Recently this issue came up among our regular readers, so we would like to offer Sheldon Emry’s sermon “Eve And The Serpent In The Garden Of Eden: What Actually Happened?” for your consideration.
The main thrust of Emry’s thesis is that the contention that Eve and the Serpent engaged in actual sexual intercourse and created a child — Cain — whose seedline literally comes from the Serpent — has its origins in the occult mystery religions of Babylon — and that this doctrine has now worked its way even into some Christian circles.
The claim is that Satan — a fallen angel — literally impregnated Eve and created Cain, whose bloodline can literally be traced down through history to the modern day so-called “Jews.”
Those who ascribe to this theory often point out that the Hebrew Masoretic texts support the sexual connotation of Eve’s “eating” the apple — whereas the Septuigent does not. We must seriously consider the probability, however, that when the Jews went to translate this passage in Genesis from the Greek into “Hebrew” — in the 10th Century AD — they were already under the influence of their long-held Babylonian belief that this encounter between the serpent and Eve was a sexual seduction, so they naturally would use words to convey that idea and insert them into their translation. After all, they call their holy book “The Babylonian Talmud” for a reason.
There is also a dispute over Genesis 4:1, which many Biblical scholars agree is a gloss — a scribal error — but because it is an error, we do not know what the original was — and to speculate that the original text necessarily supports the idea that Cain is not Adam and Eve’s natural-born son is simply opportunistic, misleading, and illogical.
That said, it is doubtful that any Christian who believes that the Serpent and Eve engaged in an actual sex act is aware that they are repeating an ancient occult Babylonian myth — and at the very least, it should give them pause to consider that perhaps they themselves have been “beguiled”.
We are not presenting Emry’s thesis as “the truth” on this issue, but merely as a well-supported argument to the contrary which should be given due consideration.
You may want to refresh your memory of this episode in the Garden of Eden by re-reading Genesis 3 before proceeding to this study.
We transcribed this sermon ourselves — and it is the only known transcription to exist, so we would appreciate it if our readers would make back-up copies for themselves to make sure Emry’s work is preserved.
You can listen to Emry’s sermon here:
First, I want to state generally the questions that we are going to enter in this study, and I will also be reading from and referring to other sources to show how these questions are answered by various religions which today have millions of followers in various parts of the world.
First some of the questions:
One: Who or what was the Serpent?
Two: What was the tree in the midst of the garden?
Three: What did Eve actually do, and what did Adam do that was described in verse 6, ‘She took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave also unto her husband and he did eat’?
Four: What was the consequence or the result of whatever it was that they did?
Five: What is the meaning of verse 15, and what are the seeds mentioned there? And once we know that, how the enmity was to be manifested which God said he would put between the two seeds.
Then in a general manner we will give the past history, current events, and the future Bible prophecy related to what happened in Genesis 3, and the correct interpretation of it.
Now I want to state what some religions teach that happened here in the Garden of Eden between Eve and the Serpent, and between Adam and Eve.
Some Christian denominations teach that the Tree was a real tree carrying ample fruit — and that God had commanded that Adam and Eve not to partake of it as a test to their obedience. The Serpent supposedly knew that and therefore — tempting Eve — he tricked her into eating it. She misled Adam, and, in effect, they both then sinned by disobedience. They teach that that sin was one of simple disobedience, but it brought banishment from the Garden of Eden. And since the edict for sin was death, this act by Adam and Eve, brought into mankind death. This is referred to today in churches as the “adamic sin,” and they usually will refer to Romans 5: 12 through 21:
12Wherefore, 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: 13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Adam brought death, but Christ brought life. Verse 18:
18Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
This is partially explained in 1 Corinthians 15: 21-22:
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
And that is about the sum total of the teaching of most of what we call the professing Christians in church today. They say, in substance, that Adam or Eve or both sinned, bringing death into the world, and since then all men have died.
Not all are in agreement on this. Some hedge or imply that the sin may have been more serious than the simple eating of some fruit from some literal tree. Some Christian denominations do infer that the sin may have been sexual in nature.
In other words, they were tricked or deceived into cohabiting with each other, and they also do usually follow this by saying that Adam and Eve were apparently created as immortals but became subject to death by their sin — whatever it was — in the Garden of Eden.
There are some connected indirectly with the major Protestant denominations who teach emphatically that the Serpent and Eve had sexual intercourse. And a few add that Cain was born of that union.
