by Bill Nugent
When I was a young believer, back in the late 1970s, I remember hearing about the angelic visitations experienced by an Assembly of God pastor in Boise, Idaho named Roland Buck. I read Roland Buck’s book, Angels on Assignment that describes more than twenty visitations by angels, including Gabriel, that Buck experienced in the late 1970s. A sequel to that book was written by his daughter, Sharon Buck White and is titled: The Man Who Talked With Angels.
I found the angelic visitations fascinating and the content of what the angels spoke to Buck seemed biblically sound. The angels even gave him predictions of more than one hundred future events ranging from things related to Buck’s personal life to major events about to occur on the world scene. These were fulfilled in startling detail. That was more than thirty-five years ago and at the time the visitations, especially since Gabriel was involved, were a bit controversial. I have recently reread the accounts and have heard of the findings of a Christian man whom I respect, who recently looked into the matter after all these years. I am convinced that the visitations Buck experienced were indeed angels sent from God.
Roland Buck is by no means alone in his experiences of visitations by angels. Many people, some of whom I know well, have had angelic visitations. Paul Keith Davis, Tim Carscadden, James Goll, Mike Bickle, the late Bob Jones (a powerful prophetic voice) and Kathie Walters are among many others who have experienced angelic encounters.
Angels are real and their visitations are tangible proof of the truth of the Bible. The Bible contains hundreds of mentions of angels but let me relate just one instance of a powerful biblical angelic encounter. In the book of Daniel, chapter nine, the angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel the prophet and spoke with him and gave him a very explicit prophecy of the coming of the Messiah and other future events in Israel’s history. This angelic visitation occurred around 540 BC.
This prophecy, recorded in Daniel 9:24-27, is what I have called the most dramatic prophecy in the Bible because it is very clear, it is Messianic, it gives the timing of its fulfillment and it was hand delivered by an archangel. This prophecy is the famous seventy weeks prophecy and I discuss it in detail in my apologetic article #241 which is available in the archive on my website at www.bnugent.org.
On the flip side I should mention that there are demonic encounters as well. According to the Bible, demons are evil spirits. There are serial killers who have claimed to have heard voices commanding them to kill people. There are many reports of hauntings and poltergeist activity. I’ve written about demons and the paranormal from a biblical perspective in apologetic article #260 which is available on my website.
It’s hard for materialistic minded people to grasp or explain these things. The public schools in the United States teach materialistic secularism as a general worldview and atheistic evolution as its origins myth. Many of the graduates of such an education try to deny the existence of the spirit world but the evidence for it is overwhelming.
We should also consider the spiritual implications of UFO phenomena and animal mutilations. I’ve written about UFOs in several apologetic articles including numbers 238, 239, 240, 252, 253, 257, 276 and 286. UFOs are part of a major deception in our time. There are those who make UFO research into a new secular faith in which they try to explain ancient historical events and megalithic buildings such as pyramids and temples as having been influenced by UFOs.
UFO researchers are divided into two different viewpoints in explaining UFOs. These viewpoints are the extraterrestrial hypothesis and the interdimensional hypothesis. The extraterrestrial hypothesis is the claim that UFOs are metal spaceships with astronauts from planets in star systems within our own physical universe.
The interdimensional hypothesis is the claim that UFOs are nonmaterial beings or spirits that travel from different dimensions and enter our universe from the spirit world. The lights in the sky are not metal spaceships but are spiritual manifestations.
The interdimensional hypothesis is consistent with the Bible and the Christian worldview because the Bible certainly acknowledges the existence of the spirit world. The spirit world is the realm of the supernatural. Most, if not all, Christian researchers and some secular researchers, including the famous Jacques Vallee, reject the extraterrestrial hypothesis and maintain the interdimensional view. In studying UFOs, I’ve come to believe that we’re dealing with intelligent life not from other planets but from other dimensions. It’s not astronauts from outer space but spirit beings from the realm of spirit.
I regard demonic UFOs as generally of the same category as poltergeists, hauntings, occultism and other manifestations of evil spirits. I hold this view because of the deceptive, antibiblical teachings that are transmitted from UFOs such as the doctrines of the UFO cults and the New Age teachings that UFO “abductees” claim to receive. Also, the bizarre animal mutilations attributed to UFOs in which animals have their blood drained and have organs removed with surgical precision is further evidence of the demonic origin of UFOs. Can spirit beings cut animal flesh? I believe they can. The bottom line is that UFO “astronauts” are demons and demons are evil spirits.
Can good angels, sent from God, come in good UFOs? Can lights in the sky be good angels coming from heaven? I’m certainly open to that possibility but must caution that it would be extremely rare. The tenth chapter of the book of Ezekiel describes a visitation that Ezekiel had which involved angels in what could possibly be described as a vehicle (not a metal spaceship) in which “a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel” (Ezekiel 10:10). The general broad thrust of the modern UFO movement, however, seems to overwhelmingly connect with demonic UFOs.
The Bible’s teachings regarding angels and demons are confirmed by the experiences of many credible people. The fact of the existence of the spirit world is undeniable. When a person dies, his or her spirit leaves the body and enters the spirit world. There is conscious existence in the afterlife. Every human being has a spirit and that spirit lives forever.
We are accountable to God in the afterlife. We will be judged by God. In the Bible we read that God, in His grace, has provided for our redemption so we do not have to go to be with demons in hell. God has sent Jesus of Nazareth, the promised Messiah of Israel, who came in fulfillment of over 300 Old Testament prophecies. No other person in all of world history can compare with Jesus either in terms of prophetic fulfillment or in miracle working power. The prophecies foretold that Jesus would die for our sins which means that Jesus came to take upon Himself the penalty we deserved for our sins. Christ rose from the dead to offer forgiveness of sins to those who turn to Him in repentance. Call on the name of Jesus today to receive forgiveness of sins!
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