The Devil's Second Interruption of God's Plan for A Godly Line
Dr. Joe Temple

The Murder of Abel

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Genesis, chapter 6:

Genesis 6:

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3And 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.
4There 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 renown.
5And 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.
6And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

We have studied the book of Genesis verse by verse, chapter by chapter, and we will continue to do so. We have been relating everything we have read thus far to the basic theme of the entire Bible. We correlated to that theme verse 15 of chapter 3, where God said to the serpent, and beyond the serpent to the Devil, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

We said that this was the announcement of an immediate and prolonged warfare between the seed of the woman and the seed of the Devil…between God and the Devil, if you please, and between godly people and ungodly people. This warfare presents itself in all of those phases. Because God said that the seed of the woman would eventually bring victory to mankind, salvation, and eternal life, the Devil wanted to do everything that he could to thwart God's plan to bring salvation to the world.

The very first thing he did was to inspire Cain to kill Abel, for Abel was the godly man. The Devil, when Abel was killed, sat still and yet won the victory. Then you remember that God sent Seth to take the place of Abel. When Seth was born, people began to call on the name of the Lord. People began to call themselves by the name of the Lord.

However, the Devil was not through. What he could not do by killing the original seed, he would do by contaminating the lineage. We noticed that Cain settled in a city instead of being a vagabond as God had said he would, and that the descendants of Cain (we traced the descendants down to the seventh man from Adam) were wicked through and through, in and out.

Because God is never without His witness, because God is never without His testimony, Seth was born, and we traced from him down to the seventh man from Adam. That story was a good story. Lamech, the seventh man from Adam through Cain's line, was the most evil man known at that time. Enoch, the seventh man of the godly men, thwarted the testimony of the ungodly men, and God won another skirmish in the eternal battle that is going on.

Intermarriage of the Sons of God and the Daughters of Men

We are going to notice how the Devil made another attempt to thwart the plan of God, how the Devil made another attempt to stop God from accomplishing His purpose. The passage of Scripture which we read together describes how the Devil caused the sons of God to marry the daughters of men and produce an offspring so terrible that when God looked upon the earth, He said, “It repents Me that I have made man. I have got to do something about it, because their wickedness comes up before me continually.”

Then God sent the flood in judgment. We will not speak about the flood now because we will not have the time, but we do want to examine this special attack that the Devil made upon God's plan, purpose, and program by causing the sons of God to marry the daughters of men.

You may say, “Well, really, I do not see too much to talk about. The sons of God married the daughters of men, and that is that.” If you are willing to take the simplest explanation and the most commonly accepted interpretation of this passage of Scripture (though I would like to add that the most commonly accepted interpretations are not always the correct ones), you will say that the descendants of Seth married the descendants of Cain (the descendants of Seth, being good people, married the descendants of Cain, being bad people), and that the union of believers and unbelievers produced children who were more loyal to the Devil than they were to God.

That is the simplest explanation. We do not accept that. We cannot accept it. We do not believe it is true. If we examine this passage of Scripture in the light of related passages, we find that the Devil did far more than causing believers to marry unbelievers. He did an uncanny thing that is difficult for people to believe. I hope to tell you what that uncanny thing was. We will begin by examining the characters in the drama before us. So notice Genesis, chapter 6, verse 1:

Genesis 6:

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

That is a simple statement of the propagation of the human race.

Genesis 6:

2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

Does that sound so terrible? Is it so awful that men should marry women? The only bad thing about this verse…it was a sin of long standing…was that they took more than one wife. They had a plurality of wives, and that was in direct contradiction of the divine will of God. Yet this is not the thing that is so awful and so terrible that God had to wipe the face of the earth clean. What made this thing so terrible?

I think you will be able to understand if we look at the phrase, the sons of God . Who are the sons of God? Notice again, the simplest explanation is that they are the sons of Seth. I do not accept that. I do not think that is a very practical explanation.

This phrase, the sons of God , is used only four other times in the Old Testament. Listen carefully to what I am about to say. In these four times in which it is used, it never refers to human beings. Not one time does it refer to human beings…not one of the four times that it is mentioned in the Word of God.

If that is true, then why should we suddenly ignore the way the phrase, the sons of God , is used in every other place and arbitrarily say it refers to the descendants of Seth? Let me examine with you the other passages of Scripture in which the phrase, the sons of God , is used and see to whom it does refer, because I say to you it is never used in relation to human beings in the Old Testament.

Turn with me first, please, to the book of Job, chapter 1, verse 6:

Job 1:

6Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
7And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

There is the phrase, the sons of God .” Little is said in these verses to identify them,except that they are related to Heaven, and that they meet regularly in the counsel chambers of Heaven. The Devil, who is a foreign angel, has the privilege of coming up there and associating with them. Will you look again at chapter 2 of the book of Job:

Job 2:

1Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.

If we would take the time to read this verse in its context, we would see that these people called the sons of God were again presenting themselves before the Lord to give a report on the things which they had been doing. Satan, who was a foreign angel, appeared among them.

