This book has several nominal parts; at least I see it that way. First eight parts are introductory basic parts to grasp the concept of the “Testing Ground” in general. Some important and deep issues are only slightly touched and released sometimes. The thing is, one cannot dive deeply into some plane and then start to analyze others: every plane is supposed to be analyzed gradually and simultaneously. Otherwise the picture is either badly unfolded or some missing pieces prevent us from understanding and accepting other things in a right way. It is like constructing a building: one cannot erect just one side of the building from the bottom to the top — all sides must be erected at the same time with the same speed. That’s why I had to put the construction “on hold”, placing a mark “we shall cover it later”. From parts 9 to 12 we start revealing the picture in general FROM THE BEGINNING, “from ancient days” and also all those key events that happened THEN, which defined and still are defining our life here. It is like a “middle part” of the building without which it cannot be perfectly complete. From part 13 to 17 we start to deepen and broaden the picture of events, which is necessary for comprehending of many existing realities, that are coming into fulfillment in the nearest future.
The previous part was a sort of prologue to this one, which I called “animal symbolics”. In this chapter we are going to analyze issue of prophetic images in created “world of beings”, described in the first chapter of the Bereshit book . We are also going to address the issue of creatures in general: who are they, what are their features and difference comparing to the King’s children.
Souls of creatures, their ministry and choice
Many people are worried about this issue, because they want to know whether their pets get to the “future world” or not, which is understandable from the point of view of the soul, but this question is outside the framework of our discussion. Aside from understanding prophetic symbols related to the world of created beings in context of the “Testing Ground”, we also need to comprehend the issue’s essence – who these creatures are – because the source of sin that “launched” the virus is one of them. And of course he is not the only problem; apart from the “covering cherub” who became fallen, there is a great amount of different reasonable beings made by the Creator who sided with the darkness later on. Everyone in their turn, so to say. Part of those creatures had relative freedom of choice that was originally integrated into their soul algorithm by the Almighty, if one can use such an expression. Many didn’t have such an opportunity. Souls of majority of creatures – nefesh – were like written programs, placed in a specially prepared “carrier”: “spirit of a living being”. To make an illustration, imagine that the spirit of those living beings with their soul nefesh was a sort of a “flash-card”, or rather a “portable hard drive” which should have been inserted into prepared physical body. The glory of the Almighty was a covering and protection for right functioning of this program.
After the virus of sin started to actively function, the effect of glory diminished and at some point souls of living beings, like existing computer programs, started to glitch, “hang up” and “freeze”. In places where these destructive processes progressed too far, it opened a possibility to be “re-programmed by the sin”, which gave access to direct impact on those souls, manipulation and control over them. Some maybe know there are special programs — different kinds of viruses — that download and install themselves, either giving access to hidden information, or making it possible to shut down something, or taking over control of another program. “Soul programs” of many creatures were seriously damaged, which enabled the fallen cherub to take control over them. Damage can be local or total. “Damage of mind” is nothing else as a defect of the written nefesh program of the creatures’ souls.
Creatures’ souls – nefesh – weren’t as complicated and specific as souls of the children of the Almighty – neshama. Children had a potential for maximum freedom of will in the broadest of possibilities. Only Father’s Spirit was originally serving as boundary-maker of excessive “broadness” of these limits. The creatures, however, had another principle for freedom of will given to them. Every category had their own freedom of choice range, or rather every type of creatures had its own. Seraphs had their own, cherubs — their own and other kinds of creatures as well. Let’s read the Scripture paragraph that was mentioned in the previous part:
Heb.1 13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
The Scripture states that ALL of them are ministering spirits, i.e. creatures made for service. The very essence of every created being is the urge to serve, and it is an algorithm of their soul. Apart from all individual characteristics of service and specifics of the creature itself, these written programs defined two main priorities of “power and management” for this “soul-program” as a whole: WHO is the Main superior or boss, and WHO can be an Immediate superior? In the army there is a “direct superior” who is also an “immediate superior”. Those who’ve been to the army, know what I’m talking about. There were creatures, who were always and unconditionally subjected to the Almighty alone; even when they did something for somebody, they were doing it only based on command of their only immediate Superior: the Creator of the Universe. But there were also “ministering spirits” often called “angels”, who were appointed by the Almighty to serve His children exclusively. Here you can recall such notion as “Guardian Angel”:
Matt.18 10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
All children from the moment of their birth had different Angels assigned to them who are ministering spirits by their nature. And that was God’s original order established from above for every son and daughter of the Almighty. Even when we got into this “Testing Ground”, these Angels continued to minister us here. The number of these Angels can grow according to the measure of our spiritual growth and ministry. This category of ministering spirits was appointed by the Almighty to serve His children starting with the moment of their birth. They were helpers for the parents in the process of upbringing and teaching children everything they were supposed to learn. After the children as heirs entered a certain maturity of spiritual age, getting the fullness of authority, those ministering spirits — “Angels” — passed from the category of mentors into their absolute subjection. Entering the fullness of their heritage, defined by the Heavenly Father, the children became Angels’ immediate superiors. But notwithstanding all those stages, the Almighty Himself has always been the Main Superior to everyone. Let me give you a “king’s example”. King’s children have servants of different kind appointed by their father as caregivers and mentors. After king’s son or daughter enters the fullness of their age, those grown-up children get direct authority over many of their “caregivers and mentors”, meanwhile their father the king can cancel or correct some of his children’s orders as direct and main superior according to his wish. The same thing happens in the army: say, the troop commander gets an order from above in terms of operational commitments, he has his troops and he can command people, entrusted to his command. But at the same time a situation might arise, that the captain or battalion commander countermands an order of the troop commander according to the circumstances. That is, correction from higher level of management is possible, but it doesn’t disrupt the existing everyday subordination.
It happens in real life that the immediate superior has, in fact, more real power and until he or she personally confirms the command of a higher superior, a soldier in his or her direct reporting relationship does nothing. Therefore, de jure it should not happen, but de facto it happens a lot; especially in battle, i.e. in extreme circumstances. Here many things depend on the level of relationships and authority of the superior. It is important for us to understand that to better comprehend the picture of events that happened THEN.
