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Questions about angels and giants?

Submitted: 2/26/2007
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Question: Greetings in Jesus Name. Who are the four living creatures in the Book of Revelation, are they angels also? Who are the sons of God in Genesis, are they the angels who took wives of the daughters of men and bore the giants? Lastly, why aren't there any more giants like the giant David killed, and the giants that Joshua and Caleb weren't afraid of. God Speed.

Answer: The word 'angel' is a biblical term used to describe an array of created spirit beings, some holy and some unholy. These beings are of a spirit substance as opposed to human beings, which are composed of earthly substances ('the dust of the ground'). In the Old Testament the term 'sons of God' is used only with reference to angels (ref. Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7; Psalms 89:7; Psalms 29:1; and Genesis 6:2). Some may question the reference in Genesis 6:2, but Josephus, writing around the time of Christ, considered the sons of God to be angels, as have many others throughout history. Josephus wrote, 'For many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength; for the tradition is, that these men did what resembled the acts of those whom the Grecians call giants' (Book 1, Chapter 3:11). The Bible indicates that angels have the ability to manifest as men and, apparently, can do everything human men can do. This does not make them truly human, since they are not descended from Adam. We cannot say what happened to the giants and we can only surmise that the four living creatures are some sort of angels.