Again, we do not have a great deal of understanding as to who they were except that they were related to Heaven, and I am going to make a stronger statement and say they were heavenly beings.

Will you turn to Job, chapter 38. God is talking to Job, asking him questions to remind him of his own littleness in the sight of God.

Job 38:

1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

This passage of Scripture says that the sons of God existed before the foundation of the world, before God every created the earth. When God did create the earth, they rejoiced and they sang. They comprised a choir that sang what we might call a formal dedication of the earth.

A fourth passage of Scripture in the Old Testament in which this phrase is used is in the book of Daniel. You remember the story of the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace, a very familiar story, I think, to all of us in Daniel, chapter 3, verse 24:

Daniel 3:

24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
25He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

You will notice that the phrase, the Son of God , is capitalized, but in the original Hebrew, it is not. I trust I am not robbing you of anything dear to you. This is not a reference to the Son of God, capitalized. It is a reference to the Angel of the Lord. This of course makes no difference, because the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament is the Son of God in the New Testament.

So it is all right for our translators to use the phrase, the Son of God , capitalized, except that I want you to see, as we look at this from the standpoint of the original, that the phrase, the sons of God , is used always in reference to angels, never in reference to men. Get that clear in your thinking. When we go back to the book of Genesis, chapter 6, and read this verse with that thought in mind, additional light is thrown upon it:

Genesis 6:

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3And 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.
4There 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 renown.

The Septuagint version of the Old Testament is a translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek by seventy Greek scholars. In that translation, the translators used the word angels instead of the words the sons of God . I mention that so you will see that what I am suggesting to you, though not commonly accepted, is not too outlandish.

The Fallen Angels

Will you look at chapter 6 again, verse 4, where we read:

Genesis 6:

4There 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…

There were giants in the earth. Is there anything so strange or unusual about that? This is not our English word giant . This word that is translated giant comes from a Hebrew word which means fallen angel . Here we read, then, that there were fallen angels in the earth in those days. What do we mean by fallen angels? Perhaps we ought to say some things about them if there are questions in your mind.

God created angels. When He created them, He created them perfect. He created Satan the chief of all the angels. He was the anointed cherub that covereth. According to chapter 14 of the book of Isaiah and chapter 28 of the book of Ezekiel, Satan in Heaven sinned against God. His sin was that he wanted to be like God. He said, “I am going to sit on God's throne. I am not going to subject myself any longer to God.” As soon as he uttered that word of rebellion, God cast him out of Heaven, and according to chapter 12 of the book of Revelation, he drew with him one-third of all the angels that were in Heaven.

How many was that? The Bible does not count angels. It uses the word myriad to describe them. Myriad is a numberless number. You just cannot count them. He drew one-third of all the angels out of Heaven with him. Those angels became fallen angels. When they were cast out of Heaven, they were cast into the earth, not to Hell. The Devil and all his angels are not in Hell today. They are loose (except those angels who participated in this sinful event right here). That is exactly where they want to be.

These fallen angels were in the earth, and the Devil decided that some of these fallen angels should intermarry with human women and so corrupt the human race that God would wipe the earth clean. The Devil thought that that would be the end of everything.

However, God is never without His testimony. God is never without His witness. In verse 8, one man found grace in the sight of God. If it had not been for that one man's finding grace in the sight of the Lord, the Devil's plan to cause fallen angels to intermarry with the human race and in so doing so corrupt the earth that God would have to put a stop to it, would have worked.

If you know your Bible very well, you are probably saying, “Well, that sounds good, but there is just one thing wrong with it. Angels are sexless beings. They cannot marry, because the Bible says so. The New Testament will prove it.” In Matthew, chapter 22, the Lord Jesus Christ says that the angels in Heaven neither marry nor are given in marriage. Read your Bibles carefully now. The angels in Heaven neither marry nor are given in marriage. Fallen angels can and did.

How? The same way the Devil would do what he did. If the Devil appeared in your sight and mine as a creature with horns and forked tail that spat fire, you would know him. He does not do that. He always occupies something or someone to get his work done. For example, when he tempted Adam and Eve, he occupied a serpent. When he wants to deceive multitudes of people in our day, he fits himself up as a creature that can do it.

Will you turn, please, to II Corinthians, chapter 11, for I want you to see that though it is true that angels as angels are separate beings, angels as angels can clothe themselves with whatever form they wish to accomplish whatever task they desire.

The Apostle is talking about false apostles and deceitful workers who call themselves apostles of Christ. That is, ordained preachers can be deceitful. “Why should you be surprised at that?”, he asks in verse 14:

II Corinthians 11:

14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

What does that mean? It means that the Devil can take the form of an angel of light. You might go around saying, “An angel told me to do this.” You had better be sure that what the angel told you to do is consistent with the Word of God, because it might have been the Devil wrapped up like an angel.

The Devil can transform himself into an angel of light, and these angels I am speaking about who intermarried with the human race could so clothe themselves that it would be possible for them so to do.

