Prophecy Update #642 – The Gift Of The AGI

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.

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.

In Revelation, we are told that, in the future Great Tribulation, some kind of “image” will be set-up by the false prophet who works with the antichrist. It will seemingly be sentient. We’re told 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” (13:15).

We’ve suggested that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could power the Image of the Beast we see in the Revelation. That’s why I was excited to run across a transcript from a podcast featuring John Lennox. He is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, and pastoral advisor to Green Templeton College at Oxford.

The podcast was titled, Does Revelation Talk About Artificial Intelligence?

He will mention two things that we need defined before reading the excerpts:

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is a machine capable of understanding the world as well as any human, and with the same capacity to learn how to carry out a huge range of tasks.

Max Tegmark is a Swedish-American physicist, cosmologist, and machine learning researcher. He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute.

Excerpts:

In Revelation 13 we read about an animal or a beast, and it’s clearly talking about a world authority or leader. And we read that it commands a construction of an image that is an image of another animal or human, and it gives breath to this. And the result is worldwide deception and control and all who refuse to bow down and acknowledge the authority of this beast/human, whatever it is, are killed, so that you’re dealing with this scenario for a social control that is absolute.

What is intriguing and rather chilling actually in the light of our AI developments is that freedom to buy and sell is determined by the wearing of some kind of mark… [Max] Tegmark talks about a bracelet that people may have to wear that will determine whether or not they’re regarded as socially acceptable. And we’ve already got that kind of social acceptability factor in the credit system that’s being rolled out in the Chinese population today. So it’s relatively easy to see how this kind of thing could come about.

You’ve got something that appears to give breath to another creature, to an image, actually, which is presumably a material thing. And it’s so effective that it causes the whole Earth to worship it, which is a fascinating concept.
Is it a partial realization of AGI? We just don’t know. But we do know, looking back in history, that at every stage human beings have set up images and bowed down to worship them. And what technology will produce one day is probably beyond our wildest dreams. For that reason, I want to take this scenario… seriously.

https://mindmatters.ai/2020/07/do-some-passages-in-the-book-of-revelation-seem-to-talk-about-ai/

I’m not saying the image of the Beast in the Revelation will be AGI. I’m simply pointing out AGI is what you’d 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 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 #641 – Trick And Track

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.

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 description we are given in the Bible of the future Great Tribulation suggests there will be what experts today call a “surveillance state.” Your habits, your movements, will all be known to the global government of the Tribulation.

You’d therefore expect to see a trend towards more of a surveillance state. And you do, thanks largely to COVID19.

One article from November was titled, COVID19 is accelerating the surveillance state.

Excerpts:

The first global pandemic of the digital age has accelerated the international adoption of surveillance and public security technologies, normalizing new forms of widespread, overt state surveillance.

These technologies have been layered on top of already pervasive forms of privatized data surveillance through smartphones and the ‘internet of things’ (IoT). The pandemic has also fueled the normalization of surveillance in previously private contexts.

The risk of this new era of surveillance is that it has the potential to permanently shift power from citizens to the state.

The pandemic has driven advances in facial-recognition technology, a particularly problematic and intrusive form of surveillance that enables rapid connection of an individual’s physical presence with deep online data profiles.

Facial-recognition technologies integrated with thermal-imaging cameras purporting to detect people with fevers have been marketed by at least 10 companies to police forces and governments around the world since the start of the pandemic.
Fever-screening systems are reportedly being trialled at airports in Australia, the UK and India, using deep learning algorithms to quickly detect body temperatures in crowds of up to 2000 people per hour.

Governments seeking greater social and political control have an opportunity to use COVID19 as cloud cover to make capital investments in surveillance technologies, including those that enable, store and process mass collections of data on people’s location, activity (both physical and digital) and biometrics (including DNA and genomics).

https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/covid-19-is-accelerating-the-surveillance-state/

Another article said,

In June, Singapore rolled out a mandatory COVID19 tracing program that would identify people who had come in contact with virus carriers. At the time, we said tracing apps would “usher in a massive surveillance state” where “no one is safe from the government.”  And indeed, that is the case in Singapore.

About 80% of the country’s 5.6 million people have downloaded TraceTogether.  A privacy statement on the app originally said the data collected would only be used “for contact tracing purposes.” Immediately after [it was adopted], the privacy statement was updated.  It now reads, “Authorized Police officers may invoke the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) powers to request users to upload their TraceTogether data for criminal investigations.” 

