In my last post, I addressed the seemingly odd idea that God must keep secrets from us for our own good. If one simply observes the world, it can easily be ascertained that humans are constantly screwing things up.
Would you share important information with people you could not trust? Of course not. It is the same with God.
Much of what goes wrong in the world seems to stem from our species having favored self-gain and domination over the attributes of wisdom or sincere love of the neighbor.
This cosmic propensity for blunder is the real outcome of our species having spiritually fallen from grace and having been removed from the Garden of Eden. And Scripture informs us that God had even taken drastic measures to ensure that there is no easy way back into paradise. God placed special cherubim yielding flaming swords to guard access to the Tree of Life.
How could this behavior represent a God of infinite love and a God who is eternally concerned with our salvation? To explain this mystery of faith in a satisfactory way will require releasing the very information that God has been so carefully trying to keep secret. I am revealing this sacred information because I believe and trust that God’s Providence has brought you to this post.
In Revelation we are introduced to a “future” event where the Holy City, The New Jerusalem, will descend to earth from heaven. In this wonderful city, humankind will again have access to the Tree of Life – minus the frightening cherubim guards.
At face value, neither cherubim guarding a special tree or a city descending out of the sky makes any scientific sense. And how did the Tree of Life find its way into heaven before descending back to earth between these two biblical events? There must be more to these stories then meets the eye.
Gaining a deeper understanding of biblical stories is precisely the secret information that God wishes to share with us, but from divine foresight, and taking into account human behavior, is forced to protect. So let me release this trial balloon on you.
The Garden of Eden was not a physical garden. It was a pristine state of wisdom and innocence. Therefore, being removed from such a psychical paradise is to be removed from wisdom. Similarly, the descent of a Holy City from heaven cannot involve a physical city, but is a return of wisdom and innocence to humanity based on a heavenly design for proper living.
This holy design gains super clarity as deeper levels of meaning within Scripture are revealed to us. But this cannot be allowed as long as we prefer our own prudence to God’s wisdom, and continue to prefer self-love over love of others. The human preference for self-guidance over God-guidance is the obstacle that keeps men and women from having access to the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is God’s wisdom.
So why does God need cherubim with flaming swords to protect it? The reason is, that when the various images depicted in this biblical drama are interpreted from a more elevated meaning, we learn that cherubim represent God’s foresight in protecting divine truth. Flaming swords symbolize the intense (burning) desire to forge our own belief systems (which cut us off from God’s influence). That these swords can be turned “every which way” represents all the various corporeal conclusions we make from the principle of self-love, and self-pride which seeks knowledge only through the senses and material world.
So a deeper interpretation of the Genesis story reveals a drama that takes place within the human heart and mind. Human misjudgments and delusions are what stymie God’s attempts at revealing hidden things to us. If God were to offer this information to people who were not prepared to resist the intoxicating power of self-love or favoring their own prudence, they would screw it up badly and be in a worse situation than before. What you don’t know you can’t profane.
The reason why sacred information is so easily profaned by unprepared individuals, is because such a condition always causes men and women to revert back to their original egocentric impulses and pollute what belongs to God. As long as these negative impulses are alive and well within the human heart and mind, “cherubim” must stand guard to spare us from making a mistake with eternal consequences.
When an individual is prepared to make the proper changes in his or her life, it is a sign to God that it is safe to begin the process of spiritual enlightenment. Revealing deeper levels of meaning within the Holy Word is the big secret behind the true nature of the Lord’s Second Coming. It happens when you are ready!
I pray that you have not stumbled upon this sacred information prematurely.