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  • David m on Genesis 4
    Moses is pointing out the sinning blood line of Cains murder. That family never spoke one word of the Lord but it did keeps its evil sinning murderous ways.
  • Dennis L Greeno on Genesis 4:14
    Kelly's Question: Who are these other people that live outside of Eden? God created Adam, and from Adam He created Eve, Eve bore Cain, then bore Able whom Cain killed. So who is it that Cain is afraid will kill him if they see him?

    Answer: Although the Bible does not give the timeline of events during earlier chapters of Genesis it can be assumed that there were several years, perhaps even a hundred in which other births of Adam and Eve's who have grown up and knowing ALL of their siblings, it quite reasonable to see that Cain [may have] been concerned for their retaliating on behalf of Abel. Of course this is just a reasonable guess, but not without the obvious conclusion(s).
  • Theresa Jones on Genesis 4
    Hi I have a strange question for you where did the women come from that Cain took his wife Where did she come from? Was she his sister we all come from Adam and Eve Thank you for your answering if you can and I do hope you have a great day. Sincerely Theresa
  • Dave on Genesis 4
    Where did Cain's wife come from?
  • Thomas McElwain on Genesis 4
    Genesis 4

    Cain killed Abel because his gift

    Hid unconfessed sins, but the lift

    Came when Seth learned to call on God

    For all that grows upon the sod.
  • Loretta Damon on Genesis 4
    Yes, I do not understand the sin of Cain before he killed his brother. God was pleased with Abel's gift but not with Cain's gift. Cain became jealous and then killed his brother which of course was sin. Why was Cain's gift not acceptable to God?
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
    We are not told specifically what made Cain's offering unacceptable to the Lord (in Genesis 4:3-5). It has been suggested that Cain came with a heart that was not right before God, whether he harboured sin, or thought light of fulfilling such an important duty. Then again, even though sacrifices were not officially commanded by God at that time, there may have been the idea (from their parents) that a blood offering was only acceptable for sin offering. As well, Adam & Eve would have been familiar with the killing of animals as God had done, so as to clothe them at their time of sin. Abel did correctly by taking of the first of his flock but Cain only produced what grew from his field, & this may have not been acceptable as a Sacrifice.
  • Stanjett on Genesis 4
    I don't understand while God had respect to Abels offering and not Cains. I was raised on the farm and we would not offer our cow or our pigs for a offering. But we had vegetables. Unless Cain offered rotten vegs. Why kill innocent animals? We got milk from our cow also.
  • Bendito Palavra - in Reply on Genesis 4
    By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. (Hebrews 11:4)

    For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous. (1 John 3:11-12)
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
    We are not told why "God had respect unto Abel & his offering". It is generally assumed that Abel's offering came from the "firstlings of his flock" indicating a blood sacrifice & that Abel came with a humble responsive heart before God. However, Cain came with neither. But these can only be our guesses since blood sacrifice was not known at that time, but understood to be so, as it was the proper representation & substitute for human life.

    If you lived at that time, or at least as one of the Israelites, then you would have to provide a pure animal as sacrifice for your sins - this wasn't an option - it was a life for a life (Leviticus chapter 1). But thanks be to God, He sent forth His Own Lamb to be our Sacrifice, who was the only One Who could be the one & only offering for sin. Any sacrifice offered after Christ's death, could only show disregard & disobedience to God's Love & Mercy to us.

    As well, the animals that were sacrificed were not discarded - their remaining flesh became food for the Levitical priesthood.
  • TRIBULATION CHOICES on Genesis 4
    Why do people NEED a choice on PRE, MID, or POST Tribulation RAPTURE!???

    Everybody thinks they must makes choice about every Daffy Duck, bugs bunny or Wiley Coyote scenario?

    Jesus is stressing that no one knows! He doesn't know! Only Father God knows and He is only willing to hint at SIGNS ALL OCCURING SIMULTANEOUSLY at the same moment in time.

    THAT WOULD BE NOW!!

    There's no first, second or 3rd class. That was many people selling books to be enriched by sales. Look at all those rapture books on Amazon! Which one do you buy into?

    Doesn't it make sense to BUY into what Jesus Christ our Savior said about it??

    Be Ready

    Be Watching

    Have Your Lamps filled with Holy Spirits Oil

    Look Up

    Watch and Pray that you may ESCAPE

    He's coming as a thief in the Night: which means our society will be Spiritually Dark..like it is NOW.

    Those kids that you love and would do anything for: need to get born again now!

    We're going to know each other in heaven. Have a family meeting and pray the prayer together. Back on the opening page of this website is a LINK, "Become A Christian". It's enough to get the kids and others you love and will miss terribly (if they neglect so great a salvation)...saved!

