“What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth?” – Sir Winston Churchill
Combining the subjects of flying saucers and the Holy Scriptures are a little like eating a salad sandwich covered in warm chocolate topping. They don’t go together and anyone who is able to navigate their way through both topics without compartmentalising them is usually considered weird or regarded with suspicion. The mainstream church has skillfully maintained a steady silence on the subject of UFOs for years, despite escalating numbers of sightings, encounters, and even abductions, reaching into the thousands worldwide. In fact most people have undergone at least one nocturnal episode in their lifetime where they have awakened to the sensation of being pinned to the bed by an unseen force, which is a state commonly referred to as 'Sleep Paralysis.' In Doctor Rick Strassman's book, DMT - The Spiritual Molecule, he examines the similarities between 'Sleep Paralysis' and alledged alien abduction phenomenon hypothesizing quite convincingly that both experiences are interrelated.
Increased global interest in the topic of UFOs has forced the issue to be retrieved from the too hard basket and officially acknowledged by the church. Father Corrado Balducci, an official member of the Papal household made the following statement in regard to the issue: “It is reasonable to believe and affirm that extra-terrestrials exist. Their existence can no longer be denied, for there is too much evidence for the existence of extra-terrestrials and flying saucers.” Notice the term, “no longer denied?” Interesting.
On the 14th of December 1997, the Sunday Times ran a story containing details of a project run by the
It is my observation that the subject of UFO’s has for the most part been blatantly ignored by churches as a whole and when rarely broached is stumbled through with the same inept caution as sermons on The Book of Revelations or The Book of Daniel. I have watched with mounting dismay the growing public fascination with UFOs and life on other planets and by contrast religious environments devoid of the subject.
In the early eighties one could quite validly go up to the average person in the street and ask them if they believed in aliens. They would answer either “yes” or “no.” Now it seems that the more appropriate question is, “What do you think aliens look like?” What has happened to prompt a shift in the question from belief or unbelief to an assumed belief with a query on their appearance? Weird!
The biggest player in causing the shift is the media. I believe the ball got rolling well and truly when famous author of The Wolfen and The Hunger, Whitley Streiber was abducted from his home and became the recipient of many strange experiments by humanoids. The book I’m referring to is Communion, which is the factual account of the author’s abduction by strange beings. The book remained in the bestseller list for twenty-five weeks and was later made into a motion picture. I am not for a moment going to disbelieve this man’s terrifying story and therefore proclaim him a liar. I do however stand in opposition to his theory on whom he actually encountered and why. Sceptics of Streiber’s account should acknowledge that the author eventually admitted himself into a rape crisis centre for counseling. However, my main concern at this stage is not so much his ordeal, but the eerie painting of the so-called alien that graced the cover of his book. And I refer to this image because it was one of the earliest major global distributions of this style of “alien” that I can remember. I find it interesting that Alister Crowley, perhaps one of the most infamous occultists of all time claimed that through spiritism, he met an alien from Sirius and he drew a picture of him.
Would you an Alien, Devil or Angel be?
Another author by the name of John Keel who wrote a book in the 70’s called the Mothman Prophecy, now also the basis of a major film, tells of his strange experiences in a town called Point Pleasant in West Virginia. He visited there as a journalist investigating an exhaustive period of heavy unexplained phenomenon in the area. Sightings, contacts and other strange oddities commenced in 1966 and continued for 13 months. He attempts in his book to put forward some theories and possibilities behind some of the strange events that took place there. At one point he makes various links with the origins of alien names, provided to contactees, to gods in Greek Mythology. For example one victim is told of receiving a handwritten letter by an alleged alien, which was signed, “A pal” or “Apal.” John links this name as referring to the Greek god Apollo. Unfortunately he fails to mention this god’s connection to prophetic Scripture. The name Apollo is derived from the Hebrew name “Abaddon,” but in Greek is written “Apollyon.” Revelation 9:11 states: “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” If you want to see what he looks like there’s a nice big gold statue of him outside the Rockefeller Centre in
Mr. Keel also refers briefly to another name that appears to have a history relating to UFO phenomena. The name is “Ashtar,” which he also concludes is derived from the name of the Greek goddess “Esther,” a fertility god. And here again he fails to recognise this god’s biblical connection. Ashter or Esther is derived from the name “Astheroth,” which refers to a pagan god, worshipped in the TaNaK (Old Testament). Judges 2:13 “And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Astheroth.” Though the author briefly mentions biblical connections to UFO phenomena, it is quickly swept aside as he charges toward his hypothesis. Perhaps handicapping himself before he even sets out by stating: “I am not concerned with beliefs but with the cosmic mechanism which has generated and perpetuated those beliefs.” His apparent unwillingness to broach the Bible in any detail is all the more startling if one reads his earlier work, Operation Trojan Horse where he makes the following observation: “Did ancient man misinterpret UFO manifestations by placing them in religious context? APPARENTLY NOT. The literature indicates that the phenomenon carefully cultivated the religious frame of reference in early times.” Why after this admission that it did not spur the author to make more of a biblical connection in his
During my research into Astheroth’s background, I noted that she was a counterpart to Baal (a Canaanite god). She encompassed the feminine qualities of life, symbolised by the moon as opposed to Baal, which means “lord” or “possessor” who was the male sun god and was worshipped on the tops of high mountains. As I was poking around for information about Baal I found it somewhat unsettling that constructions such as steeples, turrets, and spires that are normally found as architectural features on most churches today were originally utilised by pagan worshippers to catch the first rays of their sun god at dawn.
