I’m always interested in what fringe figures say when they think they’re talking only to true believers, which is one reason I like looking not just at their public pronouncements but also the products and services that they sell to their fans. For example, Jason Martell’s blatant cash grab “Ancient School,” with its poorly produced YouTube-style video “lessons” speaks much more to Martell’s motives than his parroting of producers’ points on Ancient Aliens. This is one reason I was intrigued when a reader recently sent me an advertisement for L. A. Marzulli’s new video collection Giants: Revealing the Agenda of the Fallen Cherub – Exploring the Archaeology of the Ancients. Recorded in June of this year at the second annual (!) “Nephilim Mounds Conference” (!!), the five DVD set retails for $59.95 and has a kinky sexual focus that says much more about the real panic behind “Nephilim research” than the polished polemics of its most prominent figures.
But first, I must confess that I am not at all well versed in the hierarchy of angels, and I was struck that anyone would title a DVD set with the words “fallen cherub,” which conjures visions of Cupid spilling over after tripping on his quiver. But apparently among some Satan theorists, Lucifer was a cherub before his fall. This conclusion derives from Ezekiel’s reference to the King of Tyre as the “guardian cherub” (28:14), which they read in parallel with the “Morning Star” passage of Isaiah 14, about the King of Babylon, as both directly referencing Satan rather than the earthly kings they explicitly cite. Apparently they feel that Ezekiel was incapable of metaphor and therefore the cherub must be read literally—and supernaturally—since men cannot be angels. None of my books on the history of Satan reference this, so it’s no wonder I was taken aback by what appears to be a theology popular primarily among fundamentalists, who posit that Satan is behind a conspiracy of world rulers, thus justifying the synecdoche whereby their appellations apply to their master.
Apparently, if you understand the DVD set’s title, you’re self-selected to be part of the audience.
So, with that in mind, let’s hear what the Nephilim Mounds Conference DVD set gives its audience, straight from the description on Marzulli’s website:
The Nephilim Mounds Conference that took place in Newark, Ohio last year was such a popular event, Russ Dizdar and L.A. Marzulli decided to do it again—with a familiar expert guest—Gary Stearman! These 3 experts on the biblical Nephilim expose the real agenda of the fallen cherub, Lucifer, and take this bizarre subject to a whole new level of understanding. Stearman’s unique perspective on the biblical background of the various types of giants that once roamed the Promised Land lays the groundwork for a complete understanding of Satan’s plans for the last days. 8 unique messages stand alone in their advanced biblical understanding!
I know you’re dying to know the real Nephilim-Satan agenda, but surely it’s important to first take a moment to pause and note the appropriation of Native American mounds for the Bible giants. This claim goes back to the eighteenth century, when the mounds were taken for the work of wandering Jews and in such capacity entered early Mormon mythology as the burial place of the white Jews after the fallen red ex-Jews massacred them in their hundreds of thousands. Although the Book of Mormon does not mention the mounds, early Mormon texts make plain that early members of the church considered the mounds to be the remnants of the Lost Tribes’ cemeteries.
But the mounds were also considered supernatural by the first white settlers, who told ghost stories about their haunting by Native spirits. This aura of the supernatural contributed directly to the developing claims that the mounds housed the remains of supernatural creatures, such as the evil giants from the Bible. By 1851, the connection was so commonplace that a biography of the famous dwarf Tom Thumb (Charles S. Stratton) included a chapter on giants that used the bones of the mound giants (note: the author gives them as just six feet tall!) as support for the “sacred history” of the violent giants of the Bible. It’s also the reason that the Cardiff Giant hoax took in so many. Throughout the century, the existence of an antediluvian race of giants was taken as scriptural truth, and therefore any skeleton larger than six feet was taken to be proof of what the J. B. Toomer, writing in the Athens, Georgia Banner sometime in the late 1800s, called “the race of giants which undoubtedly at one time inhabited the continent.”
OK, so enough of that. You want to know about the kinky Satanic-Nephilim sex.
Let’s take a look at the specific lecture topics. Of the eight lectures on the five DVD set, fully half are about how the satanic giants are plotting to corrupt our precious bodily fluids through unholy impure reproduction. These are their exact titles:
Another lecture may involve breeding programs, but I’m not sure. It claims that transhumanism is front from Nephilim activity. The other lectures assert a cover-up of giants (of course), state the Nephilim built megalithic sites, and probe the Old Testament evidence for giants.
Now, granted, at least some of these lectures were probably critiquing non-Nephilim theories of alien hybridization, but even so at least 50% of the conference lectures were in one way or another devoted to panicking over a perceived loss of control over human sexuality and reproduction. I am immediately struck by the ancient theme percolating up from beneath the science-fiction trappings: The three Nephilim researchers all seem to unconsciously recall stereotypes of the Native Americans whose mounds they want to attribute to the Nephilim, specifically the “capture narratives” popular in the nineteenth century which depicted white women as helpless before the macho hyper-sexuality of Native American “bucks,” whose wild and unbridled lust and giant penises were irresistible to foolish, weak women and therefore had to be exterminated to save civilization. (This stereotype transferred over to African Americans by the time Native Americans were no longer a major threat to Euro-American civilization.)
