LIGHTING

In this cave are twenty lamps continually burning, which from the reflection of the adamant cast a strong light into every part . . . 

Jonathan Swift
A Voyage to Laputa 

Once inside the machine, I noticed that we were standing in a small square room. Its polished metal walls were bright with the reflection of fluorescent light coming from the metal ceiling and shining from the many little square lamps fitted into the border where the walls met and circling it entirely . . . The lighting was excellent, the same as broad daylight. 

 

Antonio Villas-Boas
Report to Dr. Fontes

Within the craft there was not a single dark corner. I could not make out where the light was coming from. It seemed to permeate every cavity and corner with a soft pleasing glow. There is no way of describing that light exactly. It was not white, nor was it blue, nor was it exactly any other color that I could name. (A small disk craft.)

 

The ceiling, I judged, was about fifteen feet high, and the room could not have been less than forty feet square. A soft, mysterious blue-white light filled it, and yet I saw no lighting fixtures, and nowhere any inequality in brightness. (A carrier transport.)

 

George Adamski
Inside the Space Ships 

There was an absence of color in the room, and it was of a metal construction - like stainless steel or aluminum. ...There was a bright overhead light of bluish shade. 

 

Betty Hill, under hypnosis 

 

I saw a hospital operating room. It was pale blue. Sky blue. And I closed my eyes. 

 

Barney Hill, under hypnosis 

 

The interior of the craft was filled with this bluish light - and by that I mean a fluorescent kind of light, which didn't cast any shadows. 

 

Barney Hill, in later conscious recall, The Interrupted Journey

 

 

DISCUSSION

The lighting inside the craft is impressive to all who observe it. It is a light which defies description. As Adamski said, there is no way to describe that light exactly. He did not know if it was white or blue or any other color that he could name. Barney Hill thought it might be sky blue. Betty said there was a bright overhead light of bluish shade.
 

The brightness of the light is also striking. Antonio Villas-Boas said the lighting was excellent, the same as broad daylight. Betty Hill elsewhere said the room was brightly lighted.
 

Even more impressive is the manner in which the lighting permeates everywhere; all corners are brightly lit. Barney Hill said the interior of the craft was filled with a bluish light that cast no shadows. Adamski said it seemed to permeate every cavity and corner with a soft pleasing glow. Swift said the reflection of the adamant cast a strong light into every part.
 

In contrast to Adamski and the Hills, Villas-Boas describes many little square lamps fitted into the border where the walls met and encircling it entirely. This has echoes of Swift's twenty lamps. However, we must remember that Swift was constrained by his pretext of satire; he may have been forced to describe the light in terms familiar to the early eighteenth century. Furthermore, Villas-Boas had a tendency to interpret his experience in familiar patterns. He may have felt that many small lamps had to encircle the room to give that peculiar lighting which permits no shadows. The fact that he said the lamps encircled the room at the borders is indicative of the absence of shadows, and hence his effort to understand how that could be done.

 

The reports all show that an unusual and literally indescribable light fills the interior of the craft. It is a celestial light, unknown upon earth. It is a light that is also unknown in secular traditional literature, but is mentioned in the Bible. Through comparison with these reports the biblical accounts become clear.
 

When Moses and the seventy elders went up into the mount it was reported that they saw the God of Israel. 

And there was under his feet, as it were, a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 

Exodus 24:10

 

The pavement of sapphire stone is a solid substance of crystalline appearance. Swift called it adamant. Adamski called it a translucent material like diamond. The Hebrew word libnath actually means a stonework. Strangely, the word is derived from the root laban, meaning "white," "clean," and also "clearness." The Hebrew word for the moon is libana, for its whiteness. The description from Moses probably is the best that he could manage with restricted vocabulary.
 

Also interesting is the Hebrew word tohar, translated as "clearness" by both KJV and RSV. The word comes from the root taher, meaning "to be bright." Literally, tohar means "brightness," and could be rightly translated as "like the very heaven for brightness."

 

The descriptions in Ezekiel also show the unusual materials and lighting. He said that the great cloud, with brightness round about it, had gleaming bronze in the midst of the fire. Villas-Boas describes the gleaming metal in the midst of the bright red glow of the object. Further on, Ezekiel says the wheels had the appearance of gleaming chrysolite, a bright translucent diamond-like material. Still later in his account he says the

"throne" was the likeness of sapphire, a hard crystalline material, and that there was brightness round about the object that looked like a human form. He used the rainbow to illustrate the colors associated with the vision, with a brightness round about.
 

The phrase in Exodus "like the very heaven for brightness" is paralleled by the phrase from Ezekiel "like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about." Both accounts are grasping for words. Both show a great brightness; neither can adequately capture the brilliance of the light.
 

Another intriguing description, one that has puzzled biblical students for many hundreds of years, is that given by the apostle John on the New Jerusalem. Comparison with the craft descriptions is revealing.
 

And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. ...The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. 

Rev 21:10ff. 

 

The foundations were adorned with all manner of crystalline substances, 21:19,20. The twelve gates were like great pearls, amazing crystalline materials, 21:21. The street was pure gold, transparent as glass. The crystalline materials of this miraculous city compare with the crystalline materials of the flying craft, and the "awesome crystal" of Ezekiel's account.
 

The amazing light also is present in this city.
 

John saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God is the temple. It had no need for sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, 21:22,23.

 

By its light shall the nations walk; the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it. Its gates shall never be shut by day, and there shall be no night there.
 

John saw an architectural structure which he called the New Jerusalem. It was brilliant in its radiance. It was composed of different crystalline materials. It was paved with a substance which, to John, looked like pure gold, but was transparent, like glass. It had no need for light from the sun or the moon because it was always lit by a brilliant light, the glory of God.
 

The description by John may pertain to the coming age, when communications are reestablished with the heavenly realms, and special structures are brought to this world, structures which are holy and dedicated. As he said, nothing unclean shall enter it, nor any who practice abomination or falsehood. Only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life will be able to enter that exquisite structure.

 

The Urantia Papers provide descriptions of this divine light:

 

p.499 "2. Spiritual light - the control and intensification of the light of the morontia and spiritual realms."

 

p.581 "Material Sons vary in height from eight to ten feet, and their bodies glow with the brilliance of radiant light of a violet hue. While material blood circulates through their material bodies, they are also surcharged with divine energy and saturated with celestial light."