These mental elements, or “Mystery” side of Mystery Babylon, will broaden with a look at Cain. We begin
with a deeper examination of this Biblical character, discovering even more about what might have went on
inside his head, what happened to his brother Abel, and how Mystery Babylon began to develop! There is
so much more ancient information about Cain than there was about the Serpent. The examination of this
direct Serpent-seed gives us so much more information towards unraveling the mindsets behind Mystery
Babylon, and what would form its foundation. After all, "like father, like son."
It's A New (& Cursed) World
Time for Adam and Eve to leave the Garden; to experience night for the first time; to experience cold; to
experience the planet’s newly-found “law of the jungle.” Humans and angels alike would lose most of their
“sun-like” shine, or heavenly countenance, over time.
Adam, now, was forced to do what he feared most: work the fields for his sustenance; work in a world with
so many new adversities. “Necessity compelled them to agriculture; the virtues of their former garden
disappeared.” Now, the use of agriculture seemed to be an unavoidable part of God’s curse on the
earth – no longer could they consume the large, nutritious fruits of the Garden.
Need For Sacrifice
Adam was also the first to be obligated to provide continual, blood sacrifices to God. It was a new
“necessity” of life, with Adam being the first priest. These new sacrifices were to become a symbol of his
newfound faith. Back then, it seemed that Adam’s first choice of animal for this sacrifice would become a
bull, or ox. It also seems fairly obvious that this wasn’t a heart-warming task: to kill an animal, and spill
Adam and Eve quickly began to dream of any way they could “earn” their way back into the Garden, without
having to do things such as this. They knew the prophecy of Genesis 3:15: a “redeemer,” or someone born
of Eve’s seed, would bring their souls back toward this closeness with God again; a seemingly-perfect
state like they had in the Garden. They just did not know who this child would be, or when he would be
born. Maybe, if they could continue to have children they might receive the redeemer soon, and the curse
would be over.
Bringing Forth The 'Promised Child'
The first pair, since, as this report of what
God had decreed, had spread, the chief desire
Was to increase…
But longing still for Eden, they were seized
With a desire to populate the earth.
That bliss might sooner come, so that it was
Fulfilled that in the curse had been pronounced,
Namely, the multiplying of conceptions…
(Phifer, 1890, p. 154)
Adam and Eve may have begun to have this (misguided) idea that having as many children as they could,
one after another, might actually help them in the long run. Their “multiplying of conceptions” - of which God
decreed as a curse to Eve – could, at least in their mind, save them from their desperate life. They both
continually felt a great deal of sorrow, and couldn’t wait for either themselves or their descendants to be
blessed with bearing the “promised one.”
There was a blockade to this goal, however, “right out of the starting gate” – something of which they could
not do anything about, now. It was coming. There was a growing bump in the middle of Eve’s navel. Her
entire body was changing; her stomach was getting large. She was beginning to get really scared. She didn’t
understand how it was to be pregnant.
At least with a rudimentary knowledge of sex, however, she probably couldn’t help but think the Serpent was
the father. The Serpent helped to change the world in so many ways already, and, again, he was doing it –
and it wasn’t for good.
It was around this same time that Adam probably noticed something about Eve, as well. There was at least
one offspring in her womb. Adam realized, or knew, something was going on inside of her! Many hard lined
Bible interpreters would hold fast that this first child born of Eve (in Gen. 4:1) was actually Adam’s son,
because the English read that Adam knew his wife: had sex with her. True, that is one meaning of knew, but
we already know this word could have a two-fold significance. Those who translated the Bible into English
could have, naturally, assumed this first son of Eve had to be from Adam – who else could be the father?
Because of this, they could have translated it into English accordingly.
The word knew could also come to mean that Adam…
- was beginning to understand what happened to Eve, and what was going on within her.
- was becoming aware that Eve actually conceived; not from him, but from the Serpent.
- was starting to recognize exactly what the Serpent did to them and their world; trying to take in how he
was robbed of his chance to be the father of Eve’s child.
In the more likely definition of knew, here: Eve was pregnant, and Adam probably knew, or understood,
…he (the child) is a true son of the Devil.
- Saltair na Rann 1961-1964
…Adam came to the realization – he knew he was not the father.
Again, it is imperative to understand who this firstborn of Eve was. As we know, a lot of ancient written
evidence suggests who his probable father was: the Serpent, himself! We can’t stress this concept, or
“drive this point home,” enough!
Even fresh out of the Garden, the Serpent wasn’t far from the lives of Adam and Eve; seemingly around
every corner; looking for ways to capitalize on their depravity. The Serpent probably had a plethora
of information about our former world, which may have included an understanding of pregnancy. The
Serpent could have used this information to continue manipulating her, in many ways.
(Eve) Begged… (God)… to protect her from
The sickly gliding snake, which twisted yet…
(Phifer, 1890, p. 126)
One way he hoped to trick her would be regarding the Genesis 3:15 Prophecy. The more hopeful Adam and
Eve became for its fulfillment the more she began to succumb to what the Serpent was pushing on her.
After all, God and His angels no longer had as close of a communication with them. There were still
extremely-knowledgeable terrestrial angels (i.e. the Nephilim) around them, however. As time went on, Eve
may have eventually felt more at ease looking to the Serpent for any way he could help her. He could have
also, over time, convinced her that he had God’s best interests for her in mind; even an occasional deliverer
of His messages! After all, the Serpent was an angel – closer to the heavenly realm than she was!
Besides, Eve could use practically any help she could get, especially in her pregnancy.
Cain, Seed of the Serpent (Part 1)
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God was beginning to be upfront with Cain. Cain’s petty attempts at manipulation were getting a little old:
Cain was the one who murdered one of the few people in the world who, most probably, still loved him.
Cain, however, continued to fire back, and had his own interpretation of Abel: “I do not believe that he truly
loved me.” And, then, finished with: “…when Adam unknowingly brought death into the world, You
drove him out Garden of Eden. In like manner by committing murder when I was not completely aware of
the gravity of my offense, I, too, am to be punished… I am being punished more severely than was my
…woe is Cain! If Cain had any remorse, anywhere, it was mingled with envy and hatred.
Can't You Bear It?
Next, another fairly famous verse of Genesis:
…My punishment is greater than I can bear.
- Gen. 4:13 (KJV)
On the surface, it sounds like Cain was actually beginning to feel shame; more guilt than he could ever deal
with. But, as we dig deeper, we see this comment may, again, be one of self-pity and “victimization.” This, in
reality, might even be a complaint!
- “My punishment is too great for me to bear.”
- “…my grief is too heavy a burden to bear.”
- “You bear the upper worlds and the lower worlds, and my iniquity is impossible
for You to bear? You cannot bear my sin?”
In a final attempt to get around his shame, Cain cried out to God something such as: “Come on. You have
the power to remit and pardon my sin. So, why don’t you do it?”
God Was Long-suffering
God was very, very long-suffering with Cain. But, “…instead of Cain seeking God’s long-suffering and
kindness, so that he might persuade justice by God’s petition, he said things either out of fear or
cunning.” Cain “so shrewdly simulated his penitence that he even had begun to believe he succeeded
in deceiving God." All the philosophical "arrows" he shot at God – something would have to stick!
In the end, Cain brought so much of his punishment on himself. He was, in a way, committing mental
suicide – trying to outwit his own Creator! His twisted rationality and reason couldn’t match God’s gifts of
rational thoughts, reason, and conscience:
Whoever, therefore, rejects reason invites error…
(Delaney, 1996, p. 156)
Repentance is Lost - Now Separation
Cain had such little regard for the world outside of his “bubble” that God may have already known it was too
late - he was lost inside of his head. God may not have even wanted to instruct Cain on how to redo his
offering correctly! Cain was almost too far gone; but God still acted in grace. One author even
suggested: “The sharp dialogue between God and Cain continued days. God did not want to be accused of
being hasty in judgment or of being vindictive in His reaction to wrongdoing.”
