by Stephen Yulish PhD
The Biblical Armageddon: the final battle of mankind!
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 6:12). 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 ( 2Thess. 2:9-10). God will send on them a deluding spirit so that they will believe what is false and will be judged (2Thess. 2:11).
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 (1Cor. 15:52, 1Thess. 4:16-17). Paul called this event the harpazo (original Greek), the catching away (1Thess. 4:17). 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. 1:18). 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 (1Timothy 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 3:16). 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 (2Peter 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 13:33) 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 (1Cor. 15:53, 2Cor. 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 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 Temple Mount. 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).