I received a very detailed email this morning from a fellow who wanted to pass along a warning that the Knights Templar precursors who came to America before 800 CE had set into motion the End of Days, through which were are living now. I’ve edited the message for length and clarity:
There is a definite agenda that is directed by a power of darkness that has a direct and purposeful goal. It’s to keep us asleep [and] from realizing that we all are a "One Consciousness", but we just can't see it because they've kept us asleep! It's their goal that they claim is for our own good, that of the destruction [of] us... The NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] has recently bought 2.5 billion rounds of ammunition and 2,700 tanks for the USA only. A 1 million camp capacity prison that’s empty now but recently built up for the calamity of the U.S... The Powers That Be—and they know who they are, i.e. Government—is propagating, anticipating, and preparing for the anarchy that's awaiting those who are sleeping... Basically, "The End" is truly at hand… Right after the one world currency kicks in it will be only a matter of a handful of years left in the Earth’s existence! So there is some strength of possibility that the precursors if the Knights Templar did arrive early around 800 AD in order to set up this last of days... (ellipses in original)
The numbers incorrectly attributed to the NDAA refer to Dept. of Homeland Security purchase orders (publicly disclosed) that were so badly mangled by the media and right-wing conspiracy theorists that even Breitbart.com debunked them. The writer also later wrote asking me to clarify that he does not necessarily believe all of these conspiracies but is exploring them as a path toward truth.
You will, of course, remember many of these claims from Jim Marrs’s weird ranting on the William Henry Revelations radio show last month, but this is the first time I’ve seen the conspiracy visited upon the Templar fakery from America Unearthed. (So far as I know Scott Wolter is unique in imagining the alleged Roman-Jewish colony of Calulus as a proto-Templar base.) I suppose this is an outgrowth of the writer’s claimed research into “the Bible, the Books of Enoch, the books of Adam and Eve with Satan, The sons of God, the Illuminati, Freemasons, the Watchers, the Aeons, the Elohim, the Luciferians, the Anunnaki, the Mayans and their 20 count 2012 calendar, Planets X and Nibiru, etc.” These claims become an entire alternative history ecosystem, self-referencing and self-replicating.
The writer asked me to read the work of conspiracy theorists Alex Jones and David Icke, wherein one might find the truth about how the Devil was planning the End of Days through the offices of Barack Obama, though he felt that former president George W. Bush and former vice president Dick Cheney were actually the lizard people who put the program in place to be carried out by a duped Obama. This writer has apparently adopted the view popular among some Christians that UFOs and extraterrestrials are not from other worlds but are instead manifestations of demons. As Bob and Suzanne Hamrick, writers who feel that apocalyptic Christianity is too soft on Satan, wrote:
UFO's have been reported for many centuries. […] New Age types believe, because it feeds into their world view, that these are superior beings from other planets, another dimension, or whatever. Unfortunately, many Bible-believing Christians have been sucked into this belief system, perhaps due to unwillingness on the part of pastors or Christian authors to comment on these strange phenomena. […] No one who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit can possibly be demon-possessed, much less transported to a demonic space ship for sexual relations, invasive "medical" procedures, etc., as have been described by many abductees of both sexes. What does this mean? We find it remarkable that, of all of the reports of abductions by aliens, none seems to have been of anyone claiming to be a born-again Christian. If this is true, then it is the single greatest indication that "aliens" are actually demonic manifestations posing as extraterrestrial creatures.
That’s a rather neat inversion of the ancient astronaut theory’s line about the aliens posing as gods. This led me to discover that there is an entire world of Christian UFO “experts” preaching that the ancient astronaut theory supports the Christian worldview because it provides compelling evidence that Satan’s fallen angels, in the guise of the Watchers from the extra-canonical Book of Enoch, were flitting about the world in the pre-Flood days and continue to fool humans today. It’s sort of the inverse of the UFO preachers of the 1950s and 1960s who tried to convince audiences that they could still believe in the Bible because God was an alien and therefore, in some sense, the Bible was literally true. More to the point, it is just another version of St. Augustine arguing that the pagan gods were “most impure demons, who desire to be thought gods” (City of God 7.33).
The Hebrew Bible and the New Testament speak nothing of a host of fallen angels except in Revelation 12:3-4, in which the Great Red Dragon uses his tail to sweep a third of the stars of heaven to earth and Revelation 12:9, in which the devil “and his angels” are thrown down to earth. To the author of Revelation, this event apparently had occurred fairly recently, though this obviously complicates the interpretation of Genesis and Job as featuring the same serpent-devil. In modern discussions, the actual actions of the alleged fallen angels are drawn mostly from the extra-canonical texts that expounded on Genesis 6:1-4. As a technical matter, the Bible does not identify demons as ex-angels, which is probably why the Christian UFO experts seem a bit confused about whether the pilots of UFOs are Enochian Watchers, infernal demons, or some combination of them.
