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Aliens from another world?  Were the first earthmen astronauts?
Let's say that 500 years from now, man has the ability to travel to other solar systems and once
there, we find planets inhabited by alien, primitive beings.  It could well be that the first humans to
contact these aliens will be missionaries, sent out by the churches on Earth to spread the word of
God.  If this happens, there is a good chance the primitive native will see our missionaries as
"angels" with incredible supernatural powers.

---Editor's Interjection:  First of all, this is just one of the many stories under the topic "Were the
first Earthmen astronauts?"  I do not adhere to this Bible attachment that is found within this
particular chapter, but I think, outside of all this God & Bible talk, the main point is trying to install
the fact that if we were to visit another planet of primitive beings, they may very well look up to us
as some sort of divine, god-like beings or aliens - and if they're able, they would most likely begin
scribbling into stone, pamphlets, "holy books" or whatever, shortly after.  And perhaps, this is how
some of our old scriptures (
check out the first part of the Book of Ezekiel, for example) along with
some mythological beliefs came to be, here on Earth.
This is just an old story, so take it for what it is, and enjoy the creative writings, stories & ideas
throughout this section.
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It follows then, that the "angels" referred to so many times in the Bible...could have been ancient
astronauts, sent by advanced civilizations in space to spread the word of God among the primitive
peoples of Earth.  There are many examples in the Bible of UFOs or aliens / extraterrestrials
intervening directly to alter the course of our history.  Among the first references to angels in the
Bible is in Exodus, when "the angel of the Lord" appears to be Moses in the wilderness and calls
to him "out of the midst of a bush" and tells him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  
After many trials and tribulations, Pharaoh decides to free the slaves; but after he thinks about it
for a while, he decides it was a bad idea, so he sends his crack chariot squadrons out to round
them up and bring them home.

It is now that the ancient astronauts / aliens, working under God's direction, deal themselves into
the game.  The Bible says:  "God led the people...toward the Red Sea.  The Lord went before them
by day in a pillar of cloud...and by night in a pillar of fire."  In other words, God used an Unidentified
Flying Object, a UFO, to lead the Israelites from bondage.  The Biblical UFO bears an uncanny
resemblance to UFOs described by contactees today.  The UFOs seen in our skies are described
as having a cloudy, halo appearance, and they glow in the dark like the Biblical "pillar of fire."  
The Hebrew term for pillar is
ammud, which means a cylindrical column.  It would seem that the UFO
of Exodus was shaped like a cylinder and that it glowed like fire during the day and blazed with
lights at night.

It appears that a UFO of one kind or another stayed with the Israelites during their 40 years of
wandering in the desert; but the aliens' most spectacular feat happened shortly after the Israelites
fled Egypt -- the crossing of the Red Sea.
If the UFO pushed the sea back, it probably employed some kind of anti-gravity beam, and indeed
the Bible says the UFO hovered over the channel (Exodus 14:24), a place where the beam would
be most effective.  The Bible also says that the people did not get their feet wet when they crossed
between the walls of water.  It seems that when the anti-gravity beam hit the bottom of the Red
Sea, the silt was baked into mud, allowing the Israelites to cross over dry shod.

Later, when Moses gave a signal, the UFO switched off the beam -- and the waters engulfed the
pursuing Egyptians.  
---Editor's Jest:  "I thought the UFO people helped Egypt with their pyramids,
in the past.  Damn, here I was, thinking the aliens liked the Egyptian people.  Ha-ha!"  
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Later, UFOs played equally dramatic roles in the Exodus.  Once out into the wilderness the
Israelites find themselves without food, and begin to think wistfully about the good old days as
slaves in the "fleshpots" of Egypt.  ...But the guardian UFO was still in attendance, and the Lord
told Moses:  "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you"...and..."behold the glory of the Lord
appeared in the cloud."  ...Next morning, food covered the earth like the early morning dew.

In his book  
The Flying Saucer Conspiracy, Donald Keyhoe talks of "angel hair," a fine, flake-like
substance which drops from UFOs.  Angel hair sometimes, but not always, disintegrates when
someone touches it.  Was this what fed the Israelites?  Or did the guardian UFO scatter some kind
of food seed which reacted with the morning dew to produce the manna or "flake-like thing" which
the people ate, saying it tasted like wafers made with honey?

Moses, on occasion, also provided water for the Israelites by striking a rock with his staff.  It was
only after the people's bodily needs were met, that the guardian UFO gave them the most
important gift of all:  the Ten Commandments.

---Editor's Interjection:  I'm sorry, but I have to interject yet again.  I know this is a story, but damn it,
the 10 Commandments were not all that great.  For one, if they did come from an
advanced race, I'd
expect them to be a little more terse and/or concise.  My god, you could easily shorten those "10
Commandments" down to very few.  I don't deny the idea that we were helped by aliens, but I
wouldn't say that the most important gift would be those tyrannical commandments.  
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The Bible says that Moses was given the Commandments on Mount Sinai and that he spent a long
time up there talking to God or an angel of God.
God descended to the mountain among "...thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the
mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled."
Bible scholars interpret this as tremendous volcanic activity, and that the Jews developed their
basic understanding of God on the basis of this terrifying experience.  ...But this passage also
describes the thunderous descent of a UFO -- a calculated demonstration to instill in the people a
proper respect for the power of God.

