may someday step from an impressive spaceship offering a bagful of
miracle solutions to our worlds problems.
The frightening possibility is that the world would believe him
without checking his
John Keel, UFO Investigator
[UFOs] is dependent on belief, and as more and more people believe
in flying saucers from other planets, the lower forces can
manipulate more people through false illumination.
I have been
watching, with great consternation, the worldwide spread of the UFO
belief and its accompanying disease.
If it continues
unchecked we may face a time when universal acceptance of the
fictitious space people will lead us to a modern faith in
extra-terrestrials that will enable them to interfere overtly in our
affairs . . ."
Jacques Vallee, UFO Investigator
Messengers of Deception
I have written
this book because I am concerned with the changes which would be
triggered by the belief in an outer-space invasion, real or
simulated. . .
I continue to
regard this phenomenon as a manifestation of a reality that is
larger and more complex than a simple visit by interplanetary
travelers . . . I believe there is a system around us that
transcends time as it transcends space . . .
The UFOs are a
physical manifestation that cannot be understood apart from their
psychic and symbolic reality. What we see here is not an alien
invasion. It is a control system which acts on humans and uses
The Story of an Unfolding Cosmic Put-on
by Sidney Reiners
turned its attention in the early 1980s to the ultimate frontier,
the universe. Following the intergalactic cops and robbers of Star
Wars, but not a spin-off or imitation of it, came Close Encounters
of the Third Kind, a movie and novel about a man who sees a UFO and,
in spite of the government's best efforts, arrives at a secret
landing site and hitches a ride with spacemen who look like raw
bread dough. The thinly plotted story follows the popular theory
that UFOs are vehicles controlled by intelligent beings from other
Search for the
But is this the
truth behind UFOs? If so, are the occupants friendly, or are they
technologically superior badniks about to enslave us and demolish
our culture, as happened in Africa and America under the impact of
history of UFOs is filled with cases of burns, assaults, emotional
disturbance, and even death, Close Encounters sought to allay our
fears. When the spaceship lands, the "ufonauts" show themselves to
be very peaceful and friendly, returning unharmed some pilots who
had been missing since World War II. (They hadn't even aged. How
much friendlier can you get?)
But is that what
those shimmering craft and glowing globs really are? Are they run by
beings, friendly or otherwise, from outer space, or could there be a
completely different explanation? And is there an even closer
encounter - of the fourth kind?
investigator of UFOs and related phenomena, believes we will solve
the mystery, not by tracking those elusive disks in the sky, but by
studying the contactees - not the obvious lunatics, but those
perfectly normal men and women who, while commuting to work or
mowing the lawn encounter the ufonauts.
example, Elaine Thomas, forty-eight; Louise Smith, forty-four; and
Mona Stafford, thirty-five, all of high moral character and
apparently conventional living. The night of January 6, 1976, they
were traveling from Stanford to Liberty, Kentucky, where they live.
At 11:30 PM they noticed a large, disk-shaped object with a glowing
white dome and colored lights. Mrs. Smith lost control of the car as
it suddenly sped to eighty-five mph and then was dragged backward.
The women passed out.
The next thing
they knew, they were driving to Louise's home, but instead of being
about midnight, it was 1:30 AM. Louise said her neck hurt. Mona
looked and saw a strange red mark like a burn. Elaine's neck had the
same type of mark.
Some time later,
under hypnosis, the three ladies recalled a horrifying experience in
which strange beings had conducted painful physical examinations of
them. Detective James Young of the Lexington, Kentucky, police
department administered lie detector tests and concluded that "these
women actually believe they did experience an encounter."
This wording is
significant. In recent times several contactees have passed
psychiatric and lie detector tests while solemnly stating that the
UFOs are from Clarion, Zomdic, Thythan, Blaau, or a large number of
other planets with science-fiction-type names, or, even more
incredibly, from Venus, Mars, and Jupiter.
Somebody - or is it everybody? - is wrong but believes he is right.
The contactees may not be liars, but someone is. Could it be the
Recently some of
those mysterious space beings in their flying machines have
abandoned their vehicles and appeared directly. One lady was lying
in bed when they supposedly entered, painlessly opened her cranium,
and gave her an "implant" that enables her to receive communications
with them. Many others claim to have had a similar experience,
resulting in changes in behavior and greater "cosmic consciousness."
One man who says he has had an implant relates that when he hears a
beep he can go outside and see UFOs over his house. Although many
implant victims have been examined, even X-rays fail to show
anything material. What is going on?
intensive study of contactees has led him to a startling conclusion.
