In my last post, I wrote about the strong possibility that Christ indirectly tied the story of the Nephilim to the End Times. In this post, I am going to explore some aspects of Scripture that further strengthen this possibility.
I wish to start by stating that this is one of those aspects of the Scriptures that is open to interpretation and debate. I do not wish to cause argument or dissent within the Body, so I offer this as my suspicions only. I am not making any claims as to this being the one and only interpretation of the passages involved.
With that said (and, hopefully, understood and accepted), I want to start by having a look at the new (or renewed) covenant promised in Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 31:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
A New Covenant
27 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of beast.
I know that it might seem that YHWH is saying He will sow the House of Israel (Northern Tribes) and the House of Judah (Southern Tribes) with the seed of animals (i.e. ‘beasts’), but I think there is another, more ominous way to understand this passage.
Look at this passage:
Jude 1:19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.
The Greek word behind the translation, ‘worldly-minded,’ is ‘psychikos.‘ ‘Psychikos’ is often used to refer to animals, not people! Notice that this ‘could’ connect the ‘beats’ in Jeremiah 31:27 to the notion of animals in Jude 1:19. Now, hold on to that thought while you consider this next passage:
2 Peter 2:12-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in [a]the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, 13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their [b]deceptions, as they carouse with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; 15 forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.
17 These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the [c]black darkness has been reserved. 18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, 19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
Here again, the Greek word behind ‘instinct’ is ‘physikos,’ which carries the idea of living by instinct — like an animal. So, at the very least, these three passages carry the idea that there are people who the Lord speaks of in terms of animals.
Now, look closely at what Peter says about these people. I paraphrase:
Those who live as animals (whoever they may be), live in rebellion to The Way (ex: righteousness, TORAH, Messiah). They are destined not only to moral blindness, but also to spiritual doom, and they try to drag as many others with them as possible.
There is one more thing: they are described in very similar terms as the the whole of humanity — save for Noah — is described in the story of the flood!
Here is where I need to start musing openly. Take whatever you will from what follows as it represents nothing more than my suspicions.
I know that the Nephilim were not eradicated: some of them survived. I know that Scripture says they will be with the House of Israel and the House of Judah until Christ returns. I also know that the disembodied souls of the Nephilim are the source of demons. The Nephilim were not created by YHWH. They were the product of fallen angels seeking to prevent the Messiah by corrupting humanity with the blood of their offspring. Therefore, the Nephilim are outside of YHWH’s creative order. They are rebellious beings, and seek nothing but destruction.
Scripture also speaks of some as animals, without reason and living entirely according to their own desires. These people cannot see or understand truth. They are Spiritually (i.e. morally) blind and, thus, destined to destruction. They also seek to drag as many people with them into destruction as they can.
I do not know if the Nephilim are the ‘beats’ YHWH speaks about in Jeremiah, or which Peter and Jude are alluding in their letters, but I suspect it is possible. There may even be a connection here between the clay and iron toes in Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of the Statue (where the clay is man — ‘adam’ — and the iron is a spiritual kingdom opposed to YHWH). It is also possible that these beasts are just people who reject YHWH and His law. Or the Scripture could be using ‘beast’ to speak about both the Nephilim and those who follow or ally with them.
I also know that the Nephilim were said to be ‘mighty men,’ ‘men of renown.’ When I look at many of the major figures in history, I see characteristics in these people and their agendas that are indicative of the Nephilim. I also see that they often hold animosity toward YHWH’s people. Again, I am speaking in generalities, but I see people and events in world history that seem to be connected to the story line behind the fallen angels; the same story line that lies beneath the surface of Scripture. What’s more, I know that the Nephilim are not only still with us, but I suspect they are connected to the End Times.
At this point, I’ll stop. Make what you will of this. Dismiss it, use it as a starting point to look into these questions yourself, or take it and run with it. I just offered it as a thought that I — personally — believe we should consider. For me, if this is even close to what Scripture teaches, it would explain a great deal of what I am seeing in the world today. But I also know I could easily be wrong, and that others will definitely disagree with me. So, again, I am just sharing my speculations. You decide what to make of them for yourself.