Prophecy Update #699 – One Card To Rule Them All

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 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.

May 17, cnbc.com, Mastercard launches tech that lets you pay with your face or hand in stores.

Excerpts:

Mastercard is piloting new technology that lets shoppers make payments with just their face or hand at the checkout point.
At checkout, users will be able to authenticate their payment by showing their face or the palm of their hand instead of swiping their card.

The program has already gone live in five grocery stores in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mastercard says it plans to roll it out globally later this year.

Mastercard says it plans to bring the program to the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia at a later date. In the long run, Mastercard’s vision is to make the tech “globally interoperable,” Bhalla said. “So once you’ve stored your credentials, you could use this anywhere.”[1]https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/17/mastercard-launches-tech-that-lets-you-pay-with-your-face-or-hand.html

Two-thousand plus years ago, the apostle John wrote about the future. He saw “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave… 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 (Revelation 13:16-17).

Furthermore, if you refuse to participate, it will be a capital offense carrying the death penalty.

Here is an excerpt from another article:

Klaus Schwab predicts brain microchips are fast becoming a reality. The Great Reset leader and World Economic Forum executive chairman, predicts Big Tech firms will increasingly pursue implanted microchips and other “transhumanist” technologies.

In a recently uncovered 2016 video Schwab openly admits he is a fan of the technology. He even claims brain chips will be extensively used “certainly in the next 10 years” to combine the physical, digital, and biological world.

“At first we will implant them in our clothes. We could imagine that we will implant them in our brain, or in our skin. In the end, maybe there will be a direct communication between our brains and the digital world.”[2]https://thebl.com/us-news/people-of-future-will-have-microchips-implanted-in-their-brains-says-world-economic-forum-boss.html

Then there is this. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla introduced their “ingestible pills” – a pill with a tiny chip that send a wireless signal to relevant authorities when the pharmaceutical has been digested. “Imagine the compliance,” he commented.

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!

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/17/mastercard-launches-tech-that-lets-you-pay-with-your-face-or-hand.html
2 https://thebl.com/us-news/people-of-future-will-have-microchips-implanted-in-their-brains-says-world-economic-forum-boss.html

Prophecy Update #698 – Take Your Stinking Hands Off Me, You Dumb Human

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 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.

In His prophetic sermon we call the Olivet Discourse, Jesus said the End Times would be like it was in the Days of Noah. Jesus specifically referenced the strange marriages in the days of Noah.

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

Their offspring were called Nephilim. They were a race of giants. These pairings were altering human DNA

Noah is described as a just man, and perfect in his generations. “Perfect” does not mean sinless, but complete or whole. It refers to health and physical condition. From this we infer that Noah was chosen to carry on and to restart humanity after the flood, because his genetic blood line and ancestry were 100% human.

We expect a trend towards altering DNA…and we see it as we search the news.

Renowned evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup coined the term ‘humanzee’ which refers to a human-chimp crossbreed – a scientifically possible hybridization which was attempted throughout the 20th century.

(Gallup also coined what would be the appropriate terms to refer to human-gorilla hybrids and human-orangutan hybrids which would be a ‘hurilla’ and a ‘hurang’).

A human-chimpanzee hybrid was born in a Florida lab 100 years ago before being killed by panicked doctors. “They inseminated a female chimpanzee with human semen from an undisclosed donor and claimed not only that pregnancy occurred but the pregnancy went full term and resulted in a live birth. But in the matter of days, or a few weeks, they began to consider the moral and ethical considerations and the hybrid was euthanized.”

A part-human, part monkey embryo was created in 2021 by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California with the hopes of using them to grow stem cells.

Meanwhile, Chinese scientists also claim to have grown human-monkey hybrid embryos, which could be used to harvest transplant organs.

And late last year, German and Japanese scientists also spliced human cells into monkey brains in an experiment similar to the hit movie series, Planet of the Apes.

The latest article I read was titled, The secret laboratory project to breed man-ape ‘humanzee’ super soldiers. It reports there is a team working in a lab in China where there are fewer legal issues.

If it hasn’t happened yet, it will. It is expected by futurists reading prophecy.

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 #697 – Bodies And Souls

Joel Rosenberg writes, “God has not given us Bible prophecy to scare us but to prepare us.”

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 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.

We haven’t talked about human trafficking. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines it, the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.

According to a September 2017 report from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation:

An estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery.

