King James And James Earl Jones
Several months back, I bought the King James Bible on audio CD. This way, when I’m in the car I can listen to James Earl Jones reading me the Bible. It’s a productive way to spend time in the car. Sports radio, political talk radio, news, pop music, all have their place, but at the end of the day they amount to nothing. The word of God is the only information of lasting value that will ever touch our ears in this life.
That being said, I prefer reading the Bible over listening to it. The fact is, I haven’t had the “Aha!” moments of enlightenment listening to the Bible that I’ve had reading it. But that’s fine. Just having the word of God hit your ears is of value. Recently while listening, I realized this value. I had a moment that was not-so-much one of the “Aha!” moments I’ve had reading the Bible, but more of a “you have unfinished business” reminder moment. Here is the verse I heard James Earl Jones read:
Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath. ~ Amos 2:9
There it is, the fact that the people the Hebrews displaced in the promised land were unusually tall. They were giants. Why does this matter? Listen to the average Bible teacher on Christian radio or in an American pulpit and you will hear all manner of philosophical gymnastics (and some outright avoidance) about why God commanded the Hebrews to completely wipe out all life in the promised land when taking it over. It is a very uncomfortable subject.
But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee: That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God. ~ Deuteronomy 20:16-18
Pastors claim to worship a “good” God, yet must find a way to explain why this “good” God ordered all life wiped out in the promised land– men, women, children, animals. Very uncomfortable indeed. The problem is that pastors need not find a way to explain this command, because the Bible already gives us the explanation (repeatedly)– but pastors ignore it. The Bible’s explanation for God’s command to wipe out all life in the promised land removes the need for pastors to feel uncomfortable. However, the Biblical explanation is not the explanation passed down in the traditions of men– and like with so many other topics, the “Bible-believing” church relies much more on the traditions of men to explain this topic, than on the Bible. Here is the report brought back by the spies Moses sent to do reconnaissance on the promised land:
…all the people that we saw… are men of a great stature. …we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. ~ Numbers 13:32-33
The spies reported that all people they saw in the promised land were giants. This should not be surprising. We all know about David the Hebrew boy slaying Goliath the giant. Pastors constantly use the account of David slaying Goliath as a cute analogy of how God helps us slay the “giants” in our lives– fear, addiction, sin. I’m sorry, but Goliath was an actual giant, not a cute analogy. Many pastors who use David and Goliath as a cute analogy of the “giants” in our lives are the same pastors who struggle to explain why God commanded all inhabitants of the promised land to be wiped out. If pastors would take the Bible seriously enough to realize that Goliath was a giant among giants, they would not struggle to explain why God commanded all of Goliath’s ilk to be annihilated.
Kill ‘Em All, Because They’re Not Human
Do we have a Biblical precedent for God prescribing unmerciful destruction upon a land that contained giants? Yes we do, the flood of Genesis Chapter 6. I have written about this in a previous post, The Flood: Noah Was No Giant (Nephilim). The “unfinished business” I mentioned earlier is the fact that in that post, I mentioned that I would revisit and elaborate upon a topic I brought up in that post– the topic of God’s command for complete destruction of life in the promised land. This post is me wrapping up my unfinished business from the that post, and tying the two posts together. For they are very much the same theme.
Like God’s command to wipe out all life in the promised land, God’s decision to wipe out all life on earth during the flood gives pastors great difficulty, unnecessarily. The earth during Noah’s day and the promised land during Moses’ day were overrun by nephilim, or giants. These were demonic angels who came to earth and mated with human women in order to corrupt the human gene pool so that Messiah could not come forth from “the seed of a woman” as Genesis foretold he would. Let’s look at what Genesis tells us about the earth’s condition at the time of the flood.
4 There were giants [nephilim] 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.
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
~ Genesis 6:4-5
What follows these verses is the account of how God destroyed all air-breathing life on earth by the flood. Pastors typically concentrate on verse 5, and completely ignore verse 4. Verse 4 explains verse 5. Without verse 4, pastors must do the linguistic and philosophical gymnastics we often hear them doing to explain verse 5. In other words, they must explain why a good God (a God we constantly go out of our way to label as merciful and gracious to humans) would be completely merciless and graceless to humans by utterly destroying men, women, and children. The answer to this conundrum is that God never did such a thing. Pastors waste their time explaining something God never did. In the promised land as with Noah’s flood, God was not destroying all human life. He was destroying all nonhuman life. That is, he was destroying the nephilim!
Satan Narrows His Geographic Focus
And look at verse 4 again. It states:
There were giants in the earth in those days [Noah’s days]; and also after that… ~ Genesis 6:4
Notice the words, “and also after that.” God destroyed the worldwide presence of the nephilim with the worldwide flood. However, Satan sent his demonic angels again to breed nephilim on the earth. As God revealed more of the Bible to humans, Satan had more intell to use. For example, when God spoke to Adam and Eve, he revealed that Messiah would come from the seed of a woman. This gave Satan enough information to know that he needed to destroy the human race to prevent Messiah’s coming. This is why there was a worldwide saturation of the nephilim.
However, by Genesis Chapter 15 God revealed to Abram that the promised land was the geography crucial to God’s Messianic plan. With this new intell, Satan sent demonic angels to corrupt the human gene pool again, concentrating their deployment in the promised land. This is why the promised land was filled with nephilim– an army of gigantic warriors waiting for the Hebrews. As you will see in the words God spoke to Abram, Satan knew that he had four generations (around four hundred years) to infiltrate and saturate the promised land with nephilim. More on this four hundred year clock later.
That Cluster Of Grapes
To this day, the logo for Israel’s Ministry of Tourism is the likeness of Joshua and Caleb returning from their reconnaissance of the promised land carrying a cluster of grapes they took as a sample.
And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan… And they… cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes… ~ Numbers 13:17-23
What is fascinating is how large those grapes are portrayed! Those are giant grapes for giant people. Maybe the nephilim were genetically modifying food. We genetically modify food today, and Jesus said that “as it was in the days of Noe [Noah], so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” ~ Luke 17:26. In other words, conditions on earth during the 2nd Coming of Christ will resemble conditions on earth during Noah’s time. If during Joshua’s time the nephilim in the promised land were genetically modifying grapes to be a giant size for a giant people, we must remember that these giants also existed during Noah’s time, and were likely doing the same thing back then. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. I don’t know that we see evil giants today (although at 6’4″ each, Osama Bin Laden and John Kerry make me think twice), but we certainly see genetic modification today.
Genetic modification is just a possibility. It’s not a point for which I am strongly arguing. In fact, there exist today certain species of grapes that are quite large.
I can imagine that with some selective breeding done by farmers, these grapes could be bred even larger (with no genetic modification at all), to the point where they closely resemble the grapes depicted as being carried by Joshua and Caleb out of the promised land. Whether by genetic modification or selective breeding, the point is that the grapes are portrayed as enormous, which perfectly follows the Biblical account of the land being filled with giants.
Humans vs. Nephilim: An Analysis Of God’s Treatment
In both cases when nephilim occupied the earth (the days of Noah, and the days of Joshua), let’s look at how God treated human beings vs. how he treated the nephilim. In the flood account, God saved the eight human beings (Noah and his family) that we know were still alive. In The Flood: Noah Was No Giant (Nephilim), I make the case that these were the last eight human beings on earth, and that God did not save them because of their good behavior compared to the rest of the world, but because of their good genetics as compared to the rest of the world! Now let’s look at how God treated the one person in the promised land that we know was human, Rahab the prostitute.
I have heard countless sermons that mention how Rahab, even though she was a prostitute, was faithful to God and helped his chosen people, and therefore was accepted as one of them, and even made it into the genealogy of the Messiah as we see in Matthew Chapter 1. While this is all true, it misses the larger point, the glaring point. This point is that Rahab made it into the genealogy of the Messiah because she was human! Furthermore, I believe Rahab’s humanity is the very reason the nephilim pimped her out! I suggest to you that Rahab was not a voluntary prostitute, but a sex slave for the nephilim. Just as God saved only Noah and his family during the flood, God saved only Rahab and her family when Joshua took possession of the promised land.
Strength Made Perfect In Weakness
What is remarkable is that just as God (I believe) waited until the last minute to wipe out the nephilim and save the humans during the flood, he waited until the last minute to do the same thing in the promised land. God works by the miracle. If the odds are on his side when he wins, it does nothing to demonstrate that he is God. God goes out of his way to show us he is God so that we will believe him, and take him at his word and believe the Gospel. As such, during the flood and during the possession of the promised land, he waited until Satan had almost won. Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat demonstrates God’s power.
…my strength is made perfect in weakness… ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
With this in mind, let’s harken back to something God told Abram (before he was even “Abraham”). Of Abram’s descendants, God said:
But in the fourth generation [a time period of around 400 years] they [the Hebrews] shall come hither [out of Egypt] again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. ~ Genesis 15:16
These are the same Amorites I heard James Earl Jones speaking about in Amos 2:9, the first verse I mentioned in this post. I had always taken the term “the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full” to mean that God had a clock ticking on the sin (murder, theft, etc.) of the Amorites in the promised land. However, I no longer believe this paradigm. I now believe that God had a clock ticking on the Amorites breeding the human race out of existence in the promised land. The Hebrews would be in Egypt for four generations. I suggest to you that this is how long it would take for all human beings (except Rahab and her family) to be bred out of the promised land (and replaced by an army of giant evil warriors) by the process of demonic angels breeding with human women and creating the nephilim. God knew exactly what he was doing, and knew exactly how long it would take. He would wait until the final moment to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. His strength is made perfect in weakness.
In the promised land, just as in the flood, God saved human life and annihilated nephilim life.
The Bible is always proven true.