A SURE COVENANT

Chapter 7: The Second Eve
Date: June 16th 2001

ome might consider this sermon to be Church Membership part 7. We will be considering the subject, "The Second Eve." It's not the eve, like the evening or morning, it's Eve the woman.

On the board I have: "The First Adam," "The First Eve," "The Second Adam," and "The Second Eve." We want to first turn to Genesis 2 and read from there, starting from verse 7: "And Yah the Almighty One formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life [or the spirit of life]; and man became a living soul." And skipping on over to verse 15, reading through verse 24: "And Yah the Almighty One took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And Yah the Almighty One commanded the man, saying, 'Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.' And Yah the Almighty One said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him [or, I will make him a companion suitable for him].' And out of the ground Yah the Almighty One formed every beast of the field," etc. And Adam named them and so forth.

And then we go to verse 21: "And Yah the Almighty One caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which Yah the Almighty One had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, 'This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman [or wife], because she was taken out of Man.' Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife [or his woman]: and they shall be one flesh."

There is no room here for multiple husbands and wives. The design at Creation was one husband, one wife: two becoming one flesh. That was marriage from the beginning. Christ talks about it in Matthew 19:4-6. Let's turn there: "And He [Yahshua] answered and said unto them, 'Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?' Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore Yah hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

And then in 1Corinthians 15:45: "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; [that's from Genesis 2:7] the last Adam was made a quickening [or life-giving] spirit." So we have a first Adam, and we have a last Adam, also referred to as the second Adam, which is Christ. The first Adam was a living soul; the second Adam was a living Spirit, a life-giving Spirit. Adam and Eve were married by Yah Himself, and now we want to look at the first Eve a little bit.

Look at 1Corinthians 11:12: "For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things [come from Yah]." The woman came from man. And then, the man came from woman. In the Bible, when you read the word "Woman," it's really the same word as "Wife," {Heb: 'ishah, Gk: gune} pretty much throughout the Bible. Wife and Woman are interchangeable throughout the Bible.

Genesis 3:20 says this; let's turn there, concerning the first woman. "And Adam called his wife's [or woman's] name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." Actually, "Eve" means "Life." So, the first Eve is the mother of all the living human beings, that is. Now let's look at something in Paul's writings. 1Timothy 2:14: "And Adam was not deceived..." well, look at verse 13 first. "For Adam was first formed, then Eve." And you remember that when Yah gave instructions about what to eat and not to eat, Adam was alive at that time, and Yah was talking to Adam. Eve had not yet been created, so the instruction about what was good to eat and what was not good to eat was given to Adam before Eve's being created. It says, "Adam was first formed, then Eve. Verse 14: "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression."

So the first Eve was deceived, and she did not trust her husband. Adam had given her instruction concerning what to eat and what not to eat, and Eve doubted her husband, questioned her husband, did not entrust did not trust the instruction of the man. Now in the Old Testament we have some rules concerning marriage, and they were to apply throughout time. Let's look at Exodus 34:10-17.

"And He said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of Yah: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee." "Terrible" means impressive. It is an impressive thing that Yah will do with His people. "Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for Yah, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods."

And then in Deuteronomy 7:1-7: "When Yah thy Almighty shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when Yah thy Almighty shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of Yah be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire." The rules for marriage were: you must marry within your own people. You must not marry outside of the Family of Yah. And this was the law that applied to the family, the human family from the beginning.

Now we're going to take a little look at the second Adam. Before we go any further with that I want to explain something. Yah Himself said it was not good that man should live alone, so He provided man a compatible helper, that he might have a wife. Yahshua, the only begotten Son of the Father, was sent to earth and became a human being. He went back to heaven as a human being, and He remains a human being. He partook of the flesh of the woman He was conceived of a virgin and came forth in human flesh. The first woman, the first Eve, came from the flesh of man. The second Adam came from the flesh of woman; and Yahshua was to go back to Heaven as a human being but it is not good that man should live alone. Do you hear me, Church?

Yahshua was not to live in heaven without a Wife. But He had to pay a dear price for that Wife! And throughout the Scriptures you see of men paying prices for their women. Yahshua spilt His own blood, His precious, pure blood; gave His very life, for the Church. {Ephesians 5:25} That was His Wife to be. And one of these days He will take the second Eve home to His Father's house to live forever. But Yahshua was not to live alone, as a human being, forever. He's to have a compatible Helper throughout eternity, just as the first Adam did, or was to have.

