“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. 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. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:1-8 KJV)
There seems to be much confusion regarding the story of Noah and the destruction of the world by God in his time. There are all kinds of crazy ways people think about this Biblical account. With the most recent movie called “Noah” in theaters, telling the story in an unbiblical way we can see that the confusion of the truth, (or perversion of the truth in this regard) , will spread even further.
But even before the latest Hollywood movies hit the screens, there were lots of untruthful ideas in the story told among people, and in our schools. Why is this so when the Bible is very clear? The reason is simple. Now in the last days generation in which we live, humankind has turned from God more and more until we now have a generation of people who have lost touch with the truth of the Bible. As parents turned away so does the children and over a few generations the entire world has really backsliden from God’s truth. So much so that today a vast majority of Christians and believers rely on only what their pastor or priest tell them what is truth – without reading the Bible and learning the truth themselves.
Without believers/Christians reading the Bible themselves there is no checks and balances in what is being taught in the pulpits. This has led to so much confusion and distrust in organized religions and many people are leaving organized religions completely.
Jesus taught plainly, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
But if the truth is what you heard from a Pastor or Priest and they have not understood or took the passage out of it’s context, they could be leading you astray! And if you get your information from a Hollywood movie, even more so you could be led astray! No, we do not need truth from man. What we need is God’s truth from the Bible, God’s word. Now do not misunderstand what I am saying. I am not saying that all organized religion is bad. Or that all church leaders of such organizations are bad. What I am saying is that leaders sometimes need a “nudge” here and there and some “checks and balances” in place, to keep in line with Scriptures when they teach. Also, the congregations (you and me!) need to be able to discern the Biblical truth from what they are saying. And that comes from doing your own study of the Bible.
We have so many tools today to learn about the Bible and God and His plan for us ; yet hardly anyone is using the highly available and free tools. This needs to change and believers of Christ need to do so more now then ever before as we are living in the days when Christ will return – the end times. We of all generations need to study the Bible and have a desire to know God! The Bride of Christ, all Christians and believers in Christ’s act of atonement at the cross, need to KNOW the truth and in doing so, be filled with the Holy Spirit who will teach us all truth (John 16:13).
Let’s do a quick study of the story of Noah from the BIBLE – not from hollywood, or children’s stories in school. Let’s learn the real reason WHY God destroyed the Earth with a flood and why it was done out of mercy for all of humankind. If you have never actually read the Biblical account of Genesis 6, nor compared other Scriptures about Noah’s flood, then this should be a real eye opener for you. And it is right here in the Holy Bible!
The Fall In The Garden Of Eden
As with everything written in the Bible, you must take into account the context of Scripture. Anyone can take a one line verse from the Bible, and tell others a meaning that is totally untrue because the whole passage context was not taken into account. So, let’s start our study hundreds of years before the flood. In fact, let’s go right back to just after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. You can read about this story fully yourself but for this article I am just giving a general overview for the points to make regarding Noah and the flood. After Adam and Eve sinned, humankind fell and there was a divide between God and humankind – called sin, or the sin nature. Out of His eternal love and mercy, God immediately started a plan to redeem all of humankind. Because the garden contained the Tree Of Life that gives life everlasting, God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden. Because He was angered? The Bible says it was because, otherwise, they would remain in the state of sin forever. Then the results of sin began in the world. Now you must remember that satan, the enemy of God and humankind, tempted and deceived Adam and Eve into sinning. And so God went to satan and this is what He told him:
“And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15 KJV)
God told Satan straight out that enmity (strong hostility) will exist between satan and the woman. It also says between “thy seed and her seed”- that is two opposing seed lines. The “her seed” is obviously the offspring of Eve; that is Cain and Abel, later Seth, and well all of the blood line right up and until Christ Jesus. Jesus Christ’s death and Resurrection is imperative to the salvation and redemption of humankind and to a right relationship with God. Old Testament saints looked toward the cross event, in faith, for salvation and we look back at the cross event today, in faith, for salvation from our sins and to retain the Righteousness God demands. Now Satan has been told there will be a hatred of the woman’s seed. You must remember that Satan is a fallen Angel and he is NOT omnipotent as God is. That is satan cannot tell the future as God knows it. And so, satan started his own plan to destroy the blood line to the Messiah and by doing so he thought that he could stop the salvation of humankind. Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel as we see in Genesis 4:
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” (Genesis 4:1-8 KJV)
Before Christ had come and died on that cross the Old Testament believers were to slay an animal without blemish and sacrifice with blood to God for the remission of their sins. This was what happen at the first passover in Egypt. We know it was a foreshadowing of the final sacrifice for humankind in God plan of redemption, Jesus the Christ shedding His blood for the remission of our sins. We see in the above passage that Abel sacrificed an animal to God but Cain sacrificed “the fruit of the ground unto the Lord”. God gave respect to Abel’s offering but not to Cains. Now remember, there is no doubt that Satan was watching these two brothers to see if he can figure out who God will use for the bloodline to Christ – our savior, so he can stop the bloodline. Also, satan had no idea how long it would be until the Messiah was born. It could have been very soon! So, Satan sees that Abel’s offer was accepted and Cain’s was not. So what does he do? Chances are great that Satan started putting thoughts and ideas into Cain’s mind. One of anger and hatred towards his brother Abel who Satan thought was the blood line to Christ. And the Bible says that “Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” But God is not so easily fooled. Satan convinced Cain to kill Abel but God planned for another, yet unborn son to be the seed of the woman – for the blood line to Jesus Christ. (Seth) Not to get off topic of the story of Noah’s Ark, but the above information is something to understand before understanding why there was a flood. Satan’s goal from the very beginning of humankind was to stop the bloodline to the Messiah and that is paramount to everything he has done in the past. Stop the bloodline to the Messiah to come. Once Jesus came and redeemed us on the cross, Satan was defeated in his goal. Since that time, Satan has changed his plan to preventing the truth of Christ’s salvation from reaching the hearts of humankind by deception and half truths. This is something Satan is doing especially to us here in the end times because he knows his time is short and that Jesus is coming again soon. And that means his ultimate demise is going to happen soon now. Now between the incident of Cain killing his brother, Satan came up with another stage in his plan to stop the seed and blood line to Christ. A more bold and devastating plan. We see this starting in Genesis 6. Now let’s move on to the story of Noah and the flood.
