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!