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Angels or Aliens in the bible?

Updated on May 26, 2012

Extraterrestrials In The Bible?

“While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in my room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the floor. “He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant. His hands were naked, and his arms also, a little above the wrists; so, also, were his feet naked, as were his legs, a little above the ankles. His head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe, as it was open, so that I could see into his bosom. “Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright as immediately around his person. When I first looked upon him, I was afraid; but the fear soon left me. “After this communication, I saw the light in the room begin to gather immediately around the person of him who had been speaking to me, and it continued to do so, until the room was again left dark, except just around him, when instantly I saw, as it were, a conduit open right up into heaven, and he ascended until he entirely disappeared, and the room was left as it had been before this heavenly light had made its appearance......


The story, or should I say passage which you have just read, may sound like something straight out of a science fiction, alien contact novel, when in fact it is the recollection and testimony of The Prophet Joseph Smith using his own words to describe accounts which took place on the evening of the twenty-first of September 1823. The accounts are his own words, about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a volume of Holy Scripture comparable to the Christian Bible. According to Mormon writings, once the man named Mormon had completed his writings, he delivered the account to his son Moroni. The Writings of Mormon, and the added words of Moroni where inscribed on plates and then hidden on Cumorah hill in New York. It was that same Moroni which appeared to Joseph Smith on September 21, 1823, as a glorified, resurrected being.

My intention in writing this article is not to get you to believe that aliens existed in the bible. My intention is to allow you to open your mind to the possibilities that there might be some issues in the bible which are not what they may seem. I myself have not come to a solid conclusion, but I continue to read, study and keep an open mind. By writing this article I am just asking my readers to do the same.

When reading accounts of Alien vs. Angel visitations, I have found that it becomes increasingly difficult to decipher between the stories, unless one is told beforehand as I did at the beginning of this article. For example when reading about abduction stories aboard spacecraft’s, and reading about the strange chariot of fire that took Elijah up in 2 Kings 2:11, and the contraption described in Ezekiel 1:4-28 it all starts to get a bit similar in the description.

I recently finished reading a Christian article that addressed extraterrestrials in the bible. The author claims that the Scriptures do not directly address the question of alien beings. I wholeheartedly agree 100% with this statement. Even if Extraterrestrials would have visited back in the days of Moses and Noah, both men would have looked upon them more as Gods than extraterrestrial visitors. How would one have described lights, fire and flying objects in those days? I think that Ezekiel and Elijah did a pretty good damn job of it, considering that they had never seen a flying object before. The Author goes on to say that the Bible teaches implicitly that the only things God created with intelligence are the angels, man, and the animals. This is right about the point, where arguments tend to surface.

What exactly are angles? As shown in the Mormon scriptures quoted above, it is hard to decide between Angel and Alien. The only real deciding factor is the reader’s point of view. Aren't we also constantly arguing that animals have no intelligence whatsoever? If we can’t decide on something as simple as animals intelligence, then how are we ever going to decide between Angels and Aliens? Some argue that Aliens (if you believe in them) have technology, and Angels (if you believe in them) have powers to protect, but how do you know this to be certain? Is it a possibility that just as with everything else having opposite polarity, this is also the case with these written accounts? Might there be the slightest possibility that, there could be both good aliens (angels) and bad aliens (demons) and we might have been reading things wrong all along? I find it humorous that the article finishes up by stating that the Bible does not teach that intelligent life exists elsewhere in our universe. I quote: “Although our all-powerful God could have created such life had He desired, it seems rather obvious from Scripture that He did not”. unquote. The main thing that I learned from this 3000+ word article was to never allow myself to be that closed minded in my life!