The Israelites were also being given a religious code that was to guide them through the
centuries, and God showed by this UFO demonstration that He was powerful enough to demand
obedience.  What happened to the guardian UFO when, after 40 years wandering, the Israelites
finally reached the promised land?
There is evidence in the Bible that it stayed around to give what help it could.  The Israelites
crossed the Jordan into the Promised Land when the river was at flood -- and again the water
parted for them.  The people did not believe that this was an accident of nature, but rather an act
of God.  The anti-gravity beam could account for this phenomenon, though the
UFO is not
mentioned in the Bible as being there.

Once the people passed over the Jordan and began to live off the fruits of the Promised Land, the
manna stopped; but the UFO was still in evidence.  Shortly after the crossing "a man stood before
him (Joshua) with his drawn sword in his hand," who claimed to be the "commander of the army of
the Lord."  The commander, or angel, instructed Joshua in the military tasks that lay ahead of him,
including the siege of Jericho.
A new era now lay ahead for the Israelites and the guardian UFO vanishes from the pages of the
Old Testament -- except for one incident concerning the prophet Elijah.

When the old man had apparently finished his life on earth, the Bible says that "the Lord was about
to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind" (11 Kings 2:1).
Elisha, who was the prophets successor, was apparently with him when he was taken away.  As the
men talked "behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them.  And Elijah went
up into heaven by a whirlwind" (II Kings 2:11).
No discussion of ancient astronauts in the Bible is complete without mention of the prophet
Ezekiel who saw UFOs shaped like "wheels," the ancient Hebrews having no word for saucers.

In Ezekiel 1:11-28, the prophet says:  "Behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and
a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of
amber, out of the midst of the fire."
According to many UFO experts, Ezekiel here describes the landing of flying saucers as they kick
up the desert sand, their retro-rockets belching fire and smoke.
He continues:  "The appearance of the wheels...was like unto the color of a beryl; and their
appearance...as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel."  The mineral beryl comes in blue, green,
red and yellow, and Ezekiel could be describing the landing lights of the spacecraft, which were
shaped like a "wheel within a wheel," giving the UFOs saucer-shaped hulls...circular, central
observation and control domes.

The prophet goes on to say that the spaceship "had the face of a man, and the face of a lion...the
face of an ox...they also had the face of an eagle."
These "faces" are often interpreted as observation blisters on the sides of the saucers which,
clustered in twos or threes, took on the features of animals with eyes and mouths.  Similarly, many
modern fighter aircraft have these strange "faces," formed by their air intakes and plexiglass
canopies.  Often, fighters and ground attack aircraft are painted with ferocious, toothy jaws to
enhance this fearsome appearance.
There is also the possibility that the eagles and lions were simply painted on the sides of the UFOs,
either as squadron markings or for decorative purposes.

Ezekiel describes the astronauts as "...burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps; and
the fire was bright and out of the fire went forth lightning."
Here, according to most experts, Ezekiel describes extraterrestrials in protective suits of a
glittering material, which looked like fire in the reflected colored lights of their spacecraft.  
The lightning that went out of the "fire" was either some sort of portable searchlight or a
hand-held laser weapon, used here to impress the natives and to warn them to stay their distance.
Ezekiel's encounter with a UFO was not so fundamental to the Hebrew faith & future as was Moses'
incredible "pillar of cloud."
...But there is no doubt that the prophet saw one or more UFOs that still regularly visited and
guided the Israelites after the death of Moses.

After his encounter, Ezekiel, who had no doubt that the aliens were the instruments of
God, doing
His divine will, was moved to say:  "This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the
Lord."  It is interesting to think that it was UFOs, possibly flying saucers, that brought religion to
the Israelites, and from there...to the rest of the Judeo-Christian world.
In times to come, perhaps our own flying saucers, possibly bearing the flag of the United Nations,
will land on distant planets within our
universe and our "angels" will lead other tribes from
bondage, giving them the Ten Commandments and, in this way, continue to spread the word of the
Lord.

Editor's Comment:
The concepts behind this story would have been clearer if all the Bible & God talk was less.  
In a thumbnail:  Back then, we were just a few hairs from being apes - with the intellectual ability of
a low-grade moron.  We learned through experience, with or without
the help of aliens.  

I detest the notion that extraterrestrials intentionally brought religion to this planet.  If so, they
need to get their asses back down here because they've got a lot of fixing to do!  
Organized religions have caused so many problems, wars, deaths, corruptions and so on, that it
isn't even worthy of trying to parallel earth-bound religions with an advanced race of beings.
Hell, I've even heard people claim that the serpent in the Garden of Eden (Book of Genesis - Adam
& Eve and the serpent) was actually a
Reptilian (Reptoid Alien).  Dang!

I will say, however, that the guest appearances made by aliens coming to earth in UFOs in the past,
could very well have made it into the ancient history books along with the Bible, hence effecting
some of today's belief systems.  I don't refute that idea, but to think that extraterrestrials from
another planet knowingly created religions on Earth in hopes to help humanity...is asinine, in my
opinion.  At any rate, it is something to ponder over, while you're waiting on E.T.'s return......

Look below, for the complete list of chapters on this topic. Cheers!
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become a book.  So, since the short stories were very interesting and I thought others would perhaps like to read it as well, I
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