Karl Barth said, “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”
We reserve a few minutes to discuss current trends that you’d expect from reading Bible prophecy.
We are futurists. We interpret all unfulfilled prophetic passages as future events in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.
Biometrics, Artificial Intelligence, cashless commerce, the manipulation of human DNA, global government, the exponential growth of human knowledge, and the rebirth of national Israel are End Times developments the Bible predicts.
All of these are increasingly trending in the news.
There is an intriguing passage in the Revelation about an image, the person we call the false prophet, and the Beast – another name of the antichrist.
An image of the Beast is going to come to “life.”
Rev 13:14 And [the false prophet] deceives those who dwell on the earth – by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. Rev 13:15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
It sounds a lot like what we would call Artificial Intelligence; AI for short.
I discovered a company called PromoBot that manufactures pretty advanced AI robots. Their model Robo-C is a customizable humanoid robot companion for home or office.
Robo-C can have the appearance of any person that ever existed, regardless of their nationality, age, or gender. Mechanical muscles allow the robot to move its eyes, eyebrows, lips, and other face parts to mimic more than 600 human facial expressions. Robot owners can easily add new expressions, create customized movements, emotions, and applications. The robot communicates using artificial intelligence and can independently move while avoiding obstacles.
Suggested applications include Building Manager, Tour Guide, Medical Assistant, Administrative Assistant, and Visitor Assistant.
The Dubai Police Department employs Robo-C. It began working at their central headquarters. Its duties include advising citizens, answering questions, accepting applications from visitors, and monitoring the security of the entrance to the headquarters. According to the developers, Officer Robo-C is the only service robot in the world that speaks Arabic.
Robo-C became the first-ever childcare robot in Eastern Europe.
A Civil Servant Robo-C helped 45,000 people over a two-year period in Perm, Russia.
As far as I researched it, we could be the first church to employ one as a Greeter.
Some of the smartest people are warning that AI is dangerous, even apocalyptic. It’s only a matter of time before it becomes the Age of Ultron.
We read the Bible, and it predicts an almost unbelievable life-like image. It will be a Beast Assistant, enforcing digital dictatorship.
We read the news and see that we are heading in that direction.
We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen at any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will happen before the Great Tribulation.
Jesus will return in the clouds.
He will raise the dead in Christ.
He will transform the bodies of living believers into glorified, resurrection bodies.
We will all join Him in Heaven while the earth endures one final seven-year campaign of severe evangelism.
Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.
Ready or not, Jesus is coming!