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Series History, X-Files Fox Mulder And "I Want To Believe", Strong Appeal Of New Age Thought & UFOlogy, Nobody Is Immune To Deception, Cult Tragedies, Veil Of Deception And Darkness The Fall In Eden And The Modern Quest For Esoteric Knowledge, Spiritually Backslidden America, Onslaught Against Christians Endtime Signs In The Heaven, God Shakes Heavens And The Earth Will Earth Melt And Move Out Of Orbit?, Spiritual Powers And Wickedness In High Places, Crop Circles And UFO Sightings, Do Aliens Exist?, My Personal Perspective, Be Open To Other Possibilities, Theological Views Regarding Extraterrestrials
The following series is an updated and much-expanded version of an article I originally released in April of 1997 entitled "Nature of the Alien". In this series, I share a lot of new information regarding the alien and UFO phenomenon, which is not included in the original article. As such, I encourage my long-time readers to take the time to study it. To acquire a balanced understanding of my views concerning the alien and UFO phenomenon, I likewise encourage you to read my companion series "Under The Cloud: UFOs And The Holy Bible", as well as "Chariots Of Fire: A Voluntary Voyage To Heaven?", and other related articles found throughout our website.
The original 1997 version of this article was the result of a two-year study I conducted regarding New Age thought and UFOlogy. The vast majority of the material which I read and archived, was obtained from the Internet, and there was, and still is, plenty of it. If one takes the time, he will find all kinds of interesting topics to explore, including MJ-12, Bill Cooper and the famous Krill Papers, the Space Brothers, the strange goings-on at Area 51 S-4, Pleiadian channeling, the photon belt and moving into a higher dimension, secret underground alien bases such as "Dulce", Remote Viewing, the Philadelphia Experiment, the Roswell UFO crash, the quatrains of Nostradamus, the Hollow Earth theory, Zacharia Sitchin and the Twelfth Planet, alien abductions and alien-human hybrids, and a lot more. We will be examining some of these issues as we delve deeper into this series.
From my UFO research during that time, I realized that there is something to please just about everybody, regardless of their background; or would "entice" be a more proper word to use? I'm reminded of the famous poster that agent Fox Mulder had hanging on the wall of his office in the wildly popular "The X-Files" television program. It contained a large image of a UFO, under which were the words "I want to believe". In the real world there are definitely a lot of Fox Mulders. So many people want to believe that we are a part of something much bigger, and that we are not alone. For those people who reject God, the Bible, and the reality of the spirit world, believing in the existence of UFOs and alien beings fills a void in their lives. In fact, for some of them, it is easier to believe in aliens, than it is to accept the existence of a loving God who created everything from nothing.
To be honest, I found some of the material I was researching rather fascinating; almost to the point of being believable; and it truly excited me to think of the possibilities which existed, if it were really true. But thankfully, I began to feel rather foolish, as I pondered how deceptive Satan can be. I recalled how Jesus warned us that if it were possible, that demon of darkness would even deceive the very Elect, by means of his false prophets and messengers. If there is one thing that I've come to realize from my research, it is that the New Age cult has more than its share of such deceivers; and some of them are very good at the deception game.
The realization that even though I am a Christian, and yet I had still begun to become mesmerized by a few of the things that I was reading, really shook me up. What I learned from my experience ten years ago, is that none of us are totally immune to Satan's lies. We are all vulnerable, no matter how strong of a Christian background we may have. Jesus warned His followers of how powerful the deception would be during the Endtime when He said:
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
Matthew 24:24, KJV
While I was able to shake off the deceptive influences which were attempting to take hold of my life, many people haven't faired quite as well. I am reminded of sad tragedies such as Jim Jones and his People's Temple cult, the Branch Davidians massacre outside of Waco, Texas, the Heaven's Gate suicides, etc. It is my belief that there are a lot of people in the world today who are under a dark veil of deception, who are being tricked by self-styled prophets, by bogus messiahs, by deceptive New Age gurus, and by other false messengers and charlatans of their ilk.
