Prophecy Update #716 – Green Trifecta

The only way to make sense of what is happening around the world today is to know what is going to happen tomorrow. God has seen fit to tell us a great many things about the future. There are hundreds of yet-to-be fulfilled prophecies in the Bible.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

To avoid sensationalism, we are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news.

We’re not saying the things we report are the definite fulfillment of prophecy. We’re saying that they are the things you’d expect to be happening in the build-up to the future seven year Great Tribulation.

Students of Bible prophecy have long argued that the government of the Great Tribulation will be some sort of global union, eventually controlled by the antichrist.

Global government means that all the nations of the world must surrender their sovereignty to a collective group of leaders. It isn’t such a crazy idea anymore. It’s happening.

We’ve talked about the World Economic Forum (WEF) many times. It is a group of by-invitation-only elitists who are pressing global governing of the planet.

On their website you can read for yourself, ‘My Carbon’: An approach for inclusive and sustainable cities. The article highlights three developments over the last five years.

✏ One development is what is the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They write, “Advances in emerging technologies like AI, can enable tracking personal carbon emissions, raise awareness and also provide individual advisories on lower carbon and ethical choices for consumption of product and services. There have been major advances in smart home technologies, transport choices with carbon implications, the roll-out of smart meters in providing individual choices to reduce their energy-related emissions, the development of new personalized apps to account for personal emissions, and better personal choices for food and consumption-related emissions.

What they just said is that the technology exists to track your personal carbon emissions with the goal of reducing them. Do you think for a minute that if they have the ability to do so, they would not force you to reduce your carbon footprint? Perhaps by controlling what you can buy and sell based on their tracking?

✏ The second development they present is raised awareness about the climate crisis. “Over 64% of people believe climate change is a global emergency. A new Pew Research Center survey in seventeen advanced economies found widespread concern about the personal impact of global climate change. 80% of citizens say they are willing to change how they live and work to combat the effects of climate change.

Young adults, who have been at the forefront of some of the most prominent climate change protests in recent years, are more concerned than their older counterparts about the personal impact of a warming planet in many public surveys.

What they just said is that the younger generation is convinced that Climate Change is a global crisis that must be addressed by surrender of personal liberties for the greater good.

✏ Then they said this:

“COVID-19 was the test of social responsibility. A huge number of unimaginable restrictions for public health were adopted by billions of citizens across the world. There were numerous examples globally of maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, mass vaccinations and acceptance of contact-tracing applications for public health, which demonstrated the core of individual social responsibility.”

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/09/my-carbon-an-approach-for-inclusive-and-sustainable-cities/

What they just said is that people all over the world can be forced to obey ‘unimaginable restrictions’ of their rights and privacy if they are convinced there is a global crisis that demands it, because they see it as their individual responsibility to the planet.

One editorialist wrote, “The trifecta is government power combined with technology combined with brainwashing young people.”

Climate Change may well be the issue that will lead the nations of the world to surrender their sovereignty to a global government with the goal of saving the planet.

BTW: I should mention that I am not really talking about climate change, per se. I am not saying that it is real, or that it is manufactured. That’s why I’m not telling you about the just released study by a group of Italian scientists that concluded, “There’s a lack of scientific data to support the view that the world is currently experiencing a climate crisis.”

https://thenewamerican.com/italian-scientists-climate-crisis-is-not-evident-yet/

Centuries ago, the Bible predicted the Last Day’s global government. Using climate change, pandemics, and other disasters, real or imagined, the push towards globalism is on. It is exactly what we expected.

We are witnessing the stage-setting for the seven year Great Tribulation that is described in the last book of the Bible. We will not, however, be on Earth during that terrible Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

The resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it.

Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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 #715 – The Big Chill

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding unfulfilled Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.

We’re not saying the things we report are the definite fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect to be happening in build-up to the future seven year Great Tribulation.

Students of Bible prophecy have long argued that the government of the Great Tribulation will be some sort of global union, eventually controlled by the antichrist.

Climate change maybe the issue that will lead the nations of the world to surrender their sovereignty to a global government with the goal of saving the planet. If the dire predictions regarding climate change are true, then we find ourselves in a do or die moment in which we either come together as a planet or face extinction.

