February 2, 2017
Why is it that people don’t seem to believe God? We have His word, but instead of believing what God says, most people interpret it to fit into their comfort zone. Prophecy is one of those areas that gets muddled. God isn’t constrained by the limited understanding humans have of time. He knows the past, present and future. Therefore, when a few disciples asked Jesus about the end of time, Jesus related it to a very dark time in history…the days of Noah. The question wasn’t about the Rapture, but about the end of the world. “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3. Jesus answered by pointing to wars, earthquakes, famine, and so forth. These events are increasing as we draw near to the end, but one of the most interesting signs He gave was that it would be as in the days of Noah.
Jesus, being God, knew exactly what went on before the Flood of Noah. He didn’t have to go into great detail because the ugliness of those days were well known. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37-39. Most people of Noah’s day were living as if nothing unususl was going on, but in fact some very strange things were happening and God wasn’t pleased. Was it marriage that caused God’s judgment to fall? Not hardly. Marriage is ordained by God, so He wouldn’t be angry because a man married a woman. Eating and drinking? Nope. God made people to need food and water, so that can’t be the reason. So what is different about the days of Noah? The answer is found in Genesis chapter 6.
The shenanigans of Noah’s day were not normal or business as usual. “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,” Genesis 6:1. Verse one doesn’t indicate anything out of the ordinary happening, but plainly speaks of an exploding population. The word ‘adam is translated “man”, and means mankind in general. Just as the population of mankind is exploding today, it was the same in the ancient world. But why would God flood the earth and destroy everything because of a population explosion? After all, He told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. When we move a little further along in Genesis chapter 6 we begin to understand that the problem had nothing to do with huans marrying or the population increasing. There was demonic evil happening but people turned a blind eye to it. It’s happening again, but most people today are also turning a blind eye to it.
The Genesis account continues by saying “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Genesis 6:2. Now, if we believe God’s inspired word rather than what man says that God meant, we can understand why God was displeased. The Hebrew phrase ben ‘elohiym is translated sons of God. This phrase doesn’t mean sons of Seth, as some misinterpret it. If God had meant Seth, the Hebrew phrase would have been ben sheth. The phrase ben ‘elohiym occurs three other times in the Old Testament: Job 1:6, Job 2:1, and Job 38:7. These three verses talk of angels. The other misinterpretation is the meaning of the phrase “daughters of men”. The same word translated “men” in verse 1 above, is also used in verse two, meaning mankind in general. Somehow, misguided people claim that God really meant that Cain’s sons married Seth’s daughters. If you believe God, then you understand that angels, the ones who had rebelled against God, took human women as wives. Angels were never supposed to mate with women, and that was the problem. This was an abomination, but Jesus says the people were just going about their daily lives without concern.
The result of this cross between angels and humans produced hybrids known as Nephilim. These creatures were neither human nor angel. “There were giants in the earth in those days; 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.” Genesis 6:4. The Hebrew word nephiyl is translated giants. This was an abomination to God, but the mischief didn’t stop there; the problem wasn’t limited to humans and angels. If you think that God had to destroy all that he had created because of Cain’s sons marrying Seth’s daughters, then you don’t know God. “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” Genesis 6:7. Most people don’t understand what was happening and think that God was angry about nothing and just looking for reasons to destroy. In truth, God had to destroy everything in order to save us. All of creation was being corrupted by the demonic evil and God’s love for mankind forced Him to put a stop to the genetic corruption. God knew that Noah and his family were genetically pure and they were saved because they obeyed Him. Noah didn’t participate in the activity of that day and he obediently built the Ark according to God’s instructions. God also sent genetically pure animals to the Ark so they could start over after the Flood. God doesn’t look for ways to destroy His creation, but when His ways aren’t respected the results are disastrous. All “…man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air…” had been corrupted by evil and had to be destroyed in order to save those that weren’t corrupted.