At the moment when sin appeared and started developing, the virus of sin damaged not only immune systems of the King’s children and created beings, but also their mind work, ultimately resulting in damaging the value system, or “system of life coordinates” figuratively speaking. There are two main commandments which serve as foundation for the Scriptures and the prophets. The first one is connected to love towards the Almighty, Who is our Heavenly Father, and the second one – to love towards our neighbors. Messiah Yeshua once said that if someone loves anybody more than Him, he is not worthy of Him; which means that notwithstanding love and obligations to somebody, love towards our Heavenly Father and our obligations to Him are a priority.
The major damage inflicted upon the system of life coordinates of the creatures, created as ministering spirits of different specifics, was connected to whose command was a priority. One of the main messages, the fallen cherub was actively advancing at a certain stage was that if the Almighty in His sovereign will gave somebody authority over ministering spirits, then obedience to those “somebody” was a higher priority; and that the Creator’s will was to “create a harmony between the children of the King and the whole creation”. Besides, he also “launched” an argument that as creatures, they must not intervene into Almighty’s children relationships with their Father, and into their relationships among themselves. Even if some discord between the commands of the children and the Father arose, “immediate superiors’ commands were of a higher priority”, because such order has been established originally, and that was “a plan of harmonization development” and all of that was “their business with the Father, so they must bear the responsibility for decisions made and be corrected by Him alone”. In fact there were more arguments provided, but I just want to mention some of them. The virus of sin carried out its undermining activity, and in the diminishing light of the Truth and increasing damage of thinking these arguments started to have more and more serious weight. At certain moment of time obedience to “immediate superiors” who “walked the way of Cain” became a higher priority to the will of the Almighty. After this crucial change happened and “subordination priority” engraved into the “soul program” changed, everything started to escalate. Those ministering spirits, who had this damage and changes of priorities, began to follow their “immediate superiors” — the defiant children of the Almighty. Many of the creatures, who were under the authority of the former “covering cherub” followed him after correspondent damage by the virus of sin. Once sin escalated, and death started to be actively manifested in its cruelest forms, the damage to the “system of life coordinates” increased greatly and the amount of “fault” mentioned by the righteous Job grew enormously: Job 4:18. The next level of damage from the virus of sin was that they wanted not just to serve somebody, but to “reach such state and level, when others served them, because it was the most just and effective development plan of all existing relationships”. We’ll cover it in more details in last final parts.
The level and limits of freedom of choice given to the children of the Almighty was broader in every sense. They were entrusted with more and they were more responsible. Different creatures had different level of freedom, and in spite of those “ranges” their choice was in one way or another related to the same sphere where the Almighty and His children dwelled. Remember what the Scripture says about the fallen cherub: he didn’t just want to create his “alternative universe” where he could build his own things as some kind of an architect, without being related to anybody else. Being a “ministering spirit” he had indispensable inner connection to his “superiors”. This cherub has always tried to be like His Main Superior, the Almighty: “I will be like the Most High…” (Isa.14:14). The former “son of the morning” couldn’t create anything of his own, but he could try to remold created structures and communities for his own liking. On the other hand, he always tried to get control over those, who were higher than he in authority: over the sons of the Almighty. It is written, that he wanted to place his throne above the thrones of the King’s sons, who were called the “stars of the Most High” (“kohavi El” — Heb.): Isa.14:13. The “son of the morning” always tried to build a reality, where he could switch places with the sons of the Almighty and they would have to serve him, instead of him serving them, which was the original purpose for his creation. At the time of the last temptation of Yeshua as Son of the Almighty in the wilderness, satan proposed Him to bow down before him, as the highest form of service, and he was willing to pay the highest price. All of that to “place his throne above…”.
The sons and daughters of the King always have the need in their hearts to love and to be loved. Somehow they can even live without including the Almighty in their system of life coordinates and without serving Him as the highest authority. But the creatures, though they do need love, care, respect, praise and etc. cannot live without serving anyone. They have to serve someone, and with their “soul program” damaged – to be served. For children love comes first and serving — second; but for creatures everything is vice versa. Of course, not every creature is the same, everyone has its own function, but I’m speaking about those reasonable beings who were called “ministering spirits” and who had a certain choice; the major one connected with the issue of service.
The original criteria of creatures’ obedience was the glory of the Almighty that was upon each of them in a specific measure. With the growth of glory the level of subordination also changed — it was a constant process. Something created in a certain day was in many ways made to serve those, who came afterwards. For example, almost everything that was prepared before humans came into existence was subjected to their dominion in one way or another; including almost all breathing creatures. Let’s dive deeper into what is written about different creatures in the first chapter of the first book of the Scriptures.
Let the earth bring forth soul…
The Scriptures also says that souls of living beings of the world, created in the sixth day, were not CREATED, but were already existing before that “sixth day”. To make sure, let’s analyze the following verse:
The majority of translations has it as follows:
Gen.1 24 And God said, Let the earth produce living soul after its kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind: and it was so.
King James Version:
Gen.1 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind: and it was so.
וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים תֹּוצֵא הָאָרֶץ נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה לְמִינָהּ בְּהֵמָה וָרֶמֶשׂ וְחַֽיְתֹו־אֶרֶץ לְמִינָהּ וַֽיְהִי־כֵֽן׃
Gen.1 24 And Elohim said, Let the earth bring forth living soul after its kind, domestic creatures (beheyma — Heb.), and creeping and living things after their kind: and it was so.
Please, take notice of the difference in translation. In many translations, including Russian Synodal Bible, the verb to “bring forth” [souls] was changed into “produce”, and it’s not quite right. It’s not right at all. “To make/produce” is the verb “ase”, and in this case the text has a verb “iatsa”:
יצא iatsa 1. bring out, bring forth, take out, bring out (to the surface); 2. to be led or carried (out).
