By Joe Kovacs
In the wake of reports of unidentified objects flying over Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, a retired Air Force pilot has his own mystery with a rash of bright, colorful lights he photographed hovering in skies over western Arkansas last week.
«I believe these lights were not of this world, and I feel a duty and responsibility to come forward,» Col. Brian Fields told WND. «I have no idea what they were.»
Fields, 61, was cooking chicken at his Van Buren, Ark., home Jan. 9 when just before 7 p.m., he observed two intensely bright lights as he looked to the southeast close to the horizon.
«At first I thought they were landing lights from an aircraft,» he said. «As I continued to observe them they began to slowly disappear, then suddenly one reappeared, followed by two, then three. On at least one occasion four or five appeared. Each time they would slowly fade and eventually disappear. This occurred several times and when they would reappear they might do so in differing numbers and in different positions, sometimes in a triangular shape, sometimes stacked on top of each other, sometimes line abreast, etc. When the objects appeared they might stay illuminated 10 or more minutes.»
Fields’ wife thought the lights may have been ground-based, but Fields says he’s certain they were airborne. The retired colonel spent close to 32 years in the military, flying F-16s as a member of the 188th Fighter Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard.
«I’m certain it wasn’t an aircraft [from Earth],» said Fields, who also ruled out the possibility of flares, saying they didn’t descend like flares typically do. «It’s not anything I ever had any experience with . … They were some kind of energy or something.»
Fields grabbed his Canon digital camera with 6 megapixel resolution to document what he and his wife were witnessing, and snapped numerous images of the mysterious lights.
He says the phenomenon lasted an hour and 15 minutes, and local news agencies have not published or broadcast any reports of what the couple witnessed. WND surveyed local police and sheriffs agencies, as well as Fort Chaffee, a decommissioned Army base in the region, and no one reported anything out of the ordinary.
«I just can’t imagine other people didn’t see it,» Fields said, noting they appeared at times like a yo-yo at 5 to 10 degrees above the horizon.
Earlier this month, the Chicago Tribune reported workers for United Air Lines said they saw a flying saucerlike object hovering «low over O’Hare International Airport for several minutes before bolting through thick clouds with such intense energy that it left an eerie hole in overcast skies.»
That Nov. 7 sighting took place just before sunset about 4:30 p.m.
According to Tribune columnist Jon Hilkevitch, «All the witnesses said the object was dark gray and well defined in the overcast skies. They said the craft, estimated by different accounts to be 6 feet to 24 feet in diameter, did not display any lights.
«Some said it looked like a rotating Frisbee, while others said it did not appear to be spinning. All agreed the object made no noise and it was at a fixed position in the sky, just below the 1,900-foot cloud deck, until shooting off into the clouds.»
When interviewed on National Public Radio about the story, Hilkevitch indicated the event was anything but a hoax.
«That’s what impressed me about this. All aviation professionals, very credible sources and they are very serious,» Hilkevitch said. «They are not saying what they saw was a, you know, a spaceship from another planet, but it was unidentified, it was in restricted airspace, and they were concerned from a safety standpoint. That if this was something man-made, they needed to get it out of there because they were having busy flight operations in the early evening hours.»
Back in Arkansas, Col. Fields, who says he’s a Christian who has not been a believer in alien life forms from other planets, speculated what he saw could possibly be related to ancient texts from the Bible.
One of them is Luke 21:11, where Jesus discusses signs of the End Times, stating, «And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.»
Another is even more ancient, going back to the time of Noah’s flood.
«That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. … There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.» (Genesis 6:2-4)
These Old Testament verses have been enigmatic for centuries, but many Christians believe they refer to a time in antiquity when spirit beings, perhaps angels in rebellion against God, visited Earth and had sexual relations with human women, producing «giants,» which is translated from the Hebrew word «Nephilim,» which some scholars say is better translated as «fallen ones.»
«I believe it’s prophetic, something do with what’s happening in the Middle East today,» said Fields. «If this is some kind of event with visitation, it’s entirely possible. When the anti-Christ comes into power, it’s not going to be something we expect. The deception that is going to be attached to it is going to be so powerful, you’re gonna have to go against your reason to reject it.»
While Fields cannot be certain of what it was he saw, he wants to tell people not to be deceived.
«Be awake, be mindful you can be deceived,» he said. «There are things that can shake our world.»