of the Giants
Is there a person in the civilized Western world who has not heard the
story of Goliath, the massive warrior slain by David? Even in our
post-Christian era, the unbelieving among us acknowledge the giant, but
simply regard the famous narrative as a harmless myth. However, the
story bears the unmistakable stamp of authenticity and historical truth.
We know that David and his kingdom were real. His many adversaries were
also real. Giants, too, were real. As we have stated in the past, the
Bible gives us an authoritative history, both of the giants as
individuals, and the reason for their origin.
In the past, we have studied the documentary history of their existence
as a way of understanding the workings of Satan and his servants. As we
revisit this study, we shall attempt to place the reality of the giants
into the context of prophetic Scripture.
Goliath of Gath, the most famous of the ancient giants, was around 12
feet tall. To get some perspective on his size, try to imagine him
standing in your living room. If he tried to stand up in an ordinary
home, his bronze helmet would punch through your ceiling. From the chest
up, he would be in your attic.
Better yet, imagine him trying to go through a seven-foot doorway to get
to the next room. What begins as a comical thought soon looms into a
frightening image. You’d be looking for a way to get out of the house!
But remember, as the Bible measures giants, Goliath was probably on the
Still, he was quite big enough for the Philistines to put him forward as
their champion, and as strong as he was big. Based upon a shekel of .457
ounces, his coat of armor weighed about 143 pounds! At the tip of his
huge spear, the head alone weighed 17 pounds. By the time he was loaded
down with a brass helmet, leg and body armor, boots, sword and shield,
he had to be carrying something over 200 pounds of extra weight. Yet he
was still quite able to fight. His enemies trembled with fear. Only
little David, with his faith, his five smooth stones and slingshot,
would come forward to fight Goliath.
Just as we believe the reports of David and his life, we regard Goliath
as an acknowledged historical character. Furthermore, he was one of many
like him. They were called the Anakim.
They were the ancient residents of the Middle East. Apparently, they and
their ancestors built many major architectural sites, renowned for their
“And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the
mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the
mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua
destroyed them utterly with their cities.
“There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of
Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained.
“So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said
unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according
to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war”
The Anakim was only one tribe in a race of giants. Joshua destroyed the
tribe as he took the Land for his people. It must be remembered that in
the incident of the 12 spies, their original fear of entering into the
Promised Land stemmed from their dread of the giants.
These monsters belong to a cursed class of beings called in Scripture,
Og of Bashan
In a past study, we referred to the most noted of the breed, known as Og
of Bashan. In Deuteronomy 3:11, his iron bed was described as being 9
cubits in length. Depending upon the cubit used for the measurement,
this would make his bed between 13.5 and 16.5 feet in length! Using a
nominal figure, that would come to approximately 15 feet! Og could
easily have been 14 feet tall — a full two feet taller than Goliath.
As we noted, Og was apparently the last of the giants, or to put it more
accurately, the last leader of a dominant culture of giants:
‘All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in
Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: [Heb., Rephaim] for
these did Moses smite and cast them out” (Josh. 13:12).
Here, Og’s kingdom is the location of the last of the Rephaim. Later
in this article, we shall see that he is a symbol of something much
larger than himself.
Apparently, after his defeat, the power of the giants became somewhat
dissipated. Yet, as we have already noted, his progeny continued to
trouble Israel all the way down to the kingdom of David, about 400 years
later. The Philistines, in particular, were fond of using giants as
fearful fighting machines.
After David became king, he fought a war with the Philistines, in which
not one, but four giants were defeated. As told in II Samuel 21:15 - 22,
the four giants were slain in succession by heroes who sprang to
David’s aid. The final verse tells the end of the matter:
“These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of
David, and by the hand of his servants” (II Sam. 21:22).
The Rephaim, Living or Dead?
We have long observed that the subject of the Rephaim is both curious
and complex. Are they the living, or the dead, or both? As giants in the
pages of Scripture, they are most certainly alive and kicking. The
preceding example of Og is but one of many examples of the Hebrew term,
Rephaim, being translated into English by the word, “giants.” They
are the leaders of many of the Bible’s major battles, and are
repeatedly mentioned as contemporaries of the Old Testament’s heroes.
But they are also presented as the leaders of the dead, who apparently
maintain their importance, even in the place of the damned. In a
prophecy against the king of Babylon, Isaiah writes about the great
monarch’s final demise:
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it
stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it
hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations” (Isa.
