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Thursday, June 6 2013
Sons of God: Men, Women or Angels?
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God"
The English word "son" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, sunu, which specifically meant a male child, or by extension, grandsons or further male descendants. That word is used to translate the Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced bane (often rendered into English as "ben"), which, like the English word, is sometimes used for a male descendant, but, as we will read, the Hebrew word has much wider applied meaning.
Angels were sometimes referred to as "sons of God" because they were created by God. That included even the now-loser Satan (originally known as "Lucifer" which means Light Bringer) who was created perfect and sinless by God, but who made himself into a pervert: "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15 KJV)
Notice how the angels here are called "sons of God" and Satan "came also" to be among his created siblings.
"1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." (Job 1:6-7 KJV)
The only other incidence of the term "sons of God" used for angels was how they celebrated at the time of the physical creation. It would seem that the corruption of Satan had not yet occurred at that time (keeping in mind, as we read above, Satan's fall occurred when the physical Earth existed) because "all the sons of God shouted for joy."
"38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:5-7 KJV)
At the time just before the Flood (see also How Did The Flood Happen?), "the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose."
"6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
While some interpret the verses quoted above to mean that angels married human women and had children by them, notice that all of the children were mortal - all had a maximum lifetime, and further, all died in the Flood, while angels cannot die. Nor can angels have children, as the Messiah plainly stated.
"22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." (Matthew 22:30 KJV)
All other uses of the term "sons of God: refer to humans - male and female.
"1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Notice here how the wider meaning of the actual Hebrew word applies. Eve was as much "Adam" as Adam was, and salvation is not based upon gender.
"1:27 So God created man [i.e. the Hebrew word there from which the name "Adam" originated, is pronounced aw-dawm; it literally means man as a species, male and female] in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:27 KJV)
All other occurrences of "sons of God" refer to salvation of "the children of God."
"8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." (Romans 8:14-19 KJV)
Fact Finder: How is "Adam" also "Adamah"?
This Day In History, June 6
1513: Swiss papal forces defeated the French at the Battle of Novara in Italy during the War of the Holy League.
1523: Gustav Vasa was elected King of Sweden, ending the Kalmar Union.
1586: English forces under Francis Drake raided Spanish forces at St. Augustine (Florida was then a possession of Spain).
1620: At beginning of The Thirty Years War, 27 of the most eminent men of the protestant Czech lands were executed and dismembered for "heresy" by Catholics under Ferdinand.
1654: Queen Christina abdicated the Swedish throne to become a member of the Church of Rome.
1644: Manchu forces of the Qing Dynasty, led by the Shunzhi Emperor, captured Beijing during the collapse of the Ming Dynasty. The Manchus thereafter ruled China until 1912, when the Republic of China is established.
1660: The Peace of Copenhagen was signed, ending the war between Sweden and Denmark.
1683: The first public museum, The Ashmolean, was opened at Oxford, England.
1752: A fire destroyed about one-third of Moscow.
1762: During the Battle of Havana, British forces began a siege of Havana, Cuba.
1808: Joseph Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, was crowned King of Spain.
1813: The Battle of Stoney Creek during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). A British and Canadian force of 700 under John Vincent repelled an invading U.S. force three times its size.
1882: A cyclone in the Arabian Sea produced huge waves into Bombay harbour, killing 100,000 people.
1942: The U.S. carrier Yorktown was sunk by a Japanese submarine after being hit by bombs in the Battle of Midway.
1944: Operation Overlord: 24,000 U.S., British and Canadian paratroopers, and the amphibious landing of 61,000 British ("Gold" and "Sword" beaches), 22,000 Canadian ("Juno" beach) and 73,000 U.S. ("Omaha" and "Utah" beaches) troops on the coast of Normandy, France, during the first 24 hours. It was the largest sea-borne invasion in history and has become popularly known as "D-Day" (Date Day).
1967: Day 2 of the "6 Day War". The Israeli air force by then had inflicted heavy losses on the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian air forces: 416 aircraft (393 while still on the ground) were destroyed by Israel, with a loss of only 26 Israeli aircraft, all to anti-aircraft fire (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1968: Senator Robert Kennedy died at age 42, the day after being shot by a Palestinian assassin in Los Angeles.
1971: The Soviet Union launched Soyuz 11. The flight ended in disaster when the capsule depressurized during preparations for re-entry, killing the three-man crew (Vladislav Volkov, Georgi Dobrovolski, and Viktor Patsayev). To date, it was the only accident that resulted in human deaths in space, rather than at high atmosphere as happened with the two U.S. space shuttle accidents.
1971: During the Vietnam War, the Battle of Long Khanh between Australian and North Vietnamese forces began.
1980: For the second time in a week, U.S. nuclear forces went on red alert following a computer error warning of a Soviet attack.
1982: Israel began the "Operation Peace For Galilee" in which 80,000 Israeli troops and extensive air power invaded Lebanon in response to shelling of northern Israel by Palestinian forces in Lebanon. The Israelis inflicted heavy losses on the enemy ground forces and a devastating blow to the Syrian air force - between June 9 and 10 alone, 96 Syrian MiG-25 fighters that entered Lebanese air space were shot down, without a single Israeli plane lost. The Israelis captured vast quantities of PLO equipment - 1,320 armored combat vehicles, 144 artillery pieces and rocket launchers, 196 anti-aircraft guns, 1,342 anti-tank weapons, 33,000 small arms, and several thousand tons of ammunition. After initial swift successes however, the Israelis met fierce resistance; by the end of the conflict, casualties were estimated at 6,000 PLO fighters and noncombatants, and 800 Israeli dead and wounded, including Major General Yekutiel Adam, the highest-ranking Israeli officer ever to fall in battle.
1985: Police in Brazil exhumed a body they believed was that of Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi "angel of death". Mengele was blamed for the deaths of 400,000 people and for sadistic "medical experiments" conducted at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. The body was exhumed after West German officials found a letter Mengele sent from Brazil. A team of West German, Brazilian, and U.S. scientists concluded that the body was Mengele. Police believe that he drowned while swimming on February 7 1979 and was buried under a false name.
2002: An estimated 10-meter diameter asteroid entered the atmosphere and exploded over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The force of the explosion was estimated to have been about the same as the atomic bomb that the U.S. used to incinerate Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.