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Angels and “Aliens” Bible References

This is intended to be a reference point presenting in one place, some of the main biblical documentations of angels within the Bible.  In the Bible, there are many occasions of angels appearing to, communicating with, and interacting with people.  Sometimes live in person, sometimes in a dream.  There appears to be an angelic hierarchy.   Some are messengers, some are mighty warriors, some have been created for a purpose reserved for the end of our current history near the end of the book of Revelation.  Near the beginning of biblical history, some rebelled and became what’s commonly known as “fallen angels”.

 

Here are merely some of the encounters and observations people have had with the angelic world which are listed in the Bible:

 

Genesis 6:1-4  (Things taking place during the time of Noah)(The flood event follows immediately after)

Gen 6:1  “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,”

Gen 6:2  “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”

Gen 6:3  “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

Gen 6:4  “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

 

This Genesis passage is a bit challenging to interpret, but the phrase “the sons of God” is “sons of elohiym”  (Hebrew:   אלהים ) and is not referring to human males, but more likely some form of angels.

(H430 Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Dictionaries)

 

“Giants”:   bully, tyrant, giant.   The word “Nephilim” is also used here.

(Hebrew: נפל    נפיל)  (H5303 nephı̂yl  nephil  Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Dictionaries )

 

“Mighty men”:    warrior, tyrant: – champion, chief, strong man, valiant man

(Hebrew:  גּבּר    גּבּור   ghib-bore’)  (H1368 Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Dictionaries)

 

*** Notice verse 4 says “there were giants / Nephilim in the earth in those days; and also after that”.  We know Joshua and his men had to deal with them centuries after Noah and the flood.  The giants were also known as Nephilim and also called the sons of Anak.  This is recorded in the books of Number 13, Deuteronomy 9, Joshua 15, 18, and 21.

 

The book of Jude from the New Testament speaks of what happened to angels mentioned above in Genesis 6:1-4

Jude 1:6-9  (Note:  Jude is the half brother of Jesus, who became a believer after the resurrection of Jesus.  These passages refer to the book of Enoch)

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.   Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.   Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.  Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, did not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”

Jude 1:14-15

“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

 

Genesis 19  Records two angels interacting with Lot, who offers them lodging and a place to wash their feet.  They also physically rescue Lot from crowds of people and even caused them to be blinded.  This shows that angels can be completely physically interactive in our realm and dimensions.

Genesis 28:12, 17  (Note:  This speaks of Jacob recognizing a door, portal, or gateway into heaven which is used by angels.  Jacob named the location “Bethel”, meaning “house of God”)

“And he (Jacob) dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it…..  And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

 

Judges 13 (Note: An angel appears to the wife of Manoah, then Manoah himself, but the couple doesn’t realize he is more than a man until they offer a sacrifice to the Lord, and the angel ascends into heaven in front of their eyes).

 

1 Chronicles 20:5-8  (David and his men are fighting giants with 6 fingers and 6 toes on their hands and feet!)

“And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver’s beam.  And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot: and he also was the son of the giant.  But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea David’s brother slew him.  These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.”

 

 

Daniel has several encounters with the angel Gabriel:

Daniel 9:20-23

“And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;   Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.   And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.  At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.”

 

Daniel 10:12-15  (Note:  The angel speaks of having to contend with an opposition angel , “the prince of the kingdom of Persia”, struggling with him for 21 days, until Michael, one of the chief princes of the Lord’s angels came to assist him, likely Gabriel.  This shows there are unseen battles being fought in the unseen spiritual realms.)

“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.   But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.   Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.   And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.”

 

 

Ezekiel 1:4 – 28  Note:  this appears to be the description of some sort of angelic vehicle – chariots of fire?

 

Matthew chapter 1 and Luke chapter 1 & 2  “The birth of Jesus” – History:  The angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds.

“Fear Not”, is a common part of the angels greeting.  This suggests people are often startled upon seeing an angel.

 

Luke 1:11-22  (An angel tells of the coming birth of John the Baptist who will prepare the way for Jesus, and also states that he stands in the presence of God… this is an important angel!)

“And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.   And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.   For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.   And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias (Elijah), to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.

