2.7 – ANGELS & ALIENS (12.9.10)

THE WINGS OF ANGELS [8d]

Other biblical stories, include accounts of Angels wielding extraordinary powers. Angels who are not just guardians, but who intervene in human affairs. But who are these celestial warriors? The New Testament’s Acts of the Apostles tell the story of Saint Peter, who was imprisoned in Jerusalem by King Herod in 44 AD.

“Peter is asleep between two soldiers So the angel walks through the wall. He’s a physical being because he touches Peter, tells Peter to wake up, come with me. He unshackles Peter, and he says to Peter, ‘follow me.’ The prison cell opens, Peter walks out, and the first thing he notices, all the guards are asleep.”

–  Rev. Michael J.S. Carter, M.Div.
(Author, Alien Scriptures)

“They get out to the courtyard, this huge prison gate opens by itself and Peter walks out and he’s free. Angel walks with him a little bit longer…he’s gone.”

L.A. Marzulli (Author, The Alien Interviews), (Nephilim Trilogy)

Is the freeing of Saint Peter an alien encounter story? Or is it a true story of Heavenly Angels commanding otherworldly powers?

“A lot of the times modern contactees say, ‘Well, these beings have come to me in my dreams. They can come through my walls. All my doors are locked, my windows are shut, and all of a sudden, I open my eyes and there is a being there.’”

–  Rev. Michael J.S. Carter, M.Div.
(Author, Alien Scriptures)

“Some might say these accounts of visitations by Angels are a result of imagination or projection, but I take them as actual historical accounts because they’re presented that way.”

Michael Cremo (Author, Forbidden Archaeology)

“If we look at the case of religion, we can see clear evidence of extraterrestrial human visitors who have come here and have tried to help improve conditions in our civilization. And they have been consistently trying to help the earth along, which may, in fact, be leading up to a galactic family reunion, where after a certain point when we’re ready, they no longer have to follow the prime directive, if you will, and can again show themselves to us.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

But whether Angels are, in fact, supernatural or extraterrestrial beings, artists have nearly always depicted them as having large, almost bird-like wings. But where does this notion come from? From ancient texts? Or from a more mysterious source? A source, not from the heavens, but from places thousands of light-years away?

Rome, Italy. Stored in the treasury of Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican is the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus. Constructed in 359 AD, the sarcophagus features what some believe to be the earliest known depiction of winged Angels in all of Christianity. In the centuries that followed, Angels were almost always depicted as having wings. But why? Especially since the actual biblical texts rarely describe Angels as having bird-like appendages?

“The vast majority of the stories in the Old Testament, Angels aren’t described as having wings at all. Some of them, they look human. When the Angel comes to visit Abraham, this Angel does not have wings. He looks like a man. Abraham bows to him, which is interesting. How did Abraham know? If he looks like a human being, what was it that gave Abraham the clue to run over and bow down to him? And so there’s a supernatural quality, there’s a  superhuman quality that they acknowledge. That this was a person who was a little more than human.”

–  Rev. Michael J.S. Carter, M.Div.
(Author, Alien Scriptures)

“The concept of the Angel as such comes directly out of the Graeco-Roman tradition. Stories of Hermes and Iris kind of coming down and giving messages, envisioning them as beings like human beings, kind of looking like human beings there are plenty of other beings which have these beautiful wings, these kind of forms and shapes. But all of these beings, however they’re conceived of, are a way of telling us that we have a hard time understanding what it is that separates us from them, from the gods. They have to be these kind of weird beings who have wings.”

Richard Rader, Ph.D.
(Lecturer, UCLA Dept of Classics/UCSB Dept of Classics),
(Author, Theology and Existentialism in Aeschylus)

“Angels show up in various cultures as probably misidentified technology. If they saw someone a human being or a humanoid flying in the skies, they could only give it a natural review, giving it wings. I don’t think they actually had wings. It was ancient man’s way of saying they had the power of flight.”

– Jason Martell
(Founder, AncientSchool),
(Author, Knowledge Apocalypse)

“The Angels that have wings that we’re used to seeing depicted in pictures of the Bible and what have you, basically the wings say these beings can fly. So, we believe in Angels, and the Native Americans talk about the Star People, the Egyptians talk about the gods coming to and from the earth. So, I believe this is the basis, this is the template for the civilizations of the earth’s religious practices. I believe that.”

–  Rev. Michael J.S. Carter, M.Div.
(Author, Alien Scriptures)

For centuries, religious tradition has perpetuated the notion of bird-like wings to explain an Angel’s mode of travel. But is such a concept even scientifically plausible?  In 2009, a study at University College, London compared classic depictions of winged Angels with actual bird physiology.

“You have to be able to flap down and flap up. And you really need a separate muscle to do each of these. On the way down, you’re generating the lift. And you actually, you have to rotate the wing slightly and get a different angle as you come up, and then they actually generate their thrust. Otherwise if you just went up and down in the same straight pattern, you’d be making lift one way, but when you went back the other way, you’d just push yourself back down. So, when you look at the classic pictures of Angels, the wings are centered on their back. Very close together. Whereas the birds with the wings on the side can have longer muscles with the great strength that go into moving them up and down. With the wings on the back, they’re gonna look like they’re gonna flap more like this than up and down.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

Researchers also concluded that Angels, given their humanoid interpretation, would be simply too heavy for flight.

“We’re not designed aerodynamically. And we’re quite heavy. I mean, we’re solid bone, solid muscle. So, those two features you have to overcome.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

But if Angels could not have possessed actual wings, how would they have managed to travel to and from the heavens?

“Angels were never described to fly around like Superman, but they sort of had a vertical ascent into the sky, or when they descended, it was a vertical descent. How was that possible?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

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