and the Daughters of Men
There has been much discussion of late about the Nephilim and the daughters of men in the pre-flood era. Therefore the questions remain: Did Angels mate with the women of earth? Did they produce offspring who were giants? Did the Creator really allow fallen angels, alien men from other planets, or demons to infiltrate planet earth to impregnate the daughters of men? Did this unholy alliance create super human/alien life forms (giants) called the Nephilim? Was it this union that proliferated the first giants on earth or might giants have already existed? Are the sons of Elohim (God) one and the same as the Nephilim? Yet, it is the Scriptures in the original Hebrew text that identify who the Nephilim were, as contrasted with the sons of Elohim (God), and the connection to the daughters of men.
This article will attempt to answer these age old questions from the perspective of Scripture and not from the Book of Enoch. According to Genesis 6:1-6 these events brought on the second all-encompassing punishment of sinful mankind, second only to Adam and Eve’s sin and expulsion from the Garden of Eden. That pivotal event had eternal repercussions requiring extravagant measures, and is now referred to as Plan B. This is when the promise of a REDEEMER went into effect, known as the plan of Salvation, designed to restore all those willing, back to the Father. But with this second fall, a great flood converged upon the entire earth, the necessary work of a loving Elohim to wipe the slate clean from the filth and distortions created by the wicked antediluvian pre-flood civilization, who were hell-bent on rebellion to their Creator.
There is tremendous evidence that this ancient Scriptural narrative actually occurred upon earth approximately 2,120 B.C., and is here recorded by Moses in the Torah. We know this is TRUE because the punishment portion revealed in the flood story is true, because Noah’s Ark has been found in Turkey. Today, Noah’s Ark is located 6,000 feet above sea level, in the mountains of Ararat (Genesis 8:4) hundreds of miles from any large body of water. It measures 300 Royal Egyptian cubits in length, the span of two football fields (Genesis 6:15). The Ark, designed by Yahuah Elohim and built by Noah and his three sons over a 120 year period, has been preserved to this day as a testimony that the story-line of the pre-flood era is nothing short of accurate. Refer to: Video Documentary – Discovery of Noah’s Ark
Take a moment to review the Hebrew break down that sheds light on this important sequence of controversial verses. (Simply click on the Scripture Word Study link.)
Who were the Nephilim and the daughters of men?
It came to pass, as defiled and polluted mankind multiplied by the myriad upon the face of the earth, daughters were born accordingly. Genesis 6:1
Verse 1 opens with a direct and foundational statement identifying the daughters of men as a defined group of people. These daughters of “defiled and polluted mankind” both men and women multiplied in great numbers and daughters were born to them, who carried their own rebellious DNA. Meaning the daughters were cut from the same cloth or mold as their heathen, unconverted, and rebellious hearted parents. While the focus of this verse is on the daughters of men, this is a related term to the sons of men. Scripture has a lot to say regarding the sons of men. Generally put, this term referred to sinners and the rebellious hearted as illustrated in the following verse the sons of Elohim are contrasted to the sons (and daughters) of men.
I will be his Father, and he shall be My son (son of Elohim). If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. 2 Samuel 7:14
The reason this is not clear at first glance in verse 1 of Genesis 6 is that in all the English Scripture translations the Hebrew word for defiled or polluted has been replaced with the word “began.” This modification is pivotal to hiding the real fallen nature of these corrupt men and women. It gives rise to perpetuating the Enochonian theory often proclaimed among the uneducated believers that either aliens or Satan’s fallen messengers (angels) mated with earth women creating a giant race of mankind.
Who were the sons of Elohim as defined in Scripture?
Then beheld the sons of Elohim, the Aleph and Tav, these daughters of [defiled] mankind, for they were beautiful. They then took accordingly wives, as many as whom they selected. Genesis 6:2
Verse 2 begins by identifying the second select group of people as the obedient sons of Elohim, who were most likely of the lineage of Seth. This is evidenced by the fact that only Noah and his immediate family were saved among all Seth’s lineage living at the time of the flood. Because by the time the flood arrived there were no others of that noble line that had remained obedient to the ways of Elohim. It is this verse that reveals the events that occurred preventing countless sons of Elohim to fall from honor, preventing them and their offspring from being saved along with Noah and his family on the ark.