Here, the word “dead” is a translation of Rephaim. We have come to
regard them as “the aristocracy of the damned.” We believe them to
be the fallen angels and demons who are first seen in Scripture as they
cohabitate with the “daughters of men” in Genesis 6.
How strange it is that they are given the same name as the giants like
Og, who once roamed the earth. Is there a connection between them? Are
they perhaps two manifestations of the same being?
In the Old Testament, there are many references to the Rephaim. Ancient
writings from the Middle East, as well as the Bible itself, have long
identified them as inhabitants of the underworld. They are described as
the departed spirits of the dead.
Furthermore, though they may be weak and dissipated in their present
state, they appear to be conscious and in possession of knowledge about
their existing condition. They are also the recipients of some of
God’s most severe judgments.
But defining them is not as simple as it may first appear, because there
are also numerous references to living members of the Rephaim.
Perhaps the most ancient mention of this strange people is found in Job
26:5,6, where Job contributes to a discussion about the wicked dead:
“Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants
“Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.”
Here, the word “dead” is the Hebrew rephaim, rather than the
ordinary word for the dead, which is mooth. These are not the dead in
the ordinary sense, but the unredeemed of the underworld. The Rephaim
are repeatedly presented in Scripture as being beyond redemption. In
fact, they seem to have done something that is especially displeasing to
God. They are singled out for a special judgment.
Another example of Rephaim as the word “dead” is seen in Proverbs
“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain
in the congregation of the dead.”
Here, we are given a picture of an assembly of individuals beyond the
grave. They appear to be gathered into some sort of group. As we shall
see, they are also conscious. Their strange congregation stands as a
grisly warning to the man whose feet take him away from the path of
righteousness. The Rephaim are the lost in the world of the dead.
Throughout the Bible, this assessment of the Rephaim is consistent and
powerfully presented. Perhaps the best example is to be found in a
remarkable passage in Isaiah 14. This significant chapter describes the
fall of Babylon and its king, then proceeds to the fall of Lucifer. He
is seen as the power behind Babylon’s throne.
Verses 12 through 14 give us details about Lucifer’s fall from grace,
in which he finally proclaims, “I will be like the most High” (v.
His open proclamation of rebellion is followed by God’s assessment of
this brazen opportunist’s situation in verse 15: “Yet thou shalt be
brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” (Isa. 14:15).
The Leaders of the Dead
What makes this historical event so interesting in the light of our
study is its proximity to a further reference concerning the Rephaim.
Just prior to the passage describing Lucifer’s fall is another
compelling allusion to this peculiar group of the unredeemed dead.
Verses 9-11 record a bizarre reception committee as the king of Babylon
descends into the realm of the damned:
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it
stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it
hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
“All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as
we? art thou become like unto us?
“Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols:
the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee” (Is.
Here we see a gloomy, even horrifying procession of the unredeemed, as
they descend from Babylon into hell. They are met by the “dead” —
once again the Rephaim — who are here called the leaders of the earth.
Apparently, there is something of a hierarchy in hell, whose chief
members were once the close henchmen of Satan. They were the possessors
of great power. But now, they speak of having become “weak.” This is
particularly interesting, because their name originates from raphah, a
word root that can indicate “feebleness” or “weakness.”
Isaiah 26 is a song about Israel in the kingdom, after the nation has
been lifted up and resurrected to new life. But significantly, there is
one group whom Isaiah says will never see resurrection. They are the
Rephaim, translated as “dead” in Isaiah 26:
“They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not
rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their
memory to perish” (Is. 26:14).
The horrible plight of the Rephaim begs the question, “What could they
have done to deserve such a fate?” As we shall see, it was something
quite monstrous, indeed.
New Testament References to “the Fallen”
It is quite possible that there are a number of New Testament references
to this evil group. For example, in I Peter 3:18,19, we find mentioned a
congregation of the underworld who were singled out by Christ after His
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,
that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but
quickened by the Spirit:
“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison” (I
Having completed His work of redemption upon the cross, the Lord broke
through the Stygian gloom of deepest Hades to proclaim His victory. No
doubt, His message was most acutely aimed at the evil leaders of the
Those to whom He spoke were incarcerated, though some evil spirits (the
“principalities … powers … rulers of the darkness …”) of
Ephesians 6:12 seem free to torment humanity.
