Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000001
01:13 Let us pray. Our Father in Heaven, as we
01:17 open the book of Genesis, we ask for guidance from on High.
01:24 Show us the wondrous things from this book.
01:28 We pray this in the precious name of Jesus,
01:33 our Lord and Savior, Amen.
01:37 The book of Genesis is a book
01:41 about origins. In fact, the name Genesis
01:46 means precisely that, origins. Now, allow me to mention as we
01:52 begin our study today the things which the book of
01:57 Genesis mentions as originating.
02:00 First of all, we have the origin of the cosmos.
02:04 That is, of the heavens and
02:06 the earth in Genesis 1 and verse 1.
02:09 We have the origin of plants spoken of in Genesis Chapter 1.
02:16 We have the origin of animals. We have the origin of man...
02:22 The origin of woman... The origin of sin...
02:26 The beginning or the origin of death...
02:30 The beginning or the origin of redemption...
02:33 The beginning of nations... The beginning of languages...
02:39 The beginning of Israel...
02:42 And even the beginning of the Arabs, or the Arabic nations.
02:48 These are just some of the beginnings that we find
02:51 mentioned in the book of Genesis.
02:55 So, the book of Genesis is very important because it goes
02:59 way back into pre-history, as we know it, to describe the
03:06 origins of everything which exists upon this earth.
03:10 Now, allow me to give you a
03:12 little bit about the timeline of Genesis.
03:15 The book of Genesis describes
03:18 the first 2,500 years of human history.
03:23 I believe, as I've examined the contents of the book, that
03:28 it was written by Moses and, actually, it was written
03:33 approximately 1500 years before the birth of Jesus.
03:38 And, so, you can imagine that the book of Genesis was
03:42 actually describing events that took place approximately
03:47 the year 4,000 B.C., 4,000, before Christ.
03:52 And actually, it was written
03:54 1,500 years before Jesus Christ was born.
04:00 The book of Genesis presents a
04:02 short chronology of Planet Earth.
04:05 In other words, it does not
04:06 allow for long periods of millions of years where God
04:10 is creating what is known as progressive creationism.
04:14 The book of Genesis teaches
04:16 that this planet is approximately 6,000 years old
04:21 from the moment in which God began to create upon it.
04:25 And I'd just like to tell you
04:27 up-front, from the very beginning, that in this seminar
04:30 I take the book of Genesis as literal history.
04:34 I believe that it presents a
04:37 short time span for the events that are described in it.
04:41 In other words, we don't have to go back millions of years
04:45 to find out the origin of things in this world.
04:48 All we have to do is go back
04:51 approximately 6,000 years to find the events, for example,
04:57 that are described in Genesis Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.
05:00 The book of Genesis is the seed plot of the Bible.
05:06 Allow me to explain what I mean.
05:09 One of my favorite national
05:11 parks in all of the United States is the one that we have
05:16 just up the mountain, Sequoia National Park.
05:20 I just enjoy going up there and unwinding, and taking it
05:24 easy for a whole day, breathing some fresh air,
05:26 especially when it's foggy here in the Valley.
05:29 And I just enjoy going, for example, to the Grant tree and
05:33 to the General Sherman tree and just standing there
05:37 underneath these trees. It's amazing.
05:40 Some of them are almost 3,000 years old.
05:45 Can you imagine a tree that's almost 3,000 years old?
05:49 And they are hundreds of feet tall.
05:52 And I just am awed every time I go up there, and I stand
05:56 under these trees and I see how thick they are and how
06:00 high they go, and I'm just amazed.
06:04 But have you ever stopped to
06:06 think that the mighty Sequoia, for example, the General
06:10 Sherman tree, actually came from a little seed?
06:18 Have you ever stopped to think that that whole tree that you
06:22 find up there, the General Sherman tree in Sequoia
06:25 National Park, actually was enclosed in code form, so to
06:33 speak, in that little seed, and the seed sprouted and it
06:38 produced after almost 3,000 years this gigantic tree?
06:43 In other words, the Sequoia
06:45 tree was contained in that seed.
06:49 That's the relationship
06:51 between Genesis and the rest of the Bible.
06:54 The book of Genesis has the seeds.
06:57 The rest of the Bible is the
06:59 development and growth of those seeds.
07:02 And eventually the growth reaches its climax,
07:07 or its fullness, in the book of Revelation.
07:12 In other words, we're not
07:13 going to stay in this seminar in the book of Genesis.
07:16 We're going to begin in Genesis in each lecture, and
07:20 we're going to study these seeds.
07:23 And then we're going to see how these seeds develop
07:27 throughout the course of the whole Bible.
07:30 Now, the book of Revelation is
07:33 a very important book to study along with Genesis.
07:37 You notice, for example, in the brochure that many of you
07:39 received in the mail or perhaps in the newspaper or
07:43 maybe somebody gave you one of the brochures, you notice
07:46 there that this seminar is not only about Genesis.
07:50 It is also about the book of Revelation.
07:52 You see, I believe that we
07:55 cannot understand the book of Revelation
07:57 unless we understand the book of Genesis.
08:01 We can never understand the
08:03 end unless we understand, first of all, the beginning;
08:07 because the end is simply the culmination of a process which
08:12 began way back in the book of Genesis.
08:16 Allow me to give you an example of the
08:19 relationship between Genesis and Revelation.
08:22 We'll study these things more fully a little bit later on,
08:25 but I want to give you a couple of examples so that you
08:28 can see how important it is for us to compare and to
08:33 interrelate Genesis with Revelation.
08:36 Go with me in your Bibles to
08:39 Genesis Chapter 3 and verse 15.
08:43 And by the way, in the list of texts that you have, there is
08:46 in parentheses a page number which will make it a lot
08:50 easier for you to find the Bible verses as we move along,
08:54 because the people have heard me say that I go awful fast.
