What was God's original plan in Eden?
What did Eve do wrong?
If you want to know what should have happened at the beginning, then you must go to the end, as God never changes His plan. The Devil can delay God’s plan, but he cannot change it.
MALACHI 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not;
How will Heaven be populated in the end?
First there will come a resurrection, when the dead will be raised out of the ground (the dust of the earth). This will happen by the spoken Word of Jesus Christ. It will have nothing to do with being born of a woman. The people will be raised up in their glorified bodies.
I THESSALONIANS 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
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A shout; and then a voice; and then a trumpet.
Shout: a messenger getting the people ready.
The second is a voice of the resurrection: the same voice, that, a loud voice in Saint John 11:38-44, that called Lazarus from the grave.
The Archangel will come down to raise the dead. That is the main function of the archangel.
But, remember, if it goes plumb into the shadows of death, "I am the resurrection and Life; I'll raise him up again." And when the great Director comes down and bears that stick down, then, "time shall be no more." When that Angel, of Revelation the 10th chapter, puts one foot on land and one on the sea, and a rainbow over His head, He swore, "time shall be no more." When that time comes, you will rise up from among the dead. While the rest of them lay there, you will go in.
This quote is a year after the great supernatural Cloud of 1963, and brother Branham was still waiting for the Archangel to come down to raise the dead. Here brother Branham refers to the Archangel as the Angel of Revelation chapter 10.
Notice the Angel of Revelation chapter 10 when He stood on the earth and sea.
REVELATION 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
The sea and the earth are where the Christian dead were buried during the 2000 years of the church ages.
A lion roars -- The Lion of the tribe of Judah. The final roar of triumph over Satan is when He raises the dead, and puts His Bride or Wife into their immortal, glorified bodies. Then Satan has absolutely no more effect or control over the Bride of Christ. Jesus conquered death and hell at Calvary.
REVELATION 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
At the resurrection He conquers the grave.
REVELATION 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
He "cried with a loud voice" is connected to the resurrection of Lazarus. One particular person.
JOHN 11:43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
"when he had cried" is connected to the resurrection of all the Old Testament saints just after Calvary.
MATTHEW 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.The Bible connects "when he had cried" to the resurrection, by mentioning the resurrection even before It mentions His burial.
So Revelation 10:3 refers to a mass resurrection of all the Old Testament saints, as well as a particular resurrection of a single person.
This means that when the Angel comes down in Revelation chapter 10, His purpose is to raise up all the saints from the seven church ages. But in addition, He raises up each individual personally. Jesus does not lose sight of any individual in a crowd of people. He noticed a woman with a blood issue who touched His garment when He was in a crowd.
There is only one archangel, Michael.
JUDE 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
The archangel will produce the resurrection. But Moses had to resurrect before the Old Testament saints because he and Elijah had to meet Jesus on Mount Transfiguration. So as the Archangel, Jesus went to "steal" the body of Moses from the Devil’s possession because Jesus had not yet conquered death and hell. Back in Old Testament days Satan still had the keys of death and hell.
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"And at that time Michael shall stand, the great prince." Michael was Christ, of course, Who fought the angelic wars in heaven with the devil. Satan and Michael fought together, or fought against each other, rather.
As the Archangel Michael, Christ can come down to earth and perform the resurrection, and that is not a Coming of Jesus in His resurrected Body.
All the believers, through all the ages, will finally have eternal life in bodies that were called up from the dust of the earth.
So if this is going to happen at the end, then this is what God wanted to happen at the beginning.
So what was God’s plan for Eden?
First He created a spirit-man Adam out of nothing.
Adam also had certain feminine attributes in his spirit.
God is a Spirit, so to be in the image of God, Adam also had to be a spirit.
GENESIS 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
Humanity was in God at the beginning. We were all in the mind of God.
REVELATION 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
So God is mainly supernatural but there were also human characteristics in Him.
GENESIS 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
So Adam was mainly a male spirit, but there were also feminine characteristics in him.
GENESIS 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Created means to be made out of nothing. So they were a spirit creation. A spirit cannot be made out of some earthly material.
The body however, is not created, because that is made out of dust.
GENESIS 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:
They were still a spirit creation. To multiply meant spiritual multiplication. They did not know what that meant. They would have to wait for God to fulfill that. Like we have to wait for the coming of the Lord. We cannot bring it to pass. Daniel saw it as a stone cut out without hands. The coming of the Lord needs no human help.
"Be fruitful" was the clue.
GENESIS 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
"Fruitful" means that the seed is inside the fruit.
LUKE 1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
The virgin born Son was the Baby, or Fruit, of Mary’s womb. The mother is the fruit tree.
LUKE 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
To be fruitful, Mary must have a fruit, with a seed inside it. She must produce a Baby who has the full Word of God within Him. Emmanuel, God with us.
That was the requirements for spiritual multiplication.
God is supernatural but also has human attributes that he wanted to express in human bodies.
In Genesis chapter 2, God put the human spirit of Adam in a masculine body of flesh.
