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A Giant Problem: As in the Days of Noah, Pt. 1

Posted by on August 5, 2014

Going to start delving into a little biblical  history at this point with the aim of bringing some context to what Jesus stated would be the conditions of the world during our time.

Let’s start by going all of the way back to the garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve took Satan’s bait and ate of the forbidden fruit.  As God is meting out the punishment for this transgression of his direct command, his most violent language is reserved for the deceiver himself, the serpent, or Satan.  To the serpent He states:

“Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life”

He then goes on to make an interesting and prophetic statement:

“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.”

This is a very interesting verse because not only does it prophesy the crucifixion and ultimate victory over Satan of the Lord Jesus Christ, but it also notes that Satan has “seed” or offspring.  It could be argued that this seed is spiritual seed, or the children of Satan in a spiritual sense, and in this particular verse that may indeed be the answer; but the verse could also have a double meaning in that it could refer to a literal physical group of descendants that owe their existence to Satan in some fashion.  Seem like a bizarre supposition?  I will admit, it is.  However, stick with me and I think things will start to become clearer and perhaps you will see this is an idea that has some biblical merit.

Looking at the word seed in the Hebrew, the word

זֶרַע

used is which is used 229 times in the Scripture, 223 times translated seed or child.   Sometimes this is in reference to the sowing of seed, and sometimes this is in reference to physical offspring.  Strongs indicates that it can also be indicative of a race of men.  So with that in mind, is it even possible that Satan could have physical offspring, much less an entire race of men that owe their existence to him?  Before you get nervous, let me first state that I believe that there is only one race today.  The human race.  So, when I speak of another race, I am speaking of something other than beings that are fully human.  That said, I do believe that it was possible for Satan to intermingle with humanity in such a way as to bring about an offspring that could be designated as his seed.

At this point the objection could be made that kind multiplies after kind so therefore inter-kind (defined as specific sets of species such as the dog kind, the human kind, the reptile kind, etc.,) breeding is not possible.  In general, I would agree.  In God’s natural order of things, species replicate after their own kind (see Strongs H4327 for examples).  But it appears that just because it does happen this way, doesn’t mean it can’t happen another way or hasn’t happened another way at some time in the past.

Let me explain.  In Genesis 6 we are introduced to a very unique issue.  Beginning in verse 1 it states:

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose…There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

In this verse the words for sons of God are בְנֵי־הָֽאֱלֹהִים  which is used several times throughout the Old Testament and is interpreted as angels – in this case, fallen angels.  So, fallen angels looked upon human females, married them, and had offspring by them.  These offspring were apparently giants, which was the belief of people up until Augustine popularized the “godly sons of Seth” alternative.  In the view of the author, the latter view is not credible.  Further, we need to look at what the text actually says, not what we think is possible.  Good men hold to the Seth line, but historically and hermeneutically they don’t really have a good case at all.

To bolster this idea, we can turn to the book of Jude.  Here we read:

 6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Emphasis mine).

So, here again, we see fallen angels, going after strange flesh, and this bringing them into judgment – just as Sodom and Gomorrha would be judged for similar sin.  Josephus even writes of these fallen angels in his antiquities:

“For many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is, that these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants.But Noah was very uneasy at what they did; and being displeased at their conduct, persuaded them to change their dispositions and their acts for the better: but seeing they did not yield to him, but were slaves to their wicked pleasures, he was afraid they would kill him, together with his wife and children, and those they had married; so he departed out of that land.  ”

And, the book of Enoch (which we do not hold to the level of Scripture, but do find interesting in several aspects)goes into great detail about who the fallen angels were and the whole scenario behind this crime against God.  Again, more on this later.

With this introduction to the topic, I’d like to go into, during the weeks to come, the different groups of Nephilim you find in Scripture,  how God dealt with them, how the transhumanist movement mimics certain goals of these creatures, and how understanding this part of history may indeed be crucial to understanding what Jesus meant when He said “as in the days of Noah” and “as in the days of Lot.”

Stay tuned!

 

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