This is part 3 of the Beginning And End Nephilim Series
In the last installment of our series, Nephilim Giants – Enemies of God In The Bible, Beginning and End detailed the rise of the post-flood giants who populated the land of Canaan. As the twelve tribes of Israel turned into a formidable nation of millions in Egypt, they were soon headed on a collision course with the descendants of the Sons of God and daughters of men of Genesis 6. The first encounter proved treacherous for the Israelites as they confronted the sons of Anak and were so scared they lost their faith in God leading to the 40-year wilderness punishment. Satan’s seed struck a blow, but a generation later, the people of God would marshal their forces to battle for the Promised Land.
Enter Og And Sihon – Moses’ War Against the Nephilim Kings
The 40-year punishment concluded, the first major antediluvian battle between Godly believers and the Nephilim took place in the region east of the Jordan river. Og and Sihon, two Amorite kings, stood between the nation of Israel and entry into the Promised Land. The Israelites initially requested peaceful passage through Sihon’s territory but found themselves immediately on the cusp of battle:
“Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee. And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying, Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left.
“Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet; (As the children of Esau which dwell in Seir, and the Moabites which dwell in Ar, did unto me;) until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the Lord our God giveth us. But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the Lord thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land. Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.” – Deuteronomy 2:24-32.
Sihon marshalled his forces immediately to war against Israel. But as was the case with the giants before the flood, The Lord Himself would personally battle against the Nephilim to secure victory for humanity:
“And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land. Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. And the Lord our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain: Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took.” – Deuteronomy 3:31-35.
God personally directed and intervened in the battle to weaken Sihon’s forces and allow the inferior Israelite army to overtake and destroy them. And just as was the case for all of the giant-populated nations in and around the Promised Land, the order was for destruction of all inhabitants. This was to ensure that the genes of the Nephilim were eradicated. Basic evidence of this very targeted warfare is demonstrated in the verses that immediately follow the 12 tribes’ victory over Sihon:
“Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the Lord our God forbad us.” – Deuteronomy 2:37.
Rather than going on a wholescale rampage to destroy anyone in sight, Israel entered the Promised Land and fought in surgical fashion, only fighting nations specifically identified by The Lord – and these were all descendants of Canaan, patriarch of the postdiluvian Nephilim.
Scripture confirms that the Amorites were indeed giants:
“Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.” – Amos 2:9.
In the passage above, the prophet Amos quotes God. And The Lord’s description of the Amorites is that they were as tall as cedar trees. The Lebanese cedar, most common in ancient Judea (in addition to being used in many of the Old Testament sacrifices, the Lebanese cedar was requested by King Solomon for the construction of the first temple – 1 Kings 5:1-10), range from 30-100 feet in height. The comparison demonstrates the supernatural height of the enemies of Israel.
Og of Bashan – King of The Rephaim Giants
“Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.” – Deuteronomy 3:1.
King Og of Bashan is one of the more well-known Nephilim in the Bible. The scriptural description of his stature and kingdom give a great deal of insight into the post-flood giants and the superhuman power that remained within them.
The Bible details the size of Og’s bed (or couch) as indicative of his supernatural height:
“For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.” – Deuteronomy 3:11.
The ancient Egyptian or Biblical cubit measurements ranged from 18-21 inches, putting Og’s bed at approximately 15 feet long and 6 ½ feet wide. That would put his own height at anywhere from 11-13 feet. His bedstead was so awe-inspiring it was placed on display in Rabbath the capital city of the Ammonites (descendants of Abraham’s nephew Lot).
The Nephilim Possessed Superior Construction Ability
Often overlooked in the description of Og was the vast size of his ancient kingdom. The Bible details that Og’s empire consisted of sixty cities – an astounding numbers for a nation existing in ca 1500BC. The cities were “..great and walled up to Heaven.” Despite having this megalopolis with the natural defensive fortification of high hills in addition to massive walls, The Lord again led the Israelites to a decisive military victory:
“When we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. And the Lord said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. So the Lord our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.
And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many. And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves. And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon; (Which Hermon the Sidonians call Sirion; and the Amorites call it Shenir;).” – Deuteronomy 3:1-9.
Even today, evidence of advanced architecture in the area once known as Bashan still stands. Scattered among the foothills of the Golan Heights are dozens of dolmens – ancient megaliths that archaeologists believe were used as burial chambers. The dolmens were an arrangement of basalt stones with a capstone normally weighing several tons, carefully balancing on the rest. The dolmens in the Golan Heights area date back to 2350 BC, making them some of the oldest structures in human civilization.
In March 2017 a dolmen discovered in Galilee was the first to contain artwork on its interior. The capstone of this particular multi-chamber megalith weighs 50 tons. The excavation team led, by Tel Hai College Professor Gonen Sharon, was stunned by the skills of the ancient inhabitants:
“The gigantic dolmen is without doubt an indication of public construction that required a significant amount of manpower over a considerable period of time. During that time all of those people had to be housed and fed. The building of such a huge construction necessitated knowledge of engineering and architecture that small nomadic groups did not usually possess.
“And even more importantly, a strong system of government was required here that could assemble a large amount of manpower, provide for the personnel and above all direct the implementation and control of a large and lengthy project. Despite all this, the circumstances surrounding the construction of the dolmens, the technology involved in it and the culture of the people who built them are still one of the great mysteries of the archeology of Israel.” (source).
Here is an Israeli news station’s video on the ancient megaliths:
On the heels of Sihon’s defeat to the south of him, Og did not hesitate to attack against the Israelite armies. However God reassured Moses that He would wage war for His nation and deliver the victory to Israel.
