Will Rapture of the Church be a Mass Alien Abduction?
By John W. Milor
Could it be that the rapture of the church is a bit different from how most Christians imagine it?
It is a scriptural fact that at least some angels faithful to God utilize advanced technology. They probably don’t have to have it in many cases, but they use it in order to supplement or enhance their abilities. Consider the angel who guarded the entrance to the Garden of Eden and the tree of life after Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden (Genesis 3:22–24). Did he absolutely have to have a flaming sword? What kind of weapon was that, anyway—a light saber? Why didn’t the angel just wave his hand in order to prevent access to the tree of life? Could it be that he actually needed that sword?
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Could it be that the angels who were flying a sky chariot with fire all around it and who apprehended Elijah and took him to heaven, actually needed a vehicle capable of flying?
2 Kings 2:11–12
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and He cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.
The Bible speaks of angels walking (Genesis 19:1–3) and flying (Genesis 28:12; John 1:51; Revelation 14:6), but perhaps a vehicle gets certain angels where they want to go a little faster, just as an automobile gets people where they need to go a little faster, even though they don’t absolutely have to have one, since they can always walk. Nevertheless isn’t it true that technology is the natural expression of intelligence in the universe? I acknowledge that these incredibly powerful, ultraintelligent beings could actually use something as antiquated as a literal chariot if they wanted to, but I think it’s more likely it was another type of vehicle, and its description is given through the eyes of someone who knew of no other type of vehicle. That’s why the power moving the chariot is referred to as a horse, albeit made of fire.
Now spirit horses in particular are actually mentioned in several places in scripture, and I see no reason why the inhabitants of the first heaven (directly in the upper atmosphere of the Earth, dimensionally shifted from our perception), wouldn’t ride them, especially when going into battle, just as we do in this world in certain places, though longer journeys probably require something a bit faster. Most likely the majority of the visions of spirit horses that are actually horses, and not symbolic imagery, are from horses in the first heaven right above our heads (2 Kings 6:17—could refer to both spacecraft and spirit horses, just as the armies of Earth may include soldiers mounted on horses and an assortment of vehicles). I doubt angels riding spirit horses cross the entire universe, however, though a spirit horse might have a few tricks up his sleeve.
Overall, I think it would help people somewhat to get away from thinking of heaven and angels as purely magical and apply some logic to contemplating everything that scripture says about them. The invisible realms can be known by that which is visible (Romans 1:20). Just as this world has a mix of the natural (creatures, technology, logic, principles, and so forth) and supernatural (powers, prophecy, miracles, and so forth), so it is in the heavens. A prime example of what I’m trying to explain can be derived by simply analyzing movies like Star Wars and Star Trek with a more eternal kingdom–oriented perspective. Scripture makes much more sense this way. These movies clearly depict the universe with a colorful mix of all manner of life-forms, technology, and beings with varying abilities, intelligence—and in some cases, supernatural power.
In Star Wars, remember that only the Jedi Knights imbued with the force (supernatural power) were able to make and use light sabers. Recall in Star Trek that most beings needed technology, while others, such as the Q, were so powerful they didn’t need it at all. As such, I expect the heavens to be very diverse in these details, which are so clearly depicted in science fiction and in the Bible. The Bible supports a more science fiction type of perspective, rather than an antiquated fairytale paradigm. Reality at large is very diverse, yet interestingly, human reasoning has a natural tendency to learn about reality by accepting only one dimension of it at a time. People assimilate knowledge by categorizing and classifying, and in many cases, they unnecessarily eliminate even the possibility of that which is unknown.
With these details in mind, take note that no scripture ever mentions that angels are all-powerful; they have limits. Also realize that God doesn’t do everything himself, nor is he a micromanager. God takes extensive risks in his delegations, and he constantly delegates to his angels many activities in the affairs of his creation. In light of these facts, it should be understood that the event of the rapture of the church referred to in numerous places in scripture will be a coordinated event with Jesus heading an extremely quick “flyby” with a massive fleet of angels within their sky chariots (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17; Psalms 68:17). It will be faithful angels who will be taking the physical bodies of saints from Earth, stealing them off to heaven, probably exactly the way they took Elijah (2 Kings 2:11), but on a much larger scale. What might this entail?
1 Thessalonians 4:16–17
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
2 Kings 2:11
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Consider for a moment the possibility of a fleet of intergalactic, interdimensional spaceships, capable of containing an excess of one billion people (all the saints of the past since the crucifixion, and all the saints presently on Earth). Imagine the sky proliferated with spacecraft, and hundreds of millions of people suddenly disappearing. The angels will arrive and quickly circle the globe in their sky chariots, taking millions of people as they pass by. I won’t even bother to go into detail in describing Ezekiel’s wheel (Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10), other than to say that there’s every indication (at least to me) that technology seems to be in the picture.
The purpose of this mission will be for God to gather the saints prior to the “great tribulation” (a time of unparalleled suffering, both in magnitude and intensity, unlike ever before in the history of the world). Note that while the rapture of the church may not be clearly visible because of the speed at which it will be conducted (in the twinkling of an eye), the massive arrival to occur at the second coming of Christ will not be discreet at all. Isaiah 66:15–16 speaks of “chariots like a whirlwind” raining fire down on the Earth.
