Who exactly are the Nephilim? Part 2
Hello pilgrim. What can I do for you today?
I got some good comments on my first Blog, including a very eloquent and erudite piece from Rob Hughes. Thank you. I want to address the points Rob raises, which can be read in the ‘comments’ section.
But first, let me say that we do not have to get too bent out of shape about this topic. Our salvation is not dependent on it. But it is good to kick things around and winkle out what truths we can and iron sharpeneth iron.
Referring to the Nephilim, Genesis 6:4 says, “…these were the mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
The NIV translates this as ;”…they were the heroes of old, men of renown.” The point being, because they are referred to as ‘men’ they must therefore be the giants.
But everywhere angels appear in Scripture, they are called very often, ‘men’. We had the two men in shinning clothes who spoke to the women who went to dress the body of Jesus. We had the two men who spent the night with Lot and who’s feet he washed (before they ate a hearty meal). We had ‘the man Gabriel’ whom Daniel spoke of etc.
The point is, angels are men, but of a spirit nature as opposed to us flesh and blood variety. “Let us make man in our image” is said several times in Genesis as well as a few places in the New Testament. So, we look like them, they look like us. The difference is that we are mortal whereas they are gods (this is whay Paul referred to Satan as the ‘god of this world’).
So when it talks of the ‘heroes of old’ and the ‘mighty men of renown’, then this can mean both the giants and the fallen angels themselves. For if you read the Greek and Roman and Egyptian mythologies, it speaks mainly of the exploits of the gods themselves as well as their giant offspring, and refers to these gods as the ‘heroes of old’.
These ‘gods’, for this is what they are called in ancient writings, dwelled on earth for perhaps 1,000 years or so prior to the Flood. Their dwelling was in places such as Mount Olympus and Delphi in Greece. Apollo had his oracle here and there are temples to him and the other gods all over Greece and Turkey and that neck of the woods.
So these gods manifested on earth in plain view of humans at that time who mated with them and bore giants to them. We know that these ‘gods’ were on earth for circa 1,000 years because Enoch informs us they descended on Mount Harmon ‘in the days of Jared’. Bullinger in his Chronology places the birth of Jared at 3544BC. The Flood occurred in 2348BC. That’s almost 1200 years later.
Thus the fallen ones, evil spirit men or fallen angels, were present and living on earth for all that time until they were incarcerated at the time of the Flood of Noah.
Could people see them and were they visible all this time? I reckon they were. For it was not a bunch of ephemeral, ethereal invisible spirits that manifested on earth and had sex with women. It was superhuman, supernatural, powerful spirit beings that appeared on earth and procreated with humans and taught them all manner of evil. The same goes for those fallen angels that descended AFTER the flood and had filled up the Promised Land with giants by the time Moses sent in the 12 spies after their exodus from Egypt.
“There we saw the Nephilim; the sons of Anak which come of the Nephilim.”
So there is absolutely no reason why the spies could have seen the fallen ones themselves and the sons of Anak, the giants, which come of the fallen ones. Incidentally, Anak is the name of a star in the constellation of Serpens in the heavenly bodies. In my book, The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse, I note how many of the ‘gods’ are named after stars or planets such as Apollo, Jupiter, Mercury, Perseus, Orion, Mars etc. This is why often in Scripture the angels are called the ‘host of heaven’ and are termed ‘stars’. For instance, “the stars of Heaven fell unto earth like figs falling from a fig tree…” Rev.6:13
So Anak may have been one such fallen angel thus his progeny are called the Anakim in the Old Testament.
Rob makes the point that Satan and the one third that rebelled with him were on earth since Genesis 3. But were they? I submit that Satan and the rest of his mob still reside in Heaven and that, according to Revelation 12, their eviction from the heavenly realms is still future. I will discuss this in another essay.
He also contends that the translators of the King James Bible did a tremendous job and would have been aware of who and what the Nephilim were. I agree. They did an amazing job. But they were not infallible and they did add in over 7,000 words to the KJV that were not in the original text. Also, it was 1611. They did not have electricity or computers. They could not pick up the phone and call a Hebrew scholar in Tel Aviv to ask a question. Or check an on-line Greek Lexicon. They worked by candle light using primitive tools. Yet they did a magnificent job. The Geneva Bible, the Cranmer Bible and the Tyndale Bible were all translated into English many years before the KJV. But that’s another story.
When one examines ‘the fallen ones’ in light of the context of all the places in Scripture where it speaks of angelic beings falling to earth, it becomes clear that the fallen angels of Genesis 6 are just that; the fallen ones.
Some have gone off in ‘wild and crazy tangents’ which may be ‘mistakes at best or complete heresy’ at worst. This is why many authors and teachers are saying that the giant hybrids are coming back and are making a big noise about it. I shall tackle this in the next post.