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PART 2 (OF 3): RISE OF THE NEPHILIM
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THE NATURAL ORDER ESTABLISHED
THE SONS OF GOD IN THE DAYS OF NOAH
THE SONS OF GOD The phrase the “sons of God” appears ten times in the Bible (NKJV); twice in Genesis six, three times in the book of Job and five times in the New Testament. In Hebrew this phrase benei haelohim appears four times while benei elohim appears once in Job 38:7 “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:7). Now there was a day when the sons of God (oi angeloi tou theou οι αγγελοι του θεου) came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them." (Job 1:6)
THREE VIEWS OF THE SONS OF GOD (1) In the Book of Job the phrase clearly refers to angelic beings. In Genesis 6 the “sons of God” are distinct from “humankind,” suggesting they were not human. This is consistent with the use of the phrase in Job. Since the passage speaks of these beings cohabiting with women, they must have taken physical form or possessed the bodies of men. (2) members of Seth’s line, “daughters of humankind” were descendants of Cain. But, as noted above, the text distinguishes the “sons of God” from humankind (which would include the Sethites as well as the Cainites) and suggests that the “daughters of humankind” are human women in general, not just Cainites. (3) the “sons of God” as powerful tyrants, perhaps demon-possessed, who viewed themselves as divine (see Gen 4:19), practiced polygamy. But usage of the phrase “sons of God” in Job militates against this view. (NET Notes Genesis 6:2, emphasis mine)
NEITHER MARRY NOR ARE GIVEN IN MARRIAGE
FALLEN ANGELS ACCORDING TO THE NT
THOSE CAST INTO TARTAROS The angels that have been cast into hell (tartaros) and are locked in everlasting chains waiting until the final judgment must have done something more than the initial rebellion. "especially those who indulge their fleshly desires [sarkos en epitumia σαρκος εν επιθυμια μιασμου] and who despise authority." (epithumia επιθυμια) Thayer's Greek Lexicon “a great longing for something, often of things forbidden.” This word coupled with "flesh" (sarkos σαρκος) and "defilement" (miasmou μιασμου) makes a powerful statement – the unrighteous, which includes (fallen) angels acted upon a forbidden longing to defile or stain their flesh.
THE NEW AMERICAN BIBLE CONFIRMATION However, the phrase “practiced unnatural vice”—translated literally as “went after alien flesh”—refers to the desires for sexual intimacies by human beings with angels, which is the reverse of the account in Genesis, where heavenly beings (angels) sought after human flesh. New American Bible, footnotes p. 1370, referring to verse 7. See also:
NET BIBLE NOTES: "STRANGE FLESH“
ANTE-NICENE CHURCH FATHERS INTERPRETATION ATHENAGORAS AD 177
ANTE-NICENE CHURCH FATHERS INTERPRETATION COMMODIANUS, A.D. 240 ANTE-NICENE CHURCH FATHERS INTERPRETATION COMMODIANUS, A.D. 240
JULIUS AFRICANUS (A.D. C. 160?- C. 240?)
TESTAMENT PRE-NEW TESTAMENT JEWISH TEXTS Ancient Jewish sources a century or two before or after Jesus that mentioned the sons of God as fallen angels include texts such as the book of Enoch Tales of the Patriarchs (also known as the Genesis Apochryphon) Philo the Aramaic Targumim of the Pentateuch Josephus and others They consistently accepted the interpretation that fallen angels were capable of producing offspring and therefore had some kind of genetic seed to pass on.
THE GENESIS APOCRYPHON
THE BOOK OF GIANTS
THE BOOK OF I ENOCH
PHILO ON THE SIZE OF THE GIANTS
THE TESTAMENTS OF THE TWELVE PATRIARCHS
AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO “But God's holy angels could not fall in such fashion before the deluge. Hence by the sons of God are to be understood the sons of Seth, who were good; while by the daughters of men the Scripture designates those who sprang from the race of Cain.” (Augustine St. Augustine's City of God and Christian Doctrine) Retrieved November 21, 2010 from If the term “sons of God” refers to the “sons of Seth” as so many suggest, then why does the text not simply state it?
