Who would create an intelligent race of perfect beings—knowing that they would rebel against their Creator and necessitate His death, in order to save them?
Many people have an incomplete understanding of what has truly happened to the human race. In the beginning, we were perfect. No one ever became sick, grew old, or died. The principle which allowed us to live forever was our moral perfection. It is because of sin—the presence of moral imperfection—that we can no longer live eternally in our present bodies. Sin causes death. Just as the law of gravity defines the order of the universe, galaxies, stars, and planets; so also does the law of sin. Imperfection in the human species does not permit us to live forever in this state.
When God created the universe, it was built with the intention of providing a perfect environment for a perfect creation. When the first man disobeyed God and sin began, the entire universe and all creation, began to grow old and die.
For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to uselessness, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. Romans 8:19-22
Immediately after the fall of man, in chapter three of Genesis; God promises a Savior—who will make the redemption of all people possible. This is the first prophecy that is found in the Bible:
Genesis 3:15a “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.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Luke 1:35 “And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Matthew 1:18-20 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”
The creation of man is a great mystery. How we came to the earth and the reason for our existence, are two of the most extraordinary questions of mankind. Many scientists today will tell us that we are a cosmic accident. In the beginning there was nothing and then suddenly a tiny, densely compacted mass of energy exploded into a universe. Stars formed, Galaxies clustered, planets took shape and man evolved from a single cell—over billions of years. This all happened as a result of millions of fortuitous accidents.
The Bible is unique in that it offers mankind an intellectual answer that makes sense. In the beginning, an intelligent Being of unlimited power, created the heavens and the earth. Through infinite wisdom, God assembled all the necessary components of the universe, adjusted them to allow for life, and brought forth all living things upon the earth.
And then, we have the human species; with a thinking mind, self aware—seemingly unlimited in what he can learn and accomplish. From the day of our birth we know instinctively that we exist in this universe for a purpose.
We understand that in order for something to exist of complexity, it must have originated from an intelligence. The universe is the most complex structure that has ever existed. The power and engineering required to make such a domain, is incalculable.
Man himself is a wonder of inexplicable precision. A body made of organic material—yet fully self contained and able to sustain life forever, if assembled properly. The human mind, existing within a material brain, yet fully transcendent of any physical matter. Software, within hardware. A human being is a wonder of technology that could not possibly exist by any mishap or coincidence. Man clearly lives for a purpose, we are made for a reason.
The Bible describes man as fashioned by God and similar to Him in many ways: Self aware, possessing the abilities of creation, emotion, love, and destruction. Man is like God in that he has been given the privilege of self determination. Man can choose, and many options does he have. God gave man the choices of trust, love, and obedience to God. Man may also act independent of His Creator, disobey and deny Him His rightful place.
Adam was created on the earth as the first man, and subsequently made a wrong choice. Adam’s unfortunate decision to disobey God, caused a defect in the perfection of man, which brought about sin and death to all of his descendants.
This first prophecy of the Bible, is God’s immediate response to man’s loss of perfection, eternal life, and fellowship with God.
The prophecies of this book are a description of how God has made it possible for the descendants of Adam to be redeemed. God would send His Son, perfect and eternal. He would be born on the earth as a human being—arriving as the second Adam. If the Messiah could remain sinless and offer His life in exchange for all human lives, God would have a righteous basis to grant the forgiveness of all sins to any person who would receive it. Jesus died on a Roman cross as a part of this plan of God. Wicked men moved to put Jesus to death, but God planned and purposed every event. Before the universe existed, God planned every second of time so that He could justify everyone who would receive Jesus as their Savior.
How and why this plan of redemption works, is the subject of this publication. It is important to understand that God saves all people, for all time, in precisely the same way. Immediately after Adam sinned against God, the Lord quickly promised a Savior. Every person who has come into the world, since Adam; who is looking forward or backward to the arrival of this Savior, as the remedy for their sins; God imparts salvation to that person. Whether looking ahead to the coming of the Messiah, or looking back to the time when He was crucified and rose from the dead, all people, for all time, are saved in the same way. This is the preeminent fact of this first prophecy in the Bible.
John the Baptist’s baptism at the Jordan river, was looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. Christian baptism is looking back to the completed work of the Messiah.
There are hundreds of prophecies in this book which encompass the entire plan and purpose of God; to redeem all people, for all time. These prophecies were given in advance of their fulfillment so that the reader would understand that they came from a reliable source. Only a Being—transcendent of time, space, and matter, could have detailed knowledge of events on earth, long before they took place.
Deuteronomy 4:35 To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none other besides Him.