They are a hierarchy of dark spiritual forces who roam the earth. But
there is a group which has been locked away through several millennia.
Who are these imprisoned spirits? The Bible gives several clues to their
identity and the reasons for their confinement. No doubt, they’re
still there, awaiting the day when the Lord will deliver them to their
eternal fate: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire”
As previously stated, there seems to be a special caste of condemned
spirits in Hades. Perhaps they might be termed “ringleaders,” or the
“avante-garde” of the great rebellion, who joined in when Satan
attempted to wrest the control of heaven from God. This fact, coupled
with their name, makes it possible to identify them. Jude mentioned them
in verse 6 of his epistle:
“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.”
These ancient residents of heaven must have been proud, powerful, and as
deeply deceived as their leader. If, as seems to be the case, heaven has
hierarchies of power, these must have been those close to the upper
levels — close to Lucifer, himself. In Ezekiel 28:16, Satan is
described before his fall as a “covering cherub.”
In other words, he was once one of the watchers assigned to duty at
God’s very throne! He existed at the very top of God’s “chain of
command.” The throng of angels who followed him must have included
many of those in heaven’s most respected positions. From their lofty
positions, they made a wrong decision of colossal proportions!
Peter further defines the group when he mentions them in II Peter 2:4,5:
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to
hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto
“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a
preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the
ungodly” (II Pet. 2:4,5).
In these verses, the word “hell” is translated from the Greek
tartarus (from tartaroo, or gloomy prison). It indicates the deepest,
darkest, and most secure portion of Hades. These imprisoned creatures
were once the royalty of heaven. But they chose to follow the false
promises of Satan.
Once the elite of the revolution, they are now designated for special
punishment. More than that, they are identified with Noah, as well as
all those of the ancient world before the Flood, who were destroyed in a
massive demonstration of God’s power in judgment.
The Giants of the Ancient World
And here, the story begins to get interesting, because some of those
sinning angels mentioned by Peter and Jude are also implicated in the
horrific perversions that led to the destruction of the world in the
great Flood of Noah’s day. Their story is told in Genesis 6:4,5:
“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, and they bare
children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually” (Gen. 6:4,5).
Here, the “sons of God” are the b’nai elohim. Over the years, it
has been greatly debated whether or not these are human beings. Many
have said they are the sons of Seth.
But in the final analysis, we find that the term b’nai elohim is used
several times in the Old Testament. In virtually all of its usages, the
obvious reference is to God’s angelic creation. (See Job 1:6; 2:1;
38:7; Dan. 3:25; Psalms 89:6.) Most expositors have concluded that these
are fallen angels, the same as those whom Jude mentions as having left
their first estate.
More importantly, when we look at the result of their infraction, it
becomes more than obvious that they were those corrupted angels. They
literally took human women as mates, resulting in a monstrous progeny
that was totally committed to wicked behavior. Their offspring are
called “giants.” But this word is translated from the Hebrew
Nephilim, meaning “the fallen ones.”
Why then, are they called “giants”? Most likely, it is because the
ancient Greek translations of the Hebrew Torah translated this and other
references to these monstrous perversions of humanity as “giants,”
from the Greek gigantes.
In fact, the evidence is strong that they really were giants. More than
that, they seem to have displayed the superhuman powers that gave rise
to the ancient legends of demigods.
In the first century, Josephus wrote (Antiquities I, III, 1) that “…
many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved
unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence
they had in their own strength, for the tradition is that these men did
what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants.”
Those even slightly familiar with ancient Greek mythology will shudder
at the implications of this statement. Those ancient tales are fraught
with perverse combinations of men and beasts.
They tell of demigods whose powers were used capriciously to torture and
enslave humanity. They reek of incestuous, occultic and twisted stories
of power gone awry — of “gods” who took lives at a whim.
They were characterized by evil thoughts acted out in an orgiastic
nightmare of abused power. Greek mythology is one continuous horror
story, peopled with beasts and monsters of every description.
But Genesis refers to them simply as “giants.” A giant then, is some
kind of perversion of that which is natural, originally designed by God
to live in peace upon the earth. In fact, the ancient Greek translation
of the Old Testament — called the Septuagint — refers not only to
the Nephilim, but also to the Rephaim, as “giants,” But in English
translations, this connection is, for the most part, lost. Instead, we
find the use of the proper name, Rephaim.
