by Mark Ragsdale
On the morning of December 13, 1973, Claude Vorilhon was driving to an office in Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he worked as a journalist for a racing car magazine. However, he felt compelled to drive past the office and visit a nearby volcano in Auvergne, France instead.
When he arrived at the volcano, called Puy-de-Lassolas, Vorilhon parked his car and proceeded to make his way on foot toward the center of the crater, so as to stretch his legs and take in some of the cool, misty morning air. Upon reaching the top of the volcano, he obtained the breathtaking view of the village of Clermont-Ferrand and reflected in appreciation that thousands of years ago the crater had shot out streams of hot molten lava. (The Final Message, pg. 19) After this reflection, Vorilhon turned to leave and walked back down the slope of the volcano.
As he was about to get into his car and drive away, he turned to take one last look at the volcano, and it was then that he saw a flashing red light descending toward him.(pg. 20) Vorilhon described the light as resembling that of a helicopter. However, unlike a helicopter or any other earthly flying machine, the approaching red light made absolutely no noise. When the object emitting the light was about 20 meters above him, Vorilhon noted its flattened shape, and identified it as a flying saucer.
The saucer, according to Vorilhon, had a diameter of about 7 meters and a height of 2.5 meters. The red flashing light was on its underside, and there was an extremely intense white light on the top. The saucer stopped descending when it was 2 meters above ground and a door on its underside opened to allow a stair to unfold and reach the ground. A human-like space creature proceeded to walk down these stairs. Vorilhon has described the individual as being about 4 feet tall with pale green skin, almond-shaped eyes, and long dark hair.(The Final Message, pg. 20)
After an introduction when Vorilhon was surprised to learn that the extraterrestrial spoke fluent French, as well as every other language on Earth, Vorilhon followed the being into his metallic bell-shaped craft, where according to the space man, they would be able talk more comfortably. Once inside the comfortable craft, the space man began by saying to Vorilhon, "You regret not having brought your camera so that you could have talked about our meeting to the whole world with proof in your hands?" To which Vorilhon replied naturally, "Yes, of course..."
And so the space man continued, "Listen to me carefully. You will tell human beings about this meeting but you will tell them the truth about what they are, and about what we are. Judging from their reactions we will know if we can show ourselves freely and officially. Wait until you know everything before you start speaking publicly. Then you will be able to defend yourself properly against those people who will not believe you and you will be able to bring them incontestable proof. You will write down everything I tell you and publish the writings as a book."(The Final Message, pg. 22.)
After this first introductory session in the craft, Vorilhon came back to the machine at the volcano for the next five mornings, meeting with the extraterrestrial six times in all. Each meeting lasted approximately one hour and during that time the extraterrestrial gave Vorilhon commentaries on portions of the Bible that the Raelians believe are the most misinterpreted.
During these sessions, Vorilhon learned that humans were created in laboratories by people from another planet who had mastered the science of genetics and cell biology. The creators are the "Elohim," (singular, Eloha), a word that Vorilhon attests was wrongly translated in the Bible as "God." Vorilhon claims that the word "Elohim" really means "those who came from the sky."
Vorilhon's foreign mentor gave him the new name, "Rael," and asked him to spread the message of the true origins of humanity. (Official Homepage) The Eloha also asked Rael to build an embassy to prepare for the coming of the Elohim. According to Rael, the Elohim would like to come to Earth and meet with our world leaders in order to give us some of their extremely advanced technology. However, the Elohim will not come to Earth until there is world peace and the desired embassy has been built for them in Jerusalem. The Elohim asked Rael to create a movement in order to accomplish the two goals of spreading the messages of the Elohim and of building the embassy in Jerusalem. This movement, known as the International Raelian Movement, was begun by Rael in accordance with the requests of the Elohim in 1973.(Let's Welcome our Fathers from Space: 9)
So begins another UFO cult. There are several things about this one that separate it from the rest.