08:57 But with the list you'll know exactly where we're going, and
09:01 so you'll be able to be one-up on me.
09:03 You'll be able to look up the
09:04 next text actually before I even mention it.
09:07 Genesis Chapter 3 and verse 15.
09:10 This is immediately after sin,
09:13 and I want you to notice what it says.
09:15 God speaking: "And I will put enmity between you... "
09:23 that is, the Serpent, "... and the woman,
09:26 and between your seed and her seed. "
09:32 Now, let's stop there for a moment.
09:35 We have four elements
09:38 in what we've read from this verse so far.
09:40 First of all, there is enmity, or war.
09:44 Secondly, there is a Serpent
09:47 whom God is speaking to in this verse.
09:51 In the third place we have a woman, because there is war
09:56 between the Serpent and the woman.
09:59 And in the fourth place, we have "seed. "
10:03 We actually have two seeds,
10:05 the seed of the Serpent and the seed of the woman.
10:08 So, we have these
10:10 four elements: enmity, Serpent, woman, and seed.
10:15 And I want you to notice that
10:16 the enmity runs between the Serpent and the woman, between
10:21 the seed of the Serpent, and the seed of the woman, and
10:25 between the seed of the woman and the Serpent.
10:28 Let's notice this verse again. God says, "I will put enmity
10:33 between you... " the Serpent and the woman.
10:35 There's the first enmity, Serpent and woman.
10:38 "And between your seed... "
10:41 that is, the Serpent's seed, "... and her seed. "
10:44 So, you have enmity between
10:46 "Serpent and woman" and "seed and seed. "
10:49 But that's not the real warfare.
10:51 Even though there is warfare,
10:53 the critical and most important warfare is between
10:56 the seed of the woman and the Serpent because the last part
11:00 of the verse says: "He" - that is, the seed of the woman,
11:04 "... will bruise your head... " the Serpent's head,
11:08 "... and you will bruise his heel. "
11:11 So, the enmity runs three ways: Serpent versus woman,
11:16 seed of the Serpent versus the seed of the woman, and the
11:19 seed of the woman versus the Serpent.
11:22 There's no way in the world
11:24 that we can understand a chapter like Revelation 12
11:28 without comprehending Genesis 3:15, because in
11:33 Revelation Chapter 12- I'll just mention it.
11:35 We have a couple of lectures on Revelation Chapter 12.
11:38 You see, in Revelation 12
11:40 we have a child who is born to a woman.
11:44 And standing next to this
11:47 woman who is about to bear the child is a dragon who is
11:52 identified as the ancient Serpent, the Devil and Satan.
11:56 And it says he wants to devour the child as soon as the child
12:01 is born, the child of the woman.
12:04 Do you see Genesis 3:15 in that passage in Revelation
12:09 Chapter 12 verses 1 through 5? Very clear.
12:12 The warfare was going to be
12:14 between the seed of the woman and the Serpent, and that's
12:18 exactly what you have in Revelation 12:1 through 5.
12:22 But Revelation 12 doesn't end there.
12:23 Later on in the chapter when the child is caught up to God
12:28 and to His throne, which refers to the ascension of
12:30 Christ, we're told that now the woman flees into the
12:35 wilderness, and the Serpent is after the woman.
12:40 And later on even in this
12:42 chapter, in verse 17 we find that the final warfare is no
12:47 longer against the woman, but against the seed's seed.
12:53 In other words, the seed of the woman's seed.
12:56 And, so, there's no way that we can really understand
12:59 Genesis Chapter 3 and verse 15 unless we find the greatest
13:05 development in Revelation Chapter 12 as well as other
13:09 passages that we find in the New Testament.
13:12 Now, allow me to give you one other example.
13:14 Genesis Chapter 2 and verse 24.
13:20 Genesis Chapter 2 and - actually, it's verse 25.
13:25 Genesis 2 and verse 25.
13:27 Speaking about Adam and Eve, it says, "And they were both
13:31 naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. "
13:38 We're going to find in our seminar that the reason why
13:41 they weren't ashamed is because they were not covered
13:43 with human garments made out of material.
13:47 They were actually covered by the glorious light of God.
13:51 They had no artificial garments.
13:54 They were naked with respect
13:56 to garments made out of satin or made out of other material.
14:00 They were covered with the glory of God.
14:02 They were covered with the light of God, the same type of
14:05 garments that God has, according to Psalm 104.
14:08 And that's the reason why they weren't ashamed.
14:11 But then in Genesis Chapter 3
14:13 and verse 7, we find that Adam and Eve sinned.
14:16 And suddenly we find them hiding from God.
14:19 And now they're ashamed, even
14:22 though they've covered themselves with fig leaves.
14:25 They still don't feel like the fig leaves are covering their
14:28 nakedness because the light has gone away from them.
14:31 So, they're hiding from God even though they've
14:34 covered the nakedness of their body with fig leaves,
14:36 they know that their nakedness is nakedness of soul.
14:40 And do you know what God does?
14:43 In Genesis 3:21 it says that God makes garments of
14:47 skins and clothed Adam and Eve to cover their nakedness.
14:55 Now, there's a text in the
14:57 book of Revelation which we could never understand unless
14:59 we catch this background from Genesis Chapter 3.
15:04 And that is the central verse
15:07 in the passage that deals with the Battle of Armageddon.
15:11 There is a lot of talk today
15:13 about Armageddon... what it's going to be,
15:16 what nations it's going to involve,
15:18 what the issues are in this great battle.
15:21 And I've read a lot of books written by many different
15:23 scholars on the Battle of Armageddon.
15:25 In fact, we're going to have a whole lecture later on in this
15:28 series on the Battle of Armageddon.
