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.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
The New Testament identifies two classes of demons, i.e. fallen angels: those abiding in the spirit realm yet seeking to indwell the bodies of humans and animals so as to interact directly with the physical realm (Luke 8:26-31; Acts 19:13-16), and those imprisoned in chains of darkness and reserved for the day of Judgment (2 Peter 2:4, 9; Jude 6; Rev. 9). The imprisoned ones are in confinement for the abomination they committed against Almighty God, an act that simultaneously placed heightened enmity between fallen angels and humanity due to its reprehensible violation (such enmity originating when Lucifer provoked the Fall of humanity as recorded in Genesis 3).
Over the years I have been asked about the peculiar circumstance of Genesis 6:1-7, and I have been told that my answer clarifies numerous historical enigmas, theological “gray areas,” and/or misconceptions regarding the character of God throughout the Old Testament. However, I am swift to explain that it is our Sovereign Lord, and not I, Who gives us the answers through His Word, though we must study to show ourselves approved unto God, rightly dividing (discerning) the word of Truth from untruth (2 Timothy 2:15). I must also note that while scores of individuals have experienced genuine enlightenment upon learning what follows in this article, there have been a few (surprisingly clergy) who have balked at the matter, dismissing such as fantastical New Age lore or severe misinterpretation.
I have thus concluded that the Church has fallen asleep in that a lethargy exists relating to specific connections between Biblical and world history, the present, and the future. Choosing to focus on only a few important topics rather than the whole theological Love Story (from Genesis to Revelation) does more to generate eventual doubt and indifference than one might imagine. But more disappointing than this is the fact that many spiritual leaders are ignorant of most Scripture and/or assume a depth of knowledge based on the readings of commentary alone rather than on direct reading and study of the Word of God. Granted, no one can know everything, but too many do not even attempt to learn as much as they can. Thus, long ago, during a rereading of Genesis, the Lord quickened my spirit as I envisioned the antediluvian world and its unfortunate condition at the time of Noah (Gen. 6). I immediately began searching Scripture for other references to giants and their forefathers (the fallen angels of Jude 6 prior to imprisonment). Accompanying research included the histories of every ancient culture and their religion and background. Here is what I found:
The Nephilim and Rephaim
Genesis 3:15 was the first Messianic prophecy given, stating that the Seed of the woman (proving Divine involvement through a virgin birth) would eventually conquer the seed of the serpent by bruising the serpent’s head. The significance of the Seed of the woman rests in that it is physiologically the seed of the man that is needed to fertilize the female egg; also the seed of the man determines the sex of a child. Thus, a Divine human Savior would be miraculously born into the world through a human vessel so as to restore what humanity could not restore to itself.
At the issuance of this prophecy, Lucifer/Satan (the serpent) straightaway set to work on a diabolical strategy to negate the Seed’s entrance into the world. Genesis 6 gives insight into this satanic tactic: Certain fallen angels procreated with human women so as to systematically corrupt the human seed (genome), thereby nullifying the avenue through which a Savior had been promised to arrive. Both the generational lines of Cain and Seth were targeted and ultimately only several individuals were left untainted. All of Cain’s cursed lineage were lost, and only eight remained of Seth’s lineage before Almighty God responded to the demonic saturation of His creation by way of a great Deluge, destroying the genetically corrupt humanity.
Noah, Ham, Japheth, Shem, and their wives would survive the Flood by way of an ark, and being of the Godly line of Seth, they would preserve the Messianic Bloodline required for the eventual fulfillment of Genesis 3:15. The references in Genesis 6:9 and 7:1 that Noah and his household were “perfect” and “righteous” in his/their generations are not acclamations of personal, mental, and/or spiritual perfection; these proclamations from God are referencing Noah and his household’s genetic perfection, being fully human and uncorrupted by the “seed of the serpent.”
The offspring of the fallen angels that initiated the unholy union between themselves and human women are called “giants,” or Nephilim in some translations (Gen. 6:4), meaning “the fallen ones” from the Hebrew word napal, itself meaning “to fall.” The fallen angels themselves, or progenitors, are called the “sons of God” because they were originally a part of the heavenly host of angels, until their rebellion under Lucifer. The Nephilim are identified as “heroes/mighty men of old” and “men of renown” (6:4). Why? Such unions between the fallen angels and human women resulted in highly intelligent and supernaturally powerful “giants” who were esteemed as gods, though in reality they were demonic/human half-breeds; therefore possessing already damned souls, or more likely no souls at all, i.e. animalistic. Indeed, one can readily imagine a world of such dark influences fast becoming overtly reprobate and wicked beyond redemption, leading to the situation wherein the Lord God regretted His creation of man and was grieved in His heart (6:5-7).
