At first I thought I’d write today about an Egyptian hotelier who has modeled his hotel on the Osirion at Abydos in order to promote mystical “healing” properties he believes are inherent in the ancient temple. This is actually a medieval belief from the Islamic period, but what interested me is that the journalist covering the story wasted a chunk of space discussing ancient astronaut claims about the hieroglyphs at Abydos (the so-called “helicopter” glyph), and even the New Ager promoting “energy” realignments (and onetime friend of Dorothy Eady—Om Seti—who declared him Horus reborn) told her, with some upset, how stupid a claim that is: “No, no … that is not right,” he said, instead insisting, as Arab Egyptians have since the Middle Ages, that Egyptians were master magicians.
But then I read Paul McGuire’s August 3 piece on the Nephilim and the apocalypse.
McGuire, who is white, says that as a teenager he was an honorary member of the Black Panther party and a radical socialist. However, he claims that as a college student he experienced a miracle that convinced him to abandon socialism and secularism in favor of conservatism and apocalyptic Christianity, with a particular focus on End Times conspiracies related to Nimrod, and their connection to fears about the New World Order and economic globalization. As a Christian Zionist, he also has some choice words to say about Islam, which he considers a corrupt and false faith scheming to conquer the world. He has appeared on cable news and fringe radio, and he has written for conservative commentary sites like NewsMax and World Net Daily. He apparently teaches Bible prophecy at Jack Hayford’s King’s University in Texas, and he sells a line of “prepper” products for doomsday, including a month of shelf-stable meals, including 30 servings of macaroni and cheese. He also has an audio guide to romance.
But that description makes McGuire sound like he’s a traditional conservative Christian, or even that he knows the Bible in detail. By contrast, he’s actually closer to an ancient astronaut theorist, dressing up his claims in the borrowed raiment of the Bible to appeal to a particular demographic. Consider his description of the Flood:
… the Flood of Noah was a targeted DNA judgment upon human, animal, and other species that was genetic/holographic, digital, and Transhumanist in nature. The Flood of Noah was designed to wipe out the corrupted DNA in both Man and animals who were subjected to interspecies breeding and genetic experimentation by the “B’nai Elohim,” which means the “Sons of God” or the “fallen angels.”
Indeed, he claims that the beings who engaged in genetic experimentation lived in “super-civilizations” before the Flood, such as Atlantis, and argues that they use high technology to build the pyramids—claims derived, unbeknownst to him, from Islamic legends about the magical antediluvian origin of the pyramids! “The only possible explanation was that they were given highly advanced science and technology from interdimensional beings and/or aliens.”
But to get to McGuire’s Biblical problems: He attributes the origins of the Tower of Babel to Nimrod, and he says this can be found in the Bible. But it can’t. The Bible never says Nimrod built the Tower of Babel; it’s a legend found in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic lore, derived from the assumption that Nimrod as the founder of Babel (Genesis 10:9-10) was still in charge when the Tower went up, or the mastermind behind it (Genesis 11:8-9). Such an assumption leads to its inclusion in Flavius Josephus in Antiquities 1.4 and in the Talmud, though as I mentioned it is not strictly speaking Biblical. McGuire betrays his ancient astronaut foundations when he adopts the Ancient Aliens view of the Tower, calling it “an interdimensional portal or Stargate, which allows interdimensional beings to come to Earth.”
McGuire considers the Bible to be divinely inspired, though not in the traditional sense: He claims it was written by interdimensional beings, and that traditional theologians read the Bible in a “simplistic” way that misses its true ancient astronaut message. McGuire says that because the Book of Jude quotes 1 Enoch, it “gives us permission” to read and accept the Enochian account of the Watchers and the “science and technology” they gave to humanity. He neglects to remind readers that the science and technology wasn’t computers and rockets but rather astrology, jewelry, and make-up (1 Enoch 8:1-3). Citing Jesus’ reference to the End Times being like the Days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-39), he claims that the Nephilim will return to ruin the white race … wait, “humanity” … with “interspecies breeding.” In the passage, Jesus was actually speaking of the world being ignorant of the coming judgment, but Nephilim theorists can’t be bothered with details.
I can’t begin to explicate all of McGuire’s paranoid claims about evil Darwinian androids trying to destroy humanity in the name of evolution and the Antichrist, but I will note that he concludes that when Jesus returns, it will be as extradimensional “technology.” You see, McGuire is very concerned that robots are developing artificial intelligence, which is apparently going to be tapping into evil Nephilim forces through Lucifer, who will use a hologram to cause people to worship him by granting false immortality through uploading consciousness to evil robots.
Welcome to the sci-fi apocalypse, where Ancient Aliens, apocalyptic Christianity, and dystopian postmodern science fiction collide!
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