This important Scripture passage shows us that the earth brought forth from its depths the souls of different living creatures, and after that they were put into corresponding bodies, which were prepared for those souls. Do you remember we were talking about “preliminary waiting places” in the previous part? This passage opens some important planes to us. First of all, based on that we can conclude that souls of different earthly creatures of “animal world”, which existed before the so-called “Pre-Adam flood”, were brought forth by the earth from its depths from some “preliminary waiting place” and placed into bodies prepared for them according to their kinds and levels of difficulty by the order of the Almighty:
Let the earth bring forth living soul after its kind…
“After its kind…” — מִין min kind, species, type, breed.
I don’t want to fantasize whether the THEN hippo became the one we have now, and whether THAT animal world was like this one from the point of view of outer and inner content. The Scripture says that souls were brought forth according to their “kind, species, type, breed”. Maybe some of them were if not completely identical then at least very much alike. The COMPLIANCE principle is one of the most important ones in the Scriptures and it’s a foundational principle of creation. That’s why souls that were brought forth were placed in bodies as avatars of living creatures, corresponding to their level of difficulty and their “kind/species”.
Some may ask why were they even had to be brought forth? Couldn’t the Almighty just create other animals? Yes, He can do everything, but what about souls that already existed? The Most High is a Just Creator, Who takes care of ALL creation. That’s why He cannot “do injustice” related to his creations, however small. Of course, we don’t talk about the creatures who are not really inferior to the children of the Almighty in intellect and certain abilities, who have certain choice in context of that amount of “free will” that they were given. But there are those, who don’t have any choice, who are like written programs put in definite body avatars; there are insects and other small creatures. But the Creator treats even the simplest of them with care, and He teaches us, His children, to do the same. Therefore there was a reason to send souls of those creatures, who physically died during THAT war. Creation of souls of new living creatures just for the sake of spiritual quarantine of the “Testing Ground”, where the destruction that happened THEN is supposed to be re-enacted, would have originally destined many creatures “for slaughter” and physical death in general, which wasn’t the case when there was no sin yet. That is, it would have been unjust. So what we see shows us justice of the Creator towards the whole creation.
There were children of the Almighty, who didn’t manage to commit any sin, who didn’t “catch” the virus of sin, but who were murdered like Avel (Abel). Also there were beings, whose souls sin didn’t yet enter, but who suffered and were brutally murdered as well. Until Adam sinned and doors for sin to enter this world were not open, nobody having virus of sin could enter this world. They were the very first creatures, souls of which were brought forth to the surface of the earth. And those who came later already had the virus of sin, or rather their “soul programs” already were damaged by this virus to a certain degree and corresponded to that state of earth’s destruction, about which it is written that “cursed is the ground for your sake…” (Gen.3:17). That means that inner state of creatures coming to this earth who had nefesh soul was to a definite degree corresponding to the level of degradation of humans and the earth at definite point in time.
Some of you might ask: do souls die? As for people, the Scripture says they certainly don’t. And here we need to remember what do we actually mean by the notion “death”. For some it probably means “non-existence”, but the Scripture says death is a separation from Life. Yeshua called Himself Life, saying that He has Life in Himself, just like the Father does, because He gave Him this right. What about souls of the “animal world”? Let’s remember another interesting piece which is a prophetic hint helping us to understand this issue. Yeshua the Messiah suffered for all people. His Life, that was in His blood, was shed and now it is before the throne of the Father called the “sprinkling Blood” (Heb.12:24). Something like a crown of thorns was on Yeshua’s head during His sufferings. The thorns of this crown pierced His head and those wounds oozed blood of Redemption. Prophetically Yeshua redeemed all children of the Almighty who existed FROM THE BEGINNING, and the earth also, cursed for Adam, by His blood, i.e. by His Life. But that wasn’t all. The souls of creatures, their nefesh, were brought forth FROM THE EARTH, and while the blood redeemed the earth in the image of a thorn, then this blood also redeemed the souls of all those creatures.
The second important point is which part of the body of Yeshua was pierced by the thorns: it was His head. Head is a place for the mind, intellect. As the specialists and the context of the Scriptures say, Yeshua died because His heart burst from all the sufferings and first of all, because of His separation from the Heavenly Father. Prophetically, the Blood of heart redeemed the division between the children and the Father. The children of the Almighty, His sons and daughters came out from the heart of the Father being born by His Spirit. Father’s heart suffered from this separation. It felt the same as the heart of the father, who came out everyday, peering into the road if hope of seeing his “prodigal” son return… In his last moment Yeshua felt all this pain of separation that Heavenly Father felt. Prophetically, all creations of the Creator came out of His mind and were created by Him. Of course He did it thoroughly with love and care to the smallest detail. All of that is another plane in understanding of this important difference between children and creatures.
Tikkun olam, as it have been mentioned earlier and as some of you have known for a while already, means the “repair of the world” in Hebrew. What Yeshua did was the cornerstone of this Repair. We cannot know now how many creatures were damaged beyond repair. But what was damaged and what can be repaired is going to be repaired, because the price has been paid and because “He who promised is faithful” (Heb.10:23).
The Creator always cares for His creation even when they don’t have His image in them as His children have. And if they didn’t have freedom of choice but suffered because of somebody’s sins and mistakes, let’s keep in mind that the Almighty is the Just Judge, Who is great in mercy to all of His creation. What is His mercy towards different beings? It’s surely hard to tell, but I’d like you to turn your attention to the fact that the Creator cares even for the trees, that cannot hide behind the castle walls in case of besiegement, and also to the fact that He charged the brothers Shimon and Levi with guilt when they cut the tendons of the oxen out of their cruelty. Were some of those creatures going through their “spiritual quarantine” if their “soul program” wasn’t ultimately damaged? The Scripture doesn’t say much about animals in that sense. But once Yeshua declared one of the main principles of the Kingdom: “to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Lk.12:48). After that the Holy Spirit also said through apostle Shaul that “each one shall bear his own load” (Gal.6:5). It is a universal principle which helps us to have at least some understanding of the topic under discussion.
