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Biblical Perspectives on the Paranormal PUBLISHER Thomas R. Horn EDITOR Michelle Warner CONTRIBUTORS Eric Scott Porter Patrick Heron Phillip Collins Derek Gilbert Michael Heiser Nita Horn Stan Deyo David Flynn Jim Wilhelmson Lynn Marzulli Thomas R. Horn COVER ART Randy Haragan Illustration ANOMALOS published quarterly 2870 NE Hogan Rd PMB 452, Gresham, OR 97030 COPYRIGHT 2006 ANOMALOS No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. ADVERTISING RATES Please call 541-523-2630 Direct all ad copy to RH Illustration 1930 Ash Street Baker City, OR 97814 randy@rhillustration.com

Editorial Note Official Disclosure: Biblical Studies in the Paranormal is a magazine written by a collaboration of writers, edited by Michelle Warner, and produced by Randy Haragan Illustration. Official Disclosure is currently offered as a free, fulllength e-magazine in a PDF format. We welcome feedback and look forward to hearing from anyone wishing to advertise in Official Disclosure. To help support this exciting, first-ever, Biblical-worldview, “paranormal studies” magazine, download each edition of the FREE PDF, and tell your friends about it. Advertisers are encouraged to contact Randy Haragan to discuss how Official Disclosure can reach their target audience and/or to find out more about our early, low, advertising rates.

From the Publishers Desk Thomas R. Horn .....Page 4 The Once and Future Failure of Babel Eric Scott Porter ..Page 6 Nothing Beyond the Flesh: The Theocracy of Prima Materia Phillip D. Collins..Page 10 Who Ya Gonna Call? Nita Horn...............Page 13

Nephilim Stargates: And The Return Of The Watchers Thomas Horn.......page 26 The Abduction Phenomena L. A. Marzulli .......Page 30 Prophecy of America in Daniel 3.3 David Flynn ........Page 32 Revelation Rapture: An Anomaly? Patrick Heron ......Page 36

How You Should Respond to the Ed Wood, the Prophet Prophetic Importance Derek P Gilbert......Page 14 of Genesis 6 . Jim Wilhelmsen...Page 42 Christian Theology and an ET Reality, The Atlantis Scroll Part 1: The Historical Part Two of Three Background Michael S. Heiser .page 18 Stan Deyo ..........Page 47
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Thomas R. Horn he 60th anniversary of the Roswell event will be hosted by the city in 2007. In an attempt to end what they are calling “the turf wars” that have developed between the UFO Museum Research Center Board of Directors and other local organizers, the City of Roswell will coordinate the UFO Festival in 2007. The Museum had taken over coordinating the annual festival three years ago, during which time the numbers of visitors have steadily declined. A featured guest of next year’s event is sure to be Jesse Marcel Jr., whose new book Roswell: It Really Happened will have been published . Col. Marcel claims the famous event was otherworldly, including the recovery of an extraterrestrial craft. Marcel’s father, Maj. Jesse Marcel Sr., was the lead military investigator into the crash of 1947. Some think whatever really happened there will never be known. The US government says it was a simple case of misidentification. But as most people know, this was not the military’s first position. On July 8, 1947, the Roswell Daily Record carried the RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field) release as its headline, front-page story: “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region. The intelligence office of the 509 th Bombardment group at Roswell Army Field announced at noon today that the field has come into possession of a flying saucer.” By evening, newspapers including the Chicago Daily News, the Los Angeles Herald Express, the Spokane Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, and others were reporting the news. Then something happened, and by the following day the RAAF had issued a retraction: “An examination by the army revealed last night that mysterious objects found on a lonely New Mexico ranch was a harmless high-altitude weather balloon— not a grounded flying disk.” The contrast of statements by highly trained personnel set in motion the greatest cover-up in American history, says Col. Jesse Marcel, who is admittedly the only civilian alive to have handled the UFO “debris” from the Roswell crash site. I sat down recently with Col. Marcel, and he shared information with me, on and off the record. I heard things I had never heard before from ufology’s legendary friend. Marcel is almost seventy-years-old now and is a soft spoken, gentle man who comes across as ultimately believable. When I asked Jess, as he prefers to be called, if his father—the Intelligence Officer at Roswell Army Air Field at the time of the Roswell event—could have been mistaken about what was recovered during the field investigation, he answered without hesitation, “No way,” and then proceeded to tell me why.

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When later I pressed about Mogul balloons and Operation Paperclip as alternative theories, he shared at length the number of times he had joined honest investigators in a side-by-side comparison of their “evidence” with his drawings and material examples; each time there was not a single correspondent to what his father had brought home from the ranch that night. Getting to the big questions, I offered, “But of course whatever happened at Roswell, surely could be explained as top-secret terrestrial technology, right?” As cool as silky water, he looked at me and replied, “Tom, what I saw was not of this earth. Though it was material, I held it in my hands, and the pieces were as light as a feather.” I gave Jess greetings from Stanton Friedman, who together with Bill Moore had brought the Roswell cover-up to international light many years ago, and then I said, “So you, like Stan Friedman, believe the Roswell debris were most likely a physical technology?” Jess smiled and told me how Friedman was such a close family friend. I am not sure he ever did get around to answering my question about technology. However, Col. Marcel, like his father before him, is a career military man (he had just returned from Iraq where as an ear, nose, and throat specialist he was busy patching up

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soldiers). Over the years he has participated in field investigations of crashed known craft and is very familiar with many hardware components. To this day he has never seen anything resembling the Roswell artifacts. Marcel then proceeded to tell me an intriguing story about an incident that had happened some years ago, when he was scheduled to be in Washington DC. To this day he does not know how the participant knew where he would be at that particular time. When he arrived at his motel, there was a message waiting for him on the phone in his room. It was from a man we will call Mr. “X.” He wanted to meet with Marcel the following day at 1:00 PM in a certain room at the Capital building. Marcel felt uneasy but agreed to go to the meeting. On arrival, he was ushered into the office of Mr. “X,” who got right down to business. “X” wanted to talk to Marcel about Roswell, and he asked if Jess would be more comfortable “in a secure room.” When Marcel explained that he would not be saying anything he had not said before, “X” pressed the idea of the alternate meeting area, explaining, “Well, maybe I want to tell you something you do not already know.” Leaving the office, they proceeded to the secure room where no listening devices existed, in an area Jess described as “the dungeons of the Capital building.” They sat at a table where Marcel noticed a book about alien abductions, UFO technology, and Roswell. “X” tapped on the book with his finger and said outright, “This is not fiction.” The mysterious government insider (later identified as Dick D’Amato, an aide to Sen. Robert Byrd) continued talking for a while and then asked Marcel if he knew where the material recovered from the Roswell ranch was being kept. Jess found the question curious and said, “No. Don’t you?” “X”’s answer was as enigmatic as the question, so Marcel responded with an inquiry of his own: “If extraterrestrial activity is real, and you guys know it, when is the government planning Official Disclosure of what really happened at Roswell?” “If it was up to me,” “X” said, “we’d be doing it now.” Following a story like that, I just had to ask Col. Marcel if he personally knew of other members of the government and military who also are anticipating a future moment when the representatives of the world’s religions and leaders of nations will stand in the well of the United Nations and say, “We have an announcement to make. We are in contact with extraterrestrial intelligence.” Marcel grew silent for a moment, then looked at me and whispered, “Yes.” Suddenly the phone rang, and Col. Marcel had to leave the building. This issue of OFFICIAL DISCLOSURE (formerly ANOMALOS MAGAZINE) includes a look at Christian Theology and ET through the eyes of Dr. Michael Heiser. Derek Gilbert amuses with his idea of how ET might be involved in the Apocalypse by contrasting the Left Behind books with a prophecy from schlock filmmaker Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space. David Flynn offers another genius discovery by decrypting a never-before-seen prophecy about America in the Bible, while other articles in this issue of OFFICIAL DISCLOSURE will challenge your perception of reality on “ghostbusters,” Masonic doctrines, the Tower of Babel, and other special features.

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Imaginations . . . In the Garden of Eden, the serpent tempted Eve with the prospect of becoming like a god. “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods . . .” (King James Version, Gen. 3.5). Eve fell, and into darkness descended the future of the human race. Paradise had been traded for deception. Later God would observe “. . . that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6.5). From the moment the serpent tempted Eve, the imagination of mankind has worked toward godhood. However, because of man’s inherent sinful nature, this striving is in vain. Created in the image of God, we were designed to serve and reflect God. Paradise resulted from the creation working in perfect harmony with its Creator. Function and form were brought forth from the mind of God but in accommodation of the freewill of Adam and Eve. Satan, the serpent of old, envious of God and His creation, tore through this harmonious relationship between God and man. Wishing to elevate himself above God, he stepped before Eve with the aim of hijacking her worship. But what could Satan offer? Satan excited in Eve a similar desire by which he fell: the desire for selfpromotion (Ezek. 28). Generations after the fall in Eden, the desire to obtain godhood became physically manifested in a

sacred building project. Mankind began to build an astrological tower called Babel, which means the gate of God (Missler 33; Harris, et al. 89). This sacred building project was mankind’s attempt to ascend to the heavens both physically and spiritually and become like gods.

“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth . . . “(Gen.11:5-8). God said, “And now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do,” but even in the midst of our technological progress, we cannot escape entropy and death. We were designed to worship and

serve God, and we must do so, or suffer mechanical breakdown through unintended employment. Our very fabric of existence is torn apart, sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly, without God, who holds all things together (Heb. 1:3). Death is the end that finds the prodigal who does not return. The kingdom of Satan is one in which mankind follows Satan’s example, and in defiance of God (consciously or unconsciously) strives to become a god himself. This kingdom is an empire of denial—the denial that the entropy and death that we strive to overcome is but a natural result of the

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abandonment of our designed place and function. Satan’s goal is to take the Creator’s place, regardless of the price the creation pays in the process. We are his trophies: the defiant prize he dangles before the Creator. Satan’s kingdom is a kingdom with the single purpose of uniting us against God. This unification was first attempted under Nimrod at Babel. This first effort failed due to God’s intervention. One day, however, Satan will largely succeed, though only for a brief moment, on a plain called Megiddo (Rev. 16:13-16). The foundation of Satan’s future kingdom is being laid before our eyes. We must look to the past, to understand the present. Nimrod—The Rebel The name Nimrod implies “rebel” or “to rebel” (Missler 33; Unger 53). We learn in Genesis that Nimrod founded the first great empire: “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar” (Gen. 10:8-10). We then learn that the people united on the plain of Shinar and built the Tower of Babel; the gate of God (Harris, et al. 89). “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” (Gen. 11:1-4). This was not simply a building but rather an attempt to ascend to the heavens—in the same vein that Lucifer asserts, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isa.14.14). The tower was man’s rebellious attempt to ascend to the place of godhood. Author Dave Hunt explains: “Satan’s promise to Eve that she could become one of the gods became the foundation of pagan religion worldwide. [. . .] Thus was born the religion of self-effort. [. . .] The rising Tower of Babel seemed to give credence to the grandiose delusion that man could reach heaven by his own efforts. Nimrod was very likely the first emperor to be deified, and thus was a forerunner of Antichrist” (57). Thus, Nimrod was the figurehead of Satan’s first attempt at creating a unified kingdom that defied God. A key deception underlying this kingdom was the original lie: that one could become like God. This lie, which Satan first told to Eve in the Garden, is the foundation of all paganism—a foundation that will be harnessed by another rebel, the coming Antichrist. Arthur Walkington Pink (1886-1952), the famous theologian and writer, noted: “In Nimrod and his schemes we see Satan’s initial attempt to raise up a universal ruler of men. [. . .] we cannot fail to see that there is here, beneath the historical narrative, something deeper than that which appears on the surface; yea, that there is here a complete typical picture of the person, work and destruction of the Antichrist.” Destruction of the Tower and the Division of the Nations God destroyed the Tower, and confused the peoples’ language. As a result, the word “Babel” came to mean 7 “confused language” (Harris, et al 89). God also divided the people and created the nations. More detail of this division can be found in Deuteronomy 32, also known as The Song of Moses. “Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you. When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. But the LORD’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage” (English Standard Version, Deut. 32.7-9). It is important to note that the phrase “the sons of God” in the above passage is read in most English Bibles as “the sons of Israel.” However, the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as the Greek Septuagint, confirm that the earliest versions read “the sons of God.” Further evidence that it should read “the sons of God” and not “the sons of Israel” is that Israel was not in existence when God divided mankind and fixed the borders at Babel. Therefore, the sons of Israel did not yet exist. This understanding is important because the “sons of God” are identified throughout the Old Testament as divine beings or heavenly hosts. It is important to note that the term “sons of God” is used both of fallen heavenly beings (Psalm 82.1-8) and unfallen heavenly beings (Job 38.7). As a further resource on this topic I highly recommend Dr. Michael Heiser’s website www.michaelsheiser.com. However, with the fact in mind that Deuteronomy 32 references heavenly beings: “. . . he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God” (emphasis added) (Deut. 32.8), it is apparent that part of God’s judgment at Babel was to allow a stubborn people to inherit nations under the power of angelic beings, instead of God. God would choose his own nation later.

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It can also be deduced that when this occurred, God divided the people into seventy nations, as there are exactly seventy nations identified in the Table of Nations in Genesis 10. With this information, it can be further deduced that there must also have been seventy “sons of God” because Deuteronomy says that God divided the nations “according to the number of the sons of God” (Deut 32.8). This reasoning seems a bit stretched until one finds that this conclusion is confirmed by noncanonical sources, such as The Book of Jasher 9.32— which specifically states that there were seventy angels involved: “And God said to the seventy angels who stood foremost before him, to those who were near to him, saying, Come let us descend and confuse their tongues, that one man shall not understand the language of his neighbor, and they did so unto them” (Parry 45). God gave dominion of the seventy nations to seventy angels who, perhaps, constitute at least part of the false gods in the Old Testament. It is surprising to some people that God uses fallen angels to work His will at times, but that is exactly what occurs in I Kings 22 when He chooses to allow a lying spirit to entice Ahab. I suspect that God is using fallen angels to further His ultimate purpose in the case of Deuteronomy 32.8 as well. However, He was not giving up on mankind altogether. Later, beginning in Genesis 12, He would mercifully preserve a people to protect the line leading to the Messiah. He would later create a nation of His own through which he would work. Power over the Gods In chapter 12 of Genesis, God promises to make Abram into a great nation. Have you ever wondered why the Creator of the Universe would be the God of one nation in history? Many antagonists to Judaism and Christianity point to this as evidence that Judaism originated as a cultural religion. With a proper understanding of the allotment of the nations amongst the fallen sons of God we have a convincing answer to this accusation. By creating His own nation, God preserved a people for the line leading to the Messiah. The Messiah, in turn, defeated the gods of the nations, the principalities and powers, through the cross: “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. [. . . ] And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2.10, 13-15). By His blood He stripped the fallen sons of God of their power, for He died and rose for both the Gentile and the Jew, both the inhabitants of the pagan nations and of Israel. Through the power of Christ’s blood, God reclaimed the nations. Power over the gods is given to Christ’s followers, as is evidenced in the below passage from The Gospel of John, where Christ sends out seventy disciples corresponding to the seventy nations and the seventy fallen sons of God: “Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your ways; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst 8 of wolves.” [. . .] And the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven” (NASB, Luke 10.1-3, 17-20).

Thus, through Jesus one can have authority over the gods of this world, the principalities and powers over the nations. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (KJB, Eph. 6.12). However, our real joy comes from the fact that our names are recorded in heaven and that what was lost in Eden will one day be restored. Territorial Spirits The allotment of the nations to the seventy fallen sons of God explains the territorial references in scripture such as the following passage in Daniel: “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” (Dan 10.12-13).

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In this passage the Prince of Persia delays an angel of God for twenty-one days. Geographically, modern day Iran is in the former area of Persia. Perhaps we see the influence of the Prince of Persia today underlying the words and actions of the modern day leaders of Iran, who declare that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth and repeatedly deny Israel’s right to exist. After all, in current times there is evidence that nations and territories are under the influence of fallen principalities and powers. On the cross, Christ triumphed over the principalities and powers, but they are left to work their evil until Christ’s triumphant Second Coming. In the book Wrestling with Dark Angels, Dr. C. Peter Wagner of Fuller Theological Seminary notes: “Research on territorial spirits is so new that the case studies that have surfaced tend to get told over and over again. I have no doubt that as time goes by credible stories of breaking powers over areas, both small and large, will multiply. Jamie Buckingham, for example, told me of sensing the presence of a specific power of evil over the city of Prague some time ago. He also reports that former Secretary of the Interior James Watt, through sensitivities acquired in his past association with the occult, perceives specific dark angels assigned to the White House” (80). Wagner further elaborates: “We have already seen that in the Old Testament the names of the principalities ruling over territories were known. We also recognize names of Greek and Roman principalities such as Jupiter, Aphrodites, Diana, Poseidon, Bacchus and Venus. Our most frequent categorization of these names is ‘mythology,’ by which we usually mean that they must have been figments of the imagination of pre-scientific people. If nothing else, the rise in popularity of the New Age Movement is now forcing many of us to reexamine these points of view” (85). When God divided the people into nations, changed their language, and gave them over to the fallen sons of God, the false religion of Satan’s kingdom was not destroyed but rather was dispersed and fragmented. This accounts for some of the similarities among different mythologies. The confusion of languages explains why identical characters in these mythologies have different names. In other words, the same territorial principalities were known by different names among different people groups. Rebuilding the Tower These same gods and beliefs are being defragmented and reunited today in the revitalized paganism of the New Age movement, once again forming an inclusive, unified religion in accordance with the future system of the Antichrist (Rev. 13:15). Concurrently, mankind’s technological striving for godhood is accelerating as knowledge increases (Daniel 12.4), a striving that promises human enhancements, genetic modification, and prolonged life as well as the populace control necessary to form a unified society. These two trends, revitalized paganism and advanced technology, are merging, and as we pass through the proverbial door of technological “salvation,” we find the outstretched hands of the gods, promising an existence of peace, love, and harmony. They promise a period in which mankind takes the next step in evolution and finds the god within. Those who follow this thinking call this metamorphosis enlightenment. Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear call it the great delusion (2 Thess. 2.11). Besides the merging of technology and paganism, there are yet two more elements emerging for the Antichrist’s future kingdom; they are political and economic globalization. One example of political globalization is 9 the United Nations, which supports multiple New Age organizations and foundations. Within the headquarters of the United Nations is The Meditation Room. It is built in the shape of a truncated pyramid. As its name implies, the United Nations goal is to unite the nations, just as the people were unified at Babel. The United Nations wishes to replace the true God with a unified religion. Dr. Robert Muller, Secretary of ECOSOC, said the following at the UN’s twentieth anniversary of The Meditation Room: “Meditation, prayer, dream, hope, vision, guidance, foreseeing and planning all go hand in hand in so many different ways at the U.N. For me the tall building of the U.N. is an edifice of human hope and dream jutting into the universe and receiving from that universe increasingly clearer messages. Perhaps we have reached a time of cosmic evolution. Little by little, a planetary prayer book is being composed by an increasingly united humanity seeking its oneness, its happiness, its consciousness and its full participation in the continuous process of creation” (Arrowsmith 285). As Dr. Muller so blatantly describes, he sees the UN building itself in terms reminiscent of the Tower of Babel: “. . . the tall building of the UN is an edifice of human hope and dream jutting into the universe and receiving from that universe increasingly clearer messages.” Whether by “cosmic evolution,” as Dr. Muller states, or by more political means, the move toward a one world religion and government can be seen everywhere. Bible Teacher Alan Franklin observes:[* File contains invalid data | In-line.JPG *] “An amazing poster was issued by the European Union, showing the Tower of Babel and carrying the slogan: ‘Many tongues, one voice.’ In case the point was lost, a crane in the background was (continued on page 55)

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Nothing Beyond the Flesh: The Theocracy of Prima Materia
Part One Phillip D. Collins Anatomy of a Weltanschauungskrieg istorically, humanity has divided somewhat evenly into two diametrically opposed camps: those who subscribe to a spiritual, theistic Weltanschauung and those who do not. The philosophical milieu of ancient Greece illustrates this division. In the theistic camp, one would find the likes of Socrates and Plato. In the atheistic camp, one would find Democritus and Protagoras. While the more deistic philosophies of both Lucretius and Aristotle might present some exceptions to this division, one could convincingly argue that deism is little more than a camouflaged form of atheism. Since the inception of the anti-theistic and antispiritual Weltanschauung, numerous permutations of this philosophical camp have emerged. Materialists, behaviorists, physicalists, functionalists, secular humanists, and Marxists are just a few of the resulting variants. To be sure, the countless theoreticians of these different anti-theistic and antispiritual camps have had their occasional epistemological feuds. Yet, all share the same core metaphysical convictions: matter holds primacy and the ontological plane of the physical universe constitutes the totality of reality itself. (In other words, since ontology is one’s basic conception of reality, it is the scientific materialist’s ontological conviction that there is nothing beyond the physical universe.) Of course, the anti-theistic and anti-spiritual Weltanschauung adamantly opposes most, if not all, religions. However, most contemporary movements that have ostensibly eschewed a spiritual outlook have sociologically behaved like religions.

