Sunday, June 24, 2001

Glen River Chapel

Bible Reading: Genesis 6:1-5
And 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.

Up until here, the Bible has concerned itself with the history of individual men. We are now going to step out of the scientific realm and into the mass history of the human race.   The date on Genesis 6:1 is not given. However, with men reproducing as far back as Enos and Cainaan (3700, 3600 BC) by even a normal population rate of reproduction, there would have been at least 4,000,000 people on the earth by the time Noah shows up in 2945 BC.

And depending on how you read Genesis 6:3, the sons of God could have been cohabiting with the daughters of men anywhere from 100 to 800 years before Noah shows up.

“Sons of God” in the OT is a reference to angels. They are called that because they are created as a spiritual being, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. (God is a spirit). As spirits, they are part of the Kingdom of God (the spiritual kingdom). A man can’t get into that kingdom until he is born spiritually (born again) since he is born into the world dead in trespasses and sins (dead, spiritually). Only after born again comes on the scene can a man become a “son of God” in the sense of a spiritual birth.

The sons of God and daughters of men are not the lines of Seth and Cain. Remember that the “line of Cain” would have been wiped out in the flood, but they show up again (also after that!) after the flood. If they were all wiped out, where did they come from? And how could a godly person marrying an ungodly person produce a race of giants? And besides, there is no “godly line in the Bible”, only a “Messianic” line, which includes an illegitimate child, a harlot, an adulteress, and adulterer, etc.

Sons of God are defined in Job 1,2,38 and they are present before Adam is created (Job 38:7) They are also the “gods” of Psalm 89:6 and Psalm 82:1 (note the flood in the context!).

Angels are not sexless, but male. They are wingless, males in every instance in your Bible. Wings are the property of cherubim and seraphim and female demons! Oh, yes! Take a look at 

Zechariah 5:4-11 - Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth. 6And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth. 7And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. 8And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. 9Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. 10Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? 11And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

The men of Sodom thought the angels were men. So did Abraham when he entertained them prior to their entering Sodom. And the NT tells us “some have entertained angels unawares”.

These angels cohabited with human women to produce a race of demonic giants (Goliath and his brothers, etc.). Matthew 22:30 answers the question as to whether angels can reproduce - notice the “in heaven” is the qualifier.

When they left their spiritual estate, they could not return and they died in the flood. These are the ones mentioned in 

2 Peter 2:4-6 - 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 judgment; 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; 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; … 

Not every angel that rebelled with Satan is chained in hell. We know they are still free to fight with Michael and the “angels in heaven” in the middle of the tribulation. So the angels that sinned are these. They are also described in 

Jude 6-7 - 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. 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.

Daniel 2:42-44 - And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Here is a commentary on the last days where I have told you before that the activity of Genesis 6 would be repeated again in the future. Coming down in the “likeness of men” they will describe themselves as from Jupiter (not the moon) (Acts 14; 19; Rev. 12).

Here is something else. There are two “days” we are warned about in Luke 17. One is the “days of Noah” (what we are now discussing) and the other is the “days of Lot” (Luke 17,28,30) To confirm this with 3 witnesses, Simon Peter warns of the days of Noah and Lot in 2 Peter 2:5,7 and Jude says “amen” to Lot (Jude 6,7). Notice that the context of each of these passages is “fallen angels”.

And now back to #8 (above), notice the ten “iron” men of Daniel 2:43,44? They will be just what we are talking about. 

Rev. 17:12-14 - And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. ` 

Well, it gets even wilder, but that is enough for now.

At the midpoint Satan and his rebel angels are "cast down to the earth , a place no longer found for them in heaven". At that time the devil and his powers of the air will be forced to remain on the earth to be judged by almighty God. While Satan is still able to navigate the heavenly regions, and even "walk to and fro IN the earth (Job)", he is setting up the world to accept the fallen angels as "aliens", or interdimensional beings of some sort.

If Satan's goals could be summed up and prioritized, they would appear this way:

#1 - Stop the redemption of man by preventing the atonement of Jesus on the cross.

#2 - (since #1 has failed), prevent human kind from ever hearing or understanding the gospel .

#3 - Prevent at all cost, the resurrection of the dead.

