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This episode, along with several other future episodes, will be covering research I’m doing to finish off my dissertation for the Doctor of Theology program I recently completed. I have already met all the requirements and have received my transcripts (diploma is on its way – got it!) but, due to some technical issues there were several pages of notes from my advisor that I did not get to address during my defense, as well as several comments and feedback from the other members of the committee that were sent to me that I wanted to further elaborate on in greater detail.

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a sucker for homework.

But, these are subjects I have a great deal of interest in and I would have done an episode on these topics eventually, so I figured it would be more efficient to kill two birds and yada yada yada….and all that there.

So, in this episode, I’m going to be talking about those peculiar references in the Bible made about Nephilim. What are these “beings?” Where did they come from? Where did they go? Did the New Testament writers know about them? If so, what was their view? Are the Nephilim still among us even today?

So, let’s jump in and see if we can cut through the controversy……

The Whole Sorted Story

Let’s start out with the passage in Scripture that started the whole gossip factory in the first place.

Genesis 6:2, 4

“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose….There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”

So, what do we have here?

1. The population started to increase
2. The “sons of God” saw the “daughters of men”
3. They thought the daughters were beautiful
4. They took wives of them.
5. There were giants on the earth then (and after)
6. The giants were the product of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of men.”
7. The giants were known as “the mighty men of old, men of renown.”

Sons of God = bene elohim (ἄγγελοι τοῦ θεοῦ LXX)
Giants = nephilim (γίγαντες LXX)

Sons of God occurs 4 times in the OT: Ge 6:2, 4; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. Giants occurs 3 times in the OT: Ge 6:2; Nu 13:33.

If you look up these two terms you will find Christendom undecided. A little uneasy. For one thing, there are so few times these words/phrases are used so it’s difficult to determine with any certainty. Tradition and controversy has also made people skittish to talk about the subject at all.

But, there are other verses in the Bible that actually “could” link to these two words/phrases in general and to Genesis 6:2, 4 in particular.

2 Peter 2:4

“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment…”

Jude 6

“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day..”

In Peter’s letter we have an off-handed reference to angels that were not spared by God. These angels clearly sinned. They were cast down to……..

Now, here is a perfect example of why you should always use multiple translations and a broad spectrum of study tools. Don’t trust anyone. Search like the Bereans did, who accepted what people say but then looked to Scriptures to verify for yourself. Trust but verify everything.

The word Hell is not accurate here. The word “hell” in the Bible does not actually have a meaning. Or, at least, it does not have the same meaning you and I and most everyone think it does when we read it. Some Bibles (like the NKJV) will footnote this word with the actual Greek word “Tartarus.” Many do not. Many claim this is the only time it is used in the Bible, but it also occurs 3 times in the LXX (Job 40:15; 41:23; and Pr 24:51) and all three = the “deep” or the “netherworld.”

Because of folk theology, most people see hell here and assume these fallen angels are in hell, the eternal torment. This is not the case. I will elaborate on this in a future episode when I cover the Intermediate State, but suffice it for today, these supernatural creatures are imprisoned, not in “hell” but in Tartarus.

I encourage you to do some searching on your own and find out what Tartarus is and where it is and what will happen to it at the end. At this point I will summarize, this is a specific region or compartment in Hades that is reserved for these fallen angels and possibly demons and Satan for his 1000 year captivity (but more on that later).

So God imprisoned these sinful angels, chained them in darkness, where they will wait for judgment.

Jude elaborates a little. He states these angels:
1. did not keep their proper domain,
2. left their own abode,
3. are kept in everlasting chains under darkness,
4. are kept for the judgment on the great day.

So, these angels:
1. left their proper operating limits
2. they left their own dwelling place
3. are cast into Tartarus by God
4. await final judgment at the Lord’s Day

I will get into how these two verses are connected to Genesis 6:2, as there are really only two possible references Jude and Peter could be referring to. But let’s include an allusion mentioned by Paul also:

1 Co 11:10

“For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.”

Now, if you read the wider context here, Paul has not been talking about angels at all in this passage. He is talking about women in the church. He is talking about head coverings, about how men and women should properly present themselves to each other. Then, out of nowhere, he says it is right for a woman to have a symbol of authority on her head “because of the angels.”

