The Nephilim

The giants in the days of Noah, the nephilim, who were they?  Consider the following post I made in response to someone’s comments.
> Who were these Nephilim?  Satan’s stud angels?
This is a very interesting study and probably won’t be definitively solved this side of heaven.  However, let me add my two cents (sense).
The angels which sinned during the days of Noah.
The Bible states that the sons of God looked on the daughters of men and saw that they were fair.  These sons of God, I believe, are another group of angels which did not rebel with Satan, but waited until Genesis 6 to rebel in a different way.  The term "sons of God" is a term that is applied to angels, see Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7.  Job being an ancient book gives us some insight into the ancient terminology.
In Revelation 12:4 we see that Satan brought down one third of the stars with him at his fall.  This happened most likely on the sixth day of creation or perhaps the seventh, since Satan existed in unblemished form in the garden of Eden, Ezekiel 28:12-15.  So this group of angels cannot be the devil’s angels which are now demons since they rebelled on the sixth or seventh day.
Some believe this term to apply to the godly remnant of the sons of Seth intermarrying with the ungodly daughters of Cain.  We have evidence in Jude 6-7 that the angels which kept not their first estate sinned in the same way as those in Sodom and Gomorrah did, by going after strange flesh.  Note that Jude tells us that these angels are in chains until the judgement of the great day, as opposed to the devil’s angels which roam the earth doing the bidding of Satan.
To sum up so far, Satan led one third of the angels in rebellion against God.  Later, during the days of Genesis 6, another group of angels was permitted by God to sin in a unique way, by intermarrying with women of the earth.
The result was the creation of a hybrid sort of people, known as the Nephilim.  God destroyed all of them in the flood of Noah.  This was one of the reasons for the flood since the seed of man had been corrupted and God had plans for the seed of man to bring forth a Saviour which would bruise the head of the serpent, Genesis 3:15.
> Those days seem to refer to them as existing before the flood.  Also after that. David faced Goliath, a giant of about nine feet tall and heavy
> and very strong. A son of Anak, a apparently
> long neck giant.
The word "nephilim" only occurs in the Bible twice.  The other time is in Numbers 13:33.  Some have taken this to mean that the sons of Anak were nephilim, or that perhaps Anak was one of the nephilim not destroyed in the flood.  However, it must be remembered that this reference is in the report spoken by the ten spies who had no faith in the LORD and wanted to bring an evil report of the promised land to the people in order to scare them.  They said things that were not true such as "the land… is a land that eateth up the inhabitants" and "ALL the people that we saw in it are men of great stature" and "we saw nephilim".
It is obvious that the land was not a land that ate up the inhabitants.  Otherwise, how could the land bear so much fruit of which they had tasted themselves, Numbers 13:23-27?  Also, not ALL the people were of great stature, only one particular family which lived in Hebron, that of the sons of Anak, Numbers 13:22.  And of course, the nephilim were not present in the promised land, they had all been destroyed in the flood.  It was a scare tactic since the ten spies were afraid since they had no faith in God.
These three lies convinced the people to rebel against God. Joshua and Caleb were the only two spies who spoke the truth and they do not use the term "nephilim".  So Goliath and the rest of them, they were just big men, not the offspring of angels.
> Also many of the angels allied with Satan have
> been imprisioned and awaiting further punishment in the future.
I believe only those angels who sinned by going after the daughters of men are imprisoned.  The reference of Jude has already been mentioned.  I Peter 3:19-20 mentions spirits that are imprisoned, but specifically names the time period of the days of Noah while the ark was being prepared as the time during which these spirits disobeyed God.  We know that angels are spirits, so the connection seems obvious.
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