The Days of Noah
Vol: 20 Issue: 1 Wednesday, February 1, 2017
According to the Book of Genesis, there was an antediluvian (pre-Flood) race of beings that existed on the earth that the KJV calls ‘giants’ that the Hebrew sages dubbed “the Nephilim”.
The Nephilim were the children born to the daughters of men and the “sons of God.” As to the identity of the ‘sons of God’ — if you ask four Christian theologians that question you’ll get five different answers.
(And about the only thing they’ll agree on is that the other three guys are wrong).
Instead of filling in the blanks on stuff we don’t know with stuff we guess about, let’s tick off the things we DO know about the players involved.
The sons of God are clearly distinguished from the daughters of men, raising two possible conclusions.
The first is that the ‘sons of God’ were simply good and righteous men so labeled to distinguish them from the earthy, less righteous among them. That doesn’t seem to make much sense, given that God singled out Noah — specifically because of his righteousness — yet Genesis didn’t label him a ‘son of God.’
Only six verses after singling out the ‘sons of God’ for special mention, Genesis says simply that Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” because he was “a just man and perfect in his generations.”
If being righteous justified the label, ‘sons of God’ then Noah certainly would seem to qualify.
Focus instead on the phrase, ‘perfect in his generations’. Noah was a ‘just’ man, not a perfect one. But in his ‘generations’ — his genealogy — he was ‘perfect’ ie., untainted.
Untainted by what?
The phrase “sons of God” used in Genesis 6 is “bene elohim”, which used apparently only three other times in Scripture and in each of the other cases it is found in the book of Job which is accepted as one of the most ancient books written. Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7.
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.”
“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.”
“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
In each of these examples, the “sons of God” were the angels..
The only logical conclusion is that the ‘sons of God’ were not righteous men, or even men at all.
And their offspring, the ‘giants’ or Nephilim were a hybrid race formed out of two distinct but sexually compatible beings.
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37)
“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. ” (Luke 17:27)
To get a look at that distant, future, generation who would witness the return of Christ, Jesus tells us to look to that distant, past generation that experienced the judgment of the Great Flood.
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:29)
Let’s connect some more dots. Genesis Chapter 6 describes the most direct and unfettered contact between human beings in general and the spirit world recorded in the entire Bible — other than the Book of the Revelation’s description of the Tribulation Period.
Additionally, Genesis tells us that “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
It can be argued that television is imagination in a box. There, we vicariously live out all our dreams and fantasies. Somewhere on the cable dial, there is something for the imagination of everybody’s heart. . .
So take a look at what is the imagination of the thoughts of THIS generation’s heart. It won’t take long. Pick up your remote and scroll through the cable listings. (I’ll wait.)
Popular culture today is full of the use of spirit guides, alien encounters, and open satanic worship.
A similar, but seldom-noted parallel between the unholy offspring of Genesis 6 and this generation is DNA and cloning research. In Genesis chapter 2, God promises a Redeemer who would be of the ‘seed of a woman’.
Satan therefore set out to pollute the human bloodline to prevent this prophecy from being fulfilled. The corruption of the human race was the main reason for the Flood. And we are in the process of corrupting it again — as it was in the days of Noah.
The term ‘strange flesh’ means to go after an unnatural sexual union. In any case, the parallel between Sodom and this generation’s moral code is self-evident.
Jesus uses the story of the evacuation of Lot’s family before judging Sodom and Gomorrah to illustrate the Rapture of the Church — before the judgment of the Tribulation Period.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. ” (2 Peter 3:2-3)
I love this argument for its utter stupidity. The Lord hasn’t come back, which somehow proves He won’t come back. Peter doesn’t call it ‘stupid’, he calls it ‘willing ignorance’ but it means the same thing.
“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.”
About the only thing in modern culture that raises eyebrows is Biblical Christianity.
While other Christians scoff, or argue that the Church has replaced Israel in God’s Plan, that they’ve been hearing ‘for ages’ that the Lord is coming back, or that prophecy was all fulfilled back in AD 70, keep this thought in mind.
God has chosen a few out of this generation to be the watchmen on the wall. Most churches have their ‘prophecy nuts’. Recognize what that term really describes.
It describes a relative handful of Christians — out of this vast, unique generation — who have been specifically and directly chosen by God to give the warning of His soon return.
And out of all the generations of Christians — from the Resurrection of Christ and down through the centuries — out of all the nations on all the continents, right down to all the people in your church, He chose . . . you.
“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. ” (2nd Peter 3:17-18)
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