The Great Falling Away: The sons of God and the daughters of men.
A warning from history.
Genesis Chapter 6 speaks loud and clear today and we need to pay attention. The Holy Spirit has recorded for us a severe and solemn warning of those things that will happen just before the final judgement. Today, we can see the history from Genesis 6 repeating itself.
To begin, let's look again at the scriptures.
Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 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. 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". There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw the the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry He made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, "I will destroy man, whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have found them". But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:1-8 NKJV).
First the natural then the spiritual.
The events quoted above are historical, they occurred in the natural realm. Now we need to look for their spiritual application today. We can begin by looking at the sequence of events.
- The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful.
- The sons of God took the daughters of men as wives and had children with them.
- The thoughts and intents of man's heart became continually evil.
- God became sorry He had made man.
- The decision was made to destroy man and beast from the earth.
To get to grips with the implications of the scriptures in Genesis 6:1-8, we must ascertain who the sons of God and the daughters of men are today.
The sons of God.
There is a line of thought that the sons of God in Genesis 6 refers to fallen angels, that is, demonic spiritual beings. There was a time when I was thinking along those lines but I don't anymore. I am convinced that the sons of God then are the same as the sons of God today; men born of the Spirit who should be led by the Spirit. This is why their "falling away" is so catastrophic.
Unregenerate men cannot "fall away" from God because they were never "with" Him in the first place.
If the saying, "once saved always saved" were true, there could not possibly be a great falling away.
Also, falling away has nothing to do with quitting church or turning one's back on the ecclesiastical system, just the opposite. Genesis 6:1-8 shows us that it is the sons of God marrying and having children with the daughters of men that is the problem.
The daughters of men.
I am convinced that the "daughters of men" in Genesis 6 points us in the direction of the harlot and her daughters described in the Book of Revelation.
As I reflect back on my experiences within the church system, I cannot remember one young man who was not "enamored" by their local church; their affections were set on her.
They wanted to work in Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Music Ministry and so on. They wanted to be group leaders, youth leaders, youth Pastors and church Pastors. They wanted to be teachers. They wanted to be men who totally dedicated themselves to the local church. They wanted to plant and Pastor their own church.
These young men thought their local church was beautiful. They wanted to marry her, commit their lives to her and have children with her.
The great apostasy.
Because I have left the church and will never return, I most likely look like an apostate. But for me the opposite is true. I have left the church so that I can follow the Lord Jesus Christ. I have quit my relationship with the daughters of men. I no longer see them as beautiful. These "women" are not faithful to God.
The great apostasy the sons of God seeing the church system as beautiful and devoting their lives to her.
"... the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, of all whom they chose .... when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men they bore children to them ..."
The final judgement is soon to follow.