    Wearing crosses and Christian tee shirts will not get us into heaven. You have to be born again as written in John chapter 3. You can't be ashamed of carrying a Bible; reading it; saying "in Jesus Name, Satan get out of my life!!! We have to renew our minds on scripture so we can live cleaner and stop cursing and swearing. I know it's hard, but the Holy Spirit will help you. I got totally off drugs and alcohol in a week! That's a miracle. Let your faith shake heaven For everyone's deliverance. Throw out anything remotely like an idol.

    Don't miss your chance to be ready NOW.

    I am praying that God will bless us all and help us to get strength from each other, and the Holy Spirit who undertakes & undergirds you're strength and faith.

    Mishael
  • Steven Meyers on Genesis 4
    Where might I find scripture explaining this question,

    Who exactly did Cain marry?

    (And please note that I asked for "scripture" and not opinion, with all due respect)

    I've simply not been able to find it and am only just curious- not questioning the Bible. Thank you and be blessed
  • Bendito Palavra - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Genesis 4:17 tells us Cain knew his wife and she bare Enoch. We can affirm by scripture that he married his wife.
  • Alici on Genesis 4
    How come God didn't just kill the serpent instead of letting him live to continue evil works in the world
  • Notmyname - in Reply on Genesis 4
    To test us
  • Alana - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Because he doesn't go around taking life. Instead he lays down the rules and allows us to make free choices. Judgement day is coming when ALL (even the devil) be judged based on those choices.
  • Stanjett on Genesis 4
    But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. I can't understand why God had no respect to Cains offering. He was the first to offer something. Was it rotten? He didn't have to kill a poor innocent animal. Being raised on a Farm myself, we ate eggs from chic kens and mick from our cow. Well we did eat chickens but we would never eat our cow.
  • EJL - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Stanjett,

    On a purely Scriptural basis;

    Cain "brought of the fruit of the ground an offering to the LORD."

    Abel "he also brought of the FIRSTLINGS of his flock AND OF THE FAT THEREOF."

    Cain brought an offering that was average and common; as though he didn't care.

    Abel brought an offering full of love and respect.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
    This has always been an intriguing portion of Scripture & you may get other views. But I consider Genesis 4:2-7 & Hebrews 11:4 together. Both Cain & Abel brought their sacrifices to the Lord as an offering (maybe a freewill or thanksgiving offering). But the Lord only had "respect unto Abel & his offering'.

    I detect that it was both the type of offering & the type of heart of the giver that comes to question. They were still largely vegetarians in those days, I would think, however, the killing of animals for their skins as garments, would have been necessary. It is also plausible that prior to using the skins, that Abel & maybe their parents, also offered up a 'blood' offering to the Lord, maybe for sin (an instruction from God prior to the giving of the Law?) or as thanksgiving.

    Hebrews 11:4: "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh." Here we read that Abel made it to the Hall of Faith Heroes by reason of 'faith' unlike Cain. So here too, I see that a heart preparedness of Abel with his 'excellent' (acceptable) sacrifice of the "firstlings of his flock & of the fat thereof" engendered him & his sacrifice acceptable to the Lord. Whereas Cain came not in full measure of faith & thankfulness, & maybe for necessity's sake & an impure heart.

    I see a correlation to us, as we meet around the Lord's Table & as the Scripture asks us to "examine ourselves" first before coming & partaking. Maybe, Cain needed to do some serious introspection & considering his offering before approaching the Lord. But these are simply my thoughts for your consideration that I wouldn't compel upon you or anyone, as Scripture doesn't clearly give us all the details.
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Scripture doesn't clearly give us all the details. That's for sure. One of the questions I will be asking God when I see Him face to face.
  • Word 76 on Genesis 4
    Adam was first flesh man in this earth age but we lived here before. There was a great flood of Jeremiah 4 and if you read that chapter you see we were all stupid and also no Noah, no bird and no boat in that flood in fact God said He submerged the earth in water if you make a deeper study and so then every city was wiped out and earth was cleaned except what God wanted left. Then God said to us let us create man in our image so we look the same in both places and eternally unless your not there anyway Eve had flaternal twins from 2 different dad's one being Adam and the other lucifer and Cain was a murderer and killed Adams son. Anyway we have lived on earth millions of years but flesh a short while. One thing to say when the first messiah comes with supernatural powers and the world chases after him don't it's a deception it's instead of Christ and its 2 and a half months so store food when he stands up in Jerusalem claiming he is God and brings lightning down from the sky. You'll see antichrist the preacher who has been doing a lot of work behind the pulpits and he will be right here on earth kicked here. (Revelation 12) The world has it wrong telling stories of destruction and its fake sweet peace of poison that kills souls so be prepared and don't get caught up in the deception.
  • Stanjett - in Reply on Genesis 4
    You have so many things wrong I don't know where to start, so I won't.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
    A great Flood in Jeremiah chapter 4?? Where?

