In recent months, I have become exposed to and as a result have become quite interested in theological research and writings regarding the events described as taking place in Genesis 6:4. Those not familiar with this passage arguably are not aware of what possibly took place because at first glance it seems to be a rather benign passage of Scripture. Furthermore, some scholars have suggested the “sons of God” were merely humans who took for themselves wives and the nephilim referred to in that verse were nothing more than some people who were famous during that period of history or who might have become a bit taller than the rest of humanity. Speak and author Rob Skiba, in his fascinating book Archon Invasion: The Rise, Fall and Return of the Nephilim provides the reader with valuable insight and interesting research into this subject matter, noting the reality of something more taking place than humans marrying and taking human wives for a mate. Additionally, Skiba explores whether this event took place on more than one occasion in history.
I will start off by reiterating what a fascinating subject this has become for me in recent months. When one begins to unpack Genesis 6:4 as well as other locations in Scripture when this event and the result of this event are mentioned, some of the more shall we say bizarre elements of Scripture begin to come into greater focus. Those who attempt to stifle conversation on this subject or brush it aside instead promoting that nothing really much took place are avoiding an important element of Bible study.
Some, as Skiba notes, promote the Sethite Theory, the idea that Genesis 6 is simply describing the sons of Seth engaging in relations with the ungodly offspring of Cain. Even a cursory look at Scripture as well as Jewish and Christian commentary on the subject reveals major holes in the Sethite Theory. Skiba aptly comments “if the sons of God are supposed to be a representation of the good sons of Seth mating with the bad daughters of Cain, why is it that the supposedly “good guys” are the ones doing the bad thing?” Indeed something more nefarious took place, namely that of fallen angels leaving their proper estate and coming to earth in an attempt to corrupt God’s plan.
Skiba also takes an in-depth look at the Multiple Incursion Theory or the belief that these fallen angels not only acted in a pre-flood context but also after the flood. After engaging with the Biblical text and extra-biblical texts such as Enoch, Skiba rejects a multiple incursion approach, instead averring that the corrupt seed was carried by the wives of Noah’s sons and thus was passed down to future generations. One can see this in Scripture with the existence and mention of generations of offspring, albeit of a much smaller size that potentially existed in a pre-flood time period. It is interesting to engage a passage such as Numbers 13:31-33, specifically the declaration by the Israelite spies that they were but “grasshoppers” when compared to the inhabitants of the land. This is not just mere symbolism but rather a reality given the spies encountered remnants of the Nephilim who were still alive during this time of history.
I also appreciated the attention paid by Skiba to the principle of the seed. Grasping the battle that exists between the seed of the woman and the seed of the enemy, truly sheds additional important insight not only to Genesis 6, but also the entirety of Scripture. Genesis 3:15 sets the stage for this battle, noting God’s statement of “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” I found Skiba’s statement “this whole issue of not mixing seed was the whole purpose of circumcision” to be quite important. He goes on to submit that a “covenant is always sealed in blood. Circumcision is a blood covenant, made in the “dispenser of seed” as a permanent reminder to stay pure.” Such a comment shed great insight into the underlying purpose of circumcision and God’s purpose in having His people faithfully perform that act.
Archon Invasion contains a plethora of interesting information that will provide the reader with much to consider. I guarantee that some paradigms will be challenged for those willing to take the time to read Skiba’s research and comments. What took place in Genesis 6:4 was not some unimportant historical incident. It was an overt attempt to thwart God’s plans. When one takes the time to look back in history and put some puzzle pieces together, the picture of what took place and what could take place once again in the future becomes a bit clearer. One thing is certain which Skiba consistently reiterates and that is God’s plans can never be thwarted. Regardless of what plan the enemy hatches, God is in control and just as Caleb and Joshua led the charge against the giants of their day, we too if we remain faithful to God and His Word can defeat whatever the enemy brings our direction.
I highly recommend this book for any even remotely interested in this subject matter. I know I find it fascinating and I am confident those who read this book and other works by Rob Skiba and others who have diligently researched this subject matter will find themselves engaged and more importantly, they will find themselves digging deeper into the Word of God.
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