Mike’s not a ufologist, but FATE Magazine named Mike to its 2005 list of the 100 most influential people in the field. Mike is, however, a scholar in the fields of ancient near eastern religions. He’s also devoted more of his life than seems advisable to the scholarly study of western occultism and alternative religions oriented around the belief in aliens. Religion is religion — it’s all the same? Not true.UFO Religions RSS
I came across this intriguing item today on the Top Secret Writers blog: “Why the U. S. Army Hunted for UFOs after W. W. II.” The post opens this way:
In the U.S. Army’s cache of declassified documents released via FOIA in 1994, you will find a 339 page collection of documents available on the U.S. Army website.
The bulk of those documents consisted of the U.S. Army’s investigation into the origins of “flying saucer” research in Germany, originating with the research of the “Horten Brothers” – Walter and Reimar Horton who developed advanced “flying wings” for Germany during the 1940s. The interesting fact about those investigations was that the timeline has a direct link to that of the Roswell crash in July of 1947.
To readers of The Facade, the Horten brothers aren’t news. What is newsworthy is the FOIA document cache on the U. S. Army website. The link works. I recommend downloading the document scans.
Finally – just checked the Kindle store and the newest edition of The Facade (new cover) is now available!
This edition is different from the older “Special edition” in a few ways:
1. It has a new (superior) cover.
2. The bibliographic information has been removed (for page count and cost-cutting reasons). The bibliographic data now lives here (link toward the bottom of the linked page).
One of the major trajectories in my new novel The Portent, is how Christians think about end times — specifically, how some are prone to marry end times to conspiracies about UFOs and alien abductions, which they believe are really cover for the creation of a new generation of nephilim by demons. I don’t believe that. At all. But I do believe that the conspiratorial thinking out there (not to mention flawed Bible interpretation) has a role to play — or would have a role if I were the intelligent evil mastermind tasked with an end times end game.
The Portent gave me the opportunity to put myself in that place. Frankly, intelligent evil is a whole lot smarter than the modern nephilim idea allows. I could come up with something much better, and I’d use the poor thinking of my targets to my advantage. Paraphrasing the villain in The Portent when he’s mocking the main character (Brian): “There are several ways we could accomplish the ends we want; this one is just the most interesting to me because it’s the one that makes you suffer the most.” The portents (omens – glimpses of things to come) I chose to make part of the book’s plotline were, as the villain says, the ones that seemed most interesting. There are other strategies, and maybe intelligent evil will go back to its bag of tricks in future books. I just wanted to build a rationale and plan that could actually play out in a world (like ours) where anything can be faked to move the herd in any direction. I wanted everything to already be real, or at least be on the drawing board in some think tank, university lab, or Black project. Sometimes the fakery that is the quietest and easy to miss is best, at other times more spectacular works better. The Portent uses both.
I used some role play when preparing to write The Portent, particularly when it came to thinking about what my end game would be and how I’d get there. Here’s an imaginary conversation that illustrates why the book doesn’t adopt the popular Christian conspiracy thinking about end times nephilim. The conversation isn’t part of the book (I write dialogue much better than this!) – it’s just an exercise / illustration.
NB = nephilim believer
MSH: yours truly
NB: Matthew 24 says that Jesus will return “as in the days of Noah,” and there were nephilim in those days. Daniel 2:43 prophesies that in the days when the kingdom of God comes, “they will mingle themselves with the seed of men.” The return of the nephilim are part of end times prophecy.
MSH: Let’s set aside the fact that nephilim aren’t mentioned in either of those verses for the moment, and that there are plenty of exegetical issues in them that don’t work for your interpretation — that in fact require its rejection. I just have one question for our chat: What’s the point of the idea?
NB: That’s obvious, Mike! The nephilim hybrids are servants of the devil and antichrist. They will help the antichrist deceive the multitudes, preventing them from believing in Jesus. The antichrist and his nephilim will try to destroy Israel, too.
MSH: I don’t see the deceptive power.
NB: What do you mean?
MSH: How would the appearance of modern nephilim deceive anyone?
NB: People will see them won’t they? They’ll know that the Bible is literally true and the word of God.
