Know once and for all that the talking serpent in Genesis 3 was real.

There is a narrative in the Bible that people love to scoff at: ‘Whoever heard of a talking snake?  That stuff is fairy tales!’  They talk like that because they don’t understand what it is really about.  The example of the talking snake has been repeated through the ages up to the present.  We hear the question the serpent asked, ‘Did God really say?’1 almost every day.

#  How could an ordinary serpent talk to a woman?

  • Genesis 3:1-5 describes a very curious situation.  How did that specific serpent know that God gave Adam a command?  Why did the serpent concentrate only on the one tree and God’s command not to eat of it?  He could have talked about the lovely weather, the fantastic range of nutritious fruit, the privilege of being a couple, et cetera.
  • But, no, it questioned Eve as if it had a mind, almost as if it had a goal with the question.  Was it an ordinary serpent?  God did not create animals with minds, with a curiosity about the trees God gave man to enjoy, or about one specific tree that they were not allowed to eat of.   Fortunately other references in the Bible explain who the real serpent was (and is).

#  The book of Revelation identifies the serpent.

  • ‘And there was war in heaven.  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.  He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.’ 2
  • We also read about an angel who seized the devil and bound him for a thousand years in the Abyss, ‘He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.’ 3

#  We learn from the above verses that:

  • Both the devil and his followers (demons) are angels.
  • There are two groups of angels, those who fight on the side of Michael, God’s archangel, and those who fight on the side of the devil, or Satan, God’s adversary.
  • They are at war with each other.
  • The devil, the ancient serpent, is the one who leads the whole world astray.  He is a deceiver, and he showed his colours in the garden of Eden episode.

#  Further Biblical revelations about Satan

  • We can assume that the serpent was a real snake, but somebody else with intellect and intention spoke through him.
  • Revelation identifies that ancient serpent with a very specific person, the devil, or Satan, the accuser of men.
  • It was he who was in the garden of Eden.  Scripture reveals, ‘You were in Eden, the garden of God.’ 4  It also tells us that he was originally appointed as a guardian cherub.  ‘You [originally appointed as a guardian cherub 5] were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.’ 6
  • We can gauge his character from what the passage says about him, ‘Your heart became proud on account of your wisdom, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour.’ 7
  • So we have the picture of a wise holy angel who became wicked and sinned because of his pride and arrogance.  He rebelled and for that was sentenced to be eternally punished in the lake of burning sulphur at the end of this age. 8
  • He hates God and he hates humans who can escape his judgment (eternal hell) through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.  His heart’s desire is to to deceive and lead people astray from the truth of the Gospel.

#  What was special about the tree of knowledge of good and evil?

God as Creator and Lord of the universe, has the prerogative to decide what is good and evil.  For men to decide it, is to intrude in God’s privilege.  That is what the devil wanted: ‘…you will be like God.’ 9  It is an intoxicating idea that a created mortal can be like God knowing and deciding for him- or herself what is good and what is evil.

#  We often hear that ‘sly serpent’ talk today.

He still questions, ’Did God really say?’  For example, 

  • Did God really create a male to be a male, and a female to be a female?  (Nonsense, choose your own gender.)
  • Is marriage only between a man and a woman? (You must be joking, same sex marriage is glorious and better than heterosexual marriage.)
  • Did God give man free will?  (Please understand, when it comes to choosing God or the Bible, there is no free will.  There it is an illusion.  For other things, like the choice of the food you eat, the work you do, or the products you buy, it is logical: there you have a free will.)
  • Is the Bible really the Word of God? ( Where do you live, in the Dark Ages?  It is just a product of man, not of God.)
  • Was there really a universal flood in Noah’s time?  (Hey, swimmer boy, the fossils were laid down over millions of years.)
  • Did God create in six ordinary days?  (Never heard of Darwin, or Dawkins?) Nature ‘created’ all through evolution over billions of years.
  • Is creation by God scientific?  (Unbelievable, it is just a metaphor.)

And on and on the list goes.

#  Conclusion

Many unbelievers scoff and ask the same question the serpent did.  Could it be that the devil uses them in the same way he used the serpent?  As Jesus said, ‘You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.’ 10  What better proof that Scripture is the powerful true Word of God?


  1. Genesis 3:1
  2. Revelation 12:7-9
  3. Revelation 20:2
  4. Ezekiel 28:13
  5. Ezekiel 28:14,16
  6. Ezekiel 28:15
  7. Ezekiel 28:17
  8. Matthew 25:41
  9. Genesis 3:5
  10. John 8:44

What about evil, Part 2

Who was the serpent?

Please see What about evil, Part 1

The last book of the Bible, Revelation, informs us that there was a spirit, a created angel, behind the serpent, ‘The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.’ 1

It is necessary to have some background knowledge about the serpent, called Satan.

  • The talking serpent is in reality a rebellious angel (an invisible spirit) who decided to defect from God’s Kingdom.  He convinced one third of God’s angles to join him.  For his insurrection, he was banished and will never be part of God’s coming Kingdom which will be established on the new earth.  He is sore and bitter about it, bitter that humans, made from dust, can inherit the Kingdom.  That explains why he constantly questions the Bible.  The Bible is the guide for humans to become part of God’s eternal Kingdom.
  • Because the Bible is the Key to the Kingdom, Satan leads the whole world astray concerning the Bible.  He always questions the Word of God.  If he can destroy people’s trust or interest in it, they will follow his way and be excluded from God’s presence in eternity.
  • Satan is the ruler of this world.  That happened when Adam obeyed him rather than God.  God gave Adam the right to rule over the created world, ‘Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ 2  Adam’s right to rule went over to the devil.  As leader of this world, he can lead the whole world astray.
  • This is just fact, ’We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’ 3  The devil controls the media, entertainment, education, money, law and whichever systems are at play in the world.  So he can influence millions, even billions to reject the Bible.

