"Sons of God"

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Genesis vi. 1-4. "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, "That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. "And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. "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 renown."

From these verses it is clearly evident that men were multiplied in the earth, and that daughters were born unto them. The men spoken of here, doubtless, are those of the Pisonic age; but who are the sons of God, that they should override man and, at their option, take his daughters for their wives? It seems manifest by the text that they are aggressive in their spirit, and do not hesitate to appropriate to themselves any of the daughters of men who may suit their fancies, irrespective either of right or of wrong. Such a condition indicates creatures devoid of conscience; creatures which give way to impulse; creatures which acknowledge no restraining influence over their thoughts and actions. Man, apparently, is powerless to defend himself from them, and he submits to the evils which he cannot avert. By the text the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh." Who is it that shows the aggressive evil spirit, that the Lord should proclaim this? the men who peacefully seek to increase and multiply or the sons of God? The sons of God, certainly. Then it follows that the strength of the text applies to them, and that the Spirit shall not always strive with them, for they also are flesh; and if flesh, then they are men also. If they also are men, why should they be separately classed from the sons of Adam? It is because they are of another race, the fruit of another creation of men, even as expressed by the figure of the river of Eden and its four branches. What are their characteristics? the text stated, "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 renown." Here, then, gigantic beings are disclosed, some existing before the sons of God, and some existing after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men. It is most probable, by the text, by Num. xiii., and by Deut. ii., that the sons of God were a race of giants existing in the age immediately preceding that of the fourth Adam, which would identify them with the Gihonic or Black race, and that the giants which existed before them belonged to the Hiddekelic or Red race of men. The wickedness of the sons of God became so great - which they undoubtedly transferred to the new-born, although fallen, race of Adam that the Lord said, "Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years." This short period of time, therefore, limits their existence on the earth as a nation, and when it shall run out they will have ceased to exist as a nation. The sentence above quoted is prophetic of an almost universal destruction and sweeping away of the people by some powerful agent or element.

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