For centuries, scholars have grappled with the question of what UFO's may be, the possible identity of their occupants and where they may have come from. Some of the earliest accounts of UFO's are contained within the pages of the Bible. In spite of containing a number minor contextual errors; - usually related to transcription or translation mistakes- the Bible has had a remarkable record of accuracy with respect to both historical events and prophetic forecasts.
In recent years, the Bible has increasingly been mentioned by investigators as a collection of stories describing encounters with aliens and UFO's. Of course such a position is controversial. Can the traditional interpretation of the biblical texts be challenged ?
With the decline of the emphasis on religion by many modern researchers; people are looking for alternative explanations that are more scientific. Instead of believing in creation by God, many people want to explain creation by other alien civilizations from our distant past. There is still a deep desire to know who God is but people are finding different explanations that satisfy their desire for a meaningful and yet palatable history.
The search for humanity's first possible contact with alien beings in prehistoric times leads to this scriptural place;to the Bible's first chapter - the book of Genesis.
Genesis describes conditions in the world at the dawn of time:
"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose...
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare child ren to them, thesame became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." - Genesis chapter 6 verse 4
Who exactly were these 'giants in the Earth' and the 'sons of God' mentioned in the text ?
While most English Bibles use the word 'giants', the original Hebrew word is 'Nephilim'. One translation of the word Nephilim is 'men who came down' or 'those who came down', meaning those who came down from the sky. It may not mean necessarily that they were physical giants, it could just be that they were great heroes who came down from the sky and produced a hybrid race. For many investigators hoping to unlock the mystery of UFO's in the ancient world, the
Bible contains other intriguing clues. In fact, depending on the interpretation, one could say the Bible is full of UFO references. One such example would be the story of Moses. 3500 years ago the Bible relates how the Israelites were released from bondage in Egypt. Under the leadership of Moses, the begin a forty year journey through the wilderness on the way to the promised land.
But according to the Bible something very mysterious guides the multitude through the barren desert:
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. -Exod us chapter 13 verses 21 -22
Some believe that this biblical passage contains another dimension besides the meaning long cherished by Christians and Jews; that is some people believe the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire would be similar to a cigar-shaped UFO and expresses a theme of an extra-terrestrial intelligence; a form of advanced intelligence that is guiding mankind.
Some of the most intriguing biblical passages concern Mount Sinai and the handing down of the Ten Commandments.
And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descend ed upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascend ed as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.
And when the voice of the trumpet sound ed long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. - Exodus chapter 19 verses 18-19
When Moses returned with the Ten Commandments after his encounter with God on Mount Sinai, his skin mysteriously shined with an unearthly glow, his hair had tuned snow white.
This story of Moses has been tied in with an extraterrestrial encounter; some say that his hair may have turned white due to radiation exposure. The notion that the Israelites may have been led to the promised land by some form of extraterrestrial entity has attracted many adherents in the last few decades but understandably, scientists and religious leaders fiercely challenge this idea.
This is dealing very much with an interpretation and with an issue that is very controversial because if you say that Jehovah is an extra-terrestrial, then that would change the basis of Judaism and Christianity in a very fundamental way.