The Mormon Church is quite specific in its teaching about Eve and the Serpent — they do teach that Eve had sexual intercourse with the Serpent. She then turned to Adam, and they had sexual intercourse, which brought in whatever it was that came and followed that.
Many who have left the Mormon Church have told about what is called the “Temple Marriage”. And this marriage ceremony includes the husband and wife watching what is — in effect — a re-enactment of what happened in the Garden of Eden — with a man in black speaking to Eve, then taking her behind some bushes in a temple room. She later emerges, speaks to Adam, then disappears with Adam behind the bushes, coming out later when God calls to them. The understanding of all the Mormons who participate in this is that there was a sexual act committed by these three people — that it was not a literal eating of a piece of fruit from a literal tree — and further from this came all wisdom.
I will read passages from this startling book, Mormonism: Shadow Or Reality? which includes information that even Mormons do not know. Chapter 10:
The Mormon apostle John A. Widtsoe made this statement concerning Adam and Eve:
In Joseph Smith’s philosophy of existence, Adam and Eve were raised to a foremost place in all the children of men, second only to the Savior. Their act was to be acclaimed. They were the greatest figures of the ages. The Fall became a necessary, honorable act in carrying out the plan of the Almighty.
The Book of Mormon contains this statement, Second Nephi 225:
Adam fell that men might be, and man are that they might have joy.
In Joseph Smith’s production of the Book of Moses, we read the following:
And in that day, Adam blessed God and began to prophecy saying, ‘Blessed be the name of God for because of my transgression, my eyes are opened. And in this life I will have joy and again in the flesh I shall see God.
Notice he said, “…because of my transgression, my eyes are opened.”
And Eve was glad, saying, ‘Were it not for our transgression, we should never have had seed and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient (Mormon book, Pearl Of Great Price)
Joesph Fielding Smith, who became the tenth president of the Mormon Church in 1970, made these statements:
The Fall of Man came as a blessing in disguise. I never speak of the part Eve took in the fall as a sin, nor do I accuse Adam of a sin. It is not always a sin to transgress a law.
Remember that phrase, accredited to Adam, “Because of my transgression, my eyes were opened, and in this life I shall joy, and again in the flesh, I shall see God.” The Mormon Church, in effect, says that it was the transgression of Adam which gave Adam wisdom, which gives him joy in this life, and which assures him of the resurrection.
The Mormons also teach that Adam is now God — or their God. On April 9, 1852, Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church, publicly preached the Adam-God doctrine. In this sermon, he stated, quote,
Now hear it, O inhabitants of the Earth, Jew and Gentile, saint and sinner, when our father, Adam, came into the Garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body and brought Eve — one of his wives — with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the archangel, the ancient of days about whom holy men have written and spoken. He is our father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do. Every man on Earth, whether professing Christians or non-professing must hear it and will know it sooner or later. The Earth was organized by three distinct characters, namely Elohim, Yahuvah, and Michael. And these three forming a quorum, as in all heavenly bodies, and in an organizing element, personally represented in the deity, as Father and Son, and as Holy Ghost. (From the Mormon Book: Journal of Discourses, Volume 1)
(Brigham Young wearing masonic symbol)
The fact that the Mormon people understood Brigham Young to mean just what he said concerning Adam being God is verified by articles that appeared in the church’s publication, Millennial Star. On December 10, 1853, an article titled, “Adam: The Father And God Of The Human Family,” appeared in the Millennial Star, quote:
The above sentiment appear in Star number 48, and little to the surprise of some of its readers, and while the sentiment may have appeared blasphemous to the ignorant, it has no doubt given rise to some serious reflection which the more candid and more comprehensive mind. Adam is really God. Why not?
In spite of the opposition Brigham Young continued to teach the Adam-God doctrine. In 1873, just a few years before his death, he declared,
How much unbelief exists in the minds of the Latter Day Saints in regard to one particular doctrine which I reveal to them and which God revealed to me, namely that Adam is our father and our God. Our father Adam helped to make this earth. It was created expressly for him. He brought one of his wives with him. We say father Adam came here and helped to make the earth. Who is he? It is Michael, the first man on the earth, and its framer and its maker. He, with the help of his brethren, brought it into existence. Then he said, ‘I want my children who are in the spirit world to come and live here. I want God on earth something like this in a mortal state. I was faithful, I received my crown, and exhalation. I have the privilege of extending my work and to its increase there will be no end. I want my children who were born to me in the spirit world to come here and take tabernacles of flesh that their spirits may have a house. (“A Tabernacle or Dwelling Place As Mine Has: Where Is The Mystery?” (Desert News, June 14, 1873)
On page 175 of this same book, Brigham Young states specifically and unequivocally that Adam was not created out of the dust of the ground — that the Bible is wrong on that point — and that Adam came here from another world.