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/conspiracy-fact-singapore-police-now-use-tracing-app-data-criminal-investigations

In a Bloomberg article titled, The Surveillance State Is a Reality, the reporter said, “It’s really not a question of whether surveillance states are starting to take hold. Many civil-rights advocates say it’s already happened.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2020-06-26/the-surveillance-state-is-a-reality

This could go in a lot of different directions. I’m not making any predictions.

I am simply pointing out that the current trend towards a surveillance state is exactly what you’d 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 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 #640 – Hip, Hip, Whatever Happened To HIPAA?

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.

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’ve all heard of the Mark of the Beast. It will, during the future Great Tribulation, involve a global economic system by which a person will buy, sell, and be identified by something on or in their hand or head.

A good guess would be some form of biometrics, e.g., a vein scan, facial recognition, iris scan, skin tag, implanted microchip, etc.

One aspect of the future Mark is that you must have it. It won’t be optional.

Until recently, unless you lived in China, it has been hard to believe that such a thing could be forced upon a freedom-loving public. In just a few months, however, COVID19 has effectively changed that. Around the world, citizens are going to be forced to receive vaccinations or suffer consequences.

I read an article titled, Spain ‘To Register’ Those Who Refuse Covid Vaccine; [then] Share Registry With Other EU Counties.

Excerpts:

Vaccinations against COVID19, which will begin on December 27th in Spain, will be voluntary, but the Ministry of Health has said that it will register those who refuse it.

Those who don’t wish to be immunized against the virus will not remain anonymous.

Newsweek recently reported that France may limit the use of public transportation to people who do not take the vaccine.

ABCNews had this to say:

Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and abroad, many people may be dreaming of the day when they can travel, shop and go to the movies again. But in order to do those activities, you may eventually need something in addition to the vaccine: A vaccine passport.

Several companies and technology groups have begun developing smartphone apps or systems for individuals to upload details of their COVID19 tests and vaccinations, creating digital credentials that could be shown in order to enter concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices, or even countries.

https://abc30.com/9128169/

Los Angeles is launching a digital iPhone receipt for COVID19 vaccinations.

Bloomberg reported that the plan being rolled out this week will see Los Angeles County partner with tech firm Healthvana to issue the digital verifications, which can be put in an Apple Wallet or the Android equivalent.

The project is initially aimed at ensuring that people who get the first shot of the approved Pfizer or Moderna vaccines also get the required booster shot.

But the digital receipt could also be used to prove to airlines, to prove to schools, to prove to whoever needs it, that a person has been vaccinated.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9100029/LA-begins-issuing-digital-vaccine-verification-Apple-Wallet.html

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says,

Any employer can mandate the COVID19 vaccine, provided they accommodate religious and disability-related objections and the employee receives it from a provider that does not contract with the employer.

If you refuse to get vaccinated, you may be worried about being fired. Possible alternatives include asking them to take a leave of absence, or to work remotely. If an employee cannot get vaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, and there is no reasonable accommodation possible, [then] an employer could exclude the employee from physically entering the workplace.”

https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20201229/your-boss-may-require-you-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccine

At the same time rights to privacy are being taken away, we are giving them away. A new survey finds that,

Researchers say two in three US adults “don’t care” if their smart devices are always listening to what they say. More and more people are choosing convenience over their own privacy. This is especially true when it comes to owning smartphones.

https://www.studyfinds.org/americans-dont-care-if-smart-devices-recording/

This could go in a lot of different directions. I’m not making any predictions.

I am simply pointing out that the current trends to invade privacy and to control access to goods and services are exactly what you’d expect from reading the Bible.

In the Revelation, John saw a future system in which you must participate or you won’t be able to conduct business. We may be witnessing its inception.

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 #639 – Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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.

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 Revelation of Jesus Christ seems to describe what commentators call a one-world government during the future Great Tribulation. You’d therefore expect a serious movement towards a more global governance to gain traction before the Tribulation.

There is such a movement, with a plan called The Great Reset.

It is being promoted by the UN and the World Economic Forum. It is described as, “a five-point plan concerned with enhancing sustainable economic growth following the global recession caused by the COVID19 pandemic lockdowns.”

Those in favor of this reset see the COVID19 global pandemic as their opportunity to push forward their agenda.

One reporter from FinancialPost.com said, “There is a master plan. There is no great secret global backroom conspiracy developed behind closed doors. What we have is an upfront, publicly co-ordinated, globe-spanning political power campaign to use the COVID19 pandemic as a launch pad for a reshaping of the global economy.”

Canadian PM Trudeau said, “The pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset. This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine economic systems that actually address global challenges, like extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change.”

