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Genesis Chapter 3: The Serpent Deceives Eve, God s Curse Upon Adam, Eve, and the Serpent Jan

2nd, 2010 | By admin | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br . Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name) Genesis Chapter 3: The Serpent Deceives Eve, God s Curse Upon Adam, Eve, and the Serpent Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LO RD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not ea t of every tree of the garden? Calling the serpent a beast is a clue that as originally created, the serpent was in a different form than after it was cursed. Being more subtle, it was more intel ligent than any other beast and the most advanced below man. However, when the ser pent talked and reasoned with Eve, it was a possessed beast. Satan possessed the serpent much as God spoke to Balaam through the ass. What would the serpent have looked like before the curse? It probably had four l egs and could stand erect when it so desired as, for instance, in eating the fru it of a tree. It looked vaguely like a reptile but was attractive it was not repul sive like present-day snakes. Proof that the serpent was pleasant to behold is t hat it reasoned intimately with the woman and she was not repelled. When the ser pent was cursed, it lost its beauty much like Lucifer. Originally beautiful and ve ry intelligent, Lucifer was an honored creation in heaven, yet he fell. The son o f light became Satan, the deceiver, the Adversary, etc. Just as Lucifer s name was changed, so the serpent may have had a different designation originally. The serpent asked Eve, Has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden ? Satan twisted God s words. God had said that Adam could eat of every tree and eat fr eely except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:16, 17). In other wo rds, God simply put a prohibition on one kind of tree. By stating the question i n the negative, Satan was casting suspicion and doubt on God s motives. The implic ation was that God was depriving Adam and Eve of something desirable, that is, t hat He was denying them their rights and they were entitled to more. Satan had not previously disobeyed God, for God s will is done in heaven. Hence Sa tan became the father of lies with this first transgression (John 8:44). Because h e had not sinned previously, we have to conclude that at this point, he really b elieved what he was saying. He was not disobeying divine authority with the know ledge that he was definitely wrong. Rather, Satan was deceived in his own thinki ng. Having seen the creation of man, he meditated on certain things. There was o nly a two-year gap between the creation and the fall of man. Lucifer, as well as the Logos, had rejoiced at the new human creation: first the man and then the w oman. Adam was a miniature physical form of what a spirit being looks like, but a woman was something different, for the angels were all sons of God, all males. As Lucifer meditated, he could see the potential for reproduction and multiplic ation that existed through the woman. He misunderstood God s motives in prohibitin g Adam from partaking of the one kind of tree. He had heard what God said to Ada m but misunderstood and thought God had limited Adam (and Eve). Since no human death had ever occurred, even though that was the penalty for dis obedience, he did not know what death was. As one of the early creations, Lucife r may have already lived a million years, and none of the spirit realm had died either. Lucifer was one of the chief angels; he was an archangel. Faith was requ ired to believe God meant what He said, namely, that death was the penalty for d isobedience.

When Lucifer saw the perfect human creation, the wheels were turning, and he ima gined what might be done with them and their progeny. He saw the possibility of a physical universe with human beings just as there already was a spirit univers e with spirit beings. Then he misinterpreted God s motive in placing a restriction on eating the fruit of a particular tree. Lucifer had been thinking along these channels, but his disobedience did not sta rt to occur until he spoke and acted through the serpent. At that point, he made a decision for disobedience. He saw the potential, and now he acted as the bene factor to Eve. He befriended her, suggesting that if she disobeyed God, the resu lt would be good. Satan thought he was immortal, and he was more and more convinced of his immorta lity when he disobeyed and repeatedly with seeming impunity. He experienced no deter ioration in spiritual energy, and he maintained his beauty and agelessness. In c ontrast, when man disobeyed, he aged, got wrinkled, became infirm, etc., and eve ntually died. Satan misquoted God. Professed Christians can also put false conno tations on the principles of God. A certain statement or illustration in God s Wor d may be used to draw a lesson completely different from what was intended. One may truly think he is properly interpreting the Bible but actually be misinterpr eting it. Based on all the serpent said and did, we know that Satan had carefully thought out this matter in advance. For example, Satan chose an opportune moment. He cho se both the time and the place, making sure that Adam would not be there. Why di d Satan talk to just the woman? He recognized that when the rib was taken from A dam and Adam s qualities were divided, Eve would be the easier one to deceive. As the Apostle Paul said, Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression (1 Tim 2:14). Also, the prohibition had been declared to Adam; the penalty was on the man. God was careful to put the penalty only on Adam bec ause the ransom price had to be paid (a single life for a single life, a man for a man). Eve was considered in Adam, a part of man. God called their name Adam (Gen 5:2).

God simply prohibited the eating of one kind of tree. There was nothing wrong wi th such a prohibition. Some people think everything should be democratic and the y are entitled to all things, but that concept is wrong. We are subjects of grac e. God did not choose us because we are better than someone else or because we h ave rights to certain things. As brethren, we must heed the Scriptural condition s that limit or modify our behavior under certain circumstances. Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the tree s of the garden: Note Eve s reply: We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. She did not qu ote God correctly either, for God had said, You may freely eat of every tree exce pt the one (Gen 2:16 paraphrase). Eve omitted every and freely. She did not quote God in a positive manner any more than the serpent did. Although she was trying to correct the serpent, her deletions were significant. Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God ha th said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Now Eve added to the original prohibition, which mentioned nothing about touchin g the tree. Since the prohibition was not to eat of the tree, common sense would say to leav e it alone.

Therefore, Eve thought wisely, I better not touch the tree either. However, God di d not say those words, and Eve was unknowingly setting up a trap for herself. In cidentally, the prohibited tree was not a single tree but one kind of tree that was here and there throughout the garden. The principles of the Adversary s tactic s are being discussed. He is a wily foe. Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: The serpent said to Eve, You shall not surely die. What a strong statement! Satan had given a lot of thought to God s prohibition before saying these words and poss essing the serpent. Satan thought the prohibition was strange. He wondered why G od excluded that tree from Adam s diet. If we had faith in God and loved Him, we w ould say, God must have a good reason even if I do not understand it. We have this attitude about Scriptures we do not understand. However, if we did not have fai th and were beginning to question certain things, the prohibition could be a stu mbling block as we thought about it more and more. When the serpent ate the fruit and did not die, the test was increased. Perhaps the serpent was even eating the fruit while it was talking to Eve. The eating wa s a tremendous test on Eve as well as on Satan, for the assumption would be, if the tree is poisonous to man, it is poisonous to animals too. At each step, Sata n became more and more convinced that he was right. Yes, there were contradictio ns, but then much seemed to be in his favor. Satan thought God was lying when He said that Adam would die if he ate the forbidden fruit. Even before this scene with Eve, Satan had the serpent partake of the fruit, so Satan knew in advance of tempting Eve that the serpent would not die. But then t o demonstrate the eating before Eve and say, Ye shall not surely die, made the ser pent s statement seem correct. God s original statement and prohibition would lead a ny thinking person to ask, Why? With the Why? came the test. Faith would say, God has a good reason of which I am not aware. However, one who lacked a sufficiency of faith, trust, and love for God might mi sconstrue what seemed to be a proven fact; namely, the serpent ate the fruit and did not die. And when Adam and Eve subsequently ate the fruit and did not die, Satan was further confirmed in his lie. The holy angels who did not sin at the t ime of the Flood do not need any further testing. They withstood what seemed to be a proven reality and still had faith and trust in God and did not sin. Becaus e the holy angels were tested to the very core and passed the test, they do not d ie any more (Luke 20:36). The lesson for us is that we must analyze statements coming forth from Christian s what we hear and what we are being taught. We should ask ourselves, Is the statem ent true? Eve was naive. She was trusting and believing. When she saw what seemed to contradict, she went along with the reasoning, forgetting what God had said. She was deceived by false reasoning, and we, too, can be deceived by false reas oning. The Apostle Paul said, I fear lest you, like Eve, will be deceived by beau tiful statements of others who are supposed to be Christians. You naively believ e them (2 Cor 11:3, 4 paraphrase). We must heed a Thus saith the LORD, and the Thus saith the LORD here was a simple statement: Thou shalt not eat of it (Gen 2:17). Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall b e opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. The serpent continued his false reasoning. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden f ruit, their eyes were opened immediately to their nakedness. This, too, would se em to justify Satan, who misunderstood what the good and evil was. Did evil of thi s nature exist before this incident? No! Satan thought that for some ulterior motive, God was excluding the fruit, bu

