Answers to "Ask Mike"
19a. Who are the sons of God [referred to in Genesis 6:1-4]? (Follow-up)
My thinking about the Nephilim is based on the fact that Jesus said there would be no marrying or giving in marriage in heaven. Therefore, I have always thought that angelic beings (fallen or otherwise) have no need for reproduction or even the need for it. The Bible never speaks of angels impregnating human women unless you take the reference to the "sons of God" marrying the "daughters of men" as such a reference.
There are occult legends of the Succubus, an evil spirit who can impregnate human women, but unless I am missing something in Scripture, I find nothing to base that on. As I stated in my article, the four options seem to be that the sons of God mentioned in Genesis are (1) angels, (2) human beings from aristocratic families, (3) men who walked with God – i.e., had a special relationship with God, and (4) descendants of Seth. I feel most comfortable with options 3 or 4, but I admit my decision rests on human reason not divine revelation. It is, therefore, an opinion. I would certainly not make it a bone of contention in the body of Christ.
Take into consideration the fact that the word "giant" means
fallen. I am certainly not a Hebrew scholar, so I am taking the word
of others here. I do know that
In my judgment, any discussion about who these Nephilim are comes back to opinion. Some would argue that a literal understanding of the text would require them to be fallen angels. Even that statement needs to be considered carefully since the sentence structure could lead to a couple of different conclusions.
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