In each age past, the age culminated in separation and destruction. Paul, writing to the Hebrews, expounded to them that they were in their last days. What did he mean by that? Obviously there are still Hebrews. And they still cling to the vestiges of their past in the hope that it will be revived and restored to former estate. Today, there is a daily ritualistic practice of standing before the remnants of Herod’s stone wall he built to surround the temple. Prayers are stuffed into cracks and the people labor under the illusion that some day the wall will be built again, the temple will be built again, and the nation will somehow become what it was in times past. But Moses, by whom the law had come, did testify to the end of his house, saying that God would raise up from among the people, another prophet (like Moses in many respects) and that God would cause His words to be heard in this prophet. Furthermore, it would come to pass that whoever would not hear this one, would be destroyed from among the people. So then, “The People” is now defined as those who hear this one whom the Lord has raised up.
The age and house of Moses are ended. Paul was expounding that the time and individual of whom Moses had spoken, was come. The last legitimate priest of the house of Levi was John the baptist. He identified the Lamb of God , proclaimed Him a fitting sacrifice, and ritualistically washed the sacrifice in water. Thereafter John proclaimed his house finished, saying of Christ, “He must increase and I must decrease”. John, having baptized Jesus in the Jordan, testified, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.This is he of whom I said, After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom you shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Holy Ghost”.
This testimony identified Jesus not only as the lamb of God, but as the rest and eternal abode of the Spirit of God, as prophetically portrayed in the end of another age which culminated in a flood. For when Noah and the ark rested upon Mount Ararat, Noah put forth a dove who returned to him, not having rest for the soles of her feet. Again Noah put her forth and she returned with an olive leaf. Again he put her forth and she “returned not to him again”. It is Christ of whom John testified as to what he saw. The dove John saw was a visible sign, a signification of the invisible Spirit of the Father, which abides fully and completely in Christ ( and all in Christ).
This same Jesus is the one Moses spoke about, he is the one Abraham was spoken to concerning his seed who would be heir of all promises and the one in whom all nations and peoples would be blessed. Of this seed, the promises were to Abraham’s seed singular, not plural. He remains the heir, and we by faith, joint heirs with him. He is also the same seed of whom the Lord spoke when Adam and his race fell into sin and corruption. For the Lord had said to the wicked one, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shalt bruise his heel”. Jesus, speaking before of the resurrection, said that except a seed fall to the earth and die, it abides alone. But if it falls to the earth and dies, it brings forth much fruit. He is the resurrection. He is the end of the age, and he, the resurrection, is the only way to survive this age. He is the only hope of redemption, and always has been. There is no other. Faith in him is as essential to having a future, as pollen is to a flower. Christ in you, is the resurrection in you. It is everything he is, in you. Life in this world and in this flesh is very short. It is like a vapor, a cloud that appears and then vanishes away. Paul, being asked concerning resurrection, was asked with what body do they come? Again, the example of a seed. He said, to every seed, God gives a body. What comes up is the result of what was written in it. I have never driven past a wheat field and seen row upon orderly row of wheat seeds poking up out of the ground. The seed died and went back to the dust. The message written in it is what I see. A multitude of plants, each bearing the likeness of the complete plant that the seed came from. Paul went on to say, it is sown a natural body. It is raised a spiritual body.
From the very beginning a truth was established, that every living thing brings forth after it’s own kind.
In reading Genesis 4 and 5, there is a prophetic picture of the resurrection, and the enmity manifest between the seed of works and of faith. Also there is a prophetic picture of the time we now live in. In being put from that described as a garden, the promise was spoken of the savior arising from the woman. Also it was said to the man, cursed is the ground for your sake. It will no longer simply serve you. It will resist you, producing thorns, weeds and resistance to your efforts. And in sweat and toil will you struggle to force a living from it. But there is no salvation in it. Humanity can not lift himself up by his boot straps. Being driven from the garden, Eve conceived two sons, I am sure they were twins. They were as close genetically as it is possible for two humans to be. Cain was a tiller of the ground. Abel was a keeper of sheep. Cain chose to make his profession of the cursed thing. Abel chose to keep sheep. Cain made an offering to the Lord of his own labors. Abel offered of the best of the flock. Cain was of works. Abel was of faith. How so? Cain presumed to take of his own labors and toils, the curse, and elevate them to an offering. Abel simply offered something that symbolized his faith in the message concerning the seed of the woman, the savior. Cain , envious that his works were not pleasing, and Abel’s faith was, rose up and killed Abel. It is the same to this day. Cain was “of that evil one” :
1 John 3……Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loves not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, [who] was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not [his] brother abides in death. Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.
