“Queen of this universe! Do not believe
Those rigid threats of death. Ye shall not die.
How should you? By the fruit? It gives you life
– John Milton, Paradise Lost
Thus was uttered the first lie of the Earth. It was the lie that death would not result from partaking of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is no mystery what happened, and there is plenty of evidence around us to make the determination that Eve yielded to temptation that day. Consequently, we live on a planet filled with murder, war, disease, betrayal, fornication, thievery, the struggle for survival, the necessity of work, and many other forms of suffering. Because this world became fallen, and we along with it, God promised a Savior, a Messiah that would redeem mankind and cancel out the transgression of Adam partaking the fruit. We are saved freely from the physical death brought about by the Fall, and through faith and repentance, the scriptures teach that the atonement of Christ can redeem us from our separation from God, so that we can dwell eternally in His glory.
There is just one problem. Not everyone is satisfied with this plan. Some people don’t want to put in the work; and to them, there is a way around it all that circumvents the rules and allows for them to become immortal without the need for any of that pesky faith and repentance “nonsense”.
“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 forever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden… 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.” – Genesis 3:22-23 (emphasis added)
“If there were just some way around those Cherubs,” think the wicked, “then I needn’t answer to any god. I needn’t worry about suffering or death. I can live however I please and be my own god with my own rules and my own followers to do my bidding.”
His brand of evil was seared into the butt of the heifer of history long before his ambitions scarred the earth like a zit on the face of the newly baptized postdiluvian globe.
By now, I know of whom you are thinking… none other than: NIMROD!! *Cue Kirk vs Spock music* We’ll get there, but it should be noted that he wasn’t the first to seek evil godhood. His brand of evil was seared into the butt of the heifer of history long before his ambitions scarred the earth like a zit on the face of the newly baptized postdiluvian globe. It all started with Cain and the Devil – Cain: the first earthly representative of Satan’s mystery religion. But before we even get to that baby step forward, we must first make sure the two trees of the Garden are firmly rooted in our understanding.
The tree of Knowledge was undoubtedly more than an apple tree. At the basic level, it brought the ability of moral discernment to Adam and Eve. What this means is that prior to eating the fruit, they could not sin; they were in a state of innocence, for they knew not good nor evil. They only knew one rule: don’t eat of that tree. Other than that, they knew nothing of morality, therefore, they were in a sinless state.
There is more to the tree than just knowledge. There was a change wrought in their bodies that brought about their mortality. Immediately following Adam and Eve’s exile, the scriptures say, “And Adam knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.” Why wouldn’t they have conceived and bore a child in the garden? Why only now? It’s not like they didn’t have plenty of time in the Garden. Contrary to what we may think, Adam spent 40 days “in the land where he had been created” before being introduced into the Garden. Then, “after the completion of exactly seven years there, and in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the serpent came and approached the woman, and the serpent said to the woman, ‘Has God commanded you saying, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'” (Jubilees 3:17). If we add it up using the 360 days per year assumption – based on the ancient pre-flood calendar – we get the following (In “Advanced Mode”. This is getting serious!):
The total days has been multiplied by 1,000, since “one thousand years are as one day in the testimony of the heavens.” (Jubilees 4:30) So from the time of Adam’s creation until he ate the fruit, there was a 2,560,000 year time span that he could have learned about procreation. Either God procrastinated the birds and the bees talk for a very long time, or having children just wasn’t part of the deal when staying in the Garden of Eden.
After eating the fruit, the manner in which Adam was to obtain food for his sustenance changed dramatically. Implied is a change to the planet as a whole. (1) God says, “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;” (Gen 3:17) Instead of the soil bringing forth fruit spontaneously, Adam is told that it will basically bring “thorns and thistles” – aka, “weeds”. Finally, he is told that he will have to sweat – or work – for a living. I wonder if anyone said, “It’ll build character!”
Most interesting to me are the following couple lines: “and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread”. (Gen 3:18-19) In the Garden, he was told that he could partake of every FRUIT. Now he apparently has to eat whole wheat bread or something… It’s like going from an all you can eat dessert buffet to plain oats and tortillas. NEVER eat dessert first.
Finally, Adam was cut off from God’s presence. This is termed “spiritual death” by some, the counterpart to physical death. No unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God, hence, Adam in his fallen and sinful state was unfit to converse with God face to face as he once did in the Garden. It seems that this separation is something that every human that walks the earth must endure. Even Jesus, while hanging on the cross suffered this separation, expressed with his words, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46)
The Tree of Life seems to solve one of the two problems brought about by the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil – if you can get past the cherubim. Recall that the two problems were mortality and separation from God. The tree of life can give immortality, but it cannot cleanse a person of his sins; only Christ can do that. Thus, there is no free ride to heaven.
