Cain – The Mystery Revealed in the Pictures

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Noon    Yood     Qoof

Cain is the world's first and most notorious murderer. What could he possibly have to do with the Messiah?

I'm glad you asked.

Cain is composed of the three Hebrew letters – Qoof, Yood, and Noon. Let’s investigate the mysteries revealed by the pictures and numbers of these three Hebrew letters.

Following on the heels of the promise made to Eve in Genesis 3:15 that a deliverer would come through her seed, we learn that a child is about to be born.

The fresh promise from God that salvation and restoration would come through the seed of Eve must have filled Eve with buoyant hope.

She would bear a son, could he be the Promised One? 

Cain was the first child born on earth, the first creature that was not fashioned by God as a result of a direct creative act, but rather the offspring of Adam. 

They named him CAIN and he was destined to be a Prince among men, the very first son of Adam.

His name was a testimony to the promise that was continually on the minds of both Adam and Eve. When would a deliverer come and remove the curse of sin?

Soon after Cain was born, Eve bore a second son. Could he be the Promised One? 

They named him ABEL. It was immediately apparent to Adam and Eve that Abel had a heart for God.

Two sons, one promise, the odds seemed favorable to Adam and Eve and I am sure they hoped that through one of these boys might come the fulfillment of the promise that would put an end to the thorns and the thistles that had become the ever present sign that they were no longer in the Garden of Eden. 

As it turned out, these boys were not from the seed of Eve, they were Adam's sons and carried in their very nature the corruption of Adam's seed. The nuances of the promise made to Eve as recorded in Genesis 3:15 that it would be through her seed had probably not penetrated her hopeful and expectant mind. It was a mystery that would unfold in time, and as it turned out, lots of time.

The insidious nature of the corrupting inheritance of sin all came into tragic focus when Cain killed his brother Abel.

Consider the name of Cain in light of the biblical account and you will be stunned by the meaning of the name that was also a prophecy. 

There is much that could have been interpreted as hopeful in the name of Cain and in his numbers. 

Instead, it turned out to be a moniker of death, failure, abandonment and the mark of the serpent.

There is also a great lesson for us as we continue on with this most amazing inquiry into the promised Messiah. 

The lesson is that the revelatory meaning in a name or word must always be viewed in the context of Scripture. You may think you know what it all means prophetically, but the final arbitrator must always be the context of Scripture.


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Noon    Yood     Qoof


Qoof  100 Behind, the last, the least BACK OF HEAD
Yood  10  Work A Deed, To Make HAND
Noon  50  Activity, Life FISH

 Pictorial Translation of CAIN

The first letter in Cain's name ended up summarizing the entire sad affair that became the testimony to his life.  God had graciously interceded into the bitterness that was building up in the life of Cain with a warning that sin was crouching at the door. The roaring Lion was waiting to devour its prey.

Qoof is pictured as the back of the head. When do you see the back of someone’s head? You see it when you're following them or when they are leaving. Qoof has the idea in it of circling and can mean to cycle or go around in circles. Does that not describe the destiny of Cain? 

Yood is pictured by a Hand and has the meaning of doing a deed. The deed can be good or bad.

 Yood is the 10th letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Beyt and a good way to remember the picture is to be reminded that God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own hand. 

Chief among those commandments and the most serious as it regards man’s responsibility to other men is the 6th commandment, “Thou shalt not murder.” 

Noon is pictured as a fish and it has the meaning of life and activity.

Interestingly one of the most prominent words that begin with the letter Noon is the Hebrew word ni-dach. It means to expel, to reject or to thrust out to wander.  

Cain extinguished the (NOON) life of his brother Abel and because of this (YOOD) deed he was destined to become a wanderer in the earth, never staying anywhere too long always showing the last place he stayed the (QOOF) back of his neck.

Instead of a Prince among men, he became the (QOOF) least and the last. 

Is this one of the picture meanings that emerge from the three Hebrew letters that compose the word, Cain?  It certainly could be.

Is there another meaning? 

A Messianic meaning?

To find out stay tuned to the next episode that explores the prophetic Messianic clues hidden in the pictures and numbers of the name of the first human baby born on earth.

Thank you for your interest in this article.

Until next time, Keep Looking Up!

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  1. Wiliam Black says:

    From another Hebraic scholar, Cain & Abel fraternal twins!
    Cains father, Lucifer
    Abel, Adam
    From the NT revelation about Eve being -wholly seduced being interpreted asexual intercourse w Lucifer. Your thots?

    1. Brian Van says:

      Agreed. Can was of the serpent, influenced by HaSatan

  2. Victoria Cunningham says:

    Thank you for wisdom, knowledge, and more depth of understanding

  3. Mary Stubblefield says:

    William Black – there is absolutely no reference to such herecy in the bible, The bible clearly states that Adam knew ( had sex with ) Eve and she became pregnant and had Cain, Abel and later Seth… So the accusation of Lucifer being anyone’s father is a lie. Lucifer was an angel in heaven, he rebelled against God and is now a fallen angel – He is Satan… and has no children – only other fallen angels who rebelled along with him against God.

