UFOs and Aliens
“[There is] a principle which, in my judgment, will account for the inefficacy of any argument, or any evidence whatever, namely, contempt prior to examination.”
-William Paley, 18th-century Christian apologist.
“He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”
The topic of UFOs is one of the most complicated subjects in the world today, replete with hoaxes, misinformation, and disinformation. Yet, even when the time is taken to strip away the lies and misunderstandings, there is still too much to ignore that is substantiated, involving multiple reliable witnesses. According to Chuck Missler; former Branch Chief of the Department of Guided Missiles at Lowry Air Force Base, followed by a Senior Analyst position for the CIA and Department of Defense; there are over 3000 authenticated photographs in the classified community.¹ Furthermore, over 6000 professional publications in English alone document such vehicles, along with 2200 foreign publications, and numerous pilots and astronauts coming on the record that the phenomenon is real.
One of the difficult problems in researching this subject is the apparent paradoxical nature of the craft. On the one hand, they are seen by multiple competent witnesses – including trained pilots, military personnel, and astronauts – they are plotted by multiple radar simultaneously, they leave tangible traces on the ground such as radiation and evidence of burning, and are photographed. All this would indicate physicality, yet, on the other hand, they also exhibit behavior that seems to defy the laws of physics, such as exceeding 6,000 miles per hour without generating sonic booms, making right angle turns at over 16,000 miles per hour, and having the apparent ability to materialize and dematerialize without a trace.
The Silent Pulpits
Polls indicate that a majority of Americans (52%) believe in UFOs and aliens, and 57% (nearly six in every ten people) believe in spirits and ghosts.² Perhaps the most shocking statistic, though, is that ~3% have claimed an abduction experience; that’s over 5 million people, not simply a few thousand deranged individuals. These are everyday people with families and jobs. The fact is, however, the Bible is a supernatural book, and churches and pastors should be leading the conversation about this phenomenon, not pretending that it does not exist. Instead, however, the likes of Giorgio Tsoukalos on the History Channel lead the conversation and huge numbers of lost people are led further astray.
“I think pastors should make these things known to their parishioners because they’re happening everywhere and many of the people who are sitting in the congregation have seen things like this. They’re trying to make sense of what’s going on, and from a biblical perspective, we understand that these are not little green men who have come from Mars, but these are some type of angelic manifestations – demonic manifestations – that are occurring, which helps to put the experiences that people are having in a biblical context.”
-Pastor Frank Bolella, Living Word Community Church, Dumont, New Jersey.
“On this topic – UFOs and Aliens – we are doing a disservice to the Church; we can’t hide our heads in the sand. Our world is enthralled with this topic. Ufology is the new religion on the planet, and they are convinced that aliens are going to save them – not God – it’s the ultimate excuse for the rapture of the Church… Now, as Christians we are given a golden opportunity to say, ‘Hey, you know what, I’m with you. I believe that there are UFOs and aliens, and I do believe that they’re doing some of this stuff that people want to shy away from, but let me tell you what their real identity is, let me tell you what they’re really up to, and let me tell you the good news. There’s One Way out of this mess even if they show up on your premises.”
-Pastor Billy Crone, Sunrise Bible Church, Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Demonic Agenda
The two foremost secular researchers of the UFO phenomenon during the past century were Jacques Vallée and J. Allen Hynek. Vallée was an astronomer and computer scientist who co-developed the first computerized mapping of Mars for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), while Hynek headed the astronomy department at Cornell University and originally set out to debunk the phenomenon. Both of these respected researchers who had no biblical “dog-in-the-hunt” came to the ultimate conclusion that these craft were not from other worlds, but were interdimensional, and specifically, were “demonic.” In his book Confrontations, Vallée writes:
The medical examinations to which abductees are said to be subjected, often accompanied by sadistic sexual manipulation, is reminiscent of the medieval tales of encounters with demons.
He has also further explained in various interviews that “we are not dealing with successive waves of visitations from space, we are dealing with a control system… [These beings] are engaging in a worldwide enterprise of subliminal seduction.” Regarding these ideas of seduction and deception, the Bible says that in the last days, the man of sin shall come “with all power and signs and lying wonders” (II Thessalonians 2:9). Satan is also called “the god of this age” (II Corinthians 4:4) and “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). There are two words in Greek to describe “the air” or “the heavens,” οὐρανός (ouranos) and ἀήρ (aēr). The former usually refers to “heaven” or “the heavens” and the latter usually refers to the space just above the surface the earth (“sky”), and it is the latter which is used in Ephesians 2:2. It is a very rare word in the Scriptures, used only 7 times in the New Testament and 10 times in the Septuagint (LXX) translation of the Old Testament. This distinction is made plain by the LXX in which ouranos is used in Genesis 1:1 for “heavens” and aēr is used in Psalm 17:11 for the sky and outer space which hover over the earth. Between heaven and earth – the sky and outer space – is inhabited by principalities, powers, world rulers of darkness (Ephesians 6:12), and the 4th century church father John Chrysostom verifies this as he explains:
Here again he means, that Satan occupies the space under Heaven, and that the incorporeal powers are spirits of the air, under his operation. For that his kingdom is of this age, i.e., will cease with the present age, hear what he says at the end of the Epistle; “Our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the world rulers of this darkness;” (Eph. vi. 12.) where, lest when you hear of world-rulers you should therefore say that the Devil is uncreated, he elsewhere (Gal. i. 4.) calls a perverse time, “an evil world,” not of the creatures. For he seems to me, having had dominion beneath the sky, not to have fallen from his dominion, even after his transgression.