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Communism and fascism are two such cases in point. How does one explain this paradox? It is this researcher’s contention that the anti-theistic and anti-spiritual Weltanschauung was spawned by an older religion. This religion is purely occult in character and, because it acted as the progenitor for the anti-theistic and anti-spiritual Weltanschauung, it remains deeply embedded within the supposedly secular mind. Thus, even the most stridently secular movements are conceptually predisposed to religious thought and behavior. Ultimately, the antitheistic and anti-spiritual Weltanschauung is designed to relocate the Eschaton of Heaven and Hell within the ontological plane of the physical universe. Simultaneously, it relocates God within man himself. The final result is an ideology of control devoted to the transformation of prima materia and a secular religion devoted to the apotheosis of man. Secular Humanism: The Religion of Man Apotheosized To be sure, not every claim of paranormal or supernatural experience is genuine. More than a few have been the products of sensationalism and superstition. However, the outright rejection of all extraordinary possibilities is symptomatic of epistemological rigidity, which can stultify the broadening of human knowledge and the expansion of methods for scientific inquiry. While institutionally accredited science has typically shunned the paranormal and supernatural, segments of the scientific establishment are beginning to acknowledge the centrality of nonperceptible entities to the 10

examination of perceptible phenomena. In fact, many theoretical physicists and biophysicists have observed that science and mysticism are assuming convergent trajectories. Scientific materialists typically suppress such contentions. Regular viewers of the National Geographic channel have probably already noticed the cable station’s overall prejudice against the belief in a supernatural reality and a transcendent God. Members of CISCOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) routinely appear on National Geographic programs, offering so-called “scientifically credible explanations” for otherwise unexplained phenomena. What the National Geographic channel fails to mention is the fact that CISCOP members are already ideologically predisposed to reject God and the supernatural. Many CISCOP members are also secular humanists. To understand what secular humanists believe, one needs look no further than 1973’s second Humanist Manifesto for a succinct synopsis: “As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in a prayer-hearing God, assumed to love and care for personas, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith. Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means of survival” (Humanist). Encapsulated within this declaration is the anthropocentric aphorism of Protagoras: “Man is the measure of all things . . .” Human reason dethrones God and becomes the chief facilitator for man’s salvation. Salvation is redefined within a purely Darwinian context as survival, and the continuity of the species becomes synonymous with immortality. If this Weltanschauung seems religious in character, it is because it is actually the second oldest faith in existence.

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Whittaker Chambers, former member of the communist underground in America, eloquently observes, “Humanism is not new. It is, in fact, man’s second oldest faith. Its promise was whispered in the first days of Creation under the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil: ‘Ye shall be as gods’” (qtd. in Baker 206). Simply stated, humanism is the religion of self-deification. Its god is Man, spelled with a capital M to connote the purported divinity intrinsic to humanity. Atheism provides the philosophical segue for the enthronement of man as god. This enthronement begins with the recognition of a significant paradox inherent to atheism. Authors Ron Carlson and Ed Decker explain: “It is philosophically impossible to be an atheist, since to be an atheist you must have infinite knowledge in order to know absolutely that there is no God. But to have infinite knowledge, you would have to be God yourself. It’s hard to be God yourself and an atheist at the same time!” (17). Indeed, to conclude with all certainty that there is no transcendent God outside the ontological plane of the physical universe, one must first claim omniscience. However, omniscience is a trait reserved exclusively for deities. Therefore, the claimant must conclude that he or she is a god. In this sense, atheism is not the rejection of a deity, but rather, it is the belief in an emergent deity. The god that is gradually evolving is Man himself, and his development is guided by his own cognitive powers. Again, this belief is nothing new. It was central to the religious doctrines of the ancient Mystery cults, which were prominent in Babylon and Egypt. Ever present was the theme of humanity made divine through the enthronement of man’s reason. S. Angus contends that the central theme of the Mystery religions was “that the march of mankind is Godward” (43). Of course, not every adherent of the Mysteries necessarily subscribed to this doctrine of apotheosis. Numerous motives compelled people to accept the religion. Angus wisely observes: “Men entered the Mystery-cults for different purposes: there were all degrees of belief and unbelief, morality and laxity, mysticism and realism. The carnal could find in orgiastic processions and midnight revels opportunities for self-indulgence; the superstitious would approach because of the magical value attributed to the formulae and sacraments; the educated could, in the material and physical, perceive symbols of the truth dear to his heart; the ascetic would look upon initiation as a means of buffeting his body and giving freedom to the spirit; the mystic would in enthusiasm or ecstasy enjoy the beatific vision by entering into communion with God or by undergoing deification” (42). Thus, only the most ardent mystics accepted the inner doctrine of apotheosis. For the more carnally inclined, such doctrine was seldom acknowledged. In fact, few were even aware of it. The ultimate objective of self-deification was veiled by secrecy and semiotic manipulation: “The secrecy with which the Mysteries terminated behind the veil of the temple, compared with the publicity with which they generally commenced in the streets, is explicable from the fact that the things ‘done’ or ‘said’ were not the things actually to be revealed but merely symbolic means of conveying the intended truth to the minds of the votaries” (Angus 62). A similar culture of obscurantism exists in Freemasonry, which acts as the retainer of the ancient Mystery religion. In fact, humanism and Masonry have shared a long historical relationship. In The Keys of This Blood, deceased Vatican insider Malachi Martin examines the emergence of “a network of Humanist associations” throughout early-Renaissance Italy (518-19). These organizations represented “a revolt against the traditional interpretation of the Bible as 11 maintained by the ecclesiastical and civil authorities, and against the philosophical and theological underpinnings provided by the Church for civil and political life” (Martin 519). Although these groups espoused an ostensible belief in God, their notions of a Supreme Being were largely a derivative of the Kabbala. As Martin states: “Not surprisingly given such an animus, these associations had their own conception of the original message of the Bible and of God’s revelation. They latched onto what they considered to be an ultrasecret body of knowledge, a gnosis, which they based in part on cultic and occultist strains deriving from North Africa-notably, Egypt--and, in part, on the classical Jewish Kabbala” (519). In Morals and Dogma, 33 rd Degree Freemason Albert Pike reveals that “all the Masonic associations owe to it [the Kabbala] their Secrets and their Symbols” (744). Conversely, according to Martin the early humanists modified this ancient Hebraic doctrine considerably. “Whether out of historical ignorance or willfulness of both, Italian humanists bowdlerized the idea of Kabbala almost beyond recognition. They reconstructed the concept of gnosis, and transferred it to a thoroughly thisworldly plane. The special gnosis they sought was a secret knowledge of how to master the blind forces of nature for a sociopolitical purpose” (519-20). However, many of the semiotic artifacts comprising the early humanists’ iconography and jargon were directly related to Masonry. “Initiates of those early humanist associations were devotees of the Great Force—the Great Architect of the Cosmos—which they represented under the form of the Sacred Tetragrammaton, YHWH, the Jewish symbol for the name of the divinity that was not to be pronounced by mortal lips. They borrowed other symbols—the

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Pyramid and the All-Seeing Eye— mainly from Egyptian sources” (Martin 520). The Great Architect of the Cosmos, the All-Seeing Eye, and the Pyramid also comprise the esoteric semiology of Freemasonry. What is the explanation for all of these commonalities? According to Martin, these shared characteristics were the result of a merger between the humanists and the old Mason guilds: “In other northern climes, meanwhile, a far more important union took place, with the humanists. A union that no one could have expected. In the 1300s, during the time that the cabalist— humanist associations—were beginning to find their bearings, there already existed— particularly in England, Scotland and France--medieval guilds of men who worked with ax, chisel and mallet in freestone. Freemasons by trade, and Godfearing in their religion, these were men who fitted perfectly into the hierarchic order of things on which their world rested” (521). Evidently, there couldn’t have been two organizations that were more diametrically opposed than Masonry and humanism: “No one alive in the 1300s could have predicted a merger of minds between freemason guilds and the Italian humanists. The traditional faith of the one, and the ideological hostility to both tradition and faith of the other, should have made the two groups about as likely to mix as oil and water” (Martin 522). Nevertheless, the late 1500s would witness the amalgamation of these two groups (Martin 522). The most evident corollary of this organizational coalescence was a noticeable difference in recruiting practices of the Masons: “As the number of working or ‘operative,’ freemasons diminished progressively, they were replaced by what were called Accepted Masons—gentlemen of leisure, aristocrats, even members of royal families—who lifted ax, chisel and mallet only in the ultrasecret symbolic ceremonies of the lodge, still guarded by the ‘Charges’ and the ‘Mason Word.’ The ‘speculative’ mason was born. The new Masonry shifted away from all allegiance to Roman ecclesiastical Christianity” (Martin 522). Indeed, the new Masonic doctrine appeared to be one that thoroughly eschewed Christian concepts: “There was no conceptual basis by which such a belief could be reconciled with Christianity. For precluded were all such ideas as sin, Hell for punishment and Heaven for reward, and eternally perpetual Sacrifice of the Mass, saints and angels, priest and pope” (Martin 522). The new Mason was no longer an architect of freestone. Instead, he was an architect of a Novus Ordo Seclorum (Latin for “New Order of the Ages”). Out of the Lodge would spring many varieties of sociopolitical Utopianism. Countless revolutionaries would rise up against the dominant ecclesiastical authority and attempt to install their own theocratic order. To be sure, much of the ecclesiastical establishment was corrupt and in desperate need of reform. However, the “alternative” offered by sociopolitical Utopians was far more authoritarian than any of its religious counterparts. Moreover, their Novus Ordo Seclorum was no less religious in character. The new secular faith eviscerated the heavens and relocated all of religion’s traditional metaphysical concepts within the ontological plane of the physical universe. The ultimate eschatological vision of this revolutionary faith was the enthronement of the secular humanists’ god: Man. Works Cited Angus, S. The Mystery-Religions: A Study in the Religious Background of Early Christianity. New York: Dover Publications, 1975. Baker, Jeffrey. Cheque Mate: The Game of Princes. Springdale, PA: Whitaker House, 1995. Carlson, Ron, Ed Decker. Fast Facts on False Teachings. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1994. Kurtz, P. and E.H. Wilson, eds. Humanist Manifesto II. 1973., American Humanist Association, 2002. 30 September 2006 <http:// www.americanhumanist.org/about/ manifesto2.html> Martin, Malachi. The Keys of this Blood. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991. Pike, Albert. Morals and Dogma. Richmond: L.H. Jenkins, Inc.,1942. About the Author

Phillip D. Collins acted as the editor for The Hidden Face of Terrorism. He has also written articles for Paranoia Magazine, MKzine, NewsWithViews, B.I.P.E.D.: The Official Website of Darwinian Dissent, the ACL Report, Namaste Magazine, and Conspiracy Archive. In 1999, he earned an Associate degree of Arts and Science. In 2006, he earned a bachelors degree with a major in communication studies and a minor in philosophy. During the course of his seven-year college career, Phillip has studied philosophy, religion, and classic literature. He has recently completed a newly expanded and revised edition of The Ascendancy of the Scientific Dictatorship (ISBN 1-4196-3932-3), which is available at: http:// www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ 1419639323/conspiracyarc-20/. He is also currently co-authoring a collection of short stories, poetry, and prose entitled Expansive Thoughts. It will be available late Fall of 2006.

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Who Ya Gonna Call?
Nita Horn very year on October 31, skeletons, witches, rock n’ roll stars, US Presidents, and a variety of innocent masked characters run rampant through the streets looking for sweet treats to fill their goody bags. You can hear them ringing doorbells and screaming like banshees the old familiar, “trick or treat!” Then after they get the treat, they give the trick anyway: smashing lifeless pumpkins while running and singing their favorite scary tunes. The one that stands out to me most is “Who Ya Gonna Call?”, with its unforgettable, bellowed response, “Ghostbusters!” Long before the movie Ghostbusters came out, I was already acquainted with the term. My Granddad told and retold stories of his earlier days as a “Spook Hunter.” He was a young man in the early 1900’s, a period when times were hard and money was scarce. There was a lot of superstition back then, and one job no one wanted was ghost hunting or “going up against the dead.” So he took odd jobs exploring unexplained phenomena. After all, he was not named John Boone for nothing, after Daniel Boone, the brave and renowned frontiersman who was known to have smiled a bear right down out of a tree. Anyway, according to Grandpa, he was paid good money back then to spend the night in creaky, old barns; abandoned houses; and dark, damp basements. Other times he bartered for food, supplies, and other necessities. It was not that he had set out in life to become a “spirit seeker,” but after having solved a few ghostly rumblings, his reputation for ruling out supernatural inhabitants preceded him. Before he knew it, he became known as a Ghostbuster. More times than not, there were simple, logical explanations for the socalled “hauntings,” some of them quite humorous. Once the neighborhood “bogeyman” supposedly inhabited an old, empty cabin. Every time someone would look into buying the house, they would hear a strange knocking under the floor, and folks immediately gave credit to poltergeists. Soon, word had spread that the house was haunted. It turned out to be a mangy stray dog trapped underneath the floorboards. His fleas were relentless after dark, and the poor old canine scratched and thumped all through the night. Another time Grandpa single handedly captured a couple of “dangerous runaway convicts” in an old attic. Well, as the story ends, these “convicts” were actually a talking, fugitive parrot. The bird mimicked local outlaws “Sam” and “Gus” and discussed their plans to rob banks. No one had the guts to investigate the vile voices or the sporadic bumps in the night. Though most of the tales were easily resolved, there were a few mysteries Grandpa could not explain: situations

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where he scratched his head while walking away, as baffled as those who had called him to the bewildering arena. Years later, he held the grandkids spellbound as he retold these numerous tales of Ghostbusting and mystery solving. I was entertained by all of the stories, satisfied by those that were solved, but I remember wondering about those unsettled tales. Many times I have thought, “Is there such things as ghosts: mournful, disembodied spirits searching for unsuspecting humans to posses? Could there actually be desperate demons frantically grasping for a carnal host or spirits of those that are trapped between Heaven and Hell, searching for release by making peace with their demise? No doubt, these are questions we have all pondered at one time or another. Since the beginning of time, there have been reports of ghouls and ghosts from within every culture. One of the most intriguing episodes of such spirits is outlined in I Samuel 28.11-20: “Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel. And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? For thou art Saul. And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy” (emphasis added) (King James Version, 1 Sam. 28.1120)? If taken literally, this is Samuel speaking, not a demon, or a familiar spirit. Saul is absolutely convinced it is Samuel, and the Scripture does not correct this point of view. The medium is also certain it is Samuel and not a ghoulish imposter. What do you think? This month, Raiders News Update will be launching a new weekly radio podcast. The first session will discuss these types of spirits-related questions and more regarding topics surrounding All Saints Day and Halloween. Visit us at RNNRadio.com as we take a closer look at the origin and rituals of this season.

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Ed Wood, the Prophet
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Why the Apocalypse Will Be More Like Plan 9 From Outer Space Than Left Behind
by Derek P. Gilbert

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ew works (including the Bible) have influenced the concepts modern Christians hold of the prophesied end times like Left Behind. This series of novels created by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins has spawned a miniindustry of apocalyptic spin-off novels and movies and soon a first person shooter computer game. (I’ll leave the disturbing implications of this newest development for another time.) The flagship Left Behind series has sold over 75 million units to date, far and away the most successful Christian fiction title ever. In fact, Messrs. LaHaye and Jenkins deserve a healthy share of credit for the surge in sales of Christian fiction novels over the last ten years. How ironic then that a man who is arguably the worst storyteller of the last century came much closer to predicting the shape of the Apocalypse than Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. A Passion for Angora Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born in 1924 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Like so many men of his generation, Wood was drafted and served with distinction in WWII. He was one of 400 US survivors of the invasion of Tarawa, during which 3,600 other soldiers died.After a stint as a carnival geek, Wood moved to California and began offering his services as a scriptwriter and director to anyone who would sit still for a pitch. His persistence paid off with an opportunity to write and direct a story inspired by the sex change of Christine Jorgenson, Glen or Glenda. While the film offers a fascinating insight into his own personality, as he himself enjoyed cross-dressing, it also reveals the near total lack of talent that would be the hallmark of his career. Wood’s style was perfectly suited to the B-movie genre; he wrote his own scripts and worked fast, churning out as many as thirty scenes a day, often in one take. (Standard practice in Hollywood today is to shoot no more than two or three scenes in one day.) His career might have left no mark on Hollywood at all, much less on American culture, had it not been for a couple of odd details that were featured in Tim Burton’s 1994 classic, Ed Wood. As was alluded above, one of Wood’s quirks was his fondness for dressing in pumps, narrow skirts, and angora sweaters. Speculation abounds, but no one really knows why he chose to dress this way. Despite this peculiarity, Wood was actually considered a bit of a ladies’ man, and he remained faithful to the women in his life. A second oddity about Wood is that he somehow met and befriended the aging and drug-addicted Bela Lugosi, long removed from his glory days during the 1930s when he and Boris Karloff defined movie horror. Lugosi had starred in two of Wood’s films, Glen or Glenda and Bride of the Monster. But it was Lugosi’s final film appearance that was to be Wood’s crowning achievement. Grave Robbers from Beverly Hills In 1959 Wood’s persistence and infectious optimism served him well, as he managed to secure financing from the Baptist Church of Beverly Hills for a new movie starring Bela Lugosi. His pitch, apparently, was that the church could take its seed money, invest in a surefire winner, and then use the profits to do the Lord’s work. From this bizarre partnership sprang Wood’s magnum opus, Plan 9 from Outer Space.

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Plan 9 bears the honor of being dubbed “Worst Film” of all time by Michael and Harry Medved in their 1980 book The Golden Turkey Awards. (I disagree; Manos: The Hands of Fate and The Beast of Yucca Flats, which, coincidentally, features Plan 9 costar Tor Johnson, are much, much worse— but I digress.) The film was originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space, but it was renamed because Wood’s backers considered this title sacrilegious. The production itself is a clinic in how not to make a movie. Fixing all of the goofs, continuity errors, and cheap production values would require remaking the entire film. The string attached to the top of a wobbly UFO in one of the opening scenes is the least of Plan 9’s mistakes. Even so, hidden beneath this veneer of shoddy filmmaking, Plan 9 puts forward prophetic truths that are sadly missing from the Left Behind series, truths that we should use to guide us in the coming final showdown between God and the rebel angels. These truths are outlined as follows: 1. Don’t Trust Aliens. In Plan 9, the ETs intend to take over the Earth. If we have learned anything from the thousands of reports from experiencers, it is that Wood’s understanding of the hostile intentions of the “visitors” was correct. Those with a biblical worldview understand the reason for these visitors’ hostility: ETs are actually fallen angels. Humans were given dominion over the Earth and the right to judge the angels someday (1 Cor. 6.3), and to many of these heavenly hosts (about a third of them, according to John), this is apparently intolerable. As a result, they are willing to do or say anything to derail God’s plan. A snippet of dialogue between the protagonist and his wife suggests that Ed was fully aware of the origin of the film’s visitors: Paula Trent: “A flying saucer? You mean the kind from up there?” Jeff Trent: “Yeah, either that or its counterpart.” In other words, the character Jeff Trent asserts that the “flying saucer” is from another dimension, either heaven or hell. In contrast, the Left Behind series, In Plan 9, the resurrected corpses are slow and stupid (traits exhibited by most movie zombies that render them pretty much useless for conquering the Earth). Even so, there is no question that these unnaturally revived creatures are just plain evil. Jesus told His disciples that one of the signs of His imminent return was that it would be “just as it was in the days of Noah” (Luke 17.26). The one feature unique to Noah’s time that is being repeated today is the modification of human DNA. We are told the experimentation in genetics labs is for the betterment of mankind and the billions being spent on stem cell research and gene therapies will someday eliminate disease. Better still, we are told the new technologies will allow us to actually transcend the limits of our humanity. We will live longer and be stronger, smarter, and healthier with each passing generation. In effect, we will remove the barrier between God and ourselves. While this field of science is basically still in its infancy, chimeras possessing a blend of human and animal DNA have already been created. We are told that genetic engineering is necessary research. Even worse, scientists in England have pointed out that the Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer process requires so many eggs that the time has come to consider using the eggs of cattle, pigs, or rabbits in order to ensure a constant supply of “human” stem cells for research. In Noah’s time, the method was, shall we say, a bit less clinical, but the goal was the same. To borrow a line from Wood’s other Bela Lugosi feature, Bride of the Monster, the fallen angels wanted to create “a race of atomic supermen which will conquer the world!” According to the Book of Enoch, the Watchers gained the cooperation of humanity by sharing forbidden technology, trading

like most Christian literature, completely ignores the UFO phenomenon. 2. Extending the Span of Human Life by Unnatural Means is Not Necessarily a Good Thing. The “plan nine” of Wood’s film describes a scheme to reanimate corpses—a stock theme of horror and science fiction literature since the days of Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker, inspired by such tales as the legend of the golem and the myth of Osiris. Indeed, resurrection of the dead has been a core Judeo-Christian belief since ancient times (Job 19.25-27). The key, however, is that the timing and method is God’s.

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knowledge for our help in bringing about our own destruction. The result was an army of nephilim, which nearly destroyed mankind before the global flood of Noah. Need it be mentioned that genetic research holds great interest for the militaries of the world? Much time and money has been invested into developing soldiers capable of running faster, jumping higher, and fighting longer with less food and sleep. Is the true purpose of genetic engineering the regeneration of the nephilim, an army to oppose the returning Messiah at the Valley of Megiddo? The parallels between the giants who walked the Earth in the days of Noah and the direction of today’s genetic research are striking. While Plan 9 does not go beyond simply the danger of tinkering with the natural order of things, the Left Behind books completely ignore the role that the transgenic and transhumanist movements will play in the coming cosmic showdown. 3. Flying Saucers are Unreliable Transportation. Flying saucers have an annoying tendency to crash. The most famous, of course, is the downed craft at Roswell, New Mexico, 1947; although, it is not universally agreed as to whether the ship was of extraterrestrial, extradimensional, or Nazi origin. There are others, and I am

admittedly not an expert on recovered UFOs, so I will not list them here. The point is that the similarities to Plan 9 in this regard are obvious—the alien craft in Wood’s film eventually crashes in a spectacular (by the standards of 1930s special effects—which is too bad, since the film was not released until 1959) conflagration. Indeed, the alien ships in the film are so unsafe they need wires to keep them aloft!

But what if it is all a ruse? What if the purpose of crashing a few craft and leaving them for examination is intended to convince humankind that our guests are biological rather than, as I believe, extra- or pan-dimensional? Either way, the phenomenon of unidentified spacecraft crashing into the earth is one more important point that was completely ignored by the creators of Left Behind. The Future: Where You and I Are Going to Spend the Rest of Our Lives Now, as much as I would like to think that Edward D. Wood, Jr. was clever enough to conceal a brilliant prophetic vision beneath a façade of bad filmmaking, just as our “visitors” have concealed their true natures and intentions by sacrificing a few high-tech flying ships, I have to be honest—he really was a bad filmmaker. But in spite of his breathtaking ability to spin cinematic lead out of, well, absolutely nothing, Wood managed to produce a glimpse of eschatological insight with Plan 9 from Outer Space. There is no doubt that however he conceived his apocalyptic vision of the coming end of days, whether by divine revelation or through a simple desire to exploit the last film footage ever shot of Bela Lugosi, Edward D. Wood, Jr. somehow left behind a more plausible scenario for the prophesied cosmic end game than the authors of the most widely distributed books on end times prophecy since the Bible itself.

There is an obvious contradiction inherent in the UFO phenomenon. Are we to believe that ETs successfully crossed the vast ebony gulf of interstellar space, braving radiation, debris, and an enormous fuel bill, only to crash into their intended destination? Certainly, this indicates fallibility associated with finite, organic beings such as us, which offers some comfort in the face of the visitors’ obviously superior technology.

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Christian Theology and an ET Reality,
Part 1: The Historical Background
By Michael S. Heiser, PhD n the inaugural issue of ANOMALOS (now titled OFFICIAL DISCLOSURE), I addressed why Christians should care about ufology. In the course of that discussion, I overviewed a host of worldview and theological issues that would require attention from thoughtful Christians should an intelligent extraterrestrial reality ever become known with certainty. My aim over the next several issues is to revisit my overview and focus on each individual issue raised therein. It is most appropriate to commence this multi-part examination with the focus of this article on the history of the Christian perspective on extraterrestrial life. In much of the contemporary evangelical Church, the possibility of an intelligent extraterrestrial reality is typically either dismissed as intrinsically incompatible with the Bible and biblical theology or is avoided due to a presumed link with demonology. However, the Christian view has not always existed within these perimeters. This debate predates the time of Jesus, having been traced to the discussions of the Greek philosophers known as atomists. The most noteworthy of the atomists concerning this topic were Democritus (ca. 450 BC), Epicurus (341-270 BC), and Lucretius (99-55 BC). To give a brief overview of the atomists’ beliefs: “the word ‘atom’ is used in two distinct divisions: the atoms of physical science, and that of philosophy. Atomism is traditionally associated with the latter, where philosophers have argued that the basic building blocks of reality, and which make up absolutely anything that exists, are incredibly tiny objects that do not have physical parts, cannot be split, divided or cut, and which are either point-sized (size less) or they have a tiny size.”2 Since at least some atoms had come together to compose earth and its living things, and since there is an infinite number of atoms in the cosmos, to the atomists it stood to reason that some of the infinite number of atoms could have also come together in a multitude of other possible combinations beyond the earth. The atomists further argued that this potentiality was surely destined to become reality. The result was that the idea of other worlds was viewed as not only coherent, but inevitable. The atomist position was obviously not rooted in empirical science, articulated as it was in a prescientific era (at least in terms of astronomical technology). Like the more well-known deists of the modern Enlightenment period, Epicurus and Lucretius objected to the ancient idea that the gods interfered in human affairs. For philosophical consistency, their alternative required the elimination of the gods from creation. Atomism gave them a completely materialistic (“matter only”) view of the universe. There was no need for a divine creator of nature when everything in the universe came into being “as a result of the chance jostling of brute matter (a.k.a., atoms).”3

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However, the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) disagreed with such speculations of the atomists. And, like Aristotle, Plato also held that there were no other worlds. The writings of these philosophical giants, particularly Aristotle, became extremely influential in Christian circles. Their influence lasted for centuries and is one reason why the Church initially took a negative view on the idea of other worlds and ET life. Plato and Aristotle denied that there could be other worlds for several reasons. Plato believed the earth was simply unique. Aristotle believed that the other planets were of a completely different substance than the earth and held that the universe must be finite. With respect to the latter, it was common among the ancient Greeks and Romans to think of the “world” as a central Earth with its Moon and Sun plus the five planets and the fixed stars. This idea may sound strange, but it is reflected in the biblical Greek word kosmos, which commentators frequently (and correctly) point out as meaning much more than the planet earth. For example, in Acts 17.24, Paul speaks of “the God who made the kosmos [emphasis added] and everything in it.”4 Paul is arguing that the true God is the creator of everything that is, and so the word kosmos here means more than our pale blue dot of a planet. Given this notion that the earth, moon, planets, and stars were “the world,” another odd-sounding argument of Aristotle and Plato makes more sense to the modern ear: if “the created world were a composite (i.e., there were other worlds), it would be subject to dissolution and decay.” 5 Obviously, in their prescientific age, these sages knew nothing of entropy. Lastly, by way of this brief summary, Aristotle’s well-accepted (among Christian creationists) notion of a Prime Mover (single pre-existent creator) compelled him to reject other worlds. For Aristotle, the Prime Mover lived on the edge of the known universe. If there were worlds beyond the known planets (the known kosmos), this would mean there had to be another Mover— something philosophically impossible for Aristotle. It is obvious, despite Aristotle’s recognized brilliance, that these arguments make little sense given what is known today about the universe. One can only speculate how Aristotle’s views might have differed if he had the scientific knowledge available today. Aristotle’s views, of course, did not go unchallenged. The Epicureans (followers of the atomomist Epicurus) did not buy his approach for a second. They believed that there were in fact other worlds, but these worlds were unseen by humans. Yet, Aristotle won the day and his influence held sway over most structured learning and the Church well into the Middle Ages. Medieval Catholicism One of Aristotle’s most famous intellectual descendants was the Oxford-educated Franciscan, William of Ockham (1280-1347). Ockham asked whether the First Cause (the Prime Mover) could create multiple worlds. Ockham’s answer may seem to go against the beliefs of his teacher, but in reality, it really does not. In his reasoning, Ockham created an analogy to the known world. He noted that just as earthly life forms (say, a tree) could sprout up in “non-natural” environs (like water), so might other worlds “sprout up” outside the natural environ of the known world through the agency of the Prime Mover. It was possible, then, that were other worlds. But for Ockham, an equally significant question was whether this was probable. Ockham believed that entities would not be multiplied needlessly. Since the Prime Mover was seemingly interested only in this planet (recall the geocentric notion), the simplest answer (Ockham’s razor) was that there were no other worlds. The most famous medieval theologian, Saint Thomas Aquinas, agreed, especially since he associated the idea of a plurality of worlds with the supporters of chance (see his Summa Theologica, pars I, q. 47, a .3).6 However, not all medieval thinkers agreed. In fact, the Middle Ages marked a turning point in the Christian attitude toward the possibility of there being other worlds. In 1277 a theological conflict within the Medieval Catholic church resulted in the famous (or for Thomists infamous) 219 Propositions. These propositions were issued by the Bishop of Paris, Etienne Tempier. Proposition 27 condemns all who hold the Aristotelian position that the first cause cannot make more than one world. The reasoning behind Proposition 27 was linked to the idea that any denial of other worlds impinged upon the doctrine of omnipotence. This reversal in position echoed an earlier notion of the principle of plenitude, which argued that what is possible in nature tends to become realized. However, this affirmation for the possibility of other worlds’ existence fell short of actually declaring that there could be intelligent life on those other planets. It would take another two centuries before the Church embraced that postulate. By the middle of the fifteenth century, the principle of plenitude led some Christian thinkers to approve the idea of the existence of extraterrestrial life. In his On Learned Ignorance (1440), Nicholas of Cusa argued that “. . . [L]ife, as it exists here on earth in the form of men, animals and plants, is to be found, let us suppose, in a higher form in the solar and stellar region. [. . .] The inhabitants of other stars, wherever they are, do not have any proportion with the inhabitants of our world, also if their whole region is in a concealed proportion with our own, for the finality of the universe [. . .] But, since this region remains unknown to us, also its inhabitants remain completely unknown to us.”7 The sixteenth century saw more of the same openness, especially in the wake of the heliocentric universe championed by Nicholas Copernicus. Copernicus argued not only did the suncentered universe displace human life as the center of the universe, but also, the sun-centered universe implied that the stars were suns like our own. This

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idea prompted Dominican monk Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) to propose that there might be an infinite number of suns with inhabited planets. By this time, however, Church officials were in a less tolerant mood. Bruno took the idea that God’s omnipotence allowed the possibility of other worlds to two more extreme positions: (1) those worlds were likely inhabited by intelligent beings; (2) God’s omnipotence and infinitude required that there be an infinite number of such inhabited worlds. Bruno was arrested in 1592, his works were anathematized, and in 1600 he was burned at the stake. ET, the Reformation, and the Modern Era In view of the influential thinkers within Catholicism who had weighed in on the extraterrestrial question, Protestant Reformers were obliged to respond. Protestantism’s emphasis on the authority of Scripture typically prompted its spokesmen to take a negative stance. In 1578 L. Danaeus stated that the idea of life on other planets should not be accepted since it is not taught in Scripture.8 This argument was quite problematic though, since Scripture does not mention the known planets. Philip Melanchthon argued against the plurality of worlds “because their inhabitants might be left without a knowledge of Christ or that his death and resurrection might have been required more than once.”9 (It is important to note: Melanchthon’s reasoning that the presence of an intelligent ET is impossible due to the doctrines of the incarnation, redemption, and salvation foreshadows the forceful use of this same objection by the famous non-Christian (deist) writer Thomas Paine.) Other Christian writers followed Melanchthon. The arguments behind this objection to an ET reality will be fully examined in a future article. Suffice it for now to say that this objection was not an issue among most, if not all, Christians prior to the Reformation. As such, it should not be given the weight it often is, and as will be discussed in another issue, the arguments supporting this objection are not terribly coherent. As was the case historically with Catholicism, there were two sides to the ET debate within Protestantism. As science journalist Fred Heeren notes, several prominent Protestant preachers became devoted to the idea that there could be intelligent extraterrestrial life, among them American Puritan preacher Cotton Mather (seventeenth century), Yale president/minister Timothy Dwight (eighteenth century), and the grandson of Jonathan Edwards.10 The Scottish preacher and mathematician Thomas Chalmers (early nineteenth century) also promoted this idea.11 By way of illustrating an accepted Protestant position, consider Timothy Dwight’s sentiment: “it is most rationally concluded that intelligent beings in great multitudes inhabit [the moon’s] lucid regions, being far better and happier than ourselves.”12 During the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, the rise in astronomical science and improved technology for observing the heavens led (perhaps inevitably) to a spike in enthusiasm for the idea that there are a plethora of other worlds that are inhabited by intelligent beings. A number of prominent scientists embraced this possibility: Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1856), Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), François Arago (1786-1853), and J. Norman Lockyer. As François Plisson, a French physician and critic of extraterrestrial mania, wrote in 1847, “Almost all the astronomers of our day, and the most eminent among

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them, freely adopt the opinions that not long ago were viewed as being able to spring only from the mind of a madman.”13 As Benjamin Wiker points out in his essay on the history of the ET life debate: “The 18th century was a time of transition for the West, from a Christianized culture to a secularized culture. Deism, standing midway between Christianity and atheism, was the religion of transition. To be more exact, deism was the religion of the Newtonians. At the end of the 17th century, Newton had used the materialist atomism, ultimately rooted in the thought of Epicurus and Lucretius, as a foundation for his geometrical account of nature. As a result, the closest Newton could come to Christianity was deism, in which a distant god created the atoms and gave them an initial shove. The Incarnation was simply jettisoned as cosmologically incompatible and therefore irrelevant.”14 Newton’s law of universal gravitation implied the universality of natural laws. From this compelling proposition it was extrapolated that other stars might have their own planetary systems that could sustain life just as Earth. This logic is basically the same as that found today among evolutionary proponents in the field of astronomy. This issue as well will be the subject of another article. For now, take note that this supposition does not derive from evolution, since the evolutionary approach to origins would have to wait another century for its debut via Charles Darwin. During the above mentioned centuries (seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth), Christians joined the bandwagon, determined not to let the deists monopolize the discussion. The English Bishop John Wilkins argues in favor of an inhabited moon in his book, Discovery of a World in the Moone (1638). Wilkins suggests that intelligent beings on other worlds need not be like humans—fallen from grace, but even if they were fallen, Christ could have died for them also. (Once again there is this concern regarding the perceived problem of “alien redemption.”15) Also, Anglican theologians discussed the possibility of extraterrestrial life in terms of natural theology.16 Finally, English theologian Robert Jenkin tried to relate other worlds to a Christian view: “I observe, that though it should be granted, that some Planets be habitable, it doth not therefore follow, that they must be actually inhabited, or that they ever have been. [. . .] And since the fall and mortality of mankind, they may be either for mansions of the righteous, or places of punishment for the wicked, after the resurrection. [. . .] And in the meantime, being placed at their respective distances, they do by their several motions contribute to keep the world at a poise, and the several parts of it at an equilibrium in their gravitation upon each other, by Mr. Newton’s principles.”17 Of particular influence, at least in Europe, was the nineteenth century theological work of Joseph Pohle, entitled Stellar Worlds and Their Inhabitants (Die Sternenwelten und ihre Bewohner, 1884). In this book, Pohle argues for the reality of a plurality based on the vastness of the physical universe. Pohle believes the reason the universe was created to be so vast was so that creation could give glory to God. The best way for the universe to accomplish this apparent divine intention, says Pohle, would be to have it populated by millions of intelligent beings dispersed throughout the cosmos. 18 Pohle’s thesis gained considerable weight in Catholic circles due to its reiteration in one of the most widely diffused European theological textbooks of the twentieth century (M. Schmaus, Katolische Dogmatik, Munich 1957, vol. II, n. 109). Although Pohle could be faulted for overstating his case and pressing his logic, at the very least the idea that the Creator’s greatness and glory are compatible with intelligent life in the cosmos is coherent. The 19th Century Turning Point By now it should be clear that the question of ET life has not always been met with hostility and suspicion within the Church. Theologically conservative Catholic and Protestant thinkers were amenable to the idea. Today, of course, the situation is not the same. The reasons for this antagonism have been hinted at in this discussion, namely the extension of Newton’s “natural laws” to the vast universe, which in turn fosters the assumption that life might have arisen elsewhere. By the end of the nineteenth century, those “natural laws” went well beyond Newtonian physics to “natural selection” of Darwinian evolution. It was one thing to suppose, based on Newton’s work, that there were other worlds in space that could sustain life. It was quite another to assume that life on earth had arisen by wholly natural and random processes, and so the same could be extended to planets elsewhere in space. In essence, evolutionary biology piggy-backed off the primary rationale for the possibility of ET life— a rationale that had been acceptable to many Christian theologians. The theological battles that ensued in the wake of Darwinism (and which are in many respects still being fought by Christians) have understandably resulted in an almost hyper-sensitivity to anything associated (rightly or wrongly) with evolutionary thinking. And for this reason, the notion of ET life smells a lot like evolution to many Christians. Historically and theologically, though, this amounts to little more than letting the godless frame the debate on a subject that has significant theological importance.

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Notes
12 18 Joseph Pohle, Stellar Worlds and Their Inhabitants (Die Sternenwelten und ihre Bewohner),1884. 1

Timothy Dwight, Theology Explained and Defended in a Series of Sermons 12 th edition (New York: Harper, 1846)
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Wiker, “Alien Ideas.” Wiker, “Alien Ideas.”

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As Wiker goes on to note, “Other attempts to reconcile Christian revelation with extraterrestrials abound. William Hay (16951755) argued for multiple modes of salvation entailing multiple modes of Christ’s incarnation; James Beattie (1735-1803) asserted that Christ’s incarnation, death, and resurrection served as an inspiring example for all extraterrestrials; and Beilby Porteus (1731-1808) maintained that the Incarnation actually extends to all extraterrestrials.”
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M. Crowe, The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750-1900: The Idea of a Plurality of Worlds from Kant to Lowell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988); idem., “A History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate,” Zygon 32 (1997), 147-162; Steven J. Dick, Plurality of Worlds: The Origin of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982); idem., The Biological Universe. The Twentieth Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).
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“Plurality of Worlds from the Olympics to Today,” Astrobiology Magazine, 19 Aug. 2004, 6 Oct. 2006 http://euro.astrobio.net/news/ modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1129.
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Marie I. George, “Aquinas on Intelligent Extra-Terrestrial Life,” The Thomist 65:2 (April 2001): 239-258 http://www.unav.es/ cryf/extraterrestriallife.html.
7 Nicholas of Cusa, On Learned Ignorance (1440), Book II, ch. 12. 8

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, “Atomism,” 15 Sept. 2006, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 17 Sept. 2006 http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomist.
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L. Danaeus, The Wonderful Workmanship of the World (London: 1578), 22. Cited by Joseph L. Spradley, “Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith 50 (Sept 1998): 194-203. http:// www.asa3.org/aSA/PSCF/1998/PSCF998Spradley.html#7.
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Robert Jenkin, The Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion (London, 1700), II, 222. Cited in Spradley, “Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.”

Benjamin D. Wiker, “Alien Ideas and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life,” Crisis Magazine, November 2002, August 22, 2006 www.crisismagazine.com/ november2002/feature7.htm.
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Spradley, “Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.”
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Fred Heeren, “Home Alone in the Universe?” First Things, http:// www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0203/ articles/heeren.html.
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Acts 17.24, English Standard Version (ESV), Crossway Bibles/Good News Publishers, 2001.

Mark Worthing, “History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate,” Institute for

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the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology Bulletin 32 (Autumn 2001), http://www.iscast.org.au/pdf/bulletin/ Bulletin0401.pdf.
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Timothy Dwight, Theology Explained and Defended in a Series of Sermons 12th edition (New York: Harper, 1846). Wiker, “Alien Ideas.” Wiker, “Alien Ideas.”

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15 As Wiker goes on to note, “Other attempts to reconcile Christian revelation with extraterrestrials abound. William Hay (1695-1755) argued for multiple modes of salvation entailing multiple modes of Christ’s incarnation; James Beattie (1735-1803) asserted that Christ’s incarnation, death, and resurrection served as an inspiring example for all extraterrestrials; and Beilby Porteus (1731-1808) maintained that the Incarnation actually extends to all extraterrestrials.” 16

W. Derham, Astro-theology , London 1714

17 Robert Jenkin, The Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion (London, 1700), II, 222. Cited in Spradley, “Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.” 18

Joseph Pohle, Stellar Worlds and Their Inhabitants (Die Sternenwelten und ihre Bewohner),1884.

ET BC Well documented in academic literature is the historical speculation regarding the possibility of other worlds existing and being inhabited.1 (Endnotes) 1 M. Crowe, The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, 1750-1900: The Idea of a Plurality of Worlds from Kant to Lowell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988); idem., “A History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate,” Zygon 32 (1997), 147-162; Steven J. Dick, Plurality of Worlds: The Origin of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982); idem., The Biological Universe. The Twentieth Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).
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Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, “Atomism,” 15 Sept. 2006, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 17 Sept. 2006 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomist
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Benjamin D. Wiker, “Alien Ideas and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life,” Crisis Magazine, November 2002, August 22, 2006 www.crisismagazine.com/november2002/feature7.htm
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Acts 17.24, English Standard Version (ESV), Crossway Bibles/Good News Publishers, 2001.

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“Plurality of Worlds from the Olympics to Today,” Astrobiology Magazine, 19 Aug. 2004, 6 Oct. 2006 http://euro.astrobio.net/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1129
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Marie I. George, “Aquinas on Intelligent Extra-Terrestrial Life,” The Thomist 65:2 (April 2001): 239-258 http://www.unav.es/cryf/extraterrestriallife.html
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Nicholas of Cusa, On Learned Ignorance (1440), Book II, ch. 12.

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L. Danaeus, The Wonderful Workmanship of the World (London: 1578), 22. Cited by Joseph L. Spradley, “Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” Perspectives on Science and the Christian Faith 50 (Sept 1998): 194-203 http://www.asa3.org/aSA/PSCF/1998/PSCF9-98Spradley.html#7
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Spradley, “Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.”

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Fred Heeren, “Home Alone in the Universe?” First Things http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0203/articles/heeren.html
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Mark Worthing, “History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate,” Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology Bulletin 32 (Autumn 2001), http://www.iscast.org.au/pdf/bulletin/Bulletin0401.pdf

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experiments, and departure as a “supernatural” encounter between gods and men. Mr. Daniken continues: While [the] spaceship disappears again into the mists of the universe our friends will talk about the miracle—”The gods were here!”....they will make a record of what happened: uncanny, weird, miraculas. Then their texts will relate—and drawings will show— that gods in golden clothes were there in a flying boat that landed with a tremendous din. They will write about chariots which the gods drove over land and sea, and of terrifying weapons that were like lightning, and they will recount that the gods promised to return. They will hammer and chisel in the rock pictures of what they had seen: shapeless giants with helmets and rods on their heads, carrying boxes in front of their chests; balls on which indefinable beings sit and ride through the air; staves from which rays are shot out as if from a sun...” (26) Von Daniken also says the odd appearance of some of the gods as depicted in various hieroglyphs (human-like creatures with falcon heads, lions with heads of bulls, etc) could be viewed as evidence of “aliens” transgenically or genetically modifying ancient people and animals. Some accept this as an alternative to the biblical account of creation. It is uncertain how many believe such a theory, but approximately eighty percent of Americans alone believe in the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Some, like the thirty-nine members of the Heaven’s Gate cult, who committed suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and who believed they were being summoned by a UFO trailing the HaleBopp Comet, subscribe to an eerie amalgam of mysticism and conventional religion. One of the more disturbing aspects of the “beings who breach the gate”, is “abduction”, which continues to be reported around the world. This is visitations by small, typically Grey creatures, who supposedly pilot UFOs

NEPHILIM STARGATES: AND THE RETURN OF THE WATCHERS
CHAPTER TWO he story in 1 Samuel 28 makes reference to the beings that ascended up from “out of the earth” as “gods” (1 Sam. 28.13). When Saul asked the woman with the “familiar spirit” (1 Sam. 28.7) what had scared her so much, she answered, “I saw gods ascending out of the earth” (1 Sam. 28.13). The Endorian witch may have identified one of these “gods” as the deceased Samuel, but many Christians are uncomfortable with the idea of communicating with the dead and insist the reference had to be to something else. Exactly what else this being might have been is the question. The Amalantrah Working In 1918 famed occultist Aleister Crowley attempted to create a dimensional vortex that would bridge the gap between the world of the seen and the unseen. The ritual was called the Amalantrah Working and according to Crowley became successful when a presence manifested itself through the rift. He called the being “Lam” and drew a portrait of it. The startling image, detailed almost ninety years ago, bears powerful similarity with “Alien Greys” of later pop culture. Nearly three decades after the Amalantrah Working, rocket scientist and cofounder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Jack Parsons and his pal L. Ron Hubbard (Church of Scientology founder) conducted a second ritual, the “Babalon Working,” in an attempt to reopen the gateway created by Crowley. The two men were not seeking audience with Lam. They wanted the spirit of Babylon, the archetypal divine feminine, to pass through the portal and to incarnate itself within a human being. Many adepts of Enochian magic and Ordo Templi Orientis believe they succeeded and that she—the whore of Babylon—walks the earth today. It would come as no surprise, as Babylonian and earlier “gods” have been depicted as coming through “gates” for some time. This universal, timeless phenomenon is recorded in the mythos of every ancient culture. Defining the Gods of Gateways A popular hypothesis sometimes called the ancient astronaut theory claims that super-intelligent beings have been visiting the earth through dimensional gates for eon. According to the theory, these are “the gods of mythology” and are responsible for creating the human specie. In the introduction to his bestselling book, Chariots of the Gods?, Erich von Daniken, who, it might be argued, is a father of the ancient astronaut theory, said: I claim that our forefathers received visits from the universe in the remote past, even though I do not yet know who these extraterrestrial intelligences were or from which planet they came. I nevertheless proclaim that these “strangers” annihilated part of mankind existing at the time and produced a new, perhaps the first, homo sapiens. (10) As was illustrated in the Hollywood films Contact and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, von Daniken’s premise took America by storm in the 1960’s with the proposition that mankind was possibly the offspring of an ancient, perhaps ongoing, extraterrestrial experiment. Ufologists like Daniken assert that the gods of the mythological record may have been evidence of, and a reaction to, encounters with other-world beings. According to such theorists, ancient men would have considered space travelers as gods and would have recorded via hieroglyphs, megaliths, and stone tablets these space travelers’ arrival,

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and conduct various experiments on unwilling abductees. Such activity is seen as the malevolent relationship between certain humans and these “gods” of creation. Radical aspects of their procedures can include impregnating abductees and later removing hybrid embryos. While much attention is given to interpreting Sumerian cuneiforms as evidence of this alien-human interaction, ancient Chinese folklore tells of visitation by beings from a distant land of “flying carts,” the Drona Parva, a Sanskrit text, documented “dogfights” by gods in flying machines, and Daniken claims the Bible itself is the “greatest UFO book of all time!” The “wheel” in Ezekiel 1:15; the “pillar of cloud” in Exodus 13:21-22; and Elijah’s “chariot of fire” (2 Kgs 2:11), are all viewed as examples of earth visitation by ET. Daniken is Right: There Have Been Strange Visitors According to the Bible: When mankind had spread all over the world, and girls were being born, some of the supernatural beings saw that these girls were beautiful, so they took the ones they liked....In those days, and even later, there were giants [nephilim] on the earth who were descendants of human women and the supernatural beings (TEV, Gen. 6.4). Regardless of one’s interpretation of this particular verse, thousands of years ago heavenly beings visited the earth. They engaged in experiments resulting in a race of mutant offspring called nephilim. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ speaks of these days (of Noah) as being comparable to the time leading up to His return and to the end of the age (Mathew 24.37). Are current “UFO” visitors, and resultant abductions and experiments, the same as those of Noah’s day? If so, why have heavenly beings visited (and continue visiting) the earth, and what is this genetic tinkering about? One theory says when the protoevangelium was given (the promise that the seed of the woman would produce a child who would crush the serpent’s head), supernatural beings (aliens? fallen angels?) appeared from heaven and performed genetic alterations on human DNA to intercept, pollute, and cut off the birth line of the Messiah. As did 27 Pharaoh destroy the Hebrew children so that the deliverer might not be born, as did Herod seek baby Jesus in order to have Him killed, as does the dragon of Revelation 12 wait to destroy the seed of the woman as soon as it is born, so too Satan wanted to stop the promised seed before it could be sent by God. Yet my friend I.D.E. Thomas in his book The Omega Conspiracy says Satan had additional plans to killing off the Messaiah. According to Thomas, Satan (as opposed to aliens) was trying to produce a race of mutant warriors to exterminate the Jewish race and, worse, to genetically alter creation from the image of God to one of Satan’s own. From Thomas’s point of view, this explains why people like the Sumerians of Mesopotamia, whose legends preceded much Hebrew folklore, brought with them a pantheon of deities, with subsequent religions adopting similar ideas of powerful beings—with names like “Zeus” and “Apollo”— visiting the earth, marrying women, and fathering halfhuman children. “They” (Those Who Have Come Through the “Gates”) Were Also Called “Watchers” The ancient astronaut theory and the teaching of theologians alike look to the prehistoric legend of Watchers (mysterious beings who first appeared in the early cultures of the Middle East) to discuss the Annunaki (Sumerian Gods), Nephilim (giants referenced in Gen. 6.4), and the creation of mutant DNA following earth visitation by “gods.” We find: · The Egyptians originally migrated from the biblical land of Shin’ar, which means the Land of the Watchers. The Egyptians called it Ta Neter—The Land of the Watchers “from which the gods came into Egypt.” · In the Book of the Dead (Plates 7-10) there are prayers for deliverance from the Watchers (Tchatcha, the princes of Osiris), who came from Ta-Ur, the “Far Away Land.” · The Sumerian scribes referred to the Watchers as Anunnaki, which, they said, “came from Nibiru” to judge/rule the inhabitants of the earth. Some interpret this Nibiru as “a distant planet” while others say it should be translated, “Those Who from Heaven to Earth Came.”

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· The Bible refers to Nephilm, which also means those who came from Heaven to Earth. · In the Book of Jubilees—AKA the Apocalypse of Moses—the Watchers are compared to supernatural beings mentioned in the sixth chapter of Genesis. · The Apocryphal Book of Enoch associates the creatures of Genesis 6 with the Watchers: And I Enoch was blessing the Lord of majesty and the King of the ages, and lo! the Watchers called me—Enoch the scribe—and said to me: “Enoch, thou scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women, and have done as the children of earth do, and have taken unto themselves wives: ‘Ye have wrought great destruction on the earth: And ye shall have no peace nor forgiveness of sin: and inasmuch as they delight themselves in their children, The murder of their beloved ones shall they see, and over the destruction of their children shall they lament, and shall make supplication unto eternity, but mercy and peace shall ye not attain.’” (1 Enoch 12.3-8) · According to the Dead Sea Scrolls, only two hundred of this larger group of powerful beings called “Watchers” departed from the higher Heavens and sinned. Thus, Enoch refers to the Watchers in the High Heavens as separate from the ones on Earth. The fallen class of Watchers are considered by some to be the same creatures who in the Book of Jude are called the “angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation...[and are] reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (King James Version, Jude 1.6). After studying this and other ancient records, I.D.E. Thomas concludes that recent “UFO” abduction activity may indicate a return of the servants of the Watchers, the lesser “angels” that followed the two hundred, as we approach the end of the age and the coming of Armageddon. Do biblical and extra-biblical records support the ancient astronaut theory that alien creatures traveled from distant planets or different dimensions and genetically tinkered with Homo sapiens? Were these flying geniuses afterward honored in the images and folklore of the gods of mythology? Or is Thomas correct in that Genesis and similar books are a record of fallen angels acting in accord with Satan? We may find out sooner than we think. Unexplained phenomena are occurring all around us, and reports of “beings” transversing portals (i.e. ufonauts) are coming in with regular frequency. Whoever or whatever these beings are, the reality of their activity can no longer be doubted.

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Helen, has been abducted since her childhood. The book chronicles her trying to find a “way out” of the cycle of abduction. In real life, I have had the pleasure of interviewing Corina Saebles about her abductions. Contrary to most abductees, Corina has not found it necessary to be hypnotized in order to remember her abductions. I met Corina recently at a UFO seminar in Denver, where both of us were speakers. I found Corina to be a warm and great communicator. However, I cannot verify that the information she has given me is true nor can I verify that the events described herein actually have transpired. ———A short Bio of Corina Saebles: In 1956 I was born in Belgium, Bruxelles, where my father was then enlisted in a nearby Military Base. Not long after, my parents decided to move to Quebec, Canada. This is where my experiences started. I was only fiveyears-old when they began. I have had many experiences over my lifetime, and then when my children were around five-years-old, they began to have experiences as well. My background involves nursing in private hospitals with the elderly and teaching special needs children. I have also really enjoyed doing volunteer work for most of my life. I am a spiritual individual with a very open mind. Having had a near death experience a few years ago, I truly believe that we are all here to love and help each other. This is just a little bit about who I am. Interview with Corina: “When was your fist abduction? How old were you, and where did it take place?” “I was five-years-old when I had my first experience. It was in Quebec, Canada.” “Who took you? What did they (‘the aliens’) look like?” “I am not sure if they took me at that time, but I was terrified of nighttime, specifically, bedtime. I would always ask my parents to check for monsters under my bed and in my closet. This bright, bluish-white light would then

The Abduction Phenomena
by L. A. Marzulli he abduction phenomena have been explored in detail by Dr. Jacobs in his books Secret Life and The Threat. I have read both books and found the accounts, if true, to be extremely disturbing. For those of you who are not familiar with these phenomena, the short version of what happens goes something like this: You are laying in bed next your spouse, when suddenly you have a feeling that someone is in your room. You awake to find next to your bed a group of short creatures (now incorporated into our Lexicon as “Grays”) with large, black, almond-shaped eyes. You also discover, much to your horror, that you are paralyzed. Every fiber in your being is screaming in fear. You discover that the entities are communicating with you telepathically. They tell you that you have been chosen and that they need to perform experiments on you. While they are saying this,”they” float you out of the room by taking you through the closed window; yet, the glass is not broken! You next find yourself in what appears to be a ship of some sort, and you are lying, without clothes, on a cold metal table. “They” begin to probe your genital area, and you find that it is very painful. . . . The above scenario is of course a fictional account of what abductees report. In actual cases the information is most often gathered by way of hypnosis. Of course the problem with hypnosis is that it is unreliable. In fact, researchers have found that the hypnotized person is in a VERY suggestive state, and therefore, there is no way of knowing to what extent the information given is legitimate. I have actually written about abduction phenomena in The Unholy Deception, the second book in the Nephilim Trilogy. One of the characters,

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appear outside my bedroom window. But the scariest part was this scary, gray-looking face that would be staring at me with these huge, black eyes. It had a slit for a mouth, two small holes for its nose area, and no hair. The next morning when I would try to talk to my parents about it, they would always come back with ‘Oh it’s just a nightmare honey!’ Or ‘It’s probably just a wild cat from the forest behind our house.’ “And then I would say, ‘But the kitty had no ears Daddy!’” “Can you describe what happened?” “Later on in my life, I had other things take place where I recall beings about three to four feet tall with large, black, almond-shaped eyes doing ‘experiments’ or medical procedures to me. They had me on a cold steel table and used different ‘tools’ to do a variety of different procedures to me. In my book, I explain some of the things that they did.” “Were you inside a ship?” “Sometimes but not always.” “What did the ship look like?” “I have seen many different ships. Some were saucer shaped, others were shaped like boomerangs, and there were even cigar-shaped ones as well.” “Did they examine you?” “Yes they did. They remind me of our own scientists in a way. When they discover new species of animals, they will sneak up on them, put them to sleep, and then proceed to take some blood samples, skin scrapings or remove a tooth, etc. Then last but not least, they will ‘TAG’ them so that they may follow them for the rest of their lives to know more about them.” “How many of them were around you at the time of the examination?” “Which time? Usually for us, it is at least three to five of them at a time.” “How did they communicate with you?” “Totally telepathically.” “Did you fight them?” “You bet! I tried many times, but most of the time, to no avail. They somehow render a person physically unresponsive. I am screaming in my mind and try to move, but no voice escapes me, and I am unable to move, except for my eyes.” “Did they show you anything of what might happen in the future?” “No. Whatever visions I have had about the future . . . has been through my own intuition. I have been intuitive since childhood, but things have progressed since my NDE (Near Death Experience).” “Where did they say they came from?” “They have never told me.” “What do you think their agenda is?” “I believe that different ones have different agendas. Some are making hybrids. I have seen them with my own eyes—hundreds of glass containers filled with a strange liquid and fetuses floating in them. They looked half human and half ‘them.’” “Did you see anything else while on board the ship that you remember?” “Other humans sometimes.” “Did they ever impregnate you?” “There is actually one unusual pregnancy (1984-85), which went missing overnight. The doctors had told me that it would be impossible for me to conceive, but when I did they were amazed. At three and a half months, during the night I had a nightmare . . . woke up and all was gone, fetus and all. There were no explanations for what happened.” “How often have the abductions happened?” “I am not sure, but my children tell me that I have gone missing during the night on at least four different occasions.” “Do they continue today?” “The last serious ‘abduction’ was on July 31, 2003. My friend and I had at least one hour of missing time and also suffered bruises and burn marks on our bodies. There were at least nine eyewitnesses to what happened.” “Have you ever tried to stop them?” “I have prayed, tried to fight them, but they are in control, unfortunately.” “Do they mention religious figures like Jesus? What do they say about him or other religious figures?” “My own experiences have never included them asking me anything to do with religious figures of any kind.” “Do you think they will reveal themselves to everyone?” “Yes I do. They are already in the process of doing this, but they will do it at a very gradual pace, which will increase as time goes on.” “What do you think their ‘end game’ is?” “I am not sure what their final intentions are, but I can tell you from experience that I do NOT believe them to be here for our greater good. At least not the ones that have been in our lives.”

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Prophecy of America in Daniel 3.3
by David Flynn Babylon Revisited In America’s modern colleges, though there are 360 degrees in a complete circle, a student’s four years of intellectual labor and thousands of dollars produce only the graduation of one degree. This accomplishment earns the student a Bacchus laurel, for this is really what “bachelor” means. Bacchus is the Roman version of Dionysus, Greek god of wine revelry and facades, lies, and drunkenness.1 During the ritual of graduation, the degree candidate wears a symbolic hat—a mortarboard. The mortarboard represents the common person’s function in a world system controlled by the occult elite, to carry the cement for building to the stonemasons. The stonemasons are the true builders of civilization, the “architects” fashioning events in modern times. Upon receiving the laurel of Bacchus, the graduate of one degree frees the symbolic mortar for the mason by arcing the tassel and string along the surface of their mortarboard hat (as a pestle scooping mortar), and he or she does this with great joy and accomplishment! The academic system of the West was designed by the occult elite from the beginning, and it is still under their control. The highest members of the “occult Brotherhood” past and present consider themselves graduates of 33 degrees.2 It would not be possible to acquire 33 degrees through the academic institutions of Europe and America in one lifetime. Only through the membership in the secret fraternal institutions of the occult can 33 degrees be obtained. This discrepancy between the possible number of degrees that can be earned by the occult elite versus the non-occult elite underscores the difference in mindset of those in true economic and political power of the world and the rest of humanity. The occult elite believe that the world is under the authority of powerful spiritual beings in high places. They understand the spiritual nature of reality. At 33 degrees, 32

the elite illuminated man is so completely aligned to the spiritual realm that he takes for granted the theurgy that occurs in his life. No move is accomplished in the occult elite’s governing of this earth without the guide of powers in high places. At the same time, the illuminated elite maintain the facade of mainstream academics for the unwashed masses. In the world of academia, the spiritual realm is subordinate to the scientific, or altogether nonexistent. Yet the Bible proves otherwise. Who built the first city? Who was the first banker, and what is the root of all evil? Who displayed all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time to Jesus Christ saying: “If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine” (King James Version, Luke 4.7)? He, this driving force of world civilization, obscures our view of its authorship. He is the prince of this world, the inspiration of rebellion against God. He is the Devil, “rebel,” and Satan—the “adversary.” America exists as the greatest economic and military power in modern times. Though many theologians and eschatologists have dismissed

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America’s significance in end-time prophecy, the illuminated elite have not. The ancient order of Free Masonry had a spiritual design for America at its inception. The location of Washington DC was selected according to the tenets of mystical toponomy, “occult significance in earth location.” The longitude of the Federal Capitol building sits exactly on the 77 meridian 00 minutes, 33 seconds. The latitude is 38 degrees, 53 minutes.3 In fact the whole of the Washington DC complex was arranged in latitude and longitude that relates to the number 77. The latitude at 38.5 degrees is half of 77 degrees. Seventy-seven is a number from biblical narrative associated with ancient patriarch Lamech. According to the extra biblical texts the Book of Jasher, the Talmud, and Midrash, Lamech accidentally killed Cain. 4 Because Lamech understood God’s sevenfold curse on anyone harming Cain, Lamech cursed anyone harming him 70 plus 7 times. Axiomatically, since God himself swore to revenge Cain, Lamech’s curse was directed against God. The name “AMERICA” can be found in the bible spaced 17 letters apart in Daniel 3.3. This is the shortest els. (equal distance letter skip) that appears throughout the entire text from Genesis to Revelation.5 To this author’s knowledge, this finding is published here for the first time. provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; an obelisk and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:” (Dan. 3.3-5). Interestingly, the Washington monument, the largest obelisk in the world, resides in Washington DC. At 555 feet tall, it is also 6,660 inches tall.6 The date of America’s founding, 1776, is twice 888—the number in Greek letters for Jesus. The secret meaning of this date is discovered in the understanding of the two advents of Jesus Christ. It can be speculated that America’s supernatural purpose according to the occult elite is to initiate His Second Coming. When Jesus came to the world the first time His number was 888. When Jesus comes again the number is double: 1776, only, the occult version of Jesus is Lucifer. The history of Daniel 3.3 is also important. In 587 BC ~ 586 BC Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple in Jerusalem and brought the Jews into exile in Babylon. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were among the select Jews who served in the court of Nebuchadnezzar as his counselors. However, these men refused to worship the obelisk and were thrown into the fiery furnace. Daniel witnessed the fall of Babylon by King Cyrus in 539 BC ~ 538 BC. It was Cyrus who released the Jews from captivity to build the temple in Jerusalem. It is an often unrecognized fact that the name “Cyrus,” the liberator of the Jews, means “he who possesses the furnace.”7 Because the bible code of America, a country born in 1776, is found in Daniel 3.3, a relationship seems to exist between America’s founding date and the chapter and verse of this referenced passage in Daniel: 1776 / 3.3 = 538. As is mentioned above, 538 BC is the date that Babylon fell by King Cyrus, who freed the Jews from their exile. Furthermore, 17.76 x 33 = 586: the year that Babylon destroyed the temple of Jerusalem. These years can also be calculated using the “77” degree longitude of Washington DC. This number is a hidden symbol of the Babylon captivity of Judah: 77.07 x 7.7 - 7 = 586 BC (the beginning of Judah’s exile), and 77 x 7 = 539 BC (the end of Judah’s exile). There were 7 x 7 years from the early calculation of the exile 587 BC to the late calculation of the return 538 BC. This means that between the first temple’s destruction in 587 BC by the Babylonians until the second temple’s destruction in 70 AD by the Romans there were: 587 BC - 7 x 7 years - 77 x 7 years + 70 AD. These are all “solar years” of 365 days. The strange thing is, in biblical 360 day years the same duration is 666 years: 666 x 360 days is 239,760 divided by 365.2425 solar days = 656.44058 solar years subtracted by 70 AD = 586 BC. If the numbers of the AMERICA code in Daniel 3.3 are multiplied: 17 spaces x 33 words = 561. It is important to note that 561 BC is a year that is equally spaced between the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem and the decree by Cyrus to “rebuild” the temple. In fact, according to the AMERICA code, 561 BC may have actually been the year in which Nebuchadnezzar erected the obelisk. Interestingly, America’s founding date factors into the number of the beast of Revelation in an intriguing way: 1776 + 666 x 6 = 5772. As it just so happens, 5772 is the Jewish calendar year for 2012. The proportion between the Jewish year of 2012 and the founding date of America is “hexagonal.” In other words: 5772 - 666 x 6 = 1776. This proportion can also be broken down in the following manner: 12 x 333 + 1776 = 5772 5772 x the longitude of Washington DC “77” = 444,444 5772 x the latitude of Washington DC “38.5” =222,222 444,444 + 222,222 = 666,666 33

From the beginning of Daniel 3.3 until the last letter of the name AMERICA in the text there are 33 Hebrew words. The name AMERICA is spaced 17 letters apart in 33 words: 33 / 17 = 1.941176479, and 1.941176479 x 2 = 3.88235. By moving the decimal place to the right one number, the exact latitude of the Washington DC is found. After all, 38.8235 decimal degrees is 38.50 degrees in minutes, seconds. Daniel 3.3-5 reads: “Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the

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Using the longitude of the capital of America there is also a mathematical suggestion of the coming year: 1776 + 77 + 77 + 77 = 2007 (3 x 77) 1776 + 38.5 + 38.5 + 38.5 + 38.5 + 38.5 + 38.5 = 2007 (6 x 38.5) 1776 + 33 + 33 + 33 + 33 + 33 + 33 + 33 = 2007 (7 x 33) The average Hebrew year is slower by a day every 231 Gregorian years. This fact is strange because this number (231 or 77 x 3) happens to be the distance in years between 1776 and 2007. The afore mentioned text of Daniel 3.3 containing the AMERICA code and the quoted passage from Daniel 3.3-5 describes all “nations” being forced to worship the “image.” Since America is and historical Babylon was the nexus of the civilized world and both are/were “superpowers” to which all nations are/were obliged to submit in some respect (whether they benefit(ed) or not), in this light Daniel 3.3-5 seems not only a record of the “image worship” event during the Babylonian exile but also a prophecy concerning the Antichrist in the same vein as Matt. 24.15: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand):” (Matt. 24.15). Jesus is referring in this verse to the prophecy spoken in Daniel 11.31 “. . . and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate” (Dan. 11.31). This prophecy concerning the antichrist is mentioned again in Revelation: “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed” (Rev. 13.14-15). This message of death for those who refuse to worship the image of the beast is paralleled in Daniel: “And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace” (Dan. 3.6). In order for this prophecy to occur, the temple of Jerusalem must be built, which could be connected in some way with America’s influence over Israel or perhaps only its past influence. (Daniel 12.11 states that Jewish temple rituals will be renewed and then interrupted before the return of Christ.) The fiery furnace referred to in Daniel 3.6 was used against the Jews by conspiring Chaldeans, meaning “clod-breakers.” These people were also synonymously the Babylonians. The Washington Monument was designed as a tribute to George Washington, “George = earth worker,” i.e. clod breaker. As a 33rd degree Free Mason, George considered himself (as do all high-ranking fraternal members of the order) to be descended from the line of Cain, the first clod breaker or farmer and the first murderer. Looking again at Daniel 3: “Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands” (emphasis added) (Dan. 3.1415)? The word for “music” in Daniel 3.15 that prompted the worship of the obelisk has the following meanings: a) to trim, prune b) to be pruned c) to pluck or make music by plucking or pulling strings. (This may metaphorically refer to the artful manipulation of countries through finance and political machination.) “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated” (emphasis added) (Dan. 3.16-19). The natural resource that Nebuchadnezzar used to fuel his furnace to such high temperatures was crude oil. It was so plentiful in ancient Babylon that it collected in large pools on the ground’s surface. The Babylonians used it to pave their streets and hold their walls and buildings together. Boats along the Euphrates were constructed with woven reeds and sealed with pitch. It was the cheapest and most efficient fuel known. “And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery Furnace. . . . Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the

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form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (emphasis added) (Dan. 3. 20-25). The Daniel 3 story paints in broad strokes the time of Israel’s exile up until the return of the “Son of God.” The title “Son of God” is used for the Messiah in prophecies of His First and Second Coming throughout Scripture. The AMERICA code embedded in the chapter 3 text suggests a metaphorical link between the imagery of the past “fire” judgment of the Jewish men in the furnace, their salvation by God, and America’s influence over world events pertaining to the safety and future of Israel. It also suggests current events of the pruning of Israel’s land by the artful political and economic “music” of America (as was alluded to previously in this analysis of Daniel 3). The very next chapter (Daniel 4) focuses on Nebuchadnezzar’s fall from power through his arrogance: “The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws” (Daniel 4.33). Likewise, Saddam Hussein—who believed he was the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar—was driven from power through his arrogance, looking like a wild man as he was wrestled from his hole in the ground in modern day Babylon, in December 2003. The succeeding chapter, Daniel 5, deals with Beltshazzar. This blasphemous King of Babylon toasted his pagan gods with the Holy vessels of the temple of Jerusalem, a temple that no longer existed (as is the situation in our day). That very hour of the toast God send part of a hand to compose writing on the wall that pronounced Beltshazzar’s doom, which is one of the most powerful signs to have appeared from the “hand of God.” Belthazzar’s fate: an attack by the man whose name means “possessor of the furnace,” Cyrus the Great of Persia (now modern day Iran). In modern times, America IS the ruler of Babylon. If the pattern of bible prophecy can be superimposed over current events, the King of Persia will move against America’s armies stationed there. After this happens the temple of Jerusalem will be built as it was after the overthrow of Babylon by Cyrus. It is uncertain if America will survive as ancient Babylon did. America wields the greatest power over the earth at present. The culmination of the goals and wealth from the ancient mystery schools is more closely connected with it than any other country. Since America resides in ancient Babylon as the ruling force holding that country together, in looking at Revelation 18, one must wonder about America’s fate: “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. . . . And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! . . . And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all” (Rev. 18.8-10, 18, 21). Land locked Babylon in Iraq is not in any danger of an ocean wave generated by a cosmic impact, but America certainly is. The events in our near future may be a war with Iran as well as a cosmic impact. This may occur together or as separate events. Though the timing of God is set as has been discerned in this article, the exact date and year of the last 7 years of history has not been “fixed” or defined in these calculations. All that can be said for certain is that we are on the brink of very serious events. The best course of action? “Look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28.) Notes The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th Ed. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry , prepared for the Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States (Charleston: 1871), reprinted: (Richmond: L.H. Jenkins, Inc. Edition Book manufacturers, 1945) 861. (Note: Page 861 completes the explanation of the 32nd degree, and then the book ends. The 33rd degree is not discussed and the initiate waits for the secret of 33 degrees at induction into this last rank. 3 Google Earth, 5 Oct. 2006 <http://earth.google.com/>. 4 The Book of Jasher, (New York: J.H. Parry & Company, 1887) 32 (ch.2). 5 Anipan, Arikh, Torah4u (Bible Code Program, # Creator): Israel. 6 Monuments and Memorials: Washington Monument, The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 5 Oct. 2006 http://www.tourofdc.org/monuments/ washington-monument/ 7 Blue Letter Bible, “Dictionary and Word Search for (Strong’s 3565, 3566), Blue Letter Bible, 1996-2002, 5 Oct. 2006 <http://www.blueletterbible.org/>. All Bible quotes King James Version.
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Revelation Rapture: An Anomaly?
by Patrick Heron he debate rages on. Does the Rapture happen before, in the middle, or at the end of the Tribulation period? Is the Body of the Church mentioned in the Book of Revelation at all? Are Christians ever going to stop beating one another up over this vexed question? Coming as I do from the cloistered calms of The Emerald Isle, little did I realize that brother could castigate brother so viciously in this civil war of words until I dipped my toes in the continent of the United States. This article will trot us through chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation, otherwise known as the Apocalypse. In doing so, it will attempt to shed a little more light on when the Rapture will happen and will add some more colour to the overall picture of what is to come. At this juncture, may I say that I do not have all the answers and neither do you. The last guy to have all the answers got out of here almost 2,000 years ago and has not come back yet. So don’t go getting your knickers in a twist about who’s right and who’s wrong. After all, “Now we know in part . . . ,” so we only know part of the story. We will have to wait to get the full version. In the meantime, let brotherly love abound. To start with, Revelation 12.1: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” (King James Version, Rev. 12.1) is an obvious reference to Israel and the Jewish people when one compares the symbolism of this verse to that of Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37. 9-10. Joseph says: “. . . Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me” (Gen. 37. 9). However, sometimes prophetic utterances are not so understandable and have dual or multiple meanings. Moving on in our study of Revelation, the second verse says, “And she being with child cried, traveling in birth, and pained to be delivered” (Rev. 12.2). Of course the woman is Mary, who brought forth the Messiah. This becomes plain as we read on: “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” (Rev. 12.3-4). The dragon is, of course, Satan—the Devil, who is the serpent. The seven heads and ten horns are figures of speech for his aides de corps. They are mentioned in 1 Corinthians 2.8 and are called the “princes of this world.” We all know who the chief prince is, a.k.a. “the prince of darkness,” and it ain’t Dracula. So the “main man” is Satan, who is the Serpent of Genesis 3. And, according to Rev. 12.3-4, one third of the “stars” of heaven are cast down to earth. These stars are actually those angels who rebelled with Satan and tried to usurp the throne of God way back when in the dim, distant primeval past. I believe this “casting to earth” is still in future. This will become plainer as we further examine Revelation. 36

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When Jesus was born, Herod sent out his troops to slaughter all the innocents under two- years-old in Bethlehem. Later the crowds tried to throw Jesus off a cliff. Then the dragon and his princes finally succeeded by murdering Him at the crucifixion, but only temporarily, as God raised Jesus from death three days and nights later. Of course the reason Satan and his comrades wanted the Messiah out of the way harks back to Genesis 3.15 where God promises Satan that the “seed of the woman” will ultimately “crush your head,” which is not a very nice prospect if you happen to be Satan. Especially coming (as this promise did) from the Most High God. Thus, Satan and his chiefs have spent nigh on 6,000 years endeavoring to derail prophecy and avert their inevitable demise. (By the way, be on the lookout as we progress through our study for the above quoted phrase, “seed of the woman.”) The next verse in Revelation 12 must be the shortest definition of the life of Jesus in the Bible: “And she brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” (Rev. 12.5). In other words, He is born; He is caught up to heaven. One interesting side note though is that the word in Greek for “caught up” is harpazo, which is the same word used in the well-known section of the Bible (1 Thessalonians 4.17) that describes the saints who are still alive at the coming (parousia) being “caught up” to meet the Lord in the air. It is significant to me that this same word is used here as in Revelation 12.5. We shall return to the importance of this point later, as now it is appropriate to shift our focus to the next four verses in Revelation 12: “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12. 6-9). When verse 6 speaks of the woman fleeing into the wilderness, it is referring to a future flight of the Jewish people in the time of the Tribulation. Most experts on the numerology of the End Times (and I am not one of them) agree that this refers to the second half of the seven year period. And some say that Petra is the spot in the “wilderness” described in Rev. 12.6 (the place where the Jews will be protected). Verse 7 describes a war in Heaven. Not a battle but rather a war, which is waged between two sets of spirit men. This is what “angels” are: men. However, they are not flesh and blood men as you and me, but instead they are spirit men, which are far more powerful than mere human beings. As the war ensues, the Devil and his evil spirit men are defeated and cast out. And where are they cast to? “Into the earth” (Rev. 12.9). Contrary to popular belief, the Devil and his angels were not cast out of heaven way back in the days of yore when they rebelled in the original coup. How do I know this? Because verse 8 says, “…neither was their place found any more in heaven.” And again in verse 10, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before God day and night” (emphasis added) (Rev. 12.10). Perhaps we should think of heaven in different terms. Just as the world we live in is a big place, it may be that the same applies to heaven. As I write this, I am many thousands of miles from Australia, which is on the other side of the globe. Thus in heaven, the capital city, which is called Mount Sion and the Heavenly Jerusalem, is where the Throne of God resides. There He sits with His son on his right hand side, 37 twenty-four elders sit on thrones round-about, and there also is a multitude of these spirit men, called angels. Now let us imagine that Satan and his angels are in a different location in heaven, maybe some distance from this celestial city. Nevertheless, he has access day and night to God where he continually accuses the brethern (us) because of our sins down here. But read on. The victory shall be ours: “And they overcame him, by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death. Therefore rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and the sea; for the Devil is cast down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time” (Rev. 12.1112). After my last interview on “Coast to Coast” radio in June last, a man named Greg Shaver from Oregon contacted me. He said he had found the Nephilim, or fallen angels, in chapter 2 of the Book of Daniel. Here Daniel describes four kingdoms. The fourth one is still in the future and describes the government that will rule on the earth during the seven years of the Great Tribulation as described in the Apocalypse: “And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: for as much as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters clay and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with the miry clay” (Dan. 2.40-41). Verse 42 goes on to state that the toes were of iron and of clay. But the cruncher is in verse 43: “And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay” (emphasis added) (Dan. 2.43). We are made of clay, or of the dust of the ground as it says in Genesis. 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mingle themselves with the seed of men,” the pronoun “they” has to be a reference to the Nephilim, the fallen angels, who will inhabit the world once more in the coming Apocalypse. We are mere humans compared to the spirit men who will fall to earth and appear as gods in the future. This is why we are described as miry clay as opposed to the strength of iron, which describes these powerful, future spirit men. The original fallen angels, the Nephilim of Genesis 6, are incarcerated in the Abyss or Tartarus because of their sin and violence that precipitated the Flood in those antediluvian days. But according to Revelation 9, these so called “gods” of ancient mythology will be released again into the earth to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world. And, as we have already learned in our discussion of Revelation 12.9, the Devil and the rest of his cohorts are to be kicked out of the sphere of the heavenlies and cast down to the earth in the coming Apocalypse. We are given a good mind-picture of this event earlier in Revelation: “And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casting her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind” (Rev. 6.13). These “stars” are not those twinkling, little, bright lights one sees when looking at the sky of a clear night. For when those twinkling, little, bright lights fall, they do not fall to the earth. Therefore, the “stars of heaven” referenced in Revelation 6.13 are the same as the “star” in Revelation 9:1 that falls to earth having the key to the bottomless pit. It is important to note that the word “stars” is often used symbolically for angels both good and evil. Therefore, Revelation 6.13 shows the evil angels finally getting evicted from heaven, and they are described as figs falling from a tree, which is shaken by a great wind. Quite a picture, wouldn’t you agree? When the original Nephilim descended to earth on Mount Hermon in the days of Jared, they appeared as beautiful men, full of knowledge, wisdom, and power, and they were irresistible to the woman of the world in those days. Perhaps this is how they will present themselves once more, in the near future, for “as it was, so shall it be.” Or, when 2 Thessalonians speaks of these coming end days, “. . . that God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (2 Thess.2.11), maybe this “lie” will be that the Nephilim will appear on earth disguised as “aliens” to make things aright. Maybe they will promise to bring the world to a higher plain in the next step of the evolution of mankind, and they will convince the world of the idea that “we are rid of those stupid Christian fundamentalists (because the Christians would have been already caught up in the Rapture), so now we can move forward.” Regardless of their specific strategy, all of civilization will be deceived by these beings and their magic and power. That is, everyone except for the elect. I got an interesting email from a believer who hails from Australia. This intrepid young man is off to Iraq as a prayer warrior with some other Christians, but I digress. He told me he had a dream last year while in New Zealand that led him to my book. In his own words: “In the dream, I was standing on the top of a mountain. I looked up into the sky and saw hundreds of floating/flying pyramids. I felt very real dread and fear. I pointed to the sky and said, “The Nephilim are here.” Some of them were so close they were huge (imagine the Great Pyramid suspended in the air). I have normal dreams, but I know this was divine. It was so real that when I awoke, I was very much shaken.” Now I am not categorically saying that this is what is going to happen and that the Nephilim will make their appearance in this fashion. I get a lot of newsletters from people who say they receive “visions,” and most of them I read with a great pinch of salt. But something struck me about this particular vision. We know that Satan always copies (apes) what the true God does. And the princes of this world (Satan and his followers) know that the coming New Jerusalem will descend out of heaven to this earth in the future and that this 38 city is pyramidal in shape (Revelation 21). Therefore, it makes sense that the Nephilim might make their appearance in a similar way, does it not? Again, I am not saying that this is definitely the case: that the Nephilim are going to descend out of heaven in pyramids, but this idea does pose an interesting possibility, especially since the Great Pyramid is held in such awe and wonder by people of the world. Plus, Scripture does promise that in the End Times; “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions. . . .” (Acts 2.17). Perhaps the young man’s dream of pyramids suspended in the sky was a vision from God. Returning to our study of Revelation 12: “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman was given two wings as of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth” (Rev. 12.13-16). In the second half of the seven years, after the peace treaty breaks down, the Devil goes after the Jewish nation. (This peace treaty was brokered by the antichrist between the Jews and the Arab nations. How pertinent and topical when we reflect and look upon presentday news as it unfolds before our very eyes on a daily basis.) I am taking for granted that you, as a reader of OFFICIAL DISCLOSURE, are fairly well acquainted with many of the events and time lines associated with the Book of Revelation, the Book of Daniel, etc. For there is not time nor space here to explain all of the nuances of this story.

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If you find yourself at a loss and want a fuller explanation of the facts, may I recommend you read a good book on this subject, such as The Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse by that good-looking Irish guy, Paddy Heron. We are told that the Devil tries to drown the Jewish people with a flood. Why cannot this be a literal event? In chapter 8 of Revelation, we are told by the revelator that he saw what looked like a burning mountain cast into the sea. As a result of this, one-third of all boats in the sea are destroyed. Now if one were to see a volcano, and one did not know what it was, he or she would describe it as a burning mountain. And scientists tell us that if La Palma, an active volcano in the Canary Islands, falls into the sea, it would cause a Tsunami hundreds of feet high. Israel is situated not so far from this area in North Africa. There is a clear run for a Tsunami across the Mediterranean, and Israel is on the coast. Perhaps this is why in Matthew 24, Jesus warns: when one sees these things happening, one should run for the mountains (Matt. 24.16). After all, if there is a Tsunami on the way, one would want to get to higher ground. In Revelation 12.16 the devil tries to drown “the woman” with this flood but fails miserably as usual, as the earth swallows up the water. What happens next? Verse 17: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed . . .” (Rev. 12.17). Wow, wow, wait a minute, “remnant of her seed”? What is this verse saying here? The word “remnant” literally means, “leftover.” In fact, my dictionary defines it as, “a group of people left behind.” Well if the Devil goes after the “remnant” of the seed of the woman, this begs the question, where are the rest of God’s people? Where did they go? I think the answer is given earlier in the chapter. Remember the man child in verse 5 who was caught up unto God and to His throne? Well, both verses 5 and 17 may very well be examples of prophetic statements, which earlier in this article I mention do exist, that have a dual meaning. When we believe in Jesus Christ and get born from above, we receive the seed of God in us. This seed is eternal, and we cannot lose it. No more than we can lose the seed of our earthly father, so we cannot lose the seed of our heavenly Father. We may fall out with our earthly father and never talk to him again, but we will always have his seed in us. The same holds true for the eternal seed we are given. It is the token, or guarantee, of our salvation. When we are born-again, we become part of the Church of God, the Body of Christ. Christ is the head; we are members of his body. We are also called the Bride of Christ. Thus, when the child is caught away to God and to the throne of God, so too we, as members of his Body, are caught away when we are gathered together with him as described in 1 Thessalonians 4. Therefore, the metaphor of the man child being caught away to God is a description of the gathering together of the Body of the Church, also called the Rapture. This is why verse 17 says that the Devil goes to make war with the “remnant of her seed,” as the “remnant” are those saints who will believe in and turn to Christ when they find themselves in the midst of the tribulation period. The “seed” of the woman in verse 17 can refer to Jesus, as does “man child” refer to Jesus in verse 5. Or it can refer to all those born-again believers who have the seed of God in them. It can also refer all the way back to Genesis 3.15 where we are told that there would be enmity between the “seed of the woman” and “the seed of the serpent.” Verse 17 concludes our study of Revelation 12. However, at this juncture I would like to reiterate some important points. First (Greg Shaver from Springfield, Oregon, is to thank for the following insight), when the Messiah arrives back in heaven having gathered together his espoused, would one think he or his Father are going to put up with the Devil slandering his Bride in their presence? I trow not. Picture this: Jesus gets back to headquarters with his Bride. The Devil cannot accuse them anymore before 39 God, for there will be no more sinning after we get our new spiritual bodies. There is not enough room in the heavenly realm once many millions of believers, from all through the ages, arrive. So Satan and his minions have got to go. Now there is a war in heaven between Michael and his warfaring angels against the dragon and his evil spirit men, and there can be only one outcome. The Devil and his angels are ousted out and fall to earth like figs falling from a tree shaken by a mighty wind (Rev. 6.13). Woe to the inhabiters of the earth, for the Devil is fallen to earth, and he is wroth, for he knows his time is short (Rev. 12.12). Now comes to pass that prophetic utterance made by Jesus in Luke, “I beheld Satan as lightening falling to earth” (Luke 10.18). About the same time of the Rapture and Satan’s subsequent ousting from heaven, Apollyon and those Nephilim who have been incarcerated with him in the bottomless pit are released to inhabit earth once more. Chapter 2 of 2 Thessalonians is given over to the timing of this event. The context for the entire chapter (set in verse 1) is the “gathering together” of the saints: “Now we beseech you brethren by the coming of our lord Jesus Christ and by our GATHERING TOGETHER unto him” (emphasis added) (2 Thess. 2.1). Verse 3 says: “Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2.3). The key to understanding this verse lies in the words, “falling away.” Most commentators and teachers say that this is referring to a “falling away” of the Church from the Word and from God (even though there is no mention here of either “the truth” or the Word or God). Scholars get this notion from the Greek word used in the text which is apostasia. The word “apostasy” has been transliterated into the English language from this word. But in the original Greek, apostasia does not mean apostasy. The Greek word for “away” in the text is apo. Greek is a numerical language as is Hebrew.

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Apo is a preposition and denotes motion away from the surface of an object. It can be described in terms of a line being drawn from the circumference (or outside) of a circle and going away in an outwardly direction. Hence it is used as motion away from a place. (The Companion Bible Appendix 104). It is clear from a literal interpretation of this passage that the “falling away” is speaking of a departure of something away from one place to another. Hence the term “falling away” is speaking of the Church departing away from the surface of this earth and heading in an outwardly direction. Remember the context: the gathering together of the saints. Furthermore, there is no apostasy taking place in these latter days. In fact, the opposite is the case; there are thousands coming to Christ on a daily basis all over the world. There is revival going on in parts of Africa, South America, Korea, and elsewhere. After the Revolution in China, not so many years ago, there were about 1 million evangelical Christian believers. Today there is an estimated 80 million, and the Church in China is experiencing signs, miracles, and wonders. After all, the believers there have so little going for them; they have to walk out on their faith, allowing God to work mightily. The same is true of the Church in other Third World countries. And of course, look at all the millions of Christians there are throughout the United States. This is actually somewhat of a paradox, for the US has more guns, money, drugs, and pornography than any other country. Yet there is a polarization right down the middle of society because so many good Christian people in the States are endeavoring to stand on God’s Word. Again, there is no apostasy happening today. What we are instead seeing is “the latter rain” and God pouring out His spirit as many thousands turn to and trust in Christ and his Word on a daily basis. Verses 6 and 7 go on to talk of the “man of sin . . . the son of perdition” (2 Thess. 2.3) who is incarcerated: “And ye know now what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (2 Thess. 2.6-7). The Greek word for “withhold” is the same word as “letteth” in verse 7. It literally means “there is one who holds fast.” In other words, something is holding fast the man of sin in this place of detention until something else causes that which is restraining him to “be taken out of the way.” Verse 8 and 9 state: “Then shall that wicked be revealed . . . whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2.8-9). The thing that is preventing the man of sin, the Antichrist, from being revealed and that is holding him fast in captivity in verse 7 is the Holy Spirit, which is living in the Body of the Church at this present time. But when this body of people is “taken out of the way” (2 Thess. 2.7), then the man of sin will be free to be “revealed” (2 Thess. 2.8) to the world. (The Greek word for “revealed” is emphanizo, which means “to cause to be manifested or shown plainly and clearly.” In other words, people are going to see the fallen angels just as the original humans saw and cohabited with these same fallen angels who materialized on the earth as recorded in Genesis 6.) Therefore, once this departure, known as the “Rapture” or “gathering together,” has occurred, then the man of sin (the son of perdition) called the Antichrist can be released. The man’s name is given in Revelation as both Apollyon in Greek and Abaddon in Hebrew, which mean “destroyer.” Of course those of you familiar with my book The Nephilim will know that Apollyon is how the Greeks spell Apollo and that he was one of the main leaders of the original pantheon of Greek gods known as the Olympians, who lived and reigned on this earth prior to the Flood of Noah and who’s ruins are with us to this day. This Apollo goes on to become the Antichrist, the Beast from the Abyss, who goes to his destruction, not meaning that he will be destroyed but rather meaning that he goes on to destroy almost the whole world, which culminates with the last and final battle that begins at the Valley of Megiddo. In summation, Jesus comes back to gather his Church and take them to heaven where he has been preparing a place for us. When the church is departed, it makes way for the Antichrist, the man of sin, to be revealed. About the same time, there is a war in heaven, as God and His son are not going to put up with the Bride of Christ being slandered in their presence. The Devil and his angels must go, for their place is found no more in heaven. They fall to earth like figs dropping off a tree shaken by the wind. The Apocalypse begins. I sure am glad I ain’t going to be there. Aren’t you? Works Cited Bullinger, E.W. The Companion Bible. The Bible. King James Version.

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How Respond Prophetic How You Should Respond to the Prophetic Importance Impor tance of Genesis 6
Jim Wilhelmsen A Problem Ignored set up my Web site in 1999. My main focus was to inform the public about the biblical perspective on UFOs and “aliens.” From a pastoral role, I also wanted to provide an alternative, biblical-based counseling for victims of “alien abduction.” I have had some counseling success with abductees, but abductee counseling only represents a small part of my personal ministry. What has come to a surprise to me is the fact that my bigger ministry has been to the many Christian individuals who have recently come to understand the events in Genesis 6 and their replay as “aliens in UFOs.” The biggest problem most individuals I have encountered have had is how to relate to their local fellowships when trying to share some of this information. Regardless of how well they present themselves and the information, at best they are considered nice but sort of “out there,” and at worst they are asked to leave the fellowship. Most of us have encountered this type of rejection, especially when involved in a ministryrelated topic. The enemy Satan would like to turn the hurt and disappointment into anger and hostility toward the Church and create a further estrangement and isolation for the prophetic individual. This problem has become a bigger ministry for me than any other aspect of the topic of UFOs/ aliens and Genesis 6. The purpose of this article is not to discuss the Genesis 6 events but rather to give guidance to the New Testament believers who are going to be involved someday in explaining to the masses of fellow believers and others just what is going on. I hope this article will help the New Testament believer through some difficult times as he or she realizes what he or she should

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and should not do with all of this strange-sounding information. This is Big, and I Have to Do Something About It! One of the largest, most important missing elements of eschatology (study of end-time events) is the Genesis 6 scenario revealed and the realization of how the Genesis 6 scenario will be replayed in the end of times. Most readers are probably already familiar with these events. I do not want to be sensational or at the same time downplay the importance of the Genesis 6 paradigm. Most who have studied and made the UFO/alien connection to Genesis 6 realize, on a global scale, just how big this connection really is. But what should we do with the message? How are we to balance our own lives in the midst of proclaiming this urgent message? What is the big picture concerning our personal involvement? The first thing to realize is that much of the prophetic aspects of the replay of Genesis 6 in our day are unconditional prophetic events. Unconditional prophecies are those events and situations that are part of a bigger plan leading toward God’s perfect and ultimate will. Many times these events are very negative, but they are a necessary part of God’s plan. Human nature is such that we would tend to interfere with unconditional prophecies if we knew all the details before they actually happened. If they were positive, we would find ourselves trying to assist God in their completion, and if they were negative we would try to prevent them. In this reasoning it is important to know that unconditional prophecies are usually not known or understood until they have already happened or, at best, when events have already progressed beyond the possibility of human interference. This is why there is a warning to the saints 42

living during this time to refrain from this kind of interference: “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (King James Version, Rev. 13.10). I believe John is not describing the taking of prisoners here but rather, in context, he is giving a choice for believers. The first part of this scripture warns against an incorrect the mental attitude in the midst of this end-time scenario. To lead into captivity is the attempt to seize the moment by one’s own understanding. By not seeing the bigger picture within these events, the natural reaction is to support against or prevent negative things from happening that are predestined. In this wrong thinking one loses focus on a higher calling and becomes captive by the temporal disruptions. One settles for second best by acting in a physical manner as opposed to maintaining a spiritual response, and as a result, one fails to fulfill the higher ministry as a witness. The second part of Revelation 13.10 warns against the physical response to the wrong attitude. To “live by the sword and die by it” is an option to defend oneself by lethal means, which appears to be permissible but will result with one’s own shortened life and thus diminished potential of ministry by meeting an early death by the same means. The qualification of this interpretation is supported by the concluding statement, which connotes that not reacting in this manner is the “patience and faith” (Rev. 13.10) of the believer holding out for God’s very best. His best for us, in this time as prophets or witnesses for the truth, is described as such: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not

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their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). The Blood of the Lamb Accepting Christ is the only dimensional bridge back to the intended creation. The blood of the lamb makes each person, as they are born-again and touched by His Spirit, aware of this dimensional difference of heaven and earth. The shed blood of Christ gives a supernatural hope and expectation to something more than just this mortal life. Our focus becomes fixed on another dimension, heaven, rather than the present mortal existence on this earth. The shed blood then makes the believer aware of this difference without knowing necessarily the physics behind it. This act could only be accomplished by God alone and He, being fully man and yet God in the flesh. The power of the blood of the lamb is the power of a sense of newness and hope and the realization of belonging to a better dimension, eternity with the one who loves and created us. This revealed knowledge gives the believing individual the power to overcome the horrible global events around him or her and even the mundane things in one’s daily life that take place here, in this fallen dimension, for the appointed duration. Word of Their Testimony Each person who crosses over spiritually and is born-again experiences a change in his or her perception of the surrounding world and one’s own life in it; one becomes forever changed. The individual process leading to this moment of decision becomes one’s personal story or the Word of one’s testimony. In its simplest form, the born-again experience is best described by the words to “Amazing Grace,” taken from the testimony of the blind man given back his sight: “Once I was blind but now I see.” While researching and reading a very deceptive book about the UFO/ alien agenda, which was very hostile toward a biblical perspective, I wondered for a moment (or rather in retrospect, was maybe told in a whisper by the enemy): “what if this could be true, and you are wrong?” A sudden fear came upon me that was instantly removed. In that moment of fear and uncertainty, I remembered a hot day in July of 1974 as I was in my living room praying for the first time in my life. I was asking Jesus to come into my heart. In that very moment only what I could describe as something like a warm blanket of love floated over my whole being. I cried like a baby, feeling like I did when I came home from the Army in 1970. I suddenly knew beyond my own natural senses that God was my Father; I had no more fear of what awaited beyond death. I felt clean and new. That experience was the Word of my personal testimony. In this remembrance of my testimony, I immediately snapped back like a rubber band to a spiritual reality the world could never understand. Loved Not Their Lives unto Death Equipped with this mental and spiritual realization of our own personal testimony, we have the strength to obey the last part of the above referenced scripture: “. . . and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11). It is fact that in the near future we may be called upon to die because of our faith. The Greek word for witness is “Martus,” from which the English word “martyr” was derived (PC Study Bible). The ability to willingly die for our faith is in our focus, as we understand that there is a better place of existence called eternity. We also know that this present, linear, and mortal life is going to end. And we will not create heaven on earth in this dimension, it is not our job nor God’s will; our mortal existence is going to burn up and come to an end. Our only order is to remain faithful and overcome this present system. To further spiritualize this idea, we should as, the Apostle Paul put it, “die daily” to our old ways and habits that reflect this present world system and gather the power and awareness of the new world to come and its reality. Our spiritual focus to overcome the ways and manners of this world is our most general order, promise, and hope. So What Do You Do Now? Knowing where the ultimate road may lead in the near future, how 43 does this insight apply in one’s daily life now? This issue is probably the most important aspect of this article, as I have seen many gifted men and women of God have their faith shipwrecked by the enemy through a rebuking and unbelieving Church. First I will explain what not to do. One should not expect that one self nor anyone else is going to “wake-up” the church to important end-time understandings. It is just not going to happen yet. One must realize that he or she has an understanding of something that is unconditional and predestined. Furthermore, one knows end-time information ahead of the majority of one’s fellow believers. As a result, one must realize that others are not going to be receptive because they have not been called to understand yet. Additionally, in order for some of these events to come to their completion, the majority of believers must be oblivious to their imminent fruition. If tomorrow, the whole body of believers suddenly had the knowledge some of us have about the role aliens and UFOs will have in the end-time great deception, the body could prevent it from ever happening. To do so would actually go against the ultimate will of God, as the end-time great deception is all part of the big picture, which we cannot see as God does. Certainly God’s plan will be carried out without our help or interference. Understanding this concept should take the pressure and burden off one’s shoulders, as it is not yet one’s job to convince the unbelieving church about these matters. At this point, all one can do with the masses is plant a nonforced seed for future recognition. It simply is not God’s will at this present time for the majority of believers to accept or to know end-time truths; therefore, as mentioned earlier, even if told, the masses will not yet understand. Our natural tendency to interfere is prevented by the Holy Spirit via this “blockage” of understanding. Thus the question remains, for who is the endtime message, what does one do with it, and what does one do with oneself? Stay where you have been planted

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Most of us find it very hard to remain in a church that will not tolerate our message or us. At the very best all we can expect or hope for is a place that will accept us and tolerate the message as long as we do not push it on others. We will always be looked upon as a bit “out there” or “kooky.” For now that is OK; it is to be almost expected. Salt and Light Today as events are, the understanding of the end-time great deception is for two groups of people. One group includes the few individuals who are drawn to those who have endtime knowledge and are compelled to ask questions and have an openness to the information given. The Lord in these present times has allowed many to know these end-time truths, but we are scattered into all various parts of the body of Christ. This scattering is the function of being salt, even to our fellow believers. When, and certainly someday soon, the UFO/alien lies become a public challenge to our faith, churches will be shaken and will be rocking on their foundations because of their lack of scriptural knowledge of these topics and events. This is where our ministry becomes a public one, and we are to reach out to our fellow believers in our local churches. Right now we are to share with anyone who is willing to listen or who inquires, but we do not come with an agenda to push this information on everyone. We are in a sense building pillars within the church to be an emergency support for the time upon which we are called. Events will create this need naturally without our plans or schemes. We are to just simply stay where we have been planted in our local churches and endure and bear with them. Waiting for Our Time Waiting for our time is an action like that of a prizefighter. He or she must stay in shape and be ready for the big fight whenever the opportunity comes, but until that time he or she must remain patient and in top condition, ready for action. We are in a sense in a holding pattern until we are needed, and then, with a servant’s attitude, we need to remain in our churches that currently, at best, only make light of us. However there is exciting news; there is a mission field for having this understanding of UFOs/ aliens and the Genesis 6 paradigm. Go Where the Fight is Today Without exaggeration there are hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the New Age belief system. These individuals have forsaken Jesus Christ and the Bible for every wind of doctrine. One of the fastest growing “New Age” doctrines is the concept that aliens are our creators, the clouds of heaven in the Bible are extraterrestrial spacecraft, and soon these beings will make their appearance to bring us into a greater cosmic community and a New Age of enlightenment for mankind. We have the truth, so we should go and tell New Age followers in any way and manner that is scriptural and fruitful. Targeting New Age believers should remain our focus at this time, and as a result, we can have an exciting, fruitful life in Christ with the ability to endure the rejection and nonserious treatment by the world and fellow Christians. Getting Stoned As a Prophet New Testament Style Realize also that in the Old Testament times prophets who carried an unpopular message were stoned to death. Today we live in a much kinder and gentler society. We no longer stone the unpopular prophet but rather the Church’s softer way to dispose of an unpopular prophet is to simply ignore him or her and exclude him or her from involvement and activities until so discouraged he or she just goes away. Realize that no matter how anointed, talented, or experienced one is in the Word and gift ministries, one will probably remain on the outside of things and not be too actively involved or invited to minister. Do not let this be a discouragement. It is ok to abide faithfully where one is, remaining friendly and loving toward one’s fellow brothers and sisters. Be the bigger, wiser brother or sister without a condescending attitude. Remember, our ministry for now is simply to those who are genuinely interested and to those who are running into hell who believe the lies in which we have the truth. This should be enough to sustain us until the big day when all the information surrounding the end-times great deception comes out into the open. You Are a Human Filter; Be Careful It has been my experience in the past that many times just before the Lord gives me some understanding that is not personal but rather is more global or universal, He will humble me in some further shaping way. I will usually receive something of a personal nature so that I realize my weakness, which helps to remind me of my dependence on him. It will usually be something that I may comment back to him, “Well that isn’t really that big of a thing and certainly not related to my ministry is it Lord?” One better believe if the Lord brings something up, it is important to Him and to oneself. Scripture reminds us of one important quality for a prophet, HOLINESS: “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but HOLY men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (emphasis added) (2 Pet 1.2). The gift and ministry of a prophet is free, but discipleship and obedience are necessary for this gift and ministry to be performed with accuracy. Imagine one pouring a brand new can of oil into one’s car and using a strainer funnel to direct the flow of oil into one’s engine. In the process one drops the filter on the ground, and now there is grass mixed with sand, dirt, and other objects in the filter. How pure is the oil going to be when it has to pass through this dirty oil filter funnel? It will be a mess. Likewise we are human filters that have to be clean in order for what the Holy Spirit is pouring through us to come out pure and clear. Sometimes it is the little things that will clog and contaminate us as a filter. The scriptures allude to this thought in its reference to the little foxes that can ruin a vineyard by stealing the grapes a little at a time (Song Sol. 2.15). 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When God Speaks One of the tests of maturity in a Christian’s life is one’s reaction when God speaks. Whether it be that small, still voice heard during a time of being quiet before the Lord in prayer, an impression while reading from the Word of God, the bearing witness of the Holy Spirit while hearing a sermon or teaching, or even information gleaned from someone else in the form of a personal prophecy, what we do next with this revelation may determine an outcome for more than just ourselves as we learn to wait upon the Lord. One thing of which to be aware: many times truth shared with others ahead of its intended time will produce confusion instead of the intended direction and guidance. Do You Have the Play or the Ball? To illustrate, the Christian who has just received a form of revelation from the Lord could be likened to a football player sitting on the bench. The coach approaches the benched player and gives him the next play to give the other ten players and sends him out onto the playing field in the huddle. How outlandish would it be if the player, instead of going to the huddle, started running toward the end zone as if he had the ball and were going to single handedly win the game by scoring the touchdown all by himself. Many times, young or old, Christians get caught up in the excitement of a revelation and speak or react before the proper time or even before having complete knowledge. Acting upon a revelation prematurely can have a very negative effect and produce intended results that affect more than just the individual. Do Be, Do Not Be Two examples of do’s and don’ts are illustrated in the Bible. For instance, Mary, upon hearing that she was going to birth the promised Messiah, and thereby be the mother to the incarnate God, pondered this in her heart: “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). “Ponder” in the Greek, sumballo (Strong’s number 4820), means to throw together, to discuss with ones self as a mental exercise of analyzing, discerning, and settling the matter in one’s own mind. The scripture also tells us that she kept those things the angel spoke to her. “Kept” in the Greek, suntereo (Strong’s number 4933), means to remember and guard or protect the matter. She kept the disclosed information secret, guarding it by keeping it to herself. This is true wisdom concerning supernatural revelations. It is important to wait upon the Lord for further direction, confirmation, or definition directing whether or not a revelation is only for oneself or for a certain group of people at a proper time. What results would have happened if Mary went strutting around during her pregnancy telling everyone, “See this?” (as she pointed to her bulging belly) “I’m carrying God in here, an angel told me so.” While this statement is true, it has no business being revealed ahead of God’s intended time. This knowledge was meant to be kept secret and quiet, a personal revelation just for her. Joseph was another who received a supernatural revelation (in the form of a dream): “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more” (Gen 37.5). Joseph in his youth and lack of experience blurted out his dream to his brothers without realizing that there existed a tense relationship between them and that the dream would only inflame things further. This foolish act started the course of events that would actually fulfill his dream. The fulfillment of his dream turned out to be a Romans 8:28 plan, everything worked together for the good in the end, but it could have been less intense for Joseph, perhaps, if he had used wisdom in of what he spoke, how he spoke, to whom he spoke, and when he spoke. A Recent Personal Example of a Mistake with Balance My father was a living example of both examples. In 1979, many of our members including my Dad and I were prophesied over by a well-known missionary evangelist Steve Fato. My Dad’s prophecy was stated that “The Lord was going to extend his life beyond his time and that he would be a pillar to 45 others and that when they came to him they would trust him because they knew he would not turn them in.” Because of the part of the prophecy regarding “not turning them in,” my father began to believe that someday in the “end-times” he would assist people who would not take the “mark of the beast” in escaping to safety. This prophecy was personal, and he kept it to himself for awhile. In 1984 my father was dead from a heart attack for more than ten minuets. He was miraculously brought back to life without any damage. This, we all agreed, was the first part of the prophecy fulfilled. His life had been supernaturally extended, as he should have died that year. As a result, he became bold and shared with his eleven grandchildren the rest of the prophecy. Nine of them were my brother’s kids who were not exposed to too many things about the Lord. Since that time my Dad had several other heart attacks far less severe, a triple bypass, and also angioplasty, all of which he survived. He became a familiar face at the local hospital, and if you knew my Dad, he just saw all of this as a missionary journey. Every time he went in, my Dad’s witness was leading a nurse or fellow patient to Jesus. Much of his strength was in the hope of this prophecy not yet fulfilled. He stayed around out of a sense of duty and responsibility because he still had something to do. The last time he was in the hospital, his countenance was different. He began to lose his shortterm memory, and he realized that he was too weak and too old to ever perform what he hoped he would someday do for the Lord. He began to be depressed and brokenhearted that somehow he had failed the Lord and was being passed over. I prayed and pleaded with the Lord for understanding, and faithful as He is, I got the answer. While I was Pastor of one of the first evangelical Christian Motorcycle Ministries, we had a rigid line to tow in order to let the rest of the world see that this was a legitimate ministry. I was the authority figure of this ministry. Bikers and authority are usually not the

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best mix, and this was no different, even in this Christian environment. Now my Dad was never a “biker” and got his first motorcycle at fifty-years-of-age to be with his son. My Mom and Dad were in my ministry, and I realized that they were parents to everyone who never had a loving parent. When I was a kid some of my friends would come over not to visit me, but to talk to my folks. I did not like it then, but looking back on my life, how blessed I was to have such loving parents who could love beyond their own. My father was the confidant to everyone in the group. I was the authority figure, and many would not come to me with their problems, instead they always went to my parents. They also knew that whatever was said to them never came back to me or anyone else. My Dad was a pillar in the church and a confidant who “would never turn them in.” He was also the same way with his eleven grandchildren. Although my Dad had a hope in a wrong interpretation of a personal prophecy, he never let it dictate his daily life. He realized that if the prophecy was going to happen, it would be by the Lord’s direction and not anything he could or would do in his own power. With this balance and living a daily walk in obedience with the Lord, my Dad, just being himself, fulfilled the prophecy. I shared this with my Dad, and I think he was a bit disappointed that he was not going to do the things he hoped he would, but there was also a peace that maybe he had not failed the Lord after all. The next time my Dad went to the hospital it was the last time. On January 17, 2000, my Dad heard the words from the Lord that every bornagain believer longs to hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into joy of your Lord.” What About You? When God speaks, wait upon the Lord for further understanding: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (emphasis added) (Isa. 40.31). The Lord will always confirm His will in a two-fold manner. Wait for timing and discernment so that the revelation is able to produce the good fruit intended and not division or confusion. The prophecy may be true, but it may be only for oneself or others in the right setting of time. Wait upon the Lord, and do not be a reactionary. God is never late and anything done in haste or strife is never going to be right. And if one makes a mistake, no one is not going to get stoned in today’s social climate. God can make it right with a humble spirit and willingness to learn (Romans 8:28). Many times making mistakes is the only way to gain wisdom. I would advise the believer to get over oneself and press forward. When God speaks one needs to listen, wait, and then obey. In Conclusion It is my hope that I have provided some understanding of a bigger picture, which will aid in remaining patient and walking in His love in the midst of ridicule and the rejection one might be facing. Our duty for the current times is to minister in the small ways we can. The day will come when no one can run away from the end-time great deception as it becomes public and forces everyone to consider, “Who’s your Daddy, aliens or God?” At this time one’s knowledge tempered by the Holy Spirit will make one the pillar of strength for many and the victorious warrior in the final big fight against the powers of darkness. But until then, “Look up and know your redemption draws near.” Bibliography The Bible. King James Version. The Bible. New King James Version. Strong, James. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Nashville: Regal Publishers, 1976. PC Study Bible Library.Seattle: Bible Soft, 1996. Unger’s Bible Dictionary

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y adding the term, “inland, “ Plato meant the measurement of the island across its middle from the seashore on the southern edge of the Persian Gulf. As can be seen from the dotted area on Map ASM-6, this part of the island of Atlantis, the oblong plain, faced or “looked” to the south and was sheltered from the North by the Zagros Mountains just across the Bay (at that time). Plato went on to say, “I will now describe the plain, as it was fashioned by nature and by the labors of many generations of kings through long ages. It was naturally for the most part rectangular and oblong, and where falling out of the straight line had been made regular by the surrounding ditch. The depth, width, and length of this ditch were incredible and gave the impression that a work of such extent, in addition to so many others, could never have been artificial. Nevertheless, I must say what I was told. It was excavated to the depth of a hundred feet, and its breadth was a stadium everywhere; it was carried round the whole of the plain and was ten thousand stadia in length. It received the streams that came down from the mountains and wound around the plain and met the city, and was there let off into the sea. Farther inland, likewise, straight canals of a hundred feet in width were cut from it through the plain and again let off into the ditch leading to the sea; these canals were at intervals of a hundred stadia, and by them they brought down the wood from the mountains to the city and conveyed the fruits of the earth in ships, cutting transverse passages from one canal to another and to the city. Twice in the year they gathered the fruits of the earth--in winter having the benefits of the rains of heaven, and in summer the water which the land supplied, when they introduced streams from the canals.” 118 There are numerous ruins of unknown origin, gravel ridges, and small depressions throughout and about the area I have designated as the Fertile Plain of Atlantis, so I am certain that, with little effort, subterranean imaging systems will eventually reveal many these ancient aqueducts, particularly the 1800 kilometer ring-moat around the Fertile Plain. The fact that the Plato’s report states the extent and shape of the great, surrounding ditch could never have been artificial reminds me of a similar line that I had read in an oil exploration report. In late 1988, just prior to flying to the Middle East, I had secured documentation from an oil exploration team of a survey they had made just off the coast of Bahrain. This documentation made mention of some very unusual aqueducts that they had stumbled across at the bottom of the Gulf in the shallows off Bahrain. Their documentation also revealed they had already decided, even though these canals 47

appeared so regular as to have been artificial, that they were, instead, just natural formations. The 100-foot-deep and 600foot-wide aqueducts were located farther inland for shipping timber from the Jabal Tuwayq and the Zagros ranges to the capitol city of Atlantis. They were spaced about 16 to 19 kilometers apart and led toward the Persian Gulf, so they should be detectable with a modicum of effort using modern technology. In fact, even a cursory glance at the map inland from the Mesopotamian end of the Persian Gulf reveals a number of parallel, “natural” depressions that are spaced very closely to the anticipated distance. Poseidon’s Palace and the Atlantean Metropolis “Near the plain again, and also in the centre of the island at a distance of about fifty stadia, there was a mountain not very high on any side. In this mountain there dwelt one of the earth-born primeval men of that country, whose name was Evenor, and he had a wife named Leucippe, and they had an only daughter who was called Cleito. The maiden had already reached womanhood when her father and mother died. Poseidon fell in love with her and had intercourse with her, and breaking the ground, enclosed the hill in which she dwelt all round, making alternate zones of sea and land larger and smaller encircling one another. There were two of land and three of water, which he turned as with a lathe, each having its circumference equidistant every way from the centre, so that no man could get to the island, for ships and voyages were not as yet. He himself, being a G_D, found no difficulty in making special arrangements for the centre island, bringing up two springs of water from beneath the earth, one of warm water and the other of cold, and making every variety of food to spring up abundantly from the soil.”119

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“Near the plain again,” sets the location of Poseidon’s Mountain close to the Fertile Plain located at the end of the Persian Gulf; whereas, the following phrase “...and also in the centre of the island at a distance of about fifty stadia, there was a mountain not very high on any side” reveals his mountain was dome-shaped, as it had no sharp peaks and was situated squarely in the middle of the island where Poseidon would make his home. The centre of this island and not the centre of Atlantis was referred to by the phrase, “in the centre of the island.” Furthermore, the centre of this small island was about nine kilometers (50 stadia) away from the shore of the Fertile Plain, so that once the edge of the plain is found, the location of the island can be readily determined. Plato referred to this mountain as a “hill”--not a mountain--in the middle of the preceding paragraph, further substantiating that it was a small mountain. This area of the world is renowned for its diapiric salt domes and more than 150 salt domes have been mapped in the southern Iran and Persian Gulf regions alone. The salt cores of these domes have penetrated an average of 5000 meters of sedimentary strata to reach the surface. In the Persian Gulf these domes form spectacular, multi-colored islands due to the presence of varied strata of exotic sandstone, formations, and no oil or gas is found in these salt domes.120 Therefore, it should come as no shock to anyone when I suggest this “domelike” mountain of Poseidon’s choice would have been a diapiric salt dome that intruded into the sandstone formations of the area. Furthermore, the encasing formations of sandstone would have eventually been removed due both to natural erosion and to quarrying of the colorful sandstone layers to build their bridges and dwellings. I believe this salt dome would have collapsed into itself at some time during or after the cataclysmic destruction of Atlantis due to the erosion of the salt by sea-water intrusion; however, until I can get into the area to inspect the dig, the extent of the collapsed dome will remain a guess at between 5 and 50 meters. Poseidon’s Island was surrounded by three moats of water (ASM-2) that were cut perfectly equidistant from the homestead in the centre of this small island. The reference to Poseidon’s use of the artesian water sources fits perfectly with a peculiar phenomenon that occurs from along the Persian Gulf coast from the island of Abu Ali down to the island of Bahrain; where, as I have just mentioned, unusual, submarine aqueducts of “natural” origin have been observed. “The northern and northwestern areas of Bahrain form a narrow belt of date and vegetable gardens irrigated from prolific springs and wells that tap artesian water. This water percolates through water-bearing rocks beneath the seabed to rise under pressure in Bahrain. Off the northern coast of Bahrain, freshwater also rises in submarine springs on the seabed and has for centuries been captured in skin bags by divers.”121 Here, at least, we have evidence of a well-watered, fertile garden on the northern tip of Bahrain, which includes “al Muharraq, “ the northernmost island of the two islands that comprise Bahrain.

ASM-2 “And beginning from the sea they bored a canal of three hundred feet (91.4m) in width and one hundred feet (30.5m) in depth and fifty stadia (8 to 9km) in length, which they carried through to the outermost zone, making a passage from the sea up to this, which became a harbor, and leaving an opening sufficient to enable the largest vessels to find ingress.”122 I have illustrated the layout of the construction they performed on Poseidon’s Island in ASM-2, but although al Muharraq has a harbor complete with a modern seaway access, it is not Poseidon’s Island--even though it is close. 48

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...Moreover, they divided at the bridges the zones of land which parted the zones of sea, leaving room for a single trireme to pass out of one zone into another, and they covered over the channels so as to leave a way underneath for the ships; for the banks were raised considerably above the water. Now the largest of the zones into which a passage was cut from the sea was three stadia in breadth, and the zone of land which came next of equal breadth; but the next two zones, the one of water, the other of land, were two stadia, and the one which surrounded the central island was a stadium only in width. The island in which the palace was situated had a diameter of five stadia. All this including the zones and the bridge, which was the sixth part of a stadium in width, they surrounded by a stone wall on every side, placing towers and gates on the bridges where the sea passed in. The stone which was used in the work they quarried from underneath the centre island, and from underneath the zones, on the outer as well as the inner side. One kind was white, another black, and a third red, and as they quarried, they at the same time hollowed out docks double within, having roofs formed out of the native rock. Some of their buildings were simple, but in others they put together different stones, varying the color to please the eye, and to be a natural source of delight.123 The illustration of this arrangement (ASM-2) reveals the diameter of the island, including its outer zone of water, would have been 4.9 to 5.2 kilometers; however, the diameter of the outermost, surrounding stone wall has to be determined by the following: Leaving the palace and passing out across the three harbors, you came to a wall which began at the sea and went all round; this was everywhere distant fifty stadia from the largest zone or harbor, and enclosed the whole, the ends meeting at the mouth of the channel which led to the sea. The entire area was densely crowded with habitations; and the canal and the largest of the harbors were full of vessels and merchants coming from all parts, who, from their numbers, kept up a multitudinous sound of human voices, and din and clatter of all sorts night and day.124 Thus, the radius to the enclosing stone wall would have been (50 stadia+13.5 stadia = 63.5 stadia) or between 23.2km and 24.4km. Consider this article, “Quala’at al Bahrain: (Northern tip of the island). 125 Bahrain has been called the “island of the dead,” as it is almost entirely covered by some 100,000 49 burial mounds, (ASP-2) both large and small, dating back to prehistory. Until recently it was thought that the pre-Islamic populations of the eastern coast of Arabia went there to bury their dead and that no prehistoric city, temple or palace existed on the island, which is largely desert. Recent excavations have proved this to be incorrect by revealing the wall and houses of a town, a palace of unknown style, and a sanctuary. “It is now clear that Bahrain was the centre of a vanished empire which extended to present-day Saudi Arabia and to which the Sumerians referred in their texts as the realm of Dilmun, country of the rising sun, centre of earthly paradise, and the only region to survive the Flood.

ASP-2: Dilmunite Burial Mounds Aerial view of some of the more than 100,000 burial mounds belonging to the Post-Atlantean, Dilmunite culture-located south of the village of Sar in Bahrain. (Photo courtesy of: The National Geographic Magazine, Vol 156, no. 3, September 1979, p. 325) (Inset) Eye-level view of the burial mounds before archeological excavation. Graves of prosperous, healthy people averaged 5’8" in height. Holes evidence the work of

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ancient grave robbers. (Photo: courtesy of: The Readers Digest, from The World’s last Mysteries, p.299.) The objects that have been dug up indicate the existence of commercial activity oriented towards both India and Mesopotamia. At one time subterranean canals piped spring water to irrigate the gardens. “The archeological workings at Bahrain are still only in their initial stages. However, on the Arabian coast and on nearby islands traces of the same civilization have been uncovered, some of them even older than those discovered at Bahrain. The key site that would enable a date to be set for the beginning of this culture unfortunately, cannot be excavated, for it is located at the women’s bathing place, making it strictly out of bounds according to Arabian custom. On the surface, shards of pottery, flint instruments, and obsidian blades dating from about 4000 BC have been found. One day, through archeological work, the history of the Dilmun civilization may be revealed. At present it is one of the oldest-known civilizations in the world. There is a possibility that further discoveries might reveal the existence of an even older culture.” When serious archeological effort is again applied to the Saudi coast, to Abu Ali, and to Bahrain, I am certain the “even older culture” of “Atlantis” will be recognized, and so I am exploring ways to re-initiate such efforts. “The entire circuit of the wall, which went round the outermost zone, they covered with a coating of brass, and the circuit of the next wall they covered with tin, and the third, which encompassed the citadel, flashed with the red light of orichalcum.”126 “Orichalcum” was the Grecian name for an alloy of copper which was malleable and corrosion-resistant; and, which reflected a dark reddish color with a golden undertone. The detailed nature of “orichalcum” is given in the geological proofs. These metals were all mined from the same mines in central Saudi Arabia and from west of the Jabal Tuwayq as will be discussed in the geological section. Here was Poseidon’s own temple which was a stadium [182m.] in length, and half a stadium [91m.] in width, and of a proportionate height, having a strange barbaric appearance. All the outside of the temple, with the exception of the pinnacles, they covered with silver, and the pinnacles with gold. In the interior of the temple the roof was of ivory, curiously wrought everywhere with gold and silver and orichalcum; and all the other parts, the walls and pillars and floor, they coated with orichalcum. In the temple they placed statues of gold; there was the G_D himself standing in a chariot--the charioteer of six winged horses--; and of such a size that he touched the roof of the building with his head; around him there were a hundred Nereids riding on dolphins, for such was thought to be the number of them by the men of those days.127 This was such a big structure that modern, underwater imaging techniques could easily find it, that is, if permission could be obtained to search the locality! The gold, orichalcum, brass, tin, and copper would have survived the ravages of the sea and exposure to the air much better than the other metals over the centuries, so they should be easily detectable by modern electronic detectors in such concentrated areas. In the next place, they had fountains, one of cold and another of hot water, in gracious plenty flowing; and they were wonderfully adapted for use by reason of the pleasantness and excellence of their waters. They constructed buildings about them and planted suitable trees; also they made cisterns, some open to the heaven, others roofed over, to be used in winter as warm baths; there were the kings’ baths, and the baths of private persons, which were kept apart; and there were separate baths for women, and for horses and cattle, and to each of them they gave as much adornment as was suitable. Of the water which ran off they carried some to the grove of Poseidon, where were growing all manner of trees of wonderful height and beauty, owing to the excellence of the soil, while the remainder was conveyed by aqueducts along the bridges to the outer circles; and there were many temples 50 built and dedicated to many G_Ds; also gardens and places of exercise, some for men, and others for horses in both of the two islands formed by the zones; and in the centre of the larger of the two there was set apart a racecourse of a stadium in width, and in length allowed to extend all around the island, for horses to race in.128 Here, again, we see reference to the many artesian springs still in existence today on Bahrain and, in particular, on al Muharraq. Numerous, small depressions and ruins have been found on the islands of Qatar, Abu Ali, Faylaka, and Bahrain and on the Saudi coastline along the Persian Gulf. The depressions will eventually be proven to have been dwellings and open water cisterns of the metropolis. Certainly, the homes, temple, and palace already found are but a small sampling of the vast empire, which had its central trading metropolis based near to the Fertile Plain. A race course of the size mentioned should also be detectable at a radius of 2.1 kilometers from the centre of Poseidon’s Temple island when suitable imaging techniques are employed. Geological Clues

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To assist in the understanding of events in relation to our revised chronology for the geological processes that formed our planet, I have included the following table to equate the selected ages to the Setterfield Time Line discussed in the Time Scroll. Paleozoic 600 to 250 million 3600 BC to 2950 BC Mesozoic 250 to 70 million 2350 BC to 2000 AD Triassic 250 to 190 million 2950 to 2750 BC Jurassic 190 to 160 million 2750 to 2650 BC Cretaceous 160 to 70 million 2650 to 2350 BC Cenozoic 70 million to 2000 AD 2350 BC to 2000 AD The geological history of the Arabian platform and, in particular, of the Persian Gulf is most interesting because of the great variety of changes that the area has undergone over the ages. The earthquakes, the subsidence, and the uplifts that attend tectonic plate movements and the sedimentation processes that follow large scale flooding have all helped to create the uniqueness of this region. “In the Arabian Platform we find that to the north and east the bed-rock is buried under thick layers of horizontal or only slightly disturbed Paleozoic rocks; these are mainly sediments from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and from the earlier part of the Cenozoic Era. These sedimentary strata lie within the bounds of the Mesopotamian down-warp, which occurs in the Persian Gulf region; here the bed-rock has sunk to a depth of about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) and contains large amounts of petroleum.”129\ Massive earth subsidence have occurred in the eastern end of the Persian Gulf; while uplifts of equal magnitude have occurred in Oman farther to the east. The net effect of these was the sinking of the capitol city of Atlantis and the plains surrounding them. Geological evidence suggests a sudden subsidence in the order of some 200 meters in the southeastern end of the Persian Gulf, while the Oman coastline on its Arabian Sea side reflects a rise by an equivalent amount. This region of the world is well-known for its unusually dynamic plate movements. The Arabian shield is apparently sliding underneath the Iranian plate in the region of the Zagros mountains overlooking the Persian Gulf, which is “situated in a pronounced depression and is connected with the Gulf of Oman through the Straits of Hormuz. The Zagros mountains extend along the northern shore. They were formed during Tertiary episodes of folding, and the thickness of rocks in the Zagros is over 12 kilometers. The Persian Gulf was created as a result of these mountain-building processes.”130 The dynamics of this area have been quite unique. The mechanism for the earthquake that would have sunken Atlantis is there. The depression of the Gulf basin is evidence of a subsidence of, at the very least, a few hundred meters. An interesting fact can be gleaned from Plato’s account of the sunken Atlantis, “...the combatants on the other side were commanded by the kings of Atlantis, which, as I have said, once existed, greater in extent than Libya and Asia, and afterwards when sunk by an earthquake, became an impassable barrier of mud to those voyagers from hence who attempt to cross the ocean which lies beyond.”131 As I mentioned earlier in this discussion, Plato has used the present tense form, “attempt to cross” indicating that the condition of impassable mud still existed circa 600 BC. This statement also implied that a sea lay beyond the muddy waters of the sunken Atlantean area. No area in the region of the Atlantic presented that sort of a shipping hazard as late as 600 BC, or the Phoenicians would have recorded it in their travels around Africa through the Gibraltar Pass. From the reconstructed map of the Persian Gulf with the water line lower by twenty meters (Map ASM-3), it can be seen that two seas once existed in the Gulf itself. The western sea would have stretched back toward the Mesopotamian Valley, while the eastern sea would have met the Gulf of Oman and entered into the Arabian Sea I am not certain that the smaller one close to the Mesopotamian end of the Gulf was present during the Atlantean age; but it certainly would have been when Bahrain was originally named. The Arabic name “al-Bahrayn” means “two seas;”132 however, since the Persian Gulf was divided into two water bodies with the passage between the two smaller “seas” occurring on the same latitude as and just a few kilometers north of Bahrain, it is not hard to understand. It is easy to understand Plato’s statement to the effect that the mud of the sunken Atlantis hampered those ships trying to get to the Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea through the Persian Gulf because the map shows the Fertile Plain of Atlantis was a shallow sink, and that it would have blocked the path to the seas beyond. Every clue fits nicely and exactly.

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ASM-3 Elevated View of Atlantis from Cyprus Orichalcum The Greek word for “orichalcum” was “oreichalkos,” and many modern translations make this to be “mountain copper.” One ancient Greek historian claimed that “orichalcum” was an alloy of copper and zinc (now known as brass). If this were correct then the physical characteristics of brass would be in conflict with the Plato’s account on two counts. First, Plato lists brass as a one of the metals the Atlanteans used to coat one of the circular zone walls, and since he stated that another of those zone walls had been coated with orichalcum, the latter could not have been what he meant. Second, brass has a color that is more yellow than gold itself. Now, since orichalcum was supposed to have “flashed red in the light of the Sun,” brass does not fit the description. Certainly, such an alloy would have had more tensile strength than pure copper, but it would also have been more brittle, which would have made coating the rocks with it impractical. Also, it would have corroded terribly in the salty sea environment. However, Plato’s statement concerning the abundance of orichalcum on the island gives another clue, “In the first place, they dug out of the earth whatever was to be found there, solid as well as fusile, and that which is now only a name and was then something more than a name, orichalcum, was dug out of the earth in many parts of the island, being more precious in those days than anything except gold.”133 The alloy could have been formed of either copper and gold or silver and gold, both of which occur commonly in the region, but as the silver-gold alloy is not copper based, nor is it reddish, it can be removed from consideration. The gold-copper alloy occurs naturally but does not exhibit the reddish color, so it too must be removed from consideration. Plato reveals the Atlantean culture had either mined or alloyed gold, silver, copper, tin, and brass. The findings of a U.S. Geological Survey made in southern Saudi Arabia in 1981 proved that a very ancient culture (Atlantis?) had mined for gold and other minerals in the Jabal al Hajrah quadrangle (se ASM-4), and according to that report, “The Hajrah-Hamdah group of ancient gold mines is in the Jabal al Hajrah quadrangle and includes the Hajr, Jabal Hajr, Hajr Gharb, and Bir al Hamdan ancient mines, and several other lesser occurrences. 134 The Hajr mine has the most extensive ancient workings in southern Saudi Arabia (Worl, 1979). The workings at all of the mines consist of pits, trenches, inclined shafts, and vertical shafts. The pits and trenches are sand and rubble filled, 1 to 3 meters wide, 1 to 2 (?) meters deep, and as much as 160 meters long. The vertical and inclined shafts are as much as 20 meters deep. A very extensive ancient village adjoins the Hajr mine on the southeast corner of the mine.” Although gold was the main mineral extracted from these mines, significant amounts of the ores of copper (chalcopyrite), zinc (sphalerite), iron (pyrite), and lead (galena) were found. In these mines alone is the proof that Atlanteans had access to gold, copper, and brass (copper-zinc alloy).

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The presence of lead in these mines was the single clue that finally identified the mysterious “orichalcum” alloy. There is one oxide of lead that is known as “red lead” (Pb3O4) because of its red color. Modern translations assume the morphology of “oreichalkos” to have been “oros” for “mountain” and “chalkos” for “copper.” However, when one analyzes this Greek word in the following manner, more detail can be extracted. The Greek word, “chalk” or “chalko, “ means copper all by itself, so why would Plato have referred to it by an extended name unless it were something more than just copper. It would appear that “or-ei-chalkos” was the name of an alloy of copper and some other metal or metals. Was that other metal “gold”? In nature, gold frequently alloys with copper, as does silver, and all three minerals were listed in the adornments of Atlantean structures. The color of native copper is reddish, as is cuprous oxide, so if there were a small amount of gold in the alloy, it would allow a certain amount of copper oxidation on the surface of the alloy while still retaining a degree of the lustrous reflection from the non-oxidized gold component in the alloy. Even if the alloy had not oxidized, the red color would have come from the native copper ore, the presence of which would have dominated the alloy due to the difference in the diameters of the gold and copper atoms. Still, when copper oxidizes it tends to go darker and darker as time passes; furthermore, when exposed to salt-water and air over a period of time a greenish film of copper carbonate (patina) forms on the surface. If “gold” was not the other metal, what was? The clue comes in realizing that the “Bronze Age” began right in the time period when Atlantis existed or circa 3800 BC. I found an interesting article on the history of bronze that settles the question of orichalcum’s identity once and for all. For the most part, bronze was made as an alloy of copper and tin, both of which were in plentiful supply in the Saudi mines; however, there were some forms of early bronze that were found to contain lead, and this form of bronze was found to easily workable and very resistant to corrosion. When all the clues are put together, we find that orichalcum was an alloy composed of three elements that the Atlanteans mined in their quarries: copper, tin, and lead. The oxide of lead would have given the reddish tint to the already reddish bronze color formed by the copper-tin alloy and the resulting mixture would have been the best metal they could have used for durability, malleability, and beauty. I think we should re-name “orichalcum” to “Atlantean Bronze;” and if some of you more industrious young metallurgists out there ever brew up some of it, please send me a sample. The Quarry Stones “...The stone which was used in the work they quarried from underneath the centre island, and from underneath the zones, on the outer as well as the inner side. One kind was white, another black, and a third red, and as they quarried, they at the same time hollowed out docks double within, having roofs formed out of the native rock. Some of their buildings were simple, but in others they put together different stones, varying the color to please the eye, and to be a natural source of delight.”135 “Al Muharraq” is an Arabic word derived from the verb meaning “to be thin or layered like a cake.” This name was given to this area because of the multicolored stone strata, which dominate the islands in this area. Bahrain, Abu Ali, and al Muharraq contain “arched layers of rock consisting of limestone, sandstone, and marl (loose clay, sand, or silt containing calcium carbonate).”136 The color of sandstone depends upon its detrital grains and bonding material. Three common colors of the sandstones in the region of Bahrain are: white, greenish-black, and red. The white sandstone is formed by sand grains of more than 95% quartz and are known as “quartzarenites.” If the grains of quartzarenite are cemented together with either 53

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hematite or iron oxide, they take on the color of red. Those sandstones containing more than 25% feldspar and, hence, high potassium content are pink in color. Sandstones having more than 25% rock fragments are known as litharenites, and when they have been subjected to tectonic activity may become extremely hard and attain a dark, greenish-black color. Obviously, all these colors match those used in the Atlantean constructions. Atlantean Energy Consumption? There is such an abundance of oil in the Persian Gulf area, one could not help but wonder if there were a connection between the deposits of oil and the destruction of the portion of Atlantis that later was known as Dilmun. I began researching the oil formation conditions in the region and found surprising results. The following information about the conditions that are known to create oil (at least the conditions as most petroleum geologists believe in 1989) shed a new light on the reason for the concentration of such shallow oil fields in the region. It is commonly believed that oil is produced by a metamorphic process in which organic material is converted to petroleum. The Encyclopedia Britannica described this process in the following manner: Petroleum is associated with sedimentary rocks, principally those deposited under marine conditions but also including continental sediments....Most types of petroleum contain complex hydrocarbon compounds termed porphyries, formed either from the green coloring matter of plants (chlorophyll) or from the red coloring matter of blood (hemin).....Many petroleum-like hydrocarbons have been found in recent marine sediments as well as soils in many places throughout the world; these occurrences form a link between present living organisms and the petroleum found in sediments of older geological ages.....The preservation of organic materials after the death of their contributors is best obtained by rapid burial within fine-grained, clay-sized sediments along sea margins, particularly in the vicinity of river deltas.....The total thickness of sediments deposited in individual areas may vary from only a few feet to well over 50,000 feet (15,000 meters), and petroleum occurs today in commercial quantities at depths varying from less than 100 feet (30 meters) to more than 25,000 feet (7,500 meters). 137 Geological studies of the region state that a little heat and pressure helped to form the oil basins in that area. Furthermore, evidence shows the Persian Gulf region produced oil more rapidly than any other place on Earth because the crust of the Earth was the thinnest at that point; therefore, the ambient heat was higher there. If there had been large amounts of flora (chlorophyll) and fauna (blood: hemin) in the region before the Flood, and if large amounts of other flora and fauna had been washed into the sunken area by the Flood, then, although the Flood would have receded to a very shallow depth of some 200 to 300 meters in the area, large amounts of oil producing organic material would have been present in a “marine environment” next to the Tigris River “delta,” if not other deltas in the region arising from Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, the “finegrained, clay-sized sediment” would have been present in the area in great abundance. The Berri Oilfield next to Abu Ali contains such an abundance of oil and gas wells; we have to wonder if we have been burning the metamorphosed remains of ancient Atlantis and its life forms in our automobiles and factories of today. What a “consuming” thought! Watch for Part 3 in the next Issue.

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(Continued from page 9) meantime, let us not be caught unaware that Satan’s kingdom is rising, and the fallen gods of this world seek to lead the multitudes astray through paranormal deceptions and lying wonders (Matt. 24.24, II Thess. 2.7-12). As Adam and Eve traded paradise for deception, so now we have inherited a paradise for deception.

shown rebuilding the tower. Above the Tower of Babel were shown the eurostars, but inverted, as in witchcraft, with the central points downwards. The story of the rise and fall of Babylon told in Genesis chapter eleven should have been a warning to all men for all time. Nimrod and his followers tried to build a tower to reach the heavens, but it was the counterfeit building of a counterfeit religion. Mystical Babylon is now being rebuilt in Europe, and those who would follow Nimrod have now succeeded in building a parliament building in Strasbourg, France, with whose centerpiece is an enormous replica of the unfinished tower of Babel. Even the secular press could not miss the connection between the old and new towers of Babel. They labeled the new French structure ‘The Tower of Euro-babel.’ This monumental building, full of labyrinthine corridors, is used only one week in four, because the rest of the time the EU Parliament meets in committees in Brussels. [. . .] Nigel Farage is a member of the European Parliament who belongs to the United Kingdom Independence Party, which is fighting to get Britain out of the superstate. He said in an article just after the opening day: ‘We realize we are not merely entering a building, but being allowed access to the temple of a bold new empire’” (Franklin). Conclusion The fallen sons of God are still active among us, behind the world powers that shape our times. The deception of paganism is reemerging with a vengeance through the guise of the New Age movement, and the stage is being set for the final days. Israel, God’s chosen nation, was regathered in 1948 after nearly 1900 years of exile, and the gods of the nations know that their time is short. Israel has reemerged to fulfill her final role in prophecy. We should not be surprised that many nations of the world, under the influence of the fallen sons of God, continue to exhibit an unjustifiable hatred of her. Satan will give one last effort to complete a universal kingdom that defies God; a kingdom that was seeded in Eden and that has roots reaching back to Nimrod and the Tower of Babel. As it was in the beginning of Satan’s kingdom, so it shall be again. However, let us remember that Christ said, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Rev. 22:13). There is one road back to paradise, and it does not lead through the efforts of man but rather through a cross. It lies not in self-improvement but rather in dying to ourselves so that God may remake us into the creations we were intended to be. In the 55

Works Cited Arrowsmith, Bryan. “Meditation and the United Nations.” Beacon (May-June1980): 285-287. The Bible. English Standard Version. The Bible. New American Standard Bible. The Bible. King James Version. Franklin, Alan. “Religious Symbols of the European Union.” Lamplighter Magazine (May-June 2001). (Available on the internet at <http:/ /www.lamblion.com/articles/prophecy/signs/ Signs-08.php>.) Harris, R. Laird, et al. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody Press, 1980. Hunt, Dave. A Woman Rides the Beast. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 1994. Missler, Chuck. Learn the Bible in 24 Hours. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2002. Parry, J.H. Book of Jasher. Salt Lake City: J.H. Parry & Company, 1887. Pink, Arthur Walkington. Gleanings from Genesis. Chicago: Moody Press, 1922. (Available on the internet at <http:// www.pbministries.org/books/pink/ Gleanings_Genesis/genesis_16.htm>. Unger, Merrill F. Unger’s Bible Handbook. Chicago: Moody Press, 1967. Wagner, C. Peter. Wrestling with Dark Angels.

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Acknowledgments In addition to the sources cited, the author would like to acknowledge the research of Dr. Michael S. Heiser (http:// www.michaelsheiser.com ) and Peter Goodgame (http://www.redmoonrising.com). The author would also like to acknowledge Byron Massey for his suggestions and critique during the writing of this article. None of these are necessarily associated with the opinions contained in this article, but their research and/or help has been invaluable to me. Eric S. Porter can be contacted at 4elporter@uci.net Works Cited Arrowsmith, Bryan. “Meditation and the United Nations.” Beacon (May-June1980): 285-287. The Bible. English Standard Version. The Bible. New American Standard Bible. The Bible. King James Version. Franklin, Alan. “Religious Symbols of the European Union.” Lamplighter Magazine (May-June 2001). (Available on the internet at <http://www.lamblion.com/articles/prophecy/signs/Signs-08.php>.) Harris, R. Laird, et al. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody Press, 1980. Hunt, Dave. A Woman Rides the Beast. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 1994. Missler, Chuck. Learn the Bible in 24 Hours. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2002. Parry, J.H. Book of Jasher. Salt Lake City: J.H. Parry & Company, 1887. Pink, Arthur Walkington. Gleanings from Genesis. Chicago: Moody Press, 1922. (Available on the internet at <http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Gleanings_Genesis/genesis_16.htm>. Unger, Merrill F. Unger’s Bible Handbook. Chicago: Moody Press, 1967. Wagner, C. Peter. Wrestling with Dark Angels.

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