This is Part 2 in the Beginning and End Nephilim Series.
In our prior installment – Bloodlines of The Nephilim – A Biblical Study, Beginning and End detailed the assault launched by Satan and a select group of fallen angels to corrupt the human gene pool, plunge the world into sin and prevent the birth of the Messiah. The Nephilim, the offspring of the illicit union between fallen angels and human women as detailed in Genesis 6, were superhuman tyrants who threatened the very existence of humanity and necessitated the flood which destroyed the entire creations save for Noah and his family. When the giants returned after the flood faithful men and woman of God stood against them and continued the war to protect the bloodline of the prophesied Messiah.
Abraham Versus The Nephilim Slayers
Genesis 14 details the first major war in the Bible. A 4-king coalition led by Amraphel, King of Shinar (Shinar being the location of the infamous Tower of Babel constructed by Nimrod, who we profiled in our prior installment) went to war with 5 vassal kings in the southern Jordan area. The vassal kings were required to pay tribute to the northern coalition as “protection money” – essentially paying for peace. When the action picks up in Genesis 14, the arrangement was working for 12 years with no issue but things soon changed:
“Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.” – Genesis 14:4.
As Chedorlaomer prepared for battle, his path south would take him right through territory occupied by the postdiluvian giants. And this chapter of Genesis gives detail to a human versus giant battle in which the humans won in dramatic fashion:
“And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emins in Shaveh Kiriathaim, And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness. And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.” – Genesis 14:5-7.
Many Christian theologians understood that this battle pitted ordinary people versus superhuman beings:
“But when Abraham first sojourned in the Land of Canaan, we find this country possessed by the Rephaim, Zuzim, and Emim; names which imply men of more than ordinary strength, and of a gigantic.” – Scripture Geography, by Thomas Tucker Smiley, p. 55.
In the Septuagint, the oldest extant version of the Old Testament and the one most quoted by Jesus Christ and His disciples, Genesis 14:5 reads: “And in the fourteenth year came [Cherdolaomer], and the kings with him, and cut to pieces the giants in Astaroth, and Carnain..” (Genesis 14:5, LXX). The Rephaim were giants and the Hebrew word rapha (the singular form of Rephaim) is often translated in the King James Version as “giant.” E.W. Bullinger’s Bible commentary states of the Rephaim:
“a branch of the Nephilim… Superhuman beings, so called after one Rapha..” (E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible Notes).
The infamous and powerful King Og of Bashan, a Nephilim ruler centuries after the time of Abraham, was said to be one of the last of the “giants [Rephaim] in the book of Numbers (which will be detailed below).
Zuzims in Ham
The Zuzims or Zamzummim’s were also part of the race of the post-flood giants. In Deuteronomy 2 we read:
“And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession. (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummim’s; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the Lord destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:” – Deuteronomy 2:19-21.
What is also of note is that the Zuzims resided in the city of Ham, given further indication of their lineage through Ham and specifically his son Canaan (whose descendants so dominated the Promised Land that the entire area was named after him). While some pastors, Bible teachers and scholars teach that following the flood Ham departed for Africa, the Bible confirms that Ham’s descendants for the most part resided in what is today the Middle East.
“A people great and many in the days of Moses, and tall as the Anakim. They dwelt among the Moabites, by whom they were reputed giants.” – Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible. (source).
Emim or ‘Eymiym in Hebrews means “terrors” or “terrible ones” on account of the terror caused by this Nephilim tribe. Deuteronomy 2 also confirms that the Emims were: “a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants…” 19th century theologian Jonathan Gill wrote of them:
“They had their name from the fear and terror they put men into because of their gigantic stature and great strength, as follows: it is probable they were the descendants of Ham.” (source).
Although not much is said of the Horims (who are also called Horites) in Scripture, they are in most instances joined together with the description of other giant tribes in the region. They were driven out of their land directly by God Himself in similar fashion to the other Nephilim so it is reasonable to conclude they were also a tribe that had a population of postdiluvian giants.
What is amazing about this very brief passage in Genesis 14 is that Cherdolaomers’s 4-king coalition is able to vanquish the Nephilim in combat. They slaughtered the giants on the way to conquering the vassal states and specifically the king of Sodom. In this latter battle, Lot, the nephew of Abraham, was kidnapped.
