Jesus Christ as the Reincarnation of Adam

Adam and Eve being bannished from the Garden of Eden.

By Kevin Williams

 

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all accept the account of Adam and Eve as part of their religion. The Bible gave the distinct title of "Son of God" to only three personalities in the entire Bible: Adam, Melchizedek, and Jesus. So, it should not be surprising that these three personalities have a connection that goes well beyond coincidence. This connection is proof that these personalities were indeed the same soul appearing in different incarnations. This shows that the Bible is the story of the sojourn of the "Son of God" beginning with Paradise lost and ending with Paradise restored. The following information describes just the Adam-Jesus connection.

Jesus Christ on the cross.
Table of Contents
1. Identical Title: "Son of Man" 11. Identical Title: Logos
2. Identical Title: "Son of God" 12. Identical Nature: Image of God
3. Identical Birth Order: First Born 13. Identical Sacrificial Result: First and Last Sacrifice
4. Identical Rule: Ruler of God's Creation 14. Identical Association: Tree of Life
5. Identical Parent: Father of the Human Race 15. Identical in Near-Death Experiences: "Being of Light"
6. Identical Essence: Human-Divine Unity 16. Identical Karma: Required to Pay for Original Sin
7. Identical Pattern: Image and Copy 17. Identical Burial Place: Golgotha
8. Identical Positions: "First and Last" 18. Edgar Cayce's Revelation of Jesus
9. Identical Immortality: Immortal from the Beginning 19. Edgar Cayce's Revelation of the Virgin Mary
10. Identical Origins: "Beginning and End"  
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1. Identical Title: Son of Man

The Hebrew word for "Adam" is "man". The title "Son of Man" is a reference to Adam. The phrases "Son of Man" and "Son of Adam" are inter-changeable.

 

Jesus referred to himself using the phrase "Adam Kadmon" [Son of Man] to refer to the heavenly apocalyptic figure who is to come. Paul used the phrase "Adam Kadmon" as the archetypal man created in God's image who was the first and perfect representative of humanity who would return at the end of time and restore all things.

 

God's judgment upon Adam resulted in his reincarnation:

ADAM:  "For dust you are and to dust you will return." (Genesis 3:19)

Talmudists interpret this verse this way: Because Adam sinned it was necessary for him to reincarnate to make good the evil committed in his first existence; so he comes as David, and later is to come as Messiah.

 

The Bible mentions David reincarnating for the people:

DAVID:  "Instead, they will serve the Lord their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them." (Jeremiah 30:9)

In the traditions of the Talmudists, the soul of Adam reincarnated in David, and that on account of the sin of David against Uriah it will have to come again in the expected Messiah.

 

Out of the three letters ADM (the name of the first man) the Talmudists always made the names Adam, David and Messiah.

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2. Identical Title: Son of God

Both Adam and Jesus are given the title of "Son of God":

ADAM:  "..the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God." (Luke 3:38)

JESUS:  "I believe that you are the Christ, the son of God." (John 11:27)

As previously mentioned, the Bible gives the distinct title of "Son of God" to only three personalities in the entire Bible: Adam, Melchizedek, and Jesus.

 

God declares the "sons of God" to be divine:

SONS of GOD:  "I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.'" (Psalm 82:6)

Jesus declares himself the "Son of God":

SONS of GOD:  "Jesus answered them, 'Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods?' If he called them 'gods,' ... what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, 'I am God's Son?'" (John 10:30-36)

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3. Identical Birth Order: First Born

Both Adam and Jesus are referred to as "the first born" of every creature:

ADAM:  "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7)

JESUS:  "Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature" (Colossians 1:14-15)

Adam ("ben elohim") is translated as "Son of God" meaning Adam was the first born of God.