In June, the Prince of Wales, flanked by the IMF’s Kristalina Georgieva, and UN chief António Guterres, said, “There is a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis… Global crises know no borders, and highlight how interdependent we are as one people sharing one planet.”

Another quote from that same article said, “Other world leaders are also set to reset, especially Joe Biden.” You might recall that Biden’s campaign adopted the slogan, “Build Back Better.” They borrowed that from The Great Reset.

An article titled, “What is The Great Reset” says the following:

The global COVID19 pandemic [is] an opportunity to correct the shortcomings of the existing social, economic and political institutions around the world. According to the World Economic Forum, “The inconsistencies, inadequacies and contradictions of multiple systems – from health and financial to energy and education – are more exposed than ever amidst a global context of concern for our lives, livelihoods and the planet.”

Within this setting, the WEF calls for collaboration among experts and world leaders to propose and implement a vision for the future that will “build a new social contract that honors the dignity of every human being.” The values highlighted by the Great Reset propose an ideological shift away from capitalism. This includes shifting the global focus towards fairer market outcomes, the advancement of sustainability measures and the improvement of environmental, social and governance metrics across industries. 

The Great Reset global agenda calls for unprecedented cooperation among countries and industries around the world to unite under one recovery strategy aimed at repositioning the current trajectory of society as a whole.

https://www.todayville.com/what-is-the-great-reset/

I don’t know if The Great Reset is the precursor to the one-world government of the End Times.

I’m simply pointing out that this was predicted over 2000 years ago by John in the Revelation.

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 #638 – I Got You Under My Skin

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.

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 Mark of the Beast. Believers and nonbelievers alike have some familiarity with it. It is something having to do with your hand or forehead that will allow you to identify yourself, and to conduct all of your business. Biblically, it seems to be a system in place globally before the Beast (the antichrist) declares himself to be God. It becomes the “mark” when a person swears allegiance to the Beast.
Those who do not swear to him will be cut-off from any participation in society or commerce. They will not be able to purchase anything; and in a cashless society, that will leave them helpless.

I read about something, a new tech development, that blew my mind. I assumed it was false, it seemed so fantastic. It is, in fact, creepily true.

MIT posted an article titled, Storing medical information below the skin’s surface.

Excerpts:

MIT researchers have now developed a novel way to record a patient’s vaccination history: storing the data in a pattern of dye, invisible to the naked eye, that is delivered under the skin at the same time as the vaccine.

“In areas where paper vaccination cards are often lost or do not exist at all, and electronic databases are unheard of, this technology could enable the rapid and anonymous detection of patient vaccination history to ensure that every[one] is vaccinated,” says Kevin McHugh, a former MIT postdoc who is now an assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice University.

The researchers showed that their new dye, which consists of nanocrystals called quantum dots, can remain for at least five years under the skin, where it emits near-infrared light that can be detected by a specially equipped smartphone.

The research was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Koch Institute Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute.

https://news.mit.edu/2019/storing-vaccine-history-skin-1218

There is an internet rumor that Microsoft founder Bill Gates is funding a secret program to have a microchip implanted under your skin when you are vaccinated for COVID19. Not quite. He funded the MIT program to develop this skin-tag. Whether or not it is in the COVID19 shot is not known.

It’s not the Mark of the Beast. It is one of the many possible advances that could function as the future tech that becomes the Mark. Others include facial recognition, iris scans, palm prints, vein scans, and a lot more.

I’m simply pointing out that this was predicted over 2000 years ago by John in the Revelation.

Then, too, we’re seeing the world’s leaders calling for The Great Reset – a move towards a global economy and, eventually, a global government. Also predicted by John.

COVID19 is accelerating all these trends.

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 #637 – I’m Sorry, Dave. I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That.

These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Oddly, many believers are ignoring prophecy, even ridiculing those who think it is relevant to current events.

Since prophecy accounts for 30% of the Bible, it ought to be a regular focus in teaching. Additionally, we reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by the many yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies in the Bible.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. It helps not to be accused of sensationalism – sadly, something all too common among some who talk about the End Times.

We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from taking the Bible literally.

There is a fantastic prophecy that, during the Great Tribulation, a person called “the false prophet” will construct an “image” of the world leader known as the Beast or the antichrist that will seemingly or actually come to life. It reads like this:

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.

It sounds a great deal like Artificial Intelligence – AI. Thus you’d expect current events to be trending towards AI.

NewsTrust.org posted a story titled, Web Summit conference hears plans by Danish architecture firm BIG and Chinese tech company Terminus to build an AI-run city in Chongqing.

