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Actual Days of Noach

How do I view the days before the flood in the days of Noah?

My views are a little different than most because I believe in spirits and I also believe that when the text states that the ‘sons of God’ had sex with the ‘daughters of men,’ it is literal. This means that I believe angels (who are always referred to as ‘sons of God’ in Hebrew had sex with human women.

Their offspring were ‘giants’ or Nephilim. More importantly, they were half-breed spirit beings and human beings. The Book of Enoch explains a lot more about what was happening at that time, but suffice it to say that these Nephilim drank blood – of animals and humans. The fathers, the angels, were attracted to the long flowing hair of women – hence the ‘covering of the woman’s head because of the angels’ in 2 Corinthians 13. You can read and study all of that yourself.

The flood was the result of all sorts of unnatural things happening on the earth at that time. So God decided to rid the earth of humanity and save 8 people. The Scriptures say in Genesis that these ‘giants’ were on the earth before AND after the flood. Their remnant progeny were Goliath and his brothers. (Trivia: David had five stones in his sling because Goliath had 4 other brothers. David was ready to deal with them all, rid them from the earth.)

The events of the flood scenario are three-fold. First, the humans who were fornicating with angels were drowned. All that had the breath of life in them died including animals. There is evidence that the Nephilim had sex with animals too which is why it is prohibited in the Torah. Bam, mankind is dead except for Noah and his family. Second, the angels that had sex with women were bound in chains until the Judgement (Jude 4-6?). Third, the Nephilim half-breeds were neither fully human OR fully spiritual. Physically, they could die in the flood, but spiritually they lived on – hence before and after the flood. These disembodied spirits became the evil spirits that roam the earth. These evil spirits are ones looking for a body to possess. These evil spirits are the ones Yeshua cast out of people.

People throughout all of the ages KNOW about these spirits. Some worship them as in witchcraft and channelling. They are nothing more than demons. What we call Halloween has been celebrated since the days of the flood. It was the ‘day’ when these spirits roamed the earth looking for a place to dwell. People put out hollowed turnips to trap them so they would not be possessed. Today, we do this with pumpkins though many don’t know the history or realize the severity of what they are doing. As with all things, Satan masquerades as an angel of light and also his ‘follower’ demons.

So, ultimately, Noah’s flood was about ridding the earth of wicked humanity, fallen angels and their offspring that settled in Canaan. This is WHY God had Isra’el fight to destroy the Canaanites because they had embraced the gods (demons) of these Nephilim. This is WHY Isra’el had to TRUST God for the victories because the battles were more than physical – they were spiritual.

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Parashah 2: Noach (Noah)

Parashah 2: Genesis 6:9-11:32

“Here is the history of Noah. In his generation, Noah was a man righteous and wholehearted; Noah walked with God. Noah fathered three sons, Shem, Ham and Yefet” (Genesis 6:9-10).

Noah was different in his generation from the rest of mankind.  Noah was a righteous man who walked wholeheartedly with Elohim.  The word ‘righteous’ simply means ‘living rightly’ before Elohim.  ‘Wholehearted’ means that he did not have a divided heart swayed by the corruption of the world around him.  Scripture doesn’t indicate that he was even tempted by the evil happening in the world.  In the pre-flood corrupt world where people’s hearts had only evil intent, Noah was different, set apart by Elohim.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Noah (Comfort) or Noach – נח – noon, chet

life in the inner room, heart

“God said to Noah,’The end of all living beings has come before me, for because of them the earth is filled with violence. I will destroy them along with the earth.  Make yourself an ark of gofer-wood; you are to make the ark with rooms and cover it with pitch both outside and inside.  Here is how you are to build it: the length of the ark is to be 450 feet, its width seventy-five feet and its height forty-five feet.  You are to make an opening for daylight in the ark eighteen inches below its roof. Put a door in its side; and build it with lower, second and third decks. Then I myself will bring the flood of water over the earth to destroy from under heaven every living thing that breathes; everything on earth will be destroyed. But I will establish my covenant with you; you will come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife and your sons’ wives with you” (Genesis 6:13-18).

Because of the violence on the earth, Elohim declared the end of all living things.  Only Noah and his family would be saved through the flood by an ark. 

“Adonai said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years” (Genesis 6:3).

