Tuesday, August 27, 2013

With Attributions

Some Thoughts on Chuck Missler’s “You Tube” Apology 

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn 

As many readers are aware, the Herescope blog recently posted an article which compared considerable excerpts, most of them word-for-word paragraphs, from Chuck Missler’s book Cosmic Codes: Hidden Messages from the Edge of Eternity and New Age author Michael Talbot’s book, The Holographic Universe.[1] Because the undocumented excerpts from Cosmic Codes (1996, Revised 2004) bear an uncanny sameness to in situ paragraphs contained in The Holographic Universe (1992), the implication is that plagiarism, whether inadvertent or intentional on Missler’s part, was committed.[2] Herescope’s exposure came about as a result of researcher Gaylene Goodroad’s meticulous study of the two books and the conviction that the resemblances, in light of other questionable teachings emanating from Koinonia House, ought to be exposed. This then forms the background for Chuck Missler’s recent video apology for not having appropriately documented the quotations he extracted from Talbot’s book.[3]

The Apology 
The following is a transcript of the video apology. It reads:

“Hi, this is Chuck Missler, and I’m on a difficult errand. It’s an apology and a correction that is tragically overdue. Many of you are familiar with my book Cosmic Codes: Hidden Messages from the Edge of Eternity, and ah, if you look at the front of it, there is a page called ‘Acknowledgements’ that needs some correction. Allow me to read the first paragraph because it really communicates the essence here: 
This book draws on over 50 years of collecting snippets from a hobby of discovery as well as a technical career in the information sciences. It is certain that their remains indebtedness that has gone unacknowledged. As one accumulates personal notes from lectures, conferences and other encounters—many of them private—and then assembles them into various informal presentations over several decades of speaking, some of the source annotations are “incred-er” understandably lost. 
 Now, then follows is a couple of paragraphs of specifics, but there’s a very important one that desperately needs to be added, and we’re going to take this page and reprint it and put it in the remaining unsold volumes. A paragraph will be added, after what I just read, it’ll say,
It has been called to our attention that substantial discussions (e.g. on pages 308 to 309, 329 to 330, and 336 to 341), were drawn from segments of Michael Talbot’s, The Holographic Universe, (that’s in New York 1992), without proper and adequate attributions. Subsequent printings will, of course, repair these credits and omissions. 
 And then following this will the remaining 4 paragraphs of other indebtedness, uh... continue to be acknowledged. And there’s no excuse for the sloppiness that led to this lack of attribution, but we want to repair it as rapidly and as quickly as we can. We certainly apologize for the confusion. It’ll give our supporters an opportunity to be charitable and it’ll give our adversaries an opportunity to blaspheme (the word ‘blaspheme’ said with a smirk and laugh), but we appreciate the support that we’ve had in all of this and we’re going to be as diligent as we can to make sure this doesn’t ever repeat itself again. Thank you very much.”[4]

A Respected Teacher 
For decades now Dr. Chuck Missler has been a respected Bible teacher amongst many who believe in a dispensational interpretation and understanding of the Bible; meaning that the church has not replaced Israel in God’s redemptive plan in history, that the translation of true believers will occur before the tribulation, and that seven years later, Jesus will return to earth and establish His millennial kingdom (convictions which incidentally, I share). Missler’s teachings have impacted the lives of 1000s. He is now, as I, an elderly man and projects, as can be observed on many You Tube videos, a paternal and wise demeanor. He appears as the “Grandpa” every kid could wish he/she had.

My writing this piece in response to Missler’s apology does not concern the sincerity of it—only God knows that. Neither do I exempt myself from God’s coming evaluation of my ministry that has now spanned over four decades (See James 3:1; 2 Corinthians 5:10). I am not without my faults and sins. But having said this, there are a few points of the apology that prove problematic to me. Let me begin with the most troublesome first.

At the end of his statement he says his apology will now provide opportunity for supporters to be “charitable”—and well they should, for charitable comes from the Greek word “charis” or grace—but then he adds, “it’ll give our adversaries an opportunity to blaspheme.” Blaspheme... Setting aside the word’s biblical meaning, I looked up “blaspheme” in an English dictionary. Though the word may remotely possess a meaning “to criticize,” the dictionary defines “blaspheme” like this:

blaspheme... 1. To speak of (God or something sacred) irreverently or impiously. 2. To revile: execrate.... To speak blasphemy.[5]

Biblically, Vine defines “to blaspheme” as using “any contumelious [disobedient or insubordinate] speech, reviling, calumniating [make malicious, false statements about] railing at....”[6]

Of course, Missler’s remark was meant to preempt any future criticism of him by classifying it to be blasphemous. But on this point a number of questions arise. One, if future criticism of Missler is to be considered blasphemy then is not any past criticism of him blasphemy also? Two, is Herescope’s exposure of Missler’s copycat words and unscriptural Sci-fi like prophetic teachings to be considered blasphemy? And three, given the common meaning of “blaspheme” in English parlance, is any criticism of Missler, whether past, present or future, to therefore be understood as irreverent or impious speech against God? Is his ministry so coalesced in God that he makes no mistakes to criticize? I don’t think so.

As a pastor for over forty years, I have also been the butt of personal criticism. But I have never considered, nor do I now consider, such criticism to have been or to be blasphemy. To my common English and biblical understanding of the word, blasphemy can only occur against God. Missler’s use of the word reminds me of “heavy shepherding” movement where elders would warn church members that to criticize them was to blaspheme God. In this regard, remember Diotrephes (3 John 9-11); or, the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:6, 15)? So I would fault Missler’s apology for using the inflammatory infinitive “to blaspheme” in reference to those who might criticize him in the future.

Second, I would point out 50 years—the decades of ministry which involved a “hobby of discovery” as he calls it—did not elapse between the initial publications of Cosmic Codes (1996) and Talbot’s book, The Holographic Universe (1992). That the sixteen exhibits and the single diagram exhibited in Cosmic Codes, evidently extracted from Talbot’s book, had been lost amidst Missler’s unconscious maze of decades-long research, strains credulity. The publication of the two books were too proximate for this to have happened, especially in light of the fact that Missler states, and this I don’t doubt, that he had made a “technical career in the information sciences.”

Sola Scriptura—where has it gone? 
And third, given Missler’s reliance on Talbot’s book, and in view of the fascination of evangelical lecturers and authors with eccentric prophetic interpretations of the Bible that they buttress by citing non-canonical apocryphal, pseudepigraphal and mythological source materials—literary genres that share nothing in common with the biblical worldview, other than “antiquity”—it must be asked, where has the Reformation doctrine of Sola Scriptura gone? Of the emerging prophetic paradigm that sees current authors and lecturers incorporating these extra-scriptural source materials to construct fantastic futuristic prophetic scenarios that cater to a culture fixated on Sci-fi, I am reminded of Paul’s warning to Timothy:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but wanting to have their ears tickled,
they will accumulate for themselves teachers
in accordance to their own desires;
and will turn away their ears from the truth,
and will turn aside to myths

(2 Timothy 4:3-4, NASB). 

In conclusion, I have noticed criticisms of Herescope for having posted this latest series of articles written by Sarah Leslie and Gaylene Goodroad. Some men are even using the term “discernment divas” to refer to women who work in discernment ministry. To such a characterization of them, I would simply say, “C’Mon Man!” Remember Deborah?

And to those who would fault Gaylene Goodroad for exposing the undocumented use of Talbot’s words by Missler in Cosmic Codes and then turnabout to laud his explanation of how it happened, I would say, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t laud his apology on the one hand and then on the other fault Herescope’s exposure of the plagiarism that made his apology-explanation necessary. I think it can be safely assumed, given the seventeen years that have elapsed since the initial publication of Cosmic Codes, that if the copying without attribution in Missler’s book had not been exposed, this issue would need no address... at least not now... if ever in our time.[7]

On a personal note, as one raised under the influence of Dr M.R. De Haan (1891-1965), Dr John Walvoord (1910-2002) and Dr Charles Ryrie’s (1925- ) prophetic teachings, it saddens me that the study of Bible prophecy on the part of some has moved out of the realm of biblical exegesis and theology and morphed to incorporate myths. But this, as the Herescope articles have exposed, is what is happening. In my conviction, this morphing, as it draws attention away from Jesus Christ and onto other “stuff,” will only provide fodder, as the Apostle Peter warns, for “last days” skeptics who seek to discredit the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of His coming?
for since the fathers fell asleep,
all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
(2 Peter 3:3-4, KJV)

1. Gaylene Goodroad, “Without Attribution: Purloining New Age Ideas,” August 7, 2013, Herescope, (http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/08/without-attribution.html). 
2. This is not the first time Missler has been accused of copying someone else’s words without attribution. Allegedly, in his book The Magog Factor (1992) the author copied from Professor Edwin Yamauchi’s book, Foes from the Northern Frontier (1982). See Roy Rivenburg, “Question of Attribution,” Los Angeles Times, July 30, 1992 (http://articles.latimes.com/1992-07-30/news/vw-4952_1_authors-hal-lindsey-and-chuck-missler). 
3. Biographical information on Michael Talbot is posted at tobyjohnson.com (http://www.tobyjohnson.com/michaeltalbot.html). 
4. Transcribed by Kim Treweek, Chuck Missler, “Missing Attributions in Cosmic Codes,” You Tube, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgUsbk9AqZ8&feature=player_embedded). 
5. Webster’s II: New College Dictionary (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995): 117. 
6. W.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., An Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984): 123-124. 
7. After reproducing the Herescope post “Without Attribution” on his website, Patrick Wood insightfully comments on the controversy. After citing the dictionary definition of plagiarism and that Missler’s copying from Talbot fits the definition, he concludes: 
Any way you look at it, plagiarism is a combination of theft and fraud, not merely “sloppiness”. While it is true that almost every writer has misused a source at one time or another, exhibiting a pattern of plagiarism is another matter altogether. The book, Cosmic Codes exhibits such a pattern. 
Lastly, if one overlooks the plagiarism issue, a greater issue surfaces: Why is Missler drawing any content from a known New Age mystical writer who is clearly not a Christian?” 
See Patrick Wood, “Postscript,” Revelation Gate (http://revelationgate.com/index.php/apologetics/99-missler-and-plagiarism). 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Nephilim Subhumans

A New Cosmology for the Church, Part 6 
Alien Encounters: A Book Review 

Who are these children?

