The Land of the Giants
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Have you ever wondered if giants really existed in our past? No matter what the culture or religion, if they go back long enough there will be talk of a time when giants roamed the world.
They weren’t very nice guys apparently, and most scholars write them off as mythology. The Bible had a lot to say about the giants, known in Hebrew as the nephilim and are mentioned from Genesis to Jude.
Here is the first mention and takes place as early man was beginning to populate the known world at that time:
“When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.'
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward-when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” (Genesis 6:1-4) NIV
Have you ever known or read about anyone living past 120 years? Think about it. It was predicted almost from the beginning. Just another one of those biblical “coincidences” the unbeliever talks about. It was a God incidence.
About a thousand years after the above mention of the giants, Moses has an encounter. God speaks to Moses directly, as often happened to Moses and told him to send out spies to the land of Canaan, which God was giving as a gift to the Israelites who escaped slavery in Egypt after 400 years. The spies headed out but didn’t like what they saw:
"Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying, 'Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am going to give to the sons of Israel; you shall send a man from each of their fathers tribes, every one a leader among them." (Numbers 13:1) NIV
Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. 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 13:30-33) NIV
The end result was, the Israelites refused to take the fight to the giants out of fear, even though their God, who had proven quite formidable, was on their side. The consequence was a punishment, or discipline as some like to call it, from God who was angered by their lack of faith. They spent the next 40 years wandering and fighting to survive in the surrounding desert wilderness, ten percent of the time they were enslaved in Egypt.
I never heard much about the nephilim in Sunday school or Church when growing up. I’m not sure why, because the story is very fascinating.
When I was at N.C. State, there was a basketball player named Tom Burleson. We won the NCAA National Championship with the help of Tom and a few others. Tom was 7’4”; and to me at 5’8” (on a windy day), Tom was a giant. He would duck just to walk in a doorway. Short people never have to duck!
But that’s not the kind of giant the Bible talks about. Seven feet tall would be short in the world of the nephilim.
The Bible is such an interesting book, and I think especially so for those with a scientific background. Some of the things and events described in the Bible are just unbelievable, one of the reasons so many in the scientific community are atheists, free thinkers, humanists, whatever is the word du jour for “I don’t believe a bit of it!”
One has to look no further than the first of the 66 books that make up the Old and New Testaments, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. From Genesis to Jude, the nephilim have always been a part of the picture. Most of the Bible scholars today believe these stories to be legends, though I’m not sure why. Archeologists have been finding the bones of very large people for hundreds of years.
The first time I read the Bible, I got to this part about sons of God, fallen angels and giants; and it was like, “Whoa! What’s this?”
I didn’t have to read far, as these verses are almost at the beginning. I had no clue what this meant. The sons of God saw our women and thought they were hot? Really?? They came down and had children with them? Holy Schmoly! One of the many reasons I love this wonderful Book, so much mystery. Not only that, the fallen angels believed like much of the United States does today, anything sexual goes. If it feels good, do it. A similar thought process in the Garden brought us death.
They chose any of the women (the fallen angels were apparently heterosexual males) they wanted and as many; didn’t matter if the women were married or village royalty, if one could call their small communities “villages” way back then. This was before the wheel was a thought, and mankind was at his most primitive stage. It didn’t start out that way, but that’s another story. The sons of God who came to Earth in the beginning, after they saw and liked the pretty girls, are described in the Bible and in the Book of Enoch as “fallen angels” and “Watchers.”
According to http://www.bookofenoch.org/ nephilim is the Hebrew word for "fallen ones”.
The fallen ones are the fallen angels of the Bible and the Watchers in the Book of Enoch. Though the Book of Enoch is not in the canonized Bible or the Tanach, it is included in some of the orthodox scriptures. Many believe the book should have been included and was written between 300 BC and 200 BC.
Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah, the seventh descendent of Adam. Genesis says that Enoch “walked with God” and had a special relationship. I would say so! Enoch was one of only two people who ever went directly to heaven without first dying. Elijah was the other.
In the beginning, when Earth is described in Genesis as “formless,” there was the Heavenly Host. Most of the Heavenly Host appear to be angels. The loveliest angel of all was named Lucifer, according to scripture. Lucifer eventually developed an attitude, thought he was equal to God and decided he would rule for a while. God kept the universe; and God gave Lucifer the Earth, and he became known as Satan, the devil, Beelzebub, Baal, the Son of Perdition and a few others. Lucifer became the first fallen angel.
After the early Earth began to be populated, apparently other angels in the Heavenly Host who thought Lucifer got a rotten deal to begin with became disgruntled. They saw the pretty girls on Lucifer’s Earth and were envious. If God lets us make our own choices and suffer the consequences, he certainly did the same for the rebellious angels.
The Bible said lots of other things about these nephilim and their size. David killed Goliath, the Philistine (think Palestine) giant who was estimated to be nine feet tall. Then there was Og.
So at that time we took from these two kings of the Amorites the territory east of the Jordan, from the Arnon Gorge as far as Mount Hermon. (Hermon is called Sirion by the Sidonians; the Amorites call it Senir.) We took all the towns on the plateau, and all Gilead, and all Bashan as far as Salekah and Edrei, towns of Og’s kingdom in Bashan. (Og king of Bashan was the last of the Rephaites. His bed was decorated with iron and was more than nine cubits long and four cubits wide. It is still in Rabbah of the Ammonites.) (Deuteronomy 3: 8-11) NIV
Og, King of Bashan was so large that his bed had to be made of iron. A cubit is generally recognized as 20 inches, the length of a man’s arm from the finger tips to the elbow. That would make King Og’s bed about 15 feet long and nearly 6 feet wide.
Before the Great Flood of Noah’s day these nephilim, the offspring of the fallen angels and the Earthly women, were causing great violence across the planet; so much so that God was totally fed up with mankind, the nephilim and most everything else. He decided to wipe the earth clean with a flood and kill all animal life and most plants. But Noah had God’s attention, because he was a “righteous” man. Lucky for all of us.
However, some life did continue to thrive in the giant nephilim, as described in Genesis 6:4 above, “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days-and also afterward…” So the nephilim were here before the flood and they were here after the flood, though their population began to dwindle; and their size began to decrease over time.
Is there any proof that these giants ever existed?
The Tigris/Euphrates valley or the Mesopotamian valley is where it all started according to Genesis, the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. It was also the land of Noah.
During the late 1950s in Turkey, a construction project in the Euphrates Valley uncovered many tombs and burial grounds containing the bones of giants. At two sites, human femurs (thigh bones) were found that measured nearly 4 feet long. A gentleman named Joe Taylor, Director of the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum in Crosbyton, Texas was commissioned to make an anatomically correct sculpture of the human being based on the size of the femur. Indications were that the man was 14-16 feet tall.
Ancient Egyptian drawings include many giant figures, and some who study how the pyramids were built to begin with believe the nephilim had a lot to do with it. They were big. Over the years there have been photographs at some of the archeology sites; but most photos that one finds on line have been doctored, and some make the giants appear 30 feet tall. There are photos of specific bones, and some are in various museums.
Giants: Fact or Fiction?
There is a lot of evidence beyond circumstantial that indicate the giants, the heroes of old, did exist. Why would the ancients have written about them, drawn pictures of them and passed the info down through the generations? Did they just have so much free time on their hands that they could draw fictional pictures way back then? Painting, drawing and writing was not an easy or inexpensive adventure at that time, no Wal-Marts around to buy pens and paper.
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