While still trying to answer our question, "If Jesus defeated Satan at the cross, why does he continue?", it is necessary to get the full picture of what is going on.
Skip forward to Genesis 6. There were some very strange goings on. Why? While it is no secret that Noah's flood was a judgment upon the earth, few truly understand the basis for it. When reading the sixth chapter of Genesis, it is not until the seventeenth verse that God tells Noah He will be flooding the earth. The previous sixteen verses tell the story of why. The short version is judgment. God is going to judge the earth and its inhabitants and tells Noah to build a vessel in which he and his family will ride it out. While good scholars are on both sides of the debate concerning Genesis 6, the views put forward here make sense to the overall theme of this paper in general. It is important to understand the reasoning behind God’s decision to judge, as it will help with the fuller understanding of the criminality of Lucifer and his selfish objectives; and ultimately for our personhood. The short version is he wanted to taint the blood of all humanity to prevent the Messiah from coming to save that which was lost. But also, to keep the Messiah from recapturing the world that Satan had connived from Adam.
The following is Genesis 6:1-4 –
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives all of which they chose. 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. 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 which were of old, men of renown”.
In fairness to those scholars that believe in a Sethite Theory to explain the above, I will give a brief synopsis of it. However, this theory takes the text and stretches it to impossible lengths. Making the case for Nephilim is not only correct, but it requires a lot less faith in something that makes no sense otherwise. According to most commentaries, the Sethites were the children and descendants of Seth. The Sethite Theory defenders contend that when God states the “Sons of God” took “the daughters of men”, He is referring to the Sethites being Godly. In contrast, because Cain killed Abel, the daughters of men are the children of Cain. How this makes sense is beyond me, but it is much easier to believe this than to deal with the facts that are presented in the text. Their contention is because Cain killed Abel and God put a mark on Cain, that his lineage would forever be cursed.
This theory also contends that God told Seth’s children to not commingle with Cain’s children. Because they did, according to the Sethite theory, God judged the earth. A simple question comes to mind at this point. Why did God not judge the earth when the Israelites commingled with other nations after being told not to. They were told many times by God not to intermarry in the text, yet still, they did. Nowhere does the text say that Seth's children were not to commingle with Cain's. If one’s argument as to why no judgment on a grand scale for the Israelites commingling with other nations is that God promised not to judge the earth again, that is incorrect. He stated He would not flood the earth again. He never said judgment was not coming nor could come at any time; even on a local scale, He just said it would not be through a flood on a global scale.
It is interesting to note that in chapter four of Genesis, Cain’s great-grandson and great-great-grandson had the name of God in their names. Could it be that God’s grace saved people even then? Why would someone name their children Mehujael and Methusael if they were cursed and had no hope of glory? If they were truly a cursed people and named their children with the name of God referenced, it would be akin to a Jew naming their son Adolph. A bigger question arises as to the son of Seth that is never addressed. In the fourth chapter of Genesis, Seth has a son named Enos.
Genesis 4:26 “And to Seth, to him also was born a son; and he called his name Enos; then began men to call upon the name of the LORD”.
When reviewing this passage, there seems to be more here than meets the eye in the original language. In the Hebrew, the word chalal is used for then began men. The word chalal means to profane, defile, desecrate. In Leviticus 19, chalal is translated as profane in verse 12. I point this out to show that the word translated in Genesis 4:26 as call is translated profane in Leviticus. Enos, as it would appear, led men to begin to profane the Lord; not to worship Him. On the flip side, it seems as though Cain had a "come to Jesus meeting” and took advantage of the grace given. Flimsy? Maybe, but it is amazing how doctrine and tradition can be built on such twisting of scripture as is done with the “Sethite Theory”.