MSH: I think that’s my point — if this happens (and I’m just playing along, mind you) then people will know they should take the Bible for what it says — and what it says is that these guys are evil. They’ll also know if they keep reading the Bible, that they’re on the losing side — they’ll get stomped in the end. So why would anyone follow them? Where’s the power in this deception? Frankly, it doesn’t seem deceptive at all. It seems transparent.
NB: But they’ll help deceive the nations against Israel.
MSH: But why would people not think, “Hey, there really were — and now are — nephilim. They opposed God’s people in the Old Testament and got destroyed. There’s no way I want to get destroyed with them! And since I know now that the Bible’s true because I’ve seen nephilim, I’d better be on Jesus’ side.”
NB: You make the new nephilim sound like tools for evangelism.
MSH: No, it’s your idea that leads me to that conclusion. But let’s get back to the question — where is the deceptive power?
NB: That’s what demons do! They deceive, so the nephilim have to part of Satan’s plan of deception. There’s no other reason they’d be here.
MSH: I’d agree there – I don’t see any reason for them to be in the picture, either.
NB: Wait – maybe there’s another reason they’re going to be part of end times.
MSH: What’s that?
NB: To kill believers! And Jews, too.
MSH: Are the enemies of Christ and anti-Semites having a difficult time doing that now?
NB: No – but demons like to do that, too. Maybe the nephilim will put unbelievers in a rage to kill all the Christians and Jews they can.
MSH: I’ll ask again – how is that any different than today? Christians are being killed for being Christians all over the world, even as we speak. Israel is constantly under threat. Why do we need nephilim for that?
NB: They’ll accelerate things.
MSH: And we know that because …
NB: Because that’s what Satan wants!
MSH: Okay – back to my earlier question: Is Satan not getting what he wants now?
NB: He wants more dead!
MSH: So, why doesn’t he just inspired terrorists to steal nuclear or biological weapons? Those sorts of attacks could kill on a massive scale — must faster than nephilim running around with clubs and swords or guns. And if nephilim were on TV telling people to take up arms against Jews and Christians, we’re back to the part about why people would want to be on their side — they’re going to lose, big time.
NB: Maybe they’ll influence people secretly, or by mind control. We know demons can do that.
MSH: Well, we actually don’t know that at, at least if we care to look at the Bible for information. But your answer doesn’t make sense — how secretive could a nephilim giant be? Disguises aren’t going to work when you’re 8-10 feet tall.
NB: Well, I think Satan will just blind people to everything.
MSH: So, the masses of the world will be able to see clearly that the nephilim have returned, but won’t be able to discern anything else — when it’s all from the Bible?
NB: Blind is blind.
MSH: Actually, in your scenario, it isn’t. You have unbelievers being selectively blind.
NB: Satan will make sure the unbelievers stay blind to all he needs them to be blind to.
MSH: Like the gospel?
MSH: Then who are the 144,000 witnesses witnessing to?
NB: You’re confusing me now. Maybe they aren’t witnesses, smart guy. Revelation 7 just has 144,000 Jews sealed – 12,000 from each tribe. It doesn’t say they’re witnesses, so that’s your answer. 144,000 people are sealed and saved.
MSH: So the only people who are saved when all this happens is 144,000 Jews? No Gentiles? No one else?
NB: I guess that’s what the Bible says.
MSH: I don’t think it does, but I’ll keep playing. If there are only 144,000 that are saved and the others are blinded by Satan from being saved, why does Satan need nephilim to do that? If he can blind people now, what does he need all the help for?
NB: He just does. Like I said before, he wants it that way.
MSH: Is he sovereign?
NB: Knock it off.
MSH: Okay; that was a cheap shot – though I still think it’s a good question. You do realize that later in Revelation 7 after the 144,000 are sealed, that the apostle John sees a multitude *from every nation* - so they aren’t Jews – worshipping the Lamb, who is Jesus, having come out of the great tribulation. So it seems that there are a lot of people believing in Jesus at this time besides the 144,000. So your answer doesn’t work.
NB: Okay, I guess not. But the nephilim are still a big part of this. You’ll see!
