When Jesus says His coming will be “just like the days of Noah,” He tells us exactly what He means in the sentences that follow.
“But as for that day and hour no one knows it — not even the angels in heaven — except the Father alone. For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. // Matthew 24:36-39 NET
Jesus’ point is it will be living as usual for some people at the time of the end and they will have no idea of the impending, world-rocking judgment coming upon them even up until the very day of His return.
Jesus’ point isn’t that since there were Nephilim on the earth in Noah’s day, there must also be Nephilim again at the end. He never says a word about them. Anywhere.
He continues by describing what the gathering (rapture) will be like and by giving a warning about watching, staying on point and being ready for His return.
Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left. “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. “Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom the master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom the master finds at work when he comes. I tell you the truth, the master will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and to eat and drink with drunkards, then the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not foresee, and will cut him in two, and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. // Matthew 24:40-51 NET
A question: If Jesus didn’t talk about Nephilim returning when describing the end time as “just like the days of Noah,” then why do we?
I used to bend toward the Nephilim theory of end-times until I started studying the geography in Bible prophecy. Then, I personally experienced this to be absolutely true:
for the weapons of our warfare are not human weapons, but are made powerful by God for tearing down strongholds. We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ. // 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NET
Or, if you prefer the KJV:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; // 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 KJV
Fact is, God has mapped out a geographic area of the earth in Bible prophecy for us that we are to be watching for the rise of the Antichrist and the Church has been ignoring this prophetic geography to its own detriment.
All of the nations Christ judges upon His return are listed by name in the Old Testament prophets and they are all located in the Middle East. We can all look them up. And what religion occupies this area of the world that is surrounding Israel [Joel 3:11-12; Zechariah 12:2, 14:14], attempting to revive a kingdom [Revelation 13:3] across the Middle East (Babylon) and the world while beheading Christians [Revelation 20:4] and anyone who does not pledge thought (forehead) and deed (hand/arm) to it [Revelation 13:16]?
I know, I know. It’s so unsensationally disappointing. Now we have to lay these things about Nephilim, giants and UFOs by the wayside so they no longer cloud our view of the prophetic terrain. It’s ok, though. Consider this: if you come to the conclusion that what the Bible says is disappointing when compared to what you believe, it may be you’ve just identified one of those strongholds God wants to demolish.
- The modern nephilim scenario compared to new age beliefs
- The Myth of Double-Row Teeth and Elongated-Skull Nephilim from Michael S. Heiser’s ‘Nephilim’ archive
- Etymology of ‘Giant’ and Genesis 6:4
- Isaac and Ishmael: The Origin of Middle East Conflict and the Foundation for Understanding Eschatology
Addendum: There’s no definitive, biblical evidence to suggest any of the Nephilim escaped the wrath of the Israelites and made it out of the Old Testament. That was one of the motivations of the Israelite conquests. It’s not beyond biblical reason to think that God eventually brought them all forth to be exterminated.