Although the title of this article may raise an eyebrow or two, there is detailed Biblical significance to the phrase “her seed“, and if you allow me; I would like to expound on it a bit.
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
*The way this verse actually reads in its original Hebrew in Genesis is:
I will put enmity in the midst of woman, between SEED and SEED. Themselves persecuting the head, and you (the serpent) will persecute the heel.
Look at this statement God made to Eve in comparison to what the Lord says to Rebekah about the twins she is carrying in her womb, Jacob and Esau later on in the Genesis story.
Gen 25:22-24 And the children struggled together in the midst of her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
*Now looking back at the statement the Lord made to Eve in the Garden in Gen 3:15, it’s important to note that at the time the Lord spoke this concerning enmity between her seeds, there was no pro-creation as of yet. There were NO seeds of mankind in existence to put enmity between at this point in the Genesis story.. Adam and Eve didn’t begin to have children until they were ejected from the Garden. If we move on to chapter 4 of Genesis, we see the first seeds of mankind enter the picture and the beginning of the enmity between those seeds.
Gen 4:1-2 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
*Note, there is only one account of Adam “knowing” his wife Eve in this verse and two accounts of her “baring or birthing” sons, which suggesting that Cain and Abel were twins. (Twin sons become a symbolic reoccurrence later on in the Old Testament, so this is highly likely.) Adam and Eve at this point have already been ejected from the Garden and the first signs of death (Gen 2:17) to appear as result of their disobedience to God’s command is about to be manifested between the first seeds of mankind.
Gen 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
*So as you can see, there were only two seeds/offspring of mankind at this point and one seed had enmity against the other and murdered him. After the murder of Abel, only the seed of Cain was left among the seed of man, until the Lord appointed Eve “another seed“, Seth, to receive the blessing of a relationship with God. Seth’s firstborn Enos was the first among the seed of mankind that began to restore their relationship with God after the Fall in the Garden. Gen 4:26 says that after Enos was born men began to call upon the name of the Lord.
Gen 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, she said, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
*Before we go any further it’s important to know the Biblical importance of the symbolism of seeds. Knowing this importance is crucial to the entire point of this article.
This word “seed” in Hebrew is zera‛ and it’s used exactly 229 times in the Old Testament, with its first appearance in Genesis 1:11. The 7th appearance of this word SEED is in Genesis 3:15 where the Lord speaks to Eve of the enmity He will put between her seed. So the 7th time the word seed is used we see it being spoken of as the offspring of God’s created humans.
The first human beings were created by God, in the Garden of Eden. These humans, Adam and Eve, are not seeds. Adam was created by the hand of God from the dust of the ground and Eve was created by God from the rib of Adam. It is the children of Adam and Eve that are the seeds of all mankind.
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
*Listed below are the biblical accounts of the seeds of Adam and Eve. These below I believe are the very seeds sown in the parable of the Wheat and the Tares that Jesus tells us in Mat 13:24-40.
Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
The Seeds of Man
The Seeds of God
Cain=means: attain, acquire
Irad=means: fleet, army
Mehujael=means: who is of God
Jabal=means: streams of water
Jubal=means: a stream
Tubalcain=means: brought of Cain
Abel=means: breath, spirit (*murdered)
*Seth=means: appointed, chosen
Enos= means: man or men
Cainan=means: a possession or fort
Mahalaleel=means: praised of God
Jared=means: a descendant, descent
Methuselah=means: man of the spear
Noah=means: peace, rest
*Seth was the “appointed” seed, as his name suggests, chosen by God and he was considered her seed, whereas Cain’s firstborn Enoch was “dedicated” as his name suggests, as the first official celebrity of the seed of Man. The very first city built in the Bible was built by, for and named after Cain’s firstborn Enoch. The seed of Seth named the 7th son born to this bloodline Enoch and he was “dedicated” to God and was the great-grandfather of Noah. Noah is the 10th seed of Seth. You can probably see by now why I refer to them as, the seed of God. Only Enos the 3rd seed of this chosen line, Enoch the 7th seed, and Noah the 10th seed are mentioned as being in communion with God. It was the enmity/jealousy between the Seed of Cain and the Seed of Seth that caused all the violence. This violence due to the enmity between the SEEDS of mankind, spread throughout the Earth, eventually causing the LORD to flood it and start again. It’s through Noah that the seeds of God are purified, restored and set apart.
Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
Gen 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Gen 9:9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you (Noah), and with your seed after you;
*Noah had 3 sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and yet the covenant of God was passed to the seed of Shem and was established with the seed of Shem. Japheth is given an opening to share in the blessings of Shem, but Ham is the very first to have his offspring Canaan cursed in the newly cleansed world after the Flood.
Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
Gen 9:26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
Gen 9:27 God shall enlarge (make open) Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
*Japheth means “opened” H3315 and biblically Japheth’s descendants are referred to as the Gentile nations. Gen 10:2-5, and we see later on in scripture how the Lord Jesus opened up The WAY for the Gentiles to be partakers in God’s promises to Abraham seed.
*Now Shem, Ham and Japheth had 16 sons combined after the flood. Shem had 5 sons, Ham had 4 sons and Japheth had 7 sons. All the people of the world are descendants of these 16 sons. Among the seeds of Shem or rather the seeds of God, the patriarch Abram, later called Abraham is born. Abraham is the great, great grandson of Arphaxad the 3rd son of Shem. Gen 11:10-26 Also I think it’s important to note that it is widely accepted by many theologians that Namaah, the 10th seed of Cain was the wife of Noah, the 10 seed of Seth, this would explain how the seed of Cain made it past the flood. It was pasted through Namaah the seed of Cain to the seed of Ham.
The Seed of Shem
The Seed of Ham
Phut=a bow, Libya
The Seed of Japheth
Magog=land of mountains
Tubal=you will be brought
*God reached out to Abram/Abraham among the seed of Seth and extended an invitation for him to serve Him and walk in covenant relationship with Him.
Gen 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
Gen 13:15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
Gen 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Now at this point in time Abram had no seed/children. Sarai/Sarah his wife was barren and they were both old. This is where I want you to really pay attention. Sarah was also from the seeds of Seth and was Abraham’s half sister. Sarah was the daughter of Abraham’s father Terah, but not the daughter of his mother. Gen 20:12
Sarah is a key person here. Pay attention to these chapters in Genesis: Starting in chapter 16 we see that Sarah is old and barren and is desperate to have a son for her husband, so she gets her handmaid Hagar to bear a son on her behalf. Abraham lays with Hagar and she conceives a son, and they name him Ishmael.
**Now if the prerequisite for receiving the promise of God to Abraham was merely just being a seed of Abraham, then Ishmael would have made the cut.** However, God had other plans, and had appointed another seed, just like He did for Eve with Seth. God chose Sarah, a barren woman to help bring about the appointed seed that would be called Isaac. It was her seed as a daughter of Seth that the Lord would use to help complete His covenant with the sons of Noah and the sons of Abraham. Gen 9:9
Gen 17:15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. (Sarai=Princess, Sarah=Queen)
Gen 17:16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
Gen 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Gen 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
Gen 17:21 But My covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
*In Genesis chapter 18:9-14 the Lord in the manifested presence of three men appear to Abraham and reiterate the promise of God to Abraham, that his barren wife/half-sister Sarah will give birth to a son. Abraham already had a son, Ishmael at this time, but just as the Lord said, Sarah gave birth to a son 9 months later and named him Isaac, which means laughter, due to both Abraham and Sarah laughing when given the promise from God. As time went on there grew enmity between seeds. Sarah and Hagar had tension against one another due to the rights of their sons, both being seeds of Abraham. Sarah led by the Holy Spirit insisted that his son by the bondwoman Hagar would not share in the inheritance of God for Isaac, and had Abraham put her and her son out of the camp. Gen 21:10
Gen 21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad (Ishmael), and because of thy bondwoman (Hagar); in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
*Now, skip ahead a bit in Genesis to about Genesis 24:38. Abraham sends a servant to his own father’s people, the seed of Seth, to find a wife for his son Isaac.
Gen 24:40 And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father’s house:
*Abraham’s servant is led by the Holy Spirit to Rebekah, that is among the seed of Seth, and her father, mother and brothers blessed her and sent her on her way to Isaac.
Gen 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
*By now, in this article, I hope you can see a pattern forming of the importance of “her seed” in the history of the Bible. Continue reading, there is so much more….
Isaac and Rebekah have twin sons, Jacob and Esau, and God says they represent two nations. Two seeds at odds/enmity with one another, once again being playing out among the seeds of mankind. Isaac preferred Esau the hunter, and Rebekah preferred Jacob. Isaac almost blessed the wrong son due to his love of venison, but the Lord instructed Rebekah how to make sure Jacob received his father’s blessing.
Now a little further ahead in Genesis, Jacob has 12 sons. 6 sons and 1 daughter with Leah, a wife he is deceived into marrying, but later learns to love, two sons each from the bondservants Zilpah and Bilhah and 2 sons from Rachel a woman he truly loved and worked so hard for to earn her hand in marriage.
