An Investigative Series Into the Origin of Ancient Giants
The “Bone Crusher Rephaim” of the 7 Great Canaanite Nations, the Southern Campaign & the Sun At Gibeon.
By Gary Wayne – Author of The Genesis 6 Conspiracy
Deut 7:1 “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou”
As difficult as the 4 wars against the Amalaqim, Anakim, Rephaim and Midianites were, the remaining Rephaim and hybrid Canaanite/Rephaim nations entrenched in the Covenant Land with their high-walled cities, would prove more formidable.
The 7 nations squatted in the Covenant Land were “greater and mightier” than Israel: “greater”: “H7227 Rab” in size, numbers, physical strength, and leadership.
Mightier: “H6105 Atsam”: powerful, numerous, strong as “ability to crunch/break bones”, and is rooted in “H6106 Etsem”: strong bones, limbs and body.
Thus the 7 nations were greater in numbers, held Rephaim kingship and warriors leading Rephaim/Canaanite hybrid nations, whose bodies were larger and stronger capable of crushing human bones with their bare hands.
Psalms included these 7 Canaanite nations, and their kings, amongst the great and mighty Rephaim king Og and Sihon of hybrid Amorites east of the Jordan River.
“Mighty” (kings) in Psa 135:10 derives from “H6099 Atsuwm”: mighty, strong, and numerous, and is also rooted in “H6105 Atsam” for strong and “bone crushers”. “Great” (nations) derives from H7227 Rab; both support Deu 7’s language.
Psa 135:10 “Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; Psa 135:11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan”
Similarly, they were “great” (kings) in Psa 136, “H1419 Gadowl”: great men, older (as in age), large and tall as in magnitude, loud, and proud; which is rooted in “H1431 Gadal” meaning proud, boast, do great things.
“Famous”(kings), “H117 Addiyr” means mighty, glorious, and powerful. None of the words derive from Gibborim, mighty ones, or Shem, men of renown (Gen 6:4).
Rephaim king description are synonymous to Nephilim in Gen 6:4, but with different Hebrew root words adding to the understanding of these monsters.
Psa 136:17 “To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: Psa 136:18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever”
All this explains Joshua’s encouraging words before crossing the Jordan River: that God would be with Israel when they entered the dragon’s lair to battle the 7 Rephaim infested Canaanite nations.
Josh 3:10 “And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.”
God previously promised He would be with Joshua as He had been with Moses. No one would stand before Joshua all the days of his life: man or Rephaim.
Josh 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Forty thousand prepared for war crossed the Jordan to battle armies more numerous than them; armies of bone crushing giants and hybrid giants.
Josh 4:13 “About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.”
Josh 4:19 “And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho”
Jericho was first because of its power; an antediluvian city of gods and giants; a city with thick walls 16’ high; selected a sign to all in the land what was to come.
When Israel arrived at Jericho the powerful Rephaim and hybrid Amorites cowered with their mighty walls, afraid to war with Israel. They heard God dried up the Jordan for Israel to cross, and knew of Israel’s victories over Og and Sihon.
Josh 5:1” And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.”
Josh 6:1 “Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.”
Israel camped at Gigal home of Gigal Rephaim, where they celebrated the Passover Feast, the special additional Sabbath that followed, just as it was observed at the time of Jesus; crucifixion followed the next day in Jesus time of the regular Sabbath.
God was indeed with Israel as He had promised. Neither the vast numbers within the giant nations, nor their high- walled cities could save them.
The 7 Trumpets employed at Jericho announced Jericho’s destruction, the renewal of the Covenant Land squatted and defiled by reprobate Rephaim and Canaanite descendants they married, and strike terror in the hearts of those nations.
Josh 5:10 “And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.”
The Feast Of Unleavened Bread begins with the special Sabbath and last 7 days, during which the trumpets were blown around Jericho each day.
Yeast puffs up bread. It represents pride Nephilim and Rephaim were notorious for. Yeast was removed on Preparation Day so that only unleavened bread was eaten.
Jericho’s trumpets announced the renewal of the land, the first fruits of the harvest, and the removal of the proud puffed up giants from the Covenant Land.
Josh 5:11 “And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.
Josh 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.”
If there was doubt that Rephaim and hybrid giants dominated Canaanite kingships, armies, and people, Jos 6:2 ends the speculation. Jericho’s king and mighty men of valour were served up for sacrifice and slaughter.
“Mighty” men derives from “H1368 Gibbowr” meaning strong, valiant, strong man, and/or giant used most often to describe Nephilim and Rephaim as in Gen 6:4.
JOS 6.2 “And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.”
The power of the giants, their gods, or their walls could not stop Israel who was supernaturally strengthened by God as long as they obeyed God, which then reverberated fear throughout the the Canaanite nations.
Josh 6:3 “And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. Josh 6:4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
Josh 6:20 “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”
Josh 6:27 “So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.”
But some in Israel did not obey. They kept some of the spoils of Jericho. God then delivered many of Israel into the hands of the people of Ai at the first battle.
