When Adam and Eve had their children in Eden, was there other people on earth at this time? In Genesis the 5th chapter and the 16th verse, Cain dwelt in the land of Nod and knew his wife.
576 Now, that’s a-a wonderful question. Now, we are taught in the Bible… And many times these… sometimes we have carelessly… I used to put on a little slip of paper, and say, “Ask. Answer any Bible question.”
577 And someone said, “Well, who was Cain’s wife?”
578 Oh, I’d little joke with it or something, I’d say, “Oh, that was his mother-in-law’s daughter,” or something like that, you know, or-or “She was Mrs. Cain.” But that don’t answer the question. There’s…
579 There Cain had a wife, because the Bible said he did. And if Cain had a wife, he had to get her somewhere. And this would line right into it here:
Were there other people on the earth when Adam and Eve had their children in the garden of Eden?
580 Now, if you notice, in the Bible it’s very seldom ever recorded about a woman being born. It’s always the man child is the one that they record in the Bible, not the woman. Seldom is it ever mentioned about the birth of a girl baby, in the Bible. Or, frankly, I don’t know as I can recall one right straight off now, in mind, where it ever recorded the birth of a baby; said, “They begot sons and daughters.”
581 Now, the Bible only gives record of three children being born to Adam and Eve, and that was Cain, Abel, and Seth. Now, if all three of those being man, if there wasn’t any females borned, and then when the only female (Eve) died, the human race would have ceased to exist right then, because there’d been no way for them to-to have any… the human race to have furthered, because there would been no females left. Eve would have been the only one. But, you see, they don’t record the-the births of girl babies, in the Bible, so therefore they had to have girls the same as boys.
582 Now, the old writer, one of the most ancient writers we got, Josephus, claims they had seventy children, and Adam and Eve; one of the oldest writers, “seventy children, and they were both sons and daughters.”
583 Now, if… And then if Cain went to the land of Nod… Now, if you notice, the writer was very, very brilliant writinghere. Did you notice how he quoted it?In Eden, when they had their children in Eden… Now,not in the Garden of Eden, the writer knew that. Ever who,wrote the note here, said: When Adam and Eve had their children in Eden…
584 Not in the Garden of Eden, because they’d been driven out of the Garden of Eden. But they were still in Eden, and the Garden of Eden laid east in Eden. But Eden was like a county or-or what… or a state, and then Nod was another state or county next to it.
585 Now, the only person that Cain could have had, or married, would have had to be his own sister. He had to. Because there’s only one male and female that they could have come from, see, and he had to marry his own sister. Now, that was legal in those days.
586 And Isaac married his own first blood cousin, Rebekah, ordained of God. Sarah was Abraham’s sister, his blood sister; not by his mother, by his father. See, a blood sister that-that Abraham married; a different mother, but same father.
587 So, you see, to marry in relation then, before the-the stream of blood was weakened in the human race, it was legal and all right. Now it isn’t. If you’d marry your sister today, and have children, they’d probably be… well, they’d just be deformed and everything. Even down to a first and second cousin should never be married, see, because the bloodstream becoming low and running low.
588 But the only thing then that Cain could have done, would been, marry his own sister. And that’s where the children was that… He got his wife, went to the land of Nod and knew her, and from there come the-the children. See, the…
589 And if you notice, out of the line of Cain come the smart man. Out of the line of Seth come the religious man, I mean, the-the vine of righteousness. Right there, those two, brought forth the very line that we’re living in today.
590 If you’ll notice today now (just in finishing this question): that lineage of Cain still exists, and the lineage of Seth still exists. They both come down just the same. Cain’s children is here in Jeffersonville tonight, and Seth’s children is here in Jeffersonville tonight. As the bloodstream weakens and goes out, but that lineage still hangs on.
591 591 Now, watch. Cain’s children were always… and before the antediluvian destruction, they were the smart people: the scientist, the educators; and very religious, but was the condemned bunch. See? Now watch, they were just like their father Cain. Cain, he was a religious man. He built a beautiful altar, and made a beautiful church, and tried to make it look prettier than that little mission that Seth had down there. Did you know that? He sure… He decorated the altar with flowers, and fixed it beautiful, and made it pretty; and made a great, big, swell church, because he thought that he could find favor with God by doing so.
592 And Abel went over and got a little lamb, and started pulling it over to the altar, and laid it on a rock and killed it.
593 And now, if God being just, if all He required was worship, Cain worshipped God with just as much sincerity as Abel did. Both of them were sincere. Both of them was trying to find grace with God. They were neither one of them infidels. They were both, absolutely, believers in Jehovah. Now, there, that gives us something to think of.
594 Some here tonight I’ve never seen, people; I’ve never seen you before. But you must realize this, and keep this in your mind. See? No matter how religious you are, that don’t have one thing to do with it. You might live in church, you might be ever so sincere, and you’re still lost! See?
595 And you say, “Well,” you say, “our pastors are the smartest, they come through the seminaries to get the best education. They’re theologians, they know all-all the theology and so forth. And they’re smart, trained, the very… the elected best that we know of.” And they could still be lost! See?
596 Now Cain, on his line: they were, every one, very religious; a very famous people; and they were scientists, and doctors, and builders, and workers, and smart man. But all that lineage was rejected, from Cain all the way down.
597 And on Abel’s side: they wasn’t builders nor educators or smart man; they were a, more or less, humble, sort of sheep raisers, and peasants, that just walked by the Spirit.