Angels Chained Under Darkness Awaiting God's Judgment

Perhaps you are saying, “Well, that is a thought, but is there any Scripture for it?” Will you turn with me, please, to the epistle of Jude. Jude, as you know, is the little book just before the book of Revelation. Jude is talking about false teachers and false prophets who do everything they can to thwart the Word and the purpose of God through delusion. Notice how God eventually is going to visit judgment upon them for it. He said in verse 5:

Jude:

5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6And 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.

Look at verse 6 for the moment. God even judges angels. That is what He says. Right now there are some angels chained in everlasting chains of darkness awaiting the day of judgment. Why did God chain them? What did they do? He says they kept not their first estate. They did not keep the position in which God placed them first. They left their own habitation. Literally, they left their own sphere of activity. That is why God chained them in everlasting chains of darkness.

Go back to Genesis, chapter 6, and notice verse 4:

Genesis 6:

4There were giants in the earth [that is, there were fallen angels in the earth] in those days…

Look at the phrase, in the earth . It is not apparent in our English translation, but in the original Hebrew it is written in such construction that it means that they were in the earth where they had no business to be. That was not their habitation. That was not their sphere of action. They had no business being there, and that ties right in with what Jude said about the angels that God chained in everlasting chains of darkness. “They kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation.”

What was so terrible about that? Look at verse 7:

Jude:

7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Did you notice that God ties the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha together with the sins of the angels who kept not their first estate? What was the sin of the angels who kept not their first estate? What was the sin of the people of Sodom and Gomorrha? Fornication and going after strange flesh. What was the sin of the angels? Fornication and going after strange flesh. Angels were never meant to intermarry with the human race, but these angels did, and in so doing they were going after strange flesh and committing fornication as did the people of Sodom and Gomorrha.

Will you turn, please, to the second epistle of Peter, chapter 2. Peter is talking about the same thing that Jude is talking about, the same thing that Moses is talking about in the book of Genesis:

II Peter 2:

1But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4For 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 judgment;

If God spared not the angels, He will not spare others who are false to their calling. That is what He is saying. What did these angels do? What is it they did that made God cast them down to Hell and keep them chained in everlasting darkness unto the day of judgment which has not yet come?

Look at verses 5 and 6. The law of relation tells us they were guilty of a sin related to something they did in the days of Noah.

II Peter 2:

5And 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;

Why was it that this world was so ungodly? The law of relation again.

II Peter 2:

6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

Do you see how the Spirit of God ties all these verses together and lets us know why God had to wipe the face of the earth clean?

Satan Again Defeated by God

Go back to Genesis, chapter 6, as I remind you that Satan once again has attempted to interfere with the plan of God by causing fallen angels to intermarry with human beings. Why would that contaminate the race? Well, it filled the earth with a race of monstrosities, abnormal people. Oh, the extent to which the Devil will go to accomplish his purpose!

Here was Adam, created in the image of God, clothed with the glory of God. And the Devil himself, personally, clothed as a serpent, deceived Eve and caused Adam to sin. Adam fell from that high place where he was to this low place down here, bereft of the glory of God, but still a normal human being, not a monstrosity. The Devil was not satisfied with that. He was going to do something else, and he caused fallen angels to intermarry with the human race. Read with me again in verse 4:

Genesis 6:

4There 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 renown.

Look at the phrase, mighty men , and men of renown . Those phrases by themselves seem perfectly normal…mighty men and men of renown. You might think that the earth was peopled with individuals who had unusual strength and individuals who were honored. If you examine those words in the original text, you will find that these mighty men were literally oversized men, with oversized features, as a matter of fact. You will find that the phrase, men of renown , means conspicuous because of their difference .

These offspring, then, of angels and human beings were monstrosities that were given over to wickedness. Look at verse 5:

Genesis 6:

5And 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.

This was not an occasional slipping, but a planned program of evil to thwart the plan and purpose of God. This is hypothetical, but the discussion permits it: There is no telling what might have happened if God had not sent the flood on the earth. Many, many times God's acts of judgment prove to be acts of mercy, prove to be acts of grace.

If God had permitted the co-habitation between fallen angels and the human race, and the earth had continued to be populated with the monstrosities that I have suggested, their offspring, there is no telling what the earth would have been today with men whose hearts were consistently, constantly planning evil. Look at verse 6:

Genesis 6:

6And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

Will you notice verse 7 and what He is going to do about it:

Genesis 6:

7And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Do you see how contaminated the earth had become because of this sin? Do you mean to tell me now that just because a godly woman marries and ungodly man it is going to contaminate the whole earth to the extent that God will have to wipe the face of it clean?

No, that is out of proportion to the seriousness of our paragraph here. This was something exceedingly terrible. God would wipe the earth clean, the Devil thought, with no one left to carry on, no one left to whom the seed, the Lord Jesus Christ, would come.

However, thank God, according to verse 8, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. As we are going to see, after the flood God began all over again with Noah, the people that Noah took into the ark, and the animals as ordered by God. God defeated the attempted abortion of His plan at the hand of the Devil once again.


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