To make matters worse, all of this deception occurs on top of the rest of the deception which occurs in the world on a regular basis, via corrupt politicians, dishonest business practices, manipulative mass media, renegade judges, biased educational institutions, shady doctors, and everything else in between. Sadly, we live in a twisted world where lies and deception are the norm and seem to reign supreme, while the truth is too often swept under the carpet, because it is simply too embarrassing to reveal. As a result, real truth seekers fight an uphill battle to discover what is real in this world, and what is not.
The people who have fallen under the New Age spell, need to ask themselves if those who claim to be the channeled voices of beings from Outer Space are really that, or if maybe they are something else. Is it possible that these deceivers are only being guided by their own vain imaginations, or by the deceitfulness of their own proud hearts? Are their egos so inflated, that they have this need to project themselves as somebody who is spiritual, or "in-tune" with the cosmos? And most important of all, is it possible that this hunger for some type of esoteric knowledge, is causing many people to seriously err from the truth?
This personal quest for so-called secret wisdom really isn't anything new. The Bible plainly reveals that it was likewise a similar desire to know more, in the misguided belief that obtaining such knowledge would result in more personal power, which ultimately resulted in the Fall of that First Pair so long ago. Of course, as many of you will already know, I am referring to the sad scene which played out in the Garden of Eden, when one particularly crafty character caused Adam and Eve to yield to their pride, by enticing them with the false promise that "your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil".
With that one seemingly innocent disobedience, and that one bite of the fruit of the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the fate of humanity was sealed forever. The same lure has continued to be used to this very day; and it is evident that many people have unknowingly fallen for it, to their own hurt. Why is this happening? Because since the Garden of Eden, man has continued to desire to be his own boss. It happened at the Tower of Babel when man sought to make a name for himself. It happened with the Israelites under King Saul and onward; and it is still happening. Man still wishes to control his own destiny, from his birth, to his death. However, in order to do that, he has to deny the existence of the one true God.
Sadly, even in a country like the United States of America, which views itself as being the most Christian nation in the world, it has also been happening for decades. If you really wish to gain a clear understanding of exactly how far America has strayed from her God, simply examine some of the American historical documents, and compare how government is currently run, with the original intentions of the forefathers several centuries ago. It becomes evident that the U.S.A. was founded by devout men who clearly believed in a Divine Creator, and who sought His Divine Guidance on a regular basis, as they busied themselves with the daily affairs of running the government.
I have no doubt, that if some of these men were alive today, they would be shocked to see how God is increasingly being pushed out of the American public school system, out of the work place, and out of government at all levels. Tragically, even those religious institutions which are responsible for upholding our Christian values, and for faithfully preaching the Gospel, have seriously compromised the Christian message, as a result of bowing to political correctness, in order to obtain financial gain, or to be accepted by the world.
As the enemy gains more territory with each passing year, it seems that our homes are the only remaining refuges where we Christians truly retain any religious freedom to believe as we wish. But I wonder how much longer even this freedom will last, as the enemy of our souls broadcasts his evil lies and worldly enticements into our living rooms on a daily basis, polluting the minds of our children. It is up to you and I, as responsible Christian parents, to protect our children from this barrage of satanic propaganda.
So as I was saying, even in the so-called "Christian" United States of America, many people have become enveloped by this veil of darkness, as a result of their desire to obtain this strange new knowledge which supposedly comes from the stars. What many modern thinkers claim to be "light", and "truth", and the new acceptable way to think, is in fact the exact opposite. It is devilish deception, and spiritual darkness; and unless people forsake it, they'll bring upon themselves the darkest age this world will ever know. God's Word warns us:
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
Isaiah 5:20, KJV
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light."