Joseph Lee Robinson stated that Brigham Young taught that Adam was the father of our spirits. The following appears in his Journal and autobiography,
Brigham Young said that Adam and Eve were the natural father and mother of every spirit that comes into this planet or that receives tabernacles on this planet — and that Adam was God, our eternal father.
On page 180 of Women of Mormondom we read the following:
Adam and Eve are the names of the fathers and mothers of the worlds. These were father and mother of a world of spirits who have been born to them in heaven.
George Q. Cannon, a member of the first presidency of the Mormon Church, seems to believe that Adam was the father of Christ. His son recorded the following in his journal,
Father asked me what I understood concerning Mary conceiving the Savior, and as I found no answer, he asked, ‘What was to prevent father Adam from visiting and overshadowing the mother of Jesus?” Then said I, “He must have been a resurrected being.” “Yes, said he, and though Christ is said to have been the first fruits of them that slept yet the Savior said he did nothing but what he had seen seen his father do, for he had power to lay down his life and take it up again.” Adam, though made of dust, was, as President Young said, of the dust of another planet than this.” (March 10, 1888)
Then the Moron teaching goes on proclaiming that all men — all males who become Mormons — are on their way to heaven and immortality where they will become Gods like Adam. And they will have many wives and beget spirit beings with which they will people other worlds like the Earth, and each Mormon will then become a god of that other earth as Adam has become the God of this earth.
The Temple Marriage is taught as a necessary part of this man to God progression, covered on page 455 of this book:
The Mormon leaders teach that those who marry in the temple will have children forever. Bruce R. McConkey of the temple explains, “those who gain eternal life, exaltation, also eternal lives, meaning that in the resurrection they have eternal increase, a continuation of the seeds, a continuation of the lives. Their spirit progeny will continue as innumerable as the stars…”
A quote from Bruce McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine (1966):
Except a man and his wife enter into an everlasting covenant and be married for eternity, while in this probation by the power and authority of the holy priesthood, the prophet says, they will cease to increase when they die — that is, they will not have any children after the resurrection.
President Joseph Fielding Smith states,
What is eternal life? It is to have a continuation of the seeds forever and ever. (from Doctrines Of Salvation).
And President Smith says,
Restrictions will be placed upon those who enter the terrestrial and celestial kingdoms and even those in the celestial kingdom who do no get the exaltation — the exaltation meaning the continuation of seed. Changes will be made in their bodies to suit their condition, and there will be no marrying and giving in marriage or living together of men and women because of these restrictions.
In other words, if you don’t get married in the temple, you won’t have this continual marriage and children in the spirit world.
Mormon theology teaches that God himself has a wife, and that in the pre-existence we lived as his sons and daughters. Nelson R. Hunter makes this statement,
Jesus is man’s spiritual brother. We dwelt with him in the spirit world as members of that large society of eternal intelligence which included our heavenly parents.
The Mormon authorities teach that it is impossible for a person to receive the highest exaltation without temple marriage. Nelson R. Hunter remarked,
Marriage is not only a righteous institution, but obedience to this law is absolutely necessary in order to obtain the highest exaltation in the kingdom of God. (The Gospel Through The Ages)
And remember that marriage ceremony requires that the participants witness the re-enactment of the supposed sexual intercourse between Eve and the Serpent. And they are told that this is a requirement for their eternal salvation — that they believe that and witness it acted out in the temple.
As part of their doctrine that marriage and sexual intercourse with many wives is the way to heaven, they teach that Jesus was married to Martha and Mary Magdalene, and the wedding feast at Cana (John 2:1) was his own wedding.
This book further reveals that in the temple marriage ceremony husband and wife are stood naked, washed, and then given new undergarments which they must never remove except to replace when worn out.
The Mormons also have secret hand shakes, signs, and words and phrases they use to identity themselves and to each other. Much of the secret rituals parallels that of Masonry.
In the marriage ceremony, they are also given a new secret name and a password. They are told to never reveal either and they must remember the password because when they die and get to heaven, they must utter that password in order to enter the heavenly portal.
