Austrian Author Blumrich was until recently the chief of the Systems Layout Branch at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. In earlier years he is credited with developing the structural design of the Saturn V booster and for participating in the design of Skylab. Upon his retirement from NASA Blumrich began to pursue research concerning extraterrestrial visitors in ancient times and from that research he has written The Spaceships of Ezekiel. Blumrich’s theories from this book were written with the intention of reconstructing a model of what Ezekiel saw and recorded in the Bible 2,500 years ago.

For the average American the thoughts of visits from extraterrestrial beings is ruled out as ridiculous since such visits would require an unimaginable length of time as we know it. However, this knowledge is confronted with the wealth of mankind’s myths and legends which claim the exact opposite. Indeed early recorded history actually speaks to the “gods” who came down from the skies and with their appearance being accompanied by fire, smoke and a thunderous noise. When this information is handed down by word of mouth this information is often dismissed as hallucination or is degraded as a fictional story but when the records are those from more developed civilizations we interpret them to have a more spiritual or holy manner. Additionally, since we now pride ourselves on our scientific enlightenment we often view ourselves as superior to our ancestors who we see as too close to the cave to know what was really transpiring.

However, this impasse between science and legend can be cleared if we acknowledge the fact that science and engineering are two separate activities. First we must accept the current inability of science to formulate answers for the question of whether there could really have been extraterrestrial visitors in the past or if their arrival could be imminently possible today. Remember in the book of Revelations that Jesus comes back in a cloud. To John, this could have been his way of explaining the smoke that hid the bottom of a space ship. Then too, we must acknowledge that engineering and industrial technology have not been introduced to the controversy.

What I am saying, is very similar to what Erich von Daniken described in his book Chariots of the Gods. In that book von Daniken suggests that one only need to read the Bible’s book of Ezekiel to see how Ezekiel’s description looked similar to how we believe the legs of a space ship would look to someone unfamiliar with such technology. In Chapter 1 verses 1 through 7 Ezekiel describes “Their legs were straight and the soles of their feet were round; and they sparkled like burnished bronze.” The rest of the chapter makes it obvious that the prophet had no idea what it was he had seen and that he was using descriptions worded in the language that he and his contemporaries were familiar with .

As you read on in Ezekiel you first must consider that Ezekiel first saw this vehicle at a far distance and that as it neared the earth it would emit condensation as the engine entered its chill down phase thus creating what appeared to Ezekiel as white clouds. Despite the drama of what was enfolding around him, however, Ezekiel noticed the moving rotors, described the landing legs and the mechanical arms attached to the helicopter units. While he first tried to describe them in terms of man-like figures he becomes vague as the tale continues reflecting an uncertainty as to what he was actually seeing. Then in Chapter 1, verse 13 he goes on to say “As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightening.” It is also obvious that the prophet was fascinated by the wheels which, in their basic form, were the only element that he recognized. Blumich believes that the wheel within a wheel describes only a small part of the craft that Ezekiel saw and that chapter one in its entirety was a description of an alien encounter with an UFO.

Overall, I find the concept quite feasible and even Bloumrich admits that he expected to find Daniken’s theories seriously flawed and was amazed that after extensive research the engineering aspects were possible; actually coming to the point where he believed that the book of Ezekiel was a real and detailed account of an UFO encounter. I found that fact that Blumich is not religious nor gullible a formidable obstacle to overcome on the issue of alien life and the possibility that God is what we would call an extraterrestrial being. All that means is that He is from another planet or galaxy and visited earth in what we think of as an UFO.

For those of you who are skeptical I would highly recommend that you read The Spaceships of Ezekiel as a scientific recap of Ezekiel keeping in mind that it in no way negates or minimizes the importance of God in our lives. If anything it makes His existence more understandable and believable.

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