Before we get into the story and the victory we have in Christ, our role in taking down the Antichrist, and the process on how we will take down the Antichrist and his kingdom, we are going to take you back in time, back to the beginning as we walk you through the bible and the scriptures to shed light on who Jesus is, why we are to serve him, and his kingdom to come based on the information found on the pages of the first four chapters of Genesis.
And as we take you back in time, we also would like to set the groundwork for us to be able interpret the scriptures and biblical prophecies for us to understand the bible from a true biblical worldview and to connect the bible to real life experiences. And how we will do this, it is by first telling you the story of how we came in possession of the bible and why we believe there is a God based on history and the people telling their stories.
Therefore, as we are about to dive in the scriptures, the history of humanity, and why we need a Savior, let us clear our minds, open our bibles, and turn the pages so together we can take this journey, and we will begin as we have said before at the first four chapters of the bible because if are to understand how the end will come these first four chapters of Genesis are the keys.
Today, we will be talking about the story of Adam and the importance of knowing he is and was the author of the first four chapters of Genesis although Moses may have been the one to have compiled and catalog the stories. But first, I will say that if you are a believer, opening the bible at the first book, and first page, and line, we read these words, Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” And should anyone ask the question, where did life came from, our natural response would be as believers, “God because he created all things” and we would point to the bible as our authority.
However, some will argue the bible is a book written by men, and we may come back with the defense, “Yes, but it was written by men inspired by God.” But we are to remember as Christians, when speaking with an unbeliever, we are speaking with someone of a skeptical mind, someone who is not familiar with scripture and who is unwilling to accept its history. And yet even among Christians, explaining why they believe the bible is the word of God is sometimes hard, and it is because we do not have the other side of the story on how we came in possession of the bible.
So, how can we show what we believe is the truth, and that the bible can be trusted proving to the unbeliever there is a God? Well, for us to do that, we must first understand who wrote the first four chapters of the bible, and I know for many Christians Moses will be the one that came to mind, but then, I would like for us to know, although Moses may have compiled and put together the first four books of the bible, he was, however, not around when Adam was created, nor was he there when the flood came.
So, who wrote it down? And now here comes the big question, where did Moses get this information from being a man brought up in the house of Pharaoh? It would be natural for us to say, he got the information from one of his grandparents, information written down some time ago, a historical record of his ancestry and his people, so that when Moses saw the Egyptian beating one of his own people and country man, Moses at once identified himself with his people and killed the Egyptian that was abusing his people.
The story goes like this, after killing the Egyptian, Moses had to leave Egypt for some forty years, and it was when he came back, he led the nation of Israel out of Egypt. And we believe this was the moment in which Moses took the time possible to write and compile what we have today regarding the first four books of the bible.
But why is this so relevant for us to know who wrote the first four chapters of the bible? That is a good question, but equally so here is a satisfactory answer. It is important for us to know for several reasons. One, the end is known from the beginning, in other words, for us to know how the end will come, there is a need for us to know what took place at the beginning.
Secondly, for us to be able to interpret the scripture, we will need to understand the language of the past and why certain words were used to describe people and their nature, and thirdly for us to have a complete picture of what took place at the beginning for us to be where we are today. But most importantly it is important because we need to understand the stories are the testimonies of real people who lived a lifetime ago.
Because if we understand these stories are the stories of people who lived a lifetime ago, we can then see how we came in possession of the bible. First, it is the story of the first man and what happened to him, it is the story of judgment and redemption, the story of why Cain killed his brother, and the story of how God will appear and judge the world.
The stories of Genesis are not just a stories about creation, Abraham, and how the world came into being and who created the world, it is a history of creation, the history of the first man Adam, the history concerning God’s promise to redeem humanity, and what most of us did not hear, it is the repentant story of Adam after what he had done to have brought sin in the world.
Once we understand these things, the scriptures will come alive and not only will we know what they mean, but we will become practical in fulfilling the scriptures. For example, the scripture told us in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Now, if we understand this was made possible based on what took place in the past, we will then be able to see how we fell short and see the impact of one man on the world. And if we have sinned through one man’s action, it will then be possible for us to understand how another man Jesus Christ through his actions has freed us from the penalty of the first created man.
Without this history and understanding of who wrote the first four chapters of the bible, we would never be able to put these things together, and in addition knowing why it was possible for the early disciples to have preached the gospel. It was because they knew what was written down and were familiar with the players who were real people of history. They believed what they read, and not like us today who are shaken in our faith because we are lacking understanding, they however believed because these stories were the stories of their ancestors.
So, the reason there was a need for us to tell you this story, it is because once we understand what took place and how it came about, we will be able to stand together in fulfilment of the scriptures as we prepare for our role upon the return of Jesus Christ because in every generation God is expecting us to declare his glory. Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise thy works to another and shall declare thy mighty acts.”
Let us look one more time at what was written, “Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Where did that thought concerning sin came from? It came from the fact the story was told by Adam, and it came about because of the history of Adam’s fall and his repentance. Everything we know about the scriptures today came from what took place in the past, and so it is important we look back at the past to understand what will take place in the future and how it will play out for the world and God’s people, and for us to know how we will take down the Antichrist.
Therefore, it is important we know who wrote these first four chapters of the Geneses and the full story of his life for us to understand how things will be at the end. Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
This is the story of Adam, the first created man, his history and record of what took place after creation to have brought sin and death in the world. And not only do we have the story of his life because he has also recorded for us the promise of God to send a savior in the world. And it is from this ancient promise of a coming savior, the ancients looked to the future with hope so that when Christ came, they were brought up from the grave to be with Christ forever.
Matthew 27:51-53 “Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Thank you for listening.