Alone in the Universe?

Many reputable intelligent people believe in the existence of extraterrestrial beings. In fact, the subject of aliens, specifically ancient aliens, is currently being over-explored on the History Channel as are many “end of days” and apoplectic shows.  There is also an unprecedented interest in movies depicting other species or DNA engineering, such as “Splice” and “Avatar,” as well as numerous programs on vampires.  If you are a cynic like me, the first question you need to be asking is, quite simply, why?

Satan has long used the world stage of intellectuals, scholars, media, and entertainment to influence and exercise his rule over the earth.  Therefore, I want to suggest that there is more to the media presenting this ideology on the origin or existence of ancient aliens than might at first appear.

The Setup

So what exactly are we being told to believe about ancient aliens?  Almost without exception, the documentaries now airing on the History Channel tell us that ancient astronauts came to the earth in our distant past, they influenced technology, they performed genetic experiments with mankind and animals, and that they will one day return.

As early as May 2008, the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying, “How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere? Just as we consider earthly creatures as a ‘brother’ and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”

In an article published in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Funes said that such a notion “doesn’t contradict our faith” because aliens would still be God’s creatures. Ruling out the existence of aliens would be like “putting limits” on God’s creative freedom, he said.

A year after this statement, the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences held its first conference on alien life in November 2009. Not long after, scientists announced that they believed they had found evidence of extraterrestrial life on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn.

In 2010, the Vatican launched its Lucifer telescope atop Mount Graham in Arizona, which is purportedly searching for extraterrestrial life and as recent as 2015, Funes stated emphatically that alien life exists. So why is the Vatican holding conferences on aliens and developing observatories?

Man Is Not Alone

Like many historians, scholars, and scientists, I too, believe that man is not alone.  However, unlike the papacy, I don’t think we should be so hasty to jump to the conclusion that aliens are our “terrestrial brothers.”  In fact, although the Bible does not tell us about the existence of other races, it does clearly tell us that other spiritual beings are inhabiting our physical universe.

There are three locations referred to as heaven in the Bible—-the throne of God, outerspace, and the earth’s atmosphere. In Revelation 12:9, we are told that Satan and his angels were, indeed, cast out of 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.“  If Satan is cast to the earth, where then was he cast from?

Satan had already been thrown out of the first heaven (God’s throne) into the firmament, or vastness of space, when he rebelled against God. “How you have fallen from heaven, O Lucifer son of the dawn. You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations. You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven. I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly, on the uttermost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the mountains. I will make myself like the Most High’.” (Isa. 14: 12-14)

Everything in the universe belonged to God because He alone created it.  However, Satan wanted to usurp God.  Scripture is clear that he was once highly esteemed in the heavenly realms. ”You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl.  Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.  You were anointed as a guardian cherub for so I ordained you.  You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.  You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.” (Ezk. 28:12-14)

For those of us familiar with the cataclysmic clash between Satan and God, we know all too well that Satan didn’t want to be a mere tenant in the heavens, he wanted to be “like the Most High.” “Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned.  So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.  Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.  So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.” (Ezk. 28:15-17)

After Satan was thrown from the first heaven (God’s throne), we are told in Genesis 1:6-7 that God created the second heaven (outer space). Notably, this is the only work God did not label with the proclamation, “and it was good,” during the six days of His creation.  Perhaps upon their creation, Satan and his fellow rebels immediately invaded the “heavens,” preventing God from taking pleasure in that which He had just made. If that is true, then Satan became the possessor of “heaven” at that time. This may also explain why when Paul refers to being “caught up to paradise,” taking care to call it the third heaven, or God’s Throne (2 Cor. 12:2-4).

When God created Adam and gave him dominion over the earth, Satan’s response was to immediately steal it because he had failed to wrest ownership from God. (1 John 5:19) When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, one of the things he offered Him was the authority and splendor of all the kingdoms of earth (Matt 4:8-9). You can’t give away what you don’t own, but the Lord did not dispute Satan’s claim of ownership.

Satan is not operating alone, however.  In Daniel 30:12, an angel appears to Daniel in a vision and tells him, “Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.  But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me 21 days.  Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

This Scripture clearly tells us there are principalities and powers inhabiting the universe, and they are interfering in the affairs of men, even today.  Not only does Satan and the angles that rebelled with him against God have access to the universe and the earth, Revelation tells us that they will one day be put here on the earth and judged along with fallen man.

Genetic Engineering

Satan’s primary objective was regaining a permanent foothold in heaven, which was why he was willing to negotiate it away when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. However, long before he tried to tempt Jesus, he did a much more insidious thing.