If you research this on your own, consult a wide spectrum of commentaries and Bible dictionaries and encylopedias, you’ll find this is one of the most difficult verses to interpret. Commentators will typically either die on a particular hill come hell or high-water, or they will present all the different interpretive options and then let you decide (because they really don’t know). Some commentaries simply skip the verse altogether because they’re afraid of it.

But, if you line up all these verses together, you will get a much clearer picture. Jude, Peter, and Paul are all referencing a belief that was commonly held in their day concerning Genesis 6:2. This is known as the angel view, and is not only the plainly presented reading of the text itself, but is also elaborated on in extra-biblical, 2nd Temple Period writing, such as the Book of Enoch. This view states that as the population of the earth began to increase, a certain number of angels left their dwelling place in the spiritual realms, came to earth (or, more properly, entered our physical dimension) and took wives of human women, had children by them, and these children turned out to be hybrid beings, half mortal and half immortal. They were the “giants,” the “men of old, men of renown.”

Now, if you’ve never heard this view before, I’m not surprised. It was the traditional view in Judaism during the first century, and was the orthodox view in the Church up until the 5th century, when it fell out of favor and was then, subsequently, suppressed.

It can be seen in the writings of the Book of Enoch, the Book of Jubilees, the Dead Sea Scrolls, in the Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, in the Targums of Ongelos and Neofiti, in the LXX, and also in Josephus.

The Major Shift Away

Until the fifth century the angelic view was held by most of the Church Fathers. This includes Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose, and Lactantius. It was not until Julius Africanus and Augustine came on the scene that the angel view started to be ridiculed, and alternatives were developed to distance the church from her long held belief in a supernatural worldview.

As the Pulpit Commentary puts it, “the Sethite view was more natural and not monstorous.” This was accepted by both Luther and Calvin during the Reformation, and was later incorporated nicely with the humanist or materialist/physicalist worldview of the modern evangelical church.

Many today posit two points of opposition to the angelic view of Genesis 6:2.
1. Angels are spiritual beings and thus cannot procreate or even exist on the earthly plane.
2. Jesus stated in Ma 22:30 and Mark 12:25 that angels are not able to procreate.

With the first objection, let me say, the humanist/secular/evolutionary worldview has infected the modern church near completely. Most would rather focus on marketing efforts and church “programs” than on building sound doctrine for their members. This is, by and large, why this alternative worldview has been so successful. The modern, organized clergy church is so desperate for acceptance, it will cater to any and every whim the populous comes up with. It is time the tail stop wagging the dog. Supernatural does not equal non-existent. It does not equal mythic or made up. Though the world at large loves to deny it, the supernatural world is much more real than the physical world we exist in now. It is the dimension that subsumes our own. Likewise, we can see throughout the Bible, angels are more than capable of interacting and entering our dimensionality. Paul makes it clear, angels have bodies (1 Co 15:40), and this is also evident in Jesus’ resurrected body (Lu 24:33-43) as well as, for that matter, God’s body (Ge 3:8; 18:1-9; 32:24ff; Ex 33:22-23; 1 Ki 22:11ff; Dan 3:16ff).

We seem to assume that because God is invisible (or has some invisible attributes) that he is an ethereal spirit. Realness or tangibility have no dependency on our ability to detect it. Basically, just because we can’t experience it or identify it with our five senses or with any technological equipment we develop does not mean it doesn’t exist. It simply means we are limited by those senses or that technology.

The second argument against the angelic view is Jesus’ statement that angels cannot procreate. This, of course, stems from the first objection, in that the spiritual realm and all who dwell within it are somehow ethereal, non-corporeal, and thus limited in their ability to interact with the physical or “real” world. But, much like the Truman Show, where the object discovers everything it believed in about the world in which it lived was a fabrication, so too, humans in this reality are but a subset of a much larger, much more spectacular existence. In fact, there are actually several. But more on that in other episodes.

But, the issue is, Jesus never said that angels “couldn’t” procreate. He simply states they don’t. And, mind you, he says the angels in heaven:

Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:24-25

“..in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven..”

