I. Platt . The First Book of Adam and Eve . 3 . Concerning the Promise of the Great Five Days and A Half.

The Crucifixion, 1677, Mathieu Le Nain, MFA, Boston

God said to Adam, "I have ordained on this earth days and years, and thou and thy seed shall dwell and walk in it, until the days and years are fulfilled; when I shall send The Word that created thee, and against which thou hast transgressed, the Word that made thee come out of the garden and that raised thee when thou wast fallen.

2 Yea, The Word that will again save thee when the five days and a half are fulfilled."

3 But when Adam heard these words from God, and of the great five days and a half, he did not understand the meaning of them.

4 For Adam was thinking that there would be but five days and a half for him, to the end of the world.

5 And Adam wept, and prayed God to explain it to him.

6 Then God in His mercy for Adam who was made after His own image and similitude, explained to him, that these were 5,000 and 500 years; and how One would then come and save him and his seed.

7 But God had before that made this covenant with our father, Adam, in the same terms, ere he came out of the garden, when he was by the tree whereof Eve took the fruit and gave it him to eat.

8 Inasmuch as when our father Adam came out of the garden, he passed by that tree, and saw how God had then changed the appearance of it into another form, and how it withered.

9 And as Adam went to it he feared, trembled and fell down; but God in His mercy lifted him up, and then made this covenant with him.

10 And, again, when Adam was by the gate of the garden, and saw the cherub with a sword of flashing fire in his hand, and the cherub grew angry and frowned at him, both Adam and Eve became afraid of him, and thought he meant to put them to death. So they fell on their faces, and trembled with fear.

11 But he had pity on them, and showed them mercy; and turning from them went up to heaven, and prayed unto the Lord, and said:

12 "Lord, Thou didst send me to watch at the gate of the garden, with a sword of fire.

13 "But when Thy servants, Adam and Eve, saw me, they fell on their faces, and were as dead. O my Lord, what shall we do to Thy servants?"

14 Then God had pity on them, and showed them mercy, and sent His Angel to keep the garden.

15 And the Word of the Lord came unto Adam and Eve, and raised them up.

16 And the Lord said to Adam, "I told thee that at the end of five days and a half, I will send my Word and save thee.

17 "Strengthen thy heart, therefore, and abide in the Cave of Treasures, of which I have before spoken to thee."

18 And when Adam heard this Word from God, he was comforted with that which God had told him. For He had told him how He would save him.

  1. The Crystal Sea
  2. Adam and Eve Faint Upon Leaving the Garden
  3. Concerning the Promise of the Great Five Days and A Half
  4. Adam Laments the Changed Conditions
  5. In which Eve makes a noble and emotionable intercession, taking the blame on herself
  6. God's admonition to Adam and Eve in which He points out how and why they sinned
  7. The beasts are reconciled
  8. The "Bright Nature" of man is taken away.
  9. Water from the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve near drowning
  10. Their bodies need water after they leave the Garden
  11. A recollection of the glorious days in the Garden
  12. How darkness came between Adam and Eve
  13. The fall of Adam Why night and day were created
  14. The earliest prophecy of The Coming of Christ
  15. The Promise for The Cross
  16. The first sunrise, Adam and Eve think it is a fire coming to burn them
  17. The Chapter of the Serpent
  18. The mortal combat with the serpent
  19. Beasts made subject to Adam
  20. Adam wishes to protect Eve
  21. Adam and Eve attempt suicide
  22. Adam in a Gracious Mood
  23. Adam and Eve Strengthen Themselves and Make The First Altar Ever Built
  24. A Vivid Prophecy of The Life and Death of Christ
  25. God Represented As Merciful and Loving, The Establishing of Worship
  26.  A Beautiful Prophecy of Eternal Life and Joy, The fall of Night
  27. The Second Tempting of Adam and Eve. The devil takes on the form of a beguiling light
  28. The Devil pretends to lead Adam and Eve to the water to bathe
  29. God tells Adam of the devil's purpose
  30. Adam receives The First Worldly Goods
  31. They make Themselves more Comfortable in The Cave of Treasures on The Third Day
  32. Adam and Eve go into The Water to Pray
  33. satan falsely promises the "bright light”
  34. Adam Recalls The Creation of Eve, He Eloquently Appeals for Food and Drink
  35. God's Reply
  36. Figs
  37. Forty-Three Days of Penance Do Not Redeem One Hour of sin
  38. When 5500 Years are Fulfilled
  39. Adam is Cautious-But Too Late

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