The Origin of the Nephilim
The "sons of God" in Genesis 6:2 Debate
Within Christian theology, there is a question as to the giants of old, those in the days of Noah. This is a fascinating subject and I’d like to write about why I believe these giants were indeed the offspring of the fallen angels (called “sons of God”) and human women. These giants were called Nephilim.
The Christians who oppose this teaching believe the “sons of God” that had sex with women in the days of Noah were the godly sons of Seth. Well, how in the world would evil overtake the earth to the point of God’s judgment of the flood, if their offspring were godly?
Let's take a moment to read 1 Cor 7:14: "For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy." That’s my point. In fact, Noah and his family were of the "godly line of Seth". Those who follow the sons of Seth theology also believe that evil spirits might be “disembodied spirits of a pre-Adamic race”. Surely, God indeed told Adam and Eve (pre-flood) what He told Noah and his family (post-flood) ~ to "replenish the earth" (Gen 1:28 and 9:1). Was there a human race prior to the new life given to the planet earth (Gen 1:2)? Well, if human spirits can be disembodied, that would defy what the Bible says in Heb 9:27: "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment". However, they may be on the right track, IF they considered the disembodied spirits to be those of the Nephilim...Let’s keep reading:
A Prison in Hell? (Tartaroo)
In my study of the word “hell”, there is one Greek word called “tartaroo”. Here is the definition: tartaroo (tar-tar-o’-o) the deepest abyss of hades; toincarcerate in eternal torment: - cast down to hell.
We all know that incarceration is that of prison, right? In the account of the rich man and Lazarus, we are told that the rich man went to hades, while Lazarus went to the bosom of Abraham (Luke 16:19-31). The definition of hades is: hades(hah’-dace) “hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell. We do not see “incarcerate” in this definition. Indeed, the rich man was in flames, but certainly not in chains.
It’s evident that there are levels of hades. The deepest level of hades is tartaroo, a place of incarceration, based on the definitions shown above. As we keep reading, we will see this is where the angels who sinned in the days of Noah are incarcerated.
What the Bible says:
Are angels ever called "sons of God" anywhere else in the Bible? Absolutely. Look at Job 38:4-7: "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?" It surely doesn't sound like man was around when the earth was created.
Gen 6:2 states, “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Obviously, this is referring to the fallen angels.
I think it wise to note here that all angels that appeared in human form in the Bible were male.
In verse 4 we read, “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (NAS)
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” (KJV)
What the Book of Enoch says:
The Book of Enoch was included in the Bible for 500 years, from the second century BC to the mid-third century AD. While it was removed from the Scriptures by the Council of Laodicea, the Book of Enoch still remains canonized in the Bibles of Ethiopia to this day. The Book of Jasher was also removed, yet it is mentioned in the Bible in Josh 10:13 and 2 Sam 1:18. Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam (Gen 5:3-18) and is mentioned 13 times in the Bible we have today. He is said to have “walked with God” (Gen 5:24) and that “he did not see death”, like Elijah, for God took him and he was not seen on the earth any longer (Heb 11:5).
In reviewing the Book of Enoch, he writes of the account in Gen 6:2-4 as follows:
Enoch 6:1-2 “And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another, ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.’
This “imprecation” continues in the following verses, “And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: ‘I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.’ And they all answered him and said: ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.’ Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they call it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.” Did you know that Jared was the father of Enoch? He lived 162 years when he begat Enoch, then another 800 years (See Gen 5:18-19).
In Enoch 8:8 we read, “And they have gone into the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, andrevealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness.” In Enoch 7:2 it is said these giants measured “3,000 ells”. An ell is equivalent to 45” x 3,000 = 135,000” or 11,250’, roughly 2.13 miles tall. Another verse states they were 300 cubits tall or 450 feet (600' if using Jewish cubit measurements). This seems more reasonable, as it's a little over a quarter mile tall.
In Enoch 10:2, the LORD instructs His angel, Uriel to go to the son of Lamech, saying to him, ‘Go to Noah and tell him in My name, ‘Hide thyself!’, and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and adeluge is about to come upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it.”
In verses 13-15 the judgment of God is given to these fallen angels who sinned: “They shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and to the torment and the prisonin which they shall be confined for ever. And whosoever shall be condemned and destroyed will from thenceforth be bound together with them to the end of all generations. And destroy all the spirits of the reprobate and the children of the Watchers (this is what these fallen angels were called), because they have wronged mankind.”
Enoch 14:3 confirms again, “Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done like the children of earth, andbegotten giants as your sons.”
Compare the Bible and Enoch
Having read some of the passages in the Book of Enoch, we can now go back and re-read Gen 6:2-4 above. Here are a few more verses in the Bible that will be more clear, in light of what the Book of Enoch revealed:.
Eph 4:9 “(Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?)", along with 1 Pet 3:19-20: "By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah,"
What was the judgment of God on these fallen angels for this sin? 2 Pet 2:4 states “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell (tartaroos: the deepest abyss of hades) and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, butpreserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;”
Jude 1:6 makes it very clear: "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
The final judgment is shown in Rev 20:14-15 “And death and hades were thrown into the lake of fire (geenna). This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
The Watchers Taught Witchcraft
The book of Enoch goes on to state what these fallen angels (Watchers) taught men, evil which is still practiced to this day:
Enoch 7:1, 5-6 state the following sins shown to man: “charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood.”
Chapter 8:1, 3 go on with bracelets, ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures; resolving of enchantments, astrology, constellations, knowledge of the clouds, the signs of the earth, sun, and course of the moon.”
Let’s check out what is said about this “knowledge of secrets” in Enoch 16:3 “You have been in heaven, but all the mysteries had not yet been revealed to you, and you knew worthless ones, and these in the hardness of your hearts you have made known to the women, and through these mysteries women and men work much evil on earth.”
God’s angels are not to procreate. Mat 22:30/Mark 12:25/Luke 20:35 state, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” The angels cannot procreate with each other. However, these fallen angels left heaven and were able to procreate with humans and were cast into everlasting prison for this sin. So where do evil spirits come from? They are the spirits of these giants, the offspring of the fallen angels and human women as shown here:
Enoch 15:8 states, “And now, the giants, who are proclaimed from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin;they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called.”
Does it make a bit more sense now that Legion begged Jesus not to send them to the abyss in Luke 8:31: “They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.”