Were Adam and Eve naked before the fall into sin? They recognized they were naked after the fall. Had they lost the clothing that God had provided? If they were naked before the fall, why did they not see that nakedness? When we take a look at the Scriptures, we may realize something that our generation has, for the most part, overlooked.
Man is a fantastic creation. The body consists of various chemicals including iron, sugar, salt, carbon, iodine, phosphorus, lime, calcium, etc. There are 263 bones, 600 muscles, 970 miles of blood vessels, 10 million nerves, 2500 sweat tubes to each square inch of skin, 600 million air cells in the lungs. Our hearts pump 4200 times an hour, and pump 12 tons of blood a day.
Yet, we are more than a body. We have a soul and a spirit. God Who made our body so fantastic, also made our soul and spirit fantastic. We are made in the likeness of God.
‘And God created man in His own image,
in the image of God created He him.’
We are made in the ‘likeness’ and ‘image of God.
The word ‘image’ is from the Hebrew word ‘tselem’ and refers to the ‘resemblance of outward form’.
The word ‘likeness’ is from the Hebrew word ‘demuwth’ and means ‘resemblance, model, shape.’ So, how are we ‘like’ God. Perhaps we are not so much in His image now, as we were then, for mankind was ‘sinless’ in creation, and far from that now.
God has an aura about His manifest presence. It is described in Revelation 4:3:
‘a rainbow round about the throne,
in sight like unto an emerald.’
An aura surrounded His manifest presence. Could it be that mankind was also created with an aura about their body, and that aura, of glory and indicative of their spiritual state, was removed by the fall into sin, and that is why Adam and Eve saw a nakedness after the fall, that was not noticed before?
In the garden, Adam and Eve had a aura of God that clothed them until the fall of sin. That aura made the animals submit to them, the ground gave forth its fruitfulness to them, the aura of God’s power upon them gave them dominion and blessing. In the last days, after the harvest of tares, during the double portion time of revival, the aura about the saints will increase so greatly, that animals will sense God’s presence, the ground one walks on will too sense the glory of God, and various signs will show this to be true.
When our inner spirit is connected to God’s presence, there is an aura of God’s presence round about us. Sin broke that connection. The eyes of the body, in a sinful body, does not see that aura now, but in the ‘spirit’ we can see ‘aura’s’.
A sinner is still ‘naked’ of that aura. God instituted clothes to cover that nakedness, and to symbolically remind us of the need to be ‘covered’. Man was made a little lower (for a little time lower) than the angels. (Psalms 8:3, Hebrews 2:7) The fantastic clothing of His presence will again clothe completely, and even soon be seen, when we get our new bodies.
"And the eyes of them both were opened,
and they knew that they were
naked (Heb. Ay-rom, ‘bare’)
and they sewed fig leaves together,
and made themselves aprons.’
The word for ‘naked’ there, in the Hebrew, does not necessitate having all clothes gone. A stripping away of part of one’s garments would also qualify. Adam and Eve were still ‘naked’ before God, still hiding in shame, even after sewing fig leaves together.
God came to the garden, and did not restore the aura, but showed them that ‘blood’ had to be shed, the garment of a ram had to cover them. This symbolically showed that the ‘righteousness’ that the aura represents has to be replaced by the ‘shedding of blood’ of the Lamb.
Mankind has always tried to add more garments to counter the loss of the main garment we are to wear. The ‘aprons’ that Adam and Eve added, did not qualified. The word means ‘girdle’. And to add that to clothes they probably already had on, did not replace the aura that they had had. They wanted to replace the covering that was missing due to sin.
God put a ‘coat of skins’ on them.
"the Lord God made a coat of skins,
and clothed them’.
Blood had to be shed to cover man, till the ‘aura’ could be restored. The aprons of leaves was not sufficient.
Adam’s sin was willful, for Adam was ‘not deceived’ as was Eve (I Timothy 2:14). Adam knew what God had commanded, and willfully rebelled against that rule of God. This sin reflected upon the goodness of God. Adam’s sin was a breach of the law of God. This was spiritual suicide, that Adam did in his sin (Romans 2:14).
His sin brought evil upon others. Mankind had changed from being innocent to being a failure. The ‘eyes were opened’ and man immediately sensed and saw the change. God’s desire to re-clothe man, and man’s attempt to reclothe themselves, shows the recognition of the change.