Romans 4:17 …God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did…
God has provided a way for all people to be saved, regardless of how good or bad they are. He has validated His plan by the use of prophecy. Since it is by human words that we communicate with each other; it is by words that God has communicated His plan to us. God has spoken to unique men and instructed them what to write—regarding the coming of the Messiah. All of these prophecies have been fulfilled in the arrival of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the narrative of the New Testament.
When we compare what God has said, regarding the coming Messiah, with what Jesus has said and done in the New Testament; we find that both the promise and the fulfillment are a perfect match. No other person in the history of the world can make this claim.
A plan formulated before time existed
It is interesting that Jesus is spoken of as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world in the book of Revelation chapter 13, verse 8. In a distant eon of time, immeasurable by human comprehension; before God created the universe, before He formed man on the earth; the Son of God would be the instrument whereby God could vividly display the wonder of His infinite Love.
In this first prophecy of the Bible; the amazing love of God is placed into action immediately after the sin of Adam. Not wanting any person to be lost, the Lord announces that the fail-safe plan He had instituted before all creation, would now go into effect.
According to the prophecy of Genesis 3:15, it is by the “Seed” of a woman, Eve, that this prophecy would be fulfilled. A future descendant of Eve (Mary) will bring the Messiah into the world. By using a capital “S” in the word Seed, the intent here is that this future Seed of Eve spoken of in Genesis 3:15 will be God in human flesh. This flesh will be supernaturally imparted to the virgin who will give birth to the Messiah, without the aid of a human father.
How sin is imputed
According to Hebrew tradition, it is through the father that sin is transmitted to a baby, not through the mother. If God were to implant the Seed of His own Son in the body of a human being, that Seed would be the Son of God. The Messiah would be both God and Man together in a single human body.
Early church Theologian and Philosopher, Augustine, wrote that sin passed to a baby through the father.
Today, Medical Science confirms that a fetus does not receive its blood supply from the mother, but from the father. An Ovum begins to produce its own blood supply immediately after the father’s sperm penetrates the egg, held in the body of the woman. An unfertilized ovum can never develop blood since the egg of the female does not contain the elements which are necessary for the production of blood.
According to the Bible, sin is transferred to the child through the father, not the mother.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
In this, we understand the importance of God imputing, to Mary, the Seed which would cause the birth of Jesus. If Joseph, or any other man, were Jesus father; this seed would pass the defect of sin to Jesus and He could not be the Savior of the world. By Jesus conception—through the Holy Spirit, He was born sinless. If He could maintain this sinless life, for all of His life, He could offer Himself for the sins of the world.
The need for a Savior
All those who are born into this world are lost and in desperate need of a Savior. This was the purpose for which Jesus came into the world as the Messiah. As the sons and daughters of Adam, we are born into the word with a natural tendency towards sin. The Pharisees believed that because they were the descendants of Abraham, they were righteous. Jesus makes it clear that only those who experience a second, spiritual rebirth, known in the third chapter of John’s gospel as “born again,” are the children of God.
In this first prophecy of the Bible, God distinguishes between those who are born of men, and the Messiah who will be born of God. It is not the purpose of God to disparage the human race, but to inform us of the truth. In our present condition as the descendants of Adam, we have no hope of eternal redemption. If God did not love all people intensely, He would not have sent His Son into the world to die for us.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
To destroy the devil
To Eve, God promises: from her (Mary’s) Seed shall come one who will bruise the head of satan.
“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.”
The second part of this first prophecy of the Bible, describes an attempt by satan to kill the Messiah, which will only “bruise His heel.” At the cross, satan believed that he had destroyed Jesus and his attempt at redeeming man. In reality, in fulfillment of this first prophecy, all that satan accomplished was a “bruising” of Jesus heel. When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, He “bruised the head” of satan and dealt him a fatal and eternal blow. Jesus defeated his kingdom, all sin, and the sting of death, forever.
“…He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
The virgin birth, an absolute necessity
This very first prophecy of the Bible, not only promises a Savior, it predicts that this Savior will be born of a Virgin, a woman who has not conceived by the seed of man, but by the Seed of God. This would enable the Savior to bypass the inherited sin nature imparted to all human beings from Adam, and be born without sin.
The eye witness accounts of Jesus’ birth found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, describe Mary as a virgin who had known no man. She was found to be pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. The child within her was fully human, but also fully God; the perfect candidate to take man’s place and die for his sin.
