Gilbert House Fellowship #309: Numbers 25–27

BALAAM WAS unable to curse Israel, but the people were lured into worshiping a god called Baal-Peor—with disastrous consequences.

In His anger, God sent a plague that killed 24,000 Israelites. It was only stopped when Aaron’s grandson, Phinehas, speared a young Israelite man and Midianite woman engaged in what was probably a fertility rite.

We explain why this conflict was more than meets the eye, especially from our modern perspective. The Baal of Peor, a name that means something like “lord of the gates of hell,” was connected to veneration of the Rephaim, demonic spirits of the Nephilim called “Travelers” by the pagans in the Levant. This is reflected in the names of a station of the Exodus, Iye-Abarim (“ruins of the Travelers”), which was in the vicinity of Mount Nebo—which itself was called “this mountain of Abarim [Travelers]” (Num. 27:12).

We also explain why we believe Baal-Peor was a title given to the creator-god of the Canaanites, El, who we believe is to be identified as Shemihazah, chief of the Watchers who came to earth and commingled with human woman—the story briefly described in Genesis 6:1–4 (see also 2 Peter 2:4–10 and Jude 6–7).

In short, the episode recorded in Numbers 25 (with further explanation in Psalm 106:28–29) is spiritual warfare against the spirits of the Nephilim and the chief of the rebellious “sons of God” who created them.

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  1. not speaking face to face as did Moses: maybe this explains why God told Moses Joshua would only get SOME of Moses’s spirit?

  2. I have had a question on my mind for years now after reading in The First Book of the KINGS in chapter 1 verse 8 down a bit where the Word of God says (and the mighty men which belonged to David )and further down in verse 10 (and the mighty men). Back in Genesis 6 the offspring of the sons of God/ nephilim there offspring in verse 4 down a little the Word of God says ( the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown) my question is I know King David slew many mighty men including Goliath with the help of God, am I interpreting the scripture wrong when in The First Book of Kings 1 verse 8 ? Is the mighty men like valiant men that slew lionlike men of Moab in 2 Samuel chapter 23 verse 20? I know that guys will know this that’s why I asked.

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      Hi, Joshua: Thanks for asking! The term “mighty men” (Hebrew: gibborim) does not always refer to giants. Sometimes, as with the case of David’s men, it simply means skilled warriors–like the ones who slew the ariels of Moab. (Scholars aren’t really sure what those “lionlike” men are. It’s possible the text is supposed to read, “He struck down two sons of Ariel of Moab.” In other words, the “lionlike men” may have been sons of a Moabite named Ariel.)

      1. Thank you for your response, I love listing to you guys at sky watch your all awesome! As for the the lionlike men of Moab I suspect they were a genetically engineered chimera by the fallen angles/watchers kinda like how Dr. Mengala Fauci was and probably is doing like I watched in SQ’s video Forbidden History Revealed The Egyptian Presence. Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ says just like is was in the days of Noah so will it be in the coming of the son of man. Come quickly Lord Jesus and put an end to all of this insanity

  3. In The First Book of Kings Chapter 1 verse 8 down a bit The Word of God says (and the mighty men which belong to David) and in verse 10 (and the mighty men) ok now to Genesis chapter 6 :2 The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair and they took them wives all that they chose. Genesis 6:4 There were giants/nephilim in the earth in those days and also after that when the sons of God came into the daughter’s of men and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old men of renown. Ok I know King David slew many giants including Goliath, my question is, is the mighty men in The First Book of Kings 1:8 and 10 like the valiant men that slew the lionlike men of Moab in the 2 book of Samuel 23:20 human or are they like the mighty men in Gen6 and like Goliath and his brothers? I know you guys will know the answer. I have been wanting to know the answer to this question for many years now. My guess is the mighty men and valiant men are just men and not like the mighty men of old men of renown

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