The Doctrine of the Serpent Seed and the Original Sin...
The Serpent Seed
THE ORIGINAL SIN
Author: Rev. Richard Gan
THE DOCTRINE OF THE SERPENT SEED
"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:
and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed;
it shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel."
MAN'S DOMINION OVER ANIMALS
Genesis, the Book of Beginnings, records the Creation of the heaven and the earth. Man was the last of all the creation of God. And like the angels he was created in the image and likeness of God. Adam, the son of God, was not only told to "be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it" but he was also commissioned by God to have dominion over all the living things of the earth (Gen.1:26,28). So we realize that Adam was the highest of all the creation of God.
LAW OF REPRODUCTION
Now, it is stated in Genesis 1:11,12 and 24 that God commanded every species of life, whether plant or animal life, to bring forth seed after its own kind. Therefore to hybridize two different species of animals is to go against God's commandment and law of reproduction. (Keep this law of God in mind so that you may understand later how, and why, the hybridizing of Mankind with the Serpent-kind had brought forth the sin that could be passed down to all men today.)
EVERY NATURAL TREE GROWN IS GOOD FOR FOOD
Having created all things and rested on the first Sabbath day, "God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Gen.2:7). Then God put Adam in a garden in Eden to dress it. And out of the ground God caused to grow EVERY TREE that was good for food for Adam to eat (or partake). Two other trees were also mentioned. They were called the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The carnal minded people would give these two trees a carnal interpretation that they were two real literal natural fruit trees. But if the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was a real literal tree, it would certainly be contradictory to God's own words in Genesis 2:9 if its fruits could not be eaten "And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food" See! Every tree bearing fruits was good for food! Hence, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil were something other than natural trees as they did not grow out of the ground (cf. Gen.2:9b - "the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil", a phrase interposed to hide a truth.)
The carnal minded people always give the Bible their carnal interpretations based on personal opinion, church theology, traditions of man, or "my church teaches some other way". To understand the mystery of God's Word we have to put away such childish attitudes, and be mature and learn wisely.
UNDERSTANDING TERMINOLOGIESPlease note that the doctrine of the Serpent Seed (or the doctrine of the Original Sin) is neither an allegory, a myth, a legend, nor a fable, but is based on literal historical facts set forth and emphasized by the use of certain particular expressions or figures of speech. A particular expression or figure of speech is never used except for the purpose of emphasizing and intensifying, and calling attention to, the reality of, the literal sense. It is God's way of hiding Truth whilst revealing It.
Look at the second half of Genesis 2:9: "the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." This is an interjection to call your attention to something different. This particular expression could only be understood by analyzing the meanings of the various terminologies used and other terminologies which are related to it. Hence, to understand the doctrine of the Serpent Seed, we must first analyse the meanings of the following terminologies: "Tree of Life", "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil", "In the midst of the garden", "Eat" and "Fruit".
The word "tree" is used in the Bible to symbolize different things. Our Lord Jesus used it for nation (Luk.21:29), whereas the blind man whom He healed in Bethsaida used it for man (Mark 8:24). In the Old Testament the term is used for a king (Dan. 4:10), wisdom (Prov.3:18) besides others. In Genesis 2 and 3, the word "tree" has been used for two different things. One points to that which grew "out of the ground" natural trees; and the other points to that which were "in the midst of the garden" but what were they? Hence, not all the "trees" (in Scriptures) were literal trees, neither were they the same type of "trees".
Likewise the word "garden" does not necessary mean a literal garden. It could symbolise the soul (Jer.31:12), the shrine (Isa.65:3), or the human body (Songs of Solomon 4-8). The basic meaning of "garden" whether literal, symbolic or spiritual, is an enclosure i) where a seed can be planted to reproduce itself; ii) cultivated for public enjoyment. While the Garden of Eden is a literal garden, the "garden" mentioned in Genesis 2:9b is not that Garden of Eden.
The word "eat" to many simply means to consume food with the mouth. "To eat" means "to partake". Proverbs 30:20 gives a good rendition of the word. It tells of an adulterous woman who had partaken adultery (that is, she lay with a man who was not her husband) and then said that she had done no evil. Read also Psalm 127:2; Proverbs 1:31; 13:2; Jeremiah 15:16; Hosea 10:13; John 6:56.
Note: Among other uses of the word "eat" in Hebrew is "lay" (see Strong's Concordance: 398 akal [lit. or fig.]. See also 5060, naga, translated "touch" in Genesis 3:3, a word added in by Eve to what God had said to Adam in Genesis 2:17. Naga means, in euphemism, to lie with a woman). The original Hebrew word "food" ("maakal") comes from the same root meaning as the word "eat"; and in Genesis 3:6 these two words are interwoven together to hide and yet reveal the mystery of the act that brought about the Original Sin.