According to Norbert Link of Standing Watch Ministry, he states that Halley’s Bible Handbook allows that the sons of Elohim (God) referred to in Genesis 6, were likely the leaders of Seth’s family who intermarried with the lineage of rebellious descendants of Cain. It was these unequally yoked marriages that filled the earth with corruption and violence.
The table below illustrates that out of twelve Scripture verses referring to the Sons of Elohim, nine refer specifically to the obedient men of earth, and the other three denote the obedient angels of heaven.
Not even one of the Scripture verses alludes to the rebellious fallen messengers angels (demons or aliens) with the exclusive title of the sons of Elohim. The mere fact they are fallen angels, puts them in a category of the rebellious and defiled and can therefore no longer come under the title sons of Elohim. By extension, even if it is doubted that these two verses in Genesis refer to the obedient men of earth, the only other option that identifies the sons of Elohim, is obedient angels of heaven. In either case, the one thing the sons of Elohim cannot be is the rebellious fallen angels (demons and aliens).
The verses listed in the table above give a vivid description of who the Sons of Elohim were prior to the flood. Strikingly, the same definition applies to both the sons and the daughters of Elohim following the receding flood waters, even to our very day. Those who perpetuate the belief that angels of any kind, fallen or unfallen, mated with women of earth, neglect to share the following verses:
- But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of Elohim (God), even to them that believe on His name, which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of Elohim. John 1:12
- That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of Elohim, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:15
- The son of Noah…the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of Elohim. Luke 3:36-38
- Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of Elohim: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew Him not. 1 John 3:1
- For as many are led by the Ruach (spirit), these are the sons of Elohim. Romans 8:14
By their very nature, the sons of Elohim are the righteous men and divine angels who overcome evil with good (Rev. 21:7), who are called by Yahuah’s name, who live for His honor, and who walk not after the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes or the pride of life. In contrast, all the defiled and unrepentant of mankind have followed the path of Cain and perished in rebellion (Jude 1:11), just as Satan and his defiled angels have.
Can angels procreate?
According to the weight of evidence in Scripture all the angel messengers were created Ruach messenger beings, who have a categorical and preordained role according to the bidding of the Most High, and were NOT created for the purpose of mating, marrying, and having families. Any notion otherwise is the product of Science Fiction propaganda.
To further support this principle, when Elohim (God) created animals and humans upon earth, He created them according to their kind (Genesis 1:21). Two dogs can only produce dogs. They cannot produce birds or fish. Likewise, mankind can only produce humans and not animals. The Scriptures tell us in (Psalms 8:5) that mankind and angels belong to a different kind, and because of this it is impossible for them to procreate together. Additionally, angels are created beings, who were not given the ability to bare children by any means (Matthew 22:30).
From these verses alone, we find that mankind was created of a lower order than the angels and not of the same kind. The interactive role of the divine messengers (angels) with man, is that of watchful care over us. They along with the full light of the sun, moon, and stars are perpetually given over to honoring and praising the Most High. The divine messengers (angels) will be with the Messiah at His return to earth at the Second Coming.
The righteous divine messengers (angels) have a work in the judgment to separate the wicked from the just, and cast them into the lake of fire at the end of the age, as Hell is not burning today. In addition to the fact that man and divine messengers (angels) are of a different kind, angels were not created to marry or procreate, thus they do not have the ability to engage in mating with each other, nor with mankind or animals.
So where does this belief come from that angels had sex with women of earth?
It comes from the Book of Enoch and other fables (Titus 1:14) that have no place in the sacred Scriptures. The Book of Enoch was not written by Enoch, the righteous man and seventh from Adam, but rather it was gathered from several sources between the 3rd century B.C, and the 1st century A.D. It appears to be a collection of the works of multiple authors and is in conflict with itself and Scripture in too many places to list. It was for this reason that it was not canonized by the righteous Kohenim in the 1st century B.C. with the other 66 books of Scripture. The Book of Enoch is a acknowledged work, yet, we believe, an altogether uninspired demonic novel.
