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The Nephilim: Satan’s Fallen Angels

nephilimThe Nephilim: Satan’s Fallen Angels

Among those who believe Peter (2Pet. 2:4-5) and Jude (Jude 1:6-7) refer to angelic “sons of God” in Genesis 6:1, there are two main views of the Nephilim in Gen. 6:4. Either they are “giants” “men of renown” the offspring of human-angel intercourse, or they are the “fallen ones” (Satan’s angels) in contrast to the unfallen angelic “sons of God” still in heaven their “own habitation” (Gen. 6:2; Jude 1:6). [1]

But the debaters overlook the decisive testimony in Revelation 12:4. There it is said a third of heaven follows the Dragon who cast them down to the earth while he seeks to devour the seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15). Here the Dragon cast his angels down to the earth. This is different than in the End Time when Michael casts the Dragon and his angels out of heaven and they appear on earth (Dan. 12:7-12).

After God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:24) there was a population explosion, conservative estimates put the pre-Flood population in the billions[2].

Cast out of the Garden of Eden Satan’s war against the “woman’s seed” continued raging (Gen. 3:15). He cast his angels down to earth (Rev. 12:4), called the “fallen ones” (Nephilim) in Gen. 6:4. [3] to devour the promised Seed if He should appear. The unrestrained spiritism of the Nephilim was deceiving the entire earth. Against their evil influence God deployed the angelic “sons of God” (Gen. 6:1, 4; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7) “to instruct the children of men” (Jub. 4:15). [4].

The Nephilim “fallen ones” were winning the battle for hearts and minds. Man was angry God denied them immortality (Gen. 3:22-23). In their hate they became idolatrous invoking the name of God in vain (Gen. 4:26).[5] Calling upon His name as if He would participate in the black arts the devils taught them (2Cor. 11:3. 1Tim. 4:1)

Denied immortality for themselves they proposed a “work around” God’s prohibition, their daughters would sire children to the “sons of elohim”[6] and these would be immortal. Moreover, they supposed God’s plan could be frustrated if the “woman’s seed” were polluted with the DNA of angels. In effect, defiling the image of God in man with a Frankenstein like “blended image of God and angels”.

5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Gen. 6:5-7 NKJ)

The lineage of the coming Seed must be without angelic DNA blemish (08549 תָּמִים tamiym, Gen. 6:9). Only then Substitutionary Atonement[7] in truly human flesh possible (Jn. 1:14. Heb. 2:14; Rom. 1:3-5. Gal. 4:4. 1Jn. 4:2,3. 2Jn. 1:7). God blames man for the evil “plot” (04284 מַחֲשָׁבָה machashabah) (Gen. 6:5-7). Having dominion (Gen. 1:26, 28) they could have easily rejected Satan’s suggestions. That Satan suggested these plots against God’s Messiah is clear from Revelation 12:4-5 (2Cor. 11:3. 1Tim. 4:1).

The supporting role the Nephilim played in seducing the “sons of God” is implied by naming them first in Genesis 6:4. [8] These paraded their immoral unions before the eyes of the “sons of God” looking down from heaven (Gen. 6:2), the constant porn eventually seduced them to leave their “own habitation” (Jude 1:6) and take as many wives as their inflamed lust required.

They did not join Satan’s rebellion against God, they left their proper habitation lusting for strange flesh (Jude 1:6-7). That is deducible from their being separated upon physical death[9] cast into Tartarus (2Pt. 2:4), which is different than the abyss where “spirits of demons” (Rev. 16:14) go (Lk. 8:31. Rev. 9:1-3).

9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect (08549 תָּמִים tamiym) in his generations (01755 דּוֹר dowr). Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Gen. 6:9-10 NKJ)

“Without blemish (Ex. 12:5. Lev. 1:3, 10; 3:1, 6; etc.) in his lineage (Gen. 17:7, 9, 12)”.

The usual Genealogical list format (Gen. 5:1; 10:1; 11:10. Etc.) is not followed. Noah first contrasted to contemporaries, then sons are named (Genesis 6:10). “Generations” (‎בְּדֹֽרֹתָ֑יו ) plural, descended from those without blemish. His morality, a “just” “man who walks with God” (Gen. 6:10) is separately stated.