t Satan was impugning God s motive. Satan thought, It is God who is evil in making the prohibition. Since the serpent and Adam and Eve can eat the fruit and not di e, then another side of God s character is being revealed. Satan mistakenly thought God was trying to withhold information and privileges, and the evidence seemed to prove that Satan s stand was right. Adam and Eve felt shame regarding their nakedness, but Satan did not, for the pr ohibition was only on Adam. Satan had a tiny bit of truth mixed with a lot of er ror. The mixture confused Satan, so that he misconstrued God s motives and thought that by eating the fruit, Adam and Eve would become more godlike, more like spi rit beings. The death penalty was not on the angels; the prohibition was for man only. Since the angels subsequent to Adam s fall did not begin to deteriorate, we know their experience was different from man s. Moreover, they did not feel shame, which was a part of man s penalty. Of course later as the fallen angels beheld the physical acts of man and woman, the seeds of moral degeneration were bred in them, but th ey did not experience the emotional reaction of shame that Adam and Eve did. Some time passed before the fallen angels materialized, for if they had material ized sooner, the Flood would have come sooner. We know the delay occurred becaus e when they materialized, they predominated. They became mighty men of renown, a nd they proliferated and dominated the human race. Man had to have a chance to m ultiply before the disobedient angels caused the hybrid race. Proof that generat ions (plural) were born is that Noah s genealogy could be traced as perfect (Gen 6:9 ). The materializations occurred in Noah s day not necessarily when he was building the Ark but in his lifetime. At the time the 120 years began and God gave Noah t he decree to build the Ark, evil had reached a crescendo. Hence there was a long period of time after the creation and fall of Adam and Ev e in which the angels were thinking matters over, and the unholy angels then mad e a decision to follow Satan s leadership. Satan misunderstood that death was a dying process: dying thou shalt die. However, the death sentence immediately fell upon Adam probably in the cells of his body, for the death penalty is inherited. After the fall but before Adam had children, his DNA cellular genetic code was altered so that the death sentence was in his genes. But the enactment of that death penalty was so slow that Adam lived 930 years before he died. The lack of visibility of the death sentence in Adam for a period of time was a strong test on others who observed him. When man was created, it was clearly implied that had he not eaten of the forbid den tree, he would have lived forever. (Incidentally, in regard to the animals, it was not said that they were created to live perpetually.) Also, if God had so chosen, He could have made Adam to live only 100 years and then die that was God s prerogative. The injunction to Adam in regard to obedience became a covenant, th e Adamic Covenant. Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. The woman saw that the tree was good for food. This statement is a clue that the s erpent ate the fruit in front of Eve. The serpent had already reasoned with her, implanting the seed of bad thinking, and that thinking began to percolate; name ly, God had said, You shall die, but Satan, through the serpent, had said, You shal l not die. In the meantime, Eve s seeing that the tree was good for food steered he r thinking to Satan s favor. She thought God had lied and withheld knowledge from her that she had a right to have. The Hebrew word used here for saw is raah, which


considered ; that is, Eve had time to meditate on what she had seen.

The tree was also pleasant to look at. The fruit looked luscious. This fact show s that what appears to be actual evidence (in this case, the serpent s eating the fruit as well as the appearance of the fruit) can be deceiving. Even in the brot herhood, what seems to be factual evidence can be misleading. We (the Church) ar e naive like Eve, as the Apostle Paul said. If teachers come in and say, This is all right, and that is all right when it is not, we can be deceived because those teachers are prospering they are more numerous, they get more attention, they are more highly favored, they seem to have God s blessing, etc. But what is God s bless ing? The understanding of Providence is a very complex subject. We must stay clo se to the Scriptures in order to interpret what appears to be factual evidence. In the Garden of Eden, the circumstantial evidence favored Satan. God s statement could not have been any simpler, but Satan made a complex argument out of it. If we try to reason with the Adversary, we will be no match. He is a brilliant bei ng with tremendous powers of intellect. All we have to combat him is a Thus saith the LORD plus the guardian angels and the robe of Christ s righteousness. Eve also saw that the tree was desired to make one wise. She came to this conclusi on because the serpent was the wisest beast and because he was the only one eati ng the forbidden fruit. Therefore, she reasoned that the fruit had made him so wise. Again this was circ umstantial evidence. We need God s grace in this world. Because we are living in t he end times, we must be careful of sophistry regarding the interpretation of Go d s Word. Eve partook of the fruit. From the account, we do not know whether or not Adam w as with her at the time. It does not really matter, for the facts remain the sam e. At any rate, the Apostle Paul tells us that Adam was not deceived when he par took (1 Tim 2:14). There may well have been a little interim between Eve s and Adam s partaking. When A dam heard, he (incorrectly) assumed Eve would die and then partook himself (as a suicide pact ) out of inordinate love for her without inquiring of God first. Satan had not approached Adam, the man, because he felt he would be far more suc cessful through the woman. Women have a desire for approval and are more sensiti ve and appreciative of kindness and beauty. Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were nake d; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. The eyes of both Adam and Eve were opened, and they knew that they were naked. If Eve partook earlier and there was a time interval, this verse suggests that she did not feel naked until Adam partook, for the penalty was on him, the father of the human race. Eve died because of Adam s transgression rather than her own. They sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Aprons were like those w orn by natives: a cord with an apron flap in front and back. The leaves were folde d ( sewed ) and hung loosely. Their covering themselves suggests justification by wo rks. In contrast, God later provided animal skins, as coats, to cover the nakedn ess of Adam and Eve; God s covering pictured Christ s robe of righteousness gained t hrough the shedding of blood. The thought of the fig leaves can be carried further. The fig tree represents the nation of Israel, and the Law was given to Israel. Because Adam and Eve sewed th eir own fig-leaf covering, the act represents justification by the works and dee ds of the Law. Christ s robe of righteousness supplants that type of justification .

