Birds skipped among groves of date palms along the marshy banks of the Euphrates in the year 3500 BC. As the sun arose above Sumer, the alluvial desert of the Middle East came alive with agricultural activity. In a valley forged between the twin rivers of the Tigris and the Euphrates, magnificent walled cities awoke to the chatter of busy streets and marketplaces. In what the Greeks would later call “Mesopotamia” (between the rivers), the world’s first great trade center and civilization had developed. The opulent Sumerian cities of Ur (the home of Abram), Uruk, and Lagash had become the economic machines of the ancient Middle East, and industries from as far away as Jericho, near the Mediterranean Sea, and Catal Huyuk, in Asia Minor, competed for the trade opportunities they provided. Laborers from the biblical city of Jericho exported salt into Sumer, and miners from Catal Huyuk prepared obsidian, used in making mirrors, for shipment into the ancient metropolis. But while the prehistoric people of the East looked to the Sumerians for their supply of daily bread, the Sumerians themselves gazed heavenward, as they had from time immemorial, to the early rising of Utu (Shamash), the all-providing sun god, as he prepared once again to ride across the sky in his flying chariot. And, in 3500 BC, Utu was not alone among the gods. By now, the Sumerian pantheon provided the earliest known description of organized mythology, consisting of a complex system of more than three thousand deities covering nearly every detail of nature and human enterprise. There were gods of sunshine and of rain. There were vegetation gods, fertility gods, river gods, animal gods, and gods of the afterlife. There were the great gods—Enlil (prince of the air), Anu (ruler of the heavens), Enki (the god of water), and so on. Under these existed a second level of deities, including Nannar the moon god; Utu the sun god; and Inanna, the “Queen of Heaven,” a mother goddess who much later would be called by some, “Mary, the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of Jesus Christ.”
Having so noted—and this is the big question—where did the gods of Sumeria come from? Since the religion of Sumeria was the first known organized mythology and would greatly influence the foundational beliefs of the forthcoming nations of Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, the ancient Hebrews, and others, this question has interested scholars and historians for more than a millennium. Specifically, where does one find the historical beginning of the ancient gods of Sumeria? Were the Sumerian deities the product of human imagination or the distortion of some earlier prehistoric revelation? Were they the “mythologizing” of certain ancient heroes or, as some believe today, the result of an extraterrestrial “alien” visitation whose appearance gave birth to the legends and mythological gods? Equally important, did the sudden appearance of these deities reflect a literal intrusion into man’s reality by supernatural power, or were they purely the creation of primitive imaginations?
These questions are both fascinating and difficult, since the gods and goddesses of ancient Sumeria/Mesopotamia continue to be shrouded in a history of unknown origins. It was as though from out of nowhere the Sumerians sprang onto the scene over fifty-five hundred years ago, bringing with them (what seemed like overnight) the first written language and a corpus of progressive knowledge—from complicated religious concepts to an advanced understanding of astrology, chemistry, and mathematics. The questionable origin of the Sumerian culture thus caused some theorists to conclude that the gods of Sumeria, and the subsequent mythologies that grew out of them, were the diabolical scheme of an ancient “presence” that arrived on Earth, something we would call a Fallen Star. If this is true, does this power persist within parallel dimensions of our world? Do primordial and living things, once worshipped as gods, continue observing man? And do they scheme at present to repeat on a grander scale something they did once before? Will man soon experience something unexpected on a universal level, causing humans to focus intently on the skies, at manifested “flying wonders,” and at winged geniuses inside them?
They Said They Came from Orion, Pleides, and Zeta Reticuli
Among scholars, there are three competing theories regarding the origin of the early mythological gods: 1) The Euhemerus View; 2) The Ancient Astronaut Theory; and 3) The Biblical View. The Euhemerus View was based on the historical theories of the Greek scholar Euhemerus, who claimed that the pagan gods originated with certain ancient and famous kings who were later deified. The more widely adopted theories—the Ancient Astronauts Theory and, alternatively, the Biblical View of the origin of alternative deities—have succeeded to become the popular authorities regarding original paganism and are therefore the beginning of our investigation into a larger, potentially imminent phenomenon, one that took the authors of this work from moldy corridors in forgotten libraries to the Vatican’s Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) with its new LUCIFER instrument (Large Binocular Telescope Near-Infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research, a device manned by Jesuit astronomers at the Mt. Graham International Observatory in southeastern Arizona).
