The first fourteen verses of the 26th Chapter of Isaiah Sets forth the triumph of the Kingdom and the destruction of the enemies of the Kingdom. In the 13th and 14th verses Isaiah referred to lords who had ruled over God's people in the past, stating in the 14th verse that they were now deceased that they would never live again. We say that the expression, '''they are deceased,'' is ''they are Rephaim. '' Attention was called to the fact that Rephaim referred to shades, fearful ones! Ghosts etc.
Thus the Rephaim were the disembodied spirits of the offspring of the angels who begat children by taking the daughters of men for wives. As a result of these forbidden marriages, we found that added to the sensual and carnal- the result of the temptation and fall-was now added highly-increased discernment and understanding but wholly devoid of spiritual direction. This enhanced the violent and power of those who exercised control over the population, the lords who ruled over them.
Because of the rule of the antediluvian giants, the earth became corrupt, meaning genetically mixed and degraded and filled with violence, necessitating its destruction by the waters of the Floods so that the offspring of all genetically mixed plants, animals, Adamites and fallen angels might be destroyed and the rule exercised by the angels themselves brought to an end.
Isaiah declares that, as a result of this destruction, even the memory of them had perished. It was also pointed out that, when the Deluge overwhelmed the earth, while the bodies of the offspring of the fallen angels perished, their disembodied spirits lived on. When the waters of the Flood receded, the place of their abode still remained under the sea and it became the place of their perpetual grave where their spirits were.
Turning to Job 26: 5 we read:
''Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.''
These disembodied spirits, chained in darkness, are unable to bear the light but when, in the earth's full shadow, darkness engulfs the earth at the midnight hours, they apparently can ascend from the abyss and do come forth for a short time each night. Peter warns:
''Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5: 8-9.)
The Apostle stresses the danger of darkness for, under the influence of liquor or drugs, men and women are susceptible to demon possession and certainly are in no position to be vigilant.
What is the main objective of the evil spirits? It is to prevent coming judgment and, in order to do this, they are constantly endeavoring to frustrate the plans of God for the establishment of His Kingdom upon earth. But they must have a vehicle-a body-through which they can work.
Therefore, they have continually in the past sought human beings whom they may possess and through whom they can carry on their subversive activities. If they can secure the willing, or even the unwilling, consent of an individual to that possession, they seem to be temporarily released from the confinement of darkness. By securing the use of a body and mind, with the power of speech by which they are able to operate and exert an influence over those whom they wish to control, they and their fathers hope to frustrate the plans of God as the consummation of the age approaches.
Human beings who are evil, or who unwittingly lend themselves to subversive activities, supporting programs in opposition to the establishment of His Kingdom, are furthering the plans of these devils.
lf the eyes of men could be opened so they could see, even for a moment, the fearful apparitions whose influence and directions they are following, fear and horror would seize them. From time to time men have caught glimpses of these denizens of the never world and it has left them frightened and shaken.
The man of God, occupying the front-line trenches in this sanguinary conflict, is fully aware of their existence, having learned by experience to respect their power.
Presents of the Rephaim
Due to translation difficulties, the full significance of the activities of these evil spirits has been more or less concealed until men today have come to believe they are nonexistent. In fact, one who expresses belief in their existence is apt to be called a simpleton by his fellowmen.
But that these evil disembodied spirits do exist and are active in every phase of human sinfulness is very clear and testified to in numerous passages of Scripture.
They themselves are pleased that men refuse to recognize their existence, for then men will not be on guard against their influence. Solomon declared:
“Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he (the one partaking of such secret evils) knowth not that the dead (Rephaim) are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Prov. 9: 17-18.)
Where sin abounds these disembodied spirits are ever present as unseen guests in the midst of evil merrymakers.
This fact accounts for the preponderance of sinful and degrading activities in the early hours of the morning- after midnight. This also explains why wicked men love darkness and are more courageous in their wanton acts of evil after the sun sets.
Solomon, speaking of strange women who flatter with their lips, said;
''Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead (Rephaim) . None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.” (Prov. 2: 17-19.)
The moral degradation of the offspring of the fallen angels made the Deluge necessary and their disembodied spirits, craving evil but without bodies, are unable to fulfill their desires, so they seek companionship with evil men and women. Did Paul have this thought in mind when he said:
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” (1 Cor. 6: 15-16.)