11 The earth also was corrupt (07843 שָׁחַת shachath) before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt (07843 שָׁחַת shachath); for all flesh had corrupted (07843 שָׁחַת shachath) their way on the earth.
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy (07843 שָׁחַת shachath) them with the earth. (Gen. 6:11-13 NKJ)

“All flesh” meaning everything on land that breathes (Gen. 7:22-23). All “that moved on the earth…all living things which were on the face of the ground (Gen. 7:22-23). This is emphasized thrice, everything on dry land died.

11 The key term here is the verb šāḥaṯ, which appears first as a Niphal imperfect (“corrupted”—v. 11), then as a Niphal perfect (“it was corrupt”—v. 12), then as a Hiphil perfect (“had corrupted”—v. 12). We might note that v. 13b, read by all the modern versions as “behold, I will destroy them,” is another form of this verb (Hiphil participle with suffix).

To capture this consistency of word choice we may render the above as “gone to ruin was the earth … indeed, it had gone to ruin … all flesh had ruined its way.… I will ruin them.” The choice of the same word to describe both the earth’s condition and the intended action of God must be deliberate. God’s decision is to destroy what is virtually self-destroyed or self-destroying already. This verb is also used in Jer. 18:4 to describe the clay that was “spoiled” in the potter’s hands. The spoiled clay he reworks. The spoiled earth is destroyed.-Hamilton, V. P. (1990). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17 (p. 278). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

“So God looked upon the earth…All flesh had corrupted their way on the earth”-Gen. 6:12

God saw everything He made and it was good (Gen. 1:31). Now He looked, and times and law are changed, even animals rage against one another. The Divine order has been overturned (Gen. 1:30), the earth filled with violence. All flesh even animals are ruined to God. Perhaps Nephilim and men drank the blood of their human victims, certainly of their animal prey (Gen. 9:3-6).

This is why the Flood was necessary, to completely destroy what had been destroyed by their own actions.

Those who follow the Septuagint and translate Nephilim as “Giants” speculate angelic DNA survived among the survivors Noah took with him, as giants persist after the flood. The generalization is flawed, Arba the father of Anak (Josh. 15:11) is said to be the greatest “man” (0120 אָדָם ‘adam) among the Anakim (Josh. 14:15) meaning Anak was not Nephilim. The Anakim were giants (Num. 13:33; Deut. 2:10, 20-21; 9:2, but only the exaggeration of cowards linking them to Nephilim supports they were giants also.[9]

The “days of Noah” characterized by unrestrained spiritism and DNA manipulation, will return in the end time:

26 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
27 “They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. (Lk. 17:26-27 NKJ)

END NOTES:

[1]A third possibility is found in Targum Pseudo Jonathan where the children are sired by men called the “sons of the Great”, not angels. It interprets “Nephilim” as two fallen angels named:

“Schamchazai and Uzziel, who fell from heaven, were on the earth in those days; and also, after the sons of the Great had gone in with the daughters of men, they bare to them: and these are they who are called men who are of the world, men of names.” (Gen. 6:4 PJE).

Few embrace the latter view. For a sympathetic treatment see L. Birney, “An Exegetical Study of Genesis 6:1–4,” JETS 13 (1970) 43–52. Birney goes this direction only because he is tied down to the causal use of ʾašer [(0834 אֲשֶׁר ‘asher, “when” KJV)], when in fact a temporal use is much more likely. -Hamilton, V. P. (1990). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

We are told the Nephilim were on earth (Gen. 6:4) when the sons of God “left their habitation” (Jude 1:6-7) and took wives. The verse order (Gen. 6:2, 3, 4 and not Gen. 6:2, 4, 3) has them instrumental in the seduction of the “sons of God” and “also afterward” participating in the sin of contaminating the human line with angelic DNA. That ‘man made in His image’ conspired with the Nephilim to cause the fall of the “sons of God” “grieved God’s heart” (Gen. 6:3, 6).

[2]

If the growth rate in the pre-Flood world was equal to the growth rate in 2000 (0.012), there could have been about 750 million people at the time of the Flood. However, given the extremely long lifespans prior to the Flood, the growth rate could have been much higher. Increasing the rate by just 0.001 would put the population at close to four billion at the Flood.-Answers In Genesis, What Was the Pre-Flood Population Like? January 6, 2016.

