Monday, 13 June 2011
Are there aliens in the Bible?
The one that is quoted more often than any other is the meeting between the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel and God that took place on the he banks of the River Chebar in 592bc. In Chapter 1 of the Book of Ezekiel in the Bible, the prophet records:
“And I looked and behold a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud and a fire infolding itself and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man and every one had four faces and every one had four wings. And their feet were straight feet, and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides and they four had their faces and their wings. Their wings were joined one to another, they turned not when they went, they went every one straight forward. And their wings were stretched upward, two wings of every one were joined one to another and two covered their bodies. And they went every one straight forward, whither the spirit was to go they went and they turned not when they went. As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire and like the appearance of lamps. It went up and down among the living creatures and the fire was bright and out of the fire went forth lightning.
“Behold one wheel upon the earth. The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl and they four had one likeness and their appearance was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides and they turned not when they went. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.
“And when they went I heard the noise of their wings like the noise of great waters, as the noise of a host.”
Ezekiel goes on to give even more detail, including what sounds like a glass dome over the wheels, before going on to explain that this bizarre and startling apparition was “the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” Ezekiel goes on to record that God had spoken to him passing on a message of doom and catastrophe to be visited upon the Israelites for their wickedness.
Quite clearly Ezekiel was trying to describe something that he had seen which had made a massive impact upon him, but which he had not fully understood. He himself interpreted it as being a sign from God. Some modern Ufologists have interpreted it as being a UFO and have sought to get behind Ezekiel’s words to reconstruct what it was that he saw. The work of NASA rocket designer J.F. Blumrich in producing a mechanical flying machine that matches Ezekiel’s description is particularly persuasive.
It has also been pointed out that some of the appearance and behaviour of God and his angels, as recorded in the early books of the Bible, is distinctly un-Godlike.
When God and two angels visit Abraham at Mamre, as recorded in the book of Genesis, they appear as three perfectly normal - though very handsome - men. The foursome then sat down and ate a meal of roasted veal cooked by Abraham. Sitting down to a hearty meal might, some modern researchers say, be appropriate behaviour for an alien at the end of a long journey but is hardly fitting for an omnipotent deity.
Other modern writers have gone further, suggesting that most if not all early deities were, in fact, aliens. It must be admitted that the antics of many pagan deities seem to be both ungodly in their emotions and pettiness as well as very physical. It is also pointed out that a large number of them seem to need mechanical devices to carry out their divine powers. They need chariots to fly, staffs to unleash destruction or helmets to be able to see afar. All of this has been taken by some writers as evidence that these “gods” were in fact very mortal beings equipped with highly advanced technology. The most obvious identification for these figures would be that they were aliens visiting Earth and should, therefore, be linked to modern reports of UFOs and their occupants.
The most outspoken advocates of this theory of ancient aliens have been the Swiss writer Erich von Daniken and Britain’s Brinsley le Poer Trench, better known outside of paranormal circles by his title of Lord Clancarty. Both writers were most active in the 1960s and 1970s, when their ideas gained wide acceptance among many members of the public.