by Paul Benson
Who Were The Sons Of God In Genesis 6?
…when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. Genesis 6:1-4
I think God went to great lengths to make the Bible an interesting and mysterious book. One that would hold our attention and provoke us to study. While the basic doctrines of the Christian faith are explicitly and plainly stated in the Word of God (with multiple witnesses), there are many truths in the Scriptures which are not so clearly expressed. Some are scattered like pieces of a puzzle throughout the pages of the Bible, and must be gathered into your understanding by much prayerful study, and then sorted out and pieced together.
Then there is another category altogether. Mysterious segments of Scripture which raise serious questions; of which we are given little assistance answering by the remainder of the Bible. One such passage is Genesis 6:1-4. The wording of these verses has led many to believe that fallen angels took wives of human women, and produced hybrid offspring. Others absolutely reject that idea. This debate has been ongoing since the days of the early Church. Here are my thoughts on the matter.
Over the years I have spent some considerable time looking into this notion of devils siring children. While I am open to the possibility, and do enjoy checking out the writing and preaching many do on this issue, I must confess I remain so far unconvinced. There are still quite a number of roadblocks that keep me from driving down that street. Too many things which don’t fit; too many questions which are not addressed in a straight forward manner, but are side-stepped to present hyperbole and unsupported claims. And above all else a concerning lack of Scripture upon which to base such teaching.
How Were These Supposed Hybrids Conceived?
If devils sired children with human women one of three things had to have happened. Either 1.) they had the power to over-shadow a woman and cause conception in a similar manner as the Holy Ghost did with Mary, 2.) they possessed a human male and used his body, or 3.) they themselves had a physical body with male genitalia. Let’s examine each of these theories for validity:
1.) They had the power to over-shadow a woman and cause conception in a similar manner as the Holy Ghost did with Mary. I would dismiss this first one pronto for this reason: There is nothing in the totality of the Scriptures which even hints at the notion of a devil having the power to supernaturally create life. Only an omnipotent God himself has that power.
2.) They possessed a human male and used his body. My question here is: why would that produce giant offspring with supernatural abilities? Would a devil have the ability to alter a man’s semen to produce an altered species of gigantic supermen? I suggest that there are here, on good old planet earth, many men possessed by devils impregnating women every day of the week; and we don’t see a race of giants among us today do we?
3.) They themselves had a physical body with male genitalia. Although it is plainly shown in Scripture that holy angels do at times appear in human form there is nothing given us to indicate they actually become flesh and blood. And there are NO examples of devils assuming human form to be found in the Bible.
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: Psalms 104:4
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Hebrews 1:14
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. Luke 24:39
All angels, and therefore ALL devils are spirit beings. Jesus clearly stated that a spirit DOES NOT have flesh and bone. How is a devil going to impregnate a woman without a flesh and blood body to place seed in her womb? The concept of fallen angels taking on a physical body that can reproduce is not taught in any fashion by God’s Word, it is merely unsupported supposition.
(FOOD 4 THOUGHT: Why would Satan have to possess a man, the Antichrist, to rule the world in the final years of this age? If devils have the ability to do so, why would he not just appear in a human form, and declare himself to be God?)
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. Matthew 22:30
Angels do not marry or have sex. Remember that devils used to be angels of Heaven. God did not create angels to procreate. They are eternal beings. Do you think God would have given them sexual desire or reproductive organs? To what purpose?
Do Angels Have DNA?
I hear people talk about ‘angelic DNA’ mixing with human DNA, with the result being gigantic supernatural beings, and I have to go: ‘Wait a minute!’. Where did devils get a hold of ‘angelic DNA’ (as if there were such a thing)? DNA is physical cellular material that God created as part of the reproductive process. Angels are spirits! What need would there have been to create them with the reproductive sequencing of DNA. The idea is ridiculous, and flies in the face of the words of Jesus that angels DO NOT have flesh!
(FOOD 4 THOUGHT: Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: Isaiah 42:5
…the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Zechariah 12:1
God gives the spirit of life to a being. Where did the devils get a spirit to place into their spawn? Are we to believe God was looking on and said: ‘Well I really don’t approve of what is going on here, but I suppose I better give these hybrid creations a spirit!’ Sorry! I just don’t buy that.)
The Book Of Enoch Has Been Proven False
Many cite a ‘book of Enoch’ as proof of the fallen angels siring children theory. There is no validity to that book at all. We don’t know who wrote it or when; or if it is even quoted in the Bible for sure. Jude may have been merely quoting oral tradition. There are so many errors and contradictions to Scripture in what is called the book of Enoch; it cannot be considered a credible source of information. Search ‘Book of Enoch refuted’ and you will come up with a wealth of info on the error presented in that writing.
It speaks of giants growing to 450 feet tall! Give me a break! Do you know how big that is? It’s the size of a 40 story skyscraper for crying out loud. Yes there are giants in the Bible. But there is nothing in the Bible to indicate the giants of those days were much larger than the giants of our days. Or that they possessed supernatural powers. We have no clear Scriptural evidence to show they were anything more than abnormally large humans with deformities who could kick some major backside in battle.
When Doctrine Conflicts With Scripture
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. Genesis 6:1-4
Two of the greatest roadblocks to my accepting the notion of fallen angels siring children come from the very wording of the passage in question.
1.) The theory in review states that the giants were the offspring of the fallen angels. But the wording in verse 4 reads that there were already giants in the land; and the Sons of God (who ever they were) taking the daughters of men came AFTER THAT! (The children of my marriage to my wife were not in existence before I met my wife. See the problem there?) Also notice carefully it does NOT say the children of these marriages were giants! It merely says they were mighty men of ‘renown’. King David was a man of great renown. So was Moses, Joshua, Samson, and Daniel. All were of great renown, but NONE were giants. Where did anyone get that the children of these marriages were giants? Not from this passage!
