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Ancient Mysteries of the Bible Part III
When I was researching the material we are discussing, also referred to as the Psuedaphigripha, Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls, I came across a lot of small, but very interesting bits of information which really helped add color to the picture of Adams time. Small nuances in the narrative, short and concise but the point large and looming, even redefining. Here I would like to discuss several of them. These are the "firsts" of Biblical history. Things like, 'Who built the first building?' or 'Who sang the first song?'. Study of the Lost Books has revealed tons of this type of knowledge. Wonderings of mankind from our multi-millennial history. The answers are starting to be given by our Fathers multiplication of our knowledge in these, the End Times. Join me now as we explore some of these ancient mysteries.
The first thing I will note is the first words of our Bible. The concept of knowledge is that a being learns a method or a system of collected thoughts to produce a desired result. The fifth word of the Bible encompasses a massive indication of vast sums of knowledge. The word is "created". This word implies artistic expression, mechanical practicality and scientific exactness. To create we must have an idea before it. Then the process of fleshing out the details, ultimately laboring through various process to achieve a single new "thing". The Bible, in the first chapter of Genesis, lists the incredible cosmic feats of creation God is capable of. To create entire civilizations and new genetic versions of man, to hold sway over entire nations and the wars of those nations, to create a theocratic region on an alien planet and to educate and direct the global affairs of that planet for tens of thousands of years defines a certain level of godhood.
So what was before the creation? According to the Bible there was nothing. There was only the "void". Empty blackness that stretched for infinity. Nothingness is simply that....nothing. Many astronomers talk about the Big Bang. There does seem to be allot of pointed residual evidence to show this theory to be sound. And Einstein has a great track record. But how can we understand the Big Bang theory and make it fit into the Biblical creation account? What about dinosaurs? What about sub-human fossils from over 75,000 years ago which support humans before Adam? It all gets twisted with the mention of the creation "day". There are several interesting theories which try to explain this mystery.
The first is probably the most difficult pill to swallow, but I will mention it here for juxtaposition. It basically says that the Bible refers to the earth as being "formless and void", not the entire universe. In this view, God creates the planet earth from space debris, chunks of other planets and huge pieces of space ice for our water and atmosphere. God takes these random components and squeezes a planet out of them. This accounts for the dinosaurs, which are thusly defined as being remnants from another planet and it accounts for the many human and/or hominid fossil remains which pre-date Adam by many thousands of years. This theory does not hold up to any scientific, archeological or theological securitization. The iron core, which creates our magnetosphere, the cooling period, when the world was molten, successive ice ages as well as the fossil record literally blow this conclusion out of the running.
Next is the Fundamentalist View which posits that the Genesis account is literal and the world came into being in six actual earth days about 6000 years ago( as deduced from Biblical chronology). Furthermore, it asserts that the entire universe came into being 'out of nothing'. This is the view in which I was educated as a child and it is very comfortable to me. Although, as a man, who has studied these theories and the supporting science, I find it difficult to accept. It implies that the days are of the 24 hour, earth day variety and it also supports the idea that the creation days were successive, or a seven day week. This really doesn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny any more than the first theory. The Bible is clear when it intends us to take all the information as true and literal, but I believe that the "days" that Genesis speaks of are actually referenced in 'Gods Time'. Gods Time is not our time, his method of reckoning time are surely much more complex than ours. God is immortal, what is his understanding of time? I think this is an antiquated view fit for a time without understanding of the fossil record.
Next we have the Progressive View of creation as written in Genesis. This view holds that the creation days are literal earth days, but there were enormous time spans between the days of creation. Evolution is not accepted in this widely accepted view. God simply chose to step in here and there to make adjustments when He saw fit. This view leans toward a planetary creation rather than a universal creation. It allows for the dinosaurs and explains away pre-Adamic man as a bi-product of Gods ultimate perfection, who is, of course, Adam. I find this view to answer many 'blanks' left by the Bibles treatment of the creation event. It does allow, very comfortably, for many answers to the science vrs theology debate. I would have to say if I chose one camp, this would be it.