To almost all Bible readers, the word "fruit" is simply a literal fruit such as an apple or a pear. However, according to the Scriptures, the word "fruit" (Hebrew: "periy") may be used literally or figuratively (see Strong's Concordance: 6529 periy; from 6509 fruit [lit. or fig.]). For example read Deuteronomy 28:4; Psalm 127:3; Proverb 18:20; Luke 1:42. Hence, the word "fruit" does not always refer to the literal fruit.
Now we have a background to the doctrine of the Serpent Seed and of how man fell from his first estate into sin.
SERPENT UPRIGHT CREATURE
"Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made." Genesis 3:1
The word "serpent" came from the Hebrew word "nachash" and has the following meanings: "hiss", that is, "whisper a (magic) spell"; "a divine enchanter"; "use enchantment"; "learn by experience". "Subtile" is not just cunning but also wise and intelligent, having a knowledge of the understanding of life as well.
The Serpent was the highest of all the animals and was the last to be created before Adam. OF ALL THE ANIMALS HE WAS THE ONLY SPECIES THAT COULD TALK! If the Serpent does exist today he certainly would still be able to talk. Some may argue that he was able to talk because he was possessed by Satan just like the demon-possessed man at Gadarenes (Luk.8:26-33), or just like the ass which God used to speak to Balaam (Numbers 22:28-30), Satan might have done the same with the Serpent. But note the fact that it was the Serpent who beguiled Eve, and not Satan. So, it was not Satan speaking through the Serpent. And who did God judge Satan or the Serpent?
The Serpent no longer exists today because he had been cursed and transformed into a snake -- a member of the lowest of the animal kingdom. He was originally not related to snakes whatsoever, but now when we say "serpent", we would generally picture a long slimy wriggly snake.
Traditional theology has so numbed the minds of people that it causes them to believe that the Serpent was originally a snake without limbs and which stood on its tail! Some dare to insinuate that he was created to stay only on trees and not on the ground! Regardless of all those 'churchylogy' nonsense in the world of Christianity, it is clearly stated in the Bible that the Serpent was originally an upright creature! We know that the primates were of the highest order of animals which God has created. And notice that they have two hands and that they stand on two feet! And since the Bible states that "the Serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field" he had to be among the top order of the primates with Adam ruling over him! He could not be a slimy wriggly snake for snakes are of the reptilian class, and reptiles are ranked lowest in the animal kingdom.
Being the last of the animals created before Adam, the Serpent was ranked next to man and looked very much like a man. We can actually say that he is the "missing link" between the animals and the human race. [See Appendix 9.] Science may name the different species of "early men" such as Neanderthal man, Peking man, Cro-Magnon man, et cetera, but the one that was created to be the servant of Adam was named Serpent by Adam. The Bible tells us that all things, including the Serpent, that God had created were good, very good indeed. Although he looked like a man and could talk and communicate like one, the Serpent was not created in the image and likeness of God as Adam was. The Serpent did not have a spiritual soul.
Note: Adam was created a full grown man with perfect intellect. He must have possessed a certain prophetic revelation to name the Serpent as such, for that name has been associated with the evil one (Satan) throughout the Bible which God had caused It to be written later after the Fall. The name Serpent has become synonymous with the name Satan, as Satan had complete control over the Serpent and his reasoning power; that was why he could be so persuasive that Eve succumbed to his seduction.
CERTAIN SEEDS COULD CROSSBREED
The seed of the Serpent could fuse with the egg of the woman. This seems very far-fetched to most people. But just look at what some men have done with some of the animals. They have produced a liger, a cross between a lion and a tigress; a zedonk, a hybrid between a zebra and a she-ass. The most common hybrid that we know is the mule which is a mixture of the donkey and the mare.
Scientists have tried to commingle beast and man without success. Beast and man cannot intermingle and reproduce. But the chemical affinity between them proves their close relationship. However, the intermingling between an animal (Serpent) and a woman (Eve) did take place in the Garden of Eden. But God had completely destroyed that pattern of the Serpent, and no other beast can commingle with man again.
Now God did not create all those hybrids. He commanded each species of living things to bring forth its own kind (Gen.1:11,24). But man has caused the seeds of some of the animals to mix resulting in the death of the seed, that is, the hybrid is sterile; it cannot bring forth life. The penalty for tampering with the law of God is Death. [See Appendix 10.]
CAIN -- A HYBRID
When the Devil-possessed Serpent committed fornication with the woman, that animal's seed was planted in her womb and became fused with her egg resulting in the birth of a hybrid Cain a perverted seed! And death came into the world! Yet DEATH was not in the seed NATURAL, but in the seed SPIRITUAL, for man originally was created a spirit being first and later put into a body of clay (Gen.1:26-27; 2:7).
