Are the Nephilim Fallen Angels?

Posted On Jul 28 2014 by
Courtesy Flickr creative commons and Jason Hargrove
Courtesy Flickr creative commons and Jason Hargrove

As Gina and I begin our series, #AngelWars, we’re discovering some amazing things as we do our research. Now, most secular writers wouldn’t be concerned with being biblically accurate if they were to write a book using angels as their primary characters. But Gina and I hope to stay as close to the facts of the bible as possible. No easy task.

Angels are the most numerous of heavenly creatures, yet the least understood. The bible refers to them usually as messengers, without giving us a great amount of detail about them. I’ll surely post many articles as we continue the series over its four year timeline, but I’ll start here with the catalyst for our story, the Nephillim.

Our primary verse for understanding the Nephilim is found in Genesis:


Genesis 6:4 – The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of god came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

The problem with understanding this verse is that the bible does not give us a clear definition of the Nephilim. The popular belief is that these are Satan’s fallen angels. Of course, popular doesn’t mean correct. Others say they are simply godless men who choose God’s chosen for their wives. Still others claim they are human men possessed by evil spirits or fallen angels. Some claim they were simply a race of very large men.

I prefer the fallen angel theory. You’ll note that this verse occurs before the Flood. I would suggest that the wanton pairing up of fallen angels with human wives was a catalyst for the Flood. God had to correct this error along with the sin that was overtaking the world.

I’d like to encourage my readers to take a look at this verse in Genesis, then do your own investigation. We’re fortunate to live in an age where studying the bible is as easy as clicking a mouse. Use your bible app or online bible and search the term “Nephilim.” Follow the trail. I think you’ll be amazed where it leads you.

Be sure to sign up for the #AngelWarz newsletter series. We will be bundling these for sale at the end of each season, but you can get each episode free by simply signing up. And, of course, we want to hear from you after each episode. We encourage you to check our story against your bible. Or just enjoy a great story without the homework.

So what do you think? Are the Nephilim fallen angels or some other, more human entity? Leave your comments below!


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Last Updated on: July 27th, 2014 at 9:03 am, by Ron

Written by Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.

2 responses to “Are the Nephilim Fallen Angels?

  1. LOL…you can’t just stop there. Numbers 13:33 states…
    We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

    The was AFTER the flood.

    Also Biblical scholars take the last verse in that Genesis account “They were the heroes of old, men of renown” as an explanation for Twelve Olympians, and Greek mythology.

    • Oh I know it, Bonnie. I started following the decendants of Ham one night and wandered all over the OT. The Nephilim keep showng up like bad apples. Now to tie it in to our story. Gina and I are having a ball writing this.