Giants and gods
Many nations all over the world have stories and historical records of giants having existed, their height ranging from 7 – 12 feet tall. In Australia, aboriginal people not only have tales of giants but also fossil evidence of extremely large tools, and humans of 12 feet in height.
Historical records confirm the existence of people over 7 feet tall. Scottish born Angus MacAskill was almost 8 foot tall, and is included in the Guinness Book of World Records (1981). Modern giants such as Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in the world at 8 foot 11 inches, suffered from gigantism (unnaturally high levels of human growth hormone), and therefore suffered from impaired mobility. MacAskill did not suffer from this but was known as a ‘natural’ giant, and had great strength. His existence alone is proof that giants can exist.
Another similarity between ancient civilisations all throughout the world is their belief in gods. One often finds striking similarities between gods of various civilisations, or that a particular thing that happened to one civilisation’s god also occurred to a god of another.
The ancient Greeks, for example, mention giants, and that they were bound in chains in Tartarus – the underworld. Greek stories also mention that Zeus and the other Olympian gods resided on Mount Olympus, and that the gods sometimes produced offspring with mankind, which resulted in their offspring becoming mighty heroes or demigods.
While beliefs of other civilisations are held by many to be contrary to the Bible, quite the opposite seems to be true. Compare these beliefs with what the Bible says occurred just over one thousand years after the creation of the world:
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 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. 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.” — Genesis 6 v 1-4
The Bible passage clearly describes some of the Angels in heaven coming down to Earth and producing offspring with mortal women. Some people claim that the ‘sons of God’ refers to the sons of Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve, whose line was considered righteous; but why then would the Bible refer to women specifically as the ‘daughters of men’? ‘Children of men’ is a reference to mankind, and is not related specifically to unrighteous people (“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” — Psalm 36 v 7) The term ‘sons of God’ is used throughout the Bible in reference to Angels, so the reason for suggesting that the passage could refer to the ‘sons of Seth’ is probably due to the taboo nature of the subject, which even today people do not wish to believe.
The fact that the resulting offspring were giants and mighty men of renown seems to agree that the ‘sons of God’ were no mortal men. If the sons of Seth were referred to as ‘sons of God’ because they were righteous, and the daughters of men were unrighteous women, why should the result of this union produce mighty men? What difference can there be between righteous men marrying unrighteous women and unrighteous men marrying unrighteous women? If the sons of Seth really were righteous, how could they do such a wrong thing as taking unrighteous wives? And either way, surely their offspring would have been brought up in a righteous way — after all, these men must have been exceedingly righteous to be referred to as ‘sons of God’.
Even Noah himself, a descendent of Seth, was referred to as merely being righteous, not a son of God. And God’s people, Israel, were never referred to as sons of God. The only reference to men being sons of God is of Christians who are born again, being born of the Spirit.
Greek beliefs have many similarities with what is mentioned in the Bible. Looking further into the Bible, the book of Jude and the second book of Peter describe angels leaving heaven and being punished, and also mention that they were bound in Tartarus:
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” — Jude 1 v 6
“For God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to Tartarus and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world on the ungodly” — 2 Peter 2 v 4-5
Although the book of Enoch cannot be found in the Christian Bible it is still considered to be scripture by some, and was certainly used by early theologians. Jesus, in his teachings, mentioned many things that agree with what is found in the book of Enoch, and these things cannot be found elsewhere in the Old Testament books available to Jesus at the time. The New Testament book of Jude contains a quote concerning the end times which can be found in the book of Enoch:
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” — Jude 1 v 14-15
The book of Enoch goes into detail with the following, agreeing with and expounding upon what is written in the book of Genesis:
“And it came to pass, when the children of men had multiplied, that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. (Some of) the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.'” — Enoch 1 v 1-2
“They were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.” — Enoch 1 v 6
Note here the similarity between this and Greek mythology. The Greek gods resided upon Mount Olympus, and the book of Enoch says that angels descended on Mount Hermon. In both situations a mountain was the place where the gods connected with the earth.
The book of Enoch explains that the angels who came down to earth taught man charms, enchantments, how to read the stars, and many other things. Stories of gods coming to earth and teaching mankind such things are taught by ancient civilisations throughout the world, and no one seems to consider how peculiar it is that they all hold such similar beliefs.
The Central American Maya Civilisation was extremely advanced in its study of celestial activity, and had the most accurate calendar in the world. Mayans claim that their god, Quetzalcoatl, taught their ancient civilisation science, mathematics, astronomy, and other things that made them the most advanced people of their time.
The offspring of the angels and women, as we read in Genesis, were giants and mighty men. Not only did the angels’ offspring destroy mortal men and commit all kinds of violence on the face of the earth, they also fought and destroyed each other — much like the Greek gods.
Where do evil spirits come from?
“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” – Genesis 6 v 11-13
God sent a flood upon the earth to destroy all life, except for Noah, his family and selections of each kind of creature. The bible tells us that when man dies he is at rest, and shall be raised up at the final judgement at the end of the world; however, the same fate was not to befall the offspring of angels and mankind.
The book of Enoch describes the end result of the angels producing offspring with women: the angels who committed the act were imprisoned until the day of judgement, and their offspring, after having drowned in the flood, were left as disembodied spirits — what we refer to today as evil spirits — who would cause trouble on the earth until the day of judgement:
“Now the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies. Because they are born from men, and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin, they shall be evil spirits on earth; evil spirits shall they be called. As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling; but as for the spirits of the earth, which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling. The spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: They take no food, but nevertheless hunger and thirst and cause offences. These spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them.” — Enoch 15 v 8-12
“From the days of the slaughter and destruction and death of the giants, from the souls of whose flesh the spirits, having gone forth, shall destroy without incurring judgement -thus shall they destroy until the day of the consummation, the great judgement in which the age shall be consummated, over the Watchers and the godless, yea, shall be wholly consummated.” — Enoch 16 v 1
In the book of Enoch we read that the evil spirits, the offspring of gods and men, would fool mankind into sacrificing to them, claiming that they were gods:
“‘Here shall stand the angels who have connected themselves with women; their spirits assuming many different forms are defiling mankind and shall lead them astray into sacrificing to demons as gods; (here shall they stand) until the day of the great judgement in which they shall be judged until they are made an end of. The women also of the angels, who went astray, shall become sirens.'” — Enoch 19 v 1-2
The New Age
The calendar of the Mayans of Central America ends on December 21st, 2012. Rather than suggesting that this is the end of the world, they predict it to be a time of spiritual birth, where gods and men come together, and where mankind obtains a higher state of consciousness: the creation of a New World Age. This end time of spiritual activity has been spoken of by many ancient civilisations throughout the world, as far apart as America, the Middle East, and Australia. Even our own Western astrology suggests that we are entering the age of Aquarius, the New Age, an age of spiritual awakening and development.
The world shall not end on December 21st, 2012; but it does hold a significance. The Bible predicts that the end times will be indicated by nation rising against nation, wars, earthquakes, famines, diseases, a lack of love, and signs in the heavens. Also it is predicted that many false Christs shall appear, claiming that the end is near:
“And [Jesus] said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” — Luke 21 v 8-11
The Bible predicts that in the last days people will mock those who believe in Christ’s second coming, as they will have heard many false prophets and false Christ’s with failed predictions of the end of the world:
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” — 2 Peter 3 v 3-4
Other descriptions of the last days certainly seem to point to our current situation:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” — 2 Timothy v 1-5
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” — 1 Timothy 4 v 1-3
Regardless of any evidence presented, mankind will do his utmost not to believe in God or anything associated with God.
More information concerning the end times can be found here.