God, now, began to counter Cain’s twisted rationale, and say:
“All of your arguments are very logical very sensible. It is self evident I could easily have created a world
of peace and harmony, a world without problems or conflict, if I wished to do so. This was not my wish, nor
my intention. I deliberately fashioned a world of good and evil; deliberately placed in man’s keeping the
power to choose between the two… man must be prepared to accept the responsibility of choice which I
had given him. He must be ready to bear the consequence of his thoughts and actions. Humanity will not
be able to escape from their Divinely-imposed obligation by attempting to pin on Me the blame for its
misdeeds.” (Eichhorn, 1957, p. 77)
God may have said, next: “Woe to him who was merciful to you and refrained from killing you when you were
beneath him. When he permitted you to rise, you killed him!” “God knew that Cain wasn’t truly sorry...
knowing also that he really felt more sorry for himself than he did for either his bad conduct or his brother’s
Cain started to become a “victim to his own arrogance, defeated by his own gigantic pride which came from
within himself…”, and God knew it:
…God tested the wine bottles of Adam and of Cain and found them both to be full of vinegar… God gave
both these men a chance to do the manly thing, acknowledge their sin and confess their guilt, but in each
case the opportunity was passed by… (Eichhorn, 1957, p. 72)
The hope that Cain would change his tune had now passed. No more discussions. God was, now, ready to
deal with him:
…his refusal to beg forgiveness of God (Himself) is itself so prideful that it constitutes… (that) Cain’s soul
is quite beyond redemption. (Bandy, 1967, p. 31)
…in bewailing the hopelessness of his situation, Cain merely assured his damnation… because he turned
from God of his own will - whatever becomes of Cain afterwards is not so much divine punishment as self-
punishment. (Bandy, 1967, p. 31)
Interestingly enough, “When Cain refused to recount what he had done his knowledge and his shame were
exposed.” As we see, it was quite the opposite of how Adam exposed his shame – Adam’s shame
should show readily, through facial blush! In order for Cain’s shame to be exposed, his whole mindset,
quite often, had to be “called out!” In other words, Cain would have to be exposed on what he said or did
(for all to see); he, most probably, wouldn’t do it, himself. Why? Because, most often, he (and those who
follow him) would not be honorable enough to admit their fault, or when they should have shame! A person
who is self-centered, most often, won’t want to admit anything which might lower his or her self-esteem, or
“ruin” their own self-administered goal(s) of perfection in their life! Sad but true.
In conclusion, Adam, and those who want to follow the ways of his “Father” (i.e. God), should show their
shame upfront, through honor, dignity, moral character, and humility. The shame of Cain, his father (the
Serpent), and those who follow them, has to be brought out of them; because they probably won’t (or, even,
can’t) face the thought of having to bring the shame out, on their own. The two are polar opposites.
The Son of Perdition
God began the judgment phase:
…Cain, thou art Perdition and thy deeds shall follow thee, for from thee shall flow murder and bloodshed,
wars and contentions, until the earth shall hide her face from the wickedness and pollution of mankind…
thine existence is a pollution to the sanctity of this spot.
- The Book of the Generations of Adam Chap. 5.8
Cain… had entered into a covenant with Satan whereby he had become Perdition, the Master of the Lie,
that great secret by which they murder and commit all manner of abominations to get unlawful gain.
- The Book of the Generations of Adam Chap. 5.5
This can be a large part of the Mystery side of Mystery Babylon: these new “ways” of thought of which Cain
and the Serpent helped to instigate into mankind – to allow one unlawful gain, or the raising of their own
self-esteem, through unsavory “ways” not yet explored in this post-Fall world.
Cain's Plethora of Excuses
Assuredly, God was aware of the rhetoric Cain was about to spew out, next; but Cain still thought he could
utilize a few “aces up his sleeve” - his “playbook” of excuses. Cain rejects it all with defensive and vain
responses, to try to twist around the conversation, and make it seem like he was the victim.
First, he flatly denies any involvement, and makes it known that he felt “enraged at the insistent pressure
and strict inquiries of God…” God’s accusations “offended” Cain. The very idea that God would throw
these accusations at him “insulted his humanity.”
An interesting look into the kind of person Cain was:
Cain was a typical representative of that portion of the human race which believes that the world has been
created to satisfy its particular needs and desires. The logical consequence of such a philosophic position
are unbounded selfishness and inevitable social conflict. Such people are easily identifiable. They fancy
themselves all-important and all-wise. They are always the first to sit down at the table and the last to offer
to wash the dishes. They give to charity not out of compassion and to religion, not out of thankfulness, but
to gain recognition or to avoid ostracism. They have no use for anyone who can not be of some use to
them… (Eichhorn, 1957, p. 43)
See? It’s “all about them;” whatever makes them look good, or how they could benefit from it! Cain would,
most probably, be equated to a psychopath or sociopath, of today.
Of course, everyone has to think of themselves at some time during their lives; but, in regards to Cain, it
was almost all the time. He lacked the empathy he should have had for others: how his selfish thoughts
actually affected the environment around him!
…this type of thinking sometimes produces material harvest but also breaks hearts
and spirits and creates human misery…
(Eichhorn, 1957, p. 43)
Invested in achieving his own outcome, Cain rarely understood what affect he might have on anyone else:
What does a thorough-going materialist think that he owes to God or to society? If one lives for himself
alone, what, in his opinion, does he owe anybody? But if you grant him his premise and ask him, in return,
what anybody owes him, he scowls and snarles like a caged beast, for that is what he is, one who is
imprisoned by his own conceit and by the narrowness of his societal vision.
(Eichhorn, 1957, p. 42-43)
Cain would become the prototype of “those who repeatedly fail to repent."
Next, Cain would come back with such a brazen rhetoric that he, eventually, began to think he had the
ability to even deceive the Most High!
It's Not His Fault!
In a twisted method of rationalization, Cain may have blurted this out to God (regarding Abel): “I admit that I
was not able to read what was in his heart. I judged him only by his actions. And, from his actions, he
seemed to be my enemy; therefore I killed him. And why are you (i.e. God) speaking to me in such a harsh
tone? How was I to know that murder was such a heinous offense... for all you know, I never intended to kill
him, I just meant to give him a sound thrashing."
Cain was quick-witted – twisting around everything God had previously said to him. God was "uncaring" and
"mean." It wasn’t really Cain’s fault – he perceived that there was an uncomfortable situation, and he had to
act on it. Besides, how would Cain know if what he did to Abel would actually kill him? Nobody really
killed anybody else before, so how was he to know? Almost every excuse Cain could give, he did.
It May Even Be God's Fault!
His pitiful arguments were not about to “hold water” with God, however. Cain, then, tried another approach:
to go so far “out on a limb” that he even tried to point the finger at God! It had to be His fault, to some
degree, for even allowing this situation to occur. It was also God’s fault for allowing the Evil Inclination to
even be inside of him! Cain blurted: “I should have never been able to murder my brother. Why don’t
you punish my father (i.e. Adam) for what I have done? He is the real cause... to be perfectly candid I do not
believe that either my father or myself is nearly as responsible for Abel’s death as You are.” Cain
retorted further: “Since You are the guardian of all, why did You permit me to slay him?… for if You had
accepted my sacrifice as You accepted his, I would not have been envious of him.”
It’s almost unbelievable how pompous Cain was – to his brother, Adam and Eve, and, especially, the Creator
of the universe.
Anything he could think of, Cain tried. He eventually began to convince himself, by these illogical and
emotional misinterpretations, that his opinions were justified!
He continued in his retort of God: “If one were to analyze this matter logically and dispassionately… You
certainly cannot deny that You are at least partially to blame for what has happened.” “Abel was
trespassing on my property. I was merely seeking to protect that which was lawfully and rightfully mine. Why
should I be punished for putting into effect a policy which You yourself decreed for the human race? When
did you ever tell me that I must be concerned about my brother’s welfare? Who was it that made me jealous
and angry by favoring Abel’s offering and rejecting mine? Who was it that created the Evil inclination which
kept on tormenting me until, in desperation, I killed my brother? You could have stopped the fight if You
wanted to, before it was too late. Why did you not stop it?”
Cain suggested that God should, at least, share some of the blame for this happening! He did the best
he could to weasel his way through God’s rebuking without ending up to have any feelings of guilt or shame.
There was absolutely no honor in him.
Cain concluded with: “I have not consented to be my brother's overseer. Because thou art the keeper of all
creatures, overseeing him is your responsibility.” “If you do not know where he is, then You have been
derelict in your duty.” “Why were You not pursuing your task as diligently as I have been pursuing
He, then, exploded with: “I should be asking you where he is!” “Why should One who watches over all
creatures ask me this, unless He planned the murder Himself?” “Maybe, Thou didest thyself slay
Wow. Talk about a 180 degree turn? These are the “ways” of Cain in their infant stages – without humility,
honor, or strength of character; without almost anything but denial and self-absorption.
More False Rationalizations
Cain reached “for the stars” in his fiery rebuttal of God. He was getting good at these twists, so he thought –
after all, his father was, probably, a high-ranking terrestrial angel! He even went off on a little tangent (in
regards to his sacrifice), and accused God: “The death of that animal seemed to please you. Why would you
show more concern for the death of a man than you had shown when the (animal) was slaughtered?”