That part of the ceremony is verified in a much older book titled Mormons And Mormonism (Massachusetts 1870) and was written by a woman who was a Mormon and then left the Mormon Church. Page 41 to 42, speaking of the endowment, which goes on in the temple:
By early winter the upper rule of the temple set apart for the mysteries of the endowment were finished, and the persons in the different quorums accounted worthy were sent for to receive the fullness of that blessing. None but those of approved integrity and of undoubted orthodoxy:who have paid their tithing can travel this ‘Mormon Road To Heaven,’ as it is called. This tithing in its fullest sense implies a tenth of all one’s property and income and one-tenth of the time to be spent in labor on the public works or money to hire a substitute. There are many things about these initiations which I do not feel at liberty to disclose as I received them as religious mysteries at a time I believed they were true when I had no other religion. Indeed my whole knowledge of religion within a few months has been associated with these ceremonies as the only road to heaven. They have taught me to believe my chief duties as a woman in this life consisted of having a great many children, and my prospect for happiness and exaltation in the next world to be greatly enhanced by being one of many fruitful wives of one man, and that even my salvation depended on the pleasure of the prophet, meaning Brigham Young or whoever was in charge, or on that of a spiritual husband, and I had never heard a true account of that beautiful story of a free salvation through Christ of which I am now anxious to know more.
She also tells that the women are taught that they must have a spiritual husband because it is the spiritual husband which will resurrect them from the dead. Without a husband, there can be no resurrection for women.
Another religion — if one can call it that — whose official books teach the incident in Genesis 3 was a sexual union between the Serpent and Eve is Judaism — and that cohabitation is expounded in the Talmud book Yevamoth 103. And for those who do not know what Judaism is, let me quote a few things about it.
This is a quote from the Pharisees: The Sociological Background Of Their Faith (by Louis Finkelstein, 1966),
Phariseeism became Talmudism. Talmudism became Medieval rabbinism, and Medieval rabbinism became Modern rabbinism and Judaism. But throughout these changes in name, the spirit of the ancient Pharisees survives unaltered, from Palestine to Babylonia, from Babylonia to North Africa, to Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. From these to Poland, Russia and Eastern Europe, generally, the ancient Phariseeism has wandered. It demonstrates the enduring importance it attaches to Phariseeism as a religious movement.
Look Magazine of June 17th 1952 in an article titled “What Is A Jew,” Rabbi Morris Prikzer (?) was quoted as stating,
The Talmud consists of 63 books of legal, ethical, and historical writings of the ancient rabbis. It was edited five centuries after the birth of Jesus. It is a compendium of law and lore. It is the legal code which forms the basis of Jewish religious law, and it is the textbook used in the training of rabbis.
Many of you people have been deceived into believing that Judaism is a religion based on the Old Testament. It is not — it is based on another set of books completely called the Talmud.
In a book called The History Of The Talmud, it says,
The Talmud then is the written form of that which, in the time of Jesus, was called ‘the tradition of the elders,’ and to which he makes frequent allusions.
Jesus condemned the traditions of the elders — or what was called Phariseeism with the strongest words he used in the gospels. Matthew 23:
13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
It is becoming common in the modern Christian churches for them to teach that Jesus was a Jew — and that Jesus followed the religion of Judaism. But here is what Jesus said about what is today called Judaism:
In verse 16 he called them ‘Ye blind guides.’ In verse 17 ‘Ye fools and blind.’ Verse 19, ‘Ye fools and blind.’ Verse 23, ‘Hypocrites!’ Verse 25, ‘Wo under you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.’ Verse 27, ‘for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.’ Verse 33, ‘Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?’
Whenever your deluded Baptist friends or other deceived church-goers tell you Jesus was a “Jew” — or followed the religion of Judaism — tell them that “religion” back then was called Phariseeism, and read Jesus’ words about it. Here are a few of the teachings of the Talmud as relate to the followers of Jesus Christ:
“Jews must not associate with Christians.”
“Christians are unclean.”
“Any Jew who kills a Christian is not guilty of murder.”
“Non-Jews are to be considered animals, not humans.”
“Jews are to avoid trading with Christian merchants.”
“They are forbidden to help save the life of a Christian.”
“It is permitted to rob Christians.”
“Jews are commanded to always try to deceive Christians.”
A (1977) article about the Jews by Rabbi Marc H. Tannenbaum giving Billy Graham one of the highest awards they ever give to any so-called non-Jew — and in giving it, said that Graham was
One of the greatest friends of the Jewish people and of Israel in the entire Christian world in the 20th century. Doctor Graham’s devotion to the Bible and profound appreciation for Christianity’s indebtedness to Judaism and the Jewish people have inspired him to reach out in helpfulness to the Jewish people in the Soviet Union, Israel, and the United States during virtually every major crisis we have faced in the past decade.