Genesis 6:4 reveals that even after the Flood the unions between human women and fallen angels continued: “There were giants 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.”
Thus, after coming so close (within eight humans) to succeeding in his attempt to breed out humanity, Satan must have felt a surge of confidence when God promised to never again flood the earth (Gen. 8:21). And so, Satan began anew with the same strategy, only this time his craftiness disclosed a tactical shift. Perhaps Satan knew or discovered slivers (never the whole) of God’s Plan and worked and reworked his defiance accordingly. Following the calling out of Abram (Gen. 12) it would seem that the slow pace of passing generations on earth would give Satan an edge, but history shows that is not the case. As God prepared to raise up a new class of people to be His Chosen, Satan began to saturate Canaan, the Promised Land, with another breed of demonically spawned “giants” in order to contest God’s claim on the Land. This second class of giants were called Rephaim, meaning “dead ones,” after Rapha, their fallen forefather.
There were many tribes/cultures of these giants: Kenites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, Jebusites, Anakims, Emims, Zamzummims, and others. The land of Ammon was a land of giants (Deut. 2:19-20). A valley of giants is mentioned in Joshua 15:8 and 18:16. Joshua 13:12-13 speaks of geographical boundaries for Israel’s tribes, making reference to Moses’ exploits with some of these giants. There is the notorious instance when ten of the twelve spies of Israel saw themselves as “grasshoppers” compared to the Anakim giants (Numbers 13:33).
Also of note is that Goliath of Gath was one of the Rephaim (1 Sam. 17:4-7), as was Og, king of Bashan, who was nearly 18 ft. tall (Deut. 3:11). In David’s later years as king, he leads Israel in a war with Philistia where four of Goliath’s brothers are killed (2 Sam. 21:15-22). Intriguingly, 1 Samuel 17:40 records that a younger David, just before confronting Goliath in a duel to the death, gathered five smooth stones for his sling. Some have contended that David lacked faith in the accuracy of his sling shot, or that he believed it may have taken more than one stone to bring down the giant. I assert that David seriously considered the possibility that Goliath’s four brothers would attempt to avenge their sibling’s defeat immediately upon his death! One stone for each of them… David’s faith was solid, in himself and in his LORD.
Once Israel began the conquest of Canaan under Joshua and Caleb, centuries of war with these giant cultures commenced. And once understanding is achieved concerning the genetic makeup of such giants, one can more readily accept the harshness of instances in Scripture where God commands Israel’s armies to destroy every last man, woman, child, and beast of these genetically profane societies, as they were beyond redemption; the beasts thereof being critically unclean. Herein, war is how God eradicated the giants on the earth the second time around, though He settled the issue by imprisoning the fallen angels specifically involved in the genetic manipulation of humanity (Jude 6).
It is singularly probable that the Rephaim were in fact the “gods” of ancient Egypt and the Titans of Greek mythology as well as the origin of the Roman Pantheon, considering the Romans simply updated and adopted the Greek legends as their own. This thinking illuminates the possibility of some actual truth behind the outlandish ancient legends. Since there were giants on the earth even after the Flood, could not some have ended up in Egypt, Macedonia, Central and South America, or elsewhere? This would associate religious and architectural similarities between many civilizations despite geographical and chronological distance… Truth is often stranger than fiction, and in this case it actually is. And it makes more sense.
In sum, the angels held captive that kept not their proper domain, but rebelled and gave themselves over to sexual immorality in pursuit of strange flesh, have been held in reserve only to be unleashed upon the earth at God’s instruction so as to be His hand of judgment on an unbelieving world prior to their own final doom (Jude 6-7). And that these incarcerated angels are in fact the demon locusts and demon horsemen of Revelation 9 is proven in that nowhere else in Scripture do these “imprisoned angels” of Jude 6 make a post-detention appearance, and further, Rev. 9 reveals the macabre details of their “duty” as foreordained by God upon their confinement. One could not conjure imagery so dark as the nefarious savagery to be wrought by these vile beings upon their temporary future discharge into the world…
Let us then thank our awesome and loving God for sending us His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our stead so that we may spend our eternal lives in peace and at peace with Him, rather than with the damned who shall suffer eternal oblivion, anguish, and separation from all that is Good (John 3:16-21).
The events outlined above, and in the Scriptures referenced, serve to prove with finality that God’s Sovereignty cannot be removed or diminished, even when the world might be against Him. Moreover, we find that the “seed of the serpent,” though not at all a Divine miracle, was just as literal and supernatural as the “Seed of the woman.” However, Lucifer is not on equal footing with God; he is not one side of a divine yin-yang. At the Cross, Jesus Christ crushed the head of the serpent. Thus, Lucifer holds no authority over anyone, unless of course, one permits him such.
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods of which your fathers served… or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).