As Believers, we often comb through the Scripture desiring revelation to draw closer to God. The question is often asked why things are not plainly written in the Bible. Jesus said in Matthew 13:11, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Jesus also spoke in Matthew 11:25 saying, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” In light of these statements, there must be hidden truths that are not easily understood that are key to understanding God. We know we are not to add one word or take away one word, so the answers must lie there waiting for Him to reveal it to us by His Spirit.
Genesis “the beginning” holds a mystery that is a key to unlocking many Biblical truths for the believer. For many of us, the story of Adam and Eve with the serpent was shaped from our early childhood. Paintings and drawings of this scene are everywhere showing Eve presenting an apple to Adam with a snake hanging from a nearby tree limb. Why would we ever think differently about this scene since it is universally accepted as truth by the religious world? This account of man’s origin is treated like a fairy tale by the rest of the world along with many professing Christianity. As we study this account, keep in mind that the language used in the Scriptures is no accident. As seen in the life of Jesus, God deliberately chooses Words to hold a greater mystery not easily seen by the world. With the help of the Lord, let us dig deeper in this passage, in hopes to find one of God’s hidden truths for the believer.
The first mention of the serpent in the Bible takes place in Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Notice this verse says that the serpent was a beast of the field and not a reptile. It also says that the serpent was more “subtil” than any other beast. The word “subtil” in this verse comes from the Hebrew word maha. The best interpretation for the word maha is “having a true knowledge of the principles of life.” This verse also says that the serpent spoke with Eve. Certainly a reptile is not capable of what is attributed to the serpent in this verse. Why then is the serpent depicted as a snake by most of the world? Looking further in Genesis 3 we can see a little more:
13. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
We see in verse 13 that the serpent “beguiled” Eve, which is to say he defiled her. Why would Eve’s accusation encompass a moral seduction against the Serpent if he were merely a reptile? Why would God curse the serpent to crawl on his belly all the days of his life if he were already a snake? In order to make any sense of these questions, this serpent could not be a snake, but rather a beast closer to a man with such attributes. Science is continually searching for the link between man and the ape. If you take a moment to consider what is said of this serpent before the curse, it is evident the link will never be found given every bone in his body is changed. Even in this cursed form today, the snake still retains his beauty seen in the beginning. The snake’s grace and shrewdness along with the stunning combination of colors and patterns are known around the globe.
There is still much more to this hidden mystery if you consider the fruit that they ate. Adam and Eve were told that they could “eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden” they could not. As you see here, there are many trees mentioned in the garden, but only one that they could not eat of its fruit. It is taught and believed worldwide this forbidden fruit was an apple. If it were an apple, why did they cover certain parts of the body with fig leaves after they ate? If it were an apple, why would Adam and Eve know they were naked once they ate it? If it were an apple, why did God’s judgment for Eve have anything to do with child bearing? With these questions in mind and the act Eve accused the serpent of, the tree and its fruit must represent something other than an apple.
Two trees specifically mentioned in the early chapters of Genesis are the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Readers of the Bible certainly recognize the Tree of Life as Jesus Christ, whom Life only comes by. This is not unusual to see people represented as trees in the Scriptures. Just as Jesus is the Tree of Life, Israel is typed as a fig tree; the Gentiles are the branch grafted in. Narrowing it down further, we are also the fruit of our mother’s womb. Notice the tree being “in the midst”, meaning “middle”, and how “it was pleasant to the eyes”. There should be no further need to paint a more graphic picture for a mature audience, but look how perfectly a woman being typed by a tree shows the scripture, “man that is born of a woman is of a few days.” God told them “in the day” they ate of the fruit they would surely die. Second Peter tells us that one day is as a thousand years to the Lord. There has never been a man as yet that has lived more than a thousand years because of that act in the Garden. Methuselah lived the longest at nine hundred and sixty-nine years. If a man has any hope of living more than a thousand years, he must eat from the Tree of Life. How are we to do this? Look at these verses from Revelation Chapter 2:
7. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. ….…
11. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.
Revelation 2: 7,11
Whoever has ears to understand what the Spirit is saying and overcomes, will not be hurt by the second death. When we are born again (eat from the Tree of Life), we move from Beings of Time to become Eternal Beings (restored back to Adam’s original condition) in Christ. Because of this, we will live with Him in the millennial reign and not die within a thousand years. Where all of humanity fell and death came by the woman, we now receive Eternal Life by the Man, Jesus Christ. Jesus was born of a virgin, absent of sexual desire (without sin), and by the Prophetic Spoken Word of God thus making Him an acceptable sacrifice for us; we become sons of God, born again not by sexual desire as in the fall, but by God’s Spoken Word. As believers, our bodies will resurrect the same way; not by sexual desire but by His Word when He calls for them.
