An Introduction to the Nephilim

I believe the Bible is the Word of God. I also believe that the Bible is a supernatural book, which describes events that defy our understanding of the natural world. The Bible tells of a ninety-year-old woman having a baby, a talking donkey, the sun not going down for a day and a half, the parting of the Red Sea, a floating ax head, and giants. Yes, giants. The biblical story of David versus Goliath serves as a sports analogy whenever a smaller or perceived weaker team defeats the more formidable, stronger, heavily-favored team. However, what if Goliath was not the only giant mentioned in the Bible? What if all of the legends and myths of giants had a common origin? Could the answer be found in the Bible?

Genesis 4:16-5:32 contrasts the wicked genealogy of Cain’s descendants with the godly line of Seth. However, by Genesis 6, all of humanity, including Seth’s line, has become wicked and deprived.

      “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all of which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he is also flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. 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.” (Genesis 6:1-4, KJV).

The above passage describes fallen angels coming to earth and having sex with human women to produce a race of giants. Theses verses may be difficult to swallow or understand, but they cannot simply be explained away by stating “sons of God” refers to the line of Seth interbreeding with the line of Cain.

Before we go further, we need to clarify what is meant by the term “giant.” The word giant, Strong’s #5303 is the Hebrew word Nephiyl, which means “a feller, bully, or tyrant.” Nephiyl comes from the Hebrew root word Nephal (Strong’s #5307), which means “to fall.” So these beings are “the fallen ones,” and are often referred to as the Nephilim.

The Book of 1 Enoch goes into further detail about the union of fallen angels and human women, and the Nephilim offspring. Let me be perfectly clear, I do not consider the Book of 1 Enoch to carry the same authority as Scripture, I am citing the work to give further details concerning the topic of the Nephilim.

“And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born to them beautiful and fair daughters. And the angels, the sons of heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose wives from among the children of men.’” (1 Enoch 6:1-2).

First Enoch goes on to describe the giants in more detail and the wickedness the fallen angels taught humanity:

            “And all of them together [the fallen angels] went and took wives for themselves, each choosing one for himself, and they began to go in to them and to defile themselves with sex with them, And the angels taught them charms and spells, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And the women became pregnant, and they bare large giants, whose height was three thousand cubits (ells) [Some convert this unit of measurement to 450 feet]. The giants consumed all the work and toil of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drank the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.” (1 Enoch 7:1-6).

The Jewish historian Josephus confirms the biblical account by stating in Antiquities of the Jews, “For many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is, that these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants.” (From The Complete Works of Josephus, Kindle edition).

The fallen angels further corrupted mankind by teaching them how to make weapons of war, astrology, and other occult teachings. The Epistles of Jude and 2 Peter cite 1 Enoch when describing God’s judgment upon the fallen angels and the pre-Flood world.

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto judgment of the great day.” (Jude 6, KJV).

“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 eight person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly…” (2 Peter 2:4-5, KJV).

In Genesis 3:15, God pronounces a curse upon the serpent, stating that the seed of the woman will bruise the head, which is the first Messianic prophecy in the Bible. I believe the Nephilim were Satan’s attempt to corrupt the DNA of the human race so that God could not use the seed of the women to bring forth the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of all humanity. Both the Bible and 1 Enoch speak of Noah’s righteousness, thus Noah’s bloodline was not corrupted by the Nephilim.

Though I have covered a lot of ground, this entry serves as only an introduction to what I hope will be an in-depth series. Though this will not be the definitive discussion of the Nephilim, there are a lot of good resources and teachings on the subject of the Nephilim. For further study, I would encourage you to look up L.A. Marzulli, Rob Skiba, and Chuck Missler.

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