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Monday, July 30 2018
A Bible Journey, 6: When Most Humans Were Female
"They took them wives of all which they chose"
The LORD's (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) command to physical creatures to "go forth and multiply" was keenly adapted by the children of Adam and Eve. Centuries later, when the population was increasing at a rate higher than desired, the LORD reduced, not the birthrate or fertility, but the lifetime of those who were having children (see also Eve's Daughters and A Bible Journey, 5: When Humans Lived For Centuries).
As also stated in the Scriptures, it seems that the birthrate for, and population of, females was much higher than for males in the pre-Flood world i.e. "they took them wives of all which they chose." From then on however, humanity became approximately "equal" of gender - although the custom of a man having multiple wives survived to a small degree (the origin of the custom may well have been what was normal in the pre-Flood world).
"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.
Some interpret "the sons of God" in verse 2 to mean that angels had human children with women, but the Messiah plainly and emphatically stated that angels don't marry, just as humans won't marry after salvation in the Kingdom of God when all will be brothers and sisters - the children of God:
"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).
The word translated as "giants" in this verse, that some say refers to angels, is the Hebrew word, pronounced nef-eel (often rendered into English as "Nephilim"), which means a common bully, or a tyrant - it does not mean an angel, or any other sort of spirit being. There are many of the same sort of nef-eel, as in the time of Noah, on the Earth today too - every single one of them is human. They are "giants," regardless of how big they really are, only in the sense that they only pick on others who are smaller. The term can also be applied to someone's overbearing attitude and behavior toward others (see also The Personality Of The Man Who Will Be The Beast).
"6:4 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." (Genesis 6:4 KJV)
It was not merely a matter of wicked behavior, but a defiant and deviant proud-to-be-a-rebel attitude in which repentance was impossible to them by choice. They did have a free choice to be good or evil, just as Noah did - but they violently refused.
"6:5 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. 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
So it was that the LORD declared that humanity would begin again from the family of Noah (see The Three Fathers Of Humanity: Shem and The Three Fathers Of Humanity: Ham and The Three Fathers Of Humanity: Japheth).
"6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 6:10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth." (Genesis 6:9-10 KJV)
The word "violence," both in the English word and the original Hebrew, refers to violation of God's Law, in all ways (see Violence).
"6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." (Genesis 6:11-12 KJV)
The LORD God gave the instructions of the building of the Ark - a vessel that was, as specified in the Scriptures, much larger than many realize (see the Fact Finder question below).
"6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 6:15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. 6:19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. 6:20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. 6:21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
The Flood of water (see also How Did The Flood Happen?) that was used to bathe the Earth of those who refused to repent in Noah's time was an object-lesson prophecy of the Flood of fire that is coming to bathe the Earth of those who refuse to repent during all time.
"3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Fact Finder: How big was Noah's Ark? How much did it weigh?
This Day In History, July 30
30 B.C.: Mark Antony, claimant to the Roman leadership while involved with Cleopatra (see The Cleopatra Connection), committed suicide when faced with defeat by his rival Octavian (Octavian is known in the Holy Bible as Caesar Augustus; see The Roman Emperors: Augustus; see also The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus).
579: Pope Benedict I died during a siege of Rome by the Lombards (see also The Struggle For The Papacy; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).
762: Caliph Al-Mansur commissioned the beginning of the construction of the city of Baghdad, Iraq (see also Biblical Eras: The Messiah's Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq and A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram).
1178: Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) known as Barbarossa, was crowned King of Burgundy.
1502: During his fourth exploratory voyage (all of his voyages were in and around the Caribbean Sea area - Columbus never set foot in the one country of America that today calls itself "America"), Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands of Honduras. America (i.e. the continents) was actually discovered by the Vikings 500 years before Columbus was even born.
1578: British explorer Martin Frobisher landed at Anne Warwick Island in the Canadian Arctic while trying to discover a Northwest Passage. While there, the ship's chaplain conducted the first Thanksgiving service in the New World (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1629: 10,000 people died in an earthquake in Naples, Italy.
1656: Charles X of Sweden defeated the Poles at the Battle of Warsaw, two days after invading the country.
1793: John Graves Simcoe, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, began clearing the lakeshore (Lake Ontario) site for the city of York, today known as Toronto. He called it York in honor of the Duke of York's victories in Europe during the war against Napoleon.
1898: Otto von Bismarck died at age 83. He was the founder and first Chancellor of the German Empire, the "First Reich" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1933: The Vatican, under Pope Pius XI, signed a concordat with Nazi Germany, protecting the rights of the Roman Church under the Third Reich (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: The Japanese submarine I-58 sank the U.S. cruiser Indianapolis with a loss of 883 men. It was returning to the U.S. after having just delivered the material for the atomic bomb that would later be dropped on Japan (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).
1962: The Trans-Canada Highway, the largest national highway in the world, was officially opened.
1974: During the Watergate criminal investigation, President Richard Nixon released subpoenaed White House recordings, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
1975: Union leader / convicted gangster Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was never seen again.
1980: The Knesset (Parliament) of Israel passed the Jerusalem Law, also known as "Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah, A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
2003: The last original-design Volkswagen Beetle was manufactured, at a Volkswagen plant in Mexico. The "Beetle," as it became known in English, was actually personally-designed by Adolf Hitler as a mass-production "people's car" (the meaning of "Volkswagen" in German) during his National Socialist Worker's Party (abbreviated as "NAZI") regime. A NAZI poster for the still-familiar design is shown below.