Huckster Von Däniken Tries to Convince Jews They are “Part Alien”
IT HAS BEEN exactly 50 years since Erich Von Däniken (pictured) claimed in his controversial work Chariots of the Gods that the Bible “proves” ancient man met with aliens, adopting new technologies from extraterrestrials. [Like the Webbs’ Soviet Communism: A New Civilization? — a massive work said to have contained everything about Russia except the truth — Däniken’s work was first published with a question mark in its title, which was triumphantly removed in later editions. — Ed.] Many “Biblical prophecies” are, according to Von Däniken, UFO sightings described in Biblical terms.
Though controversial and much-contested, his theory was enough to sell millions of books in the 1960s and 70s, though sales have dropped dramatically in recent decades. Van Däniken may have found a way to get his name back in the headlines, though: pandering to Jewish egos by asserting that Jews are successful and “chosen” because they have “alien DNA.”
Von Däniken is a compulsive world traveler and has made claims that many ancient sites — the Giza Pyramids, the Moai stone heads of Easter Island, Stonehenge, Pumapunku, and many others — are evidence of alien/human interaction. But, he now says, the real inspiration for his theories “comes from the Bible.”
Raised as a Roman Catholic, he attended the Saint-Michel International Catholic School in Fribourg, Switzerland. Bible studies led him to look towards the heavens, but his conclusions were not those the priests had intended.
As he told Breaking Israel News, “That’s where it all started…I am still a deep believer in God, although I don’t know what God is.”
He claims the Bible is replete with cases of extraterrestrial contact. He cites Enoch, who lived before the great flood (Genesis 5:24). Enoch and the prophet Elijah were the only two people described as being “taken” without dying. In Elijah’s case, he was taken by a “chariot of fire and horses of fire” that “went up to heaven in a whirlwind”. These, Von Däniken explained, were alien abductions.
The title of his first book was based on the prophet Ezekiel’s vision of a celestial chariot. Von Däniken believed the vision the prophet described in the first chapter was actually an extraterrestrial spacecraft. Classical Biblical commentaries say the measurements of Ezekiel’s Temple refer to a future temple.
“The Temple was not a Temple after all,” Von Däniken explained to Breaking Israel News, “Ezekiel was describing the space station.”
According to Von Däniken, the revelation of God at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19), the pivotal event in Jewish history, was the launch of a massive rocket, accompanied by sound and fury, that required all of the gathered people to distance themselves or be vaporized by the massive blast.
Taking paleo-contact a giant step further, his latest theory posits that when the extraterrestrials left the earth thousands of years ago, they didn’t just leave behind pyramids and other perplexing artifacts.
“Jews believe you are the ‘chosen people’ and I believe, yes, you are the chosen people but not in the way you believe,” he told Breaking Israel News. “Many Nobel Prize-winners are Jewish because you have something different in your DNA which comes from the extraterrestrials.”
Von Däniken explained that Jews were chosen, not by God, but by extraterrestrials. Ancient astronauts came to earth and manipulated the DNA of Biblical Israelites to make them and their Jewish offspring more intelligent.
Von Däniken’s theories are contested by numerous scientists and he has been accused of using faulty techniques to draw untenable conclusions.
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Source: Breaking Israel News