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Genesis Chapter 3: Verse 4 – You Will Not Die

Genesis 3:4 (CJB)
4 The serpent said to the woman, “It is not true that you will surely die…

The next thing the serpent does after calling to question the commandment is to reject it. He makes the commandment non-essential to your faith practice. Maybe it’s good to follow certain things in the Scriptures like the food laws, keeping the Sabbath, or celebrating the appointed Feast Days, but will not doing those things really cause us to “go to hell?” Yes. Now let us take a look at the nature of this temptation.

The nature of the temptation was a discussion about the commandments, not about an obscure meaning of a minor text but about a clear-cut prohibition from Adonai. Likewise, today, when Satan wants to undermine the faith, the Word of God is attacked, the indisputably clear teachings of Scripture on doctrine and morality. In this narrative, Satan asked Eve about the commandment in a way that could not be answered with a yes or a no; it was designed to turn the Word of God into a topic of debate. And it soon became apparent that Eve did not know or fully understand the command.

In answering the serpent, Eve made three changes to what Adonai said, slight changes to be sure, but changes that opened the door to sin. First, he had said, “You may freely eat,” but the woman simply said, “We may eat,” minimizing the privileges ( 2:16–17; 3:2–3). Secondly, with her focus on the prohibition, she added to it “or even touch it.” Third, and most seriously, she lessened the emphasis on punishment by saying “lest you die” (rather than the stronger expression, “You shall surely die,” which God had used). The fact that this failure to preserve the exact words of Adonai was at the heart of the temptation is clear from the serpent’s response, for when he heard what she said, he replied, “You won’t die!”

I do not know how often I have heard someone say that something is “not a salvation issue” or “won’t cause .” anyone to go to hell”. There is a real problem with this way of thinking. First of all, when someone thinks like this, they are trying to justify their actions or someone else’s against the Torah. In some cases, they are people who follow the Torah, but they had some close friends or relatives who did not and may have died. They want so desperately to believe that person is not “in hell” because they ate pork or some other thing they are convinced is non-essential. And I must admit that I used to think the very same way.

In Genesis 3, Satan spoke through the mouth of a serpent. Today, Satan speaks through the mouth of the “Christian pastors” with all of their antinomian rhetoric, chanting that they are “not under the law” and “The Torah was nailed to the cross” and “if you dare suggest that we still have to follow The Torah you have fallen from grace and made void the work of the cross.” What is the difference between Satan telling Eve, “You won’t really die if you eat that fruit,” and “Christians” saying, “Nobody is going to hell because they eat pork and shellfish”? So, there is not one thing different aside from the fact that much of “Christian” theology says these are different things. Trying to justify our actions and violations of the Torah is no different than putting lipstick on a pig because it is still a pig.

These false beliefs started with the serpent uttering the words: “You will not surely die!” Yes, they are all based on things stated in the Apostolic Writings, but like what happened in Eden, the same serpent takes statements from the Word and twists them to deceive. He’s not lying outright, but he’s also not telling the truth. The commandment of God! Doubt has filled the mind, the commandment of God is questioned, then it is presented as a non-essential, and you move toward rejecting it.
Think about it.

So why are they often given titles like The Laws of Moses, The Mosaic Laws, The Levitical Laws, or Jewish Laws and Traditions? I personally believe that this has caused much confusion and led many to reject or miss the truth. Why? Because so long as you are convinced that specific commandments are Jewish laws and traditions, you can say that they are not to be imposed on “Christians of gentile heritag.”Anything you call “Jewish” becomes non-essential.

You may see value in doing them if you want to, but they are not to be mandated. I will also admit that used to think that way as well. Recently I saw a discussion about the food laws being highlighted, and several people kept referring to them as “Jewish dietary laws”. To be clear, they were not “Jewish”. There weren’t even technically any Jews when the Torah was given to Moses—the terms “Jew” and “Jewish” refer to those of the land of Judah following the split of the northern and southern kingdoms that happened after the death of Solomon. However, they insisted on referring to them, in complete error and ignorance, as “Jewish dietary laws”.

This all traces back to this single statement from the serpent, “You will not die.” Today “Christianity” remains the world’s largest religion and tells people that they “won’t go to hell” if they don’t keep the food laws, the Sabbath, or the Feast Days. The modern “Christian” has been led to believe that these and other commandments are non-essential. At the same time, they eat whatever they want and celebrate holidays that were invented by the pagan Roman Catholic religion and very likely inspired by pre-existing pagan religions. Where does this come from? It all started with the serpent’s statement, “Did God really say?”

Daniel 7:25 speaks of an anti-Messiah figure who at the very least is connected with Satan, if not
actually being Satan, and of this character, it is said that: “He will speak words against the Most High and try to exhaust the holy ones of the Most High. He will attempt to alter the seasons and the law; and [the holy ones] will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.” In the modern day, the “Christian” religion harasses those who would uphold the Torah, calling them legalists and Judaizers, while changing the appointed times and Torah. They say you can eat whatever you want, don’t have to keep the Sabbath, “Jesus is our Sabbath” or “Sunday is the Christian Sabbath,” have different holidays from the ones even Yeshua celebrated, and numerous other things. I know because I used to believe and say many of the same things.

A.W. Tozer once said: “Christianity is decaying and going down in the gutter because the god of modern Christianity is not The God of The Bible.” I would take it one step further. As it is clear that much of “Christianity” today does precisely what the serpent in Genesis 3 did and precisely what Daniel 7:25 says this anti-Messiah figure will do, it becomes abundantly clear that Satan is becoming the god of the “Christian” religion. Satan is the lawless one. He is fully capable of imitating every single thing you see done in “Christian” churches, but the one thing he cannot imitate is the one thing you don’t find in many of these same churches, which is obedience to The Torah.

Revelation 12:9 says that the ancient serpent, which is Satan, deceives the whole world. Christianity is still the most prominent religion to date. When it teaches that you don’t have to follow part of The Bible, it does and says exactly what the serpent did and said in Eden. And when that religion harasses the faithful followers of Scripture and claims there are changes to the Torah and appointed times, that religion is not of Adonai but of Satan.

They seek to devalue the commands of Adonai. They were once the standard of holiness (Leviticus 11:44, 19:2, 20:26), but now they are optional at best, and don’t you dare suggest they are a salvation issue because “you won’t surely go to hell if you eat pork or don’t keep The Sabbath or celebrate Christmas and Easter.” Yeshua said something very interesting in Matthew 7:21-23. He described a group of people that to this day only matches the “Christian” religion and then said those in that group will be rejected for
lawlessness. These people reject all or parts of The Torah.

When there is a lawless one who leads people to believe they don’t really have to follow specific commandments and you won’t surely “die and go to hell” if you reject them, and there is a righteous one who said that if you love him and if you want to enter into life you have to keep the commandments, it becomes pretty clear who the god of “Christianity” is. The “Christian” religion has literally become the prophetic fulfillment of Matthew 7:21-23. Most of the people who are coming to the truth of a Torah-positive theology come out of the “Christian” religion, but those who find that truth will always be “the few” spoken of in Matthew 7:13-14.