What is Civilization, and Where did it Come From?
An Exposition of Society and Tubal-Cain
Before going into this subject, let us consider the following statements:
“18)If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you. 19) If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, for that reason the world hates you.” (John/Yohanan 15:18-19)(TS2009)
“Do not love the world nor that which is in the world nor that which is in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)(TS2009)
“And the wisdom of YHWH of spirits has revealed Him to the holy and righteous; for he has preserved the lot of the righteous, because they have hated and rejected this world of unrighteousness, and have hated all its works and ways in the name of YHWH of spirits. For in His name they are saved, and according to His good pleasure and it is He who has regard to their life.” (1 Enoch 48:7)
Just these three statements alone says much about what our priorities should be, or better, what they should not be.
What is “the World”?
In the Greek manuscripts of the Netzarim writings (the “new testament”) there are only four words used that are translated as “world”:
αἰών—aeon, which does not mean “world” but rather “age, epoch, period, etc.”
γῆ—Gai, which means “earth, soil, land”
οἰκουμένη—oikoumene, which literally means something like “stationary, abiding home”, and is representative of the world we live on as a fixed place.
κόσμος—cosmos, which means “decorated, adorned place”, or “decorated, adorned world”
The “Worldly” World
Now in these verses from John and 1 John, the word which is used is the last—κόσμος, cosmos. Now this word is used throughout the Netzarim writings in both good and bad contexts, and for good reason: YHWH created the world and decorated it beautifully with the stars, sun, moon, trees, mountains, numerous colors, and much more; and it is beautiful! However, seeing as how the word “cosmos” does not explicitly describe the initial handiwork of YAH, it can also be used negatively to describe another adorned world: the adorned world made by man, which is the civilization. This would be what is used in the negative context.
Man uses art, music, fashion, architecture, jewelry, money and much more in order to fashion his civilizations, adding his own aesthetic appeal, and as well his own customs, and uses his civilization to glorify himself. If one simply looks at the civilization that they are in—be they in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa—they will see similar things: artfully adorned temples, shrines and buildings, traditional choreographed dances, rites and traditions, sacred customs, traditional clothes, makeup, and jewelry. These are glories to man, and do nothing to glorify YAH, for not only do these things not represent the Torah, which is what the Most High seeks for us to do, but they also do not glorify YHWH for His creation, since His creation initially began without these things. They only glorify the “progress” of man in his various cultures.
Now let us look at the foundation of civilization. First, secular history tells us, from a young age, that civilization first developed with the advent of agriculture. Though these historians claim this to have occurred much longer ago than it really did, they are correct about the nature of the origin of civilization, seeing as how the schools mix subtle truth with overt lies.
The scriptures back their claim, however, placing the beginning of it closer to 6000 years ago.
“And Adam knew his Chuwah his wife, and she conceived and bore Qayin, and said, ‘I have gained a man, YHWH.’ And again, she gave birth to his brother Hebel. And Hebel became a keeper of sheep, but Qayin became a tiller of the ground.” (Genesis/Bereshith 4:1-2)
Qayin (Cain) was the father of agriculture, the first to begin working and manipulating the ground to produce fruit abundantly. It can be safely assumed that if you know of the scriptures, you know of the nature of Qayin, seeing as how many who do not read the scriptures know of Qayin and his nature to some degree. We continue to read about Qayin:
“16) So Qayin went out from the presence of YHWH and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. 17) And Qayin knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Hanok. And he built a city, and called the city after the name of his son Hanok.” (Gen/Ber. 4:16-17)(TS2009)
As we see, Qayin went to build the first city. Qayin’s descendants would continue their father’s legacy by advancing sophisticated society.
“18) And to Hanok was born Irad. And Irad brought forth Mehuya’el, and Mehuya’el brought forth Methusa’el, and Methusa’el brought forth Lamek. 19) And Lamek took for himself two wives, the name of one was Adah and the name of the second was Tsillah. 20) And Adah bore Yabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents, with livestock. 21) And his brother’s name was Yubal. He was the father of those who play the lyre and flute. 22) As for Tsillah, she also bore Tubal-Qayin, a smith of all kinds of tools in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Qayin was Na’amah.” (Gen/Ber 4:18-22)
So here we see two particularly significant names, one considerably more notorious.
The first is Yubal (or in most English translations, Jubal) who was the one who began the development of music, most notably stringed instruments, and reed instruments (Hebrew עגב, meaning “reed, or organ” not flute.) It is suggested that Yubal was the one who began the advancement of the arts.
The next name is the more notorious one, and that is Tubal-Qayin. Tubal-Qayin was the one who advanced work in metals, according to the english translation of Genesis/Bereshith. However, when we look at other texts, and examine the Hebrew words of Genesis, we see that there is far more to this than first glance would assume.