Mendel's law states that "every individual is the sum total of the characteristics, recessive or dominant, in its two immediate progenitors. There is nothing in any individual that was not in the father or mother of that person, and everything that was in the father and mother is in the offspring."
Being a cross-breed of the Serpent and the woman, Cain, the son of the Serpent, inherited a part of Eve's nature, the nature of the Spirit of God which was in Adam. Remember that Adam and Eve, who were created in the image and likeness of God, had sin imputed upon them after the Fall. The image and likeness of God in them were thus "stained" by sin, so to speak. Hence, Seth (who was a substitute for Abel) and all his descendants could only bear the image and likeness of Adam (Gen.5:3). However, Cain, being a hybrid, did not bear the image and likeness of Adam, who was a son of God. He was a mongrel with a marred (or damaged) image and likeness of mankind. Falling short of that glorious image of God means spiritual death.
SIN OF DISOBEDIENCE
The fornication of the woman with the Serpent had brought forth DEATH to the world. It was actually Eve's disobedience to God's commandment not to eat of that Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. [See Appendix 11.]
Let's take those terms -- "Tree of Life", "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil", "In the midst of the garden", and "Eat", and MEDITATE upon them for awhile. We will understand that the human body is the garden, and in the midst of the garden is the sexual reproductive organ. And two laws govern that sexual reproductive organ. (Remember, two trees stood in the midst of the garden, not side by side Gen.2:9). The Divine Way or Law of Life is symbolised by the Tree of Life. The Perverted Way or Law of Death is symbolised by the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. These two Laws (Trees) are diametrically opposed to each other. When one keeps or breaks the Law of God, one will and must reap its fruit accordingly. [See Appendix 12.]
LIFE AND DEATH
Divine Life and Truth come from God and are eternal. Perverted Knowledge and Ways come from the Devil and they lead to Death. Satan has always been opposing God. He has always been perverting God's way of Life. Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14:12-15 tell us about Satan's position in heavenly places before his fall. He was known as Lucifer then. He was the seal of wisdom and crown of beauty. Not being contented with his status and possessions, he used his knowledge to exalt himself to be like the Most High. He perverted the knowledge that was given to him and thus fell from his first estate. Since then he has been the opposition to the Way, the Truth and the Life.
ALL THINGS CREATED FOR A PURPOSE
There is a purpose in everything that God had created; and that is to bring glory to Himself (Eph.3:11 cf. Eccle.3:1, 17; Isa.14:26-27). Likewise, there is a purpose in each and every member of the human body. The misuse of any member is sin in God's eye. Read Matthew 18:8-9; James 3:10-12. The commandment is clear: man must obey the Divine Law of Life and Purpose of the Creator. Disobedience is a transgression of the divine commandment which leads to the perversion of the Divine Truth and Purpose of the Creator.
THE PURPOSE OF THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGAN
Without controversy the purpose of the reproductive organ is to bring forth life. The woman was given to Adam to reproduce himself. According to the divine plan of God, Adam and his wife were expected to come together at the appointed time and season of life (Eccle.3:1-8) to eat (partake) of the fruit (effect, reward) of the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden. The effect of such partaking would bring forth (fruits, rewards of) sons and daughters of God with eternal life.
REPRODUCTIVE ORGAN MISUSED
However, Satan, through the Serpent, must have had, at a certain point in time, indoctrinated Eve about partaking of the other tree, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and finally tempted her to eat of it. "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her: and he did eat" (Gen.3:6).
Instead of eating of the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden at the appointed time and season, Adam and his wife, partook of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (which was also in the midst of the garden) of which God had commanded them not to do so.
"Woe unto them that call evil good...! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
Isaiah 5:20a, 21
And so with carnal reasoning the Serpent deceived the woman into thinking that she would be wiser by partaking of the fruit of the forbidden tree that was pleasant to the eyes a delight, gratifying to the physical and sensual desires, lusty as the tree was good for food to make one wise (discerning). (That tree might have looked good for food but it certainly was not the kind of food for the spiritual soul.) [See Appendix 13.]
The fruit of disobedience, the partaking of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, was the conception of Cain. Cain was a hybrid in a world where all living things were pure breeds. He was a discrepancy who disrupted the order of God. He was the seed of the Serpent (Gen.3:15) and the "son" of the Wicked One Satan (1Jhn.3:12). He was a part of Satan's plan to destroy the Plan of God.
Eve was a part of Adam because she was taken out of Adam. And Adam was supposed to join himself to Eve that they should become one flesh. But before Adam could copulate with Eve, the Devil had caused her to fornicate with the Serpent. Eve broke Gods divine commandment when she used her sexual organ for pleasure in her fornication with the Serpent. Being defiled, Eve was no longer suitable to be Adams wife. Adam knew that he would lose Eve forever when God should pass judgement upon her. Therefore, in order to "redeem" Eve, Adam must identify with Eve while she was yet in her sin (and "the wages of sin is death" Rom.6:23). Adam had to join himself to Eve, who was a part of himself, in order to identify with her sexual passion even though he knew that she was defiled. However, "Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression" (1Tim.2:14).
