Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Nephilim.

Tom's Journal.

Hi  Folks,
This story is kind of scary and spooky.   Only for the mature and brave sort of adults, please....   I knew the truth,   but I also learned a lot.

 Tom Schuckman

The Nephilim

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
“When men began to increase on earth and daughters were born to them, the divine beings saw how beautiful the daughters of men were and they took wives from among those that pleased them. It was then, and later too, that the Nephilim appeared on earth – when the divine beings cohabited with the daughters of men, who bore them offspring. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown.” (Genesis 6:2-4, from a Jewish translation of the Torah.)

Put their name in the title of a book and whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, chances are it’ll zoom to the top of the bestseller lists, especially if you hint at deviant sex, pyramids, UFOs and the end of the world. But who were the Nephilim really, and why is everyone so fascinated by them?

In Those Days

The Hebrew word “nephilim” means fallen ones, sometimes translated giant because the Greek word for nephilim is gigantes. Who you think they were depends in large part on how you were taught to interpret Genesis 6:2-4 above. In Biblical circles there are three schools of thought concerning this, but a little digging will soon have you convinced that some folks who don’t know any other passage in the Bible know this one. And if you throw in their interpretations you’ve soon got a whole bunch more. We’ll focus on the so-called Biblical ones.
The first is that the phrase “sons of god” refers to royalty, explaining that kings were often considered god-like by their subjects. According to this view these kings went around their kingdoms scooping up all the beautiful girls and putting them into harems for their own personal pleasure. It offers no explanation for the offspring such behavior could have produced preferring instead to disconnect the birth of giants from the practice of collecting harems full of beautiful girls. A small minority of Jewish scholars held this view at one time but most rejected it, as the Jewish translation above demonstrates.
The second is that “sons of god” refers to the line of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve who remained faithful to God, while “daughters of men” refers to female descendants of first son Cain, the rebellious line. This interpretation appeared about 400AD and was the first challenge to the “Angel” view that a majority of both Jews and Christians had held prior to that time. Some prominent scholars still teach this view.
There’s no clear consensus on why this view came to be, but the 5th century seems to be the agreed upon timing. Some say it’s because the Church was moving away from belief in the supernatural by 400 AD, while others say the worship of angels was actually becoming more popular by that time. Both viewpoints conclude that as a result the “angel” view became an embarrassment in the Church, so an alternative interpretation was sought.
But the Seth / Cain alternative raises more questions than it answers. If Seth’s line married into Cain’s why did they have only male children? And why were they giants? Were only the males of Seth’s line faithful, and only the females of Cain’s rebellious? If Seth’s line had remained faithful, why was Noah’s the only family of the line to be saved?
Then there’s the fact that the exact phrase translated “Sons of God” only appears 5 times in the Old Testament, Genesis 6:2 & 6:4, the passage I opened with, and Job 1:6, 2:1, & 38:7. All the Job references clearly describe angels. (A variation of the phrase in Daniel 3:25 also describes an angel like figure, who some identify as the Lord Jesus in an Old Testament appearance.)
And that brings us to the third interpretation, to which I subscribe, that the Biblical account is to be taken literally. The phrase “sons of God” refers to disobedient angels (called divine beings in the Hebrew translation above) who took on human form and entered into sexual union with human women. Their offspring were the Nephilim, or fallen ones, of which we speak, huge and powerful beings who may have actually taken over the pre-flood world.
According to tradition, in addition to being very large and strong, the Nephilim had enormous psychic abilities. They performed out of body experiences, levitation, mind control, time travel, mind reading and remote viewing. They had the power of pronouncing and removing curses and diseases, and had ways of knowing and predicting the future. Having aligned themselves with Satan, the source of their powers, they controlled and enslaved mankind and perverted God’s creation almost beyond redemption.
They were also extremely intelligent. They knew all about science, architecture, and engineering. Some believe they combined these skills with their powers of levitation to build the Great Pyramid and other great monuments around the pre-flood world. And they weren’t just in Mesopotamia.  Nephilim may have sacrificed human beings all over the planet in temples and pyramids they built in Central and South America, the Far East, the British Isles, Egypt and other places. They drank our blood and slaughtered our babies, and were almost certainly tampering with both human and animal gene pools to pervert the creation and make our redemption impossible. They were the heroes of old, the mighty men of renown, memorialized in every mythology, and the primary reason God had to destroy the world and all its inhabitants in the Great Flood.
The facts that the Bible describes Noah as being perfect in his generations, and that his was the only family saved indicates that Noah’s bloodline hadn’t been contaminated by the genetic tinkering, and that his was perhaps the only pure human strain left from which a Redeemer could come. (Gen. 6:9) If so, it explains why the entire world population had to be destroyed, lest Noah’s line eventually be contaminated, too.

And Also Afterward

But Satan wasn’t deterred that easily. By the time of Abraham there was a large population of Nephilim in the world again, mostly located in the Middle East from as far south as the southern end of the Dead Sea to Syria in the North. Since the original Nephilim had all perished in the Great Flood, Satan apparently began a new breeding program situated specifically to prevent the Israelites from occupying the Promised Land. Look at these references.
In Gen 14:5-6 a coalition of 5 kings from around the southeastern shores of the Dead Sea fought and defeated three groups of warriors known as the Rephaites, the Zuzites, aka Zamzummites, and the Emites . The Rephaites were descendants of Rapha, which means giant in Hebrew. The name Zuzite means roving creatures, and Emite means terrible ones.
In Deut 1:26-28 & 2:10-11, we find references to the Anakites, (long necked giants) and Emites again, both identified as descendants of Rapha, the giant.
In Deut. 3:11 reference is made to Og, the King of Bashan, a descendant of Rapha whose bed was 13 feet long and 8 feet wide.
In Numbers 13:32-33, the account of the 12 spies includes claims of seeing Nephilim.  10 of the spies said that the descendants of Anak came from the Nephilim. Although some scholars believe this was a deliberate fabrication on their part, fear of the Nephilim is what persuaded the Israelites not to go into the Promised Land. All this took place in the time of Moses.
In Joshua 14:15, at the end of the conquest of the land, Caleb is given Hebron, formerly known as Kiriath Arba because it was founded by Arba, called the greatest of the Anakites.
And of course in 1 Samuel 17 & 2 Samuel 21:15-22 there’s the defeat of Goliath and his four brothers, all descendants of Rapha, in the time of King David.

A Parallel Story

In our attention to Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land, it’s easy to overlook the fact that God gave the descendants of Esau and Lot (Moab and Ammon) land grants as well. Theirs were on the Eastern side of the Jordan River Valley in today’s Jordan. As it was with Israel, their goal was to rid the lands they’d been given of the nephilim who dwelt there. In addition, He had the Capthorites (Philistines) wipe out the branch called the Avites (perverters) in Gaza. (Deut. 2:2-23)
In this way God judged the Nephilim a second time, supernaturally empowering His people to defeat the much stronger and more fearsome forces of Satan, and admonishing them to kill every man woman and child so as to leave no remnant of these abominations alive to repopulate the world a third time. It took until the time of King David for all this to be accomplished.
For the ensuing several thousand years the Nephilim have survived only in mythology, sometimes known as demi-gods or Titans. Hercules is an example of a mythological character whose father was a god and whose mother was human. By the way, the word Titan comes from Shaitan, a Babylonian derivative of the Hebrew word Satan.

The End Of The Age

Will this happen again, just before the 2nd Coming?  Some claim Jesus said it will, quoting Matt. 24: 37 “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” in support.  I personally believe Jesus was only comparing the mental state of the people in Noah’s time to that of people on Earth at the  2nd Coming.  In Matt 24:38-41 He said in both cases people were focused on doing things people do, without any idea the world was/is about to end. I don’t think He intended to make a comparison of general conditions.
This is where the UFO cults and others launch their conjectures. They speak of UFO sightings (there’s one every 10 minutes somewhere in the world) as signs pointing to the return of the Nephilim. One person in five claims to have seen a UFO, and 1 in 100 claim to have had some form of alien encounter, from observation, to inspection, to abduction. The common denominator in confirmed abductions seems to be an unusual interest in the human reproductive system. Are so-called extra-terrestrials using humans to create a hybrid race, half human and half “alien”? Will this result in a return of the Nephilim, a super-powered race of beings created to help the forces of Satan take over Planet Earth again?

Iron And Clay

The Bible doesn’t clearly predict this, although some read it into passages in Revelation where John seems to be describing other-worldly beings. But there is one little clue in the KJV translation of the Book of Daniel. It’s in chapter 2, Daniel’s description of the poly-metallic statue Nebuchadnezzar had seen in a dream. Daniel interpreted the dream’s statue as a representation of coming world kingdoms between then (600 BC) and the Millennium. The head of gold was Babylon, then in power. The chest and arms of silver symbolized the kingdom that would follow Babylon (Persia), the belly and thighs of bronze were the next one (Greece) and the legs of iron the one after that (Rome). At the bottom were feet of iron mixed with clay, which many see as the revived Roman Empire coming at the end of the age.
And that’s where it gets interesting. The King James rendering of verse 43 reads, “And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.”(Daniel 2:43)
Who are they, the ones mingling themselves with the seed of men? Obviously, they’re not human or the passage wouldn’t make any sense. Are non-humans creating a hybrid race for some purpose yet unknown? Do they dwell quietly among us even now as some contend? Will the antichrist be the ultimate example of the nephilim, or will he have nephilim forces at his command during the Great Tribulation? Only time will tell.
But one thing we can know for certain right now. There was a 5th Kingdom in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. It was symbolized by a stone cut without hands that fell upon the statue and ground it into powder so fine that the wind blew every trace of it away. (Dan. 2:34-35 & 44-45) This is the Kingdom of our Lord, and when He comes He will destroy every remnant of the previous kingdoms of mankind. His Kingdom will never be defeated nor given to another, for He will reign forever and ever, and we’ll be right there with Him. Amen. Come Lord Jesus.  07-07-05
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Biblical Visions of Doom --Syria.

Tom's Journal.

Hi Friends,
Tell me the truth this time, op du wilst, bitte.  [if  you will, please] Deutsch....  German.    Is it just me, or 'DO YOU ALL FEEL AN ELECTRICITY IN THE AIR NOW, TODAY, RECENTLY ??'   And we all know why....  it's because of a possible war with Syria, that MIGHT get bigger and more expansive.... and spread to other countries.

Actually,  'I already KNOW that SOMETHING will spark a huge fire and grow into a giant monster,  and somehow, some way, the large, "oldest inhabited city" in the world will be totally destroyed, over night ! ! !'    Anyone want to bet some money???  You know that I am biting off a big chunk in saying this now, and risking my credibility, don't you ?   But then, real Christians, like me [a very humble Sinner Man, but repentant, with God's Grace and Salvation...] can rely on the KJV Bible in all things, and map out their lives, and COUNT on things !!   What a nice, cool, feeling, friends!   And Thank  You, dear Lord,  Heavenly Father, above, for Saving me out of sure death so many times, when I was on my way to death and hell.    We can never repay the Father for Saving us, but we can do the Lord's work by just sharing the Gospel with others, on a regular basis.   That takes a little bit of courage and Bible study, but the Holy Spirit makes it all come together and work.   Trust me.  Just remember:  "You've got to put some money IN THE BANK before you can draw some money out !"   So....  'You've got to PUT SOME BIBLE KNOWLEDGE IN YOUR BRAIN / MIND,  BEFORE YOU CAN GET SOME OUT...'      And really, folks, isn't that like everything else in the world of mankind?    So, when some joker says that he will jump on God's side, or ' come in right under the wire at the last second' --- do we think that God is a foolish person who cannot discern these things??  Or would you like a worker, servant, soldier, who has accepted their training and knows what he is talking about  ??  Reading the first few chapters of Psalms is great for dispelling such goofy notions from weak human beings.  

