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|Yom Rishon, 10 5778 — יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן י ה' תשעח|
Are The "Sons of God,"
In Genesis 6, Fallen Angels?
Dr. Heiser is a scholar in ancient languages. It is our understanding the he believes that the B'nei Elohim (Sons of God — most often understood as "Angels" in Elohim's hierarchy) comprise a Divine Council — with "YHVH", the Supreme El and His Co-Creator/Co-Regent, Yeshua ha Mashiach, reigning over all of the B'nei Elohim.
Please note: the B'nei Elohim are all created beings! However, The CREATOR (YHVH — The Supreme El), Yeshua (Ben El) and the Ruach ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) are together "ELOHIM", "God Almighty"—"ECHAD" (a composite unity). The SUPREME ELOHIM (YHVH, Yeshua & the Ruach ha Kodesh) IS NOT a created being!
Citing the Bible, along with corroborating ancient texts, Dr. Heiser believes that there are "good" B'nei Elohim and "bad" B'nei Elohim; and that the bad B'nei Elohim left their first "estate"* and mated with human women; their offspring being the giants of renown.
* "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." (Jude 1:6 KJV)
This following quote is from the Book of Enoch (1 Enoch 6:1-7:1):
"And when the sons of men had multiplied, in those days, beautiful and comely daughters were born to them. And the Watchers, sons of heaven, saw them and desired them. And they said to one another, 'Come, let us choose for ourselves wives from the daughters of men, and let us beget for ourselves children.'"
"... And they decended onto the peak of Mount Hermon ..."
These "giants" were so evil they poluted the entire human race except for the family of Noah. The "flood" was YHVH's judgment on the bad B'nei Elohim, their offspring and the people they defiled.
What about this occuring after the Flood? —> The Hebrew Scriptures and ancient writings all atest to other bad B'nei Elohim mating with human women after the flood!.
... As the rebellion of the peoples of the nations grew, they moved further and further away from YHVH. Because of this rebellion, YHVH gave over the rule of the nations to His B'nei Elohim (Dr. Heiser terms this the Romans 1 event of the "Old Testament").
From Dr. Heiser's google video "AoD 2005 The Sons of God" (Ancient of Days Conference 2005):
Again, YHVH turned over the rule of each of the nations to the B'nei Elohim. Thus, the peoples of the nations gave all of their "worship" — their devotion, to their "national" B'nei Elohim instead of to the true worship of YHVH. In essence, the B'nei Elohim became the "gods" of the peoples of the nations, except for the nation of Israel, which YHVH set apart for Himself!
Knowing this, you should also begin to understand why YHVH forbade the Jewish people from marrying people from nations. If, among the nations, the bad B'nei Elohim mated with their women, creating hybrids doomed to destruction, then you can see how jealous God, the Elohim of Israel, was to keep His nation, Israel, from falling into the same destructive ways.
Nevertheless, the Hebrew Scriptures record time and time again how the nation of Israel strayed from their King, preferring the worship of deities from the nations surrounding them, building altars and worshipping any god (elohim) but YHVH.
In lieu of this, you might find it interesting to read Exodus 23:13 (New King James version):
"And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth."
Nevertheless, from the earliest recordings of Scripture, YHVH was preparing a way that His people (and those of the nations) could be "redeemed" and made "clean". Remember that the hybridization of the human race, according to Dr. Heiser, was THE REASON FOR THE FLOOD and that it is also the reason that — MANKIND IS DOOMED TO THE UPCOMING FINAL JUDGMENT!
YHVH sent prophets to Israel, who wrote about a coming Messiah — who would essentially "purify" His people so that they could come near to HIM.
Remember that the entire human race IS NOW polluted with the blood of the "bad" B'nei Elohim and their offspring, and THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO HOPE for them who remain as they are.
Yet, in the fulness of time, YHVH sent His unique Son (His TRUE Ben El), Yeshua, who was conceived by a "virgin" and YHVH's Ruach Ha Kodesh (His Separated/Holy Spirit) (Galatians 4:4ff). It was Yeshua who bore the judgment, dying in their place, of those whom He would call to Himself (see Isaiah 53). Indicating that YHVH accepted that "sacrifice", YHVH raised Yeshua from the dead after three days in the grave. This was atested by many eyewitnesses, of whom were all the Apostles (and writers of the New Testament).
It is no doubt a mystical event, but when a person accepts Yeshua as their Redeemer — their Saviour — they are at once purified spiritually, whereby they can have access to YHVH.