With Eve’s accusation and what is seen of the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden, it becomes clear there was a sexual act that took place between the serpent and the woman. This is supported even further when God spoke of the serpent’s seed later in the chapter. In the animal world, a human and animal cannot mix sexually, but the serpent before the curse was much loser to the man. This is how Lucifer determined that he could inject himself into the human race by anointing the serpent to impregnate Eve through the act of adultery. One may ask how Eve brought forth the serpent’s seed when the Bible says that Adam knew Eve. Did you notice how Genesis says that Adam knew his wife Eve, yet there were two (Cain and Abel) children born? Later he knew Eve and only Seth was born. Eve’s first birth brought forth twins. The difference in them being one was from Adam and the other from the serpent.
15. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The idea that two children could be born by two separate fathers is scoffed at by many. However, modern medicine knows this condition as heteropaternal superfecundation; which is the fertilization of two or more ova from the same cycle by sperm from separate acts of sexual intercourse by two separate fathers. With Eve being a virgin and not part of a diluted blood line like today, it is even easier to see how this took place. So why did Adam join with Eve when presented with the knowledge of his wife’s adulterous act? Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:14, “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” Adam quickly “knew” his wife when she told him of her act with the serpent. Adam knew the penalty for transgressing God’s Word was death. In this act, we see the very character of God expressed through His son as Adam freely gave his life in order to save his bride. When Jesus Christ (the Last Adam) stepped out of eternity to give His life at Calvary as a ransom for His Bride’s adulterous act against His Word, the character of the unchanging God was displayed once again.
Just judgment on the serpent and Eve reveal hidden truth, the judgment on Adam contains a hidden truth as well. While the serpent and the woman were cursed physically, for Adam’s sake God said, “Cursed is the ground for thy sake.” As Christians, we serve an unchanging God as Hebrews 13:8 testifies. If a man is judged by God one way, every man thereafter will be judged the same way as He is a Just God. With that in mind, let us look at the Law of God given to His prophet Moses:
4. Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
This Scripture is a perfect representation of what took place in the Garden. In this, Adam did take his adulterous wife back and that is why the land (ground) was cursed. This passage clarifies even further why the Apostle Paul told the Corinthian church he was to present a Bride “as a chaste virgin to Christ” and not one “as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty.” As the Word of the Lord came to Paul, he knew it was adultery that caused the fall. After it is cleansed by fire, there will be no sin (no curse) present when Jesus’ feet touch the earth, for the first time since His resurrection, when He returns with His Bride. God’s Law would be broken if His chosen Bride is anything other than a virgin that has kept His every Word. Jesus is the Word and fulfills all the Law; He cannot and will not accept an adulterous woman as the First Adam did.
Another question that comes to mind is why did Eve say, “I have gotten a man from the Lord” if Cain was from the serpent? Simply said, all life comes from The Lord. God set forth his Law in the beginning and it carries on. In the natural, we can say potentially that we have an oak tree when we only possess an acorn. God’s Law was set forth; unless water and light strikes that seed you will never have a tree. This Law of Life for man was set forth in Genesis 2:7 when God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” We see then as a child is conceived, then developed in the womb, it is not alive until the breath of life from God comes in at its birth. If not so, you could still be alive even after you could not breathe, but this is not the case. Look how God keeps His Law of Life in the three stages of grace; the Seed stage of justification, then sanctification, but Life only comes after the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
As mentioned earlier, everything in the Scripture has meaning. An example of this is when the woman was given the name Eve. Prior to the fall, God said “their” name was Adam. Eve was only given her name after the fall. She was named Eve “because she was the mother of all living.” You will not find Adam referred to being the father of all living anywhere in the Bible.
2. Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Let us take a moment and look at the nature Cain was born under to give further evidence as to who his father was. As a son of God, it was “by faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice” of a lamb on the altar. His blood sacrifice was vindicated by God to be an acceptable offering. Cain however brought the beauty of fruit as an offering to the Lord, and it was not accepted as an appropriate offering. Just as Lucifer looked to exalt himself in beauty, Cain’s nature was drawn to exalt himself in beauty. Even after Abel’s offering was confirmed by God to be right, Cain’s pride (just as Lucifer) would not allow him to line up with the vindicated path to God. True to the nature of his father Satan; Cain became jealous, rose up and killed the righteous son of God. After he slew his brother, look at Cain’s response when God asks, “Where is Abel thy brother?” Cain responded with a lie, “I know not” and then mockingly, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
With Cain’s responses, the absolute arrogance and lack of respect toward God in his character is easily seen. How can anyone think Cain would have come from Adam when you contrast Cain’s nature to his brother’s? Cain’s nature continued in his children as they became builders, men of science and education, yet while very religious they were still condemned. Seth’s children were sheepherders, farmers, humble, and great men of God. Seth’s righteous and Cain’s unrighteous seed lines continuing down to the oncoming judgment in Noah’s day show another type of Christ and the Anti-Christ continuing on to the pending judgment of today. Abel represented the Son slain without a cause; Seth then represents the resurrected Son by which the sons of God came; it was Cain, who received “the mark” (of the beast), and his lineage was destroyed by the flood due to their refusal (just like their father) to heed to the Word of the hour preached by God’s prophet Noah.