The Raelians crave media attention, whereas most UFO cults shun publicity. For example, The Raelians decide to take a stand against the Catholic Church's stand on birth control, so they pass out condoms to students at a Canadian Catholic school. They protested the latest war with Iraq by "stripping for peace" in San Francisco. And the most famous one yet, through their company, Clonaid, they announce the birth of the world's first cloned baby, but refuse to show the baby nor any proof.
Most UFO cults shared three inter-related beliefs:
1. Flying saucers are real.
2. People are in touch with alien intelligence associated with the flying saucers.
3. The messages given by these aliens are of immense importance to human beings.
Along with that, they also are exclusively antichristian. Either the leaders of the cult claim to be Christ (Marshall Applewhite of the Heaven's Gate cult) or as in the case of The Raelians, the aliens themselves created life on Earth and started all of Earth's religions.
Some, if not all of these cults are either in direct contact with the aliens, or 'channel' messages from the aliens. Channeling is a form of "communication" with these beings, which is the same form of communication that mediums use. Most all UFO cults have their origins in the occult and New Age religions.
Most people just shake their heads and laugh at these people sucked into these cults. But, as in the case of Heaven's Gate , The People's Temple and Solar Temple, we see that it is not just 'fun and games' but deadly serious, as all the followers of these three cults committed suicide.
UFO cults started popping up almost as fast as the last UFO craze hit in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. (Few remember it, but there was a UFO craze in the United States in 1898, which some have called the first wave of UFO sightings). George Adamski (1898 - 1965) and George Van Tassel were the first two in the 1950's to popularize contacts with aliens and UFO's. The list of cults are endless, as are the various claims that they make.
Commonly, the cults' leader is the privileged one who has had contact by the aliens. The aliens want to warn the world that the end is near, the world is to be "spaded under", or destroyed, and they have the way out from this tragedy. Along the way, they manage to point out that Jesus is not who He claimed to be, typically He is an "ascended Master" along with Mohammed, Buddha and other 'enlightened ones'. This is a concept from the Eastern religions, such as Buddhism, that teaches one can ascend to a higher plane, and that the Buddhas are ascended masters.
As man's knowledge of the universe grows, the aliens come from farther and farther away. First, as with Adamski, the aliens came from Venus and Mars. But as we learned that Venus' surface cannot support life and the Mars' atmosphere is too thin, they started to come from Saturn and then from outside the solar system and even now, there are extra- dimensional aliens.
Are UFOs and aliens real? Or are they just the warped figments of some people's imaginations?
After all, people other than the UFO cultists have claimed to seen UFOs and have seen, talked with and been abducted by aliens. We will explore this in part two.
On June 24th 1947 pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying over the Cascade Mountains when his attention was drawn to a set of nine strange looking objects darting across the sky.
At first he thought they were reflections of the sun but after looking at them more closely he realized that they were objects flying in formation. The objects he saw had wings what were curved and shaped like a crescent moon.
His next thought were that they were some new aircraft that the Air Force were developing and he started to time them on his clock. He calculated that they were flying much faster than any aircraft he had read about.
When asked by reporters to describe the objects he told them 'like a saucer would if you skipped it across water'.
From this moment on the term 'Flying Saucer' has been used by the popular press to describe UFOs.
On July 24, 1948, two experienced Eastern Airlines crew members, pilot Clarence S. Chiles and his co-pilot, John B. Whitted, en route from Houston to Atlanta, encountered a one hundred-foot-long, wingless, finless, cigar-shaped object with two rows of large, square windows that emanated a bright, glowing light from within.
On a seeming collision course with the UFO, Chiles threw his DC-3 airliner into a tight left hand banking turn, and the object, with a forty-foot orange red flame flashing from its tail, shot past not more that seven hundred feet away.
The object was tracked on Radar and no explanation of the sighting has ever been made.
And so goes hundreds upon hundreds of reports of sighting UFOs and the 'creatures' that operate these craft. Along with these types of reports, there are also numerous reports of people being abducted by these aliens. Can all these people be wrong? Could it all be some sort of mass hypnosis?
