What went wrong in the garden of Eden? Part 3, Genesis Chapter 3
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?
The serpent was the most subtle and intelligent of the animals. As such the serpent was above the monkey and chimpanzee which are the most intelligent animals around today. The serpent could talk, argue and reason. Thus the serpent was the "missing link" between man and animal. Then God cursed the serpent, turning it into a snake. Thus there are no bones of the original serpent for scientists to discover. Since Darwin's "On the Origin of the Species" (which ironically tells us nothing about the origin of the species) was published around 1859, scientists have hunted high and low to find evidence of the "missing link". After spending millions on expensive expeditions, the only fact about the missing link that the scientists are definitely sure of is the fact that it is missing.
The serpent started with a "Yea" when he actually meant "Nay". This is deception.
Do not say "Yes" if you intend to prove the statement false.
JAMES 5:12 but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay;
"hath God said" The intention of the serpent was to cast doubt on the Word of God. All error comes from this basic source: disagreeing with the Bible.
People claim there are mistakes and contradictions in the Bible. People change the words in the Bible.
The one thing people struggle to do is to believe the Bible just the way it is written.
GENESIS 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
The woman replied that they could eat of all the natural fruit trees.
Eating some physical fruit like an apple would not condemn the world to death and suffering.
Nor would it explain why animal blood had to be shed to atone for sin.
Nor would it explain why God never told Adam and the woman to repent. This is the most striking oversight of all.
For the rest of the Bible God keeps telling sinners to repent. Why did He not do the same in Eden?
It implies that the woman had committed a sin which could not be forgiven.
GENESIS 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
"But there is one tree in the middle of the garden that we must not touch", said the woman.
The Devil spotted the woman's ignorance.
She thought there was only one tree in the middle of the garden.
Let us look at the spiritual significance of these symbols.
GENESIS 3:22... lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
The tree of life could make Adam live for ever.
Only Jesus Christ can give eternal life. Thus the tree of life was the Spirit of Christ.
I JOHN 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
GENESIS 2:9... the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
If the tree of life was also in the middle of the garden, then another tree was in the middle as well. This is only possible if the two were completely entangled, and thus looked like one tree.
The other tree was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which is the spirit of Satan.
"Carnal knowledge" is the legal definition of the sex act.
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.
Strange fact: Eve does not say that she got Cain from Adam. God alone can give life so it is God who gives all life. Thus she is correct as every baby comes from God. No woman can form a baby in her womb. Only God can produce this miracle.
Sex is both good and evil. Sex is good within marriage but evil outside of marriage.
The day before getting married it is evil for a couple to have sex. The day they get married, it is good for a couple to have sex.
What does a garden mean?
SONG OF SOLOMON 4:12 A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.
A woman is symbolised by a garden with a protective wall around her. Her womb is a spring of life like a fountain from which life, in the form of a baby, can come forth.
But this fountain is sealed by a veil of virginity. The womb is sealed or shut up by the tissue of skin called the hymen.
God wanted to use the virgin womb of the woman to produce the Son of God, the baby Jesus. That way Eternal Life would be conceived in a Child behind a sealed womb, behind the veil of virginity. Then her womb would be the tree of Life. Jesus would grow up and call all His saints up from the dust of the earth.
Thus Jesus Christ would be the Seed of Eternal Life. The one Child who could give everyone Eternal Life.
Satan wanted to break the veil of virginity of the woman, and thus by sex produce a baby behind her broken veil. That baby would have a temporary life that could only last so long before dying. Then her womb would be the tree of knowledge of good and evil because some people born of sex would accept Jesus Christ, which is good, and some people would reject Jesus Christ, which is evil.
Two spirits, Christ and Satan, competed in the mind of the woman for the use of her womb.
The tree of life and the tree of knowledge in the midst of the garden. The garden represents a woman. Then the midst of this garden would be a symbol for being in the middle of her body. That is where her womb is.
So God had to give Eve her sex organs and she could choose how they were to be used. God gave mankind free will.
Then God had to give Adam sex organs as well. Otherwise the woman, and Adam, could never make the wrong choice. Free will implies that they must be able to make the wrong choice if they want to.
GENESIS 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
This was a complete denial of what God had said.
Every error has a plausible smattering of Scripture to justify it but will always end up contradicting Scripture in some other place.
Listening to a contradiction of Scripture sealed the fate of the woman.
The Bible is our testing ground. We have to believe every word in the Bible. As soon as we believe that there is a mistake in the Bible then we are guilty of unbelief. In our souls there is only room for faith alone. As soon as we allow doubt to enter, faith leaves and our soul is taken over by unbelief. At this stage the Holy Spirit could no longer stay in the woman. The Holy Spirit only deals in faith.
