The time, late in l941. The place, the island of Java in the East Indies. The discoverer, G. H. R. Von Konigswald, a young German scientist, who had been invited by the Dutch to continue geologic work in support of man’s assumed evolutionary development. But the discovery was not any “missing link”!
Von Konigswald’s work was merely routine, until one day, late in l941, when he received from one of his collectors an enormous human jaw. It was unmistakably human. The young German scientist could hardly believe his eyes.
What he had in his hands were the jaw and teeth of a giant!
Von Konigswald made a cast of the huge jaw and teeth. He shipped it to his co-worker, Weidenreich, in New York. To this astounding shipment he attached the name “giant man of old Java.”
Then came the bombing of Pearl Harbor and World War II closed the door to Java. Von Konigswald disappeared for four long years.
Meanwhile, Weidenreich began to assemble numerous previous discoveries remaining unclassified and misclassified, because they did not properly fit into the evolutionary pattern of man’s supposed development. He recalled the giant teeth from China, called Gigantopithecus, which Von Konigswald has shipped him a number of years before. They, too, were obviously not teeth of apes, but of human beings, men of Giant proportions!
Of Weidenreich’s arduous research work we read: “By comparing the teeth and bones with those of living animals and from careful anatomical measurements he decided that the Java giant was much larger than any living gorilla, and the Chinese giant was one and a half times larger still. That would have made him twice as large as a male gorilla! The Biblical words came to mind. “There were giants in the earth in those days” (Gen. 6:4).
You may find this quotation on page 251 of the worthwhile book Man, Time, and Fossils by Ruth Moore.
Yes, “There were giants in the earth in those days” (Gen. 6:4). Some translations, such as Moffatt’s read, “It was in these days that the Nephilim giants arose on earth.” They were not malformed diseased human beings sufferings from glandular trouble, as you might see in a circus sideshow, but robust, enormously powerful human beings with healthy teeth and broad jaws that make the cavity-filled, misshapen teeth of modern civilized man appear sick by contrast!
Weidenreich quickly recognized that the giants of old had well-proportioned jaws and teeth; whereas modern freakish gigantism due to glandular imbalance produces ill-proportioned teeth about the same size as those of ordinary indiviudals, but in gigantic jaw bones.
These findings add one more link to the undeniable evidence confirming the inspiration of Scripture.
This discovery coupled with many previously unexplained finds, radically alters the theory of evolution. Those giants of old had a brain capacity much greater than modern man, yet the biggest gorilla has a brain only one half the size of the average human being today. How could the brain of early man have suddenly become many times larger than a gorilla’s? Certainly not by a process of evolution, which presupposes immense vistas of time for gradual development.
Besides, those giants of old are found buried with remains of animals and of men of present-day size in a twisted and mangled state due to “great natural forces,” says Ruth Moore on p. 251.
What kind of “natural forces” could have buried such an array of life in a mangled state? The Scripture tell us! Catastrophic forces of a gigantic flood of waters, “Noah’s flood” that dwarfed into insignificance the local floods which even today entirely wash away cities and destroy unprotected thousands!
Notice! “And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered. And all flesh perished that moved upon the earth,” and that included the giants of those days (Gen. 7:19-21). Exactly as the Bible states, the remains of giants, and multitudes of other human and animal bones have been found buried throughout the world as a result of raging torrents of waters.
From Europe came the disturbing discovery decades ago of the immense Heidelberg jaw, always an enigma to evolutionary science.
And from Africa have come discoveries of giants. Said Dr. Roberts Broom, the Scottish discoverer of the South-African giant, “It almost seems to confirm the view of the noted paleontologist Dr. Weidenreich that there were giants on the earth in those days!”
These discoveries are but a climax to a whole series of discoveries of robust human beings who were larger and stronger and longer-lived than humanity today.
Caves of Europe are filled with such evidence. The Cro-Magnon race of France, though not a giant race, was of great stature, some skeletons approaching seven feet in height and affording evidence of immense muscular development. One of the chief characteristics of all these remains is the extreme longevity characteristic of the skeletons! The massive proportions of the body, the great development of the muscular processes, the extreme wearing of the teeth, without our characteristic amount of decay, the obliteration of the sutures or seams between the various bones of the skull, the indications of slow ossification of the ends of the long bones all point to the inevitable conclusion that the earliest man matured slowly and attainted great length of life, just as Genesis declares. Such characteristics of the skeletal frame are totally absent from modern degenerate man.
That those ancient men did attain great age is demonstrated by the further fact that their remains are usually found with fragmentary skeletons of youths and babies not exhibiting those characteristics.
Most every child has heard of the cave-men or the Neanderthal Man, the remains of which have been found scattered throughout vast portions of the ancient world. Far from being sub-men, they were of gigantic muscular build, giants in strength when compared with us today. William Howells in his book Mankind So Far tells us: “The Neanderthal brain was most positively and definitely not smaller than our own; indeed, and this is rather a bitter pill, it appears to have been perhaps a little larger. The middle-aged man of La Chapelle-aux Saints had a brain whose volume was about 1,625 cubic centimeters, which is a figure that only a fraction of modern European men can match” (pp. 165-166).
Far from being “halfway up from the ape,” these giants in muscular development who roamed the earth possessed a “squat, heavily built physique of great strength,” their “teeth were robust and somewhat larger than ours, but not more primitive” (p. 168).
Their heavy bones are proof not of their primitiveness, but of their terrific muscular build. A recent scientific experiment demonstrated this, Dr. Sherwood L. Washburn operated on newborn rats and removed certain of the muscles on one side of the jaw and skull. After rapid recovery, the rats matured. Then they were killed and their skeletons examined says Ruth Moore.
“A notable change had come about in the head. On the side that had not been operated on, the rats had the usual deep creases, seen in the skull of the Neanderthal man and some of the other early men, and taken as a sign of their primitiveness. On the other side, the operated side, the skull of the rats was smooth, very much as the skull of modern man is smooth.”
She continues: “One side of the rats head was Neanderthal so to speak, and the other was modern. The muscle apparently controlled the form of the skull; the ridges were superstructures created to withstand the pull of the powerful jaw muscles” (p. 383-384). Rather than indicating primitiveness, the heavy skulls of ancient man indicate muscular power and physical health which we cannot match today!
In Rhodesia, Africa, a skull has been found of the same general type which is “really colossal in size” (p. 176 of Howells’s work).
The Wajak skulls of the Australian area also have a large brain and heavy bone construction. “A few skulls of much the same sort (and date) have come to light in South Africa; the important ones being the Florisbad, Fish, Hoek, Boskop, and Springbok Flats crania. They are all old and big.” This is especially true of the enormous Boskop skull (with a capacity of perhaps 1,800 cubic centimeters) (pp. 191-192).
Now let us to turn to the Biblical record. Where did the wandering tribes of ancient “stone-age” man come from? Let’s notice the answer of Scripture: After Cain murdered Abel, God sentenced Cain to become a “fugitive and a vagabond” or “wanderer” in the earth (Gen. 4:12). Cain was a criminal. He was sentenced to become a fugitive, a wanderer. That was his punishment! And from him and other sons of Adam we have the spreading abroad of human beings throughout the world, and the spreading abroad of violence! “And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence!”
The record in Genesis says that God, in mercy, destroyed life off the earth to save man from himself. Evil and violence made life unbearable. Archeologists have found proof of that violence. In the Ofner cave of Bavaria, Germany, “were discovered 33 skulls all huddled together in a circle. Their owners had each been killed by a stone ax, and all the heads had been cut off and buried together in this fashion” (p. 226 of Howell’s book).
In China the bones of ancients were discovered to have been “split lengthwise in a fashion which no animal can manage, but which has been used by man to get at the marrow of a bone in other times and places” (p. 149). Cannibalism, perhaps? The stone cultures of the vagabonds, though separated from the main centers of civilization in the Near East, existed contemporaneously with cultures using copper, bronze and iron, just as stone age cultures still exist today, side by side with civilizations empowered with weapons of mass destructions.