THE GIANTS WERE “MERELY” BIG ON EVIL
SETH AND HIS SONS
THE LITERAL READING az hukhal likro beshem YHWH [ בְּשֵׁ ֥ ם יְהוָֽה לִקְרֹ ֖ א הוּחַ ֔ ל אָ ֣ ז ] “then was begun (the) calling by (with, in) the name YHWH” (translation mine). The term hukhal ( הוּחַל ) is the passive (hophal) of begin. The subject of the verb hukhal is “calling” (likro’ לִקְרֹא ). The word “men” does not even appear in the text. Thus we see that apparently, up until that point, men were not invoking God by His proper name.
A POSSIBLE TRANSLATION Conversely, the verb hukhal ( הוּחַל ) from the root ( חלל ) the basic meaning is “to profane, defile, pollute, desecrate, begin” cf. Brown Driver Briggs’ Lexicon of the Hebrew Bible. Alternative reading “then calling by the name of YHWH was profaned”. And to Sheth also was born a son, and he called his name Enosh. Then in his days the sons of men desisted [ חָלוּ ] (or forbore) from praying in the name of the Lord, (Genesis 4:26, Targum Onkelos, emphasis mine).
Og, King of Bashan = Rephaim Bashan = Rephaim Sihon of the Amorites = Rephaim = Amorites
Og, King of Bashan = Rephaim = Amorites Goliath and his brothers = Anakim = Rephaim
THE SIZE OF THE NEPHILIM
GOD DESTROYED THE AMORITES
SIZE OF A CUBIT IN MOSES’ DAY For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Rephaim [NKJV Giants]; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbah of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man, (Deuteronomy 3:11 JPS). Oxford Dictionary a cubit: 1. The part of the arm from the elbow downward; the forearm. 2. An ancient measure of length derived from the forearm; varying at different times and places, but usually 18 to 22 inches. The Roman cubit was 17.4 inches; the Egyptian inches.
ONLY THE EGYPTIAN CUBIT FITS Tim Lovett, an expert on ancient shipbuilding, reviewed the references for cubits from around the world in order to get a firm understanding of how long the cubit was that Noah used in the Ark. He notes that the shortest was the Greek Short Cubit of 14 inches (356 millimeters) and among the longest were the Persian (Royal) cubit of 25.2 inches (640 millimeters) and the Arabic (Hashimi) of inches (649 millimeters). The Greek, Persian and Arabic Empires were not around in Moses’ day.
EGYPTIAN ROYAL CUBIT Moses had just come out of Egypt and Stephen in Acts 7:22 tells us that Moses was “learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians.” Tim Lovett notes that the original Royal Egyptian cubit had a range of inches ( millimeters) to inches (525 millimeters) while the average was 20.63/4 ( millimeters).
KING OG’S BED It was almost fifteen feet six inches (15.47 feet meters) long and its width six feet ten inches (6.87 feet, meters)! the bed was made of iron which would preclude the idea that a small man with a big ego slept on it. Og must have been slightly shorter than the bed that he slept on and therefore make him roughly 15 feet (4.55 meters) tall!
JUST HOW TALL WAS THAT?
NOW THAT IS A GIANT! The sons of Seth and the daughters of Cain are not going to have children this big!
HOW HEAVY WAS KING OG? To calculate King Og’s weight we need the cube of 2.5 which is That is to say that King Og of Bashan would have weighed times more than a six foot man today Thus he would weigh ( x 200 =) 3125 pounds (1420 kilograms). Considering that King Og was a warrior, we can presume that he could at least lift the equivalent of his own body weight (a 200 hundred pound man can potentially lift pounds or 2 times his own body weight). He would have been able to lift two war horses (1500 pounds each)! In modern terms he could lift a midsize car!
A LAND THAT DEVOURS ITS INHABITANTS 22,657 calories per day just to stay alive as per the Basal Metabolic Rate Equal to nine normal sized persons. Converted into pizzas he would need 12 – 12 inch pizzas (1840 calories each). If we convert that to cheeseburgers then he would need 63 cheeseburgers daily and converted into lamb he would consume an He might have had the equivalent of over 30 pizzas or 150 cheeseburgers per day!
