‘Mankind seems bent on its own destruction and the day of reckoning’
A curious verse in the New Testament has spurred the imaginations of many writers and some say, has led them far astray from what the writer intended. Here’s the verse:
Mt 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
If you read the verse in context it goes on to say the people will be living normal lives and totally unaware of what is about to happen when without further warning the Lord returns in the clouds. Other writers however (and they seem to make a persuasive case) go a lot farther than what we consider “normal.” They maintain we need to consider more of the conditions present in the days of Noah. Many books have been written that link the above verse to another rather avoided passage in the Old Testament that tells us that just before (and also after) Noah’s Day, giants roamed the earth. That particular teaching is found in Genesis 6:1-4.
Ge 6:1 ¶ And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose, 3 ¶ And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.4 ¶ 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.
There are two basic camps and a lot of argument regarding what Genesis means, one school holding that the “sons of God” were actually the sons of Seth (Adam’s 3rd son) because, they say fallen angels would not be able to mate with human women citing Matthew, Mark and Luke, all teaching that angels don’t marry, nor are they given in marriage. Therefore, they conclude the “righteous sons of Seth” married the fallen daughters of Cain and that’s why men thought about evil “continually.” (Ge 6:5)
On the other hand, many modern students and writers say, “No, the meaning is plain.” And point out that in several other verses “the sons of God” are obviously referring to angels. So the debate increases in both intensity and tempo. This writer can see both sides but believes the more literal, modern interpretation is probably closer to the truth. In case that view is true (fallen angels mated with human women) what are the ramifications? Are we going to be invaded by an army of giants in the last days seeking out human women to take as mates? If so, are there signs today it is actually happening?
Here’s an intriguing comment about it taken from a website called Escape All These Things.:
Just as with the rapture timing question, not everyone agrees on what the Nephilim were. Just as the majority of Christians believe in a pretrib rapture, I’d bet the majority of Christians doubt the nephilim really are giants or that the “sons of God” who parented them are angels. Just like the idea of a post-trib rapture, it’s too scary for the average Christian to believe that God would allow such ghastly horrors as evil angels to roam freely and create freakish monsters. (Click to Site)