Then we have the Theistic View. This states that God 'used' evolution as His method of creation over millions of years. The order of creation is parallel to the order of evolution (though this is untrue). This is the doctrinal view supported by the American Scientific Affiliation of Christians. I think this view is very similar to the Progressive View, only it is salt and peppered with alot of scientific 'data'. Highly educated Christians from the science community find a certain familiararity with its writings and explanations. But, as I mentioned, its a souped up version of the Progressive View.
The question I now ask is this; 'Does it really even matter?'. I cannot attempt to answer that question. It is a personal thing. What does it mean to you as an individual knowledge seeker? Does it impact your life? Most likely not. Will it impact your understanding of Gods message to us, his Bible? Absolutely.
The first mention of anything resembling a human quality happens in Genesis 2;2, "On 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.". These words imply effort and labor which is exhausting. They give the impression that God, who we have established as a physical and biological being from space, does indeed get tired after he works. Why would he want to tell us he rested? He wants us to know it. It is one of the oldest facts established by the Bible attesting to the physical nature of God. The real question, I think, is why does he deem it important for us to understand this fact?
Reading on in Genesis 2:5, "before any plant of the field was on 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 til the ground;". Here, before Adam was created, but after the creation of the Gentiles, the Bible speaks plainly of agriculture and, even more fascinating, weather control. Agriculture may have been created by the pre-Adamics thousands of years ago, there is plenty of evidence supporting this widely accepted view. In South America there are many pre-Adamic ruins in the mountains and in the jungles which show massive evidence of agriculture. A more intrinsic question may be, why did God and his angels have need of agricultural knowledge? This indicates that they ate food as humans do. And as beings of a biological and physical nature, this makes perfect sense.
The second question concerning weather control is a more difficult topic. Fundamentalists and conservatives have no problem accepting the fact that God controls every single thing which happens at a mere whim. Then why did he exert effort and feel the need to rest during the creation? It doesn’t stand to reason and seems very contrary. I am sure that through the ages of mans history, the thought of an all powerful God controlling the weather was common. In fact, entire religions were agriculturally based around the globe. Its really a leap of faith. Is it metaphor? Is it literal? Is it an ancient description of alien super-technology? We can only guess. Interestingly, the U.S. government has a huge, multi-trillion dollar facility called H.A.R.R.P. based in the wilds of Alaska. It is super-secret and is basically an array of super radio transmitters capable of not only controlling regional weather patterns, but it can also be used to perform behavior modification. There is much evidence of its use in the Gulf Wars.
The H.A.R.R.P complex in Alaska
Next lets read Genesis 2:8, "The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there he put the man whom He had formed.". This is a plain description of God using his knowledge of agriculture, which implies knowledge of astronomy as related to seasons and equinoxes, which further implies an accurate solar calendar, to plant a beautiful garden. The Bible goes on to tell how God intends Adam to "tend and keep" it. This is even more interesting when you go back to the original Hebrew and discover that the meaning implied in the word 'keep' is actually 'to guard or protect'. Does this mean Adam was to guard the Garden of Eden from outside enemies?
Further reading reveals the creation of Eve from Adams rib. This is a different method than which was applied to the creation of Adam (who was created from the dust of the ground). Here there is a tissue and bone harvest from Adam after he is anesthithised by God. This gives an implication of a modern medical procedure. With what we know today about DNA, genetics and cloning, I find it more than reasonable that Gods technology and intelligence could achieve this feat.
In Genesis 2:16 we see God deliver the first laws to Adam stating,” Then God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in that day that you eat of it, you shall surely die." This is the first in many hundreds of laws given by God to his people, the Jews. Also note that this first law also tells the punishment of the transgressor, certain death. This is the root of the strong Christian doctrinal belief that echoes through the books of the Bible; 'The wages of sin are death.'.