He probably tried to point out that God didn’t accept his (non-bloody) sacrifice, and accepted Abel’s “gory”
sacrifice, because he “rejoices in blood.” Cain may have even thought this: why would God require
something as “inhuman” as the death of an animal, and the shedding of its blood? Why wouldn’t He accept
something as innocent as his sacrifice of vegetables?
At the end, no matter how Cain tried to twist things, he did something much worse:
Destroy a lamb, a brother he'd destroyed.
(Phifer, 1890, p. 143)
Next, he may have moved to something more lethal. He could have grabbed a rock, or some other farming
implement, to finish the job. Interestingly enough, one tradition stated that, in an ultimate act of
blasphemy, Cain may have even taken a stone he snatched “from the altar” to kill his brother!
Whatever implement he used, it assuredly sped up Abel’s execution. He eventually struck Abel with a fatal
blow, possibly on the forehead. Even up to this point, Abel still pleaded with God to spare Cain!
What a brother Cain had; what a role model for the ways of God, and how people in this post-Fall world
After all the premeditated, merciless acts of Cain; after all these injustices to his brother; Abel finally took it
to heart that he was being treated unfairly. With almost his last breath, and every right in the world for the
utterance, “…Abel cried out: ‘My King, I demand justice!’”
And justice he would get.
…we are to understand that in the killing of Abel, Cain effectively killed himself.
(Bandy, 1967, p. 29)
Before we look more into how God’s justice would work with Cain, we, first, need to look at the conversation
Cain would have with God, in the aftermath.
Abel was dead; his blood spilled all over the ground. Cain did a futile job in trying to hide the evidence.
This, probably, was one of the most despicable crimes a man could do to his fellow man.
…homicide is a sin so violently against nature that it deserves only the heaviest requital. In killing our own
kind… we become lower even than beasts; for all men are brothers by nature, and equally responsible one
for another. (Bandy, 1967, p. 30)
Cain apparently “crossed the line” in many ways, here. With the murder, he “passed from a life of human
kindness to one which was more akin to the rude existence of a wild beast.” This was, probably, the
first in ancient times where an act of a human being would have been compared to that of an animal.
At first, Cain may have maintained an iota of concern about what happened - at least in regards about what
to do with the body! Ultimately, he really didn’t feel very much guilt, or concern – after all, Abel did him
wrong (at least, in his mind), and he felt justified. Abel deserved it, for his “insolence.” The only care that
probably came to Cain would be whether or not he would get caught.
Throughout his young life, this man was “cruel to his parents, and bitter towards his brother and gave no
honor to God.” Although Abel probably also had the blood of the Serpent, he maintained a completely
different outlook and attitude on life. Brothers by blood; completely different mindsets by choice.
After the murder, Cain apparently even “went forth as one glad in heart.” He was victorious; he thought
he had "gotten away with murder" – what a legend! On top of it, he was convinced that no one saw him.
Cain thought he had deceived his parents, everyone around him, and the entire world. No one was going to
seek vengeance for his brother’s death. There was One who was watching though, and saw everything.
So much information to help expose the beginnings of the Mystery element of Mystery Babylon will come
into play at this point – in regards to how Cain mentally processed what he had done, as well as how he'd
react to up-and-coming accusations that were assuredly going to come to him, from God.
How Doth Thou Already Know?
You can escape your brothers, your parents, and your peers. You can escape everyone in the entire world,
but you can’t escape God. God caught up to Cain while walking on his merry way, and confronted him about
what just happened (which, of course, was going to lead to Cain’s famous line: “am I my brother’s keeper?”).
All of this questioning by God would confuse Cain; he apparently didn’t really believe God was all powerful,
all seeing, and all knowing. Cain quickly asked the Creator of the Universe: “My parents do not know I
have slain Abel. How do you?” He, in his own self-serving way, began to, subtly, accuse God:
“Does Thou have informers who slander…?”
(Goldin, 1929, p. 34)
In other words, Cain could not even entertain the thought that God had so much power over the world, as
well as over him. Cain speculated that there must have been some angelic informants out there; “spying” on
him; then, hurrying up to tell God the whole story. These “informants,” of course, were probably looking
to “pick" on someone, and they chose him (for some reason unknown to him, of course). Ultimately, he
thought God and His informants desired to be mean to him:
…you must have speedy informants who delight in reporting the sins committed by human beings.
(Eichhorn, 1957, p. 73)
The pompous Cain began to rationalize the situation, further: maybe God didn't know he was negligent
with his sacrifice; maybe God could have only preferred one type of offering over another - not taking into
account his own thoughts or attitudes regarding the whole process! He went on to conclude that God
probably didn’t like his offering because He, somehow, must have been prejudiced.
He was oblivious - “in the dark” to the real reasons why things didn’t work out. And, if anyone told him
anything different than what he thought was right, they were just as biased and prejudiced as God was!
No one could win in an argument with Cain's self-centered persona - except One.
Had High Hopes for Cain
God had enough. He was ready to expose Cain "with specific questions intended to reveal his true
character.” Through His question-and-answer process, God would bring “to the surface” that which
was imprinted in the heart of Cain, and also hoped Cain would be able to understand exactly what he did,
and feel the guilt and shame that he should feel!
That God deliberately rejected Cain’s sacrifice as a way of allowing Cain the opportunity to teach human-
kind how to react to a perceived injustice, with dignified hope rather than angry revenge.
(Delaney, 1996, p. 211)
Believe it or not, God was hoping that Cain would acknowledge his sin. Perhaps, he might repent!
The more God pressed Cain, however, the more openly defiant his character had become.
…he (God) criticized Cain for looking at the earth’s natural vegetation and immediately assuming it needs
cultivation in order to be brought to perfection… since human beings consider ripe fruit to be more
desirable than new fruit, and every bit as tasty as fresh lamb, Cain naturally brings ripe fruit to the sacrifice
rather than “first fruits.” Cain is baffled by God’s rejection of the sacrifice, but refuses to use this as an
occasion for learning and correction. There is irony in this, given that he (Cain) had set out to improve the
natural state of creation, but could not see the need to improve himself.
(Delaney, 1996, p. 141)
There follows other famous verse in Genesis:
And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
- Gen. 4:6 (KJV)
God probably wanted to find out why Cain had become so angry or displeased, as well as why the count-
enance of his face had changed (after his sacrifice was rejected). We’ve already discussed the
concept of black or darkness; and how it could, often, relate to an emotional look plastered on one’s face:
an obvious appearance of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, distress, and grief!
…his color changed and (was) of a woeful countenance…
- The First Book of Adam and Eve (The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan 59
Cain could have lost his heavenly “glow” he once had; on top of it, his permanent look, now, was as if he
had a continually grievous outlook on life.
"The Sin that Croucheth"
Next, another famous verse of the Bible:
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.
And unto thee shall be his desire…
- Gen. 4:7 (KJV)
God made it known to Cain that there was “a wild beast,” of sorts, crouching at the door of each man’s
heart. It lies just outside this door, waiting for an opportunity to come in and inhabit - continually
influencing a man to do evil. This “beast” was and is, of course, the Evil Inclination – the “sin that
croucheth.” One thing that God also made clear to Cain was that he had the power to master it -
the control of this Evil Inclination was entirely up to him!
…at the entrance, sin is lying, and to you is its longing, but you can rule over it.
- Rashi Genesis 4:7
This, of course, involves strength of character, a sense of morality and individual responsibility. We already
know enough about Cain to surmise what direction he would go on this advice. He wasn’t having any of the
blame for almost anything. It was, of course, because he was “not his brother’s keeper.”
God "Told it Like it Was"
God, knowing his comeback, fired out a new line of questions for Cain to ponder:
"You are not his keeper, then why did you become his murderer?"
(Lipscomb, 1983, p. 228)
“Hast thou killed, and also taken possession?”
- Pirke De Rabbi Eliezer Ch. 14: Cain and Abel
We know that one meaning of the name Cain is “possession.” Through this murder, Cain, not only took
possession of the future wife of Abel, but a whole lot more - everything Abel would have had coming to him,
if he were to live. Now, God was going to let Cain know that He already knew how and why this power grab
happened, regardless of any excuse Cain could think of.
"…you (have)… slain your brother without reason because he spoke truthfully to you."
(Bin Gorion, 1976)
Cain tricked his brother, stood up, and the great double-cross began! Some traditions stated that he
arose, and murdered his brother right on the spot; others stated that there was even more to his deception:
Cain knew Abel was physical stronger than he was, so he had to find another way, in his mind, to “even the
Wrapped Around the Vine
Cain may have quieted down, and succumb to the realization that he needed to use a diabolical scheme to
restrain any future repercussions of Abel. Cain suggested:
“Come let us play with a vine… You embrace the tree and I will bind you three times around, and we will
see who is powerful and strong.” When Abel embraced the tree, Cain took the vine and bound him by his
feet and hands up to his head. (Lipscomb, 1983, p. 272)
Cain, then, tied up Abel securely. Again, it was nothing other than his premeditated wickedness. This
time, Abel’s strength would not be enough to overcome Cain, the “trickster:”
Then Abel perceived Cain’s wickedness. So he cried out to his brother weeping and said, “My beloved
brother, I pray you, untie me, and as long as I am alive I will serve you… Do not kill me, for I am not your
enemy, but your friend, and I am always obedient to your commands. I cannot live one hour without you.”
