Bringing Hell to Earth
When one studies Genesis 1:2, we learn the following:
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)
It becomes apparent that the planet we call "earth" existed prior to the creation of this world. Rabbi Ginzberg argues that several other worlds were created prior to our own. He also contents that our world is the only one YHWH was ever pleased with. (Ginzburg, Legends of the Jews, I:5) The Bible does not concern itself with the creation of angels, demons, or even a class of beings called the bena h'elohim (Hebrew: בני האלהים). It is important to understand that the Bible does deal with the origin of evil.
The Bible specifies in Isaiah 45:7 that YHWH created evil, and by doing so, specifies the great lengths evil will go to in its desire to corrupt the human race, the apparent apex of YHWH's creation. The first event that deals with evil's attempts to corrupt creation is the "beguiling" of Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3. Using the guise of a "serpent," the most subtil of all the beasts of the creation, evil attacks the weaker element of YHWH's creation: the woman. This serpent isn't the snake we see today. He was changed into that form after the Fall of Adam and Eve. Likely, he was very handsome, very alluring, and very charming, something that would immediately attract even the wisest of women. The serpent does this by attacking the viability of the Word of YHWH.
Specifically, the "serpent" attacks a Word that was given to Adam but not Eve. (cf. Genesis 2:16-17) This "serpent" could then use the uncertainty of heresay evidence to make his arguments seem more viable. The serpent's statement was a very simple one:
For Elohim doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be like Elohim, knowing good and evil. (Genesis 3:5)
The "serpent" made being like Elohim, something to be desired. He suggested that if Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that she would gain some kind of personal advantage. What the "serpent" did not tell her was that a major life burden comes with having the "Knowledge of Good and Evil." But deep within Ancient Evil... that is what he wanted humanity to have: the ability to determine Good and Evil on their own. Once Ancient Evil got humanity to that place, there would be no place for YHWH to guide humanity in its course of life.
The "serpent" also paid for listening to Ancient Evil. His punishment is as follows:
And YHWH Elohim said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 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. (Genesis 3:14-15)
Because of what the serpent had done, he lost his appendages (arms and legs) and further lost his ability to communicate with hunamity. Instead, he became something that was resented. We will also see later on about the enmity between the "serpent's seed" and "her own seed."
Needless to say, Our Heavenly Father has a plan to bring us back to Him, while Ancient Evil has a plan to corrupt the creation of YHWH and force YHWH to destroy it. The biggest "life choice" every human being has is whether they will follow YHWH and walk in the light, or to accept the corruption that Ancient Evil will bring to humanity and walk in darkness. This choice has been offered to every generation of humanity.
In the next section, we will study Cain and Abel. We will learn about the choices each of them made and the results of those choices.