The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus that "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians ). He also wrote to the Church at Corinth, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:3).
What rulers, what powers, what world forces, what fortresses, what speculations, what lofty things, what spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places, are we warring against? It is my firm belief that Satan and all his demonic hordes are preparing to unleash one the greatest deceptions on mankind that ever has been undertaken. This upcoming deception and wickedness in the heavenly places will be as a result of Satan's signs and false wonders for those who will perish because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to saved ( 2 Thess. 2:9-10). God will send on them a deluding spirit so that they will believe what is false and will be judged (2 Thess. ).
What is this great deception? A deception so vast and sinister that it will envelop the entire world in an instant when the last trumpet blows and the Lord descends from the clouds to gather up all the righteous dead and those of us who are alive and are His bride and we will ascend to be with Him in the air (1 Cor. 15:52, 1T hess. 4:16-17). Paul called this event the harpazo (original Greek), the catching away (1 Thess. ). It became raptiere in the Latin Vulgate and Rapture in English. It is my sincere belief that this deception will be that those left behind will believe that we who were taken, and millions will suddenly disappear, were actually abducted by UFOs rather than have been caught up to be with the Lord in the air. Most people would rather believe in aliens and UFO abductions than in the power of Jesus Christ and in His word, the Bible. "The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing (1 Cor. ). People love conspiracy theories and this conspiracy of Satan and his minions is the mother of all conspiracies and is in my humble opinion the truth. Could I be wrong? Absolutely, I could be wrong, because only God knows what will happen, but after years of study and prayer, I believe that this scenario is a very real possibility.
Military aviation historian Trevor James Constable once wrote that the battle with UFOs is not for the planet of man but for the soul of man. There are no more evolved super intelligent aliens out there. The Bible makes it clear that man is the highest form of creation, created in the image of God Himself (Genesis 1:26-27), that He created man for His own glory (Isaiah 43:7), that man was wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), that the heavens are the heavens of the Lord but the earth He has given to the sons of man (Psalm 115:16). We are told that all things were created by Christ both in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, thrones and dominions all were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). We are told to praise the Lord as are the angels, the sun and the moon, the stars, because He established all (Psalm 148), And finally we are told that there is only one God and only one mediator between man and God and that is Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).
Thus we do not need some ET to come and save us from the wrath to come. We do not need some extraterrestrial savior to redeem a fallen mankind when we have God's first begotten Son who came to earth and died for our sins (John ). If any more evolved aliens are ever discovered, than throw away your Bible because it is false, but don't count on that ever happening. If these beings ever appear, we will be deceived as to who they really are.
It is amazing that the Bible deals with this popular concept of extraterrestrial entities interacting with mankind. These so called extraterrestrial entities, however, are not from another galaxy but are actually fallen angels from another spiritual dimension who have interacted with mankind before as they went after the "strange flesh" of human females and produced fallen offspring, the nephilim (Genesis 6:2-4). Doesn't this sound similar to modern day accounts of alien impregnations of humans and hybrid offspring? This is nothing new. This concept is 4000 years old. God became angry with these rebellious angels and threw them into the pits of hell forever chained (2 Peter 2:4, Jude 6-7) and wiped out their corrupt DNA with the flood (only Noah and his family were pure- Genesis 6:9). But other of these fallen demonic angel spirits have reappeared over time (Numbers ) and now are preparing for Satan's great deception.
How else do you think that it will be explained to the left behind masses that at the twinkling of an eye, suddenly millions of people have disappeared, probably leaving their clothes, glasses, jewelry, hearing aides, pacemakers, contact lenses, artificial hearts, hips, and knees, and even their tattoos behind (1 Cor. 15:53, 2 Cor. 5:4). Why do you think that our modern technological society is so enamored with aliens and UFOs and close encounters of the third kind? Satan is preparing the masses left behind to believe that we were taken by aliens in UFOs. Fallen angels have no need for spacecraft but it is a modality that modern technological man will understand. Yes, there are "UFOs", unidentified flying objects. Yes, there may have been some abductions. But these are not aliens from another galaxy interacting with mankind but fallen angels setting the trap for the one of greatest deceptions in mankind's history. Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2) and his dominions control the skies above us and fill our minds with delusions and lies.
There is one more piece to this end time deception puzzle. It also tells us why the harpazo, the Rapture, could not have happened a hundred years ago. Not only were there no "UFOs" or advanced lighter than air craft as we see today but there was no modern day Israel. Isn't it interesting that the famous alleged crash of an alien spacecraft took place at Roswell, NM in 1947 and Israel once more became a nation in May of 1948? When Israel became a nation again, Satan knew that his time was short (Revelation ) and the Lord would be returning soon. The countdown to Armageddon had begun in earnest and Satan had to move quickly to brainwash and deceive the masses to believe in aliens and UFOs. UFO sightings increased rapidly in the 1950s as did UFO movies and books and magazines. Project Blue Book was set up by the US air force to try and explain the phenomena. While the government was trying to hide the truth from the people to prevent panic, in reality, they were being deceived to believe that these craft/beings were highly advanced aliens rather than fallen angels bent on their demise.
