The Fall of Man was the first battle in The SEED WAR
I will include Genesis chapter two in its entirety as we begin to explore the early beginnings of man.
Genesis 2:1-25 (NKJV)
1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. 4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. 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 being. 8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 18 And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. 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.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Let’s look at the Serpent in the Garden…
THE SERPENT OF GENESIS 3
Edited From The Companion Bible
In Genesis 3 we have neither allegory, myth, legend, nor fable; but literal historical facts set forth, and emphasized by the use of certain Figures of speech.
All the confusion of thought and conflicting exegesis have arisen from taking literally what is expressed by Figures, or from taking figuratively what is literal. A Figure of speech is never used except for the purpose of calling attention to, emphasizing, and intensifying, the reality of the literal sense, and the truth of the historical facts; so that, while the words employed may not be so strictly true to the letter, they are all the more true to the truth conveyed by them, and to the historical events connected with them.
The Hebrew word rendered “serpent” in Genesis 3:1 is Nachash (from the root Nachash, to shine), and means a shining one. Hence, in Chaldee it means brass or copper, because of its shining. Hence also, the word Nehushtan, a piece of brass, in 2 Kings 18:4.
In the same way Saraph, in Isaiah 6:2, 6, means a burning one, and, because the serpents mentioned in Numbers 21 were burning, in the poison of their bite, they were called Saraphim, or Seraphs.
But when the LORD said unto Moses, “Make thee a fiery serpent” (Numbers 21:8), He said, “Make thee a Saraph“, and, in obeying this command, we read in verse 9, “Moses made a Nachash of brass”. Nachash is thus used as being interchangeable with Saraph.
Now, if Saraph is used of a serpent because its bite was burning, and is also used of a celestial or spirit-being (a burning one), why should not Nachash be used of a serpent because its appearance was shining, and be also used of a celestial or spirit-being (a shining one)?
Indeed, a reference to the structure of Genesis 3 will show that the Cherubim (which are similar celestial or spirit-beings) of the last verse (Genesis 3:24) require a similar spirit-being to correspond with them in the first verse (for the structure of the whole chapter is a great Introversion). The Nachash, or serpent, who beguiled Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3) is spoken of as “an angel of light“ in verse 14. Have we not, in this, a clear intimation that it was not a snake, but a glorious shining being, apparently an angel, to whom Eve paid such great deference, acknowledging him as one who seemed to possess superior knowledge, and who was evidently a being of a superior (not of an inferior) order? Moreover, in the description of Satan as “the king of Tyre” ¹ it is distinctly implied that the latter being was of a super-natural order when he is called “a cherub” (Ezekiel 28:11-19 especially verses 14 & 16). His presence “in Eden, the garden of ‘Elohim” (verse 13), is also clearly stated, as well as his being “perfect in beauty” (verse 12), his being “perfect in his ways from the day he was created till iniquity was found in him” (verse 15), and as being “lifted up because of his beauty” (verse 17).
These all compel the belief that Satan was the shining one (Nachash) in Genesis 3, and especially because the following words could be addressed to him:- “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee” (verse 17).
Again, the word rendered “subtle” in Genesis 3:1 means wise, in a good sense as well as in a bad sense. In Ezekiel 28:12 we have the good sense, “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom”; and the bad sense in verse 17, “thou hast corrupted thy wisdom” (referring, of course, to his fall). So the word rendered “subtle” is rendered “prudent” in Proverbs 1:4; 8:12; 12:23; 14:8; and in a bad sense in Job 15:5. 1 Samuel 23:22. Psalm 83:3.
The word “beast” also, in Genesis 3:1, chay, denotes a living being, and it is as wrong to translate zoa “beasts“ in Revelation 4, as it is to translate chay “beast” in Genesis 3. Both mean living creature. Satan is thus spoken of as being “wiser than any other living creature which Jehovah Elohim had made”. Even if the word “beast” be retained, it does not say that either a serpent or Satan was a “beast”, but only that he was “more wise” than any other living being.
We cannot conceive of Eve holding conversation with a snake, but we can understand her being fascinated an “an angel of light” (that is to say, a glorious angel), possessing superior and supernatural knowledge.