Those who are in heaven will not marry or be given in marriage. Some, of course, would argue marriages on earth are eternal and will continue into eternity, but this is denied by 1 Co 7:39; Ro 7:2-3, and is not explicitly stated only assumed. So, it is possible that angels could be biologically equipped to procreate, and to do so with humans. This is off topic, but, for some unknown reason, angels appear only as male in the Bible (despite claims to Zech 5:9).

Arguments Against Jude and Peter

There are some arguments against Jude and Peter as well. In fact, this was an argument used by one of my dissertation committee members in my ThD program during the defense (which sparked this episode).

There are arguments that these two books are copies of each other, or one of the other, etc. There were also disputes about including Jude in the canon because of his obvious quotes of the Book of Enoch. My position on this argument is it simply has no merit.

I realize there is deep rooted orthodoxy being defended with alot of these objections. Just mention Genesis 1:26’s “in our image” is not (only) directed at Christ but also to the angels and watch evangelical heads explode! The same is true for the alternative views of Genesis 6:2. But I disagree with arguments that are based on discrediting existing documents, whether they are “included” in the canon or not. In this case, the argument is against two letters that are IN! There were writers in the first century that actually considered the Book of Enoch as canonical. There are churches in Ethiopia that still hold this view today!

The reality is, the books of Jude and 2 Peter either copied each other, one used the other as a source, or both used a third as a source, or (what I ascribe to), neither copied from 1, 2, or 3, and both wrote original works and it was the holy spirit that linked these two verses together (and likewise linked those verses with Genesis 6:2).

However it happened (and I think we will get the low down and dirty about it all in heaven), this event of angels leaving their own dwelling place, sinning, and subsequently being imprisoned by God in Tartarus to await Judgment Day, was important enough to both Jude and Peter that they not only mention it but use it as an example for their readers to prove a point. Jude not only alludes to this, but later directly quotes from the Book of Enoch about Judgment Day.

But What About the Nephilim?

Okay. That’s all fine and good. But what about these Nephilim? What are they, exactly? How do we know this? What happened to them all? How did they show up in Numbers 13:33?

Let’s tackle each question one at a time.

What are they, exactly?

The Genesis 6:2, 4 account states everything we need to know about these creatures.
1. They were giant compared to average sized men.
2. A plain, straightforward reading states they were the offspring of angelic beings (or, at a minimum whatever “sons of God” refers to) and earthly women.
3. they were considered “mighty”
4. they could pass themselves off as “men”
5. they were of “old” or legendary
6. wellknown.

Some scholars equate them to the stories of the Titans and many ancient cultures have traditions of similar events.

How do we know this?

We know this by the Bible itself. Archaeology is not needed. Niether is scientism. Just read the text plainly, directly, and without any allegorical interference. In addition to the biblical account, as already stated above, there are many other witnesses to this narrative in the NT authors, in the early Church Fathers, and in the 2nd Temple Period writings.

What happened to them all?

It is not specifically stated in the flood account, but it stands to reason that these hybrid creatures were killed in Noah’s flood. It is recounted “And all flesh died that moved on the earth…” (Genesis 7:21). It would be logical to include these half mortal beings, since they are at least part human flesh. Then again, it does not state so explicitly.

How did they show up in Numbers 13:33?

This is the account when the spies were sent in to scout out the promised land and they returned with stories of giants that made them look like grasshoppers in comparison. So, if the nephilim were wiped out back in the flood, how is there yet still nephilim all these generations later? There are several ideas:

1. There are ancient writings that say Noah was a nephilim or that his wife bore a child to one of the angels.
2. There is another account that one of the nephilim survived the flood by riding on the outside of the ark.
3. It has been assumed that what happened in Genesis 6:2, 4 (sexual relations between angels and humans) occurred again after the flood.
4. Somehow their DNA were supernaturally preserved by Satan.

All we can be certain of is the Genesis 6:2, 4 account states emphatically, “There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them.”
1. Giants were on the earth immediately after this account, and also afterward. However they got around the judgment of the flood, they got around it.
2. Both the first instance and the second instance were the result of procreation between the “sons of God” and the daughters of men.