The Dimensions of Heaven and Earth
The Bible has much to say about both interdimensionality (e.g. that there is more to the world than what we can see). First, we read of our Lord’s resurrection body on the one hand capable of being touched (John 20:17, 27) and of eating (Luke 24:41-43; John 21:9-14), yet also capable of appearing from out of nowhere in the middle of a locked room (Luke 24:36; John 20:19). We then must ask how literal was the apostle Paul when he said atop Mars’ hill that the Lord is “not far from every one of us”? Then, in Revelation 14:1, we read an interesting conundrum regarding geography, John recording:
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.
Does this event that John foresaw take place on earth where the 144,000 will be ministering and where Mount Zion is in Jerusalem? Or does it take place in heaven where the Lord is? This is before His return with His church at the end of the tribulation. The answer to both questions is, Yes. We often think of heaven as being a far off distant place, but from Paul’s statement on Mars’ hill and John’s record here, the heavens may be all around us within other dimensions which we are incapable of perceiving in our fallen bodies. The apostle Paul in Second Corinthians 12:2 tell us that there are three heavens, the third heaven being the highest where God and the good angels dwell and the first heaven being everything that we are able to perceive. The second heaven is the domain of the prince of the power of the air, Satan, fallen from heaven yet still unseen to us. There is coming a day, though, when he and his fallen hosts will be cast out from his domain “in the air” by Michael and the rest of the good angels, and will be fully manifest before the eyes of the whole world (Revelation 12:7-12). This will most likely take place at the rapture of believers based on the description of the believers in verses 10 and 11, and because Paul also specifically says that at that event we will “meet the Lord in the air” (I Thessalonians 4:17). After the rapture, the planet will not only be thrust into great tribulation, but also a world that once was considered science-fiction.
The Nature of the Angelic
The Scriptures also, however, have much to say about encounters with angelic beings. Second Kings 6:8-20 records a particular instance during the ministry of the prophet Elisha who was used by God to warn the King of Israel of where the Syrians would attack. Eventually, the Syrian King learned of Elisha and sent a great host of horses and chariots to lay siege to the city where Elisha was staying. This terrified Elisha’s servant until the prophet prayed, “LORD, I pray Thee, open his eyes that he may see,” and we then read that the servant suddenly beheld that “the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (v. 17).
We also read in the New Testament historical book of the Acts of two incidents in the lives of Philip and Peter. The account about Philip can be read in Acts 8:39-40 following the conversion and subsequent baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch, and says that “the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more… But Philip was found at Azotus.” That is, Philip disappeared right in front of the eunuch and reappeared in another town where he began preaching the good news of Jesus Christ once again. The account about Peter can be read in Acts 12:5-11, and describes Peter as being chained to a wall between two soldiers when suddenly a heavenly angel appears who tells the apostle to quickly get up and get his things, the chains holding him falling off. According to the account, Peter is not sure whether he’s awake or asleep, and as he leaves the cell, sees to his amazement that the guards seem to have been switched off. It is only after the angel departs that we read, “And when Peter was come to himself…” (v. 11).
We also see encounters between humans and angels in chapter 10 of the book of Daniel in which we read that the angel’s visitation drained the prophet of his strength and he fell face first to the ground as though paralyzed (Vv. 8-9). Yet, the angel reached out and pull him up, saying comfortingly as Daniel “stood trembling” (v. 11), “Fear not, Daniel…” (v. 12). Although, some claim that this is a pre-incarnate appearance of the Lord Jesus and that Daniel’s reaction was due to being in the presence of God, this is impossible because the angel later says that he started coming from the first day Daniel began to pray, but a fallen angel over the area of Persia withstood him 21 days until the angel Michael came to help him get through; the Lord would not have needed Michael’s help. We also read Daniel comment on the encounter in verse 19, saying, “And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened.”
As in the Days of Noah
Such accounts in Scripture are remarkably similar to the testimonies of abductees with the exception that the entities taking these poor people are not heavenly messengers like in the texts we have looked at. Rather, they are the fallen angelic hosts and their sadistic sexual manipulation of people is akin to what the fallen angels did during the days of Noah (Genesis 6:1-4) when only Noah remained “perfect [תמים, tamiym, physically pure as the lamb for the Paschal sacrifice] in his generations.” That is, his genealogy, and the genealogy of his family, had not been corrupted by the intrusion of the fallen angels and their offspring with the rest of the daughters of Adam.
The prophet Daniel prophesied a return of these demonic hybrids upon the earth, saying about the final kingdom of the Antichrist, “they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay” (Daniel 2:43). Although some translations attempt to reword this verse, to imply intermarrying between nations to bring together the world government, the Hebrew does not say this. The word מִתְעָרְבִ֤ין, mitareviyn, is in the Hithpael and is a Plural Participle, and literally means “they will mix themselves.” Furthermore, the phrase בִּזְרַ֣ע אֲנָשָׁ֔א, bi’zera anasha, literally translates “with (or, “in”) the seed of mankind.” During the kingdom of the Antichrist, something will be introduced into mankind’s genetic makeup. The research into the phenomenon thus far seems to indicate that so-called alien implants may be prototypes for the eventual Mark of the Beast which, when it is introduced, will transform the followers of the Beast into modern day Nephilim hybrids.
The abilities of angels that we read about in the Bible parallel the abilities of the beings we hear in the testimonies of abductees, the difference being the latter have a very malevolent agenda.
- Chuck Missler, Return of the Nephilim, DVD (Koinonia Institute, 2003), https://resources.khouse.org/topical_studies/dvd06/.
- Ipsos Poll, 2008.