[133] Genesis 4: The Length of the Exedenic Times

Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 3 and 4

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The Literal Meaning of Genesis 4

Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 3 and 4

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Cain's Murder and the Penalty

The account of Cain's murder of his brother is:

8 After that Cain said to Abel his brother: [Let us go over into the field.] So it came about that while they were in the field Cain proceeded to assault Abel his brother and kill him.
9 Later on Jehovah said to Cain: Where is Abel your brother? and he said: I do not know. Am I my brother's guardian? 
10
At this he said: What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood is crying out to me from the ground. 
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And now you are cursed in banishment from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood at your hand. 
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When you cultivate the ground, it will not give you back its power. A wanderer and a fugitive you will become in the earth.
13 At this Cain said to Jehovah: My punishment for error is too great to carry. 
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Here you are actually driving me this day from off the surface of the ground, and from your face I shall be concealed; and I must become a wanderer and fugitive on the earth, and it is certain that anyone finding me will kill me.
15 At this Jehovah said to him: For that reason anyone killing Cain must suffer vengeance 7 times.
And so Jehovah set up a sign for Cain in order that no one finding him should strike him (Genesis 4).

In the literal meaning, Cain killed Abel, and Cain was not his brother's guardian, because, although big brothers should look after little brothers,  these boys were actually grown up. For this murder occurred in 3928Nisan (11 times or 3960 years before Jesus' death, this being the symbolic meaning of Genesis 4:23,24, a comparison of 77 times with 7 times, 77times/7times = 11times. This is not covered in this site/book at present, but Jesus was the 77th in the maternal line from God through Eve, Lamech was the 7th in line from Adam, through Cain, Enoch, Irad, Mehujael, Methushael, Lamech). One can deduce that Cain was born in 3992Shebat and Abel in 3990Tishri, from the fundamental pattern - see [41], [42].

God cursed Cain by banishing him 'from the ground'. What does this mean, did he float in the air? Well, Cain himself says that: From your face I shall be concealed. This would mean that he cannot appear before God's face, which is effectively a disfellowshipping or an excommunication. So the 'ground' in question was a physical area where God's people resided at that time, from which Cain was banished. In fact this would have been the area of residence of Adam and his sons, who existed amongst general Homo Sapiens at that time. It seems that Cain was sent to live with those who did not know God, the sons of 'evolution' as it were - see [1]. It seems also that the sons of Adam had an administration from God after Eden in some localised area too. 

A further penalty on Cain was that when he cultivated the ground it would not give him its power. Yet the earth was already cursed, to the extent that one had to work very hard to get food from it. So in Cain's case, it would give him nothing of any use, no edible food. So Cain offered God substandard fruits from a cursed ground, and God's penalty for this was that the ground would no longer even give him these if he cultivated it. God's penalty for the murder of Abel was the banishment, the excommunication.

Cain therefore had to live off the efforts of other peoples' cultivation. In other words he would spend the rest of his life begging for the very garbage that he offered to God, in order that he might eat!!

Now Cain complained that anyone finding him would kill him. So God said:

15 For that reason anyone killing Cain must suffer vengeance 7 times (Genesis 4).

This was a vengeance covenant from God to kill anyone who killed Cain, for God's justice is a soul for a soul! There was no need for God himself to kill Cain at that point, because he was already 'dead', being under Adam's death penalty. He was going to die in any event, although God could have justly killed him there and then had he so chosen, but he was actually extending to Cain mercy. Quite obviously any would be killer of Cain would not be killed himself 7 times by God, because his justice is soul for soul, not soul for 7 souls! So it is rather a penalty that lasted for 7 times. So that a better translation would be:

15 For that reason anyone killing Cain must suffer vengeance [for] 7 times (Genesis 4).

In the literal meaning ( using Revelation 12, which reveals that '3 times' is 1260 days, so that '7 times' is 2520 days), we see that this vengeance penalty lasted for 7 years of the Biblical Lunar Calendar (BLC), or 2,520 lunar days. 

The reason literally that this penalty lasted 7 years was that Cain was evicted from the camp for 7 years for his murder. Once permitted back into the camp after the 7 years had expired the vengeance protection would no longer be needed.