Abraham’s Daring Rescue
This prompted the Biblical patriarch to jump into action – assembling roughly 300 men trained in warfare to rescue his captured nephew:
“And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed. And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram. And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.” – Genesis 14:12-16.
With a late-night raid, Abraham divided his forces and was able to rout Cherdolaomers’s armies. Not only did his small band defeat the 4 kings, they chased them far north to the area of Dan, passing through a fortified gate that is now named after Abraham (this gate still exists and was uncovered by archaeologists in 1966 – yet another stunning discovery that confirms the Bible’s accounts).
How was Abraham able to defeat such a powerful military coalition with only 318 men? The end of Genesis 14 reveals the answer:
“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich….” – Genesis 14:18-23.
In this passage, Abraham (then called Abram) referred to the Lord as “the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth…” The most high God or El Elyon in Hebrew, was a designation of The Lord as Supreme Ruler above all of the heavenly angels and their Nephilim offspring. Chedorlaomer no doubt shocked the world when he ran roughshod over the Nephilim on his way to Sodom and Gomorrah. And immediately following that, Abraham provided an even bigger shock by routing the giant slayer Chedorlaomer with God Almighty leading the charge.
It was God who conquered the 4-King coalition for Abraham and delivered them for defeat. This would be a continued theme in the wars against the giant-infested nations. God personally waged war against the Nephilim proving He was Creator of all the world. And that those who put their faith and trust in Him would be blessed and saved. Abraham recognized this and his life was never the same.
Immediately following this battle, God proclaimed the Messianic prophecy would continue through Abraham and his lineage:
“After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” – Genesis 15:1-6.
The prophecy of the Messiah, first proclaimed in Genesis 3:15, predicted that a Son would one day be born who would defeat the Devil and redeem fallen humanity. With the above proclamation, The Lord specifically identified Abraham as the continuation of this Divine lineage. The Devil who previously attempted to corrupt humanity via the Nephilim before the flood, now had a specific target in his quest to disrupt The Lord’s plan of salvation: Abraham and his offspring. On top of the Messianic blessing, The Lord also made a covenant with Abraham to bless him with the land of Canaan – they very place occupied by the nations who harbored the postdiluvian Nephilim:
“In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” – Genesis 15:18-21.
The stage was set. Following the Exodus, the Israelites – direct descendants of Abraham were to take up arms and take the Promised Land back from the rebellious giant usurpers.
The Sons of Anak – Nephilim Who Caused Israel to Doubt God
Moses, a descendant of Abraham, was appointed by God to serve as the prophet and leader of the twelve tribes of Israel. During the time of slavery in Egypt, Abraham’s offspring indeed grew into a nation – with over a million Israelites leaving Egypt thanks to a series of supernatural plagues sent by God upon Pharaoh and his armies, culminating with their destruction in the Red Sea.
On the cusp of entering the Promised Land, Moses dispatched 12 spies to enter enemy territory and gather intelligence:
“And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain: And see the land, what it is, and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes. So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath.
And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.” – Numbers 13:17-25.
The 12 spies returned to camp with grapes so large, they had to be carried on poles by two men. Such was the extraordinary abundance of the land. But in addition to the oversized crops, they also saw the Nephilim and specifically – Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the sons of Anak. These three hybrid brothers were some of the most feared foes in all the Old Testament. They were so imposing, 10 of the spies wanted to abandon the Divine mission to recapture the Promised Land altogether:
“And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” – Numbers 13:26-33.
Compared to the mighty Nephilim warriors, the spies were like “grasshoppers.” The sons of Anak were the epitome of the postdiluvian giants as many of the other Nephilim tribes were compared to them:
“The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;” Deuteronomy 2:10.
“…giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummim’s; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;…” – Deuteronomy 2:20-21.
Even The Lord, in describing the offspring of Anak, cited a popular saying that captured how terrifying these Nephilim truly were:
“Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven, A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!” – Deuteronomy 9:1-2.