Now a quick review of Genesis 6 and its first four verses in a way that is translated from the original text and common usage in scripture. When considering our blood discovery later in this review, this makes a lot more sense. In verse one we see “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply". In the original language, there are only three Hebrew words for all of these words in English. Our word chalal reappears in between Adam for man, and rabab for to multiply. The reason this is important is it lets the reader understand that already in the multiplying of humans, there is some ugliness going on; some profaneness in the process. If we were to read those three words, Adam chalal rabab, in their original meanings it would sound like this:
“a human being profaned, defiled, and desecrated, in their multiplying or casting together”
What an odd way to talk about the replenishment of the earth as was Adam commanded to do just a few chapters earlier in Genesis 1:28. This is how chapter 6 opens letting the reader know there is trouble and it has been going on since the beginning of procreation. When addressing the reader about daughters being born, nowhere does it say that these were only daughters in Cain’s lineage. The Holy Spirit makes it clear that since man was created he has been multiplying, and their daughters were the vessels used.
The “sons of God” is only two words in the original language. They are ben and elohiym. The phrase "sons of God” is used four other times in the Old Testament. It is used in Genesis 6:4, Job 1:6, 2:1, and 38:7. Each time this phrase is used, it refers to angels. What makes any scholar believe it should be changed for this one passage only? It is referring to angels, a direct creation of God. While not a very palatable subject to think about that angels had sex with women and created an offspring, it is exactly what happened.
In the book of Jude 1:6, there is a reference to this.
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”.
While there is a lot here in this verse to unpack, we will only be looking at two words or phrases in the original language. They are the following; first estate and habitation. The word in the original language for first estate is arche. It means a commencement. The other is the word for habitation. In the original language, it is oiketerion. It means a residence, habitation. Now, before you think that the angels simply left where they were living, look a little closer. The word oiketerion is only used in one other place in the New Testament. In 2 Corinthians 5:2, Paul alludes to the heavenly body that we as Christians long to put on when we pass from this life to the next. In essence, the angels that sinned unzipped somehow from their heavenly body to participate in this mischief we read in Genesis 6. They gave up willingly what we long to put on.
Most will cite Matthew 22:30 to prove otherwise but fail to see what it is saying.
“For in the resurrection they neither marry or are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in Heaven”.
It says they do not marry; it does not say they are not capable of leaving their heavenly bodies and participating in some weird goings-on. Marriage is God-ordained, so obviously, this activity would not be God-ordained as evidenced by the judgment of Noah's flood.
The last word to look at from Genesis 6 is giants. While it is true that they were very large, the word means something else. The word for giants in the original language is nephiyl. It means earthborn or fallen. Interesting choice of words. It is only used one other time in the Old Testament. In Numbers 13:33, the 10 spies that were afraid to take the land promised to them by God, described the problem to the others. The entire passage in Genesis 6:1-4 lets you know that because of the sexual perversion between angels and women, this strange offspring was produced. Any logical person would ask why. The answer is quite simple; Jesus.
Satan was told by God that a Messiah would be born to save the world in Genesis chapter 3 while He was doling out punishments. While Satan probably did not understand fully what that meant, he did understand that a Messiah would have to come from a pure bloodline. If He would be the Messiah and take our place, His blood would have to be pure; His father’s blood. His goal was to disrupt the bloodline. By disrupting the bloodline, it would keep the Messiah from coming. When God judged the earth and the inhabitants of it, there was a gene pool problem. The biggest clue can be found in the flood account and Noah.
Have you ever asked, “why him?” Why Noah? Genesis 6:9 gives us the answer.
“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God”.
How many people that have ever walked this earth have been perfect? I think it is safe to say just one, and His name was Jesus. What does it mean that Noah was “perfect in his generations”? The word for perfect in the original language is tamiym. As we reviewed earlier, it means without spot or blemish. This is the same word that is used for the Passover lamb. In the context of what is going on, Noah was not corrupted. His gene pool was good. While not everyone was corrupt, for God to judge the entire planet, the possibility must have been real. This reference could read “Noah was a righteous man and was without spot or blemish in his revolution of time". The Holy Spirit is letting the reader know that while the condition of the social system was bad, Noah was not tainted, although most of those during his time were. I say most because his daughters-in-law were obviously from a non-tainted family. God judged the earth and mankind; plain and simple.
As devastating as this judgement was, it is the SECOND time God judged the earth with water.