What Are the Nephilim, and Will They Be Part of the End Times?

This video is an amazing account of Enoch’s Story on why God flooded the earth and “wiped out” tribes later in history.

What were the Nephilim?  The Nephilim (“fallen ones, giants”) were the offspring of sexual relationships between the sons of God and daughters of men in Genesis 6:1–4. There is much debate as to the identity of the “sons of God.” It is our opinion that the “sons of God” were fallen angels (demons) who mated with human females or possessed human males who then mated with human females. These unions resulted in offspring, the Nephilim, who were “heroes of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4).

According to Hebraic and other legends (the Book of Enoch and other non-biblical writings), they were a race of giants and super-heroes who did acts of great evil. Their great size and power likely came from the mixture of demonic “DNA” with human genetics.

Why would the demons do such a thing?  The Bible does not specifically give us the answer.  Demons are evil, twisted beings—so nothing they do should surprise us.  One speculation is that the demons were attempting to pollute the human bloodline in order to prevent the coming of the Messiah.

After Satan’s attempt to doom mankind in the Garden of Eden, God told him a redeemer for mankind would be born of a woman, and that he would one day crush the head of the serpent, Satan (Genesis 3:15).  All Satan knew, at that time, was this redeemer would be human.

The demons in Genesis 6 were possibly attempting to prevent the crushing of the serpent.  By tainting the human bloodline so the redeemer/Messiah would not be full blooded human, it would be impossible for a sinless “seed of the woman” to be born.  Again, this is not a specifically biblical answer, but it is biblically plausible.

What happened to the “sons of God” (fallen angels/demons) that mated with human females?   

Jude verse 6 tells us, “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.”  

Obviously, not all of the demons are in “prison” today, so this must have been that group of demons who committed further grievous sin beyond the original fall (with Lucifer/Satan).  Presumably, these latter demons who mated with human females are the ones who are “bound with everlasting chains.”

What happened to the Nephilim?  The Nephilim were one of the primary reasons for the great flood in Noah’s time. Immediately after the mention of Nephilim,  God’s Word says, “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them’” (Genesis 6:5–7).

God proceeded to flood the entire earth, killing everyone and everything other than Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark. All else perished, including the Nephilim (Genesis 6:11–22).

Were there Nephilim after the flood?  Genesis 6:4 tells us, “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward.”  It seems that the demons repeated their sin sometime after the flood as well. However, it likely took place to a much lesser extent than it did prior to the flood.

When the Israelites spied out the land of Canaan, they reported back to Moses: “We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them” (Numbers 13:33). This passage does not say the Nephilim were genuinely there, only that the spies thought they saw the Nephilim.

  • It is more likely that the spies witnessed very large people in Canaan and in their fear believed them to be the Nephilim.
  • Or it is possible that after the flood the demons again mated with human females, producing more Nephilim.
  • It is even possible that some traits of the Nephilim were passed on through the heredity of one of Noah’s daughters-in-law.

Whatever the case, these “giants” were destroyed by the Israelites during their invasion of Canaan (Joshua 11:21–22) and later in their history (Deuteronomy 3:11;1 Samuel 17).  These Nephilim bloodlines are believed to be those tribes, later in the Bible, that God tells the children of Israel to “wipe out.”

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Remains of the giants/Nephilim have been found in our world, but it is suspected they have been hidden from us.  There are books written about the Nephilim being the true builders of the pyramids and other great monuments of ancient history.  Stories like the giant footprints carved outside the entrance of the Ain Dara temple, have strengthened convictions that superhuman beings, gigantic in size, once roamed the Earth, and are repeatedly reflected in ancient myths and legends.

Aindara Temple Foot Prints

WILL NEPHILIM BE A PART OF THE END TIMES?

We know that the events surrounding the end times, as described in the Bible, will include a powerful deception (Matthew 24:24 / 2 Thes 2:8-12).