“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. 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. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:1-8 KJV)
We see here that since Seth’s and Cain’s bloodlines the world really started to populate. God protects the bloodline to Christ and now with so many on the Earth Satan needs to find a way to stop the bloodline to Christ. So he sends some of the fallen angels (sons of God;that is they were created directly by God. That is why Adam was called a son of God but his offspring were not)) that rebelled with him against God to start mating with the human women. Some ask how could fallen angels do this physically; how is that possible. Well, the Bible gives an answer for that as well when it states “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2)So angels have the ability to take the form of a man. It is also interesting to note that contrary to many people’s belief, all angels mentioned in the Bible have been mentioned as being male and not female. That said, it may not have been an actual sexual act that made this possible. It could be a genetic manipulation. If we today can manipulate genes as we do, could not have God’s angels? We do not know exactly how it occurred but the Bible said that it happened and so, it did!
We can see now that angels genetically intermingled with human women and the offspring were called the “Nephilim“, giants and people of great stature, size and height. Apparently, they were also bent on doing evil continually and propagating violence as it says “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.” .
These were hybrid offspring of angels and humans and an abomination to God. In the creation, God ordered life so that one kind mates with it’s own kind. (Example: Cat’s mate with cat’s, lions with lions, humans with humans.) This is such a trespass of this law of God that God later decides to judge these fallen angels before all other fallen angels (to be judged in the future) as we see Peter acknowledged these fallen angels who mated with women in 2Peter 2:4. Now between when this happened and the flood hundreds of years have passed and so they continued to populate the Earth until the only true humans left were Noah and his family. We know this because it states clearly that “.. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations..” (Genesis 6:9)
The meaning of the phrase “perfect in his generations” is clear. His generation bloodline remained clean from the corrupt angel seed line and Noah and his family were the only true humans left alive! But didn’t God care about the hybrids that were born? Well yes he did. So much so Noah preached (2 Peter 2:5) to the people at that time in order that they may be saved but they failed to accept God’s grace of salvation through faith. It says Noah was a “just” man. A righteous man. But in the Bible when the words “just” and “righteous” are used in such context of a person, it does not mean he always did the right thing, or was a good person. Being justified by God for the forgiveness of sins through the sacrificial lamb of God is what made him just and righteous by faith. It is through faith that God would forgive his sins that made him a just man. This is what he preached to the people. The news of this guy building an ark most certainly would have spread throughout the communities – such a spectacle. As it had been 800 or 900 years from Adam and Eve in the garden until Noah’s Flood, there would have been a massive population of these hybrids on the Earth at that time. God said to Noah,
“But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.” (Gensis 6:18)
Here we can see now that the ark was a foreshadowing of Jesus’s act of atonement. It is the covenant of salvation. This also is a picture of the soon coming rapture or gathering of the church to protection in Heaven before the tribulation of the book of Revelation begins on Earth. God will protect believers from the hour of His wrath just as he protected Noah and his family. Why? Because of faith in Christ’s act of atonement where through which we are forgiven our sins.
The righteous in Christ will be protected and taken to a place of safety! The rest of the story we all know; God sent Noah two of every kind of animal to enter the ark, then God shut the door of the ark. God shut the door and sealed them in to a place of safety and provision just as Christ paid the penalty for our sins and said “It is finished!”. All the angel/human hybrids were wiped off the face of the Earth and God once again thwarted Satan’s attempt to destroy the bloodline of the Messiah; Jesus Christ. However, Genesis 6 also mentions a second attempt from Satan to do the same thing as we see it says,
“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. “
The “also after that” is after the flood. So why did God destroy the world in a flood? Was it because he is an angry mean God? NO! It is out of His mercy and love for humankind and His desire that they be redeemed to Him! To thwart the efforts of satan to stop Jesus the Christ and Messiah from coming to save all humankind from our sin nature and sin debt. To make sure that God would redeem the world and human kind. And to destroy the corrupted non human beings that He never planned to create.