15:29 But you know what I find interesting?
15:32 Most of those commentaries,
15:34 with very few exceptions, deal with all sorts of issues
15:39 connected with the Battle of Armageddon.
15:41 They talk, for example, about
15:42 the Kings of the East, and they talk about the drying of
15:45 the river Euphrates, and they talk about the three evil
15:49 spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon,
15:52 the beast, and the false prophet.
15:53 They have a lot to say about all these things.
15:55 But there's one verse which
15:58 very rarely is even commented on, and it deals with the
16:02 central issue in the Battle of Armageddon.
16:06 And it shows that we must
16:08 study Genesis in order to understand it.
16:10 Go with me to Revelation 16
16:13 and verse 15, and you'll see this.
16:15 Revelation Chapter 16 and verse 15,
16:19 right in the middle of the passage on the
16:24 sixth plague of Revelation.
16:26 And while you're looking
16:27 for that text, allow me to say this.
16:29 This is the only place where Jesus speaks in the book of
16:36 Revelation between Chapter 3 and Chapter 21.
16:41 The only verse.
16:43 If you have a red-letter edition of the Bible where it
16:46 gives the words that are spoken by Jesus, you'll find
16:49 that the last words of Jesus are in Chapter 3.
16:51 The next time that Jesus speaks is in Chapter 21, with
16:57 the exception of Revelation 16 and verse 15.
17:01 Do you figure that if Jesus - this is the only place that
17:04 Jesus speaks between Revelation 3 and Revelation 21,
17:08 that it must be a very important verse?
17:12 Notice what we find there in Revelation 16 and verse 15.
17:17 Jesus is speaking.
17:19 "Behold, I am coming as a thief.
17:23 Blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments,
17:34 lest he walk naked and they see his shame. "
17:39 Now, you tell me, does that
17:41 verse have anything to do with Genesis Chapter 3?
17:44 You have the same elements.
17:46 You have garments, you have nakedness, and you have shame.
17:50 Obviously there's going to be some people at the end of time,
17:53 living during the period of the Battle of Armageddon, who
17:57 are going to be found naked and their shame will be
18:01 revealed just like Adam and Eve.
18:04 But you cannot understand what
18:05 this means in the end time unless you first understand
18:09 what happened with Adam and Eve in Genesis.
18:12 Because at the end of time it's going to be a repetition
18:15 of what happened in the book of Genesis.
18:18 These are just two examples of how Genesis is very
18:22 intricately intwined with the book of Revelation.
18:27 Now, a question frequently
18:30 comes up when we study the book of Genesis, and that is,
18:32 is the book of Genesis really literal history?
18:38 Or is the book of Genesis legend, myth,
18:42 or as Karl Barth, the great theologian said, saga?
18:46 I want to tell you up-front that I believe the book of
18:51 Genesis, from Genesis 1:1 through the end of Chapter 50,
18:56 is dealing with literal historical events.
19:01 In fact, it might surprise
19:03 some of you to know that up till the Age of the
19:07 Enlightenment in the 18th Century - if you go before
19:10 the 18th Century, you'll find that practically every scholar
19:15 that ever wrote on the book of Genesis believed that the book
19:19 of Genesis was actual, literal history as it took place.
19:25 But in the Age of
19:26 Enlightenment appeared historical criticism,
19:31 and appeared the scientific method.
19:35 And, so, they started applying
19:36 the scientific method and historical criticism to God's
19:40 Holy Word besides doing it to the natural world and to
19:44 documents that had been written in antiquity.
19:46 And for this reason many of
19:48 the scholars came to the conclusion that the book of
19:51 Genesis, particularly Chapters 1 through 11,
19:53 was not describing real, literal history.
19:57 I saw this problem very clearly a few years ago when I
20:03 was at a speaking commitment up in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
20:06 There's the university where I went to school.
20:10 They have a fantastic
20:12 theological library with hundreds of thousands of
20:15 books. And, of course, I only had to speak in the evening.
20:18 So, during the daytime I took advantage and went to the
20:21 library for about eight or nine hours a day,
20:24 doing research for this series on the book of Genesis.
20:27 And as I examined the
20:29 commentaries that were written on the book of Genesis, there
20:33 is something which really struck me, and that is that
20:37 most of the commentators really did not believe in the
20:43 historicity of the book of Genesis.
20:45 They did not believe that it's literal history.
20:48 And these were Christian commentators who were actually
20:52 writing on the book of Genesis.
20:55 In fact, I had to snicker when I was researching the story of
21:01 Eve and the Serpent which spoke to Eve, and a scholar -
21:06 several of them actually - said the reason why this story
21:10 was included in Genesis is to explain the reason why people
21:15 are afraid of snakes.
21:18 And then I went on to the
21:20 story of Cain and Abel, and several of the authors said
21:24 the reason why you have the story of Cain and Abel in the
21:27 book of Genesis is to explain the origin of sibling rivalry.
21:32 And then I continued studying
21:34 and I got to Genesis Chapter 11 where it speaks about the
21:38 Tower of Babel, the confusion of the languages, and the
21:41 commentary said, you know, this did not really happen in
21:45 history, this idea that they tried to build a
21:49 tower and God confused their languages.
21:51 The scholars said the reason why this story was written was
21:56 in order to explain why in the world you have so many
22:00 different languages... and so on.
22:04 Most of the scholars that I
22:06 read would be called liberal scholars.
22:09 They do not believe in the full inspiration of scripture.
22:14 And, therefore, they do not believe that the stories of
22:17 Genesis are really literal history.
22:19 Is the book of Genesis, though, literal history?
22:23 Let me share this with you, Folks.
22:26 If we don't believe that the book of Genesis is dealing
22:30 with literal historical events, we are not only
22:34 impugning the veracity of Moses.