But more about that later.
For now, a growing doctrine within modern ufology claims that the true origin of the gods, and the human race as we know it today, is the direct result of extraterrestrial UFO activity. In the introduction to his bestselling book, Chariots of the Gods?, Erich von Däniken, who, it might be argued, is one of the fathers of modern ufology, said:
I claim that our forefathers received visits from the universe in the remote past, even though I do not yet know who these extra-terrestrial intelligences were or from which planet they came. I nevertheless proclaim that these “strangers” annihilated part of mankind existing at the time and produced a new, perhaps the first, Homo sapiens.[i]
As was illustrated in the Hollywood films Contact and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, von Däniken’s hypothesis took America by storm starting in the 1960s with the proposition that mankind was possibly the offspring of an ancient, perhaps ongoing, extraterrestrial experiment. Ufologists like von Däniken assert that the gods of mythology themselves may have been evidence of, and a reaction to, an encounter with other-world beings. He means by this that ancient men would have considered space travelers as gods and would have recorded their arrival, their experiments, and their departure in hieroglyphs, megaliths, and stone tablets as a “supernatural” encounter between gods and men.
Erich von Däniken continues:
While [the] spaceship disappears again into the mists of the universe our friends will talk about the miracle—“The gods were here!”…they will make a record of what happened: uncanny, weird, miraculous. Then their texts will relate—and drawings will show—that gods in golden clothes were there in a flying boat that landed with a tremendous din. They will write about chariots which the gods drove over land and sea, and of terrifying weapons that were like lightning, and they will recount that the gods promised to return. They will hammer and chisel in the rock pictures of what they had seen: shapeless giants with helmets and rods on their heads, carrying boxes in front of their chests; balls on which indefinable beings sit and ride through the air; staves from which rays are shot out as if from a sun…”[ii]
Around the world, ancient records repeat such stories of flying craft, which bore the gods throughout the galaxies. For example, the Metternich Stela (a magical stela from the thirtieth dynasty of Egypt currently housed as part of the Egyptian Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City) tells the story of a heavenly “Boat of Millions of Years,” which it describes as a “Celestial Disc” that transported the Egyptian gods like Isis and Thoth. In ancient Chinese folklore, we find a distant land where “flying carts” originate, while a Sanskrit text—the Drona Parva—actually documents “dogfights” by gods in flying machines. In Hindu mythology, these gods traversed the cosmos in flying vehicles called Vimanas, which are mentioned many times in the Ramayana, dating to approximately the fourth century BC. From Book 6, Canto CXXIII: The Magic Car, we find:
Is not the wondrous chariot mine,
Named Pushpak, wrought by hands divine…
This chariot, kept with utmost care,
Will waft thee through the fields of air,
And thou shalt light unwearied down
In fair Ayodhyá’s royal town.[iii]
Then from Book 6, Canto CXXIV: The Departure:
Swift through the air, as Ráma chose,
The wondrous car from earth arose.
And decked with swans and silver wings
Bore through the clouds its freight of kings.[iv]
Numerous other ancient sources describe flying machines associated with gods, and we will discuss some of these later in this work. But men like von Däniken go further, claiming the Holy Bible itself is the best record and “greatest UFO book of all time!” The “wheel” in Ezekiel 1:15, the “pillar of cloud” in Exodus 13:21–22, and Elijah’s “chariot of fire” in 2 Kings 2:11 are all viewed as examples of UFO sightings by such researchers. Additionally, von Däniken believes the odd appearance of some of the gods as depicted in various hieroglyphs (human-like creatures with falcon heads, lions with heads of bulls, etc.) can be viewed as evidence the “aliens” who visited Earth in celestial transport devices also conducted genetic experiments on ancient people and animals, cross-mutating or transgenically altering them. Some see this aspect of Däniken’s hypothetical Ancient Astronaut Theory as an alternative to the “fallen angel” theory that is based in part on Genesis chapter 6 (the “angel theory”), which postulates mutant “mighty men” were born to rebel angels known as Watchers. These powerful beings—according to early Christians, church fathers, and a growing list of modern writers—mingled their matter with humans, giving birth to part-celestial, part-terrestrial hybrids called Nephilim. This happened when men began to increase on Earth and daughters were born to them. When the sons of God saw the women’s beauty, they took wives from among them to sire their unusual offspring. In Genesis 6:4 we read the following account: “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 children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”
When this Scripture is compared with similar ancient texts, including Enoch, Jubilees, Baruch, Genesis Apocryphon, Philo, Josephus, Jasher, and others, it unfolds to some that the giants of the Old Testament, such as Goliath, were the part-human, part-animal, part-angelic offspring of a supernatural interruption into the divine order and natural propagation of the species.