If God did not become a human being like us, He could not die for us. If a candidate for the Messiah had any trace of sin that came from Adam, he could not be the savior of all men. The account of Jesus’ birth and life in the New Testament, describes Him as perfect and without sin. The testimony of Jesus’ sinless life, proves that He has met all the qualifications for the Messiah, the Savior of all men.
Many people deny that the Bible teaches that the coming Messiah would be born of a virgin; a conception that occurs without the aide of a human father. To deny that a supernatural birth is possible, is to ignore the very first prophecy in the Bible. Genesis 3:15 describes of a Savior who is to come, who will be born by: The Seed of a woman.
This language is clearly an indication that the Savior of the world would be born as a human being, but as a supernatural event. This conception will be caused by God’s Spirit, therefore He will be called The Holy Son of God. The implantation of this Seed, into the womb of Mary, was by her full consent.
Confirmed by the prophet Isaiah
Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 7, verse 14, also speaks of a virgin who will conceive and bear a son.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
There is an implied meaning here in the Hebrew language, as the words “ha almah” are understood together. The Hebrew word ha (the) before the definite article almah (virgin), implies that this not just any young woman, or just any virgin—but the virgin, implying a specific virgin who has previously been predicted in the scriptures, going back to the beginning. The obvious intent here is that the Seed spoken of by God in Genesis 3:15 is the Messiah who was conceived in the womb of Mary, as described by the four gospels of the New Testament.
A secondary possibility of the Hebrew phrase ha almah: The ha is the sound of breath, specifically, the breath of God. It is interesting that when God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, it was the addition of ha that caused Abraham to be led and directed by the Holy Spirit. In the same way, if we apply this principle to ha almah, she is a virgin conceiving by the Holy Spirit, who gives birth to the Messiah.
The obvious virgin who this first prophecy of the Bible is speaking of, is Mary, the mother of Jesus. She is vividly described in the New Testament as being with child by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:18-23 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
The angel who brought this announcement to Joseph and Mary, told them that their Son would be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. The Virgin of Isaiah 7:14, who is The Seed of Genesis 3:15, is also the Holy Son of God in the womb of Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Matthew records the words of the angel to Joseph: “So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet (Isaiah 7:14), saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
The common criticism that the Hebrew word almah could also be translated young woman, is preposterous when the entire Hebrew sentence structure of Isaiah 7:14 is considered. Clearly the intent of Isaiah is to convey to the reader that the child this virgin would bear, would be God with us, as we examine the entire verse of Isaiah 7:12: they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us. The subject of Isaiah’s prophecy is: God dwelling in the body of a man, conceived by a virgin, is absolutely clear. See the chapter: Virgin Birth
Any Hebrew knew that a ordinary young woman could not give birth to a sinless child who was also God with us.
This fact is confirmed by the angel who spoke to Mary and Joseph, who told them that their child was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. The virgin” would conceive and bear a Son and He would be Immanuel, God living with us.
First: If the intended purpose of Isaiah 7:14, was to communicate to us that a young woman would bear a child, the Hebrew word: ha would not have been placed before almah. The fact that ha does exist, demands that this child will be conceived by a miraculous virgin birth.
Second: Matthew 1:18-23 proves that Matthew believed that Isaiah was writing to predict Mary’s conception of Jesus. “So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son…”
Third: When this prophecy was given by Isaiah to king Ahaz, it was described as a sign. If the object of Isaiah’s prophecy was simply a young woman giving birth, how would an ordinary young woman having a baby be a sign? Young woman give birth to babies everyday, and no one would consider any of these births “a sign,” unless that young woman had conceived her child without the aide of a human father.
Fourth: A virgin giving birth to a Son who is: God with us, would be a sign indeed. It is for this reason that we would chose the translation of almah as a virgin, not simply a young woman.
By the implied text in the verse where it is written ha almah, the Hebrew meaning is clear: Isaiah is pointing us to a promise that God had previously made in Genesis 3:15—the first prophecy of the Bible. This Savior will be the seed of the woman, conceived without the aid of a human father, who will be the Messiah.
Fifth: When the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew to Greek, about 286 B.C., the Greek word used for virgin found in Isaiah 7:14 was Parthenos, which is almost always translated as a virgin.
Sixth: “If any further doubt is cast upon this verse—as to whether Isaiah is speaking of a young woman or a virgin, Isaiah clarifies the intent of his prophecy by telling us that this Son” will be; Immanuel, meaning: God with us. The child will have both the flesh of man and the Spirit of the Living God, living within Him. The Messiah will not be an ordinary child because He came to us by extraordinary events. When we combine all of the elements of this verse together, it is clear that the intent of Isaiah’s prophecy is not simply that God is with us, in the sense of His favor being upon us. The purpose of the term God with us is defined by the article before; the child will be from a virgin.
