Are There ExtraTerrestrials in the Bible? Really?

Posted: December 8, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Mention Genesis 6 to most Bible students and they think of Noah and the flood. But the opening verses present an interesting story of reality that rivals a Stephen King movie. “When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.” (Gen. 6:1-2)

The words “sons of God” translate a word from the Hebrew that means “angels”, and in this context it is apparently “fallen angels,” demonic creatures. We read in the next verse, “Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flsh: his days shall be 120 years.'” God doesn’t seem pleased about this development at all.

We read in verse 4 that “the Nephilim” were in the land in those days. It is a word translated in the King James as giants, apparently because the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the OT), uses a word “gigantes” which looks like giants, but means something quite different. It literally means, “fallen ones”. The word only occurs here and again when the spies return from Canaan and ten spread a bad report saying, ‘the nephilim are in the land.’ It is a reference to the ‘half-breeds’ that are the product of relations between fallen angels and human women.

It is an interesting fact reported in the Bible that is hardly mentioned in most theological discussions. The presence of the Nephilim is apparently some of what angered God enough to send the flood. Noah’s heritage was not marred by an ancestry that included demonic beings.

But don’t take my word for it. Read the account in Genesis 6 yourself. Of these Nephilim, vs. 4 says, “These were the mighty men of old.” Some have suggested this is where we get the story of Hercules, and even of many of the Greek gods. What is it that is said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

Someone once told me, “Google is your friend.” So why not google ‘Nephilim’. There are some interesting pictures some have said are the skeletal remains of nephilim. It is interesting, to say the least. Is someone playing the music to ‘Twilight Zone?’

  1. Travis Roberts says:

    Just taught this to our guys small group two Sundays ago. The big implication of this story is the importance of Jesus’ genealogy. As someone once said, “from Genesis 3:15 on, Satan is laying a mine field.”

    Satan recognizes that God, through Adams descendants, is going to bring Jesus into the world. What seems to be already known by Satan at this point is that Jesus’ claim as “Christ” and “Messiah” will hinge on his ancestry. If Satan can disrupt and corrupt that, then God’s plans are shattered. Having half-angel/half-man superhumans breeding and intermarrying with the Israelites would have thrown more than just a monkey wrench in Gods redemptive purposes.

    This is just one of the many times the direct bloodline linking Jesus to Adam is in danger. The Old Testament can be read as the story of Satan constantly trying to foil God’s plan of redemption, and God, through his sovereign grace, cleverly and often quietly navigating around it. Although in this case it is dealt with in a very dramatic fashion.

    This story is great because more than just being about crazy super humans or fallen angels, it’s about God’s unceasing love for us, his unwavering commitment to his promise(s), and his absolute sovereignty which assures us of victory.

    Some of the craziest or most mundane parts of the Bible often yield some of the greatest pictures of God’s grace and commitment. This is a great example of that.

    • Evidently while the Israelites were in Egypt, the fallen angels were still at it in Canaan, because when the spies goe in to view the land in Numbers 13 they come back and report, “and the Nephilim” are there. More than just facing giants when they are to enter the land. When we get to the book of Joshua, I think we miss the point if we do not understand the picture of spiritual warfare that is there. It is much more than conquering earthly inhabitants. It is a picture of the cosmic battle of the ages.

  2. Absolutely. And the book of Joshua clearly shows that warfare, spiritual or otherwise, will be won by God. If we rely on our abilities or knowledge, the giants will just be too big. However we serve a great God who is more than big enough to defeat the giants. It’s the same story that is pictured with David and Goliath. When Saul, the biggest and most intimidating man in Israel is hiding from the Philistines and Goliath with the rest of the camp, it’s the young man who is faithful to God (and moreover, knows that God is faithful to him) who is able to defeat the giants.

    If giants are going to be defeated, if we have any chance of victory or redemption/salvation, it will be by God’s grace and not our own abilities or perceived strengths.

    The point in all of this: Me – Not Sovereign. Satan – Not Sovereign. God – Sovereign.

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