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Rapha: Post Flood Giants From Sodom To David

Why did entire tribes of giants suddenly spring up after the flood? The very presence of giants in the Bible should make us take a second look at  what we refer to mythology, and a closer look at what we call history. Archaeology is rife with evidence that points to the reality of giants.
According to scripture, there was a  concentration of Giants within the ancient borders of Israel, that had to be  dealt with before they could possess the  land. It was in part, due to these giants, that Moses didn’t take  the Promise Land when he had the chance, that Saul lost his throne, that David became king, and that David’s men became legendary warriors for Israel.
Disclaimer: The following information is not assembled in chronological order. It is assembled in a manner that is easier to understand so that the information flows better. Most of this content was excerpted from my book, As The Days of Noah Were: The Sons  of God  and  The Coming  Apocalypse.

Who Were The Rapha?

Let’s start by looking at the two terms used in the Bible, often translated as giant and sometimes left untranslated, depending on which version you choose to read.

  • Rapha (#7497) – Singular Giant
  • Rephaim (#7497) – Multiple Giants. Adding the “im” at the end signifies a plural word in Hebrew.

While there are many people that try to get around the subject, the fact is that Rapha are repeatedly referred to in the Bible as literal giants. Let’s take a quick look at how many times the word is used as singular and as plural.

  • Giant – 8 times in 8 verses.
  • Giants – 13 times in 11 verses.

As we can see, giants are referred to 21 times, which happens to be a multiple of 7. I’m not sure if that is significant or not, but I thought I’d share. The giants were broken down into various tribes, each with a descriptive meaning to their names.

Various Tribes of Rapha

  • Emim – The fearful ones
  • Rephaim – The dead ones
  • Anakim – The long necked ones
  • Zamzummim – People who’s speech sounds like buzzing
Stone Carving of A Giant Sumerian King

Literal vs. Figurative Giants

One of the arguments put forth pushes the idea that these were not literal giants, but figurative giants. However, evidence in scripture points to the contrary.

The Sons of Anak

In Numbers 13:33 we read the account of the 12 spies that saw giants in the land. 10 of the spies gave an “evil” (bad), but not necessarily false report. The reason we know that their report was not false is because it is consistent with what we will see during the Israelite invasion of the Promised Land. Here is the account of the 10 spies:

“And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” – Numbers 13:33

One safe assumption that we can make is that the Israelites knew who Anak was, and the mere mention of  his name struck fear in the entire congregation. The biggest element to their report is that they looked like grasshoppers compared to the sons of Anak.

If you hold the belief that this account was false, then you also have to question the following accounts of Moses, David, and God.

Og: King of Bashan

In Deuteronomy 3:11 we find the exact measurements of  Og’s bed, which gives us his approximate size. A standard cubit is 18 inches.

  • 9 cubits long x 4 cubits wide
  • 13.5 feet long x 6 feet wide

As we can see, this was not an average size bed. To give you an idea of  just how big his bed was, here are the dimensions for a California King size bed:

  • 7 feet long x 6 feet wide

While the width is the exact same, the biggest question is, why was Og’s bed almost  double the length?

Sihon:King of The Amorites

Unfortunately, we do not have an exact height for Sihon, but what we do have is a statement by God, concerning the height of the Amorites.

“Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.” – Amos 2:9

  • Is God over exaggerating about their height?
  • Is God referring to literal giants?

Those that take the position that the Israelites saw certain taller people as giants, does not hold true when we read God’s account of their height. It becomes clear that these were giants of greater stature.

Goliath: Son of The Giant

Finally, we come to Goliath. He is hands down the most famous giant in the Bible. He is the only giant that is associated with an exact height given to us in scripture. A standard cubit is 18 inches. A span is 9 inches (half a cubit).

  • 6 cubits + 1 span
  • 9 feet + 9 inches

As we can clearly see from all of the above accounts, these giants were not the result of mythology creeping into the Bible. These giants were not exaggerations. They were real giants that the Hebrews encountered while taking the Promised Land.

After David slays Goliath, he parades his head around like a trophy to show the people of Israel what God had done. This act launches David from unknown shepherd boy to national hero. David later retrieves the sword of Goliath to use as his own.

Geographical Location of Giants

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Click Map To Enlarge

As mentioned before, the giants inhabited the areas promised to Israel by God. The map to the right shows where the territory of some of these tribes.

Based on the terminology that we find in scripture, we know that giants were not a rare and random occurrence, but were a very real problem because they existed in large groups called tribes.

“And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.” – Deuteronomy 3:13

That brings us to the first mention of post flood giants in the Bible. We will be using this map as we continue looking into this subject. First, let’s look at Sodom.

Rapha: Allies of Sodom and Gomorrah

If we refer to the map, we see that Sodom, Gomorrah, Zoar, and the other cities are located within the territory of the Rephaim. When the war started between the kings, Chedorlaomar turned his attention toward the Rephaim, and the other tribes of giants:

“And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,” – Genesis 14:5

Because this was a military strike, we have to assume that there was reason for Chedorlaomer to believe that these tribes would align with the cities on the plain to fight them. However, it is the actions that the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah take that also points to an alliance that was already in place.

“And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim; With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.” – Genesis 14:8-9

Why do the five kings come to the rescue of the Rephaim and the other tribes of giants? Once again, scripture seems to point to an alliance.

