Are Angels and Aliens one and the same?

It is often claimed that the Bible has several mentions of ‘aliens’ appearing in it, so Science Vibe decided to look at the source – the Bible, itself – and see what scholars have to say, It turns out that there are many such out-of-this-world encounters, BUT the explanations are not likely to satisfy both alien believers and religious enthusiasts. It seems that the same occurrences have very different interpretations. And this is because: Science has it limits, or that “We have been visited by “aliens” many times, but not by science fiction creatures.”, or even better “Rather than relating to mysterious outer-space UFOs, these visions were breathtaking glimpses of the glory of Almighty God.”

We cite passages from several sources so you can see for yourself! But first, here is a quick sample of several strange events listed in the Bible.

1) Appear as normal human beings, undetected by people (Genesis 19:1–29; Hebrews 13:2).
2) Appear as bright, shining beings that terrify those who see them (Matthew 28:2–7).
3) Appear in men’s dreams (Matthew 1:20–24).
4) Appear to animals, but invisible to humans (Numbers 22:21–40).
5) Appear in the form of a plague (1 Chronicles 21:14–16).
6) Appear in flames of fire (Exodus 3:2).

So what’s going on here? According to “The Church of the God International” it simple – namely that “We have been visited by “aliens” many times, but not by science fiction creatures.” Here is how they see it:

We find in the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel a description of four living creatures called cherubim. Cherubim are the highest order of angels. From Ezekiel’s description of them, they appear to have been compound figures, unlike any other object in nature; they actually possessed the features of several animals (Ezekiel 1:10; 41:18–19). But notice how they moved: “Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.… And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went, and they turned not when they went” (Ezekiel 1:9,12). In other words, the cherubim, having four faces, each facing a different direction, moved at right angles. They did not have to bank a curve. Verse 14 speaks of their coming and going as being lightning fast. Ezekiel 1:15–21 and 10:9,17 speak of the cherubim in connection with “a wheel in the middle of a wheel,” as though it were some kind of gyroscope.

UFOlogists have been quick to seize upon this as a description an “other world” unidentified flying object. The Bible, however, explains its own symbols. Ezekiel was describing the “portable throne” of God and the angelic beings who transport it, not aliens from another planet. Ezekiel 1:28 explains in context, “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”

“Aliens” Have Visited Us Many Times!

We have been visited by “aliens” many times, but not by science fiction creatures—not in the sense of our traditional thinking that they are from other planets or galaxies. Your Bible has reliable documentation that these “visitors” are not only from a different location but a different dimension.

From time to time these aliens—spirit beings from God’s dimension—break through the veil of our physical reality and make contact with us in our limited existence. Therein lie the danger and seriousness of this subject!

We see numerous places in Scripture where God Himself appeared to man: to Adam (Genesis 3:8–21); to Abraham (Genesis 12:7; 17:1; 18:2–33); to Jacob at Bethel (Genesis 35:7,9); to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:2); at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16–24; 24:1); to Moses and Joshua (Deuteronomy 31:14–15); to Israel (Judges 2:1–5); to Gideon (Judges 6:11–24); to Solomon (1 Kings 3:5; 9:2; 11:9; 2 Chronicles 1:7–12; 7:12–22); to Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1–5; Ezekiel 1:26–28); and to others.

At other times God’s angels appeared to men. Just what are angels? The Bible describes angels as “ministering spirits” of God, ( Hebrews 1:14 ) created by God and for God, but beings of a different nature than humans. God created the angelic realm before he created the world. They were there to shout with joy when the worlds were created (Job 38:7). The Bible describes how they sometimes act, how they sometimes appear and disappear, and how they are sometimes perceived. It also tells us what they sometimes do. We see in Scripture many instances in which angels visited men: Genesis 32:1; Numbers 22:32; Judges 6:11; 13:3,13; Daniel 9:21; Zechariah 1:9; 2:3; Mathew 1:20; 2:13; 28:2; Luke 1:11,28; 2:9; John 20:12; Acts 8:26; 10:3.

Other groups like “Beyond Today” in an article entitled: Extraterrestrial Life{ What Does the Bible Say} written by David Treybig point out that science has its limits. They write:

Comparing science and the Bible

Missing in this discussion is information that has been disallowed by the scientific method, which discards any information that cannot be verified or disproved by observation or experimentation.
That missing information is found in the Bible. The scientific approach generally leads to rejection of biblical facts and statements about other intelligent life, because science cannot prove those statements. This isn’t necessarily the fault of science; it simply is the way the scientific discipline was established and functions. Of course, we can rely on something science has proven. But, like most things, even science has its limitations.

When the Bible reveals something of a spiritual nature, such information is often beyond the level of science. Science is often incapable of proving or disproving what is stated. The Bible describes this kind of information as revealed knowledge or knowledge we cannot discover through human effort alone.

An interesting example of this is found in Matthew 16. Here, Jesus asked His disciples what people were saying about Him. The answers varied. Then He asked: “’But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven’” (Matthew 16:15-17).

Understanding Jesus Christ’s identity as the Son of God is not scientific; it is not in the flesh-and-blood realm, proven through a microscope or telescope. This kind of knowledge is beyond science. In His conversation with Peter, Jesus affirmed that only God reveals this kind of knowledge. This revealed knowledge is the missing component in man’s desire to understand his place in the universe. Without it, man will forever be left with a string of unanswered questions and endless possibilities.

