And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.(Genesis 6:1-3)
The signs of the day of Noah that we have discussed earlier; the population explosion, rapid progress in science, technology and the arts, the complete disregard for the primal law of marriage, the blurring of distinction between the lines of the godly and the godless, as well as the rejection of the preaching of Judgment and repentance by Seth, Enoch,Methuselah and Lamech, and the increasing phenomenon of universal violence had come to a head.
God had allowed conditions on earth to be such that people lived hundreds of years on earth. But increasingly, those years were almost universally lived out in a state of God rejection, evil practices, and as a society, an incredible, exponentially growing accumulation of evil. The dark “wisdom” of people who lived for hundreds of years was passed on to each generation, until men and women became hardened beyond any recovery.
But Genesis 6 records a new stage in the progress of evil, something so terrible it is almost impossible to contemplate. Sinful humanity, schooled in dark wisdom, broke through the barrier to communion between fallen Angels and God estranged humanity.
We are told that the “Sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and took of them wives…”.
The phrase, the “Sons of God” is a reference to Angels, fallen or otherwise, as recorded here in Job, which is believed to be the oldest book of the Bible;
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. 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)
It was at the mention of this dark and mysterious development among men, that the Most High decreed a further limitation upon human life,
And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
There would no longer be hundreds of years of God rejection and accumulation of the experience and ‘wisdom’ of evil, at best, Man would be allowed 120 years to respond to the conviction and internal strivings of his Creator.
The Lord’s apostles, Jude and Peter both refer to this horrifying state of affairs,
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.(Jude 6-7)
Jude likens the Angels which left their own God assigned state, to Sodomites who go “after strange flesh”. Both sins consist of the unnatural joining of the that which God separates, and both bring violent and everlasting punishment.
Peter also referenced this sin, linking it to Noah, the flood and Sodom and Gommorah.
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;(2 Peter 2:4-6)
Both apostles emphasize the immediacy and ferocity of the Divine Judgment which fell upon these Angels and those who participated with them. The flood, and the fact that those very Angels are presently in chains in a hellish prison, though the time for the judgment o the rest of the fallen Angels has not yet come, testifies to the seriousness of this sin.
But consider our day also, which is rapidly proving to be “As in the days of Noah and Lot”. How many Hollywood Movies have had as their theme the intercourse, spiritual and otherwise, of Angels and men.
Popular abominations such as “The City of Angels” starring Nicholas Cage, have as their theme romantic interplay between an Angel of God,(who leaves his first estate because he falls in Love with one of the fair daughters of men, sacrificing his own immortality), could have been lifted right off of the pages of Genesis.*
These movies are popular because they reflect aspirations among people for such things, Angel movies, Super Hero movies, UFO and Alien movies all reflect the same aspiration for communion with beings above and beyond humanity, but definitely not with the God of the Bible on the terms of Calvary. This is the very sin that brought the flood which wiped out the whole world, except the eight people who were saved.
* I want you to know that I have not seen this movie nor would I ever encourage anyone to see it, such things are damning and corrupting to the soul. I read a synopsis of the movie and was stunned that there were at the same time, several other similar offerings.