The Amorites Help Abraham

During the scuffle between the kings, Lot is kidnapped by the four kings.  It is at this point that Abraham either invokes his alliance with the Amorites or forms a new alliance with the Amorites to get back Lot.

“And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.” – Genesis 14:13

Unfortunately, we have no idea how or why this alliance was first made, but it could be an example of, “the enemy of  my enemy is my friend.” Whatever the reason was, we know that they helped him rescue Lot.

Conclusion

After the flood, we find that there are real giants on the earth called Rapha. They break down into multiple tribes and terrorize the Middle East for over 1,000 years. If you’re interested in more information about giants, check out my book,

As The Days of Noah Were: The Sons of God and The Coming Apocalypse.


Knowledge: Article originally published on Minister Dante Forston’s website: 

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Dante’s Youtube website can be found here


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Fallacy and lies- “Cardinal Turkson on long term impact of Laudato Si'”

The article by Vatican Radio can be read below – but before that let’s put it in perpspective:

 

Copenhagen and Global Warming: Ten Facts and Ten Myths on Climate Change

Originally published by GR in 2009

Ten facts about climate change

1.     Climate has always changed, and it always will. The assumption that prior to the industrial revolution the Earth had a “stable” climate is simply wrong. The only sensible thing to do about climate change is to prepare for it.

2.    Accurate temperature measurements made from weather balloons and satellites since the late 1950s show no atmospheric warming since 1958.  In contrast, averaged ground-based thermometers record a warming of about 0.40 C over the same time period. Many scientists believe that the thermometer record is biased by the Urban Heat Island effect and other artefacts.

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Francis brings back the Bent Cross, Broken Cross

Francis with the Broken Cross Staff on April 7, 2013, at St. John Lateran

It was just a matter of time…Francis Brings Back Bent Cross

It was bound to happen. Mr. Jorge Bergoglio – whom the world calls “Pope Francis” – has reintroduced the repulsive ‘Bent Cross’ Crozier (sometimes referred to as the “Broken Cross”), after Benedict XVI had, for the most part, abandoned it. The “bent cross” ferula, or staff, which is a hideous rendition of a crucifix, shows our Lord’s legs immodestly spread apart and shows the cross bars bent, rather than straight. Continue reading Francis brings back the Bent Cross, Broken Cross

Displaced residents to return to Palmyra

07 April 2016 at 15:30pm

By: AFP

Damascus – Displaced residents of the famed Syrian city of Palmyra, recently recaptured by the army, will begin returning to their homes at the weekend, a government official told AFP on Thursday.

Syria’s armed forces recaptured Palmyra and the adjacent world-famous ruins from the Islamic State on March 27, ending nearly 10 months of jihadist rule. Continue reading Displaced residents to return to Palmyra

Vatican told bishops to cover up sex abuse

Expulsion threat in secret documents

Read the 1962 Vatican document (PDF file)

by Antony Barnett, 17 August 2003

The Vatican instructed Catholic bishops around the world to cover up cases of sexual abuse or risk being thrown out of the Church.

The Observer has obtained a 40-year-old confidential document from the secret Vatican archive which lawyers are calling a ‘blueprint for deception and concealment’. One British lawyer acting for Church child abuse victims has described it as ‘explosive’.

The 69-page Latin document bearing the seal of Pope John XXIII was sent to every bishop in the world. The instructions outline a policy of ‘strictest’ secrecy in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse and threatens those who speak out with excommunication. Continue reading Vatican told bishops to cover up sex abuse

A serious faux pas by the World Psychiatric Association

The world’s largest organization of psychiatrists just released a statement condemning all forms of counseling intended to resolve unwanted same-sex attraction.

Please join us in speaking out against this incorrect and political statement by the World Psychiatric Association.

This statement is a political move, intended to appease the international pro-LGBT lobby. It does not take into account the well-documented benefits of counseling for those who freely choose counseling to resolve unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA).

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The Prayer of Jesus

After Jesus had said this, he looked up to heaven and said,

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son may glorify you. For you have given him authority over all humanity so that he might give eternal life to all those you gave him.

And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent—Jesus the Messiah.

Continue reading The Prayer of Jesus

WHEN CHRIST OUR LORD TO ANDREW CRIED

St Andrew Inside St Peter's Basilica (2)

1. When Christ our Lord to Andrew cried: “Come, thou, and follow me,”
The fisher left his net beside the sea of Galilee.
To teach the truth his Master taught, to tread the path he trod
Was all his will and thus he brought unnumbered souls to God.

2. When Andrew’s hour had come and he was doomed, like Christ, to die,
He kissed his cross exultingly, and this his noble cry:
“O Noble Cross, O Precious Wood, I long have yearned for thee;
Uplift me to my only good who died on thee for me.”

3. The faith that Andrew taught once shone o’er all this kingdom fair;
The cross that Jesus died upon was honoured everywhere.
But times once changed and Andrew’s name was for a while forgot;
The cross, though set in kingly crown, became a sign of shame.

4. St Andrew now in bliss above thy fervent prayers renew
That Scotland yet again may love the faith entire and true;
That I the cross allotted me may bear with patient love!
‘Twill lift me as it lifted thee to reign with Christ above.


Jesus said,

“Come, thou, and follow me,”

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The one true God – Psalm 115

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.
(Psa 115:1-18)


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