In another lengthy article I learn that the Bible has a great deal to say about Alien Visitors. It speaks of their existence in many places, and specifically mentions their alliance with Satan! It was also bought to my attention that Alien visitors also dwell in other places, but have a domain in the cosmos! Between the two articles I constantly felt like a tennis ball in a fierce match being sent back and forth by opposing opinions. The one thing that keeps me coming back and looking further into the subject is the fact that, If the thought of aliens in the bible is so preposterous, then why do religions feel that they need to convince us against it? The thing that surprised me the most recently was the Vatican joining the search for alien life and officially declaring that extraterrestrial contact is real. Monsignor Corrado Balducci, a theologian member of the Vatican, has gone on Italian national television five times in recent months to proclaim that extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomenon. Balducci revealed that the Vatican is closely following this phenomenon quietly! Since when did the Catholic Church start having an interest in Aliens?

I can't rightfully say when the Vatican became interested in the subject but I know precisely where and when I first took notice. In 2008 I opened a King James Bible and turned to this scripture: Genesis 1:26: And God said; let "us" make man in "our" image, after "our" likeness”. Who the heck is "US"? When did God become plural? Once confusion had set in, it only began to snowball after reading Genesis 6:4 “Now giants were upon the earth in those days. (The fallen ones,Nephilim) For after the sons of God went in to the daughters of men and they brought forth children, these are the mighty men of old, men of renown”. The Scriptures speak of demons penetrating the physical world physically, and interbreeding with humans. This interbreeding with humans is what initiated the great flood, but it didn't end there. In Matthew 24:37-39 it says that the end times will be as the days of Noah were. If this is truly the case than we need to stop and take a serious look into alien abduction. When you take into consideration that most alien abduction cases have to do with reproductive experimentation, things begin to get a bit more curious.

When you begin to read scriptures which talk about fallen angels named “The Watchers" and the fall of Lucifer, and how the watchers were the “sons of God” who took human wives, and had children known as the Nephilim, the Bible tends to start taking some very strange twists and turns. Enoch gives accounts of the fallen Angels from heaven and in chapter six talks of how the angels saw, and lusted after the daughters of men. Daniel repeatedly talks about The Watchers and how they came down from heavens. Isaiah also gives his accounts on how they fell from heaven, were cast down to the earth, for wanting to raise their throne above the stars of God.

The bible speaks of not one, but three heavens. In 2 Corinthians 12:2 Paul refers to having been caught up to the third heaven 14 years before. Each Heaven is described differently in the bible.

The First heaven - The firmament, Earth’s Atmosphere -which is the
immediate sky, where the “fowls of the heaven” (Genesis 2:19; 7:3, 23;
Psalms 8:8, etc.), “the eagles of heaven” (Lamentations 4:19), it is
our atmosphere that surrounds the earth.

Second Heaven - Outer Space, the starry heavens (Deuteronomy 17:3;
Jeremiah 8:2; Matthew 24:29).

Third Heaven - This is where God and the holy angels (and creatures)
and spirits of just men dwell. It is called “The heaven of heavens.
Unlike the 1st and 2nd heavens, the 3rd heaven is not visible with
physical eyes.


In light of all these facts, let’s recap and reason for a moment. Alien stories and abduction stories are very similar in detail. There is a good chance that when the bible speaks of Angels they might be referring to Visitors from the heavens or extraterrestrials. The bible has a lot to say about these "watchers" which fell from heaven and produced offspring with the woman of earth, and God surprisingly is plural not singular. So If there is more than one heaven, and one of those is not even visible with physical eyes, how many other things are not visible to us? I therefor leave it up to you the reader, to separate the wheat from the chaff, and decided if you want to believe in Angels, Aliens or chose to believe in neither one.

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      Marie V Stephens 4 years ago from New Mexico

      Thank you Karthikkash for stopping by with your honest and thoughtful comment. I'm so glad you liked it. I that that journalism has become very bias. What ever happened to looking at all sides? Thank you again for the kind words :)

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      This is the first sane hub I have read after a long time about Bible :) The first open and unbiased discussion. The recent interactions with some "Christians" was getting on to my nerves where they try to justify that Bible is great, Jesus is the only truth and blah blah blah.. But when you ask them, "who the hell were these gods or angels", no one has an answer. That's the sad part of blind faith without questioning or reasoning.

