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
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 short
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
“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” (Joshua
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, the
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
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
“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 21:16:
“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. 14).
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. 14:9-11).
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
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 Pet.
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” (Rev. 20:14).
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 judgment;
“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 renown.
“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”
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
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
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 “giants.”
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 of
“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
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. 3:11).
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 fact:
“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
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 prejudices.
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 men—and women?
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 ordinary
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 righteousness.
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 picture footage.
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 Midwest.
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
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
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
“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 time.
“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 his
“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 man
“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 again.
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 daylight.
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 works:
“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 day
We definitely see it approaching!