Seventh: Unless the Messiah was born by a virgin birth, He could not be the Savior of the world. The Messiah must be born sinless and remain sinless, all of His life—in order to present Himself as a sinless sacrifice for all sins. This is in conformity with the principle of the Passover Lamb from the Old Testament.
What the Jews say about Isaiah 7:14
The Talmudic translation of Isaiah 7:14 reveals that the Jews who translated and commented on Isaiah’s prophecy, believed that he was speaking of a virgin.
In the “Horae Hebraicae et Talmudicae,” the Hebrew Talmud, it is declared:
“Be not troubled, O Ahaz… Does it not seem an impossible thing to thee, that will never happen that a virgin become a mother; But I tell thee such a virgin shall bring forth a son, before the House of David perish.”
It is certain that as the tradition of the elders of Israel, at that time, wrote in the Talmud that they believed the object of Isaiah’s prophecy was a virgin; this was the intent of Isaiah when he wrote this prophecy.
Why the virgin birth is an absolute requirement for the Messiah:
1. Salvation must originate from God, because man is helpless to save himself.
2. If the Messiah is not born of a virgin, He would exist as any other man, a sinner, making it impossible that He could be the Savior of all men.
3. The Messiah must be God in human flesh or His life is of insufficient worth to die for the sins of all people.
Salvation must originate from God because man is helpless to save himself.
Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight….
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law…
Galatians 2:16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ…
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
The entire body of scripture indicates that mankind is lost in sin with no hope of redemption. There is no work that any person can perform that is sufficient to merit their own redemption. For this reason, unless God initiates our salvation, it is impossible. The common thought among those who are uniformed, is that human beings are basically good and if our good works outweigh our bad, God will accept us into heaven when we die. Unfortunately, the Bible teaches the opposite; all men are sinners and therefore not good and incapable of self-redemption. This impossible state of man—necessitated action by God to initiate salvation.
Under a provision carried out by God, all people may enter heaven, if they follow the requirements which God has prescribed.
First, an awareness that we are all separated from God by our sins with no hope of redemption on our part. (Romans 3:23)
Second, a sincere sorrow for the sins we have committed with an honest desire and willingness to turn from those sins. (Romans 10:9)
Third, an acceptance of Jesus sacrifice on the cross as payment for the sins we have committed, and a complete trust in Him for our salvation. (1 John 2:2, 1 John 5:12)
Fourth, a willingness to follow Jesus closely and be obedient to Him for the remainder of our life. (Luke 6:46)
Three additional requirements, keep those who have been saved—in fellowship with God. These three points are not required for salvation; they do however, give evidence of a new life that has been changed as a result of coming into a saving relationship with Jesus.
Fifth, when sins are committed, an immediate confession of those sins to the Lord, whereby fellowship with Him is restored. (1 John 1:9)
Sixth, a constant expectation of Jesus’ promise to return to earth at any moment. The effect of such an expectation, will have a purifying effect upon the daily lives of those who are waiting for His return. (1 John 3:3, Luke 12:42-44).
Seventh, to be a witness of Jesus power to change lives—declaring who He is, and what He has accomplished; so as to lead as many people as possible to a saving faith in the Lord. (Luke 28:19, John 4:35).
The importance of this first prophecy is understood by the principle that the Messiah cannot be the Savior of all men if He is not born of a virgin.
The virgin birth conveyed to Jesus a sinless start. If He could maintain His sinless record—all the days of His life, then He could be the Savior that God required. The sinless sacrifice is a principle that is carefully mapped out for us throughout the Old Testament scriptures.
The Lord was very specific in regards to the kind of sacrifice that could be offered for sins. In the Old Testament, there were certain qualifications that were required if He would accept the offerings that were brought to Him. Exodus Chapter 12, describes a Lamb that was ordained to die. His blood would cover those who had sinned, protecting them from judgement and death.
See the chapter: Passover Lamb
Many roads, one way
When claims are made by individuals, churches, or other organizations—in which they state that their method of salvation is the only way to heaven, we should immediately be skeptical. The Bible is very specific in that there is only “one way” that God will accept us: through Jesus Christ. Salvation is not through a religion, it is through a person. God made salvation very simple for us to understand by providing one clear and definite way to be saved. Salvation is by Jesus Christ, alone.
