Guest Commentary

Merry Christmas and the Angels

Source: George A. Filer (

We celebrate Christmas throughout much of the world based on the birth of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago.  The logical question is what has this to do with UFOs?  I suggest there is a connection.  Carl Sagan in his book, " Intelligent Life in the Universe" indicated Earth had likely been visited by extraterrestrials.  He states: "Sumer was an early--perhaps the first -civilization the contemporary sense on the planet Earth.  It was founded in the forth millennium B.C. or earlier.  We don't know where the Sumerians came from.  I feel that if the Sumerian civilization is depicted by the descendents of the Sumerians themselves to be of non-human origin, the relevant legends should be examined carefully." (page 456) He goes on to ask,  "What might an advanced extraterrestrial civilization want from us?"......He answere his own question by stating, "One of the primary motivations for the exploration of the New World was to convert the inhabitants to Christianity -- peacefully if possible -- forcefully if necessary.  Can we exclude the possibility of an extraterrestrial evangelism?"  (Page 463) 

Few remember that Angels and their glowing craft had a key role in history of diverse nations. the Christmas story.  Angels are celestial beings believed to be a messenger or mediator between God and humankind.  In ancient Mesapotomia, ancient Greece, Judaism, Christianity and in Islam angels were sent as divine messengers to humans to instruct, inform, or command.  An angel visited Mohammed and directed the introduction of Islam.  Angels also function as heavenly warriors and as guardians.  Many abductees claim healing, love and miracles from the angels.  Angels are often called the Sons of God.  In traditional Israelite thought, angels were assumed to have the form of human males, and as a consequence they were sometimes mistaken for men. 

Billy Graham, the evangelical minister and the friend of US Presidents in his book, "Angels," makes the following surprising statements, "Some have speculated that UFOs could very well be a part of God's angelic host who preside over the physical affairs of universal creation.  While we cannot assert such a view with certainty nothing can hide the fact that these unexplained events are occurring with greater frequency around the entire world.  Some take the detailed descriptions of a highly credible airline crew and lay them alongside Ezekiel and put forth a strong case ---- such theories are now being given serious attention even by people who make no claim to believe in the God of the Bible. UFOs are astonishingly angel-like in some their reported appearances."

Most of the description of angels compares nicely with our available data of at least one group of the alien visitors.  In Genesis, the first book of the Bible and Torah; angels are described as having bodies with parts such as hands, feet, eyes, head, voices, mouths, hair, faces and other human body parts.  A few years ago, I had dinner with Zecharia Sitchin the best selling author of books called the "Earth Chronicles."  He told me that Genesis is true and ought to be read as a historic and scientific document rather than just a religious one.  He felt ancient civilizations are older and much more technically and scientifically oriented than we once believed.  Ancient Sumerian texts as well as the Bible reveal the existence of angels or Anunnaki, 'Those who from Heaven to Earth Came.'  He felt that only in recent years has modern science caught up with ancient scientific knowledge. 

One interesting fact is that the Bible often mentions the angels in Glowing Metal craft.  The Hebrew word 'hashmal' refers to glowing metal in the description of the divine glory and brightness and the appearance of fire from the craft.  The descriptions of Ezekiel in the Bible (1:4, 8:2) clearly indicate brilliant highly polished glowing yellow like brass or electrum an alloy of silver and gold. 

Throughout the Bible and Torah we are told that the angels were able to introduce life into old women and even virgins.  For example, of Abraham at the age of ninety was barren.  Part of God's covenant with Abraham and Sarah his barren 90 year old wife was to give them a son Isaac.  The covenant also established circumcision as a sign that the Jewish people were part of God's people and in turn they would be blessed with numerous descendants, material wealth and spiritual prosperity.  Some of these births that appeared supernatural may have been accomplished by advanced technology.  John the Baptist was also born after the angel Gabriel appeared before Zechariah and his barren wife Elizabeth.  Gabriel said," Do not be afraid Zechariah, your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.  He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord."  (Luke 1:13-25)  According to the testimony of modern-day abductees similar births are occurring today. 

The immaculate conception of Mary almost certainly occurred just as the Bible states; "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)  The immaculate conception could be explained with the use of modern medical technology.  The angel Gabriel could have artificially inseminated Mary so that she retained her virginity as the Bible indicates.  Jesus would have been the result, and would in fact be the Son of God and the Son of Man (Mary).

The Living Bible states, these are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ.  "His mother Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph.  But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit.  Then Joseph, her fiancé being a man of stern principle, decided to break the engagement and to do it quietly, as he did not want to disgrace her.  As he lay awake considering this, he fell into a dream and saw an angel standing beside him.  "Joseph son of David," the angel said, "don't hesitate to take Mary as your wife!  For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a Son and you will name him Jesus (meaning 'Savior') for he will save his people from their sins.  This will fulfills God's message through his prophets.  Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child!  She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called 'Emmanuel' (meaning God is with us)" When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded, and brought Mary home to be his wife, but she remained a virgin until her Son was born, and Joseph named him 'Jesus'."  (Matthew 1-18 to 25).

"That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.  Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord.  They were badly frightened, but the angel reassured them.  "Don't be afraid!  I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone!  The Savior-yes the Messiah, the Lord-has been born tonight in Bethlehem!  How will you recognize him?  You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manager!  Suddenly the angel was joined by a vast host of others--armies of heaven-praising God: Glory to God in the highest heaven, they sang, "and peace on earth for all those pleasing him."  When this great army of angels had returned again to heaven, the shepherds said to each other.  "Come on!  Let's go to Bethlehem!  Let's see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.  (Luke 2)  The armies of heaven may describe UFOs that are often seen in large numbers.

The Bible states, "Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in Judea, during the reign of King Herod."  At about that time some astrologers (wise men) from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 'Where is the new born King of the Jews?' for we have seen his star in far-off eastern lands, and have come to worship him."  (Mathew-2.)  It would be difficult to follow a star for many nights to a small town of Bethlehem.  One possible explanation is that the wise men followed the light of a UFO.  If you care to make the assumption that angels and extraterrestrials exist, perhaps they are the same. 



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