Chariot of fire or UFO?

2:11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.

2:12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. 2 Kings 2:1-12

What do we see here? When Elijah was taken up into heaven, the explanation “God” was all that his contemporaries could name, but today we ask if there could there be a more prosaic explanation, a simple explanation for what looked magical to the uninformed.

chariot of fire or ufo?“A chariot and horses of fire”–not the literal chariot you might be thinking of, nor literal horses of fire but an apt description for something never seen before, not able to be described without metaphor because a completely new reality, where words have no context for a nuts-and-bolts description of a physical craft that is not following Earth-bound rules of physics.

As Erich von Däniken popularized, the “Chariots of the Gods” sound a lot like descriptions of UFOs by people who have no words for these things. Jacques Vallee adds philosophical rigor in his collection of folk reports of “anomalous aerial phenomena.”

The Transfiguration on the Mount, told here in Mark’s Gospel, can be viewed through the same lens, another example of possible Evidence of Alien Contact Revealed in Scripture. The rocket shape used in iconography might be a sort of stock image or intuitively correct; these legends are imbued with mystery and the unknown. The sudden radiant appearance of Jesus, the two figures seen with him, a cloud that “overtakes” them and booms a commanding voice, and then the split-second vanishing act all add up to a set of inexplicable evidences, unless we resort to unearthly explanations.

chariot of fire or ufo?9:2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 9:3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 9:4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 9:5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 9:6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.9:7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 9:8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. 9:9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Further Study

Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck. Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects

Michael Carter. Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials in the Holy Bible.

Barry Downing. The Bible and Flying Saucers.

W. Raymond Drake. Gods and Spacemen in the Ancient East

UFO’s and the Prophets on Pinterest

Marshall Vian Summers. Jesus and the New Message from God



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