God said they would die. The serpent said they would not die.
The serpent's answer was along these lines. How can you die if you have sex? You have to multiply and fill the earth. God just means you will die to your ignorance. If you have sex and die within twenty four hours, how does the earth get filled?
GENESIS 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
PROVERBS 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
Eating is a symbol of the sex act. Eating puts food in a woman's belly which swells up as she puts on weight. The sex act produces a baby which causes a woman's belly to swell up.
Interesting that this Scripture refers to the act of adultery which is illegitimate.
The woman indulged in sex and produced Cain and denied that she had done anything wrong by claiming that Cain's life had come from God. That was true as all life comes from God.
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.
Strange that she never said that Cain came from Adam.
II PETER 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The woman did not realize that all life born of sex would be dead within 1 000 years, which is one day with God.
Anyone who contradicts the Bible breaks their relationship with the Holy Spirit, as the Spirit is unable to teach them the truth on that issue. That doctrine will always be wrong in the person's mind because truth cannot be different to Scripture. Eve was now making a critical mistake that was going to plunge the whole human race over the abyss.
This issue was too serious. Would humanity multiply as a result of sex that produced a human life of limited duration followed by death, or would her womb be used for the virgin born Son of God who would then speak all His saints from the dust of the earth with eternal life in them?
Born of sex our bodies are covered in skin but have a nasty scar, the belly button or navel.
This is the mark of the beast on our bodies. It means we are born without eternal life.
We are like the navel orange that has a large navel that looks like a belly button which is a sign that the orange has no seeds of life within it.
Born of sex, we are doomed to die within a 1 000 years.
The long umbilical cord is a symbol of the pipeline of God's permissive will. He never meant us to be born this way. The umbilical cord connects us to our mother and connected her to her mother, all the way back to Eve, the mother of all living. After the woman made her decision, God permitted sex, but only within marriage. So it is symbolic of good ( within marriage) and evil (outside marriage). But the consequences of her choice remain: both the legitimate and the illegitimate have to die. Only two men escaped death, Enoch and Elijah. These represent the living Bride that will be changed and caught up to meet Jesus in the air at His Coming.
When Eve chose death then the Holy Spirit, Who is Life, could not remain in her. She chose to disbelieve God's Word ( which is spiritual death ) and to bring forth life by sex ( which introduces physical death ).
The Holy Spirit that was in her could not condone either of those actions.
So the Holy Spirit which had filled her veins would have to leave, and God would have no option but to revert to His permissive will which was to fill her veins with blood, which could sustain a temporary human life in her. She would then be a very different person with a death sentence hanging over her because her life could not last longer than 1 000 years. And, sadly, she was ignorant of the fact that there are many different ways of dying.
GENESIS 3:5 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.
Look how Satan fooled her, cunning Devil that he is. He attacked her weakest point, her vanity. Self obsession is the major human weakness. Everything that Satan says is pointing to herself.
Your eyes will be opened. Eyes are a symbol of intelligence. In other words Satan tells her that she will be extremely clever with a great insight into what goes on.
Now comes the clincher.
She will be like a god, a creator and an object of worship.
As a god she can create life in her womb and bring forth a baby. She will be the mother of all living. Everyone will have to look up to her. She will be the object of their hero worship. Without you, they will say, we would not be here.
Only a woman's womb can bring forth life. Only gods can create. So she will be a god. Divine. Vanity can't get much higher than that.
She will know good and evil just like God does. God had thus far kept her ignorant of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Now she had a chance to find out for herself. Now she would be on an equal footing with God Himself.
Thus far she had relied on Adam to teach her. Adam was her teacher. God had created and taught Adam before Eve was formed in a separate body. Thus in God's plan the man was the teacher of the woman. Adam had told her not to touch that tree of knowledge. Now was her moment as her knowledge of this forbidden subject would soar up to the level of God's own knowledge and then it would be her chance to teach Adam. What a dizzying prospect. Her ego just kept inflating.
The woman would teach the man.
A woman symbolizes a church. The man symbolizes the husband of the church, Jesus Christ the Word.
Jesus, through His Bible, is supposed to teach the church. Today the church thinks that she is clever enough and has the chance to change the Bible and correct all the imagined mistakes in the Word. Thus the Word stands outside the Laodicean church. This seals the fate of the church as she scrambles around with her own plans and agendas and heads for the great Tribulation.
Jesus told a parable of a king who invited all the good guests ( the saved Christians ) to the wedding of his son but they were all too involved with their own ambitions and agendas. So the king rejected them. We need to heed this warning.
GENESIS 3:6 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.