Let me emphasize again. The Woman was deceived not into fornication per se but the partaking of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil which she then gave it to the Man. So, what then was it that Adam ate? He partook of the same that Eve partook perverted knowledge. Adam knew Eve had done wrong. He knew that God would take her in death and that would mean Adam would lose his mate, his bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. When that happened he would have no one else to spend his life with on the earth except having the animals, birds and other creatures for companions What would Adam do? Simple. He would have to do what His Heavenly Father expected him to do. Like Christ Jesus, Adam had to redeem his wife, his bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. So he had to identify with her sin, brought about by the partaking of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Perverted Knowledge). Adam was really taking the blame for his wife.
Note: Jesus Christ, the second Man, typed Adam when He came to identify with us. For "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom.5:8). He came "in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh" (Rom.8:3). "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Heb.4:15 cf. Isa.53:5).
When Adam and his wife had partaken of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, sin was imputed upon them and the result was DEATH. Since they chose this forbidden tree of perverted knowledge, they had to reap its result and drink of the bitter cup. [See Appendix 14.]
Therefore the Divine Tree of Life (the Perfect Law of God) which governed the perfect purpose of the relation of life in the Divine Plan of God was never allowed to manifest. God had kept it (Genesis 3:22-24) but brought it forth about 4000 years later in the Person of Jesus Christ. Christ Jesus is the very Personification of the Divine Life and Purpose of God the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the True Wisdom (1Cor.1:24 cf. Prov.3:13, 18, 19). Whosoever eats (partakes) of Him shall have Eternal Life (Jhn.6:47-58). Without this relation to Him as the Tree of Life there is no Eternal Life.
"And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons."
Why? Because their eyes were opened to their guilt, and they realized that they were naked, so they tried to cover their sexual parts! They were ashamed of it! (If eating apples or pears or any particular fruit had caused the first couple to realize that they were naked, then these fruits ought to be passed among those half-naked females in the streets and beaches today.) God's question to Adam, "Who said you were naked?", shows that Adam was covering up a guilty act committed by his sexual organ. (Read Matthew 5:29-30.) If it was the mouth, Adam would have covered it, and perhaps God would have questioned him thus: "Who asked thee to cover thy mouth? What's wrong with it? Did thou eat or munch at the forbidden fruit?" (You probably have seen people who, unintentionally, said a foul word that they went "Oophs!" and covered their mouths with their hands.)
Note: The word "naked" used in Genesis 2:25 is different from that found in Genesis 3:7-11. The latter is translated from the Hebrew word "eyrom", which comes from the root word "aram", used only in a derogatory sense.
However, it was not good enough for Adam and Eve to merely cover themselves with vegetable leaves. What they needed was an atonement. Blood was involved in Eve's act of sin. The blood of mankind was infiltrated by a foreign substance which resulted in the production of a hybrid a debased creature Cain. (Remember that Adam (Man) was God's highest creation. He was created in God's image and likeness. That image was "stained" with sin when he fell. However, the image and likeness of God became marred when Adam's descendants intermingled with the descendants of Cain. Thenceforth mankind became part and parcel of the animal kingdom.)
God had to slay innocent animals to make coats of skin to clothe the Man and his Woman, and in the process blood was shed (Gen.3:21). Read Leviticus 4; Hebrews 9:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21. See, it was not the fruit of a literal tree that Adam and Eve had partaken. If it was a literal fruit that they had partaken, Adam and Eve should have covered their mouths rather than their physical nakedness. Even in His covenant with Abraham, God's requirement was still blood from the foreskin! (Consider these questions: i) Where did sin begin? ii) Why the circumcision of the heart in the New Covenant?)
It is true that Adam and Eve lost their righteousness and became spiritually naked in the sight of God. However, it was their physical nakedness that caused them to be ashamed of their sin and to cover their sexual reproductive organs with fig leaves, and to hide from God.
GOD'S JUSTICE & JUDGEMENT
"If any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe."
"...and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward."
-- Hebrews 2:2b (See also Rev.13:10.)
FROM SERPENT TO SNAKE
In passing His judgment, God did not destroy the Serpent, whose head was the Devil. Instead He cursed him above all the creatures of the field. The Serpent was cursed and transformed from an upright animal to a belly crawling reptile a snake! Without his limbs, dust would become a part of his diet every time he feeds himself "dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life". The curse of sin on the Serpent has even caused all snakes to bear his name serpentine! Remember, he went on his belly after the curse, and not before! [See Appendix 15.]
