When the serpent lied to Eve in the Garden of Eden he said “your eyes shall be opened”. They were truly opened but to darkness, sorrow, suffering and death.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, Genesis 3:4,5
The following photograph from a Torah Scroll is of Genesis chapter 3 outlining the fall of mankind. You can follow the verses in the English translation to watch the event unfold.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
The instant they ate the fruit, they died. The true meaning of the word “death” means they were separated from God. It does not mean they ceased to exist. Their spirit, soul, and body were separated from God. They were completely dead, separated. It took about another 900 years for their bodies to finally cease much in the same way a rose bud cut from the parent plant finally wilts and falls apart. The body returned to dust and their spirit went to Paradise awaiting the Messiah. (See the Feast of Weeks for further explanation.)
For 3,000 years this darkness continued with the only hope of light was that the Savior, the Messiah would come and deliver the world. It was during the heart of darkness at midnight in Egypt that God came to deliver His children.
Passover took place in the dead of night when things seemed their worst.
And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians … Exodus 3:6
ויאמר יהוה אל משׁה נטה ידך על השׁמים ויהי חשׁך על ארץ מצרים וימשׁ חשׁך׃
ויט משׁה את ידו על השׁמים ויהי חשׁך אפלה בכל ארץ מצרים שׁלשׁת ימים׃
And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: Exodus 10:21-22
Light into darkness
It is taught by Jewish “sages” that when Eve extinguished the candle of the world by eating the forbidden fruit and giving it to her husband, she brought darkness into the world. Therefore she is obligated to relight the candle. According to Breishit 48B of this teaching, when the woman lights the candle she is bringing God’s Light the Shechinah back to Earth. Many hope their son will be the promised Messiah who will bring peace to Earth.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15
ואיבה אשׁית בינך ובין האשׁה ובין זרעך ובין זרעה הוא ישׁופך ראשׁ ואתה תשׁופנו עקב
The New Testament makes a reference to Eve
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing,
1 Timothy 2:13-15
How would God’s Word be fulfilled?
Just one of thousands of proofs to the inerrancy of the Scripture can be seen from a verse taken from two scrolls.
The Hebrew verse in Isaiah 9:6 from the Great Scroll of Isaiah found in the caves of Qumran 2,000 + years old compared with the same verse from a scroll of Isaiah written Poland 100 years ago.
They were written 2,000 years apart, at a distance of 2,569 Kilometers apart and BOTH say exactly the same thing!
(Note) If you are proficient in the Hebrew language and a scholar of the Hebrew sages, take note of the mem sofit following Avi Ad, Sar Shalom (hbrMl Mwls rv de yba). It has long been discussed that the one spoken of in Isaiah 9:5 (9:6 in the English Bible) is virgin born because of the mem sofit.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7
Scroll of Isaiah written in Poland 100 years ago
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
There was darkness
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Luke 23:43-46
When The Messiah presented Himself as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29
Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. Isaiah 42:5-7
The following photograph is from the Scroll of Isaiah written in Poland sometime in the 19th century. The yad (pointer) is pointing to the word light. This has always been considered to be a Messianic passage from Isaiah.