The tree was good for food. Not natural food. They already had all the fruit from the natural trees that they could eat.
This tree of knowledge offered her food for thought.
"Look", explained the serpent, "God told you to multiply. That is what He told all the physical animals to do as well. And they all multiply by sex. Now God has put you into a physical human body and the only way physical beings can multiply is by sex. So the sooner you get started, the sooner you can obey God's commandment to multiply".
This made the woman feel very religious. By going through this act she was actually obeying what God had said she must do.
This is the biggest curse of religion. When a person interprets Scripture in terms of their own narrow world view and makes a complete mess of things. She knew nothing of the virgin birth as an alternative option.
And she was prepared to accept a contradiction of God's Word : Ye shall not surely die.
"Look," says the serpent "if you have sex and then God kills you straight away, how is He going to get the human race to multiply. In order to multiply by sex you have to have many children, both sons and daughters. This process is going to take a long time. Then your sons and daughters have to intermarry and produce many more sons and daughters".
"There is no way that you can die physically before you have produced enough sons and daughters. Thus God does not mean that you will die physically. God really means that you will die to your ignorance of the tree of knowledge. You will then know all about it. You will know both good and evil and then you can focus on the good and avoid the evil and you will be able to teach your children how to avoid evil as well. Think what an asset you will be to the human race".
When the woman decided in her mind to follow this line of reasoning that contradicted the Word of God, then the Holy Spirit left her. Then God had to fill her veins with blood to sustain a temporary human life with all its sexual hormones.
Then she looked at her naked body and realized that she was very attractive as well as being sexually desirable.
Wisdom enables one to bring another person under your influence. As a woman she then realized that by offering her body to a man she could easily bring that man under her influence. The concept of prostitution was born, often described as the world's oldest profession.
"She took of the fruit". This was her introduction to sin.
Now we notice an interesting fact. It took about six verses for the serpent to fool the woman. Yet Adam fell into sin virtually instantaneously. The woman did not have to argue with him or say anything. Why did that happen?
Adam was extremely wise as God had spent time teaching him.
When the woman came back to Adam, after being with the serpent, Adam could see that she had changed. If he gently squeezed her fingertips he could see them go red. Her body now had blood in it. That disqualified her from the garden of Eden.
I CORINTHIANS 15:50 ... that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God
Somehow the woman had sinned. She had learned how to bring forth life through sex. Consequently she was going to die.
Sin brings death.
So when the woman offered herself to Adam, he loved her so much that he chose to sin in order to stay with her. Adam then had sex with his wife which was technically legal as he was allowed to do that, but it destroyed the concept of a virgin womb through which the Son of God was to be born.
The moment Adam decided to listen to his wife, he was disobeying God as he was condemning mankind to multiply by sex. Thus God's Spirit that had filled his veins left Adam and God had to fill his veins with blood that can only sustain a temporary human life. So Adam was also in a doomed body. God's original plan was wrecked. The human race was on a downward path that would cause much sorrow and suffering.
ROMANS 5:12 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:
GENESIS 3:7 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.
Original sin taught them that they were naked. So original sin was producing children by sex. Eternal life cannot go through the sex act. So children would be born in bodies that had to die sometime. God set human life's limit at 1000 years.
The sex act broke the veil of the woman's virginity and this act shed blood.
This was symbolic of man's behaviour which tends towards violence and bloodshed.
But man's behaviour before the Flood got so bad that God wiped them all out before two days or 2000 years had passed.
The combination of sex, free will, and evil was toxic.
Then God started again with the eight members of Noah's family.
He also took steps to cut man's lifetime down to seventy years. Thanks to that limitation we have managed to survive for four days (another 4 000 years) and now overpopulation and the rising flood tide of evil and people who do not believe in the God of the Bible are sweeping us to Armageddon. Laws are now enforced that contradict the Scripture. Murder is justified in the name of religion and free choice. Newspapers offer us a daily diet of sexual abuse and violence that has spread like an epidemic around the world. Jesus compared our day to Sodom and Gommorah.
Adam and the woman had their eyes opened to a short term solution for populating the world that would lead to horrific death statistics and much suffering. Sex could never offer an eternal solution, free from pain and suffering.
Adam and the woman sewed fig leaves to cover their nakedness. This is symbolic of man-made religion. Religion is some kind of good works to make people look more respectable. But it completely ignored the concept of original sin. An animal had caused sin and blood had been shed. There was no virgin womb for the birth of the Son of God.
So all religions, offering various good works on earth (which is fine), are totally irrelevant in the spiritual realm where the battle between good and evil, God and Satan, is taking place.