(Lipscomb, 1983, p. 272)
Abel was stuck this time, and he knew it. In desperation, he pleaded further to Cain:
“How can you hate me and remain on the earth without me? How can you forget my brotherly love?”
(Lipscomb, 1983, p. 272)
How could Cain actually continue doing this? Simple: because he was a son of the Serpent; and, unlike his
brother, he also took on his attributes.
Cain didn’t listen to Abel at all. Abel finally pleaded, “Come, brother, let me kiss you one time, lest I
remain in need of you.” He finally believed that Cain really wanted him dead, and thought this was the
end. His humble request to his twin brother, still, remained unanswered. In one final bit of desperation,
Abel cried out, almost weeping: “How do we explain this to our parents?” Even this, apparently, was
not enough to sway Cain; he didn’t even care about Adam and Eve at this time. He just continued on, with
Cain felt the ultimate desire to finish the deed. “Now, Cain was walking here and there, but he did not know
with what he must kill him.” As we continue to conclude: it wasn’t an accident; it wasn’t a mistake, or
error. It was a premeditated, intentional onslaught – from one brother to another.
One source stated that Cain even held Abel in one position for a whole hour, beating and violently trying to
slaughter him. When physical torture wouldn’t do the trick, Cain snatched a sharp reed or staff, and
pelted him. This was a way, in Cain’s mind, to inflict more bruising and wounding, to intensify his punish-
Time for Actual Sacrifices
The instructions on the proper method sacrifice was probably supplied by Adam, already. What was to come
from the two would be the proper technique, combined with each one’s own willingness love God enough to
carry it out! This would involve a positive outlook on the sacrifice, as well as to God. As we’ll see, Cain and
Abel would have very different perspectives on what the sacrifice should be.
Adam probably taught Cain and Abel to offer tithes and their “first fruits” to God. Cain may have done
just the opposite – and saved the last fruits for God, and the best for him.
God knew what was brewing inside of Cain’s head. He already understood what Cain’s true petition to Him
was going to be based upon.
(Abel)… begs Cain to tithe and make burnt offering. The latter will have none of Abel’s sermonizing, and
will not leave his plow. He says that God gives him only sorrow and woe, and he complains of his poor crop
like a grumbling farmer of today… Finally, Cain gives way to Abel’s importunity and begins to tithe, still
grumbling and choosing the best for himself. (Emerson, 1916, p. 847)
Cain was extremely negative about life; his attitude terrible. Ancient lore tells us that Cain may have even
eaten a meal first; then decided to take upon this “chore.” After eating most of the vegetables that, in
the back of his mind, he probably considered to be the choicest for the sacrifice, he could have taken what
was left up the mountain - “not the best and not the choicest.” Regardless of the exact circumstances,
Cain probably didn’t put a very good effort into it. At the end of the day, Cain's soon-to-be sacrifice would
eventually be directed, if anywhere, towards himself. The following is a summary of the self-loving ways
Cain may have presented his “sacrifice:”
- …he gave only a small portion to (God)…
- Cain may have offered thorns as sacrifice.
- He made an offering of ears of wheat that were smitten by blight...
- Cain gave his grain, that which the wind had exposed.
- Cain made an offering of some of the refuse of the fruits of his husbandry with reluctance.
- Cain brought (it) insincerely…
The last two were particularly telling: with reluctance; doing it insincerely? Now, we seem to be getting to
the heart of the matter. It probably seemed an “inconvenience” for Cain to provide this sacrifice. Why does
he have to, really? One of the most important parts of one’s sacrifice to God truly lies in the intent and
attitude of the participant.
We can surmise that Cain put out what he thought God would have deserved; whatever he deemed good
enough to “pacify” the Creator of the Universe! He might have proclaimed something such as:
(Cain speaking)… “Know thou, O Lord… that <from> everything <for> which I have labored and toiled, I
have set aside portion and tithe for you; according to my righteous labors have I offered it to you. And you
know, as it is pleasing to you, thus let your will be done.” (Lipscomb, 1983, p. 159)
It seems that it’s "all about the ‘I’s’,” here. Cain was, practically, telling God that He should enjoy it! Such
arrogance. This seemed an early example of Cain trying to manipulate a situation – to twist it around – to
benefit from it, in some way. Cain really didn’t want to work for God’s favor. He may have even begun to
believe that, somehow, he should have been entitled to some kind of reward, at least for the efforts he
thought fit. Since he was a farmer, bringing to God a sample of his labor, no matter how insignificant, was a
pretty good thought, in his mind. It was something he valued; and this may have deemed appropriate
enough to a self-centered individual such as Cain. On top of it, if his sacrifice was rejected, it (according to
him) probably wouldn't be because he didn't make the effort; it wouldn’t be because Abel was going to
provide a blood sacrifice, just like Adam did; it'd probably be because he was being treated "unfairly," in
We already know that blood played a very important role in these ancient sacrifices to God, and Cain
apparently didn’t dignify the importance of following Adam's instruction to the letter:
Cain, being unbloody, was an abomination…
(Oliver, 1843, p. 43)
We really need to ask ourselves: what reason(s) would God actually want to accept Cain’s sacrifice?
It seemed obvious God would not want to accept Cain’s sacrifice, because of his spitefulness and lack of
virtue. It would have been easy for Cain to even offer a prayer to God, but it didn't seem fit for him to
do even that. It was, ultimately, because he was beginning to feel contempt for God, and this whole
…there was no love for the One who would receive his offering.
- St. Ephrem the Syrian Section III 2(2)
Cain really didn’t care about anything, or anyone, but himself - simply.
Ultimately, to the Devil
For a sacrifice to be “wrongly divided” ultimately means that it was a
self-serving venture, not a true sacrifice.
(Delaney, 1996, p. 179)
What made it worse was that this “self-serving venture” of Cain's could, in a way, also qualify as idolatry;
the “self-worshipping” type of idolatry. Beyond giving God less of the tally than Cain should of; beyond
giving Him the most inferior of his own portions; it seemed that Cain’s thoughts, opinions, and attitudes were
not really directed towards God, or His ways. And, if they weren’t directed towards the ways of God, could
they be, possibly, directed towards something or someone else?
…the remainder he (Cain) dedicated to the Devil (i.e. the Serpent)…
(Baring-Gould, 1881, p. 73)
In a deeper sense, idolatry can also be associated with one’s thoughts, intent, and be a reflection attitude –
especially as a means of self-love (or self-adoration)! In regards to the Bible, one ancient author stated:
“Moses… intimates the difference between a lover of himself, and one who is thoroughly devoted to
God…” Cain’s sacrifice surely wasn’t towards God. Self-worship isn’t the way God wanted for His
people, either. This is exactly what the Serpent would have his followers do, however! Since Cain was,
most probably, a son of the Serpent, we see that he was only paying homage to who and where he came
...Kayin's (Cain’s) offering came from his side, which meant it came from
the Serpent and the Angel of Death… the Unclean Side.
- Zohar 3 Beresheet 60
…(Cain) is drawn to and cleaves to them…
- Zohar 3 Beresheet 60
He was just involving himself in the prototype of what would be, from then on - ancestor worship. Cain's
sacrifice seemed dedicated towards the opposite of almost everything one would consider the ways of God.
Abel, on the other hand, was very discriminate in his choices. He “took the fat, firstlings of his
flock…” It’s easy to conclude he did it how God wanted – not his own twisted rationale or interpret-
ation. He also utilized:
…the superiority of a bloody sacrifice.
(Delaney, 1996, p. 13)
As with Cain, there were mental elements and attitudes concerning Abel’s sacrifice, as well. He went about
…in great love, with a pure heart and a sincere mind.
- The Book of the Bee 18
…obviously, the right mindset, according to God, was one of the most vital elements of one’s efforts!
The End Results
The time had come for each to find out whether God was going to approve what they did. If God liked it,
traditionally, He would cause a great, “burning fire” to come down from heaven, and overwhelmingly
consume whatever sacrifice was placed upon the altar. Ancient lore tells us that, in regards to Abel’s
sacrifice, that’s exactly what happened. A bright, white, “living” fire swooped down from heaven, and
annihilated Abel’s bloodied animal.