But it’s not enough to simply identify the aliens as demons, or to see the demons as secretly promoting Satan’s End Times agenda. Recent writers have also tried to tie this in with reasons why one can only save one’s soul through the Protestant, specifically Evangelical, version of Christianity. Earlier this year, Cris Putnam and Thomas Horn published Exo-Vaticana, in which they claim that while Protestants correctly understand UFOs as demonic illusions from Satan, Catholics are prepared to disclose the existence of extraterrestrials and embrace them as fellow Christians and “space brothers,” forwarding Satan’s End Times agenda.
Given that the Vatican holds sway to over 1 billion followers as well as influencing an even greater number of peoples, governments, and policies world-wide, and puny obstacles to their revised Christianity will thus hardly keep most of the world’s “spiritual” people from wholeheartedly embracing the alien serpent-saviors on their arrival. (quoted here)
According to the authors, the traditional Protestant anti-Catholic arguments about the vile Vatican, its worship of false gods, and its corrupt popes in service of Satan are amplified by the realization that Satan is using UFOs to lead people away from Protestantism. The authors tell their audience that the Antichrist will be—wait for it—an “Alien Serpent Savior” whom the Catholics will take for the Second Coming: David Icke’s lizard people! But good evangelicals will know better! The authors urge evangelicals to “prepare” for a violent conflict against Catholics and aliens. Catholics, they say, may be willing to presume that extraterrestrials can qualify for Christian salvation, but evangelicals know that earth is the only true creation of God, and human evangelicals the only beings meant for heaven.
This is just Alexander Hislop’s Two Babylons (1853) warmed over, with the Satanic-Babylonian Nimrod allegedly worshiped by the Catholic hierarchy replaced with a Satanic-extraterrestrial Serpent Savior.
Imagine the intellectual fireworks at a debate where Giorgio Tsoukalos and Erich von Däniken defend the proposition that Biblical demons and extra-Biblical Watchers are extraterrestrials while Cris Putnam and Thomas Horn take the opposing view that supposed aliens are really demons. Surely it would be as revelatory as the old (and possibly apocryphal) concern for “whether a million of angels may not sit upon a needle’s point,” as Chillingworth so memorably phrased it in his Religion of Protestants (1637).
Of course, they’d probably just conclude that the needle’s point was another secret base for trans-dimensional extraterrestrial demons, too.
8/22/2013 07:30:11 am
A needle's point is easily made manifest (ouch!), while most demonic activity is hidden from view, undetected by most. "Nothing Seen" cannot fit on a needle's point. Most demonic activity is spiritual and unseen unless and until made manifest.
8/22/2013 09:52:43 am
I think that some just have difficulty in discribing exactly what they mean. Wether the Nights Templar, ufo's which I'll admit even for nmyself appears at least a little far fetched, but the overall point may be missing or misunderstood by those suggesting alternatives.
8/25/2013 09:54:20 am
8/22/2013 10:07:27 am
Gunn, what do you think about the Genesis 1:1 Gap Theory? To me as a very open non narrow minded Christian I think it is certainly plausible for a ruin reconstruction theory, it would explain a timeless era when Lucifer and his gang were cast out and also tie in with fossil remains.. It is not that far fetched of a theory, considering there will be a new earth for a 1,000 year period that will exists after this present worlds close, and it even states that Satan will be let loosed again for a little while. Like these and other statements in the Bible there is not a lot of detail. So one can Truely only theorize
8/23/2013 04:01:21 am
"...the gap theory, along with other accommodation theories, is an attempt to reconcile a great age for the earth, as presented by geologists, with the relatively young age as deduced from the Biblical record. Since many proponents of the gap theory would disclaim a belief in an evolutionary process of earth history, it is instructive to evaluate the “geologic ages” to determine if they can, indeed, be separated from the theory of evolution."
8/28/2013 01:42:58 pm
Days of Noah/
8/29/2013 09:02:30 pm
of course there where christian vikings. Harald bluetooth was a christian viking king. You do not know what you are talking about to the point where it is infuriating.