Let’s move on. Based on pshat (literal meaning) of the Scriptures we can see that in the sixth day the Creator did not make (“bara”) the souls of living creatures. It is written in the verse 24 that the earth was commanded to bring forth their souls, and in verse 25 it is said that the Almighty formed (“ase” — Heb.) all of the being of the “animal world”:
King James Translation:
Gen.1 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Gen.1 25 And Elohim formed living creature of the earth according to its kind, and domestic creatures (beheyma — Heb.) according to its king, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good.
The verb bara means that something brand new was created, something that didn’t exist before, and it also means releasing, “clearing” place for this new thing. The verb ase however means forming of something from the material one already have, like when you have all necessary components and details, and one just has to connect them in some way, and adjust them to each other. That is creating the bodies for those living creatures, the Creator didn’t make anything brand new, He just formed corresponding bodies, where the souls (nefesh) that the earth brought forth were put in.
Creation of souls
Let’s consider the issue of “souls” creation in more detail. Not just creation of some living beings or their bodies, i.e. “avatars”, but the creation of EARTHLY SOULS that are called nefesh in Hebrew. Tanakh mentions word nefesh 678 times, but only 6 times in the first three chapters of Bereshit: 4 times in the first chapter and 2 times in the second chapter. In Gen.2:7 the Scriptures describes specifics of creation of “earthly human souls” — nefesh (“divine soul” is neshama in Hebrew; we talked about it earlier), and in Gen.2:19 the Almighty says that as Adam calls a nefesh, so be the name of it. Many know that the name contains identity and calling, therefore we can see the Most High engaged human as co-laborer with Him to define the calling of every living being having a soul with his help. One who gives a name has power over something he gave this name to, because through that name he in a certain way defines the destiny and the main way of its development.
The Scripture clearly defines those two fundamentally different notions: creation or being and soul, i.e. nefesh. The body of some creature is in fact more or less complicated construction, “a house” or “clothes” in which the soul lives for some amount of time. We also can use the term “avatar” because in this case it fits the meaning better. It is written that “if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor.5:1), and here according to the context of the Scriptures it talks about our bodies. Let’s consider, for instance, the creation of the first man Adam. Here these two notions are clearly separated:
Gen.2 7 And Yahweh formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath/[Divine] souls of lives (neshmat haiyim — Heb., pl.); and man became a living being/soul (nefesh hayia).
Here we see the creation of human, his bodily avatar, “mobile house for dwelling”, and only after Elohim breathed a “breath of lives” in him, he became the “living soul”. That is, there was a body prepared and only then the soul “appeared”. That’s why those two notions are differentiated from the very beginning.
There is a “construction” with special specifics prepared to be controlled by one soul or another during its life and its dwelling in this “autonomous house”. Simply put, it is a physical BODY, but it’s oversimplified. It’s not just a “body” but the whole set, arsenal of definite reflexes and instincts input as a “software” in this “body” through DNA and the like. That’s why speaking about the creation of some creatures, first of all, we speak about creation of such unique “constructions” or “autonomous houses” for life and dwelling of some souls. Each of these “constructions” or “houses for dwelling” must have a corresponding soul which according to its degree of organization and complexity could manage this “construction” in full. “According to its kind” means the “accommodation” or “physical reflex-instinct” mechanism must coincide with degree of “complexity” of this souls, simply put.
Are there unauthorized “hacker” usurpations of such bodies, “accommodations for dwelling in the world” or “autonomous houses”? Of course, there are. It is casting out such “fare-dodgers” or “spiritual hackers” that the believers do when they cast demons out of people. Those demons in the most aggressive, “hacker” way try to seize such “autonomous houses” because their bodiless existence is very much unpleasant and uncomfortable. For want of anything better they don’t mind even simpler “constructions” including different unkosher animals. “In the kingdom of the blind”, so to say, “even a pig can be of some help”… Like if a pilot of a jet fighter sits at the wheel of a puddle jumper: it has none of the potential, it is out of one’s league but there’s nothing else to be done.
Demons are the souls of nephilim or fallen who came into this world as “tares”, but while their bodies were hybrid and one part of the DNA belonged to the glorified bodies of the sons of the Almighty, the Most High decided that after their “physical death”, i.e. wearing out or destruction of their physical bodies, they have to become invisible bodiless spirits on the earth. Among those fallen or nephilim in the language of original, there are both fallen sons and daughters and also different creatures. And there are much more of the last ones. Sons and daughters were always higher in their status and walked in more glory, therefore they are distinguished even in this area.
Four times it mentions animal/earthly souls — nefesh in the first chapters. In verse 20 the command is given for “waters to abound with an abundance of living creatures”:
In original text:
Gen.1 20 Then Elohim said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living souls, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.
The verse 21 speaks about creation of souls of “moving/creeping things” in water:
Gen.1 21 So Elohim created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good.
Here it is written, that the Almighty created “great sea creatures” (taninim — Heb., pl.), “every winged bird” and “every moving thing”. It didn’t speak literally of the souls (nefesh in Hebrew) of birds, of the souls of taninim, and of the souls of fish. The fish (daga — Heb.) as a notion was first mentioned only in verse 26. That’s why it is obvious that it doesn’t speak about “sea and air fauna” at all. When the Scripture speaks about the creation of a man, of birds or living creatures, or somebody else, it speaks about creation of corresponding “constructions”, “mobile houses” for dwelling and functioning of souls — nefesh.
The word nefesh is mentioned for the third time in the 24th verse, that we have analyzed. In it the Almighty gives the earth a command to bring forth to the surface the souls with exact “technological” correspondence to the three groups of creatures described in this verse. The earth didn’t produce them, and the Almighty didn’t create them at that moment of time described in that verse.
For the fourth time the word nefesh is mentioned in the 30th verse, saying that definite representatives of the “animal world” (“souls”) get “every green herb”, wonderful in all aspects.
Let’s analyze Hebrew word remes which is translated as “creeping things”:
רֶמֶש remes crawling, creeping, reptiles, swarming, insects.
