Truth is sometimes stranger than even science fiction. But, will there actually be a future invasion from "who knows where" in the universe?
ON October 30, 1938, several hundred thousand Americans experienced the most shattering scare of their lives. The Columbia Broadcasting System was airing its regular program, Mercury Theatre on the Air. The music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra was suddenly interrupted by the terse voice of an announcer stating that several explosions of incandescent gas had been observed on the planet Mars. The gas was said to be hydrogen and moving toward the earth with enormous velocity. The regular musical broadcast was then resumed. Thousands remained glued to their radios awaiting further developments. They were not disappointed. Before long, the music was again interrupted for another bulletin. Still more announcements followed. Authentic sounding reports were coming in from observatories around the nation. Thousands, perhaps millions, of minds were now focused on the red planet. The announcer then stated that a meteorite had fallen on a farm in the neighborhood of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. What could it be? Thousands tingled with excitement. Reports continued to come in. "Mobile units" were dispatched and listeners were treated to "on the spot" reports. A vast pit was said to have been created by what appeared to be a large cylinder which had fallen from space. The cylinder was apparently made of some strange yellowishwhite metal and was described as being some thirty yards in diameter! Hundreds of automobiles began to converge on the site, beaming their headlights directly into the pit with its strange visitor. Shortly, a curious "humming sound" was said to have emanated from the confines of this bizarre space vehicle. Before long, the end of the cylinder began to slowly unscrew. A gasp went up from the surrounding crowd as the end of the cylinder fell off. By now the vast CBS radio audience was on the edge of its collective chair as they anxiously awaited further developments. What was inside the sinister cylinder? Shortly, the announcer's voice again crackled across the airways. He breathlessly described the emergence of a nightmarish creature "large as a bear" with tentacles and a hide that "glistened like wet leather." The crowd that had gathered at the pit fell back in terror. Radio listeners were then subjected to the sound of hissing followed by intensified humming coming through their speakers. The broadcaster then described a sinister machine that was rising out of the pit commanded by the hideous creature. Without warning, a jet of flame sprang from a mirror mounted atop the eldritch machine. Dozens died as they were hit by the searing heat-ray. Fields, barns, woods turned to flame. The holocaust spread rapidly. Automobile gas tanks exploded. Death and destruction were everywhere.
The Great Hoax
Of course, such an invasion never actually took place. The whole thing was phony. It was all carefully planned by the now-famous actor Orson Welles and scripted by the ingenious writer, Howard Koch. Welles narrated the broadcast with such convincing effectiveness that millions had thought that the Martians were really on the march! Near panic had seized the vast radio audience. The broadcast became the most famous and perhaps most notorious script in the history of radio. But it wasn't all Welles' original idea. Nor did Howard Koch dream up the invasion. It had all originated with another Wells — H. G.
How It All Began
In 1898, the English novelist H. G. Wells made literary history with his novel War of the Worlds. It was the first serious treatment of the space-invasion theme. Since that time, his War of the Worlds has set the pattern for thousands of space-invasion stories. Today, the concept of the alien invasion has become one of the richest and most varied of all the categories of science fiction. Since Welles' broadcast in 1938, thousands of such tales have emanated from the fertile minds of science-fiction writers. Multiple possibilities have been explored. But in spite of the colorful variety of situations and characters encountered in space invasion stories, certain factors are common to most. For example, you can almost always bank on the invader being of superior intelligence to man. His technology is usually developed to a high degree of sophistication. The typical aliens mental powers often border on the supernatural. Telepathy and ESP are frequently discussed. Methods of transportation are rarely conventional from an earthlings viewpoint. The invaders move about in glass bubbles, mysterious saucers and disks, tripods and bizarre rockets. Time machines and teleportation are frequently used devices. The sky is rarely the limit in this area. And the invaders weaponry would chill the soul of any human general. Strange rays and beams pierce the earth's atmosphere dealing death and doom everywhere they strike. Man's weapons are traditionally helpless against the superior armaments of the invading alien. But why do the invaders invade? Frequently it is to colonize the earth and set up a government of extraterrestrial beings. Usually, the alien conquest is successful until the eleventh hour. Then some freak occurrence brings defeat to the invading beings and the earthlings triumph. At least that's the usual formula. And with one notable exception, it's not too far from the truth of what actually is going to happen!
