The BBC reports:
“The mayor of Jafr, 185 miles east of Jordan’s capital Amman, is considering suing a newspaper after their April Fools Day joke caused widespread panic. Jordanian paper Al-Ghad’s front-page story described flying saucers carrying ’10ft tall’ aliens had landing in the small desert town late at night. Jafr’s mayor, Mohammed Mleihan, described the disruption caused by the story: “Students didn’t go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town’s 13,000 residents,” Mr Mleihan told the Associated Press. He was swift to call in the security authorities, who he said then combed the area looking for the aliens. A Jordanian security official, speaking anonymously, said an emergency plan was almost enacted in Jafr. While it has become somewhat traditional across much of the world for newspapers to publish hoax articles on 1 April, it is not a common practice in Jordan. Managing editor of Al-Ghad, Moussa Barhoumeh, apologised for any inconvenience and tried to defuse the situation, saying “We meant to entertain, not scare people,”
1 Timothy 4:1,7a says “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, … But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women.”
Note that the words at the beginning of the verse in the NASB are that the Spirit explicitly says. In the NIV it says the Spirit clearly says and in the KJV ‘the Spirit speaketh expressly‘. I think that it should be clear to us that God is emphasizing that it will be a time of incredibly heightened deception. I’ve been writing about how the last days are a time of increased deception. (here, here, here) In this run-up to the coming of the lawless one, there will be counterfeit miracles, lying signs and wonders, and evil as stated by Paul to the Thessalonians. “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2 Thess 2:9)
Jesus was even more clear in Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. “We should not be ignorant of satan’s schemes, then, so as not to fall prey to the lies of the end times. (2 Cor 2:11)
So what are satan’s schemes and what are these upcoming deceptions? Well, satan schemes to get us to doubt the truth of God and His Word. He has since he planted the first seed of doubt first seed of doubt in the garden, in Genesis 3: he told Eve, “Has God said…?” If satan can get us to doubt God’s creation then we can doubt His Word. God did not make aliens. He made the angels and He made the animal kingdom and He made man after His own likeness. The bible does not record any other living things being created and living on other planets and interacting with us. If they were then that would mean they were affected by original sin and that Jesus died for them too. However the bible does not record anything to that effect.
The bible does record that there are beings from space who interact with humans, and those are the obedient angels, and the fallen angels. In pre-flood days, the fallen angels mated with human women, whom they thought beautiful, and the women bore their children. (“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” Gen 6:4). There are no “aliens” as traditionally thought.
As for the Jordanian town that was so scared by the alien report to the point of panic. One article says “mayhem” occurred. Imagine how receptive to the lie of aliens they were, for the mayor to be ready to evacuate an entire town and on the basis of one report! And the report being published on April FOOL’S DAY! They would have to been good and ready to accept the deulsion that aliens were abounding. They would have to have been predisposed that other life forms exist and interact with humans. These paradigms don’t just appear in people’s thoughts. They are just not immediately ready to accept the fact of other life forms so easily. People do not panic and make plans to evade these life forms so readily unless they are predisposed to readily believe a lie. These thoughts have to be planted in global consciousness and then grown, built, and when ready, fomented. By the looks of how easily panic was fomented in Jafr, stick a fork in us, we’re done.
Christian, do not be deceived by lying signs. Do not be so eagerly ready to accept reports of aliens, the fact of which contradicts the bible record. Leaders who are not saved are more and more jittery and more ready to accept lies than ever before- and their decisions impact us. We should not be ignorant of satan’s schemes. For Pete’s sake, the bible tells us outright that there will be lying signs and wonders. Stay strong in the Word and know what is planned for us since the foundation of the world. Not widespread panic, but widespread peace. Not aliens come to snatch us away, but Jesus come to rapture us away. Not aliens to attack us but angels to protect us. Your protection from lying signs and wonders, delusions and deceptions is the safety of forgiveness in Jesus, and His word of Truth. It’s a peaceful place to be.