September 7, 2009

 Hello,

 I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!

 The modern UFO era is dated by most ufologists as having begun on June 24, 1947. It was on that date that American businessman Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine brilliantly bright objects flying across the face of Mount Rainier while flying his private airplane. Although there were other sightings that year of similar objects, it was Arnold’s sighting that received significant media attention and captured the public’s imagination. As a result of Arnold’s description of the objects he saw, the terms “flying discs” and “flaying saucers” became popular terms. What formerly was considered science-fiction was moving into the arena of science-fact.

 On July 8th of that same year there was reportedly a crash on a ranch outside of Roswell, New Mexico of what initially was reported to be a flying saucer with alien bodies recovered. While newspapers first reported this crash as that of an alien craft, the U.S. military issued a report claiming that what actually crashed was a weather balloon with “dummies” attached. They later modified the story by releasing a report that said what actually crashed was a high altitude surveillance balloon belonging to a classified program known as “Mogul.” To this day this event remains shrouded in mystery and as such seems to be incessant fodder for conspiracy theorists, so much so that Roswell has become synonymous with the world-wide UFO phenomenon.

 What is really going on here? Let me state first off that I definitely do believe that UFOS are real. While certainly many “sightings” can be explained by hoaxes or by natural phenomena, a great many cannot. Again quoting my friend author and researcher L.A. Marzulli, “UFOs are real, they are burgeoning, and they are not going away.” As we reported last time, there were over 512 sightings in the month of July alone. These objects are sighted all over the world, and reported by people from all walks of life.

 I posed three questions last time. What are these objects and beings? What do they want? And, have they been here before?

 First, what are they? I don’t believe we can relegate these sightings to mass hallucination, delusion, or someone’s vivid imagination. No, they are real, can at least assume physical appearance and corporeal reality, and have the ability to leave behind physical evidence. I do not believe, let me state again for the record, that these are entities from some far distant galaxy. Rather, I believe that they are inter-dimensional in nature and are entering our space/time continuum through some sort of inter-dimensional “door” or portal. I do not believe that they are of God. They are not benevolent, they mean us no good. At the risk of making a broad generalization, I believe the so-called extraterrestrial presence is 100% demonic.

 Second, what do they want? They travel on the vehicle of fear. I believe they are here to divert people’s attention and affection from God. Their agenda is deception. They are appearing in the earth realm to capture the imaginations of the unwary and undiscerning. They are seeking whom they may devour. [See 1 Pet. 5:8, 9] Those who don’t have a love of the truth are prime candidates for this and other forms of deception in these last of the Last Days. [See 2 Thess. 2:9 – 12]

 Third, have they been here before? As we stated earlier the modern UFO era is generally dated as having begun with the Washington sightings of American businessman Kenneth Arnold. However stories of “gods from the sky” and “ancient astronauts” go back many centuries. For example,

 

  • Theories about Atlantis often include sightings of so-called “ancient astronauts”
  • In China we find theories about an alien race called the Dropa who left behind fascinating discs
  • The Popul Vuh, sacred to the Mayans unequivocally states, “Men came from the stars, knowing everything, and they examined the four corners of the sky and the Earth’s round surface.”

 There are other examples we could list, but these will demonstrate that this deception has been going on for thousands of years. Where did all of this originate? To answer this question, we have to go back to the beginnings. I speak of the book of beginnings, the book of Genesis. Genesis 6 is one of the most debated chapters in all of God’s Word. It seems to be giving us a glimpse into something so unthinkable, so unbelievable, so fantastic, that many theologians rather than to accept the clear revelation of scripture have instead chosen to concoct an explanation that is more comfortable. In this chapter we are introduced to two groups: 1) The Sons of God, 2) The daughters of men. There were marriages between these groups of individuals that resulted in some very strange offspring. The Bible describes the scene thusly,

 1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,

 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.

 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

 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. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. [Gen. 6:1 – 4 NASB]

 It is not difficult to identify who the “daughters of men” were. That is pretty evident and really generates no debate. The identity of the “Sons of God” has been a bit more difficult for scholars down through the ages. A basic Hebrew word study and comparing other Old Testament usages of this phrase will clear things up considerably. We will look into that next time.

 The Weekly Word is found in Isaiah 46:9, 10. Here the Bible says,

 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: [Isa. 46:9, 10 KJV]

 Until next time, this is THE WEEKLY WORD.

 Pastor Kevin E. Johnson

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