[3]

A literal translation of Nephilim is “fallen ones.” The full implication of the passive adjectival formation (q aṭīl) can best be brought out by something like “those who were made to fall, those who were cast down.”-Hamilton, V. P. (1990). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17 (p. 270). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

הַנְּפִלִים def.art.-n.m.p. (658) the Nephilim (fallen ones). Owens, J. J. (1989–). Analytical Key to the Old Testament (Vol. 1, p. 23). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

[4]I’m not the first to deduce this, an unknown writer about 135 BC says:

“For in his days the angels of the Lord descended on the earth, those who are named the Watchers, that they should instruct the children of men, and that they should do judgment and uprightness on the earth.” (Jubilees. 4:15 OTP)

[5]

Early Jewish exegetes understood הוחל “began” to have its other common meaning “polluted,” and therefore held that this sentence was referring to the introduction of idolatry.- Wenham, G. J. (1998). Genesis 1–15 (Vol. 1, p. 116). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[6] Our LORD did not say angels are sexless in Matthew 22:30, only that the “angels of God in heaven” don’t marry. That regenerated humanity will be like angels “in heaven” requires this is true of obedient angels and does not rule out disobedient angels can choose to be married. Moreover, it is often said angels are always represented as male as though that proves they are sexless. In fact, it proves otherwise, it means they are “male”. Moreover, in Zechariah 5:9 are two female angels:

“Pictured as propelled by the wind currents. As seen already in Ps. 18:11[10]//2 Sam. 22:11 and Ps. 104:3–4 and as reflected throughout the OT (Gen. 8:1; Exod. 15:10), the wind is identified as one of God’s servants. Here the women are propelled along by God’s agents to remove idolatrous wickedness.

Second, these wings not only were filled with wind but they were the wings of a stork. Stork wings are appropriate for the task of these women, since they would be able both to lift such a heavy load as well as to transport it the distance from Yehud to Babylon. The stork’s migratory habit (cf. Jer. 8:7) of moving from south to north in the spring, would match the journey to Babylon, the land of the north. But stork wings were also appropriate for this load called wickedness because the stork was designated an unclean bird in the Torah (Lev. 11:13–19; Deut. 14:18). This connection to uncleanness does not mean that these figures are not being used by Yahweh, since there is possibly a wordplay here between stork (ḥasîḏâ) and pious (ḥāsîḏ). In addition, pious (ḥāsîḏ) and wicked (rešaʿ) are an antonymic lexical pair elsewhere in the OT (1 Sam. 2:9; Ps. 37:28; 97:10), making these winged women figures appropriate candidates for eliminating the woman called wickedness.-Boda, M. J. (2016). The Book of Zechariah. (R. K. Harrison & R. L. Hubbard Jr., Eds.) (pp. 352–353). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[7] According to the doctrine of the atonement, the work of Christ takes its meaning from the removal of an objective barrier standing between God and humankind as the result of human → sin. It therefore presupposes that God’s offended holiness must be expiated or the breach of the → law requited by a human act of restitution. The work of Christ is understood as a substitutionary or vicarious act, in which he does before God and on behalf of others that which they are unable to do for themselves.-Janowski, B., Stuhlmacher, P., & Gunton, C. E. (1999–2003). Atonement. In The Encyclopedia of Christianity (Vol. 1, p. 156). Grand Rapids, MI; Leiden, Netherlands: Wm. B. Eerdmans; Brill.

[8]

2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.
3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. (Gen. 6:2-4 ESV)

“The Nephilim were on the earth” alludes to the event in Genesis 6:2, they conspired with man to seduce the “sons of God” with the daughters of men. “And also afterward” when the “sons of God” had intercourse, it was successful. The hybrid human-angel offspring were “men of renown”. Whether they were “giants” also is irrelevant. These were likely the builders of pre-deluge sites such as Pumapunku in Bolivia, or Göbekli Tepe in Turkey etc. Its hardly plausible extraterrestrials with advanced technology would build using stone leaving no advanced technology behind.

[9]

And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.
23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. (Gen. 7:21-23 NKJ)

Everything taught today about the Nephilm is predicated upon the hasty generalization fallacy they are “giants” that was first proposed by the cowardly spies who opposed Caleb:

We even saw the Nephilim there– the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim! To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.” (Num. 13:33 CSB)

This is an exaggeration, the claim they were Nephilim arose only because they were losing the argument (Num. 13:31-33). Caleb proved these weren’t Nephilim when he defeated three of these sons of Anak (Josh. 15:14) so easily its receives only brief mention. Noteworthy, yes. Epic, evidently not.

