When men began to increase in number on the Earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Sprit will not contend with Man forever for he is mortal. His days will be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them (Gen. 6:1-4).
Take this literally, as we always do, and it’s one of the scariest verses in the Bible. The Hebrew phrase translated “sons of God” refers to beings who are direct creations of God, normally angels, and distinguishes the origin of the males in the passage from that of the females. Only two human males are ever described this way; Adam (Luke 3:38) and the Lord Jesus. In Psalm 82:6 the rulers of Israel are called children of the Most High but the context refers to their role as judges of the people, responsible for dispensing both justice and mercy. In John 1:12 we who have received the Lord into our hearts are given the authority to become children of God. There the notion is that of being born again as a spiritual child of God, a concept amplified in John 3:3-21.
The Testimony of Two Witnesses
To make sure we get the point of Genesis 6:1-4, the distinction appears twice. The males were direct creations of God while the females were the offspring of human parents. The passage clearly states that fallen angels somehow took on the form of human males and married human females who bore their children. 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6 mention the fallen angels as having been rounded up and bound in chains awaiting the Judgment Day, and In 1 Cor. 6:3 Paul hinted that the church will judge them for their actions. These children were called Nephilim (gigantes in Greek … origin of our word giant) a Hebrew word that translates “fallen ones.”
But Nephilim also appeared after the flood as foretold in Gen 6:4 (“and also afterward”). Returning from their first view of the Promised Land, the 12 spies reported seeing them among the local people (Numbers 13:33). This is one reason the Lord instructed the Israelites to wipe out the entire population of Caanan (Deut. 20:16-18) including their animals before settling down in their new land. Like Nephilim, the Rephaim were also called giants and are mentioned throughout the Old Testament. Goliath was from the Rephaim. We would call these people aliens today, being of extra-terrestrial origin.
And now research of documented alien encounters shows a consistent interest in and inspection of the human reproductive system. Are aliens using humans to grow and harvest offspring creating a super race among us as some have claimed? Does the apparent increase in alien contact signal another return of the Nephilim? In the KJV translation of Daniel 2:43 there’s an obscure reference to someone from the 4th kingdom “mingling themselves with the seed of men” in the last days. Is the antichrist part alien, or in command of alien forces? In Matt 24:37 the Lord spoke of the Last Days being “as it was in the days of Noah.” Think about it.
Back To Genesis
The mixed marriages of Gen. 6 contaminated the human gene pool. This was an attempt by Satan to thwart the plan of God by preventing the birth of a Redeemer, since a direct descendant of Adam was required, a man without sin. Fossil evidence reveals that Satan was also tinkering with animal genetics before the flood since the various strains of dinosaurs and such couldn’t have been created that way. What little we understand of God’s creative capability tells us He wouldn’t have made an animal with a body too big for its skeleton, and a brain too small to effectively control it. Nor would He have created birds too heavy to fly or fish that couldn’t swim. His creation was perfect and He pronounced it all “very good.” Fossils were formed at one time and one time only, during the Great Flood, and were left as evidence of pre flood disobedience. Man sinned, allowing Evil into the world, and God had to destroy His creation and begin again. It’s a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God (Hebr. 10:31).
But Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time (Gen. 6:8-9). The Hebrew here means perfect in his generations, not sinless. Within the above context it’s clear that Noah was chosen for two reasons. First, his genealogy was not contaminated by intermarriage so a direct line to Adam could be preserved, and second, he was faithful. Even in the worst of times the Lord has always preserved a faithful remnant to begin again and Noah, though a sinner, had walked with God all his life.
Genesis 6:5-6 says that every intention of man’s mind was evil and God saw no alternative to destroying them all. Having given mankind 10 generations, great teachers like Enoch, a living reminder in Methuselah (the name means his death shall bring) and a 120 year count down (Gen. 6:3), in the year Methuselah died the Great Flood came, 1656 years after Adam’s creation. And the record shows that not one of the world’s inhabitants joined Noah on the Ark. Just like the people of our time, they didn’t believe God would ever judge them. Like the man said, “The only thing we learn from history is that we never learn anything from history.”
More next time.