MSH: So will a lot of other people in your scenario — and know exactly what they’re looking at, which strips this idea of any deceptive power, period. If I were an supernatural evil mastermind, I could do better than this and actually leave a breadcrumb trail for people to follow so they’d know it was real — but not know it wasn’t. I’d want them to believe they were believing the right way and the right thing, and use their belief against them. I’d use what they want to believe to move them to believe what they’d never want to believe.
Fiction is so much fun. You get to invent reality. And faction is the best kind of fiction.
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That’s the question raised by Billy Cox of the Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune at his blog. His piece is in response to a recent update by Leslie Kean on the Chilean government’s UFO panel. Here’s the lead:
Would official science be more inclined to study UFOs if there were compelling evidence the phenomena impacted air-traffic safety? That issue was implicitly raised recently in Leslie Kean’s update on the Chilean government’s latest pronouncement on UFOs.
In case you’re wondering, “UAP” is a relatively new replacement for “UFO” – it means Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
Without giving away any spoilers, one of the sub-plotlines in The Portent continues the theme of very human technology being behind the Cold War UFO flaps. Facade readers will recall that exotic Nazi science was the catalyst for this trajectory. The Portent explores this in some detail, specifically drawing on the work of Igor Witkowski and others that shows the Nazis were able to achieve nuclear power without a nuclear reactor through a series of chemical reactions. This method was at the heart of the mysterious “Bell” (Die Glocke) that those familiar with UFO lore will surely recognize. Specifically, the process underlying the power generated in the “Bell” used deuterium.
I couldn’t resist blogging about this after coming across this article tonight: “Do Nuclear Reactions Take Place Under Chemical Stimulation?” It’s from a 1996 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Scientific Exploration. Here’s the abstract:
Several examples of nuclear reactions occurring under the stimulation of chemical type energies are given. The production of tritium from deuterium in Pd has more than 100 published confirmations. Three models suggest circumstances such that barriers between nucleii may become transparent.
How about that?
Trust me, if you liked The Facade, you’ll love The Portent.
Just a quick note since I said I’d let everyone know. (Finally!)
Here’s the link.
As I note in the interview, The Portent is a true sequel — you need to have read The Facade first to follow it.
Check out the interview — and learn a few things (no spoilers) about The Portent!
If you follow me on Twitter (@msheiser) — and you really should, since communication there is more immediate — you know that The Portent, the sequel to my novel The Façade, went live on Amazon yesterday. I hope everyone who read The Façade will get one. The Façade has done quite well in reviews (150 of them between Amazon and GoodReads, 4+ stars out of 5). I think people will like The Portent, too. Like The Façade, every ancient text, document, historical figure, etc. is real. I put a lot of research into these things!
Some important notes on The Portent:
1. It’s not a “stand alone” read – you need to have read The Façade to really follow the storyline. The Façade is of course still available on Amazon. It will be getting a new cover there very soon. That may appear in days. Here’s the synopsis of The Portent:
The climactic ending of The Façade left Brian Scott and Melissa Kelley with only each other—and the terrible secrets they carry with them. The Portent finds them living together under new identities, their future clouded by constant fear of exposure and the haunting uncertainty of their feelings for each other.
By the time they learn they’re being watched, their carefully constructed lives will be over.
The Portent follows Brian and Melissa as they discover themselves at the center of an unthinkably vast conspiracy that spans centuries, crafted by a relentless evil bent on turning the faith of millions against itself.
Ancient tombs, long-forgotten Nazi experiments, UFOs, occult mythologies, biblical theology, and technologies yielding godlike power converge to create a disturbing mosaic that answers a terrifying question: Now that “they” are here, what do they want?
2. The last chapter of The Portent contains a clue to unraveling a significant plot element in the story, one that will continue in the third book. A second clue is available only in a handbook I’ve created for The Portent. The clues are part of a contest (explained in a Postscript in The Portent). The first person to solve the puzzle described therein will get a character named after them in the third book.
Honestly, folks, this piece by Jack Brewer at the UFO Trail is one of the best things you’ll ever read on this topic.
It’s a telling history of how these odd subjects are inextricably related, complete with the documentation from MK-Ultra and other FOIA research (Freedom of Information Act). Read it and bookmark it for future reference.