Prophecy Update #656 – COVID-19 Accelerant

We focus on Bible prophecy each week, calling it a “Prophecy Update.”

We are considered futurists. We interpret the unfulfilled prophetic portions of the Book of the Revelation and the Book of Daniel, and all other unfulfilled prophecies, as future events in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

Does COVID19 have anything to do with Bible prophecy? Not directly. Indirectly it has rapidly accelerated expected prophetic trends.

For example, the Revelation predicts a contactless payment system utilizing a person’s hand or forehead. A recent article was titled, The Growth Of Contactless Payments During The Covid19 Pandemic.

Excerpts:

The rise of contactless has been a key feature of this year, as the Covid19 pandemic merely accelerated what was already becoming more popular. With governments encouraging contact-free options to reduce the spread of the virus, the use of these payment methods has boomed. 

There has been a 30% increase in the use of contactless payments since the outbreak of the pandemic. During the early times of Covid19 pandemic, it was observed that there was a sharp rise in adoption of contactless payments all over the globe.

It is safe to say that the future of financial transactions is in favor of contactless payments.

https://thefintechtimes.com/the-growth-of-contactless-payments-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Another article reported, “What was previously considered future technology has been deployed ahead of schedule and is being refined with real-world data.”

The world of the future Great Tribulation will be a surveillance tyranny in which governments can track and control your every move.

COVID19 has people leaning toward sacrificing rights for what they think is the greater good.

Another article reported, “Even as the frenzy of emergency responses begins to subside, the emergent forms of surveillance that have accompanied this new normal persist. As a consequence, societies face new questions about how to manage the monitoring systems created in response to the virus, what processes are required in order to immunize populations, and what new norms the systems have generated.”

One researcher warned, “Moments of crisis often recast the roles of governments and the rights of individuals.”

COVID19 is not a pestilence predicted in the Bible. But it is accelerating trends that we expect from our reading of Bible prophecy.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church is imminent. It could happen 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 to 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!

Prophecy Update #655 – Where Have All The Dollars Gone?

We focus on Bible prophecy each week, calling it a “Prophecy Update.”

We are considered futurists. We interpret the unfulfilled prophetic portions of the Book of the Revelation and the Book of Daniel, and all other unfulfilled prophecies, as future events in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

All indicators in the Book of the Revelation suggest there will be a global, cashless economy leading up to and during the seven-year Great Tribulation.

You would expect the governments of the world to be trending that way…And they are.

forbes.com posted an article titled, China’s Digital Currency Is About To Disrupt Money

Excerpts:

A lengthy article in The Wall Street Journal titled, China creates its own digital currency, a first for major economy, outlines the likely impact of Beijing’s initiative and the strategic possibilities it offers in terms of avoiding US blockades of its companies, how this will boost its role in international transactions, while allowing it to monitor its economy in real time.

The system offers the Chinese government total control over transactions.

The short and medium-term future is more than clear: we can prepare for a scenario with digital dollars and euros sooner rather than later. More than 60 countries have initiated moves to study the issuance of such currencies.

We now face a situation many thought impossible: the disruption of money. The repercussions will be huge.

Another article reported:

To date, countries that have issued their own cryptocurrencies include Ecuador, China, Senegal, Singapore, Tunisia, though these countries will not be standing alone for long with Estonia, Japan, Palestine, Russia and Sweden looking to launch their own national cryptocurrencies. Some of these countries are likely to take it a step further and replace paper tender altogether with China being one nation that is looking to take one step beyond a virtual and paper version.

Cashless, digital economies are what we expected would emerge…And here they come.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen 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 to 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!

Prophecy Update #654 – Feeling Chipper

These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Many things that are suggested by unfulfilled future prophecies seem to be trending like never before.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to discuss some of those things.

✎ We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news and information.
✎ We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from reading the Bible literally.

We have long pointed to implanted microchips as consistent with the prediction that in the Great Tribulation a “mark” on the hand will be necessary.

Once dismissed as being absurd, microchipping is making a comeback.

Listen to this headline: Pentagon scientists reveal a microchip that senses COVID19 in your body BEFORE you show symptoms.

Excerpts:

The team at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have been working for years on preventing and ending pandemics.

They assess the issues and come up with ingenious solutions, which at times appear more from a science fiction novel than a working laboratory.

One of their recent inventions, they told 60 Minutes on Sunday night, was a microchip which detects COVID infection in an individual before it can become an outbreak.  

