The Noatic Covenant
The Reason for the world-wide Flood as we mentioned before was due to, not only the wickedness and sin of mankind but because of the fallen angelic race producing children by human women.
6:2-4 The “Giants,” these Nephilim, which means “fallen ones,” are the offspring of the fallen angelic race and mankind.
And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants. – Jubilees 5:1
These “Judges” and “Rulers” are said to be the fallen angels because the word for judge is “elohim,” which is where we get the word “gods,” in the Hebrew, and these fallen heavenly beings became the gods of the 70 nations of the peoples of the world.
The passage in Jasher also indicates genetic manipulation, the mixing of DNA and animals species to create hybrids, perhaps like the Roman and Greek monsters such as Minotaur, and Centaur, Satyr’s.
This was Satan’s first attempt to try to thwart the Gen. 3:15 prophecy of the redeeming Messiah to come that was to bruise his head! If Satan through his fallen angels could pollute the human seed, then there would be no pure untainted human seed for the Messiah to come through. Thus, another reason for the flood and for Noach (Noah) and his family being spared. This is where the legends of the giants, and mythological type beings came from that Rome is so famous for speaking of. I believe this to be the modern explanation of the UFO and Alien phenomenon. Think about it, same old plan just different packaging. Human women are abducted; they are impregnated and then re-abducted to extract the hybrid child, and many of them are shown their prodigy. There is no proof that these beings come from another planet, But the there is evidence leaning toward them coming from another dimension. Plus, if these “alien” give a message for mankind, it is usually a humanistic or new age message that belittles Messiah and His Word and puts Him on the level of other world religions and leader. Also the same paranormal activity that takes place during a poltergeist is the same type of things that happen when “aliens” and their craft are present. This sounds like Nephilim to me. Granted, I cannot prove this, however, my interpretation of the “sons of God” being the angelic race, not the children of Seth as Christians say, and the “daughters of men” human women, not the children of Kayin (Cain) as Christians say, is backed up over and over in Talmudic, Extra Biblical (Apocryphal/Psuedopigraphal) and other Rabbinic literature.
I realize this next part is a tad bit off topic but a rabbit trail worth pursuing.
This is NOT talking about the ones who’ll be taken away in the “rapture.” No, this is talking about the ones who’ll be taken in the flood. The ones left behind are the ones safe in the Ark.
“I want to say I DO NOT believe, nor adhere to in any way the Pre-Tribulationalist or Dispensationalist view of the End Times. The “Left Behind” books and movies are nothing but a bunch of fairy tales, and poor entertainment at that. Pre-Tribulationalism is a heretical view a little over a hundred years old that is chocked full of contradictions and replacement theology. Since this view is so young (a little over 100 years old), it in no way could be the view of Netzarim Jews in the first century. It has NO roots in Judaism, and did not even exist in Christianity until the 19th century. Its main views are totally contrary to Judaism period. Such views are that, the Torah is not for today, and that, the “Church” has replaced Israel. I believe that many Christians will fall away when the “rapture” does not happen when they think it will, and have to go through the Tribulation.
So with that said, here is my (for now) general view of the chronology of the End Times:
Immediately AFTER the Tribulation (Mt.24:29; Mk.13:24) the Messiah will appear in the sky (Dan.7:13-14; Mt.24:29-31; I Thes.4:16-17) there will be a final trumpet (Rev.8:2; 11:15; Mt.24:31; Is.27:13; I Thess. 4:16-17; I Cor. 15:52) and there will be a resurrection (I Cor. 15:50-55; I Thes.4:16; Rev.20:4-6; Is.25:8; Hos.13:14; Ezk.37:1-14) and a gathering together to Messiah in the sky (Mt.24:29-31; Mk.13:24-27; 2 Thes.2:1; I Thes.4:17). This is followed by the Messiah coming with His set apart ones. In other words the “rapture, and the “Battle of Armageddon” happens all in one shot. (Jude1:14-15= I Enoch 1:9; I Thes.3:13; Rev.19:11-16; Zech.14:4-5). After this, the 1,000 year reign of Messiah is established (Rev.20:1-3, 7).
The “rapture” is the regathering of Israel to the Land of Israel at the return of Messiah, and not a pretrib rapture of the “Church.”” – Get Back to the First Century
Alright, let us return to the topic at hand.
I Kefa (I Peter) 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.(KJV)
A flood came in Noah’s time and only 8 human souls were saved. 8 is the number meaning, a New Beginning”. And from that 8 we today have over 6 billion people in the world.