Could it be that the giants themselves were in fact the ones who took the daughters of men and produced offspring of great renown? I do not know that answer, but I have read some very interesting notions written about the godly sons of Seth, or exalted rulers among the nations being the ones who took the daughters of men to wife. I am NOT saying any of these speculations are what happened, but they make just as much sense to me as the ‘devils marrying women’ theory. More actually!
2.) One of the biggest things that gives me pause is the fact the anger God expressed over all this was directed AT MAN! If some rotten devils were taking women, marrying them, and producing a tainted hybrid offspring then THEY would be the ones at fault here, not the human men. So why would God direct his anger at man over it? Why doesn’t Genesis 6:3 (above) say something along the line of: “I sure am angry at those fallen angels for polluting my creation. I will not always put up with those devils!” But no, he directed his anger at man; and that strongly steers me to believe it was the actions of human beings discussed in Genesis 6 and NOT fallen angelic beings.
The Serpent Seed Error
When examining a doctrine I like to take it on down the road, so to speak, and see where it leads to. William Branham (1909-1965) was a very anointed Preacher and Evangelist who later in life strayed into a teaching ministry he was not called to; and brought forth serious error that to this day is still hindering many believers.
His ‘Serpent Seed’ teachings revolved around the notion that intercourse between devil and woman produced a tainted bloodline of damned souls which many believe still carries on to this day. Taken to the extreme (which many have) this teaching becomes a false Gospel of salvation by lineage; a salvation dependent upon what blood flows in your veins; instead of faith in the Blood that flowed from the veins of the Savior. There is nothing in the Bible which says the bloodline of mankind was ever tainted with ‘Evil DNA’.
(FOOD 4 THOUGHT: The Bible teaches marriage is honorable, and the marriage bed sanctified: (Hebrews 13:4) What interest would a devil have with the honorable institution of marriage? Would a devil fall in love with a woman and want to get married, settle down, and raise a family? Kind of ruins the whole ‘kill, steal, and destroy’ image doesn’t it? (Hope their boss don’t find out; could be serious trouble!)
Wouldn’t they just be prone to raping, robbing. and abusing women (if they could) as their fallen condition dictates? I mean seriously, a devil getting married and having a family? Does that in any way jive with the description we are given in the Scriptures of the minions of Satan? Frankly, I just don’t see it.)
The Days Of Noah And Lot
There are many teaching wild unsupported claims (possibly true but probably not) about what took place in ancient times; and what is worse is how they wrest the words of Jesus to validate their theories of similar events taking place in the end-time scenario. But what did Jesus really say (or NOT say) about the days of Noah and Lot? Let me give you a quote from my book ‘The Rapture Theory’ available for free download in PDF, E-PUB, or KINDLE (AZW3).
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from Heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Luke 17:26-30
Many use a twisted interpretation of these verses to promote a number of false teachings about the end-times. They say Jesus was comparing the conditions of society and moral decay, of our age and theirs, in these passages. But I see NOTHING in this passage about the decay of society or even a mention of the sinfulness of the people (or of fallen angels siring monster children). The focus was on the fact that life was just going on as usual until judgment fell. I would have to agree there are many similarities between our day and theirs, but pointing that out was not his objective at all. He was making just ONE significant point!
The explicit focus of these allegories was the similarity of the sudden destruction following the deliverance of the Righteous. The very same day the door was closed on the ark God’s wrath began to descend upon mankind. The very same day Lot left Sodom and entered Zoar destruction rained down upon the people. The same day Jesus returns, and resurrects/catches away the Righteous, sudden destruction will once again fall upon mankind. This is the specific point, and the only point, Jesus was trying to get across. Same day – sudden destruction!
Jesus DID NOT say life on earth in the end-times would be a re-creation of the days of Noah and Lot! He said the sudden destruction that will ensue at his Return would be like that of those days. To say Jesus was teaching that the end-time events would perfectly mirror those of the days of Noah and Lot; (or that he was saying there will be hybrid humans once again in the earth) is ADDING to the Word of God.
The days of Noah and Lot did not even mirror each other! Noah and Lot lived in two separate worlds. One before the flood and one after. In one world the people were destroyed by water; and in the other one by fire. How could our day match two days that don’t even match each other? Think about that.
Are there similarities between their days and ours? Yes! And some of those similarities are quite obvious. But PLEASE understand this: To ignore the evident specificity of Jesus’ statement (same day – sudden destruction) and turn his words into a generalized statement, into which can be thrown whatever notions you may have, is a gross mistreatment of God’s Word.
Some will take great exception to those words, and possibly even pitch a fit; but I suggest you prayerfully consider them.
Adding in things to the Word of God is a very dangerous practice! (Revelation 22:18-19)
The Bottom Line
I have heard many interesting ideas about what really took place in Genesis 6. There is a lot of information out there on this subject; some more convincing than other. And I intend to continue examining this material as it is presented; but honestly, I just have not as of yet heard anything solid enough to convince me that fallen angels actually sired offspring (and I am not new to this issue).
Maybe I am missing something. Maybe I’ve got it wrong (it wouldn’t be the first time or probably the last). But here is how I see the matter: God is not out to short change us on information about things critical to either our faith, or our service to him.
If God felt we needed to develop a doctrinal belief on that issue he would have given it a much greater coverage in the Scriptures. But he did not.
And for that reason I categorize it as an interesting issue but not a critical one. If we are going to ‘Get It Right’ we need to base our beliefs on what is plainly and clearly stated in the Bible, not on fanciful theories and speculations.
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