Both Leah and Rachel are from the seed of Seth and are Jacob’s cousins. Zilpah was from Syria and Bilhah’s origin is unknown but later in scripture her seed Dan is not included with the 12 tribes that are sealed by God in the book of Revelation. Rev 7:5
Leah is the mother of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun and Dinah.
Zilpah is the mother of Gad and Asher
Bilhah is the mother of Dan and Naphtali
Rachel is the mother of Joseph and Benjamin
Gen 29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
Gen 30:22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
Now we can see in scripture in what order Jacob placed his children by looking at these verses.
Gen 33:1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
Gen 33:2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
*Jacob put Rachel and Joseph at the very back to keep them protected from Esau.
*In Genesis 32:28 God changes Jacob’s name to Israel.
Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Gen 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
*Just a quick recap so far; God creates Man and Woman. Man and Woman procreate seeds. God shows favor for one seed’s devotion to Him over the other, and jealousy manifests due to the fall in the Garden, that brings about the first death by murder. The favored seed (Abel) is replaced by giving Eve another seed (Seth). Jesus speaks of the first murderer (Cain) when He is rebuking the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law.
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the *devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
The word “devil” used in the verse is diabolos G1228 and its means: a calumniator, false accuser, a slanderer, metaphorically applied to a man who, by opposing the cause of God, may be said to act the part of the devil or to side with him.
*The Devil/Satan is not human, the only way he has seed or can father any children is through Cain and his seed. Cain is the first liar ever recorded, Cain is the first to have hatred, the first to be jealous and the first to commit murder. He is the father of these traits among his seeds.
Jesus addresses these seeds numerous times in the Gospels. Here is an example that most don’t understand because they don’t read it in the original Greek it was written in. The word “generation” that Jesus uses 25 in the Gospels is not the “generation” as we know it, speaking of a group of people alive during a 40 years span of time. This word in Greek is genea G1074 and it means: fathered, birth, nativity, that which has been begotten, men of the same stock, a family, the several ranks of natural descent, the successive members of a genealogy. This word genea is where we get the word genealogy. So when Jesus uses this word He is specifically speaking to a bloodline and not an era.
Luke 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luke 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
Luke 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
Okay, now back to the topic of “her seed“. Seed was such an important thing that God made the physical sign of His covenant with Him be the cutting off of the foreskin of a man’s penis so that it was different, than that of other men of the world. A daughter of Seth could verify that a man was among the seed of the covenant of Abraham with God by his circumcision before considering procreation. Plus the reminder of this covenant with Abraham’s seed was ever before them (literally) when considering whom they might procreate with. This is why God chose an altering of the men and their members as a sign of His covenant with Abraham and his seed, BECAUSE, who they coupled their seed with determined the fate of their seed. So her seed as we can see thus far in scripture plays a huge role in God’s divine favor.
Now back to the case of Jacob and his 12 seeds, and the seed God chose to continue His promise to Abraham. I think it may shock you, based on what is taught in your average Church. The average Church teaches that it was Judah, but they are wrong.. Read for yourself.
Gen 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Jacob’s blessings concerning Judah.
*Below is Jacob’s blessing concerning Joseph.
Gen 49:22-26 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose *branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. The word “branches” in Hebrew is the same word as “daughters”. (bath H1323)
Gen 48:1 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
Gen 48:2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
Gen 48:3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
Gen 48:4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
Gen 48:5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
Gen 48:6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
I know this is a lot of scripture folks but bear with me, just a bit longer.. I’ve done the footwork for you. Proceed forward…
Gen 48:8 And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these?
Gen 48:9 And Joseph said unto his father (Israel), They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
Gen 48:10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
Gen 48:11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
Gen 48:12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
Gen 48:13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
Gen 48:14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
Gen 48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
Gen 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
Gen 48:17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh‘s head.
Gen 48:18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
Gen 48:19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
Gen 48:20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
Gen 48:21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
Gen 48:22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.
Whew! That was a lot of reading I know but are you following? It was Joseph that the promise to Abraham was passed to, and his seed Ephraim and Manasseh, not Judah. Judah was chosen to be the example of the story of redemption for the children of Israel. Judah was the seed of Leah, and Joseph was the seed of Rachel. Joseph has widely been accepted by theologians as an archetype of Jesus and a foreshadowing of the Coming Christ and get this, the names Judah and Judas are the exact same name, one is in Hebrew the other in Greek. Do you think was be chance? Of course not.