Romans 13:12, KJV
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
Ephesians 5:11, KJV
One area of Christianity which has always been of interest to me, and which ties in directly with the topics that we'll be discussing in this series, is eschatology. Eschatology is the field of theology which deals with the study of final events. By its very definition, eschatology would include the study of Biblical Endtime prophecies. Many people, particularly a lot of Christians, are familiar with the more obvious signs of the Endtime as they are described for us in the pages of the Scriptures. The most notable Endtime signs include wars, famines, earthquakes, false prophets and widespread disease. I offer an in-depth discussion of the fulfillment of some of these signs in my series "The Beginning Of Sorrows".
However, one particular sign which may be overlooked by some people, is that we're also told in the Bible that there will be great signs in the heavens. In the twenty-fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, which deals with some of the events which will precede the Second Coming of the Lord, as well as in Luke chapter twenty-one, Jesus stated the following when He described some of the final signs of the Endtime to His followers:
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:"
Matthew 24:29, KJV
"And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven."
Luke 21:11, KJV
In the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, on one particular occasion, when the Apostles were challenged by their mocking listeners, Peter and the other Apostles stood up, and quoted the following lines from the writings of the Old Testament Prophet, Joel:
"And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:"
Acts 2:19-20, (see also Joel 2:30-31), KJV
Finally, in the last Book of the Bible, the Apocalypse, or the Book of Revelation, as many people also call it, we find the following verses as well:
"And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places."
Revelation 6:12-14, KJV
"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise."
Revelation 8:10-12, KJV
"And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born."
Revelation 12:3-4, KJV
So as you can see, there is considerable Scriptural evidence which demonstrates that when the final curtain falls on the world stage, and Jesus Christ is about to make His grandiose Entrance, there will be a lot going on, in a physical sense, both in the sky, as well as on the Earth. While we can only speculate regarding what the previous Scriptures may really mean, they appear to be describing solar and lunar eclipses, as well as possibly meteor showers, comets and the like. It is also evident that they are describing great earthquakes.
This notion of the Lord shaking the heavens and the Earth is nothing new. We find a number of other verses in God's Word which clearly describe this very same thing. In fact, if we take them literally, some verses appear to be describing the Earth being moved out of its orbit. Consider the following:
"Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger."
Isaiah 13:13, KJV
"The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel."
Joel 3:16, KJV
"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;"
Haggai 2:6, KJV
"Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;"
Haggai 2:21, KJV
"See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 12:25-29, KJV
Please notice that in that final set of verses, the Apostle Paul states "For our God is a consuming fire". While we know that in certain places in their letters, both Peter and Paul explain how God will sometimes test and purify our faith by means of the fiery trials which we must endure, given the context of the previous verses, it may be that the Apostle Paul is describing something entirely different. In other words, he may in fact be alluding to something which Peter also wrote about in his Epistle, and that is this:
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
2 Peter 3:10-13, KJV
So it seems that when the Lord returns, there is going to be a lot of shaking going on; both in the heavens, as well as on the Earth. It appears that at some point in the future, possibly following the Millennium, or one-thousand-year rule of Christ, not only is the Earth going to melt and burn up, but it will be totally shaken out of its current orbit as well. In perfect agreement with the words of Peter and Paul, the Apostle John in fact tells us that the current heavens and Earth shall flee away, in order to make room for the new heavens, and the new Earth, as we see here:
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them."
Revelation 20:11, KJV
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea."
Revelation 21:1, KJV
Thus we see that certain verses of Scripture which deal with Endtime events, can be interpreted in a very literal manner. Yet at the same time, we should not dismiss the possibility that some of the aforementioned verses may also have purely symbolic or spiritual meanings as well. For example, if we compare verse with verse, it is rather easy to see how the phrase "the powers of the heavens" could be referring not only to the power which holds the physical heavens in place, but also to spiritual powers; that is to say, to angels and demons, and even Satan himself. After all, the Apostle Paul does indeed refer to Satan as the "prince of the power of the air"; and Paul likewise tells us that we fight against spiritual wickedness in high places, as we see here:
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:"
Ephesians 2:2, KJV
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12, KJV
We will be taking a closer look at the Prince of the Power of Air, spiritual wickedness in high places, (or in the heavens) and celestial battles, later on in this series. I'm sure that you will find it quite interesting. But returning to the idea of there being signs in the heavens, and on the Earth, prior to the Lord's Return, is it possible that there may be other events, in addition to those which we find described in the previous verses, which may not be quite as obvious to the casual reader of the Holy Scriptures?