The script from the first murder is reenacted in the life of Jesus Christ as He walked the earth in the form of the Son of Man. Jesus declared the devout religious leaders in that day to be of their father the devil. Why? Their nature testified who they were and where they came from. With the manifested Word in their day, vindicated by signs and wonders (just as Abel’s sacrifice was to Cain) to be True, right before them, their response was to rise up in jealousy and kill the Son of God.
Did you notice what those trained religious scholars said in their reply when Jesus told them they were of their father? Is it not strange they would say, “We be not born of fornication”? Those trained Jewish Scholars went to a sexual sin as a rebuttal to their correct lineage being told to them by Jesus? This response would only be strange if the fruit in the midst of the garden was an apple.
Listing the generations of Adam, Genesis 5:3 says that Adam, “Begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.” There is no Scripture stating Cain was in the likeness of Adam. There is no mention of Cain in the book of the generations of Adam nor is there in the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Saint Luke Chapter 3. You cannot have Cain in the lineage and Jude 14 be correct when he testifies the prophet Enoch was “the seventh from Adam.” If Cain were from Adam, the birthright would belong to Cain and the lineage would have to come from him. Eve acknowledged this at Seth’s birth when she said God “hath appointed me another seed.” If they were from the same father and since the elder possesses the birthright, she would have said “more seed” instead of “another seed.” First John 3:12 says, “Cain, who was of that wicked one.” With Adam being the son of God (made in God’s image), the Scripture cannot call him the “wicked one.” This is another example why Adam is never called Cain’s father anywhere in the Scripture. Cain could not have been virgin born either; that would make him a son of God, so Cain had to come by intercourse. It is clear to see Cain’s father was not Adam, so there could be nothing other than an adulterous act between Eve and the serpent that produced Cain.
In the days of Noah, we are told there were giants in the earth. The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus lived in the first century and tells us that the “sons of God” in Genesis 6 were “fallen angels” that pressed themselves into human flesh and committed acts with the “daughters of men”. This is his explanation for the giants in the land, and this same idea is espoused by many today. If you carry that thought out, you make Satan a creator and thereby equal with God. Satan is not a creator, and cannot join with man in the manner God kept for Himself. It is the very creative act of God by which He enters man and lives His Life through a son of God, thus making him a new creature in Christ. God cannot be driven out of man when this takes place either. Satan can only enter in animal life this way. An example of this is seen in Matthew 8: “So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.” We now see why Satan was capable and had to move upon the serpent (animal) in order to introduce himself into the human race. The sexual act between the serpent and Eve produced a seed line that possessed the spiritual characteristics of Satan and the physical characteristics of the serpent. These giants came straight from the physical traits carried down from the seed of the serpent.
With the antediluvian world destroyed, one would think the seed line would be purified again since it was Noah’s family that was saved. Remember, Noah’s sons took their wives into the ark with them. This is how the seed came over in the ark, just like it did in the beginning; through their wives. They carried the seed of Satan through the ark, just as Eve carried the seed of Satan to give birth to Cain. Noah being a true prophet could not curse that which was of God. Remember, Adam was not cursed by God but the ground was for his sake. According to Genesis 9 when Noah knew what Ham had done to him, Noah cursed Ham’s offspring. It was in the children of Ham that the nature of the serpent’s seed was on display once again. It was Ham’s son Cush that started Babel which is later known as Babylon. No greater example was seen of that nature than in Nimrod, the son of Cush. It is under Nimrod that Babylon grew to such prominence. It was his kingdom that was responsible for the Tower of Babel. It was under Nimrod the first idol worship was established. Nimrod married his mother Semiramis and after his death, she deified him thereby making her the “mother of god.” With the separation at the Tower of Babel, this foundation was scattered to become the basis for all idol worship in the world. A study of religion and mythology in other cultures show the link to the “three separate but equal gods” originally established as Father (Cush), Son (Nimrod), and Spirit (Semiramis). That framework of organization in Babylon, and seeing the “mother of God” worshipped above “her son”, has carried on and is witnessed even today. These seeds were laid in the beginning (Genesis) and carried to the end (Revelation), where Babylon comes to a mature harvest in the last days, thereby making plain the nature of the serpent seed for all to see.