598 Now, the Bible said, “There’s no condemnation to them that’s in Christ Jesus, that walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” The spiritual man has a spiritual soul that can never die. And the carnal man has a religious atmosphere around him (and wants to worship and so forth) but is carnal; not an unbeliever, but a carnal believer; and it was the kind was rejected.
599 Now, from there, Cain went and married his wife in the land of Nod. Now, it doesn’t say who Seth married, or who others married. And the very beautiful thing of that is to know that-that, Cain marrying, we have the answer to it. Cause he had to marry his sister, or he… or there’d been a…
600 There was no more women on the earth, but just had to come from Eve. She was the mother of all living. That’s, all the people that was living, she was the mother of it. That’s the reason that she was… The word Eve means “the mother of the living.” So she came and brought this child. And Cain married his own sister, would be the only way that I could see out of it. So there was people living in that day, truly. See? Well, and…
When Adam and Eve had their children in Eden… Nowvwatch, that’s the question: When they had their children in Eden, was there other people on earth at this time? No!
Then in Genesis 5:16, you see, Cain dwelt in the land of Nod and knew his wife. Sure. See?
601 That’s Genesis 1, where He created man in His Own image, which was in the theophany. And in Genesis 2, He made man out of the dust of the earth, which was the human man that we have now. And then, in 3 was the fall, and was kicked from the Garden of Eden; and then the children begat children. And Cain took his wife and lived with her in the land of Nod, outside, because God had separated him from the fellowship with his own brother (because of the death of-of Abel). And that’s who he had, his own sister, and married her; is the only way that I can, myself, can see how that-that he married.
602 Now, it’s been said… And I hope that my colored friends that’s in here will excuse this remark, because it’s absolutely not right. The first time I ever met anyone in my life, after I had been converted… I was… met Brother George DeArk and them down there. And I was walked, and the Lord led me to a little place. And they was discussing where the colored man came from. And they were trying to say that the colored man… That Cain married an animal like an ape, and through there come forth the colored race. Now, that’s wrong! Absolutely, that’s wrong! And don’t never stand for that. Cause there was no colored or white, or any other different, it’s just one race of people unto the flood. Then after the flood and the tower of Babel, when they began to scatter out, that’s when they taken their colors and so forth. They’re all come from the same tree. That’s exactly right. Adam and Eve was the father and mother, earthly, of every living creature of human beings that’s ever been on the earth. That’s right. Black, white, pale, brown, yellow, whatever color you might be, that’s absolutely the place that you live in, and the way that-that the… Just like…
603 I think I might express this while I’m on it. The people here now in these segregations and laws and things they’re passing, I think it’s ridiculous. I really do. Listen, just let those people alone, they know what they want. God made a man a colored man, and he’s happy about it. Absolutely! If God made me a colored man, I’d be happy about it; if He made me a brown man, I’d be happy; if He made me a white man, I’m happy; if He made me a yellow man, I’d be happy. God made us in our colors, and He made us the way He wanted us, and we’re all His children. Absolutely! And they oughtn’t to fuss and carry on like that. That’s wrong to do that. They shouldn’t do it. God made us… the way we want it.
604 And the colored man, he don’t want to get out there and break up his-his generation or his color, and mix it in the white and everything like that. I don’t blame him. I don’t. The colored man has things that the white man don’t even possess. Absolutely! That’s exactly right. And God never intended them to be that way.
605 Well, look. The colored man is… he’s-he’s a… he’s got a-he’s got a disposition about him that the white man never does have. He’s got a happy-go-lucky, a “trust God, and just let the rest of it go”; whether he’s got it or whether he hasn’t, he’s happy anyhow. I’d like to have a whole lot of that, tonight, I sure would. Well, he’s got it, and that’s his possession; they don’t want to mix it up with some other race and break it out, either. That’s exactly right.
606 I think the lady down there at Shreveport made one of the best-best comments I ever heard in my life. She made a comment, and they put it in the paper. She walked up, she said, “The way these things are going in here, in this segregation, I don’t want my children going to school over at that white school.” Said, “They won’t get the attention they’d have if they had a colored teacher.” That woman’s a smart woman. She knowed what she was talking about, they get a better education. That’s exactly right. So I think the people do wrong by doing that.
607 And then they say, “Cain and Abel… ” and so forth like that. No, sir! The color had nothing to do with it. It’s the spirit inside of there that has something to do with it. That’s exactly right.
608 So Cain knew his wife, and that was his sister. And they… he took her to the land of Nod, and there come forth the great tribes of the earth: the religionists and worshippers.
609 And just think today, friend, just stop and think just for a moment. That there are tens of thousands times tens of thousands and thousands of thousands, of absolutely church going people, just as sincere and consecrated to that church they can be, that’s just as far lost as Cain was. See? It’s God who chooses! It’s God who elects! See? God who gives mercy! The clay can’t say to the potter, it’s the potter over the clay. That’s right.
610 Now here’s a beautiful one, the next one here: In Second Peter 2:4-2:4…
611 Somebody got a Bible, want to turn to these scriptures right quick while I’m reading them, if you want to. And kind of help me along here, while we get this question.
612 Now, on this Cain and-and so forth, if that don’t satisfy it now, you just let us have it. We’ll be glad…
613 Now Second Peter 2:4. All right, sir, here we are: