Take Me To Your Leader. . .
Vol: 80 Issue: 15 Thursday, May 15, 2008
The British government released what the media is calling its “X-Files” — the investigatory files looking into reports of UFO sightings between the years 1978 and 1987.
A similar release of UFO files by France’s national space agency last year attracted more than 220,000 users on its first day, causing it to crash — there is a lot of interest in UFO’s out there.
Some of the files were about what one might expect. One observer reported seeing something with a flashing light making a deep throbbing noise “reminiscent of a propeller-driven aircraft”.
(Evidently, the possibility he had seen a propeller-driven aircraft had not occurred to him.)
Another UFO that, presumably having traveled at the speed of light to get here, found it necessary to follow the British highway system to navigate its way through the Kingdom.
The ecologically-friendly alien spacecraft had slowed down to 30 mph, presumably to conserve fuel for the trip back to Alpha Centauri.
A 1985 a typewritten letter to the ministry tells of an alien spaceship being shot down in the river Mersey in northern England by another spacecraft and of the author developing a warm friendship with an alien called Algar.
Just as ‘Algar’ was about to reveal himself to the government he was killed by other aliens, the author of the letter writes. He was still in telepathic contact with an alien called Malcben from the planet Platone in the Milky Way, the author added.
Some witnesses were more credible than others. In April 1984, the police at Edgware, North London, were summoned to investigate a bright light in the sky that was flashing blue, white, green and pink .
There then appeared a blinding white ball with a tail which sent women screaming into their homes, according to the London Times. The file, which was written up by a police officer, recorded the following:
A pair of binoculars was obtained and I studied the object through them. I saw that the object was circular in the middle with a dome on top and underneath. The middle section of the object had bright blue lights around it with a red or pink light on the extreme right. The dome on the top had blue and white flashing . . . We observed the object for one hour.
According to the British Ministry of Defence, which is charged with UFO investigations, about 90% of UFO reports can be dismissed as weather balloons, or sightings like the one that had flashing lights and made noises like a propeller-driven aircraft.
Or like the 78-year old fishermen who claimed aliens came to abduct him. In that case, the space craft set down nearby and aliens wearing green overalls invited him aboard their space craft.
Once aboard, they kicked him back out, saying he was too old and decrepit for their purposes.
Ageism is evidently a universal prejudice.
The US Air Force conducted its own investigation into UFO sightings during it’s “Project Blue Book” investigation.
American private pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine mysterious unidentified flying objects speeding along the crest of Mount Ranier, Washington in 1947. Arnold’s sighting is credited with coining the phrase, “flying saucer.”
Two weeks later, the famous “Roswell Incident” in which an alien spacecraft supposedly crashed in New Mexico and its remains were recovered by the US government.
By 1948, so many sightings had been reported that the Air Force set up a task force exclusively dedicated to investigating UFO sightings and Project Blue Book was born. After conducting thousands of investigations, the Air Force retired the task force in 1969 as a waste of time and money.
But UFO sightings continued beyond 1969 — and reported incidents of UFO sightings have increased considerably since the turn of the century.
There are literally thousands of photographs and films of what appear to be aircraft of unknown design doing maneuvers and feats of aerobatics no man-made aircraft is known to be capable of performing.
In recent years, there have been UFO sightings over major cities, witnessed by thousands of people, many of whom photographed them. Over 100 people witnessed five UFO’s hovering over Warwickshire in the UK in July, 2007.
A UFO hovering over O’Hare International Airport in Chicago in January, 2007 was witnessed by as many as a dozen United Airlines workers. The FAA said that air traffic control failed to pick up the object on radar, but several claim to have snapped photos.
Two experienced airline pilots flying two different aircraft both reported seeing a disk-shaped UFO in April, 2007. Both claimed the object was massive with one pilot suggesting it could have been ‘a mile wide’.
Six white discs were reported to be flying in a ‘triangle formation’ over Illinois in 2006. Several dozen witnesses reported seeing a large, silent objects surrounded by bright lights flying “low and fast” over Stephenville, Texas, including several police officers.
And the list goes on and on and on . . . is everybody experiencing the same mass hallucination?
The majority of UFO witnesses report seeing the same things; silent flying objects, shaped either like saucers or cigars, usually ringed by lights, conducting aerial maneuvers that defy the laws of physics and kinetic energy.
Skeptics note dryly that all the UFO’s tend to look like the ones we see in the movies.
Then, there is the issue of alien spacecraft capable of navigating all the way from the other side of outer space to Earth, only to keep crashing into the same spot in New Mexico?
If they are smart enough to build interstellar aircraft, then one would assume they are smart enough to post a warning sign somewhere along the route: “Caution: Roswell, New Mexico may be closer than it appears!”
And there is also the issue of the bright, flashing lights. Virtually every sighting includes some mention of the UFO’s being ringed by lights.
If they don’t want to be seen (and, since they flee when approached by terrestrial aircraft, it seems that they don’t) then surely they have a light switch onboard they could use to turn them off.
Why leave on their running lights? Don’t they have radar?
And the big question for Christians remains unanswered. Are we God’s only sentient creation? Are we all alone out here? Or did God create other intelligent life-forms?