Is it a sin to become unequally yoked in a mixed religious marriages?
There is no sin in looking upon a beautiful woman. The sin is in immorally lusting after them. The beauty of these rebellious women of the pre-flood era and their beguiling ways were NO match for the once righteous and obedient sons of the Most High. However, these would be righteous sons opened the door of their minds to being seduced by these women. They allowed temptation to succeed and only by their willful permission were they overtaken by these enticing women. Thus it was that these beautiful women caused the sons of Elohim (God) to forget their calling and election to preserve His NAME (Yahuah Elohim) in all the earth unto the third and fourth generations.
Verse 2 further tells us that these sons of Elohim beheld the daughters of defiled men and took them as wives, just as did Samson many years later, which also singly caused his demise. 1) So it was that the sin of these formerly obedient sons of the Most High Elohim, was that they choose to be unequally yoked together with these unbelieving women who had rebellious hearts toward the things of Yahuah, Elohim. 2) Not only did they marry these beautiful women, but they took for themselves wives of as many as they selected, fully engaging in polygamous mixed religious marriages on a grand scale.
A wife is bound by law as long as her husband lives; but if her husband dies, she is at liberty to be married to whom she wishes, only in Yahuah. 1 Corinthians 7:39
Mixed religious marriages are strictly forbidden in Scripture, which included multiple wife mixed marriages.
When did Polygamy get its foothold?
According to Genesis 4:19, it appears that Lamech, the great-grandson of Cain, was the first man to engage in marriage with plural wives. Lamech was also the second recorded murderer in Scripture, second only to Cain. The lineage of Cain became synonymous with the rebellion against the Most High Yahuah Elohim. Cain’s lineage ended flood’s deluge, because none of his offspring had hearts of loving obedience and trust in their Most High Father. As a result they did not heed the warning of Noah and enter into the safety of the ark.
While Scripture records that Samuel’s father had two wives (1 Samuel 1:2); King David had many wives and concubines (2 Samuel 5:13); and Solomon had very many wives and concubines (1 Kings 11:3); yet this was not the preferred and declared standard of Yahuah Elohim. Having plural wives created problems, and again, in the case of King Solomon, the unbelieving wives turned his heart away from the Most High Elohim, not to mention all their children.
In this case, of the sons of Elohim having plural wives of the daughters of defiled and rebellious mankind, it ensured that they would utterly destroy the legacy of the righteous bloodline of Seth, as the noble lineage would cease to exist. This was the sole reason for the flood, as Yahuah must preserve the righteous seed for which the Messiah was to come. The mere fact that only Noah and seven of his family were preserved in the ark illustrates the long-suffering and mercy extended to mankind in those days. Thus it was, that at the last possible moment in time the flood was brought upon the world to purify and strengthen the bloodline to ensure the fulfillment of the promised seed, the Messiah, who was to come.
What was to be the consequence for the unrighteous alliance of mixed religious marriages?
Then declared Yahuah, Elohim, “My Ruach (presence) shall not always govern mankind for he goes astray as he is flesh; his days are set forth as one hundred and twenty revolutions of time [120 Jubilee cycles = 6,000 years total].” Genesis 6:3
Yahuah declared in verse 3 that His Ruach (presence), and His government would not always strive or plead with the men of flesh as in the sons and daughters of men. For without the Ruach of Yahuah, they amount to nothing more than mere animals, who from dust they come and to dust they return. These do not overcome evil, nor praise and worship the Most High Elohim. While all the righteous followers will be raised to eternal life in the first resurrection (Revelation 20:5-6), the rebellious and unrepentant sinners are reserved unto the second resurrection and the eternal damnation and death that follows (Revelation 20:6). For their thoughts will perish with them. And hell fire does not preserve anyone alive, but rather burns them up along with Satan and his demons. For we serve an Elohim, who has no interest in persecution, but only eradicating His universe of evil.
