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The Hebraic mindset is different from Greek mindset. Here is truth that will FREE you mind! WHO IS REALLY SATAN? Question - It was stated in the study on "The King of Tyre" that no mention was made of Satan in the books of Moses. I am of the understanding that Moses was responsible for writing the book of Job also. Job was likely written before the Torah when Moses was a shepherd. Whether this is important or not does not make much difference. But there is plenty of mention of Satan in the first chapters of Job. We just have to assume that Satan was involved in Eve's fall too. Since YAHWEH'S animal creation cannot carry on conversations without supernatural possession, who was speaking through the serpent in Genesis 3? Answer - The author of the book of Job is not known but is likely written by someone other then Moses since it dates around 500 BCE. In any case, the book of Job is considered to be one of the literary books of the wisdom movement. It is very allegorical and must be understood as such with the primary focus and lesson; that faith must remain even if understanding does not. Job 1:6-12 reads - One day the messengers of Elohim came to attend on Yahweh, and among them was the adversary. So Yahweh said to the adversary, 'Where have you been?' 'Round the earth,' he answered 'roaming about.' So Yahweh asked him, 'Did you notice my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth: a sound and honest man who fears Elohim and shuns wickedness.' 'Yes,' the adversary said 'but Job is not Elohim-fearing for nothing, is he? Have you not put a wall round him and his house and all his domain? You have blessed all he undertakes, and his flocks throng the countryside. But stretch out your hand and lay a finger on his possessions: I warrant you, he will curse you to your face.' 'Very well,' Yahweh said to the adversary 'all he has is in your power. But keep your hands off his person.' So the adversary left the presence of Yahweh." NJV The word 'satan' as used in many English Bibles, and in the book of Job, is a transliterated word from the Hebrew that means 'adversary' or 'opponent.' It can mean 'the adversary' or 'the opponent' as in Job, with the definite article 'the.' Sometimes it means 'accuser' as 'a prosecutor in a trial,' The word is a title. It is NOT a proper name as 'Satan.' Saddam is an adversary (a satan) to George Bush, but the opposite is also true; Bush is a satan to Saddam. Interesting enough the adversary in Job is a 'messenger' (Angel) of Yahweh (Job 1:6). So also in Job this satan was performing his properly appointed role as the 'adversary' of Yahweh. He is performing under the complete control of Yahweh, for in the above passage of Job, it indicates very clearly that Yahweh gives this adversary 'limited' power and authority to bring affliction (bad or evil) to Job. The first use of the Hebrew word 'saw-tawn' (satan) is in 1 Chron. 21:1, where the word 'satan' (as an adversary, opponent, or attacker) refers to Yahweh. Compare this chapter and verse with the same incident by a 'different witness' as found in 2 Samuel 24:1. The Hebrew word saw-tawn still means 'adversary or opponent.' In the Greek the Hebrew word is transliterated and therefore has the same meaning as the original Hebrew word. Many translations tend to add a capital 'S' to the word satan, thus making it into a noun (a proper name) like 'Satan' but it is deceptive translating to do so. With the addition of the definite article 'the,' as in 'the adversary' there may be a reference to a particular person or being, but the name of the adversary is usually not provided except in 1 Chron. 21:1 where the adversary is Yahweh (2 Samuel 24:1).

