how do I overcome evil...?
1 In the days of Amrafel, the king of Sinear, Arioch, the king of Ellasar, Kedor-Laomer, the king of Elam, and Tideal, the king of the nations, it happened
2 that they made war against Bera, the king of Sodom, against Birsa, the king of Gomorrah, against Sinab, the king of Adama, against Semeber, the king of Zeboiim, and against the king of Bela, present-day Zoar.
3 All of these had made a commitment and went up to the Siddim valley, which is today the Salt Sea.
4 Twelve years they had served Kedor-Laomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 Therefore in the fourteenth year Kedor-Laomer came with the kings who were with him; and they defeated the Refaites in Asteroth-Karnaïm, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shave-Kiriathaïm,
6 and the Horites in their mountain country of Seir as far as El-Paran, which borders the desert.
The kings led by the king of Elam (Persia), Kedor Laomer, wanted to go from the North to the South where the kings of Sodom and Gomorrha lived in order to destroy them. But then they had to pass through the area of the Refaists, the giants, the Nephilim.
Here, for the first time after the Flood, the Refaites (Nephilim) are mentioned. So they are involved in the first world war. They lived in Asteroth or Ashtaroth-Karnaïm (asthar = stars/tarot= maps and 2 horns = Karnaïm), the same area as King Og of Basan (a giant!). This is east of the Jordan River. After Babel, the Refaites took possession of that.
After all, Cham did not want to go to the God-allotted area of Africa (Book of Jubilees). He settled in the area around the Jordan River. All the peoples who lived there were Refaites. The Zuzites were giants named after the Mezuzah, or "doorpost." Big and tall. So was Saf from Gob.
(2 Samuel 21:18). All the peoples in that area were descendants of Rephaïm, a Nephilim.
Deut 2:10 speaks of the Emites (giants). Emim in Hebrew means "the terrible ones" after the fear they instilled in opponents.
Deut 2: 19-22
19 You shall come near the Ammonites.
(Descendants of Ben-Ammi, the son of Lot, fathered by his youngest daughter. Their land is present-day Jordan, of which Amman is still the capital. Moab was the son of Lot fathered by his eldest daughter. Both peoples merged into Arab tribes and now form North and South Jordan).
Do not bring them into harm's way or do battle with them, for of the land of the Ammonites I will give you nothing in possession. For I have given it in possession to the children of Lot.
20 (This too was counted among the land of the Refaites. The Refaites used to live there, but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites,
21 a great and numerous people, as long as the Enakites. However, the LORD wiped them out from before their eyes. The Ammonites drove them out of their possessions and went to live in their place;
22 just as He did for the children of Esau, who live in Seir: He wiped out the Horites from before them: they drove them out of their possessions and dwelt in their place, until this day.
The Amorites: were direct descendants of Cham (see Genesis 10:15-16)
(Amorites come from Syria/Iraq and are also called Babylonians. In Moses' days they were victors: see Amos)A mighty people mixed with Nephilim. Amos 2: 9:9
But I have wiped out the Amorites before their eyes,
who were high as cedars (40-60 meters high!)
and strong as oaks.
I have wiped out its fruit from above
and its roots from below.
Again we see the line of the Amorites going back to Cham. They were their direct descendants and therefore had the corrupt genes in their blood.
Nephilim threaten the survival of humanity and the Messianic bloodline. To this day!
And God intervenes where the Nephilim needed to be fought!
Every time the Nephilim threaten the Messianic bloodline, God Himself intervenes in a supernatural way. We also read this in Deut. 2 and Amos 2.
Kedor-Laomer, the king of Elam, with fellow kings from the area N.E. of Israel were used by God to defeat and slaughter the Nephilim.
• 1. Amrafel: He is the king of Sinear, which is Babylon. Some Bible commentaries suggest that it was Nimrod himself. The meaning of his name is even more dubious!
• 2. Arioch: He is king of Ellasar, which means "rebellion against God". The meaning of Arioch is "tall", "great", like a giant.
• 3. Kedor-laomer: has no particular name. "A handful of yarns". Kedor-laomer is king of Elam, which means a young man, a virgin, a secret.
• 4. Tideal: The meaning of his name is "that breaks the yoke; knowledge of 'bringing up' (like an elevator). He is king, but not of a country, but "of the nations".
Which of the four is notable? Kedor-laomer! He stands out because of his unremarkable name meaning. It is therefore this Kedor-laomer, who goes to war against five other kings. He is assisted in this by three allies. These are nephilim were. We find "a teacher of dark things," a giant, and one who could put the stones of Baalbek (3 pieces of more than 1,000,000 pounds each) in place. Because even today there does not exist a device that can perform that.
They did so because they wanted to teach their rebellious vasal kings in the Dead Sea Valley (fertile then!) of Sodom, Gomorrha, et al. a lesson. But they could not get to them because they had to go through the land of the Nephilim. To defeat the Nephilim, however, the confederacy of Kedor-Laomer had to have a huge army.
After the battle won against the Nephilim, Kedor-Laomer began the original attack, viz. on Sodom and Gomorrha et al. in the valley of Siddim. That is where the Dead Sea is now. Not at the time, because Lot chose a green fertile plain. "Salt Sea" does not appear before Genesis 14 and "Siddim" does not appear in the Bible after Genesis 14.They defeated in passing the Amalekites, the historic enemies of Israel (Amalek means "evil").
Deut 25:19 When the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies from all around, in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, it must be so that you blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Remember!
Amalekites were the inhabitants of Sinai and descendants of Esau, another enemy of Israel and the Messianic bloodline. Think of Haman who wanted to exterminate the Jewish people (Esther). He was originally an Amalekite.