#4 - Since the gathering together of all the rebel angels and their imprisonment on earth for judgment is declared by God, great preparations must be made to utilize this event for the continuation of deception.

#5 - Prevent the eventual reign of God in human form on the earth.


Satan knows his future, his angels must prepare the world for their impending arrival. The main focus of their preparation is to create an open and welcome environment for their immanent return in the future as the "gods".

Satan has taken all the major references, all typology, and prophecy regarding the first and second comings of Jesus Christ and twisted the information to fit the endtime "working of error". There is a body of non-biblical prophecy that has been disseminated throughout the world via folklore, myth, media and popular culture.

Myths can be viewed as foreshadowing the facts of Scripture, or as corruptions of them. This view, which is not contemporarily popular, is surprisingly enlightening when attention is focused on meaning of names, characters and places of Classical myth in relation to Biblical stories.

The most relevant and necessary tool for discernment of theological interpretation of myth is a foundation of understanding concerning the origins and meaning of the celestial zodiac.

Psalm 19:1: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."

Most Christians recoil at the thought of delving into the profane practice of Astrology even if merely studying it from a comparative distance. The Bible is clear about God's condemnation of the practice of Astrology . However, one needs to keep in mind the modus operandi of the Enemy. Satan focuses his lies and distortions in the most effective places. These places are without exception, where God's truth is revealed. Since the most effective and believable lie is one sandwiched between two truths,so it is with the zodiac.

The pictures found today in the zodiac were not developed by the Greeks, but were in place perhaps as early as 4000 B.C. predating even the civilizations of Sumeria . These pictures were not merely arranged in haphazard order to aid in the tracking of the star movements, but with the purpose of depicting an epic narrative.

This understanding of the zodiac reveals an intelligence and prophetic understanding that was corrupted through time by the "the opposer". The zodiac was never intended to be monitored to reveal destiny, with the stars in control of men's lives, rather it was established as a pictorial story of God's plan of salvation on earth. God is in control of the stars and men.

The key to understanding the celestial zodiac, surprisingly, is found in the enigmatic figure of the ancient sphinx.

Sphinx were usually placed at entrances to palaces or temples of antiquity. This positioning implied power, authority and protection. The bodily form the sphinx is always a combination of at least two of four animals, a lion, bull or eagle with the head of a human.

The combination of all four creatures in one constitutes what is called in Hebrew, a kerubim or cherub. The word kerubim means "one who prays", or "one who intercedes."

The Bible also defines cherubim as a type or order of angel. Sphinx are an aggregate of at least two of four creatures, always the same four, which represent what the Bible calls a cherubim, a type of angel.

Why were angels depicted in antiquity as sphinx?

What is the meaning behind the four earthly creatures that compose them?

Contrary to modern astrology , the true meaning of the celestial zodiac and the symbols of the ecliptic, the course the sun appears to travel the heavens, have been lost to the majority of mankind. However it's purpose can be understood if one connects the sequence of pictures in story form.

But where to begin? What point in the circle of heaven is its beginning? its ending?

Sphinx in Greek means to "connect or bind together".

A sphinx combines the head of a woman and the body of a lion. This fixes the bench mark for the beginning and ending of the celestial narrative, beginning with Virgo and ending with Leo.

What about the four creatures of a cherub?

Look to four of the brightest stars in the zodiac;

Fomalhaut, in Aquarius,(man)

Regulus, in Leo,(lion)

Antares, in Opheocus,(serpent holder, or eagle) and

Aldebaran in Taurus, (the bull).

All four of these stars are arranged three signs apart, in the four corners of the heavens.

When the zodiac was arranged these stars appeared on the horizon corresponding to the spring and fall equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices. These four stars rose before the sun in the east in sequence with the four seasons. Since the precession of the equinoxes completes its cycle in 14,000 years, the earth's position relative to these stars has changed and they no longer mark the seasons.

The constellations rarely if ever imply the shapes found in the zodiac, yet the sequence and the types have remained consistent from greatest antiquity to this day. The answer to the mystery behind the zodiac and its apparent narrative can be found in the ancient symbols themselves, their relation to each other and their correspondence to prophecy in the Bible.