Once Eve is successfully created, Adam is awake and proclaims her as "bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;", he goes on to name her "Woman, because she was taken out of man." And then the first recorded marriage in the Bible is presented with God Himself as the minister. He oversees it and in Genesis 2:24 it states, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." The Bible plainly states that the marriage is a perfect metaphor for our relationship with God and Christ. Parallels are defined many times over, especially in the new testament. It is clear from the dawn of Adam that God intends for us to be paired and to view this pairing as a Godly concept. What divine wisdom we benefit from.
The story of Genesis, chapter 3 is the familiar story of the Temptation and Fall of Man. It has a serpent who can speak with humans, and this serpent is described as being created by God, yet cunning and sneaky and ultimately a direct representation of the Satan character. The tool used by the this adversary is knowledge, or the promise of knowledge. Not some cosmic mysteries but the injection into the human mind the knowledge of 'the difference between good and evil'. Not that this seems to be a small notion, but the point is that the serpent tells Eve that this ability to distinguish, for herself, what is good and what is evil, just like God can. In light of the fact that the Christian blueprint calls for man to know his sin and to repent of it and, indeed, to hate his sin. This indicates that Adam and Eve did not know what good and evil were. Also interesting is the fact that the first thing that happened when they ate the fruit was the recognition that they were walking around naked. They felt shame and covered themselves with leaves. The fact that sexual depravity was the first sinful bi-product says allot about how far that sin has etched itself into today’s cultures.
In Genesis 3:20, it is Adam who actually names Eve, he(Adam) says, "because she is the mother of all living.". This makes one consider that there was an established word in the ancient language of God and Adam which was pronounced 'eve', as we pronounce it today, and which the word 'eve' already meant 'mother of all living'. Was there another language before the ancient Hebrew language? Was this the pre-Babel, global language known and used by the entire planet? It is interesting to point out that Hebrew bears no similarity to ancient Sumerian, ancient Incan or any of the Babylonian dialects. Was this the language of God and his angels, perhaps with origins from another place in the cosmos?
In Genesis 3:21 we see that God Himself has tailored clothes from animal skins for Adam and Eve to cover their nakedness. Again we see God doing a rather menial task which requires killing an animal(or several), skinning the animals, tanning the hides of the animals, and then sewing or stitching the hides together to tailor garments for Adam and Eve to wear when they were banished to live outside the garden. This requires that humans use tools, patterns, materials such as salt, string and cutting tools. Would God, in whose image we are created, accomplish this feat in the same laborious manner? It would stand to reason considering what we know thus far.
The following discussion deals with writings from the Latin Book of Adam. Modern analysis, though very slanted and conservative, has deemed the book a pseudo-authored text. Rather, it does come from the era of circa 2000 B.C., it is written in the same style and is a reflection of many things in the Biblical texts which we will get into later. I consider the Book of Adam an authoritative history, at least. Let us take a closer look.
Let it be noted that I will be quoting the Book of Adam text, which is written in Latin, supplied by Mr. Wilfried Lechner-Schmidt, it has been translated by B. Curtis with the assistance of G. Anderson and R. Layton. Original text titled(in Latin) Vita Adae et Evae.
The next part the discussion should center around the details that happened after Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. In the Book of Adam we are given the history thusly; BOA 1:1"When Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise they made for themselves a tent and spent seven days mourning and lamenting in great sadness.". This is a very depressing image. They sinned and were banished and were so full of regret that they mourned for a week. Interestingly, we also see that they built a shelter of some type. The material used is not specified but there are three possibilities.
First, Adam and Eve gathered brush and branches to construct some type of lean-to. The word 'tent' is very interesting, in which it may actually mean a two-sided structure, with a ridge-beam type construction. This would indicate Adam and Eve had prior knowledge of how to erect a structure using a somewhat advanced construction method. Ridge-beam construction is still commonly used in today’s building works. This is probably the first place we see the written record detail a pyramid shape being constructed. As you all know, pyramids dominate spanning millennial and civilizations, they are seen on every continent in the ancient ruins. Pyramids are still everywhere today. We will broach this subject later in the book.
