God Drives a Flying Saucer?

(updated several times over)

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Certain segments of the internet are abuzz following the apparently successful effort by the leader of a New Religious Movement at summoning a UFO for the benefit of KNTV (Las Vegas) News reporter Mike Dello Stritto, at a daytime location of Stritto’s choosing. Video footage shows a distant disk appearing in the sky for a short time after African-American “Prophet Yahweh” offered up prayers (see here) He warns that spaceships are going to manifest clearly over Las Vegas between 1 June and 15 July. Prophet Yahweh claims to have been in contact with the UFOs since the late 1970s, and has a collection of home videos of previous sightings. These can be accessed from his website for a small fee; however, he considers them to be public domain, and this site has reposted them.

So who is Prophet Yahweh? WND identifies him as Ramon Watkins, but offers no biographical background. His website gives some rather unusual religious beliefs:

BE ADVISED! YAHWEH and His Angels are superhuman beings, on other planets who fly in spaceships!

However, this website has recently been revamped; the archived version at Wayback has more details about his religion:

All the gods, of the earth, are idols that damns the souls of all who worship them.
And, all religions, on earth, are nothing but lies used by the devil to deceive souls.

All people who die, as worshippers of the gods, will be resurrected on “Judgement Day,”
tried, sentenced to eternal death, and cast alive into the lake of fire, where they will suffer forever!

This will happen to them because they worshipped the gods and not YAHWEH.

Within our life time, the most holy and wonderful YAHWEH
will send His Messiah, with His Angels, to destroy all the gods on earth.

After all the gods and all their religions have been destroyed,
our Messiah is going to re-establish the pure worship of YAHWEH, forever, on earth!

Elsewhere on the old site:

Before we can attempt to understand if Prophet Yahweh is a true prophet of YAHWEH, who was foretold of by the prophets of Israel, we must, first, understand what Yahwean Prophethood is and how it differs from prophethood in Christianity, Islam, and other religions…Prophet Yahweh, fits within the definition of prophethood as revealed by the sacred “Y” document Hebrew writings of our nation.

A defunct “Table of Contents” tantalises with the following (sic for dodgy spelling):

YAHWEH’S UFOs And Spaceships In The Bible
YAHWEH Bible Study Lessons
The Luciferian Conspiracy Against YAHWEH
YAHWEH Verses The Gods El And Adon In Judaism
YAHWEH Verses The God Jesus In Christianity
YAHWEH Verses The God Allah In Islam

A document discovered by someone at a discussion forum at New Age site Godlike Productions (and reposted there) gives his religion as “Black Jew Hebrew Israelite”. The document claims that after 70 C.E. the Jews fled to Africa, where they were sold into slavery by the Africans. Hence the African-Americans are the real Jews:

The great secret about the slave trade is that it was not based on Africans capturing other Africans and selling them into slavery. But, rather, it was all African nations that were capturing another Black race who had come down into African but was not from Africa.

He goes on to warn:

YAHWEH is going to make know [sic] His demands to the world, through the prophets He sent to the earth. The main demand they will make will be that the modern day White so-called Jews, the Arab so-called Palestinians, and all other nationalities in the land of Israel, be immediately evacuated into neighboring countries.

Prophet Yahweh also has a different website where he discusses these things further, and a third where an Angela Yahweh (“Angel of Yahweh”), discusses the need for polygamy (thanks to commentator AC for that link). The file name for Angela’s pic is “pywife”, suggesting that she is also Mrs Yahweh (spotted by commentator Ed).

Prophet Yahweh’s group (which is probably very small) must be an off-shoot of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. Like Hebrew Israelite leader “Yahweh ben Yahweh“, Prophet Yahweh sometimes sports a turban with a badge on the front. I can’t read Yahweh ben Yahweh’s badge, but Watkins’s bears the Hebrew letter Yod, I suppose referring to the mysterious “Y” document. Possibly by the “Y document” Wakins means that part of the Torah designated by Biblical scholars as the “J” document, where God is referred to as “Yahweh” (this word used to be transliterated as “Jehovah”, hence “J”).