BTW: I should mention that I am not really talking about climate change, per se. I am not saying that it is real, or that it is manufactured. I am only saying that it has the potential to tilt the world towards and into globalism.

I read an article this week titled, The UN Tells the EU That Green Energy Goals Are Worth Freezing to Death Over.

Excerpts:

As part of ongoing efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, the European Union (EU) adopted plans intended to lower the continent’s reliance on carbon-producing energy.

Under its current framework, by the end of the decade, the EU seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from what they were in 1990. It further pledges to make the continent carbon neutral by 2050. To achieve these goals, the EU has mandated that countries make certain changes. In June, it passed a resolution that would ban all sales of cars with internal combustion engines by 2035. Many nations have also been phasing out coal-fired power plants that produce a disproportionate amount of global carbon emissions.

https://reason.com/2022/09/13/the-u-n-tells-the-e-u-that-green-energy-goals-are-worth-freezing-to-death-over/

There is a problem. The EU is facing an energy crisis. To answer the problem, European governments are spending at least $50 billion on imports of coal and natural gas, and reactivating shuttered coal plants.

The UN wants them to stay the course towards reducing carbon emissions. Their counsel is, to be blunt, let people in Europe freeze this winter, staying on track to save the planet.

A UN commissioner said,

In the face of soaring energy prices which threaten to impact the most vulnerable as winter approaches, some EU member States are turning to investments in fossil fuels infrastructure and supplies. While that impulse is understandable, I urge the EU and its member States to consider the long-term consequences of locking in more fossil fuel infrastructure. It is essential to accelerate the development of energy efficiency projects and renewables. There is no room for backtracking in the face of the ongoing climate crisis.

If people have to die as result of carbon energy policies, so be it. We have to save the planet.

If you think I’m exaggerating, research what is going on in Sri Lanka.

Environmentalists convinced the government to immediately cease using non-organic fertilizer. Their president banned all synthetic fertilizers. Farmers were forced to go all organic overnight. Food production is down as much as 50%, while food costs increased by 80%. Farmers say that Sri Lankans are going to starve to death.

Michael Shellenberger, formerly a top environmental activist, points out that if we used all organic fertilizer, the earth could support a population of 3 billion. There are currently 8 billion on the planet now. I don’t think it’s going to far, at this point, to say that many are willing to allow more than half the global population starve.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE5TrVEGP20

Centuries ago, the Bible predicted a global government. Using climate change, pandemics, and other disasters, real or imagined, the push towards globalism is on. It is exactly what we expected.

We are witnessing the stage-setting for the seven year Great Tribulation that is described in the last book of the Bible. We will not, however, be on Earth during that terrible Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

The resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it.

Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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 #714 – The 66° Of 666

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding unfulfilled Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.

We’re not saying the things we report are the definite fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect to be happening in build-up to the future seven year Great Tribulation.

One thing is clear from reading the Revelation: The government of the Great Tribulation will be totalitarian. The world leader we commonly call the antichrist will utilize a surveillance society in which no one will be able to transact any business without having a personal identifier connected to a global system of commerce.

Once that happens, human rights and freedoms will be a thing of the past. The government will dictate everything about your life.

I know – it sounds as if we are whacked-out conspiracy theorists. We’re not. The control we are suggesting is what many in world leadership are openly advocating. They are using the need to address Climate Change as an overriding, global problem that overshadows any loss of personal freedoms.

Thus we have what I’m calling, “Thermostat Wars.” An article posted last week was titled, Switzerland might jail anyone who heats rooms above 66°F.

Excerpts:

Switzerland is considering putting anyone who heats their rooms above 66° in jail for up to three years. It would only happen if Switzerland is forced to ration gas because of the Russia-Ukraine war. Fines could also be handed out for violators.
Markus Sporndli, a spokesman for the Federal Department of Finance, said the rate for fines on a daily basis could start at 30 Swiss Francs ($30). He added that the maximum fine could be up to 3000 Swiss Francs (over $4,000).

https://torontosun.com/news/say-what-switzerland-might-jail-anyone-who-heats-rooms-above-19c

Closer to home, Colorado utility company locks 22,000 thermostats in 90° weather due to ‘energy emergency.’

