In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Along with creation, in the Garden of Eden, the Lord initiated two institutions. The first was marriage between a man and a woman (Adam and Eve), the second was the holy observance of the Sabbath (Saturday) as a day of rest. This has always been God’s ideal for family union and worship throughout the ages. Ellen White, commenting on the creation of these two institutions in the Garden of Eden, states: “Then marriage and the Sabbath had their origin, twin institutions for the glory of God in the benefit of humanity.” (AH 340.4)
But Satan is ever seeking to create confusion by devising counterfeits to God’s originals.
The fact that Ellen White calls the marriage union and the Sabbath twin institutions is both peculiar and relevant. Several chapters later in the same book of Genesis, we find an account of twins born to Judah’s daughter-in-law who presented herself as a harlot to Judah, tricking him in order to secure her future. Let’s turn to Genesis chapter 38: and verses 24 through 30 so that we can capture this very interesting episode.
24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.
27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.
28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
Let us explore the typology of these twins. It is interesting to note that Zarah stretched out his hand first. Thinking that he was the firstborn, the midwives marked him by putting a scarlet thread on his wrist. However, he pulled back into his mother’s womb and his brother Pharez came out first.
As recorded in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the beginning of mankind originated in the Garden of Eden. The last book of the Bible, Revelation, indicates that , the final events of this earth’s history will originate in the United States of America.
A powerful comparison can be drawn between Tamar’s twins in Genesis and the two false institutions devised by Satan as counterfeits to God’s originals. These are specifically Sunday worship as a counterfeit to the true Saturday Sabbath, and same-sex marriage as a counterfeit to the marriage union between one man and one woman.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there was a series of blue laws in the United States that prohibited businesses from opening on Sundays. It seemed as if a National Sunday Law was about to become a reality in the country. However, it did not happen, akin to Genesis 38, “he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out”.
And who is this twin brother? On June 26th, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Marriage in this prophetic country is no longer the union between one man and one woman as God created it. The first twin has been born.
What we are seeing in the world today indicates that the second twin is also on its way. The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy indicate that the final events will be rapid ones. We have been wondering in the wilderness for way too long. Are we ready to let go of this world and allow Christ to take full control of our lives? Will you let him in?