The "sons of God" in Genesis 6:2 Debate
Within Christian theology, there is a question as to the giants of old, those in the days of Noah. This is a fascinating subject and I’d like to write about why I believe these giants were indeed the offspring of the fallen angels (called “sons of God”) and human women. These giants were called Nephilim.
The Christians who oppose this teaching believe the “sons of God” that had sex with women in the days of Noah were the godly sons of Seth. Well, how in the world would evil overtake the earth to the point of God’s judgment of the flood, if their offspring were godly?
Let's take a moment to read 1 Cor 7:14: "For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy." That’s my point. In fact, Noah and his family were of the "godly line of Seth". Those who follow the sons of Seth theology also believe that evil spirits might be “disembodied spirits of a pre-Adamic race”. Surely, God indeed told Adam and Eve (pre-flood) what He told Noah and his family (post-flood) ~ to "replenish the earth" (Gen 1:28 and 9:1). Was there a human race prior to the new life given to the planet earth (Gen 1:2)? Well, if human spirits can be disembodied, that would defy what the Bible says in Heb 9:27: "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment". However, they may be on the right track, IF they considered the disembodied spirits to be those of the Nephilim...Let’s keep reading:
A Prison in Hell? (Tartaroo)
In my study of the word “hell”, there is one Greek word called “tartaroo”. Here is the definition: tartaroo (tar-tar-o’-o) the deepest abyss of hades; to incarcerate in eternal torment: - cast down to hell.
We all know that incarceration is that of prison, right? In the account of the rich man and Lazarus, we are told that the rich man went to hades, while Lazarus went to the bosom of Abraham (Luke 16:19-31). The definition of hades is: hades (hah’-dace) “hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell. We do not see “incarcerate” in this definition. Indeed, the rich man was in flames, but certainly not in chains.
It’s evident that there are levels of hades. The deepest level of hades is tartaroo, a place of incarceration, based on the definitions shown above. As we keep reading, we will see this is where the angels who sinned in the days of Noah are incarcerated.
What the Bible says:
Are angels ever called "sons of God" anywhere else in the Bible? Absolutely. Look at Job 38:4-7: "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?" It surely doesn't sound like man was around when the earth was created.
Gen 6:2 states, “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Obviously, this is referring to the fallen angels.
I think it wise to note here that all angels that appeared in human form in the Bible were male.
In verse 4 we read, “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (NAS)
“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.” (KJV)
So here we see that the Nephilim were giants. Check out the video at the base of this hub ~
What the Book of Enoch says:
The Book of Enoch was included in the Bible for 500 years, from the second century BC to the mid-third century AD. While it was removed from the Scriptures by the Council of Laodicea, the Book of Enoch still remains canonized in the Bibles of Ethiopia to this day. The Book of Jasher was also removed, yet it is mentioned in the Bible in Josh 10:13 and 2 Sam 1:18. Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam (Gen 5:3-18) and is mentioned 13 times in the Bible we have today. He is said to have “walked with God” (Gen 5:24) and that “he did not see death”, like Elijah, for God took him and he was not seen on the earth any longer (Heb 11:5).
In reviewing the Book of Enoch, he writes of the account in Gen 6:2-4 as follows:
Enoch 6:1-2 “And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another, ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.’
This “imprecation” continues in the following verses, “And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: ‘I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.’ And they all answered him and said: ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.’ Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they call it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.” Did you know that Jared was the father of Enoch? He lived 162 years when he begat Enoch, then another 800 years (See Gen 5:18-19).
In Enoch 8:8 we read, “And they have gone into the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness.” In Enoch 7:2 it is said these giants measured “3,000 ells”. An ell is equivalent to 45” x 3,000 = 135,000” or 11,250’, roughly 2.13 miles tall. Another verse states they were 300 cubits tall or 450 feet (600' if using Jewish cubit measurements). This seems more reasonable, as it's a little over a quarter mile tall.
In Enoch 10:2, the LORD instructs His angel, Uriel to go to the son of Lamech, saying to him, ‘Go to Noah and tell him in My name, ‘Hide thyself!’, and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it.”
