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Antediluvian Period

Introduction

When Satan entered into the affairs of this world, a chain of events was rapidly set in motion that staggers our imagination. Man’s rebellion against God ended the age of innocence and introduced an era in which man was guided by his moral conscience. God interacted with men on a personal basis for many centuries.

Some men, like Cain, refused to follow God’s advice; others, like Abel, found favor with God because they accepted His word and acted in faith. The continuing battle for the hearts of men has impacted all the affairs of mankind.

Now we will look at the time in history before the great worldwide flood – a time called the antediluvian period. The word means “before the deluge”. It covers Genesis chapters four through seven. It was a time when we have no written history – perhaps because people lived so many years that history was handed down by word of mouth from one generation to another. Yet, there may be old maps. Some articles ask the question: “How is it possible that there are prehistoric, ancient maps, depicting regions of our planet like Antarctica without ice, dating back thousands of years? Did these maps belong to Antediluvian civilizations which inhabited our planet before written history?”

A Manifestation of Sin

“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, ‘I have acquired a man from the LORD.’ Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time, it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell” (Gen. 4:1-5).

Why did God refuse Cain’s offering? Hebrews chapter eleven tells us: “By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous…” (Heb. 11:4a). Why did God accept Abel’s offering and refuse Cain’s? Abel’s offering was by faith, and by the shedding of blood it obtained righteousness. Abel’s righteousness was as filthy rags (Isa. 64:6) but by faith he became the righteousness of God. Cain chose to be independent and to offer his own offering, which did not meet God’s specifications – Cain’s offering did not require the shedding of blood. As we can see, not everyone lays claim to the substitute.

Cain became very angry and slew his brother, Abel. For the first time, sin (rebellion against God) manifested itself in the taking of a human life. “Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden” (Gen. 4:16). Cain elected to remain in bondage to Satan. Many will raise the question, where did Cain get his wife. She probably was his sister. The Bible does not speak of the daughters of Adam and Eve. Cain descendants will develop a highly advanced cultivation over years to come. We will talk about this later.

Flavius Josephus (37 CE – circa 100 CE) was a Jewish Historian who wrote of the early history of Israel in his works “Antiquities of the Jews”. He had access to old records which are no longer available to us – perhaps some of the narratives were passed down from this time period. I am quoting what he said about Cain.

Quote:

“But Cain was not only very wicked in other respects, but was wholly intent upon getting; and he first contrived to plough the ground. He slew his brother on the occasion following: – They had resolved to sacrifice to God. Now Cain brought the fruits of the earth, and of his husbandry; but Abel brought milk, and the first-fruits of his flocks: but God was more delighted with the latter oblation, when he was honored with what grew naturally of its own accord, than he was with what was the invention of a covetous man, and gotten by forcing the ground; whence it was that Cain was very angry that Abel was preferred by God before him; and he slew his brother, and hid his dead body, thinking to escape discovery. But God, knowing what had been done, came to Cain, and asked him what was become of his brother, because he had not seen him of many days; whereas he used to observe them conversing together at other times. But Cain was in doubt with himself, and knew not what answer to give to God. At first he said that he was himself at a loss about his brother’s disappearing; but when he was provoked by God, who pressed him vehemently, as resolving to know what the matter was, he replied, he was not his brother’s guardian or keeper, nor was he an observer of what he did. But, in return, God convicted Cain, as having been the murderer of his brother; and said, ‘I wonder at thee, that thou knowest not what is become of a man whom thou thyself hast destroyed.’ God therefore did not inflict the punishment [of death] upon him, on account of his offering sacrifice, and thereby making supplication to him not to be extreme in his wrath to him; but he made him accursed, and threatened his posterity in the seventh generation. He also cast him, together with his wife, out of that land. And when he was afraid that in wandering about he should fall among Wild beasts, and by that means perish, God bid him not to entertain such a melancholy suspicion, and to go over all the earth without fear of what mischief he might suffer from wild beasts; and setting a mark upon him, that he might be known, he commanded him to depart.”

“And when Cain had traveled over many countries, he, with his wife, built a city, named Nod, which is a place so called, and there he settled his abode; where also he had children. However, he did not accept of his punishment in order to amendment, but to increase his wickedness; for he only aimed to procure everything that was for his own bodily pleasure, though it obliged him to be injurious to his neighbors. He augmented his household substance with much wealth, by rapine and violence; he excited his acquaintance to procure pleasures and spoils by robbery, and became a great leader of men into wicked courses. He also introduced a change in that way of simplicity wherein men lived before; and was the author of measures and weights. And whereas they lived innocently and generously while they knew nothing of such arts, he changed the world into cunning craftiness. He first of all set boundaries about lands: he built a city, and fortified it with walls, and he compelled his family to come together to it; and called that city Enoch, after the name of his eldest son Enoch. Now Jared was the son of Enoch; whose son was Malaliel; whose son was Mathusela; whose son was Lamech; who had seventy-seven children by two wives, Silla and Ada. Of those children by Ada, one was Jabal: he erected tents, and loved the life of a shepherd. But Jubal, who was born of the same mother with him, exercised himself in music; and invented the psaltery and the harp. But Tubal, one of his children by the other wife, exceeded all men in strength, and was very expert and famous in martial performances. He procured what tended to the pleasures of the body by that method; and first of all invented the art of making brass. Lamech was also the father of a daughter, whose name was Naamah. And because he was so skillful in matters of divine revelation, that he knew he was to be punished for Cain’s murder of his brother, he made that known to his wives. Nay, even while Adam was alive, it came to pass that the posterity of Cain became exceeding wicked; every one successively dying, one after another, more wicked than the former. They were intolerable in war, and vehement in robberies; and if anyone were slow to murder people, yet was he bold in his profligate behavior, in acting unjustly, and doing injuries for gain.”

Note: The boldness in the quote was not in original document but has been added by Wayne for emphasis.

The source of the quote is: “The Works of Josephus – Book 1, Chapter 2”. Click and scroll down: (The Works of Josephus – Book 1, Chapter 2).

The Antediluvian Environment

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The Genealogy of Seth

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The Life of Enoch

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Noah and the Flood

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Note: all Scripture quoted in this study is from the “New King James Version”