UFOs — What Are They?

Title: UFOs – What Are They?

Text: Exodus 7:19, 22, Ezekiel 1:4, 15-16, Job 1:6-7

Time: October 17th, 2012

 

I’ve talked about the popularity in our culture of UFOs and aliens in past messages. I’ve talked about how it’s not just Hollywood that’s obsessed with the paranormal, but also now the scientific community is jumping on board the bandwagon as well. It’s not just movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind or E.T., but it’s now television documentary series on The History Channel. We’ve seen television specials on The Discovery Channel, National Geographic and PBS. There have been either mini-series or made-for-television dramas all dealing with UFOs or alien extra-terrestrials. The major bookstores have entire sections dealing with the subject. The Internet is full of websites devoted to these things as well. Why are people so fascinated with UFOs? Why are aliens and extra-terrestrials so popular in our culture? Isn’t it because of our culture’s loss of real faith in the real God, so it must find some other substitute faith – something more in keeping with our secular, scientific age, yet with enough mystery and awe to satisfy the soul? There is no question that citizens of traditional Christian societies, like Europe and America, are more or less moving away from historic, traditional Christianity. Some people become thoroughly secular, or non-religious, as they say. But most wouldn’t discard spiritual faith entirely, although they are open to changing it to fit their modern understanding of life. For many of these people, belief in some form of extra-terrestrial or alien existence meets their needs. Otherwise rational people seem willing to disbelieve in the existence of angels or demons, as historic Christianity teaches; yet they are perfectly willing to buy into the “little green men” belief. Otherwise level-headed individuals apparently aren’t willing to believe in an all-mighty God, yet they are able to believe in a race of superior aliens who exist somewhere “out there,” who may have visited our planet, or are visiting it, or may visit it sometime in the future. How can otherwise rational persons believe such things? They say there’s evidence. They say there’s proof. They point to the many UFO sightings and reports. They say something is going on. And we must agree with them, at least on the last point, that indeed, something is going on. But what is it that’s going on? How can we account for all these reports of UFO sightings? What causes ordinary people to claim to see and encounter UFOs? Are these all hoaxes? Or are these simply cases of misunderstandings that have perfectly natural explanations? How can we explain the modern phenomenon of UFOs? As Christians we must try to come to some understanding of these happenings. Let me say three things about UFO sightings by reviewing three possibilities.

 

First, UFOs could be something that has a perfectly natural explanation. Exodus 7:19, 22, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron, take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt . . and they will turn to blood. Blood will be everywhere in Egypt. . . .’ But the Egyptian magicians did the same things by their secret arts, and Pharaoh’s heart became hard; he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had said.” This is a scene from the biblical Exodus account that we’ve all seen on the television movie The Ten Commandments, with Charlton Heston. In the TV movie, it shows Moses and Aaron performing a supernatural miracle from God in making the Nile blood red. Then it shows the magicians and advisors of Pharaoh reporting that by mixing water with a certain type of clay, a red blood-like liquid is produced. This is enough to debunk for Pharaoh the supernatural plague from God upon the Nile. He hardens his heart and refuses to left the Jewish people go. Now this is an example of a natural explanation given for an unknown event. It’s the same way with the UFO phenomenon today – there are many who attempt to say it’s something totally natural occurring, and that it can be explained away by purely natural means. For example, after the so-called Roswell incident in 1947, the government initially reported a UFO had crashed in the desert of New Mexico; but then a few days later they changed their story to a weather balloon. The natural explanation approach is another way of coming to grips with the UFO phenomenon. It basically says that whatever is being reported as a UFO, it can be explained somehow in terms of known natural forces. Someone sees a bright light in the sky. What is it? It might be a comet. It could be a reflection of light. Maybe it’s some kind of lightening. Perhaps it’s an airplane or some kind of ordinary aircraft with its lights turned a certain way or reflecting off clouds, for example. The assumption with the natural explanation approach is that whatever it is, it need not be anything more than a misunderstanding or ignorance of natural forces at work. In the TV movie The Ten Commandments, after the Pharaoh hears the reports of how water is made red through the use of a special kind of clay, he immediately believes this natural explanation instead of any kind of supernatural sign from God. That’s what the U.S. government usually tries to do, that’s what most scientists try to do in respect to UFO sightings and reports – while granting that people saw something, they explain them away with some kind of natural explanation. It doesn’t have to explain everything; it just has to be plausible. But does this really explain everything? I’m sure it truly does explain some sightings; that makes sense. But all UFO sightings? No. Something more is happening than the natural explanation covers.

 

Second, UFOs could be something that has a paranormal or alien explanation. Ezekiel 1:4, 15-16, “I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the North – an immense cloud with flashing lighting and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like metal. . . . As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground besides each creature with its four faces. This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.” This is the famous Ezekiel “wheel within a wheel” passage that UFO enthusiasts use to “prove” the Bible backs their beliefs. Of course, the verse does no such thing. But let’s give the paranormal or alien explanation of UFOs a hearing at least. According to many people, perhaps even a majority of people today, UFO sightings prove that extra-terrestrials are real. In other words, because there are UFOs, there must be aliens. Of course, that doesn’t follow logically, because UFO stands for “unidentified flying objects,” which could mean anything in the air that can’t be identified. It could mean anything. If somebody were to launch a helium balloon, let’s say, with a small flashlight attached to it, and some other people saw and reported it – that could be classified as a UFO. But the strange part is, it’s not just the reporting of strange aircraft that make people believe in extra-terrestrials, it’s also the alien abduction reports that convince them that we are being visited by beings from another world. It’s also the inadequacy of the so-called natural explanations, and the lame attempts by the government to downplay or explain away UFOs that help many people believe in real little green men. If we stop and step back and analyze our current culture situation right now, we’ll find that we Westerners have a pretty sophisticated and developed idea of what so-called extra-terrestrials are and even what they should look like. We’ve seen enough episodes of Star Trek, or watched enough Star Wars movies to know how the ET mythology goes. There’s a remarkably well-developed story line that is easy enough to buy into. Couple that with actually UFO sightings and alien abduction accounts, and it’s no wonder many people believe we are really dealing with visitors from space. I’ve already mentioned the many television specials and documentaries fueling interests in the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. No wonder recent polling data indicate a majority of people actually believes aliens exist. The Ezekiel passage in no way describes a UFO spacecraft, but given the current UFO craze and the popular ET mythology, is it any wonder that people see aliens everywhere – even in the Bible? But there’s actually a better explanation of UFOs. Let’s turn to it now.

 

Third, UFOs could be something that has a supernatural or spiritual explanation. Job 1:6-7, “One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, ‘Where have you come from?’ Satan answered the Lord, ‘From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.’” Here a biblical description of a meeting taking place between God and angels – and it looks like both good and bad angels (at least one fallen angel, Satan) were present. We learn from the account that Satan was “roaming through the earth, going back and forth in it.” Now we know also from other passages in the Bible that not only Satan is capable of moving about the earth, but also the other fallen angels or demons as well. So we have, according to the Bible, a world full of angels moving about the world. There are good angels who remain loyal to God, and there are fallen angels who are evil and who follow Satan. But these are all active in the world. The above passage then goes on further to describe Satan intervening in the life of Job to bring about harm using physical forces such as wind and fire. Now the point is that Satan and demons, according to the Bible, have vast powers. They are no match for God and angels, but they are superior to mankind. Now how does this relate to UFOs? Very simply, UFOs are best explained as the activity of fallen angels or demons. The way UFOs are reported reminds one a lot of the way demonic occult activity is reported, for example, reports of ghosts and spirits. Isn’t it strange that no hard evidence in the form of an actual up-close photograph or video has ever been made of an actual UFO? There are thousands and thousands of reports, and hundreds and hundreds of alleged photos and videos, but they are all off-focus, grainy, and far off. Why is that? We see the same kind of evidence for ghosts and demonic occult spirits during, say, séances. Yes, there’s evidence of something, but it always seems just out of reach, just enough to make concrete verification impossible. Why is that? Some might say that the UFOs don’t want to be seen. If so, why fly over cities at night with lights on? No. It seems that UFOs do want to be seen, but not seen up close or in detail – just like ghost and demonic occult spirits seem to like to be seen, but not too close. What does this tell us? Doesn’t it tell us that we are dealing with, possibly, the same kind of deceiving spirits, like poltergeist, who like to make mischief, but don’t want to be captured or known? If we look at UFO activity and occult activity we see a strong parallel. Might that be because we are dealing with the same kind of spirit entities, fallen angels or demons?

 

Now I can’t say for 100% certain that UFOs are fallen angels trying to confuse, cause anxiety, produce fear or simply mess with our minds. But it makes sense; it makes at least as much sense as any other explanation – and I think it makes more sense than the other explanations. For example, with the natural explanation, I think it’s pretty clear that something more than weather balloons or ball lightning or heat inversions, for example, is taking place. I think it’s clear that not everybody is being fooled into reporting UFOs when in reality they saw airplane lights or helicopter landings or satellites or other man-made flying objects. There is no way that all UFO reports are explainable in natural terms. Similarly, I don’t think the alien or extra-terrestrial explanation for UFOs is correct either. Why not? Because a number of unproven assumptions must be made in order for this explanation to make sense. One, there’s still no hard evidence that there is life beyond planet earth, or that any other planet contains life, or especially that there is intelligent life beyond our planet. So in order to claim that UFOs are aliens from space, we’d have to know that aliens from outer space exist independently of the sighting; we don’t. If we picked up signals from extra-terrestrials, like the SETI project is attempting – then at least we’d know they are out there and could possibly visit earth. But we have no evidence that anyone is out there, so how can we jump to the conclusion that we are being visited by anyone from space? Besides, if aliens are visiting earth in UFOs why don’t they contact us? Why do they act so flighty? UFO sightings reveal a bizarre pattern of activity by these so-called crafts. They speed up, then slow down; they hover, then take off. They seem to want to be seen, but then again they seem like they don’t want to be seen. It’s as if they can’t seem to make up their minds – to be seen or not to be seen? This is exactly the same kind of behavior we see in respect to reports about ghosts, occult apparitions and spirits. This is exactly the kind of activity so-called poltergeist exhibit. It’s not hard to imagine that demonic spirits are manufacturing visual appearances, producing optical light shows, generally playing with the minds and emotions of humans. They’ve started an extra-terrestrial or alien pseudo-spiritual myth, and they are playing it for all it’s worth. We gullible humans are falling for it hook, line and sinker. They are doing nothing more than taking the parlor tricks they’ve been playing on occultists for years, and taking these to the skies on a large scale. So-called alien abductions can be explained the same way. Let’s not be fooled by the Devil and his demons. We have no need to be afraid or confused. We’ve got God and God’s Word to guide and direct us away from the myth of UFOs and aliens. Let’s believe the truth from God and not the lies of the demons.

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