Now, let us look at a few Scriptures. We've already seen that in 1Corinthians 15:45 it says that the last Adam was a life giving Spirit. Let's look at 1Corinthians 11:12 again, "For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman..." So the second Adam came from woman. Revelation 12:13 supports that. Let's look at it: "And when the Dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the Woman which brought forth the man child." It's that Woman in Revelation 12:1 "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." That's the second Eve, having the man-child; giving birth.

It's an interesting thought; there might be some deep symbolism here. Actually, the second Eve gives birth to her Husband-to-be. We may need to meditate on that for a little while. So we're talking about the second Adam, Christ, who is called the Bridegroom. Let's look at John 3:29. Actually, it's not what I said a moment ago about that symbolism it's not altogether surprising, since the first Adam basically gave birth to his wife. It's not surprising that the second Eve would give birth to her husband. In the spiritual things, sometimes they're reversed. In the Spiritual, to go to heaven you must go down. In the physical, you are to get up, you must climb up. But in the Spiritual in order to go up you must go down; you must humble yourself. So there are some ironic differences, some very significant differences. John 3:28 says this, "He that hath the Bride is the Bridegroom: but the friend of the Bridegroom, which standeth and heareth Him, rejoiceth greatly because of the Bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled."

This is John the Baptist testifying that Yahshua is the Bridegroom. John the Baptist is as the "best man," or the friend of the Bridegroom. Yahshua Himself describes Himself as the Bridegroom in Matthew 9:15. Matthew 9:15 says this: "Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the Bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the Bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast." So the second Adam is the Bridegroom. We could look at a couple of other Scriptures in the Old Testament. Isaiah 62:5, referring to this marriage scenario. Isaiah 62:5: "For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy Almighty [Yah] rejoice over thee." Do you think Yah would choose a harlot for His only begotten Son?

You know it was tradition that the parents would choose a woman for their son among the children of Israel. The Father in heaven is choosing, has chosen, a Wife for His Son. Would He choose a harlot? And let me ask you the second question would He choose more than one woman? No. He has chosen a pure virgin; a chaste virgin, and He has chosen only one Woman. She is pure, She is united, Her members are united. {1Corinthians 1:10, Ephesians 4:5, 1Corinthians 12:21} And the Church which teaches the Gospel: Victory over sin, and has remained free from unlawful union with the kings of the earth, this Woman is She.

What Yah has joined together let not man put asunder. It's only what Yah has joined together that no man can put asunder.

Yah has chosen a suitable Bride for His only begotten Son, and It's the second Eve, the Church the true Church. Today there is a visible Bride. Now, She has not fully shown Herself yet. Let's read on, in Hosea 2:19, 20: "And I will betroth thee unto me," Yah is talking here: "I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know Yah." Now the word "betroth," in our time, has taken on the meaning of "engagement." In our day an engagement is watered down. In the Hebrew tradition, betrothal was binding like a marriage. The consummation of the marriage had not yet come; the two had not yet become one flesh through the act of intercourse, but they were considered the same as man and wife, so to speak. The commitment was one which required a letter of divorcement if it were to be disannulled. You remember Joseph, already considered her husband, {Matthew 1:19} was thinking about "putting Mary away" secretly, because he thought she was no longer a virgin. That phrase, "to put away," is used of an official act of divorcement. But the angel instructed him that she was to bear the Son of Yah, the Messiah.

In the Old Testament, in Deuteronomy 24, it gave provision for putting away an unclean woman. Yah has always designed that His children, His sons, take virgin women. If they found them not to be virgins, they could legally put them away. Yah has chosen a virgin Woman for His Son. And what is a virgin woman? A virgin woman is one that has not been penetrated by the flesh. You hear some Christians talking about "sins of the flesh." "Oh, that's only a sin of the flesh." Or you hear others talking about, "Carnal Christians," that means "fleshly" Christians. Carnal Christians/Fleshly Christians, that's the same thing. But the Bride of Christ, the Wife of the Lamb, is a virgin. She has not been penetrated by the flesh. That means She is not guilty of any of the sins of the flesh, or the lusts of the flesh. She is not guilty of adultery, or fornication, with the world.

Well, let's look at the second Eve a little more closely. She, like the first Eve, is a mother of the living. When you are born gain the Scripture says you must be born again when you're born again you are born through the second Eve. You say, "Preacher, how is that now?" Well, you're born of the Spirit, and the Spirit came upon the woman, and conceived the Child, the man Child Yahshua. When we take the seed of Yahshua, we're taking the seed of the Woman the second Eve. We read about her in Revelation 12:17. She is that pure Woman, who is with the man Child. She is the Mother of the living, as the first Eve was called the mother of all the living.