The change from Genesis 2 to Genesis 4?

Genesis 2 presents a picture of peace, tranquility and harmony.  After the devil entered in Genesis 3, the next chapter, Genesis 4, records the first murder in human history.  The murderer, Cain, was not interested in God’s advice to avoid wrongdoing.  Why?  The New Testament answers it, ‘Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.  And why did he murder him?  Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.’ 4  Jesus affirmed, ‘And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to….’ 5

What happened when Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?

It became part of man’s constituency to do either good or evil.  When the devil entered the garden of Eden, humanity divided into two groups.

  • One group does what the devil likes – evil.  They resist God’s plan for their lives.  The other group trusts in God and wants to do His will.
  • Satan wants to divide humanity in two groups as he did with the angels.  They were divided into those who follow and obey God and those who follow the devil.  The example of Cain and Abel is a ‘blueprint’ of what humanity would be like through the ages: pro or anti-God.
  • Compare the attitudes of Cain and Lamech to that of Abel and Seth.  In Seth’s time man began to call upon the name of the Lord. 6  Cain’s genealogy stops with Lamech, while the genealogy of Adam through Seth ends with Jesus. 7
  • Genesis 6-7 highlight the differences between the two groups among humans after the Garden of Eden episode.  It was hundreds years after Adam and Eve were evicted from the garden.  There was already a sizable number of people on earth.  Yet when God surveyed them, His conclusion was, ‘The Lord saw how great man”s wickedness on earth had become, and that every inclination of his heart was only evil all the time.’ 8 Contrary to that, the Bible records one family that was different, ‘Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of the time, and he walked with God.’ 9
  • A few Scriptures to illustrate the two groups:
    • 1 John 3:12 calls the devil ‘the evil one.’
    • Genesis 2:9 introduced us to the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
    • Genesis 4 describes the evil deeds of Cain. 10  Cain belonged to the evil one.
    • Matthew 24:35 describes Abel as a righteous man.
    • Genesis 6:9 describes Noah as a righteous man.  He walked with God, as did Enoch.11  See also Hebrews 11:4-5
  • Thus the devil caused this split in the loyalty of mankind, either pro or anti-God.  It was the same as with the angels. 12  The difference is clear in Revelation.  Many angels serve God.  They are with God in the New Jerusalem.  The devil and his angels are in the lake of burning sulphur.


When we hear about evil in the world, we have to understand that its origin is the devil.  He is the evil one who causes people to commit evil against others made in the image of God.  Scripture tells us, ‘He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.’ 13  Understand that the killing, torturing, maiming of people by people, is part of the evil problem and its origin is in the devil.

That leaves us with two important questions we want to discuss:

  • Why did God not, in His omnipotence, get rid of the devil?  The devil is a created angel, so obviously for the Creator to squash him would have been no big deal.
  • What about natural evil or disasters like hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, et cetera?  What is their origin and why doesn’t God prevent them?  If Jesus could still a storm on the Sea of Galilee, surely God can stop a tsunami or a hurricane.


  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. Genesis 1:28
  3. 1 John 5:19
  4. 1 John 3:12
  5. Matthew 24:35
  6. Genesis 4:26
  7. Luke 3:23-38
  8. Genesis 6:5
  9. Genesis 7:9
  10. 1 John 3:12
  11. Genesis 5:22
  12. Mark 8:38
  13. 1 John 3:8

Why spend billions to search for aliens?

According to a Newsbeat article from BBC, the $100 million project to search for aliens is yet to find anything. 1  It is a ten year project.  According to the article, Professor Stephen Hawking said, ‘Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching these lights of ours.’

Can aliens exist?

The Bible explains that all life was created.  According to Colossians 1:16 Jesus is the Creator, ‘For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.’  The passage mentions ‘Him’ [Jesus] three times to clearly establish Him as the Creator.

#  Jesus did create invisible beings.

We know there are angels.  They are normally invisible, but many people in the Bible saw them and they played an important role in the history of Israel.  Some of them rebelled against God and they are the devil and his demonic kingdom. 2  Aliens are not regarded as angels.  Till now they are just science fiction characters.  So Jesus did not create aliens.

#  The Bible does not mention aliens.

If aliens are real, why does the Holy Spirit, who knows all God’s doings, not mention them in Scripture?  As proved by all the searches, aliens do not exist.  They only exist in the minds of people who desperately want them to be real.  The idea comes from the ruler of this world, the devil who controls the whole world. 3  He tries to convince people that there are aliens.  Then the Bible is not true, God is not the Creator, and Jesus’ work on the cross was unnecessary.

#  Why waste billions searching for aliens?

The devil inspires the unbelieving world to spend billions on the search for aliens.  The reason is, that as long as people hope there might be aliens, special creation is a myth.  The search is for advanced aliens who seeded life on earth, and there could be many planets where life might have evolved.  Therefore there is no reason to take note of the Bible and prepare for eternal life.


The devil dearly loves his agenda of aliens.  Unfortunately it will cause people who believe his lies, to miss God’s eternal Kingdom.


  1., 2017/06/11
  2. Revelation 12:9
  3. 1 John 5:19b