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Are There Alien Civilizations Older Than The Human Race?, Is Faster-Than-Light Travel Possible?, Were Aliens Ancient Gods? Theoretical Physiology Of Alien Beings, Our Dark Human Nature The Potential Threat Of An Alien Invasion, Alien Abductions, Whitley Strieber's Experiences, Nothing Benign In Abductions, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, My Initial Skepticism, Our Desire For Fame And Attention, "UFO" A Profitable Buzz Word, Believing In Spite Of The Facts, I'm A Pack Rat, God's Wrath Are Aliens From Outer Space Found In The King James Bible?
So, for the sake of argument, let us assume that this view has some degree of validity. In other words, let us assume that God did decide to create intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. Let us also theorize that these alien beings possess a nature which is very similar to our own. Looking at our own history, it is probably safe to assume that at some stage in their development, when their technology had reached a sufficiently advanced level, they began to scan the heavens, in the hope of answering the one Big Question: "Are we alone in the Universe?". Eventually, perhaps out of necessity, curiosity, or maybe for some other reasons, when their technology permitted it, these same beings also began to explore the Universe, beginning with their own local star system and galaxy.
Of course, to even entertain this possibility, we must also be willing to accept the idea that other civilizations may have been created long before we were, and that they may be hundreds, or possibly thousands of years ahead of us, in a technological sense. Logic seems to dictate that such a race of beings would have to be highly advanced, with technology that we can only dream of, in order to embark on such an extended journey from their home world to our own. To even begin to understand how such a race might accomplish this feat, would undoubtedly require that one have a firm grasp of physics, engineering, astronomy, propulsion systems, etc.
Being a rather simple man, I personally have a very limited understanding of string theory, wormholes, anti-gravity, the distortion of the space/time continuum, and other theoretical concepts. A number of year ago, I read through approximately half of Stephen Hawkin's 1988 book "A Brief History Of Time" before I finally gave up in despair. Hawkin's concepts were simply beyond my current understanding. However, what I do understand, is that based upon the laws of physics, at least as scientists currently understand them, Faster-Than-Light -- FTL-- space travel is a physical impossibility; and I have heard it stated a number of times, that it is precisely this kind of space travel that would be required, in order for an alien race to transverse the vast distances of space between their home world and ours in a reasonable amount of time.
While I don't fully understand it, from the limited research that I've conducted concerning this topic, it has a lot to do with the fact that the mass of an object increases in direct proportion to its velocity. This means, if I understand the concept correctly, that as the speed of an object increases, its very mass acts as a force of resistance which prevents it, or at least hinders it, from gaining additional speed. In other words, it would require a tremendous amount of velocity and fuel for a spaceship to overcome its own increasing mass, and attain the speed of light. The craft would reach a speed where it could no longer overcome its own mass, thus making it impossible for it to ever reach the speed of light. As I said, my grasp of such things is limited, so I may not have it exactly right. If so, I am sure that someone will write to me, in order to clarify the issue for me.
There are other obstacles to overcome as well. For example, how would a spacecraft be able to decrease its velocity and land on a particular planet if it is traveling at such a high rate of speed? Wouldn't it have to accelerate for the first half of its journey, and decelerate for the remaining half? There is also the issue of the structural integrity of the spacecraft. Can a spacecraft be constructed which could withstand such mind-boggling velocity? It seems to me that a saucer-shaped craft would be the most viable solution. But even then, if a spacecraft is moving at the speed of light, how would it avoid hitting into planets, asteroids and other objects in space? It seems to me that a craft traveling at this speed would have to move in a straight line; and sooner or later, something is bound to cross its path. What then? While Star Trek's "warp speed" sounds and looks exciting, it is, after all, only fantasy. An alien race would have to have the entire Universe precisely mapped out in order to avoid such collisions in space.
Of course, these questions and problems are based upon our current understanding of physics. As I mentioned before, if these alien civilizations exist, and if they are hundreds or thousands of years ahead of us in a technological sense, it is possible that they may have already mastered some of the theoretical concepts that I discussed earlier. If that's the case, then distance and speed, and perhaps even physical objects, may not be a problem for them whatsoever.
One thing seems rather certain. If an advanced space-faring race does exist, and if this race visited the Earth in our distant past, it is quite probable that they would have been viewed as great gods who had come down from the sky. As you may already know, there are in fact a number of cultures in the world today, which possess legends, traditions, sacred writings and artifacts which speak of strangers who arrived from the sky. I will be discussing some of these legends in more detail later on in this series. I also encourage you to read the series "The Nibiru Planet X Wormwood Controversy".
So the question is, did this really happen? Has Planet Earth been the object of extraterrestrial visitations in the past? Furthermore, do these alien visitations continue today? Or is it possible that what some people have assumed are alien beings and extraterrestrial spaceships, are really something entirely different? It's my hope that after you've completed reading this series, you will be able to form your own sound conclusions, based upon the information that I've presented here.