The Rephaim Were Giants
It is remarkable that the Rephaim are also mentioned in the Bible as
real, living, historical beings. In fact, they were residents in the
territory of modern Jordan and Syria, in the land that lies generally
east of the Sea of Galilee. They lived in proximity with two other
groups of giants, called “Emim” and “Zamzummim,” or “Zuzim.”
In the ancient world, all of them were referred to generically as
“giants.” Genesis 14:5 mentions them in conjunction with Abraham’s
move to the promised land:
“And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were
with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in
Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim” (Gen. 14:5).
To this day, ruins may be found in this region that are of gigantic
proportion. Here, and northward into Syria and Lebanon, there are the
remains of ancient buildings and temples that stagger the imagination.
For example, the ruins of Baalbek, in Lebanon’s Beqa’a Valley are so
massive that some have suggested they could not be duplicated, even
using modern building techniques. On the Acropolis of Baalbek, there
once stood a temple dedicated to the storm god Hadad. It was 60 feet
wide and 290 feet long, surrounded by 19 columns, each 62 feet high and
over seven feet in diameter. But its flooring stones — still intact
— are each larger than a modern railroad boxcar! No one has a clue
about how they were moved into place.
And there are many other ancient examples of outsized ancient structures
in the Middle East. We should not be surprised by their existence. Many
times the early Israelites encountered people that they called
Even later, when Moses brought the children of Israel out of Egypt into
the Promised Land, giants were seen. Perhaps the most famous incident is
in Numbers 13, in which a 12-man reconnaissance party is sent in to spy
out the land. Ten of the 12 men are so frightened by the presence of
giants that they declined to enter the land again:
“And they brought an evil report of the land which they had searched
unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have
gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and
all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the
giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in
their sight” (Num. 13:32,33).
In early Hebrew manuscripts, these giants are called the Nephilim, and
were apparently thought by the spies to be descendants of a long line of
these creatures, whom we first read about in the days before the Flood.
But if the pre-Flood world, with the exception of Noah’s family, was
entirely destroyed, how did the evil giants survive? Here, we can only
It seems likely that the lineage of the Nephilim, Emim, Zamzummim, and
Rephaim were somehow restarted even in the days after the Flood. One
thing we know: after the Flood their behavior was continually evil, just
like that of the pre-Flood Nephilim.
The strong suggestion is that humanity’s interaction with the evil
spirits of ancient paganism is capable of disrupting man’s genetic
heritage. The result seems to be a monstrous offspring.
Still another branch of the Rephaim went by the name of “Anakim.” We
see them in Deuteronomy 2:10,11, where Moab is described as their area
“The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and
tall, as the Anakims;
“Which also were accounted giants as the Anakims; but the Moabites
call them Emims” (Deut. 2:10,11).
Here, the word “giants” is once again the Hebrew word Rephaim. They
were an abnormal race. All of them seem to have been hated and feared by
normal men. God sanctioned their destruction and eventually their
lineage entirely disappeared.
Even the Zamzummims were a subclass of the Rephaim. Deuteronomy 2:20,21
mentions their destruction from the land of Ammon, while at the same
time, designating their origins:
“That also was accounted a land of giants: [Rephaim] giants dwelt
therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims;
“A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD
destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their
stead” (Deut. 2:20,21).
As can be seen from the various Scriptures we have quoted, the Rephaim
existed in Moses’ day. The Lord even commissioned him to wipe out the
last of their race.
Og, Archetype of the Latter Days
Earlier, we mentioned King Og of Bashan, the land of present-day Syria.
Prior to their entry into the Promised Land, Moses led the Israelites on
a military campaign northward through Moab, Ammon and Bashan, lands
today known as Jordan and Syria. His conquests were concluded with the
defeat of Og, King of Bashan. Deuteronomy 3:11 describes him:
“For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants;
[Rephaim] behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in
Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof,
and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man” (Deut.
We have already seen that Og was truly monstrous in size! The important
thing to remember is that he was in the bloodline of the Rephaim. In
fact, he was the last of that evil line. Joshua 13:12 punctuates this
“All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in
Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants; [Rephaim] for these
did Moses smite and cast them out” (Joshua 13:12).
Moses was responsible for the demise of the Rephaim. True, other giants
arose after this period. Probably the best example is Goliath. But the
period of dominant cultures of giants ended with Og. The living Rephaim,
like their dead namesakes who wander in the congregation of the damned,
seem to be the product of a dark and evil system that lies hidden in the
history of humanity.
