“X-Men: First Class” kicked off the summer blockbuster movie season to rave reviews. The story, based on the long-running comic book series, focuses on a group of “genetically-enhanced” youth, who, due to genetic mutations from radiation exposure, attain superhuman abilities. Through various circumstances, these “gifted” people join together to form a superhero group. In the film, two ideas are promoted heavily: 1) the theory of evolution explains the origin of humanity and 2) mankind, though genetics, has the power to become godlike and usher in a new age of human achievement. What is absent in all of these ideas is any respect for or even the presence of God. Evolution replaces God with random chance and attributes human achievement to nature and good genes. And while the X-Men film appears on the surface to be criticizing the Nazis (who play a prominent role in the opening scenes) it actually espouses the same underlying philosophy that inspired the Nazi regime in the first place.
In the first moments, the movie focuses on DNA being the key to unrealized power. Sebastian Shaw, the villain in the film, who is working with the Nazis during WWII doing research on Jews in concentration camps, outlines his philosophies to the young mutant who would eventually become Magneto.
Sebastian Shaw: [subtitled] Understand this, Erik…These Nazis. I’m not like
them. Genes are the key, yes? But their goals? Blue eyes? Blond hair? Pathetic.
Eat the chocolate. It’s good. Want some?
Young Erik: [subtitled] I want to see my mama.
[Shaw addresses young Erik in German in his office in a concentration camp]
Sebastian Shaw: [subtitled] Genes are the key to the door leading into a new era, Erik. A new future for humanity. Evolution. You know what I mean?
The “evolution” of human DNA is precisely what the Bible warns of in the end times. Human genes are going to be a key part of Satan’s plans as the reign of the Antichrist draws near.
The Nephilim: The Original X-Men
“We have it in us to be the better men.” – Professor X
“We already are.” — Magneto
As detailed in our article by the same name, the Nephilim, were a hybrid race of fallen angelic beings and humans born in the time before the Great Flood. Genesis Chapter 6 provides the account:
6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Now many people have debated whether the “sons of God” refers to angels or men. And this is precisely why we have to examine the Bible as a complete book and not just hang ideas on one verse. The Hebrew term for “sons of God” is B’nai Ha Elohim, which indicates that these are Heavenly beings, giving credence to them being fallen angels. Further proof comes from the children of these sons of God and daughters of men growing up to become “mighty men” and of “renown.” They were also “giants.” Something in their genetics made them supernaturally large people. And it was their fallen angelic parentage.
But again, we must keep searching the Bible to make certain of meaning. The Bible is self-confirming and one passage of Scripture can always be confirmed by another. We see the term “sons of God” next used in the book of Job. Job 2:1 states: Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
The Hebrew term here once again is B’nai Ha Elohim. The ‘sons of God’ here are clearly Angelic beings who are presenting themselves before The Lord (in Heaven). And Satan is among them (and Satan himself is a fallen cherubim – a type of Heavenly being). So there should be no mistaking what the Hebrew term now means. The implication here is that the Genesis 6 account is detailing fallen angels who married human women and produced children with them. And this act was so abhorrent to The Lord that He punished them. First with the flood and then with imprisonment.
The Nephilim were Satan’s attempt to corrupt the bloodline of humanity that would eventually lead to the birth of the Messiah. The Nephilim were “men of renown” and literal giants, who dominated the Earth. Almost every ancient civilization on record has accounts of “the gods” coming to Earth to take human women as their wives. And their offspring were the “titans”, “heroes” or “demigods” of what society has been taught to see as “myth.” But the Bible makes it clear that these beings were very real. The resulting rampant sin and violence in society became so outrageous that God was forced to wipe out all of the creatures of the Earth except for Noah and his family, with the flood. Noah, in addition to being a devout follower of The Lord, was “perfect in his generations” indicating that he was pure human with no angelic mixing in his lineage. Thus the line of humanity that would lead to the Messiah would continue through him.
The evil angels who committed these acts were punished and sent to the abyss, or bottomless pit, where they are locked away until their final judgment (Jude 1:5-7). However, after the flood, the sinful relations resumed and Giants again returned to Earth, though in limited numbers. While the ancient tribes of Israel wandered the wilderness for 40 years, Satan had his Nephilim offspring, occupy the Promised Land that God had appointed to His nation Israel.
One example of a Nephilim in the Bible was Og, the King of Bashan, whom the Israelites defeated under the leadership of God and His servant, Moses.
3:1 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.
3:2 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.
3:3 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.
3:11 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)
Og, is described as being a part of the “remnant” of the giants. So by his time, it appears the intermingling had stopped for good. Notice that the Bible states the measurement of his bed. A cubit is equal to 18 inches and thus Og’s bed was approximately 13 1/2 feet long and 6 feet wide! (Also take careful note that his bedstead was made of iron. This will be very relevant later.)
