Yesterday I discussed L. A. Marzulli’s claim that the Antichrist will emerge from the bloodline (or “seed”) of the Nephilim, whom he identified as the offspring of human women and fallen angels. This got me a little curious about some of the other claims made for the supposed bloodline of the Antichrist, and I was surprised to discover that there is a whole subculture of Nephilim believers who specifically believe that Satan engineered the survival of the Nephilim in order to have breeding stock for a future Antichrist. I’ve already mentioned how disturbing this is at the practical level since it seems to encourage “Christians” to take steps to eradicate evil bloodlines before the Antichrist can emerge. But then I came across Bigfoot believers who got roped into the Nephilim-Antichrist conspiracy.
The warrant for this is the idea that Bigfoot is, well, big. Because the imaginary backwoods monster is envisioned as a tall, hairy humanoid, some in the so-called “Bigfoot community” speculate that he is one of the Nephilim, or a remnant of some other group of Biblical giants. The claim has been around for a long time, since at least 2000 if not earlier, but it really took off in the last few years, since it was featured in a 2012 episode of Ancient Aliens (S04E07), where the Nephilim were, in turn, identified with space aliens.
Anyway, evangelical Christian Nephilim theorists aren’t big on the space aliens, but they’re happy to keep the Nephilim. That brings us to Gary Wayne, who appeared on Sasquatch Chronicles earlier this year to discuss the connection between Bigfoot, the Nephilim, and a vast conspiracy to destroy the earth and bring about the End Times and the Antichrist. Wayne is the author of The Genesis 6 Conspiracy: How Secret Societies and the Descendants of Giants Plan to Enslave Mankind, a book he published last year through Trusted Books, a division of the Christian print-on-demand “partnership publisher” Deep Water Books. Wayne’s thesis is that Satan is conspiring with the Knights Templar and the Freemasons in order to raise the Antichrist to power, as he states in his book description:
When God cast the angel Lucifer and his followers out of heaven, Lucifer set into motion a scheme to ensure the Nephilim survived. Why? Because from the bloodlines of these Nephilim the Antichrist will come. To keep his plan alive, Satan has enlisted the loyalty of secret societies such as the Freemasons, the Templars, and the Rosicrucians to conspire in teaching a theology and a history of the world that is contrary to the biblical one.
He traces this influence back to what he sees as a corrupt Enochian tradition, citing many of the same sources that you will find in my page on the Watchers, though confusing the Arabic legend of the Three Hermeses with the epithet “Thrice-Great Hermes” as though they referred to the same thing. The trouble is that Wayne chooses to see the entire myth complex of Enoch, Hermes, and the Watchers through the lens of Freemasonry, one of the last and most limited versions of the esoteric story. In so doing, he collapses all of the many different streams that fed into the complex of interrelated stories of patriarchs, sages, fallen angels, and hidden wisdom into a single Freemasonic narrative, making the youngest version of the Enochian legend into the first and oldest. In so doing, he identifies Hermes as “Hermarynes,” a Freemasonic pseudo-biblical birth name for Hermes found in the Buchanan Manuscript, one of the Old Charges dating to the mid-1600s. The name was perhaps invented to bridge the gap between Hebraic Biblical names and the obviously non-Hebraic name Hermes. It’s possibly similar to the parallel corruption “Hermemes” found in the Alnwick Manuscript of 1701. At any rate, it does not seem to exist before the 1600s. Although the name does not appear outside Freemasonry, Wayne treats it as a true revelation.
Wayne has a good reason for doing this, and not just to promote his scare-mongering about Freemasonry. By accepting the Masonic claim that Hermes found the Pillars of Wisdom left by Enoch, he can discount the Late Antique Christian and medieval Arabic identification of Hermes with Enoch, thus helping to account for how pre-Flood Enochian knowledge survived in a post-Flood world. But he goes to claim that if Hermes found evil knowledge, then the Enoch of Freemasonry can’t be the patriarch Enoch of the Bible, for that Enoch was good. Instead, the Freemasons honor an evil Enoch, an idol-worshiper. He identifies this Enoch as Enoch, son of Cain (Genesis 4:17), or a descendant thereof, whom he suspects of usurping the place of the righteous son of Seth as a satanic parody of the true and righteous Enoch. “Understand then, that masonry, the Seven Liberal Sciences, the additional illicit heavenly knowledge from the fallen angels, and mysticism, in which all this has been cleverly encoded, are all part of the same spurious religion of Enoch, Cain, fallen angels, and Nephilim.”
He also believes that the Nephilim’s secrets are buried under the Great Pyramid.
Anyway, it doesn’t take much to see in Wayne’s claims a fairly standard narrative common to Biblical fundamentalists: The Bible is literally true and secular history or any other competing narrative is a corrupt and fallen version of Biblical truth. Jacob Bryant perhaps offered the best version of the claim 240 years ago in his New System, but it remains alive today nevertheless, married now to the great freak out about the supposedly imminent end of days, days that will finally end the tyranny of secularism and personal freedom in favor of the shackles of propriety forged by theocracy.
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