Among the Jews, it is even taught that some of the Nephilim survived the
Flood of Noah, and that Og was the last of their lineage. This is
certainly not borne out in Scripture. But there does seem to be a dark
spiritual connection between Og and those monstrous predecessors. It is
found in the phrase, “after that,” in a well-known Scripture verse.
Before and After the Flood
Genesis 6:4, which we examined earlier in a different context, gives
these two words a special meaning:
“There were giants [or nephilim, “the fallen ones”] in the earth
in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto
the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became
mighty men which were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4).
The ancient world of the Jews, Greeks and Romans abounded with tales
about how the gods came down and intermarried with mankind, producing
demigods, heroes and half-man-half-beast monstrosities. The ancients
believed that a kernel of truth lay at the center of these stories.
Here, the Bible even says that this happened both prior to the Flood of
Noah and also at some later time “… after that …” that is, after
the great deluge.
But under the current mindset, theologians now object to the idea that
disembodied spirit beings (even if they exist) could intrude upon the
physical world — and especially to mate with human women. Yet, in the
millennia prior to Sir Francis Bacon and the men of modern science, with
their methods of empirical science and inductive reasoning, that is
precisely what was taught and believed. The flaw in his method is that
man makes assumptions (hypotheses), based upon his own beliefs and
From modern man’s point of view, perhaps the chief objection to
human/angel interactions is that they just don’t “make sense.” He
has been conditioned to think in terms of observation and proof. The
scientific method cannot prove the existence of the spirit world. And
even if it did, there is still another question: How is it possible that
a spirit being could actually become “physical” enough to walk among
But a moment’s reflection reveals that the Bible gives many examples
of righteous angels who did just that. In Genesis 18, Abraham receives
three visitors, whom he welcomes into his home for a meal. Apparently,
they are just like ordinary men, even to the point of eating and
drinking. But the common explanation is that they are angels who have
taken the form of men. Their demeanor is “physical” in every way.
In Genesis 19, two angels visit Sodom to warn Lot that he must leave the
city before it is divinely destroyed in a rain of fire. Again, they seem
like men, rather than the common picture of winged angels in glowing
white clothing. Even the perverted men of Sodom related to them as
It is obvious that angels regularly circulate among human beings. Their
appearance is so utterly “human” that it is possible to meet a
supernatural being without even suspecting that you have had a
transaction with an angel. The simple conclusion is that angels can
transition in and out of our world with ease. And there is ample
historical evidence to conclude that this includes evil, fallen angels,
as well as the righteous angels who never left their assigned sphere of
The conclusion is both obvious and simple. In ways we don’t completely
understand, demonic forces can physically intervene in normal human
affairs. They can introduce genetic transformations in their subjects,
resulting in a variety of alterations that suit their needs at the
moment. Monsters are the result. Human beings have traditionally viewed
these new creatures as gigantic or heroic in proportion.
Both before and after the Flood, they were the despots whose rule came
from force and power. They were real then … the fallen ones called
“giants” in the ancient world. And they are real now, or so says the
testimony of many thousands of witnesses.
Giant Hairy Bipeds
In particular, as we witness the waning influence of God’s Holy Spirit
in these latter days, demonic influence will become progressively
unleashed. As Paul put it in I Timothy 4:1, “ … doctrines of devils
…” will begin to come to the foreground. Today’s occultic books
and movies abound with unspeakable tales of titanic powers and monstrous
giants, aroused as if from some long sleep. In fact, this is a prevalent
theme among such productions. But they are only the precursors of the
real thing that is shortly to come.
During the days of the prophets and on through the Christian era, the
old giants receded deeply into the background of history. But they seem
tantalizingly close to public realization once again. Beginning
particularly in the last half of the present century, the world is
hearing more and more about a class of creatures whose very existence is
questioned. The prevailing belief is that giants will never exist again.
Og and his people are gone forever.
But thousands firmly believe that they have seen, tracked and in some
cases met, one or more of the giant creatures. In every case, these
creatures seem to want nothing more than to be left alone. They flee at
astonishing speeds when confronted by human beings. They are true
giants, ranging in height from eight to twelve feet! Their footprints
have been measured at fourteen to twenty-four inches or more!
