Thus far, we’ve taken a look at the flood story in Genesis and the REAL reason God flooded the world according to the Bible. We saw that fallen angels reproduced with human women, bringing giants into the world, causing unimaginable evil and violence. I also explored the history behind these ideas as they date back to the early church and most likely even before that. In part 3 of this study we looked at the length of time God waited for before judging the world as well as how that flood was actually God displaying his act of mercy and love to mankind. I’ll finally be able to put all the puzzle pieces together in this fourth part of the study. We’ll first go back to the past when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden to re-examine some of God’s words.
The promise of a messiah
Most of us already know how the creation story and the story of Adam and Eve goes. God created the whole world including animals and the first 2 humans in 7 days. These humans, Adam and Eve first had a direct relationship with God but they ruined that by disobeying him. As I said, this is a well known story that even non-Christians are familiar with and because of this sense of familiarity we can easily miss some very important details hidden right in front of our faces. This one being the eventual coming of the messiah that will appear thousands of years later as well as what seems to be a declaration of war or at least future conflicts. This is on full display in Genesis 3, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel”, (Genesis 3:15). Did you catch that? In this verse God says he will put enmity or conflict between 2 parties, the serpent (satan) and Eve as well as both of their “seed” or offspring.
This verse is prophetic in nature so the interpretation of it isnt as straightforward as it might seem. The offspring of Eve would be her literal offspring, all of humanity going forward and I would say those specifically that follow God as well. What about satan? This wouldn’t consist of his literal “children” but rather any entity both physical and spiritual – whether it be humans or angels – that disobey God or don’t worship him. Jesus at one point calls the Pharisees children of satan and the Bible clearly tells us if we’re not born again into the kingdom of light, we are automatically residing in the kingdom of darkness ruled by satan,
- “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil…He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.””, (John 8:42-44,47)
- “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God”, (I John 3:8-9)
- “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.” (I John 3:10)
- “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love”, (Colossians 1:13)
- “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one”, (I John 5:19)
- “I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me’”, (Acts 26:17-18)
This may seem kind of “unfair” to some but think about it this way. Let’s say I was born in France. From that point on till the day I die, I am a French citizen; I don’t get to control where I’m born. However, I can choose to move to Italy permanently later in life and become a citizen there. Once I start living in Italy, I don’t abide by French laws and customs anymore, I abide by Italian laws and customs and I’ll also be called an Italian. This is a similar idea to how the “kingdoms” of light and darkness work based on the Bible. We are all born into this world as citizens of the kingdom of darkness; ruled by its laws and customs, and we will be citizens of this kingdom till death. However, if we one day discover the kingdom of light, we may choose to move there instead and live under different laws. It’s our choice. This idea of 2 kingdoms against each other may sound like a story from a Disney movie but it’s a biblical truth.
From the passages above, the Bible makes a distinction between 2 sides – God’s and the devil’s – and tells us how we fit into either one. If we’re born again, then we’re on God’s side. However, if you’re not, then you’re automatically on satan’s side because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and forfeited their reign over the earth to satan. He has power over anyone that isn’t of God’s because those that are of God are given the power to resist the devil and be victorious over him,
- “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you”, (Luke 10:19)
- “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”, (Matthew 16:18-19)
- “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”, (1 John 4:4)
- “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”, (1 John 5:4-5)
The “Seed” War
So from this point on, there will be conflict between good (God and those that follow God) and evil (satan and those that don’t follow God). The next sentence is the crucial one which tells us where this coming conflict will end, “He” will bruise the serpent’s head but “You” (the serpent) will manage to bruise the heel of Eve’s offspring, this mysterious “He”.
Knowing the symbolism behind this prophecy now, the conclusion we arrive at shouldn’t be a surprise; this prophecy not only talks about an intense war that will be going on across heaven and earth involving both spiritual and physical beings, but it shows us that despite this conflict that will stretch across millennia, there WILL one day come a person from the “seed” of Eve that will crush the head of the serpent or put an end to the evil of satan. This will come at the cost of this person actually “losing” to the serpent at one point. A perfect saying for this would be “you may have won the battle but you haven’t won the war”. Jesus is this seed that will come to the world and be bruised or crucified. This makes it appear as if satan actually won but in fact he allows Jesus to fulfill his purpose and gives humanity power to loose satan’s chains of control over their lives. And one day Jesus will return to the earth and put an end to satan and his evil once and for all. This is the meaning behind this quick verse and prophecy.