Not all of those, who appear human are in fact so.
Woe to him who forgets it! 
– Der Untermensch [1]

…what we find in abduction phenomena is that these powerful alien entities take people against their will, paralyze, probe, and inspect them with painful metallic objects. They plant thoughts in the abductees’ minds, perform sadistic sexual acts on them. They impregnate women, then re-abduct them only to “harvest” the fetuses for the purpose of creating a hybrid race! This sounds like a science-fiction thriller in which humans are nothing more than lab animals. 
– Chuck Missler[2]

The result of these ungodly unions was a race of very wicked and very powerful hybrid (half-fallen angel, half-human) offspring—the Nephilim—who corrupted, harassed, even killed mankind. Now, at the end of the 20th century, we have the return of “alien” entities with apparent supernatural powers. 
– Chuck Missler[3]

“Satanic forces are here and they are not friendly!” 
 – Chuck Missler[4]

By Sarah H. Leslie 

Why did Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman write a book about space aliens? Why do Christians need to be concerned about extraterrestrials? How did their book, Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon,[5] become such an important and foundational book for the rise of a postmodern prophecy movement within the evangelical church? What really is “The Biblical View”[6] about space aliens? Did Jesus talk about space aliens? How could the church have missed it for thousands of years? Why is it suddenly important now?

All these, and many more questions flooded my mind as I re-read Alien Encounters for the 4th time while preparing this final review of the series. I admit I already possess a bias because I know “the rest of the story.” I am aware that the next generation of teachers, who have built upon the foundational theses of Alien Encounters, have been publishing an expansion of these original ideas for well over a decade.[7]

Alternative Eschatological Scenarios[8]
The first time I read through Alien Encounters I was shocked by the content. I was especially appalled by the conclusions presented in the book's later chapters. “The Biblical View” – the title of Section 3 – was not a biblical view at all. It was a presentation of an entirely new eschatology, formed by incorporating in extreme extra-biblical source material. By adding-to Scriptures, the authors create a fantastical scenario based on the idea that space alien creatures invaded the earth before Noah’s Flood and contaminated human DNA, thus corrupting the pure human racial line and creating genetic hybrids that God had to destroy with the Flood… and that this also happened again AFTER the Flood resulting in genetic giants that had to be physically destroyed in the Promised Land… and this genetic corruption of human DNA is happening now again in space alien abductions as they invade the earth!

The premise that it is happening again now (and in the future) is most alarming! The thesis of the final chapters of Alien Encounters is that there are genetic alien-human hybrids who possess inferior DNA, who are subhuman, and who are not redeemable. The unspoken implication is quite appalling – what should be done with these supposed hybrid alien-human children? Should they be destroyed? How does one identify and assess these purported alien-human babies whose genetic lines are corrupted? Am I over-reacting? No, I don’t think so – but read through to the bottom of this article and decide for yourself.

Once again, my own background intersected with this book’s contents. As a former activist in the Right-to-Life movement, I have a special aversion to any discussions of genetic purity. I read much of Margaret Sanger’s prolific writings – writings that were filled with terrifying racial purification theories. Relying on pseudo-scientific racism,[9] and based on Darwin’s “survival of the fittest,” Sanger helped to found a eugenics[10] and racial hygiene[11] movement that would perform forced sterilizations on the “feebleminded” and those profiled as “sub-humans”[12] – all of which ultimately culminated in the terrible atrocities against Jews in Hitler’s Germany,[13] as well as our modern-day abortion holocaust.

What will happen to these children?

The Madness is in the Method 
How can a Christian read to this point of Alien Encounters and not become persuaded to believe the crazy-sounding idea that there are alien-human hybrids lurking among us? The secret lies in knowing the method. How this material is presented to the reader becomes as important as the content itself. In order to introduce significantly new content into evangelical endtime theology, the “change process” developed by the social scientist Kurt Lewin[14] is utilized:
  • Un-Freeze the old beliefs, doctrines and theology by rethinking, questioning, arguments or by mocking and ridiculing the old. 
  • Change philosophies and theologies, reinterpret Scriptures, introduce new teachings, ideas, materials, and ways of thinking. 
  • Re-Freeze – establish a new worldview, a new eschatology, a new paradigm, a new foundation, etc.[15]

The “Un-Freeze” process is especially noticeable in the following introductory paragraph in Chapter 10, “The Return of the Nephilim”:

Most people, including serious students of the Bible, are unaware of the peculiar circumstances that led to the flood of Noah. This has been widely misunderstood (and mistaught) for centuries. The strange but critical goings-on are among the most controversial issues among serious scholars, and we should maintain open minds as we proceed through the murky mists of the deep past. [16]

We may have controversies about how to interpret obscure Bible passages. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that a passage has been “misunderstood” or “mistaught.” Many of the evangelical change agents in the past two decades have employed this very same tactic – asserting that an old doctrine has been “misunderstood” or “mistaught” – and then introducing a new doctrine. Note that the authors ask the readers to “maintain open minds” as they present an entirely new doctrinal thesis in these next few chapters. Any time an author tells you to “maintain open minds,” beware. New theological concepts will likely be introduced. The Bible does not require believers to “maintain open minds.” Rather, God’s Word tells us:

Open thou mine eyes,
that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.”
(Psalm 119:18) 

 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light,
and from the power of Satan unto God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance
among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.”
(Acts 26:18) 

Are Noah’s Nephilim Flying in Saucers
Abducting People? 

There is a step-by-step method the authors utilize as they attempt to change existing theology and establish a Nephilim eschatology paradigm. The process is one of discarding the old theology and integrating the new theology. Notice the gradual introduction of new content, one issue at a time. Be aware of how each new point builds on the previous one. Watch out for the incoming material that is not from the Bible. Below is a classic example of the transformation process as it works itself out in Chapter 10. 
  1. It is stated that “Widespread wickedness” is not “the only criterion” for Noah’s Flood.[17] This assertion comes by omitting verses 3, 5 and 6 from the Genesis 6:1-6 account which speak of mankind’s wickedness, as well as verses 11-13 which says the earth was “filled with violence.” 
  2. The extrabiblical apocryphal Book of Enoch is introduced as a new source to add new additional material to supplement the old biblical accounts. This inclusion is initially justified because it can “confirm the accepted beliefs of the period.”[18] Later on, more statements are made implying this work really should have been included in the Canon. 
  3. The authors make the astonishing claim that the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2 are “errant supernatural ‘alien’ beings [who] mated with human women and produced unnatural, superhuman offspring!”[19] Take note! Space aliens are introduced into the Noah story at this point. 
  4. The authors assert that there were gigantic offspring of these space alien-human unions called Nephilim. These half-breed Nephilim creatures are called “monstrous,” “demigods,” and “partly terrestrial and partly celestial.” Supporting evidence for these assertions come from ancient mythological stories, not Scripture.[20]
  5. The authors then go on to say on page 207 there was a “Gene Pool Problem” from these alien-human unions. They conclude that Noah was the only “perfect” man in his generations – meaning perfect genetically. But an astute reader will recall that the whole verse (Gen. 6:9) doesn’t say anything about DNA or genetics. It talks about Noah's spiritual walk: “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” Compare this with God’s remark to Noah in Genesis 7:1: “for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” 
  6. Note how Missler has just introduced the radically new idea that “Noah’s genealogy was not tarnished by this intrusion of the fallen angels.”[21] Suddenly the term “fallen angels” is inserted for space “aliens.” So now it begins to dawn on the reader that space aliens = fallen angels. Ah-ha! This explains this book’s fixation on space aliens! This semantic gyration becomes important as the new theology emerges. 
  7. Just to make sure that the new doctrine catches hold, the authors reiterate. The word “perfect” in Gen. 6:9 means DNA – that Noah was not “contaminated” by “the adulteration of the human gene pool.”[22] This genetic corruption contention significantly ignores other important contextual verses about Noah such as Heb. 11:7, Gen. 7:1, 5, 9, 16. Plus, it also disregards the many other uses of this Hebrew word tamiym (sometimes translated as “upright”) in Scripture. See 17:1; Deut. 18:13, 32:4, 2 Sam. 22:24; etc.[23]
  8. Readers must always be on the lookout for what is left out. Genesis 6:7 is significantly omitted from the authors’ discussion. Here the Lord specifies that He will “destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth.” It does not say anything about destroying half-breed creatures who are the result of space alien/fallen angels mating with human women. It says God will destroy man (Hebrew: adam) specifying – whom I have created – not alien-human hybrids. Likewise note the word “man” in verse 5 – “the wickedness of man was great on the earth.” 
  9. Lest the reader start doubting these strange teachings at this point – which is pretty easy to do – other extrabiblical sources are now hauled in to undergird this emerging doctrinal concoction. These other sources include The Testimony of the 12 Patriarchs, Little Genesis, The Book of Jubilees, and Josephus’ Antiquities.[24] Note: Alien Encounters enjoys appearing very scholarly and stating things very authoritatively. Normal readers may not be familiar with these obscure sources, and thus there is an aspect of intimidation by intellectualism. Don’t fall for this tactic! 
  10. More artillery comes to bear from a lengthy list of esteemed Christian scholars throughout the centuries who believed and taught that the “sons of God” meant that angels were procreating with human “wives.”[25] Many godly men have indeed taught this. But they are turning in their graves right now to hear this means extraterrestrial space aliens were procreating with human women! By the way, if an author points to “esteemed Brother So-and-So who said high-sounding such-and such.” Don’t fall for this tactic. If Brother So-and-So’s thesis doesn’t agree with Scripture, then discard it.
  11. Remember the method: in order to create a new theology, the old must be discredited and discarded. The old theology that stands in the way of the new Nephilim view is the so-called “Sethite” view. In order to denigrate this “Sethite” position, it is asserted that “substantial liberties must be taken with the literal text to support this view” and that it “flies in the face of earlier centuries of understanding… by both rabbinical and Early Church scholars.” Another long list of modern scholars is called upon to bolster this case.[26]
  12. Even though the Sethite view is the topic of an appendix in the book it is misrepresented and never clearly articulated.[27] The sophisticated authors hope that the average reader isn’t acquainted with the nuances of this old theology. But what does the Bible teach? The plain meaning of Genesis 6:3 is that the earth was destroyed by the Flood because of mankind’s sinful wickedness: “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Man’s evil heart is reiterated continually throughout the Scriptures (e.g., Jer. 3:7, 13:10, 16:12, 18:12; Matt. 15:9: Heb. 3:12, 10:22, etc.) and it becomes an important part of the Gospel message because it shows us we need a Redeemer. 
  13. Now we get to the full-blown Change agenda. “Fallen angels” are re-defined as “'alien' creatures [who] intruded upon the human reproductive process.”[28] Thankfully the authors don't get specific about how this reproduction intrusion might happen. The reader is also reminded that these space alien beings allegedly possess “technologies” and have influenced mankind’s “arts and sciences.”[29] Note: this also happens to be a key tenet of UFO cults! 
  14. Angels are re-defined in physics terms. They “seem to have no problem materializing into our space-time.”[30] This becomes an incessant theme. Observe that there is a subtle implication that “angels” have an ability to materialize at will. Where is God’s sovereignty in this scenario? Rather than relying on what Scripture alone says about angels, the reader is being encouraged to think of them in terms of science, or worse, science fiction.[31]
  15. The case for a new eschatology is still being made, one small step at a time. Demons are defined as “desperate to seek embodiment,” and the authors teach that they are separate and distinct from fallen angels, although they seem to use the words interchangeably at times.[32] Again, notice that these demonic creatures are described as willful beings, so much so that they apparently are not under God’s sovereignty. And how does this belief limit the supremacy of Jesus Christ over all of creation?[33]
  16. We all know that giants existed after Noah’s Flood – Goliath, the sons of Anakim, e.g. But in Alien Encounters two entirely new theological constructs are proffered simultaneously: 1) the “fear of these terrifying creatures” was the real reason the Hebrews had to wander in the wilderness for 38 years (contrary to Psalm 78:40 and 106:14), and 2) “It would seem that in the land of Canaan there again was a gene pool problem.”[34] NOTICE: There is an allegation of genetic corruption AFTER Noah’s Flood. This is a significant adulteration of traditional biblical theology! Also notice how the old Bible teaching on the wickedness of man is once again substituted with this new idea of space alien genetic corruption. The doctrine essential to the Gospel – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23) is effectually suppressed by the introduction of this DNA corruption tenet. 
  17. Now we come to the crux of the matter. Time to Re-Freeze. A brand new theology is presented: “The Nephilim” – “the unnatural offspring” of space alien fallen angel creatures and human women – “are not eligible for resurrection.”[35] WHAT?! This astonishing claim, that these alleged alien-human hybrids are outside of redemption, is fraught with difficulty. This is an alarming proposition because of the teaching that came directly before it – that there are currently (or in the future) creatures on earth that possess contaminated alien-human DNA. Is Missler saying that there are subhuman creatures extant on earth that “are not eligible for resurrection”?! 
  18. One bad theology begets another. A new theological concoction is brewed up – the authors assert that the “spirits” that were part of the Nephilim hybrids became the “demons” of the New Testament era, and they “may be recurring through the UFOs of today.” Huh?! Just in case you didn’t get it, the authors re-state it: “the increasing number of ‘abduction’ reports a recurrence of this kind of intrusion.”[36] To re-phrase this preposterous premise – the spirits of these gigantic Nephilim hybrids who are the result a union of space aliens and human women, go on to become “demons” when these Nephilim creatures die. Where is this in the Bible? It isn’t! But when an esteemed Bible scholar presents it to you in very intellectual garb, it may seem quite convincing. After all, he seems to know more than you do. 
So, after reading chapter 10, the reader finally gets it. Space aliens are demonic – a premise that many would agree with. But, that’s not what the authors are really saying. Not at all…. Read on….

