The Rise of the Nephilim.
The Bible is relatively silent regarding the events which took place during the 1650 or so years prior to Noah’s Flood. Although a double curse was resting upon the earth as a consequence of both Adam’s transgression and that of the murder committed by Cain, for a few generations beyond Adam, man’s existence was still measured by centuries.
From Scripture we know that mankind had been promised a future Messiah, ”the seed of the woman,” and that Adam’s immediate descendants began to hunt, and to farm the land and keep livestock..Others worked with metals, whilst some became makers of musical instruments. We know too that there came a time when men began to call on the name of the Lord, and present gift-offerings to him. We know that Noah was warned of the impending flood one hundred years beforehand, and that Enoch had prophesied of the ungodly condition of mankind in the last days, and foretold of the 2nd coming of Christ.
Jude 1:14. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.
Interestingly, according to the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, Adam had predicted two future destructions, one caused by water, the other by fire, and in order to preserve a ”peculiar” knowledge, had recorded it on two individual pillars.
They also were the inventors of that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the heavenly bodies, and their order. And that their inventions might not be lost before they were sufficiently known, upon Adam’s prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars, the one of brick, the other of stone: they inscribed their discoveries on them both, that in case the pillar of brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the land of Siriad to this day.(Antiquities of the Jews, p.19; translated by William Whiston).
Other sources attribute the twin pillars or tablets of knowledge to Enoch, and allege the ”wisdom” inscribed on them had originally been given to mankind by the ”Watchers,” a particular group of angels, which are mentioned by Daniel the prophet.
In Freemasonry, the Royal Arch degree was originally known as the Holy Royal Arch of Enoch, and the original source of the mysterious pillars in Craft Masonry predate the pillars of Solomon’s Temple, for they were based on the Pillars of Jabal.
The Cooke Manuscript, a Masonic document dated 1410, states;
And these four brethren knew that God would take vengeance for sin, either by fire or water. And they were much concerned how to save the sciences they had discovered, and they took counsel together and exercised all their wits. And they said there were two kinds of stone of such virtue that the one would not burn, called marble, and the other named “Lacerus” would not sink in water. And so they devised to write all the sciences they had found on these two stones, so that if God took vengeance by fire the marble would not burn, and if by water the other would not drown, and they besought their elder brother Jabal to make two pillars of these two stones, that is of marble and of “Lacerus,” and to write on the two pillars all the sciences and crafts which they had found and he did so. And therefore we may say that he was the wisest in science, for he first began and carried out their purpose before Noah’s flood. (p.4, translated by George William Speth).
But during that period of time another invasion took place, when a company of fallen angels infiltrated the world. According to the Book of Jude, these angels ”kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation,” so apparently, they had the ability to adopt other forms, and it would seem that they entered this world in human-form.
Man had already been spiritually corrupted due to the workings of Satan, but this time the aim was to corrupt the genetics of ”man made in the image of God,” by producing offspring with human women. The most likely reason for this was an attempt to corrupt the blood-line in order to prevent the arrival of the future Messiah, the promised ”seed of the woman.”
Although referred to as men, this antediluvian hybrid race were men of a completely different character. Recorded as being the mighty men of renown, the heroes of old, the genetics of their fallen angelic parentage made them super-sized people.
Genesis 6:4. 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.
Whilst personally I do not believe it to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God, the mysterious and apocryphal Book of Enoch enlarges on the time of the giants, and states:
And they took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in to them, and mixed with them, and taught them charms and conjurations, and made them acquainted with the cutting of roots and of woods. And they became pregnant and brought forth great giants whose stature was three thousand ells. These devoured all the acquisitions of mankind till men were unable to sustain themselves. And the giants turned themselves against mankind in order to devour them. (Enoch 7:1-4).
The idea of angels sleeping with women and having kids is not something that all Christians agree upon, know about or even are comfortable with. But although there is an alternative view, as to the meaning of Genesis 6:1-4, the fallen angel understanding is almost certainly the correct one.
Ancient Greek and Roman mythology is based upon the legends of ”demigods,” the titans or legendary heroes who were part god, and there seems little doubt the Nephilim were the source of those “myths.” These were the ‘men of renown,’ the giants who possessed superhuman ability and strength.
This Satanic attempt to infiltrate and corrupt the DNA structure of man almost succeeded, for all flesh had become corrupt. But the blood-line from Adam to Noah via Seth, had not been tainted by the rogue ”gene” and because it was perfect in its generations, by the grace of God it survived the impending flood.
