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Who Were the Nephilim?

Aired February 19, 2019
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Episode 122 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer questions on marriage in heaven, what Jesus' suffering has to do with salvation, and the Nephilim.

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Episode 122 Show Notes

Who Were the Nephilim?

From the Show

Who were the Nephilim?

Here's the thing, fallen angels and women cannot come together and reproduce. They can't create a hybrid race. Jesus tells us in Mark 12:25 that the angels don't reproduce. They don't even have bodies. So, go back a couple of chapters to Genesis 4; the murderous Cain builds his proud city with a long list of descendants marked by their contributions to civilization. Then, in verse 26 you get to Seth, who replaced Able, and in contrast with that long line of accomplished children of Cain, Seth’s line is described in one sentence: “then people began to call upon the name of the Lord.” So, you have that war between the seed of the serpent, Cain, in this instance, and the seed of the woman, the Messiah, who is going to come from Seth’s line. Satan failed to intercept the Messianic line by enticing Cain to kill Able. So, what does he do now? He tries a different tack: corrupt the Messianic line by enticing the sons of God, that is Seth’s descendants, to intermarry with Cain’s descendants. The result was a group of apostates, like their forbearer, they were cruel and murderous tyrants. Then you realize that what follows this episode of the Nephilim is the story of Noah and the flood, and now it all sort of makes sense. God's whiping out the apostates from his church, whittling it down to Noah and his family…. This reminds us that God kept his promise of sending the Messiah, in spite of Satan's untiring attempts to intercept them along the way. — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. What does it mean in Mark 12 when Jesus teaches that in heaven we won't be married?

2. Why does the book of Ecclesiastes describe life as being meaningless? How does this have anything to do with Jesus?

3. How does Jesus' suffering save people if lots of other people have suffered worse than Jesus?

4. Why does Jesus say that a "good" shepherd will leave 99 of his sheep to look for a lost one?

5. Who were the Nephilim?

6. Is receiving salvation really as simple as believing?


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