The technical term for these craft is RUFO (Residual Unidentified Flying Objects). Residual for what reports are left over after all the rest are explained by other natural means. The most famous American research into these UFO sightings was run by the Air Force and was called Project Blue Book. After investigating thousands of reports, the Air Force concluded that a majority of these reports could be explained away by weather balloons, stars, planets and so on.
But here we are faced with what is left. How do we explain these reports? Are they really creatures from another planet? Let's look at the facts of space and space travel.
Nearly everyone has heard of the 1960's TV show Star Trek and movies such as Star Wars, where not only was interplanetary space travel possible, but there were hundreds of planets that had intelligent life on them. But is this realistic?
The nearest star to our solar system is 25 trillion miles away. To properly understand the distance, let's shrink our sun down to the size of a grapefruit (the sun's diameter is nearly a million miles!) then place it in downtown Los Angeles and a second grapefruit representing the nearest star would have to be in downtown Managua, Nicaragua. If we were to leave our solar system to journey to this star in NASA's fastest spacecraft, it would take us 112,000 years to get there. That is just the nearest star, not one that would support life.
Recently, a SETI research group scanned all 202 of the roughly solar-type stars within 155 light-years of earth and not one intelligible signal was detected anywhere near these stars. These findings translates to a minimum travel distance of 230 light-years (1.35 quadrillion miles) for any alien to reach Earth. Why would any intelligent life travel so far just to make brief appearances in the night sky and not make any significant contact with any official agency?
So, if it seems that traveling from such a far distance away is nearly impossible (if not improbable), just who or what are these crafts and creatures?
As we read reports of people who have been contacted by aliens (contactees), we find similarities: the aliens always contradict Scripture and all Jah's claims about creation and redemption and even Yeshoua's divinity. Commonly, these contactees have been involved in some sort of occult practices. After being contacted, they often change their religious beliefs, even going so far as to start their own religion.
Claims of being contacted by aliens are not a new phenomenon. In 1758, Swedish scientist and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688 - 1772) wrote Earths in the Solar World, where he claimed to have visited other worlds in the solar system, came into contact with extraterrestrial beings and provided specific details concerning their civilization. Swedenborg's encounters clearly came through occultic means, probably through a seance, as he never mentions a flying saucer.
Another person who claimed contact with extraterrestrials was Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831 - 1891). She founded the occultic religion Theosophy in 1875. Theosophy basic tenant is the belief of "ascended masters" who guide humanity's spiritual evolution. Included in this hierarchy are several extraterrestrials who Blavatsky communicated with through occultic means. A couple of the beings she communicated with were ones she called "Lords of the Flame" and the "Lord of this World".
An offshoot of the Theosophical Society, the I AM movement was founded in the 1930's by Guy and Edna Ballard. The centerpiece of the I AM movement is the revelations of these "ascended masters", becoming the first religion centered on revelations from extraterrestrials.
The Urantia Book, written in the 1920's claims to convey messages from extraterrestrials or supermortal beings through the occultic practice of automatic writing. This book claims to reveal unknown truths about Earth and new revelations about Yeshua's life, teachings and ministry.
Only after the UFO craze of the 1950's, did these contactees claim that the extraterrestrials came from flying saucers.
People who have physically been contacted by aliens, either by abduction or otherwise, come into contact with real, physical beings who touched them, and in the case of abductees, performed experiments on them that left scars. Who are these aliens?
Commonly, people claim that the Bible has stories of UFO contacts, from Ezekiel's wheels within wheels (Ezekiel 1.4 -28), Elijah's being taken from Earth in a fiery chariot (2 Kings 2.1 - 12) to Daniel and John's visions. They use these accounts to support their own hypothesis about UFOs. How close to the truth they come.