And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.

And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.”

 

Matthew 2:13-14  (An angel spoke to Joseph in a dream, and Joseph obeyed)

“And when they (the wisemen / magi) were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.   When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:”

 

Luke 22:43  (An angel is sent to strengthen Jesus when he prays at the Mount of Olives.)

“And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”

 

 

Acts 5:18-20  (Angels can physically interact with our world)

“And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.   But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,  Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”

 

Acts 12:21-23  (God’s angels have all sorts of abilities and purposes)

“And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.   And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.   And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.”

(The History Channel mentioned this as well!)

 

 

The book of Revelation has numerous passages with angels.  Here are a couple key thoughts out of it.

Revelation 22:8-9 (The apostle John who received a vision / revelation of Jesus)  Here he bows to worship an angel, but the angel says to not do it – he is merely another servant of Jesus, as is John.):

“And I John saw these things, and heard them.   And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.   Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”

 

Revelation 22:16

“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”

 

There  are also  other passages which speak of fallen angels being disguised and manipulating people, situations, and sowing confusion, drawing people away from the saving gospel of Jesus the Messiah, the risen Son of God:

Galations 1:6-9  (The apostle Paul writing to the believers in Galatia, some of whom have had confusing teachers)

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:   Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.   As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

 

2 Corinthians 11:14-15  (The apostle Paul’s writing)

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of lightTherefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

 

There are many other passages pertaining to angels, but this should give people a good start.  Remember throughout the Bible people sought the Lord, and sometimes He would send angels to personally and visibly intervene in an individuals life, but humans were never meant to worship angels which are created beings as are we.  Rather, pray to and worship the Lord God of heaven and earth who created all that exists, and provides salvation through Jesus alone.

 

Jude 1:24-25

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

 

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On the Verge of “What’s Next?”

From my perspective, we seem to be in the point of human history when we’re truly on the verge of greatness or destruction, and need something solid to be anchored to… words of hope will follow!

We’re beginning to colonize the solar system starting with the moon and Mars in the next 10 years.  If careless, we could also annihilate ourselves over disputes in the middle east, China, Russia, or wherever the next crisis may appear.  Different parts of the world are dealing with weather caused disasters.  The Vatican has over the last few years made several comments leading one to expect the discovery of alien life elsewhere in the universe to come about before long which will require a rethinking of biblical texts.

Then, there’s also many people who have seen or experienced things which seem other worldly.   Some experiencing fearful things, others simply observing lights or possibly vehicles in the sky.  (I have a bit of a story to tell of this)  It may surprise some people to learn that the Bible actually mentions or alludes to things of this nature in various writings.

According to the show Ancient Aliens, various world governments are aware of “extra-terrestrial” aliens living among humans but won’t publicize it because it would cause public alarm… no-kidding!  Also, some religions claim there are many other civilizations in the universe.  The show also makes the valid point, that if aliens claiming to be from elsewhere in the universe were to make themselves known to the public on Earth, such a public unveiling would cause a collapse of both world religions and governments around the world.

Thinking of this in advance, we could expect some form of societal chaos requiring a super strong individual to restore peace, safety, and order (to the galaxy?).  This may sound absurd, but if we think about it, there would probably be a lot of emotionally shaken up people looking for stability, and this would seem the likely time for a solid world government with a strong charismatic leader to take charge…  We should also look out for deception.  (The Bible warns of a great delusion / deception, and I’m inclined to believe wherever the “aliens” claim to be from, they are still created beings.  If they draw attention away from the biblical God, then they’re dark entities and not to be listened to.)

One winter evening a few years ago, I was about to go outside, but suddenly had this strong sense that I was supposed to stop and read some Psalms because I needed to be inspired by something.

 

Psalm 124:6-8 says:

“Blessed be the Lord,

Who has not given us to be torn by their (the enemies) teeth.

Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper;

The snare is broken and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.

 

As I read this Psalm, a melody and lyrics came quickly to my mind.  And as you read this, please remember the above verse reminding us that the Lord made everything in the heavens as well as the earth, both seen and unseen, spiritual and physical, in our dimensions and in multiple dimensions, and all are subject to Him!  Whatever our situation today, He desires that we call on Him.