The way that we know for certain that salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ, is that only Jesus was born without sin and lived His entire life without sin. In this first prophecy of the Bible, Jesus has met the strict requirements set forth for the Messiah. In each of the subsequent prophecies that follow, Jesus fulfilled every requirement described by the word of God. Jesus Himself declared that He was the only way to heaven:
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus validated this claim by raising Himself from the dead, three days after He was crucified. His resurrection was meant as a sign to the world that all of His claims to be the only Savior of the world, are valid. We do not need to seek any other method to make it to heaven. God has provided one perfect way, all we must do is follow the way God has laid before us.
It is for this purpose that that Messiah came: to rid us of this curse of imperfection. First He must remove our record of past sins. Then He must make us perfect—forever so that we never have another sin attached to our record.
Because the Messiah is described as sinless, and eternal, He has the power and the right to pay for our sins, remove them, and make us perfect.
Heaven requires perfection
Heaven is devoid of all sin. In this place of perfection no one ever breaks the righteous laws of God. In order to gain admittance into heaven our sins must first be dealt with and removed. Unfortunate for us, no human being has the capacity to remove their past sins, nor make themselves perfect.
If salvation will be possible for us, it must be initiated and accomplished by God. It is important to understand that the One who God will use to bring about our salvation, must Himself; be perfect and without sin.
Many people claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. Others claim that Isaiah 7:14 is not a prophecy of a virgin conceiving a child. Naturalists and humanists claim that a virgin birth would be a supernatural event, and not possible because such events would be classified as a miracle, and miracles are not possible.
A miracle is defined as: “An event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency” (God).
The testimony of the Bible is that when the Messiah came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ, it was by the miracle of a virgin birth.
The Messiah must be God in human flesh or His life is of insufficient worth.
One of the excellent questions that is asked concerning the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, is “how could the death of one man pay for the sins of the whole world?”
The answer is: the life of this one man would have to be of infinite value.
How could an ordinary human being have a life of infinite value? He would have to originate before all other things and be the source of all that exists. This is precisely what we find in Jesus. He existed before anything else was created, and He is the source of all things which exist.
John 1:3 All things were made through Jesus, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
Colossians 1:16 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
What does Isaiah’s prophecy speak of?
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
The results of this virgin birth is that the one who is born will be Immanuel, in Hebrew: God with us. The one born of a virgin, will be a man, He will also be God living with us. This is the answer to the riddle, how can one life pay for the lives of all men? If the life that is given is the eternal Son of God, then His life has more than enough value to pay for the lives of all other men.
Only Jesus is the Eternal Son of God, who was born of a Virgin, and lived a perfect and sinless life. He offered this perfect life as the payment for the sins of all human beings. There is no other person in the history of mankind who can make this claim, other than Jesus Christ. He is therefore, the Messiah, the Savior of all people.
Up until Adam’s sin, he was morally perfect. From the moment that sin entered Adam—it would permeate the entire human race and the curse of death would be upon all the descendants of Adam. One of the most profound proofs for the existence of God is the fact that sin and death exist—just as God has described them in the Bible. In Genesis chapter three, we see how sin began and the immediate response by our loving God, to put away sin and make a provision to redeem us all.
Sin and death are two curses that every human being fears and recognizes as unnatural. All of us have a deep inner sense that death is abnormal and should not occur. The fact that God describes both sin and death in the Bible—precisely as they exist in reality, is evidence that the Old and New Testament Scriptures are true. Everything that God declares about sin and the horrible consequences that come as a result of this curse is observable in the world today. The Bible is the only book in the world today that tells us the truth about the human condition.
There is a fatal flaw in human beings and all of us are aware of this defect as we observe it in ourselves and others. We have moments of intrinsic goodness, but the greater part of our lives are plagued by a constant tendency towards wrongful actions that hurt and destroy ourselves and the lives of those around us.
Incredibly, God already knew the course that Adam would take when He created him. As stated previously, the New Testament describes Jesus as: The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. This means that before the earth was created, God had determined that He would create mankind. The first man would chose to reject God’s right of rulership and sin against Him. This action would require a Redeemer to save us.
Jesus offered Himself as the Savior, before the world was made. For this reason, He is forever called; The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 13:8 …the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Jesus volunteered in eternity, as the fail-safe plan for man when he sinned and condemned himself to an eternal death, even before Adam breathed his first breath.
This first prophecy of the Bible is a confirmation of God’s original intent to create man with the privilege of choice. When Adam made the wrong choice and condemned himself and all his descendants, God immediately intervened and offered His Son as the payment for all of our sins, giving us the opportunity for eternal life.
This book is a narrative of this amazing and loving plan, by the Living God; to send His Son to earth to redeem every person. How He did it, and what Jesus death and resurrection means for each one of us—you will discover as you continue your journey through these pages.