Now imagine this: God at this point is both talking to Eve – giving her hope for the future – and to satan – spelling out his demise. How do you think satan would react to this? Satan or rather, Lucifer – the anointed cherub – is a supernatural being that is intelligent and grasped the meaning behind God’s prophetic words (Ezekiel 24:13-15). He does have power and knowledge far beyond that of a flesh and blood human being, but it doesn’t stack up to God’s infinite knowledge. After hearing these words he stops at nothing to make sure that God’s words never come true (as futile as this is). It shouldn’t surprise you that soon after we get to Cain and Abel and we see that Cain has killed his brother…the seed of the women (Genesis 4:8). Coincidence? A couple chapters later and God says that all flesh on earth is corrupted. Again, this isn’t a coincidence. Correctly understanding the events that unfold in Genesis and also WHY they happen allows everything to come together on its own. It’s not an exaggeration when I say this quick moment in Genesis 3:15 kicks off thousands of years of conflict in human history in the Bible that’s only finally put to an end right before eternity begins in Revelation when satan is cast into the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:10).
When we put all this together we see that the flood story isn’t a simple story about how some humans on earth were bad and God decided to put an end to them because he didn’t like them, but what the Bible truly shows us is the start of a war that gives context to literally the rest of the Bible. To simplify things, once Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they lost their direct relationship with him. God tells them they messed up, BUT he let’s them know that he’s got it covered and he’ll fix humanity’s mistake. The only “con” to this though is that to fix that mistake completely will take thousands of more years, and this is what the devil capitalizes on. Without this specific context I find it odd how anything else could make sense after this point, which is where the issue lies; the majority of people don’t have this context and therefore find Genesis and other parts of the Bible to be confusing. With this though, we know why this “war” starts, who the key players are ,and we see the first outcome of this war through the angels who come to earth to mess with the human gene pool.
What appears to be a fairly “basic” story turned random with God wiping out the world is in fact a “chess match” of events that are a part of this war. The reason the angels came to earth to specifically take wives and mate with them is to corrupt all of the human DNA on the planet. Doing this will result in God’s prophecy of a coming messiah to be null and void if they are able to make the earth filled with human/angel hybrids.
The last missing piece of this is the reason human beings NEED to be FULLY human. There is another prophecy concerning the lineage of the messiah, this being he will come from the lineage of King David (2 Samuel 7:12). Again, how is the messiah supposed to eventually appear on the earth born to human parents from the lineage of David if the world becomes overrun by non human beings? It can’t happen, and when God sees this occurring, he knows that if he allows it to continue any longer, satan’s plans may just come to fruition, but because God is not a liar but fulfills every word he speaks, he put an end to those plans by wiping out the serpent’s “seed” restoring the hope he gave humanity for a coming messiah, truly showing his love and mercy for mankind.
I first touched upon this idea that God’s act of judgement was truly an act of mercy and love towards humanity in the third part of this study by showing that God waited millennia before acting. He waited for the inhabitants of the world to change their ways and come to repentance, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). He only acts in judgement when his “cup” is “full” and the transgressions of mankind must be paid for in full (Romans 2:5, Revelation 14:10).
He is a merciful and loving God both in the Old and New Testaments, whether we believe this to be the case or not doesn’t matter because he judges from HIS knowledge and understanding, not ours. Imagine if we were able to take a look at the situation in early Genesis and decide if the world should be flooded. From our limited point of view, killing is wrong and the world shouldn’t be wiped out. This viewpoint itself isn’t wrong but it really only accounts for the “now”. This decision fails to miss the ramifications of what the outcome could bring in the distant future simply because the insight to judge such an action isn’t there. Based on the aforementioned viewpoint, God would have left the world alone and humanity would have been wiped out from the face of the earth due to satan and his angels as well as mankind’s involvement. Noah and his family would never have been saved and the world wouldn’t be repopulated with humans of a “pure” gene pool meaning, no messiah, no Jesus, no atonement of sins. It would have all been over before it really even began.
In the last part of this study, I want to look at the implications that this has on our current world. Now that we’ve examined the flood story and we know what it’s about, you might be thinking “Ok, so why does this matter to me now?”. Although in this day and age, there aren’t giants running around or an impending flood we should worry about, Jesus makes a confusing and in my opinion “brave” remark about what people of the distant future should expect in Matthew 24:37-39 that we will be looking into in the next article, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be“.
I’ll leave you with one last verse that I believe summarizes the “theme” of what this study’s about,