Before the flood, the lifespan of humans was nearly 1000 years; after the flood they lived only a few hundred or less.  It is generally taught as part of the judgment of mankind, human lifespan was cut to 120 years even though Noah, his sons and their offspring lived well beyond 120 years.  The judgment of humanity came with the flood and not with the number of years an individual human being would sojourn on earth.

“The span of our life is seventy years, or if we are strong, eighty …” (Psalm 90:10). From this Psalm, it would seem the lifespan of mankind degenerated from 120 years into 80.  If Elohim’s judgment was length of a man’s days on earth,  people would be living to 120 years of age which they do not.   Of course, there are always the exceptions of those who live to nearly 120 just as there are those who only live one day.    

In the book of Jasher (see Study Helps), it appears the 120 years mentioned in Genesis 6:3 was the time allotted byElohim for mankind to repent from their wickedness.

“For thus saith the Lord, Behold I give you a period of one hundred and twenty years; if you will turn to me and forsake your evil ways, then will I also turn away from the evil which I told you, and it shall not exist, saith the Lord.  And Noach and Methuselah spoke all the words of the Lord to the sons of men, day after day, constantly speaking to them…. And the Lord granted them a period of one hundred and twenty years, saying, If they will return, then will God repent of the evil, so as not to destroy the earth” (Jasher 5:8, 11).

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Yeshua said at the time of his return the world would be ‘like the days of Noah.’ Could the 120 years be something to consider in the  remez or prophetic vision regarding the world’s repentance and His return?

Year of Jubilee

“Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years.  Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land…” (Leviticus 25:8-9).

There are two important seasons or mo’edim given to the nation of Isra’el that are connected, the Year of Jubilee and Day of Atonement.  The Year of Jubilee occurred every 50 years beginning on the Day of Atonement, the day of Elohim’s judgment.

These Year of Jubilee and the 120 years for repentance may very well be indicative of Messiah’s return.  7 x 7 years  = 49 years with the 50th year being the Year of Jubilee. Consider that Elohim would give Isra’el 120 Jubilee years to repent until Messiah sets up his Kingdom on earth.  Multiply the 50 years x 120 Jubilees and it equals 6000 years.  This could be considered the ‘end of the age’ or the beginning of the seventh millennium when Yeshua returns to rule and reign on the earth.  The Jubilee will begin with  ‘a trumpet blast of liberty’.    In the context of Yeshua’s return on the Feast of Trumpets with trumpet blasts thatwill set captive Isra’el free, the Day of Atonement and the 120 years of Jubilee may reveal the general time of Messiah’s return.

The Nephilim

“In time, when men began to multiply on earth, and daughters were born to them,  the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose… Adonai said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings [flesh] forever, for they too are flesh…. The N’filim [fallen ones] were on the earth in those days, and also afterwards, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; these were the ancient heroes, men of renown” (Genesis 6:1-4).

The book of Enoch (see Study Helps) explains in more detail the ‘days of Noah’ and the evil that drove Elohim to destroy the earth.  The people in Noah’s day were not just unrighteous, they were utterly wicked.  The “sons of Elohim” or fallen angels and the “daughters of men” (young women) were having sexual relations and creating Nephilim or half-breeds who had spiritual fathers and human mothers.

The word ‘flesh’ of humanity is being compared to the Nephilim.  Angels are not flesh, they do not procreate as human beings which is why the situation was an abomination to Elohim.  Fallen angels and the daughters of men were creating flesh, spiritual beings that were different from ‘mortal man.’ 

According to the book of Enoch, the Nephilim ate everything from the flesh of humans to drinking blood.   As giants, their appetites were so great they devoured the whole earth.  Elohim grieved  that he made humankind so He decided to destroy the earth.  He would remove the human factor of the problem and could start again through the righteous line of Noah.

In the floodwaters, the human mothers of the Nephilim died, but what happened to the spiritual fathers?  According to Jude 6, the fallen angels that did not keep their proper place of authority in the heavens where they belonged are bound in chains until the day of judgment.  As for the half-breed offspring, their mortal bodies died in the flood, but their spiritual immortal nature lived on to become the evil spirits  that need bodies of humans to possess, the evil spirits and demons that Yeshua cast out.  The Nephilim “were on the earth in those days, and also afterwards” (Genesis 6:4).

“So he traveled all through the Galil, preaching in their synagogues and expelling demons” (Mark 1:39).

“After this, Yeshua traveled about from town to town and village to village, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God. With him were the Twelve, and a number of women who had been healed from evil spirits and illnesses…” (Luke 8:1-2).

“They came to Yeshua and found the man out of whom the demons had gone, sitting — dressed and in his right mind — at the feet of Yeshua; and they were frightened. Those who had seen it told how the formerly demonized man had been delivered” (Luke 8:35-36). The Command of Seven

The Command of Seven

Many believe that Noah took all the animals, two by two, male and female onto the ark.  However, a closer reading of Genesis 7 reveals something quite different. 

“Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth” (Genesis 7:2-3).

Through the numbers and pairs of animals that Elohim told Noah to take on the ark, Noah learned the difference between ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ animals.  Of the ‘clean’ animals (and birds), Noah was to take seven pairs.  Of the ‘unclean’ animals, Noah was to take only one pair.  This becomes important after the flood when Noah leaves the ark, builds an altar and offers a sacrifice to Elohim.  If Noah had offered any of the unclean animals, they would not have been able to repopulate the earth.  Instead, Noah offers clean animals on the altar.

After the flood, Noah is given meat to eat along with green plants.   In the sacrificial system of the Tabernacle, the fellowship or peace offerings were eaten by the priests or with the individual making the offering.  This is not only prophetic to Elohim’s outline for worship in the Tabernacle, but He is actually showing Noah the desired animal offerings.  At the same time, Elohim is revealing to Noah the difference between the animals he may eat and the animals he may not.  This is the second time Elohim gives a dietary command and this event occurs 1000 years before the Israelites received the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Noah was not only a righteous man, but he was also wise.  He obeyed the command of Elohim to build an ark even though he did not completely understand what was going to happen.  For 100 years while he built and prepared the ark, he endured the mockery of foolish people until the moment the door was shut and the judgment on mankind begaT

The Ark of Life

The ark rested in the mountains of Ararat on the seventeenth day of the seventh month.  According to the mo’edim, this would be three days after the start of the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of Tabernacles remembers the ‘temporary dwellings’ of Isra’el n the wilderness.  The ark was Noah’s ‘dwelling’ throughout the duration of the flood.   

Hebrew Word Pictures

Ararat (Curse Reversed) – אררת – alef, resh, resh, tav

the first authority, the head of the covenant

Forty days after the ark rested on Ararat, Noah sent out a raven.  Ravens are scavengers and eat dead flesh.  When the raven did not return to Noah, he knew there was nothing for the birds to eat.  The raven, though it couldn’t find a place to rest or food to eat, continued to fly ‘to and fro’ implying it lived upon the roof of the ark constantly waiting for the water to recede and the appearance of food.

Noah sent out a dove.  A dove is in the bird family of pigeons  In essence, Noah sent out a homing pigeon that would return to him with news of dry land.  The first time the dove returned because water still covered the earth.  The second time, the dove returned with an olive leaf and Noah knew the water had dried up from the earth.

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The olive tree is symbolic of Isra’el and the olive leaf  is prophetic that through one of Noah’s sons, Isra’el would be established.

After being in the ark for nearly six months, on the first day of the first month, the water had dried up from the earth.   Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked out.  On Elohim’s calendar, this would have been the beginning of months with the Passover occurring fourteen days later.  Being protected in the ark, deathdid pass over Noah and his family allowing them to live and bring forth new human life on earth.

By the twenty-seventh day of the second month, Noah was able to leave the ark and walk on dry ground.   Though there are no ‘appointed times’ specific to Noah leaving the ark,  the dates give reference to the ‘seasons’ in which these events happened.

Noahide Laws and the Covenant

Elohim gave Noah instructions after the flood.  These instructions were needed to avoid the events that happened on the earth before the flood.  The fear of animals would be instilled in man with the understanding that only certain animals were to be eaten as food.  Noah is told that flesh with its blood is not to be eaten.  Because human life and the nishmat chayim ruach is the image of Elohim, an accounting of life for life from every human being would be required.  Capital punishment was instituted so that whoever shed human blood would have his own blood shed.

Many believe there is only one covenant that God made with humanity called the ‘new covenant.’  This is not true.  In Genesis 6:18, after the destruction of humanity in the flood, Elohim establish His covenant with Noah.  This covenant includes the word ‘never’ which means that it is still in force.

“God spoke to Noach and his sons with him; he said, “As for me – I am herewith establishing my covenant with you, with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you .…  I will establish my covenant with you that never again will all living beings be destroyed by the waters of a flood, and there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:8-10).

Elohim also gave Noah a sign for the covenant.  He put His rainbow in the clouds so that He would remember the covenant between Himself and the earth. 

God added, ‘Here is the sign of the covenant I am making between myself and you and every living creature with you, for all generations to come: I am putting my rainbow in the cloud–it will be there as a sign of the covenant between myself and earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth, and the rainbow is seen in the cloud; I will remember my covenant which is between myself and you and every living creature of any kind, and the water will never again become a flood to destroy all living beings.  The rainbow will be in the cloud; so that when I look at it, I will remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of any kind on the earth’” (Genesis 9:2-16). 

Elohim alsopromises that as long as the earth exists, there will be sowing and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease (Genesis 8:22).   

By trusting, Noach, after receiving divine warning about things as yet unseen, was filled with holy fear and built an ark to save his household. Through this trusting, he put the world under condemnation and received the righteousness that comes from trusting” (Hebrews 11:7).

The Curse of Canaan

Noah has three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japeth.  They become the nations that fill the earth.  Japeth became the father of Gomer (Germany), Magog, Tubal, Meshekh (all of which are modern-day Russia).  His grandchildren include Tarshish (modern-day India/Pakistan).  Ham had sons named Cush (Ethiopia), Mitzrayim (Egypt), Put (Libya) and Canaan (Canannites).   Ham’s grandsons became modern-day Saudi Arabia. Cush fathered Nimrod who began the kingdom of Babylon (Iraq).  His children became the Jebusites, Emorites, Girgashites, and Hivites who eventually settled Sodom and Gomorrah.

Noah plants a vineyard, gets drunk and passes out in his tent uncovered.  Ham sees his father’s nakedness and tells his brothers.  Shem and Japeth take a cloak and put it over their shoulders, walk backward into the tent and cover their father who is shamefully exposed.  When Noah woke up, he knew what his youngest son had done.  Rather than cursing Ham who had come through the flood, he curses his grandson, Canaan.

“Cursed be Kena’an; he will be a servant of servants to his brothers.”  Then he said, “Blessed be Adonai, the God of Shem; Kena’an (Canaan) will be their servant.  May God enlarge Japeth; he will live in the tents of Shem, but Kena’an will be their servant” (Genesis 9:25-27).

There are several different explanations in the Talmud for how Noah knows what has happened while he was passed out.  One interpretation suggests that Ham castrated his father thus rendering him unable to have another child bringing a curse on his progeny through his grandson.  Another interpretation suggests that Ham sodomized his father based on similar phrases used in the account with Shechem and Dinah.  A third interpretation is that Ham had sex with his own mother bringing a curse on his own son.

The words of Noah are prophetic.  Japeth grows into a large nation and populates the lands north and west of Ararat. Canaan is cursed and leaves the ways of Elohim and worships other gods, Ba’al, Astarte and Asthoreth, all with sexual sins attached to their worship.

Shem in Hebrew means ‘name’ which is what Noah called Elohim–HaShem.  Shem fathered Eber from where the word Hebrew is derived.  He became the father of the semitic peoples who become the Tribes of Isra’el and expel the Canaanites, their cousins, from the Promised Land.

Shem’s other sons were Elam (east of Babylon), Asshur (Assyria/Nineveh), Lud (western Turkey), Aram (Syria), and Arphaxad (the lineage through which Messiah comes).  Eber fathers another son whose name is Peleg because ‘the earth was divided’ at the time of his birth, most likely refering to the Tower of Babel and the division of languages, nations and cultures.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shem (Name) – שם – shin, mem

– glory of the mighty

Ham (Hot) – חם – chet, mem

inner room (heart) of chaos

Japeth (Enlarged) – יפת – yod, peh, tav

finished work, mouth of the sign

The Origin of Language

It is believed that Nimrod, the son of Cush, was the ruler of Shinar in Mesopotamia.  This city is in Babylon or modern-day Iraq about 59 miles southwest of Bagdad.  The purpose of the Tower of Babel was to create a monument that would honor Nimrod, his people and the works of their hands.  With one language, they were accomplishing the task.

Because of what had happened in the days before the flood,  Elohim decided to end the project before ‘nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!” (Genesis 11:6).  He came down and confused the language so they could no longer build the structure.  In Hebrew, ‘confuse’ is balal and means to ‘mix or confuse.’  The word saphah is used for ‘language,’ but is an unused word meaning ‘lips’ or ‘speech.’  From balal comes the Hebrew word ‘babylon’ which may mean ‘gate of God.’

Since that day, nations, global languages and cultures have had boundaries to protect the world from becoming one world where the power and presence of Elohim is challenged.  In the last days, mankind will be judged for worshipping the works of his hands as in the days of Babel (Revelation 9:20).

Yeshua and the Days of Noah

“For the Son of Man’s coming will be just as it was in the days of Noach. Back then, before the Flood, people went on eating and drinking, taking wives and becoming wives, right up till the day Noach entered the ark;  and they didn’t know what was happening until the Flood came and swept them all away. It will be just like that when the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 24:37-39).

“For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit; and in this form he went and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits, to those who were disobedient long ago, in the days of Noach, when God waited patiently during the building of the ark, in which a few people — to be specific, eight — were delivered by means of water” (1 Peter 3:18-20).

Haftarah (Readings from the Prophets)

Isaiah 54:1-10

B’rit Chadashah (New Testament Readings)

Luke 17:25-27

1 Peter 3:19-21

2 Peter 2:4-5

Midrash Noah: The Days of Noah

Yeshua said that the world would be like the ‘days of Noah’ before his return (Matthew 24:37-39).   Discuss was happening in those days and how those activities apply to the days in which we are living.

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The Nephilim, the Anunnaki, and the Watchers

 “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose…  There were 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 bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:1-4).

Nephilim is often translated ‘giant’s though a better definition would be ‘those who came down, those who descended or those who were cast down.”  In the sense that they had spirit fathers and human mothers, they could be considered half-breeds.  In the Sumerian cuniform, these beings were called Anunnaki.

Anunnaki were the half-gods or immortals and encompassed the group of deities of Sumer and Babylon.  Anunnaki meant “those of royal blood” and in texts were called “those who from heaven to earth came.”   They were depicted as human or with animal parts.

Think About and Discuss: Often in movies or in books there are depictions of half-human, half-animal beings.  Two of the most common of these beings are the centaur (half human, half horse) and faun (half human, half goat).  What are some other half-breeds?

The Anunnaki were the council of gods and goddesses who periodically met to discuss their future actions with each other as well as their agenda on the fate of mankind.

The Anunnaki, depending on the context, were the Nephilim, the gods that Abraham’s father, Terah was reputed to have served, the fallen angels, the lesser individuals of the race from which Anu, Enki, Enlil, Inanna and other notables had sprung.  The Anunnaki have also been equated with the “Watchers” mentioned in the book of Daniel.

“And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says YHWH God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, lived on the other side of the River Euphrates in old times; and they served other gods’ (Joshua 24:2).

“I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven ….”  (Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel 4:13)

“This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” (Daniel’s response, Daniel 4:17)

Think About and Discuss: Have you ever considered that there are ‘other beings’ involved in your life  according to the will of the Most High God?

Activity: Read the first chapter of the book of Job.  What is the relationship between God and Satan in this book?

Questions:

1.  What is significant about the birth of the nephillim?  Who was their father?  Who was their mother?

2.  C.S. Lewis, in writing the Chronicles of Narnia, depicts many half-breeds.  Do you think this is significant in light of learning about the Anunnaki?  Why or why not?

3.  Where did Abraham’s father, Terah live?  What country or countries are located in that geographical region today?

4.  Where did the ‘holy ones’ come from?

5.  What is the purpose of the ‘watchers?

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Enoch and Samhain

October 31 is a unique day in the spiritual realm.   It is known by wiccan and pagan communities as Samhein.  According to one pagan website, it is the one day of the year when the veil between our world and the spirit world thins and makes it the perfect time to make contact with the dead.  The average unknowing, uninformed person calls Samhein, Halloween.

Halloween has grown from a Celtic high holy day celebrated quietly by pagans and wiccans to the second highest retail holiday next to Christmas.  Spiritual lines between evil and righteousness have been blurred to the point that many who dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, or visit haunted houses actually say they aren’t celebrating Halloween!   There are some who admit to being pagan and are proud to celebrate in every way imaginable from orgies to sacrificing animals and children.

Witchcraft has become an accepted religious practice through television and movies beginning with 1960s programs like “Bewitched” and “Dark Shadows” and coming into obvious fruition with “Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Harry Potter.”   Divinations, seances and casting spells are commonplace with young girls who are intrigued with being ‘white witches’ or ‘good witches.’ Communicating with dead people is one of the activities of paranormal societies that exist even in my little midwest town.  Sorcery is about power.  It is an art that manipulates the energy fields of human beings in order to seduce people for whatever purpose: peace, love, prosperity, healing – all of which are obtained, but in a corrupt manner.

Halloween involves a spiritual battle that began long before today’s TV shows, the witchcraft trials of New England, the Dark Ages, the time of Yeshua, King Saul or even Abraham.  It began before the flood and its beginnings are recorded in great detail in the Book of Enoch, written for those who live in the time of the end.  Unfortunately the book of Enoch was removed from the canon of Scriptures despite the fact that both Peter and Jude refer to its contents.  Today, believers are ‘in the dark’ about what may be coming on the world at the end of the age.

“The word of the blessing of Enoch, how he blessed the elect and the righteous, who were to exist in the time of trouble…. Enoch a righteous man, was with God, answered and spoke, while his eyes were open and while he saw a holy vision ….  I (Enoch) heard all things, and understood what I saw; that which will not take place in this generation, but in a generation which is to succeed at a distant period, on account of the elect” (Enoch 1:1-3).

A preview is found in Genesis when angels, called the ‘sons of God,’ left their place of authority in the heavenly realm and came to earth.  According to Enoch, these angels were attracted to the beauty and alluring uncovered hair of young women, called the ‘daughters of men’ (Enoch 7:1-2).  These spiritual beings had sexual relationships with human women.  From these relationships children were born who were half human/half spirit.

Genesis 6 calls these children the heroes of old or men of reknown, their Biblical name: Nephilim.   Nephilim in Aramaic means ‘to fall’ (like the fallen ones), but in Hebrew, it  means  ‘giants’.  Genesis also says the Nephilim were on the earth ‘in those days of Noah and afterwards.’  What does this mean?  Could it be the Greek or Roman mythological heroes like Achilles or Hercules were actually offspring of these half breeds?  Wasn’t everyone destroyed in the flood?  Enoch explains what happened.

“Then he spoke and said: ‘Hear, neither be afraid, O Enoch, O righteous man, and scribe of righteousness:  come here and hear my voice. Go, say to the Watchers of heaven, who have sent you to pray for them ….

‘You being spiritual, holy, and living a life which is eternal, have polluted yourselves with women; have begotten in carnal blood … and have done as those who are flesh and blood do.  These however die and perish.  Therefore I have given them wives, that they might live with them; that sons might be born of them, and that this might be transacted upon earth.  But you, from the beginning were made spiritual, living a life which is eternal, and not subject to death in all the generations of the world.  Therefore I made not wives for you, because being spiritual, your dwelling is in heaven.

“Now the giants, who have been born of spirit and of flesh, shall call upon earth evil spirits, and on earth shall be their habitation.  Evil spirits shall proceed from their flesh, because they were created from above; from the holy Watchers was their beginning and primary foundation.  Evil spirits they shall be upon earth, and the spirits of the wicked shall they be called.  The habitation of the spirits of heaven shall be in heaven; but upon earth shall be the habitation of terrestrial spirits, who are born in earth (i.e. 1 Cor. 15:40). 

“The spirits of the giants shall be like clouds, which shall oppress, corrupt, fall, contend, and bruise upon earth.  They shall cause lamentation.  No food shall they eat; and they shall be thirsty; they shall be concealed, and those spirits shall rise up against the sons of men and against women; for they come forth (from them) … (i.e. Luke 4:33,36, Matthew 8:28-34).

“And as to the death of the giants –  wheresoever their spirits depart from their bodies, let their flesh, that which is perishable, be without judgment.  Thus shall they perish, until the day of the great consummation of the world.

“And now to the Watchers, who have sent you to pray for them, who in the beginning were in heaven, Say, ‘In heaven you have been; secret things however have not been manifested to you; yet have you known an immoral mystery.  And this you have related to women in the hardness of your heart, and by that mystery have women and mankind multiplied evil upon the earth (i.e. Jude 4,6,13).  Say to them: ‘Never therefore shall you obtain peace” (Enoch chapters 15, 16).

God says in Genesis 8 that he would not contend with man forever because he is mortal.  This means that men die.  During the time before the flood, men lived  nearly 1000 years, but after the judgment man’s days on earth would be about 80 years – a much shorter lifespan (Psalm 90:10).

God could not allow the fallen angels to remain on the earth.  They taught humanity things that they should not know … “teaching them sorcery, incantation, and the dividing of roots and trees” (Enoch 7:10).  They ‘devoured’ everything in their path

These (the Nephilim children) devoured all which the labor of men produced; until it became impossible to feed them; when they turned themselves against men, in order to devour them; and began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood” (Enoch 7:12-14).

In order to cleanse the the earth from its corruption,  God sent a flood to destroy all of mankind except Noah and his family. Noah’s family had a pure lineage; only Noah’s family had not be infected with the disgusting practices with the fallen angels.

As for the angels that left their heavenly realm, God put them in darkness and chains until the day of judgment.  “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day” (Jude 6, Enoch 10:15).

What happened to the offspring, the Nephilim?  They didn’t have a home on earth as they weren’t fully human; they didn’t have a home in heaven as they weren’t fully spiritual.  They also weren’t the cause of the problem so God didn’t put them in chains.  According to Enoch, their physical flesh died without judgment, but spiritually they birthed evil spirits.  These spirits became known as wandering spirits that look for a ‘home’ to claim as their own such as a hollowed out turnip or pumpkin.   A more inviting ‘home’ for these evil spirits is taking possession of a human body making the person a ‘demoniac.’

There are evidences of Nephilim in the Scriptures after the flood.  They are called giants “whose stature is 300 cubits” which is about 200 yards or 600 feet (Genesis 6:4-6, Enoch 7:12,).  Note: the life span of man and the earth’s atmosphere changed after the flood, the size of the Nephilim also decreased exponentially.   Incidentally, the Ark that Noah built was also 300 cubits long!

In Numbers 13 is the account of the 12 spies going into the Promised Land.  Remember how the branch having a single cluster of grapes needed to be carried by two men on a pole?   The spies reported seeing Nephilim in the Land.  They described the same thing that Enoch described:  large people devouring the land and everyone in it.

“They said, ‘The land we explored devours those living in it.  All the people we saw there are of great size.  We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim).  We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them” (Numbers 13: 32-33).  From this we know that whenever we see the word,  Anakim, we know they are descendants of Nephilim.

Goliath, who was killed by David, was also a giant.  “A champion Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp.  He was over nine feet tall…” (1 Samuel 17:4-5).   Second Samuel 17:16-22 also speaks of more descendants of Rapha who were Goliath’s brothers.  Three of their names are recorded in Scripture:  Ishbi-Benob, Saph, Goliath the gittite.  “These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath ….”  

Deuteronomy 3:11 speaks of Og the King of Bashan.  He was also a descendant of the Rephaites.    His bed was made of iron  more than 13 feet long and 6 feet wide.  The Rephaites are mentioned in Joshua 12:4, 13:12, 15:8, 17:15, 18:16; 2 Samuel 5:11, 22, 23:13; 1 Chronicles 11:15, 14:9, 20:4.

While the Israelites were in Egypt for 430 years, the Nephilim had time to proliferate. This puts a different perspective as to what was going on in Canaan and why the LORD had to raise up an army against these ‘beings’.  He wanted to remove the flesh of the Nephilim from the land He promised to Abraham even though their spirits remained along with the detestable practices they taught to the Canaanites. The LORD warned the Israelites about these detestable practices because he didn’t want them imitating them when they entered the land of the giants.   He wanted to rid the Promised Land of evil so His people would be blameless.