Of these, 16 million (64%) were exploited for labor, 4.8 million (19%) were sexually exploited, and 4.1 million (17%) were exploited in state-imposed forced labor.

Forced labor takes place in many different industries:

Of the 16 million trafficking victims exploited for labor.
7.5 million (47%) forced labor victims work in construction, manufacturing, mining, or hospitality.
3.8 million (24%) forced labor victims are domestic workers.
1.7 million (11%) forced labor victims work in agriculture. 

The breakdown of men, women, and children is:

71% of trafficking victims around the world are women and girls.

29% are men and boys.

15.4 million victims (75%) are aged 18 or older, with the number of children under the age of 18 estimated at 5.5 million (25%).

Reading the Bible as a futurist, you expect this “new slavery” (as some call it) to be increasing worldwide.

You expect it because in the Revelation of Jesus Christ there is a list of commodities that characterize the economy of the future Great Tribulation.

It lists the following: “merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men” (18:12-13). That’s trafficking.

You’ve heard of ‘preppers,’ right? They are stocking up, getting ready for a catastrophe. There’s nothing wrong with it. Like Scar said in The Lion King, “Be prepared!”

The devil is something of a prepper.

He is preparing Earth for the antichrist’s global government. Trafficking the bodies and souls of human beings is one thing he is establishing going into that awful time.

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 #696 – Chips Ahead

I came across this quote: “Because the Bible is the only book which gives us an accurate forecast of the future, we must turn to its pages in order that we may be delivered from inexcusable ignorance in the present and be prepared as God unfolds His prophetic program.”

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 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.

I can give you an example of what we mean. In the last book of the Bible, the Book of the Revelation, there is a passage that describes a future world-leader. We know him most commonly as the antichrist. Working with him is a guy called the False Prophet.

In the Revelation we read, “[The false prophet] 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” (13:16-17).

I put my Bible down, go to the internet, and I discover an article titled, The microchip implants that let you pay with your hand.

Excerpts:

A tech company is rolling out a microchip that can be implanted in people’s hands with the goal of making contactless payments easier.

London-based Walletmor said the chip will work with the Purewrist app, a digital wallet.

After downloading the app, users will go to a specialist to have a chip installed in their hands that would act in conjunction with the app and businesses that use the app.  Once users are completely set up with the microchip and app, they can make payments using the funds in their accounts. 

https://www.fox5ny.com/news/hand-implanted-microchip-could-be-used-for-contactless-payments

A companion article was titled, Swedish company showcases microchip that can download COVID19 passport status.

Excerpts:

Microchip technology introduced in recent years by the Stockholm-based startup, Epicenter, is being presented as a means to store one’s COVID19 vaccine passport under the skin, according to a video from the South China Post that went viral.

The firm has showcased an implant capable of storing a COVID passport that can then be read by any device using the near-field communication (NFC) protocol, according to the video.

https://www.fox5dc.com/news/swedish-company-showcases-microchip-that-can-download-covid-19-passport-status

Doesn’t the news sound a great deal like the prophecy in the Revelation? Do you not find it amazing that the Bible could predict the possibility of global commerce with contactless payment?

Combine this technology, or some other biometric technology, with the digital dollar and the government will be able to control everything about you.

If the government wants you to go green, they could shut-off your ability to purchase fuel.
If they mandate a vaccine, they could restrict you enough to comply.
If they want to redistribute our wealth, it would require only a push of the button.

The apostle John saw all this.

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 #695 – Crispr Critters

Tim La Haye once said, “Prophecy is not so difficult that we can’t understand it, or else God would not have put it into Scripture. There has never been a more urgent time when God’s people have needed to know His wonderful plan for the future, and it can be found in the one book that tells us the truth about eternity – the 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 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.

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 angels mating with human females were able to affect and alter human DNA to produce this weird race. It was an attempt to destroy humanity at a genetic level.

We are told that Noah was “a just man, and perfect in his generations.” The word “perfect” does not mean sinless, but complete or whole. It is used to describe health and physical condition.  From this we infer that Noah was chosen to carry on and to restart humanity after the flood, because his genetic blood line and ancestry were 100% human.

We should expect a trend towards the manipulation of DNA that will alter
what it means to be human.

We have previously discussed the gene-editing tool known as Crispr that allows researchers to make precise changes to almost any element of DNA, permanently altering cellular biochemistry. It could help treat tens of thousands of diseases linked to variations in a single gene and lead to the creation of better antibiotics. The latest advancement is called prime editing and is more accurate than older Crispr methods.