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4. Identical Rule: Ruler of God's Creation

Both Adam and Jesus are referred to as rulers of God's creation:

ADAM:  "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." (Genesis 1:28)

JESUS:  "These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation." (Revelation 3:14)

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5. Identical Parent: Father of the Human Race

Adam is referred to as the "father" of the human race:

ADAM:  "God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the Earth and subdue it." (Gen. 1:28)

ADAM:  "Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me." (Isaiah 43:27)

Jesus and the Messiah are called "father":

JESUS:  "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30-33)

JESUS:  "He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

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6. Identical Essence: Human-Divine Unity

The Bible states that divinity dwelt in both Adam and Jesus:

ADAM:  "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness." (Genesis 1:26)

 

JESUS:  "All the fullness of deity in bodily form." (Colossians 2:9)

In the Bible verse below, Paul refers to Adam as "the first man" and Jesus as "the second man":

FIRST and SECOND MAN:  "The first man was of the dust of the Earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the Earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven." (1 Corinthians 15:47-49)

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7. Identical Pattern: Image and Copy

Paul refers to Adam as a "pattern" of Jesus:

ADAM as a PATTERN of JESUS:  "Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come [Christ]." (Romans 5:14)

The Greek translation of the word "pattern" is "tupos" which is defined as: An impression made by a stamp, an exact image, an exact model, a copy, a type, an example. In context, the phrase "who is a pattern of the coming one" ("ejstin tuvpo tou' mevllonto hos estin tupos tou mellontos") refers to Adam as a copy of Christ.

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8. Identical Positions: "First and Last"

In the Bible verse below, Paul refers to Jesus as the "last Adam":

The FIRST and LAST ADAM:  "The first Adam became a living being; the last Adam [Jesus], a life-giving spirit." (1 Corinthians 15:45)

Jesus reveals himself as "the First of God's creation" (human-divine being) and "the Last of God's creation" (human-divine being).

JESUS:  "I am the First and the Last." (Revelation 1:17)

The Son of God's "first incarnation" was as Adam and the "last incarnation" of God's Son was Jesus.

 

In the Book of Isaiah, God also expresses himself as the "First" and "Last":

GOD:  "I am the First and I am the Last." (Isaiah 48:12)
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9. Identical Immortality: Immortal from the Beginning

God created Adam as immortal, but the partaking of the knowledge of good and evil made him mortal:

ADAM:  "You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Genesis 2:15-17)

John reveals that Jesus is immortal and was with God in the beginning:

JESUS:  "He was with God in the beginning." (John 1:1-2)

The prophet Isaiah also referred to the Messiah as both immortal and God:

MESSIAH:  "And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
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10. Identical Origins:  "Beginning and End"

Both Adam and Jesus were at the beginning of creation:

ADAM:  "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.'" (Mark 10:6)

JESUS:  "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End." (Revelation 21:6)

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11. Identical Title: Logos

Adam is the "Logos":

ADAM: The term "Bar Nasha" or "Son of Man" refers to the "divine human form," the "Logos," the eternal "image of God." (Source:  John Rossner, In Search of the Primordial Tradition and the Cosmic Christ, p.189)

Jesus is the "Logos":

JESUS:  "In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning." (John 1:1-2)

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12. Identical Nature: Image of God

Adam was the "image" of God:

ADAM:  "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness." (Genesis 1:26)

 

JESUS:  "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." (2 Corinthians 4:4)

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13. Identical Sacrificial Result: First and Last Sacrifice

The first sacrifice made was for physical needs:

ADAM:  "The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them." (Genesis 3:21)

The last sacrifice was for spiritual needs:

JESUS:  "He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself." (Hebrews 7:27-28)

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14. Identical Association: Tree of Life

In the beginning, Adam had the Tree of Life:

ADAM:  "In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2:9)

Adam's transgression banished humanity from the Tree of Life:

ADAM:  "So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life." (Genesis 3:22-24)

Jesus' sacrifice for transgression restored humanity to the Tree of Life:

JESUS:  "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God." (Revelation 2:7)

JESUS:  "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him." (Revelation 22:1-3)

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15. Identical in Near-Death Experiences: "Being of Light"

In the Jewish Kabbalah, Adam appears to people after immediately after death:

ADAM:  "So it is that when a man is about to depart from life, Adam, the first man, appears to him and asks him why and in what state he leaves the world.

 

He says: "Woe to you that through you I have to die."

