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  • Will The Sons Of God Return In The End Times?

    (From the study "The Identity Of The Nephilim") In the previous article, we examined some of the Biblical passages that seem to describe hybrid Nephilim-type entities reemerging during the end times. But since we recognize the distinction between the Nephilim and the sons of God (or fallen angels of Genesis 6), it is important for us to also examine what the Bible says about the return of these fallen entities. It turns out that Scripture provides plenty of often-overlooked passages that do discuss the end times return of the fallen angels who sinned in Genesis 6. One passage we mentioned in the previous article, Luke 21:25-26, we believe may also relate to the return of the sons of God. In this verse which is part of Jesus' famed Olivet Discourse, He describes men’s hearts failing them for fear of the things coming upon the earth during the Day of the Lord. As we will see, it’s not only the Nephilim that are said to return during the end times, but the sons of God as well. We will begin by going back to the Old Testament prophets, where there are a number of passages that routinely get overlooked by Christians. First, we need to focus our attention on Ezekiel Chapters 31 and 32, which we believe give us a panoramic view of past history, as well as the future destiny of the fallen sons of God from Genesis 6. These chapters refer to an enigmatic being called "the Assyrian." Author and researcher Ryan Pitterson advocates that this is a reference to a pre-Flood fallen angelic ruler who was preeminent on the earth during that time. Pitterson summarizes these two important chapters by writing the following… “Ezekiel 31 and 32 chronicle the rise and fall of the supreme angel who ruled the antediluvian kingdom of fallen angels and their Rephaim (or Nephilim) children. This king, referred to as ‘the Assyrian,’ was the first global ruler and the most powerful of all the Genesis 6 apostate angels. The book of Ezekiel chronicles his rise to prominence, the destruction of his kingdom, and one of the main reasons the Lord administered such a catastrophic flood judgment. Unlike the extra-biblical texts, the Bible provides specific details regarding the means and timing of the judgment of the sinning angels and the Nephilim and how they ended up deep in the abyss. It also contains prophetic references to the future return of the angels who sinned and the fate of the giants in hell.” [1] While this unfamiliar linkage may at first may seem to be a stretch, let's look a bit deeper into it. Often in Scripture, God will issue a prophetic address that appears on the surface to be directed toward a human being, such as an earthly king. However, at some point in the discourse, it becomes clear that this address transcends that earthly figure and instead is directed toward a supernatural being – possibly the true power behind that earthly figure. This is done in some very well-known passages, such as Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. In Isaiah 14, the passage begins by addressing the earthly king of Babylon, but as the chapter continues, it becomes obvious that the message is really directed at the power behind that earthly king – none other than Satan himself. This is clear as the passage later on addresses the figure as “Lucifer, son of the morning,” describing him in a way that clearly transcends any earthly king. In Ezekiel 28, this same type of address takes place, first appearing to be directed toward the earthly king of Tyre. But as the chapter progresses, it clearly begins to again concern Satan himself. Yet another example is Psalm 22, in which the passage seems to begin by describing the earthly trials of King David – but later on, clearly begins to transcend the experiences of David and becomes a clear Messianic prophecy of the future experiences of Jesus Christ on the cross. With this in mind, we can better understand Ezekiel 31, which similarly records a cryptic address to the figure called “the Assyrian,” who could very well be a fallen angelic ruler of the pre-Flood world. You can come to your own conclusion as we continue. In similar style to the other prophetic chapters we just referenced, as this Ezekiel 31 passage begins, it appears to be addressing the earthly ruler called Pharaoh, the king of Egypt – but as it progresses, it begins to describe a mysterious angelic being referred to as “the Assyrian,” whose pre-Flood kingdom was brought to ruin by the judgment of God. While a comprehensive treatment of this passage is beyond our scope here, Pitterson undertakes a detailed analysis of this chapter in Ezekiel – including all of the key imagery – in Chapter 11 of his book Judgment of the Nephilim. He points out that Ezekiel 31 is full of language that is past tense (related to a former judgment of the Assyrian and the sons of god), but that Chapter 32’s language is future-tense (detailing their future final judgment). But as we will see, this final judgment will only take place after God allows for a final end times rampage of the Assyrian when he and his fallen horde are temporarily released from their captivity in the abyss. We will piece this together and show how clear the Bible is about this end times return. Let’s begin by asking the question: “Where does Scripture tell us the fallen sons of God of Genesis 6 fame are currently being held?” As we’ve shown throughout these articles and address in even further depth in our study, the answer is clear – they are currently imprisoned in chains of darkness in Tartarus – the pit, the lowest part of hell, or the abyss. We were clearly told this in Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4 – two passages we reviewed in great detail in a previous article… “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.” -Jude 1:6 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (Greek: Tartarus), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” -2 Peter 2:4 Like we pointed out, Tartarus is the word used in Greek "mythology" to refer to the abyss, or the bottomless pit – the lowest part of Hell, a place where the giant Titans had been imprisoned. As we also said, this word Tartarus has been variously translated in our English Bible versions. For example, the New English Bible translates Tartarus as “the dark pits of hell,” the Revised Version has it as “pits of darkness,” and the New International Version says “gloomy dungeons.” In all of these translations, depth and darkness are the distinctives of Tartarus. And as both Jude 1:6 and 2 Peter 2:4 state, this is the place where the angels that sinned are being held until their final judgment. And as it seems we’re told in Ezekiel 31 – our chapter in question – these imprisoned angels have a king referred to as the Assyrian. With this as our background, we should now be able to understand exactly what’s happening as the 5th Trumpet sounds during the Tribulation, as later seen by John in his apocalyptic vision recorded in Revelation Chapter 9. In this passage, Tartarus (the bottomless pit or abyss) is opened, and the Assyrian and the fallen angels of Genesis 6 are temporarily released during the Day of the Lord to wreak havoc upon the earth. “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” -Revelation 9:1-11 The first thing to note is that these are not actual locusts (as in insects). Locusts do not have the faces of men, the hair of women, the teeth of lions, breastplates like iron, or stings like scorpions. Locusts also do not have kings reigning over them as these Revelation 9 locusts are said to have. In fact, we see this plainly written in Proverbs 30:27, describing actual locusts… “The locusts have no king…” -Proverbs 30:27 Furthermore, locusts don’t live in “the bottomless pit” – which is the place from which these “5th Trumpet locusts” get released. So then, what are these creatures? Well, who do we know is currently being held in the abyss, or the bottomless pit? That of course would be the fallen angels who sinned with women in Genesis 6 that Jude and Peter told us are currently being imprisoned there in chains of darkness. These “locusts” in Revelation 9 are the fallen angels being released from the abyss! This is positive confirmation of a return of the fallen sons of God in the Day of the Lord. They are led by a king, who is described as “the angel of the bottomless pit” – another confirmation that these locusts are fallen angels. This angel’s name is called Abaddon in Hebrew, but Apollyon in Greek. We believe this king to