Self-proclaimed “bastions of discernment” have ridiculed the “return of the Nephilim” idea popularized by my late friend Chuck Missler. While one of Missler’s two-part series focuses on UFOs and a possible connection to Genesis 6, lesser known and completely ignored by the skeptics is that “the return of the Nephilim” has a compelling basis in the Greek Septuagint text of Isaiah.
Isaiah’s call to ministry came “in the year that King Uzziah died” (6:1), around 740 BC, and he lived long enough to record the death of Sennacherib (37:38) around 681 BC.[i] While Isaiah predicted the Babylonian sacking of Jerusalem a century before the event, we believe his prophecy concerning the destruction of Babylon is still to happen. Futurist scholars associate Isaiah 13–14 and Jeremiah 50–52 with Revelation 17–18 because the Mesopotamian city was never actually destroyed in warfare as Isaiah implies.[ii] Even more amazing, the ancient Greek translation of this end-time oracle really does predict the opening of a gateway in Babylon and the return of the Nephilim.
The Septuagint, from the Latin word septuaginta (“seventy”), is a translation of the Hebrew Bible and some related texts into Koine Greek. The title and its Roman numeral acronym LXX refer to the legendary seventy Jewish scholars who completed the translation. It was the Bible of Jesus and the apostles. The New Testament authors show a clear preference for the Septuagint over Masoretic readings.[iii] In the early Christian church, the Septuagint was also preferred because it was translated by Jews before the era of Christ and preserved more Christ-centered readings. It seems that some scribes were attempting to obscure prophetic references to Jesus. For example, Irenaeus pointed out that the Septuagint clearly writes of a virgin that shall conceive (Isaiah 7:14). However, the Hebrew text of the second century as interpreted by Theodotion and Aquila was translated as a “young woman that shall conceive.” This leads many to prefer the LXX and lends force to a Septuagint reading predicting the return of the Nephilim.
The first oracle against Babylon by the prophet Isaiah opens as the day of the Lord looms over the world (Isaiah 13). The ancient scholars and rabbis who translated the Hebrew into the Greek Septuagint chose the Greek gigantes to render the Hebrew gibborim, predicting the return of “giants” with “monsters” at the advent of the destruction of Babylon in the final age. From the Septuagint, we read:
The vision which Esaias son of Amos saw against Babylon. Lift up a standard on the mountain of the plain, exalt the voice to them, beckon with the hand, open the gates, ye ruler. I give command and I bring them: giants are coming to fulfill my wrath.… For behold! The day of the Lord is coming which cannot be escaped, a day of wrath and anger, to make the world desolate.… And Babylon…shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.… It shall never be inhabited…and monsters shall rest there, and devils shall dance there and satyrs shall dwell there. (Isaiah 13:1–3, 9, 19–22, Brenton LXX)[iv]
According to the ancient understanding of Isaiah, the end times will be marked by the destruction of Babylon and the return of the Nephilim when God commands a “ruler” to “open the gates,” unleashing fearsome titans and cryptids to fulfill His wrath. While the Brenton Septuagint translation above lists monsters, devils, and satyrs, it skips over an entity appearing in the Greek text reflected in the newer Lexham English version of the Septuagint: “And wild animals will rest there, and the houses will be filled with sound; and Sirens will rest there, and divine beings will dance there. And donkey-centaurs will settle there” (Isaiah 13:21–22a, emphasis added). In this newer version, monsters are rendered “wild animals” from the Greek therion, but it is important to note the meaning of therion can also denote an evil person and is the Greek term behind “the beast” in Revelation 13. “Sirens” was omitted in the Brenton translation, but the Greek term siren denoted a “demon of the dead living in the desert,”[v] which almost laughingly appears in modern English Bibles as “ostrich” or a “desert owl.” Where “devils” and “divine beings” are interchanged, the Greek daimonai was in focus (thoroughly discussed in Putnam’s The Supernatural Worldview). A satyr is a hairy goat demon found throughout the Old Testament (Leviticus 17:7; Isaiah 13:21 and 34:14; 2 Chronicles 11:15) and the alternate “donkey centaur” is a closely related transgenic monstrosity. It seems beyond coincidence that modern accounts of dimensional portals include similar strange beings. Also, Isaiah’s use of the plural “gates” suggests the possibility of many locations. Within the present volume, we argue that such portals are spread throughout the world.
Whereas the Greek reads gigantes, the Masoretic text used gibborim as reflected in the KJV: “I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger” (Isaiah 13:3). Although it removes “giants” from most English translations, the substitution demonstrates some semantic overlap between the terms gibborim and gigantes as the LXX and Masorite textual traditions have interchanged them. Isaiah’s prophecy is also fascinating given that Nimrod, the builder of the Tower of Babel—the “gate of the gods”—was, perhaps, himself a Nephilim. Reviewing the Hebrew exegesis first presented in our book, Exo-Vaticana (FREE IN COLLECTION HERE), we find:
Genesis 10:8 says about Nimrod: “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.” Three sections in this unprecedented verse indicate something very peculiar happened to Nimrod. First, the text says that “he began to be.” In Hebrew, this is chalal, which in its Qal (simple active) stem means “to become profaned, defiled, polluted, or desecrated ritually, sexually or genetically” but in the Hiphil stem (causative) means “begin.” It is certainly conceivable that the inspired author’s word choice might imply word play for a “profaned beginning.” Second, this verse tells us exactly what Nimrod began to be—“a mighty one”(gibborim), possibly one of the offspring of the Nephilim.”[vi]
That Nimrod had possibly become a “revived Watcher offspring” is supported by Nimrod seeming to abruptly be aware of where and how to build a tower so that it would penetrate the dwelling place of God or the Watchers. In addition to the possibility of suddenly seeing into the supernatural realm as a result of integration with fallen angels, if Nimrod was genetically modified according to the original Watcher formula, he could have inherited animal characteristics within his new material makeup, and animals, like angels, can perceive “domains” that humans cannot. This includes obvious things, such as wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, but possibly something even more substantial, like the spirit realm. As he became gibborim, he would have taken on Watchers’ propensities, which, as angels, could see into the supernatural realm including where heaven is located and possibly where to enter it.
The sixteenth chapter of the Book of Enoch also tells of the deceased offspring of Watchers, the spirits of the giants, or Nephilim, as being released at the end of time to bring slaughter and destruction upon man:
From the days of the slaughter and destruction and death of the giants, from the souls of whose flesh the spirits, having gone forth, shall destroy without incurring judgment—thus shall they destroy until the day of the consummation, the great judgment in which the age shall be consummated, over the Watchers and the godless, yea, shall be wholly consummated. (1 Enoch 16:1)[vii]
Of course, this all comes to pass as part of God’s Day of the Lord or Great Tribulation, when Satan and his angels punish the unbelieving world before they are resigned to the pit. According to scholars, “This defines the temporal extent of the evil spirits’ activity. They will continue their brutality, unabated and unpunished from the death of the giants until the Day of Judgment.”[viii] This particular prophecy mirrors those of Isaiah and the apocryphal works, which indicate a future date in which Watchers will rise for judgment while the spirits of their giant offspring manifest to wreak havoc upon earth.
The Book of Jubilees—an ancient Jewish religious work that is considered inspired Scripture by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church as well as Jews in Ethiopia—parallels the book of Enoch, which states the deceased Nephilim were damned to haunt the earth (1 Enoch 15:8–10). Jubilees also predicts spirits of the Nephilim erupting upon the earth in the last days.
And the Lord our God spoke to us so that we might bind all of them [Nephilim spirits]. And the chief of the spirits, Mastema, came and he said, “O Lord, Creator, leave some of them before me, and let them obey my voice. And let them do everything which I tell them, because if some of them are not left for me, I will not be able to exercise the authority of my will among the children of men because they are (intended) to corrupt and lead astray before my judgment because the evil of the sons of men is great.” And he said, “Let a tenth of them remain before him, but let nine parts go down into the place of judgment.” (Jubilees 10:7–9)
In this passage, God is ready to destroy all these demons after the Flood, and Noah prays that his descendants be released from their attacks. Mastema (an alternate name for Satan[x]) intervenes, imploring God to allow him to retain and control one-tenth of these demons in order to exercise his authority, because they are needed “to corrupt and lead astray before my judgment.” In other words, this corruption will peak just before Satan is judged (Revelation 20:2, 10).
At the fifth trumpet, the abyss opens releasing a demonic horde. Given Isaiah’s gibborim army, might the abyss include physical giants as well as transgenic demon-locusts? Might the dead walk amongst them? The dual meaning of rephaim is the distinction in Job 26:5 found in the LXX and the Masonite tradition. Most English Bibles read, “Dead things are formed from under the waters” in translation of the Masoretic text. However, the LES translation reads, “Are not giants brought forth from beneath the water and its neighbors?” (Job 26:5). Additional biblical references typify the inner earth as a kind of holding tank, or prison, where God has bound certain fallen entities be they angels, demons, ghosts, or giants—or all of the above (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 9). The black awakening marking the release of powerful fallen ones is associated with Babylon’s famous river, “Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 9:14).