In Genesis 3:15, God prophesied, "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed." This conclusively proved that the Serpent would have his seed as the woman would have hers.
"Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee."
The first part of this verse should also cause us to understand that the sexual organ was the guilty member of the body in the act of sin. It was that part of the woman which God had cursed. He also increased the number of her conceptions. (A study of animals shows that the higher the animal the lesser is the number of its conceptions. The woman's conception and sorrow are GREATLY MULTIPLIED.) Since then every woman has her conception period at about every 28 days or 13 times a year. And coupled with each period there is that great sorrow of physical and emotional tension. Truly, "every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward" (Heb.2:2b).
All these would have been avoided if Eve had partaken of the Divine Tree of Life in the midst of the garden instead of the perverted and pleasurable Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil which was in the midst of the same garden. The women's sorrow and conception were multiplied as a result of the act of pleasurable sex which was contrary to the Divine will and purpose of God. [See Appendix 14.]
The phrase: "thy desire shall be to thy husband", certainly alludes to the fact that Eve must have earlier subjected her desire to someone else. It could not be plainer that Eve had first subjected her desire to the Serpent when she "saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat,..." (Gen.3:6).
St.Paul, in his teaching concerning the state of virginity of the Church, made mention of the seduction of Eve by the Serpent when he said, in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3:
"For I am jealous over you with godly jealously: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you
as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled
(Greek: exapatao [not apatao]; that is, thoroughly seduced) Eve through his subtilty,
so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."
Yes, Adam's wife was thoroughly deceived and seduced by the Serpent! She sold the women down the river, so to speak, by her disobedience. Even now, those who are born of the Spirit of God, must submit themselves to their husbands, as unto the Lord, for the man is the head of the woman, even as Christ is the Head of His Church (Eph.5:22-24). Those wives who despise and disobey their husbands, and domineer over them, are violating a divine law of God.
The judgment that God had pronounced upon Adam was a curse on the ground (Genesis 3:17-19) and not upon his reproductive organ because Adam was not deceived into transgressing the law. Eve was. (1Tim.2:14). But Adam listened to her and joined her in her sin.
Adam knew what he was doing when he hearkened to his wife. Being taken from his side, she was a part of him. He knew she would be lost because of her sin. Therefore, in order to redeem her, he must identify himself with her sin. So, Adam knowingly joined Eve in her sin. And his act brought DEATH into the world.
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression,
WHO IS THE FIGURE OF HIM THAT WAS TO COME."
ADAM IS THE FIGURE OF HIM THAT WAS TO COME. How is that so? Adam redeemed his wife back to himself by identifying himself with her transgression. Remember, Adam had no former lust and knew no sin. Similarly, Jesus Christ, the last Adam, identified Himself with His fallen Bride and became sin for her that she might become the righteousness of God. But in identifying Himself with fallen man, the redemptive act of the last Adam (Jesus Christ) brought LIFE back to man. With the Water and the Blood that flowed from the side of Jesus Christ at Calvary, God made a Bride for Him. Read Romans 5:12- 21; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22,45. Amen! (Type and antitype nothing could be any clearer!) We are reconciled to the Living Tree of Life, not a fruit tree but the Living and Wise God!
The man and his wife were then driven out of the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden was God's delight. Anything not in accordance with God's law God's harmony could not be born there. Hence, as a hybrid was being conceived in the womb of Eve, the couple had to be driven out of the Garden. The hybrid was the Serpent's seed, a seed of discrepancy.
Since the Fall, man has been toiling by tilling the earth and weeding off thorns and thistles to obtain his food. He had lost his household servant, the Serpent-kind, who was the tiller of the ground.
MOTHER OF ALL LIVING
Genesis 3:20 is a very interesting verse that most Christians overlook. A short statement such as this would have given many an understanding of the Serpent Seed doctrine if they had paid close attention to it and meditated on it. Unfortunately, many simply bypassed it.
"And Adam called his wife's name Eve;..."
The name was given only after the curse was pronounced. Before that, she was called Woman (Gen.2:23). Eve means life-giver; life giving; "because she was the mother of all living" (Gen.3:20b). She was the mother of Cain and Abel, her first two sons. But only one of them was of Adam. If they were both of Adam, Adam would not have named his wife Eve. The reason: the seed comes from the male. Rightly so, Adam should be called the father of all living. But Cain was not his seed; Adam did not father him. The Serpent did. Thus Adam was not the father of all living!
One verse which confounds many Christians is Genesis 4:1. "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord." It appears to them that Cain was the son of Adam. But a deeper study of the chapter gives us a better light to the verse. The word "knew" in verses 1 and 25 means having a positive knowledge of conception. Adam "knew" Eve twice only (verses 1 and 25) but brought forth three sons. Yet, when we study the rest of chapter 4, we realize that the very characters of Cain and Abel were extremely different. Therefore, one of them could not be a son of Adam.