    1. Terry says:

      “When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” — Genesis 6:1-5

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  5. Chris says:

    Dear LivingWord,
    I came across your website through a youtube video on the Mystery Revealed in Cain. I have subscribe to your word studies and look forward to learning more. I have already found more new “threads to tease out” than I have time for at the moment, but I wanted to comment on the video about Cain and Abel and share my take on the passage relating to them. Below the triple space I am inserting is the text of an e-mail I sent to Jeff Benner at the Ancient Hebrew Research Center, where I also found an article on Cain and Abel. I hope you will take the time to read it and find something useful in it. If you have any questions or comments, I welcome your feedback.

    (beginning of e-mail)
    Hello Dr. Benner,
    I read your article on “The Untold Story of Cain And Abel” and thought I would send you my “take” on what you rightly point out as a passage with a lot of possible “holes” in it.

    This passage is memorable to me because while reading it one day, I experienced the first time God “spoke to me” through His Word. I read “Now Abel was a keeper of flocks, and Cain was a tiller of the soil” and kept on reading for a few verses, but then realized my eyes had drifted back up to the part where it says “Abel was a keeper of flocks” without my realizing it. I tried again to keep on reading and soon found my eyes back on that verse. I shook my head like I was trying to clear some cobwebs and tried once more to read on. When that failed, the thought occured to me “Maybe God is trying to tell me something here”. I immediately felt a sense of great peace and comfort, knowing that God was there with me. It was almost like He said “That’s right, son”. I started to ask questions that seemed to come out of nowhere. Why did Abel feel so privileged that he could side-step the task of getting his food by tilling the soil as his father and brother had to do, and instead traipse around the hills with a bunch of sheep and goats? Did he survive by eating some of his animals and/or their milk? Or was he free-loading off of the work of Adam and Cain and eating what they produced, since at this point God hadn’t told man that he could eat anything other than what grew in the fields? In any case, Abel seemed to have exempted himself from what his father was burdened with, and what Cain then also took up. Maybe he was living by faith in the promise of redemption from the curse on the soil?

    I also noticed that there were two births, but only one mention of conception. It could be that Cain and Abel were twins, since the text uses the words “to-sef la ladeth”. But I have read in several places that “to-sef” can denote an immediate addition of something (in this case another birth) or there can an interim of time and then the addition of something else in a similar vein. Either way one looks at it, there is something unusual going on. If Cain and Abel were twins, it would be unusual for that fact to go without mention, since it would be the first case of twins being born and also because other instances of twins are so prominently mentioned (Esau & Jacob, and Judah’s sons Perez and Zerah). If they were not twins, this verse could be the first hint of the possibility for the birth of a child without a man being involved. Adam was mentioned as being involved with Cain’s conception, but not with Abel’s? There are lots of textual oddities in scripture where little details are either purposely accented or strangely ignored. Like the fact that Abraham’s chief servant is not mentioned by name when he is sent to get a bride for Isaac. That passage is a prophetic ‘type’ of the Holy Spirit being sent to prepare the church for being brought to Christ as a bride, and the Holy Spirit doesn’t draw attention to Himself. Another tidbit is when the text mentions that Rebekah dismounts from her camel when she sees Isaac. The camel in scripture is often associated with bearing riches and gifts. Paul taught that the spiritual gifts that God gives us will no longer be needed and will pass away once we see Jesus face to face. One oddity that always intrigued me is the fact that Sarah is the only woman in scripture to have her lifespan recorded – 127 years. I don’t know what that means, but there must be a reason it was recorded.

    Anyway, back to Cain and Abel – My view on the naming of these two is that they reflect Eve’s attitude towards them. The following excerpt in larger text is from a paper I wrote up a long time ago while researching musical terms in the bible.

    One of the things that I learned in this study is that music is closely associated with Babylon throughout the bible. Nebuchadnezzar’s “worship service” in Daniel 3 for one example. Isaiah 14:11 is another. And in Revelation 18:22, music is listed first of the things found in Babylon to be judged. Craftsmen were next. The pairing of music and craftsmen brought to mind Lamech’s sons, Jubal and Tubal-Cain, from Genesis 4. Jubal was the first man to be mentioned in connection with musical instruments in scripture. Tubal- Cain was the first metal craftsman. His name means “Flowing out of Cain”, so I looked back at Cain and his origin. That lead me to a realization that Nimrod was not the founder of Babylon as I had always heard from all the teaching sources I’ve come across. Eve is. She is the first human to have a false religious proclamation recorded in scripture. (satan told the first outright lie recorded in the bible, but he is not a human.) Eve made false statements that contain some truth when she was tempted, but they were elicited by the serpent’s question. In a sense these inaccurate statements could be considered another example of the seed that Babylon sprang from when in Genesis 4:1 without any prodding from an outside source, Eve proclaims – “I have gotten a man from the Lord.” The rest of scripture tells us this statement is not true, at least not in the sense that Eve meant it. A lot of people tell me that Eve was just giving thanks to God for giving her a son. Many commentaries say the same thing. I don’t think so. Eve was not just thanking the Lord for giving her a son. She thought Cain was THE Son. The one to crush the serpent’s head. That Eve is thinking along these lines is more evident when you look at how impressed and “thankful” she was when she names her next son that the Lord also gave her. She calls him “Abel” which means “vain, coming to nothing, transitory, like a puff of breath”. The statement Eve makes about Cain’s birth is the first deceptive religious proclamation by a human. That is mainly what Babylon is – a false religious system based on false claims.