be the Assyrian of Ezekiel 31 and 31, who, along with the other fallen angels, are being released to torment the earth for a time. We’re told that their torment will be so severe that it will cause people to want to die, but for some reason they will not be able to. Interestingly, the Hebrew term Abaddon (Strong’s # H11) means “(a place of) destruction or ruin,” [2] and is first used in the book of Job in direct connection with Hell… “Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. Hell is naked before him, and destruction (Hebrew: Abaddon) hath no covering.” -Job 26:5-6 In fact, the New American Standard Bible doesn’t even translate this word – it leaves the Hebrew term Abaddon… “Sheol is naked before Him, And Abaddon has no covering.” -Job 26:5-6 (NASB) But the Septuagint brings out an additional nuance, as it actually mentions the giants who are in Hell… “Shall giants be born from under the water and the inhabitants thereof? Hell is naked before him, and destruction (Abaddon) has no covering.” -Job 26:5-6, (LXX) [3] So, it would seem as though the Assyrian took on a name descriptive of Hell itself – which makes perfect sense, as he is called the “angel of the bottomless pit” in Revelation 9. Let’s also understand another interesting connection to the pre-Flood judgment – the duration of 5 months. In the passage we just read (Revelation 9), we saw that the so-called “locusts” would torment the earth for a period of 5 months. It’s critical to understand that the prophetic Biblical calendar uses 360-day years instead of our modern 365.25-day solar year. It was Sir Robert Anderson who first recognized this key and used it to help unlock the mystery of Daniel’s 70 Weeks prophecy found in Daniel 9:24-27. [4] If you would like to learn more about this, please consult our study entitled, “The Daniel 9:25 Prophecy: An Exact Timeline For The Arrival Of The Messiah”. In that study, we show that the only Biblically sound way to calculate the duration of Daniels 70 weeks of years is by utilizing this key of the 360-day prophetic year. A quick summary of our rationale is that the Bible clearly describes the final week – Daniel’s 70th Week, what many refer to as the Tribulation – as consisting of 360-day years. We find that the Bible refers to this final 7-year “week” as consisting of two halves each comprised of periods of 42 months or 1260 days. When you do the math, this requires that this final seven-year period is comprised of 30-day months and 360-day years… 42 months x 30 days per month = 1,260 days …or… 1,260 days / 3.5 years = 360 days per year With this in mind, we can understand that the five months of the locusts’ torment (described in Revelation 9) is equivalent to 150 days (five 30-month days = 150 days). But another Biblical example that bears direct connection to the locusts’ 150-day period of torment is the time of the original judgment of the pre-Flood world in Genesis. During the time of the Flood, Noah tells us that a period of 150 days began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, and ended on the 17th day of the 7th month (Gen. 7:11, 24 and 8:3-4). This is an exactly 5-month period (150 / 5 months = 30 days per month). What’s the point here? Pitterson summarizes it well… “These locusts are released from Hell for 150 days to torment the earth as part of God’s judgment – the exact amount of time the Assyrian, the sinning angels, and their Nephilim sons were tormented by the Flood in the days of Noah.” [5] But Revelation Chapter 9 is not the only prophetic glimpse the Bible gives us concerning this latter-day return of the sons of God. Joel Chapter 2 also seems to warn us of this same event with similar descriptive detail. As we read through this somewhat lengthy passage, notice all of the details that identify it as the same time period and same event described later in Revelation 9… “Sound the trumpet in Sion, make a proclamation in my holy mountain, and let all the inhabitants of the land be confounded: for the day of the Lord is near; for a day of darkness and gloominess is near, a day of cloud and mist: a numerous and strong people shall be spread upon the mountains as the morning; there has not been from the beginning one like it, and after it there shall not be again even to the years of many generations. Before them is a consuming fire, and behind them is a flame kindled: the land before them is as a paradise of delight, and behind them a desolate plain: and there shall none of them escape. Their appearance is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they pursue. As the sound of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, and as the sound of a flame of fire devouring stubble, and as a numerous and strong people setting themselves in array for battle. Before them shall the people be crushed: every face as the blackness of a caldron. As warriors shall they run, and as men of war shall they mount on the walls; and each shall move in his path, and they shall not turn aside from their tracks: and not one shall stand aloof from his brother: they shall go on weighed down with their arms, and they fall upon their weapons, yet shall they in no wise be destroyed. They shall seize upon the city, and run upon the walls, and go up upon the houses, and enter in through the windows as thieves. Before them the earth shall be confounded, and the sky shall be shaken: the sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their light. And the Lord shall utter his voice before his host: for his camp is very great: for the execution of his words is mighty: for the day of the Lord is great, very glorious, and who shall be able to it?” -Joel 2:1-11, (LXX) [6] This passage in Joel contains many of the same themes also mentioned in Revelation 9 – for example, the prevalence of darkness and smoke, a strong army unlike any other that consumes everything in front of it, their appearance being like horses, their sound like many chariots, the extreme horror and distress of the earth-dwellers, and the heavenly bodies failing to give light. In addition, we should make note of the immediate context of the book of Joel. In the first chapter, it describes a literal locust plague that had devastated the land of Israel (Verse 4). Then (similarly to Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28 and 31, and Psalm 22), the context clearly begins to transcend that event and focuses on an ultimate far-term context during the eschatological Day of the Lord. The prophet begins to see a day when “locusts” of another kind will terrorize the inhabitants of the earth. Although Joel does not explicitly call these beings locusts, we’ve shown from the contextual parellels that he’s very likely describing the same event that John saw in Revelation 9 – and of course, John did call them locusts. So, we have very good reason to believe that Joel and John are speaking of the same event – the release of a supernatural army of the fallen sons of God who have been imprisoned in the abyss since the judgment poured out upon them by God in the days of Enoch. Pitterson says it well… “For 150 days, Hell will literally be unleashed upon Earth. These passages affirm why Jesus Christ prophesied the final years on earth would be ‘as the days of Noah’ (Matthew 24:37).” [7] Let’s also acknowledge the possibility that these passages in Revelation 9 and Joel 2 could be also connected with the passage we examined in the previous article – Isaiah 13, which describes the same time period, speaking of giants coming through a gateway and God bringing “His warriors” to bring judgment upon the earth. Are the fallen sons of God who are being released from the abyss also part of the army of warriors God spoke of in Isaiah 13? We examined that passage through the lenses of the return of the Nephilim. But is it possible that this all happens at the same time? It’s certainly something to consider, as the context in all three chapters is the judgment phase of the broad Day of the Lord. Now that we understand this aspect of end times prophecy – in which the fallen sons of God who are currently imprisoned in the abyss will be temporarily released during the Day of the Lord – let’s now proceed on to Ezekiel Chapter 32. Earlier, we discussed the Assyrian, whose pre-Flood kingdom was brought to ruin by the judgment of God. In Revelation 9, we witnessed the end times return of this fallen angel, now called “Abaddon” or “Apollyon,” as the Genesis 6 fallen angels are released from their imprisonment. But this release will be temporary. As we also saw in Revelation 9, they were only given