The second way to interprate the 'tent' verse is to assume Adam and Eve had some type of fabric at their disposal for this task. Neither the Bible or the BOA addresses this part of the story with any detail. It is possible that they did find a fabric or textile outside the garden when we consider the fact that there were people who lived in already built cities during Adam and Eves stay in the garden. Maybe it was just laying around, discarded from some Gentile.
Third, we could posit that Adam and Eve had learned the techniques of skinning and sewing pelts and hides when they observed God doing it in Genesis 3:21. I personally feel more inclined to this view that the others. I feel it makes the most sense with the information given in the Bible. It is another example of the nature of the relationship between God and Adam. It was very personal and very much 'teacher and pupil' it seems. What a fascinating concept. To be able to look upon God and to hear his voice answer questions, to learn from him the way a son learns from the hands and efforts of his father. .
In the narrative of BOA 1:1-3.1(the Latin translation has sub-verse numbers) we learn that Adam and Eve felt the first pangs of starvation after not eating during there week of regretful mourning and lamentation. Adam actual performs the first act of 'hunter gathering' when he rises and walked for seven days in order to find food for he and his wife. His search was not a successful one. He returns to Eve empty handed.
What happens next in BOA 1:3.2-3.3 is very noteworthy and speaks to the fallen nature of man. Eve offers her life to Adam as an atonement sacrifice that Adam could re-enter Eden. She blames herself for their expulsion and is willing to let Adam kill her in payment. This hints to suicide as a human approved means of atoning for wrongs and/or sins, a fact which is clearly at odds with the Biblical stance on suicide. God is the author of all life on this planet. Our lives are his, not our own. Adam gently rebukes this offer from his spouse and does the right thing, leads his wife to remember that she is his own flesh and to rise up and seek out food with him. In other words, be my helpmate, even in the fallen state and submit to my leadership and authority.
The Hebrew gather manna in the desert
In BOA 1:4.2, Adam and Eve have been searching for food and only find "what animals eat". We can assume this to be grasses, grains, fruit and nuts, maybe berries and bugs. Then Adam says;” The Lord gave these things to the animals and beasts to eat. Ours, however was the angelic food.". We have a Biblical reference to this "angelic food". Manna. Described as "falling" from "heaven" in Exodus, is indicating that the angels had their own food, and was produced in the soil of the earth according to the story of the garden of Eden. It is described in Exodus as "bread from Heaven" which could indicate its cosmic origin or that it was 'given' by beings that came from "heaven" or space. In the book of John(chapter 6:26-58) Jesus calls himself the "true manna" or "bread of life" of which the Exodus story is a symbol and type. But manna was eaten by Adam and Eve, Moses and the Hebrew nation while in the desert and by the angels of God. So what is it?
Archeological research into the oldest texts reveal several qualities of manna. Manna was a small round flake, used for bread. It is described as tasting like wafers made with honey. It fell with the dew each night and it looked like a coriander seed. The Israelites ground it in mills and boiled it in pots in order to make cakes out of it. God began providing manna in the wilderness one month after Moses lead the nation from Egypt and continued for the next 40 years, occurring six days a week, stopping on the seventh day to observe Sabbath. The Bible also makes note that, on several different occasions, God sent flocks of quails to feed the Israelites in the desert. It reminds me of when Jesus says if God feeds the sparrows of the sky, that He will surely care for his most loved creation. David also writes Psalm 78 where he calls manna angels food.
Reading in BOA 1:4.3 we learn that the first act of penitence was a free willed expression from Adam, without any prior instruction from God or angels. I love the fact that this frames the belief I hold that man has still great capacity for good and piety inside of him in spite of the federal fall of Adam. It is the still, small voice that is inside us all, sometimes illustrated in art as the angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. Both sides of the moral question vying for domination in the decisions of mankind. In BOA 1:6.1 Adam directs his wife to do less of penitence than he, assumingly because she is the weaker vessel, in spite of the fact that Eve thinks she should do a longer penitence because it was she who was tempted. The nature of the penitence was that they would submerge themselves in separate rivers, Adam in the Jordan River and in Eve in the Tigris, and fast for a long length of time, while praying for forgiveness. Adam directed Eve to do this for 37 days while he would do 40 days. And this they went out and did.
