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The Truth Shall Make You Free



CHAPTER IX

ADVOCATES OF FREEDOM

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THE sentenced man and his wife took up existence outside their erstwhile Paradise home. The free world they had known was passed away. They lived in a corrupt world. The Old Serpent, the Devil, was permitted by God to remain in power. He was therefore still their invisible overlord, but an unrighteous one. They were in his clutches, in bondage on his side of the great controversy he raised against Jehovah God. They were no longer the free children of God, but were the servants of the one whose word they had chosen in preference to the true word of God. They had defied His law, which is a law of freedom to do good, and were thenceforth the slaves of the law of sin and death. They were no longer free of human weakness, passion and selfishness. Having no longer access to the life-sustaining fruits of Eden's garden, they began to degenerate from perfection of body and mind. Having accepted religion at the tongue of that Old Serpent, Jehovah God permitted them to have freedom of religion but dispensed no more truth to them. Why should he, when in Eden they had doubted and contemned the divine word of truth? The earth was no longer subject to them in any part, but they

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were subject to earthly conditions. The tilling and cultivation of the soil was not a part of the mandate to "subdue it", but was to stave off want and eke out an existence.

The prospect of bringing children into the world was not altogether a joyful one. There were now the inescapable sorrows of childbearing. Also the children would not be born perfect, but in a dying condition, and would be sinners because of their parents' fault. The natural rule could not be side-stepped, which rule is set out at Romans 5:12: "By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." The human source having been defiled, "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one." (Job 14: 4) "By man came death, ... In Adam all die." — 1 Corinthians 15: 21, 22.

Adam's living for more than nine centuries permitted him to become father to a large family. "And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: 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." (Genesis 5: 3-5) Before Seth there were other sons, and also daughters, born to Adam and Eve, and the birth of the firstborn is described for us. "And the man [Adam] knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with the help of

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Jehovah." (Genesis 4:1, A.R.V.) Was Eve doing credit to Jehovah God in thus tying him in with the responsibility for the birth of this imperfect child Cain? Most evidently not, in the light of Cain's turning out to be the first violent manslayer. Eve was presuming upon God, and by her claim she was bringing reproach upon God's name, so suiting Satan's purpose well.

Since Cain billions of children have been born, all sinful, all diseased, many crippled, many idiot, many blind, and many stillborn. Can the Righteous God be justly charged with the responsibility for the producing of such babes I Is religion true and doing honor to God in claiming that at the time of their emerging from the womb God implanted an immortal soul in the bodies of such babes to make them live? Only the Devil, religion's author, could originate such false charges to heap reproach upon Jehovah's name and to create bitterness in human hearts against the God of perfection and life. Only gross ignorance or religious perversion of the Bible teaching concerning what the human soul is1 could blame God for the giving to human offspring such a woeful start in existence, with frightful handicaps at their very beginning.

None of these children have been born according to the divine mandate issued in Eden, and hence none such have been born according to the divine will. The fact that God has permitted them to be born does not make him accountable

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for the peopling of this earth with the diseased, the imbecile, the misshapen, the immoral, and the dying. All such were born according to the will or the passion of their sinful parents, and the responsibility for the whole situation traces back to that mimic god, Satan the Devil, who tries to shift the blame onto Jehovah God. The only humans for whose birth Jehovah admits and assumes the responsibility are such ones in whose birth he intervened by a miracle or by a guiding providence that these might be his special servants. Among such are Isaac,1 Samson,2 Samuel,3 Jeremiah,4 John the Baptist,5 and Jesus.6

As to the difference between those of ordinary human birth in sin and those who become God's children it is written, at John 1:12,13: "As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." Not according to the will of God, but according to the will of sinful flesh and according to the will of fallen man, was Cain born to Adam and Eve under sentence of death.

The Devil would lead Eve to think that she was the "woman" meant in Jehovah's prophecy, at Genesis 3:15, and that therefore she would be favored by Jehovah with bearing the son or "seed" who must bruise the serpent's head. In


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fact, the Devil himself watched against that very possibility. Under this delusion it was possible for Eve to think that her firstborn son was a gift from Jehovah and that this son was the promised "seed". In keeping with this, she claimed Jehovah's co-operation with her in the birth of the boy and called his name "Cain", which means "acquired; gotten". The individual birth of a daughter is rarely mentioned in the Scriptures, and it is possible that after Cain the birth of a girl or girls took place, for Adam had many daughters before he died.

