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Monday, December 22, 2014

Nephilim

Nephilim. This word occurs three times in the original Hebrew, and is translated "giants". "There were giants in the earth" (Gen. 6:4); "There we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants" (Num. 13:33). These "nephilim" were in the earth immediately before the flood, and "after that" as Genesis 6:4 continues: "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".

The giants which the spies saw were evidently descended from those Nephilim that were in the earth after the flood. The word Nephilim does not of itself indicate gigantic structure, it rather looks to the height from which these beings have fallen. Naphal in Hebrew means "to fall" and the Nephilim are "fallen ones". Genesis 3:15 contains not only a promise concerning the seed of the woman but a warning that there would be a seed of the serpent, and that the conflict between these two seeds would constitute the conflict of the ages.

By the time of, and as a countermove of Satan to Abraham's call, this evil seed were concentrated in the land of Canaan, and the sword of Israel was as necessary as the previous waters of the flood, if the purposes of grace were to prosper. Another name given to this evil seed is the Rephaim (Gen. 14:5) which is translated "giants" in Deuteronomy 2:11, Deut. 2:20; Deut. 3:11, Deut. 3:13, Joshua 12:4; Joshua 13:12; Joshua 15:8; Joshua 17:15; Joshua 18:16 and 1 Chronicles 20: 1 Chron. 20:4, 1 Chron. 20:6, and 1 Chron. 20:8. These Rephaim (Isa 26:14 "deceased" in A.V.), have no resurrection. For the particular application to dispensational truth of this subject see the teaching entitled Giants.

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0 #2 Holy Paul 2012-06-17 18:31
And as it was in the time of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matt 24:36) Here Jesus speaks of the Nephilim indirectly. Since the they were present in the world just before the flood we can assume from scripture that they are present in the world today. Just an observation.
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0 #1 Pam 2011-11-12 06:15
Good to see this being taught. Keep looking up :-)
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