By Gary Bates
Joe Jordan used to describe himself as a 'crystal-ball-rolling new-ager' with an interest in science fiction, which he saw as merely escapism. Although an evolutionist due to his public school education, it was not immediately obvious to him that most sci-fi and its depiction of alien life has evolutionism at its core (if life evolved on Earth it must have evolved elsewhere in a 14-billion-year-old universe).
Initially, Joe did not know much about the phenomenon. A book called UFO Crash at Roswell piqued his interest.1 It claimed to be a scientific investigation of the alleged crash of a flying saucer at Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947, and convinced many readers that the government was complicit in hiding the truth about aliens.
Now 'hooked', Joe wanted to know more. He visited a local UFO museum, talked with UFO researchers and read up. He was surprised to see a large array of 'spiritual' UFO books dealing with events like the Fatima sightings.2
Joe quickly qualified to be a state section director and investigator with the highly respected Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), investigating claims of UFO sightings and experiences of those who claim encounters with 'alien' beings. At monthly MUFON meetings, Joe was strongly confronted by the spiritual paradigm of the UFO-believers. He realized that, for many, it is a full-blown religion.
Although Joe was brought up in the church, like many youth he abandoned the idea of a biblical creator. This 'new religion' gave Joe a sense of spirituality, but without the accountability that the Bible demands. With no supreme creator, man can make up his own rules. Each experience is just part of one's spiritual growth into the new age.
Around this time Joe and fellow MUFON investigator, Wes Clark, started their own research group called CE43 specifically to deal with alleged alien abductions or 'Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind'4 experiences. They attempted to unravel the more bizarre aspects of this phenomenon that defy scientific explanation. Experiencers record huge chunks of 'missing time'; allegedly physical aliens are claimed to walk through walls; and the experiencers themselves are often taken up to the spaceship through the ceiling. MUFON and other researchers had enormous problems trying to explain the physics-defying aspects of these experiences, which were escalating.
Joe saw the damage these were causing in the lives of the experiencers. In the fall of 1996, he was working on two particularly disturbing accounts which seemed especially sinister. A Christian friend told him he was dealing in the spiritual realm and thus needed protection. "So, I pulled out my crystals", Joe said. "But she shared the Bible with me instead. It was the first time I'd ever heard a true gospel presentation and understood what Christianity was really all about. I confessed my sins and became a Christian."
Now Joe wanted to reconcile the UFO phenomenon with his faith. In 2005, after reading the first edition of Gary Bates' book Alien Intrusion, Joe said, "That book has helped me shut the door on the idea of ET life. Despite what most Christians think, it showed me that the Bible clearly does not allow for such things."
One of Joe's cases involved a brand-new Christian called Bill D. During an alleged alien abduction he cried out "Jesus, help me!" and the encounter immediately stopped.
When Joe contacted other MUFON investigators to see if they had had similar cases, they would only agree to talk to Joe if it was 'off the record' for fear of their careers.
The truth was they all knew of similar accounts of abductions being stopped by people praying, singing hymns or calling on the name of Jesus. But because it was 'religious in nature' and not 'scientific', the evidence was being deliberately ignored and actually hidden. A local newspaper, Florida Today, reported on CE4's initial findings. The story went viral via the press and internet, and suddenly, lots of people were contacting CE4 sharing similar testimonies.
Joe currently counsels many experiencers with the aim of leading them to Christ. To date, he has worked with over 400 people who have had their 'abduction' episodes halted in the name of Jesus. He found that the Bible has the answers to explain what is really happening and that what people perceive as "aliens" are actually deceptive, malevolent spiritual beings ie. demons.•