When Satan is spoken of as a “serpent”, it is the figure Hypocatastasis or Implication; it no more means a snake than it does when Dan is so called in Genesis 49:17; or an animal when Nero is called a “lion” (2 Timothy 4:17), or when Herod is called a “fox” (Luke 13:32); or when Judah is called “a lion’s whelp”. It is the same figure when “doctrine” is called “leaven” (Matthew 16:6). It shows that something much more real and truer to truth is intended. If a Figure of speech is thus employed, it is for the purpose of expressing the truth more impressively; and is intended to be a figure of something much more real than the letter of the word.
If a serpent was afterward called a Nachash, it was because it was more shining than any other creature; and if it became known as “wise”, it was not because of its own innate positive knowledge, but of its wisdom in hiding away from all observation; and because of its association with one of the names of Satan (that old serpent) who “beguiled Eve” (2 Corinthians 11:3, 14).
THE TEMPTATION Genesis 3:1-5
Now the serpent [Nachash = The Shining One] was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Did God truly say; ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 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. [you shall be as the Elohim, knowing good and evil].”
Satan first planted a seed of doubt into the mind of Eve;
“Did God truly say…?”
Then he told her that her “eyes shall be opened… knowing…”
The Knowing here is linked to seeing because the eyes have been opened…
Think of what the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 1:18 (KJV)
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know…” This is the same thing… God wanted us to have our eyes “opened” but in His timing so we would be “enlightened” or “illuminated”…
Satan was a “luminous” one… an Angel of Light… 2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJV) “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Remember, Nachah means “A Shining One”…
He was actually telling her she would be like him and the other Elohim… She would see what he saw… know what he knew…
She would be illuminated and therefore, like him, she would be “a shining one”!
Then he plants the next seed into her mind: “You shall be like the gods…”
Satan was an Elohim… What exactly IS an Elohim?
We will take a brief look at it now but examine it in detail later…
An Elohim is an Immortal…
They are called “The Sons of God” [Genesis 6:2,4; Job 38:7]
“The Watchers” [Daniel 4:17]
There are many different Spiritual Beings in the Heavens…
The Sons of God; the Bené ha Elohim are Members of The Divine Council [Psalms 82:1]
They were the ones placed in positions of Authority in the Heavens…
They were also called Archangels or Princes & Principalities [Daniel 10:13, 20; 12:1; Romans 8:38; Ephesians 3:10; 6:12; Colossians 1:16; 2:15]
Satan’s plan is to get Eve to “DOUBT” God’s Word and then to Plant a Seed of Envy into her heart… “You will be like the gods”…
The possibility that Adam and Eve had seen some of The Sons of God, some of the Elohim in the Garden is real. They would have seen their shining appearance… Once Satan got Eve to look at the Fruit as something “to be desired” it was just a short step to get her to want to be like him or the other Elohim that they had seen…
He got her to believe that The Lord was “holding out on her”…
AFTER THE TEMPATION CAME THE FALL
Genesis 3:6-7 (KJV)
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. 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.
One of the keys in the fall is that Eve saw the tree was desired to “make one wise”…
Genesis 3:8-13 (KJV)
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. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 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? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 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 RESULTS OF THE FALL
When The Lord told Adam not to eat of the forbidden fruit He said if he ate he would die… In the Hebrew there are two deaths!
The first death was SPIRITUAL DEATH… the second one, PHYSICAL DEATH came later.
Their Spiritual Death bore fruit immediately…
They were “found NAKED” and they were “AFRAID”
When Adam and Eve became Naked it was not because they had no clothing… The Holy Spirit had lived in them but now He was gone and the Shekinah Glory of God that had clothed them went with Him!
This was the “Nakedness” that they discovered! They had been without clothes 10 minutes before The Fall… So, it could not have been lack of clothing!
No, it was the ABSENCE of THE HOLY SPIRIT INSIDE of them and the LOSS of His Shekinah Glory COVERING THEM that made them AFRAID!
As soon as they were “found Naked” Fear entered into their hearts… Where they had formerly walked with The Lord in the Garden they now hid themselves in Fear of the Presence of The Lord!
Their sewing of fig leaves to form aprons to cover themselves was a futile attempt to sense the Security that The Shekinah and The Holy Spirit had always given them.