Trevor James Constable again was correct that the battle with UFOs was for the soul of man not the planet of man.
Satan hates the Jewish people because to them belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, and whose are the fathers and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all (Romans 9:4-5). God used His first born chosen people, the Jews, through the Patriarchs, the Prophets and the Temple, to bring His word and truth to this earth and then sent His Son in a Jewish body to save the world from its sin and spread this through Jewish disciples. Satan hates God and His word and thus hates Jews and Christians. I thus believe that the Rapture (Harpazo) will begin first over Jerusalem and the site of the TempleMount. The skies will be filled with UFOs and unbelieving Jews, Muslims and Gentiles will be deceived to believe that those who suddenly disappear were abducted by these UFOs.
What a powerful witness it will be, however, when hundreds of secret Jewish believers from the Israeli government and from Rabbinic, Orthodox, and Hassidic groups suddenly disappear and leave their prayer shawls behind. I am weeping as I write this because I know that it will happen. It happened 2000 years ago and I know that it has happened in this age as well. "A great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith" (Acts 6:7).
Satan knows his time is short because Israel has returned to its land. A land that God gave to Abraham. Isaac and Jacob and their descendants for an everlasting covenant (Genesis 17:7-8.Judges 2:1, Psalm 105:6-11, Jeremiah 31:35-37). From the word of God we know that Christ is to return in His second coming to Israel and a rebuilt Temple (Zechariah , Daniel , 2 Thess. 2:4). He is not coming to New York City and the UN, or to Rome and the Vatican, or to Salt Lake City and the Mormons or to Belgium and the EU. Christ is coming back to Jerusalem, and that is where He and Satan will face off at the battle of Armageddon (Revelation ). We furthermore know that Jesus Christ alone will bring peace to that region and to the world (Isaiah9:6) and that He will rule and reign there for 1000 years from the rebuilt Temple (Revelation 20:4). If Satan will be there, then so will his fallen angels and thus the tie once again between UFOs and Israel.
Satan is currently using the fanatical Muslim jihadists (just as he formerly used the Catholics of the Crusades and the Inquisition and the Lutheran Nazis to kill Jews) to try and stop this from happening but he will never succeed.
He is also bombarding Israel with UFO sightings to set them up for his upcoming great rapture deception. Believe it or not it all fits together. The current crisis in the Middle East is a sign that the Lord Jesus is about to come (Luke 21:28), to catch away his people in the Rapture to protect them from the wrath to come during the upcoming days of Jacob's Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) i.e. Tribulation (Psalm 27:5, Zephaniah 2:3, 1 Thess, 1:10, 5:9, Revelation 3:10). It is also a sign that Satan knows that his time is short and that the Second Coming of the Lord will occur just seven years after the Rapture (Daniel 9:27) and so he is trying to deceive as many people as possible to follow him into the lake of fire for eternity (Revelation 20:10).
During the seven year tribulation period between the Rapture and the Second Coming, the entire world will become a living hell and the man of lawlessness (possibly an apostate homosexual Jew with Islamic leanings, (Daniel 11:37) will appear who will exalt himself above every so called god and takes his seat in the Temple of God with the assistance of the fallen angel ETs displaying himself as being God (2 Thess. 2:3-4). Muslims will be deceived and think that it is the return of the 12th Mahdi and Jews will think that is their real Messiah (coming for the first time) but it will actually be the false Messiah, the antichrist (1 John 2:22).
After the catching away into the clouds of the Christians in the Rapture and before Christ returns, a confederation of Islamic nations led by Iran (Persia) and Russia (Gog of Magog) will invade Israel (Ezekiel 38-39) with a tank armada. America will have already been brought to her knees by terrorist attacks with WMDs and will not be in a position to help. Isn't it amazing that thousands of years ago the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel saw an alliance between Iran and Russia which has only recently materialized?
I believe that these fallen angels will continue to deceive and even behead (Revelation 6:9) those left behind who seek Christ.
Beware people of the coming deception. ETs are not aliens from another galaxy but are fallen angels who will not save you from destruction but will instead lead you smiling all the way to hell. After the disappearance of the Christians, a false messiah will come and declare himself to be God, but he will also lead all who follow him to hell as well.
In my end time novels The Great Harpazo Deception: the real story of UFOs and Invasion: Israel, I tried to create believable stories of this upcoming great deception concerning the sudden disappearance of millions of Christians as well as the horrible period of Tribulation to follow including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, famine and the invasion of Israel by Muslim tanks in the Ezekiel 38-39 war of Gog of Magog While my novels are presently only fiction, I sincerely believe that one day they may be non fiction truth. I call them thus faction
If this does eventually turn out to be the case, then people need to wake up now and consider seeking after the one and only true God and Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ, before it is too late and they get left behind to suffer through the days of wrath to come.
Stephen Yulish PhD has a BA in Human Evolution and a MA and a PHD in History. He was a Professor at the University of Arizona and later a Jewish community professional. In spite of all of this, he accepted Jesus Christ in 1988 after a series of revelatory visions and a dream. He now has MS but still serves the Lord everyday through his writings.