A pattern set forth by God should be clear by now; God has allowed the righteous Seed and the unrighteous seed to grow alongside each other since the beginning. Jesus demonstrated this in His parable in Matthew 13:24-30 where the tares were sown and grew with the wheat. These lines were so close to each other that Jesus said, “If it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” It was so close; the disciples questioned whether or not they themselves would betray Jesus. Remember, the one (Judas) that did betray Him came from the same tribe as Jesus. From the beginning these seed lines were alongside each other in the Garden as the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. From the same womb, it was Cain that later murdered his twin brother who was the righteous son of God, Abel. Although both seed lines of Ishmael and Isaac claim to come from the same father; Ishmael’s children have long persecuted the children of God that came by Abraham’s true promised son Isaac. Two seed lines again; Jacob sought the birthright (which was the covenant of God), yet Esau had no respect for it and was willing to sell it for a mess of pottage. Joshua and Caleb stood with the promised Word for that day brought by Moses. Dathan, Korah, and the prophet Balaam rose up tochallenge the authority of the Word in God’s vindicated prophet Moses; they also perished in the wilderness along with those that believed the gainsaying of Korah. Jesus said that the Elect (royal Seed of Abraham) would not be deceived and follow the voice of strangers. It was the Scribes and Pharisees representing the religious leaders of the day that convinced the people to choose Barabbas, a murderer, over the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ.
11. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core
How easy it is for some to look back on the accounts in the Old Testament and think they are nothing more than stories of encouragement with little significance to us. Modern thinking is how “we would have done it differently than those before us.” We should be careful though, because this account of twins in the Bible does not stop with Jesus and His day. Look to the Day of Pentecost; Jesus returned in Spirit and according to 1 John 4:3 the spirit of Antichrist went forth as well. This now becomes a New Testament account of the righteous Seed and unrighteous seed that we will see carried up through today. In the first few centuries, the righteous Seed kept holding to God’s Word even while being persecuted by the established religious and governmental systems for their stand. In 325 A.D. at the First Council of Nicaea, the church made a fateful mistake by accepting pagan ideas, traditions of man and mixing them with the Word of God. Not only did they step out to present this hybrid religion to the world as “truth”, they then chose another Barabbas, a murderer of the Word, by electing a Pope to be the Vicar of Christ. The Catholic Church from that time forward, through greater perversions of the Word, grew in power, wealth, and influence in the world as they persecuted to death Christians (68 million), just as it had been done to the righteous Seed since the beginning.
With the Word rejected and gone into the ground at the First Council in Nicaea, it looked to be Satan’s victory as he was crowned head of the false church, but God’s Seed was destined to rise again. After the Dark Ages, the Seed of God developed even through religious persecution in the stages of Justification (Luther), Sanctification (Wesley), and the Restoration of the Spiritual Gifts (Pentecost). As God’s Seed grew, the Denominations and their sister organizations also grew out of each movement only to join back up with the Catholic “Mother” Church. Zechariah 14:7 points us to a day that is “not day, nor night” as the Light of God’s Word is clouded by the mixing of man’s ideas and traditions, thus not allowing His Seed to reach maturity outside the full Light. Zechariah also tells us, “that at evening time it shall be light.” It is the Evening Light where all the seeds of the world are ready for harvesting. Not only has the True and False Church ripened as the Light increased, the fruit of this modern world produced by man through his increased knowledge and advances in science as he ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is ready for harvest. It is this day where God’s Word is to return in its pure Seed form, as promised by Luke 17:30, Malachi 4:5-6, and Revelation 10:7. The righteous Seed is gathered into the Word in this day ready to be caught away, just as the unrighteous seed gathers in Babylon, the Mother of Harlots, and will receive judgment as prophesied in the Book of Revelation. Today the denominational systems are uniting in the World Council of Churches; this is the very organizational framework established at Babylon. Under the leadership of a False Son of God (Vicar of Christ), the people were united in a cause at the Tower of Babel to get to God through an alternate pathway (false doctrine) while unknowingly worshipping Satan in their efforts. By making herself ready in rejecting the enticements of Satan’s interpreters and adorning herself with the full Word, the true Bride of Christ is having a union of her own, a marriage to her Groom.
5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
6. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Malachi 4:5 – 6
30. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
7. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
The entire human race fell when the bride of the First Adam accepted one added word given to her by Satan’s interpreter, the serpent. It would be absolute arrogance to think the Last Adam’s bride will be accepted by God if she accepts creeds, dogma, gainsayings, or omitted portions of the Word through another anointed interpreter of Satan. How can any man claim to be a son of God and accept, “Surely God doesn’t mean…” or “Surely God doesn’t care if…”mixed with the Word of God? The first bride in the Garden of Eden brought forth serpent seed when she committed adultery, but in this hour the true Bride of Jesus Christ will bring forth the Promised Son in Satan’s established garden of sin by keeping every Word.
1. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils;
1st Timothy 4:1