Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Days of Noah, the Nephilim and the Book of Enoch

According to Mathew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, 4 disciples, Peter, James, John and Andrew came to Jesus privately for a confidential briefing to ask about his eventual return to the Earth. This event is widely recognized as the Olivet Discourse. Jesus responds to their question by bringing up the days of Noah, where he actually coined the term as the “The Days of Noah”. Well what was so important about Jesus bringing up events that occurred during the Days of Noah?

If you were to ask most Christians why God flooded the earth, 97% of them would respond that the earth was flooded simply because of sin. Well if God flooded the earth because of sin, then we as a society today are in a much greater predicament with sin running rampant today probably like never before. I feel there is much more to meet the eye than God simply flooded the earth simply because of sin.
Likewise, if you were to ask Christians who are the Nephilim, most would have no idea. Yet understanding who the Nephilim are is an important historical fact, if you really want to understand what happened in Genesis 6 on a much deeper level. I thought for years, as most Christians feel, that God flooded the earth because of man was evil, and that there was sin in the land. While that is true, if you do a careful study of Genesis 6 and the Bible as a whole, you’ll learn there is a secondary far greater issue going on during the time of Noah. Let’s pick up at the first four verses of Genesis 6.
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 which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an 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

There are a few key points that are not so conspicuous that need our attention.
  • The sons of God versus the daughters of men.
  • That the sons of God slept with the daughters of men
  • Who are these ‘giants’?
The term ‘sons of God’ in the Hebrew is translated as Bene HaElohim. This term Bene HaElohim is a term that is always used as a direct creation of God. Adam was a direct creation of God. The rest of us are not a direct creation of God, in the natural sense; we are sons of Adam. This term Bene HaElohim is always used of angels. The Septuagint translation of the Bible from Hebrew to Greek in 270 BC also refers to these sons of God as angels. So when we see that term, sons of God, we need to understand that these are angels.  The term ‘daughters of men’ are obviously a different group than the sons of God, outside of the obvious gender difference. These ‘daughters of man’ is translated in Hebrew as the daughters of Adam. Verse 4 indicates that these giants (Nephilim) were offspring of a strange union, the sons of God (angels) and the daughters of Adam. The children are the Nephilim. Nephilim means the ‘fallen ones’. It comes from the word nephal which means “to fall, be cast down to fall away”. The passage portrays fallen angels. When Satan fell, a third of the angels fell with him. So what we see here are these fallen angels creating a hybrid race by cohabitating with human females. An important concept to understand is that angels cannot multiply. There are other places in the Bible and New Testament in particular that shares this angel view of Genesis 6. First we’ll look at our buddy Jude.
Jude was the half-brother of Jesus Christ. He was a non-believer at the time Jesus walked the face of the earth, and only became saved after his crucifixion. In Jude 6, 7 we read the following:
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. – Jude 6, 7.
Jude is talking about judgment of the bad guys, these fallen angels. He is referring to these angels that sinned back in Genesis 6. These angels were fornicating with ‘strange flesh’. Not strange to you and I, but very strange for an angel. These angels that participated in forcing themselves and taking human women in Genesis 6 are chained waiting for a special judgment. Jude goes one step further in comparing the sin of angels and humans fornicating and comparing that sin to the sin at Sodom and Gomorrah. Both groups were doing something that was unnatural. Sodom and Gomorrah was the unnaturalness of homosexuality, and here we had the unnaturalness of humans and angels fornicating. The fallen angels went after strange flesh, as do the homosexuals go after strange flesh in Sodom and Gomorrah. Peter also references this fallen angel scenario from Genesis 6. The book of 2 Peter also communicates this angel view interpretation from the Days of Noah.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus, 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, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; - 2 Peter 2:4-5
Tartarus is the Greek word for hell. This is the only place where this word Tartarus is found in the Bible. Peter does a couple of things. First he alludes to the angels that sinned. And these angels as we see again are reserved for a final judgment. Peter also ties this event specifically to the days of Noah. He not only confirms Genesis 6, but links it to the days of Noah.