It is not necessarily wrong to make assumptions, but we do not need to make any assumptions in order to understand Gen. 3. Many try to connect the being translated (in error) as 'serpent' in Gen. 3, with the Devil, called serpent in Revelation, but it would be pure conjecture to do so, and it is not supported by the Hebrew. You are correct in your understanding that the animal creation could not carry on a conversation without super-natural possession. The answer: The created being that conversed with Eve in the garden was not an animal. There is nothing in the Hebrew that would provide any credible support to conclude that this being speaking with Eve was an animal. This was an intelligent, knowledgeable, and crafty created person living in the garden at the same time, and along with Adam and Eve. In the Hebrew this being or person is called 'Nachash.' The Hebrew word Nachash is translated to "shine" (like brass) or whisper (as in enchantment). The Nachash was not a literal snake. The Nachash was, to use literal Hebrew, a 'shining enchanter.' He was also 'shrewd' (smooth or slick), as a descriptive term in the Hebrew for 'naked and cunning' in deceiving Eve. Scripture goes on to say that the Nachash was - "above" (higher in intelligence) than any living thing 'of the field' that Yahweh Elohim had made." It is our belief that the Nachash was one several pre-Adam races living on the globe and in the garden beside, along, and parallel with the time Adam man was formed. We believe Scripture indicates that some of the ancient pre-Adam races on the globe were created (in the middle of the 6th age) many millennia before Adam man, who was formed (not created) toward the end of the 6th age. In the overall time span of Yahweh's endless eternal existence (past and future) this should not be difficult for anyone to comprehend. For, the unlimited and unknown time event of Creation by the Creator is also demonstrated in the Scientific and historical records found on this globe. The result can be seen in the Created Universe and in the endless wonders of space, much beyond our own imagination. Yes, Science also reveals a record and is an equal witness to Yahweh's Almighty Creation power, in perfect harmony with the revelation of the Scriptures. The descendants of the Nachash race are still on the globe today (according to Scripture); for the resultant curse of his deception to Eve is continuous hatred (conflict) between his 'off-spring' (descendants of the Nachash) and the 'offspring' (descendants) of the woman with Adam (Gen. 3:15). It is also important to understand that Celestial Messengers (Angels) do not procreate, but the Nachash (according to Genesis) do. The Nachash, in the garden, was not a Celestial Messenger. Never the less, he was an adversary, opponent, (a satan) to Eve through his action, in causing Eve to be disobedient. His descendants are cursed. What do the Nachash look like? We do not know, but Adam did not find his 'opposite' (his counterpart) in the garden after extensive looking (Gen. 3:20). What we do know, is that the Nachash and his descendants are cursed by Yahweh, and, by their actions, will always be a shrewd, adversarial, deceptive, attacking and a cunning race of people; we will likely only know them through their wicked deeds. There is also a play on words in Genesis here, for Yahweh shaped, or formed Adam (ruddy-man) from the 'dust' of the soil. In-other- words, Adam was formed or shaped 'but not created' (Gen. 4:7), the Nachash on the other hand, were created, but 'not shaped or formed' (Gen. 1:26). The phrase in the Hebrew "upon your belly you will walk, and dust you will eat, all the days of your life," is Hebrew Figurative Speech. We know that 'dust' cannot physically sustain life as food and one cannot 'walk' on his belly. This passage refers to the deprived state and condition of the Nachash and his descendants. They are 'smooth and slick' a descriptive picture of their deceptive attacking attitude. The 'dust' the Nachash eat and prey upon (in the figurative

Hebrew) is Adamic man. Adamic man (the ruddy-man) who was formed from the 'dust' of the earth, provides the Nachash with their only substance; this is referring to knowledge, science, food, wealth, production, etc. the Nachash 'prey' and subsist on the sustenance of Adamic man. The Hebrew word rendered "serpent" in Genesis 3:1 is Nachash (from the root Nachash, to shine, and means a shinning one. Hence, in Chaldee it means brass or copper, because of its shining. Hence also, the word Nehushtan, a piece of brass, in 2Kings 18:4. In the same way Saraph, in Isaiah 6:2,6, means a burning one, and, because the serpents mentioned in Numbers 21 were burning, in the poison of their bite, they were called Saraphim, or Seraphs. But when the LORD said unto Moses, "Make thee a fiery serpent" (Numbers 21:8), He said, "Make thee a Saraph", and, in obeying this command, we read in verse 9, "Moses made a Nachash of brass". Nachash is thus used as being interchangeable with Saraph. Now, if Saraph is used of a serpent because its bite was burning, and is also used of a celestial or spirit-being (a burning one), why should not Nachas be used of a serpent because its appearance was shining, and be also used of a celestial or spirit-being (a shining one)? ________________________________________ It is remarkable that the verb nachash always means to enchant, fascinate, bewitch; or of one having and using occult knowledge. See Genesis 30:27; 44:5,15. Leviticus 19:26. Deuteronomy 18:10. 1Kings 20:33. 2Kings 17:17; 21:6. 2Chronicles 33:6. So also is the noun used in Numbers 23:23; 24:1.

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