Gen 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the co ol of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LOR D God amongst the trees of the garden. Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? Adam and Eve heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the cool of the day. The vo ice was the Logos, the Word of God (John 1:1). Logos was the title of Jesus in his pre-human existence. Michael was another title (Dan 12:1). Logos refers to his role as spokesman for God. Adam and Eve heard an audible voice calling (described as walking ) to Adam. As in Genesis 3:9, the Old Testament frequently says the LORD God spoke to so-and-so, but actually the Logos was conveying the instruction. As official spokesman, the Logos spoke so authoritatively that his pronouncements were considered to be th e LORD God speaking. By dissecting the grammar of such statements, Trinitarians could was God, but we must reason on these Scriptures. prove that Jesus

The Diaglott footnote for John 1:14 quotes an authority in regard to an Asian cu stom that when the king spoke to the public, his face was covered and he had a s pokesman. From a veiled cubicle, the king spoke to his representative who, in tu rn, gave the pronouncement to the people. The people knew the king s message was c oming through the Logos. The principle is the same as having a translator. If a pe rson spoke Russian, a translator would convey the message to those who spoke Eng lish. The expression cool of the day meant afternoon, which corresponds to 3 p.m., the t ime that Jesus died on the Cross. In paying the ransom price, he was naked on th e Cross. He was naked in front of a tree, as it were, as opposed to being behind a tree, because he was in Adam s stead. On the Cross, Jesus would have felt chill s; therefore, the cool of the day has a symbolic meaning as well. It was like the fall of the year, autumn. Also, when we fall, we stumble and fall down. These word s have their origin in the spiritual fall of Adam, which occurred in the fall of the year. The God of nature has designed tides, weather, animals, seasons, plan ets everything as symbols. The thinking behind these realities is significant. Incid entally, the cool of the day is called the wind in the King James margin. Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. Adam and Eve were in the garden when they heard the Logos call, Adam! Adam! Right away they were frightened because they had sinned, so they hid themselves among the trees (or behind a tree). Adam said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself. One penalty for disobedience tha t they felt immediately was a sense of being unclothed and shame, which led them to make a fig-leaf covering, but in spite of this covering, which they made, th ey still felt naked because their covering was insufficient. Gen 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? God knew the answers to the questions, but He asked them (through the Logos) bec ause a strategy was involved. God was not seeking information but was giving Ada m and Eve an opportunity to explain themselves. Comment: Each one was willing to blame another, which is true of people today. I t takes courage to say, It is my fault. I was wrong.

Who told you that you were naked? Adam and Eve were aware of the sensation, but th e question connected the sensation of nakedness with the transgression. We could have a providence that is retribution, a punishment, but view it otherwise. For instance, we might say, That experience is common to man. Another hard experience might not be a punishment at all but a test of our faith in God and in Christ. Or a test might be designed to probe and develop us and not be a punishment in any sense of the word. Experiences have to be analyzed. We should ask ourselves (an d the Lord in prayer), Why did this happen? Because of wrongdoing, because of righ t doing, or because of not doing? At the First Advent, Jesus looked into every e xperience to see what God s leadings were. He did not see any of his experiences a s happenstance. Jesus life was ordered of the Lord. The steps of a good man are or dered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way (Psa 37:23). Hence we should try to see things in this light in regard to important events and circumstances. Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded you not to eat? Adam first said he hid because he was afraid and because he was naked, but he did not say, Because I sinned. His transgression caused the sensatio ns. The ideal answer would have been, I transgressed. I disobeyed your commandmen t. I ate of the tree, and I got this sensation. God pressed the question to get a t the real reason: Have you eaten of the tree that I commanded you not to eat? Thi s second question was instructional and illuminating. Adam got the point and the n offered another excuse (verse 12). Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Adam blamed his transgression on the woman whom God had given him: She gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Adam even brought God into the situation. Sometimes we do foolish things, and Adam s comment helps us to understand some of our own actio ns. Today we are not commanded to not do such and such, but with Adam, the comma nd was very specific and his disobedience constituted the sin. Instead we are gi ven the whole Bible, and Adam s and Eve s failings can help us to see some of the fa ilings and shortcomings in our own flesh. The more we know of God s Word, the more responsible we are, but we should hunger to know more and more of God s ways and principles. The more we learn now, the better educated we will be for our future work. We should want to discern the real reason we do something, not the profes sed reason. To be strictly true and honest is a hard thing. God is developing us to see if, at heart, we truly desire to be like Him. Instead of saying, The woman gave me of the tree, Adam should have said, I disobeye d. I ate the fruit. He should have taken the blame himself. Jesus died specifical ly for Adam. As children of Adam, we are covered by the ransom price. Adam answered, The woman whom thou gavest me . He was wrong to bring in God. If the Lord judged us by some of our statements, we would be very much condemned. Since there was only one woman in the garden, it was certainly wrong for Adam to iden tify her as the woman whom thou gavest to be with me. Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. God asked Eve, What have you done? (Adam, as head of the husband-wife relationship , was questioned first, but Eve was not left out.) Eve blamed the serpent. True, the woman did give Adam the fruit, and the serpent did beguile Eve, but each sh ould have said, I disobeyed. Both Adam and Eve should have said first, I did eat, d then secondarily, if at all, have brought in Eve and the serpent, respectively . Their words were backwards. With Christians, too, many things are backwards, w ith the importance in reverse order. And why? To protect either ourselves or tho se we love.


Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, th ou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy bel ly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: Now God addressed the serpent, but He did not ask, What have you done? because the serpent was possessed. In the New Testament, a demoniac who was the spokesman f or a company of fallen angels asked Jesus, Have you come to torment [judge] us be fore the time? (Matt 8:28-32; Mark 5:2-13). The individual who ostensibly asked the question ha d no such knowledge, for it was the evil being in him who did the speaking when Jesus was about to cast out the fallen angels. Their spokesman continued: We do n ot want to be dispossessed and go into the abyss. Let us go into the swine. Hence the fallen angels talked with Jesus before he exorcised them. The point is that Jesus was talking to a man, but the man was not the one speaking. Yes, his mout h moved and his tongue wagged, but the evil being in him responded to Jesus. The se incidents help us understand God s dealing with the serpent in the Garden of Ed en. The serpent became a helpful symbol following its cursing, but when it conversed earlier, it was possessed. Satan and God both knew that Satan had possessed the serpent. But now, by talking to the serpent and stating the curse, God was real ly telling Satan his destiny. God cursed the serpent above all cattle and beasts and said it would go on its belly and eat dust all the days of its life. And Go d put enmity between the serpent and the woman, etc. (verse 15). The serpent bec ame a symbol by being radically, suddenly, and literally changed. By being force d to travel on its belly, the snake previously, by implication, could stand erec t. The act of beguiling the woman brought the curse. Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. God put enmity between the woman and the serpent, and between the woman seed cla ss and the serpent seed class. The serpent seed will bruise the heel (feet members ), and the woman seed will bruise the serpent s head. This verse is a prophecy tha t the feet members will die violently. Just as the serpent is a symbol of that which is evil, so the destiny of evildoe rs is that they will bite the dust (be destroyed underfoot, die the Second Death ). The upright will get life. Thus we see the two extremes. And just as the serp ent injected poison into Eve, so snakes are poisonous and dangerous, even though they lack arms, legs, and jaws with large teeth. Snakes inject venom, but the s ignification goes much further. The serpent seed versus the woman seed represents two classes. In Revelation cha pter 12, when the dragon was unsuccessful in swallowing the man-child, he next c hased the woman, who fled into the wilderness for 1,260 years. But the dragon wi ll make war with the remnant of her (the woman s) seed (Rev 12:17). The dragon is a multitudinous seed, a composite seed, with Satan as its head. The woman is a m ultitudinous seed with Jesus as its head. The woman seed will bruise Satan, the serpent seed s head. The serpent is the one being addressed. Hence thee, thy, and thou ll refer to Satan, for the head (Satan) did the talking and the deceiving. In the term his heel, the pronoun is wrong. The thought is that the serpent will b ruise her heel (the woman s heel), that is, the feet members. The Apostle Paul gave the clue: And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your [the Church s] feet sh ortly (Rom 16:20). In other words, the Church will be involved in the crushing of Satan underfoot, but first, the dragon seed will bruise the heel of the woman s eed. The implication is that the last members of the body of Christ will die vio