 

To which Adam replies: "My son, I transgressed one commandment and was punished for so doing; see how many commandments of your Master, negative and positive, you have transgressed." (Jewish Kabbalistic book Zohar I, 57b)

During one particular Jewish woman's NDE, Rene Turner, the Messiah appeared to her immediately after her death:

MESSIAH:  "I became aware that I must be dead ... I arrived in an explosion of glorious light into a room with insubstantial walls, standing before a man about in his thirties, about six feet tall, reddish brown shoulder length hair and an incredibly neat, short beard and mustache. He wore a simple white robe. Light seemed to emanate from him and I felt he had great age and wisdom. He welcomed me with great love, tranquility, and peace (indescribable) - no words. I felt, 'I can sit at your feet forever and be content,' which struck me as a strange thing to think/say/feel. I became fascinated by the fabric of his robe, trying to figure out how light could be woven!" - Rene Turner, a Jewish woman, who she met the Messiah during her death experience.

Jesus also appears to people during NDEs:

JESUS:  "I felt a wonderful feeling wash over me - a sense of peace and power. I felt love and a sense of wonder as I realized that any question I could come up with would be answered. There was Jesus. I was stunned and said, 'I don't believe in you.'

"He smiled and said the etheric equivalent of 'Tough shit, here I am.'

"Looking at his eyes, I asked, 'You mean, you've been with me the whole time and I didn't know?' And his reply was, 'Lo, I am with thee, always, even beyond the end of the world.'" - Jeanie Dicus, a Jewish woman, met Jesus during her near-death experience and Jesus asked her if she wanted to reincarnate.

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16. Identical Karma:  Required to Pay for Original Sin

The connection between Jesus and Adam is fundamental to Christian doctrine. Their connection is the foundation holding together the entire Christian system of election, redemption, atonement, justification, regeneration and sanctification. The idea of Jesus "paying the penalty" (or "karma") for the transgressions of humanity makes no sense without this "hidden" connection to Adam and his "hidden" mission of bringing knowledge of good and evil to humanity. Without Adam being a previous incarnation as Jesus, the gospel message of Jesus paying for the sins of humanity appears to be an incredible injustice.

 

According to the Bible, Adam brought divine knowledge of good and evil into the world which resulted in both positive and negative consequences. Knowledge (i.e., gnosis) of both good and evil is a divine characteristic and a fundamental principle of early Christian Gnosticism. Jesus came to reverse the negative consequences of Adam's transgression by paying his karmic debt. This becomes apparent when the Bible often draws parallels between Adam and Christ:

 

The obedience of Jesus reversed the disobedience of Adam:

ADAM and JESUS:  "For just as through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus) the many will be made righteous." (Romans 5:19)

These Bible verses describe the work of Adam being undone by the work of Jesus. This is an excellent example of how divine justice is meted out in the Bible and in Eastern religions. The only person who can satisfy divine justice by reversing the work of Adam would have to be Adam himself or an incarnation of Adam. And because Paul states in the Bible verse above that Jesus was the only man who could satisfy divine justice by paying the "karmic debt" of Adam, this implies that Adam was indeed a previous incarnation of Jesus.

 

After Satan caused Adam and Eve to sin, God passed judgment upon them. In doing so, God revealed a remarkable prophecy which is that humanity's redemption will come through Eve - through the birth of a son:

SATAN and EVE:  "Then the Lord God said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?' The woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.' So the Lord God said to the serpent, 'Because you have done this, 'Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put hostility between you (Satan) and the woman (Eve), and between your (Satan's) offspring and hers (Eve's offspring); he (Eve's offspring) will crush your (Satan's) head, and you (Satan) will strike his (Eve's offspring's) heel." (Genesis 3:13-15)

Notice how this Genesis verse refers to "Eve's offspring" as "he" (singular, not plural) meaning Eve's offspring will be a single man which suggests Eve's offspring will be her son. This Genesis 3:15 verse, where God pronounces judgment on Satan and Eve, is so remarkable I want to break it up into four parts to analyze it fully. It not only supports the idea of Adam as a previous incarnation as Jesus; but also Eve as a previous incarnation of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Let's separate God's judgment upon Satan and Eve from Genesis 3:13-15 giving only Genesis 3:15:

SATAN and EVE (paraphrased):  "And I will put hostility between Satan and Eve, and between Satan's offspring and Eve's son; Eve's son will crush Satan's head, and Satan will strike Eve's son's heel." (Genesis 3:13-15)

We can now break down Genesis 3:15 into these four parts:

(a)  God will put hostility between Satan and Eve.

