5.7 – PROPHETS & PROPHECIES (2.8.13)

THE BIBLE…PROPHETS OR CONTACTEES? [8b]

Gebel Khashm el-Tarif, Egypt. This mountain rising out of the Sinai desert is believed by some to be the site of two of history’s most important divine encounters…the peak where the Biblical patriarch Moses encountered the burning bush, and the place where Moses later received the Ten Commandments from God. But what was the true nature of Moses’ divine encounter? Was he a normal human randomly chosen to deliver the word of God? Or did he possess a special gift? An inherent ability to communicate with otherworldly forces?

Mystical literature from all over the world has accounts of visitations from angels, gods, some kind of supernatural creatures that interact and interfere, that represent some powers beyond our understanding.

“We see this in the Bible with Moses. He is just one of several examples of leaders who are guided by divine guidance, who really are getting the help of the gods into getting to their goal.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

In addition to stories of the prophet Moses, the Hebrew and Christian Testaments also feature similar accounts of numerous other prophets, including Elijah, Isaiah, Noah, Abraham, Enoch and Jesus.

“Prophets are a major element in almost all ancient societies. These were people who functioned sort of as liaisons between the mortal world and the immortal world, between the gods and the humans.”

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

“They have a message, which is a communication from God, but what’s very interesting about that, it’s not just a message. The presence of God is felt to be in the words of the prophet himself. So, the one who hears a prophet actually is encountering the presence of God, and not just a message from God.”

– Fr. William J. Fulco, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, Loyola Marymount Univ.)

“So, if you have a prophet who is an authority figure in your community, and he says, this god is upset about this, you need to do X, Y, or Z to placate this god or goddess, you did it.”

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

But was the source of these prophetic messages truly of a divine nature? According to Ancient Astronaut Theorists, there is, perhaps, another possible explanation as to who or what may have been contacting these prophets of the ancient past.

“What we’re beginning to realize is that this is not religious, but that these are people who have had anomalous experiences with entities, and that this is contact with a nonhuman intelligence.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“Prophets and prophecies are evidence that these higher beings are instructing us to help create civilization, for us to move forward, and even to give us some warning of the future. This is what’s going to happen. You need to get ready.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Is it really possible that extraterrestrial beings made contact with the ancient prophets?  Perhaps the answers can be found by looking further into the story of Moses, as written more than 3,000 years ago, and chronicled in the Hebrew Testament’s Book of Exodus.

“Moses’s first encounter with God occurs in the in the third chapter of the Book of Exodus. Moses encounters a burning bush, and God speaks to him out of this burning bush. And Moses was given a mission. And the mission is to liberate the Hebrews indentured in Egypt.”

– Fr. William J. Fulco, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, Loyola Marymount Univ.)

“The idea of the burning bush is very interesting to me, because things like burning bushes really don’t exist, especially if they all of a sudden give instructions. So, we have to ask ourselves, what did our ancestors describe? And so, the burning bush idea could have been a technological creation, which Moses described as a burning bush.”

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

Might the burning bush, as described by Moses, really have been an extraterrestrial device?  A machine? Or perhaps, even a type of spacecraft? If so, then with whom, or with what, was Moses really communicating? Perhaps more clues can be found in the story of another, equally mysterious, close encounter.

Tell el-Daba, Egypt. Some scholars and researchers believe that it was here, in the northeastern region of the Nile Delta, where the Israelites began their exodus, and where Moses had his second divine encounter this time with an incredible object in the sky.

“They were met partway toward their destination by what I would call a biblical UFO. In Exodus, Chapter 13, verses 21 and 22, it says, “The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud and by night in a pillar of fire.” “…the pillar did not depart from before the people…” Meaning that it was always there.”

– Rev. Barry H. Downing
(Author, The Bible and Flying Saucers)

“Well, what the Bible tells us is that it is the presence of God manifesting himself in a dramatic way, accompanying the Israelites.”

– Fr. William J. Fulco, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, Loyola Marymount Univ.)

