GIANTS After The Flood!
Giants on the Earth
When were giants on the earth? Genesis 5:32-7:6 state that Noah’s sons (Shem, Ham and Japheth) were born when he was 500 years old; the flood came when he entered the ark at 600 years old. Gen 6:1-4 is the first account of the giants. Those giants are said to be the offspring of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men”. They were supposedly destroyed in the flood. However, we also see giants on the earth after the flood! Who were THEY and where did they come from? For the sake of those who don't trust any Bible version, but the King James, I will be utilizing the KJV in this study.
sons of Seth or sons of God?
There is a debate in the bible scholar world as to whether these “sons of God”, prior to the flood, were of the “godly line of Seth” (Gen 5) who mated with the “daughters of Cain” (Gen 4), or whether they were “fallen angels” that did this deed.
Let’s first look up the word for “giants” in this account. It is the Hebrew word 5303 nephiyl or nephil (nef-eel’); from 5307; prop., a feller, i.e. a bully or tyrant:-giant.
Where we get a little more insight to the root of this word is in the definition of 5307 naphal (naw-fal’); a prim. root; to fall, cast (down, out), fall (away, down) fugitive, be judged, throw down.
For this reason, these giants were called "Nephilim", after their 'fallen fathers'.
Next, we should confirm that angels are called “sons of God” in the first place. Job 38:4-7 confirms they are: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the cornerstone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
If we look up the cross-references to Gen 6:4, we find 2 Pet 2:4-5 and Jude 6-7:
Gen 6:4 “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.”
- 2 Pet 2:4-5 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell [Tartaroo - Strongs Exhaustive Concordance #5020 - From Tartaros (the deepest abyss of Hades); to incarcerate in eternal torment -- cast down to hell], and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly”
- Jude 6-7 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
Interesting to note 2 Pet 2:4-5 is talking about pre-flood and the latter part of Jude 6-7 refers to post-flood. I wonder if the post-flood 'giants' had anything to do with the corruption of Sodom and Gomorrha? Or, is it sexual sin that adjoins these two passages together?
Now, if we look up the word “angels” in these verses, surely we can see that they can be heavenly angels or mankind. The Greek word used is 32 aggelos (ang’-el-os); to bring tidings; a messenger; esp. an “angel”; by impl. a pastor:-angel, messenger. So, I suppose the deduction of those who wish to believe the sons of God were pastors of the godly line of Seth, who sinned by marrying ungodly daughters of Cain, thus producing mighty men of renown, also called “giants”, would have to be questioned, as the practice of doing so never ceased...
Furthermore, my Bible tells me in both the Old and New Testaments that all are condemned because of the fall of Adam and Eve (Isa 64:6/Rom 5:18). We are told not to be unequally yoked in 2 Cor 6:14, yet 1 Cor 7:14 states, “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.” Did God not create Adam and Eve to be one flesh? Wouldn't the faith of the godly line of Seth have sanctified the lack of faith in their 'ungodly' wives, so that their 'children' (the Nephilim) were 'clean'? Nonsense!!
Now, let's see if we can wrap our minds around the following analysis: The Bible says that Lucifer (heylel ~ star of the morning, son of the dawn) was the king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4-12). The Bible also says the king of Tyre was the anointed cherub in the Garden of Eden (Ezekiel 28:12-14). These 'angels' existed after the flood. Obviously, not all the fallen angels sinned by procreating with women in the days of Noah. Can angels embody the kings of the earth? The Hebrew word for "angel" is 4397 malak (mal-awk'); ambassador, angel, king, messenger. So, we can reasonably deduct this is true. The kings of Babylon and Tyre were not offspring of the fallen angels; they were fallen angels, cherubim to be exact.
These kings also had children, but they were not known in the Bible as "giants". This is why it would support the idea that, prior to the flood, some of the fallen angels of heaven (not human; the Book of Enoch numbers them at 200) somehow procreated with human women to create 'giants'. Consider the Spirit of God overshadowed Mary, yet He didn't come down in human form to do so. Could the fallen angels have procreated in the same fashion, or does 'leaving their first estate' mean they took on human form? That is a mystery. As Son of God/Son of Man, Jesus was never called a 'giant'. As a flesh and blood human being, no wickedness was found in Him. On the other hand, the fallen angels and their offspring, the giants of the Bible, were wicked adversaries of God and His people.