Although he remains an atheist and skeptic, he has become convinced
that UFOS are not from other worlds but from Earth - and not from a
secret base under the North Pole, either. He believes flying saucers
are not machines at all, but materializations of beings he calls
ultraterrestrials. He feels this is the only explanation that deals
with all the various aspects of the phenomenon: flying at astounding
speeds with no sonic boom, apparently being metallic and yet
transparent, changing shape, making nearly right-angle turns at
be believes, receives overall guidance from "a great intelligence."
and "it makes itself visible from time to time . . . It can take any
form it desires, ranging from the shapes of airplanes to gigantic
cylindrical spaceships. It can manifest itself into seemingly living
entities ranging from little green men to awesome one-eyed giants.
But none of these configurations is its true form."
phenomenon," he says, "is actually a staggering cosmic put-on, a
joke perpetrated by invisible entities who have always delighted in
frightening, confusing, and misleading the human race." That is
quite a description for someone who doesn't believe the Bible, isn't
it? We would say he is describing demons.
But is he right?
Is there an occult connection? Notice the comments of Miss Lynn
Catoe, of the Library of Congress, who read hundreds of UFO articles
and books during the compilation of a bibliography for the air
force. "A large part of the UFO literature is linked with mysticism
and the metaphysical," she says. "It deals with subjects like mental
telepathy, automatic writing, and invisible entities."
More and more
serious students of the problem are turning to what Christians would
call a spiritual explanation (in the sense of 1 Timothy 4:1, 1 John
4:1, and Revelation 16:14), but in our age of disbelief in the
supernatural it is expressed in scientific terms. The late Dr. J.
Allen Hynek, consultant for Close Encounters, who has been called
the Galileo of scientific ufology, believed UFOs may be part of a
"parallel reality" that inhabits our planet, undetected by us except
as it chooses otherwise.
Jacques Valle says, "We are not dealing with successive waves of
visitations from space. We are dealing with a control system. . . I
suggest it is human belief that is being controlled and
who originated the term "flying saucer," stated in 1955 that he
believed the "saucers" were not necessarily mechanical but a form
of living energy. The list of serious researchers holding a similar
opinion is growing.
The changing game
several aspects of the UFO phenomenon that make investigators doubt
the "spacemen from other planets" or extraterrestrial hypothesis
(ETH). One is the way it has manifested itself over the years, for
it is not just since World War II that UFOs have existed. Reports
have occurred for centuries. A considerable number were sighted in
the 1800s, and the form they took then was far different from what
it is now.
Henri Giffard built the first controllable dirigible in 1852,
powered by steam and plodding along at seven MPH. IN 1897 David
Schwarz flew a few miles when a gas leak brought him down. However,
while earthlings were struggling to develop the first dirigibles,
the ufonauts were making close encounters of the ludicrous kind in
complex, speedy "airships" that looked as though Rube Goldberg had
designed them. At that point they didn't claim to be from other
planets, but some of the navigators looked Oriental (still a
frequent feature of the mysterious visitors).
of the machines and the conduct of the navigators were as varied,
inconsistent, and absurd as today. Reliable witnesses claimed to
have run into them while the spacemen had landed for repairs, or
they saw them drop a wheel, a newspaper, a potato. The crew of one
low-flying airship was heard singing "Abide With me"! And all this
before 1900, when Count Zeppelin flew three and a half miles at 18
mph in his first airship.
Then, just as
the Wright brothers began experimenting with flight, the UFOs began
appearing as graceful, speedy (for the times) airplanes. On August
30 and 31, 1910, a long black object flew over Manhattan,
accompanied by the sound of an engine. Hundreds of people saw it,
complete with red and green lights, as it circled the Metropolitan
Life Building several times and swooped so low over Madison Square
that "it seemed to brush the top of the trees," the New York Tribune
of the date reported. In 1910 there were thirty-six licensed pilots
and fewer airplanes. None of the few pilots in the New York area was
up that night. In fact, they avoided hazardous Manhattan at any
After World War
II, with man's tremendous advances in air engineering, UFOs began
taking the form we now see, being, as always, close enough to
present technology to be conceivable but advanced enough to be
bewildering. and the "plastic" qualities seem to have increased.
Occasionally they have changed shape before the eyes of witnesses,
in some instances becoming transparent or turning into what appear
to be conventional craft, leaving the observer self-doubting and
marvelous malleability is another difficulty in the ETH. Suppose for
a moment we adopt that viewpoint, excluding all theological
considerations. Suppose life has just evolved. The chances of its
happening once, anywhere, place it in the realm of the virtually
impossible, but just suppose. How often would life evolve elsewhere?
we can unhesitatingly give a mathematically valid answer: never. But
just suppose it did. And suppose some of those civilizations somehow
conquered space. The chance that they would stumble across our
little speck in the universe is so remote it probably cannot even
be calculated. But if they did, out of the numerous sightings of
their craft we would surely expect to see some basic patterns
analyzing 434 descriptions, the air force was unable to find one
single basic uniformity. Even ETH advocate Wendelle Stevens, who has
collected over a thousand UFO photos, admits, "There seems to be an
almost infinite variety." Evidently the humanoids never encountered
The ufonauts are
equally facile at varying their own appearance. Some have skin like
fish scales; others are furry. Some have eight-fingered hands;
others no arms. Their messages are also diverse, contradictory, and
cultic. UFOs are closely tied to poltergeists, reincarnation
stories, supernormal knowledge of languages, automatic writing,
"prophecies," and communication with the supposed spirits of the
Uri Geller believes his paranormal abilities began at age three of
four after being knocked unconscious by a silvery mass of light from
the sky. He now claims to have extensive contacts with the space
Whether or not
UFOs or their occupants exist as real objects or are the result of
hallucinations, either self-induced or imposed by a deceiving
intelligence, the most significant and irrefutable fact is that
thousands of persons are being influenced, even dominated by the
phenomenon. A closer encounter of the fourth kind may be the
possession or obsession of the mind by these beings. And the
experience is essentially religious, with obvious elements of the
For his book
Revelation: The Divine Fire, researcher Brad Steiger interviewed
scores of psychics, would-be prophets, and contactees. He found that
whether they were in communion with what they believed to be
spacemen, God and angels, or the dead, the information they received
was essentially the same. This is true even of specific bits of
For example, in
1967 mediums, psychics, and contactees around the world, many of
whom did not even know of one another's existence, all made the same
prediction, even phrased the same in different languages: about
midnight, December 24, a bright light would appear in the sky, and
then - worldwide holocaust.
It is obvious,
the world did not end that night. But this is one of the beings’
favorite games: set people up by giving them accurate predictions
and then slip them the big one, the end of the world. Of course it
doesn’t happen, and millions become even bolder in their disbelief
in any day of reckoning.
this particular situation, in which he was deeply involved, Keel
says, “the UFO contactees received the same identical messages as
the trance mediums communing with spirits. . . .It was now clear (to
me anyway) that all of these people were tuned into a central
Ripe for belief
nature of Close Encounters has impressed many viewers. Jay Gould
Baum, reviewer for the Wall Street Journal, says, in the February,
1978, issue of Science Digest, “Close Encounters is filled with a
familiar religious awe, and infused with a belief in the actuality
of UFOs . . . that is tantamount to faith. And this faith - wondrous
and thoroughly spiritual - is registered in nearly every frame,
reaching a climax in its messianic ending. For here we are shown the
actual landing of a UFO which, descending like the Star of
Bethlehem, bathes the world in heavenly light and emits musical
tones that swell into a liturgical chant. . . . We are being offered
nothing less than epiphany.”
unbelieving and self-willed, has largely destroyed faith in God and
belief in the supernatural through what he calls “science.” But
gazing awestruck into the heavens, we feel the crushing need to know
“we are not alone” (the motto of Close Encounters).
Return of the
ambivalent gods of mythology died many centuries ago, being edged
out of the cosmos by God’s revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ.
But now we are devoted to excluding Him from our concept of truth
and reality (i.e., mathematics and physics).
need for the spiritual, impelled by his intuitive belief in
something greater than himself, continues. And so the gods have
returned, not now clad in royal vestments and hurling thunderbolts
from Olympus but dressed in laboratory style and darting laser beams
from multicolored vehicles, bringing us little green (or is it tall
blue?) men to assure us the universe really is a place of life - and
maybe even of love.
beings have conquered time, death, war, space, and nearly every
other limitation and defect. All this they claim to have done
without the crudity of a cross, the sweat and blood of a dying
sacrifice, the guilt and humiliation of being found sinful in
ourselves, and without the repentance and self-denial of the gospel.
An so it has ever been since Eve, the first contactee, held
communion with an extraterrestrial intelligence speaking through a
serpent at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden
Will UFOs and
their charioteers play an important role in end-time events, or will
they continue as just one of the many paths seeming right to man but
ending in death? While we cannot be sure, the fact that the entire
phenomenon has been so carefully cultivated for decades on a
worldwide scale indicates it is a major ingredient in Satan’s
formula for deception.
There are, for
example, several ways it could support the rise and reign of
antichrist. By appearing as a menace to all life on Earth, it could
precipitate a rush toward world government, with democratic
principles being lost in the panic. On the other hand, friendly
ufonauts could very persuasively advise us to follow them if we want
to solve all our problems as they have. And though he will not be
able to duplicate Jesus’ glorious return, Satan, the counterfeit
Christ, must arrive somehow.
Will he simply
appear one day, or will he arrive in a “chariot of the gods”? (At
least one national Christian magazine has seriously suggested this
as the way Jesus may return and set up a kingdom on Earth.) We don’t
know yet, and although quoting the ufonauts is a little like quoting
the mugger who yells help when the police arrive, may there not
inadvertently be much truth in the comment of one contactee who
claims he was told, “My friend, this earth is the battlefield of
Armageddon, and the battle is for men’s minds and souls”?