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(3-26-16 Update: Many Christians are spending a lot of time on issues like the one discussed here. Do you agree with the Herescope posts or with Chuck Missler? In spite of all the concerns put forward by the Herescope article, no author’s name is given that I can find. As far as I can tell, the author is the “Discernment research group.” I think an article with so many footnotes, as is found on the Herescope site, should name the author or authors. It is properly footnoted, however, and appears well-researched.)
“As one who was very much caught up in this new wave of thought, I am in a unique position to evaluate this unusual book. I believe this book by Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman may well prove to be the most significant book of our times. It could also prove to be the most critical book you have ever read personally. The conclusions the authors carefully develop may alter your own entire world-view in ways that may significantly affect your personal destiny.”
-By Sarah H. Leslie
This quote is from the same Sarah H. Leslie who helped Ken Silva write THIS POST
for Appraising Ministries. Confused already? Well, so am I. HERE
is the “about” to Appraising Ministries. It’s creator, Pastor Ken Silva, is very ill as I write this and needs prayer from the Christian community. I am a reader of AM and have learned quite a bit from his blog.
So, what is the point of this blog post? The point is that there is all kinds of speculation going on “that may significantly affect your personal destiny.”
This discussion involves important names like Mr. Missler’s. It is why I think the following Herescope articles are important. They take a cautionary position when it comes to quoting occult sources without any kind of disclaimer. After reading the articles, I find myself in agreement with them.
A New Cosmology for the Church-A Book Review
Photo from Herescope.com
HERE IS THE LINK to the post on a blog called “Herescope” that discusses the disturbing facts about the book pictured to the right. It includes disturbing information like the following:
The Truth: Many of these sources employed by Chuck Missler in Alien Encounters involve reports from people who have been openly engaged in practices such as “remote viewing” or mediumistic “channeling.” These are occult techniques popular in the New Age Movement that are also related to clairvoyance. While it is true that the U.S. government was involved in many experiments with these occult practices, that does not make any of them credible, ethical, accurate or truthful. Some of the leaders in these experiments were seeking methods of altering the human brain and changing worldviews. This especially includes those at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) such as Willis Harman, who had influence over evangelical leaders to change their eschatology.
Neural Connections In the Human Brain
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Methods of altering the human brain and changing worldviews? (See a better pic here.)
I am sad to say there is also this quote: In a roundtable discussion about Nephilim at the Prophecy Summit 2012 with L.A. Marzulli, Rob Skiba and Douglas Hamp, Derek Gilbert acknowledges the influence of Alien Encounters:
1:44: GILBERT: “I’m like our twelve-year-old Dachshund, I’ve got the gray on the muzzle on both sides. And to my right, the author of the Nephilim Trilogy, and I must say, along with Chuck Missler’s book Alien Encounters, one of the reasons that I am sitting in this chair tonight, um, also the books Politics, Prophecy, and the Supernatural; The Cosmic Chess Match, and now the Watchers series on DVD—which you here in the audience have seen out on the table outside, please welcome L.A. Marzulli. [audience applause] 
The Prophecy Conference, held in Branson, Missouri, was sponsored by Prophecy in the News. I no longer get my magazine from Prophecy in the News, but it always had interesting articles. I agreed with some and disagreed with others. Those who have read this blog know that I have put up podcasts from Gary Stearman, whom I think is a brilliant Bible scholar. None of the ones I have put up involve anything promoting the occult. I really like Gary, but some of the company he keeps is questionable. This is the most recent post of Gary discussing the character of Superman:
Many of Gary Stearman’s podcasts relate information about the current events in Israel (Here is one from 7/8/13, complete with ad banner, that is an intriguing view of the current situation in Egypt). I am very interested in Israel, as I believe there will be some kind of conflict there soon (no brilliance needed there). And, of course, it is from Jerusalem that Jesus will reign during the Millennium.
I haven’t put anything up recently because all of the podcasts begin with an ad for the upcoming Prophecy Summit II in Colorado (That has now changed). Many of the people mentioned in the Herescope article, which I find well researched, will be present in Colorado Springs.
A New Cosmology for the Church, Part 2
*NOTE: (3/26/16) I am reviewing this post since it has appeared in my top 10 recently more than once. The link above no longer exists. In fact, “Part 2” is missing from Herescope’s archives. However, YOU CAN FIND PARTS 3 AND 4 HERE.
Click on the “Part 2” title above and you will see just that. It is a continuation of part 1. It should be the July 5, 2013 post. If not, check the archives. I think Herescope has valid questions and concerns. Consider the following quote from the post: Under the subheading “The ‘Star People’,” Missler reports at length on a “landmark conference called the “’Star Knowledge Conference’” which was “convened by Lakota medicine man Standing Elk to share secret tribal traditions about the ‘Star People’ (Extraterrestrials) with a prestigious group of prominent UFO researchers.” The footnote for this conference references “Richard Boylan’s Star Knowledge Conference Report.” I could not locate a list of attendees at this conference, but the glowing report in Alien Encounters actually seems to be made in the first person. Did Missler (or his co-author Eastman) attend this Star Knowledge Conference?
See-non-ty-a, an Iowa Medicine Man, 1844/1845
Photo by leoncillo sabino
You can see more about the George Catlin painting HERE. When I first googled the name of the man who published the conference reports, Richard Boylan, I found his official website which “contains reports, articles, and other information on the Star Visitors, on their starcraft (UFOs), and on the advanced-Human Star Kids and Star Seed Adults so numerous now in our population.” Boylan, who says he is a “retired Clinical Hypnotherapist,” holds some elaborate conspiracy theories about “Star Nations,” and on his website he offers to teach children “Psychic Exercises.” He also posts articles such as “Effects on Human Consciousness and Spirituality of Upcoming Announcement of UFO Reality.” His website had plenty to be concerned about so I kept researching him, especially since Missler covered the Star Knowledge Conference for many pages in Chapter Two.
There you have it. You can read the Herescope posts yourself and see what you think. Each have extensive footnotes. As I have stated in previous posts, I do believe there is something going on out there and that it is Satanic in nature (Ephesians 6). We must be careful, however, that we make God’s Word our primary source of spiritual information.
UFO by Gerhard A.E. Uhlhorn
HERE is another take on Mr. Missler. I haven’t studied this issue enough to know if I agree with all of it, but I share concerns.