Concerning the condition of the sons of men, Elohim tests them that they may see that they themselves are like animals. Ecclesiastes 3:18
All those who believe and teach that either demonic or divine messengers (angels) mated with women of earth, will never understand the incurable condition of or magnitude of sin, and the real issue that called forth such extreme measures by the Creator upon earthlings with the all-inclusive punishment and total destruction of sinful flesh with the great flood. The real problem condemned in Genesis 6 is the mixed religious marriages of believers with unbelievers, which magnified a desperately wicked state. As long as this pivotal and paramount problem is not fully comprehended, it is subject to being repeated to the satisfaction of the enemy of souls.
Can unconverted heathen mothers raise righteous children?
From the earliest moments of conception it is the mother who has the greatest influence over the character of the child. It is primarily on her lap that children are taught to trust and obey Yahuah or not. Together these unconverted women with their husbands, who have willfully fallen from grace, began to bare and raise children, sons and daughters, who were in a far degenerated moral and sacred state than their parents or grandparents before them.
When the sons of Elohim fell victim to the egregious sin of marrying rebellious and unrepentant women, they invited the principalities and powers of the enemy to have dominion over them and their children unto the third and fourth generation.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against otherworldly wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
The unconverted and rebellious hearted are not capable of raising sons or daughters who love and worship Yahuah, Elohim in His Ruach. Thus it is that these fallen sons of Elohim sold themselves and their children of flesh into the slavery of sin and death, never to recovery, as they too were unrepentant.
Who Experienced the Consequences?
This crucial story depicted in Genesis 6 is showcasing the fall from grace of these sons of Elohim in the days of Noah, recounting both their sin and its tragic result that caused Yahuah to destroy mankind, and the earth with a flood. Depicted in Genesis 7, is the detailed account of who was punished and died in the flood. Note that not one angel, demon, alien, is mentioned, but only mankind and animals, who dwelt on dry land, as well as the birds.
And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the Ruach of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: Both man and cattle, creeping things and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. Genesis 7:21
So what was this prophetic projection of TIME all about?
“His days are set forth as one hundred and twenty revolutions of time [or 120 Jubilee cycles = 6,000 years total].” Genesis 6:3
This prophetic time application provides additional evidence that this story has no connection whatever to Yahuah’s divine messengers or fallen demons. This is because “his days” refers to sinful flesh alone whose days are numbered by 120 years (and or 120 revolutions of time). This is a deadline for impending punishment of only earthlings who were to be overcome by flood waters. This was allotted for sinful and unrepentant mankind, otherwise referred to in Scripture as the sons of men upon the face of the earth, as it had no effect upon angelic messengers of the shamayim who are not subject to flood waters.
Remember the fallen demonic messengers were never referred to as sons of Elohim. If they had been involved in this evil plot, we can be assured that this record would have declared their punishment along with mankind. But alas, NOT A WORD IS SAID.
Some declare that 120 years was the new lifespan allotted to mankind from that time forward. Yet, this table illustrates that that Noah lived several hundred more years following the flood as did his son Shem. Arphaxad was born after the flood and lived 430 years. From there the lifespans dwindled slowly over the years, even decreasing below the 120 year mark to where mankind’s average lifespan today is around 80 years. So based upon this example alone, this 120 years or revolutions could not have applied to the lifespans of mankind from that time until today.
Traditionally, it has been taught among Scripture scholars that 120 full years was to be the prophetic probationary time for sinful flesh on earth from the time that Yahuah gave the command to build the Ark until the rains came and the flood covered all the earth. This appears to be true and fulfilled in part.
So it is appears that Noah preached to the antediluvian world of the impending disaster for precisely 120 years. This appears to carry weight by the simple fact that the 120 years came to an end and all sinful flesh were devoured in the rising flood waters except the obedient righteous eight, the saved crew and animals of the S.S. ARK.
Might there be a second application of the 120 revolutions of time?
“His days are set forth as one hundred and twenty years (and or revolutions of time) Genesis 6:3
Yes! It is my belief that this interval of 120 years or revolutions of time was divinely designed by Yahuah to apply to two separate prophetic applications simultaneously. First, as mentioned above, it was to apply to 120 year revolutions as the final probationary period for the sons of men prior to the flood.