Some Speculation

It is speculated that these hybrid creatures, not quite as divine as their fathers (the sons of God), and yet still radically different than their mothers, when they died in the flood, they had no means of entering the Intermediate State as humans do. Instead, some have concluded that these disembodied spirits (what we would actually think of as ethereal beings) roam the earth as what the Bible describes as demons.

Demons are not mentioned or referenced in the OT. They are not brought up until Jesus’ ministry, though, at that time they appear to be commonly accepted by the people.

Demons always seek or crave embodiment of some kind (Ma 12:24ff; Mark 5:12ff). We see this in the few statements Jesus makes about demons abstractly (Lu 11:24ff), they all seem to know Jesus (Mark 1:24ff), and they did not want to be sent to the abyss which is another name for Hades (Lu 8:31ff).

It’s the Only Possible Fit

The angelic view is not only the predominately head view in early Judaism, in the 2nd Temple Period, and in the early church, but it is also the only interpreation of Genesis 6:2, 4 that makes the rest of the Bible fit into a greater whole. The Sethite view (and the other humanist views) immediately present problems with the text and other elements of the biblical narrative.

1. Why would giants be produced from the procreation of a mortal man and mortal woman?
2. Where did demons come from?
3. Who are the angels Jude and Peter speak of? If they are the angels who fell with Satan and are now demons, why did some of them get imprisoned while others are left roaming free on the earth as ethereal, unclean spirits?

The humanist view cannot adequately address these questions without resorting to spiritualization or allegorization of the text. The angelic view is derived by a simply and straightforward, plain reading of the text in question and is supported by a host of extra-biblical witnesses. The alternate views are not.

Conclusion

Many of the commentaries I read say that the angel view is the most popular today, but this has not been my experience when interacting with other people. Most predominate is a simply disregard for the supernatural altogether. Many pastors of modern churches simply shy away from anything too controversal or “mystical” so as not to offend the liberal element in their congregation. The problem with this mentality, of course, is, if you try to be all things to all people it means you’ll be of no help to anyone.

There is a great deal more reading you can do on this subject, such as Michael Heiser’s books and various academic articles you can find online. Then again, you may not need more information than this. It explains the narrative a little better than the typical evangelical theology does, but that’s about all.

Personally, I’m much more interested in how this understanding of the supernatural realm impacts us as believers when we are revealed as sons of God. We will be like Christ and like and equal to the angels. Where did angels come from in the first place? When and how were they created? What was the purpose for doing so? Did they have a redemptive narrative similar to ours? If so, why is their origin story absent from the Bible altogether? Will we get the 411 once we are in their shoes? What does this all mean for our existence in the afterlife? Are we all there is – just humans and angels and God and Jesus? Are angels an amalgam of distinct creative events (races of beings) or are they of one lot, with the same DNA and essense? Will we, as human sons of God, fold into the angel ranks and cease to be human, or will we forever be distinct as humanoid beings? There cherubim and seriphim; will there also be humaphim added to the mix?

Does the angelic origin story and their progressive journey to sons of God status in the Divine Council speak to not only our own similar jouney, but will we, like they, one day in our afterlife find God at work again on a new earth-like planet, working on a new creation, a new origin story for a different group of beings, in whose story we along with the angels will be known simply as messengers of God, spirit servants of the most High? Will we, like the angels before us, look upon the new creations and redemptions with awe and wonder at God’s handywork, and celebrate when a new soul is redeemed?

It is truly a wide open canvas once we find ourselves beyond the end of Revelation, and God tends to pain in vivid and bright, blinding colors. But this is fodder for another episode.


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Please consider supporting my writing, my unschooled studies, and my hermitic lifestyle by purchasing one or more of my books. I’m not supported by academia or have a lucrative corporate job – I’m just a mystical modern-day hermit trying to live out the life I believe God has called me to. So, any support you choose to provide is GREATLY appreciated.


Excerpt from Ashen Monk Mountain:


There was an old elm tree near the end of the lawn, with a circular picnic table and several short benches.