Angels who have not rebelled against Jah, may become visible and physical when Jah allows it. Some Christians claim that angels are spiritual beings and therefore cannot become physical forget the story of Lot in Genesis 19. Two angels came to Sodom to rescue Lot from the judgement Jah had placed on that city. They had taken on human form (verse 10 "the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them..."). These angels and Jah had appeared to Abraham in the previous chapter in human form (18.2 "three men were standing by him"). If these angels and Jah were just spiritual beings, with no physical properties, would Scripture say so? And, how would the angels pull Lot back into the house? In the New Testament, we are told we might entertain angels unaware. Wouldn't we note that these angels were just spirit beings and not physical?
So who are these aliens? Scripture tells us that Satan is the god of this world (2Cor 4.4) and he is the ruler of the darkness of this world (Eph 6.12). Satan is also power of the air (Eph 2.2) and is the father of lies (John 8.44). The aliens and UFOs are demons, angels who followed Satan when he rebelled against the Most High. They are sent to deceive mankind, even so far as the elect, if Jah would allow it. Notice how all the contacts, messages, UFO cults, etc. all have the same anti- Christian message. They distort the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua (the foundation of our faith). They even go so far as to "rewrite history" of the birth of Yeshua. They never attack any other religion, or religious figure.
Satan will and has tried anything and anyway to keep people from the truth. With all the UFO sightings, contacts and abductions, Hollywood and the media have spread the message that we are not alone in the universe, there is something else 'out there' trying to contact us. Movies such as "E.T.", "Contact", "Signs" and many more point peoples minds away from the truth and into endless speculations. People such as Carl Sagan, Steven Hawkings and Whitley Schriber add fuel to the fire with their theories that the media picks up and amplifies.
Ultimately, all this attention and speculation might lead up to a convenient excuse for the Antichrist when the church is raptured: 'Where did all the Christians go? Why the space aliens came and took them away so that we might obtain the next spiritual plane without their interference.'
Some Christians have come up with a theory as to why when people are abducted they are frequently experimented on. We will explore this in part three.
Genesis Chapter 6
"Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose There were giants (nephilim) on the earth in those days, and also afterwards, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men of old, men of renown." (Genesis 6.1-2 & 4).
This chapter is the beginning of the flood story. In verses 5 - 7, the scripture relates how God was sorry that He made man, how man's thoughts were evil all the time, how Noah found grace in The Lord's eyes, and that God determined to destroy mankind.
What has happened so quickly? If we go back to chapter 4 (chapter 5 is a genealogy), the last part of verse 26 says, "Then men began to call on the Name of the Lord." Which is a good thing, mankind realizing his sinfulness, calls out to the Creator for mercy and grace. Then, the next thing we have in the narrative is God tiring of mankind's wickedness and vows to destroy him.
Who are the sons of God? Elsewhere in scripture, the sons of God are angelic beings ( Job 1.6; 2.1; 38.7). So why not here? The argument that the sons of God are the sons of Seth was started about 400 AD by certain elements of the catholic church. This theory claims that the sons of God are in fact the "godly line of Seth" and that the daughters of men are the "ungodly line of Cain". This assumes (however impossibly) that the line of Seth was totally good and righteous and that the line of Cain was totally bent on evil, passed on from generation to generation. As with all men, this is not humanly possible. Each man (and woman) has freewill to choose for themselves. And if we look at what the scripture says, only Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. So what happened to the "godly line of Seth"?
And to go a bit further, some have said that in the New Testament, the term sons of God is used there of believers (Romans 8; 1 John), so why not apply it retroactively to Genesis? The New Testament says that believers become the sons of God through their faith in Christ. The Hebrew in the Old Testament means that the sons of God are brought into existence by God's creative act, not through human reproduction. The Hebrew term translated 'sons of God' is B'nai haElohim, and is used exclusively for angels.
Others, such as Hank Hanegraaff , reject the angelic interpretation on the grounds that demons are non-material beings, therefore incapable of having intercourse with human females. This flies in the face of what the scripture says. The scripture says "the sons of God" not demons. He also quotes Dr. J. Sidlow Baxter: "Let's be frank and explicit. The angels are bodiless, purely spiritual beings..." This view is also unscriptural, as we saw before. Genesis 18 and 19 are two prime examples alone how angels can become physical beings.
