The Idea that the Biblical Concept of the New Jerusalem is a UFO
By Dr. Stephen Yulish - February 28, 2012
“The name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven from my God” Revelation 3:12
In his article in The Alien Seeker News, “New Jerusalem: Mothership"s Holding Pattern” author Peter FotisKapnistos, while obviously a learned and articulate man, made the grave error of calling the word of God instead an example of UFO activity which in my mind involves rebellious, ungodly fallen angels (Genesis 6:2-4, Jude 6-9, 2 Peter 2:4). What does the holy city of God have to do with rebellious fallen angels? He should not have called what is truly divine, possibly demonic instead.
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil" (Isaiah 5:20).
A self described journalist, editor and publisher, this fashion photographer turned photojournalist, left America to reside in the islands of the Eastern Mediterranean. He should have stuck with fashion.
"Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world (1 Corinthians 1:20).
Kapnistos begins his longwinded nonsensical rant with "the image of a splendid "city" descending intact from the sky over Old Jerusalem to rescue our faulty civilization entices the watchful realism of at least two insights; a transcendental mystical vision from the subconscious or a massive unidentified flying object over several miles long known by modern habit as a "Mothership"."
Of course, one does not have to resort to the erroneous mystical visions of a Jungian collective unconscious or the equally erroneous explanation of an UFO mothership to explain what the Bible clearly describes as the City of God, New Jerusalem, which will descend after the old earth and heavens are burned up. Ockham famous axiom, Ockham’s razor, applies here. The simplest explanation is usually the best. The Bible through the vision of John the Revelator tells us exactly what this descending image is but Kapnistos doesn"t see it.
"The natural man does not accept the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them because they are spiritually appraised" (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Kapnistos then quotes a fallacious study of Biblical events where events like "The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night" (Exodus 13:21) which guided the Israelites fleeing Egypt are explained as an UFO.
Rather than accept the biblical explanation, the author and others search for more "rational" explanations. It seems to me that it takes more blind faith to believe in UFOs which have never been proven to exist than it does to believe in the Bible which has never been proved to have been false in any historical or prophetic instance. Kapnistos puts his faith in the UFO mothership concept rather than the Bible because the "word of the cross is foolishness to him (1 Corinthians 1:18). This so called natural man would rather have his sin and untruth than have to give it up and have the real truth. I know this because Kapnistos than embarks on an attack on Christianity and the Bible which he must discredit to justify his concepts.
After reiterating his belief that the New Jerusalem descending inRevelation
"And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband… Behold, the tabernacle of God" (Revelation 21:2-3)
Was it a UFO Mothership because John described it as a large superstructure (tabernacle?) descending from heaven, Kapnistoscontinued that "from this and other conundrums, the book ofRevelation almost did not make it into the Bible." He erroneously states that "it was rejected by the early Church as Gnostic. The Book of Revelation was never to my knowledge rejected as Gnostic. That is nonsense. There was a Gnostic treatise called theRevelation Apocrophon which was found in the Nag Hammadiwritings 2000 years later which was Gnostic but it had been rejected by the early Church Fathers.
The author’s contention that there was a pagan gnosis (or knowledge) and a Christian gnosis is ridiculous. Gnosticism and Christianity are mutually exclusive concepts. First of all, gnosis or secret knowledge believed in a dualism where the flesh was sinful and the spirit was good. That not only enabled them to rationalize their participation in sexual orgies but it also led them therefore to also believe that Christ could never have come in the flesh only in the spirit. John stated that such persons were not from God (1 John 4:2-3). They also believed in secret works to commune with the spiritual realm. The Apostle Paul warned against gnosis 2000 years ago inColossians 2:8 and 11, 1 Corinthians 8:1, and in 1 Timothy 6:20. In Ephesians 3:19, he wrote that the love of Christ surpasses Gnosis. Thus a Christian Gnostic is an oxymoron, a contradiction like a Christian Satanist.
The author then went from the erroneous to the heretical when he wrote that "the book of Revelation was unique in the Bible because it was the only canonical text that touched upon major elements of Gnosticism. Rather than talk about how the Book actually describes the triumphant return of Christ to judge the earth and take away death and tears and disease, he calls the seven seals a cosmological mystical event and even demeans the sacrosanct Bride (the Church) of the lamb (Christ) described in Revelation 21:9 by calling it akin to pagan Gnosticism and the sexual abuse of children. Give me a break!
He even sinks to further depths of decadence by invoking the name of the magician Aleister Crowley who thought that he was the reincarnation of the magician Simon Magus of the Bible (Acts 8) but whose necrophilia fortunately even disgusted the author.
"Necrophilia is not a healthy approach to sex or gnosis but a psychologically destructive force".
The author then digresses into a world of "wheels out of the abyss", "repulsive creatures waging a war against the Christ from aboard these craft", "subterranean realms beneath the surface", SUFOs, 2012, global warming ad infinitum. He then actually said that there might be civilizations inside the earth because the common Biblical belief that it is the resting place of the unjust is clearly nonsense.
"God did not spare angels (fallen angels, i.e. extraterrestrials) when they sinned, but cast them into hell and condemned them to the pits of darkness reserved for judgment" (2 Peter 2:4).
Thus, in order to make his argument that some aliens might live inside the earth, he had to first try and discredit the Bible but he was obviously unable to do so.
He then attacks the "fanatical Religious Right" who in his warped view both denies all global warming but also believes that the world will be destroyed someday by fire.
"The present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire and for the Day of Judgment and the destruction of ungodly men…The heavens will be destroyed by burning and the elements with melt with intense heat. But according to the promise we are looking for a new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells "(2 Peter 3:7, 12-13).
While the Bible does say that the earth will destroyed one day by fire, this has nothing to do with the politically charged question of man made global warming. This destruction by fire will be done by God and will cleanse the earth by judgment and the destruction of ungodly men.
He then said that "manipulative devils (this probably would include me) have implanted themselves in the religious community bolding quoting scriptures". Kapnistos said that he, however, saw their bad fruit. Yeah right!
Kapnistos concludes this rambling treatise by stating that the "descending from the sky of the New Jerusalem would come to certify the encounter of intelligent life in space" but he has not convinced me that there is even intelligent life here on the earth. This mothership with a length, width and height of 1500 miles (according to Revelation 21:16) would be like a giant shopping mall with many rooms. He concluded his gibberish by saying that "many of us mistakenly suppose that when we die we go paradise", but he knew better. Paradise comes to us, he believes, as evidenced by this descending heavenlyJerusalem.
Of course this is incorrect as were most of his suppositions. In the Beatitudes, Christ says "Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven is great" Matthew 5:12).
As he stated early on, this supposed Mothership was coming to "rescue our faulty civilization from ruin". As long as he continues to look to places and things other than Christ to redeem our civilization, he will continue to be lost.
But fortunate for him and other non believers.
"The Lord is not slow about His promise as some count slowness but is patient toward you not wanting for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
Stephen Yulish PhD has a BA in Human Evolution and a MA and a PHD in History. He was a Professor at the University of Arizona and later a Jewish community professional. In spite of all of this, he accepted Jesus Christ in 1988 after a series of revelatory visions and a dream. He now has MS but still serves the Lord everyday through his writings.