Religion is man making up some kind of religious procedure that suits man, and offering this up to God in the hopes that man's sincerity will make it acceptable.
God replies to man's religious efforts by expelling them out of Eden.
Salvation is a plan that comes down to man from God, which is called the Bible. Man must be very careful to obey God's Biblical plan because God is not in the least interested in man's opinions or efforts.
Man needs to become interested in God's opinion and God's efforts.
Adam and the woman hid from God. God went seeking for them. It is the same today. Jesus stands outside the door of the church in the Laodicean age. He is seeking for individuals who are prepared to listen to the voice of His Bible while the rest of the church does not welcome the Bible into their midst.
The parable of the ten virgins (good women who represent churches) has all the virgins fast asleep just before the Bridegroom comes. A cry was needed to awaken them.
What was that cry? Have you heard it? If not you are still asleep.
LUKE 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
This verse makes it very clear that we are still hiding away from God's Word, because faith only comes by hearing God's Word.
"Churchianity" - Belonging to our church, attending our church regularly, calling ourselves by the name of our denomination (Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, New Age etc.), and playing follow-my-leader with the pre-eminent pastor of the church is how we create an illusion of security, after we are saved. But the great Tribulation approaches to trap us. Our church security will be as effective as an apron of fig leaves, and saved Christians will find that denominational religion is little better than smoke and mirrors because it hid so many of the real truths of Scripture from them.
GENESIS 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
Sin makes human beings hide from God. That is why we read the Bible so little. We know we will come across Scriptures that contradict our beliefs and lifestyle. So we hide ourselves from God's Word by living busy lives and then using up our spare time in pursuits that are trivial and time consuming. Then we have an excuse for neglecting the Bible, we just did not have enough time. We tend to feel safe by hiding our real selves amongst other people and thereby justify ourselves for doing what others are also doing. We really do not want the Bible to remind us of what we should be doing or believing. We are losing the ability to repent because we do not want to admit that we are wrong. We prefer to hide our motives behind excuses and illusions of self-righteousness. If the Bible contradicts us, we prefer not to repent. We prefer rather to change the Scripture or find a new version of the Bible that says it differently, so that we can wiggle out of the situation. Wiggling is the way snakes move.
The Bible can still speak to our conscience, which is why we avoid the Bible. Our conscience can still be beaten down if we do not like what it says to us. Our traditions and the oft repeated doctrines of our church can smother the niggling of that still small voice. So we seek safety hidden away in numbers. We fool ourselves by thinking that because everyone believes this, or everyone is doing that, so it cannot be wrong.
Then we can simply ignore anyone who raises awkward questions.
GENESIS 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
God knew where Adam was physically. What He was asking was where Adam was spiritually. Adam had been created as a spirit-man and had been instructed by God. Then he had been placed in a human body that would never have to die because his veins were filled with the Holy Spirit that gave him life. Adam had been given a home in the ideal Garden of Eden. But that was not good enough for him. We humans do not seem to remain content with what God has given us. We keep looking for something else, which opens the door to the Devil. Adam had chosen to fall in sin.
Physically Adam had lived in a four dimensional world, because he was outside of time and thus not bound by the limitations of time. But spiritually he was in deep contact with the higher spiritual sixth dimension that we call Heaven.
( The fifth dimension is the spiritual regions of the lost which God had created for the fallen angels who became demons. This is our future home if we do not accept Jesus as our personal Saviour )
When Adam decided to sin, the Holy Spirit left him.
Adam then fell from God's perfect will into God's permissive will.
To keep him alive, God filled his veins with blood. The spirit of human life is in the blood, but it cannot keep us alive for longer than 969 years, which was the longest age reached by Methuselah.
So Adam fell from the higher spiritual sixth dimension as he lost that deep contact with Heaven. He also fell from the fourth dimension as he, like us, became a prisoner of time and subject to its ageing process. He could not move around freely in time as he could in the three dimensions of space. Trapped in the pipeline of time, he could only move from the past to the future. So physically, he fell a dimension and could only live and move freely in our three physical dimensions of space, which are length, breadth and height. Because time is a higher dimension, we do not not know what time is.
When God asked Adam where he was now, He was reminding Adam of where he had once been and thus emphasizing how far Adam had fallen, both physically and spiritually.
As long as Adam had blood in his body he could never get back into the deep contact that he once had with the spiritual realm of heaven.
GENESIS 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
This is the nature of all sinners. We hide ourselves from the voice of God. We do not want to listen to what He says in the Bible. The Bible exposes us and strips off the tatters of man-made religion whereby we try to justify ourselves. If we took the Bible seriously it would leave us naked in the glare of our own consciences. And in God's Presence we cannot lie or deny or blame others. All we can do is run. But when God comes looking for us, then we cannot hide.