22:37 We are impugning the veracity
22:41 of Peter, and Paul, and Stephen, and Luke, and Jesus.
22:49 Do you realize that every single story, without
22:55 exception, in the book of Genesis is repeated as literal
23:00 history in the New Testament by the New Testament authors?
23:03 Many of these events in
23:05 Genesis are told by Jesus in the Gospels.
23:08 Let's notice, for example,
23:11 Matthew Chapter 19 and verses 4 through 6.
23:19 Here Jesus is speaking about the origin of marriage.
23:23 And notice what we find there.
23:26 Genesis Chapter 19 and verse 4.
23:29 "And he," that is Jesus, "answered and said to them...
24:07 Question: Did Jesus believe that there was a literal
24:11 marriage originally in Genesis between Adam and Eve?
24:16 He most certainly did. And if you say that that story
24:20 is myth or legend or saga, you are not only impugning
24:24 the veracity of Moses; you are questioning
24:27 the veracity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
24:31 Notice also Matthew Chapter 24 and verses 37 to 39, just a
24:38 few examples here. Matthew 24 verses 37 to 39.
24:44 This is speaking about The Flood in the days of Noah.
24:49 It's called Noah's Flood, but it really was the Lord's Flood.
24:52 Notice Matthew Chapter 24 and beginning with verse 37...
25:29 Did Jesus believe that The Flood in the days of Noah
25:33 actually took place historically?
25:35 He did. And by the way, if you don't
25:38 believe that The Flood took place historically, you don't
25:41 have any basis for believing that Jesus is telling the
25:44 truth when he says he's going to come again...
25:45 because he says as it was back then, so will it be.
25:50 But if that "back then" didn't happen, what makes you think
25:53 that what he predicted in the future is going to happen?
25:57 Let's notice another couple of examples.
26:00 1 John Chapter 3 and verse 12.
26:07 You'll notice that we're using scripture a lot.
26:11 And the list that you got tonight is a short list.
26:13 We're going to be using a lot of scripture here in the
26:16 future lectures of the seminar.
26:18 Notice 1 John Chapter 3 and verse 12.
26:23 It says there...
26:43 Question: Did the Apostle John who wrote 1 John believe that
26:48 the story of Cain and Abel was literal history?
26:52 He most certainly did.
26:54 Because it tells us here that Cain killed his brother Abel.
27:00 So, John believed that this
27:02 was a real historical occurrence.
27:06 Let's notice another example.
27:07 Hebrews Chapter 11 and verse 5.
27:15 Here we find a very interesting person mentioned.
27:18 Actually, he's not mentioned very frequently in scripture.
27:23 The Bible tells us that he was caught away to heaven.
27:27 In fact, he never suffered death, according to Genesis 5,
27:30 compared with Hebrews Chapter 11.
27:32 His name was Enoch.
27:35 Now, notice Hebrews Chapter 11 and verse 5...
28:01 Now, let me ask you: Did the author of the book of Hebrews
28:04 believe that Enoch was a real historical person?
28:07 He most certainly did. And, by the way, I believe
28:09 that the author of the book of Hebrews was the Apostle Paul.
28:12 I believe that there's plenty
28:14 of internal evidence to that fact.
28:16 So, did Paul believe that
28:18 Enoch was a real historical person?
28:20 He most certainly did.
28:22 Let's notice one further example.
28:25 And, by the way, in the reference material that you'll
28:27 receive this evening, you're going to have half a page of
28:30 references from the New Testament to every single
28:33 event and person in the book of Genesis.
28:37 You have Abraham, you have Isaac, you have Jacob, you
28:41 have Joseph, you have the 12 sons of Jacob.
28:44 I mean, you have every single event in the book of Genesis
28:49 repeated somewhere in the New Testament.
28:52 Notice Luke Chapter 3. This will be the last example
28:56 that we'll give of the importance of believing in the
28:59 historicity of the book of Genesis.
29:01 Luke Chapter 3 has the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
29:07 And I want you to notice -
29:10 we're only going to read two verses, Chapter 3 and verse
29:14 23, and then we're going to jump down to verse 38.
29:18 It says in verse 23, "Now, Jesus himself began his
29:23 ministry at about 30 years of age; being as was supposed the
29:28 son of Joseph, the son of Eli... "
29:31 And then it continues giving
29:33 the genealogy... "the son of," "the son of," "the son of... "
29:35 And I want you to notice how the list ends in verse 38.
29:40 It says there, "the son of Enosh,
29:44 the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. "
29:51 Do you believe that Jesus
29:53 was a literal historical personage?
29:55 Do you think that Jesus existed in history?
29:57 Well, we have proof from
29:58 secular historians that Jesus did exist.
30:01 Now, you notice that this genealogy actually begins with
30:06 Jesus and ends with whom? Ends with Adam.
30:10 Now, was Jesus a real, literal historical person?
30:15 He most certainly was.
30:16 So, must Adam also be a literal historical person?
30:21 Obviously yes. You can't have it
30:23 one way with Adam and another way with Jesus.
30:26 If Jesus is a real historical person, so is Adam.
30:30 And, by the way, you'll notice in this genealogy that the
30:33 roots of Jesus are traced all the way back from his day to
30:38 Adam, and you don't have long periods of millions of years
30:44 in between, according to this genealogy.
30:47 And, so, I believe it is of extreme importance for us to
30:52 believe in the historicity of the book of Genesis.
30:55 It is not myth. It is not legend.
30:58 It is not saga. It is real history.
31:04 Now, allow me to mention a few things about the disciplines
31:09 that are addressed in the book of Genesis.
31:12 Do you know that the book of
31:14 Genesis addresses at least in seminal form most of the
31:18 disciplines that are studied in universities today?