lently. (Incidentally, the dragon or serpent [civil power] put Jesus to death.) Reverse order was intentionally used by the Holy Spirit to make the last part of verse 15 a time lock. The heel will be bruised (killed) first; the serpent head will be bruised later. Jesus will personally bind Satan (Jesus must first enter the strong man s house an d bind him), but the Church will be involved in Satan s destruction (Mark 3:27). T he Christ will destroy Satan and all who follow his deception in the little seaso n (Rev 20:3). Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conc eption; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to th y husband, and he shall rule over thee. The Revised Standard Version reads, I will greatly multiply your pain in childbea ring; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you. Q: Does this verse indicate that prior to the punishment, there was more equalit y between Adam and Eve? A: Although there was more equality, there was not full equality because their n ame was called Adam and the two were one under his name (Gen 5:2). The sequence of address when God gave the punishments and/or curses was the same as the order of sin: (1) Satan, (2) Eve, and (3) Adam. Satan initiated the temptation, the w oman was beguiled, and Adam willingly ate the fruit. Eve did not conceive prior to leaving the garden, but the implication is that if sin had not occurred, Eve would have borne children without pain, for Adam and Eve were told to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. Now there would be pain before birth (travail or labor pains) and at birth (the final birth spasm) . Notice that in spite of the pain of childbearing, the woman s desire would be to her husband. If the transgression had not occurred, Adam and Eve would have had more of a par tnership, but Adam would still have been the head. Now Eve would have a more sub servient role, and history proves this to be true regarding women. We are remind ed of certain other prophetic utterances such as when Ham showed disrespect for his father after the Flood (Gen 9:24, 25). Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of th y wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shal t not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Why was the ground cursed for Adam s sake, or because of Adam? (1) The permission of evil has been for man s benefit, as will ultimately be seen. Too much leisure i s not good for fallen man. (2) Adam had sinned. Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt e at the herb of the field; The ground would now bring forth thorns and thistles. In other words, there woul d have been no weeds if Adam had not sinned. Man would just sow and plant without weeds, thorns, and thistles. Also, verse 18 indicates a change of diet from a basic fruit diet to more of a v egetable diet. Evidently no fruit trees were growing outside the garden at this time.

Gen 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto th e ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. Not only would Adam have to till th e ground, plant, and remove the weeds, but also the kernel of wheat would have t o be removed, ground, and made into bread; a fire had to be started; and the bre ad required baking. Obtaining bread would be much harder than just plucking frui t off a tree. Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. This portion of verse 19 informed Adam and Eve what the death penalty meant, for they would not have understood de ath. The corpse would be buried in the ground and decay into the elements from w hich it had been formed. In addition to death, mankind has experienced sorrow, pain, labor, sweat, etc. W hen the death procedure is reversed to life by the end of the Kingdom, the curse and its effects upon man will have been rolled back. The reversal process will be gradual. Satan also did not know what death meant at that time. He probably thought that once life was given, it was perpetual, and that the point of eating was just to satisfy hunger, not to satisfy life. Satan should have realized that God could d estroy him and that defying God jeopardized his own existence. However, Satan di d not realize what God could do to him or to other sentient beings. The angels h ad lived for thousands of years with no diminution of vitality, so death was a n ew lesson for the angels seeing the dying process and then actual death. Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife s name Eve; because she was the mother of all li ving. Adam named the woman Eve. He had previously named the animals, and now a helpmat e was created for him that was bone of his bone. The name Eve means living. The na me was given because Eve was the mother of all living. Eve had borne no children y et, but God had just said she would bear children in pain. The name Eve also sug gests that the Second Eve, the Church, will be the mother of all. Rebekah was to ld, Be thou the mother of thousands of millions [or billions], and she represents the Church (Gen 24:60). The deception of Eve would have taken place shortly after her creation probably ab out two years after. Incidentally, Adam was created at age 30. Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, an d clothed them. God Himself made coats of skins, and clothed Adam and Eve. This act was a picture that God would provide His Son as the ransom sacrifice. Earlier Adam and Eve had sewn together fig leaves to clothe themselves in aprons (like loincloths). Now God used skins to cover the nakedness of not just private parts but nearly the w hole body. The clothing would have been like a tunic, front and back. Since animal s had to be killed to provide the skins, God was also showing the lesson that wi thout the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins (Heb 9:22). The provi ding of skins was an act of forgiveness; it showed the possibility of recovery. According to God s promise, the serpent, the instrument of deception, would have i ts head crushed by the seed of the woman (Gen 3:15). A way out was thus suggeste d for the longterm future, but Adam and Eve were not fully aware of the signific ance. However, they did realize that their present life would terminate, that th ey would return to dust, and that ultimately the serpent would be crushed, so th ey did have hope of a vague future recovery.

Gen 3:22 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 for ever: Properly translated, this verse should read: And the LORD God said, Behold, the m an who was as one of us now knows good and evil. Otherwise, the verse does not ma ke sense. For one thing, God does not experience evil, for everything is happine ss and righteousness up in heaven. And Adam and Eve certainly did not become God like by disobeying. As sons of God, the angels were created in the image of God th e Logos too. Therefore, by sinning, Adam did not become as one of us, that is, as one of the holy angels or the Logos. The King James translation actually supports Satan s lie. His false statement was derogatory, but the implication is that one must experience sin to become Godlik e. The thought should be: Behold the man who was created good and perfect and in our image now look what has happened to him! He knows good and evil because he par took of the forbidden tree. The tree symbolized the knowledge of that which was g ood and that which was evil. Because of disobedience, Adam would now have an exp erience with evil. There was and is no sin or death in heaven. God s will was done in heaven back the re, and it is still being done today. Sin occurred on planet Earth, specifically in the Garden of Eden, where Satan manifested himself as the father of lies. He nce the angels did not experience evil up in heaven. Now Adam would see the pena lty of sin in the full sense, not only in the cessation of life but also in the attendant pain, sorrow, labor, etc. things that had never occurred anywhere before . The death penalty was on Adam, not on his race. The penalty on the human race wa s genetically transferred. Man dies not because of individual sin but because of heredity and Adam s sin. Stated another way, Adam sinned, and because he was the father of the human race , the whole race is under condemnation. Jesus was the substitute for Adam; he di ed for Adam s sin, and by doing so, he paid the penalty for the entire race. Just as the human race dies in Adam (as an indirect result of Adam s sin), so the human race will get the opportunity for life from what Jesus did to offset Adam s sin. Similarly the sorrow and pain that were pronounced on Eve are felt by the whole human race, for the penalties personally expressed to them were indirectly trans ferred. And Jesus ransom sacrifice is likewise transferred to all. Behold, the man reminds us of Jesus before Pilate, who also said, Behold the man (Jo hn 19:5). Jesus had a crown of thorns on his head, and his back was bloody from stripes. Probably the skins that God provided as clothing for Adam and Eve were somewhat bloody. Pilate recognized Jesus as being very noble despite the disarra y of garments, the crown of thorns, and the injuries, for he could see through t he superficial troubles and picture Jesus as he was before. And Adam was origina lly noble, that is, in his perfection prior to transgressing. In taking Adam s place as a substitute, Jesus had to feel alienated just as Adam d id when he sinned. Jesus also had to experience the curse just as Adam did. Adam ate of the forbidden fruit; Jesus tasted death for every man. Adam felt he was naked; Jesus was naked on the Cross. A tree was involved with Adam s transgression ; Jesus died on a tree. Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree (Deut 21:23; Gal 3:13). Pilate said in connection with Jesus death and trial, Behold the man, and Go d said in regard to Adam, Behold the man who was as one of us; look at him now. Je sus had to take man s sin upon himself and be really cursed in order to be an offs et for Adam. Not only did he have to be a perfect man to ransom Adam, who was pe rfect prior to sinning (a life-for-a-life principle), but also he had to experie