GENESIS 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Without blood in his veins, man had no awareness of his nakedness. Sex organs rely on blood and hormones. Small babies have little hormonal development and thus are unaware of their nakedness.
God wants to know how Adam knows that he is naked. This can only be possible if his body has changed and become full of blood.
For this to happen, Adam must have rejected the Holy Ghost that once filled his veins. This is the power of free will. Man can reject God. Man cannot have free will unless he has the power to destroy himself if he wants to.
So God is actually asking Adam why he had rejected faith in God.
God had given Adam everything and Adam had rejected it all for something far worse.
God wants to know why.
Instead of making a confession of guilt, Adam makes the default human response. Excuses and blaming others, including God.
Today people are still full of excuses to justify their sins and mistakes. People can endlessly blame others for their shortcomings. Every day you still hear people blaming God for the bad things that happen.
Human nature has not changed in 6000 years.
So God kicked Adam out of Eden, and if we are not very careful, He will kick us into the great Tribulation to give us a long overdue wake-up call.
GENESIS 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
This is typical of us sinful human beings. We have to blame someone else for our wrong doing.
Adam first blamed the woman, it was her fault. He took none of the blame himself. He did not regard himself as being responsible for his own actions.
Then he blamed God because God had given him the woman. In Adam's mind, God was at fault. To this day men and women keep blaming God for everything that goes wrong.
Adam's big fault was that he could not admit that he had sinned. Just like people today, they wiggle around with ingenious and self-serving answers to proclaim their self-righteousness.
Excuses and blaming others will get us nowhere.
Sinners think they are saints, but saints know they are sinners.
The best man who ever lived once said, "No one is good but God alone."
GENESIS 3:13 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.
The woman adopted typical defiant human behaviour. Do not blame me, blame the serpent. The serpent fooled me.
This has however left a trauma in the feminine mind. Call a man a bull or a dog and he smiles happily. A bull is a compliment. He must be a tough guy. Sailors often call themselves sea dogs.
Call a woman a cow or a she dog and she is insulted. Way back in time an animal fooled the first woman, and women have never recovered from that traumatic experience.
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 explained to the serpent what it had done.
Then God cursed the serpent and turned it into a snake.
The serpent said to the woman,"Your eyes shall be opened". So God took away the eyelids of the snake so that the snake cannot close its eyes. The snake's eyes are covered by a thin membrane that protects the eyes. But a snake looks spooky because it never blinks. It cannot be very comfortable for a snake to sleep when it cannot close its eyes.
The serpent pretended to tell the truth by saying "Yea" but was actually lieing "Hath God said?"
When the Americans broke all the treaties that they made with the Red Indians, the Red Indians said "White man speaks with a forked tongue". So because the serpent mixed up truth and lies, God gave the snake a forked tongue.
The story that came out of the mouth of the serpent sold the human race down the river of death. So God put poison under the tongue of the snake.
Animals knew about multiplying by sex. The serpent could thus introduce the woman to the concept of sex which requires the male to lie on his belly on top of the woman.
So God now makes the snake lie permanently on its belly as it crawls around. Its mouth is easily and uncomfortably filled with dust.
"Dust shalt thou eat". This has a deeper spiritual sense. Snakes do not eat natural dust. They swallow dust that enters their mouths but they eat things like frogs and mice. But the long body of a snake is symbolic of the pit of hell. Mankind is made from the dust. If we die unsaved then the snake of hell will swallow us. The snake of hell is the final end of the flesh and those who live by the flesh.
But if we are born again of the Spirit, then the snake of hell cannot swallow us as it feeds only on dust, the flesh.
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.
A prophecy. Satan was in the serpent in order to use the serpent to wreck God's plan. Satan is happy to live in animals as the demons proved when they went into the pigs at Gedara.
God only wants to live in human beings.
The seed of the woman is Jesus, a Man who had no human father as He was conceived behind the veil of virginity in Mary.
A woman does not have a seed. She has a womb to receive a seed. God had to give the woman a seed by creating a holy Seed within her womb. Because this Seed had no human father, it can be called the woman's seed since it came from no man.
The seed of the serpent is the male sperm cell. This is the seed that produces sex-life.
A male sperm with its head and long tail looks just like a snake. Conceived by sex behind a broken veil of virginity, we are all "serpent seed" when we are born.
Our belly button is the mark of this subtle beast on our bodies.
The belly button is caused by the umbilical cord that joined the developing baby to its mother.The mother in turn was connected to her mother, and so the connection goes all the way back to Eve.
