Flying Objects -- Today and With Moses

This was a letter to Les Rogers.

July 18, 1997

In one of my recent communiqués I used the phrase "mechanical assistants" to offer a possible explanation for "beings" who show in the abduction reports. You brought my attention to a passage on pages 324-325 on the "mechanical controllers."

I had previously used the term "mechanical controllers" to refer to operators of seraphic transports described by Adamski. At that time I drew out parallels with the discussion on Planetary Transports, page 438. Refer to my letter to Martin Gardner of March 26, 1993. The possible differences between seraphic transport "operators," "mechanical controllers," and "mechanical assistants" creates some difficulty I shall discuss later.


In a recent letter to Doretta Wildes I showed that seraphic transports are used to take away "salvable" population from a doomed planet. I provided arguments that "dematerialization" for flesh-and-blood beings must mean something other than complete disassembly of their physical structure. I also reviewed problems with numbers of mortals who might be carried on one transport if an entire salvable population were to be evacuated from a planet.

Bud Kagan objected to the concept of "flesh and blood" being transported through space, and also to the idea that seraphic transports, supposedly spirit beings, would be regarded as mechanical vehicles. Refer to my letter to him dated July 17, 1997, SERAPHIC TRANSPORTS - PART I. In that letter I gave further reasons why the mortal physical structure is not disrupted during transport, on grounds that the Thought Adjuster can be extraordinarily efficient during seraphic slumber.

Since the "spirit" aspect of seraphic transports is more complex I shall also postpone discussion.

First, I want to review evidence from the planetary record. This will help us get a handle on the revelation of seraphic transports, and better understand the descriptions provided within The Urantia Papers. Please note once again I emphasize that the Revelation was designed to get past conservative twentieth-century minds. Had the Contact Commission and the Forum members been more educated and more receptive to celestial activities those presentations might have been styled differently. Bud Kagan's negative response to SERAPHIC TRANSPORTS - PART I amply demonstrates this problem.

I shall proceed with example of two reports from the 1950's and then one from 1400 BC, as documented in the Bible. This last example will show how seraphic transports were associated with "angels" in the ancient past. This example will also provide a foundation for showing the validity of the reports from George Adamski, a man who claimed he was given tours of both seraphic craft (flying disks) and seraphic transports.

Researchers have tabulated reports of objects in our skies going back millennia. Jacques Vallee, a well-known researcher, reported that in 966 AD ". . . a luminous vertical cylinder was seen." This luminosity is common for many UFO reports and, in fact, is the main attraction to sightings at night. It may range from a bright blue color to a dull red or orange, depending upon the energy state of the object. Many modern daytime reports describe an envelope of mist, water vapor, or "cloud" around the objects.

The following account was published by Aime Michel in Mysterieux Objets Celestes (Mysterious Celestial Objects). The date was September 14, 1954, the time approximately 5:00 PM in the southwest of France. The sky had dark, low scudding clouds; it was windy. The witness was not identified.

It was about five in the afternoon. Emerging from the thick layer that looked like a storm coming up, we saw a sort of luminous blue-violet mist, of a regular shape something like a cigar or a carrot. Actually, the object came out of the layer of clouds in an almost horizontal position, slightly tilted toward the ground and pointing forward, like a submerging submarine. This luminous cloud appeared rigid. Whenever it moved, it movements had no connection with the movement of the clouds, and it moved all of a piece, as if it were actually some gigantic machine surrounded by mist. It came down rather fast from the ceiling of clouds to an altitude which we thought was perhaps a half-mile above us. Then it stopped, and the point rose quickly until the object was in a vertical position, where it became motionless. During this time the dark clouds went scudding across the sky, dimly lighted from underneath by the violet luminosity of the object. It was an extraordinary sight, and we watched it intently. All over the countryside other farmers had also dropped their tools and were staring up at the sky like us. All at once white smoke exactly like a vapor trail came from the lower end of the cloud. At first it pointed to the ground but finally rose up to describe around the vertical object an ascending spiral. While the rear of the trail was dissolving in the air and being carried off by the wind, the source of the trail went up to the very top of the vertical object and then started to come down again, turning in the other direction. Only then, after the smoke trail had vanished entirely, could we see the object that was sowing it ù a little metallic disk, reflecting in its rapid movements flashes of light from the huge vertical object. The little disk then stopped turning around the luminous cloud and went down toward the ground again, this time moving away. For quite a few minutes we could see it flying low over the valley, darting here and there at great speed, sometimes speeding up, then stopping for a few seconds, then going on again, flying in every direction between villages that were four miles apart. Finally, when it was almost a mile from the vertical object it made a final dash toward it at headlong speed and disappeared like a shooting star into the lower part, where it had first come out. Perhaps a minute later the carrot leaned over as it began to move, accelerated and disappeared into the clouds in the distance. The whole thing lasted about half an hour.


