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Adam and Eve and Their Son Seth
From Seti l to Jesus
The creation story of Adam and Eve as told in the Bible book of Genesis is central to Christianity. A quick summary; after God had created the earth and all within it he then created man and from man woman. After some time they begin to procreate. Focus then shifts to the two first born of Adam and Eve sons Abel and Cain. Abel pleased God with his sacrifice but Cain did not. In anger Cain kills his brother Abel. God then banishes Cain from the Garden of Eden and replaces the bad son Cain with another who Adam and Eve name Seth. To the discerning reader questions begin to arise; why name their son Seth? From what cultural reference did they arrive to choosing Seth as a proper name?
Egypt is mentioned at least 614 times in the Bible and the first time is ten chapters after Adam and Eve is introduced in Genesis 2, Chapter 12, verse 10 - "And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land". Most people would relate the name Seth to the "Jews" calling it a Hebrew name. The problem with this is that Hebrew was not yet a language let alone a people during the time of Adam and Eve. So where did the name Seth originate? The study of History follows a logical path based on geography, cultures, and human relationships over time. Historically Seth can be traced to Egypt through Set. Seth, then, is an Egyptian name from the root word Set, a being with mythological attributes but also a human being who once ruled Egypt as Seti I, Pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty of Egypt. The name means “eternal is the justice of Ra”. Seti I, according to History was the son of Ramses I but why would Adam and Eve name their third son Seth after an Egyptian myth or Pharaoh; or how and why would they even know this name? What I have discovered is a conundrum. A conundrum is defined as " a paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma. That’s right Seth is Egyptian not Hebrew or Israelite or the very least the name Seth is connected to the land we now call Egypt. History is the instrumental way of pointing to different assumptions or held beliefs and questioning them in different ways based on accepted facts. I think often about Jesus and His relationship in History and how He is sometimes written about as “hidden” from His people who are “destroyed for lack of knowledge”. Studying the Bible requires more than surface reading. Reading the Bible should be an exercise in discovery because if something is hidden it can be found. So much of what many accept as Biblical Truth may reveal underlying facts that distort history, is accepted as fact, lead to and empowers racism and a sense of superiority in people who would otherwise be humbled if they were taught the Truth.
According to the historical Biblical narrative recorded in Genesis Jesus was descended from the line of Seth through the “tribe of Judah”. In the Bible narrative we are told that Seth was the replacement son for Adam and Eve after Cain murdered his brother Abel. A new line of descent was then established from which the Messiah Jesus the Christ Amen would have to come and must be traced. But, through this new line of descent Seth was never recorded as part of any Isralite tribe as he predated the advent of the Jewish tribe but The Bible narrative tells us that “men began to call on the name of The Lord” long before Israel was a nation and a mere “child “in the nations of the ancient world. Genesis 4:26 - And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enosh; then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. History suggests that the Egyptians were the first men to worship or call on the name of God. But what did they call Him? It is further suggested that God was called Amen as in Amen-Ra. The Bible states that men began to “call on the name of the Lord” in the time of Enoch but does not say by which name he was called. Before the foundations of the earth, or written history, it is possible that Jesus the Christ was called upon by the name of Ra (Lord of the Horizon or Light, born in the person of Horus) and later AmenRa, the Hidden God, Lord of Light). What if the ancient Egyptians used Ra, Amen Ra and a host of other “names” symbolically much as moderns today use Jesus, Allah, or Jehovah to express their belief in “one God”?
It is written that much later the Athenians, in the time of Paul called God “the Unknown God”. It is also written in the Bible that He made darkness his secret or hiding place; his pavilion round about him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. Psalm 18:11. Suppose language such as "dark waters" was used metaphorically to describe the Black Egyptian masses that embodied the very essence or "Spirit" of the Living God, who were first to worship Him in spirit and in truth? What if like Peter Brown writes that the western European Greek re-write or invention (as encoded in the New Testament) is not the real deal? How do we get back on track, on the narrow path that Jesus taught?