Why? Because the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrha stopped paying tribute, but the real reason was that the inhabitants of these cities did worse than anyone else because they had giants among them (Jude:7...they ran after other flesh). God set an example with Sodom and Gomorrha and used Kedor-Laomer to do so.
Again, you see God intervening where the Nephilim threaten humanity.
Then Kedor-Laomer also takes Lot who had entangled himself with the world (with Sodom). Abraham gets to hear this and immediately takes action! Together 318 servants (raised in his house so God-fearing!) and he goes into a 3rd consecutive war against a huge army. Surely this is not possible!
14 When Abram heard that his brother had been taken away as a prisoner, he armed his trained men born in his house, three hundred and eighteen men, and he pursued them as far as Dan.
15 He divided himself against them at night into groups, he and his men, and defeated them; and he pursued them as far as Hoba, which is on the left of Damascus.
16 And he brought back all the possessions, and also his brother Lot and his possessions, and the women and the people.
Abraham had to travel 150 Km to defeat Kedor-Laomer. By brilliant strategy? By something else? The Bible answers in Genesis 14:18-20....
18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem, brought bread and wine; he was a priest of God the Most High.
19 And he blessed him and said:
Blessed be Abram through God Most High,
Who owns heaven and earth!
20 And be praised God the Most High,
Who has delivered your adversaries into your hand!
Abraham won because God fought for him. Melchizedek, King of Salem, Eternal Prince (Heb 7:3) was God Himself and fought with Abraham against the Nephilim.
Again you see where Nephilim are involved God intervenes in a supernatural way!
Genesis 14 also shows why God allowed Nephilim genes to survive the Flood: Every person has a choice to follow God or disobey. Cham disobeyed and chose a wife with Nephilim in her ancestry. He must have known that! So Canaan carried those genes. With that, the Nephilim became the examples of a disobedient world. Nephilim became the "gods on earth" and were fearsome supermen who did everything God forbade.
God allowed Nephilim after the flood to show His omnipotence by exterminating them. For this purpose He used foreign kings and later Israel.
Thus, to this day, man can freely choose whom to follow.
This is immediately confirmed by Melchizedek who declares that God is "Most High" and that the "adversaries are in your hand".
Remember that the Messianic bloodline was hanging by a thread at the time of Abraham. All the nations were under the authority of rebellious fallen angels.
But God sat on His throne and fought for His cause!
For Abraham, Israel and us it is of utmost importance to understand that you have to believe His Word and follow God instead of your own insights. When trouble comes do you trust God and His Word or your own philosophies, justifications and worldly wisdom? Do you really have faith that any event in your life that you surrender to God, He can allow you to overcome it? Even if it is "giant" in size?1 Petr 5:8... Be sober and watchful; for your adversary, the devil, goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
In Genesis 15, God says who He is to Abraham (vs. 1: Do not be afraid, Abram, I am to you a shield, your reward very great.), God rewards Abraham for his faith and shows him His promise of a gigantic posterity: the bloodline of the Messiah. God has promised it and so it is going to happen.
Note: everything happens on the basis of Abraham's faith...
Genesis 15:6... And he believed in the LORD, and He counted it to him for righteousness.
God does not take everything away from you immediately when He gives a solution. His plan is much bigger. For example, He waits 4 more generations (Abraham/Izaak/Jakob/Joseph) because.... "the measure of the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full" vs 16). God is clearly showing prophecy here.
When Moses approaches the promised land, first King Sihon (a Nephilim king on the east side of the Jordan) and King Og (idem, was 4 meters tall) must be defeated.
And then God gives the land of Canaan (from the Nephilim) to the descendants of Abraham(vs. 18-21).Here God took the first step, in addition to the 70 nations that arose in Babylon and were under the rule of fallen angel princes, to form a people for Himself in order....to bring forth the Messiah and make the gospel known throughout the earth. In doing so, God ensured the continuation of the Messiah's bloodline.
Often attempts were made to exterminate the people of Israel, even after the Messiah was born. After all, then the second task, evangelizing, would no longer take place. The first known was the action of Haman in the time of Esther (Purim feast). The most recent one is the holocaust.
In Genesis 24:3... I would have you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not take for my son a wife from the daughters of the Canaanites in the midst of whom I dwell, the servant of Abraham swears an oath guaranteeing the bloodline of the Messiah.You may now understand that of course Isaac could never take a Canaanite wife.
After all, it was about the salvation of all mankind!
Remember when Abraham settled by the oaks of Mamre? That was near the city of Kirjath-Arba, where Hebron is today. In the midst of the Nephilim! He planted a "flag" there, built an altar.
Genesis 23:2... And Sarah died in Kirjath-Arba - present day Hebron - in the land of CanaanKirjath-Arba means "city of Arba". Arba was one of the oldest known post-flood Nephilim:
Joshua 15:13... But to Caleb the son of Jephunne, Joshua had given a portion in the midst of the descendants of Judah, according to the command of the LORD to Joshua: the city of Arba, father of Enak, which is Hebron.
The son of Arba was named Anak (or Enak) which we know from the Enak children or sons of Enak, a Nephilim bloodline.
All the post-flood Nephilim were not created from fallen angels, but were giants whose father was a Nephilim. These grandsons were not as big as their fathers, but still giants. This explains the size of King Og (4 meters) and the much later Goliath (2.5 meters).
Although Hebron was one of the most important cities in Biblical Israel, we see that it was a capital of the Nephilim. But God defeated them all.
The bloodline of the Messiah has grown through Abraham into a numerous people who are going to be led out of Egypt to enter the land of Canaan.
Satan is now going to focus on the land....and he does so to this day!