“This looks like a lovely spot,” Mr. Eckey said, taking a seat.

He set his briefcase on the picnic table and flipped the latches, opening the lid.

Christopher took a seat opposite him and removed his hood, folding his arms in front of him.

“I have a tablet and a pen here somewhere,” Mr. Eckey said. “I had it when I left, that is. Not sure if I can find it in this disorganized briefcase of mine…”

He chuckled at himself.

“So – ”

Christopher ran a hand over his short cropped scalp.

“I’m confused about all this. I’m not sure I understand why exactly you wanted to meet with me.”

Mr. Eckey nodded.

“How long have you been a novitiate here?”

“Going on seven months now.”

“Hmm…and…”

He glanced up at Christopher as he fetched his notebook and ink pen.

“How are you liking it at Saint Joseph’s?”

“It has been – ”

Christopher thought about the question for a moment.

“ – wonderful.”

“I would assume it much different than – ”

Mr. Eckey flipped the first page over, scanned handwritten notes he had on the second page.

“I received some background from the Precept’s office, as well as from Abbot Greenly. You grew up in – North Platte, Nebraska? Is that correct?”

 Christopher nodded.

“I’m native of the Boston area myself,” Mr. Eckey said. “Tell me a little about how you came to the decision.”

“The decision?”

Mr. Eckey smiled.

“To become a monk. It must have been quite a journey from Nebraska.”

Christopher shrugged.

“Not really. I guess. I just – ”

Unwanted images flashed through his mind.

Mr. Eckey took a deep breath before speaking again.

“Mr. Ward, I don’t actually know a whole lot about this request, to be perfectly honest. As you know, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Apostolic Life – that’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it – we are entrusted with monitoring abnormal behavior among those called to the consecrated vocation.”

He tapped his pen on the tablet.

 “Tell me, what do you like about Saint Joseph’s exactly?”

“It’s the – well – I feel at home here. Like I belong. I very much enjoy the silence.”

“Yes, I know the Trappists to be quite ardent in their devotion.”

Christopher nodded in agreement as Mr. Eckey took a few notes.

“I enjoy the early mornings, the worship, the offices. The undivided devotion.”

“To God?” Mr. Eckey asked.

“Yes,” Christopher said. “Exactly.”

The stranger focused on his notes for several seconds, silently mouthing the words he wrote.

“Tell me, how does your life now differ from your previous one?”

“Previous?”

Mr. Eckey stopped writing.

“Your military career.”

“Oh,” Christopher said, looking down. “I guess – I – I don’t know. There are lots of differences. I’m not – sure I – what is this inquiry about exactly?”

Mr. Eckey put his pen down.

“Mr. Ward,” he said. “The Vatican apparently has interest in your particular gifts and abilities for a – call it – a special appointment. I guess that’s the best way to put it.”

He shifted his weight on the hard bench.

“Normally, the Congregation does not get involved in appointments or a particular monk’s vocational choices. But, sometimes, when the need arises, special arrangements can be made.”

“Are you talking about another monastery?”

“Actually – ”

Mr. Eckey picked his pen back up.

“It’s an entirely different Order.”

Christopher leaned forward as a gust of wind billowed the long sleeves of his tunic.

“I don’t really understand,” he said. “Are you saying the Vatican wants me to move to a different monastery – to a different Order? But…I…”

Mr. Eckey waited a moment.

“Tell me, Mr. Ward, about your military training.”

“What about it?”

“Your experiences. You were a special operator, is that correct?”

Christopher shot him a quizzical look.

“How do you know that?”

“You were part of the 7th SFG? Assigned to operations in Afghanistan for the majority of your enlistment, surrendering your commission as a Captain. Is that correct? What did you like or dislike about your military career? Why was it you left?”

Christopher looked out over the cornfields in the distance.

“Sir,” he said, wringing his hands together. “I don’t really understand why you’re asking these kinds of questions. To be honest, they’re making me a little uncomfortable. I think I – ”

“Please, Brother Christopher,” Mr. Eckey said, putting up a hand. “I don’t mean to pry. As I said, this is a peculiar and rather sensitive situation, not at all normal procedure. So, I do apologize for my rather tactless approach. Let me explain a little, if I can – ”

Christopher tried to relax.