This didn’t happen for Cain, however. Traditionally, the petitioner would light the sacrifice afire, plead to God
for acceptance, and hope it was heard. Cain probably started the “burning process” with, as we know, his
blighted, second-hand fruits and vegetables; but it wouldn’t burn! He tried a number of times, and a number
of ways to set the pile afire, but it still wouldn’t catch. He even started a fire nearby, and placed the offering
in the middle of this raging fire, yet, even this wouldn’t scorch it! Cain, of course, was baffled, not
understanding why it all happened – again, because he was blinded by his own feelings of self-
We already know that a sacrifice directed towards the opposite of what God wanted would fail on every
…and the gifts of Cain pleased not our Lord, for the sacrifice would not
light nor burn clear in the light of God.
- The Golden Legend of Lives of the Saints: Volume I p. 62
When it was time for God show His approval or denial, a fire did come down - but not the way Cain had
It so demolished Cain’s sacrifice that there was no grain left – all of it was scattered… the wind blew grain
of Cain destroyed such that a single ear of grain was not to be found. (Lipscomb, 1983, p. 271)
It did devour Cain’s sacrifice, but not like Abel’s. It seemed to be much more like how someone would
(symbolically) "shoo away" something they didn't like; a lot like how the faithful of the Old Testament would
"shoo away" something from them they deemed idolatrous or wicked.
There was one more change about to come upon Cain – a very controversial one. Some suggested
that Cain was darkened at the time of this “shooing-away” event. Whatever happened to Cain at this time
has been a heavily debated and misunderstood topic throughout the years, and it still has a good deal of
relevance to our world, today! Let’s see what this could be.
The Illumination of One's Countenance
As we know, Cain had a brilliant shine to him since birth; but, apparently, no longer:
…chastisment was afflicted upon him.
(Ginzberg, 1909, p. 108)
Not only did God’s bright fire, or divine “light,” come down and consume Abel’s sacrifice, it also seemed to
illuminate his face. The opposite was said to have happened to Cain. Now, what does this mean?
The "Blackened" Face
There are a number of ancient traditions which state that, at this time, not only did God’s smoking fire come
down and demolish Cain’s sacrifice (in that “negative” way), it smoked him out, too – the “blackened” smoke
of God was said to have resonated all over his face; turning him into a person who looked, from then on, as
one who was “black as coal.”
…now, naturally, all of his children were now considered black.
("Evidence of Blacks in the Bible", n. d., p. 1)
Said to be a divine “symbol” of God’s disfavor, this was considered, by some, the beginning of black, or
African, peoples. Others even have postulated this was Cain’s famous “mark.” It also represents one
example of religious justification for those who defended enslaving black people over the centuries – they
were the “sons of Cain,” and, naturally, fell worthy of this enslavement.
As politically incorrect as all of this may sound, we need to look at the whole story, in regards to all of this,
and never leave something out for any “P.C.” reason! Regarding this concept, one thing that really doesn’t
sit well (beyond the obvious political incorrectness) is that, maintaining our assumption that Cain was
indeed the Sargon (i.e. “King-Cain”), the Marduk, or other of the ancient pagan “gods” of Babylonia, a
majority of them were not painted as being black in skin color. In fact, it was more like the opposite.
Sargon’s hair was, apparently, thought to be light in color. Other traditions equated Cain’s beard as a
yellow beard – which could easily have painted him as a blonde. In fact, if we assume Cain’s father
was a terrestrial angel (in his case, a Saraph), we have a good amount of ancient written evidence
supporting these crossbred offspring of terrestrial angel and women as pale, or white skinned. The
same were often crowned with a thick head of white, or golden-blonde, hair.
Cain’s blackened face may have been a misinterpretation; and, we really need to point this out, here - not to
become “politically correct,” but try to shed some truth to this whole story. If anything, understanding this
might help to “clear the air" of so much hate and racial discrimination that may have gone on, over the years,
as well as “clear the air” of all the backlash and hatred for Christianity and the Bible, too! Hopefully,
knowledge such as this could help clear up a lot of potential animosity, as well - to all of those involved.
Let’s see what the real meaning of Cain's "blackness" could be…
Outer Darkness, or Inner Darkness...
As we’ve discussed, a number of traditional or mythological accounts could not really capture one
important element of a story: the inner thoughts or emotions going on inside one’s head! This, as we’re
seeing more and more of, is becoming a rash all over our understanding of the Mystery side of Mystery
Babylon! Again, this seems to come into play, here.
Logic tells us that, since there could have been a number of mental elements to a story symbolized by words
such as black and darkness, the same could be applied to this story of Cain and Abel. By inserting mental
elements to this story, as well, we could gather a deeper, and more probable, understanding of it all!
Possibly, Abel’s change of countenance did not mean that he become brighter "on the outside," but, rather,
he felt a great feeling overall – and it showed up as a “glow” on his face! His whole outer “countenance”
was brightened; ultimately shining with happiness and satisfaction! The Bible plainly stated that Cain was
angered as result of his sacrifice being rejected, and his countenance fell (Gen. 4:6). There are a number of
commentaries on this story which support a mental or emotional significance to the darkness of Cain:
something inside of him had turned black, or was darkened – and that showed up on his face:
- Then Cain burned hot with great anger
And his face fell
Darkened with resentment
- Cain’s face turned black in a rage of jealous pride!
- Dark, rough, senseless Cain…
- But to Cain and to his offering He (God) did not turn, and it annoyed Cain exceedingly, and
his countenance fell.
- …the face of Cain… burned with dark redness as one who seethes with anger…
as does the face of one who has been greatly humiliated and deeply hurt.
Cain may have lost some, or most, of his original heavenly shine at this time. Not only this, he may have
become “darkened” in other ways! He was flabbergasted - literally “beside himself” in humiliation. In his
self-centered, pride-filled mind, this was the ultimate in rejection. It was, to him, like one who had lost it all:
his self-esteem; his firstborn privileges; his future wife - you name it: all darkened; all gone. From then on,
Cain’s whole look and outlook on life was "to the brim” with negativity; an irrevocable path he was, now,
destined to follow.
Evil always seemed to waiting at the door of Cain’s heart; this incident affected him enough to "unlock" that
door, ready for all outside to enter. All Cain had to do was open the latch, and let the evil make its way in.
His thoughts and emotions could, indeed, help to get him there. Whether his offering was to be accepted or
not, God already knew the depths of Cain’s soul, and how his will was ready to be made known. God
knew what was going on inside of Cain before he even began. Cain was teetering on the edge of following
the same direction as his father (the Serpent); and, now, never going back.
One ancient author stated that God wanted to despise Cain’s offering, not only because of how he did it, but
because of what he was about to do to Abel, in the future! Even what Cain was about to do in the future
“hangs in the balance” of God’s favor at the present time… something to ponder.
After Cain's initial “shock,” emotion flooded into his thought-processes. As we know, he probably didn’t really
understand the real reasons behind God's rejection – his mind was so filled with pride. How dare
anyone disrespect him in such a way? An emotion that soon began to fill Cain's soul would be one that
many of us would expect a typical son of the Serpent-like Cain would have: anger.
Cain was feeling fear, insecurity, as well, some paranoia. One ancient author stated: “He thought there
was laughter in the eyes of his parents and his sisters, etc., when his offering was rejected.” More
insecurities began to haunt him, such as: “He (Abel) will go to the Garden, and I will remain outside.”
He began to think that everyone around him was eventually going to reach a state of “perfection” - which
was equated at that time to the Garden - except him; and, to him, that wasn’t fair.
If Cain had any brotherly love left, it was almost dissipated by now. As we know, Cain truly had no excuse
for his sacrifice not being accepted, however: he made the error in judgment; he did something disobedient.
Deep down inside, his conscience probably told him that. Regardless, he had anger; a sense of anger, yes,
but completely unjustified anger. In Cain’s heart:
…(he was envious) of his brother’s relationship with God, which he could not have so long as he
continued in his selfish, greedy, competitive course – the way of pride, arrogance, and self-will.
("The Mark of the Beast and the Mark of Cain", n. d., p. 9)
Resurgence of Serpent Envy
On top of it, Cain began to feel a lot of envy. Now, doesn’t this emotion sound familiar? As we recall, there
was someone in the Garden who showed a great deal of this envy, as well:
…he (the Serpent) cast this envy into the heart of Cain…
- Book of the Glory of Kings (Kerba Nagast) 4
Envy can be defined as: a “resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to
possess the same advantage.” The first major semblance of Cain’s envy was directed against the
sacrifice that was accepted, and, of course, it’s preparer: Abel. The “thoughts which lay in the heart of
Cain gave him no rest.” What did Abel do to Cain anyway, besides provide an offering that actually
worked? This became an example of, “the diabolical envy that the wicked feel for the good simply because
they are good, while themselves are evil." Envy would end up being a good portion of the reason Cain
desired to kill his brother! It’s obvious that, “both father and son displayed the same wickedness.”
