Last year a Christian Nephilim theorist named David Netherton self-published a book called The Rapture 2028: America’s Countdown to Apocalypse. In it, Netherton claims that he made the surprising discovery that the Bible should have a “perfect” 70 books and not the current list of 66 in most Protestant Bibles. To make up the difference, he does not turn to the Catholic Bible, which has 73 canonical books and three apocryphal ones, or even to the 14 apocryphal books in the King James Bible (which are largely the same as the “extra” books of the Catholic Bible) but to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Why? Because that’s where the Nephilim are.
Netherton’s immediate concern is with the prophecies of Armageddon, which he believes began to come true on September 11, 2001: “The twin towers in New York City were destroyed by men from the Middle East. I think this was a sign of the opening of the first seal.” But to understand the End of Days, Netherton feels that we need more of the Bible than we currently have, and he blames the Pharisees for deleting the two Biblical texts he feels should be canonical, as they are in Ethiopia: The Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees, both telling the story of the Fallen Angels and the rampaging Nephilim. To this he adds the Book of Jasher and the Epistle of Barnabas, an early Christian text that declared that Christians had taken over God’s covenant from the Jews. “These four books can be easily purchased on Amazon,” Netherton adds helpfully.
The interesting thing is that Netherton goes much farther than other Nephilim theorists like L. A. Marzulli, Gary Wayne, or Steve Quayle in that he would canonize the books of Enoch and Jubilees in order to bring in evidence for the Nephilim that his competitors use only cautiously. He does so because he believes these books were canonical in the time of Jesus and therefore should be for us as well. Netherton goes all out with his beliefs in the literal truth of these texts, asserting that Moses himself wrote Jubilees and that Enoch was the actual author of the book that bears his name:
Enoch was an eyewitness to this period and recorded it in history. […] I have a live eyewitness with an exact time and correct narrative of their (the Nephilim’s) visit on earth. Enoch is God’s recorded eyewitness, and I have a copy of his deposition in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Netherton believes that Nephilim-based Christianity isn’t just the one true faith but will prove that all of time will last exactly 7,007 years and will be coming to an end shortly, when the Millennium (the final thousand years) begins between 2028 and 2030 CE. For someone who devotes more than a small part of his book to explaining why Islam is evil, it’s funny to see that his cosmic timescale ends up agreeing almost entirely with the Islamic chronology of Ibn ’Abbas, Muhammad’s cousin: “The world lasts for one week of the other world; and these weeks are comprised of days of a thousand years. Six thousand years and many hundreds of years more have already passed. There are still a few hundred years to come” (Akhbar al-zaman 1, my trans.). It would be funnier if the “seven-day theory” wasn’t also a pillar of Christian young earth creationism, based on the idea that a thousand years are to God like a day, so the seven days of creation presage a seven-thousand-year span for the Earth. It should go without saying that the three Abrahamic religions all derive such claims from the same early sources.
“This book will set you free from the deceptive philosophies of Darwinism and the misunderstood theory of ancient astronauts,” Netherton writes, and in the book he reveals himself to be a follower of Zecharia Sitchin. He rejects, of course, Sitchin’s claims that the Anunnaki are aliens, but he accepts Sitchin’s identification of the Anunnaki of Mesopotamian lore with the Biblical Nephilim and re-centers Sitchin’s narrative on the Nephilim and Fallen Angels as the driving actors in the cosmic drama.
Does Sitchin’s influence know no bounds?
Anyway, Netherton takes a rather unreconstructed view of ancient astronautics, merely substituting Nephilim for aliens in repeats of claims that even Ancient Aliens no longer makes: “The bad angels who fathered the Nephilim built these Mayan and Aztec ancient cities before the flood.” He adds, following Chris Dunn (but more likely Ancient Aliens) that the Great Pyramid was built as a power plant for Nephilim technology before the Flood, and that there are additional power plants in the Bermuda Triangle and Devil’s Triangle. The Fallen Angels also built “all these mysterious ancient pyramids and mounds.”
He’s also committed to the familiar claims of gigantologists the world over, specifically that there is a conspiracy to suppress information about giant bones that would prove the Bible true:
The giant skeletons and strange skulls are part of the fossil record. My fellow believers in Christ, take a look at the fossil record; bones don’t lie. This is forbidden archaeology among evolutionists and even some religious leaders in America. The Nephilim skeletons and skulls are all over the earth.
It just happens that no one can provide one for examination. Fortunately, though, Netherton has Zecharia Sitchin’s work to help him discover the true history of the Anunnaki Fallen Angels, and he relies on Sitchin for the (false) etymologies of the word “Anunnaki.” Using Sitchin as a rough guide, he claims that they fathered a “kingly” line in 3114 BCE and died out in the Flood of 2317 BCE. But not to worry! They’re coming back again and will pretend to be aliens to fool us all.
Now, why would he choose 3114 BCE? Because that’s the start of the Mayan Calendar, which is the Nephilim’s own timekeeping device!
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