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,  or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 18:12-14).

Yeshua prophesies about the time of his return, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man”  (Luke 17:36).  From Biblical evidence as well as the account from Enoch, it appears that the ‘days of Noah’ had enormous spiritual activity blending into the human race which was destructive to earth and humanity.  The people in the ‘days of Noah’ were not prepared for the spiritual warfare they encountered, but we are not in darkness; we have prophecies and the Commander of the LORD’s armies, Yeshua.

The gospels have a lot to say about Yeshua casting out evil spirits. In Mark 9 there is an  account of a young boy who had an evil spirit that threw him into convulsions.  When the spirit was rebuked by Yeshua as a ‘deaf and mute spirit’, it left the boy violently.  Later his disciples asked him about the spirit and why they couldn’t drive it out.  Yeshua responded, “This kind can come out only by prayer (and fasting).”  He didn’t suggest that the boy had an illness that needed medication, but an evil spirit that needed to be dealt with prayerfully.

Spiritual warfare is not against witches or sorcerers,  but against the powers and principalities that witches and sorcerers divine   The devil, a fallen angel himself, has quite creatively set up his own world with  evil spirits and, as the ‘god of this world, he has blinded the mind of unbelievers…’ (2 Corinthians 4:4).   Consequently, as believers we are commanded in Ephesians 6 to put on the armor of God so we can stand against the devil’s schemes in the day of evil.

Prayer is the most important part of our battle armor.  Keeping in touch with Commander Yeshua is key to being alerted to the battles that must be stood against.   Through the Spirit, Yeshua will reveal when to use our sword, when our breastplate is not on properly, when dents in our helmet are about to occur, when our belt needs to be tightened, when our feet need to be ready with a message of shalom, and when to raise our shield to protecting your fellow soldiers who are battling the same enemy and need support. (Read about one 22-year old soldier’s battle stand in New York City.)

“Finally, pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, be alert, and always keep praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:13-18).

For those who have young children and are just learning about the evils of Halloween, it can be a difficult journey if you have already taken part in the ‘fun and sinful’ activities of darkness.  All you can do is continue to teach your children their identity is not in this world, but in the Messiah.  Always use Scripture to reinforce the Truth of the Word in their minds and it will eventually go into their hearts.

Teach them the truth about Halloween as appropriate to their understanding.  Use all of the visual aids of witches, skeletons, spider’s webs, black cats that are displayed everywhere through the entire month of October as examples of darkness and death in the world.   Don’t wait until the last minute to enlighten them to what is being represented around them.

Timothy was taught Scripture on his grandmother’s lap.   I’m sure she didn’t water down the Bible avoiding the ‘scary parts’  or make up silly stories using flowers, animals or vegetables to tell the ‘tales’.    She taught him the Truth using all of the Scriptures, including Enoch, which is why he grew into a wise young man.  Your goal is to raise a soldier who knows how to fight each battle that will come into their life.

“Dear friends, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.  Anyone who does what is good is from God.  Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11).

Take and make a stand against the enemy with your children.  Don’t be deceived,  what you sow, you will reap.  Alternatives, rationalizations and excuses about why you aren’t ‘really’  celebrating Halloween are the same as celebrating it.  Don’t be a double-minded believer.   Don’t let them do some things, but not others.  Don’t let them not buy a costume, but allow candy because it’s cheap.  Don’t tell them they can’t go to a haunted house, but allow them to go to a corn maze where a witch greets them!  Make the day (and the season) very black and white – not black and orange!

I write to you dear children … (1 John 2)

Children,  it is important that you obey your parents who are teaching you about the ways of God.  It is the right thing for you to do (Ephesians 6:1).  Though you may not like the rules, if you obey your parents without complaining or arguing, you will be protected from  evil. They are actually training you to grow into maturity so that you can learn to distinguish good from evil (Hebrews 5:14).  Through your obedience you will receive the incredible blessing of being a pure child of God.  You will become one of those shining stars in the universe that brings light to those in the darkness.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God, without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like starts in the universe as you hold out the word of life …” (Philippians 2:14-15).

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