WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT....UFO'S?
by Betty Miller
There has been a lot
about UFO's (Unidentified Flying Objects) in the news headlines
lately. The tragic events stemming from the extra-terrestrial
beliefs of members of the Heaven's Gate Cult in Rancho Santa Fe,
California, U.S.A., made headlines in March of 1997. Thirty-nine
cult members committed suicide with the belief that a spaceship
was following the Hale-Bopp Comet (the great comet of 1997) and
they were to die so their spirits could rendezvous with the alien
ship and be taken to a higher realm of life. As the background of
this group was investigated, more and more astounding and bizarre
revelations were exposed. The group's belief that they were
catching a ride on a UFO hiding behind Comet Hale-Bopp plus the
fact that eight of the male members of the group had been
castrated were weird enough, but one of the most blasphemous
things that we learned about the group's leader, a man called
"Do", was that he believed he was Jesus.
("Do's" real name was Marshall Applewhite.) Below, we
quote from information posted on Heaven's Gate website:
"A member of
the Kingdom of God -- the Evolutionary Level Above Human -- I,
who am called "Do", acknowledge that: I am about to
return to my Father's Kingdom. This "return" requires
that I prepare to lay down my borrowed human body in order to
take up, or reenter, my body (biological) belonging to the
Kingdom of God (as I did approximately 2000 years ago, as
Jesus, when I laid down the human body that was about 33
years old in order to reenter my body belonging to the Kingdom of
There was already a
lot of cyberspace controversy about this comet and the purported
spaceship following it. It was supposedly intelligently guided
and designed to prove to the world that extraterrestrial and/or
nonphysical spirit-beings exist along with spaceships or
The Roswell Incident
controversy making the headlines was the Roswell, New Mexico
incident that fifty years ago reported the crash landing of what
some called a "flying saucer". The military found
scraps of metallic foil and stick-line material near Roswell,
N.M. back in 1947. At first, the report said the wreckage came
from a flying saucer, but this report was quickly withdrawn and
it was claimed instead that it came from a weather balloon. In
1994 the federal government said the balloon-borne apparatus was
actually used in a top-secret monitoring project. Others believe
the government has covered up evidence of an actual alien body
that they found at the time of the crash. Government leaders have
officially closed the case declaring they were dropping test
dummies along with their balloon experiments.
In the state of
Arizona, where my husband and I reside, there have also been
recent UFO sightings. The Arizona flap (also called the
"Phoenix Sightings") became big news to the UFO
research community last March 13, 1997, when an enormous object
(or objects, depending on whom you talk to) was observed over
several Arizona cities by thousands of witnesses and videotaped
by dozens of them. (The object was most often described as a
series of six lights forming a v-formation and trailed by a
seventh light. The other common descriptive was that it was
enormous -- reports describe it as anywhere from three football
fields to a mile long -- and silent as it passes.) The object was
seen by Arizona air traffic controllers who reported that it did
not register on their radar screens. At last report, there was
still no explanation of the strange lights.
Over the last year
there have been many movies, books, etc. that have dealt with
this topic; the movie, Independence Day being one of them. There
is a reason why there is such an interest in this subject. What
does the Bible have to say about UFO's and extraterrestrial
beings? First, let us look at some scripture that will give us
some answers as to what is going on in the world at this time. In
Matthew 24:3-14, Jesus gives us a description of our day.
3 And as
he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him
privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what
shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive
5 For many
shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive
6 And ye
shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not
troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is
nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in
these are the beginning of sorrows.
shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you:
and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and
shall hate one another.
many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for
a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
This scripture tells
us that in the time that Christ is to return to this earth the
above conditions will be happening. Jesus particularly warns His
people against "deception". Those sober minded people
that are not even Christians can take one look at the
"Heaven's Gate" cult members and realize they are
deceived. They just don't understand how they got that way. Here
is a man named "Do" that claimed he was Jesus Christ,
just as the above scripture says some would do. This man was a
false prophet leading others astray. What gave him the
power to be able to do this? How were people so deceived that
they would commit suicide? "Do" talked about moral
righteousness and doing good and even quoted the Bible on
occasion. This man was controlled by a seducing devil (evil
spirit) that deceives others. Because he had an evil supernatural
power he was able not only to deceive others, but he himself, was
deceived in the process. "Do" was communing with demon
spirits that he thought were extraterrestrial spirits from
another planet. Actually these were demons from hell that were
not only talking to him but manifesting themselves to him as
well. He even believed the lie that he was Jesus Christ.
The true answers to
the above questions lie within the scriptures. 2 Corinthians
such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the
ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
How can we protect
ourselves from this sort of deception? The Bible tells us that we
must study the Bible so we can know what the Holy Scriptures tell
us about this kind of thing and avoid it.
Luke 21:8 And he
said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in
my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye
not therefore after them.
2 Timothy 3:13-17
& 2 Timothy 4:1:
evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and
continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been
assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to
make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who
shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his
really had known the Scripture he would have known the Lord's
admonition in Deuteronomy 4:19 that says,
And lest thou
lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and
the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest
be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God
hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
not have been looking to the "heavens" and spaceships
for the answers to life but would have been seeking the true
creator of the heaven. His followers would have been
spared if they had known this scripture:
23 Then if
any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe
there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall
show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible,
they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not
forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as
the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the
west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The scripture tells
us that Jesus will one day return to this earth to judge all
people and it is that event we should be preparing for as we
watch the heavens for His return. He declared that this event
would occur during a time of great deception in the earth (a
perfect description of our day.)
not only very deceived but so were all his followers. The
men that he convinced to be castrated did not know the
scripture that warns against that lie found in I Timothy
1 Now the
Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which
God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which
believe and know the truth.
It easy for most
people to agree that "Do" and his followers were
definitely deceived and listening to demons or if they don't
believe demons exist, they at least know he was deranged. Some
people believe that the reports of those who say they have had an
encounter with an extraterrestrial being or a UFO are just
imagining these things because they have watched too many science
fiction movies. (Some of these reports probably do fall under
this category.) However, many of the true believers in aliens and
UFO's cannot be dismissed simply as oddballs or eccentrics. They
include scientists, intellectuals, government leaders and
astronauts. What are these strange sights invading the heavens
and does the Bible give an explanation for them?
First of all, we
must understand that all unexplained sightings or strange
manifestations have their origination from one of two sources:
the "natural" or the "supernatural". If the
source is something in the natural it can be explained by
scientists or other people responsible for the occurrence. (The
military sought to do this in regard to the crash of the
so-called Roswell flying saucer with the explanation of a weather
balloon and dummies falling from the sky.)
But what about
unexplained lights in the sky that don't show up on radar such as
the lights over Phoenix? If no physical explanation can be found
for this phenomenon then we must assume we are dealing in the
"supernatural" or spiritual realm. Then we must realize
that all "supernatural" occurrences come from two
sources: Satan or God. In the spiritual realm there are two
kingdoms, Satan or the devil's kingdom and God's kingdom.
Since Satan is the
enemy of God, he tries to lead people into deception by taking
their attention to things that are not of God in order to ensnare
their souls. The current emphasis on UFO's and aliens
(extraterrestrial beings) is a disguise for Satan's activities
and demons. They are designed to lead people astray. His tactic
then is to blind people to the gospel of Jesus Christ by
capturing their minds with a New Age philosophy that incorporates
a belief in UFO's and aliens.
Many science fiction
movies over the last number of years have conditioned the hearts
and minds of this generation to accept demons as aliens from
outer space. Even very young children view E.T. as a friend. This
sets them up to accept demons as good entities instead of the
evil beings that they are. It is no wonder that "Do"
was deluded into believing they were good heavenly visitors. Star
Trek and Star Wars, along with a host of other science fiction
movies, has encouraged an interest in life in outer space , thus
preparing a whole generation to accept UFO's and aliens. They
should be taught to stand against the deception that comes along
with these movies and encouraged to understand the reality of a
real heaven and hell. As Christian parents we should be very
careful about allowing our children to view these sorts of movies
as it prepares children early to accept the witchcraft and New Age
philosophy incorporated in such films.
Most people that see
UFO objects or "little green men from mars" are
actually seeing something. What they fail to realize is what they
see are not aliens from another planet, but evil spirits
disguising themselves as aliens, to lead people astray. In many
cases, the reason they see these demons manifest is because they
have in some way opened their spirit up to receive this sort of
deception. How can one do this? When anyone tampers with the
things of darkness (Satan's domain) he becomes susceptible to
Satan and his demons attacking or manifesting themselves to them.
Witchcraft Involvement Can Cause UFO
Many people that see
UFO's or extraterrestrial beings either have been involved in
some type of witchcraft or the place they encounter these things
has been a site for witchcraft or perhaps their close friends or
family are involved in it. What is the scriptural definition of
witchcraft? It is the power or practice of witches. Anything that
is evil or occultic in nature constitutes witchcraft and is an
abomination to God. The Bible speaks of Manasseh, one of the most
wicked kings in Israel, practicing witchcraft and as a result
Israel was taken captive by their enemies. (1 Chronicles 33).
King Saul in the Old Testament consulted a witch for guidance and
it resulted in his downfall and death (1 Samuel 28).
often partake in witchcraft practices without knowing the truth
about what they are doing and they end up suffering the
consequences of their involvement. This happened to me many years
ago when I, in ignorance, was going to "fortune
tellers" and began studying astrology and other occultic
teachings. I came under a very oppressive spirit of fear and
torment and my health began to fail. Next, I started having
severe relationship and financial problems. I knew nothing of the
spiritual world of demons, until demon spirits began to invade my
house and I began experiencing the manifestations of frightening
sounds and smells. (The sound of a window glass breaking, yet
there were no broken windows in the house. After I would go to
one of my fortune tellers for a "reading" and would
come home I would smell bees wax candles burning in the house;
racing through the house I could find no candles burning.) Most
of my fortune tellers claimed to be religious people, as they
would many times do their readings with our hands placed on a
Bible. (They would also ask me to put my money for their fees
under the Bible.)
They were deceived
and I fell into the trap of deception myself as I did not know
the scripture forbade such practices. Not until I was filled with
the Holy Spirit and began to study the scripture did I receive
deliverance from these demon spirits.
phenomenon surrounding UFO's in different areas can many times be
traced to the practice of witchcraft in that area. When corporate
Satanic practices are going on in certain vicinities, unexplained
sounds as well as weird displays of sights, lights, and
electrical shorts can occur. These will occur without any natural
explanation as they are coming from the Satanic spirit world.
Many times the practices by witches' covens will produce these
sorts of Satanic manifestations. One of these practices is the
slaying, blood letting and castrating of cattle or other animals.
People who know nothing of the spirit world think these deaths
were the result of extraterrestrial beings attacking the cattle
or animals. The truth is those who are Satan's followers are
seduced into animal sacrifices in order that they might know
higher realms of his power. Satan's ultimate goal is to destroy
these souls and damn them to hell.
Other scripture in
the New Testament of the Bible tells us what we are to pursue and
what we are to avoid so that we do not come under Satan's
influence. Witchcraft is in this list.
19 Now the
works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the
which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past,
that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
22 But the
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they
that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections
25 If we
live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Lack of Knowledge
Opens the Door for UFO Visits
Hosea 4:6 says,
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge....".
Many of God's own people can be destroyed if they become involved
in some of our modern-day cults and New Age practices. We must
seek the knowledge of the Word of God so that we are not
vulnerable to Satan and his demons. Many Christians are wasting
time reading too many worldly books and watching too much secular
television while their spiritual knowledge of the things of God
is very limited. This gives the enemy an advantage over them. The
Lord does not want us to suffer destruction. The Bible tells us
in John 10:10 that we have an enemy (Satan) who is a thief
and he is the one who robs and destroys our lives. Jesus has come
to give us the abundant life.
thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it
11 I am
the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the
Many people who are
deceived by cults are ignorant Christians who do not know their
Bibles. We must return to the Word of God as the standard
for our guidance and our answers. We are warned in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 to not accept any other gospel but
the gospel of Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3-4:
3 But I
fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his
subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity
that is in Christ.
4 For if
he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not
preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not
received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might
well bear with him.
Only knowledge of
the truth can keep us from the spirit of error. We must first
receive the true Gospel which is found in John 3:16-21:
16 For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
17 For God
sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that
the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are
wrought in God.
We live in perilous
times. As Christians we are promised that we shall not be
destroyed but through the power of the Holy Spirit we shall be
able to live an overcoming life in Him. However, if we do not
seek Him and His truth, desiring His righteousness, we can become
deceived and believe a lie as spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:8-13:
8 And then
shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with
the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs
and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because
they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
13 But we
are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved
of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to
salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the
Lying Signs and Wonders
From this scripture
we can see that Satan is able to perform "signs and lying
wonders." Among these are the Satanic UFO manifestations.
God is also capable of performing supernatural signs and wonders
but His works will always bring glory to God and point people to
salvation through Jesus Christ. We must have the discernment to
know what is of God and what is not of Him. This only comes as we
know Him personally and know more of His Word. In 1 John 4:1-6
we are given this advice:
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into
know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist,
whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already
is it in the world.
4 Ye are
of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater
is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the
world heareth them.
6 We are
of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God
heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the
spirit of error.
Power of God's
Spirit Will Keep Us From Deception
We must have the
power of the Holy Spirit to live in victory and overcome the
enemy and his deceptions at this hour. We must ask to be filled
with the Spirit and seek Him with our whole heart and turn away
from all that is not of Him. Pride stands in the way of many. We
must not be high minded, but seek God in humility asking Him to
keep us from deception and error in this hour of much evil.
2 Timothy 3:1-7:
know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men
shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers
a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such
6 For of
this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive
silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
As Christians we are
admonished in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to "Prove all
things; hold fast to that which is good."
If you are one of
those who have been ensnared by Satan's deceptions, there is a
way out. The Bible says in James 4:7-8:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse
your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double
If you know people who are in bondage to Satan
and his deceptions, remember we are to pray for them to receive
the light. We are called to love. We must remember our battle is
not with people (flesh and blood) but with the forces of darkness
that hold their minds captive to a lie. The Bible should have the
last word on this subject. Here is what we are told in Ephesians
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in
the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that
ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 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.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the
breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching
thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Life In Outer Space?
The only worlds the Bible speaks of as being inhabited are this earth, heaven and hell.
This does not rule out the possibility of other galaxies that have planets that contain
life but the Bible was given to man so he would know how to live in this life and procure
heavenly life in the world to come.
To speculate on things that the Bible is silent about is presumptuous to me. Many
people are spending hours seeking to understand the mysteries of the universe but haven't
even taken the time to understand the mysteries of this life that are revealed in the
Bible. To me it is more egotistical to theorize and allow my imagination to conjure up
things that the Bible is silent about. Many people seeking the mysteries of outer space
are prone to receiving suggestions and suppositions that are not Biblically based. When we
delve into things that the Bible is not commanding us to seek we open ourselves up to
deception. As Christians our goal should be to first be conformed to the image of Jesus
Christ and to then get the gospel out.
I do not know everything God has in store for His children in the world to come,
perhaps exploring the galaxies is one of them. However, we should leave those things to
God and the future we have been promised in Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
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