This cord symbolises the pipeline of God's permissive will, bringing forth life through sex inside marriage. But this life of ours is trapped in the "pipeline of time" where we flow helplessly from birth to death. It is not a pipeline of eternal life.
This pipeline of time and our umbilical cords also reminds one of a snake.
The cobra snake is most dangerous when partly upright. In this body of flesh we all do some good which make sinners think that they are saints. But we also do evil and we have no way of erasing that evil. So the serpent was told to eat dust. Our flesh is made from the dust.This symbolises the fate of people born of a woman, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Humans live in the flesh and when they die, they get swallowed by the "serpent" whose snakelike body symbolises the pit of hell.
The belly button is the mark of the beast in our bodies which takes our bodies to the grave because they came from sex. This is the first death. If we disbelieve the Bible then we take the mark of the beast in our foreheads because we take unscriptural beliefs into our minds and our thinking. This influences our actions and is the mark of the beast on our hands. Then we go to the second death, the Lake of Fire.
Only if we become born again can we escape the clutches of the "serpent". Saints know that they are sinners so they repent. By faith, the perfect Blood of Jesus then washes us from all our sins. Being born again of the Spirit of God gives us a new spirit body that will take us to Heaven when we die because the "serpent" has no permission to eat spirit.
At Calvary Jesus kicked the head of Satan. A blow to the head can break a blood vessel. The pool of blood grows until it touches the brain, then the creature dies.
The Blood of Jesus grew over the church ages and at the end it will touch the brain, the cleverness of our scientific age, and then our Laodicean age will perish in the Tribulation which ends up at Armageddon.
Jesus hurt His heel in that colossal conflict on the cross. Thus he could not walk and was not seen for a while. But His heel recovered and He rose triumphant on the third day. Since then He has walked through the two thousand years of church history.
GENESIS 3:16 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.
God never said "because" to the woman. Why not? She was so totally fooled that God could not have persuaded her that she was wrong.
She knew of no other way to have a child except by sex, so she was convinced that she had obeyed God's command to multiply. It was also legal for a wife to have sex with her husband, so as far as she was concerned she had done nothing wrong. In terms of the Big Picture, she knew nothing about the virgin birth. She never grasped that once her womb was used for sex, God had no use for her in terms of His plan. God would have to wait 4000 years until Mary obeyed Him.
Worse still, she had taken advice from an animal. Animals live by polygamy. One male and many females. So God decided that if the woman wanted to multiply like the animals did, then the women could live like animals in polygamy. Each woman would be one of many wives for a man. This was demeaning to the woman and gave them an inferior status to the men.
Now comes a strange sentence. "I will greatly multiply thy conception (singular)". This has two implications.
God is speaking to the woman about her sin and He refers to pregnancy, not eating apples.
Thus original sin involves the sex act.
The woman is already pregnant and God is not happy with this pregnancy. She will bring forth children in sorrow. To this day childbirth remains a painful and difficult process. No one knows how many women have died in childbirth during the 6000 years of human history. Pregnancy can be a very difficult time. God thus makes it plain that this is His permissive will - it is certainly not His perfect will.
If sex was God's original plan for mankind to multiply, He could not punish the woman for being pregnant.
If God intended her to have sex, why did having sex make her feel embarrassed about her nakedness so that she covered herself with fig leaves? Animals breed by sex and are not embarrassed by their nakedness.
Now for a strange statement. "I will greatly multiply thy conception". God is saying that He is going to allow her to have many more conceptions. But she could not multiply until she had many children, both sons and daughters who would then have to inter marry. If she only had one conception, the human race would end.
So God is punishing her by giving her many conceptions and painful child births. If this is a punishment, then this was not God's original plan for mankind.
So what is God meaning?
The woman was supposed to have one conception, the virgin born Son of God, Jesus. He would grow up to be an adult and then speak all His saints from the dust of the earth. Just the right number to fill the earth. No extras to burn in hell.
Now she has messed up that plan because she is no longer a virgin. Thus all the people are going to have to be born through sex.
"Your husband will rule over thee".
The woman now has to accept that the husband is the head of the home.
Satan counteracts this by encouraging women to dominate their husbands.
"thy desire shall be to thy husband".
This is a strange punishment. A woman who loves her husband will have a natural desire towards him. But sexual desire can attract her to many other men but she is not allowed to respond to that attraction. She may only love her husband. But thanks to the polygamy of animals, since she listened to an animal, she also has to live like animals in polygamy. So her one husband is allowed to choose many wives but she has to remain faithful only to him. This is not a happy relationship for the woman.