Solomon further declared:
''The man that wandereth out of the way of under- standing shall remain in the congregation of the dead (Rephaim).'' (Prov. 21: 16.)
Evil spirits were particularly active in our Lord's day, trying to interfere with His ministry. An interesting incident occurred at that time, demonstrating the impossibility of those disembodied spirits to continue during the hours of light apart from human possession, for they seem to be without power to carry their plans to completion except through the medium of the human body.
When Jesus arrived in the country of the Gadarenes, a man met him who was possessed of devils. Jesus asked him:
“What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.” (Luke 8: 30.)
Recognizing that Jesus was about to cast them out:
“They besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.” (Luke 8: 31.)
The Greek word here translated ''deep'' is abysses and is the identical word translated ''bottomless'' and ''bottomless pit'' in Revelation, from which place evil ascends and into which the Devil and his angels are to be cast (Rev. 9: 1 , 2, 1 1; 1 1: 7; 17: 8; 20: 1, 3). It means a very deep place and Job informs us it is under the sea.
These demons besought the Lord to allow them to enter into some swine nearby and He allowed them to do so with the result:
''Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.'' (Luke 8: 33.)
Apart from human possession, evil spirits apparently have no protection from the light, the exposure to which seems to cause them excruciating pain. The flesh of the swine gave them no such protection and the swine could not endure their presence so they plunged into the water and the evil spirits were precipitated into a mad scramble to reach the security of the darkness of the great deep.
Ascending From the Abyss
Unknown to natural man, these denizens of the Bottomless Pit are often the source of their inspiration as they plan acts of aggression and reach out for wealth and power.
Even Christian men and women are susceptible to their influence when they walk in their own spirit and refuse to be led by the Spirit of Christ.
Origin of Modernism
The inhabitants of the great deep are especially active today. In the form of a beast ascending from the Bottom- less Pit, John, in Revelation, describes their warfare against the Two Witnesses whom they succeed in overcoming and slaying. The facts pertaining to these Two Witnesses are amply covered in Study in revelation.
It is sufficient here to point out that, as a result of this attack from the Bottomless Pit, Modernism came into being, propagating its false doctrines which have permeated the entire body of organized Christianity with the result that the faith of millions has been destroyed. Its source is the great deep, or abyss, where the Rephaim reside. Its inspiration comes from the minds of the demons, or disembodied spirits, the denizens of the deep.
The spirit and doctrines of the Rephaim have already become so well established in our theological seminaries and schools that they are being proclaimed as truth from most of the pulpits in our land. The man who has the audacity to oppose these evil doctrines of devils is considered a renegade, a no-body, or at least unlearned.
Thus, from the eerie abode of the disembodied Spirits of the giants of darkness Modernism has come, with its Christ-denying and miracle-belittling teachings. These spirits of evil have succeeded beyond perhaps their own fondest hopes in inoculating and indoctrinating millions of Christians with their poison.
Playing upon the egotistical covetousness of many ministers of the Gospel to claims of super-scholarship, the Rephaim have found in them allies made to order, avid listeners to their whisperings of the superiority of intellectualism.
From the darkness of the abyss came the withering blight of a great apostasy which has cast its malignant shadow over all Christendom. Surely the demons of the nether world must rejoice at the stupidity of their devotees who are proclaiming as true from their pulpits doctrines whose origin is from the depth of hell.
Modernism, with its spiritual apostasy, has prepared the soil in the Israel lands in which the seed of Communism can readily grow.
Approach of the Great Day
Isaiah declares that with the fall of Babylon, the Rephaim, or disembodied spirits from hell, would be stirred into tremendous activity:
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirrers up the dead (the Rephaim) for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.” (Isa. 493 14: 9 )
In the Life of Christ these forces were chained and prohibited from gathering the nations to war. However, in 1776, these evil forces were loosed and began their work through Adam Weishaupt, who was a descendant of Cain’s race and started the Illuminati.
Since that time we have seen great wars against God’s people in North America and Europe. First, was the war of 1812, then followed the civil war, the First World War, Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and current wars of today. These are wars motivated and moved by the Rephaim.
The doctrines of Communism, socialism, and Jihadist are the acts of these disembodied spirits from the great deep, for they are all atheistic and, thus, anti-God and anti-Christ.
John, in Revelation, was given a vision of their activities as they use nations to accomplish their purpose:
''And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet; For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.'' (Rev. 16: 13-14.)
Within the Israel lands fellow travelers with Communists are supporting the plans of these demons. Those giants of the darkness, in the days of their earthly existence prior to the Deluge, exercised worldwide domination and used their power to rule with violence, producing chaos which finally necessitated the destruction of the ante-diluvian world.
Today their cohorts are actively seeking worldwide power and they are filling the earth with violence and blood, evil-inspired by these demons of darkness. The Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty is very, very near.
The ramifications and resulting evils wherever these denizens of the deep have infiltrated into the activities of men, or succeeded in possessing individuals in their plans of aggression, are almost inconceivable. They range from the work of independent individuals, in their restricted circle of sinful ants, to groups, and even nations, who are being used in this warfare.
The Rephaim are fully aware of the potential possibilities in the splitting of the atom and, are moving heaven and earth to acquire the wherewithal to release its energy in their warfare against His Kingdom.
Truly we are not wrestling against flesh and blood but against the powers of a malignant evil as these giants of the darkness move to consummate their plans and, in the planned destruction of the Kingdom people, will thus prevent, if possible, the return of Jesus Christ to take the Throne of His father David. This they hope to accomplish by destroying the Kingdom and the Throne.
Already Great Britain, the seat of the Throne, and the United States are beaten to her knees as the denizens of the deep stir her leaders and people to propagate doctrines of men rather than the commandments, statutes and judgments of the Lord. Fortunately, He is coming suddenly and will appear just in time to seal the doom of these Fearful Ones.
Evil, malignant and terrifying, is being spawned behind the scenes as the leaders of the United nations, dominated by the Rephaim, press the battle in this critical hour of their warfare against God.
Isaiah now declared that, though the Lord had increased the nation to His glory in accord with the Divine promise, yet because of their transgressions they were removed to the ends of the earth.
Today all this has been literally fulfilled in that Israel was scattered to the ends of the earth and, as a result of trespassing against the Lord, were driven out of Palestine and finally arriving in the Isles North and West of Palestine. Afterwards they went westward to people the new lands upon the North American continent.
The Prophet proceeds to state that in a time of trouble we cried out to be delivered, as a woman cries out in a time of travail to be delivered.
Isaiah depicts the sad facts for, though His people sought deliverance for the sake of being saved from their difficulties, no deliverance came, for the prayers of those who fail to walk in the way of righteousness are not answered:
''We have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.'' (Isa.26: 18.)
Ferrar Fenton renders this:
“Our hands no victory won; The World's men did not fall.”
Smith and Goodspeed translate this:
''No deliverance did we achieve for the land, no inhabitants of the world came to birth through us.”
This is a perfect appraisal of our inability today to win against our foes; not even the nations supposed to be friendly consider the necessity of uniting with us against a common foe. It is at this time when God's people are hopelessly involved that Isaiah exclaimed:
“Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs.” (Isa. 26: 19.)
Thus the resurrection is associated with the very conditions that confront us today.
Resurrection and Warning
''The dew of the herbs'' is ''The dew of dawn. '' What a glorious and great day that will be-when the day breaks for the dead, Just as a healthy man awakens at the break of day fully rested, so the dead in Christ will awaken to the light, as the morning of the resurrection day dawns to enter the Kingdom and partake of its blessings.
Isaiah also sounds an ominous warning..
''And the earth shall cast out the dead.” (Isa. 26: 19.)
Smith and Goodspeed translate this:
“And the earth will 'bring the Shades to birth.”
The Hebrew word translated ''dead'' or ''shades'' is Rephaim. Thus spirits, malignant and evil are to become of manifest in this day.
As a result the warning to God's people is:
“Come, my people, enter thou into thy clambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her Slain.” (Isa. 26: 20-21.)
The signals are flying that this judgment is at hand.
Crimes of cruelty and all forms of oppression will be fully revealed and all responsible will be judged--including those who failed to administer justice and equity. At that time the shades or fearful ones will put in an appearance in ever-increasing numbers-the evil ones or Rephaim.
They are indeed making their appearance, though at the moment very few are aware of this fact or of their identity.
