Tonight Ancient Aliens is going in search of “The Satan Conspiracy” and will attempt to argue that Satanists have it right, that Satan is misunderstood, and that he was a heroic alien freedom fighter trying to help humanity against the evil Yahweh-Elohim-Anunnaki. This will be quite a trick to pull off since Satan traditionally leads the Fallen Angels, whom the show christened evil gods just two weeks ago. But at least it goes toward proving my point that the ancient astronaut theory is intimately tied to religion.
This, in turn, brings me to today’s topic: A bizarre religious documentary about ancient aliens and how they are really fallen angels who are hiding in our DNA.
Nephilim: Origin of Genetic Evil, a two-hour YouTube video by religious extremist Trey Smith with video supplied by Ancient Aliens pundit Brien Foerster and commentary from messianic rabbi Brian Hall, made my head hurt. Over-produced with a nasal narrator (Smith) and brain-searing music, the opening minutes set the stage for an amateurish attempt to scour the ancient astronaut literature for evidence in favor of the giants from Genesis 6:1-4, the children of the sons of God and the daughters of men. I can’t think of a single passage in all the Bible that gets more play among the alternative history crowd than this heavily redacted acknowledgement of a traditional semi-divine hero mythos among the pre-monotheistic Hebrew people.
I have difficulty reviewing this two hour video because so much of it is simply random words and sentences that Smith has spliced together from several takes without, seemingly, any rhyme or reason. There is no through-line, no attempt to form a coherent argument, just assertions that are meant, by their sheer volume, to overwhelm the viewer into belief in God simply by throwing at the viewer as much material culled from internet Google searches and badly misunderstood from physics and history as possible—a sort of What the Bleep Do We Know for Fallen Angels.
There is really no arguing with Smith’s biblical literalism. He simply takes every word of the Bible at face value insofar as it supports his views. Either you believe that Methuselah really lived for 969 years and died seven days before the Flood, or you don’t. He does. But like the ancient astronaut theorists, he also believes in the literal truth of everything in Mesopotamian mythology, except where it disagrees with Genesis.
Smith is quite taken with the idea of elongated skulls, which he simplemindedly believes are literal genetic hybrids of human beings and fallen angels. Such skulls had been observed in the making by the Greek doctor Hippocrates (in “Of Air, Water, and Situation”) and by scientific observers down to the present day. Hippocrates well-explained this admittedly bizarre but not supernatural custom: “The Custom stood thus. As soon as the Child was born, they immediately fashion’d the soft and tender Head of it with their Hands, and, by the use of bandages and proper arts, forc’d it to grow lengthwise; by which means the sphærical figure of the Head was perverted, and the length increas’d” (trans. Francis Clifton).
Smith starts by explicating the Hebrew phrase benê hā Elōhîm, the “Sons of God,” which is parallel to the Ugaritic polytheistic group of El’s sons, the bn il, the sons of El. This has been known ever since Sanchoniathon recorded in his Phoenician cosmology, “But the auxiliaries of Ilus, (who is Kronus), were called Elohim, (as it were) the allies of Kronus; they were so called after Kronus.” Smith prefers to assert that the sons of God should be translated as “fallen angels” and/or “Watchers,” obviously under the influence of the Book of Enoch where they are identified as such.
In an ungrammatical sentence, Smith asserts that “authentic texts” tell us that fallen angels are “extremely powerful entities.” Yup, these terrifying monsters were so horrific that they were into holding classes on the art of making “bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures.” They also enjoyed encouraging “fornication,” love potions, herbal medicine, and astrology (1 Enoch 8:1-3). So, in short, they were pretty much modern liberal arts college professors. No wonder Smith is horrified! HIPPIES!
