Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sermon series 1: What are the Nephilim?
I realize that most of my audience are familiar with the Nephilim, but sadly, most Christians in our churches are not. This is the first in a series of four that I'm working on to introduce and explain to the people of the Church about the Nephilim, and the Satanic agenda behind it.
What are the Nephilim? (Part 1 of 4 Series)
Earlier this week I was watching a show on TBN or CBN, one of those channels, which was going through some of the Old Testament Biblical stories, and they had a really neat take on Noah and his family, and their experience building and being on the ark. Noah was played by John Houston. It was real funny seeing them on the ark, sleeping with the chimpanzees, and seeing Noah getting cornered in by the Elephant to rub his chest! Haha, he couldn't get away.
But like most stories, movies, or tales about Noah’s ark, it didn't deal with what I think one of the most wicked aspects of that era was, and I believe that same thing is happening today. In fact, in Matt. 24:37, Jesus tells out point blank that the last days are going to be like the days of Noah!
Now, I don’t know about most of you, but I believe the LORD is about to return for His bride, don’t you? I mean, We are living in the end times! All the Biblical Prophecy is being fulfilled! And we see some pretty strange things going on around us! There are some really weird things going on…
How many of you remember:
1. the Cloning of dolly the sheep...
2. Growing human organs on animals...
3. Injecting animals with human genes (rats with human intellect, or talking animals) in the name of advancing science – to cure disease!
4. Weird mixed breed monsters wash ashore on beaches...
5. Information of human chimeras leaked out...
6. UFO cattle mutilations and abductions (women violated/impregnated)...
I’m sure most of you are familiar with Creation Scientist Ken Ham, and His well-known ministry, Back to Genesis. He has a line I like that states that “Every major Christian doctrine is found in the first 11 chapters of Genesis.” As I have studied and learned the scriptures, I have become convinced that without a knowledge and good understanding of what the Book of Beginnings teaches, we will not be able to understand our end, or what the parts of the Bible that speak about the end time tell us is going to happen. God put it in scripture, and therefore it is His will for us to understand it, to seek Him out and grow in our understanding of what will take place. The Spirit told us “That all scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
The world, and society tells us how we are moving into a new age, and it permeates our society. From Yoga, which is a Hindu form of worship, being promoted on TV and social media as the new hip way of exercising, being healthy and finding peace in your life. And what is the goal of Yoga? It is based on the Eastern religious mindset of death and reincarnation. Their belief is that there is no personal God, that what is called god IS the Universe, the same thing as “the force” on the popular movie series Star Wars, where there is one force, which has both a good side, and a dark (evil) side. What does the Bible tell us about God? It tells us that God is personal and distinct or separate from His creation. It also tells us:
1 John 1:5-6 5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
But Yoga is part of a religion that teaches we are caught in a endless cycle of deaths and rebirths, and our current state of life is based on the amount of Karma (another idea promoted in our age) whether good or bad, from the previous life. It is works based. But in Yoga, not only are you supposed to calm yourself, you are supposed to eventually reach the goal where you still your heart, completely! It’s goal is to die, to exit this life in attempt to find escape! This is a clear sign that this religion is not of God, but of his enemies, the forces of death. The only thing a person using this exercise to find release, will find is two dark angels waiting to take them to Hades to be held for judgment! The forces of death are at work all around us in our society. All of you are familiar with Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death…” Proverbs 8:36 is another way to restate the first part of that verse. It says:
Proverbs 8:36 36 "But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."
And the Bible tells us that the result of our sin is death in Romans 6:23. And the meaning of this verse goes beyond what our “scientific and enlightened” understanding allows for. This is not talking merely about the ceasing of life, when one ultimately dies, but is talking about the process of dying, of death working its way in your body. Sickness IS death! You know how when someone gets a bad case of the flu, and they are laid up in bed, thermometer sticking out of their mouth, eyes swollen, nose runny, they don’t have energy to move? What do they say? “I feel like death!” Sickness is death! And sicknesses and diseases are various manifestations of death working its way in our lives. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life. The real God is a God of life!
In this message we are going to look at some of the proponents of these forces of death, of evil, that have been affecting and afflicting humanity throughout the ages, and are coming back in a strong way.
In the scriptures there is a passage not agreed upon today by Christians. It used to be agreed upon by the Church, but when the scientific enlightenment took hold, the passage fell into political disfavor, as the Church tried to remain relevant in the wake of the discovery of scientific knowledge. (Isn’t it just like man to trust himself over what God has already told us?)
This passage I’m speaking of today, is Genesis 6, where it speaks of the Sons of God lusting over the daughters of men, and taking for themselves wives and producing offspring. It says in the very next verse that “the Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward (meaning the days before the flood, and also afterward). They were the mighty men, men of renown.”
Genesis 6:2-4 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. 3 And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." 4 There were giants 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.
Now this is where the controversy comes in, there are two different prevailing interpretations of this verse. The first camp says that this is nothing supernatural, the “sons of God” spoken of here is the sons of the righteous line of Seth getting married to the wicked daughters of the line of Cain. I see two problems with this theory.
1. First of all, the Bible is a supernatural book! It’s author is supernatural; it frequently speaks of angels interacting with the earth and mankind, either carrying out God’s commands or rebelling against His commands.
