I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
Presently, we are involved in a series we are entitling, “The Days of Noah.” In our first two posts along this line, we referenced Matthew 24:37, and Genesis 6:1 – 4. I believe there is a prophetic connection between these two passages that reaches back before the time of the great flood of Noah’s day, and has implications to where we are today. In other words, I believe the “Days of Noah” have returned, and are spilling over into our space-time. Before we get into that however, a bit of review is in order. Turn with me to Genesis 6, if you would.
“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” [Gen. 6:1 – 4 NKJV]
“Sons of God” translates the Hebrew, benay ha elohim. I take the position, as did most historian, as well as both Christian and Jewish scholars for the first three-hundred years of the Christian Church, that this phrase, “Sons of God” refers to divine beings, not humans. There are many Christian scholars and Bible teachers in modern times who also hold to this position.
Among the ancient historians and scholars who have held the angelic view regarding the, “Sons of God” of Genesis 6 was Flavius Josephus, who stated in his, Antiquities of the Jews (1:3:1), that angels cohabited with earth women. Later authors such as Philo of Alexandria (early first century A.D.) also held this position, as did many rabbinical authorities. The Genesis Apocryphon among the Dead Sea Scrolls, states this angelic interpretation. Many Christian scholars and interpreters also took this position, among them; Justin, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Cyprian, and Ambrose.
Genesis 6:4 in the New King James Version says, “There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” [Emphasis added]
“Giants” in this verse translates the Hebrew, nephil (nef-eel’) or the plural form, nephilim (nef-eel’ eem). What exactly does this word mean? The Complete Word Study Dictionary Old Testament gives the following, “A masculine noun used only in the plural meaning giants. The celebrated, puzzling passage where this term is first used is Genesis 6:4 which merely transliterates the Hebrew word into English as Nephilim. These beings evidently appeared on the earth in the ancient past when divine beings cohabited with woman, and Nephilim, the mighty men or warriors of great fame, were the offspring. This huge race of Nephilim struck fear into the Israelite spies who had gone up to survey the land of Canaan (see Num. 13:31-33). The sons of Anak, a tall race of people, came from the Nephilim (Num. 13:33; cf. Deut. 2:10, 11; 9:2; Josh. 15:14). Ezekiel 32:21, 27 may have the Nephilim in mind, possibly equating them with the mighty men or mighty warriors in the passage. These beings were not divine but only at best great, powerful men.”
The KJV and the NKJV, both based on the Masoretic Hebrew manuscript, both translate nephil as, “giants”, after the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, where the Greek is, gigas, hence, “giant.” Scholars and textual critics argue back and forth on how this word should be viewed and translated, but frankly it gets far too technical for our purposes here. I maintain sticking with a supernatural view of this passage is the most consistent with the whole of scripture, history, and archaeology, not to mention modern experimentation and tampering with DNA and the blending of species, which we shall see also occurred in the days of Noah.
E.W. Bullinger in His, Companion Bible speaks of this word, nephilim, and how we should view it. Bullinger wrote, “The progeny of the fallen angels with the daughters of Adam (see notes on Gen. 6, and Ap. 23) are called in Gen. 6, Ne-phi l-im , which means fallen ones (from naphal , to fall ). What these beings were can be gathered only from Scripture. They were evidently great in size, as well as great in wickedness. They were superhuman, abnormal beings; and their destruction was necessary for the preservation of the human race, and for the faithfulness of Jehovah’s Word (Gen_3:15). ” [E.W. Bullinger, The Companion Bible, appendix 25]
Some of the things Bullinger wrote in appendix 25 of The Companion Bible, brings us to the first of the questions we closed with last time, namely, what was the backstory behind this incursion of the, “Sons of God”, and their cohabitation with human women? I think it is important to note that scripture is silent on this. The Bible simply tells us that it happened, and the resulting judgment on humanity, the hybrid offspring, the nephilim; and the animal kingdom. Does the silence of scripture tells us that God did not want us to know the backstory, or is it indicative of the fact that the writers of scripture, as well their original audience, already knew the backstory? I submit to you it is the latter.
The backstory of this incursion of the, “Sons of God”, which again were divine beings, or immortals, can take two or three different directions. One of those is information that was discovered fairly recently by scholars and researchers, showing a connection between Genesis 6:1 – 4 and the Mesopotamian Apkallu, which legend states that seven Apkallu ascended from the “river”, which in Mesopotamian thought represented the underworld or the abyss. These beings supposedly assisted seven pre-diluvian kings, providing them with knowledge to build their civilization. In other words, they provided them knowledge from outside of this space-time. So keeping all this in mind, it would appear that it is very possible that Genesis 6:1 – 4 was written as a sort of rebuttal to these Mesopotamian legends. Now I am not going to delve into a lot of this material, as it gets very involved and complicated, and probably wouldn’t interest the average reader. If you are interested in exploring this in greater detail, I recommend Dr. Micheal S. Heiser’s latest book, Reversing Hermon: Enoch, the Watchers, and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ. Dr. Heiser does a very thorough job of exploring this material.