Earth History Immediately Following the Fallen Star Incursion
Regardless of one’s interpretation of these and other ancient records, one thing seems clear. Thousands of years ago, heavenly beings visited the Earth. They engaged in genetic experiments resulting in a race of mutant creatures. This, in turn, led God to order Israel to destroy the Nephilim and their descendants. Thousands of years later, Jesus spoke of the events that occurred during these days (of Noah) as being comparable to the time leading up to His return (Matthew 24:36). This prophecy is remarkable when one realizes that after God judged the celestial beings that cohabited with the Noahtic women, all such comparable activity diminished until about the year 1947. Then, following the infamous Roswell incident that occurred in New Mexico in that year, people from around the world once again began encountering strange creatures conducting genetic experiments.
As we shall see in a different entry, our dear old friend, former college professor, and BBC correspondent, Dr. I. D. E. Thomas, in his highly recommended book, The Omega Conspiracy, chronicled the burgeoning of this so-called alien abduction activity and tied it to the end-time predictions in Matthew 24 concerning a return of the Nephilim. Documentation by “abductees” worldwide and the stories of DNA harvesting by “aliens” reminded him of the history of biological misuse by the Watchers and led Thomas to conclude that the identity of the Watchers and whoever the alien entities are were somehow connected. Dr. Thomas told us personally that the special desire by these unknown agents for human and animal molecular matter explained “why animals have been killed, mutilated, and stolen by the aliens in UFO flap areas.” Respected UFO researcher, Dr. Jacques F. Vallée, raised similar questions.
In order to materialize and take definite form, these entities seem to require a source of energy…a living thing…a human medium.… Our sciences have not reached a point where they can offer us any kind of working hypothesis for this process. But we can speculate that these beings need living energy which they can reconstruct into physical form. Perhaps that is why dogs and animals tend to vanish in flap areas. Perhaps the living cells of those animals are somehow used by the ultraterrestrials to create forms which we can see and sense with our limited perceptions.[v]
Whether or not there is a connection between the ancient power behind the Watcher narrative and the modern “alien abduction” activity documented by Vallée and others involving biological harvesting from humans and animals, records from antiquity speak of yet another mysterious possibility regarding these Watchers and their offspring—that they can return to “physical form” at particular moments in time, something some believe they are planning to repeat very soon.
Did Ancient Records Document the Arrival of Advanced Alien Life Forms…Or Something Else?
The biblical (and we believe correct) interpretation of what happened following the first incursion of the Chariots of the Fallen Star begins with Original Revelation. This means there was a perfect revelation from God to man at the time of Creation. The first man, Adam, was at one with God and perceived divine knowledge from the mind of God. The human was “in tune” with the mental processes of God and understood, therefore, what God knew about science, astronomy, cosmogony, geology, eschatology, and so on.