David knew the meanings of the names of the stars. The names of the starts were terms

commonly used in the Messianic prophecies and aspirations of God’s ancient people. David could point to the bright stars in the sky and meditate on their significance.

Spica = The Branch

Arcturus = He Comes

Pollux = Who Comes To Suffer

Antaries = The Wounded

Sirius = The Prince

Elnath = The Slain

Procyon = The Redeemer

Vega = He shall Be Exalted


Virgo, is depicted as a virgin in every ancient reference, holding in one hand a branch, and in the other a sheaf of grain, or seed, always associated with a child, "Shesh nu" in Egyptian, the desired son, the symbol of the incarnation of God on earth.

Libra, the scales or in the earliest zodiacs, an altar. Its meaning is the measuring of a price. One of its stars in Arabic means, "the price which is deficient", while opposite is a star whose name means, "the price which covers," or atonement. Libra symbolizes the price of the conflict, the deficient works of man compared to the perfect and finished sacrifice of Jesus accomplished on the cross.

Scorpio, with his claws reaching out to influence the scales, is crushed beneath the foot of Opheucus, the serpent holder, who in earliest times was depicted as an eagle. Opheucus's foot is stung by the upraised tail of the scorpion, his other foot is above the scorpion's heart. He restrains the serpent coiled around him from taking a crown. Opheucus depicts the earliest prophecy in the Bible,"I will put enmity between the serpent and the offspring of the woman, it will strike at his heel, and he will crush (the serpent's) head."

Sagittarius, in the oldest pictures of the zodiac is a cherubim. This symbol is situated 1/3rd of the way around the zodiacal circle. It had the body of both lion and bull with wings of an eagle and the head of a man. Sagittarius is the symbol of the incarnation, both God and man, animals representing the four corners of the heavens and symbolizing the aspects of God's redemptive work on this earth, he is poised with his arrow drawn and pointed at the heart of the scorpion. Underneath him is the southern cross.

Capricorn, the goat with the tail of the fish. To the Hebrews, the goat was the sin offering, Capricorn is posed with his foot under him and his head bowed, as if in death. The second half of this symbol is the tail of a fish, the most prolific creature in nature, the fish lives in the waters, symbol of life and God's spirit. Out of the son of God's death, comes ever lasting life.

Capricornus is the modern Latin name of the sign, and means goat.

There are 51 stars in the sign.

The alpha star in the horn means the goat.

The bright star in the tail means the sacrifice that cometh.

Other star names mean: the sacrifice slain; the record of the cutting off.

Aquarius, the water bearer, the one pouring out life giving waters that symbolize God's spirit, into the mouth of the fish.

The beta star in the other shoulder = who goeth and returneth

Pisces, the fishes connected to the neck of the sea monster, one points to the center of heaven the other follows the ecliptic, the path of the earth around the sun. "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Aries, the lamb prepared from the foundations of the world, the unblemished sacrifice for mankind. with his foot poised to strike off the tether attaching the fishes to the neck of the sea monster. "He (Jesus Christ), came to set the captives free".

Taurus, the Bull. His horns, symbolizing God's judgment, are pointed to the earth, one stabs the heal of a shepherd "Aquilla", who holds his flock, Christ the good shepherd, received in our place God's absolute judgment. In the bulls neck is the Pleiades, the congregating of the judges, who come back to earth after their resurrection to judge the earth with Christ at his second coming.

Messiah, the coming Judge of all the earth

The Hebrew name means both coming and ruling

141 stars

The brightest star (in bull’s eye) Al Debaran means the leader

The star El Nath (at tip of left horn) means wounded or slain

The cluster of stars (Pleiades) means congregation of the judge

Gemini, the twins. Castor is the suffering redeemer, and Pollex is the king. Symbols of the first and second coming of Christ.

Messiah’s Reign as Prince of Peace

The Hebrew name means united. The Arabic means the same.

85 stars

Appollo (in head of one on right) means ruler or judge.

Bright star in other head means “who cometh to labor, or suffer”

Star in left foot means “wounded”

Cancer, the crab. Originally it was the fortress, the impregnable enclosure of protection. In Egypt it was a scarab, the beetle that hatched from the ground and flew to heaven, the stronghold of the saved.