These reticent anthropoids are known by many names: kaptars (Asia),
yowies (Australia), yetis, or abominable snowmen (the Himalayas), kangmi
(Tibet), sasquatch (northwestern American Indian), or bigfoot (western
north America, Canada). Some naturalists simply term them Giant Hairy
Bipeds, or GHB’s for short.
It is more or less widely known that these creatures exist. Their
vocalizations (including a strange language) have been recorded. But
their reality is curiously fleeting. This has caused many casual
observers to dismiss the thought of their existence as foolish. But they
do exist, in many cases acknowledged by anthropologists and attested to
by convincing photos, hair and footprint evidence and even motion
An entire pseudo-science, called crypto-zoology, has emerged. It is
devoted to the study of these strange, giant man-apes.
In the fifties and sixties, hundreds of similar sightings were reported,
as the “abominable snowman” became the rage of the world’s news
media. Many hunting parties trekked into the Tibetan high country and
the towering Himalayas to be the first to bring back a specimen worth
millions. They all failed.
But in the late sixties, seventies and eighties, reports began to filter
in from all over the world. Especially in the Western U.S. and Canada,
tales about “bigfoot” were rife. And once again, the hunt was on.
American Indians had long spoken about the “giant hairy men” who
lived deep in the forests. In the northwest, the local tribes named them
“sasquatch.” Indians believed that these creatures lived in family
units, sought out remote areas, hated contact with humans, and were
possessed of special “senses” that made it impossible to find them.
Actually, these massive and shaggy creatures have been reported
virtually all over the world. In our country, sightings have ranged from
coast-to-coast and border-to-border. But they are particularly observed
in Washington, Oregon, California, Indiana and states throughout the
Worldwide, there are literally thousands of similar reports, continuing
to the present day. Usually, the creatures are accompanied by a retching
odor that people describe as the worst thing they’ve ever smelled.
This has led to another common nickname, “Skunk Ape.”
Back in the woods of the northwest and Canada, vigorous reports continue
unabated to the present day. Such reports are so common that the
creatures are now protected by law in many communities. They are thought
to be so “humanlike” in appearance that it is considered a capital
crime to kill one.
Enter the Demon What is not widely known is that GHB’s are commonly
accompanied by phenomena usually attributed to the race known as demons.
Their appearance is likely to be accompanied by ghostly rapping in the
homes of nearby residents, unidentifiable noises, the levitation or
translocation of ordinary household objects, disembodied voices and
flying lights in the night.
In one of the most famous cases, two GHB’s were seen walking away from
a flying “bubble of light,” after it landed on the Pulaski farm near
Greensburg, Pennsylvania. On the night of October 25, 1973, state police
were summoned, after residents of the family farm were literally
frightened out of their wits by the hairy giants who walked toward them.
Stephen Pulaski tried to shoot them with a hunting rifle, but they
seemed unhurt, and merely walked back into the woods.
Those who have studied the GHB phenomenon quickly realize that these
monstrous animals exhibit all the transitory, will-o’-the-wisp
characteristics described in traditional demonology. They are virtually
always accompanied by the accouterments of the occult, the
spiritualistic and the metaphysical. This is, of course, the most
obvious explanation of their mysterious ability to resist discovery.
Over the last forty years, literally thousands of hunting parties have
vied for the honor of being the first to bring this “new species”
into the light of society. To a man, they have failed. Sometimes, their
hunts have taken place within very small tracts of woods. They have
literally had the giants surrounded, but their ever-tightening circles
converged upon nothing!
Demons Dead and Alive
Does this remind us of anything else? Yes indeed, it does. It reminds us
of the long-standing belief that the demon is able to transition back
and forth between different states of existence.
It can be both a spirit creature and a physical animal. And it also
reminds us of the ancient Rephaim, who are named in Scripture, both as
condemned spirit beings and as giants.
Modern man is bedeviled by many such phenomena. Hauntings, poltergeist
phenomena, “psychic” behavior, and GHB’s all exhibit the vexatious
tendency to avoid capture.
Thus, the “scientific” mind, operating with the prejudice that such
things cannot exist to begin with, remains smugly satisfied. Respected
scientific journals and media outlets never treat these common subjects
with anything resembling objectivity.
And woe be unto the unprejudiced observer who, after an encounter with
these “nonexistent” phenomena, must prove his sanity.
But you’re saying, “Wait a minute, the giants of the Bible were
visible and real. They didn’t disappear like spooks.” And right you
are, to a point. In fact, however, they did disappear into the dusty
pages of history … for the second time.
