Zechariah 2 – The Measuring Line of Jerusalem & Ancient Aliens Theory

Many believe that the reptilians have infiltrated many parts of our Governments and other parts of our society such as entertainers and and people in high finance positions in an effort to try and control us and eventually take over the world.

The author of the above article is obviously a non-believer.  He has limited himself to the world as we see it, and not to Your world.

My opinion on Ancient Aliens, why not?  I know You can create anything and can do anything, things we can’t begin to fathom, let alone even think of.

There is nothing wrong with allowing our minds to wander and wonder, but if our thoughts take us away from You then we will find ourselves on deadly ground.  Such as the author of this article has done.

Since we are looking at the real and not-real, let’s check out another ancient religion, let’s look at...

Zechariah 2
The Measuring Line of Jerusalem

1 I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.

2:1-13 – the third vision.  There will be full restoration and blessing for the covenant people, temple and city.

2 Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.

3 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,

4 And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:

“Without walls” = the city’s population will overflow to the point that it will be as though it had no walls.

5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

6 Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.

“Land of the north” – Babylon invaded Judah from the north.

“As the four winds” – in all directions.  The exiles would return from north, south, east and west (Isa 43:5-6, 49:12).

7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

“Apple of his eye” – see Deut 32:10.

9 For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.

10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

11 And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.

“Many nations” – in fulfillment of the promise to Abraham (Gen 12:3).

“That day” – the day of the Lord.

12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

Ancient Aliens Theory

I have not seen the History Channel about the following data so I’m unable to respond for or against it.  I had no part in the below article either.  There is a lot of gobbledy-gook in it so I am just reporting,  verbatim, what I think could be relevant.  But you can go here to read it all.

Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology.

Jung proposed and developed the concepts of extraversion and introversion; archetypes, and the collective unconscious. His work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, philosophy, archeology, anthropology, literature, and related fields.

The History Channel has a program series it has titled  ‘Ancient Alien Theory.’ The series so far has a list of eight programs which supports the theory that it was aliens from other worlds that provided the knowledge if not the tools for the construction of earthy ancient structures, including the pyramids of Egypt and South America as well as other mysterious places around the globe.

In its program ‘Gods and Aliens’ it asks the question ‘Could the demigods of mythology have been the offspring of alien and human unions?’

Its primary evidence is the imagery of strange beings found with the ancient structures as well as the similarity in structures thousands of miles apart and from unconnected cultures. How do we explain the similarities unless something more intelligent than ancient man helped construct the structures?

Although I have not seen every program the hypothesis is it was aliens who were responsible for the unexplained, mysterious structures around the world.

The problem is there is a more logical explanation for the similarities found at these structures. And it is from Jungian psyche, an ‘earthly approach’, that we will find the answer. I’ll offer the ‘archetypal’ reasoning after the following opening paragraph from the History Channel that sets the stage for the ‘alien’ theory.

The Jungian psyche is from the known psychologist Carl Jung who had been taught by Sigmund Freud and for a while partnered with him too.

According to ancient alien theorists, extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their expertise with early civilizations and forever changing the course of human history.

Collective Unconscious

Why did primitive man go to such lengths to describe and interpret the happenings in the natural world, for example the rising and setting of the sun, the phases of the moon, the seasons?

Carl Jung believed that the events of nature were not simply put into fairy-tales and myths as a way of explaining them physically. Rather, the outer world was used to make sense of the inner.

The collective unconscious was expressed through ‘archetypes’, universal thought-forms or mental images that influenced an individual’s feelings and action.

The collective unconscious is a concept developed by psychoanalyst Carl Jung, consisting of an amalgamation of shared ideas said to be universal across humanity. Rather than being consciously understood and passed between individuals, or cultures, these ideas are instead said to be part of the unconscious mind, underlying the way people think and behave.

Jung believed they were an inherited legacy of thousands of years of human society and culture. Jung’s idea of the collective unconscious explains the many recurring themes in human mythology and symbolism.

According to the theory of the collective unconscious, there are certain universal archetypes familiar to all humanity that influence the way people interact with each other.

They also play a role in mythology, and it is notable that some cultures have similar mythological themes even if they have no actual contact with each other. Likewise, symbolism in many cultures has surprising commonalities which are attributed to the collective unconscious.

Jung’s archetypes of the collective unconscious explain why there are similar symbolic imagery as well as design at the various structures:

The great pyramids of the world, Egypt’s Great Pyramids at Giza, similar designed structures of the Olmec, Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations, Latin American pyramids that include the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacán, the Pyramid at Cholula and the Inca’s great temple at Cuzco in Peru.

All seem to have a singular mind in their construction yet they are 1000s of miles apart and from different cultures from different periods of time {but all being ancient in their age} with little possibility of a ‘diffusion’ or sharing of information.

But if the singular mind is that of a collective knowledge or collective unconscious then it would explain the similarities.

Mythologies around the world have shared similarities in many different aspects which were first explained in modern times by Adolf Bastian with his theory of ‘Elementary Ideas’ and the psychic unity of mankind.

Jung took up this mantle to develop his concept of the archetypes of the collective unconscious. His hypothesis is the mental acts of all people everywhere on the planet are the products of physiological mechanisms characteristic of the human species {what today we might term the genetic loading on the organization and functioning of the human neuroendocrine syste}.

