On November 3, 1957, the Texas town of Levelland saw a UFO that stalled the motors of five vehicles, caused a man to faint and generally alarmed everyone. The phantom object was described as “200 feet long, shaped like an egg and was lit up like it was on fire – but looked more like neon lights.”
Soon afterward, Reinhold O Schmidt of Bakersfield, California, began claiming that he’d been invited aboard a cigar-shaped space ship near Kearney, Nebraska, by six aliens who spoke German and English.
In fact, in the space of a short amount of time, the heavens were apparently filled with weird visitors. The reason was readily evident. November 3, 1957 had seen launch of Soviet Sputnik 2, the first Earth space vessel to carry a living animal, a dog named Laika who died a few hours after launch.
Apparently, evangelist WV Grant was prompted by these “space jitters”-inspired sightings to write another book on UFOs, Men from the Moon in America. (Some sources mistakenly cite the publication year as 1975 instead of 1957.)
In a lot of ways, this book is a rehash of his Men In the Flying Saucers Identified (1954). He recounts the claims of Truman Bethurum (as Mr. B) and gives us largely the same reasons why he thinks the UFO phenomenon is demonic. The flying saucer phenomenon is linked to the fiery chariots of the Bible:
“Many mysterious objects are being seen over towns in many parts of the world. I have just flipped on the radio and the news broadcast says that a spaceship was seen over Johannesburg, South Africa last night. Many people in Houston, Texas watched the oval shaped spaceship play hide-and-seek in and out of the clouds. Many people have just seen it over Beaumont, Texas. The Air Force has investigated and says there is no explanation. The glowing red objects go as fast as light. The world is puzzled!
… the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his
preparation. The chariots shall rage in the streets… they shall
seem like torches, they shall run like the lightings (Nah. 2:3-4).
The newspapers today say these fiery chariots look like neon signs as if they are on fire, and go the speed of light. Truly we are in the day of His preparation.” (pp.12-13. bold in original)
This was nothing new. As early as July 10, 1947, a newspaper editor wrote about flying saucer in connection with “fiery chariots.”
More explicitly, Adventist Elder B.R. Spear connected flying saucers to Biblical fiery chariots in an ad for his 1950 Bible Prophecy lectures.
Furthermore, George Adamski and Desmond Leslie used the idea that the Bible’s fiery chariots were today’s flying saucers to promote their 1953 book, The Flying Saucers Have Landed.
WV Grant also taught that God destroyed the Earth with the flood in Noah’s day because of the Nephilim rather than just man’s sin, and that the Antichrist could possibly be a modern-day variant of the Nephilim as well. In answer to the question, “Is There Any Connection Between the Spacemen and the Antichrist?,” he answered:
“Yes, in several ways. You see, one time the sons of God (demons or fallen angels) came down unto the daughters of men. The children that were born unto such a union were men of renown, or giants. For this reason God sent a flood and destroyed the Earth and the people.
Had He not done so the devil could have taken over with his supernatural power.
‘There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bear children unto them, the same became MIGHTY MEN which were of old, men of renown (Gen. 6:4).’
When the Lord saw these supernatural men he immediately
destroyed man from the earth. (Gen. 6). Could that take place again? Will not the antichrist be a god-man? Will he not be the son of perdition (II Thes. 2:3)?
While describing the Antichrist, those fiery chariots are discussed once more:
Yes he will have the Supernatural power of the devil. He will demand worship. He will work miracles and cause fire to come down from heaven. He will try to imitate the works of God (Rev. 13). Since the Lord sent down chariots of fire in the days of Elijah and in the days of Elisha (II King 2:11) Satan can also send chariots of fire. The spaceships that appeared over most of the nations last night were described by those who saw them as “a blazing brilliant object on fire like a neon sign”. Satan will actually make the claims that he is God.
He will work miracles and make fire come down from heaven (Rev. 13). He will have power to deceive all but the very elect, making them believe that he is God
I do find it odd that he supposes that these fiery chariots or flying saucers are an example of Satan mimicking the power of God, yet he does not seem to ever entertain the idea that some of these flying saucers could be presently of God. It’s like he admits that God used such methods in the past, but he leaves one with the implication that holy fiery chariots were discontinued in practice. Personally, I have always said that the biggest weakness of the Demonic hypothesis of UFO is that it leaves God’s angels with very little to do.
What’s unique about this particular book is that WV Grant makes a case for the devil living on the moon, and not just as a possibility, but a certain fact!
Don’t You Think There Are Inhabitants On the Moon?
The Bible says that the first man was Adam. We trace his lineage
on down from one generation to another unto the birth of Christ, and up to the present time. That settles it. The first man was Adam. So the men that dwell around the moon must be disembodied spirits. They must be demon spirits. The voices which the spiritists hear must be demon voices. Of course, the demons may appear in many different forms.
They may have dwelt in human beings in time, but they are not the
natural men, which were in the generations from Adam until now.
Adam was the first man (I Cor. 15:45).
Most evolutionists overlook this: The time that we go by, begins from the birth of Christ. Then from the birth of Christ every generation
is traced right back to the time of Adam.
Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God (Read Luke 3:23-38).
What Makes People Believe There Are Natural Men on the
It is because they believe in evolution. That is what they teach in their books. First, God told me by revelation, that these men, who see supernatural people, have received seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Then after I spent sometime searching their books I found that they believe and practice witchcraft, that they teach evolution. To try to establish their theory they teach that there are people on the moon and other planets who have become perfect by their own righteousness. They teach that we just happened to be here, that we are growing better and better until we save ourselves by our good works.
But the Bible teaches that man fell and needs a Saviour.
Still, to clarify about the moon specifically, WV Grant believed that not only did demons dwell on the moon, that this might explain why sometimes prayers are blocked on the way from Earth to heaven:
16. Is It Really Possible That Evil Spirits, or Demons, Are Near the Moon?
It certainly is. It is not only possible, but it is exactly that way. Most all people who have had experience with devil possessed people will tell you that the devils are at their worst when the moon is full.
The Bible plainly declares that the devil is the god of this world (II Cor. 2:2). He is the prince and power of the air (Eph. 2:2). But he will soon be cast out of the heavens, having great wrath, for he knows that he will have only a short time to work (Rev. 12). A natural man can’t live on the moon, but spiritist men (demons) can exist in the air, until God says that it is enough and casts them down.
Sometimes Satan tries to stop our prayers, as he did Daniel’s
prayers, and keep them from reaching the throne of God, but some day he will be cast down. Jesus will then rule this world.”
Given that he believed this, perhaps no great surprise that WV Grant was opposed to the idea of putting a man on the moon! In fact, in answer to the question, “What Is the Main Aim of the Nations Who Are Trying to Reach the Moon?,” he wrote:
“It looks as if they are trying to escape the judgments of God as the people tried to do in olden times. Just after the flood the people tried to build their way to Heaven by building the tower of Babel (Gen. II). God put a stop to that. He is going to put a stop to this. As in that day He will let them go so far and no farther.”
Grant ended up being a false prophet.
My grandfather often recalled that many preachers back in those times thought it was folly to try to put a man on the moon because God had stopped man from trying to reach the heavens at Babel. This, of course, was a misunderstanding of context of that Passage. God stopped the building of the Tower of Babel by confusing the languages because He had told mankind to disperse and populate the Earth and instead they had chosen to gather together in one place. It was never about the fact they were trying to reach heaven.
We reached the moon after all… where the Devil doesn’t live.