Let’s explore this giant race of people together according to the Scriptures provided to us in the Bible. It is believed by many that this race of giants were created when “the sons of God” came unto the daughters of men and bare children to them. Many will argue that this refers to the godly line of Seth, which intermarried with the daughters of men, alluding to the ungodly line of Cain. When you look at all the facts, I will show how this theory is not likely.
The names and different races for the giants in the Bible include:
The term “Nephilim” occurs just twice in the Hebrew Bible, both in the Torah. The first is Genesis 6:4, immediately before the story of Noah’s ark when God floods the
whole earth destroying all the evil in the earth in those days:
- 1. When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
- 2. The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
- 3. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
- 4. 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. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
The second is Numbers 13:32–33, where The Twelve Spies report that they have seen fearsome giants in Canaan:
- 32. And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
- 33. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
The term “sons of God” is used twice in the Old Testament to refer to angels which is Genesis 6 and Job 1:6;2:1. There is a debatable third in Deuteronomy 32:8 where it is rendered “children of Israel” whereas the Masoretic text refers to angels. Here is a link for this reference Click here. The Hebrew Bənê hāʼĕlōhim is where we get the English term sons of God. In Job there seems to be meetings where the sons of God would come to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan is considered one of them as he was there too. That the same Hebrew words are there Bənê hāʼĕlōhim. the phrase explicitly references angels. This is supported by the Septuagint version of the Codex Alexandrinus, which, in Genesis 6:2, renders the phrase “angels of God”.
Since Classical antiquity, Biblical expositors such as Justin Martyr, Eusebius, Clement of Alexandria, Origen and Commodianus have held the view that the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:1-4 were fallen angels who engaged in unnatural union with human women, resulting in the begetting of the Nephilim. Modern Christians have argued against this view by reasoning on Jesus’ comment in Matthew 22:30 that angels do not marry.
Let’s take a close look at this verse in Matthew:
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Jesus said “but are as the angels of God in heaven.” In heaven is the key word here.
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward (flood)—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Genesis 6:4 implies that the Nephilim have inhabited the earth in at least two different time periods—in antediluvian times “and afterward.” If the nephilim were supernatural beings themselves, or at least the progeny of supernatural beings, there is a theory that the “giants of Canaan” in Numbers 13:33 were the direct descendants of the antediluvian nephilim, or were fathered by the same supernatural parents.
Ask ourselves these questions: If the children of Adam’s sons Seth and Cain intermarried, why would it produce a race of fierce giants? Why would the Scripture say The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward? This would be obvious if it were the case. Would Noah who was a just man (Gen. 6:9) and his family, the only survivors of the flood have intermarried with the line of Cain?
Something in the earth in those days happened that the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. (Gen.6:6)
The story of the nephilim is further elaborated in the Book of Enoch. The Greek, Aramaic, and main Ge’ez manuscripts of 1 Enoch and Jubilees obtained in the 19th century and held in the British Museum and Vatican Library, connect the origin of the nephilim with the fallen angels, and in particular with the egrḗgoroi (watchers). Samyaza, an angel of high rank, is described as leading a rebel sect of angels in a descent to earth to have sexual intercourse with human females:
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.’ 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 called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it…
In the New Testament Epistle of Jude 14–15 cites from 1 Enoch 1:9. To most commentators this confirms that the author of Jude regarded the Enochic interpretations of Genesis 6 as correct. Jude 6 says:
And the angels which kept not their proper domain, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the day of judgment of the great day.
These angels did not stay in their “proper domain”, they left their own habitation in heaven. These angels are reserved in everlasting chains in the abyss or Sheol. What did these angels do that was so terrible that God threw them in hell in everlasting chains until judgment day? Especially when there is free roaming demon angels, and Satan himself, enticing man away from God that are not reserved in hell until judgment day. Apparently these angels did some sort of abomination that sorely grieved God for such a punishment. Remember, the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. (Gen.6:6) This is when He destroyed the earth with the flood. Wickedness has always been in the earth. Jesus said, “ And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold.” So it only gets worse! So what was so different before the flood?
Peter writes a verse that parallels Jude’s:
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness,
Angels that did not keep their proper domain and fell to earth and bore children with daughters of men makes more sense as to why God was so grieved that He flooded the earth for mans wickedness and threw these certain angels into hell in everlasting chains.
More references to giants:
Og king of Bashan was a remnant of giants and he had a bed of iron that was 13 and half feet long and six feet wide (Deut. 3:11). There are many references to Og king of Bashan. Joshua 13:12 says Moses fought the giants, defeated them and cast them out of the land.
And we are all familiar with David and Goliath. Goliath had a giant brother 1Chron:20:5:
And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver’s beam.
This spear is given the same reference to Goliath’s spear which the head weighed six hundred shekels (about 17lbs) of iron with an estimated length of 26ft long. In Amos 2:9 we read that there were Amorite’s whose height was “like the height of the cedars” and as strong as the oaks.
Some reference taken from wikipedia.
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