Noach “Noah” - The Origins of Genetic Manipulation

Bereshit 6:9-11:32

9. These are the generations of Noah; Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with Elohim:  
10. And Noah fathered three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth:  
11. The earth also was corrupt before the Elohim, and the earth was filled with violence:  
12. And Elohim looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth:  
13. And Elohim said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth:   

In this parsha says that Noah was “perfect” in all his generations.  What does that mean?  There are several ways to view this passage.

These discussions about this time period are very important, for we are told:

36  Until that day, and concerning that hour there will be no man that knows, not even the angels in heaven, but my Father only.
37  And as it was in the days of Noach, so will it be at the coming of the Son of Man.
38  For as they were in the days that were before the flood eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noach entered into the ark,
and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 
Matthew 24:36-39 “HRV Translation”

In order to understand what things will be going on at the return of moshiach, we must have an objective understanding of what things may have been occurring at the time of the Great Deluge during Noah’s time.

In the phrasing of the passage, we can see that Elohim is not only speaking of “righteousness” with respect to Torah.  We can see the allusion to his genetic line.  The book of Sefer HaYashar (The Upright Book) makes reference to mankind’s meddling with genetics.

4:18 And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.
Sefer HaYashar 4:18

Even the Book of Enoch has this to say:

[Chapter 6]
1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto

2 them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men

3 and beget us children.' And Semkaza, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not

4 indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations

5 not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' Then sware they all together and bound themselves

6 by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn

7 and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the names of their leaders: Samlazaz, their leader, Araklba, Rameel, Kokablel, Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal,

8 Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel. These are their chiefs of tens.

[Chapter 7]
1 And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms

2 and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they

3 became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed

4 all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against

5 them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and

6 fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.

The indication is that the fallen angels had taken human wives, the offspring of which were known as the Nephilim.  This was a pollution of the blood-line which Elohim had created.  It appears that at the time of the flood, Noah’s and Methuselah’s blood-lines were the only ones left in a pure form.  All the others had become contaminated by mixing with the fallen ones.

Also, the fallen angels taught the son’s of man many things, which they would have otherwise not known or would have taken eons to develop knowledge of.  These are listed in  summarized form in Enoch 8:

[Chapter 8]
1 And Azazel  taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all

2 colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they

3 were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjaza taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, 'Armaros the resolving of enchantments, Baraqijal (taught) astrology, Kokabel the constellations, Ezeqeel the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiel the signs of the earth, Shamsiel the signs of the sun, and Sariel the course of the moon. And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven . . .

Jasher re-emphasized some of this when he stated:

19 For in those days the sons of men began to trespass against God, and to transgress the commandments which he had commanded to Adam, to be fruitful and multiply in the earth.

20 And some of the sons of men caused their wives to drink a draught that would render them barren, in order that they might retain their figures and whereby their beautiful appearance might not fade.

21 And when the sons of men caused some of their wives to drink, Zillah drank with them.

22 And the child-bearing women appeared abominable in the sight of their husbands as widows, whilst their husbands lived, for to the barren ones only they were attached.
Sepher HaYasar 2:19-22

Of course none of this would be occurring today [wink]. I am not trying to indicate that specific knowledge or learning in any of the above listed practices which the fallen ones taught to men is of itself inherently wrong, but that the form, purpose, and timing for which the were revealed was wrong.  The use of metallurgy certainly has it’s benefits, but if we use it to make tools for commission of crimes, such as murder, it is wrong.  The use of tinctures, roots, and herbs for healing can be of benefit, but the use of mind-altering or gene-altering drugs can be very destructive. 

The pre-Deluge peoples lived to be nearly one thousand years of age.  95% of the technology we now enjoy has been developed in th last 150-200 years.  To think that those pre-Deluge peoples did not have advanced technology is arrogant at a minimum.  We, today, have developed technology to have many things bio-degradable.  If our society ended today, four-thousand years from now there would be virtually noting left to indicate that an advanced civilization ever existed.  Our stone monuments may be all that is left, and maybe none of them.  Most of our technology, even our buildings, would fall to dust in a few hundred years without constant maintenance.

Artifacts have been discovered that indicate that the technology of these ancients was very advanced.  These include bronze columns in Africa that are so hard that we are unable to reproduce them today and show only minimal signs of wear after several thousand years of weathering, pendants found in deep coal mines in Pennsylvania which are made of a silver so pure that we cannot duplicate it and in the form of what in our era ould be modern jet fighters, and the stones of the great monuments in the world that we still cannot figure our how they got moved from their quaries.

These things and more were occurring during the time of the pre-Deluge.  So are they again becoming a reality in our own life-time.  Perhaps the reality of those things is already here.

Noah was instructed from his youth in the ways of Elohim.  Because of this Noah found favour  in the eyes of Elohim.  According to Sefer HaYeshar (The Upright Book), Noah went out with Methuselah and taught repentance for 120 years. Men were given 120 years to repent of their evil ways and return to Elohim.  Methuselah did not live until the time of the food, but died the year of the flood.

It is said in the Midrash that Noah’s sons married Methuselah’s grand-daughters.  Thus showing that the righteous bloodline had continued through those who were not defiled by the evils of that generation – genetic or otherwise.

So as we have already entered into an age where it is or is becoming as it was in the days of Noah, let us prepare ourselves and repent, and be ready as a proper bride for the return our husband – the Moshiach ben David of Israel!

Shabbat Shalom