As a Christian researcher and author of two books on the New Age, I find the increasing regularity of UFO sightings to be prophetically intriguing. This is because a growing doctrine within the New Age Movement claims that the gods of mythology and the human race as we know it today, is the direct result of extra-terrestrial "UFO" activity.
In the introduction to his best selling book, Chariots of the Gods, Erich von Daniken, who, it might be argued, is one of the fathers of the New Age Movement as it relates to ufology, said:
I claim that our forefathers received visits from the universe in the remote past, even though I do not yet know who these extra-terrestrial intelligences were or from which planet they came. I nevertheless proclaim that these "strangers" annihilated part of mankind existing at the time and produced a new, perhaps the first, homo sapiens.
As was illustrated in the Hollywood films Contact, and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Erich von Daniken's hypothesis took America by storm in the 1960's with the proposition that mankind was possibly the offspring of an ancient, perhaps ongoing, extra-terrestrial experiment. New Age ufologists like Daniken also see the gods of mythology as evidence of, and a reaction to, an encounter with other worldly beings. They claim that ancient men would have considered space travelers as gods and would have recorded their arrival, their experiments, and their departure, in hieroglyphs, megaliths, and stone tablets, as a "supernatural" encounter between gods and men.
Mr. Daniken continues:
While [the] spaceship disappears again into the mists of the universe our friends will talk about the miracle--"The gods were here!" They will make a record of what happened: uncanny, weird, miraculous. Then their texts will relate--and drawings will show--that gods in golden clothes were there in a flying boat that landed with a tremendous din. They will write about chariots which the gods drove over land and sea, and of terrifying weapons that were like lightning, and they will recount that the gods promised to return. They will hammer and chisel in the rock pictures of what they had seen.
Von Daniken speculates that the odd appearance of some of the gods depicted in various hieroglyphs (human like creatures with falcon heads; lions with heads of bulls, etc.) could be viewed as evidence that "aliens" conducted experiments of cloning and cross mutating both ancient people and animals. Some people accept this part of Daniken's hypothesis as a humanistic alternative to the Biblical account of creation. It's uncertain how many people believe such a theory, but a full eighty percent of Americans claim they believe in the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. Some, like the 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult that committed suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California and believed they were being summoned by a UFO trailing the Hale-Bopp Comet, subscribe to an eerie amalgam of mysticism and conventional religion. Not suprisingly, the growing interest in UFOs and the paranormal has given birth to a host of popular television specials and weekly programs depicting such other world creatures and those who claim to have encountered them.
One of the more disturbing aspects of UFO phenomena are the reports, which continue to come in from around the world, of nighttime abductions by small wide-eyed creatures who supposedly pilot UFOs and conduct various medical experiments on their abductees. The New Age Movement argues that such activity would be proof of an ongoing experiment between humans and aliens, and they note that the radical aspects of such experiments have included impregnating abductees and later returning to remove the hybrid embryos.
THE HISTORICAL RECORD
Scripture and extra biblical legends tell of a visitation of the earth by heavenly beings. Some of the references include:
The Egyptian people originally migrated from the biblical land of Shin'ar, also known as the Land of the Watchers (one of the ancient names of the mysterious visitors). The Egyptians called it Ta Neter--The Land of the Watchers "from which the gods came into Egypt."
The Sumerian scribes referred to the watchers as Anunnaki, which, they said, "came from Nibiru" to judge/rule the inhabitants of the earth. Some have interpreted Nibiru as "a distant planet", but the actual translation is, "Those Who from Heaven to Earth Came."
In the Bible references are made to the Anakim and to the Nephilm also meaning those who came from Heaven to Earth.
In the Book of the Dead there are prayers for deliverance from the Watchers (Tchatcha, the princes of Osiris) , who came from Ta-Ur, the "Far Away Land."
In the Book of Jubilees the Watchers are compared to the "supernatural beings" mentioned in the sixth chapter of Genesis as having come down from heaven to cohabit with women, a union ultimately leading to the birth of the giants.
