I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
If you were to ask the average Christian in the western world, the reason for sin in the world and all of the evil and wickedness accompanying it; most would point to the fall of Adam in the garden. After all, didn’t Paul write to the Romans, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned?” [Romans 5:12 NKJV]
If you were however to pose the same question to someone in the eastern world, especially the ancient eastern world, you would get a very different response. In the eastern mind, the problem of sin and evil has a three-fold origin. 1) The fall, 2) The incursion of the Sons of God, or watchers and their intermarrying with earth women, and 3) The Tower of Babel. For this particular teaching, we are looking at the second reason, the incursion of the Sons of God or watchers, and their interaction with humans, especially human women.
We looked last time at Genesis 6:2, and explained the word, “took” translates the Hebrew, “laqach”, and it means to seize, take hold of, acquire, buy, or snatch. So, it would appear that these angelic watchers literally grabbed these human women and drug them off kind of like a caveman dragging his wife by the hair. They then began to impregnate these human women, who bore a hybrid race known as the giants or nephilim. These beings were not angelic, and they were not human. They were hybrids; half angelic, and half human. Genesis 6:4 tells us,
“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.” [Gen. 6:4 KJV] A couple of things immediately stand out to me here:
- These “giants” were in the earth in those days. “Earth” translates the Hebrew, erets, and as is the case with most Hebrew words, has a pretty wide range of possible meanings. To state it simply, this particular word can refer to the whole earth (as opposed to a part), or to a particular country or region. In the case of Genesis 6:4, I submit to you this word refers to the whole world. Prior to the flood the continents were all inter-connected, which would have allowed these giants to migrate to all parts of the globe. We know there have been bones from giants found all over the world. There have been bones and skeletons found not only of great size, but also with other anomalies like double rows of teeth, and skeletons with six fingers and toes. It might interest you to know that the Smithsonian Institute has worked to cover-up the discovery of these bones, because they support the biblical narrative as opposed to the evolutionary hypothesis that they push. These beings existed, and they were the offspring of angels and human women.
- The word, “giants” is important to look at as well. As we have said, the word “giants” in the KJV translates the Hebrew, nephal, nephil, or, nephilim. This word does not necessarily mean, “giants.” The Hebrew word literally means, “a feller, bully, or tyrant.” It is from the root, naphal, which means, “to fall, fallen, or cast down.” So, these beings were, “the fallen ones.” Still, this word does not necessarily speak of beings of great size, so why do we see the word, “giants” in Genesis 6:4 of the KJV? Clearly, the King James translators went with the Septuagint here which has the Greek, gigas or gigantes in verse 4, which they simply transliterated as, giants.
While it is true that Genesis 6:4 does not necessarily speak of their great size, we know from the second appearance of these beings in Numbers 13, that they were indeed very large individuals. Keep in mind the giants in Numbers 13 are known as Rephaim, and they would be the descendants of the Nephilim of Genesis 6. There are a few mysteries here, like how did any of the Nephilim survive the great flood, to reappear, or at least their descendants, in Numbers 13? Did fallen angels again intermarry with human women a second time? Honestly, we don’t know the answers to these questions.
I would like to also put out here the possibility of the translators of the Septuagint being influenced by 1 Enoch. Why do I say that? Because of what we read in 1 Enoch 7,
“…and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells…”. [1 Enoch 7:3b R.H. Charles translation] There is some debate as to what exactly, “three thousand ells” is. Many scholars view“three thousand ells”, as an abbreviation for cubits. So, we would have to determine exactly what kind of measurement we are talking about here. The ancient cubit basically was the length from the tip of the middle finger to the bottom of the elbow. Cubits of varying lengths were used in the ancient world, during the Middle Ages, and in some cases up to modern times. The most common cubit equals about 18 inches. This means, according to 1 Enoch, that these giants would have grown to be several hundred feet tall! Now, I don’t mind telling you, this has led many scholars to conclude that the author (or authors) of 1 Enoch were exaggerating, and this may be at least one of the reasons 1 Enoch did not make its way into the Canon of scripture.
