Zacharia Sarcofag - 14 September 1641, Akhaltsike, Georgia - Blue wheel descending
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
from Wonders In The Sky - Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times - and Their Impact on Human Culture, History, and Beliefs - Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
Armenian chronicler Zacharia Sarcofag saw a strange phenomenon at sunset. The sky was not yet dark when suddenly
"the ether on the eastern side was torn up and a big dark-blue light began to descend. Being wide and long, it came down approaching the Earth and it illuminated everything around, more brightly than the sun."
The forward part of the light
"revolved like a wheel, moving to the north, calmly and slowly emitting red and white light, and in front of the light, at a distance of an open hand, there was a star the size of Venus. The light was still visible until my father had sung, weeping, six sharakans, after which it moved away. Later we heard that people saw this miraculous light up to Akhaltsike."
A sharakan is a brief prayer sung over two to three minutes, so the phenomenon would have lasted at least 15 minutes, according to researcher Mikhail Gershtein.
Source: Zacharia Sarcofag, On the Fall of Light from the Sky. Cited by M. B. Gershtein, "A Thousand Years of Russian UFOs," RIAP Bulletin (Ukraine) 7, 4, October-December 2001 .