Prophecy in the Pentateuch
The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible. The Jewish people call it the Torah and in it is found the initial revelation of God to mankind, also commonly called The Law. When studying Scriptures relating to prophecy, one needs to take careful note that the Messianic prophecies in these first five books lay the prophetic foundation for the rest of Scripture. If we have an understanding of these foundational prophetic Scriptures and their prophetic direction, it lays a solid foundation for our understanding of prophetic Scripture, which results in clear conclusions regarding the end of the age.
Think of a large ship. If a ship is trying to sail from NYC to London, the rudder needs to be set on a certain trajectory. If the rudder is slightly off, the destination could potentially be off by hundreds of miles. In a similar way, a bow hunter needs to aim his bow precisely in order to hit his target. If the trajectory is off even slightly, the hunter will not hit his target. So many people come to the wrong conclusions concerning prophetic Scripture because their “prophetic bow” is pointing their “prophetic arrows” in the wrong direction! So let’s take a look at the prophecies that lay the foundation and aim the trajectory for the rest of the prophecies in Scripture. The first prophecy, the “grandpappy of all prophecies,” if you will, is Genesis 3:15, also known to scholars as “the protoevangelium” or, “the first gospel.” It is the first “prophetic arrow” and it is “fired” by none other than the Father Himself. He uses no other human or angelic vessel to deliver this initial prophetic message. He Himself sets the trajectory for His plan to redeem mankind!
First Prophecy, Genesis 3:15 –
“And I will put enmity (war)
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed (satan’s offspring) and her seed;
He (Jesus) shall bruise you (satan) on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
In this article, we are going to focus on the phrase “her seed.”
One of the main points of the whole Old Testament is God revealing the lineage of “The Seed,” Jesus. The Old Testament is following the story of one family (Israel) that will produce the promised “Seed!” One of the big questions that new believers have when reading through the Bible is, “Why are the lineages and genealogies so important?” The answer is because these lineages track the origin of “The Seed,” Jesus!
Genesis 3:15 declares that the seed of promise comes through Eve. Upon reading this, one unfamiliar with that question would ask “which line of offspring would this ‘Seed’ come through?” Which line of descendants? Genesis goes on to show us how God chooses a specific line of Eve’s descendants starting with Abel (and then Seth) to carry a special blessing that will bring redemption for all mankind. We also see that the “her” in “her seed” jointly speaks of Eve, Israel, and then the Virgin Mary who is specifically chosen to birth Jesus.
The lineage of the Seed starts very broad and then narrows down as time goes on. To say it differently, The Seed could have come through any branch of the family tree that started with Adam and Eve. The lineage starts with Abel, then transfers to Seth after Abel’s death, then Noah, then Shem, then Abraham, then Isaac, then Jacob, then Judah, then trickles down through David to Jesus. Jesus comes and allows Himself to die and be planted so there could be a harvest. Jesus was THE Seed, meant to produce a worldwide harvest. John 12:23 – “Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” After Jesus, the seed of the Gospel of God’s blessing, favor, and sonship is scattered and spreads throughout the world through His Church!
Also, I propose that wherever the lineage of The Seed is found in Scripture, there is the evidence of the “anti-seed” and the “enmity” that is prophesied about by the Lord as well. The word “enmity” is used elsewhere in Scripture to connote a “bloodfeud” between various parties (Numbers 35:21-22, Ezekiel 25:15, Ezekiel 35:5). More about that thought can be found here: Seed of Promise, Seed of Satan: The Middle East Conflict
Part 2 of the series on Begin at the Beginning is found here: