I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
I want to share with you this time a teaching that has been on my heart for some time. It seems that the spirit of the age is removing borders, attacking boundaries, and redefining basic institutions as they were defined by God. We understand boundaries in the natural realm – fences, signs (keep off the grass), walls, moats with alligators, manicured lawns or hedges. What we sometimes don’t understand is that boundaries and borders are just as real in the spiritual realm.
God set boundaries for example for His people Israel. Each of the twelve tribes of Israel were given certain portions of the land of Canaan, and they had clearly defined borders.
In the dateless past it is believed by many scholars that Lucifer (although that is not his proper name) ruled the earth. There was some sort of pre-Adamic race that inhabited this planet. There were cities, and houses, and buildings, and nations. Where do I get this idea? Look at Isaiah 14, beginning at verse 12.
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.” [Isaiah 14:12 – 15 NKJV]
Reading on in this section we find that Lucifer, “made the earth tremble”, and “…shook kingdoms” (Vs. 16). He also, “…made the earth a wilderness” and, “…destroyed its cities” (vs. 17). There was a race of men on the earth prior to the time of Adam, and a civilization ruled over by Lucifer. This is known as the pre-adamite world. Lucifer was not satisfied with what God had given him, and decided he would invade Heaven, to God’s very throne, and exalt himself to be like the Most High. This rebellion and what it resulted in led to the destruction of this pre-adamite world and civilization, and the casting out of Lucifer from Heaven. I believe this is why we see the world dark and covered in water in Genesis 1:2. I believe this is also alluded to in Jeremiah 4:23 – 26. Lucifer had a specific place in God’s government. He had a role assigned by God Himself. Yet Lucifer decided he would breach the borders and boundaries set for him and take that which did not belong to him, the Throne of God. He has been attacking boundaries and borders ever since.
It is important to understand that boundaries and borders are God’s idea. Consider,
“And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.” [Ex. 23:31 ESV emphasis added]
“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place…” [Acts 17:26 ESV emphasis added]
“When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.” [Deuteronomy 32:8 ESV emphasis added]
“You also gave them kingdoms and peoples, And allotted them to them as a boundary. They took possession of the land of Sihon the king of Heshbon And the land of Og the king of Bashan.” [Nehemiah 9:22 NASB emphasis added]
“You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter…” [Psalm 74:17 ESV emphasis added]
“The LORD tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow’s boundaries.” [Proverbs 15:25 ESV emphasis added]
“For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.” [Exodus 34:24 ESV emphasis added]
There are several more references we could look at, but these clearly illustrate the fact that borders and boundaries are God’s idea. God set borders for His people, and boundaries on creation itself. God in His foreknowledge and sovereignty even determined where you and I would live! God built boundaries into the very fabric of creation.
Beginning with Genesis 1:11 we see the word “kind” used some ten times from Genesis 1:11 – 25. The phrase, “after his kind” is from the Hebrew miyn (Meen or moon), and is from an unused root meaning, “to portion out, a sort, or species.” This gets a bit technical but this shows us a couple of very important things: 1) God created specific species and life forms. More complex life forms did not evolve from lower life forms as the evolutionist contends. God created specific species, certain kinds. Fish did not become birds, birds did not become mammals, and primates did not evolve into homo sapiens. 2) While there have been certain changes in species, and inter-breeding causing modifications in species, at their most basic level the species itself has remained in the category God created it to be. God set boundaries for the plant, animal, mineral, and human kingdoms, and they were never to be breached or tampered with.
This most basic concept of creation is being challenged today on several levels. We have scientists today who are tampering with DNA, the building block of life, to cross the species barriers God set into creation. Through genetic engineering scientists have done everything from changing the taste of a tomato to pinning down murderers and rapists. Through this process scientists intend to make new and improved food, animals, and even humans.
Over the years they have put corn genes into rice, trout genes in catfish, chicken genes in potatoes, even fireflies into tobacco (actually producing a plant that glowed in the dark). You can’t make this stuff up!
A few years ago, researchers from the USDA tried to produce leaner pork by splicing a human gene into a pig embryo. The result? A cross-eyed pig with crippling arthritis and a strange wrinkled face! There also exists a genetically altered tomato, the first genetically altered food endorsed by the FDA.
Some of this gene tampering falls under the category of “Frankenstein science” with scientists succeeding in growing flies with large perfectly formed eyes on their legs, their wings, and the tips of their antennae. Some of the flies have as many as fourteen eyes apiece. This is insanity!
The problem with all of this tampering and splicing and experimentation is that you end up with potatoes that are no longer potatoes, rice that is not rice, pigs that are no longer pigs, and flies that are no longer really flies. They are something else. They are no longer the “kind” God created them to be. Man has breached the species barrier. All of this in one sense is very exciting. Society is marching at a rapid pace toward the prophetic scenario outlined in scripture. As we consider all of the DNA tampering going on, it makes passages like Revelation 9 seem less bizarre than before. This is not however the first time these types of things have been done. They were done in the years before the flood of Noah too. I know we have visited this before, but it applies here as well. Look at Genesis 6.