Genesis 6:12. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Genesis 6:8-9. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
The Flood wiped out all air-breathing life from the planet, and only the obscene, perverse marriage of fallen angels with human females would seem to justify such a harsh judgement.
Apparently, a similar incursion took place after the flood, for although the original giants were destroyed in the deluge, by the time of Moses and Joshua, the Nephilim had once again made inroads into society.
Numbers 13:33. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Whether or not the post-flood giants appeared on the scene due to the direct interaction of rebel angels with human women is unclear, but unlikely. Some suspect that whilst Noah’s son Ham, and his two brothers, were uncorrupted, the same could not be said of Ham’s wife. Her mother it’s suggested, was the human grand-daughter of a Nephilim-giant, and still carried the hereditary gene.
If such were the case, then it was Ham’s offspring who initiated the rise of the post-flood giants. Being descendants of Noah, each had a human spirit, and whilst many are recorded as being tall in stature, it would seem they lacked the supernatural ability and the might of the original Nephilim.
By the grace of God, the unblemished blood-line survived the flood, to continue via Shem, one of Noah’s three sons, down through the generations to Abraham, and on through to King David, and would ultimately lead to Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus Christ.
Although Mary was of this unblemished genealogy, because he was the only-begotten Son of God, the blood in Jesus veins came directly from God the Father. As the Son of God, the blood of the Lamb was as precious as it was unique, for it was God’s own blood.
But as the son of man(son of David) his lineage is traced all the way back, via king David to Adam, the only-created son of God. (Luke 3:8.)
For the first and only time in the entire course of human history, a man-child was conceived without sin, and was born of water,but not born subject to death. Hence out of all men, Jesus alone, had no need to be ”born again.”
From the very outset, an extra-terrestrial army, the forces of evil, were determined to destroy the new-born ”seed of the woman,” but by employing weapons designed to influence the hearts and the minds of those like king Herod, and by using the hands of wicked men to do so.
Finally, and once he’d fulfilled his ministry on earth, Jesus, the man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, allowed himself to be led as a lamb to the slaughter, and the blood of the Lamb, the most unique substance in the entire Universe, was shed for many for the remission of sins.
It was not the enemy’s finest hour.
The Rise of the Beast.
The Ark, which had been constructed back in the age of the giants, finally settled upon dry land in the mountains of Ararat. It had safely transported Noah and his family from the old age, and now, they stepped into a new one. It was still the same world, for the world which ”God so loved,” began with the creation of Adam, and although it almost perished, will endure until the 2nd coming of Christ, who will establish “the world to come,” generally referred to as the millennial reign of Christ.
The Spirit of God, had moved upon the face of the waters, back when the earth was yet without form and void, and long before the age of the giants. He had declared light into the darkness, and at the end of the creation week had declared all to be ”very good.”
But the darkness had seeped back into God’s creation once more, and the rise of the beast, in the form of the Nephilim, had almost prevailed. Now that the original giants and the ungodly had been wiped from the face of the earth, the Spirit of God, symbolized in the form of a dove, returned unto Noah, and offered him a freshly plucked olive leaf.
Genesis 8:11. And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: …
. Now God made a covenant promise never again to destroy all flesh with water, and to this day, the token of that covenant can still be seen in the form of a rainbow.
Genesis 9:13. I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
However, Noah had previously released another bird into the new age, and this one, a raven, went forth to and fro, and had never returned. In stark contrast to the dove and the olive leaf, both symbols of victory, peace and hope, the raven is symbolic of ill-omen, and in many cultures, is associated with the dead.
Genesis 8:7. And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Job 1:7. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
The raven released from the ark into the new age, is symbolic of Satan and death, for the battle between good and evil is a continual one, spilling over from one age and into the next.
Nevertheless, it took little time at all for the worship of other gods to be reinstated, and many of the later cultures and nations would eventually pay tribute to a plethora of strange gods. Some were an attempt to deify human beings, whilst others were mythological, but it’s likely each had their root in one or more of the extra-terrestrial entities who’d sought to corrupt mankind back in the antediluvian world.
The Rise of the Nations.
There’s no mention in Genesis of God making multiple seas on Earth, only that he . gathered the waters into one place and caused the dry land to appear.
