The giants of Genesis 6 are some of the most enigmatic characters in Scripture. Their tale strikes at the very heart of Virgin Birth. How do these connect?
Many people gloss over this part of Genesis. Giants are an interesting artifact, but nothing more. Such folks also might believe God used the Flood to destroy wickedness. This is a superficial reading of the text, but not a scholarly one.
The text makes very clear the Flood was intended to solve a physical, not spiritual problem. After all, when Noah stepped off the Ark (Gen 8:21) God said man’s imagination is evil from his youth. If it was intended to solve a sin problem, it failed.
But one has to ask, how does a global flood solve a sin problem? A violence problem? Won’t the problem return when the population roars back?
The missing ingredient in the discussion, is DNA. While this seems a little oblique, follow this, because it starts out with DNA in Genesis 6 and maintains this theme.
We’re told the sons of God took wives of the daughters of men, and sired giants. This is clearly a reproductive act involving DNA. Some say the “sons of God” were the sons of Seth, but don’t explain how simply mating with other human women would bring about giants. Such a conclusion is sidestepping the problem of “how did spirits mate with humans to produce offspring” since angels do not procreate. There is no marrying in heaven (Mark 12:25). Keep in mind that marrying isn’t about a “covenant to live together” – it’s about “becoming one flesh” (Gen 2:24).
The physicalized form of a couple becoming “one flesh” – is offspring. Back we are to DNA.
And what kind of flesh would the giants be? God delineates two seeds in Scripture (Gen 3:15), one belonging to the human-kind and one belonging to the devil. Spiritually it defines two offspring, the children of God and the children of the devil (1 John 3:10). There is no in-between or fence-sitter. That is, you’re either fully human, or not. You’re either fully God’s, or not.
Clearly the Ben-Eloheem (Sons of God) spoken of here, and the same reference in Job, speaks of the Fallen Angelic beings. So let’s agree it’s against the rules to marry in heaven, but the Fallen are outside the law by definition – criminals don’t obey the law.
But what business do such beings have with DNA? They ordained it (Gal 3:19) and were charged with overseeing it, that is, enforcing it. So they had direct knowledge of what God intended to do with DNA – that is, use it as mechanism to personally enter his own creation. He would do this as a spirit (Matt 1:18, Luke 1:35) when the Holy Ghost “overshadowed” Mary and conceived Jesus Christ.
Whatever mechanism God (as Spirit) would use to impregnate Mary, the angelics were privy to this knowledge and had the capacity to exploit it for themselves (as spirit) to impregnate a human female.
Then by (Gen 6:12) we’re told all flesh had corrupted his way. The flesh is physical reference, not a spiritual one. The “way” of flesh is a “path”, and is defined by only one thing- and that’s DNA. Somehow the DNA of the living things was corrupted. A symptom of this was violence, of course, if the animals turned from their natural instincts.
If the human genome, and the many other animal genomes, were irreversibly corrupted, how could anything stop this from affecting all of creation? One means to cut it off, and be thorough about it, would be a Flood. This would wipe out all the corrupted kinds and only the survivors, on the Ark, would prevail afterward.
Keep in mind also that God didn’t require Noah to gather animals. Who but God would know which forms of the animals would be most viable for the world to come? God said he would send Noah the animals (Genesis 6:20). So Noah only had to focus on the boat. God told him how big to make it, and knew how many animals he would send.
Moreover, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8), that is “favor” or “acceptance”. In the next verse we see why. Noah was “perfect in his generations”. Here “perfect” has a physical meaning of “whole” or “sound”, or “with integrity”. And “generations” means “time period.”
So, Noah had perfect physical characteristics for his time period. His genetics were still intact. Geneticists claim each generation today accumulates over one-hundred new mutations per individual. From the inception of the human genome, Noah is only ten generations from the original, error-free genome in Adam. It’s not a stretch to imagine no mutations had yet crept into Noah’s genes. Ten copies is barely getting started. DNA is a very robust mechanism.
We can see how this unfolds into a plan to preserve the DNA of the animals and mankind, the “best of breed”. DNA is a centerpiece of this plan.
A more insidious plot unfolds here, in that if the angels were apprised of the nature of the “seed” of the Savior (Gal 3:19) that God intended to use DNA to personally enter history as the Redeemer, we see some very serious breaches of this plan.
First, the Redeemer would be lamb (Rev 13:8) what John the Baptist called the Lamb of God (John 1:36). If this is true, according to God’s laws the lamb can have no blemishes (Exodus 12:5), that is, no corruption. In fact, all sacrificial animals of this time (clean animals) carried this same constraint. Always bring the best of the flocks, not the worst.