In exploring the “authentic” accounts of angels, Smith is correct in asserting that the Biblical texts do not give the angels wings. (He needs this to be so to justify claiming wing-free human corpses are “really” angel-hybrid bodies.) Yet he also wants us to believe that the book of Enoch preserves accurate records of how hippie angels caused global terror and death through too much sex, drugs, and astrology. So how would he account for 1 Enoch 61:1 in which the angels “took to themselves wings and flew”?
He identifies the Neanderthals as ancient humans who each lived for 300 years or more, thus accounting for their robust bones, since they simply kept working out and growing stronger as they kept on going. This will be a surprise to scientists, I suppose.
He further suggests that God ordered the Hebrews to commit genocide against tribes like the Canaanites, Rephaites, and Ammonites because they had a “gene pool problem” derived from descent from the Nephilim. Rabbi Hall identifies the Amalekites as originating in a Semitic word for “vampire-like demons,” which he seems to derive from aluka, referring to a drinker of blood, but which first meant “leech” rather than “vampire,” an appropriate term of derision for an enemy. That said, I can’t find an etymology of Amalekite that relates it specifically to aluka, but I am no expert in Hebrew. Hall asserts in an impeccable bit of circular logic that the Amalekites must have had vampire characteristics (such as fangs) and spawned the Romanian vampire myth because otherwise how could we use the vampire myth to apply it back to the Amalekites’ blood-drinking?
Smith next tries to make the case for real giants, and he adopts David Childress’s classic bait-and-switch. He shows a human jawbone (the whole mandible) and compares it to a modern dental impression of just the teeth and therefore declares that the ancient (normal sized) jawbone (with slightly above-average teeth) was “gigantic” because how else can one explain that the whole jaw is larger than just the teeth? He makes the comparison still more dramatic by showing the mandible at a slight angle, emphasizing the larger three-dimensional presence of the mandible versus the dental impression, seen flat.
Smith hits all the high points of the Ancient Aliens and creationist classics: Akhenaten, UFOs, suppressed finds of skeletal giants, the Great Serpent Mound, serpent worship, Flood geology, shells on mountains, etc. Seriously? Shells on mountains? I thought that went out with the Renaissance. I guess if you don’t believe in plate tectonics then you can’t accept that mountains form from old ocean beds being pushed upward. Smith doesn’t accept geology, biology, astronomy, chemistry, zoology, history, or pretty much anything ending in a “y.” He wants to know how geologists can claim India is “tens of millions” of years old if Indian history only begins with Alexander the Great—oblivious to the difference between the geographic and political terms for India, as well as the long history of peoples who lived on the sub-continent. (Geologists believe the Indian plate attached itself to Asia around 10 million years ago, and the Indus Valley civilization was coeval with Mesopotamia.)
At this point, I had had enough. The music was too loud, the ideas too stupid and frankly too utterly falsified to warrant any more suffering. In Smith’s view all of world history is a demonic conspiracy spawned—and here I can’t fathom how—by the occult bloodline of the Watchers after the Flood. If the Flood killed everything on earth but Noah and his Ark, where did this antediluvian genetic bloodline return from? Here, I suppose, is where Smith wants us to see the Nephilim as a genetic mutation hiding sinfully in our God-given DNA, ready to manifest whenever sexual sin produces an unholy child. Thus can we reconcile the Bible with Eupolemus who reported that the Nephilim were saved from the Flood and founded the occult capital of Babylon before God spread them all across the earth at the collapse of the Tower of Babel (Eusebius, Praeparatio Evangelica 9.17).
But all of this is akin to counting the angels dancing on the head of a pin. The real problem is that Smith’s entire worldview is built on three assumptions that must be accepted to even begin to understand his incoherent ranting:
If you don’t share these three assumptions, Smith’s body of work comes across as the random ravings of madman, for they are understandable (and perhaps somewhat coherent) only by adopting these three assumptions. I imagine that’s how someone at The Berean Report, a Biblical fundamentalist website, could watch two hours of this soul-sapping misery and declare it “one of the best documentaries ever!”
