WHO’S NAME IS NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?
(Saturday, November 14, 2020)
Occasionally, a biblical passage tells us all we need to know and more than we want to know. As we investigate one of the most perplexing texts in Scripture, we’ll find that it is actually one of the most urgent, practical, and relevant passages in God’s word.
Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the “sons of God”, the “daughters of men”, and “giants [Nephilim]”. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate). It says:
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 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”.
As the text proceeds, we move quickly from confusion to clarity, from ancient history to life experience today. Genesis 6:5 comes home: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
God reads our minds and knows our thoughts. He knows how sinful they can be. He knows that we don’t put our thoughts into action because of legal restraints and fear of being caught. But he knows what we would do if we could. Think about your thoughts for a moment and you’ll see what God sees every moment of every day.
This can be reflected on Jesus’ saying about adultery in Matthew 5: 27-28, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Let us come back to Genesis 6:1-4: Who were these sons of God who took wives? Who were the daughters of men whom they married? Who were the giants [Nephilim]? Were they the offspring of these sons of God? We will examine to these questions as to the identities of the sons of God, the daughters of men and giant [Nephilim].
2.0 SONS OF GOD- JESUS, ANGELS [INCLUDING FALLEN ANGELS], ADAM, ISRAEL AND DAVID
Jesus [Matthew 16:16; Matthew 26:63; Matthew 27:43; Mark 1:11; Luke 1:32; Luke 3:22; Luke 22:70; John 1: 32-34; John 10:36; John 19:7; and many more places], Angels [Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:1], Adam [Luke 3:38], Israel [Exodus 4:22; Hosea 11:1], David [Psalms 89:27] are the sons of God.
In Job 1:6 & 2:1 we read “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.” Moreover, Job 38:7; Psalm 89:6 and Daniel 3:25 say, “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
2 Chronicles 18:20 says, “Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith?”
Additionally, dealing with the Flood that overtook the world of the ungodly, Peter speaks of the angels that sinned and were cast out of heaven (2 Peter 2:4, 5), and Jude refers to these angelic beings as those who kept not their first, or original, estate but left their own habitation, and of those who went after “strange flesh” (Jude 6, 7).
However, in the context of Genesis 6:1-4, fallen angels are referred as the “sons of God”.
2.1 Angels can use or take the form of human or animal bodies
In the Bible, there are several evidences that Angels can use or transform themselves into human or animal -like form. In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 we read, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” In Genesis 3:1 we read Lucifer used the body of serpent to interact with Eve.
It says, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
When we find angels described in the book of Genesis, it is clear that they can assume a human-like form, and that their sex is masculine. The writer to the Hebrews mentions that angels can be entertained without man’s knowing it (Hebrews 13:2).
Surely angels must be convincingly like men [Mark 16:5]. The homosexual men of Sodom were very capable of judging sexuality. They were attracted by the ‘male’ angels who came to destroy the city (Genesis 19:1-5).
This position is not without difficulties, however, most substantial of which is the idea of fallen angels having physical relations with women on this earth.
Thus Genesis 6:1-4 spells that sons of God [fallen angels] transform themselves into human-form and married to the daughters of men who bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown [giants]”.
It is not applicable in heaven, because Matthew 22:30 says, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”
Since the fallen angels corrupted the human body [evidences are found in the period of Lot & Noah]; the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually [Genesis 6:5] and God was angry with them and brought down the age of man 120 years [Genesis 6:3].
2.2 Two types of angels – heavenly and fallen angels
The Scripture says that there are two types of angels- Heavenly Angels & Fallen Angels. In Jude 1:6 we read, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
This was a great number. When Lucifer was cast out from heaven, he convinced about one third of the angels in the heaven in his side, who are also known as fallen angels. The sex of angel is masculine in nature.
Further in Matthew 22:30 & Luke 20:34-35 we read, “And Jesus answering said unto them, the children of this world marry, and are given in marriage. But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.”
3.0 DAUGHTERS OF MEN
In Genesis 6:1 we read, “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them. These are the daughters of Adam and his descendants.
These daughters multiplied both, the descendants of Adam whose name were written in the Book of Life, and seeds of satan [i.e. giants] whose name were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world [Genesis 6:4; Revelation; 13:8;17:8 & 20:15]
4.0 GIANTS [NEPHILIM]- SEED OF SATAN
It is our conviction that the abnormal men who appeared were the fruit of the corrupt union of fallen angels and daughters of men, and that it was this terrible phase of wickedness which precipitated the Flood that destroyed all save Noah and his family.
It is true that angels, all the while they remain unsinning angels, “neither marry nor are given in marriage.” But when they leave that blissful, original estate, and go after “strange flesh”—strange to them—unique creatures emerge as the result of such an illicit union [Genesis 6:1-4].
This necessitated a Flood to cleanse the earth of such pollution. In Spiritism there are spiritual marriages, contracted between female mediums and spirits of the unseen world.
Angels are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14), they can appear in human, physical form (Mark 16:5). The men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to have sex with the two angels who were with Lot (Genesis 19:1-5).
It is plausible that angels are capable of taking on human form, even to the point of replicating human sexuality and possibly even reproduction. During the flood, their physical form died, but spiritual being remained alive. In later stages also they took human form [bodies] and multiplied their numbers.
There are evidences of their existence during the time of Moses, Abraham & David [Number 13:1, 28 & 33; Deuteronomy 1:28; 2:20-21; 3:11; 9:2-3 & 32:15]. Even we read that Moses and David fought with them.
4.1 Reports of 12 Spies
In Number 13:1 LORD asked Moses to send a man from every tribe [12 tribes] to search the land of Canaan, which he had promised to give to the children of Israel.
In Number 13:28 & 33 they reported that people dwelling in the land were strong giants, the cities were walled and very great; and moreover they saw the children of Anak there, which come of giants; and spies found themselves in their own sight as grasshoppers and so were in their sight.
4.2 Why David picked up the 5 stones to fight with Goliath?
We read in 2 samuel 21:16-22 that Goliath had four more giant brothers who had on every hand six fingers and on every foot six toes.
They had great stature, using the heavy weight spear [approx. weighted three hundred shekels of brass in weight having staff of spear like a weaver’s beam] & girded with sword. All of them were killed by the hands of David and by the hands of his servants.
Why do the fallen angels not do this more often? It seems that God imprisoned the fallen angels who committed this evil sin, so that the other fallen angels would not do the same (as described in Jude 6).
The sons of God were divine beings or fallen angels who, for some reason, co-habited with humans. Their offspring produced giants who practiced gross sin in the world. This caused God to send the Flood to destroy all of humanity except for Noah and his family.
The giants are seeds of satan whose name were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world. The daughters of men were the daughters of Adam and his descendants who produced both, the descendants of Adam whose name were written in the Book of Life, and seeds of satan [i.e. giants] whose name were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world.