These children were determined to be subhuman. What was their fate?

The Bible: “An ET Message Authenticated”? [37]
Several key re-definitions are posited in Chapter 11 of Alien Encounters. First, the authors re-define the Bible so that readers will now think of it variously as a “message of extraterrestrial origin,” a “message from outside of our dimension of time,” and a text with “hidden” messages embedded in it.[38] The Bible now becomes a book of psychic physics and UFO encounters. The reader is told “the Biblical record shatters the comfort our preconceptions about time, our universe, and our physical reality.”[39] In fact, once again, Jesus is described as a being possessing the attribute of “hyperdimensionality.”[40] And, when “Satan showed Jesus the glory of the kingdoms on earth” he was using “holographic projections.”[41]

A re-defined Bible helps to create a space alien mindset in the readers. Missler claims that one of the “Hidden Messages in the Text” is that “alien ‘space beings’ (fallen angels) are believed to have begun in the days of Jared.”[42] Of course, this preposterous statement isn’t found in Scripture. Fallen angels are again made equivalent to space aliens. Here and earlier in chapter 10[43] the authors assert that Enoch “was the first ‘astronaut’,” thus recasting the early chapters of Genesis into a UFO mold.[44] This inclusion of non-canonical apocryphal material such as the ancient Book of Enoch has a corrosive effect on how people view plain Scripture.[45] Why would an esteemed and reputable Bible scholar such as Chuck Missler enlist so many strange and extrabiblical sources? It strains his credulity!

The agenda to forge a new eschatology is further divulged at the conclusion of Chapter 11. Here the reader is informed that when Jesus taught His coming would be “as the days of Noah” what He really was referring to was the “current spate of UFOs and alien intrusions” which “appear to be a key part of what’s coming.”[46] So now “days of Noah” is re-defined to mean a space alien invasion![47] Duh! Reader, smack yourself on the head! How could we have missed it? Jesus was warning us about space aliens all along! Obviously, this incredible alternate eschatology has nothing to do with what Scripture actually says. But by now this phrase has now become a repetitive mantra for the entire Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm movement.

“Aerially Adept, Shape-Shifting,
Interdimensional Beings”

Chapter 12 is titled “Chariots of the Frauds”[49] and it begins with this amazing declaration:

The material we’ve examined to this point is indeed bizarre and in some cases unbelievable. And yet, we have seen that there is compelling evidence to believe that we have been visited, some would say “invaded,” by aerially adept, shape-shifting, interdimensional beings.[50] [bold added]

Missler reverts back to his earlier controversial sources – the magazine Flying Saucer Review, physics, UFO advocates and mystics, and mythology – to state the following thesis that goes far beyond anything Scriptural:

Because of the interdimensional nature of UFOs and their occupants, many researchers suggest that the phenomenology that generates UFOs is also responsible for the historical reports of angels, demons, fairies, fauns, sylphs, incubi, succubi, and any number of aerially adept supernatural entities.[51] [bold added]

…angels and aliens have the power to defy the laws of physics.[52]

These types of statements are repeated throughout the text.[53] How can the reader be persuaded to adopt (Re-Freeze) this strange new eschatological paradigm? Their old beliefs have been challenged and disparaged. New theories have been put forth. It is time for the reader to be enlisted. Readers must sign on the dotted line and join up with the new prophecy paradigm. The authors have to be especially persuasive at this point. The reader must undergo a dicey paradigm shift in their theology. Here are the next steps in managed change for transforming their eschatological worldview:
  1. The reader must accept the premise of “alternate dimensional realities” in order to break out of the “prevailing scientific and religious paradigms.”[54] Think outside the box? In this case, it is literally think outside this universe! This type of thinking, however, as was shown in earlier chapter reviews of Alien Encounters, is influenced by the occult and the psychic, not physics. Scripture simply states for the humble believer: Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Heb. 11:3) 2. 
  2. The reader is informed that the old religious paradigm – the “the Judeo-Christian world-view” – is problematic “because the Bible makes no mention of extraterrestrials.”[55] Thus this disparagement of the old way of thinking then leads to the next proposal…. 
  3. And here is the punch line: Missler reiterates his contention that these half-breed alien-human hybrid creatures can’t be redeemed! He states that Jesus didn’t come to save “aliens” because they are not “our kinsmen (i.e., fully human beings),” and therefore “the substitutionary, sacrificial, atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross is not (as far as we know) efficacious in blotting out the sins of aliens.”[56] Think, reader, think! This offensive concoction has terrifying implications. What if church leaders decide that an alien-human hybrid offspring – a child – is not eligible for Christ’s salvation?[57] What will happen to this child? Will church leaders decide that they need to eradicate these mutant children before they grow up to become menacing “giants”? Will prophecy leaders cite the Old Testament accounts of the Hebrews going into the Promised Land to justify destroying these children? This is a terrible thought! But it is the logical extension of this this bizarre corrupted DNA hybrid thesis. 
  4. The authors harp on the point that Demons and Fallen Angels are not the same, saying: “The nature of demons is entirely different. They are disembodied spirits that seek embodiment.” This assertion is not based on Scripture, but on what the authors vaguely claim was believed in “ancient times.”[58]
  5. There are extended discussions comparing angels to space aliens: they “have the ability to manipulate matter… they share the ability to change their external physical form…. [they] share the ability to control human events…. They share the ability to manipulate and control he minds of human beings.”[59] Who are the cited experts in this space alien/angel discourse? Jacques Vallee, John Keel, Dr. Pierre Guerin, “Science fiction writer Whitley Strieber” – all noted UFO researchers, not Bible teachers![60]
  6. By page 240 the reader must come to believe that “demons are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim.”[bold added] Huh?! Where is this in the Bible? It isn’t! Missler says it comes from the Book of Enoch! Note the progression of indoctrination…. 
  7. Previously the authors claimed Fallen Angels mated with human women creating a hybrid race called the “Nephilim”? To this they now add the very weird theology that “when the Nephilim died their spirits became disembodied and roamed the earth, harassing mankind and seeking embodiment!” To justify this assertion the authors cite the Book of Enoch – which they confidently describe as “an authoritative book.”[61]
  8. The new doctrines all come rushing in such rapid succession that the reader may be reeling at this point. The authors point out that the Book of Enoch also says that the fathers of these Nephilim hybrids are creatures called “Watchers.”[62]
  9. Note the switcheroo in authority! The Book of Enoch now becomes the reliable source for this NEW DOCTRINE that “evil spirits [i.e., “demons”]… proceed from the flesh of the Nephilim.” The authors state that this happens after the Nephilim dies. But others may not so be careful to adhere to this premise. If someone spots somebody they think could be a Nephilim will they assert that it contains an “evil spirit”?[63] And what should be done to these “hybrid (half-alien, half-human) offspring”[64] thus identified as possessed by a Nephilim “evil spirit”? Astute readers will note the word “offspring” and wonder again…. Isn't this really talking about children?
  10. Well, it gets worse. The reader is told that “these evil spirits will ‘oppress, corrupt, fall, contend, and bruise those upon earth.”[65] Uh-oh. So, again, ask what happens if you spot a Nephilim “evil spirit” lurking nearby. Should you destroy it? See our article 101 Questions about the Nephilim for more questions you can ask if you spy a Nephilim lurking about.
  11. In case the reader is still disbelieving all of this amazing new theology, the authors confidently assert that the extrabiblical Book of Jubilees gives “further confirmation that demons are disembodied spirits of the Nephilim.”[66] The authors busily haul in more apocryphal artillery and begin assaulting God’s Word with it.
  12. Why didn’t Jesus tell us? The reader is probably asking this question at this point in this lengthy transformative devolution of the doctrine of the Gospel of Salvation. Well, you poor unenlightened readers! You just didn’t understand what Jesus was actually saying. These “fallen angel” entities have “abducted humans for thousands of years” and they can manifest “in a humanoid form.” How can the authors can authoritatively assert this? Because “the Reptilians, Pleiadians, [and] Grays”[67] have all reported this! Such bona fide sources of truth!
  13. Next: the ultimate twisting of a verse! 1 Timothy 4:1, which warns believers to not give “heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils,” is subjected to a bit of semantic gymnastics with technicalities over the Greek word prosecho. Here is Missler’s stunning re-interpretation: “The scary implication of this verse is that in the last days, human beings will have contact with physically embodied Satanic spirits.”[68][bold added]

