The news last weekend on the front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico about a secret Pentagon group that studies “UFOs” was, to say the least, mystifying. This is usually more the terrain of tabloids.
“The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012,” The Times reported on Saturday. “But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.” [See story]
“Officials with the program have also studied videos of encounters between unknown objects and American military aircraft — including one released in August of a whitish oval object, about the size of a commercial plane, chased by two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Nimitz off the coast of San Diego in 2004,” the article said. The Washington Post likewise carried a piece. U.F.O.s have been repeatedly investigated over the decades in the United States, including by the American military. In 1947, the Air Force began a series of studies that investigated more than 12,000 claimed U.F.O. sightings before it was officially ended in 1969. There is now even, across the mainstream media, a video clip of the Navy encounter with something.
Some in the pop culture call them spaceships, saucers, “UFOs.” We don’t do too much pop culture here.
Perhaps some have been inserted via forgery: are phony, long before Photo-shop.
But certain of them are not.
As Listverse notes, “In the painting The Madonna with Saint Giovannino [top], a flying craft is above and behind the left shoulder of the Madonna. A man is staring up at the craft. His dog appears to be barking at it, which suggests that the object isn’t divine. Rays of light appear around the craft.
“The position of the Madonna in relation to her children has led some to suggest that she is shielding them from the craft [our italics]. Her halo also appears to be darker and fainter in this particular picture. Could that be related to the object in the sky behind her? Did it have a diminutive effect?”
This is a fifteenth-century painting, but the artist is not known for sure (most probably: Domenico Ghirlandaio). Quite intriguing — the notion that the object is “threatening”: Is that because it’s from the dark side? Often, as we have said numerous times, including in an entire “special report,” UFOs seem like a deception — a product of the “prince of the power of the air.” In a word, demonic.
Or casting forth rays, might such objects, in such old art, symbolize angels?
The Star of Bethlehem?
Or simply (and this notion is perhaps the most probable): integrating into artwork the arcane skyward visions of Ezekiel?
We’ll leave it like that — let the pictures speak a thousand words, as is their wont. We’ll leave but to say that one thing we know for certain is that the Virgin Mary was assumed, and Christ ascended into Heaven, and certainly was born, with no help from extraterrestrials.
The Baptism of Christ, which was painted by Dutch artist Aert de Gelde in 1710, shows a disc-shaped object shining several beams of light toward the baptismal scene below.
The Triumph of Summer tapestry, which was created in Bruges, Belgium, in 1538, shows several objects that look like modern UFOs. In the top left of the tapestry, several saucer-shaped objects appear to have raised sections in them—almost as if they were cockpits.
Similar to The Crucifixion Of Christ (Kosovo) that was mentioned above, The Crucifixion Of Christ fresco in Svetishoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia, clearly shows a flying object on either side of the Cross. When you look closely at the two objects, each contains a face—as if someone is piloting each craft.