(b)  God will put hostility between Satan's offspring and Eve's son.

(c)  Eve's son will crush Satan's head.

(d)  Satan will strike Eve's son's heel.

Let's examine each part separately:

(a)  God will put hostility between Satan and Eve:

Here is part (a) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy:

SATAN versus EVE:  "And I will put enmity between you (the serpent, Satan) and the woman (Eve)." (Genesis 3:15)

Part (a) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy is fulfilled in the Book of Revelation below:

SATAN versus MARY:  "When the dragon (Satan) saw that he had been hurled to the Earth, he pursued the woman (Jesus' mother Mary) who had given birth to the male child (Jesus)." (Revelation 12:17)

These verses make sense only if Eve was a previous incarnation of Mary. The mother of Jesus was certainly persecuted by Satan when her son Jesus was killed. These verses imply that Mary was paying the "karmic debt" for Eve's transgression in the Garden of Eden in the same way that Jesus paid the "karmic debt" for Adam.


(b)  God will put hostility between Satan's offspring and Eve's son:

 

Here is part (b) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy:

SATAN'S OFFSPRING versus EVE'S SON: "...and between your (Satan) offspring and her's (Eve's son, the Messiah)." (Genesis 3:15)

Part (b) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy is fulfilled when Jesus, Mary's son, referred to those who wanted to kill him as Satan's "offspring":

SATAN'S OFFSPRING versus MARY'S SON:  "You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44-45)

So part (b) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy reveals the hostility between the enemies of Jesus (Satan's offspring) and Jesus (Mary's son) which is even more suggestive of Eve being a previous incarnation of Mary.

 

As a side note, the Bible also teaches us how to recognize Satan's "offspring" from God's "offspring": "This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother." (1 John 3:10)

 

(c)  Eve's son will crush Satan's head

Here is part (c) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy:

EVE'S SON verses SATAN:  "...he (Eve's son) will crush your (Satan's) head..." (Genesis 3:15)

Part (c) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy is fulfilled when Jesus conquered Satan at the cross when he paid for Adam's transgression.

MARY'S SON versus SATAN:  "When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." (John 19:30)

These verses suggest even more that Eve was a previous incarnation of Mary. Paul uses the same language when he writes how the "God of peace"  will "crush Satan under the feet" of those who believe (Romans 16:20). This "God of peace" in Romans is a reference to the Messiah as written in Isaiah 9:6.

 

(d)  Satan will strike Eve's son's heel

 

Here is part (d) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy:

SATAN versus EVE'S SON:  "... and you (Satan) will strike his (Eve's son's) heel." (Genesis 3:15)

Part (d) of the Genesis 3:15 prophecy is fulfiilled in the following verses: 

SATAN versus MARY'S SON:  "Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus." (Luke 22:3-4)

 

SATAN versus MARY'S SON:  "Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others - one on each side and Jesus in the middle ... Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother ... When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." (John 19:17-18; John 19:25; John 19:30)

 

SATAN versus MESSIAH:  "They have pierced my hands and my feet." (Psalm 22:16)

So making the appropriate substitutions when taking all the interpretations of parts (a) through (d), we can understand the Genesis 3:15 prophecy of God pronouncing judgment upon Satan and Eve this way:

SUMMARY:  God has put hostility between (a) Satan and Eve, and between (b) Satan's offspring and Eve's son; (c) Eve's son will crush Satan's head, and (d) Satan will strike Eve's son's heel.

So now we can understand the "hidden" meaning behind Genesis 3:15 when God pronounces judgment upon Satan and Eve:

SUMMARY:  God put hostility between Satan and Eve, and between the Satan's children and Eve's future son (the Messiah); the Messiah will crush Satan's head, but in doing so, Satan will strike the Messiah's heel.