In verses 13-15 the judgment of God is given to these fallen angels who sinned: “They shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. And whosoever shall be condemned and destroyed will from thenceforth be bound together with them to the end of all generations. And destroy all the spirits of the reprobate and the children of the Watchers (this is what these fallen angels were called), because they have wronged mankind.”
Enoch 14:3 confirms again, “Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done like the children of earth, and begotten giants as your sons.”
Compare the Bible and Enoch
Having read some of the passages in the Book of Enoch, we can now go back and re-read Gen 6:2-4 above. Here are a few more verses in the Bible that will be more clear, in light of what the Book of Enoch revealed:.
Eph 4:9 “(Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?)", along with 1 Pet 3:19-20: "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,"
What was the judgment of God on these fallen angels for this sin? 2 Pet 2:4 states “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell (tartaroos: the deepest abyss of hades) and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;”
Jude 1:6 makes it very clear: "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."
The final judgment is shown in Rev 20:14-15 “And death and hades were thrown into the lake of fire (geenna). This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
The Watchers Taught Witchcraft
The book of Enoch goes on to state what these fallen angels (Watchers) taught men, evil which is still practiced to this day:
Enoch 7:1, 5-6 state the following sins shown to man: “charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood.”
Chapter 8:1, 3 go on with bracelets, ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures; resolving of enchantments, astrology, constellations, knowledge of the clouds, the signs of the earth, sun, and course of the moon.”
Let’s check out what is said about this “knowledge of secrets” in Enoch 16:3 “You have been in heaven, but all the mysteries had not yet been revealed to you, and you knew worthless ones, and these in the hardness of your hearts you have made known to the women, and through these mysteries women and men work much evil on earth.”
God’s angels are not to procreate. Mat 22:30/Mark 12:25/Luke 20:35 state, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” The angels cannot procreate with each other. However, these fallen angels left heaven and were able to procreate with humans and were cast into everlasting prison for this sin. So where do evil spirits come from? They are the spirits of these giants, the offspring of the fallen angels and human women as shown here:
Enoch 15:8 states, “And now, the giants, who are proclaimed from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called.”
Does it make a bit more sense now that Legion begged Jesus not to send them to the abyss in Luke 8:31: “They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.”
For a fascinating study of giants AFTER the flood, I invite you to read my new hub GIANTS After the Flood!
Some Christians don’t want to acknowledge the Book of Enoch, and I can certainly understand. Enoch knew things in the spiritual realm that can be overwhelming to the average person. We only use 10% of our brain, so I rest assured I will be able to handle more knowledge in my glorified body, praise God!
I test this book against what the Bible says. What aligns with the Bible, I ponder. If anything in any book outside the Bible contradicts the Bible, I wouldn't give it credence. Shockingly, there is absolute evidence of Bible alterations, thus we must question why books such as Enoch and Jasher were blatantly removed from the Scriptures. We are to seek the Holy Spirit's teaching and confirmation of all things and always remain guarded.
Thus far, I think we can say some “blanks” may have been filled in regarding the realm of evil, wouldn’t you? Pretty awesome stuff.
Proof of the Nephilim
Want to know MORE?
- GIANTS After The Flood!
When were giants on the earth? Gen 6:1-4 is the first account of the giants. Those giants are said to be the offspring of the sons of God and the daughters of men. However, we also see giants on the earth after the flood! Who were they and where did
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 07, 2015:
Judah, this was real interesting to read and know about them. What an odd religious myth from the Bible. Thanks for sharing this hub!
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on June 19, 2015:
Hello lydia! I tend to agree - that the children were able to be born through women, but grew to be giants -- we have "giants" today that were born of ordinary sized women. Something in their genetic makeup...