The second part, of the first prophecy of the Bible, describes the coming Savior as “bruising the head of satan,” thereby defeating him forever.
Genesis 3:15b 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.
New Testament fulfillment:
1 John 3:8 …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
The End of All Evil
In our look at the first prophecy of the Bible, we discovered, in Genesis Chapter 3, verse 15, that God had promised a Savior to redeem all people, by a Messiah who would be born of the seed of a woman. This Savior is referred to as: He (who) shall bruise your head.
The Seed of a woman is a strange term since a woman does not have seed within her. Under normal circumstances, the seed must come from a man. In the case of this promised Savior, God would supernaturally impart Seed into the woman who would bear the Messiah, without the aid of a human father. It should therefore come as no surprise to us when we arrive at the New Testament book of Matthew, and learn that this Seed is imparted to Mary, a virgin—by the Holy Spirit.
A Body Prepared
In the Book of Hebrews, there is an interesting text that describes a conversation between the Father and the Son—before Jesus took the body of a human being at Bethlehem:
Hebrews 10:5-7 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.” Then I said, “Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God.”
The body that Jesus inhabited was imparted to Him by the Spirit of God. A body that was prepared for Him by the Father—before the foundation of the world.
In these three verses of Hebrews 10:5-7, we learn that the Old Testament sacrifices for sin were only shadows of the perfect sacrifice that Jesus would make for all people, for all time. From the beginning, it was the Lord’s desire to put away sin, forever. The animals that were brought to the priests for sins were a precursor of the one offering that Jesus would make to fully pay for all of our sins. This one sacrifice would bring to an end the Old Testament need for perpetual sacrifices, and fulfill every requirement of God to forgive all sins.
A human body was prepared by the Father for His Son, so that He might be qualified to be the Savior of the World.
Jesus became the second Adam
The Bible describes all men as sinners, having inherited this flaw from Adam. In the same way; all men who place their trust in Jesus—as the second Adam; are made righteous by His Sacrifice.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since by man (Adam) came death, by Man (Jesus) also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Satan’s deception of Adam caused his fall and the presence of sin to enter the entire human race. It is his goal to bring destruction and eternal death to as many people as possible. Therefore, it was the purpose of Jesus sacrifice to destroy the works of satan and bring to an end all sin and the curse of death.
1 John 3:8 …The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (ESV)
When Adam sinned, he also lost his dominion over the earth that had been given to him by God. From the fall of Adam to the present day, satan has maintained his dominion over the earth. The purpose of Jesus’ death and resurrection was to redeem the earth back to God.
The chronicle for the dominion of the earth:
1. God creates the earth; it is His.
2. God gave dominion of the earth to Adam.
3. Adam loses dominion to satan at the fall.
4. Satan has dominion from the fall of Adam to the present day.
5. Jesus wins the right to redeem the earth back to God at the cross, but delays taking His dominion until His return (Revelation 5).
6. Jesus will have final dominion over the earth at His second coming.
7. The Lord will share dominion of the earth with those whom He has redeemed from the earth upon His return.
The evidence that satan has dominion over the earth, even to the present time, is observed by Jesus’ conversation with the devil, in Luke Chapter 4. Satan tells Jesus that all authority has been delivered to him for this world. Jesus never disputes this fact, only that worship should be given only to God.
Luke 4:5-8 Then the devil, taking Jesus up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
The Reason for Suffering
The present dominion of the earth by satan (Luke 4:5-8) is one of the reasons that there is so much suffering and evil on the earth. We cannot blame God for the condition of the world, since it is presently under the dominion of satan. This is what the earth is like without the Lord as our king. A secondary and equal cause of all suffering in the world is sin. From the moment that Adam disobeyed God and chose to live apart from His law, all men born after Adam; became sinners. It is by this fatal flaw of sin that we can trace the entire history of human suffering.
God is always sovereign over the universe, but He allows limited dominion to those who win the right to rule. Adam won the right to have dominion by his obedience and fellowship with God. He lost this right to satan, who deceived him, and took from Adam the right to rule. Jesus won back the right to rule the earth, having defeated satan at the Cross and His Resurrection. The Lord’s complete dominion over the earth has been delayed until His return to earth at the end of the seven-year Tribulation. When Jesus returns with His church, He will share dominion over the whole earth with all those who have believed in Him for Salvation and were watching for His return (Luke 19:17, Matthew 24:45-47).
