Giants Of The Past

The Bible actually teaches there were giants who once roamed the earth! They were very tall people. Some were the descendants of Anak—the Anakites. Their chief location was Hebron:

They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, lived. (Num 13:22)

It is possible there were only three Anakites in the days of Caleb:

From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites—Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai—descendants of Anak. (Josh 15:14)

Arba was the greatest man among the Anakites. (Josh 14:15), but there were other giants too as tall as the Anakites:

(The Emites used to live there—a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites, but the Moabites called them Emites. (Deut. 2:10,11)

The most crucial bit of information about the height of the Biblical giants is found in conjunction with Og, the last of the Rephaites. His iron bed was over 13 feet long! The width was 6 feet. Imagine how B-I-G he must have been:

(Only Og king of Bashan was left of the remnant of the Rephaites. His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide. It is still in Rabbah of the Ammonites.) (Deut. 3:11)

Is it possible that Og was about 12.5 feet tall, slightly shorter than his bed? If so, then he was a couple feet taller than Goliath, who was over 9 feet tall (1 Sam. 17:4). David slew him with a stone and sling and because he had faith in God! It took people who had a strong faith in God to conquer such giant-like people. Caleb was another such person (Josh. 15:14).

[Dan Corner is the director of Evangelical Outreach, a true evangelical ministry.]

The Teaching of Safe Sex

Society has taken a disgustingly immoral stance on sexuality. Rather than stressing abstinence, school students are learning about “safe sex,” which is not spiritually safe at all. NOTE: ALL sex outside of a legitimate marriage in God’s sight will send one to the lake of fire. Hence, any sex that will land one in eternal torment cannot be “safe sex” in the truest sense. The idea behind the teaching of safe sex is that many are going to be engaging in premarital sexual relations, so they need to learn about disease and pregnancy prevention. They have NO regard for the adverse SPIRITUAL ramifications of such sinful actions. The fiery lake of burning sulfur is a real danger, which too few recognize:

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Rev 21:8)

Dan Corner discusses the lethal dangers of premarital sex and all sexual sin at http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/

Abraham Lived In A Tent

Even in our current economic depression, if you are like the majority, you actually have cause to rejoice! Why? Because you are living at a higher standard than Abraham, who was a rich man and yet he lived in a tent:

The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. (Gen 18:1,2)

To be a tent dweller would not be easy, even for people who had servants and great wealth. Righteous Abraham never had running water, electricity, a car, a phone, a radio or any type of electronic equipment. That means the simplest things like a ceiling fan or an air conditioner on a hot day are things he could never know. He never went to the refrigerator for a cold piece of fruit or drink of water, since it wasn’t invented until afterwards. He never cooked on a gas stove which produced smokeless and odorless blue flames, since they weren’t available. He never had a microwave oven or an alarm clock. Times were much different for him than for us. His wealth or lack thereof wasn’t the all-important issue for him. His spiritual standing before God was. He had faith in God and a righteous standing, which paved the way for his paradise afterlife. The righteous beggar, named Lazarus, joined Abraham after his own death (Lk. 16:19-31). For Lazarus, while on earth, his health and finances were both in serious trouble, but one day it ended and things were greatly improved for him. That is how it will be for all who are walking with God and are living a holy life because of the Lord Jesus Christ. If your name is written in heaven you have cause to rejoice, regardless how bad it may be for you during this short life:

However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)

Now that is something to rejoice about! God bless you.

[Dan Corner stresses holy living for salvation’s sake.]

Herodias, One Of The Most Evil Women

Herodias is one of the most evil women in the Bible. We don’t have much information about her, but what we have is disturbing! In a nutshell, Herodias was a truth rejecting adulterous woman, who wanted John the Baptist dead more than she wanted half of Herod’s kingdom (Mk. 6:22-28)! She was a hateful and revengeful woman, who wasn’t willing to pay the price for her own forgiveness and salvation, nor did she appreciate the truth of God or the servant of God (John the Baptist), who jeopardized himself to speak the truth. Here are the facts:

For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled ; yet he liked to listen to him. (Mark 6:17-20)

Herodias was still married to Philip though she was divorced and remarried to Herod (Antipas). She was therefore in adultery with Herod. John rebuked their open adultery through that illegitimate marriage and Herodias nursed a grudge to kill John and waited for an opportunity. She actually succeeded and finally got John’s head handed to her on a platter, but that didn’t change her adultery or desperate need for salvation. Queen Herodias is in fiery torment today unless she had a radical change toward God in her life.

Read the Bible For Yourself

Many who read their Bible know about the faith in God that young shepherd boy David had when he faced the Philistine giant named Goliath and killed him. If you are not acquainted with the details, read 1 Samuel 17 for a blessing. As the years passed by and David became king and continued to engage in battle, he faced another Philistine giant, Ishbi-Benob, but this time it was different:

Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted. And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.” (2 Sam 21:15-17)

Unless you read the entire Bible for yourself, you may never learn the whole truth, especially about the most important subject of all—salvation. Are you sure you know what it says?

[Dan Corner believes the Bible is 100% truth and one’s eternal destiny depends upon what he does with its message.]