Mankind became totally depraved of any goodness that would replace the innocence and righteousness that they once had. The original righteousness was corrupted and instead of an inclination to do right and good, mankind has since has the inclination toward evil. Total depravity refers to man’s total inability to restore he Creator/creature relationship without God’s help.
Every tear, every drop of sweat, every pain, every sorrow, every death, every heartache, all trace back their origin to the first sin of mankind.
Man’s whole nature is tainted by sin.
The human spirit is darkened
(Ephesians 4:17-18, I Cor. 2:14).
Man’s soul is debased and inclined to sin
(Jer. 17:9, Eph. 4:11).
Man’s body is diseased and bound for death
Man’s will is weak and easily misled
Man’s conscience is blunted, deadened, and needs awakened
(II Timothy 4:2).
Man’s mind is deceitful
(Gen. 6:5-12, Romans 1:17-28).
Man is under a judgment of wrath for sin
(John 5:28-29, Psalms 130:3, Romans 2:5-12).
Man is a guilty sinner, utterly lost, a child of the devil, and affected by his controls
(Luke 19:10, Romans 3:9-23, Ephesians 2:2)
Mere untried virtue does not deserve the name of ‘virtue’ for it is untested, unproven to be any more than lack of sin. It does not denote any effort or desire to stay that way, to avoid sin, or to choose righteousness. Goodness is not a passive quality, but it is a deliberate choice of right over wrong, resistance to evil.
We live amidst choice. We are certainly not infallible but now are ‘depraved’, if we are in sin. Mankind is ‘dead in trespasses and in sins.’ (Ephesians 2:1) Physical death of this body, and eventual ‘second death’ (Rev. 20:14) is the one choice. That choice results in lack of communion with God.
Mankind was once clothed with that ‘aura’, but sin ruined that original ‘aura’ clothing. Yet, God has provided a garment for us, and we are to put it on our person. In the double portion time of the latter rain revival, we shall have a great garment to wear. All Christians shall have that ‘aura’ garment to put on. This garment shall clothe our spirit, and our body shall put on the aura when it becomes the glorified, redeemed body, yet to come.
I Corinthians 15:39-58
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying, that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.’
Death came upon all at the fall. When mankind comes to Jesus the body is still, temporarily, bound for death, Yet, immediately, the soul that was also in ‘death’, is given life. The soul therefore takes on the ‘aura’ of righteousness, and soon the new body we shall receive will have its aura too. So, for now, the aura we have is not seen with the human eye.
We are to ‘put on’ the aura. This word is the Greek ‘enduo’ means to ‘sink into a garment, to clothe.’ We need to sink into the garment, the aura of God’s righteousness. This aura is a powerful garment, asserting God’s greatness before the world. This aura shall surround us, not as just a small glowing highlighting, but as a great cloud of light, extending far from our person out great distance from us, so that demons will sense us coming from great distance, and know that God’s power is all about us.
The body is fantastic in its creation. We are yet to see all the wonders of the spirit and soul that God has created. They are the true person, the body is just a ‘throwaway’. The new spirit body which we will have for eternity will outshine and outperform any human body here. Its wonders are beyond comprehension. Yet, we do know that it once was clothed with an aura, and the soul regains that aura at salvation. The sinful body awaits its ‘redemption’, and suffers here, waiting.
"And not only they, but ourselves also,
which have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to wit,
the redemption of the body.’
Therefore, this body is not fully redeemed. It is awaiting the ‘adoption’, the time of rapture/resurrection, and then it will be transformed into a spirit body, that is eternal, and clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
Now, we have the ‘firstfruits’ of the Spirit, and our spirit is clothed in righteousness, and is made alive again. It had been dead in sin. We await that adoption, that transformation, and do a bit of ‘groaning’ (as Paul puts it) waiting for that event. Yet, while this ‘groaning of the body’ is going on, the spirit, is clothed with an aura. The aura is increasing in size and power, during this last day revival.
The aura can come upon the saints, even before that redemption of the body. It can envelop us as we walk in the power and anointing of the Lord, in this sinful world. As the world awaits its judgment, after the harvest of the tares cleans up God’s church, the aura will extend further than before, and God’s presence, emanating from us, will assert His authority, His power, His glory, before the world.
DOUBLE PORTION MANTLES
We have a promise of a ‘double portion’. Remember Elijah and his fellow prophet, Elisha. At the end of the first part of Elijah’s ministry (he will return during the tribulation to finish his ministry), Elijah and Elisha take a long walk. Elijah is preaching his last set of sermons, to some ‘schools of prophets’ in various communities.