Who was Amen-Ra? Amen-Ra was the hidden (Amen) God of “gods” and the manifested Light of the World (Ra). He was held by the Egyptians to be self- created. Revelation 3:14 affirms Jesus as “the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. This revelation gives new meaning to the prophesy in Hosea 11:1 and its fulfillment in Matthew 2:13 which reads: 13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ 14Then Joseph* got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt; 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’ What if this verse actually refers to the real Jesus relationship to the Egyptian Seth, a direct ancestor; an acknowledgment that Jesus was not only Egyptian but Black as further evidenced by the scripture John 1:11 that says - Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
He came unto his own, (the religious "Jews") and his own received him not (because he was Black, all emphasis is mine) . Suppose this scripture is encoded to hide the true identity of Jesus. Hosea 11:1 says -When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. But, why would Egypt be so important to the Historical Jesus? Here in scripture the connections between the Egyptian God AmenRa, the use of the sun as a metaphor for divine light, and Jesus the Savior of The World come undeniably together. These passages also lend greater insight into Psalm 84: 11- For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. And in Malachi 4:2 -But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; (the falcon was a royal symbol of Egypt) , and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall (cows were are also royal and spiritual symbols of ancient Egypt). The “sun” is extremely symbolic in Egyptian spirituality. The Egyptians truly understood the relationship between the sun (Jesus the son of God and light (sun) of the world) and life itself. John 14:6 quotes Jesus as saying - King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. But did the ancient Egyptians really worship the physical “sun”? Suppose, the early Egyptians used the sun metaphorically in very much the same way that we moderns use “the son” as representative of Jesus or the Father” according to our belief that “the Father and The Son are one” much the same way as we do ? The appellation, “the Amen” also disputes the church tradition of following the Greek of giving “amen” the meaning, "so is it, it is so, or so be it". Amen is also Egyptian, not Greek. We must study the Egyptian name Amen and why Jesus is referred to as the Amen in Revelation 3:14. From these revelations we can then know historically when Herod died, calculate Jesus return to Israel by way of Galilee and at what age this all took place. From this historical knowledge we also know that Jesus probably did not look like a Greek or any other European but like the Black Egyptians of who He was genetically related.
Actually there are more than 15 verses in the Old and New Testaments that describe Jesus as “the Sun”. The worship of the “sun” in ancient Egypt was , I believe both allegorical and symbolic of the Creator God concept embodied in the Egyptian Mystery System and a foretelling of the prophesy that God would someday live among men, an idea that was around long before Israel was a “nation”. This idea or notion that God could live among men within His Creation was echoed in the brief mention of Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18-20 and Psalm 110:4 where Jesus’ priesthood is compared to the priesthood of Melchizedek. Many Biblical scholars and Historians believe that Melchizedek was an archetypical Jesus.
Europe experienced a period of intellectual darkness that lasted for more than 1000 years, commonly called the Dark Ages or the Middle Ages. This period in European history was characterized by the absence of Spiritual Knowledge which is also known as “darkness”. Europe remained in this spiritual darkness until its “Enlightenment” during which time they replaced God with “scientific” inquiry, the methodology by which they were able to redefine “creation” and establish evolutionary principles. Humanism became the accepted European religion as it gave them, they believed greater control over themselves, through empirical evidence, the world, and “others”; in short , Europeans reinvented God in their own image, according to Peter Brown, in his seminal monograph The Rise of Western Christendom in the 7th century "and not before".
It is written In Isaiah 19:25 that Egypt, is Gods people and Israel is Gods’ “inheritance”. There is a big difference between “Gods people” and God’s “inheritance”. Why does God make this distinction and why does God not call Israel His people? Look at the name ISRAEL and you will notice that it is the culmination of three so called pagan names Is= Isis, Ra= the son of God or Sun God, which is Jesus and El= the Canaanite name for God. Why would God “inspire” the writers of His Word to incorporate three pagan “gods” and then bestow this new name on His “inheritance”? More importantly though, is why has no theologian, pastor or other church “leader” not taught these obvious historical distinctions in interpretations of “scripture”?
“Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass,
A book of rules;
and each must make-
Ere life has flown-
A stumbling block
Or a stepping stone”
― R L Sharpe A bag of tools
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness”; 1 Corinthians 1:23. Again it is written – “But we - We who are Christian preachers make Christ crucified the grand subject of our instructions and our aims in contradistinction from the Jew and the Greek. They seek, the one miracles, the other wisdom, we glory only in the cross”. (Barnes’ Notes on the Bible).
Glorying only in the cross (being a fool for Christ) is no better than seeking miracles or wisdom if done for any other reasons than to glorify God. For it is written: “We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored”! 1 Corinthians 4:10. If Jesus who was descended through Seth and His true identity has been suppressed then who do you really serve?