31:21 Allow me to give you a list quickly.
31:23 The book of Genesis has a lot to say about theology.
31:27 You know, if people believe
31:29 the book of Genesis, there wouldn't be any atheists in
31:32 the world because the book of Genesis begins by saying,
31:35 "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. "
31:39 That is a theological statement.
31:41 The book of Genesis does not
31:43 try to prove the existence of God.
31:45 The book of Genesis takes the existence of God for granted.
31:49 It makes this wonderful theological statement.
31:52 The book of Genesis has a lot to say about cosmology, the
31:56 origin of the heavens and the earth.
31:59 You can find that in Chapter 1 and verses 6 through 8.
32:03 The book of Genesis actually speaks about the origin of
32:06 chronology, or time, because after each day of creation it
32:11 says that God saw that what He had made was good, and it was
32:16 the evening of the morning of the first day, the second day
32:20 and the third day... and so on.
32:21 And in Genesis Chapter 1
32:23 it speaks about God making the sun, the moon and the stars to
32:28 establish seasons and periods of the year.
32:31 You can find that in Chapter 1.
32:33 So, in other words, God created chronology; He created
32:36 months, He created years, and He created days
32:40 as the frame of reference of time in this earth.
32:44 You also find in the book of Genesis the origins of
32:47 geography, where the dry land came from.
32:51 You see, it tells us in
32:54 Genesis Chapter 1 and verse 2 that the earth was completely
32:57 covered with water before creation.
32:58 But God was the one who made the earth... Geography.
33:02 The book of Genesis also addresses the issue of botany.
33:06 It says that every plant reproduces according to its
33:10 kind, and that is true even till this day.
33:14 Every plant reproduces according to its kind.
33:18 So, Genesis definitely has something to say about the
33:21 origin of trees and plants and grass.
33:24 The book of Genesis actually
33:27 speaks about the origin of zoology, the study of animals.
33:31 And, by the way, the book of Genesis indicates that all of
33:35 the animals were created adults, so to speak.
33:38 All of the animals were
33:39 created on the fifth and the sixth day... adults.
33:43 They did not take millions of
33:45 years to evolve, according to the book of Genesis.
33:48 God spoke, and on the
33:51 fifth day the birds and the fish appeared.
33:53 God spoke, and on the sixth day the land animals appeared.
33:58 So, the book of Genesis indicates that man is not the
34:02 end of a long evolutionary process where we come from
34:06 primates and the primates came from lower forms of life.
34:09 The book of Genesis simply says, clearly and directly,
34:14 that God spoke and things were done.
34:18 And, so, the book of Genesis
34:20 deals with zoology, and it says that every animal is to
34:23 reproduce according to its kind.
34:25 That is also a scientifically true statement.
34:28 The book of Genesis has a lot
34:31 to say about anthropology, the study of man.
34:34 In fact, it speaks about the origin of man and woman, and
34:39 it speaks about how Adam was taken from the dust.
34:43 And by the way, I believe that
34:44 that's a literal story, that God took clay and he formed
34:48 Adam, and then he took a rib from Adam and he made Eve.
34:51 You say, "Well, that's kind of unscientific. "
34:54 Well, the fact is that scientists weren't there.
34:56 And if we have faith in God's
34:59 word, faith means having faith and trusting what God says,
35:04 we'll have absolutely no problem with that story.
35:07 The book of Genesis has a lot to say about sociology.
35:11 Why do people get married today?
35:14 And why do they have children?
35:15 Why have we had this big uproar recently about a man
35:19 marrying a man and a woman marrying a woman?
35:21 It's because it's contrary to
35:24 what we find in the book of Genesis.
35:26 God established the ideal social circle.
35:29 He established marriage, the marriage between a man and a
35:33 woman, to have children in a family unit.
35:36 And Genesis has the origins of that.
35:40 The book of Genesis has a lot
35:42 to say about psychology, believe it or not.
35:45 It would be interesting for you sometime just to sit down
35:48 and look at all the psychological concepts you
35:50 find in the book of Genesis. It's amazing.
35:53 You know, psychologists today try to solve the problem of
35:56 depression and low self-esteem and fear, you know, with all
36:00 sorts of gimmicks and methodologies.
36:03 The fact is that we're going
36:04 to notice in our study tomorrow that the origin of
36:08 fear and the origin of a low self-concept and the origin of
36:14 strife in marriage and the origin of strife between
36:19 brother and brother - like in the case of Cain and Abel -
36:23 is not due to some psychological malfunction.
36:27 It is due to sin. And unless a counselor deals
36:34 with the issue of sin, the problem will not be resolved.
36:38 Genesis has a lot to say about psychology.
36:42 The book of Genesis has a lot
36:44 to say about geology, the study of the earth.
36:47 And, you know, you have scientists today Who don't
36:50 believe that there was a universal flood.
36:52 I believe that you have to study the story of The Flood
36:55 in order to be able to read the earth correctly, because
36:59 at The Flood, the earth went through huge changes.
37:03 In fact, if you read in Chapter 8 of Genesis, that
37:06 after The Flood, God caused a mighty wind to blow!
37:10 And that mighty wind, you know, buried everything that
37:13 was on the surface of the earth.
37:15 In other words, you had an upheaval of the earth.
37:18 You know, we all probably have
37:20 seen the graphic pictures on television of the tsunami.
37:25 Have you noticed that,
37:27 the devastation and the destruction?
37:29 And that was just a tidal wave
37:31 in a certain region of the world.
37:34 Can you imagine what it must have been like to have this
37:39 whole world totally covered with water with a huge storm
37:44 that lasted 40 days and 40 nights, where the Bible says
37:48 that out of the earth came gushing forth jets of water!
37:53 And the windows of heaven were opened!
