William Wildblood just posted a reflection on “soulless entities” or unspiritual persons. This is my comment, suggesting some connections to Scripture and our tribulations in these later days.
I have always been fascinated by the Nephilim, or “giants,” that are said to have sprung from the union of fallen angles and the daughters of men (Genesis 6:4). Swedenborg is a very mixed bag, in my opinion, but he says interesting things about the Nephilim, and about their mulatto progeny, the Anakim and Rephaim.
“The Nephalim signify those who from a persuasion of their own loftiness and preeminence, make nothing of all things holy and true . . . . that with their most dreadful fantasies, which are poured forth by them as a poisonous and suffocating sphere, they so deaden and stifle every spirit, that spirits know not the least how to think, and seem to themselves half dead” (Heavenly Arcana ).
Swedenborg believed that the Nephalim, Anakim and Rephaim were in his day chained in Hell, but, when he wrote his Heavenly Arcana in the middle of the eighteenth century, we now know the great jailbreak was already underway. Humanism is clearly the creed of the Nephalim, as it is of all modern men who are under “a persuasion of their own loftiness and preeminence,” and humanism certainly pours forth “dreadful fantasies” in a “poisonous and suffocating sphere” that “stifles every spirit,” making them “seem to themselves half dead.”
I find it very easy to see the tribulations of today as a conquest of the earth by these “giants.” Looking at today’s global elite, a dissident will be reminded of Numbers 13:33.
“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.”
Grasshoppers, deplorables, dirt people, insurrectionists, etc., etc. It may be significant that much of today’s environmentalist-overpopulation doctrine views ordinary human beings as destructive “grasshoppers.”
One last thing I would note is that Nimrod is described as a “mighty hunter” (Genesis 10:9), which I take to mean a “giant,” and that it was Nimrod who built the Tower of Babel. It seems to me obvious that the Tower of Babel is a symbol of the Humanist global empire in which the “giants” rule, and frequently step on, the “grasshoppers.”