Sounds great. It isn’t. Listen to these quotes from secular sources:

“A [big] concern is the prospect of editing germ-line cells, so that altered DNA gets passed on to future generations, forever changing our collective human genome.”

“Bioethicists warn the biggest risks from Crispr and other gene-editing techniques won’t be unfortunate physical side effects, but cultural risks of another kind entirely, as the technology could irreversibly alter our experience of being human… The risks are staggering, and probably beyond our capacity even to imagine.”

“As science advances, biologists may well learn how to use gene editing to improve traits like intelligence, beauty and physical endurance, even though these depend on many genes, not just one. This could forever change the relationship between parents and their children, who might become more like manufactured products, their character shaped entirely by parental choice, subject to pressures of fashion and marketing. The best such technology won’t be cheap, and it would likely increase the gap between haves and have-nots.”

“This is the threat posed by technology that is capable of rapidly changing the human genome.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2019/11/26/commentary/world-commentary/gene-editing-might-alter-dna-destroy-humanity/

We aren’t predicting anything. We are pointing out that what Jesus predicted about the Days of Noah is exactly what we see trending in the world.
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 #694 – The New World Oppression

Andy Coticchio writes, “Why study prophecy? Because it is in the Bible. The better question to ask is why not study prophecy.”

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 that will occur in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

The last book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, very definitely predicts global government during the Great Tribulation. It is sometimes described as a One World government or the New World Order. That last phrase has long been attributed to fringe conspiracy theorists. Currently it’s on the lips of world leaders – like our president, Joe Biden.

FoxNews.com posted a story titled, Biden jets to Europe as ‘new world order comments reverberate.

Excerpts:

The trip [to Europe] comes after Biden said there will be a “new world order” that must be led by the United States. 

Biden warned on Monday that the world is “at an inflection point,” one that “occurs every three or four generations.”

“There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it,” Biden said. “And we’ve got to unite the rest of the free world in doing it.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-europe-trip-new-world-order-comments

In an op-ed article, Victor Davis Hansen writes:

President Joe Biden believes the Ukraine war will mark the start of a “new world order.” In the middle of the COVID global pandemic, Klaus Schwab and [other] global elites likewise announced a “great reset.”

Accordingly, the nations of the world have to surrender their sovereignty to an international body of experts. They would enlighten us on taxes, diversity, and green policies.

The Great Reset was the name of the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). It was convened by Charles, Prince of Wales and the WEF. It brought together high-profile business and political leaders, with the theme of rebuilding society and the economy following the COVID19 pandemic.

One year ago, President Xi of China warned against economic decoupling and called for a new world order.

We don’t need to go much deeper than the headlines. Our emphasis on prophecy isn’t to make us experts about the New World order, or the Great Reset.

It is to point out that these trends were predicted in the first century and earlier in the pages of your 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 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 #693 – Push Reset

Dr. Randy Smith writes, “Prophecy is an essential part of our spiritual diet, so God included it in the book. He called us to know and trust Him. He beckons us to recognize the times and seasons and be ready to meet Him soon.”

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 that will occur in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

We have talked about the Great Reset. This quote will give you some idea of what it is:

In June of 2020, three months into the pandemic, the leader of the World Economic Forum said that COVID19 provided an urgent reason for the world to pursue a “great reset” of capitalism. 

“The world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions,” Klaus Schwab wrote. “Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed.”

How serious is the Great Reset? One popular commentator called it, “the movement that could finally snuff out the flame of liberty in America.”

Here is another quote: “People warning about the Great Reset are saying that we’re headed toward fascist controls that could eventually include a global digital currency.”

Journalist Derrick Broze, commenting on President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill, wrote, “Make no mistake, the “Infrastructure Bill” is about advancing The Great Reset agenda and part of that agenda is eliminating the private use of decentralized crypto-currency to replace it with centralized, tracked and traced “Central Bank Digital Currencies.”

Some make the claim, “They’re going to make a transition away from the US dollar to a digital currency, one that can be tracked, controlled, manipulated and designed for, in the words of the White House, equitable access to safe and affordable finance services. It will control you and your life, as well as remake all of society.”

https://www.deseret.com/2022/3/11/22971239/how-russias-invasion-of-ukraine-has-changed-the-conversation-about-the-great-reset-crypto-glenn-beck

GreatReset.com, answering the question, Why do we need to reset?