37:56 The earth was in turmoil! No wonder science today cannot
38:00 read the earth in the correct way, because the earth is
38:06 nothing like it was at the beginning.
38:08 And, so, in order to get a true concept of geology, we
38:12 must make reference to the book of Genesis.
38:15 The book of Genesis addresses
38:17 the issue of philology, the study of languages.
38:20 It tells us where languages originated.
38:23 The book of Genesis has a
38:24 description of ethnology, the origin of nations.
38:27 In fact, in Genesis Chapter 10,
38:29 we have the table of nations which describes the origin of
38:32 all of the nations that have ever existed on Planet Earth.
38:37 The book of Genesis also addresses some very important
38:40 existential questions, like you noticed in your handbill.
38:44 We're going to be dealing with
38:46 all of these issues as we go along in this seminar...
38:49 How did I get here? Why am I here?
38:53 Does my life have meaning and purpose?
38:57 Is there really a God who loves me?
39:02 You know, lots of people after
39:04 the tsunami say, you know, "If there's a God like that who
39:07 allows that, I don't even want to believe in a God like that. "
39:10 And... "If a God like that exists,"
39:12 you know, "I certainly don't want to serve him. "
39:15 The fact is, is God good?
39:19 And why is there so much evil if God is good?
39:22 We'll have a whole lecture
39:23 where we're going to decode the paradox of good and evil.
39:26 We're going to answer the question, "How can I
39:28 experience personal peace in a world of strife?"
39:31 Everybody's nervous today. Everybody is anxious about
39:34 perhaps another terrorist attack, or homeland security.
39:39 You know, how can we live life and experience personal peace
39:43 in all of the strife that surrounds us?
39:45 How can I enjoy quality time in the rat race of life?
39:50 What happens the moment I die? If I die, will I live again?
39:55 Is there really a better world coming?
39:58 Is there such a thing as absolute truth?
40:02 If there is absolute truth, how can I find it?
40:05 How can I enjoy life filled
40:09 with health and with prosperity?
40:11 All of these issues are
40:12 addressed very carefully in the book of Genesis.
40:17 Now, did you know that the
40:19 book of Genesis is actually the story of two seeds?
40:24 And we're going to further
40:26 develop this concept of the two seeds.
40:29 It begins in Genesis 3 verse 15.
40:32 "I will put enmity between you and the woman. "
40:35 See the two sides there? The Serpent and the woman...
40:38 between the Serpent's seed and the woman's seed.
40:42 See, there you have the two's again.
40:44 "He," the seed of the woman,
40:47 "will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel. "
40:52 Do you see the controversy and the conflict there between
40:55 Serpent and woman, seed and seed, seed and Serpent?
41:00 The story of Genesis, which is developed in the rest of
41:03 scripture, has to do with a battle between two seeds.
41:08 Not only do you have this in Genesis 3 verse 15, but you
41:13 also have it in the story of Cain and Abel.
41:16 Do you know the first example of Genesis 3:15 is in the
41:19 story of Cain and Abel. You say, How is that?
41:22 Well, let's look for the four elements.
41:24 Is there a woman in the story of Cain and Abel?
41:26 Sure. It's Eve.
41:28 She's the mother of both of them.
41:30 Do you have in the story of Cain and Abel enmity?
41:34 You most certainly do.
41:36 Cain gets angry and hates his brother.
41:39 Do you have in the story of Cain and Abel two seeds that
41:44 are totally unlike, one good and one evil?
41:48 Absolutely. And do you know that even the
41:51 Serpent is involved in the story of Cain and Abel?
41:53 Not directly in Genesis, but
41:56 if you go to 1 John 3:12 which we've already read, it says,
41:59 "Not as Cain, who was of the wicked one. "
42:04 So, the one who wanted Abel dead was not only Cain; it was
42:08 "the wicked one" of whom Cain was seed.
42:13 And, so, you have this enmity between Cain and Abel.
42:16 A little bit later on in the
42:18 book, you have this illicit relationship between the sons
42:22 of God and the daughters of men.
42:24 We're going to deal with that later on.
42:25 Who are the sons of God that
42:27 unite with the daughters of men?
42:29 You have two different seeds,
42:31 the righteous and the unrighteous intermingling.
42:34 Once again, you have the idea of the two seeds.
42:37 And then of course in the
42:39 story of Noah, you have the righteous who are saved inside
42:42 and the wicked who are destroyed outside.
42:45 And then a little bit later on in Genesis Chapter 10, you
42:49 have the descendants of Shem, the son of Noah.
42:52 And on the other side you have
42:54 the descendants of Ham and Japheth.
42:56 By the way, we're going to
42:57 notice that the descendants of Ham and Japheth, the nations
43:00 that came from them, were the very enemies which tried to
43:03 destroy Israel in the Old Testament.
43:06 Israel descends from Shem, whereas all of the nations
43:09 which tried to destroy Israel descend from Ham and Japheth.
43:13 Very interesting.
43:15 We'll deal with this a little bit later on.
43:16 But you have the idea of the two seeds.
43:18 And then you have the builders of the Tower of Babel.
43:21 And God commands Abraham, he says to Abraham, "Get out of
43:27 the place where the Babel builders built this tower";
43:30 because the Bible says that Abraham and his family were
43:33 getting contaminated with the gods of Babylon.
43:36 And, so, God says to Abraham,
43:38 "You can't be with that evil seed...
43:40 You must separate from them. "
43:42 So, there you have once again the idea of the two seeds.
43:45 Time and again in the book of
43:47 Genesis, you have this idea of the two seeds.
43:50 Then you have the story of Isaac and Ishmael.
43:53 Notice once again the same idea of the two seeds.
43:56 Isaac is the seed of the Promise.