Scales, as it were, are removed from their eyes. They see clearly that YHVH is The Supreme El, the Creator of the Universe, and Yeshua IS His Only Anointed One (Mashiach).
It is with this backdrop that "The Iconoclast" is built.
To quote David Flynn from his website, http://www.mt.net/~7Ewatcher/new.html:
Jesus did not come to save the apes & dolphins, He did not come to save the puppies & kitties, and He certainly did not come to save the Zeta Reticulans & the Alien Grays. Jesus Christ is called the KINSMAN REDEEMER.
We sincerely hope that The Iconoclast (this web-site) enables you to build upon faith previously established in Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus, the Messiah), but, also, that it helps you to become an iconoclast — destroying your own cherished paradigms (your idols!) — which prohibit you from seeking the truth outside of your comfort zone!
On our RESOURCES page, you can find information in the way of video and audio downloads which can provide a greater depth of understanding for this topic.
We suggest that you listen to the three messages from pastor Bob Vincent (bottom of Resources page in the audio section) and then follow that up by watching the videos by Dr. Michael Heiser and then those of David Flynn.
A Word of Caution!
We would like to caution you to always check everything against Scripture and to pray that God gives you discernment, including what we say as well as those others that we might link you to!
To that end, one of the tenets held by the many who hold a world-view as Dr. Heiser and David Flynn regarding the "nephilim" (offspring of b'nei Elohim and human women) is based upon the original context of that event juxtaposed against words of Yeshua regarding the time of the end. It takes the phase, "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,..."and interprets it to mean that the time of the end will be exactly as it was in the days of Noah, meaning that you can expect there to be offspring of the fallen angels with women! In other words, they look for some sort of hybrid human race to be prevalent at the time just before the end of the age.
The passage most often quoted for this is in Matthew 24:33-42 (NKJV):
33 So you
also, when you see all these things, know that it is
near—at the doors!
Please be advised that The Iconoclast agrees that the reason for the flood was that the fallen, b'nei Elohim had intercourse with daughters of men, the offspring of which polluted the entire human race except for the family of Noah.
However, most of the people who hold to that view also carry with them an eschatological (e.g. End-Times) view which follows the pre-millenial view (similar to that expressed in the "Left Behind" book series written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins). We, at The Iconoclast, do not believe that viewpoint to be Scripturally sound!
We contend that Scripture must be compared with Scripture, and that where the same event is recorded elsewhere it must also be examined so that we can understand the complete context. Where our preconceived beliefs are challenged, it is Scripture that tells us how to think and believe — we must yield ourselves to God-breathed Scripture, and not "lean on our own understanding!"
In our view, the pre-millenial, dispensational viewpoint requires that its adherers take Scripture out of context. It completely ignores comparitive passages in Luke and takes its stand on certain "snippets" from Paul's writings (not corroborated anywhere else in Scripture).
We believe that one must look at all of Scripture, in context, and let the "chips fall where they may".
For instance, where Matthew 24 is quoted by pre-millenialists to specify end-time chronology, it never compares the same event recorded in Luke 21! To wit, the same incident is recorded to initiate the words of Yeshua to explain what would happen at the end of the age. However, the Luke 21 passage gives greater detail, and it specifies that Jerusalem would be surrounded by armies — which actually happened in the war the Roman empire waged against Israel that came to a climax in 70 A.D.
As you might expect, pre-millenialists conveniently ignore that possibility (the fulfillment of Yeshua's prophecy regarding the time of the end with Jerusalem being surrounded by armies) so that they can somehow make their interpretation of Scripture fit their eschatology!
Luke 21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.”
The comparitive passage in Luke regarding the "Days of Noah" is found in chapter 17, and it shows a larger context for the wording, making it virtually impossible to come to the same conclusion as those who quote the Matthew passage alone! In addition to using the analogy of the time of Noah, it also does so with the incident of Lot's wife. It is quite clear from that context, that the intent of the passage is not conveying that at the time of the end we would specifically encounter offspring of fallen angels and human women as a sign. That is certainly not its purpose!
Luke 17:20-37 (NKJV):
20 Now when
He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God
would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom
of God does not come with observation;
To reiterate, The Iconoclast agrees that the Genesis 6 passage, along with corroborating ancient writings, tells us that b'nei Elohim actually had sexual relations with human women and defiled the entire human race except for the family of Noah! We do not, however, come to the same conclusions of the many of them that employ Matthew 24 alone to provide the base of interpretation for the time of the end.
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