Beliefs in the study of UFOs are changing for the better
[Editorial note: we asked Joe Jordan, a UFOlogist who was featured prominently in our documentary Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception, to write this update to help our readers understand not only why the Alien/UFO phenomenon is relevant to creation/evolution, but also to show how this research is making a real difference in the lives of people who have experienced this often traumatic and distressing phenomenon]
- UFOlogy: the study of unidentified flying objects and associated extraterrestrial phenomena.
- UFOlogist: a person who studies unidentified flying objects.
- Christian UFOlogist: a Christian who studies unidentified flying objects.
As a Christian UFOlogist, I have studied the phenomenon for over twenty-five years. I have worked together with CMI’s Gary Bates since 2004, when he was in the process of writing his Amazon best-selling book, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the evolution connection. I was also featured in his award-winning movie, Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a deception.
Something was definitely happening
When I first began studying UFOlogy, I was pretty much an agnostic-humanist. While I initially thought that people were mixing science fiction with reality, I soon found that there was actually something tangible occurring when people see strange objects, or even worse, when they claim they have been abducted by aliens. As a humanist who believed in the big bang and evolution, I accepted the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life out there in the universe somewhere. That possibility of life ‘out there’ now ‘coming here’ was the logical explanation within my worldview at the time, other than everyone being mistaken or having psychological delusions for what was happening.
It wasn’t long in my research before I was introduced to a darker ‘spiritual’ side of UFOlogy. Practitioners of the new age and metaphysical realms mostly interpret the alleged UFO visitors as higher, more evolved spiritual beings, here to aid humanity’s own evolution in its advancement to enlightenment, and to usher the earth into a ‘New Age’. I was seduced into this new worldview, where I spent three years chasing the goal of special knowledge. At the time I believed it gave me a more discerning perspective from which to study the UFO phenomenon.
Then in the fall of 1996, I was introduced to Jesus Christ by someone who was helping me in my UFO studies. She was concerned for my safety because she recognized that there was something sinister associated within the UFO and alien abduction realm. She offered me a form of protection better than the crystals I carried in my pocket. I gave my life to Jesus Christ in November of 1996. I can honestly say I came to Jesus through finally understanding what was behind the UFO phenomenon.
‘Free indeed’ to see the truth
As a Christian, I continued my research into UFOs, particularly the more disturbing aspect of supposed alien abductions. I now had another perspective from which to view this strange phenomenon: a new worldview. I am probably the only researcher in this field of study who has had the opportunity to view the UFO phenomenon from three distinct, different, perspectives—as an agnostic, new-ager, and a Christian.
One important point is that we do believe something is happening when people claim to be abducted by aliens or to see something strange in the sky, but we do not think that they are actually boarding spaceships or that these experiences are happening physically. As such, we do not like to refer to people’s encounters as abductions. We prefer to call them ‘experiencers’, because they are not actually having encounters with alien beings.
Secular ET research agrees
When I began my early research, I was introduced to the leading secular UFO research organization in the world, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). It was founded in 1969, and now has over 4,000 members worldwide contributing to a collective effort to solve the UFO puzzle. I started out as a journal subscriber, became a Field Investigator, appointed then to a State Section Director position for Brevard County, Florida, home of the Kennedy Space Center. After moving to South Korea, I was appointed the MUFON National Director for South Korea and a MUFON International STAR Team Member—meaning that I hold the most senior ranking as an investigator. I am also the head of CE4 Research, our Christian-based research group for UFO studies.1 (CE4 stands for close encounters of the fourth kind—an official classification for alleged alien abductions).
Through our work at CE4 Research, we came across the unwanted piece of the UFO puzzle—unwanted because there is a significant group of UFO believers who wanted these experiences to be real aliens. We discovered that there was nothing benign about the alien abduction experience. People were traumatized and their lives were turned upside down. Then we discovered a handful of cases where people had halted, even terminated the experience from their lives, through the name and authority of Jesus Christ—the only way proven to work.
I have now worked with and counseled over 400 so-called ‘experiencers’ over the past twenty years. I have over 250 written and verbal testimonies from former experiencers that testify that the name and authority of Jesus Christ, and a personal relationship with Him, absolutely stops this experience.
Evolutionism cannot account for a spiritual realm
Every year, there is an annual International MUFON Symposium, which I attend to attempt to share my updates with my peers in the UFO research realm. When both Gary and I first became involved, something known as the ‘Extraterrestrial Hypothesis’ (ETH) was the most popular view to explain sightings and experiences. This is the type of explanation that one might see in science fiction movies, such as technologically advanced alien races visiting us in their faster-than-light spaceships. But there has been a change in recent years. UFOs have now been seriously studied for over 70 years, including four official investigations by the US Government, and they still continue to spend tens of millions each year.2 Their own research has concluded that whatever is behind the phenomenon, it is not aliens visiting us in their warp-drive spaceships. These objects appear, disappear, and perform physics-defying manoeuvers that would crush any occupants. The most popular view today is something known as the Interdimensional Hypothesis (IDH) mainly because it actually fits the evidence of UFO sightings and abduction experience. This provides a great opportunity for us to share the truth.
At the annual MUFON conference I usually hand out resources (particularly Gary’s book and DVDs). Many in MUFON leadership have responded positively to hearing about people terminating this experience by invoking the name of Jesus Christ. I have had the opportunity to share the findings personally with the current and four past International Directors of MUFON. Many in MUFON have privately shared that they now believe it is spiritual and even demonic. For many years, the hallmark of this organization has been to promote the idea of alien visitations. In Gary’s movie you can even see a clip of Dr John Mack, a former professor of Harvard Medical School, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and one of the world’s top-three abduction investigators, state that these are spirit beings who have crossed over into our realm! I hope you can see how truly remarkable this is and how far we have come in a relatively short time.
More now than ever, our Christian findings are playing an important part in solving the UFO puzzle. Originally, it was believed that these visitors were extraterrestrial biological entities (ETH). But because the phenomenon is now thought of as more of an interdimensional entity, we can call it for what it truly is. This is what Gary Bates and I see as a spiritual experience by deceptive demonic entities. They are ‘piercing the veil’ that separates the spiritual realm from our realm. The Bible has been consistent in its explanation of demonic activity taken many different forms. It now just takes the form of a more acceptable modern guise.
It was my association though with Gary and CMI that challenged me to rethink my previous belief that God may have created life on other planets. Through this association, I was forced to completely shut the door on thinking this could be a physical, biological entity at all. I now take the Scripture in Ephesians 6 literally, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The truth sets people free
There are only a few of us Christian UFO researchers in this realm of study. But, with God’s enabling, we are making a very significant impact on the whole field of UFOlogy, and also on the world’s largest organization that has been promoting the idea of alien visitations. This is now more important as ever as the US government seems to be heading towards the recognition of alien life visiting our earth.
Our goal is not only to offer a Hope to those whose lives have been turned upside down by this experience, but also to educate the church in the dangers of this phenomenon, so they too can help those falling for this delusion of the enemy that is fueling the growth of one the newest and fastest-growing false religions in the world. I hope you will continue to support this work and I thank CMI for working with me in this field.
For more information about this phenomenon, please see:
- Alien/UFO Questions and Answers
- Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the evolution connection
- Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a deception
If you have experienced something like the experiences Joe Jordan described and would like to tell us your story, you can submit your message at this link.