In the last entry we introduced the fantastical observation of UFO Berserkers. Originally, Berserkers were legendary Norse warriors who fought with a notorious, trance-like fury, a distinction that subsequently inspired the English word “berserk.”[i] While employed with creative license, the Berserker name was recently enlisted by writer Fred Saberhagen for a series of science-fiction short stories and novels. In his apocalyptic tales, the Berserkers are self-replicating flying machines sent to destroy all life on Earth. We think it not by chance that these biomechanical entities find functional parallels with the demonic locust hordes predicted in biblical prophecy (Joel 2 c.f. Revelation 9). We are not the first to suggest a connection between these insectoid instruments of divine judgment and the UFO phenomenon.
In a posthumously released textbook, The Kingdom of the Occult, by Dr. Walter Martin, a portion of his 1970s UFO presentation is transcribed. Although not widely known, he not only took the UFO phenomenon seriously, but he was also an eyewitness to a flying saucer.[ii] In fact, he blew up a photograph of the craft he witnessed as a display supporting his lecture. Like ourselves, Martin was inclined toward the extradimensional hypothesis rather than space aliens. He likewise ventured that UFOs might be instrumental in Jesus’ description of the events prior to His return: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26, underline added). “Things which are coming on the earth” implies that they themselves are not of the Earth; rather, they are, by definition, extraterrestrial. In reference to this text and parallels in the book of Revelation, Martin offered this prophetic hypothesis:
In addition to what is coming upon the earth, the book of Revelation speaks of the bottomless pit being opened (9:2). A bottomless pit does not have to be one that is down—it could very well be one that is up, since in space there is neither up nor down, but out from the earth. This could reveal that what comes upon earth is from space, and not from under the earth. The symbolic language may easily refer to the manifestations of the powers of darkness near the consummation of the age. It is biblically predicted that Antichrist will reveal himself with signs and lying wonders so that if it were possible, he would deceive the elect (2 Thessalonians 2:9; Matthew 24:24).[iii]
This is a fascinating, if not frightening, concept in light of the early Greek writer Hesiod, who is credited with Homer as a major source on early Greek mythology, particularly the “origins” of the gods of Greek religion. In his Theogony, Hesiod describes the “place” of imprisoned Titans—the old and powerful gods that ruled the world during the legendary Golden Age:
And there, all in their order, are the sources and ends of gloomy earth and misty Tartarus and the unfruitful sea and starry heaven, loathsome and dank, which even the gods abhor.
It is a great gulf, and if once a man were within the gates.… There stands the awful home of murky Night wrapped in dark clouds. In front of it the son of Iapetus stands immovably upholding the wide heaven upon his head and unwearying hands, where Night and Day draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze.… And there the children of dark Night have their dwellings, Sleep and Death, awful gods. The glowing Sun never looks upon them with his beams, neither as he goes up into heaven, nor as he comes down from heaven. (Lines 736–744)
Hesiod’s Theogony takes on a fascinating mystery when one considers that the Bible characterizes the place of imprisoned rebel angels using the same words Hesiod employs to describe the place of Titan gods—“Tartarus” and the “Bottomless Pit” (see 2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 9:1–11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1–3). Couple this with eerily similar discoveries on the actual moon Iapetus, the third-largest natural satellite of Saturn, and you understand why a growing number of researchers are open to the possibility that synthetic-looking planetoids like Iapetus may be, as it appears to be, artificial. Could it be the bottomless pit?
In Greek mythology, Iapetus was the son of Uranus and Gaia, and father of Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Menoetius. Because Atlas was a “father of mankind,” Iapetus was understood in myth to be a progenitor, a creator god, of Homo sapiens. Italian astronomer and engineer Giovanni Domenico Cassini discovered Saturn’s moon Iapetus in 1672 using his small refracting telescope. Cassini correctly deciphered the disappearing and reappearing act of Iapetus as due to the moon synchronously rotating with one hemisphere continuously facing Saturn. Iapetus is also divided by a great gulf formed by a giant, walled threshold at its equator as seen in the picture of Iapetus below. This feature was discovered during a New Year’s Eve flyby in 2005, when NASA’s Cassina spacecraft photographed the 1300-by-20-kilometer-high rim (the equivalent of 808 by 12 miles) stretching over one-third of the moon’s equator. No other moon in the solar system has been found with such a stunning feature: literally a 60,000-foot-high wall. Compare this fact again with Hesiod’s description of a great threshold of bronze:
It is a great gulf.…murky Night wrapped in dark clouds. In front of it the son of Iapetus…where Night and Day draw near and greet one another as they pass the great threshold of bronze.… And there the children of dark Night have their dwellings, Sleep and Death, awful gods. The glowing Sun never looks upon them with his beams, neither as he goes up into heaven, nor as he comes down from heaven. (Lines 736–744)
In The Search for Life in the Universe, Tobias Owen, the man at NASA who discovered the face on Mars, and Donald Goldsmith wrote, “This unusual moon [Iapetus] is the only object in the Solar System which we might seriously regard as an alien signpost—a natural object deliberately modified by an advanced civilization to attract our attention.”[iv]
In an email to Tom Horn a few years ago, the late David Flynn made an interesting point about this, including the possibility of the “bottomless pit” (mentioned previously) actually being a “star” (or an extraterrestrial object) in heaven:
Tom, you are intrepid enough to address an issue many are afraid to investigate.… And you are right about gates [and that various beings have come through them].…
[Flynn then quotes from Revelation 9.] “And he opened the bottomless pit.… And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth.…and the shapes of the locusts [were] like unto horses prepared unto battle; and…their faces [were] as the faces of men. And they had hair of women, and their teeth were as of lions…” (Revelation 9.1–8).