Covering the Tracks 
A key element of all change methods is the necessity of utilizing the dialectic process – two steps forward, one step back. All transformation agendas include this ingredient. Why? Because the dialectic two-step is a proven method of fooling people. Here’s how it works: A teacher can make a slightly biblically “off” statement, and then backtrack and sound right once again. But the new idea has been deposited in a person’s mind, and so when he takes the next two steps forward, one step has already been introduced previously, so it doesn’t seem quite so alarming or off-base anymore. In this way a new idea, doctrine, belief, tenet, etc. can be propelled forward in a spiraling process of thought manipulation. After a time, when enough people adopt a full-blown new idea, a paradigm shift occurs. At that point peer pressure takes over and many more people are persuaded to adopt the new doctrine simply because “everyone else is doing it.”[69]

Knowing this bit of methodology, it shouldn’t surprise the reader that at this point in the book Missler attempts to re-integrate all of these new teachings back into the old Rapture teachings. By taking this one step back, he appeals to the many evangelicals who are already acquainted with endtime teachings. By doing so his new ideas don’t sound quite so alarming or offensive. In fact, people can read into the book what they want to hear because sometimes it can be quite confusing and murky.

There is also another method at work here – the use of conspiratorial theorizing. This draws the reader into some wild speculations. For example, Missler states that “we believe that the stage is set for the worship and reverence of alien entities as our 20th century technological saviors in a global religion which will culminate in the greatest deception in the history of mankind.”[70] A theme is reiterated throughout the remainder of the book that “we believe that the deception will involve a worldwide series of physical manifestations by Satanic forces in a convincing display….”[71]

Satan's Offspring & Mengele's Children
Towards the end of the book on page 275 another new racial doctrine is introduced based on an entirely new space alien interpretation of Daniel 2:43 where it says “they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men.” Missler asserts that the “they” are “Non-seed” (i.e., space aliens). This also gets very conspiratorial. Missler believes that “’aliens’ and their hybrid offspring [are] part of the political makeup of this emergent world empire,” that “UFO incidents” would be “part of a carefully orchestrated program to lead us toward a political agenda,” and that there is a “Coming World Leader” who “will boast of a connection with the powerful, god-like alien entities” and who “will be a hybrid, half-human, half alien Avatar.”[72] Missler then asks:

Is the alleged “hybridization program” on which John Mack and others expound part of a Satanic plan to infiltrate the coming global government with “alien” Satanic forces? Are these aliens or their offspring part of the move toward a global government that we already see in motion, both here in the U.S. and in Europe? [73]

Note the phrase “or their offspring” above. Once again these children, the alleged mutant alien-human hybrids “offspring” are the focus. Missler then leaps to the horrifying concept that “Satan is going to have seed!” He claims that “Satan, as a fallen angel himself, must also have the ability to cohabit with a human female. By definition any offspring produced by such an ungodly union would be the seed of the serpent and the son of perdition!”[74] This teaching reinvigorates a bad old false doctrine known as the Serpent Seed heresy. (Read our Herescope report: “The Serpent Seed & the Nephilim.”)

The “serpent seed” premise in Alien Encounters also borrows from medieval Catholic teachings.[75] These Catholic teachers taught that there were children born from the unions of demons and humans in their time period, and described “children generated in this manner… are tall, very strong, very daring, very magnificent and very wicked.”[76] What was the fate of these children in history? The authors are talking about demonic hybrid children here! It gets worse. Missler also re-published this offensive statement:

“If the body of these children is thus different from the bodies of other children, their soul will certainly have qualities that will not be in common to others;…”[77]

So, this whole discussion is about children after all.... In the middle of all of the Nephilim eschatology, there is an embedded teaching that there are extant subhuman children with the racial characteristics of both space aliens (Fallen Angels) and human beings. And these children are not capable of being redeemed, and they may not even have souls. Hmmm.... Where have we heard this before? (In case you are curious about the occult origins of this teaching, just look at this Wikipedia page: Cambion.)

And lest the reader think that this is histrionic, below are some images and quotes about "Black-Eyed Children" from L.A. Marzulli, who has based his genetic corruption of children theories on the writings of Chuck Missler:

The Watchers series has reached new, extraordinary heights, presenting one thrilling segment after another. LA Marzulli and Richard Shaw’s ongoing adventures continue with the story of black-eyed children who appear at hotels and car windows, even on boats at sea! They appear with a singular purpose—they want to be invited in! Demons? Alien hybrids? [77] [bold added]

 ...children are recalling being abducted, by aliens, and taken aboard space ships. Afterward they begin to exhibit “trans-formative changes, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and healing. They also are inspired to draw complex artwork, scripts, symbols and sometime speak in strange languages. Needless to say, this is disturbing. Are we now beginning to see hybrid children mixing in with the general population?[78][bold added]

LA Marzulli and Gary Stearman discuss Black-Eyed Children[79]

Lest we forget the lessons of history, we remember that there was recently a dark and terrifying time when people believed that some children were subhumans and profiled them... and exterminated them. I included images of some of these children in the first half of this post.[80] So.... Who are these children? What was their fate?

39 children Romani children (20 boys and 19 girls) at St. Josefspflege orphanage in Mulfingen, Germany were purposely kept from their parents as part of a study. Eva Justin of the Institute for the Study of Racial Hygiene studied them for her doctoral dissertion titled "Lebensschicksale artfremd erzogener Zigeunerkinder und ihre Nachkommen" The fate of Gypsy children and their offspring raised in alien environments) was accepted by the Mathematics-Science Faculty of Berlin University in 1943 and was published in 1944. In the preface Justin explains her hope that her "study will serve as a basis for future race hygience laws regulating such unworthy primitive elements." The children were then sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where most perished (USHMM 1994, 41-42)[81]

 Eva Justin checking the facial characteristics of a Romani woman as part of her "racial studies".[82]

Justin's dissertation was approved by the German ethnologist Richard Thurnwald. After the completion of her studies, the 41 children used in the study were deported to the "Gypsy Camp" at Auschwitz. Soon after their arrival Josef Mengele arrived at Auschwitz. Some of the children were subjected to his experiments and most were eventually killed in the gas chamber. In the mean time Eva Justin was awarded her Ph.D., on May 9.[83]

What led to this horror? What were the esteemed leaders teaching that led others to commit these children to their awful fate? The leaders taught that

the subhuman [is] the greatest enemy of the dominant species on earth, mankind. The subhuman is a biological creature, crafted by nature, which has hands, legs, eyes and mouth, even the semblance of a brain. Nevertheless, this terrible creature is only a partial human being. 

Although it has features similar to a human, the subhuman is lower on the spiritual and psychological scale than any animal. Inside of this creature lies wild and unrestrained passions: an incessant need to destroy, filled with the most primitive desires, chaos and coldhearted villainy. 

A subhuman and nothing more! 
Not all of those, who appear human are in fact so. Woe to him who forgets it![84]

It is time to seriously separate from the so-called Bible prophecy teachers who are promoting the heresy that there are hybrid space alien subhuman children. This teaching is an anathema to the Gospel. It has no basis in Scripture, and it has no place in the church that calls itself by the name of Jesus Christ. May God have mercy on us all!