It is also important to remember that although dominion may be won, the parameters for that dominion are set by God and controlled by His power, His will, and His sovereignty. An example of the limited power of satan is seen in the first two chapters of Job, where satan is given the right by God to afflict Job on a limited basis.
Job 1:8-12 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Satan’s accusation against God was that Job only served Him for the benefits that he received. To prove the genuineness of Job’s love for God, the Lord allowed satan limited access to Job for a time. All the while that satan had access to Job, it was for the express purpose of displaying the truth of Job’s love and motivation for serving God.
Job was not aware of the charges levied against him by satan, nor that God had allowed satan limited access to his life. To Job, the plans and purposes of God must have seemed a mystery. Job may have considered that God did not care, or even perhaps that He did not have the ability to do anything about his circumstances. We may often observe evil as it is committed in the world and believe that God doesn’t care, refuses to help, or that He is not able to help. Like Job, we may not realize that there is much more occurring behind the scenes in our present circumstances than we are aware of. God is always working out His plan for our lives, even though we may be completely unaware of what He is doing. Our place is to believe in the goodness of God and to trust that He has a good outcome planned for us.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
This present world is under the dominion of satan. This is the reason that there is so much suffering and evil in the world today. In spite of this truth, the Lord is working out all of His good plans that He has determined before the world was created. The Lord has revealed many of these plans by the Old Testament prophecies that are recorded in the Bible.
In this present age, satan has limited dominion over the earth. He could do nothing unless he had previously won this dominion from Adam at the fall. We should never confuse permission with sovereignty. God has permitted satan to be the ruler of this world (John 12:31) because he has won this right from Adam. The evil we observe today is the result of a world that is under satan’s limited power and influence. If God were to grant unrestrained control of the earth to satan, he would kill every human being on the planet and utterly destroy the earth.
Because God restrains satan and has total power over all of creation, including satan and his activities, our world is still inhabitable and we have the opportunity to love and trust God.
All over the earth, everyday, God allows people to decide for themselves, whether or not, they will believe in Jesus and be saved. Although the consequences for not believing is eternal death, many still reject Jesus and count as nothing, the suffering and death that He endured to make our salvation possible. The Lord loves us, and He respects our right of self-determination—which He has given us. It is also true that the Lord will not force His love or salvation upon anyone. Though we may stubbornly refuse to receive the love of God, He relentlessly pursues us until our final breath.
One of the foundational principle of the universe, in which God operates, is in the area of the human will. Although God is sovereign and Lord over the entire cosmos, He permits every person to continue in their actions, whether they be good or evil—until their life comes to an end. God has set before us life and death. He sincerely hopes that we will choose life—which is found only in Jesus Christ, but we can also choose death by rejecting Jesus as our Savior. The decisions that we make while alive will determine what God does with us in eternity. He has testified of this truth in His word, and He holds each one of us accountable—not only to know these things but also to make the right decision.
In God’s own time, He will bring an end to the rulership of satan and the obstinance of men. When the Lord has given the full measure of time that He has determined for each one of us, He will bring to a conclusion, this present world and begin a brand new world in which righteousness dwells.
This is the primary subject matter of this book.
Why does God permit satan to continue?
The question of satan’s continued presence can only be answered by God. It is hard to understand why an agent of so much suffering and death could be allowed to remain on the earth for so long. As we examine how the Lord works through all types of people throughout the Bible—good and bad—we understand that He has a purpose for those who know Him, as well as those who do not. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, was a pagan king who didn’t know God, but he became known to this king, in great detail, through the prophet Daniel. The Lord called Nebuchadnezzar for specific tasks in order to accomplish His will, even though this king did not love God or worship Him. Cyrus was described by God in the prophecies of Isaiah chapters 44 and 45, one hundred and fifty years before he was born. The Lord worked through this pagan king to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and the Temple.
It appears that the purpose that God has for satan is to offer us a choice. There are only two kingdoms in the universe—the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. We can serve the Lord, or we can serve satan, there is no neutral ground. A person might object to the limitation of only two choices, but this is nevertheless the only two options that God has given us. If a person will not serve Jesus, then he is automatically defaulted to serve in satan’s kingdom. Someone might claim that he does not serve God nor satan, but neutrality is not an option that God recognized. Jesus said that those who are not with Him are against Him.
Luke 11:23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
Giving someone the freedom to make his own choices is the greatest act of genuine love that a person can express. The unfortunate consequences of conveying this freedom to a person is that he may use his liberty to make decisions that cause his suffering, as well as the suffering of many others. The continuing consequences of allowing all human beings the privilege of their free will is clear and obvious—all over the earth. It is a mistake to blame God for what people do to each other by their own choices.