That does not prove the theory of evolution, but the shocking process of degeneration in the human race! But why should people today be so much smaller and less powerful? The answer is found in a statement by Howell on page 226, “There were some groups of people in Egypt and the Near East who were long headed but had the lighter-boned, smaller skulls of men of today.” Noah lived in the Near East. He was the progenitor of all the nations that exist today. He undoubtedly came from this stock, the group that did not have the greatest physical strength and stature! God could use him in His ministry because he was willing to humble himself; there was nothing humanly great of which he could be proud.
It is the same today, not many great and mighty in this world are called. They do not yield themselves to the great power of God. They rely, like the ancients, on their own strength, never acknowledging that even such strength was given to them by God at birth. Let us take this lesson to heart!
Open your Bible, now, to the 6th chapter of Genesis. Read the first four verses: “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, whomsoever they chose. And the Lord said: ‘My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for that he is also flesh.’ The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.”
Who were these “sons of God”? Were they angels who married women and produced the “giants”? Were they the “pious sons of Seth”? Thousands of people are being deceived by fables and superstitions that masquerade under the guise of truth. Most “modern” religious interpretations of those “sons of God,” “mighty men” and “giants” are really age-old fables!
Instead of just accepting human interpretations without proof, let’s search the Scripture for the Bible answer.
The doctrine that angels married women is not new. It came from garbled heathen traditions. Jewish fables which Paul condemned also contain the same superstitions. Where did they acquire them? From the Babylonians!
The Gentiles, who once knew the truth, turned the facts we have just learned into a lie (Rom. 1:25). They confused the little-known sins of angels, which occurred before Adam’s creation with the sins of men during the day of Noah, thus producing the garbled tradition that the “gods” had intercourse with women. It was from contact with such Babylonian traditions that the Jews received their fables.
You can read any Biblical Encyclopedia for this information. It is time that Christians come out of this Babylonian superstition and believe what the Bible really teaches.
First of all, notice that the “giants” or “nephilim” were not the progeny of angels and women. Moses was inspired to preserve the record that long before the flood “giants” existed on the earth. They were descendants of Adam. Genesis 1:9 proves that they could not have been living before Adam’s time. But notice especially Gen. 6:4. Not only were there giant men in early times, during Adam’s life, but also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men. So the giants existed side by side with the “sons of God,” but were not the progeny of those marriages. The giants lived even before the sons of God married!
Numerous modern translations of the Bible, such as Moffatt’s and Goodspeed’s, mistranslate this passage in Genesis 6:4. The original inspired Hebrew verse is preserved in the authorized versions. The giants were not the children of the sons of God, and neither were the sons of God angels, as we shall now prove!
People often quote II Peter 2:4 and Jude 6 as proof that the pre-flood sons of God were angels. Let’s notice what Peter said: “God spared not the angels that sinned but delivered them into chains of darkness. And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the 8th person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes.”
Notice that there are three distinct, three different punishments. God cast down the angels and degraded them to chains of spiritual darkness before he destroyed the antediluvian world. The punishment of the angels was not at the flood. It was at a prior, a different time.
The sin of angels was not descending to the earth to marry women. They sinned by leaving the earth which was their estate, to rival God in heaven. They were cast back to the earth (Jude 6; Is. 14:13-14).
The wicked angels who followed Satan were in chains of darkness imprisoned by their own folly (Jude 6). Remember, the Bible reveals that angels are created spirits (Heb. 1:14). They are not mortal flesh like humans. In I Peter 3:19-20 we read of spirits, angels, not human beings, but angels who were imprisoned, bound, when? “When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing!”
Notice it! Before the flood destroyed the land, while the ark was still under construction, the angels who are spirits, were already imprisoned, “in hell,” tartaroo, not at liberty to cohabit with human women. It is a fable that angels were imprisoned as a result of the flood. Not only does Peter disprove the theory that fallen angels were at liberty to marry women, but Jesus also disproves it. Christ said in three places that angels DO NOT MARRY. Angels are created spirits and do not reproduce by sexual intercourse or any other means (Luke 20:36; Matt. 22:30 and Mark 12:25).