They had became united in thought, and had “not separated the same disposition.”
Cain – a "tool" of the Serpent and the Nephilim – would soon become the symbol of whomever was against
the ways of God at the time:
Cain was born to perpetuate the devil's frustrated rage on this earth.
("John Reeve", n. d., p. 2)
Cain would not be able to control his passions and anger for long. He soon felt the need to act...
Next, Cain may have begun to believe it was time for “payback,” to both God and Abel, for “insulting” him,
and not doing things the way he thought they should be.
…his soul suggested to him that he kill his brother.
- The History of al-Tabari – Volume I Cain and Abel 138
He began to think of ways to “take his brother out,” to devise “words of quarrel and contention, to find a
pretext to kill him.” Yes, Cain could not “be expected to understand fully man’s obligation to man.”
He really didn’t have empathy; he really didn’t care how close his victim was to him - he wanted what he
He began to have a few “aces” up his sleeve: he would first “trick” Abel into a quarrel, then take him out.
Yes, it was all premeditated – no 2nd degree or “manslaughter” defense, here.
To set the stage, Cain began to manipulate the situation around him, to obtain some sort of advantage. His
first plot had to do with their occupations: farming and shepherding. He would, first, start an argument with
Abel, and act as if the opposite thoughts were going on inside his head:
Cain “considered in his heart what he might do to him…” (and then)… he said to Abel: Let there… be no
(quarreling) between me and you. Separate from me and take the flock as your portion. Abel said to him:
My desire is (in) a true division. (After) Abel had gone to his flock and had gone Cain considered… I will
have no milk to drink and no wool to wear. He ran to Abel and said ‘This is not a trustworthy division.
Take for yourself half the flock and half of the land and I (lit: we) will take half of the flock and half of the
land. Abel said to him: Do what you desire. And they made the division. Abel said to him: This is an even
division, which is (done) in fairness (lit: in truth). Abel went on his way. Cain (then) sought to graze his
portion of the flock. He found he could not graze the flock and (thereby) give up working the land. Then
Cain said you take the flock and I will take the land. Abel agreed to do Cain’s desire. Cain, however, was
bearing a grudge against Abel from before this…
- Targum Neofiti 1: Genesis Chap. 4 (notes)
This tells us a lot about Cain, and how he worked: first, he claimed he wanted to evenly divide the
possessions of the world. This, ultimately, would unintentionally mandate both to have to put some effort
towards their own futures; to profit only from their own effort and determination. Abel, always agreeing on
almost every new suggestion, allowed it; and allowed Cain to further manipulate the "game.” We’ll clearly
see that Cain, in his negative, self-centered psyche, found out that some situations in life (such as working
with animals) may not go well for someone like him. This was because he probably didn’t have the patience
or empathy to work with anything that might not want to do things his way. It worked for Abel, because he
had a better attitude, and, probably, a better work ethic.
Interestingly, Cain kept feeling the need to come back to Abel, and infringe on him, because his own ways of
life just didn’t seem to work! Of course, Cain didn’t see it that way. He felt the victim. It wasn’t the fact that he
wasn't “pulling his own weight,” here; it was the fault of everyone or everything around him (including the
Next, he would lay out another suggestion: Cain would own all of the land; and Abel, the movables on the
land. In the end, this would give Cain the advantage; the power to eventually tell Abel to “get off" of his
property! Ultimately, because Cain controlled all the land, Abel would have nowhere to go! Cain
forced Abel away from him, stating: “You do not possess even the smallest part of the earth.” Now,
Abel was in a pickle: by continuing to agree to all of what his brother brought up, he found himself in a hole
of which he really couldn’t easily dig himself out of, any more.
But God, watching all of this, made sure that Cain was not going to profit from this trickery for very long.
Cain seduced Abel into a worthless, impractical agreement; that’s probably the reason God would
eventually make Cain himself (and most of his thoughts and attitudes) continually heading towards this
same plateau of fruitlessness and worthlessness! Also, since Cain tricked Abel into getting off of “his land,”
God would, again, make sure Cain was to get off of His own land (i.e. the entire earth), as we shall see.
The Argument Had Begun
Those irrational thoughts inside of Cain’s mind were beginning to bubble over. Now, Abel also didn’t abide
by the deal like he should have, and this outraged Cain all the more. Abel also did something which "made"
it worse: he actually challenged Cain! Abel delivered rationality to their discussions. These acts of "dis-
respect” helped to further fuel his rage. As they talked, Abel would make more and more sense, and they
would become more and more conflicted about the laws of God set up during this time.
Cain, then, began to openly question why his sacrifice wasn’t accepted, and why Abel’s was. He would
even question the position of God, and His role as Creator of the earth – just like his father did. Abel used
common sense, however; and Cain did not like to hear anything that might "burst the bubble” he had
created for himself. When Abel started bringing up God, for example, Cain might have said something such
"Abel, beware, I'm not in mood for any of your fooling,
or to be pestered with smelling, heavenly cruelty."
(Phifer, 1890, p. 141)
Ranting Over God
It seemed anyone who said anything contrary to Cain was now becoming an annoyance. Who should be the
one to tell him he was wrong, anyhow? Cain continued with a philosophical rant about God: “Since He owns
the world what difference should it make to Him whether one offers Him flax seed or the richest gift (one
could provide)…?” Abel insisted that God judges offering by the spirit (i.e. "the spirit" = in accordance to
His will for mankind). Cain replied to Abel:
"…your mind is numbed by a theological opiate which, were it not for study realists like myself, would keep
mankind in eternal subjection to an absurd theory. There is a higher Power than ourselves who created this
world, but He has no interest in that which He has made. The only kind of justice or of law which we shall
ever know is that which we created for ourselves." (Eichhorn, 1957, p. 63)
Wow; a lot of the same dogma we hear so much of, today! Cain thought God was restricting him from
becoming a “free thinker,” and only wanted him as a slave. Who around him had the right to tell him his
philosophies were wrong, anyhow? And, if someone, such as Abel did, then he may just need to be
silenced. Again, doesn’t this sound like what we hear a lot of, today?
Abel simply told it “how it was:” “Sorry Cain; but your sacrifice was not done in a proper manner; it
commenced with improper thoughts and attitudes on top of it!” Cain’s internal paranoia and rage were
overflowing by this time. He replied: “you are being hypercritical and hypocritical. You had no intention of
bringing anything at all until you found out that father (i.e. Adam) and I were going to offer. You were jealous
of us. You were afraid that God would cease to care for you.” Insecure Cain was acting just as a
typical psychopath would in our modern day!
The entire situation opened Cain up to react in an overly passionate, irrational way. The “devil inside” was
waiting to pounce, and this was time. Most of us know what was about to happen next:
…(this) chastisement by Abel gave not to repentance but to further envy and
tyranny, then to murder, followed by insolent and irreverent denial.
(Delaney, 1996, p. 102)
To Be Slain
(Cain, of whom) Adam and Eve
Had thought to be the Christ, to lead them back
To blissful Paradise, was turned into
The executioner of the curse pronounced…
(Phifer, 1890, p. 142)
A tipping point was to occur in our ancient world – the first murder; with additional curses pronounced upon
much of mankind because of it! This is why the story of Cain and Abel was so important! Abel was one of
the first to parallel the story of Jesus Christ, in a number of ways: he followed the ways of God; he had
humility and integrity; but an anti-Christ came and killed him for no reason. This would also be the beginning
of a never ending pattern of martyrdom; and it would take someone as evil as Cain to start this whole “ball
This story is very important because it also reflects a fact of God’s post-Fall world: even a son of the
Serpent (himself) could follow God if he chose! Simple: it’s not only about genetics; it’s not only about
bloodlines; it’s ultimately one’s own choice and free-will that is behind whether they will follow God, or no.
Any human being born on this earth could be in good favor with God if they really wanted to!
Cain Rose Up
The two, assuredly, were about to get into a fight (probably initiated by Cain). It was almost inevitable
because Cain was considered “bloody and strong,” filled with “shame and treachery,” as well as “a fierce,
destructive man.” Abel knew he was about to “lose it.” Cain approached him, as if he was going to kill
him, and began to chase Abel, over hill and vale. Eventually, Cain caught up to Abel, jumped on top of
him, and brought him to the ground. Cain was not stronger than his brother, however. Abel spun it
around, and overtook his brother; ultimately, Abel ended up on top. Cain, however, would be in
possession of the final straw.
