Who or WHAT were the ‘Lionlike Men’?

TODAY’S Bible in 90 Days Reading: II Samuel 22:19 – I Kings 7:37

Our Lord and Savior told us that all words in the Bible (original languages) are important. In fact, He proclaimed that not one ‘jot’ or ‘tittle’ would disappear until ALL was fulfilled (For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” — Matt. 5:18). How remarkable! Even the tiniest letter (the ‘jot’–Greek equivalent is ‘iota’) or the slenderest of decorations on a letter (the ‘tittle’) would disappear. Scribes throughout the centuries paid careful attention to the minutae–making sure to count the letters in each sentence and faithfully copy all the decorative marks–so important to the full meaning).

So, as we read the Bible in 90 Days, let’s make sure to pay attention to the ‘small things’! For instance, in today’s reading, I found a phrase in II Samuel 23:20 to be VERY interesting. Here’s what is says in the KJV:

And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:

This sentence follows several others, listing the exploits of David’s ‘mighty men’. Benaiah was the son of a priest (Jehoida), and he served as David’s chief body guard. What I want you to notice here is that he slew “two lionlike men”. As I read this morning, the word ‘lionlike’ caught my eye, so I decided to take a look at the original language.

The Hebrew word translated ‘lionlike’ is ariyel (אֲרִיאֵל), and its meaning is uncertain. According to Strong’s, it could mean ‘resembling a lion’ or ‘sons of Ariel’. Ariyel is actually the compound of two Hebrew words: ariy and el. Ariy means ‘lion’ or ‘image of a lion‘ and ‘el’ means ‘god’, ‘angel’, or even demon‘.

Is it possible that what Benaiah actually killed were two genetically altered men? Do we have here an example of one of the ancient Nephilim with the appearance of a lion/man hybridization?

No, I cannot prove it, but there is definitely room for speculation here. So, what did you glean from today’s reading?


  1. You waisted my time.

  2. genesis 6:

    4 In those days, and for some time after, giant Nephilites lived on the earth, for whenever the sons of God had intercourse with women, they gave birth to children who became the heroes and famous warriors of ancient times…

    The sons of god had intercourse with woman…so doesn’t that mean that men were altered by angels. This was in the days of noah…if the end times are going to be like the days of noah is this happening to us today and we don’t know or see it?

  3. Dave is right. This article is a complete waste of time. To the writer: If you are going to discuss and write articles about scripture, please be serious. These kinds of topics often serve to turn people away from the message of the Gospel and have no meaning or bearing on why the Lord came.

  4. I believe we are in the last days like in the time of Noah,we have clonning of animals and I believe that attempts at clonning human beings have been made that we are not aware of yet.I do believe that half human half animals existed in the time of Noah and that evil people with the help of Satan are attempting these very same creations today.I do believe that all Hell is about to break loose on Earth very soon with the reappearence of all types of demons including “aliens from other planets”.

  5. Considering the dark times we live in, this article is incredibly apt. These are scriptures that have never been taken seriously or analysed correctly. It is high time we acknowledge them and heed the warning. If Nephilim could inhabit the earth in that time period – demons are probably at work now. We desperately need to be alert for this reality. Anybody feeling that this is “Christianity 101” and will serve to put people off – tough! Continue the work Sharon.

  6. It’s only a waist of time if you have no understanding of how everything ties in and gives the full scope of what a Christian is up against in these times. And how the devil manipulates those that do not have faith in the only true God. And the wickedness of man as he allows himself to be led by the devil.

  7. this episode is one of quite a number of occurrences in Scripture relating to genetic alteration,starting with the Nephilim in Genesis,the spies in Exodus and their seeing the giants in the Promised Land,through to David’s encounters with Goliath(who also had huge brothers)right up into the End Times of today with its more and more open tampering with man’s genetic code.
    As Jesus said, as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the Day’s of the Son of Man.
    I would not be at all surprised if the coming Antichrist was the result of genetic manipulation of some sort.
    Therefore, to try and dismiss this issue as being irrelevant to the Gospel is disingenuous in the extreme.

  8. The problem today is so many people say they believe in the bible and in God but they want to pick the parts to believe in and want to choose how to believe. The bible is a true story including the parts that scare people. The fallen have returned and have already decieved the masses.People will say there have been earth quakes and floods before what makes these days different from those. Soon you will see in the sky the appearance of a second son. It will cause the destruction spoken about in revelations. You can tell it is near by looking at the moon. Certain times of the night the southern part of it is shinning.The light is coming from a second source of light coming up from below our son. Look for youself. It will look like the moon has shifted and is shinning south. Even if the moon did shift the light comes from the son and we know it didnt move. Our son has a sister and she is about to end life as we know it.

