“When the Son of Man returns, it will be in many ways like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.” Matthew 24:37-39
The unsuspecting population was caught totally by surprise. They were consumed by their day to day activities. For me, I would perhaps be caught agonizing over who to invite to a friend’s housewarming party. I would like it to be casual, but what if the others wanted something more formal? Should it be catered, should I ask the others to bring their favorite dish, or should I do it all myself? yada yada yada…
Meanwhile what was it like in God’s world? In the words of author and pastor Jeff Kinley, “While describing the Flood drama, what is often lacking amid tales of the old man and the Ark, its animal kingdom occupants and the terrible water judgment, is how God felt about the whole affair. We know in the end He brought judgment, but we fail to mention that the catastrophic event which annihilated mankind initially flowed not from a furious fist, but from a broken heart. God’s spirit was grieved. He actually experienced sorrow, an unusual concept to contemplate, particularly in the context of judgement. But there were facets of God’s relationship with humankind that emotionally affect Him, bringing lament and regret to His Spirit. That’s because God isn’t some stoic, emotionless, distant deity, but rather a Father who feels….the God who floods also forgives.
Genesis 6:5 states that “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on earth, and that every intent of the thought of every person was only evil continually.” Every thought of every person? Only evil? Continually!
Author R. Kent Hughes, in his book Genesis says, “Even the reflections of fantasy, the rising and freely formed movements of the will were only evil continually. Their depravity was not a temporary state. There was no relenting, no repentance, no hesitation. Lust was their medium, violence their method. This was total inveterate depravity.”
“During pre-flood days, according to Dr. Ray Pritchard, president of http://keepbelieving.com, demons inhabited human bodies, married human women and gave birth to the “Nephilim” of Genesis 6:4….an antediluvian race of ancient giants who roamed the earth.
These alleged offspring of the “sons of God’ and the daughters of men accords very well with Genesis 3:15, which emphasizes Satan’s long “war” against the “seed of the woman” that will eventually produce the Messiah. What better way to infect the coming Messiah than to utterly corrupt the human race’s gene pool through the introduction of demonism? (See photo below of actual skulls found in archaeological digs.)The John MacArthur Study Bible in its commentary, says that “the sons of God, identified elsewhere almost exclusively as angels (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7), saw and took mortal wives. The New Testament places this account in sequence with other Genesis events and identifies it as involving fallen angels who indwell men. Matthew 22:30 does not necessarily negate the possibility that angels are capable of procreation, but just that they do not marry. To procreate physically, they had to possess human male bodies.”
There are other thoughts about who these “sons of God” were. Some Bible students believe they could have been the intermarriage of believers with unbelievers. In this view the “sons of God” are the godly line of Seth and the “daughters of men” represent women from the ungodly line of Cain.
Other scholars believe that “sons of God” is a technical term from the Ancient Near East that describes human rulers who were despots. These were the ancient tribal chieftains who were bullies and braggarts. The “daughters of men” refers to the multiple wives and concubines who made up the earliest harems.
These are just theories and speculations, but have merit. I wish I knew definitively the whole truth. More will be revealed as we move closer to the coming Apocalypse. In the meantime I will do a little speculating of my own about the possibility of Goliath, since he was a giant, being a nephilim, or offspring of a fallen angel and a mortal woman; and about the Children of Israel, and their ten cowardly spies. It seems fitting to me that the Nephilim could have been the giants in the land of Canaan….the ones who so horrified the Israelites that they were willing to forfeit the Promised Land. They would have traded the milk and honey for a life of wilderness wandering . They told themselves that God wasn’t up to the task of conquering these Herculean beings. It seems that we too are doubting, dismissing and rejecting Almighty God to the point that we are deserving and heading into another global judgment.
more to come….