In summation, Genesis 3:13-15 is the first Messianic prophecy mentioned in the Bible and is a reference to an offspring of Eve who will be the Messiah and who will pay for the transgressions of Adam and Eve. What is interesting is how this verse refers to the Messiah as the "offspring of Eve." While it is true every human being can be considered to be an "offspring of Eve," this verse makes better sense when interpreted to mean an offspring born directly from Eve's own womb. This means Eve would need to reincarnate to give birth to the Messiah. The woman who gave birth to Jesus was, of course, the Virgin Mary. Traditionally, the Catholic Church has believed that Mary was not only a virgin when she bore Jesus, but that she herself was born without sin. Thus, a mystical tradition has existed concerning Mary which lasts even to this day.

 

But what makes this Eve-Virgin Mary connection important is how it best explains - in a logical manner - the cosmic reasons for Jesus' sacrifice and death and how it satisfied divine justice. The ancient concept of divine justice can be summed up beautifully in the Bible as "an eye for an eye." This concept of divine justice was not limited to just the early Hebrews because it is a concept that is practically universal. The more ancient religions of the East referred to the concept of an eye for an eye as "karma." It demands transgressors pay for their own transgressions. No one else can pay for your own transgressions but you. Thus, because it was Adam and Eve who transgressed, it would have to be Adam and Eve themselves who paid. God's judgment upon them was that Eve would have to bear a son who would suffer as a consequence for their transgression. The only real and logical way this could be done would be through reincarnation. Eve would have to reincarnate to bear a son - the reincarnation of Adam. His tremendous suffering at the cross - and the suffering it would cause herself - would satisfy divine justice and pay for the transgression committed in Eden.

 

When we consider the orthodox view that Jesus and Mary were not the reincarnations of Adam and Eve, it makes much less sense when we talk about the so-called substitutionary sacrificial nature of Christ's death. The big question is this: How can divine justice be satisfied when an innocent person suffers and pays for the transgressions of someone else? Without reincarnation, it makes complete nonsense. It only makes sense if the innocent person was a reincarnation of the guilty person paying for their transgressions.

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17. Identical Burial Place: Golgotha

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there was a Jewish tradition that the skull of Adam was stored at Golgotha where Jesus was crucified:

"There was a tradition current among the Jews that the skull of Adam, after having been confided by Noah to his son Shem, and by the latter to Melchizedek, was finally deposited at the place called, for that reason, Golgotha. The Talmudists and the Fathers of the Church were aware of this tradition, and it survives in the skulls and bones placed at the foot of the crucifix. The Evangelists are not opposed to it, inasmuch as they speak of one and not of many skulls. (Luke, Mark, John, loc. cit.) Calvary is 140 feet south-east of the Holy Sepulcher and 13 feet above it. The early traditions mentioned at the beginning of this article still cling to it. The chapel of Adam beneath that of Calvary stands for the first. A picture in it represents the raising of Adam to life by the Precious Blood trickling down upon his skull. An altar is there dedicated to Melchizedek."

The following Bible verse describes Jesus' crucifixion at Golgotha:

"Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others - one on each side and Jesus in the middle." (John 19:17-18)

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18. Edgar Cayce's Revelation of Jesus

When Cayce was in one of his many psychic trances, a question was put to him about Jesus as follows:

Question:  "When did the knowledge come to Jesus that he was to be the Savior of the world?"

Answer:  "When he fell in Eden." [Cayce Reading 2067-7]

Edgar Cayce portrait. According to Cayce, the incarnations of the Christ-soul were as follows. Amilius the ruler of the lost civilization of Atlantis; Adam the first "son of God" and "son of man"; Enoch the patriarch who journeyed to heaven to receive mysteries; Hermes the sage and architect of the Great Pyramid; Melchizedek the mystical High Priest and and ancient King of Jerusalem; Joseph the son of Jacob who became the Prince of Egypt; Joshua the leader of the Israelites into the Promised Land; Asaph the music director and seer who served under David and Solomon; Jeshua the scribe of Moses who helped write the Torah; Zend the father of Zoroaster who founded the Zoroastrianism religion; and finally Jesus the Christ who overcame death and will return again to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth [See Cayce Reading 364-7]. According to Cayce, the entire Christian Bible is the story of the Christ-soul's long struggle to attain Christhood - the perfect unity of the human with the divine.

