And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Gen 3:15)
This Great Prophecy, was given by the only One who I believe would qualify for the position of High Priest for the first man and woman, that is the pre-incarnate Yahushua/Jesus the Messiah who was the fullness of the Godhead bodily: their Creator manifest in the flesh of His risen form. Is there any other that could qualify to make the following sacrifice?
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. (Gen 3:21)
Only the “before Abraham was, I AM” – none other.
To begin: I am not doing this work to prove the existence of God, or that the virgin birth really happened, only the Creator Himself can prove these things to you. My effort here is to educate and explain to anyone who may be merely curious or desires a better understanding of what the foundation of “Biblical Faith” is, why the faithful believe in the virgin birth, how our faith would be in vain without it, and how regaining the potential of immortality is dependent upon this belief actually being a fact of reality.
First of all we have to start with the book of the faith and why we rely on it, this book being the foundation of the virgin birth. So lets talk about the Manuscripts:
The oldest existing Masoretic / Hebrew manuscripts of Old Testament are the Aleppo Codex dated to about 920 AD, and the Westminster Leningrad Codex dated to 1008 AD. There are also fragments of Hebrew texts preserved in some Dead Sea scrolls (dated to the 1st century BC). According to tradition the Torah was translated into Greek (the Septuagint) in the 3rd century BC. The oldest Greek manuscripts include 2nd century BC fragments of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and 1st century BC fragments of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and the Minor Prophets. We also have relatively complete manuscripts of the Septuagint dating to the 4th and 5th century – these are the oldest surviving complete manuscripts of the Old Testament in any language.
My purpose for dating the books of Moses is to establish that the doctrine of the Virgin Birth did not originate with the “Church” nor was it a take off of the mythology of pagan influence. I also propose that the “Church” from the Greek Ekklesia pre-existed the “New Testament Church”. The First Ekklesia, or church, was Adam and Eve with their High Priest at the first sacrificial event and later all of those who kept the faith after them. The word Ekklesia first appeared in the Greek form in reference to a called out people of God with the Septuagint book of Ecclesiastes about the 3rd century BC. The true Ekklesia are those faithful from all time who choose to live a life of obedience to the Creator, by faith looking forward to the promised redemption and resurrection of the dead. To avoid confusion with the Corporate and what is broadly defined by the word “Church” today I will use the word “Ekklesia” in deference to only the true remnant followers of the Creator regardless of what era they lived.
With these distinctions in mind I give you the Gospel Story from the very Beginning:
Our Creator could have made man to run on a program of instinct alone, like all of the other animals which really have no choice but to obey that instinct. He could have made us “automatic love and obey the Creator machines.” But He did not, He made man in His Own Image. Man had a choice, to follow the Creator from Whom his very life came or to go another way, leading away from his life source, to death. But truly a wrong choice is not a choice until it is made, because you don’t know what it is until you own it. Adam and Eve literally did not know right from wrong because they did not know wrong. Our Creator was not surprised by their disobedience. He said, “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”. (KJV Gen 2:17)
What happened? They ate and they did not die in that day? Honestly the Hebrew is not so concise as the King James Version. The witness of the Word and Creation as revealed in our own lives to this day testifies that this verse could be better understood “in the day you eat thereof you will receive a death sentence.” Because, that is what happened and that is what we are all born with, a death sentence – we “shall surely die”. But I would prefer to call it a Grace Period, because the amount of time from sentencing to execution is at the sole discretion of the Almighty Creator.
So for Adam and Eve the payment was due, the wages of sin is death, but it pleased the One to Whom it was due to give them a grace period with mortality as its end so that they would have time to take advantage of His plan for redemption, the Great Prophecy. So what does this tell us about our Creator? That He is both Merciful and Just. It also tells us that He wanted a people that could and would choose good or evil for themselves. Now Adam and Eve truly had a choice, they and all of their children who would be born into the same condition of grace ending in mortality, including you and me, we have that same choice!
Adam and Eve were given a glimpse of the plan for redemption (as revealed in the Book of Genesis) and they chose by faith a life of obedience, looking forward to the fulfillment of that promised redemption and the promised seed through whom that redemption would come, the Messiah.
And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, [said she], hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. (Gen 4:25-26)
Eve acknowledges here that the Messiah would come through a righteous linage. When Noah was later called by God to survive the great flood because he was perfect in his generations it was to signify that he was part of that seedline of faith which needed to survive in order to bring forth the Messiah.
Because our Creator is Just, the sin debt of all mankind must be paid. No man could pay the price for himself and escape death because every man and woman is born into this condition of disobedience and mortality, transmitted through the seed of the man, a seed corrupted at the fall. When you plant a seed in the ground, what kind of plant do you get? It depends on the seed. Whether a child is male or female depends only on the seed of the man. In much the same way that gender is transmitted thru the seed of the man, so is the mortality of corruption. So while the corrupt nature and death is transmitted to every woman, it is not transmitted through the woman, it is only transmitted through the seed of the man.
There was only one way that man could be redeemed and justice could be satisfied, and there was only one way that the Great Prophecy could be fulfilled: So we come to the necessity of the virgin birth. A man had to be born without the corrupt seed! Born of a woman in order to qualify as a “Kinsman Redeemer” – He had to be a member of the family of man. A Man born of a new seed, generated by the Creator’s Holy Spirit in the womb of the chosen woman, he was called “the second Adam.” It astounds me that so called “Christians” while they believe that GOD created the heavens and the earth, that HE created man out of the dust of the ground, then balk at the idea that God could create a new seed inside the womb of a young virgin.
Further more, this Redeemer had to live a perfect life, never disobedient to the will of the Creator, for if He sinned just once He would qualify to pay the price for his sin alone, then unable to escape death himself He could provide no way for us. The Good News is that He never did sin, and death had no claim on Him. That is why He rose from the dead and set the captives free that were in paradise (Abraham’s Bosom) and showed Himself to thousands of that day. That is why He is the most written about figure in History, and that is why so many have been and are willing to die rather than recant their faith. Because they do not want to forfeit the reward that comes with entering into His death and resurrection by Faith. The Reward? …Escape from death and the gift of Eternal Life that was promised to Adam and Eve and all of those who will by faith chose a life of obedience to their Creator! The reward that only comes through Our Creators promised Redeemer! This is good news! This is what the Bible is really about.
Many will try to work off their own sin debt as did Cain, which is impossible because the wage is death, and our Creator made no provision for escape other than His Redeemer. Unfortunately, as it is recorded in Bible History, most men will chose to continue in disobedience and pay the price for their own sins. This is the sad fact of history. That is their choice, the Creator gives each of us that right to choose, he did not make us animals of instinct alone. You can listen to the Spirit of the Age, or you can listen to His Holy Spirit. Obedience requires that you Love The Creator more than you love the creation! But no matter how obedient we become we still need His Redeemer, because WE cannot erase our past sin, nor the corruption transmitted through our fathers, the penalty of which and evidence of is in our mortality – we shall surely die. It is only by FAITH that we can enter into His death and resurrection so that when our grace period is over and our mortality comes to its end our visit with death will be short, because the price has been paid, death will say, I have no claim on you.
This is the true message of the Bible. When you read it in its entirety for your self your image will be that of real flesh and blood men and women, some good, some evil. No longer will you believe the lies and distortion being presented by the Spirit of the Age. Only the Truth will make you free from the power of sin and death. Our loving Heavenly Father Creator gave us that Truth in His Word and He desires to teach each and everyone of us obedience. Let this be your true desire, to live a life which is pleasing to Him. And when you pray, tell Him this, and ask Him to help you.
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Mat 7:9-11