“The question has always been asked, “Well, what was that cloud of fire?” What is it? Is it God? Or, as the Ancient Alien Theory suggests, it could have been some type of a craft, a beacon that they had to follow.”

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

“The Hebrew people they were following the object, and it makes it very clear that whenever the object was on the ground, the people stopped and camped. When it was taken up, they broke camp, and they moved forward. The object was leading them.”

Patrick Cooke (Founder, The Bible UFO Connection)

“And the description of a pillar of cloud and of fire. A pillar is cylindrical in shape, and perhaps quite hard or solid. This is very similar to UFOs that are reported now. The flying saucer types are more famous, but the cylindrical-shaped UFOs are very common, and they can be very large. Up to a half-mile in length, perhaps. Some students of UFOs think these are mother ships, and the fact that it’s a cloud by day suggests, as in modern UFOs, that there’s some type of halo effect around the UFO.”

– Rev. Barry H. Downing
(Author, The Bible and Flying Saucers)

“If we look at it in that context, perhaps the ancients would have described a gleaming UFO in the day as a cloud, a bright cloud, and they would have described a brightly lit UFO at night as a fiery pillar.”

– Nick Redfern (Author, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter),
(The Real Men in Black), (Final Events),
(The World’s Weirdest Places),
(Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind),
(Bloodline of the Gods), (The NASA Conspiracies),
(On the Trail of the Saucer Spies:
UFOs and Government Surveillance)

Was this strange pillar of fire and cloud really a physical manifestation of God? Or was it an advanced technological device of an otherworldly origin? As far as Ancient Astronaut Theorists are concerned, further clues may lie in the story of Moses’ final divine encounter on the summit of Mount Sinai.

“Moses receives a message from God that he is going to land on Mount Sinai. So, he gathers the nation of Israel around the mountain. This huge, bright glowing cloud lands on Mount Sinai.”

Patrick Cooke (Founder, The Bible UFO Connection)

“And it’s quite spectacular because it’s surrounded by all sorts of preternatural phenomenon, of the sounds of trumpets and clouds and fire.”

– Fr. William J. Fulco, Ph.D.
(Archaeologist, Loyola Marymount Univ.)

“And the Jewish people are told to stay at the bottom of Mount Sinai, but Moses is authorized, and you might even say protected, by the pillar of cloud and the fire, so that he can go up there and everybody else can’t.”

– Rev. Barry H. Downing
(Author, The Bible and Flying Saucers)

According to the biblical texts, Moses ascends the mountain and enters the glowing cloud. There he communes with the almighty God the creator of the Universe – and after 40 days he returns, carrying the Ten Commandments. But for Ancient Astronaut Theorists, the story of what happened on Mount Sinai may, in fact, offer compelling evidence of a very different type of encounter.

“Moses going up with God, being gone for 40 days, it sounds very much like the contactee experience today, where contactees are given rules and regulations and ideas to follow, you know, in terms of elevating the human race.”

– Nick Redfern (Author, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter),
(The Real Men in Black), (Final Events),
(The World’s Weirdest Places),
(Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind),
(Bloodline of the Gods), (The NASA Conspiracies),
(On the Trail of the Saucer Spies:
UFOs and Government Surveillance)

“The commandments that are given go against our very animal nature, because, to some extent, what the Bible says is that God would will to give divine power to humans if we could handle it. But the problem is, we don’t have the ethics to handle it. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. The Ten Commandments are a start toward handling divine power. And the prophets were picked to be the spokespersons for the powers that were trying to rule the world through rules and regulations, commandments that would bring about moral obedience, which is superior to following our animal instincts.”

– Rev. Barry H. Downing
(Author, The Bible and Flying Saucers)

Is it possible that Moses’ encounter on Mount Sinai was not with the almighty God but with some sort of extraterrestrial messenger? One that deliberately sought to guide and govern human behavior? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say that such a profound and controversial notion is possible, and claim additional evidence can be found in the story of yet another Old Testament prophet, one who delivered ominous warnings of the future and described unearthly beings that descended from the heavens.

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