As for the rapture of the church, however—as suddenly as the angels arrive, they will disappear without a trace, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52), leaving the entire world to dither in complete dismay.
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
1 Corinthians 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Now that I’ve established a basis for concluding that the rapture of the church could be a mass alien abduction, what are the implications of this conclusion?
After the rapture of the church, the world will be a spiritual vacuum, and this global event will be alarming to the entire planet, to say the least. It will be viewed as the single most devastating catastrophe to ever strike the planet! Furthermore, it will most likely be made known with verifiable proof that there actually was, quite literally, a massive extraterrestrial presence. This will actually be true, which makes the deception to follow even more cunning! Countless videos of spaceships, radar recordings, sightings, etc, will come to light, and the fact that there was a mass alien presence will be clear. HOWEVER, the detail that will be left out is that it will be a glorious abduction that Christians have been longing for ever since Jesus ascended from the Earth, rather than a hostile force that vaporized a large portion of the Earth’s inhabitants.
Following the rapture of the church, the Bible describes a prominent figure to arise on the global scene, known as the son of perdition, or more commonly, the Antichrist. Most people know that the Antichrist will be a charismatic spiritual leader, but the Bible actually describes him as a war mongering tyrant more than anything else; the majority of his reign from its inception will be spent making war against his neighbors and assimilating them into his kingdom. The fake peace treaty he will establish with Israel won’t come about until after he firmly establishes his powerbase through a great deal of bloodshed.
But concerning this warring dictator that is to come, the Bible states that through a series of deceptions, he will eventually align the majority of the people on the entire planet under his military command. Furthermore, he will also cause most of the people on the planet to abandon the majority of the established faiths in the world, and adopt an entirely new belief system that he will be the leader of. How in the world will he achieve all of this?
Most Bible scholars can point out the passages that state that almost everyone on Earth will be deceived into thinking that God’s return with His angels to the Earth, to save the people of Israel from the Antichrist’s attacks, will actually be a hostile otherworldly invader bent on global annihilation. That’s what turns the armies of the Earth against God and His angels, as well as the Saints that were recaptured, in the battle of Armageddon. But the deception that creates this misrepresentation of God, His angels, and his raptured Saints is a complete mystery. Indeed, the deception that is coming upon the earth is known as the mysterious delusion spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:11–12.
Scripture speaks of three unclean spirits who will be feeding the deception of the Antichrist (Revelation 16:13–16). The primary deception these unclean spirits will be using will have something to do with the new religion that the Antichrist will be advocating, and that new religion will have something to do with beings from other worlds.
Take special note that tied directly in with the turning point of where the Antichrist starts claiming a deitylike nature is a strange event that the book of Daniel connects with an otherworldly battle.
And it [the Antichrist] waxed great, even to the host of heaven [heavenly forces]; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.
Here’s a possible scenario, as sensationalistic as it may seem. To the amazement of the entire world, extraterrestrial life will become a reality when beings from other worlds introduce themselves in open contact shortly following the rapture of the Church. Those in the public eye, for the most part, will be aligned with Satan (but not all of them–keep reading).
In their arrival, they will give special attention to the Antichrist. They will bring with them words promising peace, and this might be why Israel agrees to the seven-year peace treaty in the first place. These beings claiming peace will be the bad guys, however, because they will give credence to the Antichrist. (The good angels aren’t out of the picture, either. The Bible covers a great deal of activity conducted by God’s faithful angels in the end times, to include even preaching the Gospel (Revelation 14:6-10). The good guys—also beings from other worlds, which people will have to get used to thinking of them as—will be openly communicating with the new true believers of the day.)
Shortly after the introduction of these otherworldly beings and after the Antichrist has already consumed three kingdoms from the original ten of the revised Roman Empire, these otherworldly beings will inform the Antichrist of a pending invasion, which they claim will cause great devastation unless the people of Earth cooperate with them. Just as they warned would happen, an invasion ensues—but amazingly, the Antichrist, along with his new allies, will be successful in fending off this otherworldly invasion.
Whether this initial otherworldly invasion is from beings allied with God or not is unknown; most likely they will be other fallen beings, and this attack will be a civil war among Satan’s minions. I say this because the Antichrist will successfully defeat this invading force, which would be highly unlikely if he were fighting God’s faithful angels.
I know this all seems highly sensational and speculative, but consider the wording of Daniel’s prophecy: “He waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.” This passage is clearly speaking of a battle in the future that resonates to the tune of Independence Day. It is a battle that will originate from the heavens—outer space—and the invaders are cast down to the ground. This event will establish a historical record that will come to play later in the reign of the Antichrist, but initially, the Antichrist will use it to magnify himself. Shortly following this cosmic spectacle, the Antichrist will throw a party in the Jewish temple, putting an end to the daily sacrifices that will be going on there. He’ll boldly waltz into the temple and sit in the throne of God (the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant), and claim that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
While this scenario may sound sensational, keep in mind that it will definitely take something sensational to change the hearts and minds of an entire planet full of people, to adopt a new religion, and venerate a human being to the point of worship. Indeed, the Antichrist will be revered as a god, the hero and savior of the entire planet, and I believe that nothing short of saving the world from a hostile otherworldly invasion would create this perception in the hearts and minds of the majority of the people on the planet.