The bible does not literally say (as far as we are aware) if Cain actually was killed within this 7 year period (from 3928Nisan to 3921Nisan), but he did take up residence in the Land of Nod (Fugitiveness - for the location of Nod today - see [1]), where he fathered Enoch, so it looks unlikely that he was killed. In fact he also had a sign set up by God that no one finding him should strike him (Genesis 4:15), so we must assume that with this level of Divine protection, he survived at least 7 years! Actually one can deduce that the vengeance protection on Cain worked because Lamech composed his song for his wives saying:

23 A man I have killed for wounding me,
Yes, a young man for giving me a blow.
24 If seven times Cain is to be avenged [for]
Then Lamech seventy times and seven (Genesis 4)

Perhaps the first incidence of gangster rap - eeuch! Obviously the protection worked in the case of Cain because if not then Lamech would not have wanted to be protected in the same way for 77 years after his murder himself.

The appropriate vengeance for murder is death, although the scripture is deliberately ambiguous here. We know that the justice of God is soul for soul, although this penalty was not applied immediately to Cain. So if anyone had killed Cain (and no one did) then he would have to have been killed, presumably by a justice system amongst Adam's sons. This 7 year protection, was the import of the sign set up by God that no one finding Cain should strike him. 

The Symbolic Meaning of the 7x eviction penalty for Cain from Adam's land into a powerless wasteland

11 And now you are cursed in banishment from the ground [the family land/ground of Adam], which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood at your hand. 
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When you cultivate the ground, it will not give you back its power. A wanderer and a fugitive you will become in the earth (Genesis 4).

14 At this Cain said to Jehovah: My punishment for error is too great to carry. 
Here you are actually driving me this day from off the surface of the ground, and from your face I shall be concealed; and I must become a wanderer and fugitive on the earth, and it is certain that anyone finding me will kill me.
15 At this Jehovah said to him: For that reason anyone killing Cain must suffer vengeance 7 times.
And so Jehovah set up a sign for Cain in order that no one finding him should strike him (Genesis 4).

15 Therefore/for that reason everyone/anyone [-lk] killing Cain 7 times he will be avenged [~qy] (Genesis 4 NIVHEOT).

In the literal meaning, the vengeance from God for any man who killed Cain within 7 years of his killing Abel was physical death (vengeance). But the penalty on Cain himself, who was a murderer from among God's people (although a son of Satan and Eve) was eviction from the land of Adam and his family for 7 years. He was banished to a group which did not produce much fruit which was bad for him since he was a crop farmer.

But quite obviously God would not afford a greater protection to a false worshipping murderer amongst his people than he would afford a true worshipping non murderer. So what we are seeing here is a law from God on all of his true people that murderers should be evicted for 7 years from the homeland of Adam and his family and that the pre-adamics outside that land should not kill adamic murderers. 

In fact once Adam had left the garden his introduction to knowledge of Good and of Bad began. This would obviously mean that God would give him a set of laws which defined the two. One of these laws was the 7 year eviction for murder law.

Now in the case of Ezekiel's actions as a prophet in Ezekiel 4:1-12, we know that each day of his literal actions stood for a year in the real fulfillment on God's people. This was part of the basis for the Times Principle. So applying the Times Principle of the code, we know that in the greater meaning 7 years become 7 Prophetic Times or 2520 years.

Take Cain (a murderer from God's people) to be God's people, and the banishment to be their period outside a promised land (be it Eden or Canaan) and take 7 times to be 2520 years and you have the Exedenic Times. So just as Cain was banished from the family land/ground of Adam and consigned to a land which would not give him its true productive power for 7 years, so God's official people were banned from Eden and evicted into a land growing them thorns and thistles for 7 Prophetic Times or 2520 years (7x360 years) until they entered into the promised land, flowing with milk and honey in 1473Nisan.

Literal Symbolic
Cain God's people
7 years 7 Prophetic Times, 2520 years
Banished from Adam's family land Exedenic, not in an edenic or promised land
Land would not produce for him Thorns and thistles, no edenic fruit and no milk and honey

'Manna' means literally 'What is it'. So when the scripture says: The Manna stopped. The literal translation would be: The what is it stopped. Or rather: What is it that stopped? The answer is: The Exedenic Times, and the Law of Vengeance!

10 And the sons of Israel continued to camp in Gilgal, and they proceeded to carry out the Passover on the 14th day of the month, in the evening, on the desert plains of Jericho. 
11 And they began to eat some of the yield of the land the day after the Passover, unfermented cakes and roasted grains, on this same day. 
12 Then the manna ceased on the following day when they had eaten some of the yield of the land, and manna did not occur anymore for the sons of Israel, and they began to eat some of the produce of the land of Canaan in that year (Joshua 5). 