It is my opinion that, if the Tree of Life was inside the Garden, and if there was only one tree in the Garden that was forbidden (Tree of Knowledge), then the logical conclusion is that Adam and Eve had already eaten of the fruit of the Tree of Life at some point before they became fallen. After the Fall, however, it was out of love that God guarded the Tree of Life from Adam and Eve (and their descendants). Were they to eat of it, they would “live forever in their sins”, cut off from God and his love forever. What once may have kept Adam and Eve in a state of immortality and sinless innocence, was now the potential instrument of eternal damnation for both them and their children (yes, you and me included).
Knowing all this, why would anyone want to stretch forth their hand and take of the fruit of the Tree of Life? Why damn yourself? Why live forever in sin? Oh, right… because who wouldn’t want to live forever in sin, never to die nor face judgement?
This is where it gets weird.
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
As one might well imagine, things went terribly wrong with Cain. A lesson on human nature presents itself when we contemplate the character and life-path of the first born mortal in the freshly fallen world. After not adhering to the instructions pertaining to sacrifice, he became wroth with his brother Abel, whose sacrifice was accepted by God, and killed him secretly. When God came looking for Abel, Cain responded, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” God already knew the deed that Cain had done, and he asked Cain, “Oh really; you don’t know where your brother is? The same brother that you’ve destroyed and buried in the ground?” (not a direct quote…) Cain, the first born into this fallen world, the first person born a mortal, was a murderer and a liar.
Having given Cain two unsavory titles already, we shall prepare to give him another; In addition to murderer and liar, he was Lucifer’s earthly emissary, aka the “Beast” of his day (probably).
Recall that while in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve maintained the garden and ate the fruit that freely grew from the trees; upon leaving, they were required to till the ground for food, but there was also instituted a law of sacrifice. This sacrifice required the blood of animals as a foreshadowing of the blood of the Messiah that would be shed 4,000 years hence.
When God required sacrifice from Cain and Abel, he required the blood of an animal. Abel was a shepherd, but Cain was a farmer – more or less. Abel, whether because it was a simpler task for him, being a shepherd, to obtain an animal, followed the instructions set by God. Cain, probably a contrarian by nature, decided that his platter of vegetables was a good enough sacrifice; those were the fruits of his labors, after all. But something about his sacrifice gives rise to a thought: Cain longed for the Garden of Eden lifestyle. He may have never embraced his mortality and became enraged at the idea that the fruit of his own labors were insufficient to produce his salvation. It’s not a stretch to think that he already was a follower of Satan before he and his brother’s sacrifices were offered.
Ultimately, as is always the case with the followers of Satan, a perversion of God’s law was the result. God asked for a sacrifice of the blood of an animal, and Cain “sacrificed” his brother’s blood for evil. “For the life of flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11) The blood of a sacrifice, representing the sacrifice of the Lamb of God given in perfect love for mankind, being an atonement for the soul; this being the case, how very satanic it is, out of pure hatred, to murder a fellow son or daughter of God, to spill their blood on an altar to the Devil. Surely, this is asking not for atonement, but damnation.
Thus, Cain became the first man to follow Satan. He became his representative on earth in opposition to the true prophet of God. As always, the followers of Satan work in secret, just as Cain did. His legacy of secret wickedness reached its crescendo when the Sons of God – or the Watchers – came down and took human women as their wives and taught occult knowledge to mankind. Cain’s descendants were knee deep in it all, and it was at that time that the world became so evil that the only solution was to destroy it all by baptizing the Earth in a great deluge.
Eventually, Cain is no more. We learn from the Book of Jubilees that Cain’s “house fell upon him” (Jubilees 4:31) and killed him. The Book of Jasher claims that Lamech (the great great great grandson of Cain) killed Cain by mistaking him for an animal. This leads one to question whether the “house” that fell on Cain and killed him actually means the “house of Cain”, or his descendants/family. This Lamech is one of the last of Cain’s line to live before the flood.
Enter the Fallen Ones
Prior to the flood, the Watchers, or fallen angels come to earth and spread wickedness among the children of men.
