The Serpent seed, Satan’s seed, two-seedline, or dual seed doctrine is a controversial belief that Eve had sexual relations with Satan (The Serpent) in the Garden of Eden resulting in the birth of Cain – Satan’s own son. Those who believe this teaching see it as the common thread that binds together the Holy Bible from beginning to end. Without this knowledge, they believe it would be difficult for one to properly understand history, current events, prophecy, or the true mystery of the battle taking place between good and evil.
Below are the two major verses used to support this teaching:
“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.” –Genesis 3:15
“He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man: 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 enemy that sowed them is the devil…” -Matthew 13:37-38
Is the Serpent Seed Doctrine Biblical or Racist?
Without a doubt the so-called “serpent seed doctrine” is widely condemned by most in mainstream Christianity, that is if they’ve even heard about it. Sadly, its even rejected by otherwise very astute Bible scholars. Without hesitation many label it as “heresy”, but rarely do they ever offer an alternative interpretation of Genesis 3:15. If they do, they attribute some vague spiritual meaning to it like “anyone who does bad things is of the serpent” or “all evil people are the spiritual children of the Devil.” And that’s it. Time to move on. They don’t spend anymore time on it.
Excuse me? Don’t you think the first prophecy of the Bible, especially one of this magnitude deserves a little more attention than that?
Think about it, everyone accepts the fact that the woman’s seed is a literal family line leading to Christ. They don’t question that. But most reject any notion of a literal serpent seed. They say, “Oh, no. We can’t have that. That is a racist teaching.”
My friends, if we reject a literal interpretation of the serpent seed based off of racial “sensitivities” then we must also reject the Woman’s Seed for the same reason because Jesus came through the racial line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
That would mean all of the genealogies given in the Bible proving Jesus was the promised Seed of the Woman are arbitrary and meaningless. Every single one of them! Worse yet, we’d have to charge God with being racist for choosing one race over another race for the Messiah to come through.
Jesus has this to say concerning those who falsely accuse people of heresy:
“Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge; ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.” -Luke 11:52
People who teach the serpent seed doctrine aren’t teaching racism, they are teaching the truth. Truth that opens up many other doors to understanding.
Bottom line. If the woman’s seed is a biological family line, then the serpent’s seed MUST also be a biological family line. To say otherwise would be wholly inconsistent with Gen.3:15.
But doesn’t Genesis 4:1 say Cain was Adam’s son?
Before I go any farther, one may say, “That all sounds plausible, but it clearly states in Genesis 4:1 that Cain is Adam’s son not Satan’s.”
Alright, let’s take a look:
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.” -Genesis 4:1
Indeed, this appears to be a HUGE obstacle. And I would stop here and say, “Well, that solves it. No more needs be said. Adam is Cain’s biological father. Plain and simple.”
But if we keep reading on to Genesis 4:2 we see that Eve continued in labor and gave birth to another son—Abel. Meaning: Cain and Abel were twins. Check it out:
“And SHE AGAIN bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” -Genesis 4:2
“So-what if they were twins?” you might say. I’ll tell you what, it means there were two conceptions, not just one. And it just so happens God mentioned another conception just prior to this in Genesis 3.
For immediately after Eve admitted that she was “beguiled” or seduced by the serpent (2 For. 11:3), the serpent is cursed and God says:
“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. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and THY CONCEPTION; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…” -Genesis 3:15-16
Look! There are two different seeds mentioned here that require two separate conceptions.
Adam was the father of one seed, and Satan the father of the other seed.
This still happens even to this day. If a woman has intercourse with two men within a certain time frame of each other, she can conceive a child from both of them. The medical term for this is “Superfecundation” meaning “the fertilization of two or more ova from the same cycle by sperm from separate acts of sexual intercourse, which can lead to twin babies from two separate biological fathers” (Wikipedia). Oftentimes this goes unnoticed except when twins are born with two different skin colors.
So when we read in Gen.4:1 that Adam knew his wife Eve, we know he was the father of one of those boys, not both.
And when Cain offers an unacceptable offering to God and kills Abel because his offering was righteous, we now know whose son belongs to who. Cain is Satan’s Son and Abel was Adam’s son.
Did not God tell us there would be “enmity” between the serpent seed and the woman’s seed?
Now this is important. Because there are many who believe there must be a literal serpent seed, but they have a hard time believing that Eve had sex with Satan, or Gen.4:1 is too big of a hurdle for them to jump. They then say the serpent seed could simply be referring to the hybrid offspring of the fallen angels and humans in Genesis 6 known as the giants (nephilim), or that it began some other time later on after the flood.
