||Peter Fotis Kapnistos is an American journalist, editor, and publisher now residing in the Eastern Mediterranean islands. After a career in fashion and advertising photography, Peter turned to photojournalism. After a personal experience in 1974, Peter turned his attention to the research of paranormal phenomenal, particularly the links between UFOs and the Bible. Peter helped to introduce public access to the Internet in the eastern Aegean islands by establishing a number of Internet Cafes there. He currently writes code for various websites and lives in the Patmos group of islands (of the Apocalypse), where he believes one of the most excellent UFO encounters was witnessed and recorded. You can contact Peter by email at email@example.com.
New Jerusalem: Mothership's
Holding Pattern?by Peter Fotis Kapnistos
(Copyright © 2009 Peter Fotis Kapnistos)
Posted: Posted: 16:13 February 26, 2009
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 mind or a massive unidentified flying object - over several miles long - known by modern habit as a "mothership."
A mothership is a vessel or craft that carries smaller vessels that operate independently. Auxiliary ships in the fleet depend on the mothership for reinforcement. The term mothership dates back to the 19th century when small ships were used to chase whales. The catch was then brought back to the larger ship for processing. The single large storage ship model is still commonly used. A mothership is similar to a flagship that leads a fleet of vessels. It is "the largest, fastest, newest, most heavily armed or, for publicity purposes, the most well known."
Motherships can also operate as factory ships or power plants. Since the 1940s, there have been various UFO reports of large "cigar-shaped" motherships out of which flew smaller sized flying saucers. A mothership has at times been perceived so massive that it could contain an entire fleet in its body. Some pillar-shaped UFO motherships appeared to maneuver as if made of plasma filaments or "fiery cloud" monoliths, like the well-known aerial object in Exodus that led Moses and his group out of Egypt, according to author Barry Downing. Let's follow it for the next few minutes.
The Book They Almost Burned
The Revelation (The Apocalypse / Revelation of St John) unequivocally describes what may be looked upon as a UFO mothership: "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven." (Revelation 21:2) A titanic superstructure that descends from the sky, we might presume, could be an unidentified flying object of some type. John tells us that this massive aerial entity is in fact a beatific metropolitan habitation called "New Jerusalem." For this and other conundrums, the Revelation almost did not make it into the bible. Likewise, the Gospel of John was almost rejected by the early Church because of its so-called Gnostic content:
Protestant founder Martin Luther at first considered Revelation to be "neither apostolic nor prophetic" and stated that "Christ is neither taught nor known in it" and placed it in his Antilegomena [unspeakable or disputed books]. However, he later changed his mind, believing the book to be divinely inspired. John Calvin believed the book to be canonical, yet it was the only New Testament book on which he did not write a commentary.
In the 4th century, St. John Chrysostom and other bishops argued against including this book in the New Testament canon, chiefly because of the difficulties of interpreting it and the danger for abuse. Christians in Syria also reject it because of the Montanists' heavy reliance on it. In the 9th century, it was included with the Apocalypse of Peter among "disputed" books in the Stichometry of St. Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople. In the end it was included in the accepted canon, although it remains the only book of the New Testament that is not read within the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church. (Wikipedia, 2009)
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