Let’s return our focus back to Mr. Crowley and his encounter with the alien from Sirius through the act of spiritism. Though the word spiritism seems to have more to do with things of a supernatural nature than it does with space men, channeling appears to be common in serious UFO enthusiast circles. First let me explain what spiritism is. It describes the act of a man or woman self-inducing a trance that produces an altered state during which contact with spirits is made. Now regard the same explanation for channeling except change the word spirits to aliens. Channeling or spiritism can take many forms, but the most common are automatic writing and trance channeling.
Taken Away by Aliens or by the Almighty?
There is an active organisation called Ashtar Command that believe flying saucers are orbiting the earth ready to intervene in human history. Ex-racing care driver and founder of the Raelian Movement, Claude Vorilhon, maintains that aliens will land in
Why does it appear that UFO cults, however they may vary in their beliefs from each other, hold this common viewpoint of an intervention or departure onto spaceships at a future time? There is a Scripture verse that describes an event that may have had something to do with fueling this widespread fixation. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 says; “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” After reading this verse it becomes apparent that a future departure of the righteous is evident in Scripture and the purpose is uncannily not all that dissimilar to the views of these ridiculed UFO cults.
If a vast majority of the world’s population witnesses a future mass vertical exodus of people, this could trigger sympathy toward the authenticity of the Scriptures amongst those remaining who happen to recall something about saved people meeting their Creator in the sky.
The potential threat of such a reaction could be why the mainstream completely continues to dissociate flying saucers from Godly manifestations described in Scripture. On the whole the average Christian invests no personal time in viewing UFO’s in any biblical perspective. In contrast the UFO enthusiast refuses to accept the truth of Scripture when the world has happily ventured so many enticing theories as to their origin. Infusing the perception that the UFO phenomenon is a void subject within the Bible may be a good enough catalyst to further fuel disillusionment of its contents. Finally, this event, looked at through a combination of pre-conditioning and timing, may convince the majority of the world’s inhabitants that those who were caught up were the victims of a mass alien abduction associated with ufology as opposed to the fulfillment of the so-called biblical prophecy or “The Rapture.”
Not long after my initial ponderings on this theory, I came across a short snippet from a book called Cosmic Prophecy written by the founder of the Aetherian Society, George King who claims that he has had contact with Jesus who currently lives on Venus. The final passage of the excerpt shows an interesting method of how the truth is overlaid with a lie. It reads:
“There will shortly come another among you. He will stand tall among men and a shining countenance. This One will be attired in a single garment of the type now known to you. His shoes will be soft-topped, yet not made of the skin of animals. He will approach the earth leaders. They will ask of Him, His credentials. He will produce these. His magic will be greater than any upon earth – greater than the combined materialistic might of all the armies. And they, who heed not his words, shall be removed from the earth.”
This excerpt paints a picture of a man of great physical stature that will be dressed in modern garments and will attempt a type of negotiation with world leaders. Though this does indeed address the biblical scenario of a coming deliverer, according to the Book of Revelation, it does not address the correct manner in which he will arrive. In fact an arrival and negotiation with leaders and a granting of power by these leaders to such an individual more aptly fits the manner in which the Negative Messiah (Anti-Christ) will arrive.
The Doctrine of the Rapture - Truth Left Behind
Though I am sympathetic to a future mass ascension of an elect or remnant, I must clarify that the Scriptures do not necessarily portray it as a pre or mid-tribulation rapture, despite many Bible commentaries and church views to the contrary. Certainly if one interprets the term “rapture” to mean an event that is associated with a type of rescue then such a concept has no biblical basis whatsoever.
The truth is that there was no significant teaching on a rapture of the church before the 1800’s. A Jesuit by the name of Emmanuel Lacunza, writing under the alias of a Jewish Rabbi first proposed this concept in his book, The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty. This book compounded by the prophesying of a fifteen-year old Catholic girl ignited the appealing idea of “the rapture” which, centuries on has given birth to a series of books that continue to deceive millions to this very day. The Messiah taught in his parable of the wheat and tares that the righteous and the unrighteous would be together until the very end (Matthew 13:24-32).
Scripture teaches that followers will be lead to
Alien Invasion Practice
The Bible speaks of a great deception as we read Mark 13:22; “For false Moshiachs (Christs) and false Naviim (Prophets) shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the very elect.” I think most Christians who are familiar with this verse tend to focus solely on a future sequence of events that will be initiated with so much fanfare that little effort will be required to recognise it. They are assured and reassured by their religious leaders that it will occur outside the Christian community, which reinforces this “all is yet to happen mentality.” Maybe some churchgoers are even unconsciously in a cycle where they rely on ministers and priests to keep them informed of what to watch out for without any inclination to find out on their own. On top of all this,
Anyone who has seen special effects based film at the cinemas these days will agree that on screen live action movies can make anything, no matter how weird, massive, or intricate, look completely real. In days gone by the capacity to do this was restricted to animated film or radio broadcasts. Though moving pictures and radio have a unique capacity to entertain and inform they also have the potential to do something else.
In 1938 Orson Welles’ aired a broadcast of an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds to six million listeners at The Mercury Theatre. The program would abruptly cut into a normal evening of music mimicking a newsflash about objects shooting out from the surface of Mars and landing on Earth. Despite a disclaimer often presented at points in the show hundreds and probably thousands of people thought that either aliens were really landing or that a foreign power was invading.
Now let’s fast forward to the present with our current advances in cinema technology and our booming fascination with UFOs fueled by blockbuster films such as The X-Files, Independence Day and (the remake of) The War of the Worlds and you have a global population with their thinking already geared to go a certain way should some extreme event occur.
Few people are aware of an incident that took place over
“Few Residents of the
A bit further on, the incident is again referred to:
“But what enemy had been routed? No one ever knew. All the fire fighters saw in the sky were the 15 or 20 moving ‘things’ which seemed to change course at great speed apparently unaffected by the flak from bursting shells all around them. Rumours that one had been shot down were never verified, nor was the explanation that these zigzagging invaders were weather balloons ever taken seriously.”
This incident echos the scene in the sci-fi film Predator, when a company of soldiers in
At any rate I recommend getting a hold of the entire Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control manual, not just chapter 13 (you might need a copy of the whole thing for it to sink in for some people). This is one of very few official government related documents that are available to the general public. It is my opinion that the existence of this subject matter in this type of document, has come about by the military resigning themselves to the fact that if an attack or crash occurs, the first people to be on the scene will in nearly all cases be firefighters. One thing that really amuses me is talk within certain circles about “Top Secret” documents like Project Blue Book, that supposedly contain everything the government know about UFOs while UFOlogists could have just visited their local fire station for confirmation.
The above photo featured in the Los Angeles Times. It shows an unidentified aerial intruder that HOVERED over
Seeing is Not Always Believing
In the course of my research I have watched a fair number of sensationalised UFO videos on a range of related subjects and it always astounds me when they interview witnesses, contactees, and abductees and how they accept that aliens from other worlds exist because of what they saw.
While I sympathise with how horrific, terrifying or exciting their incidences may have been they seem to forget that if the average person observes a top quality magic trick they would, despite being amazed, immediately assume a logical explanation for how it was done. That is why most people badger magicians after they perform and they are usually met with the response, ‘a magician never reveals his tricks.’ Rarely does an observer instantly accept that the performer has magical powers no matter how convincing the trick. Why should someone accept that a whole other race really exists just because they have had a convincing encounter with little green men or seen a flying saucer? Please don’t get me wrong. If I had an encounter like this it would most likely leave an impression on me, yet I would not necessarily associate it with the proof I needed to believe in a superior race of beings that are poised in space ready to save us from ourselves. Seeing is never necessarily believing, especially in this day and age. If technology can be used so effectively to sell believability on a movie screen why then can it not be used off the screen, perhaps to sell what most churches call a “Second Coming.” Being witness to a strange event or victim to an unexplainable ordeal does not normally give one the authority to confidently deduce an identity or motive, as the keys to such knowledge are not usually on display within such brief episodes. But how does one correctly react in such a situation if they are an obedient observer of Scripture?