“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.” [Gen. 6:1, 2 NKJV]
We have discussed this passage in depth in other posts. We have mentioned the two basic schools of thought on just who these, “Sons of God” were – angels or the sons of Seth. I will not go into all of that again, I will simply state the position held by virtually all Christian and Jewish scholars prior to the fifth century, that these “Sons of God” (Hebrew benah ha elohim) were angels. Their cohabitation with human women (literally, “daughters of Adam” or mankind) resulted in offspring that were neither angelic or human, they were something else. They were hybrids referred to in Hebrew as nephil or nephilim. This means literally, “fallen ones” from the root, naphal, “to fall”. E.W. Bullinger in appendix 25 of The Companion Bible has a good note explaining the word, nephilim,
“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-phil-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).”
This position put forth by Bullinger again was the position of Christian and Jewish scholars up until the fifth century, and I believe it is the correct way to view the clear meaning of the text. With this incursion of fallen angels the species barrier between angels and humans was breached and the resulting offspring were neither human or angelic, they were something else. They were no loner beings created in the image of God. The species tampering did not stop with humans. Fallen angels also tampered with the DNA of birds, other animals, reptiles, and fish. We learn this in the book of Enoch, an apocryphal book held in high regard in the Early Church and included in the scriptures of two different Ethiopian Christian churches today. We read in Enoch 7:14,
“And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood.” [1 Enoch 7:14 R.H. Charles translation] I believe this is a reference to nephilim DNA tampering as well as cannibalism being practiced by the fallen ones. I think we see another example of this in 1 Enoch 33:1,
“And from thence I went to the ends of the earth and saw there great beasts, and each differed from the other; and (I saw) birds also differing in appearance and beauty and voice, the one differing from the other.”. [1 Enoch 33:1 R.H. Charles translation]
Could this be a reference to dinosaurs? I am of the opinion that the large beings referred to as dinosaurs were a result of ancient DNA tampering of Lucifer and the angels who fell with him. We read of this species blending as well in the ancient book of Jasher, referred to twice in the Old Testament.
“And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.” [Jasher 4:18]
The important take away from all of this is that this tampering and breaching the species barrier is occurring today, in modern times. Now I am not a scientist, nor a biologist. I am a preacher and Bible teacher. For more on DNA tampering, I refer you to an excellent article written by Dr. Chuck Missler entitled, “Tampering with the engines of creation – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice?” Dr. Missler goes into great detail on DNA experimentation in both the human and animal genome. In essence, many scientists are playing God, and in so doing are breaching the species barrier. There is more however.
The plan of those tampering with the human genome is to create enhanced humans, super-humans if you will, who are not truly human at all but something else. These beings would no longer be created in the image of God, would not possess a soul, and would therefore not be eligible for salvation. This gives us an entirely different layer to the whole idea of taking the, “Mark of the Beast”. What if this “mark” were a bio-chip, or some sort of vaccine or injection that changed a person at the molecular level, that somehow rewrote a person’s DNA? Sound outlandish? Well, admittedly it does, however there are vaccines being developed that will do just that in the name of battling disease. These are known as DNA vaccines, and they are nothing like the vaccines that have been used for the past 150 years. Regular vaccines inoculate the recipient with the same proteins they would be exposed to anyway should they contract the disease they are being vaccinated against.
DNA vaccines however are different. DNA vaccines work by altering our DNA, essentially changing us at the cellular level. Basically humans would become GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms. This is a far larger topic than I am going to explore here, but this is not science fiction. The species barrier in creation has been breached, and man is now playing God with plants, animals, and humans.
There is more however. Look at Genesis 1:27. The Bible says, “ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” [Gen. 1:27 NKJV] God created humans either male or female. It really isn’t “rocket science” is it? Yet here as well the barrier God placed between the genders, male and female, is being challenged and breached. Many today claim they don’t really know whether they are male or female. Today, a male might decide they identify as a female, and vice versa. Some even go so far as to claim that gender is “fluid”, and that they might identify as a male one day and female the next, or perhaps neither in which case you are to refer to them in strictly gender neutral pronouns or risk offending them! Again, this is insanity. In fact, this so-called, “gender fluidity” has given birth to a new sexual category known as, “pan-sexuality.” According to the Urban Dictionary the term “pan-sexual” means, “One who can love sexuality in many forms. Like bisexuality, but even more fluid, a pan-sexual person can love not only the traditional male and female genders, but also transgendered, androgynous, and gender fluid people.” [Urban Dictionary definition]
This gender confusion also presents itself in the world of fashion. Men are now wearing very feminine appearing clothing, and again, vice versa. If you do a Google or Bing search for, “feminine looking men’s clothing”, there are several really disturbing photos as well as clothing companies who specialize in feminine male clothing. You can do the very same with masculine clothing for females. There are androgynous clothing lines, meaning their clothing caters to this whole idea of gender fluidity. Is all of this somehow an affront to God’s established gender boundaries? It is indeed. Listen to God’s instructions;
“A woman is not to wear men’s clothing, and a man is not to put on women’s clothing, for whoever does these things is detestable to Adonai your God.” [Deut. 22:5 CJB]
I know this is viewed as, “narrow-minded”, and out of touch with the times, but these are part of the loving instructions of the Heavenly Father to His people.
There are relationship boundaries as well. In the original creation of mankind God made male and female, and in creating the woman out of the man the Torah says,
“Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” [Genesis 2:22 – 24 NKJV]
God not only established the sexes, the genders here, but also set the standard and the boundaries of what marriage is to be – one man and one woman. Anything else is a breach of God’s boundaries and a redefining of God’s institution.
There are more examples of challenging God’s boundaries and standards and institutions. We will examine these next time.
Until next time,
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson