Who were The Nephilim?

Who were The Nephilim?

There were giants on the earth in those days… the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them". (Gen. 6:4) Who are those giants - the Nephilim? Who are the “sons of God”? Are these angels or men? In order to find the answers, let’s examine the Hebrew Scripture.

Who were the sons of God?

The Hebrew words for “sons of God” is B’ney HaElohim (בני האלוהים). “Sons of God” is the Biblical name for angels. “Sons of God” were a group of angels who participated in a rebellion against the Lord, and who came to Earth and took human women as wives to have illicit relations. The offspring from this ungodly union between angels and human women were Nephilim – giants, ‘men’ of superhuman ability and strength.

What does Nephilim mean?

The fact that Nephilim were giants, is in itself proof that their parentage was superhuman. But these giants were also evil. How do we know that? It is precisely at this point that the Hebrew will help us. The word Nephilim comes from the word נפל, fall; the suffix ‘im’ simply adds plurality, hence they were the “fallen ones”. Having been born of corrupted, fallen, Satanic angels, Nephilim dominated the Earth and filled it with violence.

 

The story that you didn’t know

 

The Nephilim were so significant that they are actually related to the story of the flood. The flood was not only God’s punishment for the sins of humanity, but also God’s way of preserving the “the seed of the woman” – the human race and its bloodline – before it became completely corrupted by the Nephilim giants.