This too is another sign added to many that judgment is drawing near. Even nearer is the resurrection and translation.
It is a glorious time in which to be living, at least for those who know and understand all this and are spiritually ready for the coming revelation of His presence and the glorious fulfillment of our expectations the coming summons to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
We have already dealt with the Giants of Darkness, the Antediluvian offspring of parents whose fathers were angels and mothers the daughters of men. Perhaps it is well to pause here and consider the evidence regarding the truth of this statement. The reason this is necessary is the belief of many, when it is pointed out that the sons of God saw the daughters of men and took whom they would for wives, that it is an error to state they were angels. Such are overlooking a fact that Job definitely demonstrates that the sons of God were none other than angels:
"Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them [in the midst of them]." (Job 1: 6.)
The Septuagint Translation of the Bible definitely states that these sons of God are the angels:
"And it came to pass that on the same day, when lo! the angels of God came to present themselves before the Lord, Satan also came with them."
Smith and Goodspeed translate this:
"Now one day when the heavenly beings had come to stand in the presence of the Lord, and the Satan too had come among them."
Both Peter and Jude declare that the sons of God who married the daughters of men in the days of Noah were angels. Thus these two confirm the use of the term "sons of God" as used in Job as applicable to the angels. It is important that we come to the right conclusions on this, issue. To question the accuracy of Peter and Jude’s, definite assertion, that they were angels who sinned in the, days of Noah, is to disbelieve the record. Only where the truth is known is our understanding enlightened. We have a reference to a similar assembly as this one which is described in the Book of Job.
Ahab had assembled the hosts of Israel and Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, had done likewise and they had joined forces to go and ﬁght against the king of Syria. All the
prophets, about four hundred, assured Ahab that he would? be victorious. But Jehoshaphat was not satisfied, so he said to Ahab:
"Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides; that we might inquire of him?" (I Kings 22: 7.)
Jehoshaphat was a godly man and he recognized What We today would have termed four hundred modernist—not one guided by the Spirit of the Lord.
"There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.
And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so." (IKings 22: 8.)
Ahab sent for Micaiah and the messengers told the Prophet:
"Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good." (I Kings 22: 13.)
But Micaiah replied:
"As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak." (I Kings 22: 14.)
When Micaiah came before the kings, he sarcastically repeated what the four hundred prophets said to Ahab:
"Go, and prosper: for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand (that is, the territory of the king of Syria) of the king." (I Kings 22: 15.)
Ahab recognized Micaiah’s sarcasm and demanded that he speak the truth. Micaiah thus said:
"I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the Lord said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in
peace." (I Kings 22: 17.)
Ahab said to Jehoshaphat:
"Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?" (I Kings 22: 18.)
Micaiah then proceeded to describe an heavenly assembly:
"I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said, Who shall persuade [deceive] Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. NOW therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets." (I Kings 22: 19-23.)
Thus we have a ﬂeeting glimpse of God on His throne before whom gathered at stated times a solemn assembly of Holy Angels. Satan, bent on mischief, was able also to be present with them.
One of the main objectives raised regarding the angels marrying the daughters of men is the allusion to a statement by our Lord.
Marrying and Giving in Marriage
The Pharisees had entered into a plot to entrap Jesus in arguments. He silenced them and then the Sadducees, who did not believe in the resurrection, tempted Him with the question about the woman who had seven husbands, all of whom had died. Now that she was dead, they countered as to whose wife shall she be in the resurrection. Jesus replied:
"Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven." (Matt. 22: 29-30.)
The Smith and Goodspeed translation is somewhat more Specific:
"You are wrong, because you do not understand the Scriptures nor the power of God. For after the resurrection there is no marrying or being married, but they live as angels do in heaven."
In the light of this answer, it is customary for some to jump to the conclusion that after the resurrection there will be neither male nor female, yet Jesus said no such thing; What He did was to pass judgment upon the institution of marriage as it came into being after the fall of Adam and Eve——the giving and taking in marriage—declaring that after the resurrection this would no longer be so.
There has been, perhaps, no one human institution which has contributed so much to personal unhappiness as the mismating of those who are incompatible. In the beginning there was no manying and giving in marriage, but Adam and Eve were perfectly mated. Jesus passed judgment upon the rite of matrimony as it exists in this world order, which has been responsible for an untold. amount of misery; howbeit some have found happiness together in the married state.