Can you remember what happened on the previous occasion that God's people ate some food in a blessed land? It was back in Eden!! So the greater meaning has to do with Eden. Yes it is the Exedenic Times, the 2520 year 'day' of no eating from the produce of any blessed land which had just ended. For some interesting cases under the Law of Vengeance and the Law of Moses - see [133].

In fact Canaan was inhabited by the sons of Canaan the son of Ham, who was cursed when God said: Cursed be Canaan. However Cain was already so cursed. And it is possible the Ham's wife, although faithful and righteous, was a daughter of Cain. For good or bad is determined by the spirit from God not the flesh from Satan. In that case then Cain (in the sense of his procreative house, his genetic line, his seed, his tribe, his family) would have been killed (to some extent) when Israel started conquering the promised land. So the greater meaning of: Everyone killing Cain will suffer vengeance 7x, is that everyone killing a descendant of Cain in Canaan will suffer the vengeance of God in the form of the malediction of the Exedenic Times for 7 Prophetic Times or 7x360=2520 years or 7 years a day for a year, starting not from when Cain was cursed and banished from the ground of Adam but from when Adam was cursed and banished from the ground of Eden on 3993Nisan14/15. In fact this malediction on God's people killing any son of Cain until 1473Nisan14/15. This Canaan - Cain similarity cannot be a coincidence. 

The 7x eviction penalty itself

Cain and Abel offered their sacrifices to God, in Nisan 3928 - see [101]. And since Abel offered firstlings of the flock in Nisan (March/April) it  would surely have been on Nisan14. This was not a chance occurrence. These two brothers did not wake up on that day and say, hey, let's offer up a sacrifice. The account proves that Adam and his family were involved in the worship of God. Not only that but Abel was aware of the necessity for a blood sacrifice, and therefore he must have been aware of the possibility of Adam's sin being paid for by another death, so he must have understood the concept of the ransom. Look, God does not oppress persecute or torture his people. He does allow them to suffer all three if they desert him however. But he would not have left Adam in the dark for long after his eviction from Eden. So Adam's family were all aware of the possibility of a resurrection at the time of the two brothers' sacrifice. In fact given that God did look with favour on Abel's sacrifice, he actually had a resurrection at that time. So having the possibility of a resurrection removed from them would have been a real penalty.

Now Cain was expelled from God's people, under this law, but that could hardly be described as a large penalty for a murder from God, until one realises that God's people are in a saved condition. God's people have the hope of a resurrection, and when one is expelled, on proper grounds, this hope has gone temporarily at the least. This is therefore a form of death. It is not the second death which is the 1,000 years sin bin, but it is the imminent threat of the same. One clue as to the vengeance that Cain suffered is that Cain was to be concealed from God's face. This means that he was unable to approach God in Worship, for the period of his excommunication - which is of course precisely what excommunication is - although prayer would still have been available to him. But God is one who forgives after seven times:

1 At the end of every seven years you should make a release.
2 And this is the manner of the release: There will be a releasing by every creditor of the debt that he may let his fellow incur. He should not press his fellow or his brother for payment, because a release to Jehovah must be called (Deuteronomy 15).

God is never one to leave a man with absolutely no hope. Indeed what would be the purpose of punishing Cain so severely if God had no interest in teaching him from this punishment. God is not a sadist, he is an educator. Satan is the sadist:

6 For whom God loves he disciplines; in fact, he scourges every one whom he receives as a son (Hebrews 12).

So look! Cain could come back after the 7 years, if he so wished!! Yes, that is why God protected him physically just for 7 years. This is not saying that Cain did come back, repentant. In fact the apostle John says of him:

Cain, who originated with the wicked one (1 John 3:12 - NWT)
Cain, out of the wicked one he was (1 John 3:12 - Greek Interlinear)

Which means that he did not come back repentant. Even so, God would not remove all hope from him, and he always had that option after 7 years. So now we are able to state the Law of Vengeance, which applied to God's people for 2520 years after Adam's sin.

7x Law of Murder (3993Nisan - 1473Nisan)

If one of God's people kills another of God's people, then he is expelled from his people for 7 years.

The 7x eviction law for murder was replaced by the law of Moses. This law allowed God's true people to kill false worshippers and murderers by stoning them. The law came into force on 1513Sivan3 at mount Sinai see - Quick introduction to the bible. But the children who were born in the 40 year period in the wilderness, between 1513Nisan (March/April) when the Jews left Egypt and 1473Nisan when the Sons of Israel entered the promised land, were not circumcised. They therefore did not come under the law of Moses and therefore were still under the law of vengeance, once they came of age, 20 years of age, whilst they remained in the wilderness.