But those alternate explanations ignore the fact that the “enmity” between these two seedlines began immediately with Cain and Abel.
Thousands of years later The Apostle John even confirms to us that Cain’s father was Satan when he says:
“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.” -1 John 3:12
Furthermore, Jesus tells a certain group of scribes and Pharisees (Claiming to be of Judah) that they are members of an unbroken family line responsible for murdering righteous men going all the way back to Abel.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye SERPENTS, ye OFFSPRING OF VIPERS, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” -Matthew 23:29-33
Could Jesus have been any more clear as to what line they were from? He even tells them to “fill ye up then the measure of your fathers”. What measure? Well, to bruise the heel of the woman’s seed (Gen. 3:15). And point blank calls the the descendants of serpents! He continues:
“Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, FROM THE BLOOD OF RIGHTEOUS ABEL unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation (race).” -Matthew 23:29-36
Who killed Abel? Of course it was Cain! How many more witnesses do we need testifying that Cain was the beginning the Serpent Seed.
Sound crazy? I don’t know. You tell me. Adam and Eve standing before God naked and ashamed trying to cover their private parts with fig leaves. Then God starts talking about conception, pain in childbirth, two different seeds at enmity against each other, and then Cain murders Abel. Sounds more crazy not to believe such a thing happened.
And then we read to find out that Cain is not even in Adam’s genealogy.
Cain is not in Adam’s Genealogy
“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:” -Genesis 5:3
There is no mention of Cain at all in Adam’s genealogy listed in Genesis 5. Now an argument could be made that he was removed from the genealogy because he was banished from the family for murdering Abel. That’s not an unreasonable argument. But considering all the other evidence the only thing that makes sense is that Cain was not a son begat in Adam’s own likeness, like Seth was, but was rather a son in the image of his father-Satan.
Additionally, though Cain was the firstborn son, it appears as though he was never considered to be the chosen seed of the woman. Check it out:
“And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me ANOTHER SEED INSTEAD OF ABEL, whom Cain slew.” -Genesis 4:25
Did you read that?
Eve said God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel. Abel then was the original Seed of the Woman before Cain killed him. That means Cain was never of the woman’s seed. Think of this, if Cain and Abel were both of the woman’s seed, then she would have given birth to “two promised seeds” before Cain murdered Abel and there would be no serpent seed. That would contradict the prophecy of Gen. 3:15, would it not?
The Parable of the Tares Explains It All
If you’re still hung up on Gen. 4:1 believing it says Adam was Cain’s son, then maybe Jesus’ parable concerning the tares will help you overcome that obstacle.
“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed GOOD SEED in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed TARES among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence hath it TARES? He said unto them, An ENEMY hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?” -Matthew 13:28
Now Jesus will explain what all this means in a moment. But by following in line with the prophecy of Gen. 3:15 the logical conclusion is as follows:
Good Seed = Woman’s Seed
Tares = Serpent’s Seed
Enemy = Satan / The Serpent
In other words, Jesus is reveals in this “parable of the tares” that Satan was the progenitor of the serpent seed described here as tares. But it goes further than this, part of the mystery is that they would remain HIDDEN among the wheat, from the time that they were planted until the harvest.
The servants say, “Should we rip those tares out of the earth”?
“But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” -Matthew 13:30
This is important. We are not to do any physical harm to the tares. In doing so we would greatly damage the wheat at the same time. Why? Because our people just can’t handle the deep truth. Just look at how they react when we merely teach that there are tares or biological children of Satan on earth. They call us heretics and racists!
Besides, the tares are here to fulfill the negative part of God’s plan and we’re to let them fulfill that.
“Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.” -Matthew 13:36
Now, if Jesus’ parable had a vague spiritual meaning like, “All bad people hidden in the church are spiritual tares”; do you really think the disciples would be asking Jesus for clarification on this? No way. Bad people scattered throughout churches or society is no mystery at all. Everyone knows that. If that were the case the disciples wouldn’t be so curious as to its meaning. Would you? They obviously knew there was something deep and profound about this parable of the tares. And it got their attention in a big way.
So Jesus is going to plainly tell them who the tares are.
“He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one.” -Matthew 13:37-38
Whoa! Did you read that? Not a mystery anymore. Jesus just told his disciples that Satan planted (conceived) children on earth. We can no longer deny who Cain was of and what really happened in the Garden of Eden!
Jesus Revealed Controversial Truths in Parables
Are there truths you wouldn’t dare say in public?