The microchip is sure to spark worries among some about a government agency implanting a microchip in a citizen.

Officials who spoke to the 60 Minutes team said the Pentagon isn’t looking to track your every move.

Retired Colonel Matt Hepburn, an army infectious disease physician leading DARPA’s response to the pandemic, showed the 60 Minutes team a tissue-like gel, engineered to continuously test your blood.

“You put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body, and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow,” he explained.

“It’s like a check engine light,” said Hepburn.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9460389/Pentagon-scientists-invent-microchip-senses-COVID-19-body-symptoms.html

Articles regarding other non-contact transactions using the hand or head are abundant. For example, this week “Amazon said it is rolling out biometric technology at its Whole Foods stores around Seattle starting on Wednesday, letting shoppers pay for items with a scan of their palm. The system, called Amazon One, lets customers associate a credit card with their palm print. It offers a contact-less alternative to cash and card payments.”

https://www.reuters.com/technology/amazon-let-whole-foods-shoppers-pay-with-swipe-their-palm-2021-04-21/

COVID19 has accelerated our acceptance of contactless transactions. We are surrendering privacy in favor of what we think is necessary for our health.

These are things you expect to be occurring in the End Times based upon a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely 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 to 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!

Prophecy Update #653 – Hey, Hey, We Are Monkeys!

We focus on Bible prophecy each week, calling it a “Prophecy Update.”

We are considered futurists. We interpret the unfulfilled prophetic portions of the Book of the Revelation and the Book of Daniel, and all other unfulfilled prophecies, as future events in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

In His prophetic sermon we call the Olivet Discourse, Jesus said the End Times would be like the days of Noah.

Jesus specifically referenced the strange marriages in the days of Noah.

In Genesis chapter six we’re told that certain fallen angels were marrying human women.

Their offspring were called Nephilim. They were a race of giants.

The Old Testament talks about giants in many places. For example ten of the Israelite spies reported there were giants in the Promised Land. The giants were so big that they made the spies seem like grasshoppers in comparison. Their fear of these Nephilim is why they refused to enter the land God was giving them.

These giants were not just tall men. At least one is described as being 15 feet tall.

This isn’t giantism. Humans who suffer from giantism are slow, clumsy, uncoordinated, and die relatively young. The giants in the Bible were fierce, agile warriors.

I have to add something even grosser. Extra-biblical literature reports that these fallen angels also mated with animals. It was a terrible time.

It was mainly on account of the corruption of human DNA that God sent the global flood. He spared Noah & company because they were “righteous in their generations.” They had uncorrupted human DNA and would restore the human race.

We should therefore expect tampering with human DNA to become more popular and weirder.

I read an article titled, First part-human, part-monkey embryo created by scientists sparks outcry.

Excerpts:

Researchers have grown human stem cells in monkey embryos to try and better understand how the cells communicate.

Some people are totally against this kind of experimentation and think it could lead the way to “human-nonhuman” creatures.

The controversial embryos were made at the Salk Institute in California. They’re scientifically known as monkey-human chimeras.

Professor Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte led the research. He also worked on the first human-pig hybrid in 2017.

According to the BBC, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the experiment “opens Pandora’s box to human-nonhuman chimeras.”

He said: “These embryos were destroyed at 20 days of development but it is only a matter of time before human-nonhuman chimeras are successfully developed.”

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/tech/2713352/first-human-monkey-embryo-created/

It is beyond being weird and unethical. It’s Noahic.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen 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 to 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!

Prophecy Update #652 – The Face That Launched A Thousand Apps

These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Many things that are suggested by unfulfilled future prophecies seem to be trending like never before.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to discuss some of those things.

✎ We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news and information.
✎ We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from reading the Bible literally.

Believers and nonbelievers are not ignorant about the “Mark of the Beast.” It is introduced in the thirteenth chapter of the Revelation. Here is what we are told: “… all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave… receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and… no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark…” (v16-17).

Strong’s Concordance notes that the word “forehead” comes from the root word, “face.”

John predicted this over 2000 years ago at a time when soldiers were getting paid with salt. He saw technology we take for granted.

Here are a few of the biometric advances that could easily fit John’s vision of the future.

The Mark on the right hand:

#1. Apple is considering tweaking the mechanical aspects of its proposed palm biometrics invention to include contactless sensors. The company received the original patent to its palm-based biometric authentication technology in 2019 and envisioned it for upcoming Apple Watches and other devices.

#2. According to biometricupdate.com, “Palmprint biometric authentication and identification is an attractive alternative to facial recognition technology that is proven to be more accurate, reliable and safe in our new, contactless world.”

The Mark on the forehead (face):

#1. Amazon is planning to join a growing list of major companies that are working to make facial recognition the authentication method of choice. The retailer has filed a patent claim for a method it hopes will enable customers to complete purchases using their faces rather than passwords. The Amazon application shows that the company is working on a system that allows users to capture photos of themselves on their phones or computers and then let Amazon use that as the basis for authentication for transactions. A transaction is authorized using an authentication process that prompts the user to perform an action in view of a camera or sensor. The process identifies the user and verifies that the user requesting the transaction is a living human being. The user is identified using image information which is processed utilizing facial recognition.

#2. US companies are currently using facial recognition for everything from fast food orders to trying on makeup to issuing life insurance policies, and more.

#3. Ford and Intel have teamed up on a project called Project Mobil, in which a dashboard camera uses facial recognition to identify the primary driver of a vehicle or other authorized drivers, such as family members. One use case could be blocking the car from starting if someone other than an authorized driver sits in the driver’s seat. This in-car facial recognition approach can also be used to personalize the driving experience for each driver, calibrating the car’s settings to whoever is driving – such as automatically adjusting the music volume, driver’s seat position, or even vehicle speed.

There are dozens of articles describing the current use of the kind of technology we have been expecting ever since Patmos.

None of this stuff is the Mark of the Beast. The Mark involves voluntarily swearing allegiance to the antichrist in order to be able to go on buying & selling.

You cannot deny that these are things you expect to be occurring in the End Times based upon a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely 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 to 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!

Prophecy Update #651 – Please, Won’t You Betray Your Neighbor

These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Many things that are suggested by unfulfilled future prophecies seem to be trending like never before.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to discuss some of those things.

✎ We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news and information.
✎ We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from reading the Bible literally.

The apostle John received the Revelation of Jesus Christ exiled on the Island of Patmos over 2000 years ago. He saw a future in which those in power would control every aspect of its citizens’ lives. Specifically, John said that people would not be able to buy or sell anything unless they swore allegiance to the leader we know best as Antichrist.

China is presently implementing this control over its citizens & it is frightening.

The latest article I read was titled, How China is building nightmarish surveillance state with cameras checking emotions and tracking ‘social credit’ with AI.

Some of it we’ve already covered in previous updates. If you haven’t heard them, here are two ways China is trending like the Bible predicts:

1. The Communist regime’s nightmare-inducing system involves installing spy cameras in all places and using Artificial Intelligence to calculate a person’s social credit score which will determine rewards or restrictions.

2. The so-called “Sharp Eyes” program aims to cover 100% of all public spaces with cameras. Citizens will have special TV boxes installed in their homes. They can watch live footage and press a button to summon the police if they see anything amiss – with cams available to be viewed on smartphones.

Here are two additional mind-blowing programs:

#1 Predictive policing is another Orwellian innovation – once gain taken right out of science fiction, this time resembling the hit Tom Cruise film Minority Report. Authorities link personal details on the mandatory ID card which people must carry with a huge database of information linked to that person.  The data includes CCTV footage, medical history, supermarket memberships, IP addresses, phone calls, social media usernames, delivery records, residential addresses, and hotel stays. Record of friends or love interests, petitioning to the government and other subversive activity is also monitored.  Basically, the state can record everything people have been up to and draw you to their attention if suspicious activity is predicted.

#2 Biometric surveillance is another sinister development being spearhead by the no-holds-barred Chinese state.  The northwestern region of Xinjiang, the home of the persecuted Uyghurs people, has often been described as the testing ground for this. The pervasive use of biometric surveillance acts means law enforcement can exact total control over the lives of the Uighur population by watching their every move.

Now the tech is used in all places of transport, such as bus, train or subways. Among the Xinjiang tests includes scanning cameras which “read” people’s emotions – identifying whether they might be a threat to the state.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14276151/china-plans-high-tech-streets-spy-cams-inform-neighbours/

None of this stuff is the Mark of the Beast. The Mark is voluntarily swearing allegiance to him in order to be able to go on buying & selling.

You cannot deny that these are things you expect to be occurring in the End Times based upon a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely 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 to 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!