permission to wreak havoc upon the earth for 150 days. As we now proceed into Ezekiel Chapter 32, we will find future-tense imagery detailing their future, final judgment. Looking into Ezekiel 32, we find a lamentation for the “strength of Egypt,” which we believe is a cryptic reference to these imprisoned fallen angels under the Assyrian’s command who get released from the pit during the Day of the Lord, but are ultimately judged by God and condemned to an eternity in Hell fire. This is brought out more clearly in the Septuagint, which actually refers to the Nephilim giants who will greet these fallen angels upon their final descent into Hell. Verses 18-21 describe this. We will read it in the Septuagint… “Son of man, lament over the strength of Egypt, for the nations shall bring down her daughters dead to the depth of the earth, to them that go down to the pit. They shall fall with him in the midst of them slain with the sword, and all his strength shall perish: the giants also shall say to thee, Be thou in the depth of the pit: to whom art thou superior? yea, go down, and lie with the uncircumcised, in the midst of them slain with the sword.” -Ezekiel 32:18-21, (LXX) [8] This passage states that as the “strength of Egypt” (or the hordes of fallen angels serving under the Assyrian) descend into Hell, they will be greeted by the Nephilim giants who will be astonished at their defeat. The giants essentially say to them, “you’ve been defeated and cast permanently into Hell just as we were, therefore you’re no greater than us even though we’re your offspring!” The passage then continues… “And they are laid with the giants that fell of old, who went down to Hades with weapons of war: and they laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities were upon their bones, because they terrified all men during their life. And thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with them that have been slain by the sword.” -Ezekiel 32:27-28, (LXX) [9] This passage shows that the rebel angels will be laid right alongside the “giants that fell of old,” bringing to mind the words of Genesis 6:4, which described the Nephilim as “mighty men which were of old,” – a Biblical reference to the pre-Flood age. This passage also mentions how the pre-Flood Nephilim had gone down to Hell with their “weapons of war.” In other words, the judgment of the Flood quickly sucked them down to Hell like a giant whirlpool – weapons and all. This brings to mind the story of the revolt of Korah in the Old Testament. When Korah rebelled against Moses, Numbers Chapter 16 tells us that God literally opened up the earth, swallowing the rebels, their families, and all their possessions. It was in this way that the Flood swallowed up the pre-Flood Nephilim and brought them down into the pit of Hell. This is the fashion in which the enemies of God are brought down, and at the end of the Tribulation when Jesus Christ will be revealed at His coming, He will pour out this final judgment upon all of His enemies – including Satan and his angels, the Assyrian, the rebel angels of Genesis 6, their Nephilim giant offspring, and the earth-dwelling humans who followed after their wickedness instead of following after God. So, the Bible is clear that God will allow the Assyrian and his angels one final return where they’ll be permitted to torment the earth for a short time prior to their own ultimate judgment, which has already been prophesied of in Ezekiel 32. They will be cast into the judgment of eternal Hell fire alongside the Nephilim giants and the other wicked dead. [1] -Ryan Pitterson, Judgment of the Nephilim, New York, NY: Days of Noe, 2017, p. 167. [2] -Strong’s Concordance, entry “11, abaddon,” BibleHub.com. (https://biblehub.com/hebrew/11.htm - Retrieved 8/15/21) [3] -The Brenton translation of the Septuagint, Job 26:5-6, Bible Study Tools. (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lxx/job/26.html - Retrieved 6/12/21) [4] -Robert Anderson, The Coming Prince, 10th ed., Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, repr. 1957. [5] -Pitterson, p. 190. [6] -The Brenton translation of the Septuagint, Joel 2:1-11, Bible Study Tools. (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lxx/joel/2.html - Retrieved 8/15/21) [7] -Pitterson, p. 193. [8] -The Brenton translation of the Septuagint, Ezekiel 32:18-21, Bible Study Tools. (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lxx/jezekiel/32.html - Retrieved 8/15/21) [9] -Ibid.

  • Will The Nephilim Return In The End Times?

    (From the study "The Identity Of The Nephilim") The reemergence of hybrid Nephilim-type entities during the end times certainly appears to be hinted at in Scripture – and is actually a phenomenon that bears great relevance to events already taking place in our world right now. In our study, we discuss the burgeoning reports of what has been called “alien abduction,” and how this phenomenon is likely identified with fallen angels who are masquerading as “extraterrestrials” – being preoccupied with genetic experimentation and human hybridization. In his book, Confrontations – A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact, the highly regarded UFO researcher Dr. Jacques Vallée concluded the following… “Contact with (aliens is) only a modern extension of the age-old tradition of contact with nonhuman consciousness in the form of angels, demons, elves, and sylphs.” [1] Researchers Tom Horn and Cris Putnam detail much evidence supporting these subjects in their information-packed book Exo-Vaticana. Based on the evidence they present (much of which is beyond our scope here), they conclude by saying… “Today, what some call ‘alien abduction,’ in which a breeding program allegedly exists resulting in alien/human hybrids, seems but a contemporary retelling of similar DNA harvesting and genetic manipulation by those mysterious beings called ‘Watchers’ whose genetic modification activities we have discussed.” [2] We should not be surprised that activity like this is taking place in our modern times – and we should expect it to increase further as we get closer to the time of the end. A possible glimpse of this activity may be given to us in Daniel 2:43. In Daniel 2, the prophet Daniel interprets the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of a great multi-metallic statue. In the dream, the king saw a vision of a giant statue made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay. He then saw a stone not cut by human hand come down and strike the statue, breaking it into pieces. The wind then carried away the pieces like dust, leaving no traces behind. The stone then turned into a gigantic mountain that covered the earth. This dream greatly troubled the king, and none of his priests, advisors, or soothsayers were able to give the interpretation – except for the Hebrew prophet Daniel. Daniel explained to the king that the statue represented four successive human kingdoms based upon power and wealth, beginning with Babylon – while the stone and mountain signified a future kingdom established by God that would never be destroyed. But in Verse 43, when discussing the final phase of the final human kingdom, we find an interesting allusion to an unnamed kind of entity mingling themselves with the “seed of men.” Let’s read Verses 40-44 of this chapter… “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” -Daniel 2:40-44 Many commentators have pointed out the fact that Verse 43 seems to be describing a type of being that is something other than the “seed of men.” In other words, since the “seed of men” in the Bible is a label meaning “all mankind,” then in order for something to mix itself with the seed of men, that “something” must be something other than the seed of men. Who could this refer to? Are there any other beings notoriously mentioned in Scripture who historically intermingled with the seed of men? Of course, the answer is yes – and it’s the subject of our study. Fallen angels have intermingled their seed with the seed of men in the past, producing hybrid Nephilim offspring, and according to this cryptic prophecy of Satan’s final kingdom during the end times, we can see that this activity will once again be recapitulated. Author, pastor, and researcher Douglas Hamp further bolsters this conclusion, as he gives us further insight into the morphology of this passage... Note: In linguistics, morphology is the study of words, how they’re formed, and their relationship to other words in the same language. “An important clue to understanding this phrase is to understand what is being