Many will argue that the Bible, if it is to be taken in any way seriously, is all about interpretation. With that in mind, many who subscribe to the ancient astronaut theory in particular believe the Bible to be awash with UFO encounters and laced with interaction between human beings and extraterrestrials. Indeed, for them, it forms a lot of the basis for their theory.
While there is, of course, no proof to be offered to back up these claims, the interpretations and how they are pieced together are fascinating in their own right and certainly worth exploring, if only to ask the question: What if our ancestors really were describing encounters with intelligent beings not of this world?
1. Jacob’s Ladder
The story of Jacob’s Ladder has many interpretations. It involves Jacob, who while on his way to Harran, decided to stop and sleep for the evening because the Sun had gone down.
While he slept, he had an intense dream of “angels of God” who were “ascending and descending” upon a “stairway resting on the Earth, with its top reaching into Heaven.” As Jacob watched the angels, a voice rang out, and Jacob could see that “the Lord” stood above him in the heavens.
The Lord instructed Jacob to spread out “to the west, to the east, to the north and to the south.” Upon waking, Jacob appears to question if the dream was real when he thinks, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”
Interpretations with an ancient alien slant to them suggest that the angels and the Lord were in fact extraterrestrials who had subdued Jacob so that they could instruct him on his next move and spread the name of “God.” For example, hypothetically speaking, and accepting for a moment that Jacob’s experience was a true story, would hypnotic regression have unlocked what really happened as he slept?