GENESIS 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.Now that Adam was in a body of flesh, he could be tempted. So God warned him of two trees that were intertwined at the centre of the garden.
The tree of life was "also" in the midst of the garden, meaning something else was also in the middle of the garden. That was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
GENESIS 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
The only source of eternal life is Christ. So He is the tree of Life.
JEREMIAH 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,A tree is a symbol of the spirit of a righteous man. That spirit never moves away from the River of Life, which is the Bible.
If Jesus is the Tree of Life, then Satan is the deceptive spirit of good and evil.
An evil thing, that has some good in it, is far more deceptive than just evil on its own.
Then God removed the feminine part of Adam’s spirit, and put that in a separate feminine body.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Nothing with blood in it can live forever.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
So there was no blood in the veins of Adam and his wife. The Holy Spirit flowed through their veins, keeping them alive.
GENESIS 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
There was no mention of blood.
Without blood there can be no sex as the male organ requires blood to produce an erection. Thus they were totally unaware that they were naked.
GENESIS 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
There was no sex desire between them.
In Genesis chapter 1 Adam and his wife were a spirit-being. Sex is impossible by a spirit. It can only happen in a body of flesh.
So in chapter 1, God told the male-female spirit being to multiply and replenish the earth. That means spiritual multiplication. That is something that they also did not understand.
So all they could do was wait until God brought His plan into action. If they did anything, it would be wrong as God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. And we cannot figure out what God is thinking.
So when God put them in two separate physical bodies in Genesis chapter 2, He had already warned Adam about the tree of knowledge. "Carnal knowledge" is the definition of sex.
GENESIS 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived,
So in addition, God gave the woman, who was now in a physical body, a physical veil of virginity.
Once Adam was in the flesh in Genesis chapter 2, He warned Adam of the tree of knowledge -- the cunning spirit of Satan. The tree of knowledge was not a natural tree, as God had declared on the third day that all the natural trees were good.
When Adam was a spirit in Genesis chapter 1 there was no warning. So the tree of knowledge was not a natural tree.
In Genesis chapter 1 Adam was a spirit, so he could clearly see the spirit of Satan, symbolized by the tree of knowledge, and would never be fooled by him.
Why were Adam and Eve given sex organs?
Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, and no victory without strife. Virtue can only emerge as the product of an intense battle against a strong enemy.
Patience emerges from the tribulations which are beyond our personal control. Character cannot be given to a person. Character is hammered out on the anvil of defeat and difficulty.
If there is no battle, there is no victory. Faith only develops when we face situations that we cannot solve.
So we need an enemy to develop us.
Self-will in a human mind produces curiosity. We always want to know more. But our human ignorance means we need guidelines for our beliefs and behavior. So our curiosity easily takes us into forbidden areas. These guidelines that we need appear in God’s Word, which we have to learn to trust.
Self-will is the most important part of the human mind. Without it we become robots.
God can force us to do something because we have to do it. But it is much better when we have a mind-set that wants to do it of our own free-will.
But there can be no free-will unless there is a temptation in the form of an alternative option which we can choose, if we want to.
If I want to test your honesty, of your own free-will, then I will leave some money lying around where you have an opportunity to steal it. If you never have a chance to steal anything, I will never know if you are honest or not.
At the end of the war Hitler and his staff were in an underground bunker. He banned them from smoking. So they did not smoke though they had cigarettes. Hitler thought they had all stopped smoking and he was happy with his law. When he died, the first thing they did was to get out cigarettes and start smoking again. So it was just an illusion that they had stopped smoking.
God does not want man to have an illusion of obeying Him, just because they must obey Him. God wants man to obey Him from the depth of the heart, because that is what the person wants to do.
You will only really know what you actually want to do if you can reject the temptation of something that looks better and more appealing. So God, by providing sex organs, was giving mankind a very tempting way of disobeying God, if they wanted to.
There are probably more sexual sins committed on planet earth than any other kind of sin. That is the wrong path that most people want to follow. That way people remove themselves from the plan of God if they really do not want to follow God.
Let us assume that God wanted Adam and Eve to produce children by sex.
Those children would not have eternal life. Parents cannot give their children eternal life.
Adam lived over 900 years, and had sons and daughters. So how many children would be born. A lot. How long would it take before the world was over populated? Not too long. This was not a system that could be sustained forever.
If God limited family size, then He was taking away their free-will to have as many children as they wanted. But free-will is what God wanted man to have.
Sexually transmitted diseases have caused havoc amongst people. Some of them, like AIDS, cannot be cured.
According to Scripture, all rape, adultery, fornication, prostitution, seduction, homosexuality, child abuse, and various transgenders are sins that have emerged due to sex and free-will.
So it is simply not a good system.
God must have had a better idea at the beginning
When He put Adam and Eve into physical bodies, God wanted them to be like Joseph and Mary. There was nothing that Joseph and Mary could do other than to wait on God. God would have to move first.
After Adam and his wife had been in Eden for enough time, the Holy Spirit would overshadow her, and she would produce the virgin born Son Who would be created in her womb, having nothing to do with her physical body. She would just be an incubator for the developing Child. Just like Mary finally was, 4000 years later.