From the Dead Sea Scrolls (Genesis Apocryphon) we learn that 200 of a larger group of powerful angels called "Watchers" departed from the higher Heavens and sinned. The fallen class of Watchers are considered by some to be the creatures refered to in the Book of Jude as the "angels which kept not their first estate" and who are reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Ancient Chinese folklore tells of visitations from a distant land of "flying carts."
A Sanskrit text--the Drona Parva, documented "dogfights" by extraterrestrial visitors in flying machines.
But men like Von Daniken claim that the Bible is their best advocate and the "greatest UFO book of all time!" The "wheel" in Ezekiel 1:15, the "pillar of cloud" in Exodus 13:21-22, the giants of Genesis 6:4, and Elijah's "chariot of fire" (2 Kgs 2:11), are all viewed as examples of "UFO" activity by New Agers.
But is the record found in Genesis chapter six a description of reproductive experiments conducted by advanced extra-terrestrial creatures? Or is it the retelling of something even more sinister?
A CHRISTIAN ANALYSIS VS THE NEW AGE VIEW
Regardless of one's interpretation of the ancient records, one fact remains. Thousands of years ago heavenly beings visited the earth. They engaged in procreative experiments resulting in a race of mutant beings called nepheli. The final result appears to have been an immediate judgment from God, who ordered Israel to destroy the nepheli and it's descendants. Thousands of years later Jesus spoke of the events occuring during the days of Noah as being comparable to the days leading up to the Rapture of the Church (Matthew 24). This prophecy is remarkable when one realizes that after God judged the celestial beings who cohabited with the Noahtic women, all such comparable activity apparently ceased until about the year 1940. Then, following the infamous Roswell incident which occurred in New Mexico in 1947, modern people from around the world began encountering strange creatures conducting procreative experiments with increasing regularity.
One is forced to wonder: What's going on? Who are these creatures? Are the current "UFO" visitors the same as those of Noah's day? If so, what is this reproductive experimentation about?
Perhaps the answer to this question (the Christian's analysis vs the New Age view on "aliens") is hidden in the first six chapters of Genesis. Very soon after the Fall of man we find in Genesis 3:15 the protoevangelium (the promise that the seed of the woman would someday bring forth a child [Jesus] capable of destroying the serpent's [Satan's] power). In response to the promise, supernatural beings (fallen angels?) appeared from the heavens and performed reproductive experiments on human women (Genesis chapter six). Was Satan attempting to intercept, pollute, and thereby destroy the righteous seed? Was he trying to cut off the birth line of the Messiah? Perhaps. Satan's ancient goal included cutting off the line leading to the Messiah. Satan led Pharaoh to destroy the Hebrew children so the deliverer might not be born. Herod sought the baby Jesus in the New Testament in order to have Him killed. In Revelation, chapter 12, we see the devil (dragon) waiting to destroy the messianic seed as soon as it is born of the woman.
But Dr. I.D.E. Thomas, in his book, The Omega Conspiracy, suggests that Satan had even bigger plans at work in the sixth chapter of Genesis. He claims that Satan (as opposed to aliens) was trying to produce a race of mutant warriors by breeding fallen angels with women in an effort to exterminate the children of God. From a Christian's point of view this could explain how people like the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, who were enemies of Yahweh, appeared out of nowhere around B.C. 3500, bringing with them a pantheon of deities, the first written language, and a superior knowledge of earth sciences. This may also explain why many of the religions that followed Sumerian mythology, including Greek mythology, emerged from the original idea that powerful beings, with names like "Zeus" and "Apollo," visited the earth, intermarried with women, and fathered half human children. Dr. Thomas believes recent "UFO" abduction activity may point to the birth of a new race of anti-God warriors, as we approach the end of the age and the coming of Armageddon.
ENTER LYING WONDERS
A question arises: Does Genesis chapter 6 support the New Age theory that alien creatures traveled from distant planets in UFOs, performed reproductive experiments on women, and were afterward honored in the images and folklore of the gods of mythology? Or, is Dr. I.D.E. Thomas correct in stating that the story in Genesis is a record of fallen angels acting in accord with Satan? What, if anything, could this tell us about the current interstellar phenomena? Are we experiencing an ongoing invasion of earth by intergalactic scientists, or is Satan busy advancing the most sophisticated con game in history?
