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UFOs & Eschatology: Demons and E.T.

Merriam-Webster defines eschatology as “a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind,” and as “a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind; specifically: any of various Christian doctrines concerning the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, or the Last Judgment.” In 1991, a Lincoln, Nebraska priest named Ray Boeche met with a pair of Department of Defense physicists. They were working on a top secret program to contact – and even make deals with – allegedly demonic things they termed Non-Human Entities, or NHEs, and which presented themselves as ETs. Boeche’s is a very strange, eschatology-driven, story that is told in my book, Final Events.

Boeche’s informants had their own views on not just what these entities were/are – namely demons masquerading as aliens – but also on what they thought might be looming large. Much of it was of an eschatological nature. Boeche says of his DoD sources: “They didn’t just think that this was a spiritual deception, but that it was possibly something leading to a final deception. In their view – which, theologically, I don’t particularly hold – they viewed things much more like that of [Tim] LaHaye and [Jerry B.] Jenkins in the Left Behind book-series: the Antichrist will appear, then we are fooled, and Armageddon will then be triggered. That seemed to be their personal feeling about the whole scenario.”

Boeche has his own position on all this: “I tend to take the view,” he told me, in a recorded interview in 2007, “that many of the prophecies in the Book of Revelation were fulfilled with Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem. Orthodox Christianity teaches a physical return of Christ, but that is always considered to be the church’s great hope: Christ’s returning, a triumphant return. So, from that point of view, the Left Behind mentality – that Armageddon is a terrible thing and that you want to push it off as long as possible – to me doesn’t really hold, at least in the historical sense.”

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He continues: “Christ’s eventual return is the culmination of this age and this world, so it’s not something to fear. It’s something to be welcomed. But, it was viewed by the DoD like that, as a final battle scenario. Their other big fear in the whole thing was: if you have these types of entities who will present themselves as extraterrestrial beings, how is that going to affect the spiritual outlook of the people? Will it sway people from a belief in Christ? Would it have that sort of a spiritual effect?”

And then there is Dan T. Smith, whose father was Harvard economist Dan Throop Smith, the Treasury Department’s number-one tax advisor during the Eisenhower administration. Researcher Gary Bekkum said of Dan T. Smith: “His personal meetings have included former and present representatives of the U.S. Government intelligence community and their political associates, like Chris Straub, a former member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.”

Researcher Vince Johnson, who had the opportunity to speak with Smith about his ufological views and insider contacts, stated: “According to Smith, UFOs are primarily a psychological/metaphysical phenomenon which are both preparing us and pressuring us to develop our own psi abilities. Not that UFOs are a single type of entity; Smith asserts that there are ‘powers and principalities’ at work – presumably supernatural entities like angels and demons.”

Johnson added: “[Smith] reported that his governmental sources ‘hinted at’ an eschatological emergency…When I asked why the CIA was interested in eschatology, he replied that the ramifications of the eschaton event represented a serious threat to national security, and thus, fell into the purview of the intelligence agencies. Smith also revealed that the eschatological issues he raised related directly to the biblical prophecies of the Book of Revelation.”

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Where do I stand on all this? Well, as I noted in Final Events, the story of the representatives of the group that Ray Boeche met with amounted to their personal beliefs. Beliefs, however, are not facts. This is why, in Final Events – and in just about every radio interview I have taken part in on the book – I have distanced myself from endorsing the “aliens are really demons” scenario. Simply because it lacks evidence and is reliant on belief – and belief alone – to support it. But, do I think the UFO phenomenon is unlikely to be extraterrestrial? Yes, I do. Is it deceptive and manipulative? Yes. But, that doesn’t mean the entities in question are the hellish minions of the Devil. All that this story tells us is that quite a few people in the military, government and the intelligence community do firmly believe that the UFO phenomenon is demonic. In fact, I can say for sure that is the case, as I met, between 2007 and 2009, with certain characters who worked with Boeche’s sources. Eschatology was rarely ever far from their minds.

We often hear that “the end is nigh,” but it never comes. At least, not yet it hasn’t. Are there people in officialdom preparing for – or fearful of – what they believe will be an eschatological event? Yes, there are. But, how much of that preparation and fear is based around verifiable fact, and how much revolves around belief, is quite another matter.

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  • mph23

    IMO, the eschaton is a vague thing. The world ‘ending’ is not necessarily the destruction of the planet or the human race.

    It’s a change. People for millennia have ‘predicted’ it for exactly that reason. Change HAPPENS. Period. You can’t be wrong when you say “stuff will be (drastically) different sometime in the future”.

    Also, (especially if you look at the recent US election) roughly half the voters think the change is good, and roughly half think it’s terrible. It’s all relative. I, of course, have my opinions, but I’ll bite my tongue on that issue. At least here, lol.

    So, when I look at it that way, the invention and proliferation of the internet was/is an ‘eschaton’. What’s next? Who knows? I personally love being alive right now because I’ll get to witness at least one more major change in my lifetime. Bad or good; I still at the very least find it fascinating.

  • Ghostdanser

    When I was working as a contractor at Davis-Monthan I wrote a list of “Doomsday” dates on my whiteboard and scratched them out one by one as the dates went by. When asked why I did it, I’d tell them it’s always interesting to see if I’d have to show up for work the next day or have eternity off.

    Now if you believe in God (and I do, if you don’t that’s fine, I’m not here to try to change anyone’s belief system) then I also liked to point out that the one thing I was pretty sure of, was that any doomsday date on the internet was most likely incorrect. Depending on your version of the bible it states,

    “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

    Predicting when judgement day will arrive is a fools game and I prefer to take any and all predictions with a grain of salt.

    That said…it does make for an interesting spectator sport…so pass me a beer and I’ll make the popcorn. Maybe I’ll be surprised one day.

  • BW

    The thing that struck me about this article is that it reflects other recent MU articles about government manipulation of those who have a lot of involvement with the UFO scene. So was this more manipulation ? In this case, not of UFO buffs, but wanting to see if clergy could be manipulated by tales of contact with demonic entities ?

    My experience with government personnel was that their beliefs, regarding any paranormal phenomena, span a broad spectrum. The same goes for their spiritual beliefs. Doubtlessly, there are some of them who are fascinated by eschatology.

  • Ghostdanser

    Military/Government personnel run the entire gamut of beliefs, just like the general public. I knew an officer when I was in the Marines that was discharged, he was a Christian Scientist and they found him and some other people praying over a 4 day old dead body (natural causes), trying to resurrect it. Needless to say they believed him to be a tad unstable.

    I have no doubt some would be fascinated with eschatology… heck I’ve known some that did believe we are in the end times. You are right about that, and about the amount of disinformation being released. I definitely need to get a copy of “Final Events” though, to get a better understanding of the mindset.

  • BW

    Great comments. They match my experience (apart from the people trying to raise the dead 🙂 ) You’re correct about Final Events, it sounds like an interesting read.

  • tdc7011

    It is a good read. Mr. Redfern writes A LOT, and while I personally was interested in this book the least of all I have read, it was still a good read. As a non-practicing atheist, it seemed that the theories presented were no more than misinformation from one source or another.

    Oh and by non-practicing atheist Im simply saying I dont care what anyone else believes in, as I support their rights. For myself, I doubt it all, while hoping for the best.

  • Ghostdanser

    tdc7011, I am a firm believer that everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and I will not tell them they are wrong (with a very few possible exceptions). I’ve had friends that were Wiccan, Buddhist, Shinto, various Native American religions…and we always seemed to get along probably because I tend to gravitate to “live and let live” kinda people.

    But I digress, I thought I would throw a bit of synchronicity into the works…cause sometimes things just work that way.

    I posted my first comment with the quote from Matthew some 5 days ago. When I went to church yesterday the Gospel reading was the same passage from Matthew and it was also the focal point for the sermon. I found that rather amusing.

  • BW

    I used to be stunned by synchronicity. Now I just smile a bit and nod my head.