The pause during lockdown created by the pandemic resulted in a 7% decrease in global emissions in 2020. The UN states that we need a decrease of 7.6% every year until 2030 to avoid climate and ecological disaster. This means we need to maintain the same decrease every year as if we were living in lockdown.

The challenge is that as we emerge from the pandemic the pressure to go back to ‘Business As Usual’ will intensify. Right now we have a small window of opportunity to reset and shape the future we want.

They want to see people encouraged to behave more sustainably like during lockdown. Encouraged means mandating our behavior to accomplish whatever behavior is deemed necessary.

This is not fringe conspiracy theory stuff. Great Reset is the title they have given themselves. This is all being discussed openly.

One conservative journalist wrote, “Conspiracy theories aside, there is something fishy about the Great Reset. It’s a corporate takeover of global governance that affects our food, our data and our vaccines. So even if the World Economic Forum (or Bill Gates) is not responsible for the COVID pandemic, even if the vaccines are not laced with microchips to control our thoughts, something fishy really is going on in the realm of global governance.”

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/conspiracy-theories-aside-there-something-fishy-about-great-reset/

We don’t do a deep dive into this stuff. Our purpose in talking about it is to show how these things were predicted long ago in the Bible.

The End Times we read about in the Revelation is a global, one-world, totalitarian government.

The currency of its citizens will be controlled by a global economic system involving some sort of personal identifier.

It sounds exactly like the world the Great Reset is openly promoting.

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 #692 – We Are Lions

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 that will occur 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 it was the Days of Noah.

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

In Genesis chapter six we’re told that fallen angels were marrying and mating with human women. Their offspring were called Nephilim. They were a race of giants.

This is not on the fringe. Francis Schaeffer, noted theologian, philosopher and Christian thinker, has written:

More and more we are finding that mythology in general, though greatly contorted, very often has some historical basis.  And the interesting thing is that one myth that one finds over and over again in many parts of the world is that somewhere a long time ago supernatural beings had sexual intercourse with natural women and produced a special breed of people.

Fallen angels were attempting to corrupt and destroy the human race by altering our essential DNA makeup.

Noah is described as a just man, and perfect in his generations.  “Perfect” does not mean sinless, but complete or whole. It refers to health and physical condition.  From this we infer that Noah was chosen to carry on and to restart humanity after the flood, because his genetic blood line and ancestry were 100% human.

We expect a trend towards altering DNA and we see it as we search the news.

We’ve reported on human gene-editing many times before. A recent article was titled, Human Experimentation And Gene-Editing: Inside China’s Race To Create Genetically Modified Soldiers. John Ratcliffe, the head of America’s intelligence community, is quoted, “China has even conducted human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities.”

There is another aspect of this corruption we rarely mention, probably because it is stranger still. In the Genesis account, we read that “God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (6:12).

“All flesh” extends to animals. Their DNA was corrupted as well.

Human/animal hybrid experiments are being conducted:

A 2003 article said, “Chinese scientists have used parts of the cloning procedure, to produce human/rabbit hybrid embryos. More than 100 of the hybrids were allowed to develop for several days before being destroyed to allow extraction of their embryonic stem cells.
A 2007 article said, “Scientists have created the world’s first human/sheep hybrid – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs. The sheep have 15% human cells and 85% animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer.
A 2021 article said, “Scientists have successfully grown monkey embryos containing human cells for the first time – the latest milestone in a rapidly advancing field. They observed human and monkey cells divide and grow together in a dish, with at least 3 embryos surviving to 19 days after fertilization.

These hybrids are called chimera. While there are no human/animal chimera in the Bible, angel/animal chimera may have existed in the Days of Noah and afterward.

The ancient Book of Jubilees is not considered inspired by God, although it is one of four such books included in the Catholic Bible. A passage in Jubilees reads,

The Sons of God [i.e. fallen angels]… lusted after mortal women and defiled themselves by sexual intercourse… before the end they were indiscriminately enjoying virgins, matrons, men, and beasts” (Jubilees 4:15, 22, 5:1).

Angel/animal hybrids would account for the origin of many chimera attributed to mythology, e.g. centaurs and Minotaurs. Something called Lion Men are reported in ancient Nubia, Egypt, India, and Germany.

And maybe in the Bible.

In Second Samuel we are introduced to a group of warriors called David’s Mighty Men. We read, “Benaiah…killed two lion-like heroes of Moab (23:20).

It could be these two enemies were as fierce as lions. It isn’t impossible, however, that they were chimera. It’s what we expect.

