. The universe will, at some future point, be rolled up like a scroll (Isaiah 34:4, Revelation 6:14). If God had created living beings elsewhere, this would automatically destroy their dwelling place as well. Adam’s sin caused all of creation to be affected by the Curse, so why would a race of beings, not of Adam’s (sinful) seed, have their part of creation affected by the Curse, and then be part of the restoration brought about by Christ, the last Adam? All of this would seem exceedingly strange.[1]

Some have claimed that the nephilim, or the “sons of God,” both mentioned in Genesis 6:2-4, were aliens. This is a wild extension of a common view that the “sons of God” who married the “daughters of men” were fallen angels, and that the nephilim were products of those “marriages.”

“Sons of God” is clearly used of angels in Job 38:7. The Septuagint (LXX) here translates “sons of God” as “angels of God.” This need not mean that evil angels, or demons, actually cohabited with women—Jesus made it clear that angels do not engage in sexual activities, at least not angels in heaven (Matthew 22:30). Nevertheless, evil angels on earth could have used the bodies of ungodly men, by demonic possession, to achieve their evil purpose of producing an evil generation of people (Genesis 6:12).[2]

There are other reasonable suggestions as to the identity of the “sons of God” and the Nephilim. Interestingly, the word nephilim is only used here and in Numbers 13:33, where it clearly refers to the descendants of Anak, who were big people, but still people. Furthermore, “sons of God” is not used exclusively of angels—the children of Israel are called “the sons of the living God” in Hosea 1:10 (see also Psalm 73:15; 80:17).


{{redirect2|First vision of Ezekiel|Early Jewish mysticism|other uses|Merkabah (disambiguation)}} ”For the modern Israeli main battle tank see:[[Merkava]]” [[File:Ezekiel’s vision.jpg|right|thumb|Copy of [[Matthäus Merian]]’s engraving of [[Ezekiel]]’s vision (1670).]] ”’Merkabah”’/”’Merkavah mysticism”’ (or ”’Chariot mysticism”’) is a school of early [[Jewish mysticism]], c. 100 BCE –1000 CE, centered on [[Vision (spirituality)|visions]] such as those found in the [[Book of Ezekiel]] chapter {{Bibleverse-nb||Ezekiel|1|JP}}, or in the ”[[hekhalot literature|hekhalot]]” (“palaces”) literature, concerning stories of ascents to the heavenly palaces and the [[Throne of God]]. The main corpus of the Merkabah literature was composed in Israel in the period 200–700 CE, although later references to the Chariot tradition can also be found in the literature of the ”[[Chassidei Ashkenaz]]” in the Middle Ages. From Apocalypticism to Merkabah Mysticism: Studies in the Slavonic … –Page 224, Andrei A. Orlov (2007). “However, as Gruenwald notes, the main corpus of the Merkabah literature was composed in Israel in the period 200–700CE. Some references to this tradition can be found also in the literature of German Hasidim (twelfth to thirteenth ” A major text in this tradition is the ”[[Maaseh Merkabah]]” (”Works of the Chariot”).Neusner on Judaism: Literature – Page 74, Jacob Neusner (2005). “When Eleazar finished the Works of the Chariot, Yohanan stood and kissed him on his head and said, Blessed is the Lord, God of Abraham. Jacob who gave to Abraham a son wise and knowing how to expound the glory of our father in heaven.”

Bible scholars such as H.C. Leupold believe that the “sons of God” were descendants of Seth, the godly line who are detailed in the preceding chapter (Genesis 4:25-5:32). Leupold wrote, “But who were these ‘sons of God’? Without a shadow of a doubt, the Sethites.”[3] In this view, the descendants of Seth became wayward and married the “daughters of men” indiscriminately, basing their choice only on appearance, without concern for godliness, and the nephilim were their offspring.

Rulers in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia often proclaimed themselves as “sons of God” to enhance their power and prestige. So, another view with much support is that the “sons of God” were power-hungry rulers and despots, who, in their hunger for power and influence, took many wives in polygamy. They, and their offspring, through tyranny, became “mighty men.” (Nimrod was described as a “mighty one” in Genesis 10:8.)

So, there is no need to resort to fanciful suggestions involving aliens to understand this passage of Scripture.

The purpose of the stars

The reason stars were made are given to us in several places in the Bible, not only in the well-known Psalm 19 but especially in the creation account. In Genesis 1:14 we read: “And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to divide between the day and the night. And let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years.”

Thus, God made the stars for mankind on earth, not for another alien race “out there.” Add to this the sequence of creation (on the first day the earth, and only on the fourth day the stars), and it is easy to see the thrust of the biblical testimony, that the purpose of creation is uniquely centered on this earth.



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