When they walked through Gilgal (II Kings 2:2) Elijah told Elisha, ‘tarry here, I pray thee, for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel.’ But Elisha told Elijah ‘I would not leave thee.’
When they walked through Bethel, wherein were a more advanced group of prophetic students, Elijah also told Elisha to remain there (II Kings 2:3-4). Elisha would not, but continued on with Elijah, for Elijah had prophesied that he would be taken up, and Elisha wanted to be there.
When they came to Jericho, (II Kings 2:4), Elisha would not stay there either, though requested to do so. The ones there were even more spiritual, and also knew that Elijah was to be raptured. A group of 50 of them followed a bit far off, just wanting to see what happened. When Elijah parted the Jordan, they were a bit far off to cross over with them, so they had to wait there, and did not see the rapture of Elijah.
Elijah then had the one prophetic student of the groups, that was the hungriest, most desirous of more. So, Elijah asked:
‘Ask what I shall do for thee...
I pray thee a double portion
of thy spirit be upon me...’
So, Elisha asked for a double portion, and had already proven, he was not satisfied with what others had, but he wanted more.
The last day revival is a time when a double portion will be available for all, but some will not want it desperately enough. Some today, could care less, in having this aura of power. Following this harvest of tares, wherein the whole church of the Lord is shaken to its knees, the aura of God will become more desired than ever before. The harsh hatred of the world, inspired by the devil, will bring great need of this aura.
How many Elisha’s are there out there in this day? How many are like the ‘sons of the prophets’ that are apathetic, or at best curious enough to just stay close enough to see what is happening? There are not many in the pre-harvest of tares times, that are so desirous of this aura.
Elijah told Elisha, that if he were near when Elijah would be raptured, and caught his mantle, he would have as he desired. That would take some courage, for as the chariots of fire came near, and a whirlwind caught up Elijah, the normal human tendency would be to run and be safe. But, Elisha was courageous, and stood there, probably hoping he would get taken up too.
Some are like the prophets at Gilgal and Bethel, who did not even know about the rapture of Elijah that was to happen. Some like those in Jericho, knew, but only were interested enough to follow afar off. But Elisha wanted to be empowered, and the mantle represented that empowering.
The mantle was a blanket like garment. It was often shared by two as they would walk together, for it could be cold, and the two that were in fellowship together, would share the mantle for warmth, and be able to fellowship easily. The mantle therefore represents ‘fellowship with God’. And God let Elijah pass on that ‘fellowship’ to Elisha. It became a double portion blessing to him.
It was not till Elisha had refused to stay at Gilgal, Bethel, Jericho and at Jordan’s edge, that the offer was made. There are some today, around the world, that are pushing past the snares of the devil, the false doctrines of demonic doctrines, the lures of false prophets, the concerns of the cares of life, the lust for things and carnal mammon. These ones are being offered a garment of clothing beyond the normal aura of all saints. This mantle experience, this double portion, is a closer fellowship with God.
Elisha was the only one who ventured to stay with Elijah. Some want to press on, and seek in the Word, study with the Spirit, pressing on through all the distractions, and come to a place where God is offering a mantle experience for the last days.
Elisha knew of the great ministry of Elijah, and wanted more. Others were satisfied, complacent, apathetic, or at best, curious. Yet, Elisha was hungry, anxious, and requested this mantle experience.
Some give up in trials, some ‘stay put’ when told to, some refuse to get so desirous of blessing and power, that they do not press on. This is still a request, when we ask for the mantle. But it is a request that shows by action that it is wanted desperately.
God wants us to be:
‘that the man of God may be perfect.’
(II Timothy 3:15-17)
The mantle experience is not just for an elite few, but for an anxious many. God would like if it all would desire it. God would have loved for all 50 on the other side of Jordan had had the same desire as Elisha. God would have loved the others in other towns to have followed, and requested the double portion. It was not God’s will they were excluded, it was their lack of earnestness that lost their possible blessing.
Are you willing to be dishonored, despised, de-valued, hated, shunned, by others? Are you willing be the ‘off-scouring of all things’ (I Cor. 4:3) to others? If you have no ambition for self, no reputation to try to build, and are willing to just want to do more for God, to be more useful for Him, then you are able to ask and receive the mantle clothing.