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD,
choose you this day whom ye will serve;
whether the gods which your fathers served
that were on the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

(Joshua 24:15)

1. Quote from a Nazi pamphlet, which is reprinted on the Wikipedia page for “Sub-Human,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untermensch. The description of the pamphlet is as follows: "Another example for using the term 'Untermensch,' this time in connection with anti-Soviet propaganda, is another brochure, again titled 'Der Untermensch', edited by Himmler and distributed by the Race and Settlement Head Office. SS-Obersturmführer Ludwig Pröscholdt, Jupp Daehler and SS-Hauptamt-Schulungsamt Koenig are associated with its production. Published in 1942 after the start of Operation Barbarossa, it is around fifty pages long and consists for the most part of photos casting an extremely negative light on the enemy (see link below for the title page). 3,860,995 copies were printed in the German language. It was also translated into Greek, French, Dutch, Danish, Bulgarian, Hungarian and Czech and seven other languages." See also the Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team, "Der Untermensch" ("The Subhuman") translated, and with photos: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/holoprelude/deruntermensch.html
2. Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon, by Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman (Koinonia House, 1997), p. 249. Bold added.
3. Ibid, p. 259. Bold added.
4. Ibid, p. 253. 
5. Ibid, Alien Encounters
6. Section III of Alien Encounters is titled “The Biblical View,” and it comprises chapters 10-14. Plus there is an appendix titled “The Sethite View.” 
7. A complete listing will be compiled at the end of this article.
8. This is a play on words. The New Age and Humanistic futurists of the 1960s and 1970s were working on creating “alternative future scenarios” in which mankind could create his own peace on earth. Evangelical leaders in the late 1970s embraced this idea – which came from Willis Harman, and began working on alternative future eschatologies for the church. See: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2009/07/quantum-eschatology.html
9. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_racism 
10. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics 
11. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_hygiene 
12. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untermensch 
13. I read many of Sanger’s original writings. For a more complete discussion and summary of her offensive views, see: Margaret Sanger: Father of Modern Society by Elasah Drogin. This book was published by Catholics United for Life, and although it has a Catholic bias it also is a good summary of her life and beliefs.
14. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Lewin 
15. This process is described in more detail in the Herescope post: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2006/01/change-agents-for-church.html and Berit Kjos has much published on her www.crossroad.to website about this change method. I was taught this method in that same educational psychology class where I learned psychic physics in the early 1970s.
16. Alien Encounters, p. 205. 
17. Ibid. Genesis 6:1, 2 and 4 are the only verse quoted on page 205. 
18. Ibid, p. 206-207, and also footnote 226. 
19. Ibid, p. 206. 
20. Ibid, p. 206-207. 
21. Ibid. “The Gene Pool Problem” is the heading for the next subsection on page 207. 
22. Ibid, p. 207. Bold added.
23. Simply read Genesis 6 and 7 for yourself. Go to www.blueletterbible.com and type in the word “perfect” in KJV, switch on the box that shows the Strong’s Concordance, click on the word itself, and see the many verses that come up. It is simply not true, as Missler states, that this Hebrew word tamiym is “usually referring to the fact that appropriate offerings did not have physical blemishes.” (Footnote 233, page 358, Alien Encounters.) The word occasionally translated “perfect” clearly also refers to those godly men who are “upright” and “undefiled” by sin. 
24. Alien Encounters, p. 207-208. There are some very strange footnotes for this section, including some garbled German titles that are not translatable. 
25. Ibid, p. 208. 
26. Ibid, p. 208-209. 
27. Ibid, p. 209 and also the “Appendices” (actually it is just one, an appendix). 
28. Ibid, p. 210-211. 
29. Ibid, p. 211-212. 
30. Ibid, p. 211. 
31. For example, the classic science fiction TV show Star Trek frequently engaged in stories of space alien creatures who could materialize at will, including some who lived in parallel universes. Thus many readers have been desensitized to this worldview by the sci-fi media of our popular culture.
32. Ibid, p. 213. 
33. See Pastor Larry DeBruyn’s article: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-supreme-supremacy-of-lord-jesus.html 
34. Ibid, p. 212-213. Bold added. 
35. Ibid, p. 213. This outrageous comment and its corresponding footnote statement beg for a truly scholarly and biblical rebuttal: “See Isaiah 26:14. Rephaim is often translated ‘dead’ (e.g., in Psalm 88:10; Proverbs 2:18; 9:18; 21:16; Isaiah 13:9; 26:14). Jesus did not become a Nephilim or a Rephaim, nor did he die for them.” 
36. Ibid, p. 213. 
37. This is the offensive title of Chapter 11.
38. Ibid, pp. 216-217. 
39. Ibid, p. 226. This is the theme of the entire chapter titled “An ET Message Authenticated.” 
40. Ibid, p. 232. This was also the premise of Chapter 4. And Missler engages in an extended discussion of this psychic physics “Jesus” in his chapter 14 “The Ultimate Hyperdimensional” which I found to be very disturbing – it recasts Jesus into a physics mold, and thus redefines our Saviour as a creature coming in from another dimension. 
41. Ibid, p. 245. 
42. Ibid, p. 217-219. 
43. Ibid, p. 204 and 221. 
44. This idea is not from Scripture! See this webpage, where many of the “ancient astronaut” theories are explained. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida_alien/alien_AAtheory05.htm. It states that this idea comes from the apocryphal Book of Enoch: “The apocryphal Book of Enoch tells of similar flying objects and beings, but goes further in that Enoch is taken on journeys to various corners of the Earth in the object and at one point even travels to the heavens.” 
45. See Pastor Larry DeBruyn’s excellent article: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/01/babylon-rising-and-canon-in-crisis.html 
46. Ibid, p. 234. 
47. Missler wrote in his customary tone of mocking skeptics: “While today many Christians can accept the notion that such Satanic unions might have occurred in the murky past of the days of Noah, the notion that these same events could occur in our ‘days of enlightenment’ causes many to recoil at the thought.” Ibid, p. 260. 
48. Ibid, p. 236. 
49. A play on words of Erich von Daniken’s book Chariots of the Gods, which taught ancient astronaut theory that influenced Missler’s Alien Encounters. Missler quotes from von Daniken as if he were a credible source, even though he has been largely discredited by the scientific community. 
50. Ibid. 
51. Ibid, p. 237. 
52. Ibid, p. 245. 
53. Ibid, pp. 244, 246, and 253, for example. 
54. Ibid, p. 239. Note the authors use the word paradigm here! 
55. Ibid, p. 238. 
56. Ibid, p. 238. 
57. For a good dose of biblical truth, see the Herescope post: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-supreme-supremacy-of-lord-jesus.html 
58. Alien Encounters, p. 240. 
59. Ibid, p. 245. 
60. Ibid, see the entire chapter “Chariots of the Frauds” for these and other many experts cited. Missler disagrees with some of these experts for various and sundry reasons, but it doesn’t change his basic case. 
61. Ibid, p. 240. 
62. Ibid, p. 242. Daniel 4:17 uses this term but it is obscure. 
63. Ibid, p. 241. 
64. Ibid, p. 259. 
65. Ibid. This is all repeated on page 242. 
66. Ibid, p. 241-242. 
67. Ibid, p. 244.   
68. Ibid, p. 254-255. 
69. This interpretation is so off the wall that it is not reproduced in its entirety. This method of indoctrination is also used in marketing. Many evangelical pastors were trained in this method by Leadership Network. It is called “The Diffusion of Innovation” and it is a standard method of change process. 
70. Alien Encounters, p. 261. This type of conspiracy-mongering is a noticeable attribute of Missler’s teachings the past few decades, and it works to generate hysteria and sales. Note that this statement is already time-dated since none of this happened in the 20th century. When he wrote Alien Encounters the UFO cult hype was at its highest, but it subsided in the secular world only to be invigorated in the church via the new prophecy paradigm teachers. 
71. Ibid, p. 271. 
72. Ibid, p. 296.
72. Ibid, p. 275. Bold added. This refers back to an offensive quote on page 255 by John Mack talking about this “hybridization” and claiming that “some sort of new life-form must evolve.” Mack’s theory was that space aliens, which he believes in, want “a joining of two species for the creation of a new evolutionary form.” Footnote 326 takes on to John Mack’s book Abduction (Ballantine Books, 1994, p. 411. 
73. Alien Encounters, p. 277, under the subheading “The Seed of the Serpent.” We addressed this horrific heresy on Herescope because it is also now taught by many of Missler’s followers: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-serpent-seed-nephilim.html 
74. Ibid, p. 277-281, and also under the subsection “Demoniality.” 
75.  Ibid, p. 280. Missler is quoting Jacques Vallee’s Passport to Magonia, pp. 127-129. 
76. Ibid, p. 280. Missler is quoting from Jacques Vallee again, p. 127. But he says that Vallee was quoting from R.P. le Brun’s Histiore des Superstitions in footnote 349. 
77. Text retrieved http://lamarzulli.wordpress.com, retrieved on October 10, 2012.
78. LA Marzulli, "Indigo Children: Hybrids among us?" http://lamarzulli.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/indigo-children-hybrids-among-us/
79. Advertised on LA Marzulli's website as "The Black Eyed Children: 01/21/13 on Vimeo," http://lamarzulli.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/l-a-marzulli-on-prophecy-in-the-news-4/ Pastor Ken Silva archived some of this material at his Apprising Ministries website. This is satire but it also contains archived examples these very sobering references and recordings: http://apprising.org/2012/10/17/alien-nephilim-soldiers-are-spotted/
80. These photos were retrieved from the YouTube film footage of "Romani children used in Nazi racial studies," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5DDRy0I9rU 
81. This quote comes from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Romani_Kids_ww2.jpg. However, there is additional information at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Justin and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_hygiene
82. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Justin
83. Ibid. Eva Justin entry at Wikipedia. Description of photograph.
84. Nazi pamphlet, “Sub-Human,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untermensch. See also the Holocause Education & Archive Research Team, "Der Untermensch" ("The Subhuman") translated, and with photos: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/holoprelude/deruntermensch.html

This post is the last of a 6-part series reviewing Alien Encounters, titled “A New Cosmology for the Church.” 

Part 1: Alien Encounters 
Part 2: Ancient Astronauts & Star Children 
Part 3: Flying Saucers and “Interdimensional Visitors” 
Part 4: Quantum Metaphysics 
Part 5: Entertaining ET 
Part 6: Nephilim Encounters 

Publisher's Note: Since our article “Without Attribution” was published, Chuck Missler has now stepped up to the plate and apologized. You can view his remarks HERE. While this is commendable, we remain concerned about Missler’s reliance upon the content of Michael Talbot’s book The Holographic Universe, which was incorporated so heavily into Cosmic Codes. Talbot’s book is not about physics, but rather it is a primer on the New Age and an in-depth look into psychic phenomena. We also remain concerned about this content in Missler’s Alien Encounters, which also contains UFO lore and UFO cults, pseudo-scientists, shamans, psychics, and numerous other extrabiblical sources.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Entertaining ET

A New Cosmology for the Church, Part 5
Alien Encounters: A Book Review

Regard not them that have familiar spirits,
neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them:
I am the LORD your God.

(Leviticus 19:31) 

By Sarah H. Leslie 

For well over a decade I would get the calls day and night. She would cry on the phone, scared because the Pleiadians and space aliens were coming to invade earth. They were talking to her and others, she said. Sometimes they lurked in her closet and terrified her. Sometimes they lived in her mind. They were not pleasant voices. They told her to do things that were self-destructive and harmful. But she naively believed they were coming to earth for peace. I talked to her about Jesus Christ. He would forgive her sins. He had died on the cross, and was raised again, “having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them”(Col 2:15). I told her she could call upon Him for help. But she said she believed what the Pleiadians told her, that Jesus was merely one of many world teachers, a being that possessed superior powers…. This story does not have a happy ending…. 

