering of cherubim and a flaming sword.

Sometimes we find keys to unlock bible passages, but sometimes we come across locks that don’t have keys. A message that’s encoded and needs to be deciphered. Look for patterns and clues helps to find the right code to unlock a coded message.

Genesis 3:24 is encoded by the Lord God, but if we find the right code (verses), we can then decode it.

Let’s look at Genesis 3:24 for clues.

He drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword which turned in every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life. M386

Three clues are given.

Clue #1: cherubim

Clue #2: flaming sword

Clue #3: guard the way

Let’s start with the cherubim, and to understand covering, we need to look at Ezekiel 28:11-19.

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, Thus says the Lord God:

You had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering:

the sardius, topaz, and the diamond,

the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper,

the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold.

The workmanship of your settings and sockets was in you; on the day that you were created, they were prepared.

You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I set you there; you were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you.

By the multitude of your merchandise, you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane out of the mountain of God; and I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness; I cast you to the ground, I lay you before kings, that they may see you.

You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trade; therefore I have brought fire out from your midst; it has devoured you, and I have turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those who see you.

All those who know you among the people are astonished at you; you are a terror, and you shall cease to be forever. M387

Why did the Lord God say this to the king of Tyre?

The same reason He cursed the serpent. The serpent allowed his body to be used by Satan. The king of Tyre allowed his body to be used. The Lord God was not speaking to the king of Tyre but the spirit of Satan that possed his body.

Hidden in Ezekiel 28:13-14 is the biggest revelation of what Eden is.

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering:

the sardius, topaz, and the diamond,

the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper,

the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold.

The workmanship of your settings and sockets was in you; on the day that you were created, they were prepared. You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I set you there; you were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. M388

When most of us think of mountains, we believe all mountains have peaks, but some do not. They are flat, and a flat mountain is called a plateau.

Eden must have been the name of the holy mountain of the Lord God or the plateau, and on that plateau, in the east, the Lord God planted a garden as recorded in Genesis 2:8.

The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. M389

Clue #4: Eden is the mountain of God, the Lord God.

Also, in Ezekiel 28:11-19, verses 14 and 18, we find another pair. Let’s look at them together.

You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I set you there; you were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. M390

You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trade; therefore I have brought fire out from your midst; it has devoured you, and I have turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those who see you. M391

Next set of clues.

Clue # 5: fire has devoured you and turned you to ashes.

Satan was able to go up and down the holy mountain of God, and through the stones of fire because he was perfect in his ways. That was until iniquity was found in him. Then God brought out fire, and due to him defiling his sanctuaries and the iniquity of his trade, the fire devoured him and turned him into ashes, and then one day, he will cease to be forever.

This clue leads us to 1 Corinthians 3:9-17, where we see a similar pattern.

For we are laborers together with God: You are God’s vineyard; you are God’s building.

According to the grace of God which has been given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, but another builds on it. Now let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no one can lay another foundation than that which was laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble, each one’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If anyone’s work which he has built on the foundation endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss. But he himself will be saved, still going through the fire.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy. And you are His temple. M392

Let’s identify the pair of verses similar to Ezekiel. That would be 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 and 16-17.

Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble, each one’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. M393

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy. And you are His temple. M394

We see the similarities to the jewels, the fire, the temple, or sanctuary. But among these verses, which form a pattern, is always a clue. That is the next clue.

Clue #6: For the “Day” will declare it, and it will be tested by fire, to see what sort of work each has done.

We know that if anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss, but still, be saved when going through the fire.

This is the key to understanding this pattern is Ephesians 2:8-10 and 19-22.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we should walk in them. M395

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the entire building, tightly framed together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God through the Spirit. M396

Let’s bring in 1 Corinthians 3:15-16 for deeper revelation.

If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss. But he himself will be saved, still going through the fire.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? M397

We are saved by the grace of God, through faith, not of our works, because if anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss, but he will be saved, going through the fire.

So we are His workmanship created for good works, no longer strangers, but citizens, members of the household of God.

Clue # 7: faith and works

This clue is uncovered in James 2:14-24.

What does it profit, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has no works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and lacking daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” and yet you give them nothing that the body needs, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

But a man may say, “You have faith and I have works.”

Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God; you do well. The demons also believe and tremble.

But do you want to be shown, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? Do you see how faith worked with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? The Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see then how by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. M398

The most critical statement here is what kills faith.

Faith without works is dead!!!

Works do not lead to salvation; it keeps faith alive.

WORKS DO NOT LEAD TO SALVATION; IT KEEPS FAITH ALIVE

For faith without works is dead. Why is that important?

Ephesian 2:8-9 tells us.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one should boast. M399

Through faith, we have been saved, but works keep our faith alive. Our works will then go through the fire for the Day will declare it, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.

Now that we have all the clues, let’s begin to decode the coded message in Genesis 3:24, so we may find the way to the tree of life. For that, we need to go back to when the first “Day” first appeared.

That is found in Genesis 1:3-5 (GNT), before the first day of creation.

Then God commanded, “Let there be light”—and light appeared. God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, and he named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.” Evening passed and morning came—that was the first day. G1

The light was called “Day.” In John 8:12, we see Jesus referring to Himself as the “light of life.”

Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” M400

Again in John 14:6;

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. M401

Now let’s understand the fire of the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8, gives us a deep meaning of the fire of the Lord.

It is a righteous matter with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. M402

Let us not forget what is written in Romans 12:17-19.

Repay no one evil for evil. Commend what is honest in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to God’s wrath, for it is written: “Vengeance is Mine. I will repay,” says the Lord. M403

Luke 3:16-17 also speaks to Jesus and the fire.

John answered them all, “I indeed baptize you with water. But One mightier than I is coming, the strings of whose shoes I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor, and will gather the wheat into His granary. But He will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.” M404

There are many more verses that highlight the fire of the Lord, but now let us understand the tongue.

James 3:5-6, teaches us this.

Even so, the tongue is a little part of the body and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles. The tongue is a fire, a world of evil. The tongue is among the parts of the body, defiling the whole body, and setting the course of nature on fire, and it is set on fire by hell. M405

Proverbs 12:18 tells us that.

There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health. M406

The tongue is a fire and the one who speaks (words) like the piercings of a sword. This leads us to Hebrews 4:12.

For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. M407

What is the flaming sword which guards the way to the tree of life?

It is the word of God a flaming sword that guards the way to the tree of life, which is the Lord God Jesus Christ.

To decode the heaven (kingdom), we always have to start at the beginning. First in John 1:1-3 and finally in Genesis 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were created through Him, and without Him nothing was created that was created. M408

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. M409