Of course, not all who claim revealed knowledge actually have it. Occasionally we learn of cultlike small groups that claim to have secret knowledge of the unknown. When tragedy results, like the recent mass suicide of the Heaven’s Gate group near San Diego, many are inclined to dismiss all revealed knowledge.

The difference between these groups and the Bible is the source of their information. Even large, long-established religious assemblies have shown their inadequacies in interpreting and explaining the Bible and attempting to represent God’s revealed will. All groups have fallible human leaders, while the Bible contains the very words of God Himself. As 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Its authority is unassailable, whereas speculation of individuals remains just that-speculation.

Or in the ‘Christian Courier” article, “Does the Bible Refer to UFO’s we are merely misinterpreting the visions. Here’s what they say:

The Meaning of the Vision

Before discussing the actual elements of these scenes, several preliminary observations are in order.

Visions of God—Not UFOs

Rather than relating to mysterious outer-space UFOs, these visions were breathtaking glimpses of the glory of Almighty God. Indeed, verses one and twenty-eight stand like guardian sentinels at the beginning and end of the chapter to prevent fanatical speculation as to the meaning of the narrative.
In the first verse, the prophet says:

“I saw visions of God.”

In the final verse he concludes:

“This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah.”

Ezekiel Saw Visions

These scenes are identified as visions. This biblical term may refer to purely oral communications (Habakkuk 2:2, 3) or it can denote the written record of a divine revelation (Nahum 1:1).

In this instance, there is a miraculous audio-visual phenomenon through which divine truth was made known to the prophet. (Compare the account of the Transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9.)

Visions were frequently connected with the revelation of God in ancient times.

“Hear now my words: if there be a prophet among you, I Jehovah will make myself known unto him in a vision” (Numbers 12:6; cf. Hebrews 1:1).

Visions Are Meant To Be Symbolic

The narrative is highly symbolic, as evidenced by the repeated use of “appearance” (fourteen times) and “likeness” (ten times). The things he saw were meant to represent divine truth and were not mere physical phenomena.

The Visions Were Preparatory

Finally, it should be noted that this vision of Deity—similar to Isaiah’s (6:1-8) and also to the apostle John’s (Revelation 1:9-20)—doubtless was to prepare the prophet for the great truths he would receive in the ministry for which he had been chosen (cf. 2:2ff).

The Four Living Creatures

The four living creatures were not space people from some remote planet; rather, they are identified as heavenly cherubim! Note Ezekiel’s own explanation:

“And the cherubim mounted up; this is the living creature that I saw by the river Chebar” (10:15, 20).

Cherubim were an order of angelic beings in Jehovah’s service. For example, they were used by the Lord to guard the entrance to Eden after Adam and Eve’s transgression (Genesis 3:24). Cherubim figures were mounted on opposite ends of the mercy seat atop the ark of the covenant within the holiest place of the tabernacle (Exodus 25:22).

In Ezekiel’s vision, each cherub had four faces—man, lion, ox, an eagle. Jewish tradition interpreted this as follows:

Man is exalted among creatures; the eagle is exalted among birds, the ox is exalted among domestic animals; the lion is exalted among the wild beasts: and all of them have received dominion, and greatness has been given them, yet they are stationed below the chariot of the Holy One (Midrash Rabbah Shemoth, No. 23, on Exodus 15:1).

This is doubtless a symbolic representation of Jehovah’s supremacy and sovereignty over the entire creation! There is not the remotest connection with space aliens.

The Wheels

The wheels are described as a “wheel within a wheel.” To identify these as flying saucers is, quite frankly, absurd! The truth is, the cherubim with these under-girding wheels represented a heavenly chariot, of which was the throne of Jehovah God (cf. 1 Chronicles 28:18, where the cherubim are described as the Lord’s chariot). The wheels are simply a component of the chariot vision.

This celestial chariot could move along the earth by its wheels or be borne aloft by the cherubim wings (v. 21), thus showing that Jehovah is “the God of heaven and the God of the earth” (Genesis 24:3).

The wheel-within-a-wheel motif conveys the image of two wheels blended together at right angles, thus enabling the chariot to move in all four directions without turning. The Almighty is present throughout the entire universe!

“Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith Jehovah” (Jeremiah 23:24).

It is important to note further that these multi-directional wheels are “full of eyes round about” (v. 18), emphasizing the ever-watchfulness of our all-seeing Creator.

“The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).

The Throne of God

Above the cherubim, and supported by their wings, was an awesome, crystal-like “firmament.” Beyond this was the “likeness of a throne” (vv. 22-23). Upon the throne was a “likeness with the appearance of a man” bathed in a brilliance “as it was glowing metal,” and over him a rainbow-like hue of brightness (vv. 26-28).

The identity of this personage is not a matter of speculation.

“This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah” (v. 28).

Conclusion

The Bible is its own best commentary. This chapter clearly is a marvelous portrayal of the majesty of Almighty God. How our hearts leap as we, through the inspired pen of Ezekiel, are permitted to view such glorious scenes.

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