The birth of the next son, however, is recorded: "And again she bare his brother Abel." (Genesis 4:2, A.R.V.) There is no statement that Eve gave God credit for this son. The name she gave him shows she did not have high hopes concerning him, to be the promised "seed", which honor she had picked out for Cain. So she called her second son "Abel", which means "breath; vanity; transitoriness; unsatisfactoriness". Cain and Abel grew up to be mature men. Meanwhile daughters, as well as other sons, were born to Adam and Eve. Cain married one of these daughters, his sisters. His father had married the woman who had been made from his own rib and whom he called "bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh". It is likely that Abel also married a sister, but the Bible does not say.

Agreeable to her hopes, Eve told Cain about the prophetic promise made in Eden regarding the "seed" of the woman and the divine mission

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of that "seed". Cain grew up believing himself to be a "man of destiny". The invisible overlord, Satan the Devil, saw to it that such thought was formed in Cain's mind; and his mother, assuming to make a private interpretation of divine prophecy, would be a suitable one to start such thought in the son's head. Cain envisioned himself as crushing the serpent and thereby gaining the indebtedness of Abel and all his other brothers and sisters and his parents, and so becoming the leading figure on earth able to exercise world domination. It was a selfish political ambition with Cain. Since Jehovah God had foretold the "seed" and its mission, Cain sought after His co-operation and backing of his ambition and began offering up gifts by fire to God, just as religious chaplains offer up prayers at political functions and in legislative chambers today. Cain was following the Devil's religious misinterpretation concerning the "seed", and hence his form of worship was religious and not acceptable to God.

"And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Jehovah. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering: but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect." (Genesis 4:2-5, A.R.V.) It is likely that Cain and Abel offered their gifts near the entrance of the garden of Eden and in view of the

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cherubim there stationed as representatives of God and implemented with that revolving sword of fire.

Abel also knew of the promise respecting the woman's seed. He had faith in the raising up of the seed, but did not ambitiously assume to be the seed. He confessed himself a sinner before God and remembered the animal skins with which God had clothed his parents. He saw the need of such covering for himself, and discerned that it must be by the shedding of the blood or offering of the life of a victim. In picture thereof Abel offered up a slain lamb, a firstling of the sheep. By this he attested his faith and he was a witness concerning the true way of approach to Jehovah God. His worship of God was not for selfish reasons, but in gratitude for the promise of the "seed" of deliverance. His worship of God was not religious, but was of faith and adoration, and according to truth. Hence God accepted it.

Cain saw the evidence of God's acceptance of Abel and took him to be an obstacle in his way of becoming the seed promised. Not repenting nor seeking to copy the correct and accepted way of worship of God, Cain caught Abel alone in the field where evidence of crime would not be detected and then slew his faithful brother. How much he had previously persecuted this witness for Jehovah is not specified. Explaining and warning concerning this "way of Cain", it is written: "Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew

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he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous." (1 John 3:12) In this manner the first human witness of Jehovah on earth was put out of the way, in order to provide freedom of religion without anyone to criticize or expose it. This, however, was done at the expense of denying freedom of speech to bear witness to the truth, and denying freedom of worship of Jehovah in spirit and in truth.

Even by murder the witness to God's truth could not be suppressed. The martyrdom of Jehovah's faithful witness stood as a testimony of integrity toward God and for a vindication of his name. "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh." (Hebrews 11:4, A.R.V.) Not alone does the bloodstain testify to the crime due to religion, but it cries out to God for his vengeance upon the religious criminals; and that cry of spilled blood, from that of Abel onward, shall not go unheeded by Jehovah. Said Jesus to the religionists who were about to duplicate against him the crime of Cain against his brother: "Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood

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of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation." — Matthew 23: 34-36.

After exposing the religious criminal and his crime, Jehovah did not kill Cain, nor did he appoint anyone of Adam's family to act as avenger of blood and to serve as executioner of God. There was none worthy to represent God in this capacity. Vengeance is God's, and he reserved for himself the execution of it upon the slayer of His witness. Though he permitted Cain to remain and rear a progeny, God had another way of bringing to nought Cain's generation and wiping out his offspring, at the end of that old ungodly world. Hence God uttered his decree as a sign lest anyone take the law into his own hands and execute Cain. Then Cain took his wife and moved away to territory called the




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"land of Nod (or Wandering)", Cain and his wife departand there he raised a family. Possibly in agreement with his political ambitions, possibly because of not feeling freedom from fear, Cain built the first cities on earth. His descendants distinguished themselves, not for worship of Jehovah, but by engaging in cattle-raising, musical entertainment, mining and metal industries, and in murder. — Genesis 4:16-24.

