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My First "UFO" Sighting
by Wayne Blank
I had never seen an "Unidentified Flying Object" before, and was always very sceptical of such reports (as I still am), but I was almost about to become a "believer," or at least a little more respectful of such "UFO" reports, when I realized, much to my chagrin, what I was seeing. The bright summer sunlight was shining in the window onto my left arm; the ends of two small, very shiny, silver-colored adjustment buttons on the side of my wristwatch were reflecting two dots of sunlight onto the inside of the closed window, giving the very real, very real, appearance of two aircraft flying in close formation in the sky as seen outside the window. I then also discovered, when it happened again, that their impossible instantaneous straight up and straight down maneuver was caused by a small bump in the road that jostled my watch, and the reflections that it was creating.
Knowing then what they were, as I drove along I could "remote control" the two non-existent but visible "UFOs" in the sky just by turning my wrist very slightly one way or the other. The "air show" lasted until I had to make a right turn, and the sun was no longer shining on that side of my car. I now realize how people can be so absolutely convinced of having seen a "UFO," and how they could pass lie detector tests or recount the story as truthful while under hypnosis, when in fact what they saw was an optical illusion. There was nothing there.
Real Flying Objects In Ancient Times - No Illusions
The people of Bible History sometimes saw flying objects, but unlike the non-existent "UFO" that I saw the other day, their sightings were all very real. Some absolutely-sure examples from the Word of God:
"And they moved on from Succoth, and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. And The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night; the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people." (Exodus 13:20-22 RSV)
Manoah and the angel:
"So Manoah took the kid with the cereal offering, and offered it upon the rock to The Lord, to him who works wonders. And when the flame went up toward heaven [see Heavens Below, Heavens Above] from the altar, the angel of The Lord ascended in the flame of the altar while Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground." (Judges 13:19-20 RSV)
Elijah's "chariot's of fire"
"When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "I pray you, let me inherit a double share of your spirit" [see The Spirit and Power of Elijah]
Ezekiel and the creatures of wings and wheels:
"As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness round about it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming bronze. And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the form of men, but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf's foot; and they sparkled like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus: their wings touched one another; they went every one straight forward, without turning as they went."