The Vatican recently said there was no contradiction between the Christian faith and belief in UFO’s.
In an interview for the Vatican newspaper entitled “The Extraterrestrial Is My Brother,” the Jesuit Director of the Vatican Observatory Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes said that ruling out the existence of aliens would be like “putting limits on God’s creative freedom.”
Certainly, I wouldn’t want to be one ‘putting limits on God’s creative freedom’. What if He got mad at me for it?
But then again, there IS this whole business about God so loving the world that He sent His only begotten Son to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind and make a way for reconciliation between a loving God and His sin-sick creation.
If God created other sentient life-forms, are they without sin? Or do they need redemption?
Or, did Jesus take on an alien life-form, teach the aliens about salvation, and then pay the penalty for their sins, also? Does He only love mankind? Or was man the only creature in creation to fall?
Are we the worst of God’s creatures in the universe?
There is something out there, after all. Not every witness to UFO’s is a nut case. Not every photograph has been Photoshopped.
Is there an answer to the UFO mystery? When was the first recorded UFO sighting, anyway? If God is real, all-knowing, and seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth, as Jesus describes Him, then why didn’t He include an explanation for us in Scripture?
Or did He? UFO’s are invariably described as being surrounded by flashing lights, as we’ve already noted.
The Prophet Ezekiel offers a description of the ‘four living creatures’ — the archangels that serve the Living God. According to Ezekiel:
“As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.” (Ezekiel 1:13)
UFO’s, which are shaped like saucers, (or like a ‘wheel’), are capable of impossible feats such as 45-degree turns without slowing down, going from a standstill to top speed instantly, or from impossible speeds to a dead stop without decelerating.
“The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.” (Ezekiel 1:16-18)
Moreover, noted the prophet: “Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.” (Ezekiel 1:20)
Let’s do some comparative analysis, shall we?
The archangels, or ‘living creatures’ are, according to the Prophet Ezekiel:
1) Shaped like a wheel, or a saucer;
2) Surrounded by lights, “like the appearance of lamps;”
3) Capable of movement at the speed of thought.
UFO’s are, according to the majority of eyewitness reports:
1) Shaped like a wheel, or a saucer;
2) Surrounded by lights, “like the appearance of lamps;”
3) Capable of movement at the speed of thought.
Ezekiel also provides us with a description of Lucifer, formerly God’s chief archangel:
“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” (Ezekiel 28:13-14)
We’ve examined the passage in Luke 21:25-26 in conjunction with the fear of global warming, killer asteroids, solar flares, etc.
In context, Jesus is outlining to His disciples the signs that would herald His impending return:
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. ” (Luke 21:25-26)
It is no stretch to say that the UFO scare fits into that general scenario of fearing the powers of heaven.
The Bible tells us that angels have the capability of taking on a corporeal form (visible bodies) — Abraham entertained angels by cooking them food. The angels who went to Sodom to rescue Lot were plainly visible to the inhabitants of the city.
The Apostle Paul cautions: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 13:2)
According to the Bible, angels and archangels are real. According to photographic evidence and eyewitness accounts, so are UFO’s — and they fit Ezekiel’s description of archangels perfectly.
Personally, I’ve never seen a UFO. I’ve never met a Christian who has, (but I don’t know if that is relevant or not. Maybe there are some genuine Christians who have seen UFO’s that I don’t know of.)
But what IS relevant is the number of unbelievers who HAVE seen UFO’s and the interest UFO sightings have generated among atheists and agnostics who see it as proof that there cannot be a God.
It also underscores the desperation of the lost who totally reject the idea of a loving Creator that exists outside of space and time — but whole-heartedly embrace the concept of little green men capable of traveling at the speed of light who can’t seem to avoid colliding with a great, big, shiny planet like Earth.
The Bible has been with us for two millennia and has earned the reputation that it has because it has yet to be proved wrong on any substantive facts; historically, scientifically, medically or geographically.
The UFO phenomenon has been with us for about a generation; coinciding with the rebirth of Israel, the birth of the Computer Age, the birth of the global economy, the birth of globalism, the start of the Cold War, the beginning of the Arab-Israel conflict, etc., etc.
Are UFO’s real? Well, since UFO stands for Unidentified Flying Object and there are thousands of reports of flying objects that cannot be identified, Occam’s Razor therefore demands that they must be real.
Whether they little green men who piloted space ships across light-years of space to get here or whether they are spiritual beings as described by the Bible is an issue of faith and logic.
Logic says there is something “out there” but that is as far as logic can carry it. The laws of the physical universe say UFO’s cannot be from other planets.
And logic dictates that if they were advanced enough to overcome the laws of physics, they would be advanced enough to avoid colliding with a bright shiny planet — one of only eight in the solar system (since Pluto has been demoted).
So when it comes to UFO’s one can choose between logic and faith. Logically, extraterrestrial visitors can’t exist — but something does.
When it comes to the Bible’s explanation of UFO’s, logic and faith find themselves in complete harmony.
“. . . nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” 2nd Timothy 1:12)
And He isn’t a little green man from Outer Space. Believing THAT would take much more faith than I am capable of mustering.
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” (1st Corinthians 1:26-27)