43:58 Ishmael, we're told in
44:01 Galatians Chapter 4, that he arose to try and kill Isaac
44:06 who was the son of the Promise.
44:07 Once again, you have this
44:08 enmity between a good seed and an evil seed.
44:13 And then, of course, you have the story of Jacob and Esau.
44:16 See the twosomes in this book? It's amazing.
44:19 And, by the way, in the book
44:20 of Revelation this is going to culminate.
44:22 These people who are
44:24 individuals in Genesis - Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau,
44:28 Cain and Abel - actually are individuals who represent two
44:34 worldwide groups at the end of time.
44:37 They're symbolic in miniature of the characteristics which
44:42 two groups will have at the end of time.
44:44 And, so, we must know the
44:46 characters of Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael, Cain and
44:51 Abel in order to understand what the characters of the two
44:54 groups at the end of time are going to be like.
44:57 And then, of course, you have Joseph and his brothers.
45:01 You have Lot and the inhabitants of Sodom.
45:04 I could continue going through Genesis.
45:06 You have this idea of the two
45:07 seeds... battles of one seed against another.
45:12 Now, before we draw this to a
45:14 close this evening, I need to tell you something which is
45:19 very important, probably the most important thing that I'm
45:22 going to deal with tonight, and that is the secret to
45:26 decode or to break the code of the book of Genesis.
45:30 You see, the book of Genesis on the surface appears to be a
45:37 collection of stories that took place once upon a time.
45:44 But those who read the book of Genesis only as history are
45:50 missing the deeper dimension of the book of Genesis.
45:54 We're going to see in this seminar that every story of
45:58 Genesis is not only a story, but a prophecy.
46:03 In fact, I believe I can show that every story in the Old
46:08 Testament is a prophecy... A prophecy about the coming
46:13 Messiah - Jesus in His First Coming - and also a prophecy
46:18 about events surrounding the Second Coming of Christ.
46:22 In other words, the book of Genesis is literal history,
46:25 but it is prophecy written as history.
46:29 In other words, beyond the
46:31 local historical events, they become symbolic or
46:35 representative of future worldwide events.
46:40 I already mentioned as an example Genesis 3:15,
46:45 and how it's fulfilled in Revelation 12.
46:47 We'll be studying this in more detail.
46:49 You find the same elements.
46:51 You find enmity, you find a woman, you find a seed of
46:55 the woman, you find the Serpent trying to kill the
46:57 seed and then trying to kill the woman.
46:59 There's no way we can
47:00 understand end-time prophecy without understanding the
47:03 issues that are brought up in Genesis 3 verse 15.
47:07 By the way, if you read
47:09 Genesis Chapter 1 and 2, you'll find that the Garden of
47:12 Eden has rivers of living water flowing through them,
47:17 and you'll find that in the garden was the Tree of Life.
47:22 Have you ever noticed that in Revelation Chapter 21 and 22,
47:26 you have the River of the Water of Life?
47:30 And you have, once again restored, the Tree of Life.
47:34 In other words, what we have in Genesis is the original
47:39 Garden of Eden and the losing of Eden because of sin.
47:43 In the middle, the rest of the Bible, you find the story of
47:47 how God acts to redeem that which was lost.
47:51 And in Revelation 21 and 22,
47:53 you have the restoring of the original Garden of Eden.
47:58 So, there's a close relationship between Genesis 1
48:01 and 2, and Revelation Chapter 21 and 22.
48:04 You find, for example, the story of Cain and Abel.
48:09 This story is not only history... It's a prophecy.
48:12 We're going to have a whole lecture,
48:14 I mentioned, on the Battle of Armageddon.
48:16 If you want to know what the issues are going to be in the
48:19 final Battle of Armageddon, you have to know what the
48:23 issues were in the story of Cain and Abel.
48:26 And we're going to find that the issues in that original
48:30 story revolved around obedience and worship.
48:35 And if you go to the book of Revelation, you're going to
48:38 find that the issues which are going to separate the world
48:41 into two groups are obedience to God's Law and worship.
48:48 The only difference is that in
48:49 the beginning of human history, you have two
48:52 individuals, whereas at the end of history those two
48:56 individuals have proliferated into two worldwide groups that
49:03 have similar characters to those two original people.
49:07 Jesus himself said that the
49:09 story of The Flood is not only a story, it's a prophecy.
49:13 He said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so also shall
49:18 it be at the coming of the Son of Man. "
49:20 Jesus said, "What happened then is going to happen again
49:24 in relationship with My second coming. "
49:26 And I'm going to have a whole
49:27 lecture on the story of The Flood.
49:29 And I'm going to show you that not only is the wickedness of
49:33 the world in the days of Noah similar to the wickedness
49:35 which will exist at the end of time; not only is the
49:39 destruction of the world in the days of Noah similar to
49:42 the destruction which will take place at the end of time;
49:44 I will show you that there will be a whole pattern of
49:48 sequential events which will be fulfilled in the exact way
49:53 in which they took place in the Old Testament.
49:55 You have also the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.
49:58 Very interesting story. Do you know that Jesus also
50:02 said that story was a prophecy?
50:03 He says in Luke Chapter 17,
50:06 notice - let's go there and read this passage.
50:09 Luke Chapter 17 and verses 28 to 32.
50:13 Luke 17:28 to 32.
50:16 Here Jesus is speaking and He says this...
50:53 Allow me to give you just a
50:54 little bit of an inkling what we're going to deal with what
50:56 we're going to deal with when we talk about Sodom and Gomorrah.
50:58 Do you know that before the cities were destroyed, God
51:02 sent three angels with a warning for those cities?
51:08 In the book of Revelation, we
51:10 find that before the destruction of the world, God
51:13 is going to send three angels to warn the world.
51:18 And somebody might say, Well, Pastor, that's just
51:20 an accident. That's a coincidence.