"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." (Genesis 4: 25) Since Seth was born when Adam was a hundred and thirty years old, then if Seth was born immediately after Cain's murder of Abel it shows Cain and Abel must have been men of some age and experience at the time of the crime. Abel was the beginning of what Hebrews 12:1 calls "so great a cloud of witnesses", but there is no record that Seth stood out prominently as a man of faith and a witness of Jehovah. Hebrews, chapter eleven, does not list him as one of Jehovah's witnesses.

"And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos"; which name means "mortal; strong man". (Genesis 5:6) Adam was still alive, being now two hundred and thirty-five

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years old. Therefore what is next reported as taking place could not mean anything honoring to Jehovah God, but rather bringing reproach upon his name. The Catholic Douay Version of Genesis 4: 26 reads: "But to Seth also was born a son, whom he called Enos; this man began to call upon the name of the Lord." Such a translation, however, denies that, before Enos, Abel called upon Jehovah's name in worship. The Hebrew text literally reads: "Then it was begun to call by name of Jehovah." (Roth.) This did not mean that men became "sons of God", for such a thing was not possible among men until after Jesus' coming. (John 1:11-13) It did not mean men began to "walk with God", because the next one after Abel who is testified to as walking with God is Enoch, the son of Jared and the great-great-grandson of Enos. It did not stop the degeneracy of the human race and turn them to repentance and stave off the great catastrophe that was preparing to come. The calling by name of Jehovah from Enos' time forward must have been hypocritical, a religious movement to the further reproach of God's name; and it confused men as to God's promise of the "seed".

It was first three hundred and eighty-seven years after Enos' birth that a man was born who received God's approval as showing a pleasing faith toward God and worshiping Him in truth. "And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: and

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Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."  — Genesis 5:18, 21-24.

Enoch's name means "trained; consecrated". His course proves he was fully consecrated to God by his faith in Jehovah. His walking with God meant he had fellowship with God by the truth which God revealed to him and by his going in the way of righteousness in harmony with such truth. He was not of that old, ungodly world, but looked forward in faith to a new world wherein the "seed" of God's "woman" would rule the earth, having judged the Old Serpent and its seed and crushed the Serpent's head.

In line of descent Enoch was the seventh from Adam. Jehovah made faithful Enoch his witness and prophet, to foretell of that day of judgment at the end of the Devil's uninterrupted rule. It is written: "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him." Such a prophecy by Enoch proves that the world in which he lived was ungodly, despite the calling by men upon the name of Jehovah. Such

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prophesying put Enoch's life in danger at the violent hands of the "seed" of the Serpent.  — Jude 14,15.

In a time when ungodly men were living to an age of over seven hundred years, Methuselah reaching even nine hundred and sixty-nine years, why did this godly man of faith and integrity, Enoch, live to an age of only three hundred and sixty-five years? Was he cut off by religious intolerance, persecution, and violence as in Abel's case? Enoch had good reason to expect to be; but Almighty God preserved him from such a death. The record on Jehovah's witnesses, at Hebrews chapter eleven, reads: "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God translated him: for he hath had witness borne to him that before his translation he had been well-pleasing unto God: and without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him." — Verses 5, 6, A.R.V.

Enoch received a good report from God for his faith and faithfulness. He held fast his integrity under test and honored and upheld the name of Jehovah amid the ungodly world, and in the face of the enmity of the seed of the Serpent. When Jehovah had determined that Enoch had finished his work of witness, then God gave him a final vision of the new world to come, wherein death shall be wiped out by God's power through the Seed of his "woman".



ADVOCATES OF FREEDOM 127 Thus God translated Enoch, or put him in a trance, somewhat like the trance an apostle of Jesus Christ experienced thousands of years later. (2 Corinthians 12:1-4) What Enoch saw and heard while he was held bound and entranced with that new world vision of Paradise restored, he was not permitted to utter to men. While Enoch was in the trance, "God took him," that is, God let Enoch's life expire peaceably. He felt no pangs of death; he did not see or realize he was dying. At the same time, up till this final vision of glorious things to come, he was comparatively young and had not begun to feel the ebbing strength, growing pains, and deadening stiffness of old age nearing death's door. So Enoch "died in faith", and his body his enemies were never able to find to use it for any purpose. He "was not found"; he "was not". God disposed of his body. Enoch died with the new world vision gripping his attention. When God actually brings him to life again at the portals of that new world, that vision will be the first thought of his mind, and his eyes will look forth to see the vision come true on earth.
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