Just in time for the holiday season, Nephilim theorist and wannabe rightwing pundit L. A. Marzulli is promoting a new video about UFOs. He offers the first 45 minutes online for free. It’s a strange documentary, mostly because it is one of his most explicit in marketing directly to evangelical churchgoers. The central conceit is that “the church”—by which he seems to mean the entirety of the Christian faith in all its myriad rival denominations—is keeping UFO encounters secret from the various congregations.
Even though the video has been online since September, it had attracted exactly 0 comments as of the time I watched it last night. It also lacks a certain layer of professional polish. While Marzulli clearly spent money on hilariously plasticky computer animated recreations of UFO encounters, the live action segments are badly shot, with bad lighting, echoing sound, uninspired blocking, and other shortcuts that speak to a lack of professionalism. The computer animation falls into the uncanny valley, where the effort to appear photorealistic ends up distracting from the message because of the slight but uncomfortable deviations from reality. They would have done better to shoot real life footage that they could have enhanced where needed with computer graphics.
The “compelling” stories of UFO encounters are anything but. In the first, a chaste Christian man claims that a space alien took the form of a beautiful young woman who ate a fly in front of him and tried to have sex with him. When he rejected her advances by pushing her away, he claims that her eyes turned color. He promptly ran away to avoid sex, with the horny woman chasing after him until he finally lost her. He quickly confessed the encounter to his girlfriend. I can’t really say that was convincing evidence of space alien activity, but Marzulli was convinced that the man had encountered a Reptilian.
Personal tales of UFO sightings and encounters with humanoid beings are inherently unconvincing because people tend to be bad at understanding their own observations, and it is far too easy to confused fantasy and reality. Without evidence to support the claims, they are little more than stories.
But in a blog post to promote purchase of his movie for the holidays, Marzulli revealed a bit about his own beliefs about UFOs. We have long known, for example, that he considers space aliens to be demonic entities masquerading as extraterrestrials to lure Christians into apostacy. But nevertheless, this one was a doozy:
The revealing of the so-called extraterrestrial presence is the ultimate game changer. What if the world[’]s leaders come together at the United Nations and state the reality of ET? See where I’m going with this? If the church is still here, then what? Could this trigger the great falling away, the great apostasy? Then there’s the other possibility. When we go up they show up! In other words what if the timing of the rapture coincides with the revealing of ET, which is what I think will be the scenario that will unfold?
Just imagine that: Marzulli’s friends and followers all get raptured up to heaven, while the sinners on Earth fall victim to demon-aliens acting the part of the monsters of Revelation.
That’s bad enough, but what is worse is Marzulli’s embrace of contemporary ufology and the insinuation that UFO disclosure is perpetually on the horizon. On one hand, the parallels between Disclosure and the Second Coming lend themselves to a joining of the two. Both imagine a millennial transformation coupled to a great revealing of transmundane secrets. Both are also promised in the immediate future, yet forever stymied by the fact that none knows the hour or the day when they will occur. On the other hand, the darker implication is rather clear: Working for UFO disclosure will bring about the End of Days, and thus promoting ufology is the Lord’s work, the sign and the seal of the apocalypse and the path to returning Christ to Earth.
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