GENESIS 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
In Chapter 2 Adam was a spirit-man when God explained to him about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The attributes of the woman were inside the man but totally unaware of what was happening. Thus the woman had to rely on what Adam explained to her about what God had said. Thus sin entered when the roles were reversed and the woman was now telling the man what to believe. This was the first example of a woman preacher, and it brought death. That was Adam's big mistake - listening to his wife. He knew the truth, she did not. We are not allowed to compromise truth just to keep our families happy.
Fortunately God did not curse Adam, He cursed the ground that Adam came from. From now on the soil that had easily yielded an abundance of food to Adam would now reluctantly yield crops, which required a lot of hard work to produce. Back breaking toil would be the fate of millions as they wrestled their food from the soil. Drought, floods, hail, locusts, fungus, scorching heat, black frosts, and numerous pests would cause endless sorrow to farmers. Then rats and mould would consume and spoil much of the stored grain after the harvest. Part of the world's population would always be hungry, and this would cause much sorrow. Greedy profiteers would dump food into the oceans in order to keep the prices high. Farm land would stop producing food to eat, and use it for biofuel because that was more profitable. The poor who need food, the endless hungry refugees, would not be considered. Famine and starvation would establish communist control in Russia and China.
GENESIS 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
God now makes life difficult for man. God took man from the dust of the earth and gave him an easy life in a magnificent human body. But we humans lack appreciation for the blessings that we have, and successful and wealthy people still seek out the forbidden fruits of sin to fill their lives, just like Adam did.
We depend upon the soil for our food. But it is hard work to raise these crops. Now the same soil will produce thorns and thistles. We cannot eat these and they make our lives uncomfortable.
Our churches, where we go to find salvation and deeper truth, will also produce lies, politics, traditions, philosophy and errors. So truth and error will get so entangled in the churches that few individuals will be able to find truth any more. God will then have to cut the time short before error completely eliminates truth
God realized that sinful man does not need ease and luxury, as that will only make him worse. Hard work and obstacles that have to be overcome is a far more suitable environment for us humans.
GENESIS 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Man's face includes his forehead which symbolizes his intelligence and brain power. The surface of the earth is also called the face of the earth. God formed Adam from the dust of the earth. Yet for all of mankind's intelligence, he cannot escape the simple cycle that he has to die and he will return to a grave in the dust of the earth, leaving everything behind. Each grave is a scar in the face of the earth that was not part of God's original plan.
A person's belly button is a scar on his body, the mark of the original serpent beast in our flesh. We are born with a navel, and are just like a navel orange which has no seed (Scripture Life) inside the fruit (or baby). Born of sex in this scarred body we are doomed to die, and whatever we build up and accumulate on the face of the earth, with the sweat of our faces, we leave behind as we return to the face of the earth in a scar called a grave. It is an empty cycle. The body will only go down six feet but our souls will be dragged down into the pit of hell. We need a Saviour. One Who suffered and can show us the scars on His Body as evidence of His atonement for our sin.
GENESIS 3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
A woman represents the church. The church is called the bride of Jesus Christ. The woman only took on her name after she had fallen into sin. Churches only take on their denominational names like Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal etc. after they have fallen into sin and unbelief.
All the children were born of Eve.
A strange omission: why does the Bible not say that Adam was the father of all living?
Why is Cain not mentioned as the important firstborn of Adam in the Book of Chronicles?
Are we missing something? Is there a deeper mystery here?
The less that is said in the Bible, the deeper the mystery that is involved.
GENESIS 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Now that Adam and Eve had blood in their bodies they no longer were covered with a holy veil of innocence. In a human being, free will and sexual impulses were a dangerous combination. So God introduced two rules to limit the damage that humans could do to themselves. God wanted no human nakedness. Nakedness is an attribute of animals, and it was an animal that caused Eve to fall, so God separated man from animals by covering the nakedness of man. Then God decreed that He would only condone sex between a man and his wife after they were married.
When Joseph was espoused (engaged) to Mary she was still a virgin. God permits no sex outside of marriage.
It was an animal that caused sin to enter mankind. Thus God killed an animal to use its skin to cover the sin of their naked bodies that were now filled with blood. God could not kill the serpent because He had cursed it and turned it into a snake. A snake, with poison in its mouth, would be a symbol of the Devil. God did not want to cover their sin by using the skin of the sin-causing serpent, which had now become a snake. God wanted to cover His children with the skins of an innocent animal. God would use the death of the most innocent animal to atone for the sin caused by the most subtle and devious animal. So God chose a lamb.
Religion is a covering for our human sin, but it does not get rid of the sin.
God could have used the wool of the lamb or sheep to cover Adam and Eve. That would have been a suitable religion or covering but it would have had nothing to do with the original sin. So God killed the lamb. It was not the wool that covered sin, it was the shed blood of the lamb.
