The Hebrew word nĕphiyl (נָפִיל H5303), often rendered “Nephilim” in modern Bibles, is at the center of a great controversy in Christian theological circles today. This word appears just three times in the King James Bible, as “giants.”
Genesis 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.”
Numbers 13:33: “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.”
Were these people literal giants, “men of a great stature” (Numbers 13:32), so that one appears in their sight like a grasshopper (13:33)? I doubt it. The unbelieving spies did give “an evil report of the land” of Canaan (13:32). What produced these “giants”? Therein lies the controversy. Some people argue that the “sons of God” (Genesis 6:2, 4) were fallen angels who had sexual relations with the “daughters of men” (6:2, 4), thereby producing “giants” (6:4). In other words, the seed of Satan mingled with the seed of Eve (3:15). This impure seed was later found in Ham, the son of Noah, so the drunken prophet cursed his grandson Canaan (9:22-27). Since Satan’s seed is still on Earth (i.e. the satanic bloodlines of the Illuminati), the Nephilim will eventually destroy mankind in the end times.
The story of the Nephilim is a man-made fable, as insidious and profane as the false genealogies of Gnosticism, so it must be spurned (1 Timothy 1:4, 4:7; 2 Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14; 2 Peter 1:16). Why do many Christians believe this hoax? They’ve chosen to “turn away their ears from the truth … unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:4). As long as they remain blind, these people won’t hear or respond to divine truth. They rejected “sound doctrine” before embracing lies (4:3). Therefore, we must pray that God drops the scales from their eyes and gives them conviction and repentance. Until this miracle happens, we must “preach the word … in season” and “out of season”; we must “reprove, rebuke,” and “exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (4:2). The eternal destinies of souls depend upon it.
“As the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” – Matthew 24:37
“As it was in the days of Noe [Noah], so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” – Luke 17:26
It behooves us to study what life was like in Noah’s day so that we can understand and prepare for life in the end times before Jesus Christ returns. He told us to. So, in part 2 of this series, I’ll perform a word study of nĕphiyl.
 All Scripture references are to the King James Version (KJV), unless otherwise noted.
 I have no working knowledge (grammar and syntax) of ancient Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, or Latin. My familiarity with the first two languages is the result of interacting with Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.