Judah is the one that oversaw the betrayal of Joseph, he was made the head of his brothers since Reuben lost his rights as firstborn due to his sin against his father. (1 Chron 5:1) Judah is the one that came back and gave his father Jacob the robe that he had made for Joseph, with animals blood on it, creating the lie that his brother Joseph had been killed by an animal. He also kept that lie going for many years, causing his father great suffering.
Judah refused to give his youngest son to his other dead son’s wife Tamar to bear seed, disobeying the law of Moses, only to be tricked into keeping it by his daughter in law. Judah went in unto a prostitute (so he thought) while traveling the countryside to sheer his sheep, Tamar is led by God to take off her widows clothes and wear a disguise to get Judah to lie with her so she could bear seed. Here is how it went down~
Gen 38:15 When Judah saw her (Tamar), he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
Gen 38:16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?
Gen 38:17 And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
Gen 38:18 And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
Now fast forward a bit to verse 24 and we see that 3 months later, Judah pulls this stunt.
Gen 38:24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
Gen 38:25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
Gen 38:26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more. *Note Judah just proclaimed that a women (Tamar) was more righteous than him.
Gen 38:27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. *and these twins like Jacob and Esau are already at enmity between one another in the womb.
Gen 38:28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This (one) came out first.
Gen 38:29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
Gen 38:30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
Pharez means: a breach. He was actually the second child to open the womb of his mother Tamar, making him actually the younger of the two.
Zarah means: springing forth, rising up as a seed. Remember the Hebrew word for “seed” is zera‛ pronounced zeh’-rah, so there is significance here for sure.
Okay stop right there.. Twins again.. just like, Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, and I think it’s important to note that many theologians believe Ephraim and Manasseh to have been twins. The Bible does not directly state that the two sons of Joseph and Asenath were twins, but there is good reason to believe they were. Genesis mentions they were both born “before the year of famine came” (Genesis 41:50). Two conceptions are not mentioned in the text, only one. If they are twins they fit nicely into the pattern seen in the lives of Isaac and Judah’s seed: both of their younger twins (Jacob and Pharez) inherited the birthright, just as the younger Ephraim was blessed first by Jacob over his older bother Manasseh (Genesis 48:19). Jacob promised that both Ephraim and Manasseh would become patriarchs of a multitude, which began a traditional blessing said throughout all of Israel: “God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh” (Genesis 48:20). So the likelihood of Ephraim and Manasseh being twins is very high.
So a quick recap.. The enmity between twin seeds (Cain/Abel, Jacob/Esau) is continuing between the twin seeds of Judah (Pharez and Zarah) and the twin seeds of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh). The children of Judah were the lawgivers, the rulers, whereas the children of Joseph have people like Joshua, and Deborah that come from Ephraim, the son of Joseph. Joseph is the only son of Israel that received a portion of the Promise of Abraham for his sons as well as his very own portion. Both Joseph and his son Manasseh are given a portion of 12,000 to be sealed of God in Rev 7:6&8. Dan has been removed and Manasseh is given his portion. Where is Ephraim’s portion you ask? Well Ephraim, I would assume shares in the portion of his father Joseph.
So let’s get back to the enmity between seeds. Edom which is the seed of Esau is at war constantly with the seed of Jacob. Esau took a wife (Bashemath) from the daughters of Ishmael Gen 28:9 to bear his seed. Jacob went to the daughters of Seth to bear his seed. Ishmael’s seed is jealous of Jacob’s seed because they too are children of Abraham. Esau’s seed is jealous of his twin brother Jacob’s seed, because they feel the birthright of Isaac and Abraham should still be theirs. Both Judah and Joseph also had enmity between their seed as well due to jealousy over who had the Lord’s favor. So there is ALOT of enmity going on between seeds as you can see. So who does God send onto the scene to bring about order and deliver His laws to all the children of Israel/Jacob?.. None other than a seed from the Tribe of Levi.
Moses, Aaron and their sister Miriam were all from the Tribe of Levi. The Tribe of Levi was chosen by God to be His priests before the all children of Israel for all generations (Ex 40:15), and the seed of Levi, Phineas is chosen to have his seed serve the Lord for an everlasting priesthood.
Num 25:13 And he shall have it (Phineas), and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
*Just like Jesus did. He made an atonement for the children of Israel.