mixed. This portion of Daniel (Daniel 2:4b-7:28) was written in Aramaic because of the direct communication to Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar and their visions (with the vision of chapter seven happening during Belshazzar’s reign). The word ‘mingle’ [mitarvin מִתְעָרְבִ֤ין] is a third person plural hitpaal (as confirmed by the Westminster Hebrew Morphology Codes). The hitpaal is virtually identical to the Hebrew hitpael. The basic usage is reflexive which means that the subject is also the object, for example: ‘I dress myself’ is where ‘I’, the subject, do the action (dress) and ‘I’ also receive the action of the verb (being dressed). Thus, the hitpaal verb of Daniel 2:43 conveys that same meaning. Therefore ‘they’ are the ones doing the action, but they are also doing it to themselves. Thus, the idea is that ‘they’ (the subject) will mingle themselves (the object of the verb) with something else. This is reflected in the numerous English translations available of Daniel 2:43.” [3] So, the mysterious “they” are mingling themselves with something else – the seed of men. This confirms that “they” are not men. In the article we just quoted from, Hamp goes on to explore the possible identification of the mysterious “they”… “The text says that ‘they will mingle themselves.’ The antecedent of a pronoun usually comes before it, but since there is no other defining noun for ‘they,’ we must look at the next possible noun which is ‘these kings’ in verse 44. Thus, the word that defines ‘they’ is in fact ‘these kings’. Just like those two materials do not blend well, neither will ‘these kings’ with the seed of men. … They (the ten kings) must be some beings that are able to mix their seed with mankind but are different from mankind, and just as we saw in the Jude 1:7 passage, the strange flesh reference (mingling with a different kind) seems to be referring to demons (fallen angels) having sexual relations with women.” [4] So, since there is no previous antecedent identifying the “they” in Verse 43, Hamp suggests we look ahead to Verse 44 in order to understand who “they” are. Verse 44 mentions a group of kings that will be ruling during the period leading up to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, who is the rock that destroys their kingdom. Why though, does Hamp believe these are 10 kings? He explains it as follows, speaking about the 4th kingdom, which many theologians have identified with being the historical Roman Empire (the two legs of the statue and later the 10 toes), but also representing a future expression of Rome as the end time kingdom of the Antichrist. Hamp says… “The Roman Empire is described in amazing precision by noting that it would become two legs. The Roman Empire was not divided into two parts, Eastern and Western, until A.D. 285 by Diocletian – over 700 years later! However, the kingdom will be governed by a group of ten kings represented by the ten toes. The ten toes are equal to the ten kings found in Daniel 7:24 and Revelation 17:12 and they are partly strong and partly weak. ‘And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile,’ (Daniel 2:42).” [5] So, Hamp connects the ten toes with the ten kings that are mentioned in other parallel prophetic passages that also speak of this same time. The first passage he mentioned (Daniel 7:23-24), reads as follows… “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” -Daniel 7:23-24 This passage also speaks of this same “4th Kingdom,” but instead of using the “ten toes” imagery, it speaks of them as being ten horns, which it then explicitly identifies as ten kings. The second passage he mentioned (Revelation 17:12), reads as follows… “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.” -Revelation 17:12 In this passage in Revelation, the apostle John is given a similar understanding of the end times, in which ten kings would rule, receiving their power from the Beast (or the Antichrist), whom they were under. Based upon the wording in this passage in Revelation, Hamp makes the following observation, which bolsters his earlier conclusion that these ten kings are fallen angels... “…if we zoom in just a bit we notice something important; the ten horns ‘are ten kings’ which ‘have received no kingdom as yet’. John was told that there are kings (current to his day) that do not yet have a kingdom. However, these same kings (alive in John’s day) will receive their kingdom when the Beast rises to power. It has been nearly two thousand years since John received the Revelation from Jesus on the island of Patmos. What human kings have been alive for two thousand years? Clearly the answer is none! Therefore, the only option left are kings that do not die but continue – demons do not physically die and therefore the ten kings were present back in John’s day, had no kingdom but will receive the kingdom when the Beast comes, and so we conclude that the kings are necessarily demonic kings.” [6] So, if Hamp’s suggestion is correct that the “they” of Daniel 2:43 can be identified with the “kings” in Daniel 2:44 (who appear to be fallen angels), then that only bolsters our understanding of the kind of activity that will be ongoing during the end times. But whether “they” refers to the ten kings or to someone else, the grammar is clear that it must be a type of being other than a human being – and that is the real point here. Genetic hybridization will be going on during this time. But that isn’t all the Bible says about this kind of activity happening during the end times. The Old Testament book of the prophet Isaiah speaks in detail about the end times, and mentions the reemergence of monsters, hybrids, and giants. Let’s look into this… Perhaps the most well-known of all hybrids is the satyr. It is half human, half goat, and is found all over the pages of human history – especially in Greek so-called mythology. A wiki page focused on Greek mythology describes satyrs as follows… “Satyrs are creatures with the upper half of a man but the lower half and horns of a goat. Satyrs are often depicted as drunken, lustful creatures who are often chasing after nymphs because of their beauty. They are sometimes associated with the gods Pan and Dionysus.” [7] Interestingly, the Bible prophesies the return of satyrs in the last days. It is also interesting to make note of the context in which they’re mentioned. This chapter in which they're mentioned speaks prophetically concerning the future destruction of Babylon that is to occur during the judgment phase of the broad Day of the Lord. The following passage in Isaiah describes satyrs inhabiting these future ruins of Babylon during this time… “But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.” -Isaiah 13:21 Many English Bibles translate this Hebrew term as “wild goats” instead of satyrs, but there are several translations that hold to what seems to be the original meaning and intent of the author – which is to describe a creature beyond just a normal goat. For instance, the International Standard Version phrases it as… “But desert beasts will lie down there, and their houses will be full of howling creatures; there owls will dwell, and goat-demons will dance there.” -Isaiah 13:21 (ISV) But the most interesting reading is found in Brenton’s Septuagint Translation. Let’s keep in mind that the Septuagint was the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament that was completed several hundred years before Christ, and may preserve the earliest reading. It says… “But wild beasts shall rest there; and the houses shall be filled with howling; and monsters shall rest there, and devils shall dance there,” -Isaiah 13:21, (LXX) [8] In the following verse, it specifically mentions satyrs as well… “and satyrs shall dwell there; and hedgehogs shall make their nests in their houses. It will come soon, and will not tarry.” -Isaiah 13:22, (LXX) [9] Several times in Scripture this Hebrew term is rendered “devils” (in the KJV – Lev. 17:7 and 2 Chron. 