The above might have seemed like an irrelevant attack on Bakker except that his transition from sunny televangelist to doomsday prophet fed directly into the claims for which his show was mocked this past week. Since fear sells prepping supplies better than hope, Bakker had on Dr. Dennis Lindsay, a Nephilim theorist, in anticipation of this week’s week-long series “Fallen Angels, Giants, and the Nephilim,” a panel discussion with Tom Horn and Bakker. The panel discussion, which originally was to have featured Steve Quayle, was taped March 24.
Horn is the author of Nephilim Stargates: The Year 2012 and Return of the Watchers. Lindsay serves as president of Christ for the Nations Institute and wrote Giants, Fallen Angels and the Return of the Nephilim.
He (Satan) built his little squatter’s hut up there on the Temple Mount, you know that temple, because he knows what the Bible says about that place. So this is what I did: I weaved through why and what is the evidence for giant beings on this earth. We all know about Stonehenge, right? And that’s just one of hundreds and hundreds of gigantic places around the world that testify that some sort of supernatural power or giants were involved in its construction, and I document it in this book.
Fun fact: Ebenezer Brewer, whose dictionaries and compendia contributed to so many fringe history falsehoods due to his slipshod research, messed this one up, too, attributing the Devil version to Geoffrey of Monmouth because he (or a later writer he consulted) misunderstood where a translation of Geoffrey left off and editorial commentary began in an old book about Stonehenge that collected primary sources. I’ve found versions dating back to John Wood’s Choir Gaure in 1747, who attributes it to a “recent” translation of Geoffrey of Monmouth, suggesting that this might have been the translator’s addition or note.
I can’t say that Lindsay had any of this in mind—I’ve never read his book—and Lindsay’s claims are quite similar to those made for large sites the world over. Everything from the Pyramids of Giza to Baalbek to Mycenae to Teotihuacan has been attributed to giants, part of the human tendency to underestimate the capacity of their ancestors. But such stories are just that: stories. Indeed, we can find clear evidence of how such tales grew up in the face of factual evidence. At Baalbek, for example, the attribution to giants occurred in the Middle Ages, due to the localization of the Nimrod myth at the site and the (wrong) assumption that the site once housed the Tower of Babel. In southern Germany, a Roman palisade and wall (part of the limes Germanicus) became known as the Devil’s Wall in the Middle Ages. We know who built it and when, and it wasn’t the devil.