There is the Bible view and the secular view. Hardly a day goes by without television shows on this subject. The interest in extraterrestrial life and contact is universal. Bible accounts of who visitors are and why they come are also very prolific.
Jude 1:6 refers to angels who left their ‘first habitation’ (heaven) and came to earth. Genesis chapter 6
speaks of ‘sons of God’ (likely angels) who intermarried with the daughters of men. Elisha and his servant saw chariots of fire from another realm. Elijah was carried away by a ‘chariot’ (the term then for any vehicle carrying people) that arrived in a whirlwind. Ezekiel saw sophisticated mechanical crafts that could move in strange ways and had living creatures aboard. Angels from the heavens
visited many Bible characters. King David and his companions saw an angel about to destroy Jerusalem. We’re being visited for certain.
Secular and biblical accounts raise some questions: Why do so many people patronize Hollywood commercial creations yet disdain the Bible’s accounts of extraterrestrial beings? The Son of God who left his home in heaven to come rescue a lost race is the pre-eminent intergalactic news story of all time. Hollywood story lines don’t rise to the level of Bible accounts — saturated with drama, with
climactic finales and ‘stars’ that transcend earth’s greatest heroes for bravery, resilience and achievement. It’s also the only account that guides believers through perilous times ahead, as God’s and Satan’s Kingdoms clash in the defining battle for Earth’s destiny. How far ahead is that? It’s closer than ever.
TV shows and movies may be one of Satan’s strategies to divert attention from the real cosmic drama. The climax of the eons will be engrossing with ‘special effects’ that Hollywood couldn’t match. But this won’t be entertainment–it’ll be reality, up close, personal. Preparing for Christ’s
return means acting accordingly. John 3:3 says, ‘We are well aware that when he appears we shall be like him,because we shall see him as he really is. Whoever treasures this hope of him purifies himself to be as pure as he is.’ If we do, we’ll have the confidence of Paul: ‘I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come for me now is the crown of uprightness which the Lord, the upright judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his appearing.’ (2 Timothy 4:8)
When we think of his return, are we fearful? Or are we longing for him and purifying ourselves in anticipation? Secular stories miss the whole point.