But secondly, it was to apply to 120 Jubilee revolutions. Each Jubilee is 50 years in length. So 50 x 120 = 6,000 years total. Thus it was that Yahuah announced to Noah, as recorded by Moses that the entire time-span, the probationary period of all mankind upon earth, from Creation to the Second Coming of the Messiah at the end of time, was to be the sum measurement of 6,000 years.
This may be the most relevant revelation to come out of this entire story-line. For at the very time judgment was pending on the fallen sons of men of the antediluvian world (pre-flood mankind), marvelous assurance was betrothed in the details of the same probationary promise. It was specific to all those seeking the Righteousness of Yahuah, including Noah and his family, along with all those who came after the great flood catastrophe. Now that this is coming to light it stands as a second witness to the many chronologers who have tirelessly studied to ascertain the age of the earth and mankind’s allotted time upon the earth.
Over the last 500 years men like Bishop James Ussher, John Lightfoot, Jose Ben Halafta, Scaliger, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Isaac Newton have all been partial to the predominant belief that the Earth’s probable duration from creation to the end of time at the Second Coming, was to be a total of 6,000 years. This view even remains popular among Biblical Scholars and Chronologers today.
It was even taught in the 2nd – 4th century A.D. that a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as a day. Thus a week of a thousand years would end with a one thousand year Sabbath. This seems to be supported by Revelation.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with Yahuah, as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8
There is more to come on this subject of 120 Jubilees, as 6,000 years allotted for mankind from creation to the Second Coming in another study. It will identify the current Jubilee we are in and how many years are left in this most profound prophecy.
Were nephilim the offspring of these marriages?
Tyrannical giants (Nephilim) were in the land in those days and also afterwards, therefore, when the Sons of Elohim came into the daughters of [defiled] mankind, they bore children accordingly like the tyrannical giants (gibbor), who perpetuated an incurable and desperately wicked legacy. Genesis 6:4
Verse 4 declares that when these mixed marriages occurred there were currently nephilim (#5303) on the earth already and afterwards as well. Then it goes on to describe that these mixed marriages “begat accordingly the same tyrants.” So it appears that these mixed marriages did produce nephilim, as well.
Please note that the word “tyrants” in this last phrase comes from a different Hebrew word (#1368 gibbor) in contrast to (#5303 nephilim). It seems reasonable that Yahuah, knowing the end from the beginning had foreknowledge that Satan would cunningly inspire mankind to believe that the nephilim were divine messengers (angels of heaven), demons, or alien life forms who mated with mankind, creating offspring that were super human giants. But how fitting this is to have an additional Hebrew word clarify with precision that the meaning of nephilim is after all another term for tyrannical, cruel, and unforgiving giant bullies.
Were there giants living during this pre-flood period?
Yes, of course. It appears that all humans and animals during that time were giants, especially as they compare to our size today. This article is not denying that giants existed before the flood. In fact, Scripture identifies that there continued to be giants in the land during the time of Moses and David. But, it may be that size had nothing whatever to do with being good or evil, obedient or rebellious, righteous or unrighteous. Rather, all things created in their pure and perfect state were much larger at their commencement, having dwindled down to the size they are today.
On the other hand those referred to as giants may have been the result of their scientific experiments to increase the size of mankind. But this entire chapter is really about identifying what went wrong in the early days of Noah that caused Yahuah to take drastic measures to punish the willful unrepentant of that era. We have already established that this punishment of a world-wide flood only targeted mankind of earth, and in no way affected either the divine or rebellious (angels) or aliens.
Another scriptural support for this view is found in Isaiah. Most translations end verse 4 with the words “mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because they have destroyed your land, and slain your people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned. Isaiah 14:20
Because of this, and the mere fact that all the nephilim were destroyed in the flood as punishment, we are left with only one option: the nephilim were desperately wicked giant tyrants.
We can determine then that the marriages between these two identified groups; the sons of Elohim, and daughters of men, exponentially perpetuated what already existed: sinful tyrannical, harsh, oppressive giants. As this group began to intermarry with the sons of Elohim their hearts and minds became incurably evil.
