(All Biblical References are from the Revised Standard Version. Portions of this article previously appeared in Unicus.)
The Bible has been called the world's greatest book of Ufology by some and dismissed as totally unrelated in any conclusive way to the modern UFO phenomenon at all by others. It becomes a matter of totally subjective faith as both sides argue their cases without the slightest bit of empirical proof or totally convincing scientific evidence. Belief in the Bible and in the UFO phenomenon itself are both a matter of a preference based on the inner mind's personal perceptions and the heart's emotional need for conclusions it can be comfortable with.
My own belief is that both the Bible and the UFO phenomenon are inseparably related and represent a form of divine revelation from the Heavenly Ones On High who themselves determine the moment when they make the truth of their existence and presence known to the world in general. An unplanned, seemingly accidental "discovery" of the truth is not possible without them. There is no proof of God in the most objective terms unless he himself makes that truth evident through his own divine revelation of himself. Seeing is believing, but only when God is ready for us to see.
The standard verses used to establish a connection between scriptures and UFOs, like Chapters One and Ten of Ezekiel and the Exodus with its many miracles like the pillar of cloud and the Transfiguration episode of the Gospel, are perfectly valid and convincing and I do not question their truth in the slightest.
However, over many years of study of the Bible, and about a third as many studying UFOs and their attendant happenings, like abduction, I feel the connection between the modern experiences of UFOs and certain verses from the ancient scriptures can be made with numerous other verses than the merely the oft-quoted and familiar ones.
For instance the genetic experiments that many researchers believe are the most basic purpose of the abduction experience may not have been totally ignored by the prophets of the Bible, as most would assert. What is regarded for the most part as a purely 20th century manifestation of the UFO phenomenon can perhaps best be said to at least be a subject the prophets warned us about, in both a positive and a negative sense, in Isaiah and Hosea, as well as by Nostradamus many centuries later.
In attempting to see the positive side of hybridizations that are often seen as the true purpose of abductions by everyone from Budd Hopkins to David Jacobs to Raymond Fowler, one should keep in mind the standard evolutionary view of the phenomenon, which results in the following paradigm, or model for understanding, and goes something like this: Perhaps it is simply the next step in evolution, like when man made the transition from Neanderthal Man to Cro-Magnon Man, a sudden and dramatic change in both form and consciousness.
Students of Zechariah Sitchin and other ancient astronauts believers may find this a simple restatement of an obvious pattern, but I have only recently found this understanding this directly spelled out in any UFO literature I have myself been exposed to.
The next step for me it to establish at least some sort of fleeting connection between this issue and some passages in the Bible. For example, Isaiah 45:9-11.
"Woe to him who strives with his Maker, an earthen vessel with the potter. Does the clay say to him who fashions it, 'What are you making?' or 'Your work has no handles.' Woe to him who says to a father, 'What are you begetting?' or to a woman, 'With what are you in travail?' Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, 'Will you question me about my children, or command me concerning the work of my hands?'"
Here it seems like the Lord is attempting to answer his critics while at the same time confessing to his own hand in the creation process. One can almost see the average UFO researcher leading a witness through the process of hypnotic regression and, when the subject of the hybrid babies comes up, asking questions like "What are you begetting?" or "With what are you in travail?" One should also recall that one aspect of alien hybridization often involves a presentation of the mutant baby to both fathers and mothers who may indeed be equally confused as well as to what they had a hand in parenting.
Returning to Isaiah, the prophet has God declaring himself to be strange and "alien" as well. Isaiah 28:21 reads, "For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazin, he will be wroth as in the Valley Gibeon, to do his deed-strange is his deed! And to work his work-alien is his work!"
Admittedly, "alien" is generally understood to be synonymous with "foreigner" and "stranger," but is it so difficult to imagine these words were written with a future context and understanding in mind? Is it so hard to see that the books the prophets wrote are intended to serve as a time capsule-type message to the future world, our present world, in which the word "alien" read as "extra-terrestrial" was a very much intended pun?
Isaiah 42:9 reads, "Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I know declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them." It is followed shortly by Isaiah 43: 18-19, which reads, "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?"
Both of these passages portray the Lord as doing something new under the sun, showing mankind an aspect of creation not yet seen yet still the bona fide creation of the Lord of Israel. Perhaps, without reading an understanding in where it does not belong (though anyone attempting this argument would fall prey to that), these verses can also be seen as referring to an intended evolutionary change from Homo Sapiens to whatever the hybrid children are ultimately called. When you connect the preceding verses, the Lord declares himself an alien carrying out an alien act that is something new and not previously seen or understood involving the begetting and birth of children that he is loathe to see suffer criticism. Does that not fit rather neatly the patterns of abduction and the mutant children these experiences many times involve, as well as the aliens' obvious concern for and pride in these hybrid children?