    Eve had 'flaternal'(?) twins?? What Scripture?

    We've lived on the Earth millions of years? Any scriptural proof?
  • EJL - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Chris,

    God's word reveals to us that the earth was "without form, and void." That is found in Jeremiah 4:23. Many people that worship God and Jesus understand this to have happened in the first earth age.

    We know the phrase "without form, and void," from Genesis 1:2, and it means 'completely covered with water,' which is what the earth was before the 6 days of re-creation by God.

    The 'Scriptural proof' you are requesting from Word 76 concerning people on earth a long time age can be found in Jeremiah 4:25, as God states that there was "no man." This is not reference to the flood of Noah's day, as Noah, his family, and animals, survived the flood. Neither was the heaven black or light taken from the earth at the flood of Noah's time. Neither were all the birds gone.

    God declares to His children that they are "sottish," meaning foolish, because they do not care for or desire "understanding" of His word. God then reminds them, and reveals to us, how the earth came to be "without form, and void" and the heavens gave "no light."

    We are also told that God did not make a "full end" of that destruction, i.e. the 6 days of re-creation in Genesis 1.

    Given in (Jeremiah 4:22 - 29) is information as to HOW God destroyed and made "desolate" the earth, and that He withdrew His light from the heavens. WHY His "fierce anger" was kindled can be found in chapter 14 of Isaiah (Isaiah 14:1 - 32). Prophecy concerning the restoration of Israel is given. Within this prophecy, Satan is addressed symbolically as "Lucifer" (look at Isaiah 14:12 - 20)

    The word of God does not declare that Eve had 'fraternal twins,' the point being made is that it is possible. Science states that it is possible to have twins with different fathers. I believe this could be a possibility.

    We learn and teach with love! Nobody knows everything about Scripture, and we try to understand other peoples points of view with compassion and guidance.

    Word 76, right on, keep up the good studying.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Thank you for your comments, EJL. I'm sorry that I have to disagree with your understanding of Jeremiah chapter 4. None of those references you gave refer to the days of the Earth's first state, or of man, or possibility of Eve's other conception.

    In the natural reading of that passage, Jeremiah is talking about Israel's spiritual condition, that they "circumcise their heart" rather than be the recipients of God's Wrath. Jeremiah goes on to describe that coming desolation from God (vv 11-20). Then Jeremiah saw the outcome of that desolation: vv 23-31, which included, "I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled." This isn't a reference to creation (though with clear similarities) but to the destruction that would come if Israel continued in the way they were going.

    And my (curt) response to Word 76, was to ask that if a claim is to be made or teaching from the Word to be given, then Scriptural support needs to be given (as you have done here to prove your understanding). Without support, then this being a public accessed Site will become a breeding ground for false teaching & I believe that has to be refuted. If for nothing else, so that those enquiring may also get 'the other side' of the biblical meaning. I fully agree, we can't know everything & we're still learning, but since our text book is God's Word, we should make appropriate reference from it & not from our musings.
  • EJL - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your response concerning Jeremiah 4.

    Please don't feel that you have to apologize for your disagreement with how I see these verses, as respectful discourse brings forth better understanding.

    I agree that the context must be examined and the interpretation of Scripture must be attained before any application to other Scripture is introduced and personal opinions are then formed.

    You are correct that Jeremiah 4 is talking about Israel's spiritual condition. In fact, I believe that all the way from Jeremiah 2:1-20:18 concerns prophecies that are addressed to the people of Judah and Israel.

    Through Jeremiah, God is letting His people know that they forgot what He remembers in Jeremiah 2:2-3.

    In the particular passage of Jeremiah 4:19-31, God is letting His people know that they have become "sottish" = stupid. They have even forgotten how God had once made the earth to become 'without form, and void' (covered with water) and took His light away from the heavens: How He destroyed that first earth and heaven age due to the rebellion of Satan.

    The four "I beheld" (Jeremiah 4:23-26) are the words of God Himself, not Jeremiah, and I believe that He is referring to the condition the earth is found in at Genesis 1:2. I don't think this is a future punishment of Israel, but a reminder of the great Judgment from that time period.

    The word "void" is found only twice in Scripture in the form of the Hebrew word "tohuw" meaning a 'vacuity,' an indistinguishable 'ruin.' That is Genesis 1:2 and Jeremiah 4:23.

    You answer so many questions and are a help to many people on this site, and to myself as well, many thanks.

    I don't want to bother you with two more questions, but I am typing this out, so.......