 

The Name of the Lord

 

The Name of the Lord,

The Name of the Lord,

O blessed be,

The Name of the Lord.

 

In the Name of the Lord, Yeshua, is our Salvation.

In the Name of the Lord, our Rock, we put our trust.

In the Name of the Lord, is our Wonderful Counselor.

He is the Holy One, and the Light of the World.

 

In the Name of the Lord, nations will rise up and fall down.

The Name of the Lord, is Faithful and True.

In the Name of the Lord, there is justice and mercy.

He is Immanuel, He’s the Bright Morning Star.

 

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At the sound of Your voice, all creation will praise You.

At the sound of Your voice, every knee will bow.

Blessed are You God, You are, the King of the universe,

Yet You chose to die for us, then You rose up from the grave.

Yes, You rose up from the grave.

 

You are coming again, You are coming again, We bless You O Lord, You are coming again.

 Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ, You are Lord of all.

 The Name of the Lord, The Name of the Lord,

O blessed be, the Name of the Lord.

 

 

As we ponder the universe, every scientific discovery, every philosophy, every invention, and every creation, let’s realize all that exists had to have a creator, and that Creator Jesus desires us to trust Him while we’re all on the verge of “What’s Next?”

 

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The Next Lunar Lander: Beresheet

On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched among other satellites, Israel’s first lunar lander into orbit.  Over the course of  about 8 weeks it will make several increasingly large elliptical orbits around Earth until its orbit reaches that of the moon, where it will in turn orbit the moon in decreasing distances until its low enough to decelerate and land.

I think the name Beresheet, chosen by SpaceIL is fitting, as it’s translated “In the beginning” – the first words of the first book of the Bible.  In English we know it as Genesis.  In Hebrew, its Beresheet.   “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1.

The fascinating video by SpaceIL can be seen by clicking here.

More of the story is at:

https://www.space.com/spacex-israeli-moon-lander-satellites-launch-success.html

 

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Heads UP! – Asteroid will miss us!

The asteroid 2013 MD8, being described in some media as on a near collision course with the Earth tomorrow, Feb. 19, 2019, will actually miss the Earth by approximately 15 lunar distances.     One lunar distance equals 384,401 km, so the asteroid on this orbit’s closest approach will be over 5,804,000 km (3.6 million miles) away from Earth.  Its diameter is estimated at 51 meters, and is traveling 13.6 km / second.  More technical observations about asteroid 2013 MD8 from JPL can be found here.

The story headlines are somewhat sensationalized.  This happens often with asteroids, and it makes for great click bait.  If it draws readers interest to the point they genuinely study up and become knowledgeable about astrophysics, astronomy, or space weather then I think it’s great.  However, the headlines often appeal to the fear factor of impending doom, which doesn’t come very often in world history.

It’s not uncommon for asteroids to come much closer than this one, with their course of travel being between Earth and the moon, and on occasion between Earth and some of the higher satellites, which may be 22,000 miles above our planet.  When considering the vast distances in space, MD8, is traveling fairly close to the Earth, but it’s not a bullet burn.  Have no fear!!

Pleiades – The Tiny Jewel… The Needed Distraction

The good thing about winter, even a cold one, is the fact that the sun sets early, and we can see the stars longer without having to stay up super late.   It’s time for a breath of fresh air away from the divisive controversies of today’s world.  Looking up can help us keep perspective, and regain perspective.  Seeing the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters as it was anciently called, helps create a sense of wonder and awe of the genius of the universe, and reminds us of how tiny we are, and how big is the God who created all of this.  He’s got it under control!

I sometimes describe this tiny star cluster which is about 400 light years away, as the “microscopic dipper” that’s about twice the distance from Orion’s shoulder to the red star Aldebaran of Taurus the bull, and in the same direction.  Kind of like Peter Pan’s, “second star to the right, and straight on ‘til morning!”  Except this is real.

It’s said to be named by the ancient Greeks, but it’s also written of in the book of Job, which may have been written about 1600 BC.  You may be aware the Pleiades is a cluster of stars which are gravitationally connected to each other with the main group of stars covering a distance of about 8 light years across, but did you know the book of Job implies these stars are connected as well?

“Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?”  Job 38:31

The Hebrew word for “influences”, מעדנּה  , mah-ad-an-naw’  refers to a bond, or group influence.  Beyond the poetic beauty of that verse, isn’t it amazing how the Lord inspires His writers to state things they possibly don’t know the full scope of, such as gravitational forces holding a cluster of stars together which were formed from a nebulae at approximately the same time.

It was a beautiful sight to see 3600 years ago, and it still is today.  It’s one of the visual things that helps unite us with the past.  We’re being amazed by the same part of God’s creation that people of the Old Testament were millennia ago.  The Pleiades and Orion constellations of the ancient past are the same as those of today, with the subtlest of changes, but the same ability to cause us to pause in wonder and admiration at the creation, and to worship the creator, our Creator and Savior.

Referring to Jesus, it is written:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being by him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

 There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him… But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His Name…  And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  

John 1:1-4, 9-10, 12, 14

 

 

 

Alien Soft Disclosure – You’ll Want an Answer To It!

For TV watchers, MSM news talk of UFO’s and aliens is increasingly open.  I believe the direction the public is being led is well intentioned, but only partly accurate, leading to a false assumption, and possibly even the great deception (or a critical part of it) spoken of in the book of Revelation.

We need to ask, “What is the logical conclusion all this information directs us to?”

I think of the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11 where the people of Earth at that time had one language and one purpose of making a name and monument to themselves, being the best humanity can be – alone – without honoring God.

Big statement… How to get there… a world spiritually and emotionally united apart from God.

 

There have been a couple times in the last few months I’m aware of where a US air force pilot stated the “aircraft” he was pursuing was not of this world.   I also heard part of a radio talk this January of 2019, where a high ranking US politician was going to pursue having elected officials gather in a closed door meeting to discuss how to proceed with revealing appropriate information to the general public.  (Vague and open to interpretation, but still recognizing something must be said.)

The “Ancient Aliens” show on the History channel has all sorts of fascinating stories and interpretations of encounters between humans and “alien beings”, sometimes even discussing whether what we call aliens today are actually the Roman / Greek gods of old.  A question being asked is, do the writings of all the religious scriptures from the various cultures around the world which record humans interacting with spiritual beings, whether God, god’s, angels, or other spiritual entities, which even have descriptions of flying vehicles of some sort, are these actually human encounters with aliens from other planets who are here to guide humanity?  I believe not.

There’s more to look at, but, as I’ve stated before, when I consider everything I’ve come across whether biblical or accounts from other cultures and religions, it all leads me to believe these encounters are not with beings originating from other planets in the galaxy or universe, but with spiritual interdimensional beings who reveal themselves in our dimension in a physical way we can understand.  Some may also possibly be a hybrid of spiritual and human beings, as is mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4, and even in episodes of Ancient Aliens discussing elements of non-human DNA in some people, and some people today with super-human abilities.

A simple question to ask is, if these beings claim to be from another planet or place, where did they or that planet originate from?  All of these “somethings” had to be created somehow.  Something material can’t come from nothing, unless it was spoken into existence by One Creator God who created the whole universe and all that exists in all dimensions.

 

Here’s an example of something I would consider an encounter with an “alien” / rebellious inter-dimensional spiritual being (fallen angel):

In the year 1531, Juan Diego is said to have experienced and encountered an apparition of Mary at Guadalupe, now a part of Mexico City – an encounter in which she is said to have asked the people to build a structure leading people to honor / worship her so she may assist them.  Interestingly, I haven’t seen a mention of Mary’s son Jesus, the Savior of the world, in all this.  Miraculous healings are said to have happened as a result of people honoring her (again, not honoring the Jesus of the Bible).

I’m inclined to say this was a true “alien” encounter, but with a rebellious spiritual being turning people away from the true God and Savior of the world, Jesus.

The concept of considering Jesus’s mother Mary as more than a regular human took ground divisively in the year AD 431, at the Council of Ephesus, with the phrase “Queen of Heaven” used increasingly in the centuries after.  However, there is no mention of her having a high spiritual position or intercessory status between humans and Jesus in the actual New Testament Scriptures written by those closest to Jesus.  That concept is foreign to the Bible.   The New Testament says Jesus is the only intercessor between mankind and God.

1531 isn’t the first time an “alien” spiritual being referred to as the Queen of Heaven was said to care for her worshippers to their distraction from their actual Creator and provider.  This was practiced by more ancient pagan religions, and even by Jewish people who lived in Egypt for a time, which led to their demise.  This is mentioned in Jeremiah chapters 7 and 44.  The alien/spiritual being did help take care of and provide for them if the people worshipped it, as they rebelliously declared to the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 44:15-19, but because they were rejecting the true Majestic and all-powerful God who had previously miraculously rescued them from Egypt, and who was passionately calling them back to Himself through Jeremiah’s words, the Lord no longer looked out for their good, and the majority ended up dying through violence or famine.  (I believe this warning needs to be heeded by those nations, including in N. America, which at one time did have the Jesus of the Bible as our center-piece of life.)

 

Jumping to the present again, let’s consider the numerous movies, entertaining as they are, about the citizens of the world coming together as one people to battle an alien invasion from outer space.  Or, interpretations from many documentaries such as on Ancient Aliens proposing that all religions of the world were led and influenced by extra-terrestrial aliens from other planets and are here to lead us for our own good.  The directed conclusion is we can follow any of these diverse religions since “they are all valid” and “all roads lead to Rome”, quite literally these days.  However, Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.  For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

The direction this is all going is causing people to think and desire that there is intelligent life from other planets, and therefore the people of earth need to come together as one unified people to reach our potential, and for all intents and purposes, rebuild the “Tower of Babel”.  This is an attempt to unite the world as one people apart from God, instead of people being drawn to and saved by the grace of the One God through Jesus alone.

 

Remember in Jeremiah, the Lord is passionately calling His people back to Himself, to abandon the false gods.  At most, the aliens are rebellious angels who have fallen and are distracting people from the real God who loves, forgives, redeems, renews, and desires that all choose to come to Him through Jesus.

 

 

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Diego

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Ephesus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of_Heaven#Historical_practice

 

Seeking “The Unity”

For those who are old enough to remember the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, or those who are musicians, they will appreciate the expertise required to have  musicians on 84 grand pianos playing the song Chariots of Fire, and being in tune with each other.  How is this accomplished?  It was amazing and beautiful to watch and listen to.

It doesn’t “just happen”.  It has to be intentional.

If they were to tune the first piano, then tune the second piano to the first one, then the third piano to the second, and continue on until the 84th piano is tuned to the 83rd, then your pianos will not be in tune with each other.  Or if a few pianos tune to # 1, then a few pianos tune to #25, and so on, they still will not be all in tune with each other.

Instead, each piano gets tuned  to the same tuning fork.  When they all are tuned to the same tuning fork, they all sing they same tune!

I believe the same is true for those seeking the Creator of the universe.  When everyone seeks unity among groups and denominations, they may be close, but still will lack true unity.  But, if we consider what Jesus said in John 17, when he prays for unity among His followers, we see that as we tune ourselves individually to Him as our priority, then other things will come properly into place, and all His followers (not the whole world), will be unified in Him.

If we try unifying to various people and groups, we will become like a muddled messy sound.  Those who ask Jesus to be their tuning fork, will become a unified instrument playing His Song.

Finding the Source is more important that finding unity.

To find “unity”, we must seek the Source – Jesus!

 

 

“Mortal Engines” – My Movie Review

I just watched the movie “Mortal Engines” tonight, because it looked like a cool sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, gotta save the world from evil type show.  I say it’s completely prophetic and probably intentionally telling the story of our times and how the powers that be are steering the world to an intense confrontation between east and west, to partially destroy our civilization, and the neutral innocent people end up having to come together unified to help each other rebuild and join the civilizations together.
It did include a number of societal issues worth thinking about, such as “the ancients” (us from the 21st century) got dumb, and forgot how to read and write (schools these days!) because we relied on computers too much, and blew ourselves up with super intense nukes!  Thus the post-apocalyptic thousand years later type theme.  Also, our society had evolved to the point of extreme trans-humanism, in which one of the cyborgs almost forgot that he had previously been fully human, but artificially reconstructed.
The biggest negative I encountered was due to the politically thematic metaphors, and in particular, the fact that the main male character (hero) was done up to look a lot like one of our unnamed Canadian elected leaders (think: take a selfie with me) (whom I didn’t vote for, and I’m sure has been “anointed” to one day head the U.N.), who is from the western world, which is led by an “evil white mad man”, who is intent on destroying the eastern city (primarily oriental), however his blonde daughter (not named Ivanka) is shown the truth of her fathers ways, and try’s working against him.
Did I mention that some of the styles and deeply woven themes seem to stem from other movies, such as Star Wars and a couple others I can’t quite place at the moment?
The theater was only 7% full when I went Friday night… yes, I asked!
I did cringe a few times at some of the subtle political overtones.   The sci-fi graphics and everything were excellent of course, as to be expected from those who worked on The Lord of the Rings series of movies, and the acting was quality as well. In my opinion, I think its worth seeing for analytical purposes, to see where predictive (or is that predictable?) programming is attempting to take society, justin case we can vote (not likely) for a U.N. leader soon, but I can’t say I actually enjoyed it.
I give it two stars only.

Flat Earth? – Only in Saskatchewan!

Having grown up on a farm in the Canadian prairies, I can’t really blame someone living in the southern part of the province of Saskatchewan for believing the entire planet is flat.  Southern Saskatchewan is very flat.  I fortunately had some rolling hills in my region to add scenery, especially as the rising or setting sun creates shadows and increases the depth perception one sees.  However, flat land also means more sky to see than if you’re in a city or in the mountains!  On a remote farm, there’s minimal light pollution.  On a cloudless night, you get a massive view of our part of the cosmos!

You can see many stars rise in the east and set in the west, just like the sun, then reappear the next day.  They appear to be travelling in a circular path.  You also see numerous stars that don’t actually rise or set, because they’re in the northern part of the sky, and because of the earth’s motion, they are always visible, but appear to be moving in an arc over the horizon, and actually are consistent in their distance from what we observe as the pole star, the star which is nearly straight above the planet’s north pole.  In the northern hemisphere, Polaris, the North Star, appears motionless, although in reality it does complete a tiny circle in the sky every 24 hours.  It’s so consistent that the crews of sea faring ships have used it to navigate for centuries.

In the southern hemisphere you can’t see the North Star.  The farther south you go, the fewer stars from the north that can be seen.  Star based navigation has to use different stars.  If the earth was flat, you would see the same stars, the same as if you hung various objects above a flat board-game on a table, those objects would be visible from any position on that game board.  If you change that game board into a sphere, not all objects hanging above it will be visible from all positions on the sphere.

If a person situated in Antarctica can’t see the North Star, but someone in New York can see it, we have to assume the earth is a sphere in order to account for lines of sight and what can and cannot be seen.

Another point to consider in determining if the earth is flat or a sphere, is to look at the other objects in space.  Even with common high power binoculars and small telescopes, most everything appears round, and can be seen to be rotating in a circle around something else.  Moons rotate around planets, planets rotate around the sun.  If you can see enough detail on some of the planets, like Jupiter, you can tell that they are rotating, as a spot on its surface appears to move from one side, to the other, disappear, then reappear where you first saw it.  The same is true for its moons.  Over the course of days and weeks, the moons appear to be moving in a circular orbit around a spherical planet.  If everything else in our observable solar neighborhood is spherical, it only makes sense that the earth is as well.

Then there’s the photo evidence, not just from the world’s space agencies, but even from universities and high schools.  Here’s a link to a school group in California which regularly sends helium balloons with radiation sensors up into the atmosphere as a class project, and takes photos on the way up and down, often achieving altitudes of well over 100,000 feet.  The curvature of the earth is plainly seen here:  https://www.earthtosky.store/product-page/floating-golf-balls and checking out their many other examples will show more of the same.  (Note:  I have no affiliation with this group, but I think they are a great example of non-professionals doing neat practical science, and inadvertently showing that the earth is spherical.)

Hopefully this has given people some interesting “down to earth” and real experience insights to help get a more accurate perspective on the earth, and our place in the universe.  Be sure to enjoy and appreciate the starry view, and remember, we’ve been put here for a reason!

 

 

 

On Aliens and Angels

This is a heavier topic.  Hang on tight!

Although the Scriptures of the Bible don’t specifically say there isn’t life existing on other planets in the universe, I’m inclined to believe there isn’t.  I do believe numerous reports of UFO’s and alien encounters are based on what people have actually experienced, but I don’t believe they are “other-worldly” creatures.  Instead, I understand many of these beings are the hybrid mutant offspring from fallen angels and humans, or may be actual angels or fallen angels.

Scripture reports numerous occasions where people were visited by angels, which were created by the Lord God of the Bible for a purpose, with the primary purpose being to fulfill his good and pleasing will, and the tasks they are given will ultimately bring glory to God.  There are many of them, and they normally are not seen by people, except when God directs them to interact with us.  They exist in an unseen realm, which many today are referring to as other dimensions.

God exists eternally, or has always been.  He created all that now exists, and he exists apart from it, but directly enters it as it suits His purpose.  Science today believes there are multiple dimensions which exist, but humans normally can only experience and comprehend three to four of them.  We exist and move within our designated realm of dimensions, while the angelic and spiritual beings exist and move within their designated realms.  Scripture says some left their designated “abode”, and had direct and unapproved contact with the human realm.

Genesis 6:1-4 speaks of “great men of renown” / the Nephilim / giants, being the offspring of “sons of God” / fallen angels and human women.  As a result of this corruption of mankind, God the Creator saw it necessary to use a flood to destroy His created living beings on the earth and let humanity begin again starting with Noah and his family, of whom Noah was said to be “perfect in his generations”, or having an uncorrupted genealogy.

However, Scripture says these mutant offspring didn’t completely cease with the flood.  Genesis 6:4 says these “Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward…”, referring to after Noah’s flood.  After the exodus from Egypt, Joshua and the Israeli people had to deal with them when entering their Promised Land.  About 2500 years after the flood,  Matthew 24:37 records Jesus as saying, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah”, which some scholars are now interpreting to include the spiritual – human hybrids making a return in the latter days before the return of Jesus.

In a nutshell, if the governments of the world and various religions suddenly declare the existence of “aliens”, and visibly show them in the presence of people, I believe we need to ask, is this event and are these beings bringing people into relationship and restoration with the Jesus / Creator / God of the Bible, or with the “god” of multiple or a unified religion(s).  If it’s the latter, then realize this could be the prophesied deception which is spoken of in the book of Revelation and elsewhere which deceives the whole world to follow after the beast / anti-christ, and rebel against the actual Lord, God, Creator, Jesus Christ.

 

Remember:

The battle belongs to the Lord!

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord of hosts! (the Lord of angel armies)

Aliens / demonic entities are created beings, who are subject to the King and Creator of the universe, Jesus, God, the Great I Am.  When these things are encountered, we need to put our focus on the Lord Jesus, our defender and mighty warrior.  “Yeshua”, Jesus’s name in Hebrew, actually means “salvation”.

The Lord inhabits the praises of His people!

Somehow, there is power and strength when we praise the Lord, whether singing His praises, or speaking of His greatness.  Speaking those words of praise, blessing, and adoration of the Lord… especially speaking or singing the ancient Scriptural words, and truth about Him and His greatness has an effect on us.  It builds confidence and faith, and reminds us of who Jesus is, that He is the final and ultimate hope we can have.

Speaking and singing truth, facts, and Scripture about the Lord also has an effect on the unseen world, the unseen dimensions around us, reminding those in the unseen realm of who our God is and who their creator actually is.

Everything that exists, had to have been created, and is therefore ultimately subject to its creator.   This includes things which exist in the spiritual world, or a dimension which we humans don’t normally see.

 

Two closing thoughts:

Jude, the brother of James reminds us, “But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.’”  (Jude vs. 9)

Speaking of Jesus, Paul wrote:

“For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.  And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. 

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created by Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  (Colossians 1:13-17)