To start our exploration of the flood, we must wonder why God sent that global baptism. Well, immediately we see how Genesis 6 begins with a highly unusual set of verses:
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 giants 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 6:1-2,4
Who were these “Sons of God?”
While there are some who argue in favor of other interpretations¹, I believe the scriptures should always be left to interpret themselves, and we then, as believers, should follow what the Bible says in regard to such matters.
That said, what does the Bible say about the “Sons of God?” The Hebrew term for this phrase is Bene Elohim (בני האלהים), and what we find when investigating this term is that all other usages of it throughout the Old Testament refer to angels! The Sons of God, if the Bible is to be believed, seems to be a reference to angels.²
So, here in the beginning of Genesis 6 we find a clear problem; Angels apparently were turning their back on God, leaving their own habitation and engaging in unnatural fornication, seeking strange flesh as Jude 6-7 tells us (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. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.).
Those celestial beings of light shed their glory and fell by their choice, descending to the planet where they took(!) human women for wives. The result, we find in Genesis 6:4, was the advent of unnatural creatures, beings of great strength and ability and possessing, in many cases, massive frames. There were giants in the Earth in those days, and this, I’m convinced, was a satanic plot aiming to corrupt the line from which the Messiah would one day arise. As Lucifer didn’t know from whom that line come, I believe his intent was to stain it all; every bloodline he could get his hands on would be polluted by the inescapable genetic mark of the fallen ones.
You see, many have questioned why God chose to destroy the whole planet, but Genesis is clear upon that point:
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Genesis 6:11-13
The world, we are told, was a filthy, violent, atrociously sinful place, and it clearly had departed from where God would have preferred. Something had to be done.
There is more though: Why did God choose Noah and his family to build the ark? Genesis 6:8-9 tells us of how Noah had found grace in the eyes of the Lord, being a just man who walked with God. That’s fair enough. Noah was a Godly man in a sinful world, and that would certainly be foundation enough to be chosen I suppose, but is there anything else? I believe so.
You see, in verse 9 we read of how Noah was “perfect in his generations.” While that to many may seem like simply a throw-away notation, an addendum that only reinforces his godliness, there is in fact some depth hiding behind the Hebrew that underlies it. The phrase “perfect in his generations” is built upon the Hebrew tamiym (תָּמַם – Strong’s 08552), a word signifying a sense of completeness, to be whole, sound, possessing integrity. When we can see that, it becomes clear that Noah wasn’t just a good man, his generational line (his linage was whole) was without blemish, without the corruption that had been spread for generations by the fallen ones!
I believe God chose Noah and his family to build the Ark and reestablish mankind because they were not just faithful but also pure, free from the fallen one’s corruption.
Now it all starts to become clear, where we can see why the world had to be destroyed, why mankind and animals alike had to be refreshed, as it were. While each of us can say what we like about the interpretation, we can be certain that mankind was worthy of that destruction and that angels must have had a role in it. Consider, for instance, 2 Peter 2:4-5, a passage that parallels that of Jude 6 & 7 that many have missed the point of over the years, which declares:
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
For what reason are the sins of angels and the flood of Noah’s day, a judgment against an ungodly world, brought together other than to make the point that something supernatural across the planet was taking place that forced God’s hand? The flood, you see, was the only option. In the face of a global culture infused with a knowledge and reverence for drug use, warmongering, rampant narcissism and ritual adornment, mysticism, astrology, deception, and aberrant sexuality all led by dark and fallen angels and their unnatural hybrid offspring, what was a holy and just God to do other than start fresh?
God revealed this to Noah, as 6:11 declares, saying:
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Indeed He did. Indeed He did…
Notes & References:
- There are some who favor an explanation for these Sons of God as members of Seth’s lineage, who came to have sinful relations with the daughters of men, or in other words, the daughter of Cain’s lineage. The entire notion is speculative, and despite its broad acceptance in many circles, there are actually some serious problems with this interpretation, not the least which being why the offspring of Seth’s line and Cain’s daughters produced giants
- I should note that the definition does shift a degree in the New Testament, being used to describe those reborn of Christ; in other words, as we are “New Creations” through the blood of Christ, it testifies of a direct creation of God, thus it still maintains the central notions associated with that original Hebrew concept for Bene Elohim.
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