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A new book asserts that a government committee affiliated with the Defense Department concluded that UFOs are a demonic deception.

The book is Final Events, by Nick Redfern; we don't pretend to know how much of it is legitimate. In it, Redfern details the investigations of a group nicknamed the "Collins Elite" that was composed of government, military, and intelligence personnel. According to Redfern -- a paranormal writer on many controversial (and to many, outlandish) subjects -- the group, which included G-2 Army intelligence agents, as well as Naval and Air Force personnel, reached the conclusion "that we have in our midst a cold-hearted and sinister intelligence of demonic origins that masquerades as alien."

To many, of course, this seems preposterous; perhaps it is. But because we have long been concerned about the negative spiritual nature of "alien" reports, we are giving it an airing. Redfern says he learned of the group's view from an Anglican priest named Reverend Ray Boeche of Lincoln, Nebraska, who in the 1990s had met with two members of the group who were Defense physicists and born-again Christians. They sought out the minister to express their concerns about the evil nature of such phenomena.

The first reaction at the mere mention of UFOs ("unidentified flying objects"), of course, often evokes guffaws -- a feeling that this is something really out there, something that should be relegated to a bin marked "lunatic fringe." And so, in many cases, might this be, especially with those who claim alien contact. There are certainly instances where such sightings of objects or encounters or luminosities in the sky have been the products of the hoax, imagination, or misidentified objects, whether a satellite, plane, or weather balloon.

At least, those are the explanations skeptics most often cite. There are cases that even government agencies (most recently, England) admit have no ready explanation, accounts that have pilots, radar controllers, or police as witnesses. Even the Vatican Observatory has expressed interest. Reports of those cases are now commonly carried on "mainstream" media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the History Channel, and Discover, among other programs -- along with a slew of large internet sites.

In late summer a former Air Force controller, Captain Robert Salas, broke a long silence to publicly announce he had witnessed a UFO on March 16, 1967, at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana and that it had affected nuclear launch equipment (rendering sixteen missiles inoperative there and later at a second facility). Other military have likewise testified. The latest buzz was two weeks ago in Inner Mongolia, where Chinese officials closed an airport until a strange, unknown light left its air space.

We have no idea how many of these claims are legitimate but have spiritual concerns because in many UFO cases witnesses become "psychic," the "aliens" (frequently portrayed as reptilian, slanty-eyed "grays") often can walk through walls (materialize and dematerialize), and in some instances there is left the smell of sulfur. 

In other cases, UFOs seem more like the "orbs" associated with spirits and in fact Indian lore contains accounts of "spirit lights." Some have even occurred -- and recurred -- near old mounds, or above covens; witnesses are often left in terror, haunted for life. Through the centuries, deceiving spirits have come, it seems, in accordance with the culture -- as fairies, nymphs, leprechauns, gnomes, and now, in the space age, in at least some instances, it seems, as "extraterrestrials" (we don't preclude the possibility of life elsewhere).

According to Redfern, as far back as 1969 the U.S. Government Printing Office issued a publication compiled by the Library of Congress for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research that was entitled "UFOS and Related Subjects: An Annotated Bibliography." "In preparing the work," notes Redfern, "the senior bibliographer, Lynn E. Catoe, dug deeply into thousands of UFO articles and books. In the 400-page document, she stated: 'A large part of the available UFO literature is closely linked with mysticism and the metaphysical. It deals with subjects like mental telepathy, automatic writing, and invisible entities as well as phenomena like poltergeists [ghost] manifestations and possession. 'Many of the UFO reports now being published in the popular press recount alleged incidents that are strikingly similar to demonic possession and psychic phenomena.'"

These are words, reports Redfern, from our government. The Collins Elite reached a stronger conclusion. At least among those who met the minister, the concern, he says, was that a massive deception was in our midst -- one we have long called the "great deception." "The only alternative that may prove successful in thwarting plans of the enemy," stated a 1988 report of the Collins Elite, is through "...intense indoctrination of faith and values at planetary level to radically and rapidly alter current population mindset."

Is it like the nephilim in Noah's time (see Genesis 6:4)?

Redfern reports that at the government's own Kennedy Space Center in Florida was a safety specialist named Joe Jordan [left] who studied alien "abduction" and likewise concluded they were an evil phenomenon. (The abductions, he pointed out, are known to halt when a terrorized "abductee" cries out the Name Jesus.)

Have we been duped by movies into accepting ET?

People open themselves up to this, said Jordan, through anti-Christian, anti-biblical, or anti-God behavior -- or by dabbling with the occult, metaphysics, the paranormal, or New Age.

Why are we not warned about all this?

Did Christ not even say that there would be deceptions even of the "elect"?

Why is it that aliens often attack Christian beliefs -- but not those of other religions?

Gnomes. Fairies. Elves.


The emperor often changes his clothes.

Said another investigator, "The common questions that Christians arrive at when they examine the documented teaching of aliens are quite logically along the lines of: Why would authentic extraterrestrial biological entities travel ninety billion light years just to attack one specific religion? Why do they make such a concentrated effort to convince people that Jesus Christ is not the true Deity, or God incarnate? Given their powers and abilities, the Christian truly is left with no choice but to identify these creatures as deceiving spirits."

Indeed, if a flurry of "aliens" suddenly "landed," how would this notion of being not made in His Image affect belief?

And might the Vatican Observatory -- which looks rather positively on the notion of aliens -- benefit from a closer look?

Are we on the verge of a great awakening, or a grand delusion?

Many abductees speak of aliens as future helpers after an apocalypse.

Fallen angels?

Said Malone: "What I believe is that disclosure will be the catalyst that unites the world under the one-world leader, the anti-christ. He will be the leader of the one-world government, one religion, and one economy. People need to understand all of this now so that when the curtain is unveiled, they already have made their choice about which God to serve." Redfern claims the Collins Elite concluded that the presence of "aliens" in our world encourages us "to accept and embrace Satan himself -- albeit in the deceptive guise of an advanced alien entity -- as our savior, shortly before the countdown to Armageddon begins and time finally runs out."

Sounds crazy, doesn't it?

If it does, do a Google search of news sites and see how many reports there have been of late -- carried over mainstream outlets. We can't substantiate all the claims in this book. But we know from elsewhere -- from even a Harvard researcher who has studied abductees (Dr. John Mack) -- that whether or not apocalyptic, something very unpleasant is afoot here, and that it is dispelled only in the Name of Jesus.

[resources: Spiritual warfare books and Retreat in Cleveland, November 6]

[see also: UFOs close China airport, UFO over N.Y.? and Beijing Review]

[And: Drew Mariani interview (audio): Michael Brown on deceiving spirits]

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