11:15), where it actually signifies a pagan god. We know the ancients worshipped these hybrid beings and esteemed them as gods – and we recognize their true identity as either fallen angels or Nephilim hybrids. According to this prophecy in Isaiah, they will apparently be making a comeback in the end times. Interestingly, this verse mentioning satyrs in Isaiah 13 is preceded by several other unusual verses that we may not easily recognize in the modern English translations. However, the unusual nature of these verses is better preserved in the Septuagint. They speak of giants being released during the Day of the Lord, and are said to enter through what might be an ancient description of an interdimensional gateway or portal. These verses (Isaiah 13:1-9 in the Septuagint) read as follows… “THE VISION WHICH ESAIAS SON OF AMOS SAW AGAINST BABYLON. Lift up a standard on the mountain of the plain, exalt the voice to them, beckon with the hand, open the gates, ye rulers. I give command, and I bring them: giants are coming to fulfil my wrath, rejoicing at the same time and insulting. A voice of many nations on the mountains, even like to that of many nations; a voice of kings and nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts has given command to a war-like nation, to come from a land afar off, from the utmost foundation of heaven; the Lord and his warriors are coming to destroy all the world. Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is near, and destruction from God shall arrive. Therefore every hand shall become powerless, and every soul of man shall be dismayed. The elders shall be troubled, and pangs shall seize them, as of a woman in travail: and they shall mourn one to another, and shall be amazed, and shall change their countenance as a flame. For behold! the day of the Lord is coming which cannot be escaped, a day of wrath and anger, to make the world desolate, and to destroy sinners out of it.” -Isaiah 13:1-9, (LXX) [10] In this passage, the eschatological Day of the Lord is described, in which God’s wrath will be poured out upon the wicked, culminating in Christ’s Second Coming and the establishment of His earthly kingdom. During this time, giants will be released to wreak havoc upon the earth. Like we pointed out earlier, God will use Satan’s plans in order to bring about His own purposes. Notice how these giants are described as “God’s warriors” in this passage. They are God’s in the sense that He will use them to administer divine wrath during this coming time of tribulation. It seems clear that the events occurring in those days will include some of the strangest things one can imagine (involving satyrs, monsters, giants, portals, hybrids, etc.). Life on Earth is going to become very bizarre before it’s all over – and it gives us some insight into the possible meaning of the prophetic words of Jesus in Luke 21:26, part of the Olivet Discourse, which describe this same time period… “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” -Luke 21:25-26 We notice Jesus’ statement that during this time there will be fearful things coming upon the earth that will be so utterly horrifying that men will suffer severe heart-attacks out of intense distress. The return of Nephilim giants, satyrs, and hybrid monsters of all types would certainly do the trick! This same overwhelming dread is also mentioned back in Isaiah 13, just several verses after the giants coming through the gates are spoken of. We read this earlier in Verses 7 and 8… “…every soul of man shall be dismayed. The elders shall be troubled, and pangs shall seize them, as of a woman in travail: and they shall mourn one to another, and shall be amazed, and shall change their countenance as a flame.” -Isaiah 13:7-8 (LXX) [11] So, this same intense fear that Jesus discusses was not a completely new revelation. It was already spoken of all the way back in Isaiah. In light of all of this, we can understand that the Bible clearly depicts the return of the Nephilim as a future reality. We can truly conclude that this will be a time when the paranormal becomes the new normal. [1] -Jacques Vallée, Confrontations – A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact, New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1990, p. 159. [2] -Cris Putnam and Tom Horn, Exo-Vaticana, Crane, MO: Defender Publishing, 2013, p. 121. [3] -Douglas Hamp, “Mingling with the Seed of Men,” Apr. 24, 2011, DouglasHamp.com. (https://www.douglashamp.com/part-eleven-mingling-with-the-seed-of-men/ - Retrieved 8/14/21) [4] -Ibid. [5] -Ibid. [6] -Ibid. [7] -“Satyr,” Greek Mythology Wiki. (https://greekmythology.wikia.org/wiki/Satyr - Retrieved 8/14/21) [8] -The Brenton translation of the Septuagint, Isaiah 13:21, Bible Study Tools. (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lxx/esias/13.html - Retrieved 8/13/21) [9] -Ibid. [10] -Ibid. [11] -Ibid.

  • Further Biblical Support for the "Angel View" of Genesis 6:4

    (From the study "The Identity Of The Nephilim") In our past several articles, we've advocated for what may be called the "angel view" of Genesis 6:4. This refers to the interpretation that the "sons of God" mentioned in that verse refer to fallen angels, whom the passage then states had sexual relations with human women, producing a hybrid offspring of giants the Bible calls "Nephilim." While it may be difficult for some to accept, this is the clear, plain meaning of the text – as we've shown so far in this article series. But if this is to be accepted as the accurate understanding of Genesis 6 and the pre-Flood world, wouldn’t we expect to find further mention of it elsewhere in Scripture? Taking into account the enormity of this subject’s impact on the Biblical narrative, we would absolutely expect further mention, commentary, or allusion to it being woven throughout the Bible. Actually, that is exactly what we do find – and these further complimentary passages add valuable confirmation of the interpretation presented in these articles. Let’s begin to take a closer look at some of these passages… In a previous article, we mentioned that Numbers 13:33 is the only passage other than Genesis 6:1-4 that explicitly uses the Hebrew word “Nephilim.” This passage deals with the post-Flood giants in the Promised Land during the Conquest of Canaan. In addition, there are many other passages in the Bible that offer convincing support for the "angel view." As we begin to examine them, let’s start with a key Old Testament passage that is often overlooked or ignored – but that convincingly verifies this interpretation. This passage is Job 4:13-18, and it reads as follows… “Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:” -Job 4:18 We’ve underlined the key words in this passage: “angels” and “folly.” Most readers may quickly overlook this word “folly,” as it’s not a word commonly used in modern English – and when it is used, it doesn’t carry with it the same connotations as it did in the Elizabethan period of Early Modern English (the era in which the King James Version was written). [1] In modern English, we may think of “folly” as referring to “silly behavior.” However, let’s be clear that in KJV English, it’s used to describe serious, illicit sexual activity. Ryan Pitterson writes the following concerning this subject… “The word ‘folly,’ which is translated from the Hebrew ‘nebalah,’ is commonly defined as ‘senseless; or disgraceful.’ While dictionary definitions are important, the primary source for the meaning of a word is the context in which it occurs. In the King James Version of the Old Testament, ‘folly’ is most often used to describe sexual sin.” [2] It is enlightening to look at several examples of how “folly” is used in the KJV Old Testament… “And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter: which thing ought not to be done.” -Genesis 34:1-2, 7 “Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.” -Deuteronomy 22:21 “Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him ("know", meaning to have sexual relations with – in this case, rape). And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.” -Judges 19:22-23 “And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do anything to her. And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister. And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.” -2 Samuel 13:1-2, 11-12 From looking at these instances, we can see that rape, fornication, and incest are three prominent contexts in which “folly” is used in the King James Old Testament – three examples of illicit sexual activity. With this in mind, we can then look back to our original passage (Job 4:18 – “his angels he charged with folly”) and recognize that when you let Scripture interpret Scripture, the Bible itself confirms that a group of angels committed illicit sexual activity, providing a strong confirmation of our understanding of Genesis 6. Let’s now skip ahead to the New Testament and focus on several significant complimentary passages that also validate the angel view of Genesis 6... Jude 1:6-7 First, we will look to the book of Jude, which provides one of the principal complimentary passages on the angelic seduction of human women and subsequent rise of the Nephilim. Actually, this passage even includes within it a key to answering the question of how an angel from heaven could produce a child with a human woman. In Jude 1:6-7, we read the following… “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. