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The Great Falling Away: The sons of God and the daughters of men.

Updated on December 17, 2013
The sons of God saw the daughters of men were beautiful.
The sons of God saw the daughters of men were beautiful. | Source

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.

Local churches are the daughters of men.
Local churches are the daughters of men. | Source

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.


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      charlie 3 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      wow right on, glad to meet you steve. you clearly do not drink the kool aid of the apostate church system. so good to see truth on hub pages.

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      Choir Loft 3 years ago from New Port Richey, Florida

      The article is an allegory while the author's choices in life are not. The author intends to identify his motives with scripture while changing the intent of Holy Writ. While his choice may be right in his own eyes, his justification for it is not. Beware rewriting the context and intent of Holy Scripture. It's not about apostacy. It's about judgment.


      Genesis 6 is a statement of justification for the judgment of God against a civilization gone berserk with lewdness, fornication, violence and godlessness. In short, the systemic breakdown of cultural morality had progressed to the point where the entire system had to be abandoned and destroyed. Like used toilet paper it had to be literally flushed away.


      But how is this an indictment of the church? Adulteress she may be, thief of what is rightly God's she may be, heretic perhaps as well, but except for moral, mental and spiritual violence there are no assaults being made today by the religious elite upon the elect of God.


      IMHO the author is using a very bad hypothetical to justify his personal exodus from religion. He as well as his readers would be better served by a more explicit example.

      but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

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      John Donalds 3 years ago

      Thank you for your response. I think that if a person has an inconsistent lifestyle, professing to be a Christian, but there isn't any proof of holiness in their lives, that person is self deceived and not born again. That person can surely "fall away". I have seen many people to profess to be followers of Christ but live ungodly lives. 1st John says if you practice unrighteousness you are from the devil and I believe your reference to Hebrews is what John is talking about. Not that Christians live sinless lives, but the direction and desire of our lives is toward holiness. You should read what others have said about the Sovereignty of God or the free will of man. God gets all the glory in all things, including His salvation on man. When I read what the bible says about the Sovereignty of God all of my sacred cows had to be slain. I used to believe we had a say in our salvation, but I'm not in that camp anymore.

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      freeradicalsteve 3 years ago

      From personal experience I know the Lord is able to keep people. He kept me while I was "fallen away" and then graciously brought me back to Himself. However, I do not believe I can repeat that process over and over, neither do I believe I can ignore His voice and still be counted as one of His sheep. One of the scriptures that comes to mind is in Hebrews, "land that drinks in the rain often .... but produces only thorns and thistles is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned". Also, the Lord talked about salt that loses its savour becomes worthless, it will be thrown out and trampled underfoot. In both these instances (and there are many more) I believe the Lord is warning those who have been born again not to fall away.

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      John Donalds 3 years ago

      If those who are born again by the Spirit of God, can by their own choice, fall away, who is sovereign over the salvation of man? My bible says that God and God alone is sovereign over ALL things. God knows the end from the beginning. Do you think that everyone who professes to be a Christian is actually a Christian? Is God able to keep those who truly belong to Him or not?

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      kevin 3 years ago

      I agree with the article.

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      freeradicalsteve 3 years ago

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      Samuel 3 years ago

      You are spiritualizing scripture which is not rightly dividing the word of God. Even with good intentions that is error & leads to all sorts of false doctrines.

      In reference to Genesis 6, Sons of God are Angels but Sons of God can be used for born again Christians as well. We see that in John 1:12. But of course no one was getting born again in the old testament.

      The book of Job, which is the oldest written book of the Bible, was first to use that term in reference to the angels and Lucifer presenting themselves before God.

      Sons of God refers to the fact that God directly created them. So Angels, Archangels, Seraphim & Cherubim are the first Sons of God. Adam was a Son of God. Eve was a Daughter of God. Jesus Christ, who is God, as a man became the only begotten Son of God. (Note, modern versions leave out the word begotten in error.) Lastly, Christians who are born again by God are sons of God (John 1:12).

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      Al 3 years ago

      God Bless brother, interesting. Though I have seen for years now that the church system is the harlot as described in Revelation 17 & 18, I had not seen this in Genesis. It's for certain that Christ warned us that the last days would be like the days of Noah. (Mat. 24, Luke 17) As well as the warning of Sodom & Gomorrah being destroyed and the parable of Lot and his wife being led out of that city(worldy system). I see more and more paralells in the old testament of the Lord calling us out of the church harlot system and the worldly harlot system. They walk hand in hand corrupting the hearts of men. Be in the world, but not of the world!

      (blog supplied to identify myself.)

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      PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      As I read through this article I thought of Jeremiah 7 that mirrors the spiritual condition of the modern "church." Even chapters 5-6 reveal the "falling away" as the result of evil being allowed to manifest amongst God's people. We are living in times of an inverted "gospel" and a spirituality that promotes the Antichrist spirit. It is a deceptive illusion that doing things in the name of Jesus Christ by the way of man's traditions brings glory to God. The truth is that doing anything other than God's way is an abomination. Many no longer work out their salvation with fear and trembling. When we live in times like this, it is a scary place for those who are captivated by the "daughters of men."

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      OK, I see. Yes well I do see the church and people calling themselves Christian trying to change the bible or else omit it so I can see where you are coming from then. Thanks for explaining.

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      freeradicalsteve 3 years ago

      I think the key for me was separating the people from the system; a large part of the body of Christ is still within the church system, but the church system is not the body of Christ. So while there are "good" people still in churches, its is the church (ecclesiastical) system that I refer to as being the (spiritual) daughters of men.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting but I am not sure I am fully grasping it. I think you are calling the church the daughter's of men? Not talking about literal women here? I fully agree the churches do seem to be falling away and not going by the word of God; some denying Christ even (not that I can name any of those personally but have heard of many) but I do not think it has happened to all of them...yet. I think there are some good churches left.