Many such reports exist. Although I never observed one, I met individuals who had personally observed long cylindrical objects, variously described as "cigar-shaped," "torpedo-shaped," and so on. When I was on the technical staff at Comsat in 1968 a female co-worker described a similar object she saw about ten years earlier when she was employed at Johns Hopkins research laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

You should note that the object in France was described as a "luminous" "blue-violet mist." Importantly, the disk-shaped craft came from the cylindrical object and entered again. The cylindrical object assumed a vertical position before the disk emerged.

The following report was published in Liberation Newspaper, Paris, August 25, 1954. The date of the observation was two days earlier. The time was 1:00 AM in Vernon, France. The conditions were a clear sky with a quarter moon. The witness was Bernard Miserey, a business man. The report states that Miserey had just returned home from a business meeting. He drove his car into his garage, and upon coming out saw a pale light illuminating the town, which had been dark moments before. Looking at the sky he saw a huge, motionless, silent, luminous mass, suspended above the bank of the river about three hundred yards away. He compared it to a gigantic cigar standing on end. In his words:

I had been watching this amazing spectacle for a couple of minutes when suddenly from the bottom of the cigar came an object like a horizontal disk, which dropped at first in free fall, then slowed, and suddenly swayed and dived horizontally across the river toward me, becoming very luminous. For a short time I could see the disk full-face. It was surrounded by a halo of brilliant light. A few minutes after it had disappeared behind me, going southwest at a prodigious speed, a similar object came from the cigar and went through the same maneuvers. A third object came, then a fourth. There was then a long interval, and finally a fifth disk detached itself from the cigar, which was still motionless. This last disk dropped much lower than the earlier ones, to the level of the new bridge, where it remained still for an instant, swaying slightly. At that time I could see very clearly its circular form and its red luminosity ù more intense at the center, fading at the edges ù and the glowing halo surrounding it. After a few seconds' pause, it wobbled like the first four, and took off like a flash toward the north, where it was lost in the distance as it gained altitude. During this time the luminosity of the cigar had faded, and the gigantic object, which may have been three hundred feet long, had sunk into darkness. The spectacle lasted about three-quarters of an hour.


This second report also shows disks coming forth from the vertical cylindrical object. It again describes the vertical object as "luminous."

I shall now consider the report from the Book of Exodus, and the assistance a celestial object gave the people of Israel as they fled from the Egyptians.  

Exod 13:21-22 And Yahweh 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.

The ancient Israelite people did not have cigars to compare against. Nor did they have torpedoes. Both are long cylindrical objects. But they did have "pillars" or "columns." The biblical account thus describes a long cylindrical object which glowed with a luminosity at night, and which was surrounded by a vapor or mist, a "cloud," during the day. It also seems to have stood on end, a "pillar," as in modern reports.

You can clearly see from the account that the ancient object floated in the sky. Equally important, it was under intelligent control. Its meanderings were not random. And it had origins from places other than this planet. It was celestial. Since it thus far had not identified itself, we must consider it an Unidentified Flying Object.

There you go! UFO's in the Bible. Tell all those fundamentalists who believe the objects in our skies today are Satanic. Or tell all those Urantians who deny reality.

Now, that is what I call divine help. This strange cylindrical object not only guided the people in their flight from Egypt; it also guided them for the forty years of their travels through the wilderness. The several accounts of episodes in the Book of Exodus are fascinating, -- if we have enough sense to get past the editorial sidetracks of the ancient writers, and their sermonizing.

Exod 14:19-20 Then the angel of God who went before the host of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them, coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. And there was the cloud and the darkness; and the night passed without one coming near the other all night.


Here we are still in flight from Egypt. The Pharaoh had a strong desire to retain his extremely cheap labor. Not only was the labor cheap, the artistic abilities of these "apiru = iberi" were outstanding. After all, they were a remnant of the submerged violet race.

The story in Exodus 14 recounts Moses waving his hand over the "sea," which thereupon opens, and the Israelites walk dry shod. In the morning, as the Egyptians approach, Moses again waves his hand and the sea floods over them, whereupon the "angel of God" clogs their wheels in order that they not approach too closely. You can see how our ancestors would have latched onto this spectacle as demonstrating the power of God, but missing the point about the cylindrical UFO "angel of God."

If this flying object, visible to the eye, and identified as the "angel of God," were transporting intelligent beings it would be an angelic transport. Or may I say "seraphic transport?"

When the Egyptians approached too closely Yahweh, who was IN the Flying Object, looked down and took action to prevent the Egyptians from overtaking the Israelites, Exod 14:24.

And in the morning watch Yahweh in the pillar of fire and of cloud looked down upon the host of the Egyptians, and discomfited the host of the Egyptians.