(Billy Graham & Rabbi Marc Tannenbaum)
Most Christians do not know that the modern Jews are not descended from the ancient Israelites. The Jewish Encyclopedia — like the Talmud — is not published to be read by non-Jews. And here are some excerpts under the title ‘Khazars’ — on part of five pages:
A people of Turkic origin whose life and history are interwoven with the very beginning of the history of the Jews of Russia. Driven on the the tribes of the Steppes and by their own desire for plunder and revenge, in the second half of the 6th Century the Khazars moved westward — the kingdom of the Khazars was firmly established in most of south Russia long before the establishment of the Russian monarchy of the Varangians…in 700 AD, these Khazars, descendants of Turks and Mongols adopted Judaism (Phariseeism) as their religion and became known as Jews.
The books The Thirteenth Tribe (by Arthur Koestler) and Iron Curtain Over America (by John Beaty) prove that the present modern-day Jews are not Israelites but instead are descendants of Turkic-Mongols of Asia and their religion is anti-Christ. Their religion is opposed to everything Christianity stands for — and their religion teaches that the Serpent physically seduced Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Paul’s warning in 2 Corinthians 11, speaking to the Christians, asking them to bear with him while he teaches them truth:
1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The anti-Christ religions are quite complicated — their teachings regarding their rituals are complicated — and their people seem to desire this — great religious trappings and doctrines that are barely understandable for their religion, whereas the gospel of the kingdom of Jesus Christ is quite simple.
We are going to answer some questions about that “beguiling” of Eve in Genesis 3 — the word used in the King James translation — when Eve explained to God, “The Serpent beguiled me and I did eat.” And from that there are many things taught as to what actually happened in the Garden of Eden between Satan — or the Serpent — and Eve.
Some religions teach that there was a sexual act between the Serpent and Eve and that union begat Cain — and also that the sexual act “opened their eyes” as in verse 7,
‘7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.
As we have seen, this is what both anti-Christ Mormonism and Judaism teach. Martin Luther once wrote, “There is more wisdom in three of Aesop’s fables than in the entire books of the Talmud.” Today, probably not one Christian in a thousand even knows what the Talmud is.
Babylonian Mystery Religions
I recommend that every Identity Christian read the book The Two Babylons (by Alexander Hislop, 1853). If you want to know what’s going on in the world religions, this one book probably gives more answers than any other one book that I have ever read.
On page 99, it brings out that Bacchus — the Greek god of drunkeness and sexual promiscuity — was recognized as — quote — “the seed of the Serpent” — for he was said to have been born of his mother having intercourse with Jupiter when Jupiter appeared to her in the form of a Serpent.
On page 111, it tells us of the ancient Babylonian religion that the Mother god called Astarte from which we get our name Easter, was also called Idea Mater or in the Chaldean tongue Mount Ida or Mount of Knowledge — and that knowledge was taught as the wisdom which was purchased by Eve by her [sexual] act with the Serpent.
On pages 112 to 113, a connection is shown with Roman Catholicism, which religion commemorates Eve in the canon of the Mass with the phrase in Latin “O blessed fault which didst procure such a redeemer.” The “blessed fault” referred to is Eve’s sin, which they credited with being the origin of salvation.
Hislop reveals in the Babylonian mysteries those in the higher offices of the priesthood were taught and practiced sexual abominations. And they were taught that these came from Astarte and from her seed through the Serpent.
In effect, the wisdom or the knowledge of good and evil was taught to come from the sexual act with Satan. They taught further that continuation of this would bring them further knowledge — and this knowledge supposedly was then given to mankind through the beneficent act of the Serpent whom they actually worship in their secret rites.
The Catholic Church actually sets aside a day — October 7th — as a holy day to honor quote “Saint Bachus, the Martyr”. Most Catholics don’t know their church honors Bacchus — the descendant of the union of Eve and Satan — as a saint of the church, but it’s almost certain that the bishops, cardinals, and Pope all know what they are doing.
Bacchus, of course, was to have been born on December 25th — or at the winter solstice — and it is Bacchus’ birthday which is celebrated on what they call Christmas Day — Bacchus [Cain], the son of Satan and Eve.