After the Fall, Adam was “detached” from the mind of God, but retained an imperfect memory of the divine revelation, including knowledge of God’s plan of redemption. Two things began to occur in the decades after the Fall: 1) Information from the Original Revelation became distant and distorted as it was dispersed among the nations and passed from generation to generation; and 2) The realm of Fallen Star (Satan) seized upon this opportunity to receive worship and to turn people away from Yahweh by distorting and counterfeiting the Original Revelation with pagan ideas and “gods.” This point of view seems reasonable when one considers that the earliest historical and archaeological records from civilizations around the world have consistently pointed back to, and repeated portions of, an original story. In their startling book, The Discovery of Genesis, the Rev. C. H. Kang and Dr. Ethel R. Nelson confirm that prehistoric Chinese ideographic pictures (used in very ancient Chinese writing) report the story of Genesis, including the creation of the man and woman, the garden, the temptation and Fall, the Flood, and the tower of Babel. In his book, The Real Meaning of the Zodiac, Dr. James Kennedy (another friend who has since gone to be with the Lord) claimed that the ancient signs of the zodiac also indicate a singular and Original Revelation—a kind of Gospel in the stars—and that the message of the stars, though demonized and converted into astrology after the Fall of man, originally recorded the Gospel of God. He wrote:
There exists in the writings of virtually all civilized nations a description of the major stars in the heavens—something which might be called their “Constellations of the Zodiac” or the “Signs of the Zodiac,” of which there are twelve. If you go back in time to Rome, or beyond that to Greece, or before that to Egypt, Persia, Assyria, or Babylonia—regardless of how far back you go, there is a remarkable phenomenon: Nearly all nations had the same twelve signs, representing the same twelve things, placed in the same order.… The book of Job, which is thought by many to be the oldest book of the Bible, goes back to approximately 2150 B.C., which is 650 years before Moses came upon the scene to write the Pentateuch; over 1,100 years before Homer wrote the Odyssey and the Iliad; and 1,500 years before Thales, the first of the philosophers, was born. In chapter 38, God finally breaks in and speaks to Job and to his false comforters. As He is questioning Job, showing him and his companions their ignorance, God says to them: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” (Job 38:31, 32). We see here reference to the constellations of Orion and Pleiades, and the star Arcturus. Also in the book of Job there is reference to Cetus, the Sea Monster, and to Draco, the Great Dragon. I would call your attention to Job 38:32a: “Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?” Mazzaroth is a Hebrew word which means “The Constellations of the Zodiac.” In what may be the oldest book in all of human history, we find that the constellations of the zodiac were already clearly known and understood.… Having made it clear that the Bible expressly, explicitly, and repeatedly condemns what is now known as astrology, the fact remains that there was a God-given Gospel [universally acknowledged Original Revelation] in the stars which lays beyond and behind that which has now been corrupted.[vi]
In Dr. Kennedy’s book and sermons on this issue, he strongly condemned the practice of astrology while asserting his view that the constellations of the zodiac were likely given by God to the first man as “record-keepers” of the Original Revelation of God. If the primary assumption of the Biblical View is correct—that an Original Revelation was corrupted after the Fall of man and subsequently degenerated into the mythologies of the pagan gods—one should be able to find numerous examples of such corruption from as far back as the beginning of history and within various civilizations around the world. Since the myths behind the gods would thus be “borrowed” ideas, the corrupted texts would be similar to the original truth, and, in that sense, evidence of a singular and Original Revelation. Furthermore, if the distortions of the Original Revelation were in fact energized by an evil supernaturalism, the goal of the alterations would be to draw people away from the worship of Yahweh and into deception. In certain ancient legends—such as the Enuma elish, the Adapa Epic, and the Epic of Gilgamesh—we discover just such early traces of an Original Revelation plagiarized for the purpose of constructing the mythologies of the pagan gods.
This is intriguing on several levels. First of all, while the meaning of the Mazzaroth is uncertain, the majority understanding of the word is “constellations,” a variant of a similar term mazzālôṯ, also seen in 2 Kings 23:5. This seems to be the correct reading as we see its use in rabbinical Hebrew where it refers generally to the signs of the zodiac, planets, or constellations. The Hebrew Bible reveals that stars were used by sorcerers to predict the future (Isaiah 47:13) and the worship of astral deities was widespread in ancient Near Eastern culture (cf. Deuteronomy 4:19; 2 Kings 17:16). While stars were worshiped as deities by wayward Israelites (Jeremiah 8:2), this is rejected as idolatry in the Old Testament (Amos 5:26) because God created them (Genesis 1:16). In the writings of the prophet, Daniel, astrologers are conspicuously featured in the court of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:27; 4:7; 5:7, 11). Let’s now examine the passage in Job which many believe speaks to the Original Revelation.
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The book of Job records three cycles of debate between Job and his friends (first: 3–14; second: 15–21; third: 22–26) that rise in passionate intensity as his three friends claim that Job is suffering because of his sins, while Job defends his innocence with mounting vigor. The Lord, Himself, ends the debate by speaking to Job of His power and wisdom in creating and sustaining the world, all its creatures, and even the stars in the heavens (38–39). As to the latter, in Job 38:31–33 the Lord speaks specifically, even naming names:
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades,
Or loose the bands of Orion?
Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?
Or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?
Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
The Bible also tells us that God, “telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names” (Psalms 147:4) and the book of Enoch attests that an angel revealed the figures of the constellations to Enoch. Although those constellations were later perverted by pagans, there is evidence that the Original Revelation was not entirely lost. While the evidence is scant, a medieval Persian astrologer, Albumasar (787–886 AD), wrote in the eighth century, “In the sphere of Persia, saith Aben Ezra, there ariseth upon the face of the sign Virgo a beautiful maiden, she holding two ears of corn in her hand, and a child in her arm: she feedeth him, and giveth him suck… She bringeth up a child in a place which is called Abrie [the Hebrew land], and the child’s name is called Eisi [Jesus].”[vii]
This theory states that God encoded the Original Revelation in the twelve constellations and decans. Each constellation has three decans for a total of thirty-six decans. As an example of how this works, Virgo and its three decans are explained like this:
- Virgo: a virgin holding a branch and sheaves of wheat and corn
- Coma, the desired: a virgin holding a boy
- Centaurus, the centaur: the desire son has two natures and kills the “Victim”
- Bootes, the coming one: a man holding a spear and a sickle
The Original Revelation reveals Mary who bears a Son, the righteous branch of Judah (Jeremiah 23:5). In Coma, that child is “the desire of all nations” (Haggai 2:7), and is on the virgin’s lap. The Son is pictured full-grown in Centaurus; a centaur symbolizes His dual nature as God and man. In Bootes, the “coming one” with a sickle has become a judge and conqueror (Mark 4:29; Revelation 19:11). In this way, each of the twelve constellations records salvation history in the sky. This idea was virtually lost to history.
In the early nineteenth century, Frances Rolleston, a scholar of ancient languages, discovered the basic outline of how the constellations testify of Christ. Her work Mazzaroth, or the Constellations (1802) was almost ignored until it was popularized by two biblical scholars: an American, Joseph Seiss with his book, The Gospel in the Stars or Primeval Astronomy (1910); and a Britain, E. W. Bullinger with his book, The Witness of the Stars (1893). While it is beyond the scope of our book to provide a detailed account we commend the reader to these works.
It is important to consider the magnitude of what is being stated here. Physicists understand the laws of celestial mechanics to work with such precision that the universe runs like a finely designed clock. Consequently, we can know with great precision where the stars will be in the future as well as where they were in the past. This reveals much about God considering the evidence He recorded the precise date of Jesus’ birth in the stars, and then inspired John to record it in the book of Revelation. Many scholars understand this as astral prophecy, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 12:1). Dr. Ernest L. Martin explains Revelation 12:1–5 matches the alignment constellations to a matter of minutes.
The birth of this child in Revelation 12 (whom John identified with Jesus) should have occurred while the Sun was “clothing” the woman, when the Sun was mid-bodied to Virgo. This period of time in 3 B.C.E. covered 20 days (August 27 to September 15). If Jesus were born within that 20-day period, it would fit most remarkably with the testimony of Luke (relative to the birth of John the Baptist and the eighth course of Abijah). Indeed, the chronological indications associated with the priestly course of Abijah place Jesus’ birth exactly within this period. But there is a way to arrive at a much closer time for Jesus’ birth than a simple 20-day period. The position of the Moon in John’s vision actually pinpoints the nativity to within a day―even to within a period of an hour and a half (within 90 minutes) on that day. This may appear an absurd assessment on the surface, but it is quite possible.[viii]
Dr. Martin’s book, The Star that Astonished the World, is available to read for free on the internet so you can follow the endnote above to read more. The implications are profound. Since God encoded the precise time of Jesus’ birth within a ninety-minute window and the laws of physics are deterministic and predictable, this implies from the very first second of Creation all of this was planned. We have an awesome God!
But naturally, God’s enemies would want to suppress such astounding information. Keeping in mind that the constellation Bootes is a decan of Virgo and would symbolize Christ in the Original Revelation, let’s examine what happened to it after the Great Flood of Noah.
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[i] Erich von Däniken, Chariots of the Gods (NewYork: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1970), 10.
[ii] Ibid., 26.
[v] Jacques Vallée, The Invisible College: What a Group of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race (New York: Dutton, 1975), 233.
[vi] Dr. James Kennedy, PhD, The Real Meaning of the Zodiac (Ft. Lauderdale, FL: TCRM, 1993), 6–8.
[viii] Ernest L. Martin, The Star that Astonished the World (1996), as quoted here: “The Time of Jesus’ Birth,” Associates for Scriptural Knowledge, last accessed January 11, 2013, http://askelm.com/star/star006.htm.