The following is an excerpt from my soon to be released book Collision Course: Abraham’s Dual Lineage; Legacy to a Fallen World.
Israel is a tiny egalitarian island in the midst of a sea of murderous, tyrannical, and barbarous Islamic pagans. Their singular aim is to rule the entire world by first annihilating all those of Hebrew descent, then Christians or anyone failing to embrace Islam.
Why is this so? Where did this stated hatred of Jews and anyone non-Muslim come from? Did this hate begin with the man Muhammad or from elsewhere? Why has Islam been able to reignite itself so powerfully? Why now?
A Voyage Through Time
Americans under the Obama regime were unarguably living under the most corrupt government in our nation’s history.
Globally despotic governments are flexing their muscles—China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran. The institution laughingly called the United Nations is quiet except for its unanimous anti-Semitic rants against Israel. “Despite the massive number of tragic deaths and collapse of rule of law in countries such as Syria, Iraq Sudan, and Libya, “only Israel is obsessively indicted again and again and again, always with the assumption that the Jews are to blame for everything.”[i]
The Middle Eastern countries are on fire with a ruthless hatred of Jews and Christians with Iran and ISIS thugs the lead arsonists. All over the globe Islam, despite its lawless atrocities, is given a virtual pass on honor killings, rapes, murders, and terrorisms.
What in the world is going on?!
Transcendent Conflicting Forces
We recognize there are two transcendent, conflicting authorities in this world. They are evidenced by good and bad. We see them every day of our earthly lives, the virtuous versus the evil, wickedness in opposition to righteousness, betrayal as opposed to loyalty, truth contrasted with deceit, the divine compared to the demonic, and Godliness versus the Satanic.
God is The Transcendent Divine Being who created all things (Isaiah 40:21-22). The opposing evil authority is Satan, a created spirit being who has no power over God. Satan chose from the beginning to rebel against God, yet from before creation was defeated at the Cross (Colossians 2:14-15).
We see these antithetical, superior powers looking back through history. Most importantly for us in the here and the now we see them in current events. The real question is, “Do we merely “see” daily pedestrian events or are we aware enough to comprehend their direction toward God’s divine goal?”
Here’s what I mean. I don’t mean to sound heartless, but some tragedies are all too familiar events. For example a man kills several people in a hold-up. This is tragic, heartbreaking; but it is not an earthshaking event and its impact is confined to a “small locale.”
A second example is similar. Again a man kills multiple victims. But this man is flying a plane into a building. Both the people in the plane and the building die. Even so if it involved only one small plane and one building perhaps it is an accident and nothing exceptional. But flying two jet liners into the World Trade Center, killing thousands becomes something that is not a commonplace mundane killing.
As we now know that event on September 11, 2001 was the reigniting of a volcano lying more or less dormant with only relatively small eruptions since the defeat of the Mohammedans in the fifteenth century. What we then see is the Mohammedan religion or Islam against the rest of the world—Islam versus the “Jew pigs,” infidel Christians, and all non-Muslim people.
This is a divine collision course instituted in the Bible—surely you saw it? No? Not to worry. We are going on a voyage that will hopefully illuminate the links in the chain of scripture alongside the links of temporal history and the events prophesied to finish out time.
Man Rejects the Garden Path
It is impossible for us to envision the elation, joy, and ecstasy Adam and Eve must have enjoyed communing with God one-on-one, actually walking with the God of Creation, seeing Him every day. Can you imagine seeing the face of God and experiencing Him in a one-on-one relationship, literally walking and talking with Him face-to-face? It is unfathomable to us that name the name of Christ. It is an unimaginable event, virtually incomprehensible for us living in the fallen world of today.
In spite of God’s perfect Creation and man’s ability to daily communion with God and the indescribable beauty of the New Creation, man chose his own way and rebelled against God. Man’s Original Sin in the Garden set the course of man irreversibly and was the beginning of an ever-widening breach between God’s Way and man’s way, between faith-fulness and faith-lessness, and ultimately between life and death.
Some years back Don Francisco released Adam Where Are You which musically proclaims the genesis, the beginning—and the Fall; the beginning of the end:
Rulers of a kingdom, full of joy — never marred by any pain,
The morning all around them seems to celebrate the life they’ve just begun;
And in the majesty of innocence the king and queen come walking in the sun
But the master of deception now begins with his dissection of the Word
And with all of his craft and subtly the serpent twists the simple truths they’ve heard,
While hanging in the balance is a world that has been placed at their command
And all their unborn children die as both of them bow down to Satan’s hand. . . .
It will be evident as our voyage continues that this is the way of God and the way of man. God magnanimously extends His bountiful grace and man choses his own way.
Inevitably compelling questions flow from the account of man’s fall. “Was God unable to stop Adam and Eve from rebelling?” “Is Satan more powerful than God?” The Westminister Confession of Faith’s eloquent response asserts that “God was pleased, according to his wise and holy counsel, to permit, having purposed to order it to his own glory.”[ii] Genesis begins with the New Creation, hope, and life. But the over-arching précis of God’s sovereign plan is encompassed in the words of Joseph to his brothers; you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good (viz. Gen. 50:20).
In Genesis 3: 15 we discover the first Messianic prophecy regarding the seed of Woman and the coming Redeemer and Messiah. The word seed in the original language is both masculine and singular. Nevertheless the word seed is multifaceted and in the original Hebrew text it is zerá:
The term in Gen. 3:15 has enormous implications. It is clearly singular, not plural, indicating that the entire line of descendants from our first parents is being treated as a unit. The word is flexible enough to mean one person (Christ), who represents the entire human race, mankind in general (italics mine).[iii]
The import of this is not restricted to only the Old Testament discourse. Paul speaks of it to the Galatian church when he declared:
Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise (3: 16-18; italics mine).
God’s curse promised enmity as well. That is, a deep seated animosity between the woman and her tempter; the seed of the woman and the seed of the tempter; the collective descendants of humanity and the followers of Satan. But it is also the case that the meaning of seed refers to specific individual descendants of the woman. In the prophetic oath known as the Adamic Covenant God declared:
And I will put enmity between you and the woman [between Satan and God’s creation, man], And between your seed [Satan’s] and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” [Satan will ultimately be crushed by Christ, but Satan will injure and mar God’s Son corporeally and His Creation] (Gen. 3: 15; NASB).
The animosity prophesied in chapter three catapults into reality in chapter four with the murder of Abel by his brother Cain—Cain the wicked seed and Abel archetypical of the righteous seed. The offspring of Satan are those people who reject God by faith. I think the case can be made that the word “seed” is also a general referent to the “offspring of evil” and the “offspring of good.” God created all things perfectly; however creation since the Fall has been allowed to deteriorate under Satan’s curse. “The Lord’s curse turns its direction from the serpent to the evil power that animated it”[iv]—Satan.
Additionally Sir Robert Anderson tells us, “Genesis introduces us to the dramatis personæ of the sacred volume, and gives us insight into its plot and purpose. There we have the record of the Creation and the Fall, the judgments of the Flood, the apostasy and scattering of the descendants of Noah, the call of Abraham, and the . . . promise of the ‘seed of woman,’ and in the typology of the book we have the prophecy and the pledge of Redemption.”[v]
[i] Joseph Klein, “Israel Braces for Propaganda Assault by the U.N.” (Frontpage Mag, June 16, 2015).
[ii] Westminister Confession of Faith, 26.
[iii] Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, NASB, exec. ed. Spiros Zodhiates, “Lexical Aids to the Old Testament,” Strongs # 2233, 1723.
[iv] Michael Rydelnik, The Messianic Hope (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2010), 139.
[v] Sir Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince, 80.