Later, we will explore why this 'sons of Seth' theory came to pass.
Some have argued that the offspring of the sons of God and the daughters of men were the nephilim, but the text shows that the offspring are " the mighty men of old, men of renown". Also, the term nephilim is mentioned after the flood, when all were killed except Noah and his family. The people who hold this nephilim theory argue that the reason for the alien abductions that result in medical experiments that happen today are demons trying to recreate the offspring in Genesis 6 and give the UFO phenomenon some more Biblical weight. But this does not hold either, as the sons of God are not demons.
What happened to the sons of God? Surely God punished them, as He punished the world in the flood? 2 Peter 2.4 tells us: "For since God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to tartarus and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement."
Jude 6 says:"And the angels who did not keep their own (proper) domain, but left their own abode, He (God) has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgement of the great day." These angels (not demons - their rebellion happened before the world was created), left their proper place and committed their sin and God punished them by placing them in the lowest pits of hell (the Greek word tartarus), bound in chains, to be judged separately in the great day of judgements.
So, if these angels were bound and to be judged in the last days, why did God destroy the earth with the flood? How had man become so wicked in such a short time? The answers come from a neglected book, The Book of Enoch the Prophet.
The Case for The Book Of Enoch
"Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying: "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgement on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."" -Jude 14 - 15 NKJV
"Behold, He comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgement upon them, and destroy the wicked, and reprove all flesh for everything which the sinful and ungodly have done, and committed against Him." - 1 Enoch 2
"And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgement of the great day;" - Jude 6 NKJV
"Again the Lord said to Raphael: Bind Azazyel hand and foot; cast him into darkness; and opening in the desert is in Dudael, cast him in there. Throw upon him hurled and pointed stones; covering him with darkness; There he shall remain forever; cover his face, that he may not see the light. And in the great day of judgement let him be cast into the fire." 1 Enoch 10.6 -9
As you can see from the above Jude quotes and refers to the book of 1 Enoch (as it is commonly referred to now). Jude also quotes from another non-canonical book The Assumption of Moses.
What is this book and why is it not in common usage in the Western Church?
The Book of Enoch the Prophet was rediscovered in Ethiopia in 1768 by James Bruce. He brought back three copies, one of which he gave to the British Museum. There it laid on a shelf until 1821, when Richard Laurence, Archbishop of Cashel, professor of Hebrew in the University of Oxford translated it into English. Still, no-one took notice of it until R.H. Charles translated and made a commentary of it in the early twentieth century which called peoples' attention to the "immeasurable" importance of this book.
"This precious book throws much light on the thinking of our Lord Jesus, also St. Paul. Both regarded it as sacred scripture and quoted from it. Our gratitude to the Ethiopians could be expressed by restoring to its proper place in our Bible this important and extremely valuable Ethiopian Enoch."
Several different authors composed the book, one of which was undoubtedly Enoch. The book was completed at least two hundred years before Christ was born. Parts of the book were written in Aramaic and the rest in Hebrew, just like the book of Daniel. Unfortunately, no copy of the original language is know to be in existence. Only Latin and Greek versions have been discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls, but the Ethiopian version has been preserved in 29 manuscripts.
Quotations of Enoch by the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and by the Book of Jubilees show that at the close of the second century BC and during the first century BC, Enoch was regarded as scripture. Jude, Clement, Irenaeus and the Epistle of Barnabas all recognized Enoch as scripture. Even Origen, known as the 'father of theology', affirmed Enoch as scripture, but he was labeled as a heretic when the Sons of Seth 'doctrine' was conceived.
The first argument against Enoch is that Jesus said that angels cannot have sex. Enoch said that they did, so Enoch must be false, right? Let's see what Jesus did say: "Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels of God in heaven."( Matthew 22.29 - 30). He was answering the Sadducees who was asking Jesus a question about marriage in the afterlife, in an effort to trip Him up. What he said about the angels was that they are not married, have no need for marriage, just as we will be like in the resurrection. He did not say that they are incapable of sex, just that they are not married. Similar passages in Mark (12.18 - 27) and Luke (20.27 - 40) affirm this.
