Q. I’ve been reading Prophecy Update for a long time now, and all of what you relay in your articles I understand and sense to be valid. Thus, my question to you this evening lies upon the myths and legends of the Fallen Ones, or the Nephilim (nefilim).
In Genesis, it states that these superhuman being existed in the time of Noah and also after. I know of Goliath, but what claim do names such as Hercules, Gilgamesh and some others have to this name. Evidently, there are not human, nor were they gods, but half-breeds walking in the paths of human heroes in myth and legend. Could the “and after that” from Genesis explain Hercules, or tell of Gilgamesh’s manner with women and his need to fight and kill oponents. Does this explain why pharoahs always proclaimed themselves to be god-kings. What about these gods we hear of? Does this account for them to? I know that most of these icons were just idol metals and such, but what about the reality that these beings did and do still exist?
A. Mythological figures like Hercules and other demi-gods are actually representations of the Nephilim, woven into the pagan religions of ancient times. In this way the fallen angels received the worship they coveted.
The phrase “and after this” from Genesis 6 refers to several post flood indications of giants in the Middle East.
In Gen 14:5-6 a coalition of 5 kings from around the southeastern shores of the Dead Sea fought and defeated three groups of warriors known as the Rephaites, the Zuzites, aka Zamzummites, and the Emites . The Rephaites were descendants of Rapha, which means giant in Hebrew. The name Zuzite means roving creatures, and Emite means terrible ones.
In Deut 1:26-28 & 2:10-11, we find references to the Anakites, (long necked giants) and Emites again, both identified as descendants of Rapha, the giant.
In Deut. 3:11 reference is made to Og, the King of Bashan, a descendant of Rapha whose bed was 13 feet long and 8 feet wide.
In Numbers 13:33, the account of the 12 spies includes sightings of Nephilim, saying that the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim. Fear of the Nephilim is what made 10 of the 12 spies give a bad report, persuading the Israelites not to go into the Promised Land. All this took place in the time of Moses.
In Joshua 14:15, at the end of the conquest of the land, Caleb is given Hebron, formerly known as Kiriath Arba because it was founded by Arba, called the greatest of the Anakites.
And of course in 1 Samuel 17 & 2 Samuel 21:15-22 there’s the defeat of Goliath and his four brothers, all descendants of Rapha, in the time of King David.
In our attention to Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land, it’s easy to overlook the fact that God gave the descendants of Esau and Lot (Moab and Ammon) land grants as well. Theirs were on the Eastern side of the Jordan River Valley in today’s Jordan. As it was with Israel, their goal was to rid the lands they’d been given of the nephilim who dwelt there. In addition, He had the Capthorites (Philistines) wipe out the branch called the Avites (perverters) in Gaza. (Deut. 2:2-23)
In this way God judged the Nephilim a second time, supernaturally empowering His people to defeat the much stronger and more fearsome forces of Satan, and admonishing them to kill every man woman and child so as to leave no remnant of these abominations alive to repopulate the world a third time. It took until the time of King David for all this to be accomplished.
For the ensuing several thousand years the Nephilim have survived only in mythology, sometimes known as demi-gods or Titans. Hercules is an example of a mythological character whose father was a god and whose mother was human. By the way, the word Titan comes from Shaitan, a Babylonian derivative of the Hebrew word for Satan.