30 Jun, 2023 Alien Encounter Pt. 2: The Sons of God
Opinion/Current Events/Biblical History
By Summer Lane
PART TWO: THE SONS OF GOD
There is a never-ending quest for knowledge in this world, and as Christians, we would be wildly remiss to fail to acknowledge that some things about this universe are better left unknown. Deuteronomy 29:29 is a good reminder on this point:
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”
Thus, when we begin journeying down a path where we desire to uncover things that have been made hidden, we must ask ourselves, sometimes, if knowing the truth in every scenario is necessary to facilitating the continued dissemination of the gospel.
That, of course, is likely why the entire concept of the Nephilim (whom we discussed in Part I of this series), is but a blip on the radar of the entire Bible. Who and what the Nephilim are have no bearing whatsoever on the power and impact of the gospel message – and so it doesn’t really matter what Christians think about them.
Or does it?
It’s not a salvation issue. No, salvation is simple enough:
30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Whether you believe Nephilim were mermaids or simple figments of the imagination is largely irrelevant. We know that they existed because the Bible says they did in Genesis Chapter 6. Your understanding of the Nephilim, fallen angels, and the complete annihilation of pre-Flood civilization is not where your salvation rests.
It may, however, better prepare you for what could be coming before Christ makes His triumphant return.
I have never considered myself an “aliens” type of person. I have always tuned out the chatter on UFOs, because I always thought it was the least of our problems as a society. I was much more concerned about policies and world news and who was running for president. UFOs, to me, was (and still is) a backburner conversation meant to be discussed around a late-night campfire whilst camping in the woods.
Unfortunately, the media and the government have brought the conversation to the forefront of our culture’s communication streams, particularly with Navy footage released in 2020 showing strange, unidentified objects twisting through the air. Per The Verge, the Defense Department then received a six-month timeline to submit a report on those UAPs.
My analysis of the report can be summed up in one sentence: That doesn’t really tell anybody much of anything.
Other than the obvious, (“UAP clearly pose a safety of flight issue and may pose a challenge to U.S. national security”), the report basically reiterated that the results of the reporting on the UAPs were “largely inconclusive,” and that many of these UAPS could have been caused by something as simple as “balloons,” “thermal fluctuations” or “classified programs by U.S. entities.”
However, things got a little murkier in May 2022 when the Pentagon showed a plethora of declassified photos and videos of unexplainable objects during hearings in front of the House Intelligence, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee.
According to the report I previously shared from Fox News, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Ronald Moultrie testified, “We know that our service members have encountered unidentified aerial phenomena, and because UAP pose potential flight safety and general security risk, we are committed to a focused effort to determine their origins.”
Suffice it to say, aliens and UFOs are a very, very hot topic, these days, and our own government is working overtime to destigmatize the idea that out-of-this-world technology exists.
The question is: Why?
The information that is dumped into these types of hearings is little more than a sparse breadcrumb trail. The real story is lurking somewhere beneath the surface. Why stir the public up with footage of pyramid-shaped UFOs swirling through midair, defying the laws of physics as we know it?
I think that to answer this question, we need to put the media chatter, the Twitter feeds, and the late-night alien documentaries aside. We have to trade the static noise of the world for the serenity of the Bible, along with some ancient, historical textual evidence.
The Days of Noah
Matthew 24:36-39 reveals Jesus’s very own words about what the world will be like before He returns:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
As it was in the days of Noah.
This really stands out to me, because Jesus is drawing a direct line between the culture and context of the pre-Flood world and what the world will look like before the end of the age. I know that many people debate the meaning of this passage, and granted, most of the people debating this have very fancy theological degrees and have spent a lot of time studying the Bible.
I’ll add my own two cents, and I’ll even do it in layman’s terms:
I think this passage means exactly what it says.
I believe that the debauchery, culture, and corruption that damned pre-Flood civilizations will be on par with what our own “modern” society is shaping up to be. I think the world will never see the end coming, because they’ll be too caught up in the white noise.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to ascertain that a culture that departs entirely from God’s definitions of truth, order, and justice is going to fumble catastrophically – and between our culture’s unflinching dedication to infanticide (abortion), as well as the debased propitiation of normalizing drag queen story time for preschoolers, it’s not looking good, folks.
The facts are clear: we’re either in for a revival, or we’re in for a collapse.
The jury’s still out on this, but the Bible speaks the truth; the end will come eventually, and when it does, things are going to be bad.
As it was in the days of Noah.
So, where does that leave us in the discussion about aliens? How does that tie into the conversation about pre-Flood, post-Flood, and End Times warnings from Jesus Christ?
Bear with me.
Answering the question: What happened to the fallen angels?
This is the question that I ended the first installment of this series on. We don’t know nearly as much about angels as we do about Jesus. We don’t know as much about them as know about Moses. But we what do know about angels is that they are a different creation entirely from Man.
As I mentioned in Part I, humans are created in Imago Dei, the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Angels are not.
Genesis 5:1-2 puts it this way:
“…In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.”