Genesis 6:1 tells us that Satan’s first attempt to wrest mankind away from God was through genetic engineering. “When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.  Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal, his days will be a hundred and twenty years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them.  They were the heroes of old, men of renown.”  We are then told that the world was full of violence and the earth was corrupt in God’s sight. (Gen. 6:11-13)

Satan had masterminded a race of giants—the Nephilim—who some believe provided the world with its many “gods,” perhaps including the Greek gods of lore.  Indeed, the great pyramids of Egypt and the ruins of Puma punku in South America defy comprehension.  The stones alone can weigh up to as much as 40 tons and are made up of granite and diorite, and the only stone hard enough to cut this stone is diamond. Whoever built these imposing ancient structures had to have been very sophisticated, knowing astronomy, geomancy, and mathematics. However, there are no records of any significant planning or writing involved.

Most interesting, evidence supports that people once lived in Puma punku before a cataclysmic flood. In fact, scientific evidence reveals tools, bones, and other material in flood alluvia, suggesting  a civilized people existed prior to any flood.

The Great Deception

Why is all of this significant today?  Because if one looks closely at what is being propagated in the popular media on ancient aliens, it would be imprudent to not ask why.  One of the signs of the end of the times is not just earthquakes, but signs and wonders in the heavens, and I believe the world is being set up for the return of these signs and wonders.

It is not too much of a stretch of the imagination to believe that these beings will one day visibly return to earth and proclaim that they are the gods of old or the very creator of mankind.  Certainly, the evidence they left behind in ancient times is very compelling. It would not be difficult for them to point to the great ancient ruins as evidence of their prior involvement with mankind.  And man will believe the lie. “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ.’” (Matt. 24:5)

A simple twist of terminology furthers the lie of ancient aliens.  It you take the word astronaut and substitute it for the words, angel or Nephilim, the Bible does, in fact, validate the theory that man was interfered with in the past and will be so again in the future.

Much of what is being propagated today on ancient aliens is being done very cleverly by the prince of the power of the air. Satan desires to condition people to the idea of alien life by providing them with a very specific viewpoint. In fact, Paul is emphatic in Ephesians 5 in naming who the enemy of the Church is: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in the heavenlies.”

The popular media is implying that these ancient aliens will return. When asked by His disciples about His return, Jesus said a very interesting thing, “As it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so shall it be at the coming of the son of man.” (Matt. 24:37)

What did Jesus mean by this?  Perhaps a more crucial question to ask is, what was it like in the days of Noah and Lot?  Genesis 6 records this time as one in which Satan was interfering with mankind, literally changing the DNA of humans. The earth had become infected. It was corrupt and these “people” were violent.

Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist and author of The Goldilocks Enigma, told The Washington Post that the threat of hybrid or aliens to Christianity is “being downplayed” by church leaders. “I think the discovery of a second genesis would be of enormous spiritual significance.”

The Day and the Hour Unknown

Equally important to the question of what we are hearing about ancient aliens is how is the church weighing in on the issue?  Sadly, the church at large has chosen to ignore the larger issue of what or who may occupy the universe.  Whether this is to avoid disunity in the body or a real fear of discourse, it is a tragedy.  The belief that ancient aliens are, in fact, spiritual beings may not be a popular theory among Christians, but I believe there is compelling evidence in scripture that these hybrids, Nephilim, or demented angels will play a significant role in the deceit of mankind in the end times.

Jesus warns, “For false christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.” (Mat. 24:24)

Christians cannot afford to be closed minded on an issue that may  be used as a tool to deceive the very elect. Satan is the master of imitating God. Jesus tells us, “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory…” (Mat. 24:30) Do not be deceived, Satan will, no doubt, imitate Christ’s second coming by staging an imitation one.

To not address DNA experiments or the existence of “aliens” not only disdains the honest intellectual curiosity of many Christians, but leaves us vulnerable for an open invitation by Satan to use the secular intellectuals of our time to put forth an idealogy in which to deceive man.

As Christians, it is imperative that we not be passively led around as senseless sheep. Paul tells us, “So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.” (1 Thess. 4:13)

Christ’s bride cannot afford to remain silent when we know the answer. Jesus said you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)  We don’t have to fear these beings because we know that, ultimately, God is the One in control.  They must answer to Him.

Revelation 9:1-11 tells us that these hybrid creatures will be loosed upon the earth: “The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

“The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.”

What are these terrifying beings?  Is it possible that they are some type of genetic hybrid that has been locked away, kept from tormenting man through the mercy of God?  Perhaps, but in this final hour of judgment, they will be released upon the earth to execute God’s wrath on fallen mankind to get them to turn from their sin and their unrighteousness.  I believe we are heading toward that hour.  Scripture tells us in Revelation 12 and 13 that Satan and his angels will be cast to the earth during the tribulation period knowing that their time is short. I encourage you to read it.

“Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  But understand this:  if the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.  So you also must be ready” (Matt. 24:42-44).

Note: This article was originally digitally published in Royal Diadem Magazine on Issuu in 2012-2013 by Pastor Jerry Carrick as part of his Lastdayz Broadcast.