Is it possible that an alien deception could be part of the end times?
Following the rapture, a seven-year tribulation period will begin (Revelation 6—12). Many wonder how the remaining people on earth will be deceived into not believing in Jesus after many disappear from earth in the rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-58). Could an alien deception serve as an explanation?
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Matthew 24:24 does suggest there will be a powerful deception that keeps most people from believing in Jesus despite the impact of millions of people disappearing during the rapture. However, the Bible does not define what this deception will be. With the rise of aliens as a popular cultural concept, it is not unthinkable that one of perhaps many views will be that aliens were responsible for the disappearance of many humans. In fact, recent films such as Jupiter Ascending describe a similar situation.
In addition, many conspiracy theories regarding aliens have been in existence for generations. It is only natural to suggest that at least one of the reasons that will be proposed for the disappearance of many people would be blamed on aliens. Much of this deception will come from Satan and the Antichrist as Paul notes, "The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12). It is also possible that demons could pose as beings from another planet and spread deception. Some theorize that something similar occurred in Genesis 6:4.
While how this future deception unfolds is unknown, Christians should at least be aware of this issue. Alien ideas abound even in churches. Though often used humorously and without much serious thought, the prevalent acceptance of the possibility of alien life forms could have great impact in the future explanation of many believers disappearing at the rapture.
For example, could the rapture be assumed to be an alien abduction? Such encounters have been suggested for years, with many believing in them. Another scenario is that secular scientists have increasingly used the idea of the multiverse or life forms on other planets or in other galaxies as the source of life on earth. With the number of intelligent researchers who accept this position, it would not take much further change for alien beliefs to be accepted by popular culture.
Again, all of this is merely speculation but does show that an alien deception could be used at least as one of the suggested reasons for the disappearance of people at the rapture. Of much greater importance is to believe in Jesus Christ for salvation and to share Him with others, helping as many as possible come to faith in Him and be with Him for eternity.
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