A moment ago I theorized that if God has created intelligent beings on other planets, they may possess a nature which is similar to our own. I base this idea upon the belief that if God created us in His image here on Earth, He would choose to do the same thing on other worlds as well. In other words, in a physiological sense, aliens, if they exist, may possess a hominid form similar to our own. They would be bipedal, and would walk in an upright form. They would have two arms, two legs, two hands, two feet, a torso, a neck and a head.
I am also inclined to believe that mentally, emotionally and spiritually, they would also be similar to human beings; and therein lies the problem. As much as we humans like to dwell on our positive traits, our own tragic history on this planet forces us to acknowledge that we possess a dark, violent and even evil side to our nature. The Bible clearly agrees with this assessment of our human nature. A few verses which come to my mind are the following:
"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
Genesis 6:5, KJV
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Jeremiah 17:9, KJV
"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:"
Mt 15:19, KJV
So following this line of thought, isn't it logical to assume that if we humans possess this dark side to our nature, alien beings may likewise possess the very same negative traits? If we couple this possibility with the fact that any alien race which might choose to visit us would obviously be superior to us in a technological sense, it paints a very alarming image of what our future may possibly hold, if said aliens lean to the dark side.
Realistically-speaking, there's absolutely no guarantee that a potential alien visitation would be a positive event which would benefit humanity. In fact, the mythology of television programs and movies such as "War of the Worlds", "Invasion", "First Wave", "Independence Day", "V", "The X-Files", "Dark Skies" and a host of others, may be closer to the truth than the more benign picture we are given from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial", "Taken", and a few of the other positive vibe alien movies. Rather than be the recipients of interplanetary diplomacy, such as when the Vulcans first arrived on Earth in the Star Trek movies, we could just as easily face interplanetary war, enslavement or perhaps total annihilation at the hands of an overpowering alien enemy. Franchises such as "Star Wars" and "Alien" come to mind.
Having said that, it seems to me that if, as certain people believe, our planet has already been visited by one or more alien races, and if their agenda was to attack and subdue the people of Planet Earth, surely they would have done it already. They certainly would not wait until we possess the technology to defend ourselves and defeat them. They would act now. Being as this has obviously not happened yet, what does this tell us? Could they be waiting on something? Or could it be that they simply haven't arrived yet? Or might it even be that they really don't exist? Personally, I'm of the opinion that something does in fact exist, whether one prefers to call it alien, or something else; and I am not convinced that it can be trusted.
As I first mentioned twenty years ago in a short article entitled "Alien Abductions and the Evil Bird" -- which is now incorporated into this current series -- as a result of the large body of UFO-related material which I've examined over the years, I am not convinced of the positive nature, nor do I blindly accept the stated intentions, of these so-called "alien beings" which, if sources are to be believed, have apparently affected the lives of a considerable number of people in recent decades. Anyone who has done any degree of serious research in the area of UFOlogy, should have some deep reservations regarding this entire phenomenon. He or she shouldn't be too hasty to assume that these creatures, whatever they are, whoever they are, and wherever they come from, have our well-being as their highest priority.
This is clearly evidenced by the so-called "alien abduction" experience. From conducting my research, I have arrived at the conclusion that the "alien abduction" experience is for the most part an American phenomenon. Not only do they seem to occur primarily in the United States of America, but in most cases, it seems that they are negative experiences as well, much like what has been depicted in the aforementioned movies and television shows.
Ask anyone who has allegedly been abducted by said entities, and the vast majority will tell you that it was by no means a pleasant experience. In fact, it was a rather frightening experience which filled them with horror; and some people's lives have been filled with anxiety, fear and paranoia, ever since the event occurred to them. Some of them worry that it may happen again; and according to the information that I have read, to some, it already has. I am reminded of a few books I read a number of years ago, written by American sci- fi author, Whitley Strieber. In the first book, "Communion: A True Story", published in 1988, Mr. Strieber describes the helplessness, and the sheer fear that he felt, while in the presence of his strange "visitors":
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"I became entirely given over to extreme dread. The fear was so powerful that it seemed to make my personality completely evaporate . . . 'Whitley' ceased to exist. What was left was a body and a state of raw fear so great that it swept about me like a thick, suffocating curtain, turning paralysis into a condition that seemed close to death . . . I died and a wild animal appeared in my place."
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Whitley Strieber's 1997 follow-up book, "Transformation: The Breakthrough", contained more of the same talk of dread and fear. Strieber writes:
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"Increasingly I felt as if I were entering a struggle that might even be more than life and death. It might be a struggle for my soul, my essence, or whatever part of me might have reference to the eternal. There are worse things than death, I suspected . . ."
"I felt an absolutely indescribable sense of menace. It was hell on earth to be there [in the presence of the entities], and yet I couldn't move, couldn't cry out, couldn't get away. I'd lay as still as death, suffering inner agonies."
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These feelings of dread, fear and complete helplessness have been expressed by many other people who have likewise found themselves in the presence of these mysterious beings. If you surf the web, you will find many other personal accounts that describe incidents very similar to those described by Whitley Strieber. So what we need to ask ourselves is this: If these beings are as benign as some New Agers and UFO cultists claim that they are, why is it then that these terrible experiences are occurring to these people, and leaving some of them full of fear and scarred for life?
So as I have already made clear, due to the insight which I have gained over the years from reading UFOlogy literature, as well as from studying the Bible, during which time I have come to better understand the nature of both God and Angels, and how they tend to operate, it has become clear to me that insofar as the "alien abduction" experience is concerned, and I do use that term with reservation, for the most part, we seem to be dealing primarily with something which is of a dark, evil nature.
Borrowing a phrase from the Bible, they are not the "angels of light", or the "saviors of humanity", that they pretend to be. Sadly, some people have in fact been deceived by this very lie, and have accepted the words of these beings, while ignoring their evil actions. Such people seem to forget that actions speak louder than words; or as Jesus taught us:
"Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:20, KJV
When I first began to read about these bizarre events which certain people were experiencing, to be quite honest, I was skeptical to say the least. I adopted the attitude that in the United States of America, there are a lot of people who have a very vivid imagination. I also reasoned that there are people who will report having seen a flying saucer, or who will claim to have even flown in a UFO -- consider the Billy Meier case -- or who will insist that they have been abducted by alien beings -- Linda Napolitano comes to mind -- simply because it draws attention to themselves, and allows them to feel as if they are someone important. Of course, these are not the only reasons why people make such claims. Some people do it simply because they are habitual liars, or perhaps because they think that it is funny to joke about such things, or in some cases, maybe because they actually suffer from serious psychological problems.
But let's be honest with ourselves. As vain as it is, this wanting to be somebody important, is a hidden desire which many of us have entertained at one time or another, is it not? It gives one a certain feeling of satisfaction to know that he or she is part of an elite group of people which has experienced something which others have not. So, I reasoned, in their carelessness, and possibly due to their desire to be one of the "chosen few", some people were taking normal sightings in the sky, which could probably be attributed to very down-to-earth explanations, and then embellishing them to the point of calling them UFOs; even though there was no clear indication that they were really any such thing.
Allow me to also remind you that the acronym UFO does not necessarily refer to an alien craft from Outer Space. A UFO can be any currently Unidentified Flying Object. It has only been in recent decades, that these three letters, UFO, have become synonymous with the flying saucer. UFO is clearly a powerful buzz word in our modern day. It immediately evokes a reaction from the listener; and it sells newspapers and magazines; and it cranks up the ratings for news broadcasts; and let us not forget that the entertainment industry makes millions of dollars from it each year.
Let's face it. Some people will believe what they want to believe, no matter what you try to tell them, and no matter how much the real evidence points in another direction. Let me offer you a clear example of this. As I was updating this article, I came across an email communication I had with a woman back in March of 1998.
Allow me to interject a small confession here. Like many of you, I am a pack rat when it comes to my computer. I tend to archive material if I feel that I may be able to use it in one of my articles at some later date. Sometimes they are just little snippets of interesting information, or things that I have said or written to someone, which I have never shared publicly before. Sometimes I get these little moments of inspiration, and I think to myself, "Wow! That would make a great article!". The down side to this habit of mine, is that I have piles and piles of little tidbits stashed away, and half-completed articles which have been sitting in limbo for years now. Hopefully, I will eventually finish them all, God-willing.
At any rate, from the messages that she had emailed to me, it became clear that this particular woman embraces a lot of New Age ideas. She firmly accepts the existence of alien beings; and like many other modern Christians, she has also adopted the erroneous view that God is nothing but love, and is far removed from the wrathful God of the Old Testament era. Such people totally reject the image of a harsh, vengeful God, and claim that He no longer chastises His wayward children, as He did with the ancient Israelites when they backslid and began to worship other gods. According to people like her, that is the old-fashioned way of thinking.
Quite frankly, I don't understand how such people can ignore the many verses found throughout the Bible, which not only reveal God's Wrath in the past, but which also make it very clear, that serious Judgment is going to be passed on this world, one of these days, when the Lord finally runs out of patience. Consider the following verses which amply prove that our God is not only a God of Love, He is also a God of Wrath and Judgment to the rebellious of heart, and to those who are disobedient to His Word and Will:
"How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger. They are as stubble before the wind, and as
chaff that the storm carrieth away."
Job 21:17-18, KJV
"The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
Psalms 1:4-6, KJV
"Open rebuke is better than secret love."
Proverbs 27:5, KJV
". . . he that cometh after me . . . will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Matthew 3:11b-12, KJV
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:"
Matthew 7:13, KJV
". . . He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Matthew 13:37b-42, KJV
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
John 3:36, KJV
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;"
Romans 1:18, KJV
"Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience."
Ephesians 5:6, KJV
"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
1 Thessalonians 5:3, KJV
"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God . . . For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 10:31, 12:29, KJV
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."
Hebrews 12:5-6, KJV
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."
Revelation 14:9-11, KJV
"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God."
Revelation 15:1, KJV
"And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth . . . Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:"
Revelation 16:1, 16b, KJV
"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
Revelation 19:15, KJV
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. . . . and whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 21:8, 20:15, KJV
So, while the Bible does make it clear that God is extremely patient and merciful with us, His wayward children, it also makes it clear that one of these days, His patience is going to run out; and the world will experience His full Wrath due to their proud, foolish rejection of Him, of His Laws, and of His Authority over them. If you're interested in learning more about my views regarding the nature of God, and how He deals with us, please consider reading some of my other work such as "Love and Light, Or Rod and Wrath?", "Beholding the Evil and the Good", and "The Fruits of Disobedience".
But to continue with my narrative, then this woman made the foolish mistake of trying to validate her misguided ideas by telling me that space aliens are even mentioned in the Bible. Her exact words were "The word 'alien' is mentioned 26 times in the Bible".
To a certain degree, this woman is actually right. The word "alien" is in fact found in the KJV Bible. However, as I also explained to her in a return email, the word is not referring to alien beings from Outer Space. In her mind, she had become convinced that "alien" was referring to the so-called "Greys" from Zeta Reticuli, or perhaps to the fair-skinned alien race known as the "Nordics", or possibly the benign "Pleiadians", or maybe even to the sinister "Reptilians", a.k.a., "Dracos".
Undoubtedly, what I just said will seem quite strange to some of you. You need to understand that within UFOlogy, there are a lot of die-hard believers who take it so seriously, that they have even classified "aliens" according to race, appearance, home star system, etc. I will be discussing the latter group -- that is, the so-called "Reptilians" -- later on in this series.
So allow me to set the record straight, just in case some of you reading this have also fallen for this deception. In the Bible, the word "alien" is used to refer to people who were of non-Hebrew stock, either within or without Israel. This word "alien" also means stranger, or one who feels alienated from his or her own people. In the Old Testament, the words "alien" and "stranger" are derived from several different Hebrew words. Following are extracts taken from the Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Hebrew Aramaic English Lexicon:
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ger or geyr (gare)
KJV - stranger 87, alien 1, sojourner 1, stranger + 0376 1,
stranger + 04480 1, strangers + 0582 1; 92
1a) a temporary inhabitant, a newcomer lacking inherited rights
1b) of foreigners in Israel, though conceded rights
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The Hebrew word "ger", which is also transliterated as "geyr" is further derived from the following root:
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KJV - sojourn 58, dwell 12, afraid 6, stranger 6, gather
together 4, fear 3, abide 2, assemble 1, stand in awe 1,
gathered 1, inhabitant 1, remain 1, sojourners 1, surely 1;
1) to sojourn, abide, dwell in, dwell with, remain, inhabit,
be a stranger, be continuing, surely
1a1) to sojourn, dwell for a time
1a2) to abide, stay, temporarily dwell
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In some places, the word "alien" is also derived from the Hebrew words "nokriy" and "nekar". Following are their definitions as found in the aforementioned lexicon:
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KJV - stranger 18, strange 17, alien 4, strange woman 3,
foreigner 2, outlandish 1, stranger + 0376 1; 45
1) foreign, alien
1b) foreigner (subst)
1c) foreign woman, harlot
1d) unknown, unfamiliar (fig.)
KJV - strange 17, stranger + 01121 10, stranger 7, alien 1; 35
1) foreign, alien, foreignness, that which is foreign
1a) foreignness, foreign gods
1b) alien, foreigner
1c) foreign (vanities)
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The final Hebrew word which is translated as "stranger", or "alien", in the Old Testament of the Authorized King James Bible, is "zuwr". Consider again what the Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Hebrew Aramaic English Lexicon has to say regarding this word:
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KJV - stranger 45, strange 18, estranged 4, stranger + 0376
3, another 2, strange woman 2, gone away 1, fanners 1,
another place 1; 77
1) to be strange, be a stranger
1a1) to become estranged
1a2) strange, another, stranger, foreigner, an enemy (participle)
1a3) loathsome (of breath) (participle)
1a4) strange woman, prostitute, harlot (meton)
1b) (Niphal) to be estranged
1c) (Hophal) to be a stranger, be one alienated
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