    1. You are correct. I told a brother, am I will be preaching about he’ll, he said to me, don’t preach about he’ll because I will scare the people, little didn’t he know that Jesus spoke about hell more than anyone of his disciples.

      1. Sorry about the Typographical errors (he’ll) I meant Hell.

  9. I read your article, and the comments. I thought the article was candid. I don’t think we are forbidden to discuss the written Word. It isn’t up to me to judge your commission, annointing, and work.
    I am sure we all know, that we are to give testimony of Jesus Christ, as we are moved, and ordained and predestined to do, Romans 8:29.
    It is evident that from the Word that something was going on. It is god inspired (the Word), and we are allowed to study it, and show ourselves approved.
    Personally, Jesus is the Son of God, my Lord and Savior. I don’t know if there was advanced cloning, or what it means. I don’t know what the history is of it. It is not written, but there is the statement. So, all I can say is I ask the Holy Spirit to give me instruction and interpretation. And, the walk I am on, is with Jesus and our Holy Spirit.
    So, wherever is revealed, or is truth, I still will worship and praise Jesus.
    Personally, I don’t know, but if a craft landed outside and little green humanoids jumped out, I know they are not the Creator Jesus (Col.1:16) and I still would be unshaken in my faith and belief of Jesus and the work He did for us, on the Cross.
    With Respect, I am Mark Cline

  10. Sharon,
    I love this kind of study. And as for Dave and Jon they just don’t get it, they are still in “sunday school”. This is EXACTLY why Jesus came in the flesh. He was on a DNA rescue mission.

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    I’m delighted to see this discussion, and I certainly don’t expect everyone to agree with me. Sadly, though, many of our churches have become that very last place where such a free discussion would take place. Let’s dig into the Word like the Bereans did and learn what the Lord has to teach us! Thanks for all the comments, everyone.

  12. For those who want a deeper study on Nephilim. The video from Chuck Missler “The Return Of Nephilim” is a good one. For those who still are in “Sunday School” be carefull.

  13. I thought this was very interesting and had never noticed it in the Bible before! This may sound very strange but I have seen a “lionlike” being while praying. I was praying and asking the Lord to be an “overcomer” and this lionlike being came to me and was looking into my heart. I asked what he was doing and he stated that he was looking to see if I was an overcomer! As soon as he stated that to me, he was gone. Now, I am more interested than before because of how it is mentioned in scripture!

  14. People seem to have forgotten war of Genesis 3:15. The bloodline from Eve to the birth Jesus had to be kept pure – uncorrupted genetically. In Genesis 6 the seed of the woman (mankind) had been corrupted genetically by the seed of the serpent (fallen angels) and therefore were hybrids, part human and part fallen angel. Therefore God was forced to preserve the last remaining uncorrupted humans (Noah and family) from extinction (and eternal loss)by destroying the seed of the serpent that was taking over the earth at that time. God’s Word shows other times that the seed of the serpent appears and was destroyed (Egypt and the Promised land for example). And the seed of the serpent will continue to seek to manifest until God puts an end to it at the Great White Throne Judgement of God.

  15. possibly these lion like men resembeled large red haired giants with long fingernails,somewere i red that some large red haired mummies were found,could possibly be the reson for there discription.

  16. Before you conclude compare it with…
    (1 Chronicles 12:8) And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, [and] men of war [fit] for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces [were like] the faces of lions, and [were] as swift as the roes upon the mountains;

  17. Wow, glad I found this. Indeed, throughout the Bible it talks of the half-man / half-angel progeny of the Nephilim. And they spread out across the earth. Indeed men were worshipping them as gods. We have King Og of Bashan (a mighty giant (Deut 3:11), where we get our word “Og’re” / ogre from). Depictions of the “Annanaki” in ancient Sumerian art are of giant beings — worshiped as gods. No coincidence that Deuteronomy and Numbers goes more in depth about these giants that men were worshiping in the pagan lands. The “Anakim” (sons of Anak) — a name not to be overlooked. The Sumerians worshipped the “Annanaki” gods of Sumeria/Babylon. Indeed God saw the wickedness of man in these lands, which provoked him to flood the earth– destroying these fallen angel offspring that man was worshipping as gods in the land.

    Moses would denote:

    Numbers 13:31-34:

    “We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

    The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof (man-eating giants); and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

    And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”

    Deuteronomy 2:10-21:

    “The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;

    Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims.