Leo, the great lion. "The conquering lion of Judah", Jesus Christ, who will come again. The king that the apostle John traced back to that tribe of Israel. In his heart is the star called Regulus.

This is the whole story of God's atonement work on earth, its beginning and ending are symbolized by the sphinx.

The Greek myth Oedipus Rex contains symbols of relevance to corrupted truth. When Oedipus encountered the Greek sphinx, he was asked a riddle. "What speaks with one voice, yet in the morning walks on four legs, walks at noon on two legs and in the evening walks on three legs?" Oedipus was the only man to answer correctly. The answer was "man". Upon hearing her riddle solved the sphinx screamed in rage, threw herself to the rocks below her lofty perch and died. Such a simple answer to this enigmatic question leaves one to ponder its significance.What more can be gleaned from the content of the story?

The sphinx as it has been stated was actually a symbolic depiction of an angel. This angel was not, however, anything like the dutiful messengers of God described in scripture but a horrible monster bent on the destruction of any man it came in contact with.

At this point it will be helpful to understand some basic principles of the meaning of numbers in scripture. With insite into the symbolic meaning that numbers posses as they occur in the Bible one will understand the full meaning of the "riddle of the sphinx" The study of the meaning of numbers in scripture is called Biblical Numerics or Biblical Numerology. This study is intrinsic to theology and history of the Bible because of the language it was written in, Hebrew and Greek. These two languages share the aspect of using letters for words and also a system for counting. The spiritual meaning for numbers that continuosly show up in scripture, intentionally put there by God, can be discerned. The following list is a brief description of the symbolic meaning of primary numbers.

One: The symbol of unity, primacy and beginning, in all languages. Two: The first number that can be divided from itself, it symbolizes division or difference. Three: Is the number of divine perfection. It is the number of the Trinity. It has the necessary dimensions for substance,. . length, breadth, and height. Four: Represents the number for God, 3 + 1, the number of beginning, thus 4 is the symbol of creation. Five: Is 4+1, Creation plus, a new beginning. 5 = grace or favor. Six: Is the number of imperfection, the number of man. Creation plus division 4+2, or Grace with man's addition to it 5+1. Seven: Is the number of completion. It is the number of spiritual perfection.Ceation lasted 6 days, God rested on the 7th. Eight: is the number of resurrection 7+1 completion plus newness. Nine: Symbolizes judgment. Akin to the number 6, six being the sum of its two factors(3x3=9 and 3+3=6), it is significant of the end of man. Ten: symbolizes completeness of order, after ten the numbers repeat. Eleven: If ten is the completeness of order, then eleven is the subversion and undoing addition to that perfect order. Twelve: is the symbol of governmental perfection or rule (3x4) -- God's rule over his creation. There are 12 signs in the zodiac, 12 apostles, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 months in a year etc.

Returning to Oedipus Rex and the story of the sphinx, we find the symbolic types much more clear. Oedipus, whose name literally means wounded in the foot, was on his way to Thebes, the city of light. The king of Thebes had proclaimed that he would give the kingdom and the hand of his daughter in marriage, to anyone who destroyed the sphinx .

The sphinx, a symbolic angel, asked the question, "What speaks with one voice, yet walks on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon and three feet in the evening?" The question, decoded, should read like this, "What creature, spoken into creation by God,(1) walked before God in perfection at the beginning,(4) fell from grace and was divided from God,(2) and will be redeemed and made perfect by God,(3)? The answer was man, but the real question couched ingeniously in the riddle was this, who will redeem man, what is his name?

The earliest prophecy in the Bible concerning the redemption of fallen man is in Gen. "I will put enmity between you and the serpent. You will strike at his heel, and he will crush your head, ergo,"wounded in the foot". If the numbers of the riddle are added together 1, 4, 2, and 3, the sum is 10, the number of perfection of order. If the numbers pertaining to walking on the earth before God are added together, the sum is 9, the number of judgment..

Clearly the story of the sphinx was inspired from a source of even greater antiquity. We need only open our Bibles to find out what that inspiration was.