The Promised Head-Crusher Prophecy was a sentence of doom for Satan: “The Seed of the Woman — the Messiah — will crush your head” (Genesis 3:15).
In these episodes with Mark Russak, we explore the possibility that fallen angels impregnated women in a vain attempt to corrupt the human bloodline and thwart the Messiah from coming. Who were the mysterious Nephilim? Dive deep with us. You decide.
The Promised Head-Crusher Vs. the Nephilim | What Are the Nephilim? Part 1 — Mark Russak (Ep 217)
The Promised Head-Crusher Vs. the Nephilim | What Are the Nephilim? Part 2 — Mark Russak (Ep 218)
[Scroll down to learn more about Mark Russak and for links, resources, and scripture on this topic.]
This is Dr. Tim Mackie of The Bible Project on Genesis and the Nephilim:
This video segment is taken from the complete video, The Satan and Demons Question and Response — Bible Project. Scroll lower on this page to see additional videos and links under the Go Deeper section.
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Go Deeper — The Promised Head-Crusher Vs. the Nephilim | What Are the Nephilim?
To go deeper, explore the videos below by Mark Russak (The Russak Outlook), Dr. Hugh Ross (Reasons to Believe), and Dr. Peter Gentry (Phoenix Seminary). See also links to Dr. John Heiser and Dr. John MacArthur.
Mission and Strategies of Satan’s Militia podcast episode video by Mark Russak of The Russak Outlook:
Who Are the Nephilim and What Is Their Origin? Dr. Michael Heiser:
In his book, The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, Dr. Michael S. Heiser (Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) unpacks this controversial topic by looking at the passages where the Nephilim show up, exploring a few explanations for the Nephilim’s existence before—and after—the flood. This article is adapted from The Unseen Realm.
Who Were the Nephilim with Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe:
Demonic Invasion with Dr. John MacArthur:
Dr. John MacArthur of Grace to You has done extensive studies on Genesis 6:1-4 and correlating scripture passages. See Demonic Invasion – Sermon and transcript by Dr. John MacArthur of Grace to You. “And here is one of the heinous ways in which they (demons) corrupted that early society. ‘The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.’ Whatever this is, it’s something different than marriage. Verse 1 deals with marriage, people multiplying and having babies. This, this is some twist on that, some perversion to that general normal pattern of marriage and procreation. This is some aberration of that.”
Were the Sons of God in Genesis 6 Fallen Angels? Who were the Nephilim? Dr. Peter Gentry now of Phoenix Seminary:
Genesis 3:15 NKJV
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.
Genesis 6:1-4 NASB
Now it came about, when mankind began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not remain with man forever, because he is also flesh; nevertheless his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim (Lit., fallen ones) were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of mankind, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
The Hebrew phrase translated “sons of God in Genesis 6:1-4 are understood as angels in other Old Testament references. See Job 1:6, Job 2:1, and Job 38:4-7.
Numbers 13:30-33 ESV
But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”
Joshua 11:21-22 ESV
And Joshua came at that time and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua devoted them to destruction with their cities. There was none of the Anakim left in the land of the people of Israel. Only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod did some remain.
Jude 6-7 NASB
And angels who did not keep their own domain but abandoned their proper dwelling place, these He has kept in eternal restraints under darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these angels indulged in sexual perversion and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude, the brother of Jesus, likely sees the “sons of God” in Genesis 6 as angels or spiritual beings who rebelled and left their domain. They had sexual relations with the “daughters of men” in Genesis 6. They are a subset of demonic powers who are now kept in “eternal restraints.”)
2 Peter 2:4-10 NASB
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, held for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example of what is coming for the ungodly; and if He rescued righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the perverted conduct of unscrupulous people (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from a trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt passion, and despise authority.
Luke 17:26-30 NASB
And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man: people were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, and they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, and they were building; but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.