We know that the rapture of the Church will be accompanied by "...fearful sights and great signs...from heaven" (Lk 21:11). Perhaps Satan is contriving an "alien invasion" to explain the disappearance of so many people at once! If eighty percent of the population believes in the possibility of extra-terrestrial intelligence, wouldn't this be a powerful form of deception? And since New Age theology produces a growing belief among some contemporary church groups that flying saucers will be the method "God" uses to retrieve the Christian community during the Rapture, couldn't the UFO sightings phenomenon play a part in the great deception that will pervade the earth following the Rapture?
We read in 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12:
And then shall that Wicked [one] be revealed....whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders....And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness [emphasis added].
The world authorities remaining to make up the governments of the Antichrist will need an explanation for those taken in the Rapture. People from around the world will be missing! Now imagine: If the Rapture was followed by hundreds of "space craft" landing on earth piloted by creatures who appeared to be advanced humanoids, couldn't these beings claim to have removed the Christians into some kind of high-tech "rapture," and simultaneously present their leader (antichrist?) as the messiah? Couldn't they point to ancient mysteries, megaliths, pyramids, and the gods of mythology, as proof of an ancient visitation of planet earth?
The late Pulitzer Prize-winning author and agnostic Carl Sagan was, until his death, working on a screenplay about the ramifications of just such a savior who appears in the coming millennium! Humanists like Mr. Sagan argue that evidence such as the meteorite which has been hypothesized as indicating that microscopic life existed on Mars millions of years ago, is proof that prehistoric life forms (ET's) could have moved throughout the universe for untold millennia.
DID DANIEL KNOW "LYING WONDERS" WERE END TIME UFOS?
What are the "lying wonders" referred to in 2 Thessalonians that will accompany the appearing of the Antichrist? According to the Book of Daniel, the Antichrist will "honour the god of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not" (Dan. 11:38). The literal Hebrew translation means "an alien god" (alien to Hebrew culture). Baalhazor, the aforementioned "god of forces," was originally known as the lord of sky and battle. As Baalbamoth he was the lord of the aerial regions. As Baalzebub he was the lord of those who fly, or quickly flit from place to place. In the New Testament the same spirit is referred to as the prince of the powers of the air (aer, circumambient air encompassing the surface of the earth). Therefore, the lying wonders adjoined to the coming of the Antichrist could very well be what we call flying saucers.
The bottom line? Biblical and extra biblical documents offer a startling proposition: While some UFO sightings can be explained as military or naturally occurring phenomena, others cannot. Whatever or whoever they are, the reality of UFO activity can no longer be doubted. One concludes that these beings are either advanced humanoids from outer space, or that this activity signals an ongoing deception of demonic design. If the current UFO activity is demonic and indicates Satan has for centuries planned an "alien" visitation in order to, among other things, explain the rapture of the church, it is reasonable to believe that his plans have heretofore included indoctrination and advanced intelligence. Military invasions always involve preliminary and clandestine maneuvers, and Satan's plans to deceive the past, the present, and the future World Order, would first involve covert strategies of brainwashing, political manipulation, and the positioning of his agents in places of power.
Not long ago people who supported such UFO interpretations were the object of scorn. Because of accumulating evidence and reputable eyewitness accounts, this is no longer the case. That some kind of unexplained phenomenon, called the UFO experience by some, occurs, is beyond question. UFO reports are coming in at the alarming worldwide rate of about six sightings per hour! While I believe the New Age Movement's connection between UFO phenomenon and the origin of man is erroneous, I nevertheless credit New Agers for recognizing the high possibility that UFO activity is perhaps a first step towards developing the schemes of a super intelligent force, a power which may energize the UFO phenomenon today.
What New Agers describe as the goals of a "highly advanced alien civilization," is perhaps better defined as the plotting of evil supernaturalism.