Friday, May 15, 2015

68. Chariots of Fire

Beyond A Doubt - A UFO

Elijah is one of the Biblical prophets who gave this blog its name - Spaceship Theology.  

Elijah was hiding in a cave, afraid for his life, for the Israelites were destroying the prophets of the Lord because the prophets insisted that the populace must worship only Jehovah, but the people would rather serve the gods of pleasure - just like modern North Americans.  

The Lord spoke to Elijah and said Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.  Then the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire. 1 Kings 19:11.

The setting described here has all the requirements needed for the landing of a UFO!  A circular wind, a shaking of the earth and fire are common occurrences as reported by those who have seen UFO's land.  After all was still and quiet, Elijah heard the voice of Jehovah.  If this story of Elijah were found anyplace, rather than in the Bible, it would be ridiculed and called fiction; however, since it is in the Bible, scholars simply say, it does not mean what it says, it must not be taken literally.

Because Bible commentaries give no satisfactory description of what happened in this case of Elijah, there is room for a real, substantial theory.  That theory, simply put, says that Jehovah came in a spaceship to visit Elijah.

In another incident towards the end of Elijah’s life on earth, we read of him and Elisha; as they still went on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2 Kings 2:11.  According to Dr Strong, the word, heaven, in the Old Testament has two meanings.  First, the which the clouds move, and second, the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve.  In this case, Elisha recorded what he thought he experienced.  We, however, know that a natural whirlwind could not have taken Elijah to heaven, as we usually picture it.  Neither could a natural whirlwind have taken him to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve.  Therefore, it must be agreed, that, it was not a natural whirlwind that took Elijah away, as some Bible commentaries suggest.  

It does sound probable, though, that a UFO transported Elijah from earth to heaven, the place of Jehovah's home, because later, in the life of Christ, Elijah appeared alive with Moses on the Mount of Transfiguration.  Behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His exodus, which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Luke 9:30-31.

Useless Info

Bible commentaries have no valuable information as to how Elijah's transfer to heaven happened.  Elijah went up ... - No honest exegesis can explain this passage in any other sense than as teaching the translation of Elijah, who was taken from the earth, like Enoch Gen_5:24, without dying. Barnes Commentary.

Behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire; ... which was no other than the ministry of angels; or these might be a conflux of exhalations or clouds, formed in this likeness by a supernatural power, and, by the solar rays striking on them, might appear fiery or red. Gills commentary.   

Clouds can appear as interesting shapes; I once saw a dinosaur among the clouds.  That dinosaur did not take me up to heaven; I was already up in the sky in an aeroplane.  If what Elisha was writing about was merely clouds, what was it that took Elijah to heaven?   We need a more conclusive answer than Gill's offers!

(Note: All further questions, e.g., concerning the nature of the fiery chariot, the place to which Elijah was carried, ... and others of the same kind, ... are to be set down as useless trifles, which go beyond the bounds of our thought and comprehension.) Keil & Delitzsch Bible commentary.  Or, in other words, if you can't explain it, just tell your readers that it is not important.

It is accepted by many that at the time of take-off, in some instances, UFOs create a gigantic wind, that is circular in motion, resembling a whirlwind.  It was a fiery chariot, that made the whirlwind, which took Elijah away.   Elisha made a big deal about the chariots of Israel with its horsemen.  

Not only were there chariots of fire, but there were also horses of fire.  Dr Wilson in his book, Gods in Chariots and Other Fantasies suggests, in contention, that if one accepts the chariots as being literal one must also accept the horses as being literal.  He says that the Jews had no trouble accepting these statements as being symbolic.  Agreed, however, let's carry his trend of thinking one step further.  

The symbolism involved is a chariot: the UFO is real but Elisha was limited to using words and expressing ideas he knew, and words and ideas that his hearers (readers) could understand.  According to him, anything that people could ride is called a chariot.  The symbolic meaning of horses is horsepower.  Elisha, speaking as directly as he could, in his frame of reference, with words and ideas he knew, called the fire of the UFO power source, at the time of take-off, fiery horses (horsepower).

Bible commentators do not even agree as to whether Elijah died.  His death, like that of Moses, was surrounded by mystery. Expositors Bible Commentary.  As God had formerly taken Enoch away, so that he did not taste of death, so did He also suddenly take Elijah away from Elisha, and carry him to heaven without dying. Keil & Delitzsch Bible commentary.

In thinking about some unexplained Bible stories, can we not remove the stories from the boxes that Bible teachers have built for them, and do our own thinking?

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