EXTRA-BIBLICAL CONFIRMATION: JOSEPHUS AND BARUCH
BIBLICAL AND EXTRA-BIBLICAL CONCLUSIONS Thus we can conclude that Nephilim and all of the other names that are in Scripture for them were the offspring of a demon father with a human mother. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that the Nephilim came about as a result of the “good” sons of Seth turning “bad” and then connecting with the bad daughters of Cain. Every ante-Nicene interpreter (Jewish and Christian) understood the sons of God to be angels who had sexual relations with women. The offspring of those relationships were the Nephilim. If there were demonic-human (Nephilim) hybrids in the days of Noah and afterwards then what will there be at the time of Jesus’ return?
THE FOSSILIZED IRISH GIANT …at the London and North-Western Railway Company's Broad street goods depot, and a photograph of which is reproduced here... This monstrous figure is reputed to have been dug up by a Mr. Dyer whilst prospecting for iron ore in County Antrim. Length, 12 ft. 2 in.; girth of chest, 6 ft. 6 in.; and length of arms, 4 ft. 6 in. There are six toes on the right foot. […] it took half a dozen men and a powerful crane to place this article of lost property in position for the Strand magazine artist. (Strand Magazine December 1895, C.F. Wood-Martin, 1901:58, emphasis mine)
PETRIFIED FOOT MORE THAN TWO FEET LONG A petrified foot more than two feet long was found in a coal mine near Lehigh by miners at Fort Dodge Iowa. It is perfectly formed and weighs more than 30 pounds. The foot was dislodged by the miners at the 90 foot level of the mine. Retrieved July 3, 2010 from: r.aspx?img= &firstvisit=true&src=search ¤tResult=0¤tPage=0. r.aspx?img= &firstvisit=true&src=search ¤tResult=0¤tPage=0
NEW YORK TRIBUNE FEBRUARY 3, 1909 : PREHISTORIC GIANT
GIANTS OF PREHISTORIC FRANCE
STRANGE FIND BY MINERS OF APOLLO MINES
SUMMARY We investigated and without reservation concluded that the sons of God were fallen angels; they were the same fallen angels that Jude and Peter spoke about that are kept in chains of darkness reserved for judgment. They came to the daughters of Adam and from their union were born Nephilim, which consisted of human-demonic genetic material. The Nephilim (fallen ones) were known as gegenes (of the earth) in Greek. These were the famous men of the ancient world. The gegenes in the Greek traditions were hybrid creatures half human and half god (demonic). We also saw that all of the ancient Jewish traditions believed the Nephilim to be hybrids – half human and half demonic.
SUMMARY Without doubt we have seen that fallen angels mingled their seed (genetic information) with humans both before and after the days of Noah (more fallen angels did it again). It is this genetic mixing that makes God’s complete destruction of every man, woman and child in Noah’s day reasonable. Without question the Bible says that man’s thoughts were constantly wicked and the first four verses of Genesis 6 provide the answer to the question of how they became so wicked; the Nephilim, who had demonic fathers, were on the earth in those days!
SUMMARY King Og of Bashan measured about 15 feet tall. About 3100 lbs. and needed a minimum of about 22,000 calories Judging from his stature, Canaan was indeed a land that devoured its inhabitants. With the thought in mind that the inhabitants of the land were Nephilim, we can understand why God commanded the Israelites to completely exterminate those seven nations. The genetic mingling of demonic and human could not be tolerated. It was not tolerated in the days of Noah and for that reason God commanded the extermination of the inhabitants of the land of Canaan. Everything was to reproduce according to its kind (Genesis 1:24) and the demons clearly broke this commandment.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? The book of Daniel prophesizes that the mingling of demons with humanity will happen once again and Jesus Himself stated that as the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man shall be (all hearing those words would have associated the destruction of the world with the Nephilim).
SO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN SHALL BE If the sons of God were mingling with the human race in Noah’s days then that means that the last days will be marked by a similar occurrence. God gave the human race 120 years until the flood Demons materializing physically in some manner The taking of woman Demonic-human hybrids
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