His beliefs are not, however, completely coherent: on the one hand we are supposed to worship Yahweh, but on the other he warns the media that the aliens plan to invade:

Watkins says the aliens won’t attack us the way they do in the movies, but he says their intentions are anything but friendly. “And they’re here, to take over, it’s just that simple.”

Back on the revamped 2005 site, Watkins tells us a bit about he got the Prophet job:

…the appearance of sightings, on my signal, started by accident. At that time [1979], I was having a study with some of my bible students concerning spaceships and UFOs in the bible. As I was about to end the class, I felt compelled to go outside, with my students, and ask YAHWEH, in the exact same manner prophets in the bible summoned sightings, to send a UFO for us to see.

To our amazement, as soon as I finished praying for the sighting, a glowing UFO appeared before us and flew from one end of the sky to the other. We were were stunned at the miracle we saw and were left speechless!

…After I continued calling down sightings, like the prophets of the bible, and UFOs started appearing, almost without fail, I prayed to the magnificent YAHWEH and told Him that if He would use me to signal His spaceships and UFOs before the eyes of the world, I would live a life of poverty and be totally dedicated to Him.

The discussion forum at Godlike Productions has produced some other interesting links. For example, despite the existence of Angela “pywife” Yahweh, Prophet Yahweh has a personal ad on Yahoo:

Where is My African-American Queen?

I’m a brother who is loyal and devoted to the African-American woman. I love her, need her, and can’t do without her!…She deserves a man (like me) who: believes in the Creator, prays daily, studies wisdom, seeks out understanding, and loves acquiring knowledge.

A version of the ad with different pictures can be seen here; he appears to have been in the navy in his youth. He’s listed as divorced with adult children…and with an income of “More than $150,000″ (from “Entertainment / Media”), which seems not to tie-in with the “life of poverty”. Prophet Yahweh also owns a television production company (albeit with a website that doesn’t work properly) called Shiloh Broadcasting. And in a letter dated from 1997 to a UFO researcher he stresses the profit motive:

Because of how these UFO’s and spaceships are appearing before me and allowing me to film them, I’m destined to be a wealthy man in the very near future. Maybe we can make money together on my research.

In a second letter posted on the same site, he adds that the aliens had told him to head for Pershing Square in Los Angeles:

At that time, I’m to have as many people as possible there to verify if UFOs appear on my prayer or not.

That was also in 1997.

So what about the sighting that so impressed Stritto? Contributors to the discussion thread have a variety of suggestions: it’s all true; demons; government manipulation; Prophet Yahweh has stumbled onto some sort of alien technology he doesn’t understand. Sceptics have suggested model aircraft; a balloon; lasers; a special kind of concentrated light as used in German fun parks in the 1970s (see this page, scroll down to “Sean”); and pointed out that the footage was taken close to Nellis Air Force Base. The author of this site claims to have found a picture of Watkins taken in 1997 with some weather balloons; readers can judge for themselves.

An unsuccessful attempt by Prophet Yahweh to summon a UFO can be seen here. He also failed to come up with goods promised for October 2000.

(Fried Green al-Qaedas is now following new developments on a special sub-blog)

20 Responses

  1. Excellent summation. The more I read, the more fascinated I become with this guy. Of the theories from the forum, the ‘technology he doesn’t understand’ comes closest to the way he comes off in the videos I’ve watched so far. He seems genuinely surprised by what goes on around him. Of course, insanity is a good second guess.

  2. Not to quibble, but the man was clearly a Marine, not in the navy. Swab jockeys do not dress that way. Other than that, nice piece.

  3. My vote would go for “insane”. Purely on the strength of the turban factor, of course.

  4. http://www.ktnv.com/news/may05/330168.asp
    Summoning UFO’s 13 Action News Posted: May 31, 2005

    There’s a Las Vegas guy making an extraordinary claim about extra-terrestrials. This guy says the Old Testament written in Hebrew taught him how to summon UFO’s. He says he can do it on command and he’s been doing it for 25 years, keeping it secret, until now.

    Watch the full story.

  5. Correct Link If you look carefully at the abc 13 news footage streaming
    video link: http://wm-ondemand.abacast.com/prophet_yahweh/ABCnews1.wmv

    (Copy And Paste The Link In Your Browser To Watch The

    Streaming Video)

    About the middle of the video when the reporter is saying Its

    moving pretty fast and Prophet Yahweh says Its going

    towards Nellis Airforce Base you will see on the video of the

    UFO that it moves extremely fast up and down through the frame.

    This is not a camera trick or edit because there are stationary

    referance points the clouds on the right and a light pole on the

    left that do not move with the UFO even a toy remote control

    object can’t move that fast. This Is Real!!! If you don’t believe

    it than study the footage for yourself!

    http://wm-ondemand.abacast.com/prophet_yahweh/ABCnews1.wmv

  6. here we go again, instead of jim jones or stargate, etc. it’s this yah-hoo, if he’s anything, he’s a kenite! ‘decendent of cain, who was of his father the devil’ now if you don’t believe that, well, brother you better get to reading your bible, it will be made easier to look all this up with a ‘Strong’s concordence’ published by Hendrickson, available at any book store practically, No where are you gonna find yahweh cuz it’s not biblecal or scriptual, this guy is a fake of the first degree, That’s what kenites are, twisters of GOD’s word to mislead the untaught, better get to reading for yourself about them, it’s all in the REAL BIBLE!

  7. Have you met Mrs. Yahweh?
    Brothers And Sisters For Polygamy P.O.B. 271551 Las Vegas, NV 89127

    http://brothersandsistersforpolygamy.com

    The mailing address is a clue…

    Prophet Yahweh P.O.B. 271551 Las Vegas, NV 89127

    http://www.prophetyahweh.com

    Brothers and Sisters for Polygamy? That explains his expansive personal ad, searching for women.

    Ramon Watkins, if that’s his real name, should be investigated, examined, scrutinized and investigated again.

    Don’t drink the Kool-Aid.

  8. [...] 7, 2005 by Richard Bartholomew A couple of my recent entries have been updated. Details about Prophet Yahweh continue to emerge, including his “Black Jew Hebrew Israelite” belief that UFOs are [...]

  9. Thanks for the link, AC.

  10. You’re welcome Bartholomew. This link takes you to an excellent letter from Bibleufo.com to “Prophet Yahweh”. They thoroughly summarize and challenge his agenda. http://216.180.244.91/bbs/message.php?message=114982

  11. That polygamy website has a pic of a lady on it, it is NOT HIS FRIEND, IT IS HIS WIFE WHO IS ALSO IN ON THIS SCAM. http://brothersandsistersforpolygamy.com/ SAVE HERE PIC AS, SEE FILE NAME PYWIFE.
    Thank you Ed

  12. I wonder if she’s his legal wife.

  13. Yahweh told him to go to a psychiatrist. Quote: “…..To make a long story short, I was declared mentally ill from that day on and currently I am a client at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health at their Mental Health Authority called “The Village.” Also, I have been given Geodon, Lithium, Risperdal and a couple of other medications to stop me from hearing the Voice that calls itself YAHWEH…..”
    http://216.180.244.91/bbs/message.php?message=115208

  14. I’m back. These people are angry…. http://www.bibleufo.com/prophet1.htm

  15. Join the parody group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/prophetyaweh/

  16. [...] Posted on July 15, 2005 by Richard Bartholomew Well, it’s now or never for our old friend Prophet Yahweh: Very soon, sometime between July 4 and 15th, the spaceship I have been prophecizing [sic] of will [...]

  17. [...] so he can live in the West Bank, and now a Jew who believes in British Israelitism. And I thought Prophet Yahweh was way out there…But Bar-Ron is not the only one; “Mr Davidy” is Yair Davidy (or [...]

  18. [...] the case of the Black Hebrews, African-Americans who made the same claim some years ago (our friend Prophet Yahweh is to some extent related to that movement); in 2003 the group was given permanent residence status [...]

  19. [...] 2004: these include too many Christian right and Christian Zionist figures to mention; a “UFO summoner“; bogus anti-Muslim pseudo-experts; Islamist attacks on the polio vaccine in Nigeria; child [...]

  20. [...] is also said to tried to provoke a “cult war” between the Raelians and none other than Prophet Yahweh, whom I blogged here. Whether he is really involved with this “Wake Up Project” or not [...]

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