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Chapter 11 – Dealing with Corruption: The Flood

          As time went by and the Nephilim, the fallen angels, continued their corruption of womankind, condition on the earth degenerated into extreme violence along with a mental state in which the inhabitants could think of nothing other than evil continually. This, of course, was a direct result of the corruption brought about by the presence and influence of the Nephilim.

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of  man was great on the earth, and that everything he could conceive of in the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the day long. The earth was corrupt in the sight of God and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth…for the earth [was] filled with violence because of them Gen. 6:5ff

God gave the inhabitants of the earth a chance to repent and change their ways. This included, perhaps, a call to renounce the Nephilim whose presence and actions corrupted the entire race, with the exception of Noah and his family.

          The word corrupt appears three times in the account. The original word meant decayed, destroyed, ruined, marred, tainted, spoiled, not true to the original; and that is what had happened to the human race. Genesis 6:2 says the daughters of Adam were good (unspoiled) when the Nephilim came. But now they, their progeny, and the rest of mankind were spoiled, tainted, and adulterated with demons.

          When this first began to happen the Lord sais, “My Spirit shall not strive [contend] with man forever for he is flesh, but his days shall be 120 years.” This means there were limits to God’s patience in dealing with humanity which was bent on evil of every possible kind. God was saying He was either putting a limit on age as 120 years, or, more probably, He would give man 120 years more before the flood to change. It does state in 2Pet 2:5 that Noah was a preacher, or a herald, of righteousness. God has always given man a chance to change his ways and repent. 1 Pet. 3:20 speaks of God’s patience in the days of Noah, waiting while the ark was being built. Apparently Noah preached righteousness, that is, repentance from evil during that entire time. That has to be one of the worst cases of failure in all of recorded Bible history, for Noah failed to convince one single person outside his family.

          Even few Christians understand fully the purpose of the flood. They see it only as a response of God to His anger at mankind because they were wicked, and deciding, all in a huff as it were, to destroy them. On the contrary, both Genesis and Peter present God as patient, though distressed, and willing to give man a lengthy span of time in which to change. When they would not, it was necessary for the preservation of the human race and the coming of the promised Redeemer, to wipe out mankind—totally—and begin over again with the family of Noah. At the same time man-kind was judged, the Nephilim were also punished by being removed from the earth and bound in chains in the lowest part of hell [Tartarus]*

          If one can understand that it was absolutely necessary for God to destroy mankind in order to preserve the righteous remnant, it will be of much help in understanding other dealings of God with our race and many other subsequent events.

          Before proceeding to the next act of this unfolding drama in the battle of the ages, I would like to tie in a passage in 2Pet 2:4-10a that parallels the one quoted earlier in Jude.

For if God did not spare the angels that sinned but cast them down into hell into pits of darkness to be kept until judgment; and if He did not spare the ancient world but preserved as one of eight persons Noah, a preacher of righteousness, bringing a flood upon the world of the wicked; and if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by overthrowing them and burying them in ashes, thus making them an example to all others who intend to live wickedly; and if He rescued righteous Lot who was vexed by the filthy conduct of those who recognized no law (for in dwelling among them, seeing and hearing them day after day, that righteous man was tormented by their lawless conduct); then the Lord knows how to deliver godly men out of trials and knows how to keep the wicked under punishment until the day of judgment; most of all those who pursue the unclean lusts of the flesh and who despise authority.

We note these verses tie the fallen angels in with:

1.     The flood of Noah

2.     The unnatural lusts of Sodom and Gomorrah which were distressing to any godly person having to witness them; and

3.     The contempt for authority which the fallen angels manifested toward God by what they did in the pre-deluvian world. This further strengthens our understanding of the events transpiring at the time of the flood, which was only one of a number of severe judgments, past and future, necessitated by the extreme rebellion of mankind and the attendant corrupting chaos.

I also wish to take up 1Pet 3:18-22 here because it touches on the fate of the Nephilim.

Jesus was put to death in the flesh but was made alive in the spirit, in which spirit he also went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, the ones who were disobedient in that time [in history] when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah when the ark was being built…Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities and powers subject to Him.