So all these ancient and pagan religions have several gods — Eve is worshiped as the mother “god.” Adam therefore becomes a god. Satan is a god. And the supposed son of Satan and Eve is also worshiped as a god.
Open Satan worship is now becoming common in America — through [so-called] “religious freedom” in America — that they no longer need to hide Satan worship under any form of false Christianity.
In Satan worship they have what is called the Black Mass — conducted by the ritual of having a man and a woman perform the sexual act on an altar in front of the worshipers. In this open Satan worship, the members then witness in actuality what the Mormons witness symbolically — and they are told in Satan worship the same thing that Mormons are told — that wisdom comes from as a result of that act.
The purpose is the same — to commemorate the giving of wisdom and knowledge to mankind through the act of Satan physically seducing Eve. They thereby proclaim that they owe allegiance and worship to Satan as the benefactor of mankind — not to God — because it was Satan who is their source of wisdom.
Hislop piles evidence upon evidence that all ancient pagan religions — from the Hindus to the Buddhists to the Jewish “religion” to Roman Catholicism — all of these have as their basic tenet that their wisdom and their knowledge given to mankind comes from the physical act of Satan seducing Eve.
While many of these religions claim to worship God and Jesus Christ, they are actually worshiping Satan as the source of all wisdom. They cover that false religion with a facade of — in some cases — Christianity [including some sects Identity Christianity, ed.] in order to lead God’s Israel people into their religion — and away from the true God. They give the illusion to their own members that they are worshiping — as in Mormonism — Jesus Christ. That is not the case — it is identical to the ancient Babylonian religions.
In all of these, of course, they have the doctrine that if you follow the teachings of their church, then you will not suffer pain in the afterlife but rather you will be rewarded — therefore you give your money — your tithes — to their priests, their religion — after all, that’s what they desire anyway — your money and your obedience.
Again, I urge every Christian Israelite to read this book The Two Babylons.
Speaking of another Babylonian ritual, recall how in the Mormon temple ceremony the participants are stripped naked and then given undergarments which they must take off only when they are worn out.
On pages 182 to 184 of The Two Babylons, it gives the details of the ancient priests of Egypt who had a ritual which they called ‘Clothing the god.’ And it was practiced in ancient Babylon and Ancient Greece — it is a corruption of God clothing Adam and Eve with skins as we read in Genesis 2:21,
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
In the sacred rites of the Babylonian god, both the exposure and the clothing that were represented as having taken place in his own history were repeated by all his worshipers in accordance with statement of Formicius — a writer of Telemachus religion — that the initiate underwent what their god had undergone. First by being duly prepared by magic rites and ceremonies, they were ushered, in a state of absolute nudity into the inner most recesses of the temple.
This appears from the following statement of Procolupus (?),
In the most holiest of mysteries, they say that the mystics meet with the many-shaped Gemara or demons which are hurled forth before the gods, but upon entering the interior parts of the temple unmoved and guarded by the mystic rites, they genuinely receive in their bosom divine illumination and divested of their garments participate, as they would say, of a divine nature….When the initiated, thus illuminated — illuminated by watching either symbolically or actually Satan seducing Eve — and made partakers of a divine nature — were clothed anew, the garments with which they were invested were looked upon as sacred garments and possessing distinguished virtues. The coat of skin with which the father of mankind was divinely invested after he was made so painfully sensible of his nakedness was, as all intelligent theologians admit, a typical emblem of the glorious righteousness of Christ, the garment of salvation which is unto all of them that believe.
We [Christians] know that — that those garments were symbolic of the future payment of Christ — and Christ’s blood. But that’s not what these ancient religions teach, of course. The garments put upon the initiated after the disrobing of their former clothes evidently were intended as a counterfeit of the true salvation:
The garments of those initiated in the Eleusinian mysteries, says Potter, were accounted sacred and of no less to efficacy to avert evil and charms and incantations. They were never cast off until completely worn out. And if possible, in these sacred garments they were buried. For Herodotus, speaking of ancients of whence these mysteries were derived, tells us that religion “prescribed the garments of the dead.”
This is the actual temple rite in the Mormon church. They also say here that the sacred garments save the wearer from the torments of hell. Each one of these religions also has a “hell” which people must be saved from by obeying the priests of their religion just as the modern so-called Protestant churches today teach.
Remember what the Serpent told Eve, in effect, “If you will partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil and ye shall not surely die.”