Prophecy Update #650 – Passport Please

These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Many things that are suggested by unfulfilled, future prophecies seem to be trending like never before.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to discuss some of those things.

✎ We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news and information.
✎ We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from reading the Bible literally.

The much-dreaded Mark of the Beast is described in the thirteenth chapter of the Revelation:

Rev 13:16  … all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave… receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
Rev 13:17  and… no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark…
Could the “Mark” involve biometrics – using our own body to identify us, and to transact all our business?

It seems possible, if not likely. We are definitely trending towards secure biometrics. Palm vein scans, retinal scans, implanted chips, could qualify as hand & forehead marks.

The latest articles I read along these lines involve Passports. One was titled, At Dubai airport, travelers’ eyes become their passports.

Excerpts:

The Dubai airport – the world’s busiest for international travel – is rolling out another addition from the realm of science fiction – an iris-scanner that verifies one’s identity and eliminates the need for any human interaction when entering or leaving the country.

It’s the latest Artificial Intelligence program the United Arab Emirates has launched amid the surging coronavirus pandemic, contact-less technology the government promotes as helping to stem the spread of the virus.

In recent years, airports across the world have accelerated their use of time-saving facial recognition technology to move passengers to their flights. But Dubai’s iris scan improves on the more commonplace automated gates seen elsewhere, authorities said, connecting the iris data to the country’s facial recognition databases so the passenger needs no identifying documents or boarding pass.

“The future is coming,” said Major Gen. Obaid Mehayer Bin Suroor, deputy director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs. “Now, all the procedures have become ‘smart,’ around five to six seconds.”

https://techxplore.com/news/2021-03-dubai-airport-eyes-passports.html

Another article was titled, China issues ‘world first’ Covid vaccine passport and plans to accept other countries’ passes in boost for travel.

Excerpts:

The Chinese health certificates show a user’s vaccination status and recent coronavirus test results.

They’re being hailed as the world’s first virus passport, with similar schemes planed in Britain, the US, and the EU.

The QR code-based digital certificate will “promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said: “The pandemic is still with us, but the world economy needs to be restarted and people-to-people exchanges resumed with no more delays.”

It comes as the International Air Travel Association, which represents 290 airlines, is set to launch an app that allows immigration authorities to share travelers’ Covid vaccination data. Singapore Airlines will test run the app on its Singapore to London flights from March 15. Up to 30 more airlines will roll out the app over the next two months.

Denmark and Sweden are among other countries developing their own health passports. 

That is interesting, but here is something else the article mentioned:

In the UK, the government is considering the vaccine passports for pubs and restaurants. They could even be needed to go to the cinema and theatre under plans being pushed by some ministers to help get “dying” businesses open again faster.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14285224/china-issues-world-first-covid-vaccine-passport-and-plans-to-accept-other-countries-passes-soon-in-boost-for-travel/

Here is a similar quote from yet another article:

Last month, Israel rolled out a long-awaited “Green Pass” which allows people who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus to take part in various activities, including cultural and sports events.

French President Emmanuel Macron recently suggested yet another, more localized form of COVID-free permission slip: the so-called “health pass.” This certification would only be valid within France’s borders but would allow a fully vaccinated person to, for example, eat in restaurants and attend certain events.

Travel, dining, and entertainment might all be controlled by some sort of digital pass. It’s obvious such a system would be much simpler, and more secure if biometrics was involved. Your movements and purchases will be surveilled and then controlled according to some mandate.

Right now, it’s COVID19. People are being forced to surrender rights & privacy to “slow the spread.”

Will it all go away after the pandemic? Our own governor, in his state of the state message delivered from an empty Dodger Stadium, said, “When this pandemic ends – and it will end soon – we’re not going back to normal. Normal was never good enough. Normal accepts inequity.”

Biometrics could expand into a full-blown, global social credit system. You might be restricted in buying and selling based on anything a government deems inappropriate. You could, for example, lose social credit points for things like your political affiliations, gun ownership, or religious beliefs. Right now people are being censored by social media.

This is exactly what we have been expecting from our literal, futurist reading of the Bible’s unfulfilled prophecies regarding the End Times.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely 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 to 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!

Prophecy Update #649 – I’ll Pass

These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Many things that are suggested by unfulfilled, future prophecies seem to be trending like never before.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to discuss some of those things.

✎ We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news and information.
✎ We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from reading the Bible literally.