5 For all the people who came out proved to be circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness on the road when they were coming out of Egypt they had not circumcised (Joshua 5)

These people were circumcised on the 10th of Nisan (March /April)1473 BC:

19 And the people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth of the first month and took up camping at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho (Joshua 4).

And those that were 20 years old or more would then have come under law at the Passover, celebrated 4 days later:

10 And the sons of Israel continued to camp in Gilgal, and they proceeded to carry out the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, on the desert plains of Jericho. 
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And they began to eat some of the yield of the land the day after the Passover, unfermented cakes and roasted grains, on this same day (Joshua 5).

So 1473Nisan14 would be the last day of the 2520 law of vengeance by God, it being replaced by the law of Moses, in the cases of those born in the wilderness. A law which provided for vengeance by men, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, blow for blow, branding for branding, and soul for soul.

25 But if a fatal accident should occur, then you must give soul for soul,
eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, branding for branding, wound for wound, blow for blow (Exodus 21).

So the Exedenic Times, the period during which God's people were not in a blessed land of God, was coincident with the period during which the law for murder was a 7x eviction from God's people. A period of 2520 years. 

Putting this diagrammatically:

3993Nisan                                                                                                1473Nisan
Eve begins false worship                                                                          Circumcision at Gilgal
Eve used to kill Adam                                                                                Law of Moses begins for those born in wilderness (Second law)
7x eviction for murder law begins                                                              7x eviction for murder law ends
Not allowed to kill murderers among  God's people.                                  Men allowed to kill murderers among God's people, stoning them under law
Adam evicted from Eden                                                                          Jews enter promised land
X________________________________________________________X
                                             2,520 years (7 Times)

If you understand this, then you have become one of:

13 The wise men having knowledge of the times (Esther 1).

If not then unfortunately you remain one of the men having knowledge only of the News of the World ! 

In Ezekiel we read:

12 And those of the house of Israel will have to bury them for the purpose of cleansing the land for 7 months (Ezekiel 39).

This must follow from a general principle that land when defiled takes 7 'times' until it is cleansed. Now the ground was cursed when Adam sinned. And 7 Prophetic Times later, 2520 years later, the first fruits of the promised land, a blessed land, were eaten.

If you understand this, then you have become one of:

13 The wise men having knowledge of the times (Esther 1).

If not then unfortunately you remain one of the men having knowledge only of the News of the World ! 

In Ezekiel we read:

12 And those of the house of Israel will have to bury them for the purpose of cleansing the land for 7 months (Ezekiel 39).

This must follow from a general principle that land when defiled takes 7 'times' until it is cleansed. Now the ground was cursed when Adam sinned. And 7 Prophetic Times later, 2520 years later, the first fruits of the promised land, a blessed land, were eaten.

Interesting Cases under the law of Banishment and the law of Moses

Moses

Moses killed the Egyptian in the wrong who was struggling with the Jew:

11 Now it came about in those days, as Moses was becoming strong, that he went out to his brothers that he might look at the burdens they were bearing; and he caught sight of a certain Egyptian striking a certain Hebrew of his brothers. 
12 So he turned this way and that and saw there was nobody in sight. Then he struck the Egyptian down and hid him in the sand (Exodus 2).

The Egyptian presumably killed the Hebrew, which lead to Moses killing him. But Moses did not kill one of God's people so he did not break the vengeance law.

Phinehas

Phinehas killed Zimri who was fornicating with Cozbi a Midianite woman in front of everyone, at a time when the true God was plaguing the nation for their fornication with Midianite women:

6 But, look! a man of the sons of Israel came, and he was bringing near to his brothers a Midianite woman before Moses' eyes and before the eyes of all the assembly of the sons of Israel, while they were weeping at the entrance of the tent of meeting (Numbers 25).

Phinehas was not under the law of vengeance, he was under the law of Moses, which did not provide for the killing of those who fornicated with foreign women. The law provided that they should marry them or pay their father's 50 shekels, at the time of Phinehas' actions.

16 Now in case a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged, and he actually lies down with her, he is to obtain her without fail as his wife for the purchase price. 
17 If her father flatly refuses to give her to him, he is to pay over the money at the rate of purchase money for virgins (Exodus 22).

