WERE THE “SONS OF GOD” ANGELS? – Genesis 6


When men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took to wife such of them as they chose.

Genesis 6:1‭-‬2 RSV

THE “SONS OF GOD” WERE NOT ANGELS

The problem that immediately confronts us here regards the identity of the “sons of God.”

All efforts to identify these with angels or other supernatural creatures should be rejected.

The reasons why this passage cannot be applied either to angels or to other supernatural creatures are as follows:

  • No angels have been mentioned in the Bible up to this point, and the supposition that they make their first appearance in Scripture under the title “sons of God” is untenable.
  • The term “sons of God” is nowhere in the Bible, either in the O.T. or in the N.T., APPLIED TO ANGELS.
  • The passages usually cited where this expression is allegedly a reference to angels have no reference at all to angels, the word angels not even appearing in such references as Job 1:6; Daniel 3:25; and Psalms 89:6.
  • In the N.T., particularly, it is human beings who are led by God’s Spirit who are called “sons of God” (1 John 3:1; Romans 8:14; Galatians 4:6, etc.).
  • There are only two classes of Angels, the Holy Angels, and the Angels Of Satan (Fallen Angels); and neither class could be viewed here.
  • Holy angels would NOT have induced men to sin!
  • The fallen angels, in a million years, would never have been designated by the Holy Spirit as “the sons of God!”
  • Note too that these “sons of God” “took them wives of all that they chose,” an unmistakable reference to marriage.
  • HOWEVER Jesus our Lord flatly declared that angels DO NOT MARRY (Matthew 22:30).
  • The myth-hunters who attempt to drag mythology into this passage are contradicted by this, and we may only smile at some of the tactics of avoidance employed.

Some people might say:

BUT THIS MUST NOT BE PRESSED.

Indeed, why not?!

  • We are delighted to “PRESS IT” as a complete refutation of the error of finding “angels” in this passage.
  • If angels, or other supernatural creatures, had been to blame for the gross wickedness about to envelop mankind, then God would have announced their punishment and destruction, instead of the punishment and destruction of men.
  • Those who would like to place the blame for human debauchery upon the supernatural creatures are frustrated by the fact that God’s punishment always falls upon the guilty, and that IT WAS MEN, NOT ANGELS, WHO RECEIVED THE PUNISHMENT HERE.
  • The two classes of men visible in these verses had already been carefully introduced in Genesis 4 and Genesis 5, the sons of men (in their hardened state) being the line of the Cainites, and the “sons of God” being the people in the line of Seth.
  • Scholars who deny the obvious unity and logical sequence of this narrative are, of course, totally unaware of this.

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Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

Revelation 12:7‭-‬11 RSV


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