So, concerning birds or “winged” it’s NOT WRITTEN that their souls were created during these six days of earth’s restoration, it has no meantioning whatsoever of where they exactly were, they just came out of “somewhere”. About “great sea creatures” it is also NOT WRITTEN that their soul was created at that time. The souls of all other living creatures which came at day six were not created in that same day but were BROUGHT FORTH from the earth. So, which souls were created after “pre-Adam flood”? At the moment of earth’s restoration we have only the fact of creation of souls of some “crawling”, “creeping” and/or “swarming” with which the water “abunded”. It is described by the verb bara which speaks of their uniqueness and also that they were created for the first time ever. The souls of those who existed before and got into a “spiritual quarantine” of this world were not created in the first six of earth’s restoration. Only the souls created in the fifth day remain. We remember that the water sphere and its inhabitants were least of all impacted by destructive results of the Noah’s Flood. The Scripture makes clear emphasis on the fact that the destruction touched only those who had “breath of life” ON EARTH, i.e. on the ground.
What were those newly created souls that had to “be neighbors” with the souls of those creatures who got into this “spiritual quarantine”? We do know that the Creator doesn’t make anything damaged or sinful by definition. Does that mean some souls created in the fifth day didn’t have the virus of sin in themselves and just “lived side by side” with all the rest?
From the “purely physical” and “literal” point of view it could have been special aquatic-marine creatures who were created with a certain goal and mission for their dwelling “in water/under water”. They weren’t “fish”, in Hebrew fish are called “daga” and they are mentioned only in 26th verse for the first time, they were something special. Let’s remember 26th and 28th verses and read the original text:
Gen.1 26 Then Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the domestic creatures (beheyma — Heb.), over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 28 Then Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
A man got dominion over everything that flies, over domestic creatures (beheyma — Heb.) and over everything that creeps on the earth as for water, he had dominion only over “fish”: “daga” (Heb.). Over all other sea creatures, who were not “fish”, men had no dominion. I’ve already said and I’m going to say it again: the first three chapters give first and foremost the basic principles of existence, of past and present foundations. Of course, theoretically speaking, fish can be a synonym and analogy of those creatures who “abounded in water”, some generalized notion of marine creatures. But that’s a huge generalization; the Scripture is very concise and precise, if the Almighty wanted to write that fish were created on the fifth day, He would have done it. And it means that without denying that fish were, of course, created during the fifth day, we must accept that besides them there were also some other marine and amphibious creatures of variety of types created, starting with the simplest bacteria and up to the most complicated beings.
One can see two “groups” of beings whose souls were created during the fifth day. First, it was all kinds of marine and amphibia of different sizes, species and degrees of difficulty. The major part of those souls were those “simplest” creatures who are the simplest written programs, placed into “mobile swimming houses”. It is the main group of creatures which never had such thing as “choice” applied to it, and who were created by the Almighty as a necessary part in His plan related to water, seas and everything that’s supposed to happen in them. Part of those creatures, called by Hebrew word דָגה (daga — “fish”) in verse 26, was subjected to human “authority” and part of them wasn’t. Remember an interesting fact that those cherubs who carry the throne of the Almighty have four faces, but none of them reflects any of marine beings. The issue of taninim — “big marine creatures” is going to be covered a bit later, and from pshat, i.e. literal meaning of the Scriptures, we see that souls of some creatures were created which in accordance to a certain plan of the Almighty inhabit seas and waters, over which human were given no dominion, and which were not affected by the destruction of the Noah’s flood, with some of them being able to give glory to the Almighty and bless Him as we mentioned earlier:
Rev.5 13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
As we understand, “normal animals” can’t really give glory and pronounce words of blessing. This interesting point makes us want to step backward a little in order not to “lose forest behind the trees”. It is like when a person has to step back in order to better comprehend an artist’s idea in general; it helps to concentrate not on some details but to see the picture in all of its details.
Analyzing multiple details, knots and pieces in the framework of this biblical concept must help us see that the world we know is just a small restored part of a bigger destroyed world, one of many that used to have a bountiful life. The major amount of existing global artefacts, including those that are deep under water, are not remains of the civilization destroyed by Noah’s Flood, but of THAT civilization, destroyed by pre-Adam’s Flood. Remains of huge trees which have only cut “stumps” left, known nowadays as “table mountains”, and many other things, confirming the existence of the ancient plant silicon-based world — all of that looks like dim scenes from a fairy-tale movie about ancient days. The present “spiritual quarantine” of our “Testing Ground” is not something “spontaneous”, but something very carefully planned, having its geographical and time frames. To provide for all that process the Almighty appointed a great amount of ministering spirits — “Angels” of different classes and might. Different creatures are placed to control all processes in the air, on the earth, under the earth and under the water. Somebody has to guard the premises of Sheol and its different parts and also control many processes of geophysical character under the earth and under the water.
There is another plane of what has happened in the fifth day of earth’s restoration, and it is the following: things that happened in that day prophetically tell us that the souls of “Heavenly persons”, which are symbolized by “birds/winged”: עֹוף (of) or “winged things”: כָּנָף (kanaf) in Hebrew, got in the “spiritual quarantine”. Those living in waters who are an image of those “Earthly persons” getting to the spiritual quarantine of this world were also created in the fifth day. These “persons” are sons and daughters of the Almighty. The Heavenly were born in heavenly, and Earthly were born in earthly worlds, like Adam. “Birds/winged” — in the air, and those “of the sea” — in waters; their main meeting place was the earth where they could interact. Those who were supposed to inhabit the ground appeared on the next day. That is, the Heavenly Father by His Spirit gave birth to His children in Heavens and in the Earthly worlds for them to be interacting mainly on the ground, i.e. in all those worlds. During further analysis of the “Testing Ground” concept this prophetic design is going to be revealed more fully.