The dreaded Mark of the Beast is described in the thirteenth chapter of the Revelation:

Rev 13:16  … all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave… receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
Rev 13:17  and… no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark…

The possibility of enslaving citizens by some sort of biometric “mark” is fast becoming reality. The technology exists, right now, for everyone to use their fingerprints, or their palm prints, or a vein scan, or a retinal scan, or a wearable device, or an implanted chip, to identify themselves, and conduct all their business.

Owing to the global pandemic, invasive tech solutions are being implemented at a frightening pace. Here is just one report, involving our children.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, second largest in the nation, is issuing bar codes to students using Microsoft’s Daily Pass.

It is an app designed to coordinate health checks, COVID tests, and vaccinations for a safe reopening of schools. Here are a few excerpts from an article about it:

“Daily Pass generates a unique QR code for each student and staff member that authorizes entry to a specific Los Angeles Unified location for that day only, as long as the individual receives a negative test result for COVID, shows no symptoms and has a temperature under 100 degrees,” LAUSD said. “Upon a students arrival to a campus, their QR code is scanned by a Los Angeles Unified school site leader who takes the individual’s temperature.”

“Anonymized data from Daily Pass will be used by the Los Angeles Unified’s research and health care collaborators – Stanford University, UCLA, The Johns Hopkins University, Anthem Blue Cross, HealthNet and Cedars Sinai – to provide insights for strategies to create the safest possible school environment.”

Expect this to come to all California public school districts.

https://californiaglobe.com/fl/lausd-adopts-microsoft-daily-pass-program-bar-coding-kids-for-school-reopening/

Critics of Daily Pass made the following comments:

✏ Sounding like a gross HIPAA violation, as well as a Chinese Communist Party-like “social credit check,” shouldn’t it require parental permission before turning over health data to universities and corporate health insurers?

✏ “The creepy little animated video announcing the program looks and sounds as if George Orwell wrote it.”

✏ “This is some evil, authoritarian insanity. They want kids masked, barcoded and brainwashed,” Dave Rubin posted on twitter.

✏ “This is the way to keep the children in a constant state of fear, and then provide the magic Microsoft bullet allowing them to get back to school.”

✏ “After a full year of lockdowns, are Californians primed to have to ask permission for everything now?”

I’m not saying that Daily Pass is the Mark of the Beast. But it is one step removed from using some sort of biometric identifier to accomplish the same procedure more accurately.

Controlling entrance into buildings… Lack of privacy… Tracking individual behavior… Ignoring established laws, e.g., HIPPA… Promoting fear…

This is exactly what we have been expecting from our literal, futurist reading of the Bible’s unfulfilled prophecies regarding the End Times.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church is imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely 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 to 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!

Prophecy Update #648 – Credit Where Credit Is Due

These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Many things that are suggested by unfulfilled, future prophecies seem to be trending like never before.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to discuss some of those things.

✎ We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news and information.
✎ We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from reading the Bible literally.

The dreaded Mark of the Beast is described in the thirteenth chapter of the Revelation:

Rev 13:16  … all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave… receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
Rev 13:17  and… no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

The possibility of controlling humanity by this “mark” is fast becoming reality. The technology exists, right now, for everyone to use their fingerprints, or their palm prints, or a vein scan, or a retinal scan, or a wearable device, or an implanted chip, to identify themselves, and conduct all their business.

Pretty soon all currency will be digital. YahooFinance posted this:

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen signaled the Biden administration supports research into the viability of a digital dollar, a shift from the lack of enthusiasm shown for the concept under her predecessor, Steven Mnuchin. “It makes sense for central banks to be looking at” issuing sovereign digital currencies, Yellen said.

“This is the most forward-leaning a Treasury secretary has ever been in endorsing a digital dollar,” said Josh Lipsky, director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/yellen-signals-interest-backing-digital-164843289.html

Another source posted an article titled, Russia could become first country to make entire currency DIGITAL.

Digital currency gives governments pretty much total control over their citizens. Especially if it is in conjunction with some kind of social credit system.

What is social credit, you ask? The government tracks everything you do, buy, sell, and say, then rates you on a scale they have developed. You are credited for the things they deem right and good; you are demerited for things they deem wrong and bad. Your score determines where you can go, what you can do, what you can buy… etc.

According to a report recently released, by 2026, the concept of social credit systems will be entirely mainstream in the US and around the world. It’s an assertion that is backed up by a series of reports this week stating that while the US government is not building a social credit system, private
industry is.

