God’s Plan Recorded in Genesis
If we look at a book, usually there are contents in the beginning. And it contains the titles of the chapters of the books and sometimes short introductions for each chapter.
The bible starts with the Book of Genesis. Then what is the purpose of the book? According to the bible, the bible contains God’s plan for the redemption of all the people of God. And the Book of Genesis provides the contents for the whole book. Therefore, by studying and understanding Genesis, we can know the plan of God which God prepared for the redemption.
Prophet Isaiah clearly shows this point in his prophecy:
Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
God said, “I make known the end from the beginning”. The end means the completion of the redemption work of God, which is recorded in the Book of Revelation, the end of the bible. And “the beginning” means the first book of the bible, Genesis, where the redemption work started. Through this verse God teaches us that we must study Genesis carefully to understand the Revelation. It is because the Genesis works as contents for the later part of the book. Ultimately, through the Six-Day Creation, God teaches us about the whole redemption work of 6000 years.
The War Between the Woman and the Snake
In this sense, by studying the Genesis, we can know what would happen in the later days. With this in mind, let us look at one story in Genesis, that is, the enmity between the woman and the snake. The first couple in the Garden of Eden lived happily together without lacking in anything. One day, however, a snake appeared and deceived the woman Eve to disobey the words of God by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. After that, she gave some to her husband, who ate it too.
Because of this disobedience and lawlessness, God banished them from the garden. And everybody who committed the lawlessness got cursed by God. Especially, the two who first got involved in this sin, Eve and the snake, were made into enemies to each other.
Genesis 3:14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
According to this verse, God put enmity or hatred between the snake and the woman, and naturally, between their descendants too. However, God already settled the result of this war as a prophecy. The woman would be hurt to some degree by the snake. However, the snake would receive a critical blow which will cause death. The bible says the head of the snake would be crushed.
The Meanings of the Parable
The True Identity of the Snake
The bible says that what is recorded in Genesis actually shows what is going to happen at the end time. Then what is this battle between the woman and the snake? Who is the woman and what is the snake? How should we understand all these things? To understand all these, now let us look at the Book of Revelation. Let us find out the answers one by one in Revelation.
First, what is the snake in the bible?
Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
The ancient serpent or “snake” who deceived Eve is actually represented as “the great dragon” who deceives or lead astray the whole world. In this sense, the snake signifies the devil or Satan who always tries to deceive God’s people away from God. Once he lured God’s people from heaven and made them commit sins against God. As the result, God’s people got driven out from heaven or the Garden of Eden. Today in this earth too, the Satan is working to lead God’s people away from God.
The True Identity of the Woman
If the snake represents Satan, then who does the woman or Eve represent? The clue for this question can be found in the identity of Adam. The first man Adam who was the spouse of Eve actually signifies the Christ.
Romans 5;14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
Apostle Paul says that the Adam in Genesis becomes the pattern for “the one who was to come”. Then according to the bible who is the one who would come in the last day? It is the Christ. (Rev 22:20) Jesus said that he would come again at the end time. Since Adam signifies the Christ, then who is Eve, the wife of Adam? She must be the wife or the bride of Christ who would come in the last days. (Rev 19:7, 21:9-10; Gal 4:26) And the bible teaches us the wife of the Christ who comes in the last day is actually Our Mother, the Spiritual Mother or God the Mother of all God’s people.
We can find the existence of God the Mother in the naming of Eve too. Eve means “life” and she is “the Mother of all the living”.
Genesis 3:20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
All the living means all those who have eternal life in them, that is, God’s people who would eternal life through the promise of God. And the bible says that God’s people must have spiritual Eve, their Mother who can give eternal life to them. That is why Paul says in Galatians that the Heavenly Jerusalem is “Our Mother”, which means “the Mother of all God’s people.”
The Battle and Victory Dedicated to Mother
Through all these words of God in the bible, we can understand that the enmity between the woman and snake in the beginning actually represent the enmity between Heavenly Mother and Satan in the last day. The Revelation delineates the last battle between the woman and the Dragon like this:
Revelation 12:17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.
According to Genesis, the plan of God, there was a war between the woman and the snake, and between the offspring of the woman and the offspring of the snake. And finally, we can see the fulfillment of the prophecy through the war between Heavenly Mother and Satan at the end time. How amazing is the words of God in the bible? Surely, not any of the words in the bible would disappear without being accomplished.
And also the bible already foretold the result of the war. In this war, the head of the snake or Satan would be crushed and it will die in the end. The woman might suffer a little bit, but ultimately she will win this war along with her offspring or children.
The Result of the Spiritual War: Woman’s Victory
Today, whether we know or not, whether we admit or not, we are experiencing a spiritual war. This is the war proclaimed even from the beginning by God. In this war, without exception all the people of the world must be divided into two groups: the offspring of Heavenly Mother or the offspring of Satan. At the end of this war, the bible already concluded that the woman and her offspring would win and they would reign in heaven for ever and ever with Father and Mother. (Rev 22:5) And the Satan and his offspring would be put in the lake of fire and tormented for ever and ever.
Revelation 20:7 7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. 9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
In our time, spiritually Satan is gathering his army to wage war against God’s people and the holy city of God Heavenly Jerusalem Our Mother. But what does the bible says about the war? It simply says that “fire came down from heaven and devoured them”. This is the end of war. The Satan might have his time of power and wield its power to the people of the world like roaring lion. However, it would come to nothing in the end.
The Life as the Rest of Woman’s Offspring
We are in the time of the fulfillment of the prophecies. Now our Heavenly Mother is waging the war as it is written in the bible. The Satan is gathering his people from the four corners of the world with false messages designed to deceive people. As people of God, now we must take part in this spiritual war by preaching the gospel.
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
We are all gospel warriors and God has equipped all us with the full armor of God. Now we should the spiritual sword the words of God and break away all the falsehood. The victory is already guaranteed to us since the woman Heavenly Mother is with us and we are her offspring. Let us rise up and shine the light of God to the dark world.