  • Matthew 24:37 says “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Interest has been rising in the theory that this deception will include alien beings from another planet.  Odd as it may seem, this theory is entirely plausible from a Christian perspective.

Although the Bible gives us no word about whether or not aliens exist—there is no inclusion of them in the creation account in Genesis, and no mention of them elsewhere—the Bible does tell us about visitors from another world—the spiritual world.

Since the beginning, instances of demons (fallen angels) visiting the earth have been witnessed and recorded.  We know from Eve’s encounter with Satan that demons are interested in monitoring (and altering) the progress of humanity. They want to be involved, with the goal of drawing humanity away from the worship of God and turning mankind’s attention instead to them.

This sounds like the stuff of science fiction, yet it is right there in the Bible. There are striking similarities between the giants/Nephilim account and the accounts of other ancient cultures. The writings of the ancient Sumerians, for example (who were the first to produce a written language) mention the presence of the “Anunnaki” who were deities that came from heaven to dwell on earth with men. It is also interesting to note that the Sumerians’ gods often came to them in the form of snakes.

These accounts, seen alongside the amazing things created by ancient man, make it possible to theorize that demons, in the form of beings from another world, came to earth, bringing spectacular wisdom and knowledge to men, and “intermarrying” with their daughters in an attempt to draw men away from God.

We already see from Eve’s experience with the serpent that demons will use the temptation of superior wisdom to ensnare man and that man is very susceptible to it.

Could the end times include a similar ‘alien’ deception?  The Bible doesn’t directly address the issue, but it is certainly plausible, for a variety of reasons.

  • First, the Bible tells us that the world will unite under the power of the Antichrist. In order to achieve an agreement between all the world’s religions, it would make sense for the “uniter” to come from an entirely new source—an extraterrestrial source. It is hard to imagine one religion becoming head of all the others, unless new, unearthly knowledge were the source of the appeal and power of the new “religion.” This would be in keeping with past deceptions and would be a very effective way to deceive a large number of people.
  • Second, this deception could provide an answer to the problem of earth’s origins. The scientific theory that the evolution of life on earth was spontaneously generated still has no answer for life’s beginnings. There is evidence for a “big bang,” but that still doesn’t explain what caused the big bang to occur. If alien beings arrived and gave us an extraterrestrial explanation for life on earth, the origins of the world religions, and even the origins of our planet, it would be very persuasive.

That said, we should not fear. The Lord has said that He will not leave us or forsake us, and that He will protect us (1 Kings 8:57;Matthew 10:31;Isaiah 41:10). Demons / angels are not omnipotent, nor are they omnipresent. Jesus said that in the end times His appearing would be like the lightning—easily visible to all. He said to be wary of any being that says “I am the Christ” or any group that said “He’s over there” or “He’s in here” (Matthew 24:23-24). He said that vultures gather around a dead body, meaning that if you see a group of people gathering around someone claiming to be Christ, that person is death and a false prophet.

We should be wary of any person or being that produces signs and wonders without biblical fidelity or the presence of obedience to the Lord Jesus, anyone who provides a way to unite the world religions or governments (Revelation 13:5-8), any being that promotes unnatural sexual relationships (Genesis 6:4;Jude 1:6-7), and of course, any person that denies that Jesus is God (2 John 1:7).

Furthermore, anyone who presents a “substitute” Jesus, who represents Him as “a god but not the God” or who claims He was merely a good teacher, simply a human, or even a super-human or an alien creature, is a deceiver.

Lastly, if demons manifesting as aliens are part of the end times, we should remember that they, too, are created beings, subject to a sovereign God, and ultimately answerable to Him.

Whether in alien form or not, the descriptions of demons in Revelation are frightening (Revelation 9:1-12), but we should not fear those who can kill the body, but only Him who can kill the body and the soul in hell (Matthew 10:28).

No matter what happens to us on the earth, we should trust that the Lord is the Savior, Redeemer, and Protector of the souls of those who put their trust in Him (Psalm 9:10;22:5).

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