Let’s stop and allow Jesus to settle an argument that many people put forth to dispute angel/human hybrids. “Jesus said angels can’t marry”, is the argument. One day the Sadducees presented a scenario regarding a woman who was married and her husband died, then she remarried and he died, and so on. The question was, who would she be married to in Heaven.“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” Matthew 22:29-30. Notice that Jesus didn’t say that angels don’t have the ability to reproduce. He also is clear that He was talking about “… angels of God in heaven “, not the ones who rebelled. There are accounts of people encountering angels in both the Old and New Testaments, and they always resemble men. We aren’t told how the fallen angels actually fathered children, but genetic corruption of all things happened because of them. God’s word says so.
OK, back to the days of Noah. When writing the account of the Flood, Moses made note that this corruption happened again . “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that…“ Genesis 6:4a. When the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, spies were sent in first. They came back with reports of giants (nephiyl ) living there and as proof they brought a very large bunch of grapes. “And they came unto the brook of Eschol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.” Numbers 13:23. If it took two men to carry it we can only imagine how big it was. The Israelites were afraid to enter the land, but God would have enabled them to conquer those Nephilim. This wasn’t the only account of Nephilim roaming around after the flood. “For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? Nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits in bredth of it, after the cubit of a man.” Deuteronomy 3:11. Goliath and his brothers were Nephilim. Josephus tells of huge skeletons being displayed in Jerusalem so the Jewish people could know what had been in the Promised Land. Even today there are eight and nine foot skeletons being excavated.
Another problem during Noah’s day was wickedness. “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.” Genesis 6:5. With fallen angels and the Nephilim roaming around we can imagine the total decadence that was running rampant. Yet, Jesus says that people were just going about their everyday life as if nothing was wrong. Either they were a part of the wickedness or they just didn’t care. How does Noah’s day compare to the times in which we live? It’s easy to see the wickedness is growing worse. Riots and violent protests are becoming commonplace. Terrorism happens almost daily, as headlines scream out that a suicide bomber has blown up a crowded area filled with innocent people or a truck has run into a crowd killing and injuring many. The news media may report the violence but they also try to cover up the fact that these violent acts are done by Muslim terror groups. School shootings happen and ignorant protesters scream out “Ban guns”, rather than calling to prosecute the criminal holding the gun. In talking of the end days, Jesus said “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12. We can see Jesus’ words coming to pass. Are people today concerned, or are they just going on as if the days aren’t getting darker and more evil? I think the days of Noah are very near.
What about genetic tinkering? While most people are “… eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage…“, Satan and his minions are busy. We all know about the double-helix of DNA, but scientists have now created babies with a triple-helix using DNA from three people (https://www.sciencenews.org/article/three-parent-babies-explained). That’s genetic tinkering. Have you read the article about the scientist who is growing human brains in drawers (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161004-were-developing-brains-outside-of-the-body)? There are goats that have spider genes implanted in order to get silk from their milk (https://phys.org/news/2010-05-scientists-goats-spider-silk.html). Food is being genetically modified (http://www.naturalnews.com/035745_GMO_rice_human_genes_Kansas.html) . People are being genetically modified (https://www.sott.net/article/249562-US-Army-Super-Soldier-Genetically-Modified-Humans-Wont-Need-Food-Sleep). Sheep have human organs (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7681252/ns/health-cloning_and_stem_cells/t/scientists-create-animals-are-part-human/#.WJAfGFMrLIU0). There are many more abominations taking place in the name of science and progress. Look up transhumanism online and you will be shocked. Now, go back and study Genesis chapter 6. Will the mark of the beast be a genetic modification that makes human hybrids? We know that whoever takes the mark cannot be saved. “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:11. God’s judgment came in the form of a flood during Noah’s day, and His judgment will come again.
When Jesus described the end times, He never mentioned the ekklēsia (Christians), which can only mean we aren’t there to face the horrors of the Great Tribulation. Just as Enoch was taken away by God prior to the flood of Noah the Rapture will occur before the days of Noah are fully upon us. If you have truly accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour you have the protection of the Holy Spirit sealed within you and will be taken Home in the Rapture. If you have any doubts about your salvation, don’t hesitate to turn your life over to Jesus Christ today.
Do you have a friend or family member who has rejected Christ as their Saviour? It’s urgent that you share Christ with them today. Tomorrow may be too late. The days of Noah are near.
God bless you all,
Ron & Nathele Graham
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This commentary was started by Ron Graham before his death on March 14, 2013, and finished by his wife, Nathele Graham