Excerpts:

Thousands of utility company customers in Colorado were locked out of changing their thermostats due to an “energy emergency,” sparking outrage that spilled onto social media. Tony Talarico, an Xcel Energy customer in Arvada, Colorado, told KMGH-TV that he attempted to turn up the air conditioning as temperatures creeped into the 90s on Tuesday but was greeted with a message from this thermostat declaring an “energy emergency” and prevented from turning the dial. 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/colorado-utility-company-locks-22000-thermostats-in-90-degree-weather-due-energy-emergency

In all fairness, those affected had signed-up for the program, and received a monetary credit on their bills.

The latest smart thermostats feature on demand response and can reduce energy use at peak times of consumption, pricing, and carbon emissions.

Spain has set strict limits on air conditioning in shops and other venues, requiring business and various buildings to keep their thermostats anywhere from 60° to 80° degrees Fahrenheit – despite the fact that the country is enduring a heatwave.

In addition to cutting back on air conditioning, Spain has proposed ministers, public officials, and private sector employees stop wearing neckties during hot summer months to keep cool.

Here is something less comical. The United Nations Human Rights Council says, “Climate change is an urgent global problem requiring a global solution.” The Council called for international cooperation to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) “in order to support national efforts for the realization of human rights affected by climate change related impact.”

It sounds like the UN is in favor of human rights.

They are, but they define “human rights” globally.

For example, concerning the right to life, they say, “In order to uphold the right to life, States must take effective measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change and prevent foreseeable loss of life.” In other words, because they see Climate Change as the #1 priority, you are violating someone else’s right to life if you will not submit to a global authority that decides how you live.

https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Issues/ClimateChange/COP21.pdf

I’m not really talking about Climate Change. We can agree to disagree on it.

I’m talking about the rapid movement of the nations of the world to give up their sovereignty to a global government. It is what the Bible said would exist in the Great Tribulation. We therefore expect to see it being implemented… And it is.

We are witnessing the stage-setting for the seven year Great Tribulation that is described in the last book of the Bible. We will not, however, be on Earth during that terrible Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

The resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it.

Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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 #713 – Seeing Is Controlling

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding unfulfilled Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.

We’re not saying the things we report are the definite fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect to be happening in build-up to the future seven year Great Tribulation.

One thing is clear from reading the Revelation: The government of the Great Tribulation will be totalitarian. The world leader we commonly call the antichrist will establish a surveillance society in which no one will be able to transact any business without being connected to a global system of commerce.

Let’s talk surveillance. One article I read reported the following about China:

In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station.

In Qingdao, cameras powered by artificial intelligence helped the police snatch two dozen criminal suspects in the midst of a big annual beer festival.

In Wuhu, a fugitive murder suspect was identified by a camera as he bought food from a street vendor.

With millions of cameras and billions of lines of code, China is building a high-tech authoritarian future. Beijing is embracing technologies like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to identify and track 1.4 billion people. It wants to assemble a vast and unprecedented national surveillance system, with crucial help from its thriving technology industry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/business/china-surveillance-technology.html

France has begun to employ AI drones to spy on citizens:

AI software learned how to spot pools on aerial images of nine French departments during a trial run last year, which were then cross-checked with land registry databases.

Since pools boost property values, they usually lead to higher property and residency taxes – unless the owner neglects to notify tax authorities.

Private pool sales had already been booming in France before the Covid pandemic, which saw a surge in installations as millions of employees began working from home more often.

In the nine test departments, the software detected more than 20,000 pools, which led to the collection of some 10 million euros in tax revenue last year.
The DGFiP public finances authority said the program would now be rolled out nationwide, potentially leading to 40 million euros in new levies in 2023.

It could also eventually be used to find undeclared home extensions, patios or gazebos, which are also used to factor property taxes, the authority said.

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220829-france-taxman-deploys-ai-spy-to-spot-hidden-swimming-pools

Another article:

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ has announced his own nightmarish endeavor: a doorbell which can identify you by your scent, skin texture, fingerprints, eyes, voice, walk, and more. 

