reply to post by K J Gunderson
AND THE ANSWER IS: Revelation 12
9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him.
the first time the word "satan" appears in 1 chronicles, in a passage dealing with david. satan means "Accuser", but is even better defined as
"setan" or "set", as it applies to the egyptian god of darkness and chaos. "an" was a god word, so satan, was set + an = god of darkness and
the fall of man narrative in the book of genesis is
a massive metaphor meant to tell a bunch of info with as few words as possible. to decipher it requires the reverse - et.al, a bunch of words.
the serpent's legs were removed as a punishment.
meaning of course, he had legs.
he was called the "beast" of the field in the english translation but that's really just an assumption on the part of the translators. the word
beast in the passage comes from the hebrew "chay" (chayah) which means ever existing, alive, living, in the sense of eternal. it'd be better to
say, he was a living god from the field (the plain). in the ancient languages of the area,which predated the biblical text, the plain was known as
E.DIN. so he was already in the "garden", which is the field, the plain (vs. the mountains, desert, ocean). the text is telling you that the
serpent was an eternally living god, who dwelled in eden. the word chayah and hayah, are also used in reference to jehovah, for the same reason. he
was an eternally living god, although he didn't dwell in eden (he did visit eden though).
serpent comes from the hebrew "nachash"
it is also "seraph" which is singular for "seraphim"
seraphim are a race of angels. they appear scaley because they were made in the image of the gods, the Atum, the Elohiym. they aren't actually
snakes. lol it's.a.comparison. this is related to a tangential subject of the two creations of adam.
so in essence, what the text is saying is, an angelic being of the seraphim race, also known as a nachash, encountered eve and "knew" her (biblical
lingo for had sex with her). this serpent is later encountered in the guise of set-an, or shaitan (islamic word for same thing). the book of
revelation wraps it all up in a nut shell by drawing your attention to the words dragon, satan, devil, serpent, all being related to each other in the
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