Another more famous example of the remnant of these “supermen” was Goliath, the champion of the Philistines who was an enemy of God’s people:
And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. (1 Samuel 17:5-7)
Goliath stood over 9 feet tall. He was so powerful that he challenged the Israelite army to send any man to fight him and no one volunteered. This villainous man was in direct opposition to God and His people and one of God’s greatest servants, David, through his faith in The Lord, slew the giant in an account that many in the world know. The point here is that the Nephilim Giants represent an anti-God rebellion. Goliath himself, who was 6 cubits tall, wore 6 pieces of armor and “.. the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron..” (17:7). The symbolism of 6-6-6 is no coincidence as Goliath was a type and foreshadow of the Antichrist who is defeated by David, who is a foreshadow of Jesus Christ. This is how God communicates in the Bible, as historical events of the past and people of the Old Testament can serve as prophetic foreshadows of future prophecy (for more on this, we strongly recommend the article on types and shadows).
So the point here is that the intermingling or joining of humans with angels is evil. It is something that God never intended. We are to access God through Jesus Christ, His Son. Not by angels. However, almost all occult practices are geared toward this very goal: the communication and or communion with angelic beings. And this spiritual deception will culminate with the return of the fallen angels into open interaction with humanity in the end times. Movies like X-Men make the idea of humanity becoming “more evolved” appealing as the Nephilim/X-Men are heroic, cool and astound the crowd with their superhuman feat. Their superiority is thus justified and desired.
The Iron Kingdom: Angels, Aliens and X-Men
“No, seriously. You mustn’t knock it. Mutation took us from single cells organisms to being the dominant form of reproductive life on this planet. Infinite forms of variation with each generation, all through mutation.” — Charles Xavier
Professor X, the intellectual leader of the X-Men, views and preaches that the mutations that led to the X-Men were part of the continuation of classic Darwinian evolution. The X-Men thus represented the future of humanity, a superior race who can lead the world into a new era of peace between regular human and the supermen he would lead. Such an era was prophesied by the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. Chapter 2 details the interpretation of a dream by the prophet Daniel.
In the dream, which the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, was tormented by, he envisioned an enormous statue composed of 4 different metals: a head of gold, torso of silver, midsection of brass, legs of iron and feet of iron and miry clay. Daniel, through divine inspiration, was able to interpret the dream and identified each section of the statue as a series of Gentile empires that would succeed each other throughout history, with the head of Gold being King Nebuchadnezzar’s mighty Babylonian Kingdom. The silver Torso was the Medo-Persian Empire, followed by the Greeks and finally the iron legs which are often viewed as the Roman empire. However, the fourth kingdom, which dominates the world in unprecedented fashion, comes in 2 phases:
2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
The Fourth Kingdom has a second phase where it is mixed with iron and miry clay, represented by the 10 toes of the statue. Verse 44 lets us know that this will be an end-times Kingdom, because it will be followed by the final, true Kingdom of God, led by Jesus Christ, who will reign forever. So this iron/miry clay Hybrid Kingdom is yet to come. What is most interesting about its description is in verse 43. The Bible states that “they” shall mingle themselves with the “seed of men.” The “seed” in the Bible is always a reference to sexual reproduction and the “seed of men”, specifically means human reproduction. So who is this “iron” Kingdom that will try to mix with the seed of men? The Bible tells us it is the return of the fallen angels to Earth, once again attempting to mingle themselves with humanity and bring back the race of Nephilim.
Daniel describes this fourth Kingdom again in Chapter 7 - 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
As opposed to the parts of statue, the 4 kingdoms in this chapter are represented by four beasts The fourth Kingdom, “diverse” from the others, is the same angelic Kingdom. Its teeth are iron which we saw represented with both the bed of King Og and the spear of Goliath. This is the Kingdom that will rule on Earth at the time of the arrival of the Antichrist. And the Nephilim can only be achieved through the manipulation of the seed of man or human DNA. The genetics of humanity are a major issue in the end times. What will be perceived as the next step in evolution, will be a deception intended to bring humanity into subjugation and destruction by the evil spirit world. The Bible prophesies that fallen angels will return to Earth in the end times. And these powerful spirits that will promise us “peace and safety” are in fact working for Satan.
X-Men Evolutionary Characters
“We are the Children of the atom.” - Sebastian Shaw
Evolutionary thought is promoted through the film with the promise that through a genetic change, humanity can become something greater. The movie is dripping with the seduction that we can one day alter our DNA or “evolve” to become godlike. And yet while it might seem like just fun science fiction creativity, even in the movie, there is a strong spiritual component to the characters as well that reveals the hidden meaning.
