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Developing a
Systematic Messianic Theology

“The purpose of careful theological formulations is not to put barriers in the way of people who are seeking salvation, but to define clearly the truths upon which genuine [Biblical] faith rests, so that people will not be misled by false doctrines.” [Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Why You Should Believe in the Trinity: An Answer to Jehovah's Witnesses. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1989, p. 18.]
 

In this article: Sons of GodNephilimAnakimRephaimEmimZamzummimGiantsGhosts, Aliens, and UFOs

What the Scriptures Say About
Nephilim

When mankind began to multiply on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were beautiful, and they took any they chose as wives for themselves. (Genesis 6:1-2, HCSB)

The Nephilim were on the earth both in those days and afterwards, when the sons of God came to the daughters of man, who bore children to them. They were the powerful men of old, the famous men. (Genesis 6:4, HCSB)

We even saw the Nephilim there." (The offspring of Anak were descended from the Nephilim.) "To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them." (Numbers 13:33, HCSB)

Sons of God

Many interpreters claim that “the sons of God” were descendants of Cain and that the “daughters of men” were the descendants of Seth.[1] If that is the correct interpretation, how can it be that these “sons of God” appeared before God with Satan, and how can it be that they shouted for joy when God laid the “cornerstone” of creation? No, the Sons of God, or benei Elohim, are angelic beings:

One day the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. (Job 1:6)

One day the sons of God came again to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them to present himself before the Lord. (Job 2:1)

What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:6-7)

Y'hudah calls them “angels who did not keep their own position but deserted their proper dwelling,” (Jude 1:6;) and Kefa says that they are kept bound “with eternal chains in darkness for the judgment of the great day” (1 Peter 3:18-20). These demons (fallen angels) are called Incubi in modern demonology. It seems that their initial purpose was to corrupt the human bloodline (DNA) in order to keep Messiah from being born. Before Creation, HaShem had decreed that all judgment would be turned over to Messiah, who had to be totally pure. If they could corrupt human DNA, they could prevent Messiah from being born and would not have to face their judgment. This is why HaSatan used Herod to kill all the male children in Bethlehem when Yeshua was born (Matthew 2:16-18), and why he tried to corrupt Yeshua during His 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13).

Most modern Bible scholars agree that “sons of God” in Genesis 6:1-4 refers to fallen angels (demons) who cohabited with human women to produce hybrid giant offspring, the Nephilim. Otherwise, how is it possible that the union of the sons of Cain and the daughters of Seth could produce mutant giants?

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Nephilim

The King James Version, Douay-Rheims, Wycliffe, and some others translated Nephilim as “giants” and Tyndale translates it as “tirantes” (tyrants). Most of the newer versions don’t attempt to translated the word; they just transliterate it as “Nephilim.” The Good News Bible actually gets the idea right:

In those days, and even later, there were giants on the earth who were descendants of human women and the heavenly beings. They were the great heroes and famous men of long ago. (Genesis 6-4, Good News)

The Hebrew word transliterated as Nephilim or N'filim is ~ylypn, literally fallen ones. It comes from the root word lpn (naphal), to fall or to be thrown down. Translated as giants in some English versions, the translation is not literally accurate, it does adequately convey the idea.

The Nephilim were the hybrid offspring of demons who mated with human women. They were literally mutants. Apparently the human DNA had become almost totally corrupt by the time of Noach, leading HaShem to destroy the entire human species in order to protect the uncorrupted DNA of Noah so the Messiah could be born as pure human. According to Numbers 13:33, the Nephilim also inhabited Canaan at the time of the Israelite conquest, and included Goliath and his four brothers from the Canaanite city of Gath. While God sent the flood to wipe out the Nephilim, the fact that Goliath and his brothers were Nephilim indicates that this demonic cohabitation was resumed after the flood.

Curiously, after the reference to Nephilim in Numbers 13:33, the word changes from ~ylypn (nephilim) to ~yapr (rephaim). However, if we look carefully, we can see that both words refer to the same race.