Angels are corporeal (Gen. 18:2-8. Judges 6:11; Heb. 13:2), Revelation 16:14 “spirits of demons” confirms it. Hebrews 1:14 “makes his angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire” (Heb. 1:7) doesn’t contradict, its not speaking about the nature of angels, only their function in God’s economy. Figuratively speaking, they are “swift as the wind” and “able to consume like fire” the wicked. “Ministering spirits”( λειτουργικὰ πνεύματα) appears only once in scripture, a hapax legomen. Angels are God’s ministers to the body of Christ, ministering “spirit to spirit.” The apostles were ministers “of the Spirit” (2Cor. 3:6) serving in the “ministry of the Spirit” (2Cor. 3:8), yet not as ghosts. Neither are these angelic ministers “of the Spirit” ghosts.

The papal Council of the Lateran A.D. 1215 decreed angels are incorporeal, not scripture. Protestants faithfully advance Catholic dogma to this day, why is unknown.

Scripture never implies angels materialize functioning bodies to be seen in our realm (Gen. 18:8. Jdg. 6:11). On the contrary, they traverse the metaverse leaving their “Complete” (5046 τέλειος teleios) to appear in our “Partial” (3313 μέρος meros) (1Cor. 13:10) through portals (Gen. 28:12) without materialization at all. Evidently they are “cloaked with invisibility” until God opens eyes, not materialize bodies (2Kings 6:17).

The theory angels create and dissolve materialized bodies at will is a massive violation of Occam’s razor, the sort of eisegeses the Roman magisterium is famous for. The quaint medieval metaphysics are contradicted by Moses and Elijah who are so physical Peter wanted to build tents for them (Mark 9:1-2, 5) when the portal between realms was open. John went physically into heaven through a door (Rev. 4:1). Paul would have known he was “out of the body” if it were impossible to be physical in Third Heaven (2Cor. 12:2, 4). Jesus sits on the throne in His resurrected human body (Ac. 1:9; 2:33). When our LORD arrives with His Holy Myriads to descend upon the Beast at Armageddon, its through an opening between realms that will be as visible as flashing lightning, and in fact is the “sign of Christ’s coming” (Rev. 19:11-14; Mt. 24:3, 27, 30-31).

The divisions of angelic beings

The angelic “sons of God” who fell went to Tartarus upon physical death (Jude 1:6-7. 2Pet. 2:4). The hybrid children (“men of renown”) of both the Nephilim and “sons of God” became the “spirits in prison”. They disbelieved (544 ἀπειθέω apeitheo) Noah’s preaching God would forgive their “Frankenstein hybrid nature” if they repent. These died and became “spirits in prison”, segregated from human and angelic dead. That’s why Christ made a special trip to these in Hell, they were a special case. Those who answered with a good conscience before God to the preaching in like figure to the church, were rescued from prison and rose with Christ as He ascended (1Pt. 3:18-22; Eph. 4:9-10).

Those Nephilim caught on earth by the Flood waters, who did not defile the image of God in man with the image of angels, God gave special dispensation to wander hopelessly as incorporeal spirits. Desperately craving corporeality, they pathetically roam the wastelands possessing anything they can, insects (2Kings 1:2), animals or men (Lk. 8:30-32).

The fallen angels who didn’t sin with humans, or get trapped on earth during the Flood, remained with Satan in heaven for Michael to cast out in the End Time (Rev. 12:7-10).

These will return disguised as Extraterrestrials with Satan their “Dragon Commander”, claiming to be mankind’s “creators”. The “scientific atheism” they preach is the “strong delusion” the Pompous Antichrist hopes will change “times and law” (Dan. 7:20, 25; Rev. 13:5-8), denying the Godhood of both the Father and the Son (1Jn. 2:18, 22-23). Opposing the historic definition of God while exalting Himself above it (2Th. 2:3-4), claiming his hybrid nature greater than all called God before.

The Bible is never wrong, it says “every living thing” (ASV), thrice repeating for emphasis (Gen. 7:21, 22, 23) all living on the ground (as the Nephilim and “sons of God” were), was slain. The angels were denied re-entry into the dimension of heaven, leaving them to die on the earth as the flood waters rose. Like those spirits of demons trapped in swine, they were forced to descend to their appointed places (Lk. 8:30-33) once their physical habitation died.

Perhaps lacking electro-magnetically charged physical forms to keep them above ground, the soul or spirit is drawn down into the earth by gravity, God directing traffic to their appointed place.

Angels gather the righteous to their people lest they descend (Gen. 25:8; Lk. 16:22).

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
(Rev. 3:19-22 KJV)