Darwin: A character who can take on the form of anything around him that can allow him to survive. In the movie we see this character dunk his head into a fish tank and automatically grow gills in his neck to allow him to breathe underwater. The nod to evolution here is obvious as he was named after Charles Darwin.
Beast: “The Beast” is another name for the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation (Chapter 13). The Antichrist in that chapter is prophesied to control the world through a one world government, economy and religion. In other X-Men movies we see that Beast once he is an adult becomes an ambassador to the United Nations, one of the foremost promoters of global governance.
One of the most interesting characters in the movie is Azazel. Here is the description of this character from his Marvel Comics Wiki:
Azazel claims that many years ago an ancient horde of demonic mutants from biblical times called the Neyaphem were in an epic battle with a group of angelic over-zealous mutants, named the Cheyarafim. The Cheyarafim were victorious in the battle and banished the “evil” mutants to an alternate dimension for all eternity. The Neyaphem’s leader, Azazel, was the only one who was able to breach the dimensional void for brief periods of time due to his teleportation powers. His only hope to return to earth was by impregnating women because his children are linked to his dimension.
So we have a character was the leader of a “demonic mutants from Biblical times” called the “Neyaphem.” The Biblical parallels are unmistakable. The banishing to a dimension is obviously a veiled reference to the imprisonment of the fallen angels who sinned with human women and are currently in the abyss. In fact, the “Beast” Spirit that indwells the Antichrist, emerges from the same bottomless pit where the other rebel angels are presently imprisoned (Revelation 11). And what is Azazel’s main agenda according to his Marvel Comic bio? Impregnating human women. This falls exactly in line with Biblical account of Genesis 6. As stated earlier, the X-Men are a reinterpretation of the Nephilim: humans who have had their genetic code “enhanced” to gain superpowers and become “men of renown.”
The Marvel Wiki description goes on to state that Azazel’s children were all called to the Island of Demons for a sacrifice of themselves to help give him power. He also has several aliases including Beelzebub (who in the Bible is called “the prince of the demons”) and Satan (not to mention that he happens to resemble common depictions of the Devil).
In the Bible the name Azazel is used in reference to a sacrifice of atonement that was made by Moses and Aaron, after Aaron’s sons sinned in their handling of the sacred Tabernacle duties to God. Two goats were brought to the door of the tabernacle and lots were cast for them. One would go as a sacrifice to The Lord, the other, the scapegoat would be sent live off into the wilderness, into an uninhabited area. A translation for this goat is “Azazel” which means one in opposition to God. This ritual was a foreshadow of the work of Jesus Christ when He died on the cross. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, all people today can receive forgiveness of sins. And the “Azazel” represents the separation of our sins from God’s presence as well as the eventual banishment of the devil that will come in the future.
In the occult and extra-Biblical books such as the Book of Enoch and the Zohar, Azazel was an angel who rebelled against God to go interact, have sexual relations and “enlighten” humanity. The idea is no different, this is a satanic being who is against all that is good and Godly. So it seems that the same ideas of the Biblical Nephilim clearly worked its way into the X-Men storyline.
Evolution’s First Class: Racism to Nazism
“A new species is being born. Help me guide it, shape it, lead it.” – Professor X
“Anyone who interprets National Socialism merely as a political movement knows almost nothing about it. It is more than religion; it is the determination to create a new man.” — Adolf Hitler.
While Charles Darwin is credited as the father of evolutionary theory, a number of his contemporaries and followers also contributed to the literature and scholarship behind it in the 19th century. And there is a consistent theme through all of it: racism. The idea that man evolved from the molecule, through various iterations of ape and then became the homo sapien we know today, opens the door for all sorts of ideas on race superiority. And this was evident in evolutionary theory from the onset. Since the “strongest race” was the most materially successful in the eyes of evolutionists, science had “proven” race-based superiority.
Darwin wrote: “I could show fight on natural selection having done and doing more for the progress of civilization than you seem inclined to admit…. The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turkish hollow in the struggle for existence. Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world.
Darwin was opposed to slavery. However when it came to his attitudes towards people of other races, John Koter writes: ‘ Darwin never considered “the less civilized races” to be authentically human. For all his decent hatred of slavery, his writings reek with all kinds of contempt for “primitive” people. Racism was culturally conditioned into educated Victorians by such “scientific” parlor tricks as Morton’s measuring of brainpans with BB shot to prove that Africans and Indians had small brains, and hence, had deficient minds and intellects. Meeting the simple Indians of Tierra del Fuego, Darwin wrote: “I could not have believed how wide was the difference between savage and civilized man; it is greater than between a wild and domesticated animal . . . Viewing such a man, one can hardly make oneself believe that they are fellow creatures and inhabitants of the same world.”
