Rephaim Cast Down 

Chapter 21 of The Corrupting The Image 3 : Rephaim Cast Down

Jesus’ wrath is directed specifically against the Beast (Satan’s Avatar). The leadership of Jerusalem and all who call upon the name of Jesus will be spared that wrath. “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess 5:9). Isaiah says that God’s people will escape his wrath in rooms or chambers. 

“Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past” (Isa 26:20). 

In context, we see that this “hiding yourself” is happening concurrently with the time of the resurrection. It is very revealing to review the preceding verse in the NKJV, which reads: 

“Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead” (Isa 26:19). 

The use of the words “dew of herbs” and “dead,” in the Hebrew text, present us with exciting details. The word translated as “dead” is actually “Rephaim,” and is not rendered literally by many translations. Therefore, after a closer look, I decided to do my own translation, which is based on the Hebrew and corroborated by the Latin Vulgate:  

“Your dead will live, my corpse, they will rise; wake up [הָקִ֨יצוּ hakitzu] and rejoice O dwellers of the dust because the dew of lights [טַ֤ל אוֹרֹת֙ tal orot] is your dew and the earth will cause the Rephaim [רְפָאִ֥ים] to fall [תַּפִּֽיל tappil]” (Isa 26:19 My translation). 

The first thing we notice is the call to the dead (dwellers of the dust) to wake up [הָקִ֨יצוּ hakitzu]. It is the same word used in Daniel, where those sleeping in the dust will wake. The only difference is Isaiah’s version is a command to “wake!” and Daniel’s is in the future tense, “will awake.”  

“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake [יָקִ֑יצוּ]… (Dan 12:2) Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Dan 12:3).  

In Daniel’s prophecy, we learn that those who wake will shine. In my translation of Isaiah 26, I translated tal orot [טַ֤ל אוֹרֹת֙] as “dew of lights.” The idea is people are dwelling in the ground. When they awake, they will be covered with dew like someone who slept outside. However, this dew is not of herbs (grass), but of lights [אוֹרֹת֙]. When we compare this with Daniel’s account (“shall shine”), we find they are parallel.  

Lastly, Isaiah uses the feminine singular “hiphil” form of the verb naphal (to fall).316 The hiphil is the causative aspect of the verb, which means: the earth will cause the Rephaim to fall. We examined the Rephaim in detail in Corrupting the Image 2 and determined they are angel-human hybrids. The Latin Vulgate confirms our reading by translating it as “et terram gigantum detrahes in ruinam (Isa 26:19 VUL) “and the earth will drag down the giants in ruin.”  

God’s Awesome and Unusual Work  

In Isaiah 28, God revealed that He would do an amazing, unusual work where He says He will fight Rephaim (which are the transformed people who have taken the mark of the Beast, altering their core genetic makeup and rendering them hybrids). This transformation is almost certainly the reason we are told: “In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them” (Rev 9:6).  

With the call and supplication of Jerusalem’s leadership to Jesus, God (Jesus) does an “unusual act.”  

“For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon– that He may do His work, His awesome work, and bring to pass His act, His unusual act” (Isa 28:21).  

To understand the significance, we need to understand what happened at those two places. In the Valley of Gibeon, God listened to a man concerning the sun and moon.  

“Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel … ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.’ So the sun stood … till the people had revenge upon their enemies…” (Josh 10:12–13). 

Joshua and the children of Israel were facing the Amorites who were Rephaim, (genetic hybrids) that were an abomination in God’s sight—beings emerging not from God’s will but that of Satan’s. We have seen this multiple times through the Corrupting the Image series. Here are summary verses: 

  • The Amorites … are stronger than we are … and all the people that we saw in it are of great height… we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim) … (Numb 13:29–33, ESV).  
  • Rephaim … a people great and many, and tall as the Anakim (Deut 2:20–21a, ESV). 

God says it was He who “destroyed the Amorite … whose height was like the height of the cedars” (Amos 2:9). God’s “awesome work,” and “unusual act” in the Valley of Gibeon was fighting against hybrids. 

Next, at Mount Perazim, David fought the Philistines, some of whom were genetic hybrids, like Goliath and his brothers (who in Hebrew are called Rephaim and in Greek, gigantes / giants).  

  • At Gath, where there was a man of great stature … and he also was descended from the giants [רפה rapha] (2 Sam 21:20 ESV). 
  • Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite [Gath] … he also was descended from the giants [Rephaim] … These were descended from the giants in Gath (I Chron 20:5–-6, 8 ESV). 

David was fighting the Philistines who “went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim [עֵ֥מֶק רְפָאִ֖ים emek Rephaim]” (2 Sam 5:18). The Septuagint reads “την κοιλαδα των τιτανων “the valley of the Titans.” We explored the Rephaim and Titans extensively in Corrupting the Image 2 and concluded they were angel-human hybrids. Mount Perazim is the Valley of the Rephaim / Titans, a place where a battle occurred against hybrids and the principalities and powers which David intimates in this his victory cry: 

“’The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.’ Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim” (2 Sam 5:20; 1 Chr 14:11).  

Those who fled from before David (and ultimately YHWH), “left their images there… (2 Sam 5:21) to which: “David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire” (1 Chr 14:12). God’s “awesome work,” and “unusual act” at Mount Perazim, which Isaiah spoke of (Isa 28:21) was that God was fighting against Rephaim / Titans and the principalities and powers; and He broke through like water. Then, the vestiges of the battle (the images) were burned with fire. God is saying He is going to do that amazing work again! He tells the mockers and scornful men in Jerusalem:  

“Now therefore, do not be mockers, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts, a destruction determined even upon the whole earth” (Isa 28:22). 

The destruction is coming upon the entire planet because the entire planet is coming against Israel. “The LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle” (Zech 14:3). When Jesus comes back, He will come as a lion, not a lamb. Ezekiel says,  

“When Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “that My fury will show in My face (Ezek 38:18). “For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken,” (Ezek 38:19).  

Jesus spoke of how He would bring fire on the earth one day: “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49).  

This battle of the ages is what the Bible calls the Battle of Armageddon.