It's interesting to note that the "fathers" of the 'giants' after the flood are named Arba (meaning city of the four) and Rapha (meaning ghosts of the dead, shades, spirits). They were of great height and stature, yet nowhere are they in the recorded family line of Noah, who is of the godly line of Seth. This may shock you, but the Book of Enoch declares that the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim were not destroyed. They were to be called 'evil spirits' on the earth. Did their spirits simply take on human form to procreate with like kind? The post-flood giants obviously had a line of descendants! As mentioned earlier, some conclude that the great flood was brought about because of the sins of the "sons of God" with “daughters of men”, producing giants that wreaked havoc on the earth. We’ve already identified the pre-flood giants as Nephilim. However, Gen 4:6 states that giants were also on the earth “after that” (after the flood).
GIANTS After the Flood
What is known about the giants after the flood is that they existed in the days of Abraham and Lot. Not much is known prior to this time-frame. Lot was Abraham’s nephew, the son of his brother Haran. Abraham and Lot split up the land in Gen 13:14. After Lot, his wife (who turned back and died) and two daughters were rescued from Sodom, Lot’s daughters each became impregnated by him after they got him drunk. His oldest daughter gave birth to Moab (the Moabites – Gen 19:36-37); his younger daughter gave birth to Ben-Ammi (the Ammonites – Deut 2:20). The Moabites called the giants [7496 Rephaim] “Emims” (Deut 2:11) and the Ammonites called them “Zamzummims [another name for Rephaim]” (Deut 2:20) or “Zuzims” (Gen 14:5). Gen 14:5 states, “And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,”
Truly, it appears the giants of that day were not Nephilim, but Rephaim. What about the sons of Anak? These were the giants encountered by Joshua and Caleb when scouting out Canaan for entry of the Israelites into the promised land. Let’s look at them more closely:
Num 13:22 “And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron [previously known as Kiriath Arba]; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)” In my study, the Anakims were sons of Anak who’s father was Arba. All that’s said about Arba is that he was “a great man among the Anakims” (Josh 14:15). Hebron was founded in 1720 BCE. Num 13:33 goes on to state, “And there we saw the giants [nephil], the sons of Anak [6061 - 'neck' Canaanite - this does not mean Anak was a descendant of Canaan, just that he lived in Canaan], which come of the giants [nephil]: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” While this is recorded as "an evil report" (Num 13:32) the Hebrew word for "evil" is actually a combination of 1681 dibbah, rooted in 1680 dabab and 1679 dobe, indicating it was a sluggish, slanderous, evil report.
It is not known as to whether the Anakims were actually Nephilim or were a "next generation" of them, known as Rephaim. It’s noteworthy that nephil is no longer used after this account. Deut 2:11 answers: “Which also were accounted giants [Rephaim], as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.” I believe God wiped out the entire earth’s population with the flood and certainly would not permit angels inter-breeding with mankind again. Also, we can’t assume that Noah, because he was of the line of Seth, carried on the 'serpent's seed'. In the last paragraph we saw the giants were inhabiting Canaan. “Cain” and “Canaan” are not related. Canaanites were descendents of Canaan, son of Ham, the son of Noah. With all these things considered, I am inclined to entertain the idea that the Nephilim were pre-flood and the Anakims/Rephaim were post-flood giants.
The Anakims in Hebron were defeated by Joshua in Josh 11:21-22, yet some of them remained in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Likewise, Caleb drove out Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, sons of Anak, from Hebron in Josh 15:14. Yet another confirmation that the Anakims were not Nephilim, but Rephaim is the fact that there was a notable Rephaim living in Gath that had four sons. The most famous of his sons was, of course, Goliath! The Bible says Goliath was just over nine feet tall (or 12', if using Jewish cubit measurements). His brothers were named Ishbibinob, Sath and Lahmi. David killed not only Goliath (1 Sam 17:50), but Ishbibinob and Sath (1 Chr 20:8). In verse 5, Elhanan the son of Jair killed Lahmi. This chapter goes on to describe yet another giant that had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot (1 Chr 20:6-7; 2 Sam 21:20). David’s brother killed him.
Other areas of residence were Bashan (northeast of Galilee) and the lands surrounding the Valley of Hinnom (east side of Jerusalem). The kingdom of Og (Bashan) was known as the “land of the giants [Rephaim]” (Deut 3:13), while the land around the Valley of Hinnom was known as the “valley of the giants [Rephaim]” (Josh 15:8; 18:16). Og is said to be one of the remnants of these giants whose casket measured 13.5 feet long by 6 feet wide (or 18' x 8' if using Jewish cubit measurements). Moses and the Israelites cast the remnant of these giants out of Bashan in Num 32:33; Deut 3:10-11 and Josh 12:6.