The Holy Spirit is called “The Giver of Life” in the Nicene Creed. That life is ZOE… GOD’S LIFE – ETERNAL LIFE! Once He removed Himself from them and the Shekinah lifted off of them they were no longer living Eternal Life… They had become mere mortals…
THE JUDGEMENT OF THE FALL
It is quite possible that The Lord summoned some of The Sons of God into the Garden to hear the Sentences He pronounced upon Satan, Adam and Eve… It actually makes sense that He would since this was a JUDGEMENT where He would “sit” as it were upon His Throne!
THE FIRST SENTENCE WENT TO THE NACHASH – THE SHINING ONE
Genesis 3:14 (NKJV)
So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
Lucifer was a lofty Angelic Being… he was an “Elohim”… a Divine One; an Immortal. He once was a Cherub that “covered the Throne of God”! [Ezekiel 28:14] He was one who sat in the Divine Council of the Sons of God!
He was no longer going to be a lofty Cherub… Now, he would crawl on his belly and eat dust… His “meat” would be man who had been formed of “dust”!
He would have OCD…
He would have an OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER over mankind…
Genesis 3:15 (NKJV)
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
There was now to be a deep seated hatred between Satan and Eve… between his “seed” and her “seed”…
We will look more closely at the “seeds” later… for now let it suffice to say that his seed are all those who oppose Christ and her seed is all those in Christ!
THE NEXT SENTENCE WAS GIVEN TO EVE
Genesis 3:16 (NKJV)
To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”
There has always been controversy over this sentence but if we read it just as it was given we can understand it…
Let’s try to look at this verse this way:
“Your desire to have children with your husband will be great even though he will dominate you and the pain of childbirth will now be great as a reminder of what you have done…”
THE THIRD SENTENCE WENT TO ADAM
Genesis 3:17-19 (NKJV)
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
So many things were pronounced upon Adam…
The Ground was cursed and would not bring forth fruit easily but you will work hard and eat by the sweat of your brow…
It will bring thorns and thistles which will stick you as a reminder of what you have done…
You will die and return to the earth…
No longer would food be plentiful and easy to get…
No longer would life be easy…
Now life would be hard and just like the thorns will stick you… your thoughts and memories of this place will stick you in your heart and you will be pained to remember it.
GOD COVERED THEIR SIN!
Genesis 3:20-24 (ESV)
The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
Innocent animals were sacrificed to cover Adam and Eve’s sin and the bodies… As it says in Hebrews 9:22 (ESV) Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
THEY DID BECOME LIKE GODS…
Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil.
What Satan said was true.. they did become like the Elohim… But not exactly like them.
Genesis 3:22b-23 “Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
The Hebrew reads backwards to us… Let me reverse it so it makes more sense…
THE LORD God sent him out from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken so he could not also reach out his hand and take of the tree of life and eat and live forever.
Adam had taken of the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and so he could not take of the Tree of Life and live forever in the sad state he was now in THE LORD banished him from the Garden of Eden… This is incredible… had Adam and Eve eaten of the Tree of Life they would have lived forever! But it would have been life without The Holy Spirit and therefore it would have been horrible!
Genesis 3:24 So He drove out the man, and at the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
To make sure that Adam and Eve and their descendants could never get into the Garden of Eden and eat of the Tree of Life The Lord placed Cherubim there and a Flaming Sword to block and guard the entrance to the Garden.
Cherubim were Guardians of The Throne of God… It seems therefore that the Garden of Eden was The Garden of The Lord in the Natural but somehow close to the Throne of God in the Spiritual… It was like a “portal” into the Spiritual Realm and Adam and Eve were banished from that Realm now that they had fallen…
THE LAST SENTENCE
The events in the Garden of Eden brought sorrow to everyone and the entire Human Race continues to suffer because of The Fall…
David said it this way in Psalm 51:5 (God’s Word)
Indeed, I was born guilty. I was a sinner when my mother conceived me.
Not only did Adam and Eve receive a “Sentence” after The Fall but all of mankind has a sentence hanging over us…
Original Sin is passed on to all mankind.
This how THE SEED WAR began… And it’s been going on since The Garden of Eden
But, there is hope!
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall crush your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
This verse is called THE PROTO-EVANGEL
That means the “First Gospel Message” is within this verse…
We are told here that the Seed of the woman would crush Satan’s head through his death!
A Savior would come and do battle against the Nachash!
He would win THE SEED WAR
And He would liberate us from Satan’s power!
His Name is Jesus and we have a lot to say about Him!