The Prophecy of Jesus the Messiah

  "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."...Genesis 3:15

  In the first clear Bible prophecy regarding a Redeemer, the Lord is speaking to Satan, who has enticed "the woman," Eve, into disobeying the Lord's command against eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He is saying that Satan will someday be crushed and thereby utterly defeated by the seed of the woman..... We have the advantage of looking back over time and seeing the One person who fulfilled this growing hope in the heart of sinful man. Jesus the Messiah went to the cross to destroy Satan's authority and to deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage. (Hebrews 2:14,15).

The striking and unnatural character of the expression "her seed" suggests that unlike other men, The Redeemer would be the seed of a woman only. He would not be a man's seed. A virgin would conceive Him without losing her virginity. The Messiah would be the "seed of of a woman" come to destroy the work of the Devil....I John 3:8. Thus Eve's descendant would undue the damage that Satan had caused. He would not inherit the sin nature which would disqualify every son of Adam from becoming a Savior from sin. This prophecy clearly anticipates the future virgin birth of Jesus the Messiah.

  Satan would inflict a painful wound on the woman's Seed, but Jesus in turn would inflict a mortal wound on the Serpent, crushing his head. This prophecy was fulfilled in the first instance at the cross, but will culminate when the triumphant Jesus casts Satan into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).

   The promise of salvation was given before anyone died physically. At the time of the giving of this promise no child had been born to Adam and Eve. With the birth of every male child there was the hope that he would be the one who would overthrow the evil that had been unleashed on the Earth.

Satan would have this eternal dread hanging over him that with the birth of every male child, this could be the very one who would be his end.