Back to Eden

In the beginning, we had it all. We had constant connection with our Heavenly Father (El Shaddai) and genuine governance over all creation. We had been given the ability to caretake in supernatural and providential ways, and to see El Shaddai’s Kingdom through the eyes of our hearts—there were no blockages between us and Him. The fullness of His frequency was meshed with our own.

We lived in a massive, beautiful garden of vast acreage and constant revelation, but we lost it all. We lost everything we had in the Garden of Eden, including our most valuable connection with El Shaddai. In one single polluted moment, we disconnected ourselves from our Father El Shaddai, by placing ourselves under the authority of a different father: the father of judgment and lies. The frequencies between the two fathers could not have been more different, and when we connected with the lower father, our frequencies fell in line with his.

In choosing our own rightness and knowledge above the connection we had with El Shaddai, we placed ourselves under the little father of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It wasn’t that our choosing knowledge was wrong—it was that we plucked our knowledge from the wrong tree—the tree we were specifically told not to eat from by El Shaddai.

After eating the fruit, and in our exit from Eden, we entered the exact servitude we had chosen when we ate from the wrong tree, and we became enslaved by our new father. Thus began our heart connection with buying and selling, religious knowledge, new-age appeasement, self-rightness, self-saving, meditation, self-atonement, self-aggrandisement, accusation, ladder-climbing, ambition, and pride—the entire gamut of “I shall live according to my own image.” How incredible then, that through El Shaddai’s love for us, He literally moved Heaven and Earth to reconnect us with Himself, and disconnect us from the slavery we had chosen.

When Jesus walked the earth, He preached about the Kingdom and our hearts leaped at the realisation that something had been missing from our lives. The eyes of our hearts had been closed and we had felt disconnected. Alone. Empty. “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” Jesus had said. “The Kingdom is near!” “The Kingdom is here!” And as His clarion call went out, truth began to stir in the atmosphere. It began to stir in us. It began to stir in the very memory of our DNA.

As Jesus spoke, He invited us into direct re-connection with El Shaddai—just like we’d had in the Garden of Eden. He called us to enter back into the Garden—back into fellowship with our El Shaddai the way it had been in the beginning. Jesus willingly became our way back. Our gate. Our door. Our atonement.

As Jesus made His final choice in the Garden of Gethsemane to lay His life down, the veil began to lift between what we once had, and what we could have once again. The light began to shine on the eyes of our hearts—if only we would allow it to permeate into our very being. Into our blood.

In the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus weighed up the full horror of the coming cross and said “yes” to His own death, He sweated drops of blood. How distressed does a person have to be to sweat drops of blood? Very.

Interestingly, the word ‘Gethsemane’ can be translated as “oil press”. Oil press… Hmm… In those “yet not My will but Yours be done” moments, Jesus was being pressed from all sides (Isaiah 53:5, 2 Cor 4:8-18). In the bruising and in the tearing open of His heart before El Shaddai, Jesus made a way for the process of restoration between us and El Shaddai to begin.

As droplets of Jesus’ spotless blood fell to the ground, the way back to everything we had in the original Garden of Eden—our relationship with El Shaddai—began to open up to us once more. It is interesting that Jesus’ first droplets of blood appeared in a place similar to where we originally lost our connection with El Shaddai: In a garden.

In the weight of Jesus’ final decision-making moments hung the realms of our universe as well as other realms, such as the Kingdom realm of El Shaddai. And as Jesus made the choice to willingly lay His life down, He understood that He was the hinge on the door on which everything that was, is, and was not yet, would swing open upon. Jesus knew that the only way all creation could reconnect with its Father El Shaddai again, was through Him—the Tree of Life. He was the Tree of Life standing once more in the middle of a Garden about to be nailed to a tree of judgment. The Tree of Life would be nailed to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to fulfil the full weight of separation that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil had caused between us and our Heavenly Father, El Shaddai.

As Jesus, our Tree of Life, surrendered and laid His life down, His body was badly bruised and marred beyond recognition. As blood flowed from His wounds, the leaves of Him, the Tree of Life, released healing for the nations (Rev 2:22). He had borne twelve different fruits in every season and those twelve fruits He had fruited (His disciples) went on to make disciples in many nations.

But I digress… When Jesus rose from the dead, we were raised and seated in Heavenly places in Him (Eph. 2:6-7). When He left His grave clothes behind Him, death had no more sting or victory (1 Cor 15:55) and we had been written onto the palms of His hands. The message of the journey of redemption had been pierced through his feet. The crown on His head said, “King over all,” and He, The Tree of Life, walked in victory upon the earth, having redeemed all creation to Himself. We were then invited to walk in the same way (Matt 28:19-20, 1 John 4:17). We were invited to reside in the Garden once more.

Dare we accept the Tree of Life? Dare we open the eyes of our hearts to His light? Dare we allow ourselves to be reconnected with our Father (El Shaddai) in the same way we first were in Eden? Do we dare allow the Garden and everything that we had in Eden to manifest in our worlds right here and right now? Dare we allow His Kingdom to manifest in all its glory?

His Kingdom moves in direct opposition to the kingdom of judgment and lies. It is not a Kingdom of slavery or servitude, but of liberty and connection, love and truth, life and light (Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 4:14-30). To walk in His Kingdom is to leave behind the other kingdom. There is a cost, but the most expensive part of the bill has already been paid. The cost will be individual, but it will be worth it. Nothing beats the life that flows from true connection with El Shaddai through Jesus (John 15).

Psalm 23.

Yahweh is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough. He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace near the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me the right path and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name.

Even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear.

I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight. You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my cup overflows.

So why would I fear the future? Only goodness and tender love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!