    A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:”

    Ancient sumerian art depicts them with gigantic stature. I honestly believe all these giants spread out across MANY lands, and civilizations were worshipping them, which is what provoked God to flood the entire earth to destroy them. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” let-alone making “gods” out of the abominable offspring of the fallen angels! I don’t blame God one bit! Bastard offspring of Satan’s followers. Possibly the SAME race of giants who the ancient greek tribes encountered, aka “titans, demi-gods, half-man heros of great strength. And the SAME race of giants the Nordic tribes of Scandanavia encountered and worshipped, spawning Norse lore such as the giant “Jotun.” In every mythology you find giants being worshipped, all of which are detestable in nature. Jack and the beanstalk, a cute little children bedtime story — NUH-UH, it’s a story which originates from the ancient nordic vikings who spoke about a child-eating giant, which the townspeople were always fearful of. These aren’t myths at all. These giants from Noah’s day, and Moses’ day were worshipped as gods as they spread out to different countries. They gave Sumerians blasphemeous knowledge and secrets. The Greek hailed them as “half-man demigods and titans”. And there we read in II Samuel about a giant in Egypt being slain. I believe when it said “lionlike,” it was merely denoting them as wearing a lion headress. Sphinx (lion) headress worn by giant egyptian gods. Indeed perhaps the giant who was killed was wearing one, of course being worshipped as a god in Egypt. Look at all the gods in Egypt. All tall, all gigantic, wearing headresses. The Bible doesn’t lie here. Lots of These despicable progeny of the fallen angels provoked God to flood the ENTIRE earth, because these giants spread out across the entire earth in many lands, and were being worshipped.

  18. Our Savior specifically said angels could not marry or be given in marriage,He never mentioned anything bout them not having the capability of reproducing.In Exodus when Elohim sends Moses to Pharoh Aaron places the staff on the floor n it became a serpent (A LIVING BREATHING SLITHERY SERPENT!) So what happens nxt? Pharoh’s high priests do (THE SAME THING!!!) staffs placed by the priests n voila serpents appear.Do fallen angels have the ability to convert matter?God’s Word does not lie.CAN FALLEN ANGELS MANIPULATE THE GENETIC CODE 😮 YES THEY CAN!!! OF COURSE GOD’S POWER OVER COMES THEIRS!!! Later after the priest’s serpents fully materialized the serpent God made out of Moses staff swallowed the others.What does that mean? hmmmm Obvious! God will always prevail….Glory be to Da Highest!!! its all in the book of Exodus ch.7 verses 10,11,12

  19. I’m learning about this also and I think this is referring to bigfoot. A modern day nephilim. Many accounts state the scream or roar of the creature is horrifying. I believe its an angle gorilla mix which is precieved to be lion like with its long hair and roar.

  20. several issues.
    a. it is true that this is not the Gospel (and one jot or tittle was about THE LAW the first five books, not the rest of it). that doesn’t make it useless.
    b. lots of bad spelling. “waist of time” that’s WASTE “waist” is the narrow part of your torso between chest and hips. second “son” should be second SUN and that’s nonsense.
    c. angels who mated with women were materialized spirits, with no DNA to give. war has always been the jumpstarter for technology, and the earth was full of violence Genesis says. but there were giants THEN AND AFTER when the sons of God etc. etc. there were giants that were pure human, anomalous large humans, and of course leaders would want them and more of them as super soldiers.

    likely selective breeding and some kind of genetic engineering was being attempted by then to get more of them. the angels would have sought status by providing more information and help in developing all this. the result would have included humans that had some animal, insect, reptile, etc. DNA. the “aliens” we see now are descended from those offworld when the Flood hit.

    these people are souls (no one HAS a soul one IS a soul the breath of life makes you a soul, animals are souls also per Genesis description of what died in the Flood, and Eccles. 3:21 animals have spirits). made in the image of God is not about having a soul spirit body complex nature, but more complicated it is about having His character plus the body upright front hands free manual dexterity brain etc. etc. suiting us to rule the earth and administer it under God. tend the garden and keep it.

    the modified humans are as savable as regular humans. there is nothing in the Bible indicating the spirit is inherited from only one parent, or that original sin only comes through the male side. The animals (REv. 5:31) are in relationship with God, therefore a human animal mix is not declassed from savability by having animals genes.

    this kind of cut and paste genetic surgery is being worked on now, so get ready to deal with such people. there is nothing new under the sun.

    the notion of the hybridization being to corrupt the bloodline is not even hinted in any of the hybridization stories and “kinsman redeemer” is irrelevant and just a civil code point not about salvation Jesus becoming human becoming the apex of creation is also savior of all creatures and Noah was pure morally and spiritually in all the generations he lived through BUT IF IT WAS GENETICS THEN HE ALONE WAS PURE, NOT HIS WIFE OR SONS AND NONE OF US ARE EITHER.

  21. This is intriguing to say the least. Its obvious the fallen angels meddled with the bloodlines of adam and produced giants thru copulation and genetic experiementation…ive cross reference many scriptures with historical data and artifacts found through out the world to pretty much confirm that the nephilim were a mix of humanoid and hybrid creatures. This one i missed…but could also explain the thundercats cartoon that aired in the late 80s…humanoid cat like creatures…very very interesting.

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