Every human mind inherits a complement of species-specific ‘elementary ideas’, and hence the minds of all people, regardless of their race or culture, operate in the same way. Sounds very plausible, more so in my opinion than aliens from other worlds sharing their technology with ancients.

Whereas the theories of Jung and Bastian have scientific evidence in their support, the theory of ancient aliens does not {other than what the History Channel promotes with their programming}.

What About the Images of UFOs and Aliens Found at These Ancient Structures?

According to archaeologists and scientists, Egyptian hieroglyphics show images of UFOs. Designs and imagery in the hieroglyphics were also found in Mexico in pottery and stonework.

One scientist stated ‘the UFO shapes are very technical in design and they have no place in the minds of very primitive people working in very crude circumstances.’ Advanced astronomical, mathematical and geometrical knowledge, taught in schools today originated in ancient Egypt.

Where did it come from? The Egyptians seemed to have a deep understanding of outer space. There are images of spirals in Egyptian hieroglyphics, meaning energy, galaxies, etc. There are also images of half human half animal creatures, as well as reptilian creatures.

Some people think that those are images of extraterrestrials. Images in a 3,000 year old New Kingdom Temple in Egypt shows images of modern day helicopters, submarines, and what appears to be UFO’s on the ceiling.

Presented in the 1968 bestselling book Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken, the theory of “ancient aliens” rocked people’s beliefs in mankind’s progress.

Ancient cave drawings of strange creatures, remains of landing strips in Peru, and Indian texts that describe the “flying machines of the gods” were just a few of the odd archaeological artifacts cited by von Daniken as proof that ancient astronauts were well known to our ancestors….

Answer

Today we have thousands of people who have ‘witnessed’ UFOs as well as aliens all over the world. All types of images of flying saucers and ‘aliens’ have been reported that depict everything from strange lights in the sky to actual descriptive alien ‘beings’.

In today’s world, without sound evidence to support such sightings, these reports are just that. Unconfirmed reports. In ancient times such ‘visions’ or sightings would have been treated as a major event, a ‘sign’ from the gods and made a part of the cultural if not spiritual belief system.

The tendency was to convey these images in what ever mode was in use at the time. Images of UFOs, Unidentifable Flying Objects, of alien beings in weird outfits, are not uncommon in the ancient world archaeological finds, as well as their myths.

But like today the eyes sees what the mind makes it believe it wants to see. But unlike in modern times where such sightings are not news worthy, ancients thought them to be ‘signs’ from the gods, something real and treated them as such.

The imagery I have seen presented by the History Channel, while often looking like real aliens, can be explained by the creative minds of ancient man.

In the caves at Lascaux in France drawings of animals in strange forms are found that show how the ancients conveyed impressions to imagery.

In their 1966 book Intelligent Life in the Universe astrophysicists I.S. Shklovski and Carl Sagan devote a chapter to arguments that scientists and historians should seriously consider the possibility that extraterrestrial contact occurred during recorded history.

However, Shklovski and Sagan stressed that these ideas were speculative and unproven. And that is my point. There is no concrete evidence that prove extraterrestrials contact occurred or had any input to the design/construction of any ancient structure.

How Were Ancient Structures Built?

My answer to this important question itself borders on speculation ‘almost’ as much as it does fact. But there is real evidence there was a knowledge by the ancients that did not require ‘alien’ intelligence to help build these great structures.

Much of it is from a ‘forgotten knowledge’, the techniques that were used in the building of the pyramids as well as other mysterious structures around the world. We must never underestimate the ingenuity of man. Especially ancient man who had use his ‘instincts’ for survival.

It is within the structure of the human mind we possess instinctive and intuitive qualities long forgotten because they are no longer required in modern times. But this information still remains in the psyche and is available for processing, taking intuitive and instinctive aspects and enhancing those abilities.

I believe this is what the ancients possessed, and used, in constructing what we today find mysterious.

I will end in stating my position by saying it is not that I do not believe in the possibility of aliens or UFOs. Of the billions of stars let alone planets in the universe there must be other ‘intelligent’ life out there somewhere. The possibility in the numbers alone suggest that probability.

But have they visited us and did they give ancient man tools to use that we no longer know of. I would think in all of history of mankind we would have emperical evidence of aliens and UFOs if they had made contact with us.

But all we have is speculation and theory. As with all concepts, they are not real until emperically proven. Jung has given us the ‘archetypes’, something that is viable and applicable.

Ancient aliens makes a good documentary but where is the imperical evidence? I’ll await those results before I accept or even deny the possibilities. As for Jung’s archeypes, the intuitive mind, and the dream as a direct link to the unconscious, I have no doubt about those. My experiences are my ’emperical’ evidence.

As a Psychology Major drop out I was and still am a fan of Sigmund Freud and the three other psychologists I had studied the most is Carl Jung, Erikson and Rogers.  I don’t care what anyone says about these four men, without them we may not have psychology at all, especially without Freud.

I had once believed in  Jung’s Collective Unconscious, but that was before I believed in God.  I still do not disbelieve in it, but something tells me that it is not exactly correct, but that’s my opinion.

…Judaism.