For example, how does the crop circle phenomenon fit into the Endtime scenario? While it is common knowledge that some crop circles have been created by obvious charlatans, there are a considerable number of other crop circles which are of such a complex mathematical design, that it is difficult to dismiss them as being the product of intentional hoaxes. How anyone could design such complicated structures, in so short an amount of time, and under the cover of total darkness, is difficult to explain. So we must ask ourselves: Might it be possible that some crop circles are in fact real? Is it also possible that certain government agencies have engaged in creating false crop circles, in order to discredit and cast doubt upon the real ones?
From my own limited study of the crop circle phenomenon, I am left with the impression that whoever is responsible for the creation of crop circles, might be doing it from some point in the sky. Utilizing some sky-based technology seems to be the easiest way that anyone could create such complex enigmatic structures so quickly; not to mention with such mathematical precision and accuracy; and of course, without being observed.
One possibility is that a device located in low-Earth orbit, such as a satellite, may be responsible for the formation of crop circles. Perhaps they are the result of some as-of-yet unannounced laser technology, or infrared technology that is being beamed down from said satellites. Another possibility is that the US Government's highly secretive HAARP project, or perhaps some related technology, may be the source of the crop circle mystery. Is it possible that some type of energy source, such as ELF waves, (Extremely Low Frequency waves), is being bounced off of the ionosphere, and is responsible for the glowing spheres of light which are often seen to hover in fields where crop circles are discovered shortly thereafter?
Of course, popular opinion holds that the crop circle mystery is directly related to the countless UFO sightings which have occurred all over the world during the past six decades. Some people believe that what we may be seeing in crop circles, is a type of complex, geometric language, which is being used to convey an important message to the people of Planet Earth. Of course, exactly what that message is, and who may be sending it, is itself a matter of speculation and debate.
From a Biblical perspective, might crop circles and UFOs be another Endtime sign in the heavens, and on the Earth, which we have overlooked, due to our conservative interpretation of the Scriptures? Assuming for the moment that UFOs are in fact real, exactly who are the occupants of these mysterious crafts? Where do they come from? What are their intentions concerning humanity? Can they be trusted? These are some of the questions that some people have asked themselves during the past six decades, ever since the famous 1947 Roswell UFO incident. But perhaps we need to ask ourselves an even more basic question first; and that is this:
Do aliens really exist? Or more precisely, does some form of sentient, intelligent life exist beyond our own Planet Earth?
While some form of life may exist in other places throughout our Universe, unless it is intelligent life, which possesses a highly-advanced society that is capable of long-term space travel, then obviously, it couldn't possibly be responsible for the countless UFO sightings which have occurred during the past six decades; and actually, much longer than that. I am simply using six decades as a point of reference, since many people have been made aware of the 1947 Roswell event; which, along with the Kenneth Arnold sightings a few weeks earlier, more or less introduced us to the modern UFO era.
Personally, I've never seen a UFO, or encountered an alien, in my entire life. In fact, I have never even seen anything which we might consider borderline, which I could possibly convince myself might have been an alien or a UFO. Now, some people may argue that I just haven't been in the right place at the right time, or perhaps that I just don't spend enough time outside looking up at the stars; but the point remains, that I have no definitive proof that aliens and UFOs exist. While this fact may disappoint some of you who may have been anticipating a more powerful statement, well, I'm sorry, but those are just the facts. But, I hope that you realize that my saying that I've never seen an alien, is not exactly the same as my emphatically saying that they do not exist.
