One more of the questions that was asked of John Lennox today (June 18; I’m scheduling these posts 2 days apart) was who the Nephilim were.
Nephilim is the Hebrew word translated "giants" in Genesis 6:4. These Nephilim were the children of the sons of God and the daughters of men.
Weird passage. How do we interpret it?
John Lennox mentioned that the Nephilim are addressed in the New Testament, and then he quoted Jude 6:
And the angels, who did not guard their origins, but left their dwelling place, he has reserved in eternal chains under darkness for the judgment day.
I completely agree that Jude 6 is a reference to the Nephilim of Genesis 6.
I get wildly frustrated when I hear someone like John Lennox say that and then stop.
HELLO! JUDE IS REFERENCING THE BOOK OF ENOCH! HE’S SAYING WAY MORE THAN THAT THE “SONS OF GOD&” ARE ANGELS AND THAT THE NEPHILIM ARE CHILDREN OF ANGELS!
Sorry for shouting, but let’s let all our brothers and sisters in on a secret that’s hidden away in the cellar.
There’s a Book of Enoch, and Jude quotes it!
Yes, that’s right. When Jude says Enoch prophesied about the judgment on ungodly men doing ungodly deeds in an ungodly way, he’s quoting the Book of Enoch. Depending on the version you read, the verse he’s quoting is either the last verse of chapter one (1:9) or the first verse of chapter two (2:1).
You know what else? The Book of Enoch is in the Bible of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
You know what else? It’s obvious that the Book of Enoch was read by many in the early church.
You know what’s even more important? The Book of Enoch is quoted as containing Enoch’s words in a letter that you consider inspired by God and infallible!
I, on the other hand, being a student of church history, know that I can question whether the Epistle of Jude is really inspired and ought to be in our New Testament. Most of the early churches did, and to this day the Nestorian congregations, now known as the Assyrian Orthodox Church of the East, who were excommunicated back in the 5th century over issues that Christians only pretend to understand, do not have Jude in their Bibles. In fact, they don’t have Revelation, either. Nor second or third John.
Shh. Don’t tell anyone. We have some things that we like to keep secret.
Okay, draw closer here so I can whisper.
If anyone asks you about the Nephilim, you’ll sound really knowledgeable if you quote Jude 6 … and maybe 1 Peter 3:19, too. But don’t tell anyone that Jude quoted the Book of Enoch because we really don’t want anyone to think about the implications of that.
Letting the Cat Out of the Bag
You know what’s really cool? The Book of Enoch has a neat story about why there are demons.
We think they’re fallen angels today. But, those angels that fell in Genesis 6 are kept in eternal chains awaiting judgment.
Oh, oh. I have to make this wait for the next post. I just realized that you might believe the modern myth that Satan caused one-third of the angels to rebel in the beginning.
That’s not true. Do you even know where that myth comes from?
I’ll explain all that next post. I don’t want to make this one too long.