Genesis 1:9. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Scripture indicates that the habitable Earth was originally one huge landmass, with four major rivers, and surrounded by ocean. The first individual sea to be mentioned by name, is the Salt Sea in Genesis 14:3. Not only is this well after the Flood, but also after an event which divided the earth.
Things changed dramatically post-flood, in ways we can barely imagine. The relationship between antediluvian man and the animal kingdom, was now gone forever, because the fear of man had arisen in the heart of both bird and beast.
Genesis 9:2. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
There’s every indication that it had never rained prior to the time of the Flood, but now the ground would no longer be watered by an early morning mist, and one must assume the climate changed dramatically. It most likely contributed to the harsh extremes of weather . and temperature we have today, which in turn would cause the need for variations in skin-tone.
Likewise, it would be quite illogical to believe the topography of the earth’s surface remained unchanged by the massive upheaval of a global Flood. The Earth slowly began to repopulate, but even one hundred years or so later, there were still no different dialects, for all spoke the same common language.
Genesis 11:1. And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
It’s not known for certain who oversaw the building of the city and tower of Babel, although it’s generally attributed to Nimrod, the great-grandson of Noah. Whoever they were, the builders were sons of men, and not the post-flood progeny of the sons of God, as some have claimed.
Genesis 11:5. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
It was somewhere around 2250 BC, or 1750 years from the creation of Adam, when God confused the tongues of men. This gave rise to multiple languages, and caused so much confusion amongst the various new language groups, that they were unable to complete the building work, and migrated from Babel in every direction.
From Genesis 11:7-9. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech..-- and from thence[Babel] did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Some while after this mass migration, at around 2190 BC, an individual named Peleg is mentioned, in whose day, ”the earth was divided.” Names are very important, and probably every name in Scripture has either a historic, a symbolic, or a spiritual significance. Often the personal names are inseparably bound up with the narrative, and it frequently happens that the meaning of a proper noun is a key to an important passage in Scripture. The given meaning of Peleg in . Strongs Hebrew Dictionary, is earthquake.
Genesis 10:25. And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided….
The Bible makes it quite clear how it was the earth which was divided and not . the nations, and only an earthquake can do such a thing. This major earthquake was in all likelihood triggered by the massive upheaval caused by the earlier flood.
Abraham Ortelius ( 14 April 1527 – 28 June 1598) is generally recognized as the creator of the first modern world atlas, and is believed to be the first person to imagine that the continents were joined together before drifting to their present positions
In his work Thesaurus Geographicus, Ortelius suggested that the Americas were “torn away from Europe and Africa … by earthquakes and floods,” and continues with; “The vestiges of the rupture reveal themselves, if someone brings forward a map of the world and considers carefully the coasts of the three [continents].”
During the 1960’s geophysical and geological evidence for sea-floor spreading at mid-oceanic ridges became increasingly compelling to geologists and finally continental drift was established as an ongoing global mechanism. After more than three centuries, Ortelius’s supposition of continental drift was proven correct.
Personally, when it comes to geology or any other form of ‘ology’ I know next to nothing, and I’m sure the experts would claim the process of continental drift to take tens or hundreds of thousand years. However, if the Biblical account is trustworthy, and at least one male and one female of each species of air-breathing animal boarded the ark, then how were they able to arrive at the ark, and return back to their homeland after the flood? Noah didn’t sail the ”high seas,” picking up his passengers en-route, nor did he ferry them back to their native homeland afterwards.
Reason and logic demand that the pre-flood continents must have been connected, even if only by land-bridges, and that those same bridges still existed after the flood and remained intact until the earth was ”divided. Whilst some might find the thought ”hard to swallow,” the positioning of the continents as they are today, is probably a far more recent event than we realise.
Noah and his three sons spent one hundred or so years building the ark, and there there was an additional period of one hundred years . . after the flood-waters had subsided, but . prior to the earthquake which divided the earth. Assuming a travel-rate of just eight miles per month, this would allow plenty of time for each animal species to gradually arrive from present-day Australia,for example, and return to their homeland after.
God established the individual language groups at Babel, and each tribe had the better part of ten decades to traverse the earth before the time of the earthquake which divided the present-day continents.
Seen this way, and if taken literally, the Bible provides a perfectly logical explanation as to how the . nations and languages arose from the first man and woman, and why Eve can be referred to as ”the mother of all living.”
Genesis 3:20. And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.