"There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim) …" (Numbers 13:33)

Like the Anakim, they are also regarded as Rephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim. (Deuteronomy 2:11)

It is also regarded as the land of the Rephaim, for Rephaim formerly lived in it, but the Ammonites call them Zamzummin, (Deuteronomy 2:20)

So the Nephilim, the Anakim, the Rephaim (or Rephaites), the Emim, and the Zamzummin are all the same race of mutant giants. This helps explain why during the conquest of Canaan, HaShem instructed the Israelites to totally exterminate the entire race: they were all capable of passing on the mutant Nephalim DNA.

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Anakim

Where can we go? Our brothers have discouraged us, saying: “The people are larger and taller than we are; the cities are large, fortified to the heavens. We also saw the descendants of the Anakim there.” (Deuteronomy 1:28, HCSB)

The Emim, a great and numerous people as tall as the Anakim, had previously lived there. They were also regarded as Rephaim, like the Anakim, though the Moabites called them Emim. (Deuteronomy 2:10-11, HCSB)

This too used to be regarded as the land of the Rephaim. The Rephaim lived there previously, though the Ammonites called them Zamzummim, a great and numerous people, tall as the Anakim. The Lord destroyed the Rephaim at the advance of the Ammonites, so that they drove them out and settled in their place. (Deuteronomy 2:20-21, HCSB)

The people are strong and tall, the descendants of the Anakim. You know about them and you have heard it said about them, 'Who can stand up to the sons of Anak?' (Deuteronomy 9:2, HCSB)

At that time Joshua proceeded to exterminate the Anakim from the hill country-Hebron, Debir, Anab-all the hill country of Judah and of Israel. Joshua completely destroyed them with their cities. No Anakim were left in the land of the Israelites, except for some remaining in Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod. (Joshua 11:21-22, HCSB)

“Now give me this hill country the Lord promised [me] on that day, because you heard then that the Anakim are there, as well as large fortified cities. Perhaps the Lord will be with me and I will drive them out as the Lord promised.” (Joshua 14:12, HCSB)

Hebron's name used to be Kiriath-arba; Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. After this, the land had rest from war. (Joshua 14:15, HCSB)

More references for Anakim and Anak.

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Rephaim

In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim… (Genesis 14:5, NAS)

On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I give this land to your offspring, from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River: [the land of] the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaim, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites." (Genesis 15:18-21 , HCSB)

This too used to be regarded as the land of the Rephaim. The Rephaim lived there previously, though the Ammonites called them Zamzummim, a great and numerous people, tall as the Anakim. The Lord destroyed the Rephaim at the advance of the Ammonites, so that they drove them out and settled in their place. (Deuteronomy 2:20-21 , HCSB)

Only Og king of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaim. His bed was made of iron. Isn't it in Rabbah of the Ammonites? It is 13 feet six inches long and six feet wide by a standard measure. (Deuteronomy 3:11, HCSB)

I gave to half the tribe of Manasseh the rest of Gilead and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og. The entire region of Argob, the whole territory of Bashan, used to be called the land of the Rephaim. (Deuteronomy 3:13, HCSB)

Oga king of Bashan, of the remnant of the Rephaim, lived in Ashtaroth and Edrei. (Joshua 12:4, HCSB)

the whole kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei; he was one of the remaining Rephaim. Moses struck them down and drove them out (Joshua 13:12, HCSB)

From there the border ascended the Valley of Hinnom to the southern Jebusite slope (that is, Jerusalem) and ascended to the top of the hill that faces the Valley of Hinnom on the west, at the northern end of the Valley of Rephaim. (Joshua 15:8, HCSB)

“If you have so many people,” Joshua replied to them, “go to the forest and clear [an area] for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim, because Ephraim's hill country is too small for you.” (Joshua 17:15, HCSB)

More references to the Rephaim here.