But what if the Fallen targeted the clean animals first? No man could find an unblemished animal for an offering to God. As such, no man would ever restore fellowship with God, even for the short season provided through sacrifice. More insidiously, substitutionary death is a major theme of Scripture, leading to the foot of the Cross. Eliminate this, and there’s no thread through history taking us there.
Second, Jesus was a high priest (Hebrews 6:20) and according to the law (Lev 21:17-21) no priest is to have a blemish, or corruption.
To summarize, the Fallen Angelics, Ben-Eloheem, knowing God’s plan to use DNA to enter humanity through a female vessel, accomplished the same sort of miracle (spirit fathering a child with a female vessel) as God intended with the Virgin Birth, but to defile God’s plan rather than honor it. And in so doing, produced corrupted flesh (Nephilim) which doubly slapped God in the face, once for defiling the nature of the sacrificial lamb, and once for defiling the nature of a priest.
Lastly, these murderous giants are book-ended with the violence of the times, and are famous for it (Genesis 6:4). If the giants prevailed on the earth, they could destroy mankind from the earth and potentially replace mankind with another kind, the Nephilim kind. If mankind is eradicated, there can be no human Redeemer. All the people who died prior to this time would be separated from God forever. Moreover, since God promised a Redeemer to them, this would be a promise broken.
God’s own holy nature precludes him from breaking a promise, but as noted in another essay, this did not take him by surprise. He had the solution in hand.
The Bible says the Fallen are bound in everlasting chains (Jude 1:6) in darkness, until judgment. This is the most severe punishment God delivered to any of his Creation even since that time. Why so severe and complete? These fallen angels corrupted something precious to God, the method he would personally use to enter his own Creation as Jesus Christ, and Redeem his Bride. Redeem the whole Creation. But they also attempted cut-off the Redeemer completely, preclude God’s ability to Redeem his bride. Between these two insidious acts, there couldn’t be a greater punishment, or a hole deeper or darker to put them in.
This is why the story of the Flood is important to the Savior. Jesus mentions Noah in terms of his own Second Coming, as in the days of Noah (Matt 24:37). This time period is given as a template or prototype of what is to come prior to the return of Christ. People caught up in the routine of life when the reality of Christ’s return is upon them, like a Flood.
However, because it also deals with the corruption of the flesh, primarily the corruption of DNA, something more ominous arises, in that today scientists are able to map and easily edit DNA toward expected ends. Genetically modified foods, animals and soon humans. They are editing DNA just as the Fallen were editing DNA, in the “days of Noah.”
In foreign countries today, human genetic experimentation is full-bore and full steam ahead. Countries allowing it see an influx of money and scientific investment. Perhaps they don’t appreciate what is in store if the human genome is edited into a heretofore unknown form.
The proponents of genetic enhancement claim they can edit human DNA with the genetic material from other creatures, including animals, sea creatures and birds. Those with higher longevity, greater visual acuity, stronger constitution, higher IQ, and many other features. Those injected with these enhancements are essentially chimeras – half beast and half human, and may walk among us today.
A question was asked in a forum not too long ago: What if the Beast of Revelation isn’t metaphorical or figurative? What if it’s literal? What if he’s genetically enhanced? A true “beast”? What if part of his genes are from sea creatures, so he truly “rises out of the sea” as Revelation says? These things are no longer out of reach.
Experiments happening today include the manufacturing of a human male gamete from scratch, using all the necessary biochemical parts, but the twenty-three chromosomes are either spliced from another creature, or are grown in a lab, but none originated from a human male. If this is successfully used to procreate a human being with an adult female, imagine the implications. It means a human can be created without involving a male of the kind. A virgin birth. And replicates the process (in human terms) the angels used when manufacturing DNA for their wives in Genesis 6.
Aren’t we told Satan comes as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14) and counterfeits the things of God? The template used by the son of perdition in Scripture is one of counterfeiting. He is slain and brought back to life (Rev 13:3). Why wouldn’t we expect him to use human technology and other means (especially a throwback to the days of Noah) to accomplish a virgin birth and mimic other aspects of Christ?
We are told to be watchful and accept no imitations. There is only one Jesus Christ, the name above all names, born to a virgin, crucified for sins, and raised from the dead. He will return for his bride.
We can count on it.
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
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.
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
Exo 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats
Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God.
For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous,
Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded,
Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;
No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God.