But on being come in sight of his enemies, he was astonished at their numbers, and thought to forbear fighting, and wear out time. But Marius, whom Serto-rius had sent out of Spain to Mithridates with forces under him, stepping out and challenging him, he prepared for battle. In the very instant before joining battle, without any perceptible alteration preceding, on a sudden the sky opened, and a large luminous body fell down in the midst between the armies, in shape like a hogshead, but in colour like melted silver, insomuch that both armies in alarm withdrew. This wonderful prodigy happened in Phrygia, near Otryae.
The sons of God looking at the daughters of men, saw they were pleasing, so married as many as they chose. The Nephilim were on the Earth at that time (and even afterwards), when the sons of God resorted to the daughters of man, and had children by them. These are the heroes of days gone by, the famous men.
.......was like unto the brightness of a flaming fire, which ascendeth up....
Egyptians during the reign of Thutmose III were witness to the landing of a "circle of fire." The craft was "one rod long and one rod wide." After a time, the ship shot back up into the sky.
Scotland's King Domnall Mac Murchada witnessed a luminous, flying object while attending a fair in Teltown, Meath County. The object was often seen moving over Scotland in the night sky.
And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness [was] about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire Also out of the midst thereof [came] the likeness of four living creatures. And this [was] their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work [was] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature [was] as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.
The Archbishop of Lyons, Agobard, wrote, in his "De Grandine et Tonitrua," that he had stumbled upon an angry mob lynching three men and a woman. When asked why these people were to be hanged, the mob responded that they were people who landed from a "cloud ship" in Magonia. The Archbishop promptly freed the men and the woman who the mob thought were going to use magic to spoil the year's harvests.
On a clear Sunday morning the town of Reims, as well as the whole of eastern France including Verdun, watched the skies, fearful that the mass of objects that appeared overhead were signs of the Apocalypse.
Sailors on a merchant expedition were startled from their sleep by a huge, cylinder- shaped craft. The object remained visible to the crew for many minutes before disappearing into the distance.
People on the streets of Tokyo watched as two luminous object hovered in the night sky. Minutes later, several smaller, white objects disengaged from the two larger craft. All of the objects circled over Tokyo for about an hour before vanishing.
Merchant scribes along the Nile wrote in their logs that many saw large, noisy craft hovering above the bustling Cairo streets.
Farmers, planting seedlings in their rice patties, watched as a saucer shaped craft wavered in the sky. It descended rapidly, almost crashing into the ground. As quickly as it had appeared, the craft regained stability and climbed out of sight.
An ancient manuscript found in Byland Abbey and belonging to the ancestors of Henry, the Abbott, reads, "There was a great portent outside. A large round silver thing like a disc flew slowly over them and excited the greatest terror." People, partaking in the feast commemorating the Saints of Simon and Jude, rushed out into the night to witness this mysterious phenomenon.
"Northeast of the Terrace, in clear sky and warm weather, I saw appear suddenly an oblong cloud nearly parallel to the horizon. Below the cloud was seen a luminous body, brightly lit up and almost stationary... This strange ball at first appeared bluish and faint, but its light increased, and it soon began to move. At first, it ascended above the horizon, obliquely toward the east. Then it changed its direction and moved parallel to the horizon. It vanished in the southeast. I saw it for half a minute, and the light it gave out was prodigious. It lit up every object on the face of the country. It changed shape to oblong, acquired a tail, and seemed to split up into two bodies of small size. About two minutes later came a rumble like an explosion," wrote Tiberius Cavallo, Fellow of the Royal Society, in his memoirs.