While Genesis 6 speaks to the apparently unsavory situation of the “Sons of God,” having children with human women, it doesn’t address specifically what happened to the “Sons” who had been having these illicit relationships with mere mortals.
Arguably, the Nephilim were wiped out in the Flood. Of course, the entire human race was terminated, too, aside from Noah and his family. The Bible also says that every living thing was destroyed in the Flood, including animals, creatures, livestock, and birds (Genesis 7:21).
What about these “Sons of Gods?” Most Bible scholars will likely tell you that the term itself is used in different ways throughout Scripture. It commonly refers to angelic beings and the like who act in service to the Lord. The Gospel Coalition explains it thusly:
“The oldest, and likely the most widely held, interpretation is that the “sons of God” are fallen angels (demons). This was the interpretation most favored in ancient Judaism and the early church (cf. 1 Pet. 3:19–20; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6). The phrase ‘sons of God’ is clearly used elsewhere of angelic hosts in God’s heavenly court (cf. Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). Moreover, the narrator seems to contrast ‘man’ and ‘the daughters of man’ with the ‘sons of God’ in Genesis 6:1–2.”
While The Gospel Coalition postulates that, perhaps, these fallen angels possessed the bodies of mortal men to procreate with human women, I personally believe that the Bible says (again) exactly what it means.
Let’s take a look once more at Genesis 6:1-4:
“When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.”
Dissect that as you will, but it makes sense to me.
So, the question remains: if the Nephilim, mankind, and everything on Earth was totally creamed in the Flood, did the Sons of God get exterminated, too? If they were, in fact, angelic beings, does it then not also follow that they would not be constrained by this so-called “mortal realm?”
Fact 1: Angels and humans are not the same.
Fact 2: Angels, or the “Sons of Man,” are also mentioned in the Bible in the context of coming and going in and out of the throne room of God. In Job 1:6, Scripture says, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.” That verse comes from the English Standard Version, while the New International Version, for example, refers to them as “angels.” The New Living Translation, further, uses the term “members of the heavenly court.”
The point is, the “Sons of God,” were differentiated from humans in Scripture, particularly in the context of Genesis 6. They are never presented as being representative of Man, who is made in the likeness of God.
So, to return to the question of what happened to the fallen angels in the wake of the Flood, here’s the general answer: the Bible doesn’t explicitly say. We can theorize that, perhaps, because they were not of the Earthly plane to begin with, that they did not get washed away in the flood. Can we prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt? Absolutely not. Does it seem plausible. Yes.
We can look at archeological evidence from ancient, post-Flood culture and we can clearly see similarities between geographically isolated cultures – as in the case of the Mayans and the Greeks, for example. Similar deities, similar customs, similar architecture, and similar, advanced knowledge of technology that has been mysteriously lost to us today.
We can also look at ancient historical texts and make some assumptions about what may or may not have been going on in ancient cultures, shortly after the Flood. Did the Sons of Man return for a time? The strictly non-canonical Book of Enoch, for example, refers to the fallen angels as the “Watchers.” While the account from Enoch is not a part of the Bible and it has no bearing on the gospel story, it has been a historically popular book among Jewish scholars and Christians for the sake of its historical value.
According to Gaia, a passage from this ancient text describes the plight of Lamech, the son of Methuselah and the grandson of Enoch:
“And his father, Lamech, was afraid of him and fled, and come to his father Methuselah. And he said to him: ‘I have begotten a strange son, different and unlike man, and resembling the sons of the God of heaven; and his nature is different and he is not like us, and his eyes are as the rays of the sun, and his face is glorious.”
Enoch directly speaks about the effects of Nephilim and the Watchers. Historically, it gives us a little insight into the context of those ancient, Biblical days, and if nothing else, corroborates the Bible itself (as is always the case, historical evidence supports Scripture) in terms of reiterating the presence of the fallen ones and their corrupted offspring.
But does the Book of Enoch give a clue into what could have happened to the “Sons of God?” Can we trust it to be an accurate account of what potentially took place in the wake of the Flood? As always, I recommend going to Scripture for the answers above all else!
If your feet are on solid ground and you’re able to use a little discernment, let’s dive into some historical evidence and textual evidence of the influence of the spiritual world on Earth since the Flood.
I believe it is intrinsically connected to today’s alien hysteria and unexplained aerial phenomena. It could very well be a part of the promised escalation in chaos and supernatural activity before Jesus’s ultimate return.
As it was in the days of Noah.
6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Stay tuned for the third and final installment of this series next Friday! If you would like to share your perspective or thoughts on what YOU think the Biblical connection to UFOs and aliens are, please feel free to contact me @SummerEllenLane on Twitter and Truth Social. You can also fill out my contact form at summerlaneauthor.com.
Only respectful and kind conversations, please!
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Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 30 books, including the hit Collapse Series and Resurrection Series. She is an experienced journalist and columnist who reports on news within the U.S. and abroad. She is the Associate Editor for Right Side Broadcasting Network. Additionally, she analyzes politics and policies on The Write Revolution.
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