I want to call your attention today to a rather slick piece of propaganda coming out of the Nephilim research community. Apparently, there is an upcoming documentary from The Fourth Watch, a Biblical radio show hosted by Justen Faull, and to judge by the deleted scene posted to YouTube last week, it’s a slick production. From the professional graphics to the competent sound mixing and lighting, this is a clear step above the usual iPhone-to-DVD production values of many fringe productions. It even puts L. A. Marzulli’s Watchers series to shame just in terms of technical competence. But the content!
The scene posted to YouTube features Christian minister Joseph Riverwind, a Native American who gleefully twists Native traditions to fit an awkward mix of ancient astronaut and biblical paradigms while maintaining (in apparent seriousness) that he is relaying genuine ancient Native accounts. In this interview, Riverwind states that Native peoples believe that the Nephilim / giants came to Earth from the Pleiades and Orion’s belt and that they were responsible for building the first and largest mounds and pyramids, of which Native people could only make small and crude imitations:
The three pyramids in Egypt, two of those pyramids are copies of the oldest one, but they could not quite match the engineering, the architecture, the ley lines, all that—they couldn’t do it. So, yes, there are mounds that Native people have built, but they’re a far cry from these gigantic mound structures that the giants built.
This alone isn’t really the disturbing part. It’s par for the course, though with the added layer of unease from a Native American insisting that Native Americans couldn’t have piled dirt into big piles because only giants could do it. But just a couple of days later, Faull went on his radio show to repeat the claim almost verbatim and to enhance it. (Faull claims, by the way, that his show was recently shut down for three weeks due to unspecified “spiritual warfare” conducted by his enemies.) On the radio, Faull opens by saying that “pop culture” insists that the Egyptian pyramids were the work of the Jews (an ancient claim debunked in the 1600s and which fell out of fashion in the 1800s), and he says he feels “passionate” about refuting claims that Jews could have built great structures. I am of two minds about this. On the one hand, Faull is right that the Jews did not build the pyramids, but on the other his reason for speaking with such passion about the issue seems to be that he’s not too keen on ascribing great works to Jews. On previous shows, he claimed to expose Jews as occultists with a Satanic bloodline who are “infiltrating” Christianity. Of course, like many evangelicals, he thinks that the Catholic Church is full of Satan-worshipers, too, so make of it what you will.
Anyway, he sees the pyramids as the work of the Nephilim. Humans, he said, “just didn’t have the technology” to pile rocks one atop the other, nor to align buildings with (imaginary) “ley lines.”
What’s bothersome here is that Riverwind has folded midcentury ancient astronaut material into his supposedly timeless oral traditions, and Faull then strips out the aliens and ascribes everything to fallen angels and Nephilim. The cross-pollination between ancient astronaut material and Nephilim material is a wonder to behold, with both sides using each other’s material for support, but rejecting each other’s explanations. Angels? Aliens? They report, you decide.
So while I am on the subject of Nephilim, I thought I would share the weirdest Nephilim claim I’ve come across recently. This one is from 1908 and comes to us from the pen of John Todd Ferrier, a Christian vegetarian extremist and the founder of the Order of the Cross. Ferrier was a radical pacifist and animal rights advocate who believed that only vegetarians or vegans could be true Christians. In a wildly bizarre essay on “The Evolution of the Soul,” Ferrier explained that the Nephilim were actually woolly mammoths “which had been generated as the outcome of the intensified magnetic currents” and were destroyed when the Earth lost its magnetic field and could no longer attract Divine “magnetic rays” from the ecliptic. (Seriously.)
I will quote his essay number 104 in full because it must be read to be believed. It involves dinosaurs and woolly mammoths battling each other, and the fallen angels conducting bizarre science experiments in vats of Nephilim-generating “fluid.”
When the Christ-Souls beheld the terrible conflicts waged between the three Houses of Benjamin, Manasseh and Zebulun, after their various endeavours to rise out of the states into which the low Saurians and the Serpents had taken them, they decided to descend from the fluidic plane and assume forms more like the Soul’s true vehicle upon the outer plane. They thought that in this way they might be able to reach unto the three Houses so as to influence them to seek the nobler forms and thus help them to rise in spiritual state. They knew how degraded the Saurian forms were, for they had been captives within the first order of them. And they saw how these forms, though somewhat changed by the evolution of the wings, were still terribly evil, and that their effect upon the Soul had been to bring it even further down into the depths of evil. And they knew how degraded the Serpents were, and how evil and venomous they were, and saw how they had influenced the Souls of the House of Benjamin even though these latter sought to rise out of their captivity and find better spiritual conditions. They therefore knew that to enter these forms would be to seek captivity and loss of spiritual power; so they sought to find other means whereby to carry out their beautiful loving purpose. And it was in the endeavour to realise that purpose that the great Mammoths were generated. They were the Nephilim born from the Sons of God in the sense that they were generated by them upon the fluidic plane. They were the giant forms which stalked the land both on the fluidic plane and the outer plane. Upon the fluidic plane they were the Leviathans which disported themselves in the upper sea; and on the fixed plane they were the Monsters which Physical Science now knows through finding many remains of them where they had been dwelling when overwhelmed, and concerning which the various Eastern Mythologies have spoken. The Christ-Souls first generated out of magnetic fluids these stupendous forms, and then left them to gradually become more and more fixed in their nature until they had reached the fixed planes, when they entered them with a view to generating less and more adaptable forms from them suitable for the Souls of the three Houses. And thus it was that the Mammoths came into existence without apparent progenitors upon the physical planes. And thus also was it that the whole of the Christ-Souls became involved in the fearful catastrophe of the Deluge and were imprisoned for untold ages, and spiritually slept from sheer impoverishment of the magnetism essential to their Souls, of whom Greek Mythology spoke when the poets wrote of an age when even the Gods slept.
So the Flood involved mammoths, magnets, and Greek mythology. Wow. This makes Faull’s rather formal and intolerant vision of the past seem positively boring by comparison.
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