While studying Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon by Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman,[1] I kept this woman in the back of my mind. What would have happened if she had read this book? Would she have gotten the truth about the Gospel of salvation? Would she have heard warnings about these dangerous and demonic creatures? As I read on it became apparent that she could have read this book and stayed comfortably within her space aliens worldview. She would have received a heavy dose of a New Age gospel according to ET.

After our recent post titled Without Attribution, I really didn't want to continue writing this book review. What would be the point of continuing? We had already raised serious questions about the disturbing content as well as the deceptive manner of writing. But, after careful consideration, and counsel from others in the Discernment Research Group, it was felt necessary to summarize our last few points of concern about this book. This seemed important to do because Alien Encounters has significantly altered modern evangelical eschatology. As I noted in Part 1, this book has formed the philosophical foundation for an entire emerging movement.

To summarize briefly, Chapters 5 through 9, reviewed in this post, contain extensive alien contact and abduction information. Herein I was troubled by four things: 1) Frequent use of occult content without proper biblical cautions for the reader; 2) Strikingly insufficient and inadequate biblical apologetics; 3) Studied consideration and presentation of this occult information as if it were factual, valid and reliable; and 4) Laying the groundwork for a new eschatology that includes space aliens. Furthermore, I wondered what was the point of studying alleged space alien behavior. Why should we focus our attention on this terrifying darkness? God's Word has already told us everything we need to know about the endtimes. The Lord comforts us with these words from the prophet Isaiah:

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath:
for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke,
and the earth shall wax old like a garment,
and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner:
but My salvation shall be for ever,
and My righteousness shall not be abolished.

(Isaiah 51:6)

Alien Abductions 
One of the primary tenets of the UFO lore community is that people don’t just happen to see UFOs flying in the skies. Some claim they actually “encounter” space aliens (hence the title of the book, Alien Encounters). UFO sightings may be explained by experiments with sophisticated technology, weather conditions, or other scientific phenomena. But many people have reported that these ETs are entities that have spoken to them, even abducted them. And this is where the book focuses. Missler explains his rationale for delving into this topic:

…[W]e do believe that to appreciate the nature of the UFO phenomenon, an examination of the history and nature of these alleged abductions is very important.[2]

These alleged alien abduction “encounters” and reported contacts are problematic for many reasons. Space aliens do not seem to be able to communicate via humanity's mechanical devices. Rather, they behave more like familiar spirits. People’s contact stories are often obtained via hypnotic regression, and much of their reported experiences with these alien entities is strikingly similar to psychic phenomena. Under hypnosis people report that they received telepathic communications from their ET contacts. Many have written down these telepathic communications, even publishing them. And several major UFO cults have arisen based on these channeled words.

Alien Encounters recounts some sordid scenarios of physical and sexual violence that abductees have reported. Why repeat these stories? Some are quite gruesome. Under guided hypnosis some have even reported alien-human genetic experiments.[3] Missler gives these stories great credence, although he usually notes these abductions incidents are “alleged.”[4] While warning that the “overwhelming majority of abductees” have been previously involved in occult activities,[5] Missler stops short in sufficiently warning his readers that he is exposing them to the very same occult darkness.

This is where the hyperdimensional physics theories come to play. Rather than up-front stating that these psychic abduction phenomena are demonic in nature, and warning believers to stay away from this horrific stuff, Missler instead re-casts ETs into the mold of “interdimensional beings” with “interdimensional transportation”[6] that exist in a “parallel universe”[7] and can violate the space-time domain at will. To make this case he repeatedly cites psychiatrist and hypnotist John Mack’s[8] theories of “the UFO abduction phenomenon as a merging of science and religion, the appearance of a new paradigm of thought….”[9] For example, Missler speculates:

…[I]f in the months and years to come the occurrence of alien abductions is confirmed, we believe that there are historical precedents which may account for the composite view of interdimensional beings that traverse the space-time domain, manifest physically, then interact, abduct and even interbreed with mankind.[10]

Hyperdimensionality provides an alternative scientific-sounding explanation for the demon-like ET behavior. The alleged attribute of interdimensionality of “space aliens” becomes a primary theme of the remainder of the book. But the science itself is suspect, as was discussed in Part 4. This hyperdimensionality and alternative realities thesis also formed the premise of Michael Talbot's The Holographic Universe, which influenced Alien Encounters (and also Cosmic Codes). But note: Talbot's book is not really about physics. It is a primer on the New Age occult: ESP, mind science, psychokinesis, auras, shamanism, precognition, out-of-body experiences, psychic phenomena, Marian apparitions, UFO encounters, etc.

UFO Religious Cults
In order to understand these chapters of Alien Encounters, a bit of historical context is needed. In the 1990s, UFO cults were flourishing – sometimes with disastrous consequences, such as the Heaven’s Gate doomsday cult.[12] Many of these UFO cults have taught doomsday scenarios of a very apocalyptic nature. These are religious cults which are openly New Age.[13] They promulgate a religious thesis – i.e., that humanity had been “seeded” by extraterrestrials in ages past, and would be visited by ETs again in the very near future, and that some of earth's inhabitants may be evacuated. Those well-known “flying saucer cults”[14] most frequently quoted by Missler include:

  • Pleiadians – This religious cult teaches that there are humanoid extraterrestrials from the constellation Pleiades who resemble Nordic-Scandinavians (an Aryan white race), and indeed there are many elements of Theosophy in their teachings.[15] These ETs are called “Space Brothers,” implying there is a fraternal relationship with them.[16] Much of the “wisdom of the Pleiadians” comes via channeler (medium) Barbara Marciniak, who published the “teachings” of these “enlightened beings” in the book Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians.[17] There were also other Pleiadian channelers, all bringing a New Age message that earth is doomed unless there is a paradigm shift in consciousness. 

Marciniak's channeled "Pleiadian" transmissions

  • Ashtar Galactic Command – This religious cult teaches that there are extraterrestrial beings collectively known as “Ashtar” who have been giving transmissions to earth since 1952 to various channelers, including George Van Tassel, “Tuella,” and Yvonne Cole, regarding the imminent destruction of the planet. Much of the Ashtar Command teaching is published extensively in books by Timothy Green Beckley.[18]

Timothy Green Beckley's book cited in Alien Encounters

  • The Raelians – This large UFO cult was founded by Claude Vorilhon (“Rael”). “Raëlians believe that scientifically advanced extraterrestrials, known as the Elohim, created life on Earth through genetic engineering, and that a combination of human cloning and ‘mind transfer’ can ultimately provide eternal life.”[19] Raelians adopted a swastika embedded on the Star of David as their emblem (see below).[20] This religious group, which is structured like a church, performs rites based on sexual ceremonies, initiations and meditations too vulgar to discuss here.[21]

The offensive RAELIAN Swastika/Star of David logo from the official website

“ET, Channel Home” 
Alien Encounters contains numerous paragraphs of disturbing “space alien” transmissions that were written down by a channeler (a medium in the occult sense). The “space aliens” communicators are prominently given a “voice” in this book. Missler cites the authors who published them. But, in fact, these messages are spoken by entities claiming to be higher beings, whose channeled communications were published by these authors. Why are these “alleged extraterrestrials” quoted? Why are they treated as though they are credible sources of factual information?

Missler carefully considers these channeled messages. He reproduces them extensively in his book, explaining, “In our effort to identify their origin, mission, and agenda for mankind, it is important to examine the messages from our extraterrestrial visitors.”[22] He explains he does this because they all say the same thing: “It is surprising how consistent the messages are from the alleged extraterrestrials, as given through channelers and mediums.”[23] Because the messages are “remarkably consistent,”[24] does that make them truthful or factual? Hardly! But this point is reiterated again and again. Missler claims we need to pay attention to what “contactees” say about “our ‘space brothers’.”[25] (He often uses this “space brothers,” a term commonly used in UFO lore, which I found to be very troubling.)

The channeled writings of the Pleiadians and the Raelians are frequently reproduced in Alien Encounters. Missler cites Raelian leader Claude Vorilhon’s “remarkable contact with extraterrestrials”[26] and then goes on to describe Vorilhon’s story at length. Missler writes, “According to Rael, he was given the following interpretations of the creation story in the book of Genesis:…”[27] Totally false channeled information about Genesis and God is then reprinted. It is not in any sense biblical or true so I have not reproduced it here.

Yet, why is “Rael” being quoted? Because “Rael” claimed “the ETs told him that all religious leaders—Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, etc.—were half human, half ET prophets.”[28] Many of these channeled quotes appear to have been carefully selected because they talk about alien “seeding” and “DNA” corruption. I was very troubled to see Jesus included on this list. But Missler quotes even worse channeled lies about Jesus from “Rael.” These lies are so evil that I will not reproduce them here.[29] Missler provides little refutation other than to state that this is “incompatible with the Judeo-Christian world-view” and also “20th-century cosmology,” meaning physics.[30] But what if the reader does not know the Judeo-Christian worldview or the Gospel? Without the context of biblical refutation, they might consider these things to be true!

Missler also quotes from “Theodore,” an “extraterrestrial entity” channeled by New Age author Jeana Lake. Why does he entertain the voice of “Theodore,” in a quote full of blatant lies? Because “Theodore” also said that “extraterrestrials altered the DNA” on earth.[31] Again, it fits Alien Encounters' thesis of human-alien DNA tampering.

Missler re-published extensive channeled demonic transmissions that came via “New Age author Barbara Marciniak, who channeled alleged Pleiadian entities.”[32] He had quoted from her previously in Chapter 1.[33] In fact, the opening quote for Chapter 7 is channeled: “A Message from Pleiadian Extraterriastrials to Barbara Marciniak.”[34] Why did he give such a speaking platform for these “space alien” channeled transmissions in Alien Encounters? Because the Pleiadian entities talk about a “reptilian race” that is “an integral part of your ancestral line” that are “master geneticists.”[35] There is no refutation of this statement. It seems to be more fodder for the DNA corruption theory, which by now is becoming a prominent theme of his book.