nce the suffering. The skins for clothing Adam and Eve were bloody, and Jesus back was bloody from b eing scourged. In addition, blood dripped down his face from the thorns in the c rown. Lest Adam put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and liv e for ever is a radical thought. All other things being equal, had Adam stayed in the Garden of Eden and continued to partake of the trees of life, he could have lived forever despite his sin and the curse. Hence God put Adam out of the gard en. Notice what the account is telling us the Garden of Eden still exists. Gen 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. Although God pushed Adam out of the garden, the suggestion is that if one of Ada m s posterity one of the fallen race that is under condemnation should be placed in th e garden, he would live. The Pastor felt that Elijah and Enoch are alive somewhe re as two witnesses perhaps on another planet. (See Reprint article No. 3377 enti tled Enoch, Elijah and the Sentence. ) If they were translated to or placed in the Garden of Eden, they would still be alive because verse 22 says live for ever. Eno ch was physically translated; that is, he was literally taken from one place to another: to Eden. The death sentence was directly on only Adam (it is indirectly on his posterity), so Enoch and Elijah can still be alive. Adam had the right t o life, but he forfeited it. The human race never had the right to life. Comment: God could have made Adam from the dust, or ground, inside the garden, b ut He took special care to state earlier in the Book of Genesis that Adam was fo rmed of the dust, or ground, outside the garden. Now, after Adam sinned, he was sent outside the garden to till the ground, and there he would return to dust. I t seems that God made a distinction between the ground inside the perfect garden and the ground outside in the unfinished, imperfect earth. Reply: The Garden of Eden is a miniature picture of God s plan for planet Earth; i t is a picture of the future paradise down here. Jesus was made flesh down here on earth, not up in heaven. His life was transferred into the womb of the virgin Mary. The transferal took p lace outside of the Garden of Eden and outside of heaven itself. But we should k eep in mind the distinction: Adam sinned; Jesus did not. Jesus had to experience the curse in order to be an offset for Adam. In other wo rds, to pay the ransom price, Jesus had to do more than die a perfect life for a perfect life. Jesus also had to experience the curse, being made a curse for us . Therefore, the Ransom includes two thoughts. Ezekiel 28:13 speaks of Lucifer s h aving been in the garden of God. The Garden of Eden was an earthly equivalent of h eaven. Jesus was created flesh outside of both garden arrangements. His similitude of Adam (as the Second Adam) occurred down here. He was the Son o f the man Adam. Adam was sent forth from the garden where he ate fruit and did not have to till the ground. Once outside the garden, he had to till the ground. Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Ede n Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

God drove Adam out of the garden; that is, Adam was forcefully evicted. The garden must have been absolutely beautiful because God Himself planted it eastward in Eden (Gen 2:8). The garden was not just a very fruitful area, for the landscapin g, trees, flowers, etc., would have been breathtaking. If Jesus said, I go to pre pare a place for you in my Father s house of many mansions, then the little Garden of Eden, which God took care to plant, would have been a place Adam did not want to leave (John 14:2). Verse 23 suggests that God told him it was necessary to l eave and that Adam did not want to go. It was like taking a child by the neck an d putting him outside as a punishment. Adam had to go out and till the ground; h e could not stay inside where everything was available. God instructed Adam to leave the garden; He gave Adam his eviction notice, as it were. Notice, however, that God had to drive Adam out. The use of this term sug gests that Adam was reluctant to go. In addition, God placed Cherubims at the east side of the garden like sentinels to guard the entrance and thus forbid Adam s (a nd Eve s) return. The garden was planted eastward in Eden, and Adam was evicted on the east (Gen 2 :8). The significance is both literal and spiritual. From a literal standpoint, the garden is in a remote area at a high altitude in a mountain range from whenc e four rivers start as one river. Two of the rivers are mighty ones that travers e a tremendous distance. The fact the cherubim were stationed only on the east s ide suggests it was impossible to enter the garden from any other side. Of cours e the river exited to the east. The spiritual significance corresponds to the Tabernacle arrangement. The way to life was the east gate, which was on the east side. Only by invitation does one antitypically enter. In the Temple, the east gate was the most prominent one. R evelation 2:7 states that the Little Flock will have access into the heavenly Ed en: To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in th e midst of the paradise of God. Cherubims (plural) suggests that two cherubim were stationed at the east entrance of the garden. But there was only one flaming sword, which turned every way, to k eep the way of the tree of life. Moreover, the one sword was separate, not in the hands of the cherubim. The flaming sword whirled in every direction. Hence acce ss to the garden was prohibited by two cherubim and the flaming sword. There are spiritual connotations too. The whirling, turning sword was like saying, Do not even think of entering this g arden. The cherubim might get distracted, but this sword is ever active. The flam ing sword, which was an electrical force of some kind, probably pictured the wra th of God, that is, God s justice. God dwells with the everlasting burnings (Isa 33: 14). Our God is a consuming fire (Heb 12:29). No man can see God and live (Exod 33 :20; John 1:18). We are reminded of Moses and the burning bush, which symbolized God s presence. The shekinah light, too, is brought to mind. The cherubim and the sword guarded or kept the way of life. Jesus said, I am the wa y [to life] (John 14:6). The entrance to the garden was the way ; it was a processio nal entrance. One entered an open area through a gorge. Adam s feeling of separation from God wh en he was evicted from the garden and looked back and saw the lightning and knew he could not return was like Jesus crying on the Cross, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matt 27:46). (1987 1989 Study) VN:F [1.9.20_1166]

please wait... Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast) VN:F [1.9.20_1166] Rating: +1 (from 1 vote)Genesis Chapter 3: The Serpent Deceives Eve, God's Curse Upon Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating Tags: archangel, cherubims, dust thou art, fallen angels, flaming sword which tu rned every way, it shall bruise thy head, know good and evil, knowing good and e vil, Lucifer, mother of all living, pleasant to the eyes, Satan, sewed fig leave s together, shedding of blood, sweat of thy face, The serpent beguiled me, Thorn s also and thistles, thou shalt bruise his heel, tree of life, tree of the garde n, tree was good for food, voice of the LORD God walking, Ye shall not surely di e 3 comments Leave a comment What was God's curse for Adam's sin? January 19th, 2010 8:32 pm [...] our verse by verse study on Genesis Chapter 2 and Genesis Chapter 3 VN:F [ 1.8.1_1037]please wait Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)VN:F [1.8.1_1037]Rating: 0 (fro m 0 [...] kev January 3rd, 2012 10:25 am Genesis 3; to Satan and Adam, Because you did this , does not say that to the woman who does not get her name till just after the fall hmmm), and Satan is cursed a nd the ground is cursed because of what Adam did, says so eh? no curse is used t o anything the woman did .. It s when Adam eat of the tree is when both eyes pened, or she would of reacted, correct? correct. d lied to him? and thus he eat of it, THEN both J Job 31:33 .If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom ..(says Adam, opened , so when she eat nothing hap Adam saw she didn t die, felt Go of there eyes opened .. (

not Eve) .