Cain overcame his brother, because he was harsher than him…
- Zohar 38 Naso 37
The prophecy about him (at the time of his birth) would now come to full fruition. Cain was struggling to rise
up and overtake his powerful brother. He even bit him, like an animal! Because Abel was stronger,
Cain could not reveal his true plan or motives at that point – he had to use deception and treachery to
achieve his end result.
God, as usual, was watching all of this go down, and may have even been leaning towards assisting Abel
from making a fatal mistake; but, we understand this about Abel:
In response, after he was threatened, Abel showed his noble character and piety.
(Kathir, 2003, p. 47)
Piety is defined as “dutiful devotion to God and observance of religious principles.” Abel seemed to
always want to do the right and noble thing. One who always uses meekness, generosity, and "the right
thing" may, as we’ll see, sometimes result in the individual becoming a martyr. Even showing compassion
towards someone else has its limits. Sometimes, even the most honorable of us may need to stand up for
One tradition stated that:
God encouraged Abel to dispatch him, saying, “Do not spare this evil-doer!” Yet when Cain wept and cried:
‘Brother forgive me!”... Abel mercifully released his grip. God then said: “Having spared him, you must die
yourself!” (Graves and Patai, 1964, p. 92)
Further Attempts to Trick Eve
She was fairly horrified of this whole process. She didn’t know what was going to happen. His manipulations
would intensify. Apparently, she even feared she might bring forth some unnatural or inhuman animal
(because of her act of cross breeding with a terrestrial angel)!
The Serpent, next, may have claimed that he knew how she could produce a normal human baby - without
any defects. All she had to do was to make a deal with him. He bargained: If your baby “comes out healthy,
without harming or killing you, well, then you should obey me in whatever I command you?” With the
Serpent’s “connections,” he could assure that God would bring a healthy baby to come out of her. Of
course, if the baby was, naturally, born healthy, then the Serpent could claim all the credit! On top of it,
“there is nothing in the record to indicate that Eve ever told Adam anything about her affair with the
serpent.” Adam assuredly must have taken an intelligent guess about it, but, in those days, no one
knew for sure.
Eve was, assuredly, torn about what the Serpent told her, as well. They wouldn’t have many of the answers
they were looking for… at least until she took a look at the baby for the first time.
Time For a Midwife
The time had come for the birth of whomever was inside her. She was beginning her labor. God appointed
angels to surround Eve, to assist in the birth. One angel could have even helped serve as a midwife.
In this new and frightening process, a boy was born. The words of the Serpent echoed in her, as well as
her hopes this child might be this "promised one.”
When the male child was born, Eve reportedly became frightened of the child; so scared she may have even
wished to kill him! The child looked visibly different than her and Adam; but, as her thoughts progressed,
she may have started to reflect on what she had learned, and changed her tune. Maybe these strange
attributes were a good sign. One, or both, decided to name the child Cain.
....Eve conceiv’d by Sammael, and brought forth Cain; and… she saw, by his shape, that he was unlike
the lower creatures, and that he was of the upper creation…
(Eisenmenger, 1748, p. 197)
In other words, he looked, at least in part, as if he was a heavenly being – or came from one. As already
explained, he had the same angelic countenance, or “shine,” to him as the angels around him might have
had. Some traditions stated Cain might have “shown” brightly, as the sun! This well-formed Cain
corresponded perfectly to Eve’s exclamation of him in the Bible: he came “from the Lord” or “from an angel
of the Lord” (Gen. 4:1). We also know that Adam and most everyone around him lost most of their
“shine” they might have once had, because of the Fall. Cain wasn’t in the image of Adam, or any other
human being at the time! It was, probably, fairly easy for Adam to conclude he wasn’t the father. If
we think about it, there is no place in the Bible that states Adam was the father of all living!
On top of it all, Cain’s “other-worldly” appearance could have given Eve a shot at her dream - maybe he
was the “promised one;” the child able to neutralize the shame Adam and Eve brought upon the world!
Eve thought: maybe the Serpent’s dialogue wasn’t really too far off the mark! Eve saw that Cain was quite
the opposite of a deformed, inhuman beast. In fact, he looked like the opposite of most everybody around
them. Maybe the Serpent did have the ability to influence her life for the better; maybe their child was the
one that could usher them back towards their former life in the Garden of Eden!
In thinking Cain had really brought bliss…
Wore off the rough, sharp corners of her woe.
(Phifer, 1890, p. 147)
Cain, in reality, would head those around him in opposing directions…
Angelic and Human Bloodlines
Cain was an anomaly, that’s for sure. According to one author, “wickedness came into the world via the first
being born of woman, Cain, the so-called oldest son of Adam.” It may have been "one big happy family" if
Adam and Eve had their own, righteous children; but, even back then, our world was quickly becoming very
Unlike people who may mix races or creeds, Cain and other up-and-coming angelic-human offspring were to
be condemned by God. The reason being, sorry to say, was these offspring were an intrusion into our
natural world that God, plainly, did not authorize, intend, or create. Interestingly enough, there seems to
be other, little-known meanings for words such as “adultery” or “fornication” – related to Cain and other of
these cross-bred, angel-human mixtures.
First, adultery came into being, afterward murder. And he (Cain) was begotten in
adultery, for he was a child of the Serpent.
- The Gospel of Philip
The use of fornication, as well (such as between Eve and the Serpent) could very well result in the birth of a
child – a child that, probably, was not planned at the time, or, an offspring not meant for this world (such as
in the case of Eve)!
The Prediction of Worthlessness
According to ancient lore, Cain was able to show some interesting, “adult-like” characteristics, soon after
his birth! Eve, according to the Bible, stated that she had gotten a man from the Lord (Gen. 4:1). Why a
man, here, and not a child?
In one of the many Hebrew meanings of the name Cain, it can also mean "stalk" or "straw." Why? We
have an interesting legend regarding his birth to explain: even as a new-born infant, Cain “could walk,
immediately cutting the grass for his father.” A short time after his birth, it was fairly easy for Cain to
stand up, waddle a few feet, and pick up a blade of grass. He yanked this blade out of the ground (probably
by the roots) and walked back over to Adam, and gave it to him. This event seemed to be an omen of what
would be the child’s future (at least coming from the mouth of one of the angels who attended Eve at the
…the newborn’s infants first act is a destructive one – he pulls out grass around another’s hut, which
never grows back… (then) the attending Angel said to him (Cain), “your legacy will be of adultery and
bitterness.” (Schwartz, 2004, p. 449)
Cain, indeed, would destroy much of what was around him, reduce much to worthlessness, and fatally
corrupt the lives of many.
They first bore the abominable Cain, the murderous child of destruction.
(Anderson, 2000, p. 203)
Eve’s birth, according to one ancient source, was very painful and difficult, indeed (worse than how normal
births were destined to be, from then on). Even this seemed to correlate with Cain’s future life:
…the harsh snake instilled the impurity of harsh judgment in her… Therefore, when Cain emerged from the
side of the female he exited rough and hard, harsh in judgment and heavy in judgment.
- Zohar 38 Naso 47
According to one ancient author, Cain was considered the “elder son of evil.” Now, if Cain was the elder
(i.e. first-born) son of Eve, where does Abel, his brother, come into play?
Eve, then, was said to have augmented or continued on in labor – to give birth to Cain and Abel at almost
the same time! Here’s the first example of God’s promise to “multiply… thy conception” (Gen. 3:16). In
this case, the “multiplying” of conception resulted in Eve having two twin boys!
It is written: "Adam knew his wife, Chavah (Eve), and she conceived and gave birth to Kayin (Cain)"…
(Gen. 4:1), but it is not written that Adam begot Kayin (Cain). This was not written of Hevel (Abel) either.
Instead, it is written: "and she further gave birth to his brother, Hevel (Abel)" (Gen. 4:2). And here lies the
concealed truth, that even Hevel (Abel) was not in the image or likeness of Adam.
- Zohar 3 Beresheet 62
Logic would dictate that both Cain and Abel would not look like a son of Adam, then. Adam, according to the
Bible, didn't seem to have a child who looked like him until the birth of his son Seth (in Gen. 5:3).
Interestingly enough, the up-and-coming death of one of Eve's children would greatly "multiply” Eve’s
sorrow, as well – another curse that was pronounced to her by God (in Gen. 3:16).
A good number of these early conceptions, in fact, might have been twins. Why? At least, in this early time,
God may have designed to have a number of twins be born to help ensure propagation of the human
race. Because of the purity that probably existed in our early gene pool, marriages between close
relatives probably was not as much of a potential problem as it could be, later on.
…Cain and Abel were both Satan’s sons…
(Graves & Patai, 1964, p. 99)
Ancient lore tells us that, quite often, a daughter was born with a twin son for this very reason.