A Real Invasion Coming
Science fiction is one of the most popular forms of modern literature. It is read by millions. Movies, television series, comic books, magazines, all contribute to the public consumption of science-fiction themes. Isaac Asimov, the noted writer, once stated that science fiction is "the only kind of literature that fits this age." But Asimov is wrong. Science fiction is a combination of the known and the unknown. There is another form of literature that is even more relevant to this day and age and which is strictly limited to that which may be known. It does not dabble in speculation or far-out imaginings. And it is far more meaningful to this age than any science fiction that has ever been written! It is called the Bible. Now wait! Don't go shrieking off into some philosophical solar system! Let's give it an honest look first. The Bible is not a book of fiction. It is a book of facts. It contains history written in advance of its occurrence. It is a volume of revealed knowledge, impossible for mankind to arrive at by conventional means. It is the Maker's Instruction Book — the Word of God. The Book contains an account of a coming invasion from space that will far eclipse all such fictional invasions envisioned by men. And, more amazing, its writing was inspired by the Invader Himself! (II Tim. 3:16.) Surprisingly enough, this invasion will also fit the formula (with a few noteworthy exceptions!) for all such invasions as envisioned by science-fiction writers. Let's look into it.
Details of the Invasion
Does anyone know precisely when this invasion will take place? "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father" (Mark 13:32). No human knows exactly when the predicted invasion will occur. Only the great Master-Mind of the universe — God the Father knows. But don't forget. Mark wrote m the first century A.D.! Nearly 2000 years have elapsed since these words were originally spoken. The situation could be different now in 1973! Perhaps plans are even now being drawn up for the certain arrival of the Son of God and His army.
The Nature of the Invader
Will the coming invader be human? In Numbers 23:19 we find that "God is not a man." He is not human! Well, what is He then? "God is a Spirit," answers John 4:24. God is not a mere mortal. He is a supernatural spirit being! And as such, God is of markedly superior intelligence. (What Creator is not superior to His creation?) Notice Isaiah 55:8-9: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." God thinks and operates on an entirely different plane than does man — a much higher plane. Read the book of Job (chapter 38; 40:1-2). Gain a small glimpse into the mental capacity of God! Enough said.
The Return of Jesus Christ
Biblical revelation tells us that a powerful, super-intelligent spirit being will eventually invade this earth. But from what point in the universe will the invasion be launched? The Scriptures are specific. "... Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels" (II Thess. 1:7). Here we see the returning Christ leaving heaven and being revealed to the naked eye of those on the earth (Rev. 1:7). Heaven is the residence of God — the Master Control Center of Operations for the entire universe. But where is heaven? The Word of God speaks of three distinct "heavens." The first is the atmosphere surrounding the earth. The second is the known universe containing the galaxies, solar systems, etc. But there is a third heaven. The Apostle Paul referred to it in II Corinthians 12:2. He was explaining how he had been taken there in a vision (verses I, 7) so vivid that he was unable to discern (at the time) whether his experience had been actual or merely visionary. This heaven is the present residence of God and His angelic army. "... For God is in heaven..." (Eccl. 5:2).
Spirit Space Travel
A careful analysis of the twentieth chapter of John reveals that Jesus Christ and His angelic host are capable of extremely rapid space travel — faster than the speed of light! Christ said to Mary Magdalene: "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father..." (John 20:17). Now note that on the same day Christ had been able to travel to the Father and return: "And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet..." (Matt. 28:9). Spirit, of course, is not hampered by the constraints of the material universe. But just how does God normally travel throughout the universe? Does He utilize some special vehicle or does he simply "free fall" through space? In the book of Ezekiel we are given a hair-raising glimpse of a bizarre vehicle. Read the entire first chapter of the book of Ezekiel for yourself. See if you can figure it out! This strange vehicle with its wheels and multicolored precious-stone ornaments is occupied by a Being "like" a man. Its crew is made up of spirit beings called angels. It appears to be a portable throne which is conducted throughout the universe by spirit power! The last half of Revelation 19 pictures Christ's second coming to this earth. His space flight is symbolically shown to be on a white horse. His angelic army is also symbolically descending upon white horses (Rev. 19:11-15). In reality, He may actually use the means of transport pictured in Ezekiel 10. But, whatever the means, when is the general time setting of His second coming? Many scriptures show it will occur in what the "Bible describes as "the end time."
When Is the End Time?
We have already seen that no human can know the day or hour of His second coming. Jesus Himself, however, revealed that His servants can discern the general time period. "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things [the signs described in Matthew 24], know that it [Christ's second coming] is near, even at the doors" (Matt. 24:32-33). The question is: Are we in that time period shown in Matthew 24? Are we in the end time? Are the sure signs of this prophecy occurring all around us today? The poignant answers are revealed in two free Ambassador College publications. Is This The End Time? and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. You will be astonished at the answers given.