(Part Two)

  By Doug Fortune

Adam had now fed his SOULish life from the tree of knowledge, his true spiritual IDENTITY had died and he no longer knew who he was or where he was. “And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?... And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?” (Genesis 3:9,11) The Father was not wanting information concerning Adam’s geographical location or his physical attire. This was a question about Adam’s IDENTITY. When Adam CHOSE to know evil, he suddenly knew he was naked. Psalms 8:5 tells us that he had been crowned or ‘clothed’ with GLORY and honor, his clothing befit his identity in the nature of God. When he sinned he was no longer clothed with the glory, he was naked. Because he CHOSE to operate with a different nature or IDENTITY, God then clothed him with the skins of a beast. His clothing now befit his identity in the carnal BEAST nature.

Alas, we find the same thing happening with Nebuchadnezzar. “The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of MY power, and for the honour of MY majesty? (It’s all about ME!) While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the BEASTS of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.” (Daniel 4:30-33 my input in parenthesis) Here we have Nebuchadnezzar and Adam in the same skin of a beast, befitting their identity in the carnal BEAST nature.

The purpose and intent of the Father for both Nebuchadnezzar and Adam was restoration, but we see what happened; “the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.” (Genesis 3:23) and “He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit...” (Daniel 4:14) Adam is removed from the garden and Nebuchadnezzar is removed from the kingdom. Don’t give up hope yet though... for the Father says, “Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field...” (Daniel 4:15) and His instructions for Adam were “to TILL the GROUND from whence he was TAKEN.” (Genesis 3:23)

Remember that the “Lord God formed man of the DUST of the GROUND...” (Genesis 2:7) The word translated as ground is adamdam in Hebrew, from which Adam got his name. I don’t believe that Adam’s assignment was to simply till the literal ground to grow food, rather I believe that the Father desired for Adam to TILL the GROUND of the earthy SOULish nature, to unearth his IDENTITY in the carnal BEAST nature. The Father could not allow Adam to partake of eternal life in his present carnal state; “now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:” (Genesis 3:22) However, He provided Adam with the perfect instrument to TILL the GROUND of the earthy SOULish nature, to unearth his IDENTITY in the carnal BEAST nature. And what might that be, you ask?... “a flaming sword which turned every way...” (Genesis 3:24)

“But Doug, I thought those Cherubim with the flaming sword were stationed there to keep Adam OUT of the garden, to keep him AWAY from the Tree of Life!?” This thought is totally inconsistent with the heart of the Father... because of the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8), the essence of the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is the story of the Father drawing mankind TO the Tree of Life, who is Jesus Christ. Besides, that is not what the verse actually says anyway. In the Literal Bible it reads, “flaming the sword whirling around to GUARD the way of the Tree of Life.” (Genesis 3:24) The word translated as ‘the way of’ is derek in Hebrew, it means a road (as trodden), figuratively, a course of life or mode of action. The flaming whirling sword is there to GUARD the ‘course of life’ which leads to the Tree of Life.

Religion leads us on a ‘course of life’ which leads to the tree of KNOWLEDGE of good and evil, for that way is unguarded, easily accessible, requires no rending of the flesh, no command to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phillipians 2:12) Religion that feeds from the tree of knowledge tells us, “As long as we are ‘good people’, go to church, give in the offering, read our Bible and have our ‘quiet time’...” Sometimes things get noisy when that twisting, turning, flaming sword of the engrafted living Word is working salvation through our fleshly SOUL!

The New Testament also speaks of this flaming sword, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) “For the Word of God is quick (living), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the DIVIDING asunder of SOUL and SPIRIT, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are NAKED and OPENED unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13 my input in parenthesis) Naked and opened... this flaming sword of the living Word of God that discerns our heart and divides the SOULish carnal life from us really speaks of INTIMACY. The ‘course of life’ which leads to the Tree of Life is a life of intimacy (into-ME-see) with “Him with whom we have to do”... naked and opened... “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25) The Father is still asking, “Who told thee that thou wast naked?” (Genesis 3:11), for He desires intimacy with us, but this requires the ‘into-ME-see’ kind of nakedness without shame.

It is time for us to head back to the Garden, through the flaming whirling sword of the engrafted living Word. It is important to note that “He placed at the EAST of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:24) The EAST gate speaks of the GLORY of God, which is the nature/character of God. “Then the glory of the Lord departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted UP from the EARTH in my sight... and every one stood at the door of the EAST gate of the Lord's house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.” (Ezekiel 10:18-19) The call of the cherubim is to mount UP from the carnal Adamic EARTHLY identity, to return to the Garden, the higher realm of His glory. “Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and His voice was like a noise of many waters: and the EARTH shined with His glory. And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.” (Ezekiel 43:1-2,4) Yes, this ‘earthen vessel’ shall shine with His glory as we receive the Light of the New Day that is breaking in the east!

It is TIME for the glory of the Lord to return to the house, and WE are the HOUSE! Why do I believe it is time? Because Daniel 4:16 says, “Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let SEVEN times pass over him.” We are living in the seventh millennial ‘time’ since Adam placed his identity in the carnal BEAST nature, and here is what happens next; “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes (perception and vantage point) unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured Him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His Kingdom is from generation to generation.” (Daniel 4:34 my input in parenthesis) We must LIFT UP our eyes, our perception and vantage point, to our rightful place as we are seated IN Christ in the heavens, and THEN our understanding returns to us as we think with the mind of Christ!

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then LOOK UP, and LIFT UP your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:25-28) This is a day when there are ‘signs’ in earthly governments (sun, moon, and stars), distress in the nations, and the unconverted peoples (seas) are roaring! Men’s hearts are giving out on them as they look at all the uncertainty of circumstances coming upon the earth. Indeed, the powers and authority of the heavens are being shaken, for a bridal worship warrior people are arising to their rightful place of authority as the Throne of David is established in the restored Tabernacle of David! I can SEE the appearing of the Son of man in a great cloud of witnesses who are enveloped in His power and glory!

It’s time to LIFT UP our heads, our mentality and authority! For as we do this, like Nebuchadnezzar we shall say, “At the same time my reason RETURNED unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness RETURNED unto me; and my counsellers and my lords sought unto me; and I was ESTABLISHED in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.” (Daniel 4:36) We must also embrace that twisting, turning, flaming sword and head back to the garden to eat of the Tree of Life, my friend. For as we do, “unto thee shall it come, even the FIRST DOMINION; the Kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.” (Micah 4:8) With Nebuchadnezzar, we decree that “His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.” (Daniel 4:3)