Is it a mere coincidence that the two wives of Lamech are Adah and Zillah?
Genesis 4:19 ¶ And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
When there are two things, one represents the earthly and the other represents the heavenly. Admah means red earth, Zeboiim is plural for Tsebiy meaning beautiful. Adah means red earth by way of riddle (Adma is the same as Adam which is the same as Adah-im), Zillah means shade (which is like the sunrise and sunset or the reconciliation of Holiness and Grace in SP). Should there be any doubt of this loose connection, she is also the mother of Naamah meaning 'loveliness'.
The two things are two aspects of one thing; the bride of Christ as represented by Israel and the church, and more esoterically by the earthly people of God and the heavenly people of God in glory. This theme of a dual-natured bride is represented by the prostitute/virgin theme.
Nearly all the prominent women of the Bible participate in this theme in riddle:
- Rebekkah was a virgin who was 'took/married' by the servant and
'uncovered' with him.
- Leah sneaked into Jacob's wedding tent while Rachel remains the virgin.
- Gomer is a prostitute who names her first child "God sows"
- Tamar plays the harlot but is more honorable than Judah.
- Even Mary is the virgin whose name means rebellious and is suspected
- many more
The cities Admah and Zeboiim represent the bride of Christ.
More than that, they represent the bride of Christ when he comes in power:
Re 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and]
the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a
Compare the seven generations of Cain to the ten generations of Seth:
- The word 'lived' is repeated many times in the genealogy of Seth. It
is absent from the genealogy of Cain. The seven generations of Cain
'did not live' they died.
- Of the seven generations of Cain, two names also appear in that of
Seth; Enoch and Lamech.
- Enoch in Seth's line walked with God, so he did not die.
- Lamech means power. Since Christ has not come in power yet, Lamech
is the 'one to come' in the riddle of Rev 17. Cain's genealogy fits
the riddle of Rev 17.
Of the seven generations five are past (died), one is (Enoch lives) and one is to come (in power).
Therefore, the two cities representing the bride of Christ, represent the bride at the time of his coming in power.
Further resolving the riddle using the genealogies reveals the identity of the beast. But that is another question.
Hos 11.9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not
return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in
the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.
Though his bride is a prostitute, he will not destroy her when he comes in power because he loves the virgin.