Who Are The Sons Of Yahweh Spoken Of Here?

In the various churches around the world, there are some bizarre teachings, and some strange interpretations of the Scripture. It is true that some passages require more research and explanation than others. Yahweh, however, seems to have designed His written Word to be that way:

But the word of the Elohim was to them, "Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little," that they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught. (Isaiah 28:13)

We call the verses that require further research and explanation "difficult scriptures." Although what might be a difficult scripture for one believer may not be difficult for another, some passages tend to trip up most new Bible students. In addition, although most adults in the churches of Yahweh today cannot be considered to be new Bible students, humans are forgetful creatures, and we all tend to need reminders every once in a while. Is this not why Yahweh has us repeat the observance of His holy days every year?

In the days and years ahead of us, some will come against Yahweh's people and attack us with charges that we do not understand the Scriptures properly. Many of us have already suffered through one round of this fight. There will also be those who claim that the Bible is worthless and unreliable because certain passages seem to contradict one another.

But we know that the Bible is Yahweh's Word! Despite some mistranslations and spurious additions and deletions, it is true and infallible. Herbert Armstrong used to say that the Holy Bible is Yahweh's instruction manual for man, His masterpiece of creation. Yahweh wants His children to be familiar with His Word and always to be ready to give an answer—when asked, of course! This is the primary purpose of this monthly column.

The day may come when an enemy of Yahweh's church will try to trip you up by confronting you with one of these "difficult scriptures." You will make a good witness for Yahweh if you already know the answer and can give an immediate, thorough explanation.

Kind After Kind

Here is our "difficult scripture":

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of Yahweh saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And Yahweh our Elohim said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of Yahweh came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:1-4)

Some maintain that these verses assert that angels married women before the Flood and engendered a race of giants. This idea sounds like the sub-plot of a science fiction story! But can it be the truth?

It is true that verse 2 states that the "sons of Yahweh . . . took wives for themselves of all whom they chose." These "sons of Yahweh," however, were not angels. The fact is that angels do not marry. Yahshua tells us this clearly: "For in the resurrection they [humans] neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of Yahweh in heaven" (Matthew 22:30; see Mark 12:25).

Angels cannot cohabit nor reproduce with women. Angels are spirit beings:

But to which of the angels has He ever said: "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool"? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:13-14)

Women are human beings. Angels and women, then, are two different kinds of being. Kind reproduces after kind, and different species cannot breed.

In his modern, perverted science—"falsely called knowledge" (I Timothy 6:20)—Satan encourages men to experiment with the crossing and mixing of the most unlikely creatures. For example, goats have been genetically altered by the insertion of a spider gene to produce silk products that Yahweh never intended in His original design. Also, in recent years a sickening photograph of a mouse with a human ear growing out of its back has made the rounds. Right from the beginning, at the re-creation of the world (Psalm 104:30), Yahweh says that this is not to be. He establishes a strict law that each kind must reproduce only after its own kind:

Then Yahweh said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And Yahweh saw that it was good. . . . So Elohim created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And Yahweh saw that it was good. . . . Then Yahweh said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind"; and it was so. And Yahweh made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12, 21, 24-25)

This rule is also backed up and made clear by the context of our difficult scripture. In Genesis 6:3, Yahweh says, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh." He is speaking of fleshly mankind here, not angels. Although it is true that the children of these couples were "mighty," like their parents, they were still only human.

Different Meanings

It is true that angels are sometimes called "sons of Yahweh":

Why did Job go before Yahweh our Elohim, The answer is found in Vs. 5 of Job 1
It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed Yahweh in their hearts. Thus did Job continually

» Now there was a day when the sons of Yahweh came to present themselves before Yahweh, and Satan also came among them. (Job 1:6)

» When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of Yahweh shouted for joy? (Job 38:7)

Remember, though, that angels "neither marry, nor are given in marriage." Secondly, the phrase "sons of Yahweh" sometimes refers to YHWH's chosen, begotten by Yahweh's Spirit but still human:

» But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children [sons, KJV] of Yahweh, even to those who believe in His Name. (John 1:12)

» For as many as are led by the Spirit of Yahweh, these are sons of Yahweh. . . . For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of Yahweh. (Romans 8:14, 19)

» . . . that you may become blameless and harmless, children [sons, KJV] of Yahweh without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world . . . (Philippians 2:15)

» Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children [sons, KJV] of Yahweh! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children [sons, KJV] of Yahweh; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (I John 3:1-2)

A third meaning refers to mankind in general, because all men are sons of Yahweh by creation: "I said, 'You are elohims, and all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men . . .'" (Psalms 82:6-7). Although the King James and New King James versions have "children of the Most High," many other translations have "sons of the Most High." Additional verses use similar terminology to refer to humans:

» Have we not all one Father? Has not one Elohim created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another by profaning the covenant of the fathers? (Malachi 2:10)

» . . . the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of Yahweh. (Luke 3:38)

Through Adam, then, every human being is a child of Yahweh.


The heavens declare the glory of Yahweh; the skies proclaim the work of his hands, To Yahweh all praise and glory! I claim no credit of my own, with out Yahweh’s leading Spirit, NONE of this work could even begin to be possible for me. {Glory Be To Yahweh.}

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