In the fifth day the taninim (pl.) (תַנּין tanin — sg.) were created; they were huge water creatures who can also partly inhabit terraqueous territory, which prophetically shows us some “very serious” beings. Waters are the symbol of nations, inhabiting the earth (Rev.17:15), and “huge sea creatures” are an image of those persons, who in Hebrew worldview are known as “national Angels” or spiritual managers: “princes of nations”. We can see it in the 10th chapter of the book of prophet Daniel which says about “princes of Persia and Greece”. In Hebrew text the word שַׂר “Sar” is used, which is mostly translated as “prince”. One of the wider interpretations of this Hebrew word is “one hanging/ruling in the air”. “Type” of these creatures at the physical leves is water or terraqueous beings. It is for example a sea serpent and other huge marine creatures as well. In some cases there were attempts to translate this world as “dragons”. Also it was the word denoting a crocodile, into which Aaron’s staff and staffs of hartums (pharaoh’s magicians) turned.
Those taninim (pl.) tell us of “spiritual princes” — beings of high level of might and power, who were THEN appointed by the Almighty to help His children, and who were in their turn set to manage all created worlds. At the head of every Council in each of the 70 worlds there was one of the sons of the Almighty, who was often times called a Guardian. One of those Sar was appointed from the amount of ministering spirits as his main helper. His function was almost the same as the function of the prime-minister under the President, or as the main vizier under the King, who was an advisor and who was responsible for different executive functions. During the period of our “Testing Ground” those creatures were placed as “national Angels” to manage nations. The Scripture reveals to us a small confrontation episode of creatures of this level. In the abstract we mentioned earlier from the 10th chapter of the book of Daniel we can see how those “princes” were in a direct armed opposition for a while.
It tells us of “Archangel” Michael that he is one of the “first”, which we can also understand as “main” (rishonim — Heb.) Sar (Дан.10:13). It also says about him that he is a Sar gadol: “Great Prince” (Dan.12:1). Michael was a being of one of the highest levels of power and might, who during this time of “Testing Ground” takes care of the people of Israel, providing for their protection and security (Dan.10:21). He personally takes part in all battles and attacks if necessary, when the opposition CORRESPONDS his level. We can see in Revelations chapter 12 as he takes command over the warrior Angels, battling with the fallen cherub, referred to as ancient serpent in this passage, and also with his Angels. Juda’s letter also reveals an episode when Michael was sent to “settle” issue concerning the physical body of Moshe after the latter died.
I want to add another plane. That nahash who tempted Adam and Hava was the very character who being one of the creatures was also a ministering spirit and was supposed to be the “main advisor” and helper of the first people in managing the world. And what nahash did to those first people became a prophetic reflection of what the former “son of the morning” did THEN towards sons and daughters of the Almighty by tempting them and luring them to the dark side. Nahash is a prophetic reflection of one of the Sar — “ruling prince” as we remember, that’s what the Scriptures call him: “prince ruling in the air” (Eph.2:2).
Some may laugh, but I’ve “had a hunch” that the word TANK maybe has its root in word tanin, which is quite close in its essence.
In times of Noah’s Flood only eight people and all who were in the Arc with them were able to save themselves. But who perished? Only those who had breath of life in their nostrils on dry land:
Bereshit 7 21 And all flesh died that moved/crawled on the earth: among those flying and among domestic creatures (beheyma) and living creatures and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and domestic creatures, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.
Only THINGS that had breath of the spirit of life ON DRY LAND, ON the ground were destroyed. That which was in water, underwater and also UNDER the earth, i.e. not on the surface of the earth, of course, provided that the water didn’t fill the cavities inside — everything died during the Flood. There are several conclusions that we can draw from that. One of them is that the level of corruption UNDER the earth and also in the water and under water was less, unlike that ON the ground, and it didn’t cross the boundaries that made the Almighty, Who is unbiased and Just, bring such a judgement on them as he brought ON the earth. It is written that:
Bereshit 6 5 Then Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth… 7 So Yahweh said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and domestic creatures, creeping thing and birds of the air…
There was always a separate, not very perceptible and rather mysterious life underground in the depths of the earth; though it came in touch and engaged in events happening on the earth, it still kept its own unique way, for example:
Job 26 5 “…The rephaim tremble, those under the waters and those inhabiting them. 6 Sheol is naked before Him, and Abaddon has no covering…”
In the previous part we have also covered this point, highlighting that if we want to understand different details of the picture, we have to go a few steps backwards to see the whole picture. The corresponding pieces must always assist the understanding of the entire concept, including the approximate line of all events that happened, are happening now and are going to come. That is the ability that the Scriptures describe by Hebrew word דָּעַת DAAT, which is often translated as “understanding” or “knowledge”, but these translations don’t cover the true meaning. In reality it is one of the major tools in understanding how the Almighty thinks, what He plans, and it is also connected to the strategy and understanding of the GENERAL picture of events. It is the DAAT spirit that is one of the seven spirits mentioned by the prophet Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 11:2. It was for the lack of DAAT, as it is written by the prophet Hoshea (Hosea 6:4), that the Almighty said His people are going to perish. DAAT is the foundation of systematic thinking — understanding of this or that structure: of events happening or coming, or of this or that concept, a principle of development etc. Without DAAT it is very hard to see and understand the entire concept of the “Testing Ground” as it is. And if you get a revelation about what you read here, you can be sure that you have this DAAT in some measure. Glory to the God Most High!
Regulating the limits of habitation and influence
We know the principle reflected in the Scriptures, that when somebody does righteous things, the Almighty extends his limits of influence, might and control and vice versa: the more wicked things one does, the smaller is the area of his dwelling and influence. For example, in some traditional Hebrew sources we can see that at first the land took about 6/7 of all surface of the earth, and seas only 1/7 part. But as a result of wickedness, taking place on the land, this territory was significantly cut and given to the “seas”. So we know that nowadays the known land territory takes up less than 30% from the entire explored surface of the earth. And even of those “less than 30%” the major part is the land unsuitable or very hard for habitation: ice, cold deserts, wilderness, mountains, swamps etc. “Land good for living” was cut and “inhabited territory” was expanded. When the Almighty is going to re-create “heavens and earth” as it is written in the last chapters of the book of Revelation, there will be no more sea there (Rev.21:1). While the earth won’t have the virus of sin anymore, therefore maximum territory of the land is going to be made available for living, as it was originally planned. But until then there will be a corresponding ratio of boarders.