10/28/2013 08:29:48 am
I guess the problem I have with the Book of Enoch is that its not accepted into the official Bible, if you will. There was a purpose for canonization. If one pretty much believes wholeheartedly that the Bible is truly God's Word to mankind, His creation, it's not much more of a stretch to believe that God would be able to give modern man the final result He wanted, insofar as His message to us.
10/28/2013 10:05:20 am
The whole gays being an abomination in the bible is the men lying with men in the same way as women bit right? So what if they going doggy style? Is it still an abomination or are they just getting in trouble for not going missionary?
10/28/2013 12:21:38 pm
Personally, I interpret it as forbidding men from having vaginal sex with other men- which, for most human beings, is a morphological impossibility anyway.
10/28/2013 12:25:11 pm
Don't forget Leviticus 19:19, in which mules are considered an abomination worthy of God's wrath. Somehow we still have mules.
10/28/2013 07:26:38 pm
Jason, I've met a few mules. I tend to understand how they could drive God to wrath!
Well, biblical David was chosen by god to rule his people. He had hundreds of wives, others and concubines to cavort with, yet, he seemed to turn away from these women and instead romped with his friend Jonathan - David's Lamentation - 'O Jonathan, laid low in death! I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; dear and delightful you were to me; your love for me was was wonderful, surpassing the love of women.'
10/29/2013 03:06:56 am
There was a book on the church and gay marriage, very very dry read but it provided evidence the early church wasn't so antigay.
10/28/2013 10:09:42 am
"In other words, the days of Noah were probably somewhat like today. Few people found favor in the eyes of the Lord, then, and it is so again, today."
10/28/2013 12:38:52 pm
I feel this is relavent as well as hilarious, http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Actions_punishable_by_death_in_the_Old_Testament. I do really have to say if Christians stuck to just what Christ said it'd be a much more tolerant religion.
10/28/2013 12:15:55 pm
Yes, Gunn, there was a reason for canonization. More than one, in fact. In Christianity's early days, there were many sub-groups with their own interpretations, teachings and traditions they considered as the "true" representation of the faith. To unify the faith, the Bible as we know it, was composed of those gospels that were the most popular or that specifically featured the life and deeds of Christ. All others were labeled apocryphal and subsequently destroyed or buried. However, just as in the Grapes of Wrath, the best laid plans went astray. That's why such apocryphal texts as the Gospel of Judas or the Gospel of Mary Magdalene have been discovered centuries later. I believe that much of God's intended word has been lost, due to the decisions of man.
10/28/2013 05:04:16 pm
One might also note that the Bible as it stands today was also ordered to be compiled by a man who was not Christian. Constantine I was not baptized until he was on his deathbed and some accounts that I have heard (but cannot verify) claim that his baptism was done against his express wishes. It is known, however, that Constantine postponed his baptism several times.
10/29/2013 01:08:52 pm
Well, to clarify, I meant without current redemption, not without possibility of redemption. And what he is openly welcoming into society is considered by a great host of people to be evil. So, is Obama an evil person? Yes, we all are without Christ's redemption. Are any good, Only Me? Sorry...no, not one.
10/29/2013 09:34:29 pm
Thanks for the clarification.
3/8/2016 10:55:56 pm
Canonization was the work of the Roman Catholic Church, a house of satan and Heretics
10/30/2013 09:55:29 am
"I'm presupposing that God has chosen the final product, so to speak, through which we can look for truthful and accurate answers."
6/9/2016 01:16:34 pm
The final choice of which scrolls would be compiled into one book was made by one single man. Ultimatly the cannonization was based upon what one man believed was truth and what he did not believe or didn't want to believe.
7/29/2016 12:27:41 pm
You no clue as to what you are talking about, The Book Of Enoch is TOTALLY VALID! The Church Fathers who decided (not God) to remove this book did so for very specific reasons which had nothing to do with the books validity. Most of Jesus disciples read from the book of Enoch you can even find verses taken from this book and added to the bible (word for word) so it's obvious that during the time of Jesus this book was widely read and accepted as legitimate by some of the most credible believers that have ever graced this earth. Do some research before you make uneducated statements.