While Amazon acquired the doorbell camera company Ring in 2018 – which originally functioned as a standard doorbell and security camera – it has recently registered 17 new patents for the service. Based on the patents, the service may soon be able to identify “suspicious” people by recognizing numerous details about them using biometric-recognition softwares.

The patents depict a system where every Ring product in a neighborhood is synced together, so that they can work together to create composite images of “suspicious” people and can lock all neighborhood doors if one is spotted. 

One patent in particular mentions a “neighborhood alert system”, where users can send photos and videos to other neighbors when something annoying or nerve wracking occurs – prompting surrounding doorbell cameras to start recording. From this, the app will piece together “a series of ‘storyboard’ images for activity taking place across the fields of view of multiple cameras.”

https://www.dazeddigital.com/science-tech/article/55089/1/amazon-s-dystopian-surveillance-cameras-can-identify-you-by-skin-and-scent

One more:

Singapore has trialled patrol robots that blast warnings at people engaging in “undesirable social behavior,” adding to an arsenal of surveillance technology in the tightly controlled city-state that is fueling privacy concerns.

From vast numbers of CCTV cameras to trials of lampposts kitted out with facial recognition tech, Singapore is seeing an explosion of tools to track its inhabitants.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/06/dystopian-world-singapore-patrol-robots-stoke-fears-of-surveillance-state

We are witnessing the stage-setting for the seven year Great Tribulation that is described in the last book of the Bible. We will not, however, be on Earth during that terrible Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

The resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it.

Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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 #712 – We Are The World, We Were Your Children

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible. We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding unfulfilled Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.

We’re not saying the things we report are the definite fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect by holding a Bible in one hand, and a newspaper in the other.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an international lobbying organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded in 1971 by German engineer and economist Klaus Schwab. The Forum insists that a globalized world is best managed by a self-selected coalition of multinational corporations, governments and civil society organizations. Its ideals are captured in slogans, e.g., “The Great Reset,” and “The Global Redesign.” It sees periods of global instability – such as the financial crisis of 2007 – 2008 and the COVID-19 pandemic – as windows of opportunity to further its agenda.

A one-world, global government, is predicted in the Revelation. You’d expect a hard push in that direction. The WEF is out in the open, pushing hard, with some of the wealthiest, most powerful people lending their muscle.

I was sent an article by one of you, titled, World Economic Forum Recommends Humans Become Cyborgs, Implant Brain Chips: There Are ‘Solid, Rational’ Reasons For Children To Be Microchipped.

Excerpts:

The World Economic Forum is promoting “augmentation technology” to morph humans into cyborgs and recommends children be implanted with brain chips.
The brain chips will not only improve health by eradicating impairments like learning disabilities and depression, but pave the way for humans to attain superhuman capacities, contends an August 16 article published on the WEF website.

Children would benefit from developing ultra sensory perception, the article argues.

According to author Kathleen Philips, “while superheroes have been dominating big and small screens for a while,” nowadays, “many children expect to develop superpowers themselves.”

Suggesting implant technology has the potential to deliver such “superpowers,” she argued, “Technology has always had the potential to transform society and improve our daily and professional lives” – and augmentation technology is no exception.

Phillips surmises an “augmented society” is inevitable and points to global elites who are are establishing a monopoly over brain implants to “ethically” regulate the technology that soon be pervasive across the globe.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/08/world-economic-forum-recommends-humans-become-cyborgs-implant-brain-chips-solid-rational-reasons-children-microchipped/

This sounds like a precursor to everyone being ‘marked’ in some way just as the Book of the Revelation predicted in the late first century.

Global, totalitarian government, enforced by technology, is moving rapidly forward.

We are witnessing the stage-setting for the seven year Great Tribulation that is described in the last book of the Bible. We will not, however, be on Earth during that terrible Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

The resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it.

Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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 #711 – Pour Me Another Round

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding unfulfilled Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.

We’re not saying the things we report are the definite fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect by holding a Bible in one hand, and a newspaper in the other.

One of the most outrageous predictions found in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ has to do with an “image” that “comes to life.” I best read it to you, but first we need to meet two people:

In the Revelation, the world leader we commonly call the antichrist is called the Beast. In the passage I’m going to read, he is the First Beast.
The antichrist has an associate who is a false prophet capable of doing signs and wonder. He is called the Second Beast.