Angels cannot cohabit with women and reproduce because angels and human are two different kinds of beings. God set laws in motion that each produces after its own kind (Gen. 1). Two different Biblical kinds can not gender sexually. This is one of the most thoroughly established laws of science. God did not make it possible for angels to reproduce with human beings. He did not intend to beget angels as His sons (Heb. 1:5). Besides, no where in the Bible do we find that degraded angels have the power to manifest themselves in the form of human beings, a power now manifested only by righteous angels who serve God.
Years after the flood there was recorded for us in the book of Job a description of prediluvian life (Job 22:15-18). Notice what the narrator says! “Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?” Did you notice it? The Bible says “men,” not angels. Men, human beings, say to God, “depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them? Yet he filled their houses with good things.” They were self-sufficient, unregenerate human sinners who had no fear of God. They were like human beings today. They didn’t believe in a flood. But fallen angels fear God, and tremble. They know the just judgment of God against their evil deeds (James 2:19). The angels knew God would bring a great flood.
Now read Genesis 6:3. The “sons of God” took wives. “The Eternal said, My spirit shall not always strive with men.” Here again the sons of God are called “men.” Because the sons of God lusted after women, God said, “I will destroy man whom I have made from the face of the earth” (v. 7). Not one word about angels! Notice that God said because of those marriages He would destroy man, not angels!
Angels are spirits and could not be destroyed by water. With the outpouring of the deluge “all flesh died and every man” (Gen. 7:21-23).
If you will examine the 6th chapter of Genesis more closely, you will notice that daughters were born when the human race began to multiply rapidly (v. 1). Why the apparent mention of daughters only? What about the sons that must have been born? The human race reproduces at least as many males as females. The answer is that the sons are spoken of, but most readers overlook it.
Turn to the last verse of Genesis 4 and pick up the real beginning of the account. Over two and one-half centuries had passed since the creation of Adam. What happened? “Then began men to call upon the name of the Eternal.” They knew God was their Creator and they were His creation, his sons! They lived near enough to creation to know that! A marginal reading is “then began men to call themselves by the name of the Eternal (Gen. 4:26).
Like people today who profess Christ and call themselves Christians, those men of old gave only lip service to the ways of God even though they called themselves by the name of God! They were the sons born before the flood. They were rebellious and unrepentant. What had they done that was evil in God’s sight? Notice it, the males who professed God, but with whom God would not continue to strive, were the ones who married the ”daughters of men.“
They persisted in having their own way and married their neighbor’s daughters, beautiful, but unconverted women, who led them further from God and into the cares and evils of this world.
The Bible employs the phrase “sons of God” in several ways. Therefore we have need of adequate Scriptural proof before we can be sure which Bible definitions is intended in the 6th chapter of Genesis. People always want to pick the definition they want to believe rather than what God intends to reveal! Maybe that’s what you, without realizing it, have been doing all these years.
Here are the Biblical usages.
First, if one has received and is led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14), then he is now a begotten son of God (I John 3:1). Many verses in the New Testament explain that the natural human being is not a begotten son of God until guided and filled with the Holy Spirit which is the divine nature and life of God ( II Peter 1:4).
Second, figuratively speaking, natural human beings are called “sons of God.” We are all the sons of God by creation (Mal. 2:10; Luke 3:38).
Third, in the book of Job, God calls angels, “sons of God” because they were created by Him. Notice it. “All the sons of God shouted for joy” when God was laying the earth’s foundation (Job 38:5-7). This was long before there were any human beings. Adam, who was the first man (I Corth. 15:45), was created much later.
Although angels are called “sons of God” because they are created by God, they can never become begotten sons of God as can human beings (Heb. 1:5).
How plain, then! Angels cannot marry women. Jesus said so. Those “sons of God” who were destroyed because they sinned by contracting marriages which ruined them could not have been angels. The angels were not destroyed at the flood. They are spirit and could not be destroyed by drowning.
Since the “sons of God” were carnal, sinful human beings, hence not the begotten sons of God, they were the “sons of God” by Creation! The Bible permits no other conclusion.
Would that learned men of science and professing Christians would open their minds to the Bible revelation and let it guide their reasoning to the astounding truth!