(1) And it cometh to pass that mankind have begun to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters have been born to them, (2) and sons of God see the daughters of men that they [are] fair, and they take to themselves women of all whom they have chosen. (3) And Jehovah saith, `My Spirit doth not strive in man — to the age; in their erring they [are] flesh:` and his days have been an hundred and twenty years. (4) The fallen ones [translation of “Nephilim”] were in the earth in those days, and even afterwards when sons of God come in unto daughters of men, and they have borne to them — they [are] the heroes, who, from of old, [are] the men of name. (Genesis 6, Young’s Literal Translation)
Verse 4 in the KJV of Genesis reads as the following:
There were giants [“Nephilim” because of placement0] in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:4, KJV)
From this we would conclude that the “Giants” are the “Fallen Ones”, the “mighty men” are “heroes”, and “men of renown” are “men of name”. It also appears that the Giants were already around before the “Sons of God” came down and had children with human women. They didn’t get along with the Nephilim, or the children of the Sons of God.
And they begat sons, the Naphilim (Naphidim), and they were all dissimilar, and they devoured one another, and the Giants killed the Naphil, and the Naphil killed the Eljo, and the Eljo killed mankind, and one man killed another. (Jubilees 7:22)
I suspect that the Nephilim is the plural word for the various types of offspring of the Fallen Ones. The chronology of the verses in Genesis 6 makes things a little confusing. Are the Giants the Sons of God? Or did they come before the Sons of God? If we trust the Book of Enoch, then the children of the Sons of God were the Giants, and therefore, one of the Nephilim. “And the women [or wives of the Sons of God, or Watchers] became pregnant, and they bare large giants, whose height was three thousand cubits (ells).” (Enoch 7:3) Many attribute the title “the Fallen Ones” to the Watchers, or the fallen angels that took human women as wives, but it appears that they are separate. The Sons of God are the Watchers, or fallen angels; the “Fallen Ones” are the Nephilim, Giants, or the children of the Watchers.
The Book of Enoch gives us many more details on the fallen angels. Azazel taught “all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were made and kept in heaven”. (Enoch 9:6) Mostly, it says he taught metals, weapons, and makeup, which can be interpreted as warfare and vanity. Additionally, the fallen angels initiated the worship of pagan gods, or the worship of themselves. The “heroes” or “mighty men” that were spawned by the fallen angels were the Nephilim. They are probably the precursor to the demigods of popular Greek mythology. The actual gods (in my humble opinion) are probably the Watchers/Sons of God/fallen angels.
By this point, the earth was corrupted. In modern times, the description given in the book of Jasher would be considered genetically modified animals and MAN!
And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, and the beasts of the field and fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth that it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways on the earth, all men and animals. (Jasher 4:18)
This gives new meaning to the words in Genesis that describe Noah as being “perfect in his generation”. Perhaps he and his family were the only fully human and righteous people left on the earth. The rest of humanity had probably interbred with the Nephilim, making them only partially human.
The Great Deluge
We know what happened next. The fountains opened up, the continents slid around, and all the dead creatures and semi-humans wound up in the “fossil record” (see In the Beginning, by Walt Brown, Ph.D.). All people and land animals not on the ark were drowned. Noah and his three sons – with their wives – started the earth anew.
Like a Horror Movie, the Villain is Never Dead
Whew! There is no chance in heck that those darned Giants, Nephil and Eljo freaks survived the flood, right? RIGHT?!! Alas, we are given a hint in Numbers:
And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13:33, KJV)
Somebody brought them back. Somebody summoned the Watchers and learned the hidden mysteries (of DNA?). Somebody made himself a “mighty one”, or a “hero”. Somebody made himself to be worshiped as a god and convinced others that they too could be their own god. They were so convinced that they built a Tower to make for themselves a “name”. The Beast was back.
We will rewind a bit and overlap some of the pre-flood with post-flood worlds. We will delve into Thoth and Ma’at, and the Emerald Tablets, or the pillars of Lamech and the occult roots. We will also discuss some of the more philosophical underpinnings of the significance of the Tree of Knowledge being placed in the center of the Garden and how that relates to the Tower of Babel and the goals of the occult in their pursuit of the Tree of Life.
But what is this Tree of Life really? Is it actually a tree or something more abstract? In a simple sense – and in the most practical sense – it is immortality. But the mechanism for stamping out death is a more complicated subject, which will be discussed next time.
And after that (flood) there shall be more unrighteousness than that which was done before on the earth; (Enoch 106:17)
Footnotes and Sources
- While it could be argued that the conditions outside the Garden were simply different than inside, the cursing of the ground by God says otherwise.