Yet the concept of extraterrestrial intervention in
religion has strong roots and has been explored by many authors, using the Bible
itself as a point of reference. Authors such as Mistaki, Le Poer Trench and
Soviet astronomer Kazantsev suggest that angels could actually be ‘spacemen’.
"According to Genesis 19:3 Lot took the two angels he met at
the gate of Sodom to his house ‘and made them a feast, and did bake unleavened
bread, and they did eat.’
But according to dictionary definitions angels are
spiritual, ethereal beings. Angels who ate with Lot could not have been such
beings … Rev. H. Wipprecht of Cobalt, Canada, says that the Bible’s description
of angels fits ‘intelligent beings’ from other planets.
In the Old Testament these ‘mysterious messengers’ were said to regularly visit
the Earth from the sky, and on occasion actually intermarried with human beings.
The angels who married earth women could not have been ‘heavenly spirits.’" (19)
Le Poer Trench notes other references in Gen. 18:4-5,8: "Let me
bring some water for you to wash your feet; you can rest here beneath this tree.
I will also bring a bit of food; it will give you strength to continue your
journey. You have honoured me by coming to my home, so let me serve you. They
replied, "Thank-you; we accept … He took some cream, some milk, and the meat,
and set the food before the men. There under the tree he served them himself,
and they ate."
Le Poer’s belief in the
extraterrestrial connection at times becomes tenuous, if not necessarily
incorrect. He believes the following from Isaiah 13:3,5 is evidence that the
‘armies of God’ were an extraterrestrial expedition coming from space.
"The Lord has
called out his proud and confident soldiers to fight a holy war and punish those
he is angry with." "They are coming from far-off countries at the ends of the
earth. In his anger the Lord is coming to devastate the whole country."
puzzling images appear in medieval paintings that cannot be so easily dismissed. For example, in
this scene (left) from a medieval tapestry portraying the life of the Virgin
Mary, a black domed object can be seen in the background hovering above the
is the object hovering in the background of this segment of a Renaissance
painting of the Madonna and Child. The object appears to be radiating beams of
light. It is difficult to account for such an image by any other means except to
accept that it is indeed a UFO.
The following painting was executed for the Annunciation Church
at Ascoli Piceno by Carlo Crivelli in 1486 (although some sources cite
Saint Emidius was the patron saint of the city and in his hands
the model of the church can be seen. More intriguingly, however is what appears
to be a flying disc in the sky, also emanating a beam of light.
This is perhaps the most remarkable of all the images for the ‘UFO’
can clearly be seen and is the same shape as commonly reported in the twentieth
century, yet the painter Crivelli died in 1495! (The beam of light is
also fascinating as many UFO encounters are associated with beams of white light
coming from alien craft.)
Such strange phenomena continued to be observed throughout the
centuries. On the 6th November 1896 the residents of Sacramento in
California observed a light moving slowly across the night sky, apparently
carried by a cigar shaped craft.
Later in November a
trolleyman named Charles Lusk made a further report that he had been standing
outside his house and looking up at the sky when he saw a bright light cruising
overhead. The craft was later spotted over San Francisco.
Speculation mounted that the craft had been launched by a
wealthy but anonymous inventor, and sure enough, in the winter of 1896 a lawyer
who became known as ‘Airship Collins’ announced that he represented a wealthy by
anonymous inventor who had assembled the machine in the hills north of
So that was that, until a rival attorney claimed that it was in
fact he who was the agent for the unknown inventor, and that two craft had been
built, one in California and one in New Jersey. The purpose of the craft? To
bomb Havana of course.
Reports of the phenomena continued throughout the month,
then from March 1897 a stream of reports from across Texas and neighbouring
states flooded in, noting lights in the sky some like "electric arc lights"
others shaped like balls of wheels that were attached to huge craft shaped like