I have tried to avoid the topic of UFOs, for a number of reasons. However, I am often asked about UFOs, and how they may have a prophetic role. Recently, there has been a lot of media coverage of "sightings" of UFOs, and its hard to ignore. My good friend Mike Mickey, on his website "RaptureAlert.com" has provided a nice review of the topic with an attached video.
My random thoughts:
1. UFOs really became a "story" in 1947 with the infamous "Roswell" story. Interestingly, this is just at the time that many significant "signs" of the last generation also appeared (formation of Israel, genesis of the EU and the WEU, etc). Coincidence?
2. With reports of so-called "alien abductions", the description of the "aliens" is strikingly similar to ancient, historical accounts of demons. Coincidence?
3. Also, with reports of "alien abductions", in every instance, the abduction is a horrifying scenario described, and quite often there is physical/sexual abuse occuring. Additionally, the "messages" received from these "aliens" is typically a "non-Christian" message. Coincidence?
4. Several articles recently written by physicists, suggests that because these UFOs appear to defy known laws of physics, many physicists are stating that perhaps these "sightings" are actually of some kind glimpse into another "spiritual dimension". Coincidence?
Its hard to imagine that UFOs will NOT have some, yet undefined role in end times. This is mainly due to the number of sightings recently and the fact that the whole UFO phenomenon apppeared at the same time that major signs of the end of the generation have appeared.
So, what is the role?
Its hard to know for sure, but many of us focus on 2 Thessalonians 2, which is basically a brief description of the antichrist, as provided by the apostle Paul. In this description we read about the antichrist, and in particular, his deceptions, his opposition to anything related to God and how his work will be in accordance with Satan.
But interestingly, Paul added something that receives much discussion in prophecy circles:
"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan, displayed in all kinds of counterfiet miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a POWERFUL DELUSION so that they will believe the lie and so that they will be condemned who have not believed the truth..." (2 Thess. 2:9)
So what is this delusion?
Its hard to say, but is it possible that the UFO phenomenon is demonic and will be used, somehow by the antichrist to deceive the population, as he rises to power? If you dig into the topic, it doesn't take long to see how many people in the so-called "new age movement" have embraced the possibility that we are reaching a point in history when the earth will be "purged" of the "bad people" (aka "Christians"), and the earth will enter a new age... Is it possible that just prior to, or just after the rapture of the Church that UFOs will be highly visible, and offer an explanation of the rapture? Could this be the great deception mentioned in 2 Thessalonians?
To take it a step further, many "evolutionists", who can't explain the early origins of life, often propose that the earth was "seeded" for life by aliens. This topic is often discussed in this context. So the antichrist, in attempts to discredit the biblical story of life, as created by God, would certianly embrace an alternative explanation such as aliens bringing life to earth. It would also explain the Rapture of the Church. UFOs could offer an explanation of both items (original life and the Rapture), and after the Rapture of the Church, its not hard to imagine much of the remaining population embracing such an explanation, or, according to 2 Thessalonians, a "deception".
I assume that this story will not conclude until after the Rapture of the Church, and sometime during the tribulation period. However we may see more and more stories of UFOs as we approach the end of the age. I believe it will have a role in end-times prophecy; its hard to imagine otherwise.
The apostle Paul gave us further instruction in this same passage - words that we should cling to as we approach the end of our generation. According to 2 Thess. 2:3 we see the following: "Don't let anyone deceive you in any way". Deception has already started, as we march rapidly towards the tribulation period, and it will continue to do so.
Our job is to read the scriptures and avoid deception. Deception, lies and false teachings - three redundant warnings that we see over and over in prophetic scriptures.
There must be a reason that God sent us these warnings.