Today we’re continuing with the Fallen Angels Theory in our search of whom the Nephilim were and if they were giants. The previous two theories we have investigated, The Sethite and The Fallen Men view, are quite similar. They both come from the stance that the Nephilim were 100% human.
In the Fallen Angels Theory, this is different. The view is that fallen angels bred with human women and their offspring were called Nephilim. Therefore, the Nephilim are part human and part angelic. While this is the most popular stance people today take, I see a potential conflict straight out of the starting blocks.
Is it physically possible for angels to copulate with humans?
Who Were the Sons of God?
In Job, on several accounts, we see the term “sons of God.” This term is without a doubt referring to angels. Some scholars would believe, then, that the term “sons of God” used in Genesis must also be referring to angels.
We know that the Holy Spirit conceived a son through a virgin. But do angels have the same capabilities? The Bible simply doesn’t reveal the answer. In fact, there lie many shadows within the Nephilim, who they were and what they did.
Based on the passage in Genesis 6, along with some texts out of the rest of the Bible, we are trying to fit parts together that may, or may not, be compatible. Scholars use ll Peter 2:1-11 and Jude 4-8 to try and sort out any confusion. These verses are good support for the Fallen Angels view of the Nephilim.
Biblical Support and Facts
While neither of these texts mention the Nephilim, nor do they freely state that angels and women had sexual relations, there are certain things we can draw out from them:
- The angels abandoned their original domain
- The angels sinned
- They are being kept chained in the darkness
- Men committed fornication
- Men went after other men
- The sin of the angels is compared to the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah
- Both, the sin of the Nephilim and the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah were so abhorrent in the eyes of God, He wiped out most of humanity, and he destroyed the five cities in the salt plains in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Just to reiterate, however, as this view is a popular stance on the Nephilim, do angels have DNA? Is there anything in the next that would lead us to believe they can, and that this DNA will lead to conceiving giants? Can we simply assume that because the Nephilim were men of reknown that they were giants?
It is also argued that the term “sons of God” used in Job was referring to angels still in their original domain, not fallen ones. So to take this term and say it is referring to angels that left their abode and had sexual relations with women might be a stretch. In Luke 3, we can find Adam being called a “son of God,” too. In Matthew, Romans, and Galatians, followers of Christ are called “sons of God.”
Fallen Angles and the Form of Man
Was it possible for angels that had left their heavenly domain to come down to earth and take the form of a man? Can we get any clues from other parts of Scripture?
We can look at Luke 24:37-43. In this text, Jesus says for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have. If these sons of God were spirit, then they could not take flesh and bone like Christ. To imply they could, what would that say, then, of the credibility of Christ’s resurrection?
For me, this is the strongest argument against the Fallen Angels Theory.
One other thought, if we look at Matthew 22:30, we find Jesus talking about angels marrying in heaven. Here we assume that if angels don’t marry in heaven, they won’t on earth either. We also assume that, for symbolic purposes alone, marriage is between a man and a woman. Never would it be allowed for a fallen angel to marry a woman. This would be completely against the total purpose for marriage.
A final thought on the subject of fallen angels being the sons of God referred to in Genesis 6, the text testifies that Noah was a righteous man amongst wicked men. It doesn’t describe him as a righteous man amongst wicked beings.
Respecting the Fallen Angels View of Nephilim
The Fallen Angels Theory of Nephillim, while it should be respected and could be supported with Scripture to one extent still has some major holes in its hypothesis. In it, we assume the fallen angels were able to not only copulate with women, but breed. And then we assume they bred giants, the Nephilim. And these Nephilim fell from walking with God and turned to such wickedness, God wiped them out.
The next view we will put under the microscope is the Fallen Angels Overtook Men Theory. It will resolve some problems this present view has left us with, but will it have problems of its own? Will we be able to support that the Nephilim were giants?
|· Fallen Angels||Fallen angels bred with human women and their offspring were called Nephilim.|
|· Fallen Angels Overtook Men||Fallen angels possessed men and bred with women.|
|· Sethite||The men were from Seth’s line and the women from Cain’s breeding Nephilim.|
|· Fallen Men||Godly men took ungodly wives, and their descendants followed after the false gods.|
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Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…