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A lot of people believe that Nephilim and the Sons of God were either fallen angels or a product of interaction between human women and fallen angels.

  1. Why do we no longer seem to have any giants produced by them? I have heard a claim it's because the flood killed them. How does a flood kill a fallen angel?

  2. If an angel can become flesh, does this have negative implications for the incarnation of Jesus in that it's not really of any great significance at all as angels have been procreating with humans since soon after the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden.

  3. Conversely, if the Holy Spirit made possible the incarnation of Jesus,

34“How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

then does this mean he actually did have literal sex with the Virgin Mary in the same way the fallen angels did in Genesis 6?

  1. If Jesus was born of a human women after being impregnated by God, why was Jesus not a giant?

EDIT to the question based on comments below...

  1. Nephilim are spoken of directly by the Israelite spies who returned to the camp in Numbers 13:33

So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land that they had spied out: “The land we explored devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw there are great in stature. 33We even saw the Nephilim there—the descendants of Anak that come from the Nephilim! We seemed like grasshoppers in our own sight, and we must have seemed the same to them!”*

This means that either 1 of 2 possibilities exist:

a. a Nephilim entered the ark and was saved from the flood (they were apparently considered an abomination so i don't see how this is possible)

b. fallen angels continued to procreate with earthly women after the flood...would not this debunct the reason for the flood in the first place?

Adding to the above, if the Nephilim survived the flood without entering the ark, then this means the flood was not global. If the flood was not global, the entire book of Genesis is metaphorical...that means that the characters never existed even though they are again specifically described and spoken of in the book of Numbers! The doctrine starts to sink into an inescapable abyss I feel because Genesis 7:23 clearly says of the flood:

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And every living thing on the face of the earth was destroyed—man and livestock, crawling creatures and birds of the air; they were blotted out from the earth, and only Noah and those with him in the ark remained.*

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  • Nephilim were offspring of fallen angels and human women. The fallen angels dematerialized when flood came Nephilim were not able to do that trick so they drowned. Since none of them got on the ark they weren’t around after the flood
    – Kris
    2 days ago
  • Some of this is covered by hat were the Nephilim, and what role did they play in the Bible beyond just being mentioned?, but the rest is too broad. Please stick to asking only one question at a time. You can edit this to focus it now.
    – curiousdannii
    yesterday
  • The Nephilim were not killed in the flood...they are directly spoken of in Numbers 13:33 when the spies returned to the Israelite camp from travelling through the land of Canaan! This means that the Abomination spoken of that was the cause of the flood had nothing to do with fallen angels procreating with human women...God allowed a giant (a nephilim) to survive the flood in the ark or, angels continued to procreate with earthly women after the flood!
    – Adam
    yesterday
  • @Adam Actually only the unreliable spies claim that the Anakim come from the Nephilim. If we wouldn't trust them about the rest of their report, why would we trust them about that? See also Does the narrator of Numbers assert that the Anakim come from the Nephilim?
    – curiousdannii
    yesterday
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The Nephilim were the hybrid offspring of disobedient angels (demons) and human women. Evidently, the demons were still able to 'materialise' (take a physical, human-like form), a power that faithful angels used on numerous occasions (for example the angels that helped Lot escape, or the angel that wrestled with Jacob).

Genesis 6:4 states that the Nephilim were on the earth in the days of Noah, and then in the statements that follow, link their existence to the unlawful sexual relations between angels and human women. The understood meaning of the name 'Nephilim' is "fellers", meaning that they caused others to fall (die). This ties to the final statement of the verse which says they were "mighty" men.

In answer to your questions:

  1. Why do we no longer seem to have any giants produced by them?

The original Nephilim were all killed in the flood, along with "all living creatures" on the earth. Presumably, their fathers would have been able to dematerialise, but as living creatures born to a woman the Nephilim would not. We know that God sometimes allows badness to happen before taking action to stop, and prevent it, so evidently he has stopped the demons from being able to do this. If he had not, this purpose of the flood would not have been fully achieved.

  1. If an angel can become flesh, does this have negative implications for the incarnation of Jesus?

No. The demonic fathers of the Nephilim used the power of materialisation to become like humans, but as with other examples of faithful angels doing this, they could return to their spirit bodies. Jesus was born as an actual human, because the whole point of his human incarnation was so that he could die as a perfect human sacrifice. A materialised angel could not die. When Jesus died, he stayed dead for 3 days until he was resurrected. If he had merely been an angel that dematerialised and returned to heaven then there would have been no sacrifice on either his part, or on his father's.

Of course, when Jesus was resurrected after 3 days, he appeared to people again and evidently this was as a materialised angel. He materialised inside a locked room, for example, something he never did as a human. Also, if he had been resurrected as a physical human he would have had to die again, which he did not.

  1. Does this mean he actually did have literal sex with the Virgin Mary in the same way the fallen angels did in Genesis 6?

Absolutely not - Mary was a virgin. The meaning of a virgin is someone who has never had sexual intercourse. By contrast, Genesis 6:4 states that the demons had sexual relations with women.

  1. If Jesus was born of a human women after being impregnated by God, why was Jesus not a giant?

Firstly, the idea that the Nephilim were "giants" is not expressly stated in the Bible, it just says that they were "mighty" in strength, although they would unlikely have been small in stature. Secondly, God created the first man, Adam, and he was not a "giant". God put the life of Jesus into Mary's womb miraculously. Whatever power the disobedient angels used in order to create offspring was clearly a misuse.

  1. Nephilim are spoken of directly by the Israelite spies who returned to the camp in Numbers 13:33.

It doesn't say that there were Nephilim, they just asked if they could be given the report about their size and strength. The inspired account says that all the Nephilim died, so we can be sure that they were not still on the earth at this time. The Numbers account is merely recording what was spoken by humans.

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