Excerpts:

For example, earlier this year, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced that life insurance companies can base premiums on what they find in your social media posts.  If you demonstrate a life lived on the edge, that can cost you; if you show a life of careful and healthy behavior, that might net a reward.

The system used by private companies and tech firms is essentially a black box. The customer can be punished – and, in some cases, cut off from vital access to things like transportation – without ever fully understanding the reason or the basis, and with almost no recourse to protest the decision.

https://www.pymnts.com/economy/2019/rapid-rise-of-social-credit-scores/

The article ends saying, “Whether social credit is good and useful or invasive and creepy, it is coming.  And if the recent data is to be believed, it is coming very, very quickly.”

This is just the kind of control that we expect from a literal, futurist reading of unfulfilled Bible prophecy.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church is imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely happen before the Tribulation.

Jesus will return in the clouds. He will raise the dead in Christ. He will transform the bodies of living believers to 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!

Prophecy Update #647 – Give Me Some Credit

These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Many things that are suggested by unfulfilled, future prophecies seem to be trending like never before.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to discuss some of those things.

✎ We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news and information.
✎ We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from reading the Bible literally.

I want to preface today’s update by reading from the Revelation. In this reading we encounter two characters prominent in the future Great Tribulation:

✎ The person called “he” in this passage refers to a false prophet.
✎ The person called “the Beast” is the man we know more commonly as the antichrist.

Rev 13:14  And he [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…
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.
Rev 13:16  He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,
Rev 13:17  and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

The two things I want to call attention to are the so-called “image of the Beast,” and the announcement “that no one may buy or sell.”

✎ The “image of the Beast” having life sounds like Artificial Intelligence.
✎ The restrictions on buying and selling sound like social credit based on surveillance and other hi-tech.

With all that in mind, here are a few excerpts from an article called, The Coming Social Credit System.

Excerpts:

Beijing’s use of consumer data, biometric information, GPS tracking coordinates, facial recognition, DNA, and other forms of data harvesting has turned, and continues to turn, China into a beast never before seen worldwide, not even under Mao. In China, the tools of surveillance capitalism are employed by the surveillance state to administer the so-called social credit system, which determines who is allowed to buy, sell, and travel, based on their social behavior.

“China is about to become something new: an AI-powered techno-totalitarian state,” writes journalist John Lanchester. “[China] aims to form not only a new kind of state but a new kind of human being, one who has fully internalized the demands of the state and the completeness of its surveillance and control. That internalization is the goal: Agencies of the state will never need to intervene to correct the citizen’s behavior, because the citizen has done it for them in advance.”

He is talking about Beijing’s pioneering use of Artificial Intelligence and other forms of digital data gathering to create a state apparatus that not only monitors all citizens constantly, but also can compel them to behave in ways the state demands without ever deploying the secret police or the threat of gulags (though those exist for the recalcitrant), and without suffering the widespread poverty that was the inevitable product of old-style communism.

China’s social credit system automatically tracks the words and actions, online and off, of every Chinese citizen, and grants rewards or demerits based on obedience. A Chinese who does something socially positive – helping an elderly neighbor with a chore, or listening to a speech of leader Xi Jinping – receives points toward a higher social credit score. On the other hand, one who does something negative – letting his or her dog poop on the sidewalk, for example, or making a snarky comment on social media – suffers a social-credit downgrade. The bottom line: a Chinese citizen cannot participate in the economy or society unless he has the mark of approval from Xi Jinping, the country’s all-powerful leader. In a cashless society, the state has the power to bankrupt dissidents instantly by cutting off access to the internet.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/live-not-by-lies-the-coming-social-credit-system/

That’s an unbiased reporting of facts. The author then gives his personal appraisal: “If you don’t believe that the left – woke capitalists, universities, and other institutions – would jump to implement such a system, as part of a plan to rid the world of racism, of homophobia, of transphobia, of bigoted Christianity, political dissenters, and so forth, you are living in denial. It’s coming, and it’s coming hard.”

This is just the kind of stuff that we expect from a literal, futurist reading of unfulfilled Bible prophecy.

Another article said, “By next year there will be 600 million surveillance cameras in China, roughly one camera for every two citizens.”

It is as if someone in the Chineses government read Revelation 13 and said, “Hey, we can do that!”

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church is imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely happen before the Tribulation.
Jesus will return in the clouds. He will raise the dead in Christ. He will transform the bodies of living believers to 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!