We forget many times that our acts of sin and the suffering that people experience in this world—as a result of those sins, also cause the Lord to suffer.
Numbers 14:18 The LORD is longsuffering…
2 Peter 3:9 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.
As the Lord sees the world in a condition that He never intended for us, He longs for the day when He will say “enough,” and the time of His patience with man’s sin will come to an end.
Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever…”
Parents, who observe their child making decisions that cause their hurt, suffer themselves as they see their sons or daughters experience the consequences of their actions. The Lord has been suffering for the decisions that Adam has made—as well as those who are his descendants, for six thousand years.
God cannot do anything that is evil. He will however, not prevent us from doing the evil that we choose to do by our own free will. It would be completely unloving for God to stop us from exercising our right of choice that He has given to us—to make our own decisions apart from Him, if that is our desire. God does, however, suffer greatly for the decisions that we make and constantly seeks to draw us into a close relationship with Him, so that He can someday remove us from this present world that is quickly coming to an end. It should be noted that this time when we can choose to rebel against God, will not last forever. At the end of this age, when Jesus returns to earth; the entire population of this planet will live in conformity to the righteous laws of God.
It was the compassion of God in all our suffering and His desire to end our pain that compelled Him to allow His only Son to die for us, by such great torture and misery.
This second Old Testament prophecy that Jesus fulfilled is found in the second part of Genesis 3:15:
Genesis 3:15 …He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.
At the Cross, Jesus not only paid for the sins of every person—for all time, He also bruised the head of satan. The meaning of this verse is clear: Jesus would destroy the works of satan, by removing man’s slavery to sin and the fear of death that all men have.
Hebrews 2:14-15 … that through death Jesus might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
The meaning of: He shall bruise your head, is clearly a reference to a fatal blow that was dealt to satan and his works by Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
1 John 3:8 …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
The second part of Genesis 3:15, in this second Old Testament prophecy, describes Jesus as he would experience a bruising of His heel by satan. It was the intent of satan—at Jesus’ death, that He would be defeated and lose His ability to be our Savior. Satan clearly did not understand the ramifications of Jesus’ death, nor that His resurrection would mean the end of satan’s rulership over man. When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, the reality of what His death had accomplished was revealed to all creation. As satan understood that he had been defeated, forever, and his limited rulership over the earth for the past six thousand years, was over; He knew that his remaining time was short. In these last days before Jesus returns, satan has drastically increased his activity of evil and deception in seeking to destroy as many lives as possible, before the Lord returns.
1 Corinthians 2:7-8 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Jesus’ death on the Cross caused only a bruising of His heel. At the resurrection, Jesus lifted His foot and crushed the head of the serpent forever, who once defeated man in the garden and took away his eternal life.
The Fulfillment of this second prophecy of the Bible is found in these two New Testament Verses:
Hebrews 2:14-15 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
1 John 3:8 … For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Today, because Jesus did not waiver or fail in His efforts to be the perfect—second Adam, all people everywhere have the opportunity to have their sins removed and be flawless—in the eyes of God.
All those who come to Jesus Christ in true and sincere repentance, looking to His sacrifice on the Cross as the payment for their sins, have their record of wrong, cleansed.
If you are trusting in Jesus today and believe that He died for you on the Cross and rose from the dead, your sins are no more, and you are clean and perfect before God. There is therefore NOW no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus… (Romans 8:1)
 Shaul Magid (2008). From Metaphysics to Midrash: Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Lurianic Kabbala. Indiana University Press. p. 238.
 Saint Augustine of Hippo, (De civitate Dei, XIV, 16; CCL 48, 438-439 [1-10]). See also: Schmitt, É. (1983). Le mariage chrétien dans l’oeuvre de Saint Augustin. Une théologie baptismale de la vie conjugale. Études Augustiniennes. Paris. p. 97.. See also Augustine’s: De continentia, 8.21; PL 40, 363; Contra Iulianum VI, 19.60; PL 44, 859; ibid. IV, 14.65, z.2, s. 62; PL 44, 770; De Trinitate, XII, 9. 14; CCL 50, 368 [verse: IX 1-8]; De Genesi contra Manicheos, II, 9.12, s. 60 ; CSEL 91, 133 [v.31-35])
 Howell’s Textbook of Physiology, Second Edition, pages 885 and 886
 John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:34-38
 Luke 1:26-35 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
 Horae Hebraicae et Talmudicae Hebrew and Talmudical exercitations upon the Gospels, the Acts, some chapters of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, and the First Epistle to the Corinthians. New edition by Robert Gandell.
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