Only later did the law stipulate that the sons and daughters of Israel should not marry outside:

3 And you must form no marriage alliance with them. Your daughter you must not give to his son, and his daughter you must not take for your son (Deuteronomy 7).

Which would have meant that the penalty on Phinehas should have been 50 shekels payment to Cozbi's father.

So Phinehas took the law into his own hands, but not the law of vengeance, it was the law of Moses. And he did it because 24,000 people had already been killed by a plague from God resulting from the idolatry that the sons of Israel had committed at the urging of these Midianite women. Phinehas was rewarded with a Priesthood covenant.

Levi and Simeon

24 Then all those going out by the gate of his city listened to Hamor and to Shechem his son, and all the males got circumcised, all those going out by the gate of his city.
25 However, it came about that on the third day, when they got to be aching, the two sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, brothers of Dinah, proceeded to take each one his sword and to go unsuspectedly to the city and to kill every male (Genesis 34).

These two killed men who were circumcised. This broke the law of vengeance. The bible is careful to point out that the other brothers had no part in this murder:

27 The other sons of Jacob came in on the dead/slain/fatally wounded men and went plundering the city, because they had defiled their sister (Genesis 34 NIVHEOT, Green's Literal Translation GLT, NWT).

Jacob then said to Simeon and Levi:

30 At this Jacob said to Simeon and to Levi: You have brought ostracism upon me in making me a stench to the inhabitants of the land, with the Canaanites and the Perizzites; whereas I am few in number, and they will certainly gather together against me and assault me and I must be annihilated, I and my house.
31 In turn they said: Ought anyone to treat our sister like a prostitute? (Genesis 34).

At first sight it is rather a coincidence that Jacob mentions ostracism to these two sons, who by the Law of Vengeance were to be ostracised for 7 years. But then by the No Coincidence Principle, it is not a coincidence at all. But the 'coincidences' do not stop there. The very next verse says:

1 After that God said to Jacob: Rise, go up to Bethel and dwell there, and make an altar there to the [true] God who appeared to you when you were running away from Esau your brother (Genesis 35).

So it refers to someone running away from their brothers, which is precisely what the sons of Jacob had to do in the cases of Simeon and Levi. Again the 'coincidences' do not stop there. The very next verse refers to 'all who were with' Jacob:

2 Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him: Put away the foreign gods that are in the midst of you and cleanse yourselves and change your mantles (Genesis 35).

And then in verse 6 we read:

6 Eventually Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is to say, Bethel, he and all the people who were with him (Genesis 35).

A repetition of the phrase/concept 'all (the people) who were with him'. The phrase: 'all that were with him' is not common in the bible, it occurs only in this chapter of the bible in the NWT, and the phrase: 'all the people that were with him' occurs here and once in the book of Judges in the NWT. OUr attention is being drawn to it by the repetition. Really we are talking not about all who were with Jacob but about all who were not with him, namely Simeon and Levi.

Jacob's deathbed blessing on his sons again refers to the murders of Simeon and Levi:

5 Simeon and Levi are brothers. Instruments of violence are their slaughter weapons.
6 Into their intimate group do not come, O my soul. With their congregation do not become united, O my disposition, because in their anger they killed men, and in their arbitrariness they hamstrung bulls.
7 Cursed be their anger, because it is cruel, and their fury, because it acts harshly. Let me parcel them out in Jacob and let me scatter them in Israel (Genesis 49).

This was a prophetic blessing applying to their seed. But they are described as brothers. Now it is perfectly obvious that they are brothers in the genetic sense, both being sons of Jacob. So by the Power Principle, this means something more. It must therefore mean that they are brothers of the darkness, they are in the wrong congregation, Satan's seed. They get no resurrection into the Kingdom. So although Simeon and Levi did rejoin Jacob, and went down to Egypt with him, it appears that they left him again forming their own intimate group. Furthermore their sons are scattered around the territory of Israel, in a symbolic kind of excommunication, as was Cain, and as were they themselves for 7 years.

Reuben and Judah

In the account of Genesis 37, when Joseph's brothers were plotting to kill him, Reuben said:

21 Let us not strike his soul fatally (Genesis 37).
22 Do not spill blood (Genesis 37).

26 Judah said: What profit would there be in case we killed our brother and did cover over his blood? (Genesis 37).

So obviously the two of them were aware that there was a penalty for killing one of there brothers, so they would need to cover over their crime. This penalty was under the Law of Vengeance.

A Technical Note for the experienced reader, see - Manna from heaven.