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” -Jude 1:6-7 This passage describes a certain group of angels that “kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation.” This same group of sinful angels is now described as being imprisoned in “everlasting chains under darkness” until their final judgment. Interestingly, Jude assumes that the readers are already familiar with who these angels are. In other words, he’s clearly alluding to the storyline of the fallen angels first mentioned in Genesis 6, which everyone during his day was familiar with. This is made even plainer in the next verse, which identifies the sinful activity these angels were committing – which resulted in their imprisonment. It says they were committing fornication (or illicit sexual activity) and going after “strange flesh” – much like what was happening at Sodom and Gomorrah. In "The Identity Of The Nephilim", we look deeper into the issue of what really may have been happening at Sodom and Gomorrah – but for now, let’s just say that the reference to these cities may have closer ties to Genesis 6 than most realize. Let’s not overlook the fact that the men of Sodom also wanted to have sexual relations with angels – the angels that came to visit Lot (Genesis 19:5). Again, you can find out more about that by reading our full study. For now, let’s further break down this passage in Jude… The phrase “first estate” (in “the angels which kept not their first estate”) refers to their beginning or their origin – the Greek word arché (Strong’s # G746). [3] In other words, these angels abandoned their original position as holy angels of God in heaven. It then says that they left this position by leaving their “own habitation.” As we will see, this word “habitation” is the key we referenced earlier that helps us answer the question of how an angel can come together with a human woman and produce offspring. This word translated as “habitation” is the Greek word oikétérion (Strong's # G3613), and means a dwelling place, a habitation, or an abode. [4] But here’s the key: this word oikétérion is only used twice in Scripture. The only other place where it’s found is 2 Corinthians 5:2, which metaphorically describes the glorified, heavenly body that a born-again believer will one day receive in the resurrection. 2 Corinthians 5:1-6 reads… “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house (oikétérion) which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:” -2 Corinthians 5:1-6 The apostle Paul uses the Greek word oikétérion (translated as “house” in Verse 2) to describe the future resurrection body that we, as believers, will receive. Pitterson further connects the dots for us, writing the following… “The Apostle Paul, under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, explains that for Christians the flesh bodies we are born with pale in comparison to the heavenly bodies we will receive at the Rapture when all believers are translated. This celestial body is immortal and does not contain the sin nature that all human beings have inherited from Adam. So, the ‘house’ that Paul desires is the same ‘habitation,’ or ‘oikétérion’ that the angels who sinned chose to desecrate to pursue their sinful schemes.” [5] Chuck Missler put it this way… “The very term oikétérion, alluding to the heavenly body with which the believer longs to be clothed, is the precise term used for the heavenly bodies from which the fallen angels had disrobed.” [6] Scripture is very clear that the angels were able to leave their original heavenly bodies and manifest themselves in bodies that were physical. So, the sinning sons of God who left their “habitation” to go after “strange flesh” received the punishment of being reserved in chains of darkness until the day of judgment. The renowned 20th century Bible scholar Arthur W. Pink summarizes our position in the following comment concerning this passage in Jude… “The reference in Jude to the angels leaving their own habitation appears to point to and correspond with these ‘sons of God’ (angels) coming in unto the daughters of men. Apparently, by this means, Satan hoped to destroy the human race (the channel through which the woman’s Seed was to come) by producing a race of monstrosities. How nearly he succeeded is evident from the fact that with the exception of one family, ‘all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth’ (Gen. 6:12). That monstrosities were produced as the result of this unnatural union between the ‘sons of God’ (angels) and the daughters of men, is evidence from the words of Genesis 6:4: ‘There were giants in the earth in those days.’” [7] So, we can see that this passage in Jude is a clear New Testament confirmation of the “angel view” of Genesis 6. But the New Testament continues to give us further confirmation of this in several other key verses… 2 Peter 2:4-9 Next, we will look to the book of 2 Peter, which gives us a second key complimentary passage describing the illicit union between the fallen angels and human women. 2 Peter 2:4-9 reads… “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (Greek: “Tartarus”), and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:” -2 Peter 2:4-9 In this similar passage, we again see a mention of a group of angels who sinned and received the punishment of being imprisoned in chains of darkness until the judgment. And in the verses that follow, like the passage in Jude, we again find a reference to Sodom and Gomorrah. But this passage even more clearly links these angels to the days of Noah and the Genesis 6 context. We see this in Verse 5, as it immediately refers to God’s destruction of the “old world” through the judgment of the Flood. But there’s an additional point of significance that we must make note of from this passage. As mentioned, the Greek word translated “hell” in this passage is the word Tartarus (Strong's # G5020) – and it provides us with another unique clue. First, we should note that this is the only place in Scripture where this Greek word is used. This word has been variously translated in our English Bible versions; for example, the New English Bible translates it as “the dark pits of hell,” the Revised Version has it as “pits of darkness,” and the New International Version says “gloomy dungeons.” In all of these translations, depth and darkness are the distinctives of Tartarus. Normally, when, for instance, the KJV uses the word “hell,” it is translated from the Greek word hadés (Strong's # G86). Hades refers to the resting place of the dead and place of departed souls/spirits. [8] So then, why doesn’t the Bible use Hades to describe this place of imprisonment for the fallen angels (instead of Tartarus)? And if Tartarus is only used this one time in the Bible, can we know what this term refers to? Actually, the answer to the second question is “yes,” we can know what this word means – and learning what it means will answer the first question of why the Bible uses this term here. What did the word Tartarus mean to the ancient Greeks? The late author, researcher, and pastor I.D.E. Thomas tells us that this word was used by the ancient Greek poets, such as Homer. Thomas writes... “When Homer used the word (Tartarus) he gave it the meaning of subterranean. Hades was the place where the souls of departed men awaited the coming judgment, but Tartarus was a much deeper and darker abyss and reserved specifically for fallen angels.” [9] In Greek so-called mythology, Tartarus is the abyss described as a place lower than Hades where the Titans had been imprisoned. Who were the Titans? According to the Greek legends, the mighty Titans were a powerful race that ruled the world before the Olympians, in the time of the Golden Age of men. They were known as being immortal giants of incredible strength, and they possessed knowledge of advanced technology, or what the mortals would have called “magic,” which they brought to earth. They are also known as the “elder gods.” [10] [11] The legends of giant Titans, Olympians, gods and demigods (half god/half human) were considered by the Greeks to be based on an actual core of real history. The Greeks believed these legends and actually worshipped many of these figures as deities. But the point here is that Peter, the writer of the passage we’re examining in 2 Peter, living in a Greco-Roman world and writing in Greek, certainly knew the difference between Hades and Tartarus. Specifically choosing the word Tartarus describes another more specific place of punishment other than Hades. In other words, in this passage, Peter was deliberately linking the account of the sons of God/Nephilim in Genesis 6 with the events of Greek so-called mythology (which we propose is actually just a perversion of the Genesis 6 story). These were the “mighty men of renown” spoken of in Genesis 6:4 – men whom the Greeks viewed as gods. It is eye-opening to recognize that all of the ancient cultures have legends echoing these same concepts of heavenly beings called “gods” descending to earth, having relations with human women, and introducing advanced technology to mankind. Just as we find countless ancient cultures that record a legend of a great Deluge afflicting the planet, we find the story of the Nephilim reflected in numerous ancient cultures worldwide. Based on the Biblical record, it seems as though these so-called legends are actually based on a core of truth, and actually substantiate the Genesis 6 account. 