When Adam and Eve used sex to produce a child they ensured that God no longer had a virgin womb to bring forth His virgin born Son, Jesus. Eve's hymen or veil of virginity had to break during the act of sex or carnal knowledge, and in the process blood would be shed. So if the shedding of blood was the cause of sin, the shedding of blood would atone for the sin.
This is the revelation that Cain missed. He brought fruit and flowers to build a beautiful altar that represented his own good works whereby he honoured God. God rejected that altar. What did that have to do with original sin?
Abel built a messy altar covered in the blood of a lamb. His revelation was on track. God was pleased with him.
But eternal life cannot be found behind a broken veil. That is why all people, born of sex in the womb, have to die.
When Messiah was crucified, God tore the veil of the Holy of Holies in the Temple to show that He had left the Temple and eternal Life was no longer behind that Temple veil.
Only one virgin womb ever produced Emmanuel, the fruit of the womb, who was the Seed of Abraham, the fulness of the Word incarnate or manifest in a human Body. No sex was involved. No torn veil of virginity. No sin.
This Jesus grew up as the sinless Lamb of God and His innocent Blood was shed at Calvary as the final atonement for sin.
Only this sacrifice could wash away sin completely. Then the Life in His Blood which is the Holy Spirit could come into the heart of the repentant sinner, and enable that person to live above sin.
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:
Knowing good and evil is too big a responsibility for man to handle. We simply lack the brain power to cope with all the problems that arise. It brings us face to face with Death, and we stand helpless in the face of Death as it is too big an issue for us to grasp. Explosives carve out tunnels, roads and harbours for us which are essential, but explosives also destroy millions in war.
Because mankind unlocked the door to evil, he is now facing problems that he cannot solve. In the face of evil, many people stop believing that God exists. Especially when bad things happen to good people.
The problem of evil is the most serious problem in the world. It is probably the most serious objection in the minds of people to the existence of God. Trying to cope with the reality of evil has thus led so many people to stop believing in God.
So evil is a concept that we humans simply do not have the insight or intellect to deal with.
Evil is the hand maiden of sin. Sin is far more perverted and corrupt than what we realize, so God wants no dealings with sin. But sinful Adam could gain eternal life from the tree of life and become "a sinner that lives forever".
Sin going on forever, what a ghastly prospect. So God decided to do some housecleaning. First he kicks Adam out of the garden of Eden. That stops the corruption in Eden but does not solve the problem of sin.
But there is only one source of eternal life - Jesus Christ. So this is further evidence that the Spirit of Christ is the tree of life. The tree of eternal Life.
GENESIS 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
God does not want sinful human beings in His presence. Man must now work hard to wrestle a living from a reluctant earth. The most vital industry on earth is agriculture as that provides us all with food. Agriculture is an on-going struggle against weeds and pests and droughts. Farming is hard work, especially when crops are grown in marginal soils that lack nutrients and water.
So the best situation for sinful mankind is one of hard work. Hard work limits the time we have to indulge in sinful activities. Hard work enables us to build up something useful. Hard work makes our time and footprint on planet earth more useful. The Devil responds by encouraging laziness, especially amongst the youth.
GENESIS 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Sinful man was no longer welcome in the garden of Eden. Adam went east and God then established a barrier at the east border of the garden of Eden to make sure that man did not return to the garden of Eden and pollute it with his sins.
Demonology seems to flourish in the east, especially along the Euphrates river where Babylon was to be built.
Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. Two hundred million horsemen.
And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
These are not natural horsemen. John is trying to describe spiritual demons.
To keep the "way" of the tree of life.
A natural tree has no way of moving. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The scene has now moved to the east of the garden of Eden. Natural trees do not move around. The tree of life is the Spirit of Christ who was the centre of God's plan in Eden and now He has moved to the eastern border in order to be the way back into Eden for Adam and Eve.
But man can only come back into fellowship with God if we do it God's way.
"turned every way". There are four ways to turn: north, south, east and west.
So four Cherubims stood around the tree of life which is the Spirit of Christ.
PSALM 99:1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
God dwells between the Cherubims. In Revelation Chapter 4 there are four beasts (or powers) that are around God's throne in Heaven. The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John stand as guards around the Book of Acts which describe the Acts of the Holy Spirit in the early church when the disciples were full of the Holy Ghost.
A flaming sword would kill anyone who approached God the wrong way.
Thus the Old Testament proceeded to lay out strict guidelines on the way to approach God. Men died if they approached God their own way. Approaching God is a serious issue, not a casual pastime. It must be done according to the guidelines of the Bible. Nothing else is acceptable.