Did Angel’s have sex with the daughters of Men?
In Genesis 6:1-2 it says, “Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose”.
Who where these “Sons of God”? Many have claimed them to be the sons of Cain who married the daughters of Seth, Cain and Seth were brothers. But this theory doesn’t cohere with Scripture nor does it sensibly fit with human genetics. Scripture tells us that the offspring of the “Sons of God” and daughters of men produced giants, called Nephilim. Procreating with your brother’s daughter doesn’t produce giants.
“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” Gen 6:4. What does “afterward” mean in this passage? It means after the flood the “Sons of God” took wives from the daughters of men once again. These Nephilim where also of the descendants of Anak who were after the flood. Israel, prior to their conquest of the promised land sent spies over to spy out the land but became discouraged because of the Nephilim saying, “We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight and so we were in their sight” Num 13:33. Since Cain’s descendants died in the flood and only one of Seth’s descendants Noah along with his son’s made it through the flood, proves that the son’s of Cain could not have had sex with the daughters of Seth after the flood. This explanation therefore holds no theological cohesiveness nor does it explain the Nephilims existence after the flood if only Seth’s sons survived but Cain’s perished.
The “Sons of God” (bene 'elohim as it is in the Hebrew) refers to angels. Let’s look at a few references in Scripture to prove this. In Job 1:6-7 we read, “Now there was a day when the sons of God (bene 'elohim) came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it”. Satan showed up in heaven when all the angels where meeting with God. Does Satan have access to heaven, see Luke 10:18 & Rev. 12:7-17, this is why even the heavens will be burned with intense heat, 2 Peter 3:7-12. You may say, “Couldn’t this mean that men, as the sons of God, were giving account of themselves”? Not unless they went to heaven to do it. Here is another account in Job of the use of the “Sons of God”, “Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels (bene 'elohim) shouted for joy” Job 38:4-7 NIV. God is asking Job where was he when He created the earth and when the bene 'elohim (sons of God), translated angels in this passage, sang as He laid it out. Obviously men had not yet been formed until after the creation of the earth, proving that angels are the proper translation for bene 'elohim as the “Sons of God”.
Another account to prove this interpretation of the “Sons of God” as angels can be found in the writings of Enoch. Don’t get all worked up because this book is not found in the Christian Bible. It is an apocryphal book like the book of Maccabees and Tobiah. Jews believe its authenticity and consider it valid. Jude, Jesus’ brother, quoted Enoch verbatim in his epistle, “And about this Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds, which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him” verse 14-15. See book of Enoch 2:1-2 click this link to read it for your self, http://reluctant-messenger.com/1enoch01-60.htm . If Jude did not believe its validity and authenticity he would not have quoted him directly. How did this book survive the flood? Noah would have had to bring it aboard the Ark along with any other writings otherwise it would not have survived. Noah therefore believed it to be written by His great-great grandfather Enoch. Methuselah who is Enoch’s son would have given to Noah, his great grandson, the parchment that Enoch wrote. This is very plausible because Methuselah didn’t die until the year of the flood.
In chapter seven of Enoch’s book he translates Genesis 6:1-2, 1It happened after the sons of men had multiplied in those days, that daughters were born to them, elegant and beautiful.2And when the angels, (3) the sons of heaven, beheld them, they became enamoured of them, saying to each other, Come, let us select for ourselves wives from the progeny of men, and let us beget children. He further expounds upon this Scripture saying, 10Then they took wives, each choosing for himself; whom they began to approach, and with whom they cohabited; teaching them sorcery, incantations, and the dividing of roots and trees.11And the women conceiving brought forth giants, (7) 12Whose stature was each three hundred cubits. These devoured all which the labor of men produced. Even without this book we still can see in Job that the “Sons of God” is referring to angels. However, this book confirms and expounds on the verse in Genesis 6:1-2. This “Sons of God” interpretation changes the significance of what the Scriptures are trying to convey.
Can angels have sex? The people in Sodom had no suspicion that the angels whom they thought were men visiting Lot were not capable of having sex for they went to Lots house and demand that Lot send out his visitors so they could have sexual relations with them, Genesis 19:1-11. They didn’t get their chance because the angels blinded them but as far as the men of Sodom were concerned these visitors had all the features and appearance of being able to have sexual encounters. Now let’s take another look at Jude’s epistle. He desires to write to the brethren about their common salvation but instead he feels the necessity to give a warning. He says, “Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe. And angels, who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immortality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example, in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire” Jude 5-7.
What is common among the three examples? First let’s look at the last verse above where it says, “Since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immortality and went after strange flesh”. The word “these”, is referring to the first two examples. In Israel’s case, they fell into great immorality and went after strange flesh in the wilderness. We read in Numbers 25:1 “While Israel remained at Shittim; the people began to play the harlot with daughters of Moab”. Paul gives the account in 1 Corinthians 10:8, “Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did and twenty-three thousand fell in one day”. The second example are the angels who procreated with the daughters of men, Genesis 6:1, with the summation of all having acted immorally as did Sodom and Gomorrah by going after strange flesh.
You may ask “why does it really matter”? If it is in the word of God it has significance and spiritual subtenants. What is the one warning that Paul stresses in his epistles… to flee immorality? “Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body” 1 Cor 6:18-19 NASU. Immorality translated in the verse comes from the Greek word “porneia” were we get the English word “porn”. It means to illicit sexual intercourse. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;” 1 Thess 4:3-5 NASU. Sanctification has to do with the Jewish marriage and comes from a Hebrew root word that also translates in the English as “betrothal”.
Notice how close our sexuality is to our spirituality for they are one in the same. Paul compares them in his epistle to the Church at Corinth. “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a harlot is one body with her? For He says, “The two will become one flesh.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him” 1 Corinthians 6:15-17. This puts a substantial significance on what Paul conveys to the Church at Ephesus. “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and His Church” Ephesians 5:31-33. Paul says this verse in Genesis 2:24 pertains to God and man it can only be understood between the union of a man and woman. In other words God is declaring you as His bride. Don’t be immoral with any created thing.
But this is not my point in the article but I wanted to stir you up by way of Scripture to consider why God is jealous for you even as a husband is over his wife! If angels can have sex with humans as is evident in these few Scriptures then what is the significance of Genesis 3:14-15, “And the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the fields; on your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life; and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you no the head and you shall bruise him on the heel”. This is not an argument that Satan had sex with Eve and Cain is his offspring. Since I’ve gone here, I best explain how Cain is not Satan’s Son. Without going into another contingent and for the sake of time let this be the nail in the coffin so that this subject can be put to rest. In Genesis 4:1 it says, “Now the man (not Satan) had relations (sexual intercourse) with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a man-child with the help of the Lord”. The Scripture needs no explanation but to help those who have problems reading into what’s not there I’ll translate. The Scripture identifies the babes’ daddy as Adam, for when he had sexual relations with his wife she conceived and gave birth to Cain. Next Eve credits God for the birth of Cain, she doesn’t credit Satan.