Hosea 6:7 (ESV) But like Adam they transgressed the covenant; there they dealt faithlessly with me .( again, nothing about Eve) Romans 5 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses For as by one man s ( Adam s ) dis obedience many were made sinners . 1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive . 2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge , that if one died for all, (Adam ) then were all dead . 1 Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression wait, it says in other verses i posted it was Adam that transgressed .so then???

if Adam was not deceived , then what happened that made Adam eat of it also? becaus e as I said??? she did not die when she eat, or she would of reacted in some way , just as they both reacted when Adam eat of the fruit .it says clearly its when he eat is when the eyes of both of them opened .yes? Adam was disobedient, becaus

e he Adam felt the Lord said she would die and didn t? But the Lord did not tell Adam that she would die, the Lord told Adam that he would die, then Adam told the woman thi s, thinking she also would die when she eat, yes? Genesis 4 Eve said, I have gotten a man from the LORD .this proves Eve had repente d? as she gives thanks to the Lord for her child .note, Adam says nothing of the s ort, anywhere ..nowhere in the bible does it even hint that Adam repented, like it a t least does for Eve here. On the contrary, whenever Adam is mentioned in the bi ble, its always in a negative light, as in what HE did to the world interesting?

IF then the woman did not die when she eat of the fruit first but it was after the ma n, Adam eat of it, then would this not mean then that the Serpent, Satan, did not l ie to the woman that she would not die if she eat of the tree? Satan used the woman to the man? ..Satan knew that the woman would not die if she eat of it so Satan told oman the truth, so Satan could get Adam to eat of it? .Satan knew that Adam would see t at the woman did not die, so then Adam would also eat of it, and thus, then they w ould die ..after all, the serpent is called the most subtle of all, right? meaning what is so great about what the Serpent did if he just told the woman a simple lie and she eat of it then she died? ..but ah ..wait a sec ..IF the serpent knew she would not d e until Adam eat of it, then now that is crafty to get to her, to get to Adam eh? hmmm VA:F [1.9.20_1166] please wait... Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) VA:F [1.9.20_1166] Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)admin January 4th, 2012 11:32 am But thank God that Jesus died as Adam s ransom! We all get life because Jesus rans omed Adam. VN:F [1.9.20_1166] please wait... Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) VN:F [1.9.20_1166] Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)Leave Comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website

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our military authorities officially assigned the named suspects to monitor and a ttack the Christians in Malatya, Umut Sahin from the legal committee of the Turki sh Association of Protestant Churches told Open Doors News.</p>\n<p>The new 761page indictment alleges that the attack by five young murderers who stabbed, tor tured and slit the throats of two Turks and a German citizen in their Malatya of fice had been masterminded by Hursit Tolon, a retired general in Turkey s 1<sup>st </sup> Army Corps, and ultranationalist military officials in the Malatya gendar merie.</p>\n<p>According to the new indictment, the Zirve murders were part of t he so-called Cage Action Plan hatched by military officials trying to undermine the AKP government through assassinations, threats and acts of terror against Tu rkey s non-Muslim minorities.</p>\n<p>Just two days before the Sept. 3 hearings be gan, Turkish authorities shocked the lawyers for the victims by abruptly replaci ng the two prosecutors, and two of the three judges, in the case, leaving only o ne member of the judicial panel familiar with the trial s massive files: presidin g Judge Hayrettin Kisa.</p>\n<p>Soldiers testified that the Malatya gendarmerie had been monitoring the handful of Christians in Malatya 24 hours a day, tapping their telephones and paying informers some 60 percent of their intelligence bud get to collect data on their activities, sometimes in cooperation with police an d secret intelligence officials.</p>\n<p>And after the attack, the gendarmerie o fficers tapped the telephones of the victims families, lawyers and judges in the case, and then gave false documents and testimony to manipulate the trial, tryin g to portray the three murdered Christians as criminals linked with illegal grou ps like the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the soldiers testified.</p>\n<p>Hearin gs on the case will resume on Nov. 12, when Tolon and the remaining alleged perp etrators are scheduled to testify.</p>\n<p><strong> </strong></p>\n<h1>Perpetrat ors of Turkey s Malatya Massacre Put on Trial</h1>\n<h2>Military officials accused o f masterminding attack, manipulating investigation.</h2>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p><str ong>ISTANBUL, Sept. 19</strong> (Open Doors News) Nineteen suspects accused of i nciting the brutal 2007 murders of three Christians in eastern Turkey went on tr ial before Malatya s Third Criminal Court in early September.</p>\n<p>With the cou rt s acceptance in June of a third indictment in the case, known as the Malatya Mas sacre in the Turkish media, allegations against primarily military officials have finally been made public.</p>\n<p> This indictment provides the first solid evide nce that our military authorities officially assigned the named suspects to moni tor and attack the Christians in Malatya, Umut Sahin from the legal committee of the Turkish Association of Protestant Churches told Open Doors News.</p>\n<p>The new 761-page indictment alleges that the attack by five young murderers who sta bbed, tortured and slit the throats of two Turks and a German citizen in their M alatya office had been masterminded by a retired general in Turkey s 1<sup>st</sup > Army Corps and ultranationalist military officials in the Malatya gendarmerie. The gendarmerie is a law-enforcement arm of the military; It has jurisdiction o utside of Turkey s cities and towns.</p>\n<p>Ret. Gen. Hursit Tolon, who was named as the prime suspect behind the killings, at the Zirve Christian Publishing Hou se in Malatya, failed to appear during the six consecutive days of hearings that began Sept. 3. The 70-year-old former general sent the court a 10-day medical e xcuse from his prison cell.</p>\n<p>Initially jailed in 2008 as a suspect in the alleged <a href=\" %E2%80%99s-ergenekon-conspiracy-justice-or-secular-witch-hunt\" target=\"_blank\ ">Ergenkon conspiracy</a>, Tolon was accused of plotting to topple the ruling Ju stice and Peace Party (AKP) government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A fter his release in 2009 due to poor health, he was re-arrested in January 2012 on &#8220;serious suspicions of a criminal act.&#8221;</p>\n<p>According to the new indictment, the Zirve murders were part of the so-called Cage Action Plan ha tched by military officials trying to undermine the AKP government through assas sinations, threats and acts of terror against Turkey s non-Muslim minorities.</p>\ n<p>In the initial indictment, state prosecutors demanded three consecutive life sentences for the five killers, all apprehended at the scene of the crime. Whe n the presiding judge questioned them during the September hearings, several of the murder suspects insisted that they had no motive to overthrow the government and had in fact voted for the AKP.</p>\n<p>Denying any acquaintance or links wi