It was probably apparent that Abel, also, was not sired of Adam. But, for some reason, baby Abel already
seemed a little different. He looked as though he would grow up to be one with a better disposition –
something just seemed to be written all over his face.
…at that sorrowful moment Cain was born, and when Adam saw that the face of Cain was ill-tempered (or,
sullen) and his appearance evil he was sad. And then Abel was born, and when Adam saw that his
appearance was good and his face good-tempered…
- Book of the Glory of Kings (Kerba Nagast) 3
Adam had some definite ideas about Cain, as well. It was said that, from Abel, would come someone “more
merciful, but still not perfect.” In other words, the two were, “like good wine mixed with bad…”
Although both may have come from the Serpent, they did seem to be a little different “right out of the
starting gate.” Why? What would separate the two? It clearly wasn’t their bloodlines.
There is another ancient source that suggested Cain was “full of light;” Abel, however, appeared to be “well-
minded.” This seemed an important distinction between Cain and Abel: Cain and Abel both probably had
a wonderful, outward appearance; Abel, however, had a wonderful inner appearance - a good-thinking
mind, as well.
Cain, technically, was born first; hence, he was supposedly allowed to be the bearer of the birthright. In
ancient times, a child born first to a couple was entitled to special privileges. Since Adam was, obviously, in
the position to rear both as his own, he tried to follow this protocol; but also began to take a shine to the
Adam, as already mentioned, probably adopted both children. As Cain grew up, he began to take on a
number of negative mannerisms: he acted “strong-limbed” towards others; “swift;” “fierce;” and, ultimately,
was beginning to act “truly wild.” Obviously, there was a reason Adam was beginning to lean towards
favoring Abel, beyond his positive appearance at birth. Regardless of his being a son of the Serpent, Abel
was walking in the spirit of Adam and God, and began to make great use of the ways God laid out for the
human race (such as thoughtfulness and humility). He strived to be a good person; to care and show
respect for others; and, ultimately, to “tell it like it was.”
Abel would deal with people “in the integrity of his soul, bearing witness to the truth.” “He paid heed to
virtue; Cain, on the other hand, had an eye only to gain." What was going on with Cain? Why was he
beginning to sour so quickly? As one might expect, “Neither did his (Cain’s) deeds resemble those of Abel;
Cain inherited the nature of Sammael.” “Cain looked and acted exactly as one would expect a son of the
Serpent to look and to act.” The Serpent, and not God, appeared to have been the foundation of Cain’s
There was a little more to this, however: Cain also began to concentrate on what the world around him had
to offer, and not God:
…the contemptible snake… immediately laid hold of and destroyed Cain
by filling him with worldly forgetfulness.
(Layton, 1995, p. 177)
Cain, for example, began to dwell on his birthright. Even back in his youth, he started to rationalize that,
since he technically was the eldest, he deserved to have twice as much, or double-share, of everything in
this world. This was probably one of the earliest versions of one having an “entitlement mentality.” As
we’ve seen throughout the Bible; it wasn’t necessarily the most profitable for a person to be firstborn –
many of our great Biblical patriarchs were not!
As one could also guess, God was looking down on the two, already. Because He knew what was going on
inside of their hearts, He may have begun to show a little more favoritism towards Abel, as well. That
comes as no surprise!
Eve, on the other hand, really loved her firstborn son, regardless of who his father was, and, even, regard-
less of how he was beginning to act around other people. After all, Cain was her son. Mothers and sons
often seem to have that close bond, no matter what. She went out on a limb, and ventured to teach Cain
everything she knew. Although Adam tried to love them both the same, he could see potential problems
with how Cain was beginning to act. Soon, he began to feel a need to do something about it.
The Opposing Occupations - Shepherd Vs. Farmer
Time passed. The twins began to make their own places in their world. It seemed their soon-to-be occu-
pations would actually suit them, each, in their own way. Adam really didn’t want them to work together;
he even wanted them, in ways, to be apart. Even though Cain was firstborn, he really wasn’t judged by this
right; but, by his actions. Adam pushed, possibly appointed, them towards two distinct occupations, based
upon his foresight.
From early childhood, Abel was said to have spent a lot of time with domestic animals. “He was gifted in
working with them, understanding and caring for their needs…”
…when their actions are to be compared together, he (Abel) is placed first… one of them exercises a
business, and takes care of living creatures, although they are devoid of reason, gladly taking upon himself
the employment of a shepherd… - Philo Questions and Answers on Genesis 1(59)
(The shepherd)… prepares himself for a Godly life: by separating himself from material temptations, by
living simply, by developing within himself the power of inner contemplation and the joy of inner content-
ment. Abel displayed wisdom and strength of character… (Eichhorn, 1957, p. 36)
It’s obvious: Abel had a strong character, a good moral foundation, and a lot of dignity. We see, throughout
the Bible, that God and Jesus were thought to be shepherds, of sorts. The “good shepherd” – Jesus –
helped people, not exploited them.
Cain, of course, would lean towards a desire to work the ground, as a farmer, and began to take this
profession as his own. Nothing against any modern farmers, but Cain went way beyond how a farmer
would normally act, and possess a great deal of yearning towards anything that was of this earth.
…the other devotes his attention to earthly and inanimate objects.
Philo Questions and Answers on Genesis 1(59)
He “selected farming as his occupation because real estate is the most tangible of all earthly assets…”
Cain would become very materialistic - "wholly intent on getting." This “closeness to the earth” would
open up Cain to become irrevocably fused with this vice.
Cain… tiller of earth
A slave to dirt.
(Halevi, 1997, p. 246)
The relationship between a farmer and his crops can be a very impersonal, very crass one. Cain
“idolized material property and material values” and the “physical strength and power” that the world he lived
in was able to give. To a self-lover such as Cain, everything was ”all about him!” We will see that,
ultimately, Cain, and those who would eventually follow him, would adopt these same thoughts: they
“abandoned the way of God and put their trust in earthly goods.”
Which Wife To Whom?
On top of it, there could have been one more significance piece to our puzzle, here. The ancient Hebrew
words used to describe the birth of Cain and Abel, here, might allude to even more children being born at
this time! As fascinating as it may seem, some traditions have stated that Eve may have continued, or
added to, her offspring - even beyond Cain and Abel! At least one sister was said to be born with each
male! Yes, quadruplets.
Regardless if this was the way these births actually occurred, there may have been a sister of Cain, some-
where down the line, who'd prove to be a wedge in the relationship between him and Abel. Cain’s
selfishness was about to come “full circle;” and this sister could, very well, have been one element behind
the eventual slaying of his own brother.
Adam may have desired to appoint Abel’s twin sister for Cain, and Cain’s for Abel. Cain, however, did not
like this set up, and did not want to succumb to his plan. He wanted it his own way, and have his own
gorgeous sister. Upon catching wind of Cain’s selfish thought, Adam was grieved, and may have spoken
out against it. He could have brought the twins together, and gave them a task to do: a way to prove their
worthiness to each of these women. Adam could have suggested that they both:
"…go ye up to the top of this holy mountain… and offer up your offerings there,
and pray before God, and then be united unto your wives."
- Book of the Bee 18
Now, the ultimate decision would be up to God. As the two were heading up to provide the sacrifices, the
Serpent’s inner influences began to enter into Cain’s thought processes. Cain allowed his mind to be filled
with a number of hate-filled thoughts. One medieval interpretation of the individuals who lived before the
flood provides us interesting insight into what might really have been going on in Cain’s world at this time:
a plot against Abel’s life might have already been in the works:
(The people of the antediluvian world)… imitated the abominable deeds of the rebellious angels of a former
time in which, when Abel tried to check them, they encompassed his death by a conspiracy.
- "Livre d'Adam" (in Migne, Dictionnaire) 1:56
Abel may have done exactly what many of us assumed he would have: spoke out against what he saw.
He called out the Nephilim, when they were beginning to reveal hidden knowledge to women around them.
The Nephilim and Serpent could have already been whispering in Cain’s ear, stirring up emotions inside
his head. Now, he could be feeling a sense of peer pressure, as well as passions over a woman. Cain may
have begun to devise a way to “take Abel out,” and acquire his sister by force if he needed to! He was
fully intent on possessing whatever he wanted in this world.
Unlike Cain, Abel’s disposition was, most always, a lot more positive: he “told it like it was,” but still had the
willingness to compromise. “Abel loved his brother, and they always used to eat and drink and walk
together.” Cain apparently did not show Abel the same respect. Ultimately, it wasn’t only the whisperings
of the Serpent and a woman that helped rile him up; his thoughts concerning this up-and-coming sacrifice
would probably get the better of him