Is this an exaggeration? I honestly don’t know. It does seem very hard to believe or imagine. However, do we really know what sort of oddities and anomalies the blending of angel and human DNA could produce? Then there is a law of genetics known as, “genetic vitality.” Men and women closer to the time of creation were generally healthier, stronger, and more intelligent than most people today. Also, many scholars believe in this time period people actually stood taller than the average person today. Also, there have been several people in history who grew to very unusual height and size. Take for example a man by the name of Robert Wadlow. Robert was born in Alton, Illinois in 1918. At birth, he weighed a normal 8 pounds, six ounces. At six months, he weighed 30 pounds. A year later, at 18 months, he weighed 62 pounds. He wasn’t fat, he was tall. He continued to grow at an astounding rate, reaching 6 feet, 2 inches, and weighing 195 pounds by the time he was eight. When he was 13 years old he became the world’s tallest Boy Scout. At 13, he was 7 feet, 4 inches tall. Eventually, Robert reached a height of nearly nine feet! (Keep in mind Goliath was probably 9 feet, 9 inches tall). Robert’s height qualified him as the tallest person in modern history. This oversize certainly wasn’t easy for him or his parents. He required three times the normal amount of cloth to make his clothes, and his size 37 shoes cost several thousand dollars, and that was in the days of the Great Depression. He eventually went to work as a representative of the International Shoe Company when he turned 20, as they provided him shoes for free and Robert traveled the country promoting their shoe line. Robert grew to this great height without angelic DNA. So what could the corruption of the human genome, mixing human and angelic DNA, produce? We don’t know, but apparently, beings of great size, giants.
There were several giant races recorded in scripture – nephilim, anakim, rephaim, zamzummim, etc. It seems that the Numbers 13 giants probably stood about 13 feet tall, the Bible tells us that Og, king of Bashan, had a bed of about 14 feet, and as mentioned earlier, Goliath stood over nine feet tall. It appears that God altered in some way human DNA after the flood, and so the post-flood giants didn’t stand as tall as the pre-flood giants did. Consider what 1 Enoch further tells us about these giants:
“1 And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms 2 and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they 3 became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed 4 all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against 5 them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and 6 fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.” [1 Enoch 7:1 – 6 R.H. Charles translation]
Quite a picture emerges here of the conditions on the earth in the antediluvian age. No wonder Genesis 6 says, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” [Genesis 6:5 – 7 KJV]
When we couple Genesis 6 with the information in 1 Enoch, quite a clear picture emerges of what was going on in the earth prior to the flood, and what moved God to have to destroy all living things on the earth, with the exception of Noah and his family and the animals on the Ark. These watchers not only had children by human women, they also introduced a lot of forbidden knowledge to mankind. For example:
Women were taught applying make-up to make themselves alluring to men
Humans were taught the use of drugs (cutting roots)
They were taught magic and enchantments
They were taught how to make weapons and warfare
Perverted sexual practices such as homosexuality, pedophilia, and bestiality
All of this and more was taught to mankind by the watchers. Not only this forbidden knowledge, but also when the giant offspring of watchers and human women had consumed all of the resources available, they turned on the humans and began to attack and devour them, as well as attacking one another. 1 Enoch also said that they, “sinned against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish”, implying some sort of blending of species. So this was all about corruption, and I believe it was instigated by Satan himself to corrupt the human blood-line so that the promised, “Seed of the woman” could not come into the earth-realm. God however had his man Noah, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Hebrews 11:7 says, “ By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
1 Enoch also speaks of this warning while not mentioning the Ark, “1 Then said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spake, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, 2 and said to him: ‘Go to Noah and tell him in my name “Hide thyself!” and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come 3 upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape 4 and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world.’ [1 Enoch 10:1 – 4 R.H. Charles translation]
So it would appear that God saw something in Noah and knew he was a man who would listen to and follow Him and do what He said, and not become mixed-up in the corruption and perversion of his day. This could be at least one application we can draw from Jesus’ words, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” [Matthew 24:37 NKJV See also Luke 17:26] In our day, God is raising up a remnant of believers who will not follow the crowd, who will not float down stream, and who will not be corrupted and perverted by the spirit of the age, just like Noah.
As we study all of the available material it becomes clear how really ridiculous the Sons of Seth/daughters of Cain view really is.
What about today? Can we see the forbidden knowledge introduced by the watchers working in our day, in the modern world? I think there is no doubt we can. I want to take one more post along this line next time to examine how and when this ancient technology emerged in the modern world, and as wild as it may sound, the return of the giants.
Until next time,
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson