March 3, 2013
UFOs are frequently seen making ninety-degree turns at speeds that would destroy conventional craft. For instance, veteran investigator John Keel once marveled, “They execute impossible maneuvers, such as sudden right angle turns, and disappear as mysteriously as they had come.” While ufologists universally acknowledge a snowballing caseload of craft exhibiting such impossible physics, the scientific mainstream is largely uniformed. A recent and well known case is the UFO that appeared over Brussels, Belgium, on the night of March 30, 1990. After a policeman reported strange lights in the sky, which were confirmed by ground radar as a large unknown craft, two Belgian Air Force F-16s were scrambled to intercept. The pilots established radar lock three times, but within seconds, the strange craft executed incredible evasive maneuvers, later estimated to have gravitational forces of 40gs (g-force is force due to acceleration felt as weight).
From the perspective of the fighter pilots, the craft seemed to be aware of their targeting. The elusive escapes were fantastic because even thrill rides like roller coasters are designed not to exceed 3g. This is because sustained g-forces above 10g can be fatal or lead to permanent injury. Even for unmanned drones, a turn eliciting 40g defies conventional aeronautics. This incident remains unexplained, and the Belgian defense minister has publicly admitted being mystified by it. These sorts of sightings are by no means unusual, as UFO reports go, and we cite more examples in the upcoming book Exo-Vaticana. It seems likely that the UFOs are taking advantage of extradimensionality.
While both the interdimensional hypothesis (IDH) and extradimensional hypothesis (EDH) posit that RUFOs are craft navigating between different realities, there is a distinction. The prefix “inter” means “between” or “among.” The IDH proponents think of flying saucers as concentrated blobs of energy that manifest based on wavelength. A useful analogy can be drawn with radio signals. We are all being bombarded by encoded, information-rich signals completely unawares. However, a receiver dialed to the right frequency can decode these signals. Did something like that occur when Elijah’s servant was suddenly able to perceive the army and fiery chariots in 2 Kings 6? Following this unseen dimension, John Keel linked UFOs to ghosts and demons. While this idea has merit, it is extremely hard to prove. The extradimensional theory is similar, but has more scientific support. Perhaps there is room for both?
In her recent bestseller, Leslie Kean argued that “the hypothesis that UFOs are of extraterrestrial or interdimensional origin is a rational one and must be taken into account, given the data we have.” Though many of the top minds in ufology have adopted extradimensional theory, the greatest champion is Jacques Vallée. Long before it was popular or had much scientific support, he wrote, “I believe that the UFO phenomenon represents evidence for other dimensions beyond spacetime; the UFOs may not come from ordinary space, but from a multiverse which is all around us.” Vallée famously collaborated with the “father of ufology,” J. Allen Hynek, on several books, and it seems their thinking runs parallel. At the 1977 International UFO Congress in Chicago, Hynek advocated what he called the “extradimensional intelligence hypothesis” and argued that the UFO phenomenon is neither entirely material nor mental. He stated, “I hypothesize a ‘M&M’ technology encompassing the mental and material realms.” This seemingly bridges the gap between extradimensional and interdimensional.
In other words, extradimensional entities may be interacting with our world interdimensionally (e.g., psychically and spiritually). Philosopher Michael Grosso notes that the phenomenon is able to, “affect radar, cause burns, leave traces in the ground and at the same time pass through walls, appear and disappear like ghosts, defy gravity, assume variable and symbolic shapes, and strike deep chords of psychic, mystic, or prophetic sentiment.” After years of investigation, Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Pacheco of the United States Air Force determined, “The five-or-so percent of UFO reports that are not misrepresentations, delusions, or hoaxes are real in the sense of being intelligent but peripheral psycho-physical intrusions into our experiential universe by metaphysical intelligent entities that exist outside our spacetime continuum (what some would call a parallel universe).” A similar hypothesis was offered by the prolific paranormal author, Brad Steiger: “We are dealing with a multidimensional paraphysical phenomenon that is largely indigenous to planet Earth.” Indeed, many competent researchers believe that these beings have always been nearby, an idea congruent with a biblical worldview. Even though the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) gets preference in popular parlance, intellectually honest secular researchers at least allow for extradimensional ideas. Christian scholars have connected the dots to biblical prophecy.
In a posthumously released textbook, The Kingdom of the Occult, by Dr. Walter Martin, a portion of his 1970s UFO presentation is transcribed. Although not widely known, he not only took the UFO phenomenon seriously, but he was also an eyewitness to a flying saucer. In fact, he blew up a photograph of the craft he witnessed as a display supporting his lecture. Like ourselves, Martin was inclined toward the extradimensional hypothesis rather than space aliens. He likewise ventured that UFOs might be instrumental in Jesus’ description of the events prior to His return: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Lk. 21:26, underline added). “Things which are coming on the earth” implies that they themselves are not of the Earth; rather, they are, by definition, extraterrestrial. In reference to this text and parallels in the book of Revelation, Martin offered this prophetic hypothesis:
In addition to what is coming upon the earth, the book of Revelation speaks of the bottomless pit being opened (9:2). A bottomless pit does not have to be one that is down—it could very well be one that is up, since in space there is neither up nor down, but out from the earth. This could reveal that what comes upon earth is from space, and not from under the earth. The symbolic language may easily refer to the manifestations of the powers of darkness near the consummation of the age. It is biblically predicted that Antichrist will reveal himself with signs and lying wonders so that if it were possible, he would deceive the elect (2 Thess. 2:9; Matt. 24:24).
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According to Revelation 9:3–11, these demonic entities will be released from the abyss to terrorize the earth during the tribulation. In accord with our mass media conditioning, it seems likely the demonic invasion will be understood as an alien invasion. I.D.E. Thomas observed, “If nothing else can shock our sophisticated society from its sinful stupor, a demonic invasion from space could be the one catalyst to do so.” As fantastic as it seems, we should not be caught by surprise if these things come to pass in our lifetime.
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John A. Keel, Our Haunted Planet (Lakeville, MN: Galde Press,
Inc., 2002), 89.
2. This case is detailed in Leslie Kean, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record (New York, NY: Three Rivers, 2010), 37.
3. Leslie Kean, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, Kindle ed. (New York, NY: Harmony Books, 2010), 13–14.
4. Jacques Vallée, Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact (New York, NY: Contemporary Books, 1988), 284.
5. Curtis Fuller, Proceedings of the First International UFO Congress (New York, NY: Warner Books, 1980), 164–165.
6. Michael Grosso, “Transcending the ‘ET Hypothesis,’” California UFO 3, no. 3 (1988), 10.
7. Nelson S. Pacheco and Tommy R. Blann, Unmasking the Enemy: Visions and Deception in the End Times, rev. ed. (Arlington, VA: Bendan Press, 1994), 30.
8. Brad Steiger, Blue Book Files Released, as quoted in Canadian UFO Report, volume 4, number 4, 1977, 20; also as cited here.
9. Dr. Walter Martin, “A Christian View: UFO Encounters,” audio recording, Sermon Audio, last accessed January 15, 2013. This audio sermon was also included as a transcript in the following book: Dr. Walter Martin, Jill Martin Rische, and Kurt van Gorden, The Kingdom of the Occult (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc., 2008), viewable here.
10. Dr. Walter Martin, Jill Martin Rische, and Kurt Van Gorden, The Kingdom of the Occult (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 2008), 372–373.
11. Thomas, The Omega Conspiracy, 168.
Cris D. Putnam is a bestselling co-author of Petrus Romanus the Final Pope is Here and Christian apologist. He holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a a Certification in Christian Apologetics from BIOLA University as well as a B.S. in religion and mathematics. He is recognized for expertise in the area of Christian apologetics, biblical prophecy and other prophetic traditions. In that regard, he has been interviewed on Prophecy in the News, as an expert for the television show Countdown to Apocalypse on The History Channel and in Canada for I Prophesy: The Future Revealed. He has also appeared on many major radio programs and podcasts across the country. He is a member of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the Tau Sigma National Honor Society.