This week, Nephilim hunter and Christian bigot Steve Quayle visited the Evangelical extremist broadcaster SkyWatch.tv to discuss UFOs, cataclysms, and giants, as well as the True Legends conference he held in America’s conservative entertainment capital, Branson, Mo., a few weeks ago. The True Legends conference builds on Quayle’s True Legends brand of Christian Ancient Aliens knockoff products, which like much of the Christian entertainment market involves copying something secular, adding sanctimony and hypocrisy, and reducing the quality by 40-50%. Things got off to a great start when Quayle told viewers that he believes that we live in a holographic universe dominated by demons who have created a “hell-ographic” world, and that UFO disclosure is imminent because Satan is using demon-driven flying saucers to undermine believe in Nephilim giants.
You know, the usual.
Honestly, Quayle and the host spend so much time promoting their various books and DVDs that at times it became difficult to follow what the hell they were talking about. The love of money may be the root of all evil, but no Christian preacher ever turned down a chance for cold, hard cash. After all, wasn’t God the first author to promote his book worldwide with promises that buying it would deliver mind-blowing revelations?
Quayle claims that a shadowy force in league with the “invisible realm” of demons is pressuring Evangelical Nephilim hunters and demon bashers to leave the United States, and the host—somewhat shocking to my mind—related the history of the Watchers from the Book of Enoch and endorsed the Book of Enoch, the myth of the Fallen Angels boinking some hot chicks on Mount Hermon, and the other accoutrements of intertestamental apocrypha that the Church rejected in the early centuries CE and which remain non-canonical among Protestant groups today. Heresy knows no bounds when cash is involved.
Quayle announced that he has assembled an international team of “the smartest minds in the world” outside the U.S.” These translators he put to work on unnamed “alien-associated artifacts” from ancient times, including hieroglyphs and petroglyphs, whose inscriptions in various tongues supposedly refer to Fallen Angels by name and describe their Enochian exile to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and underground and under sea waiting for the day when the stars are right and they will live again. (There is no secret here; dozens of texts refer to gods or heroes diabolized as Fallen Angels in Jewish and Christian literature.)
The language points to Fallen Angels by name, by location in the universe and other galaxies, but the central theme of it all is “We were here, we were forced to go into hiding, we were forced to go into the uttermost (sic) parts of the universe”—and I’m talking Fallen Angels now—“and we’re coming back.” And they have. Just like I said, the last command a robot will make to all the other robots is “Kill all humans.” These robots are coming back with the same intention. We’ll be breaking that, but I think this is the first time outside of Branson anyone has seen that.
To that end, Quayle asserted that Greek mythology is an account of Fallen Angels and Nephilim, an old idea the Church Fathers pushed in the early centuries CE. It shows up in Milton’s Paradise Lost. He also supported the claim with reference to Robert Schoch’s adaptation of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz’s claim that the Sphinx was eroded by water. The irony is that Schwaller de Lubicz made the original claim in pursuit of an occultism Quayle would dismiss as demonic.
I have to say, though, it was rather funny to watch Quayle try to defend this view by attacking both “Darwinian evolution” and Young Earth Creationists, particularly since the first Nephilim theorists were dead certain that the angels fell 1,000 years after the Creation (e.g. George Kedrenos, A Concise History of the World, 1.16-20, following Panodorus) and were safely disposed of by the Flood (e.g. Epiphanius, Panarion 1.39), about 650 years later. Quayle claims that the Fallen Angels reigned for thousands upon thousands of years, taking Babylonian and Egyptian myths of the extended reigns of the gods and demigods at face value and demanding hundreds of thousands of years of extra history in which to envision demons reigning over humanity.
Even the Church Fathers who believed in the Enochian worldview recognized that this couldn’t be reconciled with Biblical chronology, since the lives of the family of Adam from creation to Jesus could not match the lengths of the reigns of the gods and demigods of the pagans. Julius Africanus proposed that the pagans had confused solar years with lunar months, thus cutting the reigns by 12:
The Egyptians, indeed, with their boastful notions of their own antiquity, have put forth a sort of account of it by the hand of their astrologers in cycles and myriads of years; which some of those who have had the repute of studying such subjects profoundly have in a summary way called lunar years; and inclining no less than others to the mythical, they think they fall in with the eight or nine thousands of years which the Egyptian priests in Plato falsely reckon up to Solon.
Later Christian scholars would propose a baffling array of other ways to reconcile Babylonian, Greek, Egyptian, and Judeo-Christian mythologies Eusebius, Annianus, George Syncellus, Bar Hebraeus, and Bishop Ussher are only a few of the famous names who tried. If you add in Islamic scholars like Abū Ma‘shar and al-Biruni, it can be mind-numbing to consider all the small and subtle differences. The general thrust though is clear.
I concede my amusement that Quayle and his evangelical hucksters have a less sophisticated rationale for marrying pagan and Christian mythology than Julius Africanus did in the third century, and a more heterodox view of Christianity than the Church Fathers of the fourth century. It gives the lie to the idea that Evangelicals have a moral superiority through their literal adherence to the Bible.
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