    I am wondering if you believe in three earth and heaven ages?

    Is there a time period before Satan's punishment in the Garden of Eden that you place his fall for his conflict with God?

    Thank You in advance,

    EJL
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
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    Re: the three Earth & heaven ages. I'm open to accepting this as a possibility simply because the Word is unclear on that period of time - only revealing what the state was in Gen chapter 1:1, 2 & the future renewal in Revelation 21. Whatever condition the universe & its worlds were in prior to Genesis 1 can only be speculation.

    Re: time period between Satan's rebellion & him being found in Eden. Genesis 3 is the first appearance of the Serpent as one of the animals in creation. Whether Satan who was cast out from Heaven (Isaiah 14) then was in Eden (Ezekiel 28) before man's fall or the other way around (i.e. he was first in Eden as God's cherub & then came his fall), I cannot ascertain from the Word - it's not clearly given.

    So when the Word is unclear, my rule is that I'm to remain in ignorance & not proffer an answer. However, when people give their answer to these & other biblical subjects & don't provide a scriptural argument for it, then it remains a theory & a dangerous stand & belief to maintain.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
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    Thank you EJL for your explanation & understanding of this passage. I re-looked at it 'through your eyes' & I'm still unable to apply your reference of Jeremiah 4:23-26 to God's speaking of the Earth's former condition. Rather, I see this passage as alluding to it in its specific description.

    My reasons are as follows: in prophetical writings, we have both the direct words of God to the prophet, whether words to the prophet or to the people. So in Jeremiah 4:1-9, we see God speaking to Jeremiah. Then from verse 10: "Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD!...": we see Jeremiah responding to God. At times he's speaking as from the Lord or he is quoting the Lord (e.g. v17).

    Then in verse 19, he exclaims: "My bowels, my bowels". This has to be Jeremiah's voice - I don't see God saying something like this: He never has before. Then verse 22 appears to be God's Words about these 'sottish' children. Verses 23-26 are now Jeremiah's "I behelds" as he envisions the destruction that will come to Israel & then v 27 qualifies that when the Lord says, "For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end." And this goes on in the following verses.

    So, I just can't see that this account relates back to God speaking about the Earth's former condition, but to Israel's future troubles. We may have to agree to disagree on that interpretation.
  • EJL - in Reply on Genesis 4
    Chris,

    Thank you for your various responses.

    I believe you are correct as to the speaker being Jeremiah up until (Jeremiah 4:26).

    I was wondering, though, if you believe that this is a portrayal of Israel's future punishment, the devastation of this particular punishment of earth covered in water, and no light from heaven, has not come to pass. Is this yet still a future punishment awaiting Israel? If so, then what do we do with God's covenant to Noah in Genesis 9:8-17?

    As to the three earth and heaven ages, have you considered 2 Peter chapter 3.

    5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

    6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

    I believe this is reference to the 1st earth and heaven age, which ended by being "overflowed with water," i.e., becoming "without form, and void."

    7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

    I understand this to be the 2nd heaven and earth age. Time present. From Genesis 1:2 on.

    13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

    I believe this is the 3rd heaven and earth age we are all looking forward to.

    Heaven on earth (Revelation 21:2)

    Three heaven and earth ages; One heaven and one earth.

    Concerning Satan, I would give reference to Job.

    Satan I believe can be considered a "son of God," because he is referenced as being among them and with them to present himself to God in Job 1:6 and again in Job 2:1.

    Satan is also included as being there with God when "the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy" (Job 38:7) in reference to the creation of earth by God.

    It seems as though Satan and the other angels may have been around before the creation of the earth itself.

    Thanks,

    EJL
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 4
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    "And the heavens & earth that are now", I don't regard as a stage because: 1. the heavens haven't changed in form or substance & 2. the earth is still essentially the same that was once submerged. I do agree with your 'Third heaven & earth stage', though.

    Re: Satan & the Job reference. Probably my timeline would be as follows (& again, certainly not 'set in stone'): Lucifer was cast out of Heaven because of his rebellion (Isaiah 14); he roamed the Earth (& elsewhere) & was in Eden at the creation of Adam & Eve (Ezekiel 28); he appears with the Angels of God which seems to be an extraordinary event as God asks, "From where have you come?", as if to say, 'you aren't part of my angelic host, why have you joined them now?' Apparently, as a spirit he must have still had freedom to move wherever he wished. And yes, Satan, with the angelic host were created before the worlds were put together & probably, as you suggest, were included as the 'morning stars' in Job 38:7 (& this reference would precede the Isaiah 14 reference: before his rebellion).

    Just my thoughts from my studies, but no doubt lacking for want of more biblical narrative & limited revealed light to me.


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