Thomas Huxley, one of the greatest promoters of Darwin’s work, stated: “No rational man, cognizant of the facts, believes that the average negro is the equal, still less the superior, of the white man. And if this be true, it is simply incredible that, when all his disabilities are removed, and our prognathous relative has a fair field and no favour, as well as no oppressor, he will be able to compete successfully with his bigger-brained and smaller-jawed rival, in a contest which is to be carried out by thoughts and not by bites.”
As a scientific journal noted: “After 1859, the evolutionary schema raised additional questions, particularly whether or not Afro-Americans could survive competition with their white near-relations. The momentous answer was a resounding no…. The African was inferior—he represented the missing link between ape and Teuton.”
Hermann Klastch, a German evolutionist and disciple of Darwin wrote: “… we cannot deny that the recent tendency of anthropology is not to support the idea of unity of the race that has been suggested by religion and sentiment considerations. Modern science cannot confirm the exaggerated humanitarianism which sees our brothers and sisters in all the lower races”.
In contrast the Bible does not have “races.” In fact, from the first chapter of the Bible, it is clear that as opposed to races evolving in different parts of the world, all people on the planet come from the same 2 parents: Adam and Eve. And man, as opposed to being an evolved ape, was made as a man, in the image of God. Thus there can be no claims for race superiority, since the Bible states that we are all one family, made in God’s image: ” There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28).
The racist ideologies of evolutionists helped provide the foundation of the Eugenics movement at the end of the 19th century. It was most notably led by Francis Galton, Charles Darwin’s cousin. Eugenics was the study and science of improving humanity through “good breeding” — in other words, promoting the reproduction among racial superiors, while trying to get “inferior races” to stop reproducing. Thus programs such as forced sterilization and abortions were promoted to increase the quality of race in society.
Galton defined eugenics as: “Eugenics is the study of agencies under social control that may improve or impair the racial qualities of future generations, whether physically or mentally.”
By 1935, 27 American States had enacted eugenics laws. But while social programs to control reproduction among the poor and non-White races were effective, Galton wanted Eugenics to eventually become a religion. And he was so passionate about the spiritual aspect of what he was doing that he named his publication on Eugenics: Lucifer the Light Bearer (the name was later changed to much more scientific sounding The American Journal of Eugenics). Again, the connection between evolution, rebellion against God and Satan could not be clearer.
Soon Adolf Hitler, influenced by evolutionary ideas, took these ideas to the extreme with his Master Race ideologies and mass murder of non-Aryans. And thus the same ideas that propel the X-Men to greatness, are what started the whole Master Race idea in the first place. As the Bible predicts, the Antichrist, like Hitler, will seek to exterminate large parts of the human population who refuse to follow him. This can only be justified to society by the eugenic philosophy. And all of this is in sinful opposition to the Word of God. God is not a respecter of persons. There is no compatibility between evolution (or theistic evolution) and Biblical Christianity. No race is more “fit” or “superior” in the eyes of God. It is our sin, that every human has and our faith, that will lead to judgment or Grace from the Lord. The ideas of evolution are an attempt to remove God from the equation and make room for “Lucifer”, eugenics or some other deception. And we should strongly and loudly resist that.
Curiously, the X-Men movie, seems to display the Nazi Swastika very prominently in the film. This powerful imagery represents not just Hitler’s racist, murderous regime, but also the occult “5th Root Race” which again goes back to the idea of a superior race taking over the world. And while X-Men portrays Nazis as the villains the ideas of the heroes lead right back to the same way of thinking. But the Bible says otherwise. All men are made in the image of God and thus have equality. God judges the heart, not the outer appearance.
And [God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: (Acts 17:26-27).
Conclusion: The True Transformation of Humanity
There is no common ground between the Bible and evolution. The Lord created humanity. And not only does evolution remove The Lord from life, it also can lead to very dangerous ideas on how humanity can continue to “evolve” to the point of becoming like god. This will be part of the end-time deception. But no sort of genetic manipulation or breakthrough can ever solve the problem of human sin. That comes through Jesus Christ. God’s agenda is for His people to look to Him, seek Jesus Christ in repentance and faith and let Him change us. Just as a person cannot change their heart, so too can we not “evolve” ourselves. As Daniel says, the iron and miry clay mixing will not be successful. But for those have faith in God, we will indeed see ourselves physically transformed:
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:50-53)
In our sinful bodies, we cannot be in the presence of God for eternity. The transformation that God has planned for His children is one where we do change out of our current bodies. For those who are believers, the Bible promises a new, Heavenly body, no longer corrupted by sinful desires and rebellion like our current ones. And with those, we will not only be able to enter God’s presence, we will never die. So instead of looking to technology, angels or supermen to work on our own evolution, we can just put our faith in God who will make us perfect all on His own.
“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”