“Nephilim” is a term that has prompted numerous people to e-mail, their curiosity piqued. I have touched on matters surrounding the strange term in other commentaries. Others such as my recently deceased friend Patrick Heron, as well as I, have presented longer articles on the nephilim and corollary topics in various forums.
My novel series, “Second Coming Chronicles,” “The Rapture Dialogues,” and the second novel, “The Nephilim Imperatives” deal in a fictional way with the topics involved with the nephilim, but from a solid, biblical perspective.
I’ve chosen one e-mail that particularly gripped my interest and prompted me to choose this subject for this Prophecy Line piece. Here is an excerpt from the note, which was addressed not only to me, but to several whom the e-mailer apparently considers somewhat knowledgeable in Bible prophecy.
“…First, I’ve always wondered why God destroyed everything on earth, except Noah, his family, and the pairs of animals. It just seems strange God would ‘lose His temper’ and destroy everything, and then promised He would never flood the earth again. Especially, [since] in my opinion, humanity is just as bad now as humanity [was] back then. We have pervasive homosexuality and murdering of thousands of innocent babies without blinking an eye, just as starters on moral depravity…
Here [are] a few questions I’d like to ask you Watchmen on the Wall.
1) What is it, with the fascination of the nephilim? Recently, there’s a lot of activity on the study of the nephilim.
2) I thought angels were non-sexual beings. I wasn’t aware they could procreate with each other, let alone with women. Could you enlighten me about this?
3) Finally, what does all this have to do with the end times? I’m not aware of any giants roaming earth at the present time, as if demon/human breeding going on…”
To begin answering, I first want to point again to the words of the Lord Jesus, in which He foretold things to come. I’m convinced He was prophesying things that would take place not only during the tribulation, but in our present time as well–the time just before He calls the Church to be with him (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-55; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 3:10; Rev. 4:1): “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Lk. 17:26).
The “days of Noah” encompass a quite large time line, with many things happening. Two primary things taking place during Noah’s day–pertaining to our e-mailers inquiry–were:
1) The bene elohim (sons of God) looked upon the flesh-and-blood daughters of men, and came to earth to have sexual relations with them. The offspring of these unions are the “nephilim.” For the sake of space limitations, I suggest you read the account in Genesis, Chapter 6. 2) The same passages tell us that violence filled the whole earth at the time these nephilim roamed the earth. These beings were part supernatural, part human. They were called by Scripture “giants”. They performed spectacular feats in their day, the Genesis account tells us. These are the beings, it is believed, that inspired the legends of Greek, Roman, Norse, and other mythologies, including Zeus, Apollo, Hercules, Prometheus, Thor, etc.–all the gods and demigods that traversed the pages of literature some of us read about in our high school and college days.
One argument that some give who believe the “sons of God” were really the sons of Seth, the son of Adam, say these couldn’t be the fallen angels because of the following Scripture: “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matt. 22:30).
The “they’re-no-angels” camp says angels are obviously sexless, therefore do not and cannot procreate. But, that’s not what the Scripture says. God’s Word indicates the angels neither marry, nor are married in Heaven. The key words are “in Heaven.” These fallen “sons of God” left their first estate–Heaven—the book of Jude says. They pursued “strange flesh,” i.e., an order other than their own. The term bene elohim in almost every case in the use of the Hebrew term, means the created order called “angels,” not the procreated order of being called “man.”
We’ve already addressed the e-mailer’s second question about angels not procreating. We go now back to the first question asking why there is presently such emphasis on the things called “nephilim”.
In my own case of writing on the topic, I can only say that I sense an urging that I believe is from God, the Holy Spirit, to address this topic that has until now been for the most part left out of the dialogue in eschatology (the study of end things). I believe others are getting the same prompting by the Lord to make this whole UFO thing a part of the mix of things to come. Jesus’ profound foretelling in Luke 17 must be taken seriously. He is, after all, the Creator of all things who knows all things.
The proliferation of sightings, reports of abductions, visitations, and many other anomalous things shows, I believe, along with all other signals, just where this generation must stand on God’s prophetic time line. We, indeed, seem to be in the time Jesus termed “as in the days of Noah”. The Lord always forewarns any generation that is about to endure His judgment. This generation is no exception. Therefore, He wants us to know what these strange lights in the sky really mean in our time.
The end-times battles between godliness and spiritual wickedness in high places increase daily. God’s royal ambassadors need to be informed with truth about what they face.