Nephilim and Giants

There were giants [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 [heroes of old] which were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:4)

And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13:33)


The Nephilim are considered by some scholars to be a gigantic offspring of angels and human women. Other scholars believe the Nephilim were a group of fallen angels who came to earth to corrupt mankind, since the Hebrew word for Nephilim in Genesis 6:4 is nephiyl, which comes from the word naphal, which means 'to fall'. 

Note on semantics

Christian teachers are not unanimous on whether the Nephilim were the fallen angels or rather their hybrid offspring, so good literature on the subject may use one or the other meaning. (The publisher of this website prefers the "giant" view and likes Michael Heiser's  Thoughts on Nephilim.) However, this is just semantics. It doesn't change the reality. Historic records of numerous cultures attest to the reality of both. Also, people involved in the deliverance ministry, a.k.a. exorcism, are not unanimous on whether demons are fallen angels or the spirits of their hybrid offspring, but Biblical record and modern eyewitness accounts testify to the reality of both. Thus, semantics should not be an excuse for unbelief.

Biblical reality

By either definition, Genesis 6:4 and 1 Enoch 6-7 tell us how some fallen angels mated with human women to produce hybrid offspring, who were giants who had the ability to lead millions of people away from the true God. Heroes of old comes from the Hebrew word gibbowr, which means a 'mighty man'. These were giants or rephaim (rapha in Hebrew), and archaeological evidence shows that they were sometimes up to 30 feet tall. Before the flood, angels and their hybrid offspring corrupted the whole earth. After the flood, they were perhaps not as large, but still powerful and evil in their influence. That is why God commanded Israel to totally wipe out all the nations of Canaan. The Bible mentions some of their tribal names: the Emim, the Anakim, the Horim, and Zamsummim. (See Num 13:33; Deuteronomy 3:11, 12:10-12; Joshua 4:15, 13:12, 1 Samuel 17:4-7; 2 Samuel 17:16-22.) Ancient texts and pictures from Egyptian, Greek and other cultures also talk of giants or men who were offspring of supernatural beings.

As punishment for their sin of fornication, the angels were sent to Tartarus to be punished and chained until their final judgment (2. Pt. 2:4, Jude 1:6). When the hybrid beings died, their spirits probably became demons, the evil or unclean spirits that inhabit men. These are probably what Jesus commanded His followers to cast out or expel (Mt. 10:1; Mk. 16:17; Lk. 10:17-24). 

Biblical and historic evidence of the reality

If the idea of angels mating with human women seems odd to you, then note that in Job 1:6, 2:1 and 38:7 "the sons of God" is another name for angelic beings. Satan's goal was to turn the whole human race away from God, and the hybrid offspring were powerful and effective for this goal. Those angels who fornicated were thrown into Tartarus. (See 2 Peter 2:4-6 and Jude 6.) Although Jewish theologians and many early Christian leaders believed this, many modern theologians don't want to deal with it, which is sad. Satan has more flexibility to operate if God's people don't know much about the spiritual war we live in.

The story of the Genesis giants is expanded upon in the Book of Enoch, a book which was well known by Jesus and his followers and quoted in the New Testament,

Historical record also shows that many cultures had visitors from above who came and mated with human women to produce supermen. Two common examples are the Egyptian and Greek cultures with their pantheon. Modern man calls it mythology, but archeological evidence indicates it was real. They were evil and led men away from God. In Bible days, they were gigantic, like Goliath and his brothers. In modern times, it continues (see Luke 17:26,27), but the offspring are not as tall. The modern day angel-human fornication is related to the alien phenomenon. It's evil, and you will be wise to understand it from a Biblical perspective. Most Christian leaders simply cannot address it, but knowledge of spiritual warfare and the power of the name of Jesus is enough to repel these evil beings.

Return of the Nephilim

… And the Lord said unto Michael: 'Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations (70 x 70 = 4900 years) in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. - Enoch 10:11-14

Practical relevance today

Jesus said, "as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man" (Luke 17:26). Thus, we can also expect the Nephilim as well as hybrid mighty beings to here before Jesus' return. In fact, they are already here, but they are not publicly disclosed through most official channels. However, a number of Christians have researched them, and eyewitnesses have testified of seeing them. The various types of sighted aliens are either materialized fallen angels or hybrid offspring. Some men and women with great physical, intellectual and/or persuasive powers are also hybrid offspring. They are reported to have DNA different from normal human DNA (see Life As An Investigator Is Like A Box of Chocolates.) The Bible says that in the future giants, monsters and satyrs will again be visible:

THE VISION WHICH ESAIAS SON OF AMOS SAW AGAINST BABYLON... Lift up a standard on the mountain of the plain, exalt the voice to them, beckon with the hand, open the gates, ye rulers. I give command, and I bring them: giants are coming to fulfil my wrath, rejoicing at the same time and insulting ... The elders shall be troubled, and pangs shall seize them, as of a woman in travail: and they shall mourn one to another, and shall be amazed, and shall change their countenance as a flame. For behold! the day of the Lord is coming which cannot be escaped, a day of wrath and anger, to make the world desolate, and to destroy sinners out of it ... And Babylon ... shall be as when God overthrew Sodoma, and Gomorrha. It shall never be inhabited ... But wild beasts shall rest there; and the houses shall be filled with howling; and monsters shall rest there, and devils shall dance there, and satyrs shall dwell there; and hedgehogs shall make their nests in their houses. It will come soon, and will not tarry. (Isaiah 13, Brenton Septuagint Translation.)

Spiritual warfare

Ephesians 6:12 says that we wrestle not with humans but with various evil spiritual entities in the heavenly places. Eph. 2:6 says that Christians are seated with Christ in the heavenly places, and Eph. 1:19-21 says that Jesus is far above all spiritual entities in the heavenly places. That is why He commands all His followers to wage warfare against evil spirits in and around us. He gave His followers authority (Luke 10:19), so the evil spirits must obey. This is a special privilege of all true followers of Jesus (Mt. 28:18-20). To hear live deliverance sessions, you can listen to Omegman Radio or Jay Barlett. After you've heard one or two demons come out, you probably won't doubt again.

Further study - documents, websites and presentations

Further study - videos

The Alberino Analysis - Land of the Plumed Serpent, Part 1: What's in a Name?

The Alberino Analysis - Land of the Plumed Serpent, Part 2: Sons of the Dragon

The Alberino Analysis - Land of the Plumed Serpent, Part 3: Exiles of Atlantis

Genesis 6 Hybridization - Sons of God, Daughters of Men & the Nephilim by Dr. Michael Heiser

Dr. Michael Heiser's presentation, Angels Cohabiting with Women - Genesis 6 

Iron Mountain Report and the Rise of the Antichrist (2 hr, 21min video) 


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