1 Peter 3:18-20 For our third complimentary passage, we look to the book of 1 Peter, which provides us with another witness of the Genesis 6 event, and clearly connects with the common themes of the first two passages we looked at. 1 Peter 3:18-20 reads… “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit; By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water.” -1 Peter 3:18-20 In this third passage, we find a reference to “spirits” who are currently in prison, and Peter identifies these spirits as being disobedient during the pre-Flood days when Noah was preparing the ark. Psalms 104:4 and then Hebrews 1:7 which quotes it, identify angels as being spirits (“…who maketh his angels spirits…”). Clearly, this is yet another reference to the angels who sinned and are now imprisoned – as Peter said in the previous passage we looked at – in Tartarus, and as the first two passages both said – in chains of darkness until the judgment. Clearly, these three passages we’ve examined are all referring to this same event – the sons of God who fell and sinned with women in Genesis 6. But in this passage, Peter says that Jesus at one point actually went to this prison to “preach” to these spirits. What does this mean? Peter is describing Christ’s time in the underworld during the time after His crucifixion and prior to His resurrection. The Greek word translated “preach” here actually means “to herald, or publicly declare.” It doesn’t mean that Jesus preached the gospel to them so that they could be saved. Instead, Jesus, while His body lay in the grave, went to Hades and proclaimed His victory to the fallen angels imprisoned there! They had lost, and He had won – and their ultimate fate was sealed! [12] Another passage that appears to confirm this understanding is found in 1 Timothy 3. In this passage, it confirms that God, in His manifestation as the Son, was “seen of angels.” “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” -1 Timothy 3:16 It would seem that when this passage mentions Jesus being “seen of angels,” it's referring to His descent into Tartarus to announce His victory. And why would Jesus need to make such an announcement? The book of Philippians describes the exaltation of Jesus after His victory on the cross… “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:8-11 When this passage mentions “things under the earth” confessing the Lordship of Jesus, what could it be referring to? It clearly seems to be a reference to the underworld, which the Bible often describes as being somewhere down “within” or “underneath” the earth. While imprisoned in the underworld in Tartarus, (or the deep abyss or bottomless pit) awaiting their judgment, the sinful sons of God were completely unaware of what was happening up on the earth’s surface until Jesus showed up to herald His victory and the redemption of all humanity through His death on the cross! Whether it was at that moment or in the future, these fallen angels will also bow before Him! The more you begin to understand the circumstances surrounding Genesis 6 and the Nephilim, the more the dots of Scripture become connected. And so, after looking at these three complimentary passages in detail (found in Jude, and 1 and 2 Peter), it should be clear to us that the New Testament absolutely corroborates the interpretation of Genesis 6 that we are advocating. In fact, if these verses are not describing the angels that fell in Genesis 6, to which angels are they then referring? The Bible gives us no indication that any of the other angels that fell with Satan are imprisoned anywhere. If all of the fallen angels were imprisoned, then who are the fallen angels described in Scripture as being active in the world? For example, in Daniel Chapter 10, we are told that the moment Daniel began to pray, God sent an angel to minister to him – yet, the angel tells us that he was opposed and held up for 21 days by the “prince of Persia” – referring to a fallen angelic entity that controlled the kingdom of Persia. Additionally, in Ephesians 6:12 we are told that we as Christians battle against ranks of fallen angels who, under Satan’s leadership, exert their wicked influence over the earth… “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” -Ephesians 6:12 The fallen angels referred to here are not “chained” anywhere. They will ultimately be defeated, but as of now, they’re able to move around and influence life on earth – which is why we face spiritual warfare in our Christian walk. If they were all chained in prison, earth would be a much more wonderful and godly place! So, the point is, if you’re hesitant to accept what’s being clearly taught in Genesis 6:4 concerning human-angelic sexual relations producing giant Nephilim offspring, it is on you then to explain the identity of the fallen angels imprisoned in Tartarus that are being described in Jude and 1 + 2 Peter. In addition, you also need to explain the passage in Job that describes the “folly” of the angels – referring to illicit sexual activity. Clearly, the only explanation is that these fallen angels that are currently bound in chains of darkness are the "sons of God" who fell and committed sexual sin with human women in the time before the Flood, as described in Genesis 6. There is no other coherent Biblical explanation. [1] -“King James English,” Bible Research. (http://www.bible-researcher.com/english.html - Retrieved 5/02/21) [2] -Ryan Pitterson, Judgment of the Nephilim, New York, NY: Days of Noe, 2017, p. 106. [3] -Strong’s Concordance, entry “746, arché,” BibleHub.com. (https://biblehub.com/greek/746.htm - Retrieved 4/16/21) [4] -Strong’s Concordance, entry “3613, oikétérion,” BibleHub.com. (https://biblehub.com/greek/3613.htm - Retrieved 4/16/21) [5] -Pitterson, p. 102-103. [6] -Chuck Missler, “Textual Controversy: Mischievous Angels or Sethites?” Aug. 1, 1997, Koinonia House. (https://khouse.org/articles/1997/110/ - Retrieved 4/16/21) [7] -Arthur W. Pink, Gleanings in Genesis, Chicago: Moody Bible Institute, 1922, p. 93. [8] -Englishman’s Concordance, entry “86, ᾅδης (hadés),” BibleHub.com. (https://biblehub.com/greek/strongs_86.htm - Retrieved 4/16/21) [9] -I.D.E. Thomas, The Omega Conspiracy, Anomalos Publishing House, 2008, pp. 101-102. [10] -“The Titans, elder Greek gods and first divine rulers,” GreekGods.org. (https://www.greek-gods.org/titans.php - Retrieved 4/17/21) [11] -“Titans of Greek Mythology: Facts & Overview,” Sept. 9, 2016, Study.com. (https://study.com/academy/lesson/titans-of-greek-mythology-facts-lesson-quiz.html - Retrieved 4/17/21) [12] -NASB Lexicon, entry “1 Peter 3:19,” BibleHub.com. (https://biblehub.com/lexicon/1_peter/3-19.htm - Retrieved 4/15/21)

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  • Basic Christian Doctrine: The Nature Of God + The Gospel Plan Of Salvation | Let Us Reason

