The Controversy Concerning Angels and the Nephilim – Part 1

This will be a multi-part article, because I am about to dive back into something that I have rejected as a false teaching in the past, that being the idea that angels had sex with women here on planet earth prior to the Great Flood and gave birth to the Nephilim or giants.  It’s a topic that I have ended up in discussion with others on from time to time and it is a very deep rabbit hole, which is why I am going to write about it extensively.  The idea concerning angels intermingling with humans originates from the Book of Enoch.  I am actually doing real-time research on this topic right now, but first, I am going to share my own thoughts and then go from there, on this topic.

I have read parts of the Book of Enoch.  For those who do not know, the Book of Enoch is part of the Apocrypha, outside of the Canon Judeo-Christian Bible.  We will get more into that further along either in this part of the article or in my next part.  Who is Enoch?  Enoch is the great grandfather of Noah.

Here is my personal thoughts and feelings on it:

  1. I get a check in my spirit with regards to the idea that angels had sex with humans and that is why G-d chose to destroy the earth by flood.  There are multiple reasons for this that I will go into in detail on later.  I pay very close attention to checks in my spirit on matters, I believe that they are extremely accurate.  I will go into more details on why later.
  2. Jesus said in Matthew 22:30 that the angels are genderless and that we will be like the angels when we are resurrected.  I will go into more details on that too later….both my view point as well as a counter view point from another source, yes, I am going to post counter arguments against my own views….that’s what you do when you are not certain of something, you entertain counter arguments.
  3. I have heard some pretty out there ideas based off of the ideas created by the book of Enoch.  One being that Satan had sex with Eve in the garden.  Another that Satan is from an extraterrestrial planet called Rahab that was either in our solar system and that the asteroid belt is the remains of the planet Rahab or orbits another star not too far away.  As you can see, the teachings of Enoch lead to some pretty far fetched theology, but just because a book causes a lot of creative imagination doesn’t mean we should dismiss it as a non-authoritative book.
  4. What I understand the definition of Nephilim to actually be, throws a monkey wrench into the idea that they were physical giants.
  5. The book of Enoch doesn’t read like the inspired Word of G-d.  I will try to explain that better when we actually examine the Book of Enoch.
  6. One of the key strategies of the Devil is to have us over sexualize things, thus distorting our ideas and concepts even further from the Truth.
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So, starting with #3 above, we are going to dive into the Book of Enoch.  First, we need a formula by which we can check the spirit of any teaching, thought or idea presented to us, so I am going to provide a check list for us to use before we get carried off into thoughts of fancy unaware.

“Beloved ones, do not believe every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of Elohim, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of Elohim: Every spirit that confesses that יהושע Messiah has come in the flesh is of Elohim, and every spirit that does not confess that יהושע Messiah has come in the flesh is not of Elohim. And this is the spirit of the anti-messiah which you heard is coming, and now is already in the world. You are of Elohim, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world, therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of Elohim – the one knowing Elohim hears us. He who is not of Elohim does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of the Truth and the spirit of the delusion.”  1 John 4:1-6

Spiritual Litmus Test Check List

  1. Jesus is G-d in the flesh.
  2. The Holy, Divinely Inspired, Written Word is Jesus in the flesh.
  3. Jesus is the only way to the Father (what Jesus said).
  4. Salvation is by Grace and not by Works.
  5. Faith without works is dead.
  6. We are to judge our brothers and sisters in Christ, but to judge them righteously aka hold them accountable, meaning from the Spirit, taking all things into consideration and having judged ourselves first.  As Jesus said, take the plank out from your own eye so that you can see clearly to help your brother remove the splinter from their own eye.
  7. We shall know them by their fruits…either fruits of the spirit or fruits of the flesh as is clearly described through out scripture.
  8. No true teaching, prophetic word, prayer, thought or attitude will ever contradict the Word of G-d.
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So the first question to ask, is the book of Enoch the divinely inspired Word of G-d?  That will actually be the last question I will come to an answer on because that is the whole point of the research I am doing tonight and during my subsequent posts on this subject.  So I don’t want to jump to a quick answer on that, the most important question without further investigation. I shall look up viewpoints from other trustworthy sources, dig deeper into scripture, pray and possibly fast and seek the truth on the answer to that, the most important question on this topic of angels.

So, what in the world is the Apocrypha, you might ask?  Well, it is a collection of books outside of what we consider the Canon bible today.  I will cover that more in my next post.

The idea concerning angels having sex with humans actually stems both from the Book of Enoch and from a single verse in Genesis, Genesis 6:2.  Here is the verse within the context of surrounding scripture:

And it came to be, when men began to increase on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of Elohim saw the daughters of men, that they were good. And they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And יהוה said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever in his going astray. He is flesh, and his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of Elohim came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, the men of name. And יהוה saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6And יהוה was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. And יהוה said, “I am going to wipe off man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping creature and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noaḥ found favour in the eyes of יהוה.  – Genesis 6:1-8
Three camps of thought have formed over Genesis 6:2 and is the epicenter of this whole controversial topic.
  1. Fallen angels had sexual relations with women, thereby birthing giants, nephilim, onto the earth.  The earth was flooded and all destroyed, save what was aboard Noah’s Ark, because of this abomination.
  2. The “Sons of G-d/Elohim” were the Godly descendants of Seth and the “daughters of men” were the descendants of wicked and cursed Cain.  That it was forbidden for them to intermingle and marry, and this is why the earth was flooded.
  3. The Nephilim were powerful human rulers.
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Most of Christianity holds to #2 above.  I hold to #2 above, but because this topic has been brought up to me once more, I am going to dig deeper and consider all of the arguments for and against the idea concerning angels intermingling with humans.  Why?  Because “Thou shall not carry the name of the Lord your G-d in vain.”  I want to teach biblical truth and while this topic doesn’t effect our core beliefs in any manner it can reshape and distort our views on other portions of scripture and either enlighten us or rob us of some important perspectives concerning scripture, angels and even the nature of Lucifer and G-d.

I will post a second part to this in approximately a weeks time.

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