The first time they disappeared was in the Flood of Noah. The Bible
tells us that only Noah and his family came through the Flood.
Yet somehow, the giants came back again to plague Abraham, Moses and the
Davidic kingdom. While we cannot be dogmatic, we would say that somehow,
the demon interceded in fallen man’s development, producing the living
The Rephaim, Both Spiritual and Physical
This would seem to provide an answer to the nagging question about why
the Bible refers to Rephaim as both living and dead. Perhaps they are
“shades,” or spirits, who are able to affect the physical world from
time to time. This may particularly be true in societies given over to
the worship of various evil spirits, including demons.
Their two states of existence in Scripture may help to explain the basic
and troublesome question mentioned above: How were the giants of Genesis
6 able to come back to trouble the world after they were destroyed in
the Flood? Might they have later influenced man genetically in some way,
causing him to become a mutant — a giant? One of the giants of Gath
was said to have six fingers and six toes on his hands and feet. This
would certainly indicate at least the possibility that there was some
perversion of the human genotype.
Here, we become involved with the twisted world of the fallen angels and
demons. In this dark and alien arena, we must proceed with caution.
Still, though the subject may seem strange, there is ample information
for a careful study. This should not be a theme unfamiliar to
Christians. After all, even Paul writes to Christians about the truth of
our spiritual battle:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12).
While it is impossible to be precise about the enigmatic order of the
occult power structure, the three groups mentioned here are the rulers
[Gk., archon], authorities [Gk., exousia] and lords of this world [Gk.,
kosmokratoras]. These are the demons who infest the globe under the
direction of Satan.
Historical observation of this miserable race always yields one
interesting and to some, perhaps unexpected trait. Namely, under great
effort, when it suits their cause, demons are apparently quite able to
manifest themselves in the physical world — in physical bodies.
Furthermore — given the proper spiritual environment and a little time
— they are apparently capable of making their presence permanent. That
is, by altering the human species, they produce beings who are more
appropriate to their plans.
The Prophetic Conclusion
Those plans include the rise of a new era of despotism. Given their
ancient behaviors, it is probably safe to say that they are even now
involved in the malevolent practices that marked their past intrusions.
As earlier noted, we are now living at the end of the Christian era, a
time when evil supernatural manifestations have been suppressed. The
restraining power of God’s Holy Spirit is without doubt, the agency
responsible for this blessed condition. Regarding the unveiling of
latter-day evil forces, specifically the Antichrist, Paul writes:
“And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now
letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power
and signs and lying wonders” (II Thess. 2:6-9).
Paul tells us with extreme clarity that the Antichrist will be revealed
on a wave of demonic activity, no doubt including the alien phenomena
that we have discussed in this and other articles on the subject.
Today, the demon and his ilk are steadily re-emerging in more and more
blatant displays of strange activity. Current stories of UFO abductions,
grotesque animal mutilations, genetic experiments and
pseudo-technological razzle-dazzle are capped off by the furtive
manifestations of the GHB.
Just beneath the surface, these phenomena are definitely connected.
There is a web of activity that will produce the same sort of evil that
characterized the antediluvian era. We have only to remember that
ancient historians linked the demigods of old with the intrusion of
Satan and his minions with the Nephilim. The fallen ones of that day
seem to have been the result of dark experimentation … a celestial
attempt to link the unseen world with our physical reality.
In His Olivet Discourse, Jesus stated this fact directly:
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of
“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe
entered into the ark,
“And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:37-39).
Demonic activity will be unleashed in ways that have been long
forgotten. It will produce the horrors of the Great Tribulation. For a
time, there will be a literal “hell on earth.” It is likely that
giants will become dominant and quite public once again. The goal of
such spiritual interference is to disrupt God’s desire to redeem
mankind. But their plans were cut off once, and they will be thwarted
When the Holy Spirit is finally “… taken out of the way …” who
knows what evils will hurl themselves upon the world’s naďve
societies? It is not beyond reason that when spiritual restraints are
finally removed, the giant Rephaim will once again tread out their grim
oppression upon the earth. Today, they live in vaults of Hades and the
shadows of the forests. One day soon, their horror may appear in broad
The message is this: As these phenomena become increasingly prominent,
it will be another compelling reason to believe that we are living in
the closing days of the Church Age. As Hebrews 10:24,25 says:
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of
some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the
We definitely see it approaching!