Josh 7:1 “But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.”
Josh 7:5 “And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.”
After, God forgives Israel once more, and Joshua leads them to destroy Ai as they did with Jericho, but this time God permits Israel to keep the plunder.
In this account one learns to be careful when discerning when Gibborim does not giants. Joshua selected 30,000 of his mighty men, H1368 Gibowr.
Israelites were not giants, Rephaim, Nephilim, or hybrid giants; nor were David’s mighty men who derived from Israel, which also is translated from the same.
However, in my opinion, this does not preclude God supernaturally strengthening Joshua and David’s fighting men, to defeat giant armies in both era’s.
Josh 8:2” And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.
Josh 8:3 So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.”
2Sam 23:8 “These be the names of the mighty men whom David had”
Israel, through shrewd tactics, drew Ai’s army out of the city, slew them, slaughtered the inhabitants, and burned the city to the ground,
Josh 8:24 “And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword.”
Josh 8:28 “And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.”
After Jericho and Ai, the Canannite city state nations bound themselves together to intimidate and fight Israel, so as not to be knocked one at a time.
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Josh 9:1 “And it came to pass, when all the kings which were on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof; Josh 9:2 That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.”
Hence, the next battle against the Jebusite King of Jerusalem invoked this new pact and alliance in hopes of defeating Israel.
Adonizedek wanted to destroy Gibeon who had made peace with Israel, and who later would become Temple servants. Gibeon was considered a Rephaim “Royal City”, greater than Ai, for all were of the mighty, “H1368 Gibbowr”.
Josh 10:1 “Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them”
Josh 10:3 “Wherefore Adonizedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, Josh 10:4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.”
Gibeon was a city of pure-blood Rephaim Gibborim; a people who deceived Joshua into making a treaty God would honour for generations despite the deception.
Josh 10:2 “That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.”
Joshua called Gibeonites Hivites in Jos 9 & 11, noting Gen 36 equates Hivvim as (likely a smaller) Horim branch via Anah. Thus Hivvim Gibeonites were Rephaim.
Josh 9:1 “…in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof; Josh 9:2 That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord. Josh 9:3 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, Josh 9:4 “…and went and made as if they had been ambassadors…”
JOS 9.7 “And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?”
Josh 11:19 “There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they took in battle.”
Gen 36:2 “Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;”
Gen 36:20 “These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah”
Sidon and/or his descendants intermarried with Rephaim creating hybrid Amorites; in this case Hivvim as Gibeonites were referred to as the remnant of the Amorites.
This explain why only Sidon and Heth are listed as sons of Canaan. The others listed are peoples; not sons: hybrid nations created from intermarriage with Rephaim.
Gen 10:15 “…Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, Gen 10:16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, Gen 10:17 And the Hivite…”
2SA 21.2 “And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)”
Gibeon then appealed to Joshua for protection from Adonizedek’s army demonstrating the power of God that strengthened Israel. Gibeon feared Israel more than the 5 Rephaim king alliance of Rephaim and hybrid Canaanites. The 5 King city-state pentapolis strategy was common in ancient times just as the 5 kings of Midia was such an alliance, as well as the 5 Avvim pentapolis in Philistia.
Joshua slaughtered the alliance’s at Gibeon chasing them to Azekah and Makkedah.
Josh 10:5 “Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.”
Josh 10:10 “And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.”
God cast great stones from heaven upon the fleeing army. Then Joshua ordered the sun stand still over Gibeon until the slaughter was over as God “hearkened to a voice of a man”. More died from hailstones than by the sword of Israel that day.
Josh 10:11 “And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.”
Josh 10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
Josh 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies…. 10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man”
Five southern Amorite/Jebusite/Rephaim kings then fled to hide in a cave at Makkedah but were later caught and hung from trees. Joshua then took Makkedah.
Josh 10:16 “But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.”
Josh 10:26 And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.”
Josh 10:28 “And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain”
After Makkedah, Israel took Libnah, then Lachish, where Horam and Gezer marched in support of Lachish but was also defeated. Thereafter Joshua marched to Eglon taking that city and destroying all in the manner of Jericho and Ai.
Josh 10:29 “Then Joshua passed from Makkedah… unto Libnah, and fought against Libna 10:30.. and he smote it with the edge of the sword”
Josh 10:31 “And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish….10:32 And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword”
Josh 10:33 “Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining.”
Josh 10:34 “And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon… Josh 10:35 And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword”
From Eglon, Israel marched through Hebrom/Kiriatharba of the Anakim and Cannaanite alliance of city-states (likely 5) taking them as well.
Josh 10:36 “And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it: Josh 10:37 And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof”
Joshua returned to Debir and took the cities allied with them as well. One presumes again these Debir and Hebron were also organized into pentapolis alliances.
Josh 10:38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against it: Josh 10:39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword.”
After defeating all the major city-states of the south, their kings, and their armies of hybrids and giants, Joshua returned to their camp at Gigal.
Josh 10:40 “So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining”
Josh 10:42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. Josh 10:43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to GilgaL