There are many misconceptions and misinterpretations when it comes to symbols used in Biblical prophecy, specifically regarding the Last Days. This will be the first in a series of Bible study posts exploring the underlying meaning of certain Biblical symbols and terms and how we can interpret them in regards to the Second Coming.
There is a common belief among Christians that one of the signs of the Antichrist is that he will come and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem and will literally take a seat in there and proclaim himself to be God. The Jewish temple in Jerusalem was originally constructed by King Solomon, then it was destroyed by the Babylonians, rebuilt in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, and then finally destroyed a second time by the Romans in 70AD. Since then no one has been able to rebuild the Jewish temple in Jerusalem due to the regional conflict and territorial disputes that have historically plagued the region. Modern Christians have been taught that the coming Antichrist will rebuild the Jewish temple a third time in the End Times. This theology is taken from 2 Thessalonians:
“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”Thessalonians 2:3-4
Consider this however: the “Antichrist”, referred to in the preceding passage as “the man of lawlessness” and “the son of destruction” is not a singular individual. Rather, this actually represents the practice of self-worship which originated with Lucifer (Satan). If God’s Law is that no one should live unto himself (i.e. don’t be selfish) then the “Antichrist” persona described in 2 Thessalonians is the act of worshipping yourself. Thus, anyone who worships themselves, or teaches others how to worship themselves (such as the fallen angels posing as extraterrestrials), is the “Antichrist”.
Furthermore, we know from 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our body is the temple of God. After Christ’s sacrifice on the cross He abolished the need for a physical temple structure. The New Covenant established by Christ replaced the temple building with the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit within our hearts. We became God’s temple!
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?”1 Corinthians 6:19
Going back to 2 Thessalonians, if we put these two pieces together then we should have a new understanding of this passage: our bodies are the temple of God, and when we engage in the act of self-worship we are putting ourselves in the seat of God’s temple and proclaiming ourselves as being God. This is the great deceptive apostasy that will come before the Day of the Lord (the Second Coming).
When fallen angels pretending to be extraterrestrials visit Earth and start teaching New Age spirituality, this will be the fulfilment of this Biblical prophecy. Within the New Age movement (and “Spiritual ET” community) a reoccurring theme is that in order to ascend to a higher dimension you must “look within yourself” and “connect with your divine energy”. These movements emphasize the worship of yourself and claim, in a twisted way, that because we are created in the image of God, that we ourselves are God.
The following passage is from a book called “The Only Planet of Choice” (1993) written by Phyllis V. Schlemmer in which she channels a fallen angel named Thomas who claims to represent an extraterrestrial collective consciousness known as the “Council of Nine”. The book is replete with gnostic and occult language that has been popularized by the New Age movement and the Spiritual “ET” community.
“I will try to explain it in a manner in which you may understand. Nine is complete. Everything is nine. In your world you have said seven so many times, when everything is truly nine. There are nine chakras, which are the nine principles and nine elements of what you call God. There are nine bands around this planet Earth. There are nine etheric bodies, and the purpose of growing your etheric bodies or going through your transformations and transitions is to attain the nine etheric bodies. Nine is a complete number, it is whole. When you go over a nine it cancels, it becomes one, and a nine is complete. This does not change. But remember this: we ourselves are not God. All of you and all of us make God.”The Only Planet of Choice, 1993 – Phyllis Schlemmer (page 6 in the PDF)
Notice how the fallen angel called “Tom” (Thomas) emphasizes that the “Council of Nine” are not God themselves, but instead claims that everyone, humans and extraterrestrials alike, comprise what is known as “God”. Although I’m sure being worshipped by humans is a very attractive prospect to fallen angels, even more important than being worshipped themselves is to simply deprive the actual Living God of true worship. Above all else, they seek to divert as much worship away from the True God and redirect it elsewhere, anywhere else. It just so happens that worshipping yourself is a much easier sell then trying to convince the world to worship someone or something else.
Interestingly, Gene Roddenberry, creator of the popular science fiction TV show Star Trek is documented in this book as having attended channelling sessions with Phyllis Schlemmer in which he receives messages from these fallen angels. The fictional idea of the “Federation” was apparently given to Roddenberry by fallen angels in order to popularize the concept of a benevolent group of extraterrestrials who would eventually visit Earth and help humanity join a “real” Galactic Federation.
So, remember this when aliens eventually reveal themselves and start teaching humanity the importance of meditation and higher-dimensions: The “Antichrist” is a representation for the practice of worshipping yourself and the “temple” is your body. When you say in your heart that you are divine, then you are the man of lawlessness sitting in the temple of God, showing yourself to be God.
Christians these days are fairly well-guarded against the idea of a person coming along and claiming to be God. Even non-Christians would probably balk at the idea of worshipping someone else as a god. That’s why when the fallen angels reveal themselves as extraterrestrials they will make a pretty big deal about not being worshipped as gods. Instead, they will teach humanity how to worship ourselves as gods, because people are far more inclined to worship themselves then they would be to worship someone, or something else.