All life, good or evil, comes from God (Isaiah 45:7; Acts 17:28). And Eve could not be more right when she said: "I have gotten a man from the Lord." [See Appendix 1 in SECTION I - Q&A Presentation Part 1-2.]
THE RELIGION OF CAIN AND ABEL
"And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof."
Abel possessed the revelation (from God) of the events which transpired in the Garden of Eden that led to the Fall of mankind when he slew the firstborn of his flock and offered them to God. God had done the same when He shed the blood of two animals to cover the sin and guilt of his parents, Adam and Eve. Abel's offering was a righteous one which pleased God.
On the other hand, Cain, being the son of the Serpent, did not possess such a revelation. Though he was raised up together with Abel and taught the same Truth and Knowledge of God by Adam and Eve, he never really possessed the full revelation of it. (True revelation of God's Truths can only be received by sons and daughters of God.) Like his daddy, Cain was a tiller of the ground and he brought unto God an offering of the fruit of the ground. The fruit of the cursed ground was his achievement and pride. In the sweat of his brow and with his own hands he had tilled the ground to obtain what he thought would please God. His works were evil in that they were self-righteous (1Jhn.3:12; Isa.64:6). Cain was not spiritual, but he was certainly religious.
The present day's pagan religions, or worships, which practise the offering of the fruits of the ground, such as fruits, flowers or vegetables, are traced to Cain as the founder.
Abel practised the true religion (from re-ligo to bind back). He knew by revelation who God was and what God expected of him. True worshippers worship God, by revelation, in spirit and in truth (Jhn.4:22-24).
THE SATANIC TRAITS OF CAIN
In the murder of Abel, three devilish traits were manifested in Cain, the son of the Serpent. Read Genesis 4:8-9. The murderous or lying nature does not come from God; it comes from Satan (Jhn.10:10; 11:25; Num.23:19). Jesus said that Satan "was a murderer from the beginning" and that "he is a liar, and the father of it" (Jhn.8:44). His rebellious nature was manifested in Cain when he (Cain) defiantly shouted at God, saying: "Am I my brother's keeper?!"
These traits alone are enough proofs that Cain was not a son of Adam who was a son of God.
Genesis 4:16-24 is the record of Cain's own genealogy. His was a great people, full of intellectual knowledge. They built cities, they made weapons and they were great inventors. In their days, they were a renowned people giants, both mentally and physically. The record also contains the murderous act of Lamech, the great, great, great grandson of Cain. He was the first person to go against God's will of one man, one wife (Gen.2:23-24). He married two wives. (Polygamy was permitted of God only after the Flood when the seeds of Adam (through Seth) and Cain were already mixed. Under the present Grace Age, Bible Believers who practise polygamy are guilty of committing adultery. Read Matthew 19:9; Luke 16:18.)
The descendants of Seth from Enos to Noah as recorded in Genesis 5:6-32 were different from the Cainites. They were simple folks, mainly shepherds and goatherds. There was not any liar, murderer or polygamist among them.
THE INTERMARRIAGE OF THE SEEDS
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
As the population of the two peoples increased, the sons of God (Sethic men) were tempted by the seductive beauty of the daughters of men (Cainic women) that they took these Cainic women as they desired and cohabited with them (Gen.6:1-2).
Because of the genetic disturbances resulting from these intermingling between the fallen children of God and the children of men, many giant offspring were born. [See Appendix 4 in SECTION I - Q&A Presentation Part 3-7.] The word "giants" does not mean that the people were tall and big in size; many were "giants" in thoughts and intellect as well. Thus were they call "mighty men", "men of renown". But the "every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Gen.6:5). They were desperately wicked and corrupted, and "the earth is filled with violence through them" (Gen.6:13). Moreover, the Name of Jehovah must have been much more profaned in their idolatrous worship than was in Enos' generation. And Enoch, the seventh from Adam, was raised up to prophesy against these ungodliness (Jude 14, 15).
ONE FLESH TWO PEOPLE
The crossing of the two lines of people, generation after generation, from Enoch to Noah, naturally caused the bloodstream of the sons of God to be perverted with the evil nature of the Serpent seed. The spiritual quality of divine revelation within them gradually became watered down. Evil attributes were bred (increased) while the righteous traits diminished (decreased) throughout those generations until the two peoples became one flesh. The intermingling of the seeds was so complete in the generation prior to the Flood that all the people of the earth were involved. Noah, who was the last of the pure righteous firstborn of the Sethic line (Gen.5:28-29), also took to wife a Cainite, or a woman of mixed seed.