The Mormons teach that Adam became a god, and that those who go through this nakedness and re-clothing ritual in the Mormon temple will also become gods as Adam did — by the same sexual intercourse with many wives — which makes it the same sex religion of the ancient Babylonian mysteries — those of Egypt, those of Greece, those of Tibet, those of India, and those of Judaism — all of which have as their foundation the doctrine that Satan seduced Eve in the Garden of Eden. Every ancient pagan religion has that doctrine as its “source of wisdom.”
Later in The Two Babylons, on pages 272 to 274, Hislop refers to the god, Janus, or in the Greek meant “the father of all gods.” His name in the Chaldean tongue or language of Babylon was Atys — and it means to sin or the sinner. In other words, this god was Adam, his wife was Idea Mater, or the Mother of Knowledge. And it was taught that Adam died but was resurrected and became God.
These pages are a parallel of what we read of Mormonism, which teaches that Adam is the father of Jesus Christ — that Adam resurrected himself to become the god of this world — and the father of us all — and that through following Adam’s footsteps we too will become gods of other worlds.
The logic leaves Adam as God — but he became a god only through the act of sex which began with Satan and Eve. Thus every ancient pagan religion leaves Satan as the great benefactor of both Adam and Eve and the world.
How important a place these rites of Satan occupied may be judged from the fact that Pluto — the god of hell — who in his ultimate character was just the grand adversary, was looked up to with awe and dread, the great god on whom the destinies of mankind in the eternal world did mainly depend.
For it was said to Pluto it belonged to purify souls after death. Purgatory having been in paganism as it is in popery, the grand hinge of priestcraft and superstition — what a power that this opinion did attribute to this god of hell. No wonder that the Serpent — the devil’s grand instrument in seducing mankind — was in all the earth worshiped with such extraordinary reverence it being laid down in the ocatuk of ostanus (?) that serpents were the supreme of all gods and the princes of the universe.
No wonder that it came at last to be firmly believed that the messiah on whom the hopes of the world depended was himself the seed of the Serpent. This was manifestly the case in Greece — for the current story there came to be that the first Bacchus was brought forth in consequence of a connection on the part of his mother and the father of gods in the form of a speckled snake.
So deeply was the idea of the seed of the Serpent being the great world king imprinted on the pagan mind, that when a man set up to be a god upon the earth, it was held essential to establish his title to that character that he prove himself to be the Serpent seed.
Thus when Alexander the Great claimed divine honors, it is well-known his mother — Olympius — declared that he was not sprung from King Philip — her husband — but from Jupiter in the form of a serpent.
Likewise says the authoress of Rome In the 19th Century (Volume 1, page 388), the Roman Emperor Augustus, “pretended he was the son of Apollo, and that the god has assumed the form of a serpent for the purpose of giving him birth.
Even men of the ancient world, knowing the power of this story over the minds of men, then claimed they were descended from a serpent which had cohabited with a woman.
That the father of gods was manifestly the god of hell for Proserpina — the mother of Bacchus — that miraculously conceived and brought forth the wondrous child whose rape by Pluto occupied such place in the mysteries was worshiped as the wife of the god of hell, as we’ve already seen under the name of the “Holy Virgin”.
The story of the seduction of Eve by the Serpent is plainly imported into the legend — as Julius Firmicus and the early Christian apologists did with great force cast and teach [against] of the pagans of their day.
In other words, the early Christians attempted to refute this story because it was the story which was the foundation for all anti-Christ religions. But very different is the coloring given it in the pagan legend from which it was in the divine word. Hislop writes,
Thus the grand thimblerigger by dexterously shifting the peas, through means of men who began with great professions of abhorrence of his character, God himself almost everywhere recognized as in very deed the god of this world.
So deep and so strong was the hold that Satan had contrived to get of the ancient world in this character that even when Christianity had been proclaimed to man — and the true light had shown from heaven — the very doctrine we have been considering raised its head among the disciples of Christ.
What doctrine? The doctrine that Satan seduced Eve in the Garden of Eden and brought forth a child who then became the god of the underworld — and the god of this world.
Those who hold this doctrine were called Ophiani or Ophites, that is, serpent worshipers. These heretics, says Tertullian, magnify the serpent to such a degree as to prefer him even to Christ himself. For he, they say, gave to us the first knowledge of good and evil. It was from a perception of his power and majesty that Moses was induced to erect the brazen serpent to whosoever looked was healed.
In other words, this power was so great that Moses had to put a serpent on a brass rod to heal the people. Even Israel was subject to this because of their sojourn in Egypt.