HEBREWS 10:6 …but a body hast thou prepared me:
SONG OF SOLOMON 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
A garden is the symbol of the woman. A fence is put around a garden for protection. The father and husband of a woman feel protective towards her.
The fountain of eternal life can only come forth from a womb that is still veiled shut and sealed by her virginity.
GENESIS 2:9 …the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
A garden represents the woman.
The midst of the garden would be the midst of her body. That is where her womb is.
She could bring forth eternal life by means of the virgin birth.
Or she could bring forth a natural life that has both good and evil characteristics, but which must die.
God and Satan were contending for the womb of the woman.
As Michael the Archangel, God had fought with Lucifer in Heaven, and cursed Lucifer by turning him into the Devil.
In Eden, God would curse the serpent from being the top mammal that could talk, and turn him into a snake with a forked tongue -- the traditional description of a liar. Today the snake still has poison in its mouth. The symbol of unscriptural beliefs.
Eve was supposed to give birth to Jesus as the virgin born Son. The fullness of God would be in Him.
ISAIAH 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Immanuel means God with us.
COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Jesus would grow to manhood and there would be no sins to die for.
He would then speak his saints from the dust of the earth, just like He will soon do on the resurrection day.
Then there would just be enough people to populate the earth. There would be no extras to burn in hell. That was the original plan.
But character, virtue, and patience would be problems. So would pride and selfishness.
It would be better if we are born sinners, and had to experience the grace and love of God to forgive our sins. The scars in His hands will endlessly remind us of the price He paid for our sins. Needing a Saviour cancels out our pride. Knowing that we were wrecked by sin, and headed for hell, will remove any interest we may have in sin. We had to be born in sin, and see the suffering and grief caused by sin, in order to know its horror so that we long for a sin-free world. Having been forgiven of sin ourselves, should make us less critical of other people, and thus we become nicer and more sympathetic people.
Hardship and suffering builds up our faith until our total trust is in Jesus, not in ourselves or any other man.
Look at Eve’s punishment.
God never said to her, "Because you have done this….".
God gave no reason for her punishment. She had been totally deceived, until she had no idea that she had done anything wrong.
She thought God’s command to multiply and replenish the earth meant she had to have sex.
She never realized that her womb could be used by Satan, the tree of knowledge, to bring forth sinful life, or by God, the Tree of Life, to bring forth the virgin born Son.
GENESIS 3:14 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:
God told the serpent what his sin was.
God cursed him and turned him from the top mammal down to a reptile. His curse was to be on his belly. So he sinned by lying on his belly on top of Eve to introduce her to the sex act.
When she began to believe the serpent, God’s Spirit left her. Then God had to fill her veins with blood to keep her alive. The serpent then broke her veil of virginity which shed blood.
So original sin was an animal, a mammal, shedding blood. Thus God accepted the shed blood of an animal to atone for sin.
Eve was doomed to die.
Adam was never fooled. He knew his bride had sinned. But he loved her so much that he took a gamble and sinned with her, believing that God would somehow make a plan of redemption for them.
I TIMOTHY 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Jesus loved His Bride so much that He became sin and died, and carried or sins down to hell to dump them on the Devil.
God could not put right the sin which Eve had committed in Eden, because Eve had committed a sin that could not be reversed. God needed a virgin womb for His Son. Eve was no longer a virgin, so God could not rectify the issue.
Thus God would wait 4000 years for Mary’s faith to fulfill His Word.
GENESIS 3:15 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 seed of the serpent is the male sperm cell. All of humanity would be born that way. We are thus born as sinners.
The one exception would be the virgin born Jesus.
PSALM 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
David's mother was married. So David knew about original sin.
Sin entered the earth in defiance of the virgin birth.
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And God took the woman out of Adam's side. Is that right? And then woman went and brought man through sex.
It wasn't no apple! How did she realize she was naked? We've been through that. It was actually a sexual affair.
Notice. Brother Branham says that original sin was not just adultery, It was actually sex.
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But the law required a Kinsman Redeemer, and every man on earth was born of a sex.
Now, don't you see, there's where it come from. That's where sin started. So you see where it's at now? There comes your seed of the serpent in. See?
GENESIS 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;
"Multiply thy conception"? Sounds strange . She had been told to multiply.
But she had done it the wrong way. She was supposed to have had one conception by the Holy Ghost. That Child would grow up and speak everyone into existence from the dust of the earth.
But now she stood before God having had a conception from the serpent. She was pregnant. So God said that he would multiply this form of conception. This is how humanity would be born. But she would suffer in childbirth to remind her that it was wrong.
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.
:2 And she again bare his brother Abel.One act of conception and two children are born as twins. But what about the conception in the Garden of Eden?
She covered up for Cain by claiming that he came from God. That is true. All life comes from God. But why did she not say that Cain came from Adam?
And Cain was the first liar and murderer.
Those are attributes of Satan who indwelt the serpent when he was still above the ape, just below humans.
JOHN 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.