Genesis Chapter 4

Genesis Chapter 4


Contrary to popular belief and Genesis 4:1, Cain was not the son of Adam. It is fully evident in many places that at an early time the ancient texts from which our modern Bibles are produced were corrupted here (as they also were elsewhere, note Jeremiah 8:8). Therefore, we must rely upon other Biblical testimony concerning this verse, and fortunately we have many witnesses elsewhere in Scripture which attest that Cain was not the son of Adam. Clifton Emahiser discusses much of this evidence at length, and the details as to why it is claimed that the Hebrew text of this verse is corrupted, in his paper The Problem With Genesis 4:1, which is available here at Christogenea.

An understanding of the nature of Cain and his descendants is an understanding not only of Scripture, but of Biblical history and all history since. Cain, being a son of that serpent which seduced Eve, his descendants are the “Seed of the Serpent” side of the equation in Genesis chapter 3:15, while the descendants of Adan through Seth are the "Seed of the Woman". The Kenites of later Scriptures are generally recognized even by mainstream scholars as being the descendants of Cain, and they can be traced down through the Bible and history to have mingled with the nations of the Canaanites, who Esau in turn took his wives from, into the Judaea of the time of Christ and the Edomite Judaeans who were responsible for His crucifixion. Today it is these people who are known as “Jews”, although the offspring of Cain can also be traced into the various other races in and around Palestine, Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean regions. It is discussed here in Heirs of the Covenant that many of the Judaeans of the time of Christ were indeed Edomites and other Canaanites, and not Israelites.

Yahshua Christ clearly indicts the disbelieving Edomite Judaeans as being the descendants of Cain, and of all those who murdered the prophets from Abel down to Zacharias (the father of John the Baptist) where it is recorded at Luke 11:47-51 that He said: “47 Woe to you! Because you build the monuments of the prophets, and your fathers killed them! 48 Therefore you are witnesses and you consent to the works of your fathers, because they killed them, and you build. 49 For this reason also the wisdom of Yahweh says: ‘I shall send to them prophets and ambassadors, and some of them they shall kill and they shall persecute’, 50 in order that the blood of all the prophets spilled from the foundation of the Society should be required from this race, 51 from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias who was killed between the altar and the house. Yeah, I say to you, it shall be required from this race!” The only way that this could be true, is if the Edomite Judaeans are indeed of the race of Cain. A study of Old Testament scripture, where we find such as Doeg the Edomite and Jezebel the Canaanite murdering the priests of Yahweh, along with the fact that many of the inhabitants of Jerusalem were bad-fig Canaanite jews all along, and not true Judahites, clearly reveals the words of Yahshua to be true. Corroborating this are the words of Yahshua Christ at John 8:44, where he tells these same people that "You are the sons of a father: the False Accuser! And you wish to do the desires of your father! He was a murderer from the beginning and did not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him! When he speaks a lie, he speaks from of his own devices, because he is a liar and the father of it!" Only Cain was a murderer from the beginning.

In this chapter, we see that Cain and Abel had competed for a priesthood: for in Hebrew tradition it is evident that the oldest male of each family served as the family priest (i.e. Numbers 3:12, Exodus 13:1-2). The only way Abel could have competed with Cain for this priesthood, is if he had a legitimate claim to be Adam's oldest son. Otherwise, Abel had no business taking on the role of priest and offering a sacrifice to Yahweh in the first place. After Cain's sacrifice is rejected, there is a prophecy in the verse at 4:7 that unto Cain shall be Abel's desire, and that Cain would rule over Abel. Therefore it is evident throughout the Bible, and especially in the New Testament, that the "adversary", or "satan" are the "princes" or "rulers" of "this world", and that this position was delivered to them (i.e. Luke 4:5-7). The descendants of Cain, along with the "fallen angels", are collectively the "satan", or "adversary", of Scripture. They have indeed ruled this world for the past several millennia, and even if usually they are not the apparent rulers, they are indeed the de facto rulers. Cain and his descendants inherited this position by right: for when Adam accepted Eve as his wife after her dalliance with the serpent (Genesis 3:6), He accepted Cain also as part of the package! Therefore while Cain was not Adam's natural son, he was indeed his son according to custom. This is the very reverse of what Yahweh effected to have happened in Joseph, when he accepted Mary and the child which she bore, being the Christ.

Scriptural evidence that Cain was not the son of Adam is found not only here in Genesis chapter 4, where Cain’s descendants are listed separately from Adam’s (and where Adam is not even mentioned), But also in Genesis chapter 5 and the fact that unlike those of Cain, the descendants of Seth are stated to have been in the likeness of Yahweh God. Further supporting Scriptures are found at Luke 11:47-51, John 8:37-47, I John 3:12, Romans 16:20 and Jude 11. Apocryphal evidence supporting the assertions made here is found in the following books: The Aramaic targum called pseudo-Jonathan; the Palestinian Targum; 4 Maccabees 18:7-8 (Brenton’s Septuagint); and The Protevangelion chapter 10 (a translation of which is found in The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden). Further circumstantial evidence exists in several places. For instance, at Jude 14 the apostle calls the patriarch Enoch "seventh from Adam". This can only be true if Abel is counted, and Cain excluded, since Enoch obviously did not descend from Cain: Adam-Abel (first) - Seth (second)- Enos (third)- Cainan (fourth), Genesis 5:12 - Mahalaleel (fifth) - Jared (sixth) - Enoch (seventh). The apostle Peter calls Noah the "eighth proclaimer of righteousness" at II Peter 2:5. This can only be true if this office is held by the oldest living (and legitimate) son only, and the line of descent goes like this: Adam, Seth (a replacement for Abel- Genesis 4:25), Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Methuselah, Noah. In this list, Abel, Enoch and Lamech are all by-passed because on each occasion they were outlived in this world by their fathers, and so none of them inherited the earthly office. So the evidence disqualifying Cain as Adam's son is replete throughout the Scriptures and the Apocryphal literature.


Genesis Chapters 1 through 11 2 were discussed at length by William Finck with Sword Brethren on the recent Pragmatic Genesis series.

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