Testing The Spirits
Before I go any further it is important to establish that the English word “spirit,” as it appears in Scripture usually translates from the Hebrew word “ruwach” which meant “breath,” “wind,” “air,” “breeze,” and in some cases “tempest,” or “storm,” depending on the context. From this revelation the question immediately arises that if the word means something that there is an English translation for, then why does it appear as an additional word “spirit?” This same principle is found with the word “angel” that is derived from the Hebrew word “malak,” meaning “dispatched deputy” or “messenger.” The best explanation is that these words became the products of Greek translators that felt a need to add a type of divine emphasis to the meanings to differentiate them from the normal blowing of a breeze or a messenger sent by a king.
This use of the word spirit (breath) may have indicated an ancient linguistic attempt to describe something that has a presence and yet cannot be seen. In a way it could have been like an ancient Hebrew equivalent to the modern word “invisible.” It seems to have been a term that was often attributed to YHWH or a series of associated or unassociated beings that maintained a discernable presence when in human proximity whilst remaining permanently or momentarily, partially or completely invisible. In contrast the understanding of what a spirit is within the lay congregation of a church is somewhat vague and ambiguous and is thought of as something almost intangible and indescribable in construct. I’ve added this point to hopefully illustrate a connection between what many today would describe as sophisticated alien beings that in ages long gone would have been described as angels or spirits.
The Scriptures clearly encourage believers not to be afraid of aerial phenomena as is related in Jeremiah 10:2; “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.” So if one is able to remain calm in the face of witnessing such an event that may eventuate in a “close encounter of the third kind” (third kind meaning physical or verbal contact) a certain course of action may be required. This course of action is surprisingly beyond the scope of the average Holy Spirit filled Christian. Now if we equate “aliens” with “spirits,” there is a mandate that falls on followers to potentially treat the initial phase of such an encounter in a particular fashion. I say “potentially” because there may be an instance where this Holy or Set-Apart Spirit (YHWH’s unseen enabler) may instruct a believer to flee or remain if the credentials of a visitor or visitors are revealed in the introduction, as was the case in some angelic encounters throughout the Scriptures. The Scriptures tell us in 1 John 4:1; “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of Elohim; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Testing the spirit is an act whereby we ask the spirit to identify itself and declare its allegiance. (1 John 4:2; “Every Spirit that confesses that Yahshua HaMoshiach has come in the flesh is of Elohim”). Unless it answers in the name of the one who was impaled and rose from the dead, then this will generally be a good indication that your visitor is actually a deceiving spirit. (1 John 4:3; “and every spirit that does not confess that Yahshua HaMoshiach has come in the flesh is not of Elohim.”). Satan’s minions, once identified, are strictly forbidden to swear allegiance to the name of their enemy. If they are not recognised they may say anything they wish, providing they do this behind an impersonation of some other individual, such as a deceased relative or a terrestrial occupant from a competing interstellar civilisation.
Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon faith is described as having such an encounter with a shining being who instructed him to locate and translate an ancient text. The result was a manuscript that defied historical findings and boldly contradicted basic Scriptural principles. Throughout the description of the event there is no record of Mr. Smith testing the spirit much less observing the warning in Galatians 1:8 where it says: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” If people are not aware of the possibility that a spirit is confronting them or at the very least they are being confronted by a spirit that may not be a messenger of Yah, how can they test them you might well ask? Well, 1 John 3:24 tells us that we must have the Set-Apart (Holy) Spirit abiding in us. Meaning that not only are we to know it resides in us, but we must be attuned to it as well. The best method of staying attuned can be broken down into three basic principles or pillars. They are: 1) Loving the Name of Elohim, 2) Keeping the Sabbaths (not just the weekly Sabbath), 3) Holding fast to the Covenants (Teachings of YHWH – Torah) (Isaiah 56). These principles should be applied through study, regular personal prayer and interaction with other people who uphold the same values. If most Christians who have a “close encounter” think that they are seeing aliens instead of devils or angels they will struggle to fit their secularly conditioned outlook of such phenomenon within the context of Scripture.
A while ago a couple I know were in a dilemma about whether they would attend a specific church anymore. They had found out that the central church, where a percentage of their own church’s offering money went, was sanctioning new doctrine that clashed with Scripture and their pastor was considering breaking his congregation away altogether. They had a fairly close relationship with him and shortly after, the pastor approached my friend and explained that he had a prophecy in a dream. The message he got was to continue an association with this church. That was good enough for my friend and his wife so they decided to stay. When I asked my friend if the pastor had tested the spirit he unfortunately did not know.