Also we can see another prophetic plane in this image. Waters and seas in the Scripture symbolize different nations, and the land — the people of Israel. When Israel did what was righteous and lived according to the will of the Almighty, the land of its habitation and influence as expanded to its maximum. But when the people sinned, the corresponding territory shrank and control went over to heathen nations, who were idolaters. The same happens in life of Yeshua’s disciples: the closer we are to Him, the more we expand the influence of His Kingdom and vice versa.
Groups of animals as image of incarnated souls
I will start with the statement that the “animal issue” related to creation of living creatures aside from humans, includes many different levels, but we are going to cover only three of them. Starting with the fifth day of creation we can see the creation of world of living beings, which is the prophetic image of Heavenly and Earthly persons, living before “Pre-Adam Flood”, coming into this “earthly spiritual quarantine”. The fifth day reveals that there were Heavenly and Earthly persons and also those, who were appointed as so-called “National Angels” during the time of the “Testing Ground”; they were beings of highest levels of power, helping to carry out executive authority related to those 70 “original” nations of the earth. Let’s analyze the “sixth day”. There were all living creatures created during the sixth day, who appeared on the earth to inhabit the earth:
Bereshit 1 24 Then Elohim said, “Let the earth bring forth the living soul according to its kind: domestic creature (beheyma) and creeping thing and living creature of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And Elohim made the living creature of the earth according to its kind, domestic creature (beheyma) according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Thus, here we see three consequently created categories of living creatures: domestic creatures, creeping and living creatures of the earth, which are often translated as “beasts” or “beasts of the field”. What do they symbolize? I’m going to share several planes of understanding:
1. Domestic creatures – is a prototype of the house of Judah: descendants of Jews and also those from other tribes of Israel, who maintained their “Jewish-Israel” identification. It is also a prophetic symbol of those whom the Scriptures calls FAITHFUL.
2. Creeping things (“crawling”) — is an image of the FALLEN, nephilim in Hebrew, and also of those peoples who rejected the Almighty. It is a symbolic image of the “tares”, choosing sin and following in the footsteps of the former “covering” cherub.
3. Living creatures of the earth (“wild/beasts of the field”) — one of the images of the House of Israel (“wild heifer”), which is formed from “10 lost tribes of Israel”, the covenant with whom was broken, but which the merciful Heavenly Father proposed again through Yeshua the Messiah. It is also a prophetic image of the “peoples” who “forsook Him and sinned foolishly”, who “didn’t make up their mind”, those souls around whom the battle continues.
Notice, how those three categories feature in the following passage:
Bereshit 3 14 So Yahweh said to nahash: “Because you have done this, you are cursed in the face of all domestic creature, and in the face of every living creature of this earth; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed (descendants) and her Seed (descendants); He shall attack and bruise your head, and you shall attack and bruise His heel.”
In all of these three chapters not just every word, but every letter is “worth its weight in gold”, and here the Almighty suddenly says that this serpent — nahash — is not just cursed, but cursed “in the face of all domestic creature, and in the face of every living creature of this earth (or beasts of the field). If he was a normal snake, even a talking one, why would Elohim say that this creature is not just cursed, but cursed in the face of domestic creatures (“beheyma” — Heb.) and in the face of “creatures of that land” or wild beasts of the field? Why would this “animal” care? The only important thing for it must be the fact that it became a “creeping thing” and “eating dust”, but “in the face of whom” it was cursed — why would it even care? If, of course, it is just an “animal”, even a clever one.
Let’s remember the story with Noah and his three sons — Shem, Ham and Yaphet. Noah cursed his son Ham — Canaan:
Gen.9 25 Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants he shall be to his brethren.”
We know that it were descendants of the middle son Ham who were majorly called fallen or nephilim in the Scriptures. They were the ones who opposed Israel, i.e. the people of the Almighty, most of all. The Scripture says that giant sons of Anak (whose height was about 9-12m, according to the historical tradition) lived in the Promised Land, occupied by the descendants of Canaan; and they were ones who terrified Israel scouts. Emims (“horrors” — Heb.) from rephaim lived on the same territory before the sons of Anak, and it is said that they were multiple and giant people, as the “sons of Anak” (Deut.2:10-11). Og, the King of Bashan, a rephaim, “was ruling” the North and Goliath with his rephaim brothers from Gaza plundered in the South. The concentration of the fallen in the Promised Land was very high. If we analyze the term rephaim we’ll see that it means the modern term “hybrid” that we discussed earlier. It was the bodies of rephaim, as hybrids, including giants, that became a “habitation” for the souls of tares. They were from the “nephilim family”, i.e. the family of the fallen, i.e. tares.
There is another plane connected to the children of Noah that explains the same image:
1. “Domestic creatures”: correspond to the eldest son Shem and his descendant Abraham and his seed, and that is a symbol of the spirit. It is also a symbol of faithful who remained loyal to the Almighty even THEN.
2. “Creeping things”: correspond to the middle son Ham and his son Canaan, through who the sin opened the doors of some sort to the fallen (nephilim), and it is a symbol of the flesh, of “tares”.
3. “Creatures of the land” (“beasts of the field”): correspond to the youngest son Yaphet. They are one of the prototypes of the House of Israel (“wild heifer”) which is formed of the “10 lost tribes of Israel” and also from the “peoples of the earth”. It is a symbol of the soul, which fights itself, torn between the Almighty and His will and the kingdom of darkness, that finds its manifestation in idolatry, in different heathen practices that peoples have. It is a symbol of the children of the ALmighty who got into the “spiritual quarantine”. It is also a symbol of “Heavenly children”, who were sowed in 70 worlds and served the “Earthly children”.
