|Patrick Cooke, is the editor / author of The Bible UFO Connection. He is an
independent researcher residing in Berkeley, California. He is an author,
publisher, eschatologist, an autonomous theologian, and is recognized by the
Religion Newswriters Association as a nontraditional scholar. His work is
not associated with any religious organization or movement. He is the
author of The Greatest Deception, The Doctrines of Men, and The Real
Apocrypha, and has produced the videos Spirits in the Sky and UFOs - The
Flying Gods. He is always available to discuss anything related to his work.
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The Great Battle in Heaven
The concept that biblical prophecy confirms Satan will battle Jesus in the sky at his return is almost as widely accepted as the return itself. It is the foundation of most theories that some, if not all, UFOs are satanic in origin. The logic follows that Satan will fake the second coming of the Christ, by flying in with his craft and have everybody convinced that he is the Savior, until Michael defeats him in the sky. And, Michael will do that in the battle described in Revelation.
A Paradigm Out of Order
by Patrick Cooke
Posted: 16:30 May 29, 2007
It is actually there, in the book of "end-times prophecies" given directly to John, by Jesus himself:
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Revelation 12:7-9).
The Revelation speaks about this battle happening when Satan is defeated and imprisoned, at the return of Jesus, and it is the final event in Satan's career. The only thing true in that last statement is that it is described in the book called the Revelation and it does speak of a battle in the sky.
The verses immediately before, and following, the description of this sky battle clearly contradict the accepted chronology of this event, in many ways. They show that this battle does not happen in the future, and that this battle was only the beginning of Satan's direct assault on the world, not the very end.
The Reason for the Battle
The entire 12th chapter of the Revelation is dedicated to this one event and the results it wrought. It begins describing an obviously very important woman, wearing a crown with 12 stars: "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:" (Rev. 12:1)
She is about to give birth: "And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." (Rev. 12:2)
With the woman there is a dragon with many heads, horns, and crowns: "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads."" (Rev. 12:3)
This dragon, later identified as Satan, in verse 9, is there to kill the child the woman is about to bring into the world: "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born." (Rev. 12:4)
The Child is Identified
The child Satan is trying to kill is described as destined to "rule all nations with a rod of iron": "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." (Rev. 12:5)
Here, the truth is revealed; this child is Jesus and the woman is Mary. The description of the one who fits this role appears again in the Revelation 19: "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." (Revelation 19:11-15)