Of course. Same with Jesus. If Jesus would have just plainly told the multitudes that Satan had biological children on earth and pointed out exactly who they were, it would have caused an uproar, probably severely damaging the message he was bringing.
So Jesus wisely proclaimed this truth in a parable while privately explaining to his disciples exactly what he meant by it. Again, if Jesus spoke this parable to the multitudes to simply illustrate a point that everyone who does evil things is a “spiritual” child of the Devil, no one would be surprised by this, they already believed that. No mystery there. And it certainly wouldn’t have offended anyone. No one gets offended at a teaching like that.
But they do get offended when you teach that Satan has literal biological children on the earth!
Oh yeah. They don’t like that at all. You will get called a racist, a heretic, and everything else in the book.
Now do you see why Jesus spoke this parable of the tares to the multitude but only plainly expounds it to his disciples, in secret?
Earlier on in this chapter “the disciples came and said unto him, “Why speakest thou unto them in parables?” (Matt. 13:10) Then Jesus answered them by saying, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Some things are not meant for everyone to understand, including the fact that Satan has a literal biological family line living on the earth even unto this day.
Again, It says:
“All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” -Matthew 13:34-35
In other words, there were things in the book of Genesis that had been kept secret up until Jesus revealed them. That’s why even well-known Biblical scholars can’t see that there is a serpent seed on the earth today. Their worldly wisdom and religious credentials will not help them here. In fact, Jesus even told Peter that when it comes to mysteries like this that “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 16:17). And in another place Jesus says, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Matt. 11:25). That’s why they cannot except it, because they cannot understand it.
So I don’t let it bother me when people call me a heretic for understanding and teaching the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, it’s expected. The truth is never widely accepted. Never has been.
There are Spiritual “and” Physical Seeds
Because there are several passages in the New Testament spiritualizing things like the seed of Abraham, there is also an overriding temptation to spiritualize the serpent seed as well.
Below are a couple of prime examples:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” -Galatians 3:28-29
True. This first example clearly says all believers in Jesus, regardless of race, are considered to be as the seed of Abraham. This is a spiritual seed.
Then we page over to John Chapter 8 and we find in our second example that even a blood born child of Abraham can be considered to be a “child of the devil” or of the “Serpent Seed”. Because while speaking to some Scribes and Pharisees Jesus said:
“I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.” -John 8:37
He then continues on to say:
“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.” -John 8:44
So people say, “See, right there. If Jesus calls these biological children of Abraham the seed of the serpent then the serpent seed is a spiritual thing not a physical thing.”
Wait a minute. If that is true, and seed of the woman and seed of the serpent are merely spiritual things, then why does the Book of Revelation talk about a “remnant of the woman’s seed” being attacked by serpent in the future tribulation (Rev.12). Also in Revelation 7 it says there are going to be 144,000 of Israel, 12,000 from each tribe, sealed just before the time of the end.
Furthermore, in that same chapter another group, a great multitude of believers in Jesus from all nations aside from the 144,000 of Israel, are also mentioned as having endured the tribulation.
That means there is still a distinction between biological Israel and Christians who are not of the seed of Israel, all the way up to the time of the end.
So how do we reconcile all of these passages?
The answer is simple. There is both a literal and spiritual application of the Woman’s Seed and the Serpent’s Seed.
If you are not a biological descendant of Abraham, you can become “adopted” into the family by faith in Christ. On the flip side, if you are a biological descendant of Abraham you can be “adopted” into the family of Satan. But that doesn’t mean the two biological lines no longer exist or that they don’t mean anything anymore, because they do.
Only Half The Story
Bottom line: When someone teaches a literal “seed of the woman” starting with Eve going on all the way to Jesus Christ but not a literal seed of the serpent existing even up to this day, they are only telling you half of the story that began in Genesis 3:15.
But that doesn’t come as a surprise, because most churches are notorious for only cherry picking the stuff that sounds nice. They just don’t want to talk about the “dark side”. Sometimes I think they don’t want to believe it exists because it is too scary to think about.
As tempting as that may be, it is very dangerous.
Understanding what truly happened in the beginning, who Cain’s father really was, is the key that unlocks many mysteries concerning the kingdom of the Antichrist. And the more you understand Satan’s kingdom the more prepared you are to withstand it and the deception it throws at us on a daily basis.
This seed of the serpent is real and very active on the earth right now preparing for the arrival of the SERPENT MAN. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thess. 2:7-8).
Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?
By Pastor Ben Heath