The legend of the watchers and the Nephilim

 

There is a story that calls for a closer look in the bible, and other mythology. There is the story of the watchers, or the fallen angels, also known as grigori. 

In Genesis 6:1-4, it says: “When men began to increase on earth and daughters were born to them, the divine beings saw how beautiful the daughters of men were and took wives from among those that pleased them. The LORD said, ‘My breath shall not abide in man forever, since he too is flesh; let the days allowed him be one hundred and twenty years.’ It was then, and later too, that the Nephilim appeared on earth – when the divine beings cohabited with the daughters of men, who bore them offspring. They were the heroes of old, the men of renown.”  

So, essentially, these angels fell from Heaven because they marveled at humanity, and took human wives. There children were called the Nephilim.  This presents a wide array of questions. Are they still here? Where did they go? How would we even know if we met them, a watcher or a Nephilim?  

God standeth in the Congregation of God (El)
In the midst of gods (elohim) He judgeth
All the foundations of the earth are moved.
I said: Ye are gods,
And all of you sons of the Most High (Elyon)
Nevertheles ye shall die like men,
And fall like one of the princes (sarim)
–Psalm 82:1, 5-7 

This is another reference that is believed to discuss watchers.  

Some believe that the angels’ sin was in marrying humans. Others believe that they revolted against God, and were cast down.  

In the Book of Enoch, which was not included in the Bible, it gives an account of how the angels were cast down. In this account, they rebelled based on their desire to marry humans. The passage states that there were 200 angels cast down. There were 19 leaders at the time, also called “chiefs of ten.”  

When they reached the earth, they taught women about (what seems like) magic and nature. They taught men how to make weapons, and about arts and sciences. This increased lawlessness and warfare. Men of earth cried out to Heaven, and the 4 archangels, Michael, Uriel, Raphael and Gabriel, cried out to God. God then sent Uriel to warn Noah that there would soon be a flood.  

God sent Uriel to bind Azazel, chief of the Se’irim (goat-demons). These demons haunted deserts and Semitic tribes offered sacrifices to them. Uriel bound Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the hole in the desert (Duda’el) the Lord had made.  

The others were instructed by God to commit acts of violence as well. Raphael threw sharp rocks at Azazel’s face. Michael was commanded to to bind Semyaza, a watcher, and his associates in the valleys of the earth. They will remain there until the day of judgment, when they are cast into the fire.  

The giants, or Nephilim, caused the production of evil spirits—most likely the spirits of the giants themselves. The spirits are not corporeal or material, but devote themselves to tormenting mankind because they have proceeded from them. According to the Book of Enoch, these spirits won’t be punished until the day of judgment. Watchers are punished both before and on the day of judgment.  

It seems the Nephilim never stood a chance. 

First, it was a defilement of the essence of the angels to marry and engage in sexual acts with human women. Second, these unions between the angels and mortal women were considered evil, themselves. Because of the Nephilim and evil created by these unions, God caused the great Flood of Noah’s time.  

Finally, the angels sinned because they taught humanity and revealing the secrets of the natural universe which God did not intend for man to know. 

Based on these passages alone, I’m surprised that the book of Enoch didn’t make it into the Bible, because of the support it seems that legalistic Christians might give these stories. It speaks of a whole new type of sexual immorality, which is one of the church’s favorite means of control. It also shuns knowledge of mystics, arts and sciences. 

Of course, these passages delve deeper into a mythology than we are used to having in the Bible. The Bible doesn’t usually give so many stories about the angels, but focuses more on mankind.  

Whatever the reasons are this book didn’t make it into the Bible, it still begs the question—who were these beings? And when did they leave? 

We have theorized that the Nephilim could be what we think of as aliens. They might have left, and found a new home, such as another planet. Their spirits could still be here, since they are labeled as evil and will remain as they are until the day of judgment.  

What about the watchers? Did they bind them all? Or are they still here?  Could this explain the mysteries of the megaliths?

Maybe this opens a door to explaining many secrets of our history. 

 
 

 

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One thought on “The legend of the watchers and the Nephilim

  1. This seems to validate the legends in the Americas of tall, white-skinned strangers who came to teach them of agriculture, arts, and sciences. Again we are finding worldwide phenomena from the mythic period of prehistory.

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