Rev 13:11  Then I saw [a second] beast coming up out of the earth…
Rev 13:12  And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast…
Rev 13:13  He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
Rev 13:14  And he 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.

Until very recently, futurists had almost no idea what this image might be, or how it could be given breath, or how it kill anyone who won’t worship it.

Today it isn’t so difficult to see this as a form of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI). By “advanced” I mean sentient.

Here are a few excerpts from the latest postings by AI News.

Chess robot breaks child’s finger after premature move.

Arobot went rogue at a Moscow chess tournament and broke a kid’s finger after he made a move prematurely. 

The robot, which uses AI to play three chess games at once, grabbed and pinched the child’s finger. Unfortunately, despite several people rushing to help, the robot broke the kid’s finger.

There are certain safety rules and the child, apparently, violated them. When he made his move, he did not realize he first had to wait.

A study in 2015 found that one person is killed each year by an industrial robot in the US alone.
As robots become ever more prevalent in our work and personal lives; that number is likely to increase.

US federal court upholds ruling that AIs can patent inventions.

Dr. Stephen Thaler, the founder of Imagination Engines, created a device called DABUS that consists of neural networks. DABUS was used to invent an emergency warning light, a food container that improves grip and heat transfer, and more.

In August 2021, a federal court in Australia ruled that AI systems can be credited as inventors under patent law. (Another court reversed the decision; the fight continues).

OpenAI’s GPT-3 is a convincing philosopher.

GPT-3 is a powerful autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text. Eric Schwitzgebel, Anna Strasser, and Matthew Crosby set out to find out whether GPT-3 can replicate a human philosopher.

GPT-3 [was] able to convince most people – including experts in around half or more cases – that it’s a human philosopher.

“We might be approaching a future in which machine outputs are sufficiently humanlike that ordinary people start to attribute real sentience to machines,” theorizes Schwitzgebel.

AI learns how to play Minecraft by watching videos.

Video PreTraining (VPT) paves the path toward allowing agents to learn to act by watching the vast numbers of videos on the internet.

https://www.artificialintelligence-news.com/artificial-intelligence-news/

Then there is this: The ‘Bartending Robot for Interactive Long-Lasting Operations,’ also known as BRILLO, has been developed by AI researchers at the University of Naples. In addition to recognizing customers and their beverage of choice by their face biometrics and speaking like a person, BRILLO can make small talk, ask questions based on what customers say, and even repeat jokes.

BRILLO mixes cocktails and pour drinks with two mechanical arms.

Biometric bartender can tell if you want to talk about the weather or just be left alone

AI is everywhere. It’s getting faster, smarter, indistinguishable from humans, and (maybe) sentient.

There is a small, overlooked detail in the passage from the Revelation. It says that the Second Beast will tell, “those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast.”

AI learns by interacting with humans. You could say that humans make AI what it is.

I’m not saying that AI will definitely power the image. I’m saying this is the kind of tech advance you expect from reading the Bible.

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 Tribulation.

Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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 #710 – ChatBot3

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding unfulfilled Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.

We’re not saying the things we report are the definite fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect by holding a Bible in one hand, and a newspaper in the other.

One of the most outrageous predictions found in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ has to do with a “statue” that “comes to life.” I best read it to you, but first we need to meet two people:

In the Revelation, the world leader we commonly call the antichrist is called the Beast. In the passage I’m going to read, he is the First Beast.
The antichrist has an associate who is a false prophet capable of doing signs and wonder. He is called the Second Beast.

Rev 13:11  Then I saw [a second] beast coming up out of the earth…
Rev 13:12  And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast…
Rev 13:13  He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
Rev 13:14  And he 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.

Until very recently, futurists had almost no idea what this image might be, or how it could be given breath, or how it kill anyone who won’t worship it.

Today it isn’t so difficult to see this as a form of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI). By “advanced” I mean sentient.

The article I’m going to quote from today is pretty comical. It seems harmless enough. But it is a form of AI that is already uncontrollable, with what we might call, ‘A mind of its own.’

The title of the article is, Facebook’s new AI can tell lies and insult you – so don’t trust it, warns company.