Levi means “joined, or combined” by the way, and it’s not by chance that it’s Levi’s seed that God uses to atone for the sins of the seeds of Israel. It’s through Levi that Judah’s seed is redeemed. Up until this point, some pretty shady characters had sprung up from the Tribe of Judah, like his first two sons that were rebellious and Achan for example that stirred up a rebellion in the desert and the Lord had to use him as the example of judgment to all of the children of Israel. It was a seed of Levi that atoned for the seed of Judah when Phineas rose up in zeal for God’s honor, and when Aaron took a daughter from the Tribe of Judah to be his wife and bear his seed. All the sons of Aaron, Phineas included are the product of the “joining” together of the Tribes of Judah and Levi through Aaron and his wife Elisheba’s union. Remember, Levi means “joined“. It’s through Phineas, their son, that God establishes an everlasting priesthood before Him amongst his seed. Before this priesthood, it was and everlasting priesthood among the children of Israel for generations (Ex 40:15), and it was promised to Aaron. I firmly believe that Phineas’ seed are the 24 Elders that are before the throne of God day and night. This IS an everlasting service to God, and there are no other clues to their identity in Scripture. I believe they are the seed of Levi, the sons of Aaron the everlasting priests.
Okay now, stay focused because I’m driving this home now….before this promise of being an everlasting priest to the seed of Levi came to be, there was this guy name Melchizedek that was referred to as a priest of the most High God.
Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Psa 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
You see Melchizedek was the King of Salem which is modern day Jerusalem, and he was also a priest of the Most High God at the very same time. It appears that Melchizedek was already in Jerusalem holding the space for God in a land that was occupied by the Canaanites, because it was to be later taken over as Holy Land promised to the children of Israel. After Jacob had his 12 sons, the office of priest and king was split between the Tribe of Levi (the priests) and the Tribe of Judah (the kings), and only a seed that could claim both Tribes Levi and Judah could hold both the office of King and Priest at the same time on behalf of God before the children of Israel.
Now let’s swing this back to the purpose for everything… literally everything. Jesus. Jesus said that He was sent for the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. Mat 15:24. The Lost Sheep of Israel were the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin that had joined together to form what we now know as “The Jews“.
Jesus was sent to restore The Jews and atone for them, and they rejected Him. This opened The Way for the Gentiles to receive redemption and the promises of God. According to the words of God through Moses, Deut 18:18 “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.”
*Jesus HAD to be among their brethren, to be their prophet.
Jesus is from the Tribe Judah, and is included among the seed of Judah, through Joseph’s adoption of Him. The Gospels make it clear that Joseph, the adopted father of Jesus is of the seed of Judah, a son of David. What they don’t make clear is what seed Mary was from. The only relation to Mary in the New Testament is that of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.
Elizabeth was of the Daughters of Aaron, from the Tribe of Levi. (Luke 1:5) It was her seed, John the Baptist that was chosen by God to be the Elijah that would to come, to make straight the Way of the Lord.
Now if Elizabeth is Mary’s cousin, and its made clear that Jesus and John the Baptist are 2nd cousins, then that would make Mary a seed from the daughters of Aaron, the Tribe of Levi, just like her cousin. Both genealogies recorded in Matthew and Luke trace back to Joseph. This was to solidify that Jesus was indeed a Son of David, through Joseph. However, Israelite Nationhood or belonging to the Jewish People via descent exclusively follows the mother’s line. Drawing attention to His lineage to the Tribe of Levi would have drawn attention away from and downplay the fact that prophecy WAS indeed fulfilled in Jesus, being a son of David, though adoption. By the way, Caleb was also adopted into the Tribe of Judah, and was chosen to represent Judah on many occasions. Caleb was the son of Jephunneh, a Kenezite, descended from Kenaz a son of Esau.
This bloodline of Mary would qualify Jesus to represent both the Tribes of Judah and Levi and could fulfil both the offices of king and priest, and be an everlasting priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus IS our High Priest and King! and HER SEED carried the Priestly Office.
So in closing…HER SEED, has been very important in the history of God’s Kingdom being established upon the Earth. The crucial role that women have played in God’s history with His seed has been overlooked or skewed by many erroneous Church doctrines. This article was inspired by the heretical misogyny that has been interwoven into the Body of Christ.
I leave you with these last verses to ponder~
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Mar 4:26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
Mat 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Mat 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
Act 13:23 Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
Gal 4:28-31 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Rom 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Rom 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
*Jesus came to take away the sins of the world.. from every tribe, tongue and people, Not just the Lost Sheep of Israel “The Jews”. If you love Him, and agree with and believe His Testimony concerning the Father, then you are Abraham’s Seed, a child of the Promise! The Jews will get another chance to receive their Messiah at HIS COMING, so all promises may be fulfilled.
God Bless you all! Be Free and Set Free in Jesus Name!