Ephesians 5 really gives us a beautiful picture. Let's look at that. Ephesians 5 I'm going to start at verse 22: "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto Yahshua. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church: and He is the Saviour of the Body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for It." That's the price He paid for that wife. "That He might sanctify and cleanse It with the washing of water by the Word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that It should be holy and without blemish." Now, these words here are talking about the blemish that would come by the penetration of the flesh, sin. If you read the Old Testament and see how they tested to see if a woman was a virgin you'll understand more of this. {Deu 22:13-21} You can tell by the blood.

Yahshua intends to present to Himself a Woman, a Church, a Wife, a Virgin proven to be without blemish, unpenetrated by the flesh. Continuing with Ephesians 5, and verse 28: "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord [Yahshua] the Church: For we are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church."

1Corinthians 12:27 we need to rush right along here: "Now ye are the Body of Christ, and members in particular." Ye are the second Eve; ye are the Body of Christ. The Two, the God-Man and the god-Woman, become one Spirit together. 1Corinthians 12:13,14: "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, [there's a marriage right there] whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. [One Body, one Spirit] For the Body is not one member, but many." Yes, there are many members, but one Body, one Spirit. Matthew 24:24 gives us a comparison between the second Eve and the first Eve: "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." But it's not possible. The Scripture says the first Eve was deceived and fell into transgression, but the second Eve will not be deceived.

Revelation 14:4 gives us a little bit more concerning the second Eve. Revelation 14:4 says, "These are they which were not defiled with women [they were not defiled by becoming wives like the Harlot and the Harlot-daughters]; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Yah and to the Lamb." They are virgins, and you know there is a law concerning virgins that we will get to here. Let's look at some of the marriage law here in the New Testament. Romans 7 very briefly we will look at that.

Romans 7:1-4: "Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto Yah."

When the old man is dead, when the old man of self and selfishness is dead and buried, we are free to marry another. We are free to marry Christ, and our baptism shows that marriage covenant. And when we sign our Baptismal Vow and our Church Covenant, we set our seal to that marriage. In fact, that's the marriage certificate. Where did the tradition come from of the woman taking the husband's name? Mary, you took the name of your husband. Sister Dot, you took the name of your husband. All of the women here took the name of the husband. Where did that come from? That was the tradition of Hebrew marriage you take the name of your husband. {Isaiah 4:1} It was commonly understood that the wife would come to the husband's house many times it would be to the house of the husband's father and the woman was to become a part of their family, taking on their family name.

The second Eve has to take on the Husband's name. The Church must have a name, and it must be a name that Yah has given Her. The name of His people. There's only one Eve, now. Don't mistake it, there's only one Eve. There's not the Eve that's called "Baptist," and the Eve that's called "Methodist," and the Eve that's called "Presbyterian," and the Eve that's called "Historic Seventh-day Adventist," or the Eve that's called "Founded in 1992 by Seventh-day Adventist Believers." There's one Eve, there's one body, there's one Spirit. And Yah has given His Bride a name, and that name is "Creation Seventh Day Adventist," the Woman that Yah chose for His Son.

I speak under the authority of Heaven; I do not speak foolishly on this matter. She is to be a virgin; She is to be pure, without spot and without blemish. She is to be unpenetrated by the flesh, and there are Creation Seventh Day Adventists all around the world today that are awaiting the marriage. They are awaiting the time to set their seal on the marriage certificate, for they are virgins. Many are called, but few are chosen. The Bridegroom is breaking ready the Bride is making Herself ready.

Look at 1Corinthians 6:15-17: "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? Yah forbid. What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? 'For two,' saith He, 'shall be one flesh.' But he that is joined unto [Yahshua] is one spirit." Brothers and sisters, internet audience, all who hear these tapes and these sermons, I tell you by the authority of Yah in Heaven, in this generation you cannot be rightly married to Yahshua without following the angel's instruction in Revelation 18 "Come out of her my people." Come out of her, my people and join the Bride. Join the virgins, the wise virgins of Matthew 25. Enter into the marriage; be sealed among your tribes. The time is come for the sealing to be consummated.