He struggled to repress the memories rising in the back of his mind, the bloody and gruesome images of dead bodies, a horrible, yet all too familiar wave of fear and dread washing over him.

A wave of putrid death enveloped and permeated everything.

He took a deep breath, tried to ignore it.

Mr. Eckey put down his pen again.

“There is a remote monastery in British Colombia. It is of a separate Order, not Cistercian, but similar. It’s rather distinctive, as I am led to believe.”

“What is the Order?” Christopher asked.

Mr. Eckey shook his head.

“You would not be familiar with it,” he said. “There is actually only one monastery in the Order. But it has had a long, and quite fascinating history, to say the least. And, somewhat of a fantastic service.”

“So, why me, then?” Christopher asked. “I’m a novitiate. I don’t have much to offer. I’m not sure what you are asking of me.”

“The Vatican is asking a favor of you, Brother Ward. They are requesting that you take a leave of absence from Saint Joseph’s and visit this other monastery for a time.”

“I’m – I don’t – ”

Christopher stammered.

“I’m honored that the Vatican has called on me,” he said. “I really do feel settled here, though. I would not wish to – ”

Mr. Eckey interrupted.

“Consider it simply a sabbatical of sorts. Without strings attached. We are interested solely in God’s working here in this matter.”

“Are you wanting me to relocate?” Christopher asked.

Mr. Eckey smiled.

“How about we say the Vatican is open and interested in the Father’s call on your life. We simply wish to – test the waters – see if this would or would not be a good fit.”

“So, if I go, and it is not a good fit?”

“Your place here at Saint Joseph’s would be available to you at any time you see fit. Like I said, no strings attached.”

“I would not feel comfortable going without Abbot Greenly’s blessing,” Christopher said.

“You have it,” Mr. Eckey said, his smile widening.

Christopher said nothing.

“Think of it as a vacation. Though, if I’m hearing you correctly, you really are in no need of one. But, then again…. ”

The man shrugged.

“May I – ”

Christopher pondered his words.

“Is it possible to consider this awhile before I decide?”

“Certainly,” Mr. Eckey said. “Because of the situation, though, we would need you to go sooner than later. Is there anything upcoming that you are thinking about in particular?”

Christopher shook his head.

“No,” he said. “I would just like to sit with this for a day or two. Pray about it. How long would the visit be?”

“As long as you need to decide,” Mr. Eckey said. “Preferably a month to start. Longer is encouraged. Like I said, it is a unique situation, so tradition does not really lend itself easily. But, I would ask – ”

He put his notepad and pen back in his briefcase and closed the lid.

“Because of the sensitive nature, the Vatican has requested that you do not discuss this with anyone except me. Not the other monks here, your family, not even Abbot Greenly.”

“But, how – ”

Mr. Eckey put up a hand.

“I’m heading back to discuss the situation with Abbot Greenly before I leave the grounds. He will certainly not have an objection. Not that I can imagine, anyway.”

He fished out a business card from the inside pocket of his blazer.

“Here is my contact information,” he said, handing him the card. “You can reach me on my cell phone any time. Whenever you decide, one way or the other. There is a great need, though, so I do hope you will consider at least visiting.”

Christopher took the card, looked at it, then looked up at Mr. Eckey.

“What kind of need, exactly?”

The man just smiled.

“All in due time,” he said. “Just let us know as soon as you are able.”

Christopher looked back at the card.

“I will.”

“Thank you, Brother Ward, for your time. I do think I can find my way back to the abbot’s office from here.”

He briefly looked around the grounds.

“I do envy you a little,” he said. “What a majestic space you monks have created here. It’s like a slice of Eden. Really.”

He got up, shook Christopher’s hand, then left him there alone, as the stranger retraced his steps to the abbot’s office.

Christopher took a deep breath, then sighed.

The wave of putrid death still lingered as another wind gust blew across the fields, dredging up memories he would have altogether wished could have remained buried, soaking him again in the blood of the past.

He stayed there for a long time, just watching as the endless sea of cornfields waved in the winds.


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