10/28/2013 09:44:12 am
In my opinion, all gods and demons are just made up fantasy. Humans invented god to explain things they did not understand. Imagine some kid, like I know I was way back, constantly asking Dad why the sky was blue. In utter frustration, including the supposed standard (Go ask your mother, line) he finally, in desperation says, "Because that is how god made it." End of any further questioning/argument, as we "cannot" (really?) argue any more after that.
10/28/2013 12:37:52 pm
"Here, I suppose, is where Smith wants us to see the Nephilim as a genetic mutation hiding sinfully in our God-given DNA, ready to manifest whenever sexual sin produces an unholy child."
10/28/2013 12:59:13 pm
Stupidity doesn't even begin to describe this.
I do believe OR, is there a profound difference between the wrathful, demanding, jealous, bribe-prone, magician, war-mongering etc. etc. very human biblical 'god' or probably of Annunakai origin which we refer to as 'He', AND/OR a POWERFUL, universal, definitive, invisible, omnipresent, all-pervading intelligent consciousness 'GOD'-force/energy which is unknowable 'in its total nature' to we/us, 'unaware' human/ organic/biological creatures?
10/29/2013 01:33:35 pm
No, you acquire this knowledge that triggers awareness through hearing God's Word, not through an experiential process...unless it is an experiential process pushing an act of faith in reaching out to God.
11/3/2013 02:55:29 am
Methuselah was 81 years old, not 969 as stated. During the time before Julius Cesar all time was in lunar months which represented a year. This change in time was about 50 BC and stories that were passed down were not translated to their correct date. This real time also must be applied to the lost city of Atlantis by taking the time of Plato and dividing 10,000 by 12 and adding this number to Plato's date. This will generate a date of about 5000 BC.
10/23/2015 01:56:13 am
Mahalellel (butchering his name I'm sure) was 65 when he had his first son, how old would that make him in lunar years? Lol nice theory though.
8/7/2016 03:58:07 pm
You do realize there is a difference between light (photoelectric energy and the quantum laws of all matter in the universe) and a star, right?
11/17/2014 04:01:12 pm
I can understand the scepticism, but when you take all the ancient texts together not just the bible the guy does make a lot of great points. Besides many of the people he mentions are in fact historical such as nimrod and King David. The giant aspect is also historically accurate just looking at the evidence here in the united states and the supposed native American burial grounds where skeletons where found to be accurate though not as large as those written about in ancient texts. The remains in America were anywhere from 7 to 12 foot in height which considering the average height even among Europeans at that time was about 5.5 feet tall. Regardless of what anyone including myself may believe the subject does deserve more investigation.
I remember hearing stories of small secret military units (the locals description), who would show up to sites (museums, libraries etc. in places like IRAQ etc.), and either leave all the artifacts held within in complete rubble or the majority of these artifacts disappeared never to be seen again.
8/7/2016 04:10:48 pm
The video is eccentric, no doubt. This review is merely sarcastic bash on it, rather than a fact check. I was hoping to see a little more hard evidence. The elongated head explanation by wraps was addressed in the video, so repeating Hippocrates same explanation doesn't really help shed light on the missing back skull plate that should connect to the two sides.
4/20/2018 06:45:12 am
You're all doing a hell of a job "fulfilling the book", as Marley would say. Keep shaking those powers!:)
9/16/2018 08:02:50 am
WATER BOY, 4/20, Marley, could be a coincidence, or not but nice one either way.
8/5/2020 07:28:40 am
You might find this book of interest, linking Count Drac with the Nephilim War - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vampire-Count-Hidden-Steve-Hakes/dp/183809461X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=vampire+count&qid=1596626835&sr=8-1
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