    Description Contents Download Basic Christian Doctrine is an in-depth study on some of the most overlooked essentials and basics of Biblical Christian doctrine. Doctrine is simply a teaching. It is the basis or foundation for how one lives and conducts his life. As the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus, working through the apostles and prophets, laid the foundation of the doctrine of the church. The early church held to their doctrine so closely that they were willing to give up their lives for it. But as the centuries passed, more and more false doctrines crept into the church, corrupting it from within. What began as a powerful inferno became nothing more than a glowing ember by the Middle Ages. Then came the Reformation, as men began an effort to restore the church back to the doctrinal truths of the original apostolic church. However, although some progress was made, many false doctrines were retained. Today, the Spirit of God is breathing afresh across the world and igniting the revelation of the doctrine of the original church described in the historical record of the Book of Acts. As we undertake a study of the foundational principles of true Christian doctrine, we will uncover just how far mainstream Christianity has strayed from the sound teachings of the Scriptures! Download this free study to learn more! let us reason basic christian doctrine Back to Home Home Studies The Romance Of Redemption Basic Christian Doctrine The Daniel 9:25 Prophecy A Refutation Of Alternative Chronologies The Basis Of Our Epistemology Prophecy - The Various Forms... The Nature Of Time How Sure Can We Be That Jesus Was The... The Psalm 22 Prophecy Establishing The Prophetic Validity... The Daniel 11 Prophecy The Isaiah 53 Prophecy The Luke 19:43-44 Prophecy Typology Of The Moedim Understanding The Distinction Between... Jeremiah's 70 Years Prophecy... The Identity Of The Nephilim Should Christians Support Israel? Videos Podcast Articles Charts Contact

  • Let Us Reason | Truth, Bible Study, Prophecy, Apologetics

    Recent Articles Michael Filipek Apr 29 15 min Will The Sons Of God Return In The End Times? (From the study "The Identity Of The Nephilim") In the previous article, we examined some of the Biblical passages that seem to describe... Michael Filipek Apr 12 12 min Will The Nephilim Return In The End Times? (From the study "The Identity Of The Nephilim") The reemergence of hybrid Nephilim-type entities during the end times certainly appears... Michael Filipek Dec 30, 2022 16 min Further Biblical Support for the "Angel View" of Genesis 6:4 (From the study "The Identity Of The Nephilim") In our past several articles, we've advocated for what may be called the "angel view" of... Michael Filipek Dec 13, 2022 14 min An Analysis of the "Sons Of Seth" View of Genesis 6:4 (From the study "The Identity Of The Nephilim") In our previous two articles on this subject, we've endeavored to take a sound, Biblical... Michael Filipek Nov 24, 2022 9 min An Exegesis of the “Sons Of God” (From the study "The Identity Of The Nephilim") The correct identification of the "sons of God" is probably the single most critical... Our Mission Our Statement of Faith New Testament Salvation Daily Script ure/Devotional Weekly Torah P ortion (Parsha) Western Wall Live Video Feed Will The Sons Of God Return In The End Times? Michael Filipek Apr 29 Will The Nephilim Return In The End Times? Michael Filipek Apr 12 Further Biblical Support for the "Angel View" of Genesis 6:4 Michael Filipek Dec 30, 2022 Subscribe Mail Let Us Reason is a ministry dedicated to the pursuit and discovery of truth. Our primary objective is to help viewers better understand Biblical truth by providing in-depth studies on topics that are frequently either ignored or overlooked in most churches. We provide this teaching in three formats - eBook/PDF studies , podcasts , and videos . ​ All of these resources are provided for free on this site. Feel free to download, distribute, and use them to further your investigation of truth. All of our study notes contain the full study information, complete with charts, quotes, and references. In addition to our Videos page, our video studies can be found by going directly to the Let Us Reason YouTube channel (or Rumble or BitChute , if you prefer). "Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord..." -Isaiah 1:18 Our goal is to provide current believers with the tools and information to have a more "perfect" understanding of God's Word, as He intended it to be understood - not necessarily how religious traditions and institutions have interpreted it. Additionally, it is also our goal to educate non-believers and complete skeptics on the genuine truth of the Bible and its teachings and concepts. ​ If you have some background with Christian teaching, but yet it never quite made sense to you or became real for you personally, we encourage you to spend some time going through our study material. We find that the majority of Christians today unfortunately do not understand the true teachings of the New Testament through Christ and the Apostles - resulting in them never being able to experience the type of full and genuine Christianity that God intended for the believer. ​ In addition, many Christians today have unknowingly become the spiritual casualties of erroneous doctrines that have evolved through man-made religious institutions. Although the Reformation was an important time in Christian history, the reality is that the Reformers didn't go as far as they needed to in their attempt to return to the original patterns and teachings of the Apostles. Many errors remain mainstream, including (but not limited to) the nature of God , soteriology (the study of salvation), hermeneutics (the study of Biblical interpretation), and eschatology (the study of the end-times). ​ Our hope and mission is to provide the content and the study tools for you to investigate these things for yourself and arrive at your own conclusions based on the evidence - not the traditions of men. ​ But in addition to just those topics themselves, there are also a number of Biblical concepts that are foundational keys for enabling the believer to avoid the pitfalls of erroneous doctrine. We also focus our studies on elucidating these concepts. In doing so, it makes the sound teachings of the Word of God much easier to understand. Everything aligns the way it should when you interpret the Bible from within these guidelines. But when you interpret outside of them, confusion and error are always the ultimate outcome. ​ Beyond just purely Biblical topics, it is also our goal to provide viewers with a range of various subject matter that will enhance and illuminate your perspective on a number of issues. Some of these issues and topics you may have never considered before. Or, you may not have considered them especially relevant. But when you start to plug in all of the pieces - like a puzzle - a picture begins to emerge. In fact, when you understand many of these topics, it enhances your understanding of the world and of reality. ​ We hope that you enjoy exploring the studies, videos, and resources provided on this site! Let us know your feedback on the Contact page, and consider subscribing to our YouTube channel - Let Us Reason. 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  • The Romance Of Redemption: The Marriage Of Jesus Christ And The Church | Let Us Reason

    let us reason romance of redemption Description Contents Download The Romance of Redemption: The Marriage Of Jesus Christ And The Church is an in-depth study on the mystery of the church as being the bride of Christ. In order to fully grasp the depth of understanding regarding the plans of Jesus Christ and His love for you individually as a believer, it is imperative that you come to a deeper awareness of the mind of God concerning His church. To understand the mind of God in relation to the church, you must recognize that Jesus views the church as His bride. In other words, the institution of marriage represents the most descriptive example of the type of relationship God wants with us. In this study, we will not only explore some rarely-discussed truths regarding this concept, but we will also examine some hidden prophetic typological mysteries embedded in the ancient Jewish wedding traditions that reveal to us God's ultimate plan - the separating out for Himself a beloved bride! Download this free study and find out for yourself! let us reason romance of redemption Back to Home Home Studies The Romance Of Redemption Basic Christian Doctrine The Daniel 9:25 Prophecy A Refutation Of Alternative Chronologies The Basis Of Our Epistemology Prophecy - The Various Forms... The Nature Of Time How Sure Can We Be That Jesus Was The... The Psalm 22 Prophecy Establishing The Prophetic Validity... The Daniel 11 Prophecy The Isaiah 53 Prophecy The Luke 19:43-44 Prophecy Typology Of The Moedim Understanding The Distinction Between... Jeremiah's 70 Years Prophecy... The Identity Of The Nephilim Should Christians Support Israel? Videos Podcast Articles Charts Contact

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