So do aliens exist?
For quite a few years, over two decades in fact, based upon my personal understanding of God's Word, I was rather firmly convinced that we Earthlings are the only intelligent beings found in the entire Universe. This view can be attributed in part, to the manner in which I was religiously indoctrinated during my younger days. For those of you who aren't aware of it, Christian conservatism does not allow much room for the possibility that life, that is, intelligent life, may exist on other worlds; so it was rather difficult for me to look beyond that particular point, at that phase of my life.
However, in recent years, my position concerning this issue has changed to a certain degree; and I can no longer state that I fully embrace the fundamentalist Christian view that we are alone in this Universe. While I continue to believe that God created Planet Earth as it is described for us in the Book Of Genesis, I am not so certain that it was, or is, an isolated event. I have considered the possibility that the Account of Creation, as we find it in Genesis, may have been explained to early man from an Earthly point of view, so that he could understand it in his simple way.
However, in my mind, this does not preclude the possibility that somewhere, on some distant planet, or perhaps even on many distant worlds, God may have done the exact same thing. For all we know, our Sun might possibly be a distant star in the night sky of some alien civilization. In my opinion, the Bible doesn't really seem to clarify this point one way or the other. As I've already stated, it simply explains to us how things were created in our part of the Galaxy. It simply describes our localized event, from this small corner of the Universe. If God wanted to do the same thing elsewhere, it certainly isn't beyond His power to do so, is it? After all, He is God, and the all-powerful Creator of the Universe.
Please understand that I am not definitively saying that God did create other planets in our galaxy, or in other galaxies and star systems, which He then populated with intelligent life, as I don't know this for a fact, and I obviously have no way to prove it one way or the other. I am merely saying that to totally reject such a possibility, really paints us humans in a rather egotistical, conceited, and narrow-minded light. In short, we would be wise to keep ourselves open to other possibilities which may challenge our current views regarding this issue. To question and to wonder is a part of the human nature that God has given to each one of us; and I don't believe that it is wrong, or a sin, to contemplate what He may possibly have created beyond the realm of the Earth.
As we delve deeper into this series, I will be sharing with you a large quantity of quotes, which will clearly establish that there are a considerable number of people found within the world of politics, as well as in the military, in the science community, and in academia, who also hold the view that we may not be alone in this vast Universe. Even within religious circles, the idea that God may have planted life on other worlds has been entertained for literally hundreds of years. Allow me to share a few interesting quotes with you:
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"Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve around these suns in a manner similar to the way the seven planets revolve around our Sun. Living beings inhabit these worlds."
-- 16th century Dominican priest and philosopher, Giordano Bruno, in his 1584 book "De l'infinito universo e mondi", (On the Infinite Universe and Worlds). Bruno was burned at the stake, accused of heresy.
"From a theological point of view, the existence of these visitors is not only just possible, it is probable and likely. We would be naive to believe that God's grace has only be given to the inhabitants of Earth."
-- Father S.B. Reyna, priest and astronomer at Adhara Observatory in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
"God's desire to share his goodness would be better satisfied by having myriads of galaxies inhabited by intelligent beings."
-- Reverend Joseph Lynch, seismologist, Fordham University. Four hundred scientists and space engineers applauded Dr. Lynch at the closing session of the symposium "The Search For Extraterrestrial Life". Source: (AP) Los Angeles, Appleton Post Crescent, May 26, 1966.
"UFOs are real and have key religious significance. Recognizing the existence and operation of these objects can do much to strengthen faith and renew Biblical confidence. What is clear through Biblical material, [is] that God's will was revealed by beings from other worlds. These beings looked very much like ordinary men, not having wings, which is only religious symbolism."
-- Reverend B. Downing, pastor, B.S. Physics, Princeton Theological Seminary, University Edinburgh, Scotland.
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