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 #691 – The Other Pandemic

Dr. David Jeremiah writes, “Out of the 216 chapters found in the entire New Testament, did you know there are 318 references to the Second Coming of Christ? That means if you were to omit passages about prophecy, you would have to remove one out of every thirty verses in the New Testament. You would also have to skip 23 of the 27 New Testament books because that’s how many mention it. For every prophecy about the birth of Christ, there are eight about His Second Coming. Considering prophecy’s prominence in the Bible, how could any believer neglect it?”

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.

The future seven-year Great Tribulation is described in detail in chapters six through eighteen in the Revelation. One of its key features is the global authoritarian government of the antichrist. The dreaded Mark of the Beast will be a system of identification and surveillance by which the government will exert total control over its citizens, to the point of life-and-death.

Is there a trend towards authoritarian government? Oh yes there is!

I read an article titled, The creeping authoritarianism of facial recognition. Its tagline is, “The same technology that Russia uses to keep its people in line has come to America.”

Another article was titled, Democracy faces perfect storm as the world becomes more authoritarian.

Excerpts:

Many democratic governments are increasingly adopting authoritarian tactics, accentuated by the Covid19 pandemic, while autocratic regimes are consolidating their power.

These are the key findings of the “The Global State of Democracy Report 2021 – Building Resilience in a Pandemic Era,” published in November 2021 by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).

The Global State of Democracy report is not a wakeup call, it’s an alarm bell. Authoritarianism advances in every corner of the earth. Universal values – the pillars of civilization that protect the most vulnerable – are under threat.

Overall, the number of countries moving in an authoritarian direction in 2020 outnumbered those going in a democratic direction.

https://www.idea.int/news-media/news/democracy-faces-perfect-storm-world-becomes-more-authoritarian

Harvard Law School is calling the rise of authoritarian government “The Other Pandemic.” This quote from them is particularly disturbing:

The global copycat response to viral containment is setting a dangerous precedent for future pandemics and disasters. With a gratuitous toll being inflicted on democracy, civil liberties, fundamental freedoms, healthcare ethics and human dignity, this has the potential to unleash humanitarian crises no less devastating than COVID19 in the long run.

https://hls.harvard.edu/event/the-other-pandemic-covid-19-and-the-rise-of-authoritarian-governance/

AP News titled a report, Authoritarianism Advances as World Battles Pandemic.

Yet another source put it this way:

While you’re worrying about your family, your house, your job, or your next grocery delivery, more and more governments are biting into the forbidden fruit of surveillance.

Claiming to monitor quarantines and self-isolating people, authorities are now giving themselves more rights than ever over people’s freedom.

https://privacyhub.cyberghostvpn.com/privacyhub/covid19-authoritarianism/

A trend towards global authoritarian government was long ago predicted by 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 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 #690 – Conscious AI

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. I read an article titled, ‘Conscious AI’ may already exist as expert receives backlash over terrifying warning.

Excerpts:

An artificial intelligence expert has been criticized for saying that AI used for finance, research or medicine could have already developed a consciousness.
OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever claimed on twitter that: “It may be that today’s largest neural networks are slightly conscious.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/tech/news/conscious-ai-already-exist-expert-26223303

In January 2015, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and dozens of artificial intelligence experts signed an open letter on artificial intelligence calling for research on the societal impacts of AI. The letter affirmed that society can reap great potential benefits from artificial intelligence, but called for concrete research on how to prevent certain potential “pitfalls.” Artificial intelligence has the potential to eradicate disease and poverty, but researchers must not create something which cannot be controlled. The four-paragraph letter, titled Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence: An Open Letter, lays out detailed research priorities in an accompanying twelve-page document.

Yuval Noah Hurari has distinguished himself as a commentator on the “cognitive revolution” and its impact on future societies. His books, Homo Deus and Sapiens have been translated into 65 languages. Harari’s thesis is that data and artificial intelligence pose an existential threat to human existence as we know it today. Says Harari, “We are one of the last generations of Homo sapiens. Within a century or two, Earth will be dominated by entities that are more different from us that we are different from chimpanzees.” What entities would this be? Harari refers to artificial intelligence (AI) as having the “power to re-engineer our bodies and brains” while noting that “these technologies are developing at breakneck speed.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/randybean/2021/11/16/rethinking-ai-dire-warnings-and-imperfect-results/?sh=59c98e846efd

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 bodies690.

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!