51:23 We're going to notice that it is not a coincidence.
51:26 You see, the three angels that came to Abraham and then two
51:29 of them went to Sodom and to Gomorrah, actually are
51:33 symbolic of the messages which will be presented by
51:35 these angels of Revelation Chapter 14.
51:40 Actually, the call of Abraham
51:42 out of the place where the Tower of Babel was built is
51:46 fulfilled in Revelation 18, where there is a message given
51:50 to God's people: "Come out of Babylon, My people, and do not
51:55 participate in her sins that you receive not her plagues. "
51:59 The call of Abraham out of
52:00 Babylon foreshadows or symbolizes the final call of
52:04 God's people out of Spiritual Babylon at the end of time.
52:09 The story of the conflict between Isaac and Ishmael
52:12 actually is taken by the Apostle Paul in Galatians
52:16 Chapter 4, and he says that this represents two different
52:20 kinds of people, those who live according to the flesh
52:23 and those who live according to the Spirit.
52:26 In other words, these two sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael,
52:32 represent two different kinds of characters of people that
52:36 will live in this world at the end of time.
52:39 Those who live according to
52:40 the flesh and those who live according to the Spirit.
52:43 And we're going to notice in this story that we have the
52:48 description of the origin of the conflict that exists today
52:53 between Israel and the Palestinians.
52:57 We're going to deal with that issue in prophecy, with Israel
52:59 in Bible prophecy, with the Arabs in Bible prophecy,
53:03 because that is - the origin of this controversy is back
53:07 when Abraham had Isaac and Ishmael.
53:10 Since the days of Abraham,
53:13 they have been at each other's throats.
53:15 This isn't something new. It's something which has
53:18 existed all throughout the course of human history.
53:23 Who could forget the story of the almost sacrifice of Isaac?
53:28 I say "almost" because Isaac was not sacrificed.
53:31 I mean, that story is so
53:33 clearly pointing to the Messiah that, you know, I
53:37 don't even have to dwell on it very much.
53:39 You know, God told Abraham,
53:40 "Take your son to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him there. "
53:44 And when Abraham is about to
53:45 sacrifice his son, the voice says, "Don't sacrifice your
53:50 son," and Abraham finds a ram, which is a male lamb.
53:55 He finds a ram in a thicket
53:57 and he offers the ram in place of his son.
54:00 Do you know that that represents the fact that God
54:03 the Father sent His Son Jesus to this world?
54:06 And He sent Him to take our place.
54:09 He sent him as a Lamb of God
54:11 who takes away the sin of the world.
54:13 And there's a whole series of parallels between the story
54:16 that took place in the days of Abraham and the story of the
54:21 ministration of Christ on this earth.
54:23 Who could forget the story of what is called Jacob's Ladder?
54:26 By the way it's not Jacob's Ladder...
54:28 it's the Lord's Ladder.
54:29 In Genesis Chapter 28 it speaks about a ladder that is
54:33 planted on the earth whose top reached to the highest heaven
54:36 and angels were ascending and descending upon the ladder.
54:39 What could that mean? Well, we don't have to guess.
54:42 Because in John Chapter 1 and verse 51 Jesus says, "You will
54:46 see heaven open and you will see the angels ascending and
54:51 descending upon the Son of Man. "
54:53 In other words, the ladder represents Jesus Christ.
54:57 The bottom of the ladder represents His humanity, His
55:02 oneness with us. The top of the ladder
55:05 represents the fact that He's God.
55:07 It represents His divinity or His deity.
55:09 In other words, the only one who can represent us before
55:13 God is one who is Man with man, and God with God.
55:18 He's the only one who can bridge Heaven and Earth.
55:21 So, Jesus himself said, "I am the Ladder. "
55:25 The ladder of Genesis 28 is really a prophecy.
55:29 It is not only a story.
55:31 Who could forget the story of Jacob and Esau?
55:34 This is a symbolic story. In fact, at the very end of
55:38 the story, we find Jacob returning to his home after
55:41 he's gone into exile from his home because of sin like Adam
55:44 and Eve were cast out because of their sin.
55:47 And now he's returning home and he hears that his brother
55:49 is coming after him to destroy him.
55:51 And Jacob goes through what is
55:55 known as the "Time of Jacob's Trouble. "
55:59 He's in anxiety because he's
56:02 afraid that his brother is going to destroy him!
56:04 Do you know that the Bible says that shortly before the
56:09 Coming of Jesus, God's people will go through a period which
56:12 is known as the "Time of Jacob's Trouble"?
56:15 They will have a similar
56:16 experience to the experience that Jacob had.
56:19 It's mentioned, for example,
56:21 in Daniel Chapter 12 and verse 1 where it says, "At that time
56:25 Michael shall stand up, that great prince that stands watch
56:28 over your people, and there will be a time of trouble
56:32 such as never was since there was a nation. "
56:34 See, that's the time of Time of Jacob's Trouble.
56:36 But at that time God' people
56:38 will be delivered, every one who is written in the Book.
56:41 The story of Joseph is a symbolic story.
56:45 Joseph is sold by his brothers for a few pieces of silver.
56:50 Jesus was sold by his own
56:51 brothers by 30 pieces of silver.
56:54 If you want to understand the
56:57 144,000 of Revelation Chapter 7, once again, you have to go
57:01 back to the book of Genesis, Genesis 49.
57:04 There Jacob, before his death,
57:06 gives a description of character of each one of his
57:09 sons, and they form the foundation for us
57:12 understanding the characters, the 12 personality profiles
57:17 that will exist at the end of time.
57:19 The book of Genesis is a prophetic book.
57:23 It has a much deeper dimension
57:25 than mere history, and we're going to try and decipher all
57:28 of those things in this seminar.