2Corinthians 6:14: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?" Come out from among them and be ye separate, says Yah. In fact He says it right here in the following Scriptures. He says, "And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of Yah with idols? For ye are the temple of the living Almighty One; as Yah hath said, 'I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their Almighty One, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,' saith Yah, 'and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,' saith Yah the Almighty."

"Having therefore these promises," chapter 7, verse 1 in 2Corinthians, "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of Yah." Oh, there's much more to be said on these subjects. There is a mother of Revelation 17:5-7. We read about it turn there for a moment. "And upon her forehead was a name written..." Every woman, every wife, has a name that they take according to their husband. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yahshua: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration {Gk: thauma wonder}. And the angel said unto me, 'Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.'"

Do you know that it's an abomination to lie with a beast? Exodus 22:19 says that if you lie with a beast, you are worthy of death. Look at Leviticus 18:23: "Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion." It is Babylon, confusion. This woman is riding a beast, not only standing in front of it to lie down. She's riding the thing, full of confusion. Full of the abominations of the earth. Who is the Mother of Harlots? The Roman Catholic church system represents the mother of Harlots. She has lain with entered into a covenant with a beast, or an earthly kingdom. {Daniel 7:17,23} The Second Eve is the mother of the living. Who are the Harlot Daughters? The Harlot Daughters are all of the Sunday keeping churches, and those Protestant churches that have not continued to press forward into the light. It doesn't matter how much Gospel they claim to have, they have broken the covenant. They are harlot daughters, and it is abomination. They cannot be part of the virgin wife.

You must come out of those daughters; you must come out of that harlot. And there is one other. The Sister Harlot. Who is the Sister Harlot? It is the General Conference Seventh-day Adventist church and its daughters{1}. Now, concerning the Historic Seventh-day Adventists, who are founded in such-and-such a year, by such-and-such believers, they are the Sister Harlot's daughters, and you must come out of them as well. Come out of that confusion. Don't lie down for that beast that two horned beasts that seeks to force you, to force your conscience in matters of religion, it's an abomination. Historic Adventists have let the beast tell them what to do regarding their name, and their religion; they have bowed down, as if to worship, that two-horned beast being ridden by the General Conference Seventh-day Adventist church. But you are to be a virgin, free from the influence of the beast, free from the influence of the flesh. You are to trust in the Father and the Son, and prepare for the consummation of the wedding.

Matthew 19:8,9 "He saith unto them, 'Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.' And I say unto you, 'Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.'" Christ is not going to marry a harlot, and He's not going to marry a divorced woman. He's going to marry a virgin, one who is not defiled like the other women. He's not going to marry the Mother of Harlots, He's not going to marry the Daughter Harlots, He's not going to marry the Sister Harlot, and He's not going to marry the daughters of the Sister Harlot. He's going to marry Yahshua's Wife is going to be the second Eve, the Body of Messiah, those that do the will of the Father.

Revelation 19:6-9: "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Hallelu-Yah: for Yah the Almighty omnipotent reigneth! Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His Wife hath made Herself ready! And to Her was granted that She should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.' And he saith unto me, 'Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.' And he saith unto me, 'These are the true sayings of Yah.' And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, 'See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Yahshua: worship Yah: for the testimony of Yahshua is the spirit of prophecy."

And Revelation 22:17 to close: "And the Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come.'" Come out of her, my people. "And let him that heareth say, 'Come.' And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Come, dearly beloved. Come to the Spring from which flows everlasting life, so that you might drink and never thirst again. Join the Bride that is preparing for Her Husband.

Shall we pray?

Father in Heaven we thank you so much for showing us the way home. Thank you for showing us the symbolism of marriage, and the sacred elements therein. Thank you that you have selected a pure Virgin, a Wife for your Son; and He will soon come to Her house and escort Her back home to the Father's house, for in His father's house are many mansions, and He said He would go to prepare a place. And He said if He would go to prepare a place, He would come again to receive Her unto Himself.

Thank you, Father, that you're not going to choose a Harlot or a Harlot Daughter, a Sister Harlot or the daughters of that Sister Harlot. No, you've chosen a pure virgin Woman, One who has the testimony of Yahshua: "We do always those things that please our Father." And we thank you, Father, for hearing us, and blessing us with this Sabbath blessing. Dismiss us from this place with your love, and may all of your children come out of Babylon and join the Bride. In Yahshua's holy and precious name we pray. Amen.

{1} See Manuscript Releases, Volume Twenty-one, by Ellen G. White, page 380, and Appendix C and the end of this book.

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