When Jesus pronounced the end of "marrying and giving in marriage " with the resurrection, He did not say it would result in a sexless existence. Had He done so, it would have meant the destruction of the basic individuality of the person. A person’s sex is so integrally related to his personality that to destroy it would mean the complete, effacement of his personality. Aggressiveness, strength and valor are among the traits of the masculine sex; modesty, gentleness and tenderness are distinguishing attributes of the feminine sex. If you do away with male and female, you will have done away with the essential worth of the man and woman.
When Abraham entertained three angels, the Bible states they were three men (Gen. 18: 2). It is certain that Moses, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, correctly designated the sex of the three who talked with Abraham.
In the New Testament after the ascension of our Lord, and while the disciples were looking steadfastly toward heaven,
"behold, two men stood by them in white apparel " (Acts 1:10).
Again, there is a designation of the sex of the two who appeared to the disciples and announced that, in the same manner that Jesus went away, He would come again.
Finally, let us consider what is irrefutable proof that the sex of the individual survives the grave and is not destroyed in the resurrection. Mary gave birth to the man-child, Christ Jesus, who was circumcised on the eighth day. He was a male without blemish and as such was sacrificed for the sins of His people. He died upon the cross and was buried in the tomb. However, His body saw no corruption
(that would apply to every member of His body) and He arose from the grave on the third day. He came forth from the tomb with the same body, completely whole and still a man, carrying the marks of the nails in His hands and the wound made by the spear in His side. If Jesus retained His sex—and He did——and we are to be like Him in the resurrection, then we shall also retain our sex as sons and
daughters of God:
"And I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (II Cor. 6: 17-18.)
To this may be added the testimony of John in Revelation (Rev. 21: 7). When we awake in His likeness, we shall be satisfied, for “he that overcorneth shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. "
We pointed out earlier that when Christ returns and the resurrection takes place, that the Rephaim from the nether world would be cast out; that is, there would be an eruption, not a resurrection, of the spirits of these evil ones. It was also shown that this irruption was due to be in evidence as the time of the resurrection drew near. We know from many prophecies that the day of the resurrection is indeed near at hand. ls there any evidence of the irruption of evil spirits from the nether world at this time? We believe there is and that in the so—called Flying saucers we have evidence of this.
It is well to consider at this point the answer Satan gives at the time the angels had assembled before God recorded in the Book of Job:
"And when the Lord asked the Accuser [Satan], Where do you come from the Accuser answered the Lord, and said: ’From flying over the earth, and
travelling in it.’" (Job 1: 7, Ferrar Fenton Trans.)
"Flying over the earth." We have of late been having many evidences of "ﬂying over the earth" on the part of personalities that are definitely evil.
Several years ago, there were a series of Atomic energy tests being made in the
"The Atomic Energy Commission reported on March 1, 1954 that the detonation of the device took place at the proving ground in the Marshall Islands. Details
were withheld. The tests are expected to continue for several weeks and to include an explosion of the latest type of hydrogen bomb.
"What is of particular interest is the location where these bomb tests are being made, for, as pointed out in The World That Then Was,* they are evidently being
carried out in the vicinity of the ancient homeland of the antediluvian world which today is the location of the Great Deep or Abyss, the abode of the Rephaim.
"This raises an extremely interesting question in the light of the statement made by Isaiah that the land of the Shades is to be ruined. The time of that destruction
is declared to be when the present age comes to its close.
We refer particularly to Isaiah 26: 19:
"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs [dawn], and the earth shall cast out the dead.’
"If the present habitation of the Rephaim is ruined by the experiments being carried on in the Pacific, will it precipitate a migration from that world of darkness
to our world of light in a manner that will ’bring the Shades to birth’? If this should be the case, the results may be far more disquieting for the human race than the present apprehension of the future because of the contemplated use of atomic weapons in warfare."
During these twelve years we have had no reason to change our views as expressed in the booklet, Flying Saucers.* In fact, as a member of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, I have received periodical reports of their findings, all of which have contributed to confirm the position I have taken.
While this committee does not recognize what I believe to be the origin of these Unidentified Flying Objects, yet the evidence revealed in these twelve years more than confirms the position that was taken as published in the pamphlet on Flying Saucers.
Let us brieﬂy review our deductions made at that time, for they still stand unchallenged by subsequent developments.
What the Prophets Saw
It is important to remember that the prophets of the Lord were given actual previews in visions of the events which would transpire on this earth as the age drew to its close. In these previews they were eyewitnesses of scenes which were to take place in the distant future and, as they watched those far—off events, they described them in the language at their command. Because they could not express themselves in modern terminology, many today fail to comprehend the full significance of the pictorial descriptions of the things and events they beheld.
There is not one thing of major importance to God’s people and the world at large, contributing to bringing the age to its close, that was not revealed to God’s servants the prophets. And what Amos declared to be so is still true where those who serve the Lord in modern days is concemed:
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
(Amos 3: 7.)
Even the explosion of an atomic or hydrogen bomb was
witnessed by Esdras nearly 3,000 years before it occurred in history.
None of the prophets have indicated in any manner that the human race would be visited by beings from another planet in this day of trouble. Biblical descriptions of Divine visitations are in terms which completely discredit the idea of any connection between them and the objects now sighted in the heavens. The prophets provide enough detail about such visitations to substantiate this assertion.
If, as some have tried to suggest, interplanetary visits are now taking place, the prophets would also have become aware of this and some hint of such interplanetary activities would be found in their utterances. There is none.
Principalities and Powers
However, that there are powerful forces in the earth which are not human, whose origin and existence are clearly set forth in the Scriptures, is well known to those who have studied this aspect of scriptural revelation. That these forces are to play an important part in the events bringing the present age to its end is also made quite clear.
The Bible does indicate the actuality of demonic visitants from the realm of the supernatural into the human order. It is also prophetically recorded that a day will come when there will be a visitation of evil in the extreme. When that occurs God will move in judgment to destroy these forces of the nether world in the final conﬂict of the ages.
A study of the Bible reveals three sources of power affecting all life upon the earth. Whatever the activities and experiences of men have been throughout the ages, they have stemmed from one or more of these three sources of power, and from no others. They are:
1) Divine and of God.
2) Human and from men.
3) Occult and satanically directed.
That which is occult and satanically directed is sinister and evil, leading only to death. There is a phase of demon activity which should engage
our particular attention in connection with our present study. According to the Biblical record, there are, associated with the devil and his angels, those disembodied spirits who are constantly seeking to be clothed, either by means
of inanimate objects which they inhabit or human beings whom they can possess. When individuals fail to don the whole armor of God, from sword and shield to helmet of salvation, they may easily give ground to the devil and become possessed by evil spirits. These demon spirits were very active at the time of the First Advent of the Lord as a study of the New Testament clearly reveals.
When Satan was cast out of heaven (Luke 10: 18), a major sphere of his activity became the air, to which fact the writer of Ephesians testifies when he refers to him as
"the prince of the power of the air" (Eph. 2: 2). Smith and Goodspeed translate this, “the master—-spirit of the air. "
Satan’s dominion thus includes the very air where unaccountable objects that attain astronomical speeds have been sighted.
A New Irruption
Are we now witnessing a new irruption in our generation of these Fearful Ones under the direction and guidance of Satan and the angels who were the fathers of these evil offspring?
You may ask what all this has to do with the ﬂying objects seen in the sky today. Let us first consider the fact that the abode of these evil spirits, or Rephaim, is pointed out to be the Great Deep under the ocean. When Jesus Was about to cast out a legion of spirits from a man possessed, they made a strange plea:
"They besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep." (Luke 8: 31.)
The Greek word here translated "deep" is abussos and means a very deep place. Thus these evil spirits, or Rephaim, testified to the fact that their abode was in the deep and, as soon as they lost the protection of the body of the man they possessed, they would be compelled to return there.
One very interesting thing reported about the “flying saucers" has been their ability to descend into and apparently ascend from the ocean. The British ship Vulture was in the Persian Gulf on April 13, 1879, and reported that on that day "two luminous rotating rings, or disks," sank slowly down from just above the surface of the water until they finally disappeared in the depths of the sea.
On April 4, 1901, men on board the ship Kilwa in the Persian Gulf saw "revolving luminous wheels" near [under] the surface of the sea. On June 10, 1909, in the
Straits of Malacca, another "luminous revolving wheel“ was seen on the water. On August 12, 1910, in the South China Sea, the Dutch steamer Valentejin saw a "horizontal glowing Wheel turning rapidly just above the water. "
On April 1, 1952, an object resembling a plane seemed to fall into the sea in the Gulf of Mexico. It disappeared, leaving no trace or wreckage of any kind. The same thing occurred in the Hudson River near North Bergen on April 30, 1952, leaving no trace.
In the light of What the Bible reveals about the inhabitants of the Great Deep, the abode of the Rephatm, were these incidents but the passing to and fro of the Rephaim between their abiding place and the realm of him who is the prince of the power of the air? Because men have tried to ignore the existence of these malignant, demonic personalities, they are unable to fully comprehend what is taking place around us. At the same time they do admit that the nature of what they behold is mystifying and beyond human understanding.
It has been readily conceded that whatever or whoever is directing these ﬂying objects possesses a high state of intelligence. If it is the Rephaim who are directing them, their knowledge is superhuman, for they are learned in the secrets which were committed to the angels. It is pointed out in Primogenesis* that they were taught the secrets and practices possessed by their fathers, the angels, the use of which knowledge and power resulted in great violence on the earth in the days of Noah.
Vehicles of Transportation
There has been a tremendous increase in the appearances of these ﬂying objects since man has released atomic power by his experiments with atomic and hydrogen weapons. Is this release of ree energy placed at the disposal of these highly intelligent Fearful Ones a source of power that has enabled them to become much more active than previously‘? Are they now able to mass—produce vehicles for themselves from this ree energy--—"mechanical" bodies which they direct by the power of will‘? Do these vehicles give them the protection they must have to allow them to leave the Great Deep at will?
Following the atomic explosions in Nevada, "fire balls" were seen above the field for days. The authorities said they had nothing whatever to do with the explosions. By these experiments with atomic and hydrogen devices and weapons, men have been sending into the realm of him who is prince of the power of the air a tremendous quantity of free energy. Were these fire balls merely the evidence that these malevolent personalities were gathering up the released free energy from the radioactive area to be used to break down the partition which has separated the nether world from the human order, releasing the Rephaim from their conﬁnement?
We would deduce from the evidence of such appearances in the past that the Rephaim were apparently able to gather a certain amount of free energy from one source or another. Perhaps now, through his experimentation with atomic forces, man has placed an enormous amount of this force at their disposal, enabling them to increase their activities many thousand fold. This would result in the irruption of the Rephaim into our sphere in a major way.
Their appearance en masse is an ill omen, portending grave trouble for the entire world. This will become more evident as atomic and hydrogen bomb experiments are continued, thus placing more and more ﬂee energy at the disposal of these denizens of the deep.
Fantastic? Yes, but we are living in a day of fantastic revelations and the time
has arrived when it will be well to face certain grim realities.
An interesting fact is the report of the terrible stench some have experienced in their close encounter with "ﬂying saucers." Is this odor the reek of rottenness and death? If it is the Rephaim who operate these objects, who have been able to materialize in daylight in the human sphere through the use of free energy, would this free energy add enough "physical" substance to these shades to convey to the human sense of smell the accompanying extremely repulsive odor?
Because of certain unaccountable manifestations associated with "flying saucers," it has been intimated that government officials have quietly inquired of those dealing with extrasensory phenomena to find out what they might know about these manifestations.
A Satanic Resurrection
To what conclusion does all of this lead? The deduction has been drawn that the release of atomic energy into the air is placing at the disposal of Satan unlimited energy, enabling his minions to mass—-produce the ﬂying objects which have been seen by so many. But what is the purpose of this? Is this irruption from among the dead things of the Great Deep a satanic "resurrection"-~—a counterfeit of the true resurrection which is the hope of those who are looking for the Lord’s appearing? A counterfeit attempts to appear as much like the real thing as possible and its design is to thwart the purpose of that which it imitates.
The objective of a counterfeit movement is to deceive and, in order to be effective, it must precede that of which it is an abortive imitation.
If there is to be a wholesale satanic "resurrection" from the abode of the dead, it will be the utmost degree of evil which will be appalling in its implications. Men will be helpless to defend themselves against the onslaught of these demonic forces. The only way in which these Fearful Ones in this counterfeit resurrection can be overcome is by the resurrection of the just under the leadership of Him who is depicted by John as Faithful and True, of whom John says,
"In righteousness he doth judge and make war."
Where Isaiah states,
"and the earth shall cast out the dead, " the Hebrew word translated "dead" is Rephaim; that is, shades for whom there is to be no resurrection, for in verse 14 the prophet declares, "they are deceased [that is, the Rephaim], they shall not rise. " Too, their abode is not in the dust of the earth, but in the Great Deep.
The approach of their time of judgment, as it is termed by John in Revelation, also signals the time when, as stated by Isaiah, they shall be "cast out."
That all hell is on the move and the Rephaim are stirred up as the nations also prepare for the Battle of That Great Day of God Almighty is quite clear from Isaiah’sstatement:
"Hell from beneath [in the Great Deep] is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead [Rephaim] for thee, even all the chief ones [Fearful
Ones] of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations." (Isa. 14: 9.)
Their Time Is Short
This is a graphic portrayal of the fact that all Hell is in a ferment and the Rephaim are in a state of feverish preparation. We have a clue to the reason for this in the
questions the demons asked of Jesus:
"What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" (Matt. 8: 29.)
Smith and Goodspeed render the latter part of this quotation, "Have you come here before the appointed time to torture us?" Ferrar Fenton translates it, "Do You come here before the time to punish us?"
Their second question shows that the demons know there is a set time when punishment is to be meted out and all Hell is aroused as the forces of evil marshal for a final desperate stand against that impending judgment.
In further substantiation of the fact that the devil is fully aware of the time limit to his activities, we have the statement by John in Revelation:
"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short
time." (Rev. 12: 12.)
Smith and Goodspeed render the last phrase of this quotation as follows: "For the devil has descended upon you in a great rage, for he knows that his time is short."
It is of interest to note in the verses quoted the consanguinity that exists between the Rephaim from below and the dictators upon the earth; also that when the season of the judgment of the dead ones arrives, those who have destroyed the earth will also be destroyed.
The Mighty Ones
Did Joel have the sinister aspect of this conﬂict in mind, and was he referring to the power of these Fearful Ones, when he spoke of the marching hosts advancing in spite of anything that could be done to stop them? The Prophet refers to the consternation caused when the weapons of War fail to even Wound them (Joel 2: 8).
Beholding all this, Joel calls upon the Lord to send His Mighty Ones, the angels who do His bidding, so that they may prevent His people from being annihilated.
The Prophet prays:
"Thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord." (Joel 3: 11.)
Isaiah refers to the great earthquake that will take place at that time in terms of the windows of heaven being opened. When the windows of heaven were opened in the time of Noah, the sons of the angels perished in the ensuing destruction and the Rephaim came into being——the shades of the Great Deep who constitute a veritable legion of demons.
As a result of the latter—day opening of the windows of heaven (paralleling Noah’s day), and the accompanying great earthquake, Isaiah declares:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth." (Isa. 24:
The high ones that are on high! Does this again refer to these Fearful Ones now being marshaled by Satan himself to oppose the coming of Jesus Christ as Lord of
Lords and King of kings‘?
Other passages of the Scriptures seem to bear this out. For instance, Isaiah 13 speaks of the same physical disturbances as those referred to in Isaiah 24, showing that at that time the Lord will lay low the "haughtiness of the terrible." Is this a veiled reference to these evil personalities who will be so terrible when they manifest their power, when the devil gives the midnight signal to combat?
Heaven and earth are joined in this conﬂict as the Mighty Ones of God come to the assistance of the righteous against the combined forces of evil as the Rephaim from hell join with the devil—directed tyrants of the earth to destroy God’s people. As we observe today this gathering for battle, the words of Isaiah (13: 3-6, Smith & Goodspeed Trans.) come to mind:
"I have commanded my consecrated ones, I have summoned my warriors, my proudly exulting ones, to execute my anger. Hark! a tumult on the mountains, like that of a multitude of people; Hark! the uproar of kingdoms, of nations assembled! The Lord of hosts is mustering a battle host. They come from a distant
land, from the end of the heavens--The Lord and his weapons of wrath, to destroy the whole earth. Wail! for the day of the Lord is at hand; as destruction from
the Almighty will it come. "