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The Lies Surrounding Ancient Aliens and Why It Isn’t Real Science
The fire was also depicted a certain way, but that’s not evidence of spaceships existing. Shutterstock.

“Flames” In Biblical Apocalyptic Imagery Do Not Describe Spaceships

For evidence supporting the ancient astronaut theory, Ancient Aliens looks to depictions in the Bible about fire, particularly within apocalyptic imagery, as describing spaceships. They look at the fire surrounding the throne of God in Ezekiel’s imagery and the fire in the temple of God that Isaiah depicts as some examples.

The most technological problem with this view is that a combustible engine – one that engages fire – would be unsuitable interstellar or even interplanetary travel. To further debunk the hypothesis, the imagery in Isaiah explicitly depicts fire on coals – imagine using coal to power a spaceship from another solar system!

The Lies Surrounding Ancient Aliens and Why It Isn’t Real Science
The wheels beneath the Throne of God are the propellers of a flying machine. Shutterstock.

The Wheels Underneath The Throne Of God Are Not Spaceship Propellers

The biblical books of Ezekiel, Daniel, Revelation, and Isaiah all depict the throne of God and describe it as having wheels underneath it. Ezekiel took the most attention to detail, explaining wheels within wheels – virtually a wheel with spokes that connect to a rim, a prevalent wheel structure even today.

Ancient Aliens took Ezekiel’s depiction and said that the prophet was describing spaceship propellers. Nevertheless, this idea is entirely inconsistent with the actual text of Ezekiel, especially when that text is cross-referenced with other depictions of the throne of God. 

The Lies Surrounding Ancient Aliens and Why It Isn’t Real Science
Whatever legends were written in the Mahabharata, their translation and interpretation have been fouled by the modern mind. Shutterstock.

The Mahabharata Does Not Describe Ancient Nuclear Wars

The Mahabharata is an ancient Hindu text that describes ancient warfare among the gods. Ancient Aliens claims that the document describes explosions that are “brighter than a thousand suns,” following which the survivors experience symptoms of radiation poisoning, including their nails and hair falling out.

While the idea of radiation poisoning in the far distant past may make for a great science fiction novel, these ideas are actually not even present in the Mahabharata. The producers do not reference where in the Mahabharata these ideas come from, and for a good reason: the claim emerged from a very modern book called Morning of the Magicians.

The Lies Surrounding Ancient Aliens and Why It Isn’t Real Science
The “facts” pointed out about the site of Mohenjo Daro end up not being true at all. Shutterstock.

Mohenjo Daro Was Not The Site Of An Ancient Nuclear Attack

In keeping with the idea of ancient nuclear warfare, Ancient Aliens looks to the archeological site of Mohenjo Daro in Pakistan. To make their case, the producers claim that parts of the site have high levels of radiation, that the skeletons found on the site indicate that all of the people died suddenly and that the rocks underwent a process of vitrification, which involves excessive amounts of heat.

While those bits of evidence make for a compelling case that Mohenjo Daro was, in fact, the site of an ancient nuclear attack, the problem is that none of the evidence is accurate. Only 37 skeletons have been found at Mohenjo Daro; the skeletons are from people who lived within a full millennium of each other, and there is no evidence that anyone died suddenly.