It is a matter of record that Saddam Hussein was rebuilding Babylon. He connected himself with Nebuchadnezzar, spending more than $500 million during the 1980s on the reconstruction project. The project included baking over sixty million bricks engraved with the inscription, “To King Nebuchadnezzar in the reign of Saddam Hussein.”[xi]
Saddam believed he was the reincarnated Nebuchadnezzar[xii] and wished to recreate and outdo the feats of the biblical king. Of course, given the Tower of Babel Stele, Saddam also must have planned to rebuild the Tower of Babel. (Discovered hiding like a troll, he was humbled much like Nebuchadnezzar, too).
More than a decade ago, researchers William Henry[xiii] and Michael Salla[xiv] implied that there was an esoteric agenda behind the war in Iraq. While we remain undecided regarding occult conspiracies, it is fact that important ancient magical items have never been returned. When the bombs started falling, priceless ancient artifacts were some of the first items to disappear. For example, a news article revealed that the bronze panels from Balawat Gates near the city of Nimrud “stolen in April from the Mosul Museum soon after the fall of Baghdad, are still missing.”[xv] In 2003, Salla wrote that an interdimensional portal “may lie buried in the desert of Southern Iraq which presumably will play a role in the ‘prophesied return of the gods.’”[xvi] In fact, when I was on the popular radio show Coast to Coast AM with George Noory during the Gulf War and questioned why George W. Bush had been so stubbornly resolved to take the US into Iraq/Babylon even though Iraq was not connected to the events of September 11, 2001, something interesting happened. I had made several points, saying some people believed the invasion had to do with creating a strategic placement of US military resources against what the administration saw as a growing threat from Islamic radicals. Then I said others saw it as an effort to seize and maintain control of Iraqi oil reserves; still others believed that 9/11 was itself either a convenient or orchestrated event (false flag) allowing the Bush administration to extend a global domination project. But then, I suggested, some may have hit the real nail on the head when they suggested that biblical sites in Babylon—which had been uncovered during Saddam Hussein’s reconstruction of the ancient city—possessed something the administration went there to capture. After I finished his conversation with Noory and was headed to bed (around 3 a.m.), I suddenly received an email from the “curator” of the National Museum of Iraq (also known as the Iraq Museum, or the Baghdad Museum, which contains many relics from the Babylonian/Mesopotamian civilization), who had been listening to the radio show. This person claimed that my last idea involving the US invading Iraq to capture something Saddam had uncovered was spot on. The emailer then gave me a temporary password to the museum’s digital backdoor so he could see “proof.” The first thing I did was verify the email was actually from @theiraqmuseum.com and also that the hidden back page was an extension of the actual museum’s website. Once I confirmed that, I clicked the link where I was required to sign in using the temporary password. That is when I saw something I could hardly believe: hundreds and hundreds of step-by-step images of the first day of invasion showing US military personnel and the US ambassador at the museum. Somebody had taken second-by-second pictures of a woman with traditional head-covering greeting and then leading a delegation of US soldiers with the US ambassador to a large, padlocked door in the back of the museum in an area where the public is not allowed to go. This door was unlocked, and the armed soldiers and official American envoy followed the woman down a long flight of stairs into a gigantic underground storage room (something like one might see in an Indiana Jones movie, except this was real). Inside were dozens, if not hundreds, of large wooden cases containing superb gold and silver artifacts, which assumedly the world had never seen, invaluable items obviously dug up by Saddam from the sands of ancient Babylon. These included gold and silver masks of kings, sacred jewelry, cuneiform tablets with unknown secrets, steles bearing mysterious inscriptions and images, papyrus, strange ritual-looking objects, headdresses, vessels, swords, shields, and more. Hour after hour, I sat there going through the images one by one.
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Then I saw something else. Suddenly, the pictures depicted a change in the observers’ demeanors. The crowd appeared agitated, or maybe excited; I wasn’t quite sure which. This happened as the soldiers began opening several larger-than-coffin-sized crates (actually about three times as large as a full-sized coffin) that were hidden far back in the corners of the concealed room. As the soldiers opened them, they looked inside and gestured for the ambassador. He went and stared inside the boxes, then had them resealed without removing anything (I could not tell what was inside the containers). Immediately, the soldiers began carrying these crates and some other ones behind them up the flight of stairs to a transport helicopter outside. Then they quickly departed the city of Baghdad (part of ancient Babylon) with the containers to parts unknown.
I was flabbergasted. It was true! Whatever else the US military was doing in Iraq/Babylon, the minute they arrived in the plains of Shinar, they had gone straight to a top-secret room beneath the Babylon Museum where Saddam Hussein had hidden objects of national interest recovered from the ancient world, and they had removed these containers in which something the American government wanted—something from ancient Babylon—was found! Whatever was inside those large boxes (it took two strong soldiers on each end to carry them out of that room), it was obviously more important to the US military than the irreplaceable golden masks and jewels of ancient kings and queens they didn’t bother to seize.
Exhausted, I headed to bed with intentions of continuing through the images the following morning. Unfortunately, the next day, I awoke to find my “password” expired and the “curator” never willing to respond again.
So…was there ancient portal technology hidden in Iraq? If so, did the US move it to an undisclosed location? Is it in the hands of the future world leader at this time? What if the US military recovered the remains of ancient giants (with intact DNA?) from Saddam’s secret vault that day? Maybe it was the remains of Nimrod himself? Or could it have been golden tablets with secret technology from the Watchers? Maps to a Sumerian stargate? These musings may be more realistic than a casual reader would imagine, as records from antiquity do describe forbidden knowledge from the Watchers that had been written down and buried in secret places for the express purpose of rediscovery after the Flood!
The great English theologian, George H. Pember, in his masterpiece, Earth’s Earliest Ages, records how:
For nearly a thousand years, immense accumulation of knowledge, experience, and skill must have advanced science, art, and the invention and manufacture of all the appliances of a luxurious civilization, with a rapidity to us almost inconceivable…. And doubtless many of the mighty labours accomplished by the earlier descendants of Noah may be considered to have sprung from reminiscences of pristine grandeur, and fragments of lore, handed down by forefathers who had passed a portion of their existence in the previous age of human glory and depravity. Such may have been the daring conception of a literally cloud capped tower [Tower of Babel]; the stupendous and splendidly decorated edifices of Babylon and Nineveh; and the wondrous structure of the first pyramid, involving, as it apparently does, an accurate knowledge of astronomical truth which would seem to have been at least on a level with the vaunted advances of modern science. For all these great efforts, be it remembered, were in progress during the lifetime of Shem, and probably in that of his brothers also.
Nor must we forget recent discoveries in regard to the primeval civilization of the Accadians, “the stunted and oblique-eyed people of ancient Babylonia,” whose very existence was unknown to us fifty years ago. Their language was dying out, and had become a learned dialect, like the Latin of the Middle Ages, in the seventeenth century before Christ. And yet so great had been their intellectual power that the famous library of Agane, founded at that time by Sargon I., was stocked with books “which were either translated from Accadian originals, or else based on Accadian texts, and filled with technical words which belonged to the old language.” A catalogue of the astronomical department, which has been preserved, contains a direction to the reader to write down the number of the tablet or book which he requires, and apply for it to the librarian. “The arrangement,” says Sayce, “adopted by Sargon’s librarians must have been the product of generations of former experience.” Could we have a stronger proof “of the development of literature and education, and of the existence of a considerable number of reading people in this remote antiquity”?
According to Berosus there was an antediluvian “Town of Books” in Babylonia; and Sisuthrus, the Chaldean Noah, “is made to bury his books at Sippara before the Deluge, and to disentomb them after the descent from the Ark.” [We also] have evidence that in very early times there were well-known libraries at Erech, Ur, Cutha, and Larsa [all part of the ancient Babylonian kingdom], to which observatories and universities were attached.
If, then, we give but their fair weight to these considerations, we seem compelled to admit that the antediluvians may have attained to a perfection in civilization and high culture whichhas scarcely yet been recovered, much as we pride ourselves uponour own times.[xvii] (emphasis added)
Titus Flavius Josephus (usually just called Josephus), the famous and respected first-century Romano-Jewish scholar, wrote his “histories” at the same time the New Testament apostles were alive. He, too, chronicled how pre-Flood knowledge involving tower building and related “secrets of Heaven” were specifically recorded so as to be available to mankind after the deluge. In his Antiquities of the Jews, he wrote:
They also were the inventors of that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the heavenly bodies, and their order. And that their inventions might not be lost before they were sufficiently known, upon Adam’s prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars; the one of brick, the other of stone: they inscribed their discoveries on them both, that in case the pillar of brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the land of Siriad to this day.[xviii]
Josephus also recorded how enigmatic knowledge of mathematics, astronomy, and tower construction related to the stars (portals?) was handed down by Adam’s son Seth from the earliest post-Flood builders to his children in the plains of Shinar. There, they sought to reproduce construction of a device that caused God to confront and divide them in Genesis 11. But the eighth chapter of the Book of Jubilees specifically mentions the recovery of at least part of this ancient and forbidden Watchers knowledge as having been recovered shortly after the Flood waters abated:
In the twenty-ninth jubilee, in the first week, in the beginning thereof Arpachshad took to himself a wife and her name was Rasu’eja, the daughter of Susan, the daughter of Elam, and she bare him a son in the third year in this week, and he called his name Kainam. And the son grew, and his father taught him writing, and he went to seek for himself a place where he might seize for himself a city. And he found a writing which former (generations) had carved on the rock, and he read what was thereon, and he transcribed it and sinned owing to it; for it contained the teaching of the Watchers in accordance with which they used to observe the omens of the sun and moon and stars in all the signs of heaven. And he wrote it down and said nothing regarding it; for he was afraid to speak to Noah about it lest he should be angry with him on account of it.[xix] (emphasis added)
We can only guess what these teachings of the Watchers involved, but if it was about the heavens and possibly locations or methods for piercing the human-angelic barrier, it would go along handedly with what the Bible says happened during Nimrod’s tower and technological aspirations.
These observations may be more important than at first we imagine, because the object lesson derived from the Tower of Babel incident is that self-actualization, apart from—and especially in defiance of—the will of God is dangerous. Ziggurats, pyramids, and towers were used to channel false gods—created gods damned to die like men. Thus in coming full circle, we decide the question of whether these ancient portals were (or are) “gates of the gods” or “doorways to destruction” in favor of the latter.
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[i] Crossway Bibles, ESV Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008) 1233.
[iii]Joel Kalvesmaki, Septuagint Online, http://mysite.verizon.net/rgjones3/Septuagint/spexecsum.htm.
[iv]The Septuagint, transl. Sir Lancelot C. L. Brenton, 1851.
[v] Johan Lust, Erik Eynikel, and Katrin Hauspie, A Greek-English Lexicon of the Septuagint: Revised Edition (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft: Stuttgart, 2003).
[vi]Cris Putnam and Thomas R. Horn, Exo-Vaticana: Petrus Romanus, Project L.u.c.i.f.e.r. and the Vatican’s Astonishing Plan for the Arrival of an Alien Savior (Crane, MO: Defender, 2013) 31–32.
[vii]Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, ed. Robert Henry Charles (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2004) 2:198.
[viii]George W. E. Nickelsburg and Klaus Baltzer, 1 Enoch: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Includes the Text of the Ethiopic Book of Enoch in English Translation (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2001) 274.
<Pam, Here is another one of those places where I can’t remove the hard return.>
[ix]James H. Charlesworth, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament, Volume 2, 2:76.
[x]Maśṭēmâ originates from the Hebrew root śṭm, a by-form of śṭn (Wanke 1976: 821–822; [Satan], in Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible DDD, 2nd extensively rev. ed. K. van der Toorn, Bob Becking and Pieter Willem van der Horst (Leiden; Boston; Grand Rapids, MI.: Brill; Eerdmans, 1999) 553.
[xi]Michael L. Galaty and Charles Watkinson, eds., Archaeology under Dictatorship (New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum, 2004) 203.
[xii]Encyclopedia of the Developing World, ed., Thomas M. Leonard, 793.
[xiii] William Henry, “Saddam Hussein, The Stairway to Heaven and the Return of Planet X,” http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/exopolitica/esp_exopolitics_k_1.htm (accessed December 30, 2014).
[xv]J. M. Eisenberg, “The Looting of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage: An Up-Date,” in Minerva (UK), September-October 2003.
[xvii]G. H. Pember, Earth’s Earliest Ages, Defender Publishing, 5th ed. (July 15, 2012), 172–175.
[xviii]Antiquities, “Chapter 2.Concerning the Posterity of Adam, and the Ten Generations from Him to the Deluge.Online,” ebook http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2848/2848-h/2848-h.htm (accessed January 27, 2015).
[xix]The Researchers Library of Ancient Texts: Volume One—The Apocrypha (Includes the Books of Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees). (Crane, MO: Defender), 291.