th Tolon and the other accused conspirators, defendant Emre Gunaydin declared, We went on an expedition on behalf of Islam on our own to accomplish this event. </p >\n<p><strong>A judiciary scandal?</strong></p>\n<p>Just two days before the Sep t. 3 hearings began, Turkish authorities shocked the lawyers for the victims by abruptly replacing the two prosecutors, and two of the three judges, in the case , leaving only one member of the judicial panel familiar with the trial s massive files: presiding Judge Hayrettin Kisa.</p>\n<p> This has seriously damaged effect ive progress in the trial, said Erdal Dogan, a lawyer for one of the victims. In particular, the two prosecutors who had worked on the new indictment for the pas t 1.5 years, examining the evidence and questioning witnesses and the accused in person, were taken off the case.</p>\n<p> Changing the court prosecutors has had an unbelievably negative impact on the case, Sahin said. For six days, the accuse d suspects made incredible criticisms of the indictment, but the new prosecutor did not utter a single word for the whole six days! </p>\n<p>In response, the Coun cil of Judges and Prosecutors stated that the Justice Ministry s reassignment of t he Malatya prosecutors and judges was a routine transfer, simply following recen t legal reforms affecting the status of criminal courts.</p>\n<p>But according t o Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a lawyer for the victims, This is a serious and really unac ceptable scandal, concerning such a huge case. There are more than 40,000 pages in the attachments to this indictment alone! </p>\n<p> Is it possible that the AKP g overnment is uncomfortable with the conclusion of this case? questioned <em>Today s Zaman</em> columnist Orhan Oguz Gurbuz on Sept. 16. The government must address these doubts and questions. Otherwise, it will undermine its own legitimacy and the pluralist/democratic identity that it has relied on since the beginning. </p>\ n<p><strong>Spying on Christians</strong></p>\n<p>After the new indictment was r ead out in court, six of the accused soldiers testified to what had been going o n behind the scenes for at least a year before Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Til mann Geske were attacked and killed in their office on April 18, 2007. According to their testimony:</p>\n<p>Under the local commander s direction, the Malatya ge ndarmerie had been monitoring the handful of Christians in Malatya 24 hours a da y, tapping their telephones and paying informers some 60 percent of their intell igence budget to collect data on their activities, sometimes in cooperation with police and secret intelligence officials.</p>\n<p>And after the attack, the gen darmerie officers tapped the telephones of the victims families, lawyers and judg es in the case, and then gave false documents and testimony to manipulate the tr ial, trying to portray the three murdered Christians as criminals linked with il legal groups like the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the soldiers testified.</p>\ n<p>On the witness stand, the soldiers told Judge Kisa that they refused to acce pt any of the accusations against themselves.</p>\n<p> I was obeying orders conveyed to me within the command-chain hierarchy, Sgt. Adem Gedik said, defending his il legal surveillance within the Malatya city limits, which fall under jurisdiction of the police force, not the gendarmerie.</p>\n<p>Hearings on the case will res ume on Nov. 12, when Tolon and the remaining alleged perpetrators are scheduled to testify.</p>\n<p>The key suspects include Col. Mehmet Ulger, Malatya s gendarme rie commander at the time; Ruhi Polat, a theology instructor at the local Inonu University; Maj. Haydar Yesil; and Ilker Cinar, an intelligence agent assigned by military officials to fake his conversion to Christianity, infiltrate the Tur kish Protestants and then publicly reconvert to Islam, denouncing Christians as a threat to national security.</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>END</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p> **********</p>\n<p>Copyright 2012 Open Doors News</p>\n<p>Open Doors News is dis tributed to raise awareness of Christians worldwide who are persecuted for their faith. Articles may be reprinted by active subscribers only.</p>\n<p>For subscr iption information, contact: <a href=\"\" target= \"_blank\"></a></p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n\";s:7:\"attribs\";a :0:{}s:8:\"xml_base\";s:0:\"\";s:17:\"xml_base_explicit\";b:0;s:8:\"xml_lang\";s :0:\"\";}}}s:36:\"\";a:1:{s:10:\"commentRss\ ";a:1:{i:0;a:5:{s:4:\"data\";s:120:\" ors-of-turkey%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%98malatya-massacre%e2%80%99-put-on-trial/feed/\"; s:7:\"attribs\";a:0:{}s:8:\"xml_base\";s:0:\"\";s:17:\"xml_base_explicit\";b:0;s :8:\"xml_lang\";s:0:\"\";}}}s:38:\"\";a:1:

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rophesied many End Times events. Jesus tells a parable of a Rich man [nation of Israel, who had all the favor of God], who was cast into hell [sheol-hades-pitgrave], where he cried for some water because there was none <strong>Luke 16:2224.</strong></p>\n<p>So when did this dry and desolate condition begin?</p>\n<p> B ehold, your house is left unto you desolate. <strong>Mat 23:38</strong></p>\n<p>& nbsp;</p>\n<p align=\"center\"><span style=\"color: #993300;\"><strong>What is t he Significance of Dry Bones?</strong></span></p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>When God as ked Ezekiel, Can these bones live? the prophet replied, Thou knowest. Ezekiel s words show he had faith that if God wanted the bones to live, they would. He <em>knew </em>God had the answer. He also realized there was something behind this questi on, for it would take a miracle for <em>very dry </em>bones to <em>live</em>.</p >\n<p>The Lord directed Ezekiel to prophesy, that is, to declare the divine mess age, and the divine message was a foretelling of the things which would, under d ivine providence, come to pass. The message to be declared was that God had the power and would exercise it, by which these who were dead, and dried as respecte d their national hopes, would be gradually revived, would gradually become one h omogeneous people, a nation in their own land. It would not be done suddenly, bu t gradually, and that through attention to the divine message, which the Prophet was delivering. First the dried and hopeless ones would come together, then the y would begin to unite one to the other, and gradually assume a national existen ce, and finally would be infused with the spirit of the Lord, as the breath or e nergy of national life, begotten of faith in the promises, and would stand again a nation.</p>\n<p>The people&#8217;s hopes, which were thus dead, and the Lord sends the message, &#8220;Behold, O my people, I will open your<strong> </strong >graves, and cause you to come out of your graves and bring you into the land of Israel, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.&#8221; As a further part of this symbolic picture the Prophet is in vision shown the process by which the dry bon es would be gathered, reorganized and revivified. He says there was &#8220;a noi se and a shaking.&#8221; The <em>Revised Version,</em> apparently with propriety , renders this, &#8220;thunder and an earthquake.&#8221; Following this demonstr ation the bones came together.</p>\n<p>The withered hopes ofIsrael, scattered th roughout the provinces of Babylonia in Ezekiel s day, cut off from their parts, fr om one another, from tribal union and from national cohesion, was only a foresha dowing of the more general scattering of that nation among all the nations of th e civilized world (mysticBabylon) during this Gospel age. With the vast majority all hopes of the fulfillment of the Abrahamic promise had died, had withered aw ay, and had no more vitality than a dry bone. But now, in the end of this Gospel age, the due time has come for these dry bones, scattered all over mystic Babyl on, to be gathered part to part, rehabilitated and revivified with hope in the p romises made to the fathers. The great noise is the &#8220;seventh trumpet,&#822 1; which has begun to sound; the earthquake is the coming great revolution in wh ich mysticBabylonwill fall before the great Prince whom Cyrus in a measure prefi gured. Meantime, as we look at the dry bones ofIsrael, we perceive that they alr eady are in movement, that they are already drawing near one to another, and org anizing as &#8220;Zionists,&#8221; with a view to national reorganization and a return to the land of promise. Probably the hopes of the Israelites began to rev ive as soon as they learned that the army of Cyrus had begun the conquest ofBaby lon, and so now the hopes ofIsraelare reviving as they witness the march of even ts, and realize that a great day of trouble is coming upon the nations of Christ endom. Their hopes will more and more go out toward Palestine and national reorg anization and not disassembling the nation for the so called sake of peace with their Arab brothers, as the troubles of the day of wrath draw near.</p>\n<p>&nbs p;</p>\n<p align=\"center\"><span style=\"color: #993300;\"><strong>Ezekiel s Comm ission</strong></span></p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p>God not only told Ezekiel to speak (prophesy) to the dry bones but gave him the exact words to say. Ezekiel had to address the bones with the authority of God and <em>as if the bones could actua lly hear him</em>. The prophet manifested faith and courage by speaking directly and loudly as a trumpet. He spoke <em>with authority: </em> O ye dry bones, <em>hea r the word of the LORD</em>. Behold, <em>I </em>[God] will cause breath [wind, s pirit, Hebrew <em>ruach</em>] to enter into you, and <em>ye shall live</em>. Vari