We have a rainbow as God’s covenantal sign never to destroy or cleanse the earth by water. The rainbow made of water and light from the sun. A hint that next time the earth will be purged by fire.
In the Torah it is said that whatever cannot be cleansed by water must go through the fire (Lev. 13).
Then ADONAI cleanses the world by fire it will be like a slash and burn agriculture project to renew the earth like in the time of Eden.
Rev. 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; (KJV)
Let us now take a brief overview of the main text of this chapter and we will flesh it out in greater detail as we go.
Here we see man is not vegetarians anymore and that the kosher slaughtering and consumption of meat is allowed by ADONAI, yet another allusion to the fact that the Torah is eternal and always has been. Even on the Ark they were vegetarians (Gen. 6:21).
Gen. 9:8-17 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. (KJV)
This tells us that the Noahtic covenant was not only made with the Jews but with all mankind. Next time ADONAI will not cleanse the earth by a mikvah (Flood) but by fire (II Peter 3:9-14)!
Seeing as how Noah and his family were starting over; from just 8 people sprang the 7.2 billion people on planet earth today. The Noatic Covenant and the Edenic Covenant has some similarities:
· Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth 1:28
· Subdue and have dominion over the earth and its creatures 1:28
· Diet: Man was to be vegetarian 1:29-30, 2:16
· Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth 9:1,7
· The animal kingdom is delivered into man’s hands 9:2
· Diet: Man is now permitted to eat clean animals 9:3-6
In drawing up a new covenant it was fairly typical to reiterate some of the stipulations in the previous covenant in order to remind the parties of the foundation the recent covenant is built upon.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
The difference in the Noatic Covenant as compared to the Edenic Covenant begin in v. 4-6 which is, if you’re going to eat meat, the blood must be drained from it, further implying only clean animals are to be considered an acceptable food source; for these commandments are repeated in the Torah (Mosaic Covenant) when dealing with the dietary laws. It also prohibits, by implication, killing animals for sport or trophy, but food only. Also prohibited is fratricide, murdering ones fellow man, causing one to think of the episode between Cain and the murder of his brother Abel. Verse 6 gives us the reason why murder is wrong, because we are made in God’s image. Verse 5 implies or hints at the death penalty if one murders his fellow man.
“Capital punishment became a part of the human economy for the first time (v. 5-6). When Cain killed Able, Cain was not executed, because capital punishment has not yet been instituted. The provision for capital punishment came with the Noahic Covenant and all murderers were to be executed.” Arnold Fruchtenbaum, “The Eight Covenants of the Bible” p.13
So as to emphasise the importance and sacredness of life, the command in verse 1 is repeated in verse 7.
Lucifer had dominion over the earth prior to the Fall (see Pre-Adamic Earth in Chapter 1), after which it was given by God to Adam until the Fall, in which the authority over the earth reverted back to Lucifer (John 12:31, 2 Cor. 4:4, Eph. 2:2, Luke 4:6).
8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
God addresses Noah and his sons and establishes the Covenant with them and just as the Edenic Covenant and Adam, Noah strands as a representative for all mankind, because as v.9 states, this Covenant is made with the seed after Noah and his sons in which everyone on earth is.
Verse 10 tells us the animal kingdom is included in the Noatic Covenant.
In verse 11 God promises man and animal-kind that despite occasional localized flooding world-wide from time to time, He would never destroy the entire earth by flood waters again, because as we have already mentioned, the next go around will be a global destruction by fire (2 Peter 3:20).
Verse 12 determines the Noatic Covenant to be perpetual, meaning it has not been done away with, but still remains and is still in effect. Verse 11 says it’s everlasting. So the status of this Covenant should never be in question.
In verse 13-17 Every time we see a rainbow, we are to remember God’s Faithfulness to this Noatic Covenant.
By the way, a side note, concerning v. 13, I am not a homophobic, nor a pagaphobic. What I mean is, I will use and display the rainbow when and where I want. It was ours before the homosexuals got a hold of it and used it as a symbol of their movement. The same goes for Chanukah, It is called the “Festival of Lights” and just because Christmas usually falls around that time of year doesn’t mean I will not display Chanukah lights for fear they may be seen as Christmas lights.
After severe rain storms or localized flooding, it is not uncommon to see a double rainbow in the sky. Perhaps God gives double rainbows when people’s anxiety is running high due to severe weather and thus a double reassurance that God remembers and is faithful to keep this Unconditional Covenant.