      I am a person who goes out of religious texts and try to interpret them. I am a firm believer that not only bible, but every old religious text in the world (excuse Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism and the lot) talks about aliens. People at that time, just could not interpret what these beings were, and just called them gods.

      I agree with you on so many accounts. Thanks for a good hub..

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      Marie V Stephens 4 years ago from New Mexico

      Heather, Glad you liked it, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comment :)

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      Heather Ann Sharp Blesh 4 years ago from Monterey

      Very interesting article. I've wondered myself about the closeness of facts that overlay in reference to Angels and Aliens. Thank you for sharing.

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      Marie V Stephens 4 years ago from New Mexico

      Thank you Victor for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the topic matter. :)

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      victor 4 years ago

      I agree with what Alexander wrote. I've seen all this shows on discovery channel. About how aliens came to earth for gold. The bible clear talks about heaven being made of gold. I can see how all this could look like a deception warned in the bible. Very interesting subject

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      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      Alexander, thanks for stopping by, sharing your thoughts and your point of view. There are still so many things out there that are unknown and deception can easily be one of them.

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      AlexanderP 5 years ago

      There is a reason why devoted Christians are weary of such things. If one accepts the idea of aliens, that person is ripe for deception. At least, one more step close to embracing a deception. All it would take, then, is for some "aliens" to appear, I don't know, wherever, and say "We wrote the Bible" etc and people will follow it. Seeing is believing, you know?

      The problem, though, is that demons, like angels, can take a form when appearing to people. And not only that, demons come disguised as angels of light, not in their real evel selves, because Bible says even Satan comes masked as an angel of the light, In this case, they can appear as, well, whatever the form of “aliens” that person accepts.

      So if the person is Bible-believing (including believing in literal and real Heaven, Hell, God and Satan as they are in the Bible) then the idea of aliens capable of such feats as described by Smith (and all those other sci fi things and like abilities), that idea, is, well, heresy because it can be such an easy trap.

      There been talks of these days being last days, so that further raises eyebrows among the devoted Christians because Bible explicitly warns, numerous times, against there being a rise in deception in the later days (or last days) and a rise in number of people believing false spirits… see the idea there? Aliens, beings, spirits… Jesus Himself (in Matthew 24, for example) warned against a rise or false Christs before His return.

      Because of this warning against deceptions in the last days, having Vatican out in support of aliens does not help the idea of aliens. Should these beings appear, then Vatican can just say, “Oh, yeah, this is right, they are God” or some such. And voila, mass deception.

      I don’t know if there are other reasons why, but that’s what I can think of.

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      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      Barry, I could not agree with you more! I have seen many of the documentaries on these channels and they make a pretty good case. I think that at this point in the game it's all about finding the prove. We are wayyyyy past the "are we alone" question!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      There have been specials on the Discovery and History channel in accordance to this subject. I believe that there has to be some supernatural life form above all life (that has yet to be discovered) and I also believe that extraterrestrials also played a key role in our lives so many years ago. Who's to say what started it all and who's to say we are capable of discovering it or not? Who knows...all I know is this: more than one thing played with our history so many years ago.

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      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      wow, very true. I never looked at it that way! Thanks for sharing your perspective!

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      Catwomanthemusical 5 years ago

      The man looking up to the sky, the thing he is looking at looks like a flouting Iland :)

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      Marie V Stephens 5 years ago from New Mexico

      KDuBarry, Thanks for stopping in and sharing your comments.

      I could not agree with you more!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      It is absolutely possible that there were/are extraterrestrials in our world and in the bible; however, it has no choice but to remain a theory since we cannot prove, exactly, what has occurred two millenniums ago. I do think angels, demons, monstrous creatures, ghosts and aliens exist; however, until they are proven to be true, all is just based on belief and what we have been culturally born into (as well as what we view to be legit or questionable).

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      i believe in Ahgels but i like to paint pictures of unusual things like fictional characters.