Having been 50 feet from a flying saucer that was descending on the top of the corner store in Glens Falls, NY at the edge of town by the Hudson River in about 1966 when I was 11 (the summer between 5th and 6th grade), I definitely believe in UFO’s. Thereafter, when they were in the area, they would visit me in my dreams sometimes.
I wanted to mention my understanding of a topic that I feel needs clarifying . . .
Reincarnation Versus the alternative but better understanding, which is “Returning Resurrection.”
Background: In the early part of the 20th century most American psychics did not believe in reincarnation, whereas those from Europe tended to, according to Hereward Carrington, spiritual investigator and author. Arthur Ford in fact split from the main spiritualist organization in America to form the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship in 1956 over the issue of reincarnation versus no reincarnation.
If you are unfamiliar with the alternative theory of “returning resurrection,” John the Baptist as the Second Coming of Elijah is a good example. Jesus said that if you can accept it, John the Baptist is Elijah. He who has ears to hear let him hear.” Matt. 11: 14-15. Edgar Cayce – America’s Sleeping Prophet, didn’t originally believe in reincarnation, but decided to based on the messages revealed through him while he was sleeping. He even cited the example of John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah, which I am using to show that there is no reincarnation.
Elijah had ascended into heaven in a whirlwind in a chariot of fire when he died – went to the spirit world. Malachi, the last book of the Christian arrangement of The Old Testament, predicts in Mal. 4:5-6 that Elijah will return before the advent of the Messiah.
5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
When we study the events of the New Testament about the prophecy of the birth of John by the angel to John’s father, Zechariah, we see that it is predicted Luke 1:16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
So the prophecy of the return of Elijah was fulfilled by John the Baptist being born with the same mission as Elijah. The spirit of Elijah returned to earth to work with John the Baptist from the time of his birth. This explains phenomena that people associate with the idea of reincarnation, but is different from the idea of reincarnation in that there are two people involved, each having his own spirit.
This can be seen on the Mount of Transfiguration where Jesus is seen by his three chief disciples talking to Moses and Elijah. Coming down the mountain, the disciples ask Jesus why the scribes say that Elijah must return.
Jesus explained the following in Matt 17: 10-13
10 The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.12 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
I might point out that John the Baptist failed his mission to follow Jesus as his first disciple, was going his own way and eventually got his head chopped off for interfering in the love affair of King Herod – Jesus didn’t tell him to do that! Elijah, in the spirit world already knew very well who Jesus was and was trying to work with John the Baptist to get the people to believe in Jesus as the Messiah. Even though John testified initially to Jesus as the Messiah, this was only during the baptism of Jesus when he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thereafter when the Holy Spirit was working with Jesus as the central figure, John in his ordinary human understanding didn’t know who Jesus was as the Messiah and lost faith, which can be seen from his question to Jesus from prison, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another.”
We see the similar rebuttal of reincarnation in the 1929 book Thirty Years Among the Dead by Dr. Wickland in which Madame Blavatsky appears and explains that she is responsible to re-educate people who are trying to possess little children in their efforts to reincarnate, since it was she who introduced them to that concept. Here’s a link to the online book, if you haven’t read it already.
A consequence of believing in reincarnation that sometimes manifests is suicide. People become depressed and thinking that they want to escape this life and circumstances, and try again in another life as somebody else, sometimes kill themselves. If they knew that a person only lives once on the earth, they would never kill themselves no matter what.
Another possible consequence of believing in reincarnation is the idea that we are only here living our lives now on the earth, because we were bad in a previous life, or not good enough to escape from the supposed cycle of death and rebirth as is taught generally by Hinduism.
This idea demeans the value of God’s investing His whole creative energy to form the physical earth as the very place to realize the Ideal of Creation that He intended of Parent/Child relationship and the Family of God.
The angels (aliens) who existed before the creation of God’s Children on the earth are in the position of helpers, servants and messengers, who can only perfect their value by cooperating with God’s purpose for Adam and Eve to grow to perfection on the earth. This in particular is key to understanding the relation of people on the earth, who are God’s Children, to the angels and aliens as helpers, servants and messengers.
The Mission of the Messiah has to be accomplished first and at this date has already been accomplished by Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon. The teaching in the Divine Principle is the key to speeding up “Disclosure.”
What is it that is so good about The Divine Principle taught by Rev. Sun Myung Moon? It is that it explains The Principle of Creation, The Fall of Man, The Mission of Jesus, The History of Restoration Through Indemnity and the Manner and Time of The Second Coming of Christ, and allows one to understand how God has been working throughout history and in the world today.