Who were the Nephilim?
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… 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 6:1-2,4
Disagreement among Bible scholars
Bible scholars are divided as to who were these Nephilim or Giants mentioned in Genesis 6:4. The Bible gives limited information about them; that they were the children of the sons of God who married the daughters of men, that they were the heroes of old before the great flood came.
Literally, the phrase “sons of God” refers to angels or heavenly beings, yet, some scholars refused to translate the phrase that way because they believed that to translate the mentioned phrase literally would be a direct contradiction to the statement of the Lord Jesus Himself in Matthew 22:30 that angels in heaven will not marry.
The Godly and the ungodly lines of men
The bible scholars who refused to believe that these Nephilim were not the offspring of angels and mortal women offered an explanation saying that these sons of God were the godly line of Seth the third son of Adam and Eve and these daughters of men were the women from the ungodly line of Cain the firstborn of Adam and the first murderer. They further explained that the Nephilim were not literal giants but were ordinary people with extremely evil character. They were the ones who caused evil to flourish in the time of Noah and thus brought judgment upon themselves.
The Bible supports the existence of real Giants
However, the “godly and ungodly” lines argument is proven to be weak. The Bible itself is supporting the more prominent view that the Nephilim were literal and real giants.
In Numbers 13:31-33, the Bible mentioned that the Israelites under the leadership of Moses refused to attack the cities occupied the Nephilim because their cities were too high and that they were just grasshoppers in the sight of these men.
It was Moses who killed King Og, the last giant king whose iron bed measured 15ft, thus putting the last kingdom of giants to an end. Deuteronomy 3:10-11.
There were giants in the later years but they were serving as mercenaries to ordinary kings because they no longer had their own land or kingdom. One of them was Goliath whom David killed.
What about the words of Jesus that angels will not marry?
How are we going to reconcile this view that the Nephilim were the result of a forbidden union between mortal women and angels when the Lord himself teaches us that angels will not marry? Well, the Lord Jesus was very specific who are these angels that won’t marry in Matthew 22:30 – “the angels in heaven”. These are the angels who are obedient to Him. But Jude informed us in Jude 1:6 that there were angels who abandoned heaven and defy the authority of God. These were the angels who, like human beings, became slaves of sin.