And we are NOT the sort that just flings Isaiah  17 to the fore , and base everything on it, without considering what the rest of the Bible says about Syria.   Did you ever have a great college or high school instructor who really knew his stuff and made the class exciting?    I had two different Print Reading for Welders teachers/ men instructors in two separate colleges who were just so cool and smart, but they sometimes [or more often] got off the track and started teaching a different subject that was so good and exciting/ informative.     One guy was qualified to teach about 7 different subject, well.   I got along well with all my college Professors, but also studied hard.   I was about age 38 the first time I went to college, and did not drink or smoke, and wanted to set a good, proper example for my 3 kids who were also in school.   And then, another time, my church needed some steel to complete an important job fixing the snow plow that kept breaking, so I took one strong guy, and made a run to the Welding Shop at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, WI, and told the main man who I was and what I needed, and he said to take a few students and look in the outside shed for any scraps we could use.  We made a killing !!   I gave some cash to the young guys who helped me and told them to split it up amongst themselves !   The good pastor, Jerry Beaver, was so surprised at our good fortune!     At that point in my life, I was hurting pretty bad with OA -- Osteo Arthritis, so the other good buddy, a Marine RVN Vet, also from that church did the lion's share of the welding and bull work,  Marvin Ellis, who also worked at Chrysler with me, and we used to jam with guitars often.    I hope he is still living, because he never answers my phone calls in Kenosha, WI.   Hey, Marvin !!!   He was wounded in Vietnam.  My life was so full of adventure.   

We got some drizzly, wet, and very humid warmth today, so I am wearing shorts, and the dog is in the back yard, after I fed her....  "Stella" -- the Rottweiler. 

I always tune into the daily conversations on the TPP web site.... The Tea Party Patriots, and there are some 'sharp shooters' there who have a colorful way with words who are only too ready to give their opinions about the daily fare.   WARNING!   Federal Agencies are going after our Patriot Bikers in and around D.C. today, looking for guns and weapons...  BEWARE, guys !!   And if there was a fight between the Bikers and the Muslims, I really don't think there would be any problems taking the ragheads down, guys.   Be Nice!  In fact, I think that the  Israeli WAC's could take care of the Islamist marchers today in D.C.... lol.   But the Gov't insists on 'protecting' the Muslims....  duh.   

My wife called and said that she is having a good time visiting her relatives in WI., and she will be home tomorrow some time.   I gave her my last money and a credit card, so she will be OK.   I miss her a lot, but I also enjoy my email friends, on-line, and am blessed because of them!   Many thanks to Mary G., Wanda J., Elaine, Linda, Ruth,  all my special combat Vet friends, and many others that slip my mind just now....   sorry.    My own two daughters just don't have the time to email me..... Oh Well....  And NO ONE has yet to figure out how to leave a simple comment on my humble web site....Ha!    Maybe I should make it easier.   

I used to love to watch   "THE FIVE"  talk show, on Fox- TV, now in 15 minutes, with Dana Perino, etc.,  but that oinky Dim- Liberal who coughs and hacks constantly, "Bob"  is just a blow hard pain in the 'glutious maximus' with a foul mouth, bad manners, and bad temper,  SPOILS the whole show, and so I am inclined to watch something else in my afternoon retirement days.    

Have a great day!

Tommy Schuckman      


Some See Biblical Visions Of Doom In Syria Trouble

bible SC Some see biblical visions of doom in Syria trouble
Correction: This story has been updated to correct the examples of religious congregations that trace their roots to the “Great Disappointment” of 1844.
,MELBOURNE, Fla. — The deadly violence percolating half a world away in Syria and the warnings of a possible U.S. attack have some people not only looking ahead to what might happen in the coming days — but also looking backward into ancient, apocalyptic prophecies in the pages of the Old Testament.
In recent weeks, some dire prophecies have turned up on websites, in book stores, as the subject of Bible studies and in sermons by some Christians and others who see a link between the old passages and modern-day events in Egypt, Libya and Syria.
“Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and will become a fallen ruin,” reads Isaiah 17, a passage some Christians say they believe details a horrific event that leaves the city uninhabitable and leads to worldwide tribulation and the second coming of Christ.
Damascus is the Syrian capital and one of the world’s oldest cities.
Read More at USA Today . J.D. Gallop.

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