“Christ himself, they affirm, in the gospel imitates the sacred power of the serpent when he says that ‘As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the son of man must be lifted up.’
They introduce it when they bless the eucharist. These wicked heretics avowedly worship the old serpent or Satan as the grand benefactor of mankind for revealing to them the knowledge of good and evil…
But this doctrine they just brought along with them from the pagan world from which they had come or from the mysteries as they came to be received and celebrated in Rome. Though Titan and Hesiod in the days of early Greece was an opprobrious name, yet in Rome in the days of the empire and before it had become the very reverse. The ‘splendid or glorious Titan’ was the way in which Titan was spoken of at Rome.
And Titan is a Roman name for Satan, as you may realize:
This was the title commonly given the sun — both as the orb of day and viewed as a divinity. Now the reader has seen already another form of sun divinity or Titan at Rome was the epidurean [sic] snake worshiped under the name Asclepius — that is, the man-instructing serpent. This was the name of their god. Here then in Rome was Titan or Satan identified with the serpent that taught mankind that opened their eyes when, of course, they were blind and gave them the knowledge of good and evil.
So what actually happened in the Garden of Eden?
Again, Paul uttered the fear that Christians would be seduced, deceived, beguiled away from the simplicity which is in Christ Jesus. And many people have been beguiled away from the truth which is in Genesis 3.
First of all, the Serpent was some sort of intelligent being. He could talk with Eve and apparently talk with such confidence that he deceived her into doing something that God had told her not to do.
Secondly, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil originated with God, not with Satan. God planted the Tree in the garden.
Three, the tree, therefore, was something separate from Satan or the Serpent, so that when Eve partook of the Tree, she could do so without having any contact with Satan.
Think of that — because many of these people say the act of Eve partaking of the tree was the act of sexual intercourse with Satan. But the tree and Satan are separate things — separate articles, separate beings, or separate objects.
Four, the fruit of the tree did open the eyes of both Adam and Eve. It did give them knowledge of both good and evil, but it also did something that Satan said it would not do — and God said that it would — it did bring death.
Satan denied that the fruit of that tree would bring death — God had told them they would die if they partook of it.
What was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?
It is the only thing that it could be —revealed in scores of passages in the Bible — one of which is Deuteronomy 30. This is part of Moses’ last words to the children of Israel.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. 15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil.
What did God through Moses set before Israel? Life and death, good and evil. Verse 16:
16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish…
In other words, you will die.
…And that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
What was set before the children of Israel by Moses? Live and death, good and evil. In Deuteronomy, chapter one, when Moses is telling them how they are to go over Jordan to the Promised Land, he says in verse 39:
39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
Why did not the little ones have knowledge of good and evil? Was it because they were not old enough to have sexual intercourse? No, it was because they had not been taught God’s law — the knowledge of good and evil.
In Deuteronomy 4, God speaking through Moses said to the children of Israel in verse 5:
5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 6 Keep therefore and do them; for this (LAW) is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
What was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil but God’s law? God’s law is man’s source of wisdom and knowledge — it is not Satan seducing Eve.
Hebrews 5:14, Paul writing to the Christian Israelites:
14 But strong meat… — the Bible, the word of God….belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
David said of God in Pslam 51:6,
Thou shall make me to know wisdom.
He also said the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Solomon wrote, ‘For the Lord giveth wisdom out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
What is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden? It is God’s law. It is not some physical act between Satan and Eve — that physical seduction being the foundation of all pagan, anti-Christ religions.
And by that tree came death. Romans, chapter 7,
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. 12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Man is not made alive by the law, but he is given the knowledge of good and evil — but the law slays him. The law of God is that which brings death upon man. God told Eve, ‘In the day thou partakes of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.’ In that day, when you partake in my law, in that day you will begin to die. Death was brought upon mankind.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
In other words, all are condemned to death by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil — that tree being God’s law.
There was another tree in the garden called the Tree of Life — which God then prevented Adam from taking of by driving Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. And God said as he did so, verse 22
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil…
How did Adam and Eve become as Gods? By learning God’s mind and God’s wisdom — by learning his law. And God says,
…and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
That Tree of Life is in Revelation 22 — in the New Testament — is God’s mercy upon us all through our true redeemer Jesus Christ:
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Those trees in the Garden were not symbolic of men — they were not symbolic of any act of men — they were symbolic of two things:
God’s law which brings knowledge of good and evil but brings death — and the Tree of Life, which is Jesus Christ, which will bring obedience to the law and everlasting life.
End of Part I