As The Days of Noah Were
By: Chuck Missler
on Jerusalem is always striving to present enlightening and provocative
prophecy–related material to its readers. The FOJ Library has been built to
house numerous articles by various authors that I think have been inspired by
the Holy Spirit. One of the foremost prophecy thinkers of our day is Chuck
Missler of Koinnoia House Ministry. His books and articles on the Nephilim and
the Days of Noah are interesting and timely reading. (03-14-06) In the Olivet
Discourse, Jesus also likens the Last Days, not only to the days of Noah, but
also makes a stark comparison to the times of Lot, and the prevailing condition
that existed in Sodom. Both of these cultural debaucheries exist today, as in no
other time since the days of Noah and Lot.
(Luke 17:26-30 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it
be also in the days of the Son of man. 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. Likewise also as it was in the days
of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they
builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and
brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day
when the Son of man is revealed.)
As The Days of Noah
And as it was in the days of Noah, so
shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man."
emergence of the "Nephilim" was what brought about the Flood of Noah. Who were
they? Is the current interest in the possibility of "alien" involvements somehow
of Biblical relevance?
Genesis 6 indicates that the "sons of God" (B'nai Elohim)
took wives of the "daughters of men," which gave birth to the "Nephilim."
What on earth was going on? The B'nai Elohim is a term that refers to
angels. It occurs four times in the Old Testament and is rendered "Angels of
God" in the ancient Septuagin translation. The intrusion of certain angels into
the human family resulted in unnatural offspring termed Nephilim, which
derives from the Hebrew naphal (to fall), or the Fallen Ones. (The Greek
Septuagint renders this term gigantes, which actually means "earth-born."
This is often misunderstood to mean "giants," which they also happen to have
Line of Seth
The early church viewed the B'nai Elohim as angels up
through the late fourth century: Justin, Athenagoras, Cyprian, Eusebius, et al.
(also Josephus, Philo, Judeaus, and the Apochrypha regard this view). Celsus and
Julian the Apostate exploited the older common belief to attack Christianity.
Cyril of Alexandria, in his reply, repudiated the orthodox position. Julius
Africanus (a contemporary of Origen) introduced the theory that the "sons of
God" simply referred to the genealogical line of Seth, which was committed to
preserving the true worship of God.
Seemingly more appealing, the "Sethite theory" prevailed into
the Medieval Church, and many still hold this view. This view, however, has
several serious problems. There is no indication that the Sethites were
distinguished for piety; they were not exempted from the charge of general
wickedness which brought on the flood. In fact, Seth's son Enosh was the one who
introduced apostasy to that world. This is masked by a mistranslation of Genesis
4:25, which should read:
"...then men began to profane the name of the
Furthermore, when the faithful marry the unfaithful, they do not give birth to
unnatural offspring! And the "daughters of men" were not differentiated with
regard to the Flood. All were lost.
(Incidentally, the Nephilim didn't completely end with the flood.
Genesis 6:4 mentions, "...and also after that..." We find the sons fo
Anak, the Anakim, later in the Old Testament.)
The Reason for the Flood
It was the infusion of these strange beings into the human
predicament that brought on the Flood of Noah. The Flood was preceded by four
generations of prophets/preachers warning of the coming judgment: Enoch,
Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah. It seems that this was part of Satan's stratagem
to corrupt the line of Adam to prevent the fulfillment of the Messianic
redemption. Noah was apparently unique in that his genealogy was still
The strange events which led to the flood are also alluded to
in ancient mythologies.8
The legends of the Greek "titans"--partly terrestrial, partly celestial--embrace
these same memories. (The Greek titan is linguistically linked to the
Chaldean sheitan, and the Hebrew satan.)
The Angels that Sinned
There is a great deal revealed in the Bible about angels. They
can appear in human form, they spoke as men, took men by the hand, even ate
men's food, are capable of direct physical combat, some are the principal forces
behind the world powers. They don't marry (in Heaven), but apparently are (or
were) capable of much mischief. The strange events of Genesis Chapter 6 are also
referred to in the New Testament. Peter refers to events preceding the flood of
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down
to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto
judgment..." 2 Peter 2:4
(Peter uses the term tartarus, here translated as hell.
This was a Greek term for "the dark abode of woe, the pit of darkness in the
unseen world." Homer's Iliad portrays tartarus "as far below hades as the
earth is below Heaven...")
Also, in Jude, it mentions them:
"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their
own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the
judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them
in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange
flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
Jude 6 and 7.
Scripture warns against meddling with the spirit world. The
punishment which overtook the angels that sinned was to emphasize the serious
nature of apostasy: beings of a higher order than ours have been hurled down
into a dark place of confinement where they have remained for thousands of
years. God has not changed His attitude toward them; time has not mitigated the
seriousness of their sin. False teachers are prewritten into condemnation.
The "Sons of God" Return?
There are many who believe that the recent "alien"
involvements are also demonic and are just another precursor to the end-time.
Some also believe that the Coming World Leader may boast of an "alien
connection." It would be consistent from what else we can infer from Scripture.
(The Restrainer of II Thessalonians 2 may be restraining far more than we have
any suspicion of! When He is removed, the world is in for some astonishing
In the meantime, what are our weapons of protection against
such things? We do, indeed, "wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Our armor is well
defined in Ephesians 6:10-17.
"Mischievous Angels or Sethites?"
In the above analysis we have explored the importance of
understanding Genesis 6. The straightforward presentation of the text seems to
clearly portray a strange union of fallen angels with women to produce a hybrid
race called the "Nephilim," or fallen ones. We enumerated the reasons
we accept the "angel" view and why the liberal "Sethite" view is inadequate. Far
beyond simply a misunderstanding of the forthright presentation of the text, the
"Sethite" view also obscures apprehension of the prophetic Scriptures.
Regarding the Nephilim, Genesis 6:4 also includes the haunting
phrase, "...and also after that...." Apparently these strange events were not
confined just to the period before the Flood. We find that there seems
to be some recurrence of those things which resulted in unusual "giants"
appearing in subsequent periods later in the Old Testament narrative,
specifically the giant-races of Canaan.
There were a number of tribes such as the Rephaim, the Emim,
the Horim, and Zamsummim, that were giants. The kingdom of Og, the King of
Bashan, was the "land of the giants." Later, we also find Arba, Anak, and his
seven sons (the "Anakim") also as giants, along with the famed Goliath and his
When God had revealed to Abraham that the land of Canaan was
to be given to him, Satan had over 400 years to plant his "mine field" of
Nephilim! When Moses sent his twelve spies to reconnoiter the Land of Canaan,
they came back with the report of giants in the land. (The term used was
Nephilim.) Their fear of those terrifying creatures resulted in their being
relegated to wandering in the wilderness for 38 years.
When Joshua and the nation Israel later entered the land of
Canaan, they were instructed to wipe out every man, woman and child of certain
tribes. That strikes us as disturbingly severe. It would seem that in the Land
of Canaan, there again was a "gene pool problem."
These Rephaim, Nephilim, and others seem to have been
established as an advance guard to obstruct Israel's possession of the Promised
Land. Was this also a stratagem of Satan?
The Days of Noah
Perhaps the most direct prophetic reference involving these
things was the peculiar warning of our Lord Jesus Himself:
And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the
days of the Son of man.
What does that mean? He also warned:
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the
stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the
waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear,
and for looking after those
things which are coming on the earth:
for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.Luke
21:25,26 (emphasis added)
Is it possible that the UFOs - and their occupants - are part of
an end-time scenario?
The Miry Clay of Daniel 2
The famous dream of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel Chapter 2 appears
to lay out all of Gentile history until God ultimately intervenes and sets up
His own kingdom. The various metals which make up the image in the dream are
well known to serious students of prophecy. Even our common expression, "the
idol has feet of clay," comes to us from this classic passage. But what is
represented by the "miry clay" in this image? It seems to be strangely
mixed-but not completely-with the iron in the dream. The term "miry clay" refers
to clay made from dust, a Biblical idiom which suggests death. ) When Daniel
interprets this for us he makes an especially provocative allusion in verse 43:
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)
As he switches to a personal pronoun, they, "shall mingle
themselves with the seed of men..." This is extremely suggestive when
viewed in light of the warning of our Lord in Luke 17:26, ostensibly directing
us to look more closely at Genesis 6. Just what (or who) are "mingling with the
seed of men?" These would seem to refer to some beings who are not the seed of
Could this be a hint of a return to the mischief of Genesis 6?
It staggers the mind to consider the potential significance of Daniel's passage
and its implications for the future global governance. Are these "aliens" so
prolific that they constitute a political constituency?
Will there be UFO incidents as part of a carefully
orchestrated program to lead us toward a political agenda? Or has it started
already? Are the UFOs, and the increasingly widespread abductions, part of the
preparations for this scenario?
There seems to be a growing concern within the psychiatric
community from the strange (and far too frequent) reports from people who claim
to have been "abducted" by the occupants of UFOs. These reports are too bizarre
to accept, and yet too frequent-and consistent to ignore. What is particularly
disturbing is the estimate from some national polls that as much as 3% of the
population may be involved! Perhaps the most well-known researcher in this area
is Dr. John E. Mack, who is professor of psychiatry at The Cambridge Hospital,
Harvard Medical School. A contributor to over 150 articles in professional
(peer-reviewed) journals and a former Pulitzer Prize winner, he certainly
appears to have impressive credentials. He has been involved in almost a hundred
of these cases personally, and has shocked the professional community by
declaring that he believes these beings may be real and that they appear to have
an agenda to develop a hybrid race!
At a professional conference on abductions at M.I.T., Dr. Mack
asked the provocative question, "If what these abductees are saying is happening
to them isn't happening, then what is?"Could all this involve a
return to the strange events of "the Days of Noah?"