As David Jacobs wrote in Secret Life (Simon and Schuster, 1992), the aliens often say to their reluctant human parent subjects, "This is a good baby! What a good baby!" The God of the Bible has very little tolerance for those slow to see his unfolding plan, even if it involves babies that can factually be called "mutations."
Now let's move up the calendar a couple of thousand years and look at Nostradamus. In The Untold Story: Nostradamus' Unpublished Prophecies, by Arthur Crockett, (Inner Light Books, 1983), Nostradamus is said to have written the following prophecy and then left it out of the published part of his work. The prophecy is understandably without Century or Quatrain number, and it reads, in part: "A new breed descends in gratitude. Conflagration in the heavens."
While it is probably impossible to entirely authenticate the prophecy as being genuinely written by Nostradamus, the understanding should be obvious to those who know about the genetic experiments of the alien abductors. That the hybrid children are destined to descend to the earth and dwell with mankind and that they do so in an attitude of gratitude sounds an optimistic note often lacking in modern treatments of the subject of hybridization which treat the process as a cruel and sinister manipulation of humans, their emotions and their genetic material.
Further support for the idea that the mutant children are intended to take their place on the earth comes from a source who is, by his own admission, hostile to the spiritual interpretation of the abduction experience, David Jacobs. In Jacobs' contribution to alien abduction literature, Secret Life, one of his subjects describes under hypnotic regression what the author calls a "media presentation" in which the subject is shown "moving pictures of beautiful and idyllic landscapes." Jacobs' subject then says, "I think the impression we're meant to have is, 'This is where we're taking the babies' . . . the message is that this is the way, all of these beautiful things that they keep showing us, this is the way the world will be. It's just like Big Brother. There's no difference."
The point here is that Nostradamus' prediction, which I assume was not known by Jacobs' research subject, matches what an abductee is told directly by the aliens themselves. It fits so neatly that it has an eerie quality of appropriateness. For the sake of non-censorship, I have also quoted what is unquestionably the negative interpretation of what the witness was shown. The reader is welcome to interpret the material according to his own preference.
There is also a pleasing harmony and repetition between Nostradamus' vision of the new breed descending from the heavens and the oft-quoted passage Genesis 6:4, "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown." Again, we find the theme of descent from above and of a sexual crossbreeding between two different species. What happened in man's infancy is repeated nearly 6,000 years later in his history, except to a much greater degree of exactitude and refinement. When one keeps in mind that the most literal translation of Nephilim, according to no less a source than Zechariah Sitchin, is "those who come down from above," the image is conjured up of an ever-evolving, ever-progressing transformation of what humans are and are intended to become.
Of course, in all fairness to those who prefer to take a dim and negative view, I offer another verse that I found simply by looking up "alien" in my concordance, from the Book of Hosea, an Old Testament minor prophet. Hosea 5:7 reads, "They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord; for they have born alien children. Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields."
As so often happens, the Bible is contradictory. What one prophet calls holy, another calls profane.
When a person is told during the abduction process that they are a "Chosen One," one is instantly reminded that the Jews were called "The Chosen People." The great scholar of myth, Joseph Campbell, once wrote that what we have in the Exodus story is not the selection of a single man to rule over the people as a god, but of the sanctioning and setting apart of an entire race whose destiny is intended for the instruction and elevation of all mankind. Deuteronomy, 9:5, has the Lord saying to his Chosen Ones, "Not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart are you going in to possess their land; but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you, and that he may confirm the word which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob." The righteousness of the Chosen People is not absolute, but is decidedly relative, relative specifically to their more wicked neighbors and oppressors.
When the abductee reports feeling chosen to be no more than a lab rat or scientific specimen, as is often the case under the questioning of a non-believing UFO investigator, one cannot help but wonder if some other meaning is being missed, if some higher and more pleasing connection is being lost in the translation during the arduous and emotionally exhausting process of hypnotic regression. If abductees are chosen on the basis of being superior somehow to others who are not chosen, it seems logical to assume again that this superiority is only relative.
Let us now examine a possible understanding of the basic "Creation Story" in Genesis matched to some of the details in abduction accounts. The Nordic-type alien is often reported by abductees, and is an essentially human looking alien who seems to outrank the lower gray form. In Genesis 1:26-27, the scripture says, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them."
The language obviously implies, first of all, that God is a plural entity, made "in our image," the verse says, and again, both male and female. Are we made in the image of the Nordics? The decidedly human looking form of the Nordics, being, again, both male and female? It is at least a case where several pieces of the puzzle fit in a form both loyal to the original language of the Bible and to the information reported time and time again in abduction reports from all over the world.
There are also new connections between the Bible, mankind's own space efforts, and the alien/Elohim response to things like modern astronomy and landing on the moon. I first learned of the following bit of prophecy from the Old Testament minor prophet Obadiah in a newspaper published in Oklahoma City, "Prophecy In The News." In the September, 1990, edition, an article by Minister J.R. Church titled, "Major Prophecy From A Minor Prophet" quoted from the Book of Obadiah, which is only one chapter, verse 4, as follows: "Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, thence will I bring you down, says the Lord." The connection with the American space program is then made, including Neil Armstrong's world famous declaration, "The Eagle has landed." That the U.S. space effort, through the use of "the Eagle" was able to set its nest "among the stars," to literally land on the moon, is quickly followed up by the Lord's declaration that he will take vengeance on mankind's impious achievement.
Jeremiah 31:35-37 is also useful here. It reads as follows: "Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar-the Lord of Hosts is his name: If this fixed order departs from me, says the Lord, then shall the descendants of Israel cease from being a nation before me for ever."
Again, what the voice of God seems to declare to the prophet is the demand that mankind's intelligence, technological achievements and general knowledge of the universe remain inferior to his own. Though man may reach new heights through his science and his mastery of subjects like physics and astronomy, that height must be sufficiently below his Maker's lest he stir the Lord to unappeasable wrath.
I've seen one tabloid newspaper claim that there exists a piece of video tape that was confiscated from the photographer and taken to NASA. The video was said to have a pretty clean shot of a UFO appearing right before the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle, "Challenger," and seemingly shooting some kind of weapon that caused the disaster. While proof of even one of these kinds of conspiracy theories involving either hostile or friendly relations between the government and the aliens has never surfaced to the satisfaction of those in the UFO community or the public at large, it is sometimes difficult to dismiss such events especially when they fit the logic of one's overall point of view as a believer in both UFOs and what I personally believe is the at least arguably Biblical intelligence that governs them.
Is there an effort by the gods of the Bible and by extension of all world religions to monitor and control man's scientific progress? Is it possible for man to go too far and incur the wrath of his Creator simply for stepping out of his place as an inventor and technological innovator? If there is such an effort on the part of the aliens, are we not better off to keep in our place, as the saying goes? Are things like the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, or sometimes, Star Wars) and NASA programs in general an insult the gods feel they do not deserve from their unruly child, Man? That basic tension is one of many conflicts between God and Man waiting to be resolved by what many consider the inevitable fulfillment of the prophecies of the Apocalypse and Armageddon.
Further along in this vein, it is a well-known fact of Ufology that UFO sightings often occur near nuclear weapons facilities, and that contactees from the 1950s on had a common tale to tell of Space Brothers who warned of impending nuclear disaster and ecological ruin, both of which are a consequence of man's technological prowess run rampant in an increasingly cold and inhuman world. The apocaplyptic nuclear explosion image that many abductees are shown is more likely not viewed as a mere probability by the aliens, but as an inevitable event that fits the predictions and timetables of the prophets from Isaiah to Revelation to Nostradamus.
Again, drawing from one of David Jacobs' subjects included in Secret Life aliens tell the subject that the nuclear explosion they're describing will happen when the subject is one month away from age forty, rather than by simply telling him the calendar date of the calamitous event. By working the mathmatics of the information Jacobs gives, that the subject was 17 years old in 1976, the year the subject turns forty turns out to be 1999. Those familiar with Nostradamus will instantly recognize the year as being related to the millennium-centered warfare of the Third Antichrist as well as the year predicted for the coming of "an alarmingly powerful king" from the sky. That last bit is sometimes interpreted as the arrival of aliens at a time of global earthly warfare.
Is intervention by the gods/angels/UFO occupants the only thing that can spare Man from both his own self-intoxicating scientific progress and the psychosis that has set in after years of alienation from his Heavenly Father's love?
Again, I must answer myself by returning to a statement I made at the beginning of this essay: The truth will come only when God and the UFOs make their direct revelation to Man, the transmission of an answer from above untainted by the subjective delusions the human race groans under to this day.
And it will be a truth mercifully transcendent of the selfish ends of the mighty and the powerful, one that is intended for the fulfillment of one of the prophecies spoken by Christ himself, "The meek shall inherit the earth."