The Anakim were seemingly invincible superhuman warriors. Also of note in the passage from Numbers 13 is that they are described as those: “which come of the giants”, supporting the notion detailed in Bloodlines of The Nephilim, that there were no angelic-human intimate relations after the flood. The post-flood Nephilim were all the offspring of other giants (whose DNA passed through on the ark), not the children of fallen angels. These three angels were the children of Anak, who was the son of Arba, a legendary giant and one of the original builders of Hebron, the oldest city in the postdiluvian world. This is confirmed in the book of Joshua:
“And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from war.” – Joshua 14:15.
The Ahiman Rezon – The Nephilim Occult Connection
In Bloodlines of The Nephilim, Beginning and End cited an occult secret related to the giants. Among the most sacred texts is the Ahiman Rezon, one of the original Masonic constitutions written in 1751 by Laurence Dermott. Dermott’s explanation of the title being a translation of Hebrew is called into question by Wikipedia:
“The title Ahiman Rezon has been often said to be of the Hebrew language and variously mean “to help a brother”, “will of selected brethren”, “The secrets of prepared brethren”, “Royal Builders” and “Brother Secretary”. The reason why Laurence Dermott used it, and what it meant to him, remains a mystery.” (source).
Rather than meaning “will of selected brethren”, it is a reference to the aforementioned Ahiman – the Nephilim son of Anak, who caused so much terror in the nation of Israel and was an ardent enemy of God’s people.
Rezon was an enemy of the twelve tribes who attempted to overthrow King Solomon. God permitted the attempted insurrection as a punishment of Solomon for his rampant polygamy and spiritual rebellion:
“And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah: And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus. And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria.” – 1 Kings 1:23-25.
As will be shown later in this series, there were several prominent members of Freemasonry and the occult societies who were well aware of Genesis 6, the angels who sinned with human woman and the Nephilim. The Encyclopedia of Freemasonry states:
“The legend of the Craft in the Old Constitutions refers to Nimrod as one of the founders of Masonry. Thus in the York Manuscript we read: “At [the] making of [the] [Tower of Babel] there was Masonry first much esteemed of, and the King of Babylon was called Nimrod was, a mason himselfe and loved well Masons.” (source).
The masons wrote about the events of Genesis 6 and more in their own books. In fact one of the greatest mysteries of the occult is directly tied to the Bible:
“At the same time that “The Masonic Ladder” assists the brother to remount the steps he has taken, and enjoy over again the pleasant thoughts experienced when he first took them, they communicate no secrets to an outsider. Like the Bible itself which is full of Masonic secrets to the initiated, “The Masonic Ladder” can not open the way to the arcana of the Order save to those who have once penetrated to them.” – The Masonic Ladder, John Sherer, 1876, p.6-7.
Thus, it is no coincidence that the Ahiman Rezon is named after one of the postdiluvian Nephilim and an adversary of Israel. What is this occult secret? It will be revealed in Part 3 of this series: The Nephilim And The Great Secret of The Occult.
The Provocation – A Generation of Israelites Die Because of The Giants
After the report of Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai at Hebron, the twelve tribes were shook with dread and fright. Save for Caleb and Joshua, 2 faithful believers, the entire nation rebelled against Moses and even considered replacing him with a new leader:
“And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.” – Numbers 14:1-4.
The ancient Hebrews were so scared by the Nephilim they wanted to return to Egypt! Despite the miraculous plagues The Lord inflicted upon their former slave masters in Egypt and destroying Pharaoh and all his armies in the Red Sea, the 12 tribes did not trust that God had the power to stop the giants. Because of this lack of faith, God punished the Israelites by making them march through the wilderness for 40 years – a time long enough to allow all the adults involved in this rebellion to die – before entering the Promised Land. The book of Hebrews calls this event the “provocation”:
“While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?” – Hebrews 3:15-17.
With Israel sentenced to wander the wilderness, a generation was lost and the bloodline of the Nephilim struck a decisive blow against the lineage of the Messiah. But all hope was not lost. A new generation was being raised that would trust God to lead them into the Promised Land – even in the face of the giants. And their human leader would battle 2 of the most legendary Nephilim in Scripture. All this and more will be covered in the next installment: Wars of The Nephilim Kings.