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Oh, I know, any of you that are familiar with Genesis 6:4, know where I am heading with this. Not to fear, no wild speculations are forthcoming, just a substantial amount of information and some logical questions.
Genesis 6:4 NIV “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.”
I could write a good sized book on this subject and in fact a significant number of books have already been authored on this very subject. But, as a student of the Bible, this is, in my estimation, an important subject to become, at the very least, informed about.
My intent, in this post, is NOT to provide a definitive answer to the questions that naturally flow from this scripture, but to provide you with resources that look at the subject from a number of different perspectives so that you can formulate your own understanding. And, it could very well be, that the questions that this scripture raises, will be one of the list of questions that remain unanswered until we are with our Lord.
I’ve already touched on this subject via a previous post entitled “there-were-giants-in-the-earth-in-those-days/” And you will note, that at the bottom of this particular lengthy article I have listed some of the sources for the extracts that I have quoted in this article. I would recommend that you read the previous post first.
To get a working overview on the subject of the Nephilim as it relates to the sons of God and the daughters of men, the following links provide information on some of the differing perspectives:
According to the holy scriptures, we do know the following:
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.”
Question: If the flood killed off all of the Nephilim, how was it that they re-appear in Numbers 13:32-33 and why does Genesis 6:4 include “and also afterwards”?
Question: Does the fact that the Nephilim’s appearance in Numbers 13:32-33 give any credibility to the possibility of a local flood versus a global flood?
Question: Does the Bible rule out that angels (whether fallen or abiding under God’s authority) can assume the appearance of man? The answer to that question is no because Genesis 19:10 informs us that the two angels had to physically grab Lot and pull him back into his house to avoid harm in Sodom, something that would be hard to do if the two beings were not truly physical. Plus there are other instances in the Bible where angels appear as humans (Gen 18:1–8).
The links above provide some interesting insight into the rationale for the necessity of the flood plus some possible answers to questions that naturally arise from looking at this subject. I have my own opinion but I’ll let you formulate your own.
Food for thought? I think so.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!