PURE SERPENT RACE DESTROYED IN FLOOD
All pure Serpent-people (pure Cainites) were destroyed in the Flood along with the hybrid race. Only Noah's family was spared by the Grace of God upon Noah (Gen.6:8,18).
SERPENT NATURE LIVES IN ALL FLESH
Shortly after the Flood the serpentine nature began to manifest itself. And of the three sons of Noah, it was manifested more markedly in Ham who committed incest (a perverted sexual act) with his mother. Noah was at that time dead drunk and lying naked in his tent. Read Genesis 9:20-23, Leviticus chapters 18 and 20, and pay special attention to 18:6-8; 20:11, 17. [See Appendix 6 in SECTION I - Q&A Presentation Part 3-7.]
Noah did not bear any more seed other than Japheth, Ham and Shem, "and of them was the whole earth overspread" (Gen.9:18-19). Thus, every person born into the world since then is traced back to these three sons for the inheritance of the Serpent nature. [See Appendix 3 in SECTION I - Q&A Presentation Part 1-2.]
Everyone possesses part of the Adamic nature which is godly and part of the serpentine nature which is beastly and evil. Everyone is a hybrid. We are all made of one blood (Acts 17:26). And "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom.3:23). For this cause God required innocent animals as sacrifices for the atonement of man's soul throughout the Old Testament era. (Read Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22.)
GOD'S WAY OF RESTORATION OF MANKIND
However "it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins" (Heb.10:4) because they could not perfect those who offered them (Hebrews 10:1-3). The life of the sacrificial animal could not return to perfect the believer, the sacrificer. And so a better sacrifice was needed.
There is a better sacrifice! The promised seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15 has come. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born to bruise the head of the Serpent Who was none other than the Devil. Satan, the adversary of God, could only bruise the heel of our Lord Jesus, to hinder His work but could never destroy Him. The Lord Jesus, Who was born of the Virgin Mary, was God manifest in flesh. He bypassed the serpentine nature which was in the degraded blood of Mary, a sinner. Therefore, His Blood was pure and sinless. He "is the mediator of a better covenant" (Heb.8:6) "by which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Heb.10:10), "for by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified" (Heb.10:14).
But we cannot be sanctified until we are born again of the Spirit of God (Jhn.3:3-8; 11:25, 26; 1Pet.1:2; Rom.3:26; 1Jhn.1:9). Without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is the New Birth, we cannot enter into the Kingdom of God and see LIFE, for we are born of sinful flesh, coming into the world speaking lies, hating, coveting, having sensual desires and doing every evil work.
"YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN"
So we need to be born again of the Spirit of the last Adam (the Seed of God) and let His Seed (Spirit) "de-hybridize" the serpentine nature out of us by His Word. Read John 6:63; 1 Corinthians 15:45; 1 John 3:9. Then the LIFE of that Lamb of God would return upon the Believer to perfect him. Thus, "if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness" (Romans 8:10).
"And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,
fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved)"
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This "missing link" certainly does not fit into Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Animals did not evolve from a lower form of life, neither did Man evolve from the monkey. The Bible says that each species of creatures was created separately and distinctively from the others. Except for the Serpent, all the other animals exist today in the same form in which they have been created since the beginning of time. The birds build their nests and raise their young as they always have. The bees construct their honey combs as they always have done. The beavers build their dams. But only Man alone has the faculty of improving his lot.
According to the account in the Book of Genesis, God created the living things beginning from the lowest to the highest form. For example, He created the frog before the monkey; the chimpanzee before the Serpent, and finally He created Man to have dominion over all the creatures. And since the Serpent is no longer in its original form in which he was created before he was cursed, there is a "missing link".
Bear in mind that there is a vast difference between animals and man. Man has a "spiritual soul" but animals do not. Animals were created directly from the dust of the earth, whereas Man was first created a spirit, which was the image of God, before he was put into a body of dust, which was after the likeness of the theophany of God (Gen.1:26, 27; 2:7). For hybrid animals, their "death" is physical (physical sterility unfruitful, dried up). As for man, God is more concerned with his precious soul than his body of dust. So, when "death" came upon man, it was a spiritual death (spiritual sterility unfruitful, dried up). It takes the Holy Spirit of God to make him fruitful by quickening him (Jhn.6:63; 1Pet.3:18). The water of God's Word will quicken him to "life" and cause him to bring forth spiritual fruits of the Spirit of Life. Did not Jesus say, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God?" (Jhn.3:5).
When the demon-possessed Serpent came unto Eve to tempt her, he cast a spell of doubt over her by asking, "Yea, hath God said,...?" (Gen.3:1). The fact, as we know it, is that God had said. By dislocating a word, and misplacing it, Satan was able to misrepresent, or to give a false interpretation of, the Truth that God had originally laid down. A firm statement or command became a doubting question. The moment that Eve was completely persuaded by the Serpent to believe his word "Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Gen.3:4b-5), and took it into her mind (her heart) and had intercourse with it, she committed spiritual fornication by hybridizing the lie with the Divine Commandment (Truth) of God that was given to her. Then the physical act of fornication with the Serpent was committed, and DEATH was introduced into the world.