The second line of thought we could explore is that this appearance of the Sons of God (benay ha elohim), was a continuation of the work of the Serpent in the Garden, and “the battle of the seeds” that began then. Genesis 3:15, the very first prophecy in scripture, states, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” [Gen. 3:15 NKJV]
There are several things that stand out here that I want to take a look at. The “you” in this verse speaks of the serpent who had beguiled the woman, Eve. The word, serpent in Genesis 3 is the Hebrew, nachash (naw-khawsh), which means literally serpent or snake. The Complete Word Study Dictionary Old Testament, has an interesting article on this Hebrew word, “A masculine noun meaning snake. It is used to refer to an actual serpent (Ex. 4:3; Num. 21:6; Deut. 8:15; Eccl. 10:8; Amos 5:19); or an image of one (Num. 21:9), but it is also used figuratively. Some of these symbolic uses include the tempter (Gen. 3:1, 2, 4, 13, 14); the tribe of Dan (Gen. 49:17); wicked rulers (Ps. 58:4); and enemies (Isa. 14:29; Jer. 8:17; 46:22).” [Complete Word Study Dictionary Old Testament article on the word, nachash, emphasis added]
So the appearance of this particular Hebrew masculine noun when referring to the “serpent” of Genesis 3, is used figuratively. The tempter was serpent-like, or perhaps even serpentine in appearance. E.W. Bullinger notes in The Companion Bible, “serpent. Hebrew. Nachash, a shining one. See note on Num_21:6, Num_21:9. The old serpent (2Co_11:3) transformed as “an angel of light” (= a glorious angel, 2Co_11:14). Compare Eze_28:14, Eze_28:17, connected with “cherub” (Eze_28:13, Eze_28:14, Eze_28:16), and contrasted with it here in Gen_3:24.” In this particular note Bullinger points the Bible student to his appendix 19, where he goes into great detail on the “serpent” of Genesis 3. This is a fairly lengthy section, so I will only quote it in part. He writes,
“The Hebrew word rendered “serpent” in Gen_3:1 is Nachash (from the root Nachash , to shine ), and means a shining one . Hence, in Chaldee it means brass or copper , because of its shining . Hence also, the word Nehushtan , a piece of brass, in 2Ki_18:4. In the same way Saraph , in Isa_6:2; Isa_6:6, means a burning one , and, because the serpents mentioned in Num. 21 were burning, in the poison of their bite, they were called Saraphim , or Saraphs .”
From all we are piecing together then, we can see that the “serpent” of Genesis 3 was not a snake at all, but rather a burning, shining, divine being, a seraph, which are a winged angelic class. So Eve was not taken in by a snake, but rather a beautiful, fiery, brightly shining winged creature, whose brilliance was probably lighting up the whole tree! I don’t know about you, but I was never taught any of this in Sunday School.
The second thing that really stands out to me in Genesis 3:15 is the mention of two, “seeds.” Ultimately the “seed” of the woman was Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. But there was also a “seed” of promise sewn into the heart of Eve. That “seed” was carried down through Abraham, and eventually to Mary; the original “seed” given to Eve, the woman deceived by the nacash in the garden. The Nacash (serpent) promised godhood, Yahweh God promised redemption, and the two seeds of promise have been at war ever since. This war will culminate with the battle at the end of time, Armageddon.
There is another way to look at this concept of “seed”. You see, Yahweh God brought redemption to the world through the seed of the woman, the supernatural conception and birth of Messiah Jesus, without the agency of a man.
The serpent has his “seed” too. It has been the mission and plan of Satan down throughout the millennia of time to bring his man, the son of perdition, the man of sin, the Antichrist into the earth-realm. This plan of the evil one is referred to by the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 as, “The Mystery of Iniquity.” This “mystery” is Satan’s plan to establish through his emissary the Antichrist and his False Prophet, a one-world religion, one-world monetary system, and a one-world government. This is the desire of the Globalist elite today who have been running the world from behind the scenes for literally decades. Whether you realize it or not, this is why the election of Donald J. Trump to the Presidency was such a miracle of the Lord. He has taken on the globalist elite, and that is why there is so much spiritual warfare coming against President Trump and his family. God has literally put the brakes on, and pushed the pause button on the enemies plans, but these people, as we have seen, will not go down quietly or easily. It is as if the Lord is saying, “OK, you’re going to bring your man forth. But before you do, I want to remind you again that I am Almighty God!”
The Promise of the “seed” of the woman must have sent shivers of terror down the spine of the nacash and his boss, Satan. They knew their day was coming. The day that Satan’s head would be crushed. This coming “seed” would utterly and eternally defeat him and his plans, while in comparison, he would merely bruise the heel of the “seed.” He knew he had to do all that he could to stop the “seed” from coming. He had a big problem though. While it is true Satan has a lot of knowledge, he is not omniscient. In other words, he doesn’t know everything. He had no idea when the promised “seed” would appear, and exactly whom it would be. So, he went right to work to try and stop the “seed” from coming.
His work began when he stirred up anger, jealousy, and resentment in the heart of Cain to rise up and kill his brother, Abel, in Genesis 4. This plan to stop the “seed” from coming into the earth-realm can be observed in many places throughout scripture for those who have eyes to see. I will not take the space to trace tall of this here. Many have written along this line demonstrating this, “war of the seeds.” I cover it in detail in my book, “A Journey to the End: Revelation Revisited” in chapter 13. The book incidentally is available in Kindle format here .
I am convinced this cohabitation of immortals with human women in Genesis 6 was at the instigation of Satan, and was part of his plan to stop the “seed of the woman” from coming. While I believe there were a number of things in play here, one of them was to pollute the human blood-line.
All of this may sound far-fetched, and outlandish to you. We are going to explore this in greater detail next time. We will look at several sources that will bring all of this backstory into much clearer focus I believe. Stay with us.
Until next time,
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson