Even if one chooses to place the beginning of the modern UFO phenomenon at the point of pilot Kenneth Arnolds’s sighting in 1947 (which many researchers clearly prefer to do), there is nevertheless a direct relationship between UFOs, the aliens who pilot them, and stories of encounters with angels handed down through the scriptures of many religions. (This article will deal primarily with Biblical references, but similar descriptions of flying, fiery craft abound in nearly all religious cultures.)
One of the ongoing debates regarding the modern UFO phenomenon continues to be about whether we are seeing something brand new under the sun or simply seeing an ancient aspect of Creation through more technologically oriented 20th Century eyes. While we can offer no definitive answer here, we can at least attempt to summarize some of the arguments in favor of the angelic interpretation of ancient and modern UFO accounts.
What Is An Angel?
Perhaps we should begin with a history of the word “angel” and how our current understanding of the term originated. Keith Thompson, the author of “Angels and Aliens” (Addison Wesley, 1991) offers the following by way of definition.
“The term ‘angel,’” Thompson writes, “derives from a Greek translation of the original Hebrew ‘mal’akh,’ later malaika, which originally meant the ‘shadow side of God,’ but later came to mean messenger or herald. Both terms, interestingly enough, refer to a function or status rather than an essence. Yet questions of angelic substance have been debated for centuries.
“The ancient Greeks thought of angels as resembling humans,” he continues, “but also possessing the nature of a ‘geometric point-soul,’ or ‘pure thought.’ The Biblical view held that angels were ‘from above’ yet were essentially humanlike and not, as a rule, invisible. According to Saint Thomas Aquinas, angels were ‘pure soul,’ beings lacking the bodies of humans. Lacantius, a Christian apologist writing in the third and fourth centuries A.D., argued for a principle of relativity: compared to humans, angels are immaterial, but in relation to God, angels appeared embodied. Thus they might be said to possess ‘subtle bodies.’”
Are those “subtle bodies” being witnessed by abductees who frequently describe the abducting aliens as “ephemeral” creatures whose physical shape is often transient and shifts easily from material to immaterial? Is that how they walk through walls and float through windows, as reported in many abduction accounts? If so, then we have one easily observable correlation. But many others will come later….. continues
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