Cain was of the seed of the wicked one, Abel of faith. The promise of God was not in Cain, who was (by choice) of that wicked one. How by choice? He chose to disregard both the terms of the curse, and the promise of the one who would deliver us all from it. So the seed of promise was called in Abel. Even murder and death could not make void, the promise of God. For Eve, the mother of all living, conceived again, and called her son SETH, saying, “God has appointed me another seed to take the place of Abel, who Cain killed”. This is clearly a picture of the resurrection. And to further emphasize the terminal nature of works, and the eternal nature of faith, you find that though Abel is dead, it is in Seth, the figurative man of resurrection, that Adam’s generations are called. Cain’s line ends figuratively in Genesis 4 and is not mentioned in the regeneration, beginning in chapter 5:
[Gen 4:25-26 KJV] 25 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.
26 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 5:1-5 KJV] 1 This [is] the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat [a son] in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
You see that no mention is made of Cain. You see that it was in them born to Seth, the figurative man of resurrection, that men “began to call upon the name of the Lord”. So then, the children of the Lord are of the seed of faith, partakers of the resurrection. The line of Cain, in a figure is no longer found. It is marked, and self destructs. It does not survive the figurative message of chapter 4, it does not appear in the figure of resurrection in chapter 5 :
…And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now [art] thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment [is] greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, [that] every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden…
In saying “everyone that finds me shall slay me”, Cain spoke of his generation to come. The purpose of the mark of Cain was not to spare Cain. It was for the sake of any who can discern it, that they do not participate in vengeance. Vengeance belongs to the Lord. Cain self destructs. Humanity, apart from Christ, is locked in a divinely ordained self destructing downward spiral. If you don’t believe it, turn on the TV and watch the news. Where is this mark of Cain? Like other marks or stigmas, it is spiritually discerned. It is not a tattoo or microchip. It is in the hand and forehead…the works and thinking. Cain, outside of the presence of God, in the land of “wandering” (Nod), produced a son and named him Enoch. He is another, or an “anti” Enoch. His name means “where I will inaugurate”. A city was built and named after this one. So, there is a city named “where I will inaugurate”. Also Cain produced others who sought to shape and lead humanity in it’s works. In his offspring…what they manifested…you can see the mark of Cain. If you see it, be glad. You see it in order that you know what not to fight with. Remember John’s saying in his epistle quoted previously. Let the seed of faith abide in you.
Everything Cain produced, in a repeat of the message of resurrection, perished in the flood. Remember that Jesus, questioned about the close of the age said, “As it was in the days of Noah…”. It was Enoch the seventh from Adam who walked with God, and God took. He did not see death. Not naturally. Not by the flood. God destroyed the city which usurped the identity of the “place of inauguration”. God sealed the true place of inauguration…the INDIVIDUAL who walks with him in faith. Do not be fooled by Cain’s cities, religions, societies, arts and crafts, not anything he produces. Especially that which he attempts to offer up to God.
Time would fail to write of the repeating theme of the resurrection in scripture, how that it is not an event, it is a regeneration. It is not solitary, it is shared by faith in the one who is the resurrection. And it is the only way you will escape this age and this world. The only way. There is no other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved. If the spirit of Christ dwells in you by faith, The Resurrection dwells in you. The Messiah dwells in you, everything He is dwells in you.
The end of the age is upon us. The last age of man. Do not be a participant in Cain’s last days.