Were there giants living after the flood?
Tyrannical giants (Nephilim) were in the land in those days and also afterwards, therefore, when the Sons of Elohim came into the daughters of [defiled] mankind, they bore children accordingly like the tyrannical giants (gibbor), who perpetuated an incurable and desperately wicked legacy. Genesis 6:4
This fact that Nephilim lived both prior to the the flood and also after is supported by a second witness in Numbers 13:32-33. This second narrative tells the story of the twelve Israelite spies who were sent to observe the land and bring back a report.
In verse 32 it tells that they observed “men of great stature” (#H4060 middah). The very next phrase states in verse 33:
“And there we saw the Nephilim (#5303), the sons of Anak of the Nephilim (#H5303). And we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, as were we in their sight.” Numbers 13:33
There are two completely different words used for the heathen men, which the Israelite spies saw. The Hebrew word (#H4060 – middah) specifically described their “great stature,” while the Hebrew word (#H5303 – Nephilim) may be describing the “barbaric and corrupt nature of the giants.” The point here is that if Nephilim alone meant giant then the term (#H4060 – middah) would not have been necessary.
The mention of the spies feeling as the size of grasshoppers in comparison to the giants, was only a figure of speech. In comparison, the Israelites were not actually the percentage smaller as grasshoppers are to you and me. We can know this for certain because of the description of the single grape cluster that was carried by two men. Clearly, the grape cluster was larger than what the Israelites had seen before, but if the cluster was relative to the size of mankind compared to grasshoppers, the twelve Israelite spies would have needed a large wagon to carry it, and the giants would have been 300 feet tall.
David, as a young man also slew Goliath a Philistine giant of Gath.
What did Yahuah identify that must be eradicated?
Yahuah beheld that exceedingly great was the wickedness of mankind upon the earth, as every steadfast purpose of the thoughts of their hearts (minds) was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5
The pure and righteous Creator of all things observed the growing evil upon the earth as an incurable, gangrenous limb that must be cut off to preserve a righteous remnant. Here we have insight to the reality that He has given mankind the freedom to choose obedience to Him, their Creator, or a life of rebellion. He will never force anyone to love Him, but with that said, there will always be a day of reckoning for that freedom to choose. These sons of men, in their rebellion had crossed the line of ever seeking reconciliation. While Satan and one third of the angels were cast out of the abode of the Most High, as an eternal consequential punishment, these unrepentant sons of men were soon to receive their terminal sentence and just reward in the rising flood waters.
Purpose of the Flood
The purpose of the flood was twofold: 1) To destroy sinful flesh, which targeted mankind and NOT fallen angels, demons or aliens; 2) To preserve a righteous people through the Melchizedek Kohenim linage, from which the promised Messiah was ordained to come.
Yahuah, as the Aleph and Tav, was sorrowful for His creation of mankind upon the earth and grieved within His heart.
- Noah’s Ark has been discovered and exists today in Turkey, in the mountains of Ararat, as a testimony that this story in Genesis is accurate and true.
- The sons of men and their daughters refer to the rebellious of earth.
- The sons of Elohim (God) were the righteous and obedient of both the shamayim (heaven) and earth.
- The divine messengers (angels) are unable to procreate.
- The sin of Genesis 6 was the polygamist mixed marriages between the righteous sons of Elohim (God) and the defiled daughters of men.
- Unconverted heathen mothers always raise unconverted heathen children
- Nephilim = Giants and Tyrants, but not demonic angels or aliens of any kind (fallen or unfallen).
- The punishment targeted all the higher beings involved in the sin. For the rising flood waters targeted humanity and not demonic messenger (angels), or aliens.
- Does the lineage of Cain continue after the flood? NO, no matter what well-meaning folks teach regarding the Cainites.
- Only eight people were rescued from the flood in Noah’s Ark and all were of the lineage of Seth.
- It appears there is a dual application for the 120 years, such as 120 Jubilee revolutions of time.
- After the fall in the Garden of Eden, 6,000 probationary years have been allotted for mankind upon this earth prior to judgment.
As were the Days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:37