 

The belief in many incarnations of Jesus is not a new belief. The early Christian group known as the Ebionites taught that the Holy Spirit had first incarnated as Adam and later reincarnated as Jesus. Other Jewish Christian groups such as the Elkasaites and Nazarites also held this belief. The Samaritans believed that Adam had reincarnated as Seth, then Noah, Abraham, and even Moses. The Clementine Homilies, an early Christian document, also taught many incarnations of Jesus.

 

What is interesting about Cayce identifying Adam as a previous incarnation of Jesus, is how the Jewish Kabbalistic book called the Zohar describes Adam appearing to people after their death. Assuming the concept held by many early Christians of Adam as a previous incarnation of Jesus, the Zohar agrees with the multitude of near-death accounts where people are met by Jesus after their death.

 

Cayce affirmed how the Christ-soul, by possessing the body of Adam, ultimately became the first human being who attained the unity of the human with the divine in the person named Jesus. It should also be noted that sin did not begin with Adam according to Cayce, but had its origins in spiritual realms before even the creation of the Earth. We can therefore assume this was Adam's redemptive intent all along - to be savior of the world. Christ is thus seen as the last Adam, the "one man" who by his obedience undoes the results of the disobedience of the first (Romans 5:12-21). Jesus recapitulated the stages of Adam's fall, but in reverse order and quality. It is understandable how shocking this statement of Cayce's is to most fundamental Christians, how it makes Jesus appear to be the author of sin at the human level. However, Cayce in no way states that Jesus as the Christ was guilty of any sin of any kind. At that stage of his personal and cosmic development his obedience was flawless, his relationship with God perfect. In Cayce's words:

"... the perfect relationship to the Creative Forces or God, the Father - which the human Jesus attained when he gave of himself to the world, that through him, by and in him, each entity might come to know the true relationship with the Father." (Edgar Cayce)

Cayce also affirmed Jesus would reincarnate again - the so-called "Second Coming."

 

Cayce unlocked the mystery of Adam and Eve and why there are two separate and contradictory creation accounts described in Genesis 1:25-27 (the first creation account) and Genesis 2:18-22 (the second creation account.) The first creation account describes how the man and woman were created at the same time in God's image and after the creation of the animals. The second creation account describes how man was created first, then the animals, and then the woman from "Adam's rib."

Cayce associated the first creation account of Genesis 1:25-27 with the creation of Amilius - the first Christ-soul -and the first expression of Divine Mind (the logos) BEFORE his first incarnation into a physical body identified as Adam. Cayce revealed how the first creation account involved a first wave of souls leaving heaven and inhabiting Earth. This event is described in the Bible as the time when the "Sons of God" mated with the "daughters of men" (Genesis 6:1-4) producing the "Nephilim." This entanglement of the Sons of God with the flesh of ape-like bodies occurred through the accidental misuse of their free will. Cayce identified this entanglement of souls with flesh as the Biblical account of the "fall of the angels" as described symbolically in Revelation 12 and in the Book of Enoch - a book considered to be part of the Hebrew canon and which Jesus' brother, Jude, quoted from in the Book of Jude. Enoch, according to Cayce, was also an incarnation of the Christ-soul whose trip to heaven describes in detail the fall of the angels.

Cayce associated the second creation account with a second wave of souls incarnating to Earth as "sons of God" led by Amilius who voluntarily became entrapped in flesh as Adam in order to assist the first wave of entrapped souls. Cayce identified this second wave of souls with the creation account of Adam and Eve where Amilius altered the process of physical evolution in order to create more appropriate physical bodies for them rather than the ape-like forms they possessed and became entangled with. This process is described symbolically in Genesis 2:21 where the woman was formed from "Adam's rib." Adam was the first "son of man" and "Son of God" having the Christ-soul incarnated into physical form. Cayce also uses the name "Adam" to refer to the entire group of souls who Amilius aided into incarnating as the five races on five separate continents [Cayce Reading 900-227].

Cayce identified Amilius to be the ruler of the lost continent of Atlantis whose wife was named "Lilith" - another non-physical soul-entity. Cayce identified Lilith as being the first physical incarnation of Eve. Interestingly enough, there exists a ancient legend associated with a spirit-entity named Lilith apart from the Cayce readings.