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Emim

In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, (Genesis 14:5, NAS)

The Emim, a great and numerous people as tall as the Anakim, had previously lived there. They were also regarded as Rephaim, like the Anakim, though the Moabites called them Emim. (Deuteronomy 2:10-11, HCSB)

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Zamzummim

This too used to be regarded as the land of the Rephaim. The Rephaim lived there previously, though the Ammonites called them Zamzummim, a great and numerous people, tall as the Anakim. The Lord destroyed the Rephaim at the advance of the Ammonites, so that they drove them out and settled in their place. (Deuteronomy 2:20-21 , HCSB)

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Giants

After this, a war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer. At that time Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Sippai, a descendant of the giants, and the Philistines were subdued. (1 Chronicles 20:4)

There were no Anakim left in the land of the sons of Israel; only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod some remained. (Joshua 11:22, NAS)

Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span [nine feet, nine inches]. (1 Samuel 17:4, NAS)

As he was talking with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine from Gath named Goliath, was coming up from the army of the Philistines, and he spoke these same words; and David heard them. (1 Samuel 17:23, NAS)

Instead, he [David] took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the wadi and put them in the pouch, in his shepherd's bag. Then, with his sling in his hand, he approached the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:40, HCSB)

[Goliath had four brothers. David expected that he would have to kill all five of them.]

The Philistines again waged war against Israel. David went down with his soldiers, and they fought the Philistines, but David became exhausted. Then Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giant, whose bronze spear weighed about eight pounds and who wore new armor, intended to kill David. But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to his aid, struck the Philistine, and killed him. Then David's men swore to him: “You must never again go out with us to battle. You must not extinguish the lamp of Israel.” After this, there was another battle with the Philistines at Gob. At that time Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was one of the descendants of the giant. Once again there was a battle with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam. At Gath there was still another battle. A huge man was there with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot — 24 in all. He, too, was descended from the giant. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan, son of David's brother Shimei, killed him. These four were descended from the giant in Gath and were killed by David and his soldiers. (2 Samuel 21:15-22, HCSB; cp. 1 Chronicles 20:4-8)

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Ghosts, Aliens, and UFOs

Some believe that manifestations of ghosts are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim. They reason that since they are not human, when they die they cannot go to either Paradise (the place where the righteous dead are with Yeshua awaiting their resurrection to the Olam Haba) or Sheol (the place where the unrighteous dead await the resurrection to their judgment), so they wander on the earth causing mischief and disbelief. Those who believe in “ghosts” and other paranormal phenomena believe they are the souls of dead humans, which results in a disbelief in the Scriptures that teach the true fate of the dead. The Scriptures are clear that there must be no attempt at contact between the living and the dead (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). The reason that such activity (necromancy) is prohibited under the death penalty is that it is actually making contact with demons, not dead humans. (See also “Necromancy” on OpenBible.info and my article on “Soul Sleep.”)

I personally have no problem at all accepting the idea that we are not the only intelligent life in our galaxy. If there is no other intelligent life in the cosmos, HaShem is wasting a lot of valuable real estate. But, it is His to waster if He so chooses. The Scriptures do not speak to the possibility of life on other worlds; they are concerned only with how HaShem relates to one single family of mankind — Avraham, his ancestors, and his descendants.

On the other hand, I also have no problem accepting the idea that UFOs and “aliens” are actually the work of HaSatan and his minions to deceive humanity. Can it be that what humanity perceives as “aliens” are actually fallen angels?

For they are spirits of demons performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty. (Revelation 16:14, HCSB)

For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:22 NAS)

There will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11, HCSB)

Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring sea and waves. (Luke 21:25, HCSB)

The coming [of the lawless one] is based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders, (2 Thessalonians 2:9, HCSB)

He also performs great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth before people. He deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound yet lived. (Revelation 13:13-14, HCSB)

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1. “the sons of God saw the daughters of men--By the former is meant the family of Seth, who were professedly religious; by the latter, the descendants of apostate Cain. Mixed marriages between parties of opposite principles and practice were necessarily sources of extensive corruption. The women, religious themselves, would as wives and mothers exert an influence fatal to the existence of religion in their household, and consequently the people of that later age sank to the lowest depravity.” (Robert Jameson, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. This one volume commentary was prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown and published in 1871.) [RETURN]

 

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