Excerpts:

Meta’s BlenderBot3 chatbot has been released to the public for users in the US to try out. The company claims that its AI can search the internet and ‘chat about nearly any topic.’ It’s even been given the ability to self-improve and learn how to communicate better through conversation with humans.

However, while the bot is designed to help Meta make better AI-based conversational systems, the tech giant has also admitted that it has a few behavioral problems.
In an FAQ about the bot, Meta said: “Users should be aware that despite our best attempts to reduce such issues, the bot may be inappropriate, rude, or make untrue or contradictory statements.

Meta goes on to say, “The bot’s comments are not representative of Meta’s views as a company, and should not be relied on for factual information, including but not limited to medical, legal, or financial advice.”

The company added that it has worked to minimize how much the bot uses swear words, insulting languages or culturally insensitive phrases.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/tech/news/facebooks-new-ai-can-tell-27687680

They don’t mention it in the article, but when asked about FB founder Mark Zuckerberg, BlenderBot3 says he is “creepy.”

There is a small, overlooked detail in the passage from the Revelation. It says that the Second Beast will tell, “those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast.”

AI, like ChatBot3, learns by interacting with humans. You could say that humans make AI what it is.

I’m not saying that AI will definitely power the image. I’m saying this is the kind of tech advance you expect from reading the Bible.

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 Tribulation.

Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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 #709 – Biometric News Roundup

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding unfulfilled Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.

We’re not saying the things we report are the definite fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect by holding a Bible in one hand, and a newspaper in the other.

Bible futurists have long understood that, in the Last Days and going into the Great Tribulation, there would be a global system of personal identification. It involves what the apostle John described as a “mark” on the hand, or on the forehead.

It sounds a lot like biometrics, which is defined as, “physical or behavioral human characteristics that can be used to digitally identify a person to grant access to systems, devices, or data.”

Three-and-one-half years into the Tribulation, the man Revelation calls the Beast will demand everyone swear allegiance to him. Since everyone is identified and linked to the system, refusal will mean being cut-off from participating in society. A person won’t be able to buy or sell anything.

We therefore expect a global push towards greater-and-greater biometric commerce. We see it everywhere. I’ll summarize a few of the articles I consulted.

#1 France has a health card called Carte Vitale, which allows those registered in the country’s health system to get reimbursements for medical costs. New legislation will add biometrics to it. The card will have a chip that contains physical characteristics of the insured, such as their fingerprints, to enable identity verification.

#2 School board officials in Marion County, West Virginia, have approved piloting a facial recognition security system. The live facial recognition technology is supposedly to help with “threat detection” and “visitor management” in schools.

#3 Microsoft has announced a five-year partnership with the National Australia Bank (NAB) to develop and invest in NAB’s and Bank of New Zealand’s multi-cloud technology. The two organizations are looking into ways of identifying customers using facial recognition.

#4 The UK is working on facial recognition technology for border screening, under a broader effort dubbed “Permission to Travel.” The idea is to have contactless border screening. Once the technology is implemented, people traveling to the UK, including those from EU countries, will be required to upload a selfie on the Home Office’s website. On arrival at a border checkpoint, their face will be scanned for identity verification. The technology eliminates the need to interact with a border officer.

It is no longer far-fetched to envision a global, digital system by which everyone in the world transacts all of their business. It is only a matter of when it will be implemented.

It will effect everything you purchase. If governments are successful in their efforts to eliminate cash, its citizens will be subject to their complete control. What you eat, where you live, where you can or cannot go, will all be controlled by the government.

One reporter envisioned the following scenario. “It’s 2027. The Health Ministry locks your phone because you criticized a state policy in a private call. Your thermostat is also locked at 78 degrees. An email arrives indicating Travel Permission is denied to visit your dying mom.”

Biometric technologies are not the Mark of the Beast. But they are, quite obviously, setting the stage.

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 Tribulation.

Jesus will come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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 #708 – Beast Breath

Ron Rhodes said, “The importance of eschatology is found in the fact that about 25% of divine revelation was prophetic when originally written. In other words, one out of four verses in the Bible are prophetic in nature.”

We reserve a few minutes to discuss current trends that you’d expect from reading Bible prophecy.