2/20/2018 01:42:50 am
The Wheel- Allah(God's) Calling Card...cuts out ALL guesswork
8/22/2013 11:46:07 am
It might be good to point out that just because someone claims to be "Christian" doesn't necessarily mean they are Christian in the traditional sense. The loosey-goosey nature of "Evangelical" Protestants facilitate anyone being able to hang out their shingle claiming to be a "Pastor" and start a church. As long as the "pastor" throws around Jesus' name and biblical quotes, he is accepted to be a "Christian" even though he may have a very strange belief system and, one could argue, a tenuous grasp on reality.
8/23/2013 04:13:47 am
They are called "wolves in sheep's clothing."
8/22/2013 11:53:48 am
This undercurrent has been there for a long time, and is only now becoming explicit. I tie it back into Lovecraft here
The Other J.
8/22/2013 09:56:58 pm
That must have been fascinating. Whenever I find myself in a group of people that I'm really unfamiliar with, I find a little voice in my head approaching the whole thing like naturalist. It's usually David Attenborogh's voice. Which is fun for me, but must create a little distance between me and the people I'm observing (but should probably be interacting with).
8/23/2013 06:05:44 am
I didn't have a tremendous amount of interaction. In part this was due to my concerns about IRB (institutional review board). The primary motivation for the trip was to get information for a folklore-style article on crashed saucer legends (the page I linked to is one of six or seven parts of a web article about this, I may someday work it up more, we'll see). I was a grad student in anthropology back then, and I was concerned about IRB, which governs human subjects research. My research was primarily archaeological (this stuff was something more of a hobby), so I was going off second-hand reports of dealing with our school's IRB that were brutal, mis-applying (so it seemed to the researchers) standards made for more the medical school than for simple interviews and interaction. So while I certainly wasn't going to avoid interaction, I also wasn't there to talk people up and do interviews and such in any formal manner. I have rarely talked about meeting Friedman, and have not used any of our discussion (you'll see none of it in those pages for example), in that work because I didn't want to confuse conversation with formal ethnographic work.
The Other J.
8/23/2013 07:47:03 pm
Thanks for the run-down. I'd love to witness that sort of thing, but I'm not sure I'd actually want to be in the room. My wife tells me I have a terrible poker face.
2/9/2020 01:49:51 am
The serpent's Lair is being EXPOSED...
8/22/2013 12:17:55 pm
send this to your buddy chris white and watch him start going into convulsions and speaking tongues
8/22/2013 12:42:26 pm
I read an account of the 1982 Creationism trials, written by a theologian who testified against the Creationists and from memory at least one of the people testifying for the Creationists believed that UFOs were either Demons or flown by them and that the craters on the Moon were created when Lucifer fell from Heaven, so the idea is older than either Marr or your correspondent.
8/22/2013 12:56:20 pm
The idea certainly goes back to at least the 1960s, but this was the first I learned that there was actually a Christian UFO conference and a network of Christian "ufologists." When I referred to an original event in the above post, it was the application of Scott Wolter's "proto-Templars" to the demon UFO idea.
The Other J.
8/22/2013 09:49:44 pm
Your emailer sounds like he's either familiar with, walks in the same circles as the people in, or is a character from Nick Redfern's book "Final Events." I'm not as familiar with the book as I could be (my dad loves that stuff). But it covers government officials who held similar opinions as your emailer, and for decades received actual government funding to explore the possibility that alien threats were really demonic. (Your tax dollars at work.) These officials were known as the Collins Elite.
8/23/2013 06:24:27 am
I was severely disappointed in the book. I had heard some of the detailed radio/podcast interviews Redfern did on the topic, and while I didn't exactly believe them (certainly not what the CE supposedly believed, and I wasn't entirely convinced of the existence of the CE, but I could believe it), it was very exciting. I was familiar with the Parsons history to some degree, and had heard the idea of his opening a UFO door I think as far back as Jim Brandon's "Weird America" (Brandon may have just said he may have summoned a demon, I don't have the book in front of me).
8/23/2013 12:12:01 am
Catholics and Aliens . . . when is that movie coming out?
8/23/2013 03:49:48 am
The End Times are times of ending. If I am having a severe heart attack, I am facing my very own End of Days.
8/24/2013 10:44:52 am
As always, something excellent to sink my teeth in tomorrow morning. Thank-you.
12/28/2013 06:12:54 pm
The truth is that there have been strange phenomena witnessed by mankind throughout his existence: ghosts, false gods, demons and now space aliens. If you only ascribe to the existence of one, then you must have an explanation of all the others. They do however, have one source; Satan and all the fallen angels.
12/29/2013 02:32:09 pm
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