Enoch has some major Christian themes included in its pages, such as the Final Judgement, the Resurrection, the coming of the Messiah and the Messianic Kingdom, as well as the existence of a pre-incarnate Christ.
But the most telling argument for Enoch's inspiration might be the term 'Son of Man'. Where did this term become a Messianic title? Certainly not from the Old Testament cannon - 93 times the term is used in Ezekiel to refer to himself, the rest of the 107 times it is used to refer to other mortal men. Only once is it used to refer to divinity, the book of Daniel. But the Pharisees and Sadducees both considered Jesus' use of the term to refer to Himself as blasphemy. Why? The Book of Enoch unceasingly refers to the Messiah as the Son of Man!
"Great was their joy. They blessed, glorified and exalted, because the name of the Son of Man was revealed to them. He sat upon the throne of His glory; and the principal part of the judgement was assigned to Him, the Son of Man." 1Enoch 68. 37 - 39
"In that hour was this Son of Man invoked before the Lord of Spirits, and His name in the presence of the Ancient of Days. Before the sun and the signs were created, before the stars of heaven formed, His name was invoked in the presence of the Lord of Spirits. A support shall He be for the righteous and the holy to lean upon, without falling; and He shall be the light of nations. He shall be the hope of those whose hearts are troubled. All who dwell on the earth, shall fall down and worship before Him; shall bless and glorify Him, and sing praises to the name of the Lord of Spirits. Therefore the Elect and Concealed One existed in His presence, before the world was created, and for ever." 1Enoch 48.2 - 5
So why isn't this book included in the Bible today? Firstly, and rightly, we do not posses the original manuscripts as we do with the books that are in the Bible. They have been lost, perhaps intentionally, forever. As stated above, we do have copies in Latin and Greek, as well as the 29 manuscripts in Ethiopia. Secondly, was there a conspiracy to suppress Enoch around 400 AD? There are many books that weren't considered for canonization that were included and preserved called the Apocrypha (still included in the modern Catholic Bibles as well as the original King James), so why not Enoch? "Point blank, Origen was right. Enoch was suppressed and labeled as heresy specifically to hide the truth of the fallen angels past, present and future activity on earth. Forget Roswell. Forget the X-Files. The most successful, enduring and damaging coverup of "The Truth" about our planet's frequent visitors has come from within the Church."
Beginning around 400AD, certain parts of the Church began to teach an incredible heresy - the Sons of Seth 'interpretation'. This heresy states that the sons of God in Genesis 6 is the lineage of Seth and the daughters of men is the lineage of Cain. To apply Christianity to the passage, they also taught that this was the first union of 'believers and unbelievers'. That is why God judged the earth. This just doesn't hold water. If the 'sons of Seth' were so godly, why were they all (except Noah) destroyed in the Flood? This also implies that ALL the descendants of Seth were godly while ALL the descendants of Cain were ungodly.
"Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." -Genesis 6.5
God did not see a difference between these 'families' "All flesh had corrupted their way on the earth" (Genesis 6.12b). All flesh. Everyone. Except for Noah, who was found blameless in his generations.
This also assumes that the Sethites were immune to the effects of the Fall. The Bible clearly says everyone is sinful and ungodly!
As stated above, the Hebrew term translated sons of God is used in Job to refer to angels only. So why is this 'interpretation' of this use of the Hebrew term still taught in seminaries today?
The works of Flavius Josephus is widely regarded in Christian circles today as providing historical background to the scriptures. Go into any pastor's study and you will see a copy of Josephus' works on his shelf. What does Josephus say about this?