The Truth is in There!
So why are people who have sightings or contacts with strange beings seemingly jumping to the conclusion that aliens, as opposed to angels (fallen or otherwise), exist? Simply because the population are not being schooled correctly as to the nature of these entities and how they relate to the Bible. We have been subtly conditioned to disassociate the two subjects. I was reading various statements from abductees on a UFO website and was saddened by the story of one particular person. He described an ordeal of experiencing people standing around his bed, sensations of being pressed down, and being unable to speak. He added that some Christian friends had similar experiences that promptly ceased after a verbal declaration of a belief in G-d. He concluded by saying that this last suggestion sounded weird. So this person finds the weirdest part of their story being the part that mentions a faith in G-d. Despite the fact that he has just described beings standing around his bed, an invisible force pushing him down and the loss of the ability to speak. Interesting.
Possibly of more concern than the masses accepting the existence of alien beings is the quiet disassociation of the worldly concept of “aliens” with the biblical portrayal of the “sons of Elohim” (disobedient angels) (Genesis 6:1-4). This latter term as it appears in Scripture emphasises a race of beings excluded from men, made clear by their unnatural union with human females, that give birth to genetically enhanced offspring known as “giants” or “nephilim.” This act clearly displeases Elohim (verse 3) and brings with it a dramatically reduced life expectancy of the population. I have actually read commentaries on these verses that describe them as a mistranslation or an uninspired portion of text. Very few people are aware of the evidence of UFO activity throughout history depicted in artifacts, paintings, drawings, writings, and primitive religious customs, all of which show evidence of beings with superior technology and/or physical stature. Currently most people that believe in the existence of unexplained objects in the skies are blinded to any connection this may have to the Bible. They believe Scripture does not speak of UFOs or such entities at all, much like the dinosaur issue and therefore is a text that is not true so any reliance on what this book says is outdated and misguided. I’m happy to report that nothing could be further from the truth. If average Christians picked up their Bibles more and looked beyond the limited range of books recommended by mainstream church organisations (that rarely venture much further than teaching the four Gospels) there might be a lot more people coming out of this New Age thinking and receiving the truth. The following verse is just a teaser as to the multitude of references to such flying objects. Ezekiel 1:16; “The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the colour of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel.” Dr. Barry Downing who wrote The Bible and Flying Saucers in 1968 describes the complex visions of the prophet Ezekiel in about 600BC. He points out that Ezekiel’s bizarre account of fiery clouds with wheels and human-like beings is remarkably similar to modern day alien abductions. Former chief of the system layout branch at NASA, Josef Blumrich, after setting out to disprove such implications concluded after careful analysis of the data available, that the vehicle described in Ezekiel’s encounter was also indeed a UFO.
All through our human history there is a consistency in these sightings and contacts. And they are not just confined to the Bible. In
As mentioned earlier, the mainstream church’s current stance on UFO related phenomena is strictly one of man-made or demonic origin despite many references in their own Bibles of these shapes being commanded by the Lord. I’ll give you an interesting example of the church not only distancing itself from this issue but also severely condemning the broaching of it. In 1969, Erich von Daniken wrote a controversial book called Chariots of the Gods. He claimed in his book that aliens came down to earth to mate with humans giving their offspring advanced wisdom. He was attacked by the church and scientific institutes alike who claimed that his evidence was poor despite the following verse in Genesis 6:2-4; “That the sons of Elohim saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And Adonai said, My Spirit shall not strive with men forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years. There were giants (Nephilim) on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of Elohim 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.” It seems in retrospect that Daniken’s biggest crime was using the word “astronauts” instead of “sons of Elohim.” The verse indicates that though they were sons of Elohim (angels) they were in fact not obedient angels, but fallen angels with an agenda to breed into the race of men their own rebellious nature. The offspring would eventually steer away at a more accelerated rate mankind’s dependency on Elohim and in the process mar the capability of a Saviour by polluting the gene pool. These ancestors not only had the physical stature of their fathers but some were also gifted with increased intellect and beauty, while others possessed massive strength and endurance. Requiring only minor correction Daniken was spot on regarding this point and in my opinion deserves an apology. Also supporting Daniken’s theory is the history of the primitive Dogon tribe of
Many different cultures in fact have similar stories of gods coming to earth and breeding with mankind. It is a sad indictment on the shortness of our memories that our perspective on this issue due to various methods of conditioning has caused us in the current age to call them “aliens.”