[Flynn continues.] Here is described an army of beings with mixed genetics [transgenics], but all species of terrestrial origin. The similarities between the “locusts with faces of men” and the modern reports of “insectoid” aliens [descending through dimensional gates] stand out in John’s prophecy.… It is assumed that the locusts of Revelation 9 “ascend” from a bottomless pit somewhere on earth because the story of the locust invasion begins with a “star” falling from heaven to earth and an angel with a key. The Greek word translated “fall” is Pipto, which means to “descend from a higher place to a lower.” If the star itself IS the bottomless pit, Revelation 9 could be describing an extraterrestrial object—a mother ship—moving into orbit around earth with myriad beings. From this same place in Scripture the word “bottomless” is bathos, often translated as “height” and the word “pit” is Phrear. A phrear in Greek mythology is an orcus, a deep chasm bound by a gulf where fallen beings are imprisoned.… Revelation 12 explains the surety of Satan and his angels coming down from heaven to the earth in the future. For now, they wait…somewhere out in space. (Flynn, 2005)[v]
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David Flynn’s complete study on this was published in his groundbreaking book Cydonia: The Secret Chronicles of Mars (available again in The David Flynn Collection), and one can easily imagine, if Flynn is correct, how Official Disclosure of aliens could be forced on hysterical Earth societies by sudden, inexplicable movement of an extrasolar planetoid like Iapetus or a similar “moon” unexpectedly turning and heading toward Earth as the bottomless pit!
It is probably no accident that this sounds remarkably similar to braneworld cosmology’s dimensional bridges. Indeed, our intention with this series is to reiterate and amplify Dr. Walter Martin’s early warning. One dark day, perhaps sooner than you think, the prophecy Jesus Christ delivered to His Apostle John on the island of Patmos will surely come to pass. John foresaw this impending event:
I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. (Revelation 9:1–4)
While it is of the greatest peril imaginable to be an unbeliever when these sure trials come to pass, in light of the apocalyptic locusts, perhaps the flying insect solution to the aforementioned UFO cases is at least partially correct? Of course, those in Christ need not fear. But perhaps you think our imaginative correlations are too fanciful? The prophecies predict the locusts’ release following specific unprecedented judgments. Thus, we warily concede that the recent sightings are probably not berserkers on reconnaissance. Even so, if they do turn out to be end-time portents, at least we suggested a connection. Nevertheless, these recent captures of objects flying too fast to see do fit the paraphysical profile associated with extradimensional entities. If the UFO phenomenon is legitimately connected to end-time prophecy, then it will increase in frequency and intensity. Yet, quantifying something so elusive is extremely problematic. So, like Elijah, pray for supernatural eyes to see.
Recalling Elijah’s prayer for his servant’s supernatural perception, it seems noteworthy that a whirlwind replete with fire and divine chariots appears yet again in prophetic Scripture. However, in this case, they are explicitly associated with the eschatological judgment of God, essentially the Great Tribulation climaxing in the battle of Armageddon. The prophet Isaiah foretold:
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire,
and with his chariots like a whirlwind,
to render his anger with fury,
and his rebuke with flames of fire.
For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh:
and the slain of the LORD shall be many. (Isaiah 66:15–16)
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[i] “Berserk,” Online Etymology Dictionary, last accessed January 16, 2013, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=berserk.
[ii] Dr. Walter Martin, “A Christian View: UFO Encounters,” audio recording, Sermon Audio, last accessed January 15, 2013, http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2190615720. This audio sermon was also included as a transcript in the following book: Dr. Walter Martin, Jill Martin Rische, and Kurt van Gorden, The Kingdom of the Occult (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc., 2008), viewable here: http://books.google.com/books?id=n1qaOUDfCeEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Kingdom+of+the+Occult&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vKL2ULH6B4Os8QS_pYHwCQ&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false.
[iii] Dr. Walter Martin, Jill Martin Rische, and Kurt Van Gorden, The Kingdom of the Occult (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 2008), 372–373.
[iv] Thomas Horn, Nephilim Stargates, 53.
[v] Thomas Horn, Nephilim Stargates: The Year 2012 and the Return of the Watchers (Crane, MO: Anomalos Publishing, 2007), 60–61.
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