Bringing Hell to Earth
Using the serpent to get Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden was just the first step in Ancient Evil's plan to bring down humanity. By getting Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, Ancient Evil can now expose humanity to darker and deeper sins. In the Garden of Eden, righteousness and light was the rule, but outside the Garden of Eden, sin and darkness became the rule and Ancient Evil the guardian. Also, outside of the Garden of Eden, humanity now must procreate to exist. However, when Cain was born, sin would reach a new level.
The first verse of Genesis chapter 4 makes a very interesting statement:
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from YHWH.
It is interesting that Eve gave YHWH credit for the creation of Cain, but not for Abel. Many ancient rabbis and sages have contended based upon this scripture and others that Cain was born of the "seed of the serpent." If that's true, then it explains many of the actions of Cain and his descendants. Even in modern times, many Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Messianic Rabbis teach this doctrine. Even in the Christian world, we see this doctrine taught by many pastors, most notably Daniel Parker (founder of the Primitive Baptist Movement in the South) and William Branham (a famous pentacostal evangelists from the late 1940s through 1965).
We first see Cain as the purveyor of the "works religion" when he offered the fruit of his garden as a sacrifice, while Abel sacrificed the firstlings of his flock and the fat thereof. Abel's sacrifice was a true loss to him because he had to kill his own sheep. Cain did not like that his "offering" was not regarded as highly. When Cain's countenance fell, YHWH warned him:
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. (Genesis 4:7)
Cain stood at a crossroads in his life. He could continue being a farmer and producing the food his family would need. Instead, "sin lieth at the door" and Cain chose that course. The sin at the door was envy and once Cain embrased it, murder would be next. It wasn't a "garden variety" murder. Cain literally tore out Abel's throat and drank his blood. Hence the severity of YHWH's punishment.
Cain turned out to be very enterprising as he continued with his agriculture, but he also built cities. But unlike what many Bible teachers contend, the KJV Bible does not record the death of Cain.
Many civilizations record a Cain-Abel event, but in their story, Cain is always the good man and Abel is the evil man. In Egypt, Cain was renamed Osiris and Eve's third son, named Seth, was renamed Set. Osiris was considered the saviour of Egypt because he brought agriculture to the country. Set was considered a wicked ruler and the "god of darkness". A recent movie, Gods of Egypt recounts their mythology in considerable detail. In Roman mythology Romulus (Cain) is the good guy and Remus (Abel/Seth) is considered the bad guy.
It is also noted that the gods of Egypt were considerably taller than their human counterparts. Cain's serpent gene made his descendants into what the Bible would later call "the Nephilim (Hebrew: הנפלים)." This would become the second level of corruption of humanity. We will study this in the next section.