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19. Edgar Cayce's Revelation of the Virgin Mary

Soulmates image. According to Cayce, not only was Jesus and Adam the same soul in different incarnations, but the Virgin Mary and Eve were also the same soul in different incarnations. Cayce also revealed that Adam and Eve (and therefore Jesus and Mary) were "twin souls". When Cayce used this term in the readings, he was not referring to "soul mates" which is a different concept. Basically, a soul mate is a soul - or a group of souls - who have shared so many lifetimes that they resonate to the same pitch or vibration, so to speak. Soul mates understand each other like no one else can. This acquired understanding gives soul mates the ability to help each other in ways that would be difficult without the deep bonding that has occurred through the multitude of incarnations together.

 

Twin souls, on the other hand, are two souls who share a common purpose or higher ideal. They do not necessarily have to be married or have had previous marriage incarnations. While the "soul mate" relationship is largely built in the physical realm, the "twin soul" relationship evolves more from a commonality in the spirit realms - at the idea or ideal level. It is in this sense that the Adam/Eve and Jesus/Mary relationship is considered by Cayce to be a "twin soul" relationship.

 

The Cayce readings state that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were affiliated with an Essene community based on Mount Carmel. It was a continuation of the "school of the prophets" begun by Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, and ultimately Melchizedek. Although the Essenes are not mentioned in the Bible, what Cayce's generation would have known about them came only from the writings of Josephus, Philo, and Pliny the Elder. Because the Dead Sea Scrolls were not discovered until 1947, Cayce could not have been influenced by them because he died in 1945. But much of what Cayce revealed about the Essenes was later verified by the Dead Sea Scrolls.

 

According to the Cayce material, the Essenes were a religious community consisting of both Jews and Gentiles, men and women, whose purpose was to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. The word "Essene," according to Cayce, means "expectancy." Josephus wrote that the Essenes were known for fortune-telling. Cayce described them spending their time recording experiences of "the supernatural or out of the ordinary experiences; whether in dreams, visions, voices, or what not" (1472-1). Cayce revealed the Essenes as students of astrology, numerology, and reincarnation.

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls describe the Essenes as an authoritarian, highly regimented community which controlled every aspect of its members' lives. The Manual of Discipline specifies that members were to turn over all money and property to the community after a year's probation. Qumran was located at about a four-hour walk from Jericho, most likely from a desire to be separated from the world. Their theology stressed a good versus evil dualism. Their writings describe a conflict between a "Teacher of Righteousness" and the "Wicked Priest" which some scholars believe refers to the struggle among early Christians between James and Paul. The Essenes anticipated a final war between the "sons of light" and the "sons of darkness." The scholars agree that there are many interesting similarities between Jesus and the Qumran community. Other similarities can be found in the life and ministry of John the Baptist.

 

multi-colored icon.   Cayce revealed that, due to her great virtue, Mary was chosen by the Essenes at around the age of thirteen for intensive spiritual training in preparation for the conception of the Messiah. Mary's election as mother of the Messiah occurred during a special ceremony in the temple at Mount Carmel, in which an angel lead her by the hand to the altar. Remarkably, this agrees with early Christian writings discovered in Egypt after Cayce's death:

In the Infancy Gospel of James, Mary is presented to the Lord at the age of three when her father Joachim "set her on the third step of the altar, and the Lord God gave grace to her ... and she received food from the hand of an angel." Cayce and the Infancy Gospel of James agree that Joseph was chosen to be Mary's husband by lot. They also agree that Joseph was much older than Mary. Cayce revealed their ages at the time of their marriage as thirty-six and sixteen, respectively. Meanwhile, the Infancy Gospel of James states that Joseph was a widower, and although different versions disagree as to Mary's age, the most common figure is sixteen. Cayce and the Infancy Gospel of James agree that Jesus was born in a cave. Cayce also revealed that the Essenes admitted women which agrees with the writings of Josephus.

Multi-colored icon.   More about the Cayce revelations concerning the Essenes can be found at the Jesus Story website.

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