Letters from Neil | April 14th, 2020

May 31, 2020  |  Redemption AZ

April 14, 2020

Good morning Salties and friends,

I hope this new day finds you well. It continues to be busy here at the church working with a very skeleton crew. I am grateful for the support from the rotating team that’s working each day with me.

I wonder if some of you question this supernatural view that I mentioned yesterday. You might think, how could a fallen angel assume human flesh and do what I described? Well, it is certainly less dramatic than the incarnation of Jesus! Think about His virgin birth, that Jesus was both fully man and fully God meaning God Himself living as a man from conception until His death. That is far more remarkable than anything a fallen angel might do and yet it is the very foundation of our Christian faith.

The only other time the word Nephilim is used is in Numbers 13:33. How could they still be around after 2 Peter 2:4 & Jude 6 says they will be held in confinement until the final judgment? It is because the Nephilim of Genesis 6 are super humans, a product of the cohabitation between the fallen angels and human women while the Nephilim in Numbers 13 are a race of giants (sons of Anak) with great military prowess. The word for Nephilim is spelled slightly differently in the Hebrew in Genesis 6 and Numbers 13 indicating although both are giants, there is a distinction.

I believe this supernatural interpretation reminds us that there is always a spiritual battle raging. In fact, the battle today is even more intense. Although Satan’s doom is sealed, he fights on so we must put on our spiritual armor every day by which God equips us to fight this battle (Galatians 6:10-20). It is easy to be discouraged when we face the same monotony or isolation every day but our God will be victorious in this battle and so will we as we continue to look to the “founder and perfecter of our faith.”

God bless, Neil