WE BEGIN a new book this morning, concluding the book of Leviticus and moving to the book of Numbers. The emphasis begins to shift from Yahweh teaching the Law through Moses to counting and organizing the tribes of Israel for war.
Here is the link to the study mentioned today where we discussed the deaths of Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron killed by God for bringing unauthorized fire into the tabernacle (possibly while drunk).
WE PICK up the story of Noah just before the waters of the Flood sweep over the land. We compare the biblical account of the Flood with the Mesopotamian epics featuring Atra-Hasis, Utnapishtim, and Ziusudra. Was Noah a Sumerian king? And why, after the Flood, was Noah so angry with Ham that he cursed Ham’s son, Canaan?
Further reading: See Peter Goodgame’s intriguing studies The Giza Discovery, in which Peter equates the biblical Nimrod with the Sumerian king Enmerkar and the first Egyptian pharaoh, Narmer, and then makes the case that this person is to be identified as the Egyptian god Osiris. We also recommend Peter’s excellent essay Against World Powers: A Study of the Judeo-Christian Struggle in History and Prophecy, which explains the Genesis 6 event as one battle in the ongoing rebellion against Yahweh by members of the Divine Council. These will factor into our discussion next week of the Tower of Babel incident.
Also see this map that shows the limits of the ancient kingdom of Urartu (Ararat).
We advance through history from the Garden to the Flood and look at the Enemy’s response to the Protoevangelium, the first prophecy of a coming Savior: The genetic corruption that followed the decision of the Bene Elohim to leave their first estate and take wives from among the daughters of man–in short, the Nephilim.
Also: A discussion of what it means to be created “in the image” of God and the implications for transhumanism and/or the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe; the significance of God creating man and woman, and the occult emphasis on androgyny; the first sacrifice; and the various views of what happened in the days of Noah–specifically, who were the Sons of God?
Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s essay on “The Image of God” – click here (opens PDF document)
A collection of video presentations by Dr. Heiser on the Sons of God in Genesis 6: click here
“Textual Controversy: Mischievous Angels or Sethites?” by Chuck Missler: click here
Another view: “Who Are the Sons of God and Daughters of Men in Genesis 6:1-5?” by R.C. Sproul, Jr.: click here