I do not believe God was IN the flying object. That would be impossible. But an intelligent being of some order was IN the object, and he was identified as the LORD -- or Yahweh if we use the Hebrew word. Again, I do not believe it was Yahweh; I believe the old writers were trying to say that some intelligent being who represented Yahweh was IN the object.

Hence, the ancient account describes intelligent beings of some order who were carried around while they were inside this "angel." I feel fully justified in calling it a seraphic transport.

Various passages in Exodus make further reference to this flying object. 16:10 states that "the glory of Yahweh appeared IN the cloud." In 19:9 he tells Moses, "Lo, I am coming to you IN a thick cloud." In 19:3 Moses went up to God and "Yahweh called to him OUT OF the mountain." This is clarified somewhat in 19:16 where we are told the "thick cloud" was upon the mountain. Again, in 20:21 Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. 24:15-18 offers further description of the "cloud" and the "mountain." Then, amazingly, in Exodus 24:9-11, a most unusual event takes place. Moses and his companions were called "up" where they saw the "God of Israel" and ate and drank with him! Or should I say "god of Israel?"

Exod 24:1-2 And he said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abi'hu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship afar off. Moses alone shall come near to the LORD; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him."


We all know we cannot see God; he is a high spirit being. But the Israelites saw someone, inside a UFO, inside a seraphic transport, a definite personality, they identified as "God."

Perhaps at this point I should discontinue describing this object as a UFO. We all now know what it is; therefore it becomes an IFO, an Identified Flying Object.

Before analyzing the details of the Exodus report of the visit of Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel with the "god of Israel," I must introduce someone else.

George Adamski was one of the most controversial, erratic, and despised "Contactees" of our day. His stories were unbelievable to a vast number of people. When I first read his account I threw the book down. It was unbelievable to me also. He was so far outside my cultural orientation I could not accept it. Inside The Space Ships, 1955, is framed so simply, even though written by a professional writer, I first rejected it. The story was too incredible. But the details kept nagging at me. Something held me. I would return to his story. And then, as weeks and months went by, I began to comprehend.

Adamski had virtually no formal education, perhaps only enough to learn to read, write and do simple arithmetic. In spite of this, his self-education reached a stage of general knowledge many college people do not attain. Unfortunately, his lack of formal education forced him to devise unique and sometimes primitive concepts. His experiences caused him to start a cult organization in the 1930's he called The Royal Order of Tibet. In this manner he tried to elevate his social status. He liked his students to refer to him as Professor. His Pioneers of Space, 1949, a first effort to talk about his experiences, is written like a child.

From my study of Adamski's history I believe his experiences date from a much earlier period of his life, but that he was under command not to speak about them. He probably was told that he would know when the time would come. (The ability to remain quite may have been an important element in his selection.) Thus, with the onset of UFO reports shortly after WWII he decided to write his space fiction. But the work was lacking many details, and placed into an unrealistic framework. Then, as Contactee reports begin to spread in the early 1950s he decides to "come clean." Unfortunately, he was stuck with the difficult problem of precedence. If he made claim to experience before the onset of the current phenomenon he would place himself into an even more precarious position. Who would believe him? He could not claim precedence; he had to fit his account into the current environment. Although his many details are correct, conditioned by his limited understanding, the context is false. This started him on a path which eventually resulted in well-nigh universal disbelief. As with all sensations, public attention eventually began to fade. To recapture that attention he stated that he had been invited by the "Space Brothers" to a council meeting on Saturn; he circulated documents describing those meetings. Thereupon he disappointed even the many individuals who believed in him; he ended in great notoriety.

There was another element which brought contempt. I believe he was told that the space objects were from Venus, Mars, and Saturn. I feel that it was necessary the true context of their origins and purpose not be revealed to Adamski. His purpose was to provide details, not a commentary on origins. A similar technique was employed with Daniel Fry, an individual who reported being taken for a ride on a remote controlled vehicle. Even C. S. Lewis cast the locale of his space stories on Mars and Venus. Until the appearance of The Urantia Papers our visitors were confining our views to this solar system. This policy shows that there is a certain timing to revelation; it was important that the timing be observed. Adamski, Fry, and others were caught in that limitation.

I shall now compare the Exodus account against Adamski.

Part of my purpose is to establish credentials for Adamski. His personal history and behavior made his reports utterly incredible. I also want to tie together pieces to provide a more complete picture of seraphic transports and the activities of our visitors.

Exod 24:9-11 -- Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abi'hu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heavens for clearness. And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel. They beheld God, and ate and drank.

(The Hebrew word "tohar" literally means "brightness," not "clearness." This difference is important to understanding modern descriptions. Also, Hebrew "sappeer" does not necessarily mean "sapphire"; it could mean any gem-like substance.)

1. Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel "went up."

Adamski "went up." "Our little craft glided toward the top of the mother ship, very much like an aircraft coming in to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, page 43."

The "mother ship" was cylindrical in shape. "The spectacle of that gigantic cigar-shaped carrier ship hanging there motionless in the stratosphere will never dim in my memory, page 43."

In previous postings I made the remark that the disk craft come from the cylindrical craft. Some persons questioned me about it. I hope these descriptions have now laid that concern to rest.

2. From Exodus: there was "under his feet, as it were, a pavement of sapphire stone."

Adamski said the interior of the flying objects are made of a crystalline substance. "I looked up into the translucent dome, page 41."

3. From Exodus: "as the very heavens for brightness."

Adamski described the interior of the objects as lit by a "heavenly light" of unknown origins.

"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, page 39."

"A soft, mysterious blue-white light filled (the room), and yet I saw no lighting fixtures, and nowhere any inequality in brightness, page 47."

"As I looked around, I saw the familiar bluish-white diffused light, and the same kind of glassy translucent metal walls, page 89."

Lest anyone denigrate the holiness of these matters, each of you should reflect on the source of the mysterious light which fills the seraphic craft and transports.

Page-47: Of all the divine attributes, his omnipotence, especially as it prevails in the material universe, is the best understood. Viewed as an unspiritual phenomenon, God is energy. This declaration of physical fact is predicated on the incomprehensible truth that the First Source and Center is the primal cause of the universal physical phenomena of all space. From this divine activity all physical energy and other material manifestations are derived. LIGHT, THAT IS, LIGHT WITHOUT HEAT, is another of the nonspiritual manifestations of the Deities. And there is still another form of nonspiritual energy which is virtually unknown on Urantia; it is as yet unrecognized.

Page-143: On the seven sacred worlds of the Eternal Son there appear to take origin the impersonal energies of spirit luminosity. No personal being may sojourn on any of these seven shining realms. With spiritual glory they illuminate all Paradise and Havona, and they directionize pure spirit luminosity to the seven superuniverses. These brilliant spheres of the second circuit likewise emit their light (LIGHT WITHOUT HEAT) to Paradise and to the billion worlds of the seven-circuited central universe.


Other references to divine light are found in the Papers.

4. In Exodus the men "saw God." "They saw the God of Israel."

Adamski saw a "wise man."

"Now, as we sat around the table, all eyes turned to the older space man as he began to speak. Although it was only later that his stature on all planets was explained to me, it was impossible not to realize that I was in the presence of a greatly evolved being, and the attitude of all present clearly indicated that they, as well as I, felt very humble before him, page 63."

Page-389: The Melchizedeks are the first to act in all emergencies of whatever nature on all worlds where will creatures dwell. They sometimes act as temporary custodians on wayward planets, serving as receivers of a defaulting planetary government. In a planetary crisis these Melchizedek Sons serve in many unique capacities. It is easily possible for such a Son to make himself visible to mortal beings, and sometimes one of this order has even incarnated in the likeness of mortal flesh. Seven times in Nebadon has a Melchizedek served on an evolutionary world in the similitude of mortal flesh, and on numerous occasions these Sons have appeared in the likeness of other orders of universe creatures. They are indeed the versatile and volunteer emergency ministers to all orders of universe intelligences and to all the worlds and systems of worlds.


Two elements enter into our evaluation of these reports. From this passage we know the Melchizedeks can easily make themselves visible to mortal beings. We also know Machiventa Melchizedek was appointed vicegerent Planetary Prince of Urantia, representing Christ Michael. Therefore, it seems safe to deduce that the ancient people of Israel regarded him as the "God of Israel." It was their custom to regard celestial personalities as "gods." This fact is evident from many Old Testament passages. Adamski felt very humble before this celestial personality. Therefore, I conclude that the visits on board the seraphic transports were with Melchizedek.


5. In Exodus Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and the elders of Israel ate and drank with their celestial host.

Adamski ate and drank with his celestial visitors.

"A banquet is in preparation . . ." I saw that the large table on one side of the room had been set for service . . . After all were seated, the master rose and for several moments the room was filled with reverent stillness ..., pages 170, 171."

It may be one thing for the men of Israel to visit with this "God" in conversation; it is quite another to banquet with him. Similarly for Adamski. Can you imagine the extent to which our celestial visitors worked to prepare for these celestial banquets? Can you see how important Adamski was to provide this explanation of that very old account, and to elevate our vision to the activities of the heavenly realms?

If you want to see controversy about the Bible, read the commentators on this passage. Matthew Henry, a century and a half ago, recognizing that the Bible says we cannot see the face of God and live, made the literally asinine remark that they saw "his hinder parts."

In order to reduce the length of this communiqué, I shall continue in the next Part.