Let’s examine the name Tubal-Qayin, and how this connects with the verses from the beginning about not being part of “the adorned world of man, or cosmos”. First, let’s read Leviticus/Wayyiqra 18:23:
“And do not have intercourse with any beast, to defile yourself with it. And a woman does not stand before a beast to mate with it, it is a perversion.”
Here the Hebrew word for perversion is תֶּבֶל, which sounds as “tebel” and literally means “corrupt, unnatural or wicked mixture” as well as “for nothing, pointless, worthless, meaningless” which implies the overall product of such an act, as in the end, the act of such mixtures is pointless and worthless. It becomes more interesting when one sees that the word for the civilized world in Hebrew is nearly the same word, תֵּבֵל, and is distinct from the word ארץ (pronounced: arts) meaning physical land, or the earth. Now, when we look at Tubal-Qayin, we see his name Tubal is spelled תובל which is another way of spelling תֻּבַל, which would essentially be a severe, extreme case of the word תֶּבֶל, which is that corrupt mixing. Already it is becoming clear that there is a great connection between progressive, “civilized” society and corruption by unnatural mixing, all rooted in Qayin, and advanced by his descendant Tubal-Qayin. Yes, civilization as we know it is a worthless, pointless thing rooted in nothing more than the work of Qayin’s descendants, and it serves the same purposes.
This is the very thing Yahushwa told us to not be of: and that is society and the civilizations of the world. This was part of the message of YAH he brought: to break free from enslavement to man’s civilizations, because they will lead you away from YAH, for indeed everything about them is rooted in the work of Qayin. We can continue to read some of the works of Qayin and his descendants:
Products of “Civilization”
“And some of the sons of men caused their wives to drink a draught that would render them barren, in order that they would retain their figures and whereby their beautiful appearance might not fade.” (Jasher 2:20) Here we have people mixing up potions to create birth control drugs, which today is considered one of the greatest benefits to society.
“And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and too their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field, and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with another, in order wherewith to provoke YHWH; and Aluhayim saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways on earth, all men and animals.” (Jasher 4:18)
“[…everything that the] earth produced[…][…]the great fish[…][…] the sky with all that grew[…][…fruit of] the earth and all kinds of grain and all trees[…][…]beasts and reptiles…all creeping things of the earth and they observed all[…][…]every harsh deed and[…]utterance[…][…]male and female, and among humans[…] […two hundred] donkeys, two hundred asses, two hundred…rams of the flock, two hundred goats, two hundred […beast of the] field from every animal, from every [bird…][…] for miscegenation[…] (Book of Giants) These things took place during the time of the fallen watchers, and after their imprisonment. They were mixing the species of animals together, as well as mixing animals and humans. Today such acts are considered a marvel of modern science, and thus a great progress for human society. Today we even have humans receiving organs grown from pigs, or having body parts regrown from materials made of pigs, or bodily chemicals made from pigs and it is considered a miracle of modern science which is for the great good of humanity.
the Second book of Adam and Eve goes into great detail of what was happening during the time of the split of the children of Seth and the children of Qayin, and describes the Children of Seth living on the Mountain of YHWH, while Qayin’s descendants went into the valleys and built cities, created arts and music and fashion and body paint, and used all of these things to entice the children of Seth to come down from their mountain and mix with Cain and be as them. These things occurred mostly during the time before the arrival of the fallen watchers (angels), and the coming of the fallen watchers only made these matters much worse, as 1 Enoch describes, along with the book of Jubilees. The book of Jubilees records about the days of Yered:
“And in the second week of the tenth jubilee Mahalalel took unto him to wife Dinah, the daughter of Baraki’el the daughter of his father’s brother, and she bare him a son in the third week of the sixth year, and he called his name [Yered] for in his days the angels of YHWH descended on the earth, those who are named the Watchers, that they should instruct the children of men, and that they should do judgement and uprightness on the earth.” (Jubilees 4:15)
These angels came to correct the ways of the corrupted people who are written of in 2 Adam and Eve, Jasher, Jubilees, and Genesis/Bereshith, yet the angels did not fulfill their mission, but only made the matters exponentially worse for mankind and all of creation.
So as followers of the anointed Yahushwa, whose life is to be about seeking YHWH and obeying Him, it is clear that we must have nothing to do with engrossing ourselves in the ways of society, but in fact should be working our way towards an Adamic life that is slowly stripped of the practices of human civilizations and all their corruptions, seeking to move as close s we can to the life of Adam in paradise while we await our true home to be brought to us by the Father. We are not to seek out a life that is subservient to the customs of Tubal-Qayin, or his father Qayin, for the very nature of all of man’s nations and civilizations are corrupt to their very root, and they contend with the desires of our true Father YHWH. For more, see our article on Tubal-Qayin and Freemasonry.