This brings up some strange ponderings. First, how is it that Adam and Eve expected to even be alive after this ritual was complete? We know through modern dietary science that the human being cannot live for a month, let alone forty days with no food, sleep or water. A modern human would surely die long before the ritual could be completed. So what is going on here? How is it that they could survive this deprivation? The answer is vast and full of theories, but we will delve into the wonders of 'glorified DNA' in a further chapter.
In Genesis 1:28, directly after he creates the humans outside of Eden, or the Gentiles, it reads;” Then God blessed them and God said to them; "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky; and over every living thing that moves on the earth." This verse is indicating that the Gentiles were given extraordinary power over nature. The narrative goes on to tell how God gives the Gentiles agriculture and the first seeds that yield fruit. Then God is pleased with the creation of the Gentiles when Genesis 1:31 states; "Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good." We non-Jewish folk sometimes feel second in Gods favor, which is true, essentially, but this verse testifies to Gods love of all his creations and also that God does not make mistakes. He intended for us to be created and to live with Jewish nation. His plan, from Genesis until present day has a divine call for the presence of Gentiles.
Theology teaches that the use of the word "dominion" in Genesis 1:28, in the original meaning, conveys the idea of 'kingship' or 'to rule over as a king'. This is a fascinating thought. Imagine if the original Gentiles of 4000 b.c. could literally command the animals, birds, fishes and plants! The original Hebrew texts also make use of the words that distinguish wild animals from domesticated ones. Could the ancients talk to nature in all her forms? Many conservatives maintain that they could. The BOA 1:8.1-8.3 supports the fact that this power was in Adam as well saying; "I say to you water of the Jordan, mourn with me and separate from me all living creatures that are in you." Adam is clearly commanding the river verbally.
In the BOA 1:18.1 we read; "Eve said to Adam: "Long may you live, my lord to you my life is submitted, since you did not take part in the first or second collusion. But I conspired and was seduced, because I did not keep the commandment of God. Now separate me from the light of this life. I will go to the west and I will be there until I die.” The willingness to die for her transgressions is again framed in this verse as well as recording the first Jewish separation. We know God hates divorce so this seems like another example of Eve exercising her rebellious nature toward her husband as well as God Himself.
In BOA 1:18.3 a three month pregnant Eve builds a "dwelling" for herself somewhere in the west. This is a concise reference to the fact that Adam and Eve were educated in the skills required for construction to some degree. It is unclear if Eve learned this from God as Adam did, or if she learned from her husband Adam. It is very interesting.
In the BOA 1:19.1-21.3a, we are treated to some incredible facts concerning the nature of mankind in the ancient days. Eve goes into labor, feeling for the first time, the ramifications of Gods curse of increased pain in childbirth, bestowed in the garden after the temptation. Then Eve cries out to God for mercy, but her cries go unanswered by God. So Eve then says something very peculiar; "Who will tell my lord Adam? I beseech you, lights of the heavens, when you turn again to the east, tell my lord Adam.” Who is Eve addressing? A quick word study reveals interesting things. The word ‘light’ when used to denote something in the sky, space or from heavenly origins, could also mean angel, messenger or even watcher. The fact that in the next verse it states that within the hour, the "lights in heaven" did turn and travel east and did, in fact, tell Adam of Eves plight, adds to the indication of a moving, thinking, speaking thing. Could this be a record that angels were flying around the skies of the ancient days, speaking openly with humans? The text does seem very indicative of something of that nature. It seems to indicate that these "stars of heaven" can speak to Adam. This could be a further example of Adam commanding nature, as when he spoke to the river Jordan. The passage does make my imagination stir.
So where does this type of interpretation take us, as to the defining qualities of God, angels demons and man? In so many ways, the ancient days were vastly different but the remnant of humanity is still visible through the millennial. The very foundations of our belief system are challenged by the very text we hold sacred. Incredible.