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ox that treads the corn. As an example the Apostle Paul went throughout the mid -east establishing classes and witnessing and so forth, and others like himself, such as Barnabus who accompanied him, as well as others on different occasions. Since they have forsaken their livelihood it would not be improper for the bret hren to temporally assist those who are working in the field, just as in nature you wouldn t muzzle an ox who is doing the work for you. The ox is entitled to wag es. This corn, in a way, would be their wages, not money. The laborer, whether m an or beast, is worthy of his hire or compensation of some kind. So he draws fro m the Law spiritual lessons and applies them to us as new creatures.</p>\n<p>We come to this in Exodus 21<sup>st</sup> chapter starting with the 28<sup>th</sup> verse when it says about the ox goring a human being in the sense that it dies and the owner is not responsible. But when we read on we notice certain things t hat the ox seems to take a prominent position in this experience; it is the aggr essor. In some of the verses we see we have two oxen were one kills another ox o r some tragedy follows in connection with one of them. We find that there is an owner of an ox and someone else s animal.</p>\n<p>What do these represent? In the New Testament the Apostle Paul definitely uses the beast as a comparison with th e experiences of the Christian. In this case you have a dual picture that the ow ner is the new creature, the ox is the old creature that he possesses, the body. The owner is the new will that has this animal nature as it were. So we find t hat in verse 28 the owner is exonerated, because the incident occurred in which the owner would have no responsibility due to the carelessness of others who wer e too close in proximity to that animal so that they were gored to death.</p>\n< p>Now in verse 29, it shows another account where the ox was want to push.</p>\n <p><strong>Exo 21:29</strong> But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.</p>\n<p>In this instance this animal was accustomed to push or attempt to gore with his horns. Now you are in a different position. Here is an animal that by nature is aggressive and dangerous. It means that th ere were previous incidents. How does one know an animal was want to push with i ts horns unless it manifested such behavior in several occasions. It may have wo unded or killed another animal, or injured a person based on their behavior.</p> \n<p>At this point the owner has a responsibility, when he sees what has been do ne by his animal. He has to be very careful with regard to this matter. What is that responsibility? There are several options:</p>\n<p>1) Make a fence whe re the ox cannot go outside that boundary to injure anyone, but if someone comes in then the owner is not responsible as long as he has taken precautions.</p>\n <p>2) Stake the animal with a chain or something to give it limited range of free motion.</p>\n<p>3) Put it in a stall.</p>\n<p>If that animal kills ano ther after his attention has been called to the previous behavior, the ox is the n put to death. This was the case in the previous verse also. The ox was to be s lain and the flesh was not to be eaten. If we find that the ox which was want to push kills another, and the owner has not taken the proper precautions, that ow ner is also put to death. He did not directly do the murder, but is responsible for gross negligence and is responsible and put to death as well.</p>\n<p>The anti type would be the person (the new creature/old creature) and we have to fight th ese desires of the flesh, some of which appear to be legitimate and some are cle arly illegitimate. There is a responsibility for the New Creature in this earth en vessel. In this case when the owner is put to death, it represents the second death.</p>\n<p>If his flesh is want to push or is a habitual problem, the Bible s ays thorns and thistles or a person just being cantankerous by nature, and he is consecrated and is the same troublemaker and so forth and does cause injury to others, this case happened to be the death of another. An example can be where a n individual is led astray and dies. You have three deaths in this scenario. Th e ox which kills the person and the owner and his ox are both put to death as a result. Jesus in the scriptures says, he that stumbles one of the least of the li ttle ones. That stumbling is not just an irritation or little problem of some wor ds uttered. It is where another person either by their deeds or actions or doctr ine, if the Lord holds them responsible for the death another new creature in Ch

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lier this year that the right to wear the cross at work was \'an absolutely vita l freedom\' Read more: s-choose-job-faith-Government-lawyers-claim-European-court.html#ixzz26BHhrIXU\" src=\"\" a lt=\"Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons earlier this year th at the right to wear the cross at work was \'an absolutely vital freedom\' Read more: h-Government-lawyers-claim-European-court.html#ixzz26BHhrIXU\" width=\"165\" hei ght=\"300\" /></a><p class=\"wp-caption-text\">Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons earlier this year that the right to wear the cross at work was &#39;an absolutely vital freedom&#39;</p></div>\n<p><span>Christians may ha ve to sacrifice their jobs if they want to express their religion at work, gover nment lawyers declared yesterday.</span></p>\n<p><span>They urged human rights j udges in Strasbourg to reject a landmark case brought by four Christians who sai d they suffered faith-based discrimination.</span></p>\n<p><span>The state lawye rs insisted workers are not entitled to wear a crucifix at work against the wish es of their employers and if that is incompatible with their faith they are free to resign .</span></p>\n<p><span>The hard line contrasts starkly with David Camero n telling the Commons in July that the right to wear the cross at work was an abs olutely vital freedom .</span></p>\n<p><span>He even pledged to change the law to m ake clear that people can wear religious symbols at work. </span></p>\n<p><span>La st night the Government s handling of the case was attacked by Christians for its a stonishing double standards .</span></p>\n<p><span>Government lawyers said the wea ring of the crucifix was not a scriptural requirement of Christianity, so employer s had no obligation to recognise it.</span></p>\n<p><span>But in a confrontation at the court yesterday, the Christians counsel said it was wrong they should hav e fewer rights than other faith groups just because they had a tolerant religion.< /span></p>\n<p><span>The hearing at the European Court of Human Rights involved four test cases, two of which involve employees prevented from wearing a cross a t work. Nadia Eweida s row with British Airways led the airline to back down in 20 06 and Shirley Chaplin who after 30 years as a nurse was told she could no longe r wear her cross on duty for health and safety reasons.</span></p>\n<div> The ot her two cases are those of Lilian Ladele, who was sacked as a registrar by Islin gton council because she declined to conduct civil partnerships and Gary McFarla ne, a Relate counsellor who lost his job in Bristol after admitting to bosses th at he felt unable to give sex therapy to gays.<span>The case comes at a time whe n senior Christian leaders, including the archbishops of the Church of England a nd the Pope, have complained that Christianity is being pushed out of public lif e in Britain.</span></p>\n<p><span>Paul Diamond, for Mrs Chaplin and Mr McFarlan e, said: These are real people, real lives, real damage suffered. There is no kno wing where this will end as society moves in a secular direction. The situation in the UK is now critical. </span></p>\n<p><span>But James Eadie QC, acting for th e Government, told the judges that none of the four Christians had suffered any form of discrimination.</span></p>\n<p><span> There is a difference between the pr ofessional sphere where your religious beliefs conflict with other interests and the private sphere, he said.</span></p>\n<p><span> Everyone has the right to expre ss their beliefs, including the right to display religious symbols, but not an a bsolute right or a right without limits. That does not mean that in their profes sional sphere anyone can manifest their religious belief in any way they choose. He said that under European human rights rules, people were allowed to practise their religion in a generally recognised form .<br />\n</span></p>\n<p><span>Howeve r, they could not ask to express their religion in ways which were not a scriptur al requirement .<br />\n</span></p>\n<div> He said: Employees are free to resign if they find their employment incompatible with their religious beliefs , adding: The y can obtain alternative employment in which they can reflect their religion as they wish. <span>In the case of Miss Eweida, 61, from Twickenham, south-west Londo n, wearing a cross was a personal expression of faith and not a response to a scr iptural command .<br />\n</span><span>Mrs Chaplin, 57, he added, had been told not to wear her cross because of new health and safety rules at Royal Devon and Exe ter Hospital.</span></p>\n<p><span>Of registrar Miss Ladele, Mr Eadie said Islin

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