Now, some of you may have heard that Og was an Amorite king (Josh 9:10); therefore, he must have been a descendant of Canaan, Ham's son. Og, just like Anak, was not a descendant of Canaan, but of the Rephaim (Josh. 12:4; 13:12). And, while it's interesting to note that Benjamin, son of Jacob, named his own son Rapha, remember the Rephaim were already around in the days of Abraham and Lot, long before Benjamin was born. All of the descendants of Benjamin were called 'Benjamites'.
There is obviously a big difference in the size of the Rephaim to the alleged size of the Nephilim. According to Enoch 7:2 (included in the Bible canon 200 years BC and 300 years AD ~ and still in Ethiopian Bibles today), they were “3,000 ells”. An ell is equivalent to 45” x 3,000 = 135,000” or 11,250’, roughly 2.13 miles tall. Another verse states they were 300 cubits tall or 450 feet (600' if using Jewish cubit measurements).This seems more reasonable, as it's a little over a quarter mile tall. Some of the ancient Egyptian art replicates the possibility, as well as some of the (possibly fictitious) skeletal photos on the internet.
Arba and the post-flood giants - Could this be the answer?
- DNA Analysis Of Paracas Elongated Skulls Released. The Results Prove They Were Not Human
Tello found more than 300 of these elongated skulls, which are believed to date back around 3,000 years. A DNA analysis has now been conducted on one of the skulls and expert Brien Foerster has released preliminary information.
I hope you’ve at least found this study of giants (pre- and post-flood) interesting and thought-provoking. Nothing is said in the Bible about how the Anakims/Rephaim first came about. Part of the mystery might be in the definition of “Rapha” (the root of Rephaim) noted above. It means “dead, shades, ghosts, departed spirits, spirits of the dead” (7496: Job 26:5; Isa 14:9; 26:14, 19). This would certainly align with what is said in the Book of Enoch about the departed spirits of the Nephilim in my hub The Origin of the Nephilim.
Because the Nephilim and Anakims existed in the days of Noah, and the Rephaim in the days of Lot, I now understand why there are those who wonder if there will be giants on the earth once again in the last days. If Anakims/Rephaim were allowed to take on human form and procreate back then, we have to ask, "Were they totally wiped out?" Joshua 11:21 tells us, "some of them remained!" Is this still a 'race' among us of which we are unaware?
Now THIS is really freaky (the only word I can think of to describe how this makes me feel...)
- Did you know one of the names of 'Allah' is Al-Kfahid, The Abaser, he who diminishes or decreases: "We have put chains around their necks chin high, and forced them to lift up their heads."
- Did you know that the definition of Anakim (Hebrew) is: Anaqiy, descendants of the nephil “Anak” or “Anaq”, name literally meaning “choked, collared, strangle, encompassed by a chain, necklace.”
Jesus prophesied that in the last days, it will be as it was in the "days of Noah" (Mat 24:37) and the "days of Lot" (Luke 17:28). We certainly have no Biblical confirmation of what this means, exactly. I believe these passages are referring to the wickedness of mankind and the wrath of God to come (i.e. Noah: the great flood; Lot: the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah). The giants certainly had a lot to do with the destruction of the earth then, and we have to wonder about now and the future...
No doubt the Bible says of the end times that the Dragon (aka Satan) arises out of the "sea" of peoples, nations, tribes and tongues (seven nations, ten kings - Rev 13:1); the Antichrist rises up out of the "abyss" (Rev 11:7), which appears be Abaddon/Apollyon (the angel of destruction) in the flesh; and the False Prophet arises "out of the earth" (Rev 13:11). For more on the three beasts of Revelation I invite you to read my hub Islam and Revelation (yes, more revelation there!).
No matter how rational we are, we have to ask, "Who was the father of Arba, the father of Anak?" It’s a mystery as to how the sons of Anak (Anakims) could be “of the nephilim” when those giants were destroyed in the flood. It’s also a mystery as to why giants are not called Nephilim after the flood. Could the Nephilim be the offspring of fallen angels and the daughters of men? Could the Anakims be the fathers of the Rephaim, who were merely a race of “titan”-type men that were powerful and intimidating? Or, is the Book of Enoch correct ~ that the Anakims/Rephaim are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim in the flesh? Are there Rephaim still on the earth today? Or, for those of you that believe all “giants” or “mighty men of renown” are the offspring of unequally yoked couples, this would seem a possible answer…except, it contradicts 1 Cor 7:14 and vast inductive study results.
It may be hard to believe in the supernatural, but if you believe Jesus rose from the dead (raised Himself from the dead – John 2:19) and will likewise raise us from the dead to never die again ~ to live with Him in the New Heaven and New Earth…is that not supernatural? Be blessed.
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