(By Jeff Roberts) The term “Sons of God or (Bene HaElohim)” is a technical term that applies strictly to that of what many would refer to as “Angels of God” four times in the Old Testament. Genesis 6:4, Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7. This term is also referenced in the New Testament in Luke 20:36 While the term angel is a title that simply means messenger, these are thought of more as divine beings that have ranks and responsibilities. This is not to be confused with the New Testament such as I John 1:3 , John 1:11-12 which involves a birth that takes place. This is not a figure of speech that is being spoken of here this is creative event that takes place in our lives when we receive Yeshua (Jesus) as our Lord and savior and that’s why it’s called a new birth or we use the term born again.
The Bible tells us that these Bene HaElohim had offspring with the daughters of men. The offspring that was produced is referred to as “giants” in most English translations of the Bible. While these particular offspring did happen to be large in stature the Greek LXX renders the word as “Gigantes” which means earthborn. This same word is transliterated in the Latin Vulgate as “gigas” which is where we get the term giants from in English but Latin scholars understood the word to be “delapsus angelus” meaning fallen angel. The Hebrew word for the word giants is Nephilim which comes from the Hebrew root verb “Nephal” which means to fall, to be cast or thrown down, to overthrow or cause to lie/lay within a sexual way. In Hebrew, the verb often become nouns and the spelling is the same but in this instance Nephilim is used instead The New Testament also confirms these Old Testament views in 2 Peter 2;4, 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; In English the word used for Hell is Tartarus. Tartarus is only used once in the entire Bible.
In the Iliad (c. 700 BC), Zeus asserts that Tartarus is “as far beneath Hades as heaven is above earth.” It’s also known in Greek the dark abode or the deep abyss that is used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans. *It’s also worth noting that Tartarus in Greek mythology is a place and a deity. The Bible confirms this concept in Revelation 20:14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Death and Hell are titles of places and of fallen divine beings. Jude 1:6-7And the angels which kept not their first estate G746, but left their own habitation G3613, 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 G2087 flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude said the Angels that kept not their first estate the word used for this is “arche” (which means the first place, principality, rule, magistracy of angels and demons) BUT left their own habitation. The word used here is “oikētērion” which does mean dwelling place but it’s used in reference to a spiritual body the same body that we on earth groan for in 2 Corinthians 5:2 “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven”. Understanding this upfront, yields a much better understanding of Genesis 6.
Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them. Genesis 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. Genesis 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 a hundred and twenty years. Genesis 6:4 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. So, the offspring of the “Sons of God” became the same as the “Sons of God” which were mighty or powerful. The word used is “gibbor/gibbowr” which is an adjective. This means power by implication, tyrants, chiefs, leaders or giants. The term “which were of old” is the Hebrew word “owlam”. This is a term that means from the ancient of days, everlasting or without end. The best way to apply this word is of perpetual existence from the time they were created. The term men of renown is “shem” in Hebrew.
This is a unique term as it means name, reputation, fame in the sense of being infamous. Monument is also another word that is used for “shem” which is rather strange considering right after the flood and the earth was being repopulated the first thing they wanted to do was create a name for themselves and build a monument Genesis 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. Now the word for wickedness is “ra” which means affliction, calamity or sorrow evil or wickedness. it goes on to say that every imagination (yetser) which can be imagination which also means (intellectual framework), form, creation, device, technology, graven image. It worth noting that we are Gods temple and while to defile it by mixing DNA would be considered creating a graven image. Thoughts is machashabah which can mean thoughts but also it means device, invention
Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Genesis 6:7 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. Notice that it was not just man that was evil. It was all flesh including man and animal. Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Notice here that the Bible states that Noah was perfect in his genealogy. The Bible also says that no man was perfect except for Jesus the Messiah, The word used for perfect is tamiym Which means complete or without blemish or whole.
So in Matthew 24: 37-39 But as the days of Noah 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. Could it be that Matthew didn’t understand what the days of Noah were like or is he assuming that we already knew from reading earlier books that we would know exactly what it was like. I think it’s safe to assume that he did. God’s laws are set into place
for a specific reason just like any other rules and regulations. There is always an example of why these are in place. In Leviticus 20:15-16 it demands the death penalty for any man that lies with or has sex with an other animal. If woman is caught lying with an animal, the Levitical law says that both the woman and animal involved shall be put to death. Even Paul in I Corinthians 11:10 is insisting that women wear a vail or covering over their hair lest they tempt the angels. Most people don’t understand the meaning of this verse because, in Paul’s time, they believed that the length of their hair was a sign of her fertility. They believed that the hair was used to help with child birth.