We are futurists. We interpret the unfulfilled End Times prophecies as future events that will occur 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 phenomena the Bible predicts. All of these are increasingly trending in the news.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) might have a role in the future Great Tribulation. It could, for example, power the Image of the Beast.

In the Revelation we are introduced to an associate of the antichrist. Then we read that he tells “those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the [antichrist]. 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. 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, 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” (13:14-17).

Will AI “give breath to the Image of the Beast” and function like a Terminator?

AI is getting spooky. Many top minds have been sounding a warning for some time regarding AI becoming sentient and having a will of its own.

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt compared AI to nuclear weapons and called for a deterrence regime similar to the mutually-assured destruction that keeps the world’s most powerful countries from destroying each other.

Schmidt talked about the dangers of AI at the Aspen Security Forum at a panel on national security and artificial intelligence on July 22. While fielding a question about the value of morality in tech, Schmidt explained that he had been naive about the power of information in the early days of Google. He then called for tech to be better in line with the ethics and morals of the people it serves and made a comparison between AI and nuclear weapons.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/3adbwy/eric-schmidt-thinks-ai-is-as-powerful-as-nukes

Meanwhile, Google has fired Blake Lemoine, the engineer who said he believes the company’s LaMDA conversational technology is already sentient. 

Research lab OpenAI’s top scientist Ilya Sutskever has claimed the largest neural networks may already be developing consciousness. OpenAI was founded in December 2015.

Elon Musk, along with Sutskever, was one of the original founders and participated in the company’s early days out of his concern for the potential threat AI poses to humanity. Musk has warned that “we need to be super careful with AI as they are potentially more dangerous than nukes.”

Sukskever’s role as the top scientist at one of the leading AI firms gives him an insight that few others have. If he really was being literal in his estimation, it is truly an ominous one. The fact that many experts believe AI consciousness is a ways off is also an indication the industry still lacks the necessary safeguards to prevent Musk’s fears from coming true.

https://www.slashgear.com/768203/scientists-just-gave-an-ominous-warning-about-artificial-intelligence/

They have coined a new name for sentient AI. They call them Soul Machines.

We are not saying that AI will definitely fulfill the prophecy of giving “breath” to the Image of the Beast. But you can see how it could, or at least that it is a precursor.

AI is something expected by futurists like ourselves.

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 #707 – Beast One

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.

A futurist expects the remaining, unfulfilled End Times prophecies to be fulfilled in the future. They are not allegories, or merely ‘apocalyptic’ literature meant to inspire. The Book of the Revelation is mostly unfulfilled prophecy. There will be a seven-year Great Tribulation, featuring a global leader commonly called the antichrist.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. There is a lot of sensationalism surrounding Bible prophecy, and we don’t want to add to it.

We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect in light of the Bible’s unfulfilled prophecies.

Let’s say you are in Southern California, having your morning devotions. Because it promises you a special blessing, you are reading the Revelation of Jesus Christ. You read this infamous passage:

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.

Later that day, you stop in at Whole Foods. You’re checking out, and you see that they are using Amazon One. What is it? It is a contactless payment system that scans your palm. You simply wave your palm across the scanner and one second later, you’re done.

You want to know more about it. You go to one.amazon.com. You read, “Meet Amazon One, the fast, convenient, contactless identity service that uses your palm – just hover to enter, identify, and pay.”

“Our goal is to unlock your world by giving you the freedom to pay, enter, and identify with nothing but your palm.”

“Amazon One uses the information embedded in your palm to create a unique palm signature that it can read each and every time you use it.”

You can peruse the site to find many California locations where you can enroll & begin to shop with your palm, e.g. in Mission Viejo.

Is Amazon One the Mark of the Beast? No. The Mark of the Beast involves technology AND swearing absolute allegiance to the Antichrist.

But reading the Revelation as futurists, we expect technology that will allow everyone on Earth to conduct all business utilizing their hand or forehead.

It is becoming more popular among Christians to approach unfulfilled prophecies as either already fulfilled, or as allegories that mean different things to different people in history.

The world is trending exactly as futurists expect.

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 come, in the clouds, and raise the dead believers of the Church Age. He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies. We will 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!