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Could it be that an advanced civilization of giant people existed long before Noah’s flood?

Could it be that an advanced civilization of giant people existed long before Noah’s flood?

 Gen 6:1  And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

Gen 6:2  That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Gen 6:3  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.

Gen 6:4  There were giants (Nephilim) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they had children with them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

(Note that between Gen. 6:4 and 6:5 there could be a gap of many years)

I have always been puzzled by that verse in the Bible, Genesis 6:2. Who were the ‘Sons of God’? And where did they come from? Apparently, they were big people, not only in stature, but also great in the knowledge of agriculture, sciences and craftmanship. They and their offspring were regarded as heroes and men of renown. (see Gen. 6:4; most bible translations translate Nephilim as: Giants)

I think I found the answer to this question recently, on reading the book “Magicians of the Gods” by Graham Hancock. At some stage Graham references the book of Enoch. Enoch was the great-great grandfather of Noah. This is one of the non-canonical bible books, but it is still looked at by many scholars who are interested to learn more about biblical and ancient times. Enoch mentions the  “Watchers” and that there is the need to “heal the earth which the angels have corrupted” … “ that all the children may not perish through all the secret things which the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons.” The Watchers were apparently looked upon as angels (Sons of God?), because of their special knowledge and craftmanships – …..

Although Enoch writes of his visions, it becomes clear on reading the various passages and interactions that the “Watchers” are real physical beings. Enoch clearly distinguishes between a group of good and bad Watchers. We are told about the nature of ‘secret things’ that they taught mankind:

“And Azazel taught men to make swords and knives, and shields and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth, and the art of working them, and bracelets and ornaments and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones and the colouring of tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjaza taught enchantments and root-cuttings, Armaros the resolving of enchantments, Baraquijal taught astrology, Kokabel the constellations, Ezequeel the knowledge of the clouds, Araquiel the signs of the earth, Shamsiel the signs of the sun, and Sariel the course of the moon…..”

From all of Enoch’s writings it follows that a group of good and ‘bad’ angels (Sons of God…) had come to ‘earth’, specifically Mount Hermon (Lebanon) – transferred important technology, mated with ‘human’ females and produced an offspring who were in some way gigantic but also great in many other ways. (Gen. 6:4). Enoch exaggerates the height of the Watchers, or perhaps refers to a different type of measurement when evaluating their height. Anyhow, the “Watchers” apparently had a different appearance and they and their offspring were regarded as giants. Maybe they were at least as big as Goliath, the giant who taunted David and the God of Israel, who was reportedly around 3 meters in length? We also remember that when the Israelites came from Egypt and arrived in Canaan for the first time, the spies that had been sent ahead, were astonished by the size of its inhabitants (Again the word Nephilim is used, here, Numbers 13). Therefore, is it not logical to assume that the presence of giants in the past is just as possible and probable as the existence of pigmies today?

Now, my question was: where had these Watchers/angels/Sons of God/Giants come from? It looks to me as if the situation described by Enoch is not much different as what happened in the 16th and 17th century, when seafarers from the developed nations arrived in ships at places on earth where many people were still living in very primitive circumstances. To get food and survive they had to engage with these hunter-gatherers. In many cases, these people regarded their invaders as “Gods”, remember?

Anyhow, it now appears that even before the time of Enoch, there were people that had already attained a superior level of knowledge and civilization. Stonehenge is an example of this, but there are remnants of certain other buildings, specifically in Egypt, Lebanon, Peru, Turkey & others that have megaliths that were erected that are so big and heavy that even now scientists and builders do not know how it was done. How about putting an 800-ton megalith in its right place (Baalbek, Lebanon), next to another one, so close, that you cannot get a knife in between? Also, we can see that in some of these places (e.g. Giza, Baalbek) subsequent re-work by later generations was inferior to the original building that must have been there long before.

We are reminded of the fact that in tales of many peoples from all over the world, there are stories of (a) big flood(s) that affected the whole of the earth. Many contain stories of miraculous escapes from these floods by a small number of people – by many accounts not only Noah – who lived to tell the story.

I refer to the graph above where scientists analysed the ice cores in central Greenland. It gives an impression of the temperature there and on earth in general (note that the zero point is ca. 1950; apparently younger ice does not work for the analysis). Of interest is the Younger Dryas cooling. It appears from various analyses of sites on earth that the dates of the Younger Dryas period coincide with incidents where earth was hit by a comet, and subsequent remnants thereof, which, indeed, would have triggered enormous floods. The result would have been instant and severe cooling on earth of which there is ample evidence. For, example, they analysed the flesh of the mammoths that had been caught in the ice for 12000 years and found that the flesh had frozen instantly. The cold and ice had come so quickly for the animal that there had been no way to even try and escape.

The graph also indicates that there were at least two major impacts, triggering the Younger Dryas, namely the one at around 12800 BP and the one at just before 11600 BP. Let us assume that the youngest impact triggered Noah’s flood. Could it be that the first impact wiped out that mysterious place called Atlantis, where people already knew how to build with stone, how to make light, how to plant food, build ships and knew about the positions of the stars and how to navigate the world?

