Serpent seed is widely misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misrepresented by critics. Contrary to critics assertions, Bro. Branham did not teach that a particular race of people were descended from Satan. He did not teach that Eve had sexual relations with Satan. Others also falsely allege Bro. Branham taught and believed Christian Identity Theology. These are mischaracterizations of the teaching.
Bro. Branham did believe and taught that original sin in the Garden of Eden was sexual in nature. Bro. Branham taught Eve had sexual relations with the Serpent, who was an upright man-like creature, and from that act conceived Cain. Bro. Branham taught that the serpent was transformed into a snake after it was cursed. The teaching was not new to Branham, and has existed in various forms among various groups dating back at least to third century Christianity and part of Kabbalistic Mysticism (Jewish Mysticism) from at least the 11 century CE.
Let’s examine the scripture to see what it has to say.
Is there allegorical evidence that a sex act occurred at the time of original sin?
- Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: [The serpent was not a slithering snake at this time, it was a creature with vocal chords capable of speech]
- Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat… Prov 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
- Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. [They covered the part of the body they sinned with; not their mouths]
- Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. [Beguiled; Hebrew: nasha, meaning seduced, deluded, decieved]
- Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed [God states that the serpent will have offspring] and her seed [Jesus Christ, the only seed of a woman]; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. [The serpents Christ encountered were people] Matthew 22:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
- Gen 3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception [a sexually related punishment]; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
- Gen 3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. [Why is Adam not called the father of all living?]
- Gen 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. [This is admittedly the hardest verse to review. The scripture though does not say that Cain was a product of the conception from knowing Adam. This is something that has to be inferred –although it seems quite a fair inference if reading this verse in isolation. It is important to look at the entire surrounding verses to gather the full picture. Importantly here note: “I have received a man from the Lord.” In all the following verses, “man” is line of Cain, as opposed to Adam’s line which is referred to as the “Sons of God”. This is a distinction. Also an important note is to review Luke 3:38, in which Cain is not recorded as the son of Adam.]
- Gen 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. [They have different natures from the beginning. Abel is more like Adam who was made ruler over the animal life. Whereas Cain has a nature not found in either Adam or Eve]
- Gen 4:3-5 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. [Another distinction, Cain does not naturally know how to please God, whereas Able does.]
- 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. [Where did Cain’s fallen and wicked nature come from? Did God create Adam and Eve with such a fallen nature? Adam and Eve were tricked into their fall, but Cain has evil in his heart.]
- Gen 4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? [Cain is a liar! Where did he get that from? Adam and Eve did not teach it to him.]
- Gen 4, 5 Notice the distinction between the lines of Adam and Cain. Cain’s line of men is evil throughout. Whereas no one else in Adam’s line of Sons of God is wicked as Cain was. A second important note: Throughout Adam’s line, each bore sons and daughters, seemingly in equal proportion. Whereas in Cain’s line gender was more random. A third important note: In Cains line there are giants and other noted aberrations that do not appear in Adam’s line. These point to some kind of a genetic difference in the two lines.
- Gen 5:28-31Noah becomes the first person in Adam’s line to break the pattern of having sons and daughters. His father was of Adam’s line, but his mother of Cain’s line (Gen 6:1-2)
- Gen 6:1-2 After multiple generations of separation, the lines of Adam and of Cain intermarry completely. The whole world fell into wickedness and violence as a result.
The Bondage of the Flesh
What is missed by most is the point of Serpent Seed doctrine. Critics tend take some of Branham statements to say that a certain segment of the population is descended from Cain and will go to hell, while another segment is not descended from Cain and are thus pre-disposed to the gospel. This is an incorrect reading of his sermons. All people are descended from Noah, who was descended of both Adam and the Serpent. Both lines are irreparably intermingled.
The purpose of the serpent seed doctrine is to explain the origin of carnal sinful nature. Paul talks at length about the “fleshly nature”and “carnal nature”, Peter speaks of escaping the corruption in the world through lust, John speaks of the power to become the sons of God, Peter speaks of people with the nature of animals, James speaks of a nature that is earthly and sensual. Where did such a nature come from? Did God create Adam to have such an inherent nature? Where did man’s fallen nature come from?
The answer – it came not from Adam or Eve, but from Cain whose father was not a son of God. His father was an animal. Cain’s descended are only recorded to the seventh generation. It is clear that Cain’s line of“men” and Adam’s line of “sons of God” were separate for several generations, and then the daughters of men intermarried with the sons of God, and the two lines became completely intermixed. Thus Noah was descended of both Adam and Cain. All men are therefore descended from both Adam and Cain – not just a segment of the population. Hence also the need for the virgin birth. What is recorded in Genesis when Cain and Adam’s lines intermarried?
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is fleshGenesis 6:3
Serpent Seed is the origin of the fleshly and carnal nature of mankind. But Jesus came as a remedy because:
as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.John 1:12
This new birth is according to the will of God, as opposed to the will of the flesh. Christ brought a way for mankind to at last overcome the fleshly bondage of carnal nature and to become the sons of God which God had originally planned to fill the earth with. The seed promised to Eve came, and he gave victory to as many as would receive it, to overcome the seed of the serpent. It is a personal battle though, to overcome the flesh through the power of the spirit. Then secondly, it is an outward battle in which Christ will overcome the World.
But those who received him not, continue following their baser animalistic instincts and they are either completely godless, or like Cain, they sense a need to be religious but are never able to truly overcome and fully surrender their life to God. Their nature is not inherently evil – but it is inherently unable to recognize God as their Father and to live according to his will. Animals have no ability to appreciate God. People who yield to their baser instincts likewise have no ability to appreciate God.
Is there evidence the early church believed the act in the Garden of Eden was sexual in nature?
- Matthew 19:8 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. [In the beginning, Adam did not divorce Eve] 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.
- 2 Pet 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
- 2 Cor 11:2-3 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Is there evidence in the new testament that Adam was not the father of Cain?
- 1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
- Luke 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God. [Why is Cain left out of the genealogy? Was he not Adam’s son?]
Is there evidence the early church believed unbelievers are influenced by animalistic instincts?
- Matthew 22:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
- 2 Pet 2:12 But these,as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
- Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally,as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.