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“The benei Elohim saw the daughters of Adam, that they were fit extensions.”
Genesis 6:2 (Interlinear Hebrew Bible)
New experiments in genetic engineering could open the doors for the return of fearsome “giants” described in the Bible – the offspring of human women and fallen angels – warns author Thomas Horn in his best-selling book, “Nephilim Stargates: The Year 2012 and the Return of the Watchers.”
In the Book of Genesis, beings of great stature called “giants” appear, which some biblical scholars believe came into existence after powerful angels known as ‘Watchers’ descended to earth and used women (or their biological matter) to construct bodies of flesh, which they used to “extend” themselves into the material world.
The Apocryphal books of Enoch, 2 Esdras, Genesis Aprocryphon and Jasher support the Genesis story, adding that the sin of the angels grew to include genetic modification of animals as well as humans. The Book of Jasher, mentioned in the Bible in Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18, says, “After the fallen angels went into the daughters of men, the sons of men taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order to provoke the Lord” (4:18).
“This clear reference to the Genesis 6 record illustrates that animals were included in whatever cross-species experiments were being conducted, and that this activity resulted in judgment from God,” explains Horn. “The Book of Enoch also supports this species-crossing report, saying that the fallen angels who merged with women also sinned ‘against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish’ (7:5,6). The Old Testament contains associated reference to genetic mutations, which developed among humans following this activity, including unusual size, physical strength, six fingers, six toes, animal appetite for blood and even lion-like features among men (2 Sam 21:20; 23:20).”
Now, in “Nephilim Stargates: The Year 2012 and the Return of the Watchers,” he asks, “What if, by corrupting the species barrier in which each creature was to recreate after its ‘own kind,’ Watchers (or demons) had successfully mingled human-animal DNA, creating something new, a construct that God had not made, manipulating genetic material and crossing the species barrier, which God had forbade, resulting in a body they could incarnate within?”
Horn believes the fact that these powerful angels blended species in this way is vital to understanding how they were able to leave their plane of existence, and to enter ours, activity that the New Testament writers Peter and Jude say led to the judgment of God (see 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6).
“The reason these beings had to blend species in order to create a suitable body into which they could extend themselves,” he says, “is because every creature as it existed at that time had its beginning in God. All life extended back to the Creator’s divine order. God spoke living organisms into existence, something the angels could not do, setting the various species in motion and then commanding that ‘each kind’ would reproduce after its ‘own kind.'”
Horn continues: “This would have been problematic for the Watchers who wanted to leave their ‘estate’ and to enter our three dimensional reality in bodily form. But they could no more displace the innate spirit of any of the creatures God had made than can an exorcist cast a person’s innate spirit out of them. These rebel angels wanted to do more than ‘possess’ humans, they wanted incarnation, and the divine order was keeping them from becoming embodied.”
Horn hypothesizes that, through genetic engineering, they created blended beings, not entirely human or animal – creatures that neither humans nor animal spirits would indwell, for they were neither man nor beast. This provided bodies into which they could extend themselves, just as is described in numerous ancient texts.
“The results of this genetic modification were the giants known as Nephilim,” he says.
Given what is happening in science today, Horn wonders if modern biotechnology may be about to repeat the science of Watchers, and, worse, provide a pathway for the return of the Nephilim.
Today, molecular biologists classify the functions of genes within native species but are unsure in many cases how a gene’s coding might react from one species to another. In recombinant DNA technology, a “transgenic” organism is created when the genetic structure of one specie is altered by the transfer of a gene or genes from another. This could change not only the genetic structure of the modified animal and its offspring, but its adaptive development, sensory modalities, disease propensity, personality and behavior traits among other things.
Such transgenic tinkering already exists in many parts of the world including the United States, Britain and Australia, where animal eggs are being used to create hybrid human embryos from which stem cell lines can be produced for medical research. A team at Newcastle and Durham universities in the UK recently announced plans to “create hybrid rabbit and human embryos, as well as other ‘chimera’ embryos mixing human and cow genes.” The same researchers have already managed to reanimate tissue “from dead human cells in another breakthrough which was heralded as a way of overcoming ethical dilemmas over using living embryos for medical research.” In the United States, similar studies led Irv Weissman, director of Stanford University’s Institute of Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine in California to create mice with partly human brains, causing some ethicists to raise the issue of “humanized animals” in the future that could become “self aware” as a result of genetic modification. President Bush in his Jan. 31, 2006, State of the Union Address, called for legislation to “prohibit … creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos.”
Not everybody shares these concerns. A radical, international, intellectual, and cultural movement known as “Transhumanism” supports the use of new sciences including genetic modification to enhance human mental and physical abilities and aptitudes so that “human beings will eventually be transformed into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label ‘posthuman.'”
Dr. James Hughes, executive director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a transhumanist who teaches at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.. He is also the author of “Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future,” a sort of bible for transhumanist values.
Over the last two years numerous law schools including Stanford and Oxford have hosted “Human Enhancement and Technology” conferences where transhumanists, futurists, bioethicists and legal scholars merged to discuss the ethical and legal ramifications of posthumans.
In his book “Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenges of Bioethics,” the former chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics, Leon Kass, provided a status report on transhumanism. He warned in the introduction that “Human nature itself lies on the operating table, ready for alteration, for eugenic and psychic ‘enhancement,’ for wholesale redesign. In leading laboratories, academic and industrial, new creators are confidently amassing their powers and quietly honing their skills, while on the street their evangelists are zealously prophesying a posthuman future. For anyone who cares about preserving our humanity, the time has come for paying attention.”
“But imagine the staggering implications of such science if dead Nephilim tissue was discovered with intact DNA and a government or rogue agency somewhere was willing to clone or mingle the extracted organisms to make Homo-nephilim,” says Horn. “If one accepts the biblical story of giants as real, such discovery could actually be made someday, or perhaps already has been and was covered up. The technology to resurrect the extinct species may already exist, and cloning methods are being studied now for use with bringing back Tasmanian Tigers, Wooly Mammoths and other extinct creatures.”
Is the world on the verge of bringing back demonic giants?
Horn believes so.