Sometimes we can use non-Biblical resources to understand the language, history, vocabulary and customs of the time. Examples of those writings are from the Jewish historian Josephus, or book of Maccabees. For example, the book of Maccabees references the Maccabean Revolt. The Greek Empire was divided up after the death of Alexander the Great. At the time of the writing of Maccabees around 167 BC, there was a horrible persecution of Judaism by the Greeks.  Antiochus Epiphanies plundered and desecrated the Temple (the “Abomination of Desolation”). Antiochus IV “Epiphanes” pillaged the city of Jerusalem, took 10,000 captives, stripped the Temple of its treasures, and built a pagan altar. He also erected an idol to Zeus in the Holy of Holies. The Jews rebelled and took back their temple. The millions of Jews celebrate this event by today, a holiday known as Hanukkah.
The book of Enoch is no different to substantiate the Bible. The book of Enoch is not an inspired book, nor is it part of the Bible, but it is useful in substantiating what the Bible says. The Book of Enoch tells of a group of 200 Satan’s fallen angels who seduced the daughters of men, and produced a hybrid offspring of Satan’s devils and humans known as Nephilim.
One example that we can treat the book of Enoch as a good secondary source of history is by pulling out a verse out of Enoch and trying to confirm it directly with the Bible. For example, we will look at one verse from the second chapter of Enoch.
Behold, he comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon them, and destroy the wicked, and reprove all the carnal for everything which the sinful and ungodly have done, and committed against him.  – Enoch 2:1.
This verse from Enoch 2 is obviously a reference to Jesus’ second coming and it is familiar to any born-again Christian. But we get an ever stronger confirmation of the reliability of Enoch directly from the Bible itself, from Jude.
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” – Jude 14-15
We now have confirmation that at the very least Enoch is a source we can use to help confirm the Bible. Therefore let’s move forward and touch on a few verses in Enoch to help us confirm again what the Bible is really saying. We will pick it up in Enoch chapter 7, where he comments on the events from Genesis 6.
It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days, that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful. And when the angels, the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamored of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children. – Enoch 7:1-3
Yahtzee! This is a very clear description of what happened during the Days of Noah. Let’s move ahead a few verses to get more confirmation. Skipping ahead to Enoch 7 verse 10:
Then they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees. And the women conceiving brought forth giants. – Enoch 7:10-11.
This sequence of verses from Enoch 7 confirms exactly on the sequence of events Moses wrote in Genesis 6. These fallen angels cohabitated with human women and their offspring was a hybrid known as the Nephilim.
Moving forward, in Enoch chapter 10, we see a group of verses that confirm what Peter was commenting about from 2 Peter that there would be a special place in hell for these fallen angels who took human wives. Michael the archangel is mentioned here. Michael is one of the mighty angels who always appears in the scripture fighting off evil spirits. He made appearances in Daniel 10, Jude and Revelation 12. Here in Enoch he makes another appearance.
To Michael likewise the Lord said, Go and announce his crime to Samyaza, and to the others who are with him, who have been associated with women, that they might be polluted with all their impurity. And when all their sons shall be slain, when they shall see the perdition of their beloved, bind them for seventy generations underneath the earth, even to the day of judgment, and of consummation, until the judgment, the effect of which will last forever, be completed. Then shall they be taken away into the lowest depths of the fire in torments; and in confinement shall they be shut up forever. Immediately after this shall he, together with them, burn and perish; they shall be bound until the consummation of many generations. – Enoch 10:15-17
I don’t know much about this place called Tartarus but I certainly don’t want to find out!
This angel view of Genesis 6 has been around for a long time going back to the early centuries post Christ. There are many pastors both current and past who support this view. Some of those pastors are Chuck Missler, Hal Lindsey, Chuck Smith, G.H. Pember, A.W. Pink, Donald Grey Barnhouse, etc.. While there are other excellent pastors like my pastor Jack Graham who do not support to the angel view in Genesis.
Whatever your view on Genesis 6, the angel view is arguably more legitimate if you take the Bible on its face and use resources written at that time to substantiate the Holy Word. One way or another, if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you will be provided one day with all of the answers. For those of you who disagree with the angel view or other controversial topics such that Christ was not born in December or even on a Friday, I’ won’t make fun of you, and I promise to forgive you later J
God bless. Peace be with you.
Kevin Parnella

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