    Eve also exhibits another of the characteristics associated with Babylon in the bible – confusion. First she was confused about what the Lord had said about the forbidden tree and the results of eating from it, and then she is confused by being excited and making proclamations about the wrong son. Notice also that “I” is the subject of Eve’s statement – “I have gotten…” Glorying in herself and what she had done (works-based salvation).This is the main trait of Babylon in all her forms. “From the Lord” is only added as a ‘justifying’ description of where she had done her ‘acquiring’. (compare this with Genesis 4:25 where the Lord is the one doing the work – on Eve’s behalf) When Eve bore Cain she must have assumed that he was the “seed” promised in Gen.3:15. It is understandable why she would be so eager to think so. All creation is still eagerly waiting for it’s redemption to be revealed. She thought redemption was right around the corner and Cain was the one who was going to provide it. She thought everything of Cain and ‘nothing’ of Abel, which is what Abel’s name means in Hebrew. Deriding and mocking true believers like this is another major trait of Babylon. Cain also may have grown up believing he was the promised one. That might explain why he was so disillusioned when his offering wasn’t accepted. Religious deception is hard to face.

    I have often wondered if Cain’s question to the Lord “Am I my brother’s keeper?” was not spoken out of bitterness. Maybe Cain is really asking “Am I STILL to be my brother’s keeper”, because maybe he HAD been his brother’s keeper for years and then his brother and his sacrifice gets accepted by the Lord and he is left dejected when he finds out that he wasn’t the big shot he had always been told he was. Long after I put together the paper that the above excerpt was taken from, I noticed the aleph-tav in the middle of Eve’s statement about Cain. Kanitee ish et YHVH. I know it is often used as a marker for the direct object of a verb, but is also used in the sense of “with” or “with the help of”, which is how it is usually translated. Is it possible we have here a case where Eve wanted to associate Cain with YHVH? Reading your article yesterday got me thinking again about this passage and I did a little searching and found this very interesting article – In it, the author makes a very good case that the word ish in scripture is most often a word that denotes affiliation with a group, or one individual representing a whole group. There is a primary, explicit group or category that the ‘ish is referred to and associated with and also a secondary, implicit group/category. Could this be the case with what Eve was trying to do in naming Cain? Would the primary reference be to Cain as a human since Eve says “I” have gotten…. and the secondary reference would associate Cain with the Lord in some way? Or would YHVH be the primary reference she had in mind since she was claiming that she got him “from” Him or with His help? Like you said, the more one reads and studies, the more questions one has. Rene Girard, the founder of the mimetic theory of desire/conflict and the scapegoating mechanism used to deal with it, noticed something similar about the scriptures being subversive. He said that if one spends enough time reading the scriptures, one eventually finds the tables turned. It is no longer you reading the scriptures, now the scriptures are reading you. If you are still reading this rather lengthy message, I hope you don’t feel it has been a waste of time. If you have any comments or corrections I would appreciate your feedback. (end of e-mail)

    I realized several years ago that Judas had at least 4 things in common with Cain. After sending that e-mail to Dr. Benner I was at work when a 5th connection came to mind. #1.Music: Cain through the root word for his name (koon – Strong’s #6969) and Judas through the ‘glosokomon’ he stole from. In addition to denoting a money purse, it can also denote a case holding mouthpieces for musical instruments . #2. Striking a shepherd: Cain through one meaning of his name – “a lance or spear, as striking fast and holding” and through striking his brother Abel, who was a shepherd; and Judas because according to psalm 41 he was the person who “lifted up his heel” against Jesus and was used by satan to try to triumph over or “roo-ah” over ( mar by splitting the ears) and strike the Chief Shepherd, Jesus. #3. Material gain: Cain through his name which means “to acquire and hold fast”, and Judas through his thieving from the purse. #4. Funerals: Cain through ‘koon’, the root word for his name, which is a funeral tune or lament; and Judas through the “glosokomon” which in addition to meaning a case for musical mouthpieces or a purse, can also mean a casket. And #5. They are both associated with “cities”. Cain was the first to build one and the second part of Judas’ name – Iscariot – is the Greek form of Ishkarioth, or “man of cities”. Sorry about sending you this rather lengthy message, but it always seems to be the case that “one thing leads to another” and I don’t always know when to stop.


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    2. Angela says:

      Very interesting. How I would love to ‘pick’ your brain. Have you got anything else to share? 😃

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