Advertisement in Connecting Link magazine, Issue 21, 1993

Under the subtitle “The Purpose of Alien Abductions” in Chapter 5, Alien Encounters cites UFO researcher Budd Hopkins’ theories about a genetic breeding experiment:

“And what is the ultimate purpose of these abductions, these examinations and implants, these genetic attempts to produce hybrids…?”[38]

“…[A]ll of the evidence points to their being here to carry out a complex breeding experiment in which they seem to be working to create a hybrid species, a mix of human and alien characteristics.”[39]

Missler also cites David Jacobs frequently. He is a high-profile writer on the topic of alien abductions who believes that alien-human hybrids are on the earth today. According to Alien Encounters, Jacobs reportedly

shows that alien-human hybrids are engaged in a covert program of infiltration into human society with possibly the final goal of taking over Earth. He asserts that some of his research subjects are teaching these hybrids how to blend into human society so that they cannot be differentiated from humans, and that this is occurring worldwide.[41]

In Chapter 6, which is titled “In the Beginning ET?” Missler considers various scientific and esoteric views on panspermia,[42] the hypothesis that life on earth was “seeded” by extraterrestrial contact. For example, when “Rael” is given a voice in the book—which Missler actually describes as “a Bible study conducted by an ET!”—“Rael” claims that the extraterrestrials known as “Elohim” created man.[43] Missler recasts the origins of earth into a physics context, asking: “How did life first arise within the dimensions of our space-time domain?” and concluding that “the source of life in the universe must be an extradimensional one—in effect, an extradimensional Creator, independent of our space-time domain.”[44] The absence of a solid discussion of Genesis creation at this integral point was disappointing. Instead Alien Encounters quotes from Michael Behe’s Intelligent Design book Darwin’s Black Box.[46]

In a very confusing chapter about the New Age movement, “The Gospel According to ET” (Chapter 7), Missler notices the parallels between these extraterrestrial messages and New Age doctrine. But then he goes on to republish still more channeled words from the Pleiadians.[47] He even quotes “our ‘space brothers’” from Ashtar Command redefining Jesus.[48] These “space brothers” make the preposterous claim that Jesus was “levitated by a spaceship.”[49] There are many other channeled messages too awful to reproduce here. But I was increasingly troubled that there is insufficient biblical refutation – so many times the “space aliens'” New Age doctrines were permitted to stand unopposed. Does Missler assume that all of his readers already know the Gospel?[51] I kept thinking of my friend who didn’t know the Gospel Truth. She would have read these channeled statements in Missler’s book and believed them!

Missler states “that deception of the very ‘elect’ will take a convincing display of powerful but lying signs and wonders perpetrated by a group of ultradimensional beings with supernatural powers.”[52] These “space brothers” foretell of an “evacuation” of certain undesirable people on planet earth.[53] After publishing Ashtar Command’s channeled messages on this topic, Missler exclaims: “This is a remarkable claim.”[54] A few pages later, after again reproducing more Pleiadian channeled messages, Missler again exclaims, “This is a fascinating statement.”[55] Why is all of this endtime “trance-channeling”[56] so “fascinating” to Missler? Apparently because it fits his emerging eschatological thesis of alien-human DNA contamination. He states:

Pleiadian entities, we are told, were some of the “Original Planners” of Earth, who seeded Earth with their DNA, “and this DNA became part of the DNA of the human species.”[57]

Missler infers that this space alien prophecy of a coming evacuation is the same thing as the biblical Rapture.[58] He says, “What’s remarkable is that the ETs, through the prophets of the New Age, are apparently attempting to explain away this event [the Rapture] as a global alien evacuation of people….”[59] To explain the difference between the Rapture and the ET transmissions, Missler often relies on the explanations of physics.[60] Many New Age sources do talk of a coming evacuation and/or purging of mankind on earth. Likewise, many of these “space alien” channeled accounts talk of an evacuation. This presents a difficulty for Bible believers. First, the reliability of these channeled entity sources is very problematic. Plus, adding in these distorted and deceptive scenarios significantly alters what the Bible actually says about endtimes.

 Channeled transmissions via "Tuella" of Ashtar Command  cited on p. 187, AE

Missler treats these New Age and ET endtime scenarios as though they are factual and informative, and telling their own version of same story. Yes, he does give warnings and explanations about the New Age – and some of the warnings are even quite good. But there is too much studied consideration of these “alien” transmissions. Compounding this difficulty is an insufficient and/or inadequate refutation from Scripture. In many cases the text is a mishmash of truth mixed with error. It is all very confusing. I worry that any unbeliever, a new believer, a young believer – all would be placed in grave spiritual danger if they read this book.

Furthermore, since 1997 when Alien Encounters was first published, an entire movement has grown up around listening and considering these alleged space alien voices. Below is an example from L.A. Marzulli's blog, in which he also treats these Pleiadian voices as real, and considers their message as valid:

L.A. Marzulli, "The Coming Spiritual Tsunami," 8/7/13*

Seducing Spirits and Doctrines of Devils
These ETs all tell the same story. It is nearly identical to the other New Age channeled voices and their stories. These voices and their messages are deceptive. They do not deliver biblical truth. But, as is often the case, people may be seduced into believing these channeled stories because it all sounds so fascinating, remarkable or plausible.

Ironically, Scripture warns about listening to these other voices, and it is posited as a sign of the endtimes. Scripture calls these channeled voices seducing spirits, and proclaims that what they are teaching is actually the doctrines of devils. The Bible says we should give no heed to these voices! We should not even consider their message. What God has told us in His Word is sufficient:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly,
that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits
and doctrines of devils.”
(1 Tim. 4:1).

The Christian authors of an earlier 1992 book about UFOs warned strongly in their opening chapters what these “space aliens” were  – demons! After studying this phenomena for many decades they came to this conclusion. They believed that demons were masquerading as “space aliens” in a highly effective maneuver to deceive many in these last days. They compared the reported behavior of these “space aliens” to what the Scriptures say about demons and found them identical. The authors worried that many would be deceived by this ET charade, so they provided readers with an up-front “position statement” warning of the reality of these demonic “aliens”:
  1. Whatever these objects are, they do exist…. 
  2. They are not from other planets…. 
  3. They are supernatural in nature…. 
  4. They are demonic…. 
  5. The purpose of UFOs is deception…. Their principal weapon is deception…. 
  6. They figure into the end-time scheme of prophecy and its fulfillment….[61] [bold added]

The authors suggested that these “space alien” transmissions and channeled messages could “play an increasing role in preparing” the world for endtimes.[62] And, like Missler, they thought that it could be possible the world could be so deceived by their messages that it would believe that The Rapture of the saints was a space alien event. Nevertheless, despite these endtime speculations, the authors plainly warned:

These demonic entities are waging a war against mankind. Their tool is deception. The battleground is the minds of men. Only in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is there safety. We urge each reader to find Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord today.[63]

All of this becomes very important because in the next few chapters of Alien Encounters, which will be reviewed next, doctrine about demons and fallen angels is reinvented to include Nephilim and space aliens. People often ask why Jesus didn't warn us about an endtime apocalypse of a space alien invention. It clearly isn't in the Bible! But by considering these space alien stories as literal and true, and by suggesting that Nephilim are space alien creatures who can move interdimensionally, an entirely new eschatological scenario is inserted into and added to what the Bible actually says, complete with DNA alien-human hybrids.

If these alleged “space aliens” can be redefined into something other than the obvious demons they are, then people may be deceived into thinking they do not need to heed the strong biblical warnings about staying away from such obvious occult “abominations” (Deut. 18:12) and seducing spirits. This all becomes very confusing. especially for weak or immature believers.

Nevertheless, despite all of these fascinating speculations about “space aliens,” the Bible’s teaching is quite clear about not paying attention to voices that are disembodied, ethereal, channeled, etc., and who deliver a spiritual message. These voices are called “familiar spirits” in Scripture (Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Deut. 18:11; 1 Sam. 28:3,9; 2 Kings 21:6; 23:24; Is. 8:19; 19:3), and they work through mediums (channelers), that the Bible calls wizards or witches. These “familiar spirits” tell the future, or transmit messages, even supposedly from the dead. (See 1 Samuel 28). Even the occultists recognize these to be “devils” or “daemons.”[64]

A Christian believer should never listen to a demon or its message. We are commanded to “flee from idolatry” (the occult), and “flee” from any speculative “evil surmisings” (1 Cor. 10:14; 1 Tim. 6:4,11). Jesus Christ warned us that the devil has no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44) Even the occultists warn each other that these spirits lie:

It was known at an early age that communications allegedly coming from the spirits cannot be too trusted. Swedenborg says in his spiritual diary: “When spirits begin to speak with man he must beware lest he believe them in any thing; for they say almost anything. Things are fabricated by them and they lie. If man then listens and believes, they press on and deceive and seduce in divers ways.”[65]

Furthermore, telepathy is a type of divination, especially in foretelling the future, which these “space aliens” claim to do. Telepathic communications are psychic experiences related to hypnosis, as both are defined as a “transfer of thought.” Therefore it is highly suspicious that many of the “alien abduction” stories claim telepathic communication, and that this information was obtained via hypnotic suggestion or regression. Both are spiritual communication via demonic entities or means[66] – which can also be termed “a consulter with familiar spirits.” (Deut. 18:11) Why should Christians consult with familiar spirits in order to glean additional information about endtimes? Jesus has already told us what we need to know in His Word.

