An international spiritual organisation that believes Jesus Christ was an extraterrestrial being from the planet Venus is planning a pilgrimage to a “holy mountain” in Devon.
The Aetherius Society was founded in the mid-1950s by ex-taxi driver George King, who claimed he had an unusual encounter with “Master Jesus” in 1958.
He said the voice told him that he was going to be the earthly representative of an interplanetary parliament, and he set up the society.
King died in 1997 but his followers still take regular pilgrimages to the “holy mountain” at Holdstone Down, near Coombe Martin, Devon, where King met Christ.
The next event is taking place on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Speaking in a previous documentary, Mr King described the experience of meeting Jesus at the top of Holdstone Down hill.
He said: “It was very, very windy at the top of Holdstone Down. As a matter of fact, it was quite dark by this time.
“Dimly out of the corner of my eye I saw something in the sky.
“Then I saw a being which kind of appeared before me – I didn’t see him walk up to me, I opened my eyes and he was there.
“He was very tall, he was dressed in a long robe, he had long brownish hair – there was so much radiance around the man.
“I knew, although he didn’t tell me, I knew that he was Jesus and that he had come from the planet Venus – I didn’t have to be told, I just knew this.
“I think it was some sort of telepathic impression that I picked up. There was no denying it and there was no denying his presence.”
Mr King said Jesus had arrived in a spacecraft and had “sent power through himself” to Mr King and into the mountain top at Holdstone Down.
In the documentary, he said that he was “told later by inter-planetary sources that this mountain was holy”.
He added: “That’s why we use Holdstone Down because we really truly believe that it is holy.”
The Society continues this tradition to this day, with July’s meeting followed by a social event at a nearby venue.
According to the Aetherius Society, Holdstone Down is just one of several holy mountains – with another being located here in Devon at Yes Tor near Okehampton.
Other holy mountains across the globe include Castle Peak in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado, Mount Ramshead in New South Wales, Australia, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Le Nid d’Aigle near Les Houches in France.