Eve committed spiritual fornication: i) when she omitted a portion of God's Word regarding the forbidden fruit of "the tree" "of the Knowledge of Good and Evil"; ii) when she added to the Word of God "neither shall ye touch it"; iii) when she changed a portion of what God had said "Thou shalt surely die" to "lest ye die", making the definite commandment of God a conditional one.
Apparently, what Eve had done is the very same thing that many Christians are doing today. Religious leaders are adding their own creeds and dogmas to the Word of God, and also changing the Word of God by twisting the Scriptures to fit their dogmas and interpretations. And when they are confronted with the Truth which is not in accord with their teachings, they would just simply omit the portion of the Scriptures, or ignore them completely.
Due to their lack of spiritual understanding of the Word of God and the teaching of the Laodicean Church Age Messenger, William M. Branham, certain Bible believers insist that the two "trees" "in the midst of the garden" were Jesus Christ and Satan, or Jesus Christ and the Serpent, standing side by side in the Garden of Eden. Then there are some who contend that the "trees" were Eve and the Serpent, or Eve and Jesus Christ. Such erroneous teachings are based on the misunderstanding of certain words used in the Scriptures; hence, the inconsistency in their interpretations. [Note: The inconsistency of interpretations has caused some denominational Christians to poke fun at the doctrine by saying that if the Serpent was the Tree of Knowledge (as some so interpret) and Eve had sex with him, then Adam must have had sex with the Serpent too.]
Genesis 2:9b does not say that the two trees stood side by side in the midst of the Garden of Eden. Also, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, could not have been there in the Garden of Eden as He was not yet born. Genesis 2:9b merely states "the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." The two trees are two laws which govern the sexual reproductive organ which is found in the middle part of the human body (the garden). The Tree of Life is the Divine Way or Law of Life. It is the Divine Truth given by the Divine God for eternal (divine) life. Proverbs 3:18 says, "She (that is, wisdom, verses 13 and 19, which is the personification of the Creative Divine Word of Life) is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her."
Genesis 3:6 says that the tree was "pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise..." How could the eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree make one wise? The word "wise" is defined as having the power of discernment and judgement. The use of this word carries a far reaching implication. Pagan religions, all of which came from Babylon, have the idea permeated among their followers that wisdom could come through the power of sexual involvement outside of the Divine Law of Man-Woman relation. Hence, the worship of sex in pagan religions which embodied prostitution. Did not St. Paul say in Romans chapter 1 that men took to worshipping the creature rather than the Creator? Up to this day the lie of the Serpent that wisdom could be discovered in sexual experience still holds true for many promiscuous males and females, adults and teenagers alike.
The word "pleasant" (Hebrew: "taavah") means a longing, by implication, a delight, dainty, desire, greedy, lusting. This word is tied directly to the word "food", "desire" and "wise". When Eve "saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,..." it involved the cardinal sins of "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life" (1Jhn.2:16).
It is true that "marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefied" (Hebrews 13:4). God created the man and woman physically different from, but complementary to, each other. THEY WERE CREATED SEXUALLY DIFFERENT SO THAT THEY COULD PROCREATE BY PHYSICAL UNION. Like all species of plants and animals, where there are male and female, it was the intention of God that they would bring forth "seeds after their kind" by physical union. Sexual union was intended that the two shall be one flesh resulting in the birth of their offspring (Genesis 2:24). In the beginning when God joined the Woman to the Man in holy matrimony, procreation was His primary objective, not sexual pleasure. Adam and Eve were supposed to come together in sexual union only in the season of life to partake of that Tree of Life, which would bring forth sons and daughters of God which God had desired. Because Eve hearkened to the whispers of the Serpent and was enchanted with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Perverted Knowledge), and "saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the tree thereof, and did eat". She lusted for that knowledge by what she saw (understood) of it, and not knowing that she was being deceived, she fornicated with the Serpent.
After the Fall, human beings have become what they are today lovers of pleasure! Have you ever seen animals coming together just for sexual pleasure? They copulate only for the sole purpose of propagating their species. But look at human beings today. It is often said that they behave more like animals. That's an ugly understatement.
We know that God created all creatures in pairs. What happened to his mate when the Serpent was cursed to be a snake among the reptile family?
His mate was cursed together with him that they might reproduce their kind in the snake family. When God destroyed Korah, Dathan and Abiram for rebelling against Moses and his leadership, He also destroyed their wives together with them (Num.16:27,31,32). Read also Daniel 6:24.