Great to hear from you! God bless.
lydia on June 09, 2015:
I do not believe when they bore the children that they were giants. It would be imposible for a woman to bare children of that size. I thonk they mean that they grew to be giants
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on September 13, 2014:
Sorry it took me a bit to post, Amy! Yes, I agree - I wonder why Enoch was "left out" of the Scriptures. The very first verse of the Book is "The words of the blessing of Enoch, wherewith he blessed the elect ⌈⌈and⌉⌉ righteous, who will be living in the day of tribulation, when all the wicked ⌈⌈and godless⌉⌉ are to be removed. " I've listened to the Book on youtube and frankly, do not feel it contradicts anything in the Holy Bible. I accept it because of this and it surely fills in some of the "blanks" in the Bible, due to it having been removed. I'm very glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for reading and commenting. God bless you!
Amy Casale Choisser from Melbourne Fl on September 12, 2014:
Great explanation and description. I learned of this when reading Derek Prince books but what you wrote makes it my digestable. I wonder why the book of Enoch was not given privelege to the bible? I did read one book out of the Catholic Bible that discussed spiritual warfare in a more graphic form but again the Holy Bible doesn't hold that book either.
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on April 17, 2014:
Very good question, ChangedbyJesus. Who knows, though, whether the giants congregated in particular parts of the 'world' as we know it at that time, whereas Noah may not have resided anywhere near them. It's only a guess. I don't recall the Book of Enoch addressing that, but I will do a little more research to see if I can find out anything.
If the giants were between 1/4 m and 2.5 m tall, Mt. Ararat is just over 3 miles high and thus the depth of the water was just enough to drown them.
I like the way you think :-) Blessings!
ChangedbyJesus on April 17, 2014:
Hi JD, been reading your posts and have a question. Now I know this stuff is crazy to wrap your brain around... I have a very vivid imagination :-) So at first I was excited at the thought of the Nephilim being so giant and that they were eating people... stay with me cuz I know that sounds horrible lol. What person that believes in the flood doesn't at one time imagine the horrid scene of people, women and children, banging to get into the ark as they're dying? Again, me = vivid imagination. So cool, earth being destroyed by flood is mainly for the evil big huge guys because I had all the little people killed off (I know I'm silly)...
Then I start imagining these 1-2 mile tall people... oh what large feet you have! Couldn't they have just ravished the ark in a matter of seconds with their bare hands? The ark was about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. It would have been like a bathtub toy to these guys.
What do you think? And I know I'm late to the game... um... I usually am :-)
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on May 27, 2013:
Thank you, BlueKnight! I'm so glad you came back to provide this information! I'll see what I can find on these missing books. I know Enoch opened so much more to understanding what is written in what's left of the Bible. Awesome. God bless you!
BlueKnightt on May 27, 2013:
Here are a few Bible references to other writings by chosen men of the Lord God which are not bound within our current Bible; surely there are others not so easily identified.
Book of the covenant, Ex 24:7
Book of wars of the Lord, Nu 21:14
Bk of Jasher , Jos 10:13
Bk of statutes of the kingdom (Saul's anointing as king),
I Sam 10:25
Bk of Enoch Jude, 14
Bk of acts of Solomon, I Ki 11:41
Bk of Nathan the prophet, I Ch 29:29
Bk of Gad the seer, I ch 29:29
Bk of the prophecy of Ahijah, II Ch 9:29
Bk of the prophecy of the visions of Iddo the seer, II Ch 9:29
Bk of Jehu, II Ch 20:34
Acts of Uzziah (by Isaiah ?) II Ch 26:22
Sayings of the seers, II Ch 33:19
Epistle (missing) of Paul to saints at Corinth, I Co 5: 9
Epistle (missing) from Paul to the Ephesians, Eph 3:3
Epistle (missing) from Paul to the Colossians written from Laodicea, Col 4:16
Missing Epistle of Jude, Jude 3
I hope this helps.
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on May 21, 2013:
BlueKnightt, how REFRESHING your comment is and I agree with you 100%. Please let me know the other books mentioned in the Bible that we don't have (as I only know of Enoch and Jasher thus far) - that would be fascinating information. And I thank you for bringing my attention to 'seventh son from Adam', as Enoch was really the 'seventh generation from Adam, the son of Jared'. I have corrected this in my hub (now it's most accurate)! I praise God for you and hope you get a chance to visit more of my hubs, as I would love to read more of your commentaries!