There is considerable confusion regarding this passage because it is assumed, according to various interpretations and without careful scrutiny, that Peter is saying

1.     After Jesus’ death He went into Sheol, the abode of the righteous dead and preached to them [but Sheol was simply the abode of the dead]. Or;

2.     He went into hell, the abode of the wicked dead and preached to them, or;

3.     He went into hell and was subject to the torment of Satan during the three days between His death and resurrection

As for number three (which was a popular teaching a few years back) it shows a lack of understanding that Satan is not now in hell. When Satan is in hell he will be there as the chief recipient of God’s judgment, not as the dispenser of torments. Furthermore, when Jesus died on the cross the atonement was complete: there was no need for anything to be added to it. For Him to suffer in hell was not part of the atonement. He Himself, just before dying on the cross cried out, “It is finished!” This did not mean He still had three days of suffering ahead of Him. At the moment of His death the veil in the temple was torn indicating the atonement was complete, there now being direct access for any human being to the Father through Jesus; and, the old order was fulfilled and finished.

          As for number two, no purpose could have been served in preaching to the wicked dead since there was no opportunity for them to repent.

          Number one is the most probable, though it does not exactly fit these particular verses either. It is to be noted, however, that after His death on the cross Jesus did go to the abode of the righteous dead. We know this because He said to the repentant thief “This day you shall be with me in paradise.” Paradise was not heaven. It was the abode of the righteous dead. We can assume He made a proclamation to them of His victorious atonement and informed them they would soon accompany Him to the heaven of His Father, to the place prepared for them.

          Even though all that be true, the verses under consideration do not refer to the above event because they specifically refer to spirits in prison who were disobedient in the days of Noah. If Peter intended to speak of the wicked dead in general, then why did he specify those who were disobedient in the days of Noah? It is because he was not speaking of the wicked dead in general but of the fallen angels who deliberately set out to frustrate the plan of God and who, through rebellion and disobedience, took material bodies contrary to God’s natural law and command. So what these verses are saying is that sometime after the death of Jesus He went to Hell and made a proclamation to the fallen angels who were held there in chains. Though there would have been no purpose in His making a proclamation to the wicked dead, there was a reason for His making a proclamation to the fallen angels kept in chains. What, then, was the proclamation and why was it necessary for Jesus to go to them?

1.     They were the entire group minus their master, Satan, who had conspired to prevent the conception of the promised seed: the very Jesus who had just given His Blood in atonement.

2.     As a result, they were bound in chains in the lowest depths of hell, far below even the wicked dead. The word used here for hell is Tartarus, not the usual word, and used only once in the New Testament.

3.     The proclamation He made to them was:

a.      He had, indeed, been born

b.     He had made atonement for mankind

c.     He had defeated Satan and all of the wicked angels

d.     They were now subject to Him

e.      They were to bow the knee to Him.

Phil 2:10 says “At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow: of beings in heaven, beings on earth, and beings under the earth.”

          I believe this to be the correct interpretation because the passage under consideration ends with, “Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven, and is at the right hand of God, with angels [righteous and fallen both], authorities, and powers subject to Him.” That is the concluding point: by His death in the flesh and in the spirit, He went and proclaimed to the spirits in chains in Tartarus that they had been defeated and were now subject to Him, awaiting only the day of judgment when they will be judged by Him.

          The last remaining question is, when did He go? It could not have been before His resurrection because the verse says it was after He had been made alive in [ or through] the Spirit. It could not have been after the ascension when He took His place at His Father’s right hand. Therefore it took place sometime after Jesus’ resurrection and before His ascension.

 

*note: with considerable hesitation I mention the fact that there are testimonies on record of well over a hundred sane, sober upright citizens who swear they have been taken aboard spacecraft by extra-terrestrials and subjected to examinations. These examinations invariably include the taking of samples of reproductive tissue. With good reason, one might be skeptical and assign the whole thing to the lunatic fringe. Yet there are a goodly number of people scattered far and wide, not in collusion, who have described identical details of such experiences. The entire affair seems preposterous—off the wall; yet, if the “space beings” are, in reality, just that: Fallen angels, and they are taking reproductive tissue from human beings, they may be doing so in order to incorporate it into their substance, this being the factor enabling them to mate with human women and reproduce. That they may have achieved this function by this means at the time of Noah is possible. That they may be doing so now is ominous. If they did indeed appropriate biological material, transmuting it into the spiritual world—biological material God intended only for the use of the human race—that may explain part of the severity of their judgment of being chained in the deepest parts of hell. But after all is said, this speculation hinges entirely upon whether or not those claiming capture by aliens have actually experienced what they affirm. Though I stated in the preface I do not like over-speculation, I believe something must be said, better than silence, to answer the growing body of evidence that people have actually come into contact with something inexplicable. To the extent such contacts have occurred, I believe them to be demonic.

 

 

 

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