Angelology

 

 

The sons of God spoken of in Genesis chapter 6 were the descendants of Seth

 

 

 

Concerning the following words written in the book of Genesis: “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’ There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:1-4 – NKJV), the Seventh-Day Adventist Church teaches that the sons of God spoken of were the descendants of Seth; Angel Manuel Rodríguez, director of the Biblical Research Institute of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, says: ‘…. the best interpretation of the phrase ‘sons of God’ is the one that finds in it a designation of the descendants of Seth. This appears to be the one suggested by Scripture itself.’ (http://biblicalresearch.gc.adventist.org); while the daughters of men that were taken as wives by the sons of God were the descendants of Cain. This view is held even by many Evangelical Churches.

 

Confutation

 

The sons of God who married the daughters of men were angels of God. Let me explain to you why I believe and teach that they were angels.

In the book of Job it is written: “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them” (Job 1:6; cf. Job 2:1 - NKJV). Who were those sons of God? Let me say first of all who they were not. They were not the souls of the righteous who had died under the Old Covenant, for they were in the bosom of Abraham, which was a place of rest located under the earth, precisely it was located above Hades which was a place of torment where the souls of the wicked went (Hades still exists and the wicked are turned into it when they die); that’s what the story of the rich man and Lazarus, which was told by Jesus, teaches us. They were not human beings, for the Scripture says that Satan came also among the sons of God to present himself before the Lord, whose throne is in heaven. Therefore we conclude that they were angels of God, which is confirmed by the following words God said to Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7 – NKJV). For if we examine carefully these words of God we will realize that all the sons of God who shouted for joy when God laid the foundations of the earth were heavenly creatures and not earthly creatures, for at that time God had not yet made man and woman, since they were made on the sixth day, after God created the heavens and the earth. Furthermore, if we read carefully the above mentioned words concerning the union between the sons of God and the daughters of men we can notice that it is written: “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful”, which leads one to believe that the sons of God had not the same nature as the daughters of men had; for if they had been normal human beings – some God-fearing descendants of Seth, for instance – who saw that the daughters of Cain were beautiful and took wives for themselves of all whom they chose, the writer would not have said that “the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful” nor would he have said that men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them and that afterward the sons of God saw that they were beautiful and so on. Had the sons of God been normal human beings and not angels, what the writer said would have made no sense. Don’t you think so? Imagine you hear me saying, ‘We sons of God, that is, we as believers, must not marry the daughters of men, that is, the daughters of unbelievers’’, wouldn’t you say to me, ‘Are not the daughters of believers – that is, the daughters of the sons of God - daughters of men too?’ Therefore the reason why in the book of Genesis they are called sons of God is not that they were God fearing men who descended from Seth, but that they were some creatures of God who had not the same nature as ours. Furthermore, what biblical basis is there for saying that the sons of God were the descendants of Seth while the daughters of men were descendants of Cain? Why should one affirm this? Could not one affirm the opposite?

You may ask me now, ‘Are there any verses in the New Testament, too, which support your view?’ Yes, there are some verses. Here they are: “God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment” (2 Peter 2:4 – NKJV. The Greek word which has been translated hell is ‘tartarus’); “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home – these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgement on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 6-7 – NIV). The words which make it clear that the sin committed by those angels was fornication are these: “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion”, for they show that the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave up themselves to sexual immorality just as those angels did, who, because of their sin, were cast down to tartarus and delivered into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement on the great day.

 

 

 

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