Friday, June 21, 2013

Who Were the Nephilim? | Steve Gregg

Part I

Does the Bible teach that the Nephilim were the offspring of angels and women? Or were they simply the children of men and women (only much bigger)? Who were the sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6:4? Were they the angels who supposedly fathered the Nephilim? And who were those heroes of old?

There is a lot of wild speculation and frenzied debate concerning the Nephilim (giants). Visit YouTube even briefly and you're likely to trip over several of them.

This topic is a popular one on Steve Gregg's Narrow Path radio program. Soulsnaxx has produced videos of two calls to that program concerning the Nephilim. This is the first video in that brief series. Pass it along to others who might need more Bible and less babble.

Genesis 6 (NKJV)

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive[a] with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 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. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
Then the Lord[b] 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. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”
Numbers 13:30–33
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

2 Peter 2:1–11

2 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be afalse teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction 1does not slumber.
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to 2hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of bSodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and cdelivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, dtormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then ethe Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially fthose who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. gThey are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of 3dignitaries, 11 whereas hangels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.

Jude 4–8

4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord 2God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that gthe Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their 3proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7 as hSodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the 4vengeance of eternal fire.
8 iLikewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and jspeak evil of 5dignitaries.
Part II

Scripture provides little information about the Nephilim. Bible scholars agree that they were giants. So, it is amazing what lengthy and intricate descriptions of them are concocted from such scanty evidence. The Nephilim provide fertile ground for folks who, it seems, can't resist speculating wildly, and then insisting that those speculations are scriptural.

This is the second half of the brief two-part series, "Finding Nephilim." They are video versions of calls made to the Narrow Path radio program. There would be more episodes, but these two say just about all that can reasonably be said about The Nephilim (tall men with a short story). Steve does a good job of separating the substance from the speculation.

Name View in short
Fallen angels view Satan and/or his fallen angels bred with human women and had offspring that were called Nephilim.
Fallen angels overtook men view Fallen angels and/or Satan possessed men and caused them to breed with women.
Sethite view The sons of God were the godly line from Adam to Seth down to Noah, and the Nephilim were fallen children who sought after false gods.
Fallen men view Godly men (sons of God) took ungodly wives, and their descendants (Nephilim) followed after the false gods, rejected God, and fell far from God in wickedness.