"Now this posterity of Seth continued to esteem God as the Lord of the universe, and to have an entire regard to virtue, for seven generations; but in the process of time they were perverted, and forsook the practices of their forefathers, and did neither pay those honours to God which were appointed to them, nor had they any concern to do justice towards men. But for what degree of zeal they had formerly shown virtue, they now showed by their actions a double degree of wickedness" (3.1) He also states: "Many angels of God accompanied with women, and begat sons that proved unjust, and despisers of all that was good, on account of the confidence they had in their own strength, for the tradition is that these men did what resembled the acts of those the Grecians call giants."
So is Josephus wrong as well?
Julius Africanus, St. Augustine and many others started the Church down a dark road, from being a vibrant, dynamic faith, to a new intellectualism, whose seat moved from Athens to Rome. From Christ being the only mediator between God and man, to the Church being the mediator. The doctrines of man replacing the belief in the Word of God. And the world plunged in to the Dark Ages. The Church rose through this time to be a vibrant political force that the kings of the world would have to deal with, instead of promoting faith in the Son of Man, Christ the Messiah. The Church replaced the pagan traditions of the lands they conquered with Chirstianized forms of the pagan traditions they supposedly replaced. From faith being a choice men make, to faith being imposed by torture and death on those who would not believe as the Church taught.
One must either take all of scripture as the inspired Word of God, or reject it all. One cannot take out the portions that make us uncomfortable and make them more intellectually palitable. Either the Scripture is the Word of God or it isn't.
How did mankind become so wicked?
Enoch says that mankind became so wicked so fast by the intervention of these angels who came down and had intercourse with women. Their children "the mighty men who were of old, men of renown", ate all the food of men, then started to eat the men as well. They began to injure the beasts, reptiles, birds and fish, to eat them and drink their blood.
The angels taught men how to make swords, knives, shields, breastplates, bracelets and ornaments, the use of paint, the use of stones (precious and not), and dyes, so that the world became altered.
"Impiety increased; fornication multipiled; and they transgressed and corrupted all their ways." (1Enoch 8.2)
The angels taught sorcery, the dividing of roots, the observation of stars and signs.
"Then Michael and Gabriel, Raphael, Suryal and Uriel, looked down from heaven, and saw the quantity of blood which was shed on earth, and all the iniquity which was done upon it, and said one to another: It is the voice of their cries; The earth deprived of her children has cried even to the gates of heaven." (1Enoch 9.1 - 2)
"Then the Most High, the Great and Holy One spoke;" (1Enoch 10.1)
That is what happened. God spoke and judgement came down upon the angels, their children and the whole race of man. Except for Noah, who found grace.
As a footnote, some claim that the demons who now infest the earth and will be used in the judgement to come on the unbelievers in the Revelation, are these children of the angels. Not so.
Lucifer and the ones who followed him rebelled before the creation of the world. The number of angels who followed in this rebellion is given as one-third of all the angels. The number of angels who cohabitated with the daughters of men is 200.
The judgement on the children of the angels from 1Enoch 10.13 & 18: "To Gabriel also the Lord said: Go to the biters, to the reprobates, to the children of fornication; and destroy the children of fornication, the offspring of the Watchers [angels], from among men; bring them forth, and send them against another. Let them perish by mutual slaughter; for the length of days shall not be theirs." "Destroy all the souls addicted to dalliance, and the offspring of the Watchers, for they have tyrannized over mankind."
The bodies of the children were destroyed by themselves, by their violence, and their souls were destroyed by the Most High.
For further reading and study, see the bibliography.
Bibliography and further reading
Alnor, W. M., "UFO Cults and the New Millennium" (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998)
Charles, R. H., Translator, "The Book Of Enoch" (Oxford, England: The Clarendon Press, 1913)
____________, "Apocalypsis Mosis" (Oxford, England: The Clarendon Press, 1913)
____________, "The Assumption Of Moses" (Oxford, England: The Clarendon Press, 1913)
Flavius Josephus, "The Complete Works of Josephus" Translated by Whiston, W. (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1981)
Hanegraaff, H., "Questions & Answers: Genesis 6.4" (Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca: Christian Research Journal, Volume 9, Number 3, 1996)
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