Could the people who survived this first impact not have been “the Sons of God”? Let me know what you think!

The Good Life

If you want to know what is meant by the good life, direct your attention to Jesus Christ. His life was the good life incarnate. What was life like for Him? Take a look at His last days on earth and you will see the secret of His satisfying life. Shortly before He died he said to His disciples, “I would that my joy might be in you and that your joy might be complete” (John 15:11). The good life, then, is a life that has an inner joy. Then hear this: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). The good life is a life that has a deep current of profound peace, irrespective of circumstance. Ultimately God is in control.

To any person attending His crucifixion, it must have looked as though everything was lost. No new great leader. No plan. No freedom from the Roman empire…etc. However, hanging on the cross and looking at the people below, Jesus quotes from Psalm 22 to get our attention (see Matthew 27:46). Note: There was no way that He personally could have exerted any influence on what they were doing with His clothes….. (Ps 22:17-19, compare with Luke 23:33 or John 19:23-24). It is God’s signature!  Jesus is saying: It is I, your God, who hangs on this cross; for you, to bring you back to Me. It is about Me that the scriptures are speaking.  

The last words from Christ’s lips, as he hung and died under the Jerusalem sky, were short and simple, but triumphant: “It is finished” (John 19:30). He had carried out His divine mission. The good life is the awareness of fulfilment. Every person’s life is a plan of God. God has a plan for you. The good life is the deep feeling that we are fulfilling God’s plan and purpose in our life.

[partly from “Hours of Power”, 16 April by Dr. R.H. Schuller/ partly by H.Pool ]

Become a neighbor, become a Samaritan…

Guest post by Louis Pool.

Franciscus from Assisi once said: Preach the gospel and use as less words as possible. That is an interesting challenge. How can we give hand and feet to God’s love for this world? How can we walk the talk and start building Gods Kingdom here on earth?

Let me shortly tell you how my wife and myself dealt with that question and how we practice what we preach. In 2008 we started the Heart for Children foundation. We wanted to give our words strength by doing what we are saying… And the Bible tells us that orphans and widows are a first priority. We felt urged with the wish to help homeless and vulnerable children. The first occasion that led us was a children’s home in China for abandoned and disabled children. Abandoned because their parents rejected the children. For two reasons: the children were disabled or over complete. The Chinese had permission for only one child per family. We did some fundraising in The Netherlands and were happily surprised by the results. We were blessed and able to give practical help to a bunch of kids by improving their living circumstances and future.

This is just one example of the many that have come to us over the years after 2008. Nowadays the goal of the Heart for Children Foundation is to give children, whose living conditions are extremely difficult, a chance for a better life. This is done through incidental offering of emergency help during disasters and by sustainable offering safe shelter, food, clothing, medication and education in, as far as possible, a family structure created around the child. My practical tool is the use of fundraising.

I have always been motivated by the biblical story of the Samaritan. We often think that our neighbor is the one who is sick, who is suffering hunger, who is wounded, is in distress or dying. That is not what Jesus points out in the Story of the Samaritan. His teaching in this story is that the Samaritan himself is the neighbor. He was the one looking after the robbed man who was laying half dead aside of the road. He was the one grooming his wounds. Looking at it in this way, our neighbor is any person who comes to me… Who is crossing over to the other and is willing to look into her or his eyes. In our mission we gladly go out to the millions of children that are disadvantaged, orphaned, misused, vulnerable or hurt.

 

Looking back we are very thankful for knowing that we may help to build a better world, however inadequate one sometimes still feels when faced with the enormity of the problems that confronts us. As Jesus is saying: do not prevent the children but let them come to Me, cause they belong to the Kingdom of God. Lets join and come together to reach out to all who are in need. The world is in great need and there is a lot to do.

Become a neighbor, become a Samaritan!

 

Louis Pool

President Heart for Children

A Bible full of holes…..

“I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly “  (John 10: 10)

When Jim Wallis studied at the seminaries of the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago,  he executed an experiment with his classmates. They went through all the 66 Books of the Bible and highlighted the verses about poverty, wealth, fairness, justice and suppression. One of Jims fellow students took a scissors and cut all those verses from the Bible. The result was a battered book that almost fell apart. And when Jim spoke about these topics he showed his broken Bible and said: ‘Brothers and sisters, this is our Bible … full of holes.

According to the Poverty and Justice Bible (British and Foreign Bible Society) there are two thousand verses in the Scriptures that are about poverty and injustice.

Jesus’ mission meant more then salvation only. The Kingdom that he proclaimed was  also about helping the sick and the poor, about social and biblical fairness and the battle against injustice in our world. The gospel was a reality of the heart first, and later, by the influence of the disciples, more widely meant to look after the lowliest and less fortunate. (Matthew 25:40)

His expectations for those who want to follow Him need to be followed by heart, hand and feet. And He just has no other body on earth except yours… No other hands except yours,  and no other feet except yours.      

Impulse for the day: please think about how your eyes can express Jesus’ compassion for the world in need; how you can use your feet to do good or how you can use your hands to bless others TODAY?