2. If the “Sons of God” was the righteous line of Seth, why were the offspring born to them monstrosities? The Septuagint, the oldest translation of the Bible into Greek, translates this term as gigantes or Giants! Did you know the Bible says the earth was inhabited in part by Giants?
During the time of the Scientific enlightenment, men began to test many things to see whether they were superstition and much skepticism was introduced, even towards the Bible. Much of the skepticism was healthy, but in the age of “Enlightenment,” it was carried too far in regards to Biblical doctrines.
The Second camp looks to see how the phrase “sons of God,” )the b’nai ha elohim), is used elsewhere in scripture. In all its other uses in the Bible, this phrase, b’nai ha elohim, is always used speaking of angels.
Job 1:6-7 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.
Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
Job 38:6-7 speaks of when the B’nai ha Elohim were present at creation. God questions Job, speaking of the earth: 6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
So these “sons of God” in Genesis we are told looked at the daughters of men, and bore children to them. Now the King James, and the Septuagint, the first translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek, translates the Hebrew Nephilim into the word ‘giants.’ The Bible tells us that the world was full of giants! And it says that “these were the men of old, men of renown!”
We all learned in school growing up about the ancient mythologies and religious worship of the Babylonians, the Romans, Greek and European cultures, that they all worshiped gods which came down from heaven and fell in love with human mortal women, and through them bore children who were semi-gods! History makes sense when it is viewed through a Biblical lense!
Most people know the story of David and Goliath, where the little shepherd boy David is able to kill the 9 ft. tall giant called Goliath with a stone in his sling. And when Goliath fell to the ground, David took out his sword and cut off his head. Most people don’t realize how Goliath came about, they just think he was a freak of nature, with super-human size! But he, and his four brothers were descendants of a giant mentioned in the Bible named Anak.
Most people don’t realize it, but the books Genesis through Joshua are filled with stories about the giants. Not only did they live on earth before the flood, but Genesis 6:4, says “they lived on the earth in those days, and also afterward!” So evidently, the work the angels had been doing before the flood, continued in some way after the flood.
In Deuteronomy 2, recounting the Israelites wanderings, Moses is telling the young Israelites of what their people has gone through. In this summary account, you can see some of the encounters and evidence of these giants living in the land.
Deuteronomy 2:9-11 'Do not harass Moab, nor contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.' " 10 (The Emim had dwelt there in times past, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. 11 They were also regarded as giants, like the Anakim, but the Moabites call them Emim.
Deuteronomy 2:19-21 19 'And when you come near the people of Ammon, do not harass them or meddle with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the descendants of Lot as a possession.' " 20 (That was also regarded as a land of giants; giants formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim, 21 a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. But the LORD destroyed them before them, and they dispossessed them and dwelt in their place,
v. 24 – Speaks of Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon. And whenever he is mentioned, Og is not far behind. You remember him, the one whose bed was fourteen feet long!
Deut. 3:1-4 speaks of the Israelites coming against Og, king of Bashan. But the LORD told Moses not to be afraid of Og and his people, for he would give them over to him as he did to Sihon, his sons and all his people.
So whenever we think about the Israelites conquering the promised land, they were conquering the land of the descendents of the Nephilim. This is where Satan was trying to establish his kingdom, in the land of Israel(!) and remake man in his image, and I think there is evidence to show that what Satan was producing is what Elohyim called in Genesis 3:15, “the seed of the serpent.”
And just as we would expect, in the Biblical accounts that have worldwide impact, such as the flood, stories of the flood are reflected in every culture, so too does every culture have stories, or “mythologies” of a giant race of peoples that lived on the earth and in the lands. You know, the Bible tells us in 1 John 5:19 that the whole kosmos lies in the sway, or the control of the evil one. That word kosmos, used by John refers to the all the known universe, all that existed.
We can see many ways today if we are observant, how Satan is preparing the world for his kingdom.
I do not know if you have seen pictures circling about on the internet, of giant skeletons that are unearthed, where the excavationist is standing by or near the bones, and they are small compared to the size of the skeletons they are digging up. I know much of that, if not all, is passed off as the pranks of students doing Photoshop, seeking to win a prize in a photo shoot contest. And of course it would have to be explained away, because it would expose the theory of evolution as false.
I’m not sure if you are aware of it, but we are living in an area in the United States that was once inhabited by tribes of Nephilim. Some of the Native American tribes have traditions of giants that lived in the land before they came here. In the mid to late 1800s through the early 1900s, there were many of the Indian burial mounds throughout the state were excavated, and skeletons were found that were at the the smallest, 7ft in length, and the longer ones were nine to ten feet in length, or height. I used to live in East Ohio in Cambridge, and close to there in Zanesville, there was a burial mound in which a large Nephilim skeleton was unearthed. There were remains found throughout the state. Near Chillicothe, there is the serpent burial mound, so big the shape is only seen from the sky. In it were uncovered giant skeletons. They've also been unearthed Lima and in the Cleveland area.
But once these giant skeletons were uncovered and the remains announced, the Smithsonian institute showed up and whisked away the findings, and they were never seen again. Some sort of cover-up has been taking place in our land, to hide the truth from the American people. Why would this happen? Well, for one, the Bible tells us that the whole kosmos lies in the sway of the evil one (1 Jn. 5:19). Scripture tells us that in the last days there will be a great deception, so that even the very elect would be deceived, if that were possible. That means it’s going to be a very powerful deception!