The Bible Files

Issue 3: UFOs in the Life of Christ

This article provided the basis for chapter 3 of the first EARS book.

Most religious people and Bible scholars would agree that the centerpoint of the Christian Bible is the life and message of Jesus Christ. Many people often wonder who he really was. Was he just another prophet? Just a man who happened to be a really good person? The very Son of God? Personally, when I read his message I see wisdom that was much before its time. He not only taught the basic spiritual principle of loving your fellow man - he also seemed to have some real insight into scientific principles:

The authors of the gospels recorded the events they saw surrounding the life of Christ in the best way they knew how. But they couldn't understand everything that they were seeing. Could looking at certain events during the life of Christ using our advanced knowledge of technology shed some light on what might the authors of the Biblical gospels were witnessing?

Star Of Bethlehem

You know what a star looks like, right? You also know what airplane lights look like, right? I'm assuming all of you could easily answer yes to both questions. Now think about this: What if you knew what stars looked like but didn't know what an airplane was? What would you call the airplane lights?

Ok, I'm going to play the part of the person who doesn't know what an airplane is. Now, if I were to tell you that last night I saw a set of flashing stars that moved across the sky, what would you say? Would you agree that they were stars, or would you tell me that I really saw an airplane?

With this in mind, look at the following passages. Remember, the wise men knew what stars were, but probably didn't know what UFOs were:

Matthew 2: 9-11 (NIV)
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 

We all know that stars don't move across the sky and hover over a particular house, don't we? If I'm wrong about that, I hope there's an astronomer out there who will let me know. So what was it that the wise men saw hovering over that house? Could it be the first UFO recorded in association with the life of Christ? Or maybe it wasn't...

Shepherds And Angels

Before the wise men followed the Star of Bethlehem, we have this account of a strange encounter:

Luke 2: 8-15 (NIV)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." 

Wow, it must have been quite a sight. Were these angels accompanied by UFOs? Maybe that's what is meant when it says they went "into heaven." And it could account for the amazing amount of light that they reported.

Other Events During The Life Of Christ

These strange encounters from the sky didn't stop after the birth of Christ. They seemed to follow him throughout his time here on earth. For example, I always wondered where the voice in the following example came from:

John 12:28-30 (NIV)
(Jesus speaking) "...Father, glorify your name!" 

Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again." The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. 

Jesus said, "This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 

Hmm, strange, hey? The account doesn't give a weather report, but imagine if there was a low cloud cover that day. I've seen fog cover in the city where you can only see four or five stories of a building before the fog completely obscures it, even if you are standing right next to the building. Do you think maybe a craft could have been hiding in some low clouds or fog, watching Jesus speak, when it got a message to relay to the crowds? Now remember what I said in the introduction to the UFO section of the EARS site, I don't take anything away from the power of God, but maybe this was one of those cases where he used extraterrestrial workers to help do his work.

Jesus' Baptism

The baptism of Jesus is also surrounded by some interesting events:

Mark 1: 9-11 (NIV)
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." 

Here we see another case of a voice from heaven. In this case, the gospel writer also includes a visual picture of "heaven being torn open." When I hear this phrase I envision a bright light, or some other event in the sky that the gospel writer had trouble explaining. Whatever it was, it's clear that there was something extraordinary happening in the skies that day over the Jordan river.

The Transfiguration

The event known as the "transfiguration" also contains some interesting details that the gospel writers seem to have had a difficult time putting into words:
Matthew 17: 1-8 (NIV)
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 

Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." 

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." 

When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. 

Notice how the event was enough to really scare the usually brave Peter, but Jesus remained calm. Was this something Jesus had seen before? He seemed very at ease with the whole situation. If the bright light came from some kind of craft that had landed, it may indicate that Jesus was very familiar with these craft and they were nothing new to him. Maybe this was something that actually happened often in those times where Jesus went off by himself to pray.

Jesus' Final UFO Encounter?

Take a look at this next passage and tell me what it sounds like to you:

Acts 1: 9-11 (NIV)
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. 

The account states that a "cloud" hid him from their site. Was Jesus final departure into a UFO? From what I read here, I don't have a better explanation. If it was a UFO, was the ascension of Jesus his final UFO encounter?

Nope, we ain't seen nothin' yet...

The men dressed in white who are recorded above tell the witnesses that Jesus will come back in the same way he left. Jesus agreed. Here's what he had to say about his return:

Matthew 26: 63-64 (NIV)
But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."

"Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." 

Even before he appeared before the high priest, Jesus had told his disciples the very same thing:

Matthew 24:30 (NIV)
"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory." 

Jesus "Away Team"

If the examples shown above were UFO accounts, why were these UFOs following Jesus around? Why were they so involved in his life? They obviously knew who he was and where he was from. For some insight into what the answer to this question might be, let's look at what Jesus had to say about himself:

John 18: 35-36 (NIV)
"Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?"

 Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place." 

I wonder what other place he was referring to. If it's not of this world, what world is it from? I know, you're probably saying "Well you dummy, he's from heaven." Yes, I know that, but what does that term really mean? Jesus specifically says that he has a kingdom, and it is in a specific place.

Personally, while researching this article, that's not the most amazing thing I found. I knew that Jesus had said that about himself. Even more surprising is that wherever Jesus was from, it seems his disciples were also from. Check out the following passage where Jesus is referring specifically to the twelve apostles:

John 17:16 (NIV) Jesus refers to his disciples
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 

A very short but direct comment. Many write this off by saying that he was speaking figuratively or something like that, but I think it more likely that Jesus meant exactly what he said.

If your mind is open to the possiblility that Jesus was from a kingdom that was in a specific place outside of planet earth, and that he incarnated here on a particular mission, doesn't it make sense that he'd bring along some personal assistants? This might explain some of Jesus' other actions in relation to the twelve apostles. He actually hand picked them out of a much larger group of disciples:

Luke 6:12-13 (NIV)
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles. 

Do you think that perhaps he recognized them as special workers from "his kingdom" even though they did not yet realize that fact? It's also interesting that immediately after he met some of the people who he would later bring out of a larger group to be part of the twelve apostles, Jesus called them by names other than their earth-given names. The man whose parents had named "Simon son of John" Jesus instead chose to call "Cephas" which can be translated into the name we still call him today - "Peter" (see John 1:42). He called James and John the "Sons of Thunder" (Mark 3:17) - maybe that was a nickname they got in his kingdom and Jesus was referring to it then to help them recall that. This kind of "mission recall," even at a subconscious level in the minds of the disciples, could also help explain why the twelve apostles are described as immediately dropping their entire careers and following this then relatively unknown person who was roaming around the countryside.

Angelic Armies Available

Jesus also made it clear that wherever his kingdom was, there were plenty of other troops standing by and available at a moment's notice if he decided to call on them:

Matthew 26:53 (NIV)
Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 

In fact, these angelic forces are recorded as assisting him a number of times during his mission on earth. They were there to assist him after his temptation in the desert:

Matthew 4:10-11 (NIV)
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' " Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Mark 1:13 (NIV)
...and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

They were there in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus was wrestling with completing the final stages of his earthly mission:

Luke 22:42-44 (NIV)
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 

Finally, they assisted with the task of helping his disciples realize that he had indeed risen from the dead as he had promised:

Matthew 28: 2-4 (NIV)
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 

Luke 24:4-8 (NIV)
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"

Then they remembered his words. 

"Then they remembered his words" - interesting to note here that even though Jesus clearly taught his disciples what was going to happen, his disciples didn't quite understand it until they saw it actually happen. A similar thing has happened throughout history with the whole UFO phenomenon being associated with Jesus hasn't it? For ages people have read the same Bible that you and I have today but never associated UFOs with any of the events. How could they have until UFO events started to become part of the common person's reality? Today just about everyone has at least heard of UFOs whether they believe they are real or not. We are finally starting to get the information that we need to begin making the connection.

Did Jesus Refer To Non Angelic Off-Planet Followers?

Here is another interesting statement that was made by Jesus:
John 10:16 (NIV) Jesus speaking
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 

Interesting. Of course, this passage can be interpreted to mean that he was concerned about people outside of Isreal, if Isreal was what he was referring to when he said "this sheep pen." But what if the sheep pen that he was referring to was the planet earth? If this is what he meant, he may well have been referring to a desire for a day when his followers who resided off-planet would be united with those on earth who will choose to follow his teachings.

A Second Opinion

We've heard Jesus' testimony about who he was, and that he claimed to be of a kingdom not on this earth, that he came from above. But Jesus also realized that self promotion could only go so far. As he put it:
John 5:31-34 (NIV)
"If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid. You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved." 

He was referring here to the testimony of John the Baptist. Let's take a look at what he says about Jesus to see if he might hint at an extraterrestrial origin:

John 3:31-32 (NIV)
"The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony." 

John the Baptist seems to make it clear that Jesus does not belong to the earth, and actually calls him "the one who comes from heaven." Interesting how he notes that Jesus testifies to what he has seen and heard. Where would Jesus have seen and heard these things? John makes it clear that his message was not from planet earth, but he was bringing a message to planet earth from somewhere else.

I'd imagine that much of Jesus' testimony that John is referring to might not have been recorded, or might have been edited out at a later time. Maybe he gave his actual disciples even clearer accounts of his origins that they knew people of the time wouldn't understand but they put enough hints in their accounts that once we were aware of the modern UFO phenomenon we could begin to figure it out. As far as the topic of UFOs in the Bible, even though we have a number of accounts that could be UFOs in our current Bible, we can be sure that there were many more in the actual life of Christ. Take the following example where Jesus is talking to the disciple Nathanael:

John 1:50-52 (NIV)
Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that." He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." 

Nowhere in the Gospels is this event actually recorded, but if we take Jesus at his word, it must have happened sometime during Nathanael's lifetime. Kind of makes you wonder how many other extraordinary events like this never made it into our current version of the Bible.

What Does All This Mean?

Now if UFOs were involved in the life of Jesus, the implications are astounding. Maybe that's why most churches don't want to deal with the whole issue. But every day the evidence of alien visitors to our planet becomes stronger and stronger. Could some of these visitors be working for the same Jesus Christ that we know from the Biblical record?

IMPORTANT: Please note that I am NOT implying that all encounters with UFOs are related to Jesus. In fact, many could actually be working to try to prevent Jesus' return (a foolish and misguided attempt in my opinion) and in a lot of cases the argument that aliens are "demonic" may well be true. Just as in Biblical times, there are two sides at work today.

The fact that there are two sides at work makes it even more important that people get to know the real Jesus. He himself predicted that many would come claiming to be him. He also said that many would fall for those kinds of tricks. Certainly, anyone trying to imitate Jesus would play on common stereotypes about what the popular culture believes Jesus would be like.

Matthew 24:24 (NIV) Jesus Speaking
"For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect--if that were possible."

How many people have actually taken the time to get to know the REAL Jesus personally well enough to tell the difference? If he came back in a UFO today - riding on the clouds as he put it - how many people do you think would recognize him? Would you?

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