Most of Og’s kingdom is located in present-day Syrian and Lebanon and thus excavation teams are not permitted to enter to search for the remnants and relics of his 60-city empire. However, in the 19th century, explorer Josiah Porter found the former kingdom of Og and recorded his findings in the book The Giant Cities of Bashan.
“Now the houses of Kerioth and other towns in Bashan appear to be just such dwellings as a race of giants would build. The walls, the roofs, but especially the ponderous gates, doors, and bars, are in every way characteristic of a period when architecture was in its infancy, when giants were masons, and when strength and security were the grand requisites. I measured a door in Kerioth it was nine feet high, four and a half feet wide, and ten inches thick, – one solid slab of stone. I saw the folding gates of another town in the mountains still larger and heavier. Time produces little effect on such buildings as these.
“The heavy stone slabs of the roofs resting on the massive walls make the structure as firm as if built of solid masonry; and the black basalt used is almost as hard as iron. There can scarcely be a doubt therefore that these are the very cities erected and inhabited by the Rephaim, the aboriginal occupants of Bashan: and the language of Ritter appears to be true “These buildings remain as eternal witnesses of the conquest of Bashan by Jehovah.” – The Giant Cities of Bashan, J.L. Porter, p. 83-84.
Notice that Porter in his account knew the cities of Og were made with basalt stone – the same stone used to make the many dolmens west of the kingdom. All these discoveries provide stunning evdience of the Bible’s accuracy and proof that an advanced civilization did indeed live in the exact region Scripture details. (It also begs the question of how many other ancient structures were giants involved in building?)
Why Did Og Leave His Fortified Cities To Battle The Israelites?
Given the massive defensive advantage provided by his city walls, Og’s decision to leave his cities and enter into open combat with Israel seems questionable. Why was take the risk when his armies could remain behind their walls for the Israelites to try and siege? The book of Joshua provides some insight:
“And you went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand. And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.” – Joshua 24:11-12.
What was this mysterious hornet? Of this passage, renowned theologian Matthew Henry wrote:
“Hosts of hornets made way for the hosts of Israel; such mean creatures can God make use of for the chastising of his people’s enemies, as in the plagues of Egypt. When God pleases, hornets can drive out Canaanites, as well as lions could,” – Matthew Henry’s Commentary On The Old and New Testaments (source).
Recall that in the book of Exodus, God used frogs and flies to unleash plagues that eventually brought the Egyptian empire to ruin. So, the hornets in this instance were a weapon to flush Og’s forces from behind his walls and into open space where The Lord could reduce his forces to a number suitable for the Israelites to utterly vanquish them.
Flavius Josephus is a renowned first century Jewish historian who lived in the decades following the years of Jesus Christ on Earth. In his most famous work, Antiquities of the Jews, he recounts the history of the Israelites and remarked on the greatness of King Og:
“When matters were come to this state, Og, the king of Gilead and Gaulanitis, fell upon the Israelites. He brought an army with him, and in haste to the assistance of his friend Sihon: but though he found him already slain, yet did he resolve still to come and fight the Hebrews, supposing he should be too hard for them, and being desirous to try their valor; but failing of his hope, he was both himself slain in the battle, and all his army was destroyed. So Moses passed over the river Jabbok, and overran the kingdom of Og. He overthrew their cities, and slew all their inhabitants, who yet exceeded in riches all the men in that part of the continent, on account of the goodness of the soil, and the great quantity of their wealth.
“Now Og had very few equals, either in the largeness of his body, or handsomeness of his appearance. He was also a man of great activity in the use of his hands, so that his actions were not unequal to the vast largeness and handsome appearance of his body. And men could easily guess at his strength and magnitude when they took his bed at Rabbath, the royal city of the Ammonites; its structure was of iron, its breadth four cubits, and its length a cubit more than double thereto. However, his fall did not only improve the circumstances of the Hebrews for the present, but by his death he was the occasion of further good success to them; for they presently took those sixty cities, which were encompassed with excellent walls, and had been subject to him, and all got both in general and in particular a great prey.” – Antiquities of the Jews, 5.3, Flavius Josephus. (source).
The Conquest of the Rephaim in Bashan – A True Supernatural Victory
The record of the conquest of the Amorites is celebrated in various passages throughout the Bible. Psalm 135 states:
“Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise him, O ye servants of the Lord. Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God…. For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.
“Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants. Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan: And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.” – Psalm 135:1-2; 5-12.
Right alongside God’s creation of the Earth and the supernatural plagues inflicted upon Egypt in the Exodus is the victory over Sihon and Og. Such was the magnitude of these battles. It also confirms the reasoning for why the Nephilim DNA was permitted to pass on the ark: namely that the postdiluvian giants served as a witness to the Gentile world that the God of Israel was the true Creator and Lord of all. The Psalmist writes: “..I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.” (Psalm 135:5). Rather than look to the fallen angels or the hybrid giants who presented themselves as gods to humanity, Yahweh, the God of Israel, was the true ruler of all Heavenly and earthly creation. And the spectacular destruction of all of Og and Sihon’s armies was evidence of this.
A War of Two Bloodlines
With the victories of Moses and the Israelites the stage was set. An all-out war for the Promised Land was set to commence. The lineage that would lead to the Seed of The Woman – The Lord Jesus Christ, would wage war with the Bloodline of Satan – the Nephilim giants. As this series has demonstrated, the Nephilim were key figures in many of the events of the Old Testament. Their influence and presence was not lost on the practitioners of pagan mysticism either. Why did some of the most infamous Freemasons, Luciferians and New Age mystics write about the account of Genesis 6? What is the secret that even those in the occult admit is hidden in the Bible? We will explore this and more in our next installment: The Nephilim and The Great Secret of the Occult.
For all the articles please see our Beginning And End Nephilim Series Post.