About spirit and flesh it is written that they are in constant opposition, fighting each other (Gal.5:17). There is a fight over who controls and directs the soul — spirit or flesh. The descendants of Shem were fighting descendants of Ham in their quest for the Promised Land most of all. The Promised Land in this case is also one of the images of the soul which is the subject of the contest. The youngest son Yaphet is an image of a soul, and Noah’s prophecy says that “Yaphet is going to dwell in the tents of Shem”. Spirit (Shem) will clear the place from flesh (Ham) and soul (Yaphet) is going to dwell in that place.
We can observe this image as the plan of the Father in the fact, that Israel, as a firstborn, must clear the territory of the Promised Land from “tares” for all other peoples, its younger brothers. And it is a reflection of the fact that Heavenly children as elder ones, the Firstborn, must “clear” the Promised Land to help Earthly children of the King to enter the fullness of this earth, this promise and this calling.
Therefore, as the serpent (“the creeping one” or the one who became creeping) was cursed in the face of domestic creatures and “creatures of the land” (beasts of the field), as the descendants of Ham-Canaan were cursed in the face of descendants of Shem and Yaphet. The same way the “flesh” is cursed in the face of spirit and soul. We know, that “flesh and blood do not inherit the Kingdom of God”.
I want to remind you once more that the descendants of Canaan, son of Ham, illegally seized the place of the “Promised Land”, violating the lot that was cast among the sons of Noah. It means that flesh never wants to go through with the deal, one has to always “be vigilant” and “suppress the deeds of the flesh with spirit”. Israel taking over the Promised Land is a prophetic fulfillment of this message. In fact, it wasn’t even a takeover but a restoration of “historical justice”: the deal between Shem, Ham and Yaphet. Of course, those images do not say that all the descendants of Shem were very spiritual and all of Ham — carnal. By no means. First of all, it is a prophetic image. Nevertheless, we see this tendency continue throughout the millennia.
Who eats what?
This small fragment reveals some reasons affecting the consequences that we analyze in this topic. Three first chapters of the first book of the Scriptures are prophetic images of spiritual realia and principles, helping to understand the topic of the “Testing Ground” in all of its entirety.
Have you noticed what the Almighty appointed as food for everyone? Do you think that animals and humans had the same food? Let’s look it up in the original to have a fuller picture:
Gen.1 29 And Elohim said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every living creature of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is a living soul, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Take notice: the Scripture says that people had as food both herbs, that yield seed, and also the fruits of the trees that yield seed. As for animals, birds and creeping creatures, it is said that they were only given “green herbs”. An that’s it. But we do know that in fact it is not so. We are aware, that many animals and almost all birds eat the same fruits from the trees. And the literal meaning here is not confirmed, being only partly present, so perhaps the Almighty wants to show us something deeper, instead of teaching us about biology and zoology?
Accepting the fact that literal meaning of this passage does not correspond to the “existing reality”, let’s analyze this food issue as a prophetic image of spiritual food, that nourishes the spirit, and not just maintains life of a physical body. First of all, it highlights the fact only THOSE herbs that yield seed are given to humans as food, i.e. it has seed in itself and it is SOMETHING that bears fruit. They must not eat anything, that BEARS NO fruit, because this food is spiritually unkosher, it cannot bear fruit aiding the spiritual growth. One of the important reasons why many believers do not have fruit in their life, don’t have revelations prompting their spiritual growth is that they eat “wrong spiritual food” which doesn’t bring about spiritual growth. They “read some books”, they “listen to some sermons”, but oftentimes they get into the category of those who “eternally learn but still cannot reach the knowledge of Truth”, sadly…
Secondly, people were given fruits of the “spiritual trees” as spiritual food, unlike animals. Compared to humans, animals were at “carnal” level, and those who are at that level cannot reach the fruits of “spiritual trees”. “Green herbs” — is an image of spiritual food, that bears no spiritual fruits, but still keeps one alive. And “herbs yielding seed” though it is still a “lower level” or “spiritual milk”, but getting into the human spirit it helps one yield some fruits of the Spirit. “Fruits of trees yielding seed” are the “spiritual meat”. “Green herbs” are “under our feet”, but to get the tree fruits one has to “reach up spiritually” and it takes much more effort.
Ps.102 15 As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
Isa.37 27 Therefore their inhabitants had little power; they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field and the green herb, as the grass on the housetops and grain blighted before it is grown.
Isa.40 6 The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”
As for trees, the Scripture oftentimes compares humans with trees. And the higher and more fruitful the tree, the more this person is blessed in the Lord and filled with fruits of the Spirit prophetically. Here’s a very illustrative comparison of a person with a tree:
Ps.1 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Another important point. The grass family — corns — which is the symbol of “seed yielding herbs” are harvested in Spring or Summer, and Autumn harvest comes mostly from the fruits of the trees. Autumn and autumn days, appointed by the Almighty in particular (Day of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, Sukkoth), which are often called celebrations, are symbols of spiritual maturity, unlike appointed Spring days (Pesach) symbolising spiritual childhood, and also Shavuot symbolizing entering spiritual teenage years.
That’s why the Heavenly Father commanded His children, having His image to eat only what “yields seed” and also showed them the way to grow: from “spiritual herbs” to “spiritual trees”. Remember nahash (serpent), who after he tempted humans was appointed to “eat dirt”, or speaking in more polite way — “to eat dust/garbage”. In our physical reality snakes do not eat dust or garbage. Even if they are really hungry. Therefore it is obvious that this passage speaks 100% about spiritual realia. In context of this “spiritual food” episode we can see that “spiritual creeping things”, who symbolize those who rebelled against the Almighty, have as their spiritual food everything that is connected to the “dust of the earth”, which is “carnal” from moral and spiritual point of view.
Strong number: 6083 עָפָר (afar) 1. dust, ash, dry ground; 2. ashes, garbage; 3. daub (for walls from clay).
Without turning back to the Almighty, we cannot see anything spiritual — only literal meaning, and even that not all the time. I want to conclude this part with the following verse:
Eccl.3 21 Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?
Indirectly this verse hints that the spirit of “Heavenly” goes when “it came from”, and spirit of different “living creatures” goes where it was “brought forth” from.