Ancient Aliens Debunked – Part 7

Baptism of Christ
by Aert de Gelder

Below is a painting by Dutch artist Aert De Gelder (1645-1727) circa 1710. Many UFO enthusiasts claim to see a depiction of something extraterrestrial.

“There are many strange UFO’s and Alien beings in ancient art but none as clear as this one.” [1]

“You see in the sky an undoubtedly (sic) space craft shining down on Christ”, [1] “a disk shaped object … (shining) beams of light down on John the Baptist and Jesus.” [2]

To begin with, the above image is actually a still frame from the History Channel’s joke series called Ancient Aliens. This low quality image of this painting, broadcast on Ancient Aliens, almost seems like a deliberate attempt by the producers to distort the contents of the original work in order to mislead viewers.

I’ll begin by showing you a higher quality version of this painting (bottom right) along with passages from the Gospels and you’ll begin to see this work of art in a different light (pun intended).

Mark 1:10:

«And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”»[3]

Matthew 3:16-17:

«And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.»[4]

Luke 3:21-22:

«Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.»[5]

John 1:32:

«And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode (remained) upon him.»[6]

All four of these passages from the Gospel are describing the intervention of God in the Baptism of Christ. Note in each passage the description of a divinity descending like a dove.

A dove depicted in a a circle from which rays of light are eminating was commonplace in religious art of this period. Here we see classic representations of the dove being used to symbolize the third person of the Trinity (Holy Spirit); taken from “The Dispute of the Sacrament” by Raphael (left) and Perugino’s Baptism of Christ (right):

We can go back literally thousands of years and see some of the first uses of a luminous disk to represent the divine.

A good example might be represented by the sun god Aton (also spelled “Aten”) in ancient Egyptian (14th century bce) religion. [7][8]

Right: The sun god Aton depicted as a solar disk emitting rays of light in ancient Egypt, over 2,000 years before Aert de Gelder created the Baptism of Christ.

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Something else you won’t be told on the History channel: contained within the luminous disk in the Baptism of Christ is a dove:

As was discussed in “Annunciation with St. Emidius“, the dove is a very common symbol of the “Divinity”, or God, in many historical, religiously sacred works of art. The dove represents the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The Gospels (above) are describing the intervention of God in the Baptism of Christ and thus the use of the dove.

Where the “Annunciation with St. Emidius” depicted the immaculate conception with the dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit “touching” the Virgin Mary [9], we now see a series of Baptisms of Christ, most with the dove, some in a circle (of clouds or light) in the sky, representing the Holy Spirit:





Conclusions: Nothing mysterious here. Once again, no UFOs, nothing extraterrestrial, simply historical works of religious art representing the contents of religious scripture.


* The information contained herein is based primarily on the work of Diego Cuoghi and the sources listed below:
1. alien-ufo-research.com
2. in5d.com
3. Mark 1:10
4. Matthew 3:16-17
5. Luke 3:21-22
6. John 1:32
7. britannica.com
8. britannica.com
9. ufo-blog.com

11 comments on “Ancient Aliens Debunked – Part 7

  1. Everyone has the right to interpret things diffirentely. No one knows exactly why the paintings have these objects in them, yes there is a dove in the center of the disk in the heavens, nobody is denying that. But you cannot say with certainty that the way people described God spliting the heavens way back 2000 yrs ago was accurate by any means. And what does a round disk have to do with describing God? I have question for you, why does Ezequel describe an angel descending from the heavens “in a wheel with in wheels”? Why not a white dove? Why is the white dove only associated with Jesus and John the baptist? What I find interesting is when someone from modern times tries to interpret something from the biblical days that is by no means traditionally corraberating with the bible and religous beliefs of today, they are simply told that they dont understand the scriptures. But if they were to interpret them in the traditional beliefs then they must be right. Who’s to say that either interpretations are accurate? How can you with certainty that it is or not divine? You can’t, unless you were there. Nobody has the originall texts of the gospels, they are all copies and we don’t even know by whom.

    • ..well said Eddie,no one knows for sure,the above article proves nothing,…most of the Ancient Aliens theories are outrageous i agree,….folks back then had no idea what they were looking at in the sky,its is possible that could be a disc ufo,i cant say for sure and the person who wrote the above article cant either unless he or she was there.

  2. …There is nothing “debunked” here, actually. You’ve only proven the point. 100% of these renowned artisans are phenomenally gifted at painting very clear pictures of what they intend to portray within their works…yet, there are clearly disk like structures that apparently have a direct effect on the goings on. Still….if this were the only piece of clear evidence…I would probably delve further. But…alas…it is not.

  3. The author of this article is misunderstanding the whole point of ancient astronaut theory. Let me explain it to you:

    ANCIENT ASTRONAUT THEORY:
    Gods = Aliens
    Religion = The way this aliens were assimilated by the primitive humans.

    NASA engineer Joseph Blumrich has proven that actually you can build a functional spaceship reading the prophet Ezekiel story in the Bible…

  4. What a joke. Actually, you have just re enforced the POV of it being an “ancient alien”.
    The other paintings with a dove(s) show light emanating from them, and it emanates from a central

    common point. But Gelding’s painting, the rays from above are obviously NOT from a light source like the sun, or a brilliantly shining being.
    As for the dove, that is pretty weak. I couldn’t even begin to tell what it is, if anything at all, unless it is zoomed in upon, which was not able to be done until recent times.

    It also is remarkably distinct from all the others re: the disk. You see the light upon Jesus, very bright,
    but the disk is not represented that way. It is shown as an object from which the light is coming from inside the object. Guess what, they didn’t have light bulbs or flashlights back then.

  5. MIB, I will simply say I back you up, you have objectively illustrated with compelling graphic material that suggesting UFOs in the artwork shown to this Part is ludicrous. You have done it very calmly and effectively, the supporting art you have gathered is magnificent and speaks by itself, arguing against it like some previous comments here attempt to do is pointless. I wish you could show this on the TV programs seeing UFOs everywhere. I’m an atheist, although if I had to admit an entity over me, that would be nature. I don’t believe in gods, ghosts, angels or demons either, however I do remain open to the possibility of other forms of life, superior or not, the UFO thing is interesting but nothing concrete so far, and some of the points made by the Ancient Aliens Theorists are intriguing, alluring, entertaining and above all opportunist, making apparent sense for those gaps in history not fully explained scientifically yet, but under close scrutinity, it’s not but a beautiful story flagrantly put together.

  6. Regarding your interpretation of The Baptism of Christ by Aert de Gelder is to me hilarious. You forgot one critical point in your argument: If the “Glowing ” dove is to represent the Divine, Then there should only be three distinct beams coming down in representation of the Divine as the Trinity- another common element in paintings of that time. If he went through all the trouble to be Biblicaly accurate, he WOULD NOT have made this compositional error.

  7. You and the author of this rubbish article are all very competent at closing your eyes tight, plugging you ears with your fingers while tapping each other on the back and dictating your lame reaching reasons why not.
    The sad truth it is what it is and everyone including you know it even if you don’t want to face it. So go ahead make all the BS you want why it can’t be , it doesn’t change a thing! See you in the funny papers! :)

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