These “alien” demonic communications are not to be listened to, entertained, considered as valid or factual, or given any credence or platform whatsoever. Contact with the spirit world is expressly forbidden by Scripture. The most strongly-worded and specific warning can be found in this passage below:

When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee,
thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
There shall not be found among you any one
that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire,
or that useth divination, or an observer of times,
or an enchanter, or a witch,
Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits,
or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD:
and because of these abominations
the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

(Deuteronomy 18:9-13) 

1. Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon, by Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman (Koinonia House, 1997). 
2. Ibid, p. 101. 
3. Alien Encounters, p. 117, quoting Budd Hopkins’s speculations, which continues onto p. 118. 
4. Ibid, p. 112, where he states that “proponents of the reality of alien abduction…” and p. 113 where he cites “alleged abductees.” 
5. Ibid, p. 109. 
6. Ibid, p. 119. 
7. Ibid, p. 121 quoting Jacques Vallee. Vallee is also cited on p. 122 because he raises the speculation about the Nephilim. 
8. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ufologists and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward_Mack 
9. Ibid, p. 119-122. 
10. Ibid, p. 122. This is the main thesis of Alien Encounters
11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UFO_religions 
12. The Wikipedia page describing the Heaven’s Gate cult is quite instructive about how New Age beliefs were combined with Christian tenets and psychic physics to create this “doomsday cult” which tragically ended up committing mass suicide on March 26, 1997. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven%27s_Gate_(religious_group) 
13. See the excellent short synopsis of “UFO/Flying Saucer Cults” posted here: http://hirr.hartsem.edu/ency/UFO.htm 
14. A more complete listing can be found on a Wikipedia page listing “UFO religion” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_religion 
15. “The Art of Pleiadian Starseeds” webpage, for example, brings in the 7 Rays taught by Alice Bailey. http://powerfulfigures.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/the-art-of-a-pleiadian-starseeds/ and also see the endnote below. 
16. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiadeans and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiades_in_folklore_and_literature 
17. Description of Bringers of the Dawn as it appears on Amazon.com.(Bear & Company, 1992). This book is also published online at: http://www.cosmic-people.com/english/svetelna_knihovna/htm/en/en_kniha_bringers_of_the_dawn.htm and also: http://www.highvibrations.org/archive1/04aconve.htm. At the bottom, under the subtitle, “THE SOURCE.” it is evident from the context, that these purported alien entities are self-describing. Note that Missler publishes the Pleiadians’ channeling extensively in his book. 
18. ‪Wikipedia, “Ashtar (extraterrestrial being),” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtar_(extraterrestrial_being). ‬Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UFO_religions ‬Missler cites Beckley in many of his footnotes. ‬ 
19. “UFO religion,” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO_religion subtitle “Raelians.” Missler publishes the Raelians’ channelings frequently in his book. 
20. This is still going on. A recent article in The Guardian discusses “UFO religion the Raelians want to rehabilitate the swastika,” http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/aug/11/ufo-religion-raelians-reclaim-swastika?utm_source=ABPnews+Today&utm_campaign=c440117713-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dd0edff639-c440117713-53688389 
21. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raelians The official Raelian website is cited by Missler, footnote 156, etc. and is now located here: http://www.rael.org/home but I don’t recommend viewing it. 
22. Alien Encounters, p. 144. 
23. Alien Encounters, p. 139 in a subsection that asks “CHANNELED MESSAGES FROM OUR CREATORS?” 
24. Alien Encounters, p. 144. 
25. Ibid. 
26. Ibid, p. 134. 
27. Ibid, p. 136. 
28. Ibid, p. 137. 
29. Ibid, p. 137-138. 
30. Ibid, p. 138. I
31. bid, p. 139-140. 
32.  Ibid, p. 140. 
33. See Part 1 of this review series, http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/06/alien-encounters.html 
34. Ibid, p. 143. “A Message From Pleiadian Extraterrestrials to Barbara Marciniak, excerpted from Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians.” Chapter 7 is titled “The Gospel According to ET.” 
35. Ibid, p. 140. This quote can be found at: http://www.remnantreport.com/cgi-bin/imcart/read.cgi?article_id=281&sub=12 and note that it cites Alien Encounters as the source. 
36. Ibid, p. 117. 
37. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budd_Hopkins and note that he was the subject of much criticism and controversy. 
38. Ibid, p. 117, citing Budd Hopkins’ book, “Intruders (Ballantine Books, 1987, pp. 286-87,” in footnote 133 on page 351. 
39. Ibid, citing Budd Hopkins book “Witnessed, 1996, p. 378” (Pocket Books, 1996) in footnote 136, p. 351. 
40. David M. Jacobs is the author of Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions (Simon & Schuster, 1992) which Missler cites frequently. 
41. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Michael_Jacobs 
42. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panspermia 
43. Alien Encounters, p. 136. Missler does refute “Rael’s” unbiblical use of the term “Elohim,” thankfully, on page 137. Nevertheless, it is unfortunate that he termed “Rael’s” channeled teachings “a Bible study” – it is anything but a true Bible study! This makes a mockery of Scriptural truth. 
44. Alien Encounters, p. 132. 
45. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Behe 
46. Alien Encounters, pages 126-131. It is noteworthy that this is quoting Behe’s citation of Crick’s “directed panspermia” view. By resorting to Intelligent Design arguments for creation, however, the biblical Genesis account is not considered. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin's_Black_Box Answers In Genesis has reviewed some of Behe’s work, see: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2002/08/28/aigs-commentary-id-movement and http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2011/08/31/intelligent-design-is-not-enough/ and http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2005/09/21/the-genesis-flood-pt2 
47. Ibid, p. 146-148, 151, quoting from Bringers of the Dawn again. 
48. Ibid, p. 155, citing Timothy Green Beckley’s New World Order book. 
49. The footnote to this quote is number 173, p. 353: “Timothy Green Beckley, editor, “Channeled by the Ashtar Command,” New World Order, Inner Light Publications, New Brunswick, NJ, 1990, p. 141.” 
50. Alien Encounters, p. 177-179 quotes from channeled transmissions recorded in a 1994 issue of Connecting Link Magazine by a “Pleiadian Starseed” of the name “Ozmana” (also quoted on p. 188-189). At the top of the Herescope post launching this book review series, one can see an example of this magazine: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/06/alien-encounters.html.
51. At bottom of page 154, Missler gives a very truncated one-paragraph view of Jesus within the context of many pages and paragraphs of New Age and “space alien” beliefs about Jesus. This omission is an area of grave concern. How will the lost know how to be saved? How will they know who Jesus Christ truly is? Every effort should be made to explain the difference between the New Age lies and the Bible truth. It does not good to republish occult heresy unless we do so only to explain why it is wrong according to Scripture. I note that Alien Encounters is cited heavily on many occult UFO websites, and I am saddened that many reading this book with its abbreviated apologetics could remain deceived. 
52. Alien Encounters, p. 184. 
53. Ibid, Chapter 9 is titled “The Coming Evacuation!” and the opening quote is from Ashtar Command’s “Project World Evacuation, 1993,” explaining how their “rescue ships” will levitate people on board. 
54. Pages 187-189. All of these statements are footnoted or cited as transmissions from the Pleiadians through their various channelers. 
55. Pages 189-191. Missler cites Marciniak’s book Earth: Pleiadian Keys to the Living Library, “The book was compiled from 13 trance-channeling sessions in 1991 and 1992 with Pleiadian entities, extraterrestrials from the star system Pleiades.” (Page 189) [bold added].
56. See footnote 55 above. Note that channeling requires that the medium (channeler) go into a trance, which is an altered state of consciousness related to hypnosis. Spiritualists use trance states to communicate with “disembodied intelligences,” “spirits of the dead,” i.e., demonic spirits. From The Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Leslie Shepard, editor (Gale Research Co., 1978), p 940 (Entry, “Trance”). 
57. Alien Encounters, p. 190. It is not clear who Missler is quoting from as it is not footnoted, but the material just prior to this is Marciniak’s Bringers of the Dawn. On pages 191-192 Marciniak and Timothy Green Beckley’s “extraterrestrials” speak again. These transmissions from "space aliens" through their channelers continue to be published through page 197. 
58. Chapter 9 contains a huge amount of channeled demonic transmissions by Ashtar Command, all talking about a coming earth evacuation. These and other New Age channeled transmissions that are republishedin Alien Encounters, are posted by Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm (PPP) teacher Peter Goodgame at his website under the title “The Rapture According To New Age Channelers”: http://www.redmoonrising.com/newage.htm 
59. Alien Encounters, p. 199. 
60. When Missler proffers these New Age beliefs and transmissions, he often refutes them via his own particular physics cosmology. Thus, in this case, he explains that Heaven is not subject to entropy in the “dimensions of our space-time domain.” (p. 200) As a result of this focus the book’s apologetics often seem to be more focused on getting physics right rather than getting the Scripture right. 
61. David Allen Lewis and Robert Shreckhise, UFO: Endtime Delusion (New Leaf Press, 1992), p. 24-25. It must be pointed out that Alien Encounters borrows quite a bit from the Lewis and Shreckhise UFO book without proper attribution. See “Without Attribution,” http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/08/without-attribution.html
62.  Ibid, p. 25. 
63. Ibid, p. 149. 
64. The Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology (Entry, “Familiars,” pp. 322-323) states that familiar spirits are demons and describes their deceptive behaviors. It warns of “Deceiving Spirits” which communicate via psychic means, mediums and automatic writing, and says that they lie. (Entry, “Communication,” pp. 176-178). Likewise The Seeker’s Handbook, a New Age dictionary, defines “extraterrestrials” or “ancient astronauts” (Erich von Daniken’s thesis) as “spirit guides.” John Lash (Harmony Books, 1990), pp. 269, 224. 
65. The Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, p. 178. 
66. Even The Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology notes that “telepathy” is communication with “higher beings,” and states that “a disincarnate spirit has no physical brain” of its own, and admits that this transmission of thoughts involve spirits. (Entry, “Telepathy, pp. 912-917). 

*Regarding this Pleiadian message in the graphic, Marzulli wrote: "The statement from the 'Pleiadianseeds' should serve as a warning of what to expect.  There is a Trans-cultural spiritual revolution, that is headed our way.... I’ve discussed the revealing of the so-called extraterrestrial presence on this BLOG many times, but now, I feel obligated to warn again that when it does finally happen it will be a paradigm tsunami, which sweeps all other beliefs away. When the revealing happens it will be life changing.  Can you imagine mile-wide mother ships hovering over a city near you?  ET will be all news, all the time...."

Ed. Note: The title of this post, “Entertaining ET” is a play on words. It is plain reference to not “giving heed [paying attention to, entertaining] to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1 Tim. 4:1). It also refers to the entertainment nature of these seducing spirits, which entice their audience with titillating terrors. This title is also a play on words of Hebrews 13:2, and its holy admonition to “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” I believe that people are entertaining demons when they give a platform for these channeled transmissions to speak their lies, and consider them as though they were factual or true. 

The ET Bible graphic at the top of this post came from the satire at: http://apprising.org/2012/03/13/the-e-t-bible-authorized-intergalactic-version-1-0/