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It is written:
Matthew 7:20-Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Nearly every day, I see more and more newspaper headlines about UFOs (unidentified flying objects), also known today as UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon). They are becoming more commonplace in-strangely enough-places like Russia and Ukraine.
Of course, many (if not most) UFO encounters are easily explained by various types of natural phenomena. However, there are some that go beyond naturalistic explanations and may be deemed as “supernatural” or even “paranormal.” Some people even claim to have contact with extraterrestrial life forms.
Jesus taught us to look at the “fruit” of something to determine its’ veracity and authenticity. The idea of looking at fruit involves a carefully and painstaking examination of something which goes beyond a mere momentary glance.
What does the “fruit” of UFO investigation reveal?
Let’s ask the experts who have been investigating UFOs for years.
“Jacques Vallee, a longtime researcher of UFO phenomena (and the real-life model for the French scientist in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind), suggests that the “visitors” are purposely hoping to change our belief systems and are engaging in a “worldwide enterprise of ‘subliminal seduction.’” 8 In his book The Invisible College, Vallee argues that “human belief… is being controlled and conditioned.” Indeed, “man’s concepts are being rearranged,” and we may be headed toward “a massive change of human attitudes toward paranormal abilities and extraterrestrial life.” 9 (“ Paranormal” refers to that which is beyond the normal.) Vallee notes that the methods of the “aliens” are those of deception: “systematic manipulation of witnesses and contactees; covert use of various sects and cults; and control of the channels through which alleged ‘space messages’ can make an impact on the public.” 10 By using such deception, these alien entities are attempting to change the way humans think. Vallee is not alone in this opinion. Whitley Strieber, best-selling author who claims to have been abducted by aliens (which he documents in his book Communion), acknowledges that the visitors are attempting to affect the way humans think. He says they seem to be “orchestrating our awareness of them very carefully,” and seem to be seeking “a degree of influence or even control over us.” 11 Strieber admitted that the visitors “have caused me to slough off my old view of the world like the dismal skin that it was and seek a completely new vision of this magnificent, mysterious, and fiercely alive universe.” 12” (Ron Rhodes, UFOS: The Truth About UFOs and Aliens – A Christian Assessment, 1151-1167 (Kindle Edition))
According to those who have studied the UFO phenomenon for years (even decades), there is considerable evidence that more is going on than an E.T. From another planet coming down to Earth.
Well, let’s have some more.
Rhodes goes into greater detail, pointing out that quite often it is involvement in occultism that opens the doorway to UFO and “alien” encounters. He provides powerful documentation of this (especially regarding the terrifying experiences of Strieber).
“There’s no question that Strieber has suffered through a horrendous experience. The question is, Did Strieber come into contact with genuine aliens from outer space? Was Strieber abducted by extraterrestrials from another galaxy? I don’t think so. I’ve already discussed in considerable detail how people who claim to have been abducted by aliens typically have a history of occultic involvement. Whitley Strieber fits this profile…Besides rejecting his Catholic roots, Strieber had also been quite open to occultism in his past. To begin, Strieber had been involved for 15 years in the teachings of mystic occultist G. I. Gurdjieff and P. D. Ouspensky. I spent fifteen years involved with the Gurdjieff Foundation, primarily because so much of the thought of G. I. Gurdjieff and his disciple P. D. Ouspensky involved the triad as a primary expression of the essential structure of life, and I have always been fascinated with the significance of this figure. 18 George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1872-1949) had been introduced to occultism by his father, and he retained a profound interest in occultism for the rest of his life. He developed what is best described as a form of esoteric Christianity—blending in elements of the occult, mysticism, Zen, witchcraft, shamanism, existentialism, and psychology. Gurdjieff’s disciple, Peter Demianovich Ouspensky, popularized his teachings to the point where followers met in groups called “G-O” (G for Gurdjieff and O for Ouspensky). This mystical, occultic belief system no doubt contributed to Strieber’s abduction experience. Strieber also experimented with paganism. 19 He once commented, “I have experimented with worshipping the earth as a goddess/ mother.” 20 As well, he expressed openness to ancient nature religions and shamanism. 21 (Recall from the previous chapter that shamanistic initiation ceremonies hold a number of parallels with the typical abduction experience.) In the following extended quotation, Strieber tells us all about his participation in a Wiccan ceremony and his openness to shamanism: I was in a small town near Madison, Wisconsin, having a very unusual experience along with Dora Ruffner and Selena Fox, a leader of Circle Sanctuary, as witnesses and participants. Circle is the primary networking organization of the Wiccan religion. Wicca is also known as Witchcraft, but it has no relationship to Satanism and other such perversions. It is recognized by the United States government as a legitimate religion, and many of its ministers, such as Ms. Fox, can perform marriages and carry out all the other legally recognized functions of the clergy. Dora and Anne and I were interested in Wicca because, when all the superstitious nonsense that surrounds it is cleared away, it emerges as an ancient Western expression of shamanism, which is the oldest of all human religious traditions. In this it is very similar to Native American and African religions…. Sunday night was windy and moonlit. Selena, Dora, and I went out through a meadow of chest-high grass and flowers, up the side of a hill to Selena’s ceremonial stone circle, which is located in a grove of ancient oaks. The wind was tossing the trees, making wild blue shadows on the ground. It was a beautiful moment. The three of us entered the circle and stood facing one another at its center. Selena was about to begin the ceremony when we heard the footsteps of a fourth person approaching. These footsteps came close to the north point of the circle and stopped for a moment. I was disturbed, because they came right into a patch of moonlight and I couldn’t see anyone. Assuming that it must be another person, we called out a greeting, all three of us. Selena walked to the spot where the sounds had come from. She saw nobody, but sensed a very definite presence…. The darkness was now silent. I felt exposed and helpless. Then the footsteps resumed, this time walking off into the underbrush and apparently over a cliff! We waited, but there was no crash below. Two other people had seen odd manifestations earlier that evening, one a lighted disk sailing along beneath cloud cover, the other a ball of fire bouncing through a meadow. 22 Reading such an account, can there be any doubt in the reader’s mind that Strieber’s occultic involvements are directly connected to his abduction experiences? I don’t believe for a minute that Strieber came into contact with bona fide aliens from outer space. Rather he came into contact with demonic spirits who were mimicking aliens. What happened to Strieber is precisely what has happened to so many others who have involved themselves in the occult. I find it interesting that Strieber himself has noticed in his own investigations that people who have had abduction experiences tend to develop occultic powers (we noted this phenomenon in the previous chapter).” (Ron Rhodes, UFOS: The Truth About UFOs and Aliens – A Christian Assessment, 2110-2147 (Kindle Edition))
Occultism quite often opens the doorway to UFO experience.
“Again, it’s highly unlikely the UFOs zipping through our skies are interplanetary spacecraft. All indications are that they represent a supernatural phenomenon of a far different kind. Years ago, UFO investigator John Keel made a creepy discovery about one particular alien: Thousands of mediums, psychics, and UFO contactees have been receiving mountains of messages from “Ashtar.” Mr. Ashtar represents himself as a leader in the great intergalactic councils that hold regular meetings on Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and many planets known to us. But Ashtar is not a new arrival. Variations of this name, such as Astaroth, Ashar, Asharoth, etc., appear in demonological literature throughout history, both in the Orient and the Occident. Mr. Ashtar has been around a very long time, posing as assorted gods and demons, and now, in the modern phase, as another glorious spaceman. 7 Who is Ashtar? He’s actually mentioned in the Bible as one of the pagan gods the Israelites were commanded not to worship when they entered the Promised Land. God told his people that when they came into Canaan, they were to “break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire” (Deuteronomy 12: 3, emphasis mine). (Asherah is another name for Ashtar.) That alone ought to be enough to make us wonder who’s really behind the whole UFO phenomenon. Jacques Vallée is one of the world’s most noted UFO investigators. He holds a master’s degree in astrophysics and a Ph.D. in computer science. He has addressed the United Nations on the topic of UFOs and was the inspiration for the character Lacombe in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. During the years Dr. Vallée has been involved in UFO research, he has carefully analyzed hundreds of the most baffling sightings and written several books on the subject. When he first began investigating UFOs, he wasn’t convinced there was anything mysterious or sinister about them. Most of the sightings, he figured, would be fairly easy to explain as a simple misinterpretation of data. If UFOs were real physical objects, the most plausible explanation would be that they came from other planets. Today Dr. Vallée is convinced UFOs are real. But he’s no longer certain they come from planets. He writes that during his years of researching UFOs, “I had become aware of some pretty shady business behind the apparently harmless antics of the contactee groups. Now I wanted to focus my attention on the problem at hand: the question of who was doing all this and what their designs on us might be.” 8 I don’t know anything about Dr. Vallée’s spiritual beliefs. If he believes in God, he’s not outspoken about it. But in everything he does, he tries to be the consummate scientist—completely open-minded, judging every bit of evidence on its own merits. And yet in his book Messengers of Deception, he has proposed the idea that UFOs are part of a master plan to sweep away the earth’s old social order, including all existing religions, to make room for the new. Over the years he has interviewed dozens of people who claim to have made contact with or received messages from beings they believed came from other worlds. Almost universally these people talked about the importance of establishing a unified, one-world government that would put an end to wars and rumors of wars. They’re excited about the potential of a new economic system in which money will be eliminated and all people everywhere will share equally in the planet’s worth. And they talk about a new worldwide religion that would reveal the true nature of the universe and free us from all our old, outmoded notions of eternal truth. In many ways it sounds exactly like the social and political climate of the one-world government spoken of in Revelation, the last book of the Bible. Dr. Jacques Vallée isn’t the only one who believes that aliens—or whoever they are—are trying to bring about a change in our society. Dr. Allen Hynek, whose credentials include his tenure as chairman of the astronomy department of Northwestern University, wrote: I have the impression that the UFOs are announcing a change that is coming soon in our scientific paradigms. I am very much afraid that the UFOs are related to psychic phenomena. Certainly the phenomenon has psychic aspects. I don’t talk about them very much because to a general audience the words “psychic” and “occult” have bad overtones. They say, “Aw, it’s all crazy.” But the fact is that there are psychic things; for instance, UFOs seem to materialize and dematerialize. There are people who’ve had UFO experiences who’ve claimed to have developed psychic ability. There have been reported healings in close encounters and there have been reported cases of precognition, where people had foreknowledge or forewarning that they were going to see something. There has been a change of outlook, a change of philosophy of persons’ lives. Now you see, those are rather tricky things to talk about openly, but it’s there. 9 Ronald Story, in his book Guardians of the Universe? adds, “It can be said, with certainty, that a ‘conditioning process’ is taking place, which is either directly or indirectly related to the UFO phenomenon.” 10” (Bill Myers & David Wimbish, The Dark Side of the Supernatural, Revised and Expanded Edition: What Is of God and What Isn’t, 71-73 (Kindle Edition): Grand Rapids, MI; Zondervan)
The UFO phenomena is quite often an antichrist agenda to fool the masses. The “aliens” are promoting a message that is quite literally opposes to Jesus and the Bible, and which encourages people to become involved in occult based religions which the Word of God condemns.
The fruit of UFO phenomena speaks very clearly.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.