In appropriating Native American culture for the Nephilim, the researchers seem to have taken over the old anxieties about sexual contact with the racial other and glossed that panic with an appeal to satanic forces rather than racial purity. Nonetheless, the same themes are present: the obsession with elevating “Woman” as the pure ideal to be protected while simultaneously considering her the passive victim of the Other’s sexual desire, as well as the fear that civilized humans would be corrupted by virile and animalistic competitors. If the locus of panic has moved to DNA rather than penises, this is only a scientific gloss on an old idea.
Oh, as for that Satanic agenda? Speaking on Prophecy in the News on Friday, L.A. Marzulli stated that all of this crap is the “key to End Times prophecy,” based on his analysis of the “second incursion” of Nephilim after the Flood, based on his belief that (a) Moses was the author of Genesis and (b) that Genesis 6:4, which says the Nephilim were on earth “in those days—and also afterward” refers not to the period when the Sons of God came down and the aftermath but to the pre- and post-Flood world. It’s rather like counting the angels dancing on the head of a pin. Marzulli also claims that an anthropologist confessed to him that he is suppressing the truth about giants out of “terror” in order to avoid losing “his job, his tenure, I mean everything.” So why not give Marzulli the “giant femur” (four feet long, no less!) to get the truth out anonymously? Or, better yet, why not be the man who discovered proof of giants, surely a more lucrative career choice than assistant professorship? Oh, ye of little brain: That would mean Marzulli would have to prove his case and couldn’t sell $59.99 DVD sets talking about conspiracy theories. No one pays for science facts! In response to criticism that he is making up these claims, Marzulli points to Ben Stein’s Expelled as proof that academics are terrified by a cabal of ultra-Darwinists, as though giants were somehow impossible under evolutionary theory. Gary Stearman, host of Prophecy, says that Satan is running the academic conspiracy through the Golden Dawn and Thule Society.
According to Stearman, speaking on the above program, by proving giants were real, this justifies both a literal interpretation of Genesis and a belief in the divinity of Christ, for it demonstrates the inerrancy of the Bible. Also: Hitler. You see, for Stearman, Hitler represents the “competitor to the central narrative of the Bible,” for if giants aren’t real then Hitler is right that Aryans are the superior form of evolution and Christians can all be killed off as inferior creatures. Stearman explains that “we (he and Marzulli) are trying to reestablish the Biblical narrative” by proving that human genetics traces back to Adam and Eve and any negative traits are the nefarious influence of the Nephilim, not evolution. And Hitler, or something like that. Plus, archaeologists are lying about ancient sites like the Pyramids and Puma Punku being built by mere humans. “In reality it was very strong, large people”—“demonically enhanced” with DNA from fallen angels, Marzulli adds, as though he has proved the existence of super-strong demons by waving the Bible before his face.
I will give Marzulli this: He says that he is pursuing proper paperwork to export “tissue samples” from Peru, unlike Brien Foerster, who never once mentioned paperwork for his samples. Sadly, though, the “preliminary tests” are just Lloyd Pye’s “alien” tests, which Marzulli reinterprets as Nephilim rather than extraterrestrial.
But let me repeat the key point: Angels use deoxyribonucleic acid. How does that work? This implies that they have cells that reproduce, which suggests in turn that angels’ bodies are corruptible like ours or else they would not need to reproduce cells and repair themselves. If true, what makes Marzulli so sure these aren’t aliens? How would you distinguish between physical beings made up of cells who ascend and descend from space?
Stearman and Marzulli also endorse the Book of Enoch as an accurate account of the Nephilim—note that for future use next time one of them claims to “only” use the Bible—and Stearman asserts that Plato described Nephilim civilization when writing of Atlantis, oddly echoing Ignatius Donnelly’s claim that Atlantis was the antediluvian world of Genesis 5 and 6. Stearman falsely claims Plato said Atlantis was destroyed in the “Great Flood of Deucalion,” which he equates with Noah’s Flood. It sank beneath the waves, but not in the Flood, according to the Timaeus, which places the Flood before Atlantis, in the most ancient of days. Stearman should stick to the Bible. He’s getting his lies confused as he asserts that secularists are “covering up” what Marzulli calls the “seed war” between pure-blooded humans and evil Satantic half-breeds.
Let’s repeat that one, too: Marzulli claims that there is a “seed war” and that some people are genetically pure while others are not. Now how does this fit with the earlier condemnation of Hitler? It seems that Hitler’s error was in using faulty Darwinism to select the Master Race. Stearman and Marzulli equally agree with Hitler that there are genetically impure people, but they would include the Jews among the pure people (as future Christian converts), and aren’t willing to say exactly who the evil impure ones are. That’s up to the audience, who can use their theories to fuel their hatred of their chosen minority group.
The bottom line is a familiar fundamentalist refrain: Prepare your soul for the End Times by making sure you’re sexually and genetically pure. Like I said, it’s interesting what these people say when they think they’re speaking only to believers.
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