Shadowlands Prologue Part 9
“You must leave Eden. You cannot be here, and you cannot come here ever again.”
Adam and Eve gasped. But Elyon was not finished.
“First, you must be covered. And without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.”
Logos stepped forward and turned towards the meadow. As Adam and Eve watched, He walked off. Several moments passed, and then He returned, shepherding along several lambs. Adam and Eve called out to them, as they always had. But this time, the lambs did not speak. They opened their mouths, but no words came – only bleating. Unsure of what this meant, Adam and Eve looked at one another, then looked at Elyon.
“It began the moment you sinned,” he said. “Creation is beginning to experience the effects of your choice. The animals have lost their voices. But this is the least of all that will follow.”
Logos approached with the lambs, and then knelt. He looked up at Adam and Eve, tears streaming down His face. “The blood price must be paid,” He said. “You will be spared, but these lambs will shed their blood and give their hides to cover your nakedness and shame. This will be the way of atonement for sins…” At this, He paused and looked up at Elyon. A shadow crossed Elyon’s face, and Ruach shimmered a dark, crimson color. Elyon finished Logos’ sentence: “Until the day that the prophecy is fulfilled. Until Eve’s seed crushes the serpent’s head.”
Adam and Eve watched, broken-hearted, as the lambs were slaughtered and then coverings were fashioned for them out of the lifeless bodies.
And then it was time to leave Eden.
* * *
The Three-in-One walked with Adam and Eve as they followed the course of one of the rivers through the Garden and to the hills that rose up, separating the Garden from the outside world. When they reached the hillside, the Three-in-One hugged Eve and then Adam, reminding them that they were His beloved. A few more instructions, and a promise: “I will not leave you, nor forsake you. Look for me.”
Adam took Eve’s hand and they walked along the river’s edge, out through the entrance to the Garden. When they reached the other side of the hill, they looked back. As they watched, a Seraph – a Fiery One, an ancient warrior – stepped into the gap and drew its sword. The Seraph towered above the top of the hill, standing guard at the entrance to the Garden. Behind it, the sides of the hill began to close in, and the ground beneath swelled up, until a solid wall of earth was behind the Seraph. Adam and Eve could no longer see the Garden.
They stopped to survey the wilderness around them. They had been here many times before, but it looked much different now. Some of the trees had begun to die. Others had dropped fruit, which was now rotting on the ground. New plants appeared – but they looked strange, uninviting. Some were covered with spikes or other kinds of growths which were completely unfamiliar to Adam and Eve.
As they stood there, trying to understand the changes that were taking place, a zebra trotted into the clearing. Adam called out to it, but as soon as it heard the sound of his voice, it looked towards him, and then ran off, terrified. What was this? The animals, who had been such close friends of Adam and Eve, now no longer spoke and were frightened of Adam and Eve.
Adam recalled something that the Three-in-One had told them as they had walked along on their way out of the Garden. “Darkness will descend and reign over Creation. A new age has begun. This good and beautiful Earth will become more corrupt – will become the Shadowlands. And it will remain the Shadowlands until the day of Kingdom Come.”
The Shadowlands. Adam and Eve’s new home.