Excerpts:

From robots delivering coffee to office chairs rearranging themselves after a meeting, a smart city project in China aims to put artificial intelligence in charge, its creators told a conference this week.

The project, named Cloud Valley, plans to use sensors and wifi-connected devices to gather data on everything from weather and pollution to people’s eating habits to automatically meet residents’ needs.

“It’s almost coming back to this idea of living in a village where, when you show up, even though it’s the first time you’re there, the bar tender knows your favorite drink,” said BIG founding partner Bjarke Ingels.

“When our environment becomes sensing and sentient… we can really open up that kind of seamlessness because the AI can recognize people coming. So it can open the door, so they don’t have to look for their key cards.”

Cities around the world are racing to embrace technology in a bid to improve urban life by collecting data to address problems like traffic jams and crime.
More than 500 smart cities are being built across China, according to the government, to spur growth amidst a global economic downturn.

Launched in April, the Cloud Valley project envisions a city of about 13 million square feet – equal to some 200 football fields – where technology allows people to live more comfortably by anticipating their needs.

“As sunlight hits the houses, bedroom windows adjust their opacity to allow the natural light to wake sleepy residents,” Terminus said on its website, which also highlights tranquil green spaces like rooftop gardens.

“Once the light has filled the room, an AI virtual housekeeper named Titan [Thanos?] selects your breakfast, matches your outfit with the weather, and presents a full schedule of your day.”

The city, which includes offices, homes, public spaces and self-driving cars that move around under the ever watchful eye of AI, is due for completion in about three years, according to Terminus.

https://news.trust.org/item/20201203131328-4n7on/

A “sentient,” AI city. Hundreds of them. What could go wrong?

I’m simply pointing out that AI like this was predicted over 2000 years ago by John in the Revelation.

Then, too, we’re seeing the world’s leaders calling for The Great Reset – a move towards a global economy and, eventually, a global government. Also predicted by John.

Then, too, we’re seeing technology that allows us to conduct business using some sort of connection to our hand or forehead. Also predicted by John.

I read this quote: “The future of America depends on one thing – the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a humble nation to receive it, to repent of sin and live lives that love and honor God!”

The apostle Paul noted that the god of this age has blinded the eyes of nonbelievers. They need the light of the Gospel. That needs to be priority one with us.

The church’s mission never changes: Go, and as you are going, make disciples.

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 #636 – Build Back Better Worry

These are exciting times for believers in Christ. Especially if you are interested in Bible prophecy. Oddly, many believers are ignoring prophecy, even ridiculing those who think it is relevant to current events.

The Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) changed its position on end times doctrine. The denomination recently voted to drop the word “premillennial” from its statement of faith.

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by the many yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies in the Bible.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. It helps not to be accused of sensationalism – sadly, something all too common among some who talk about the End Times.

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.

The final book of the Bible, the Revelation, predicts what the world will look like in the End Times – especially during the seven year Great Tribulation. The world will be under the rule of one government, one economic system, and one leader.

A global, one-world order, is being openly pursued by many of the world’s most powerful men.

The movement has a name – the Great Reset. It is described as “a proposal by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum (WEF) to rebuild the [global] economy sustainably following the COVID19 pandemic.”

The Resetters openly admit that they are taking advantage of the global pandemic to implement their ominous agenda. They see it as their opportunity to correct a world that was broken.

There are certain catch-phrases being used by those in support of the Great Reset. One of them is, Build Back Better.

You might recognize it as the Joe Biden campaign slogan. He has created a website, buildbackbetter.com.

Truth is, the slogan was already in use by Resetters. Biden’s use of it is a deliberate alignment with this movement.

Frank Hill of the North State Journal wrote, “Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” slogan, of which no one knew the meaning or purpose, is a direct lift from The Great Reset Manifesto, let’s call it, concocted by the dreamy-eyed elites of the world who attend annual ritzy, star-studded winter retreats in Davos, Switzerland under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.”

I read a good article about this on Reuters titled, The Great Reset is Trending.

Excerpts:

Put simply, [the Great Reset] is the blueprint for a complete transformation of the world economy. There will be no money, no private property, no democracy. Instead, every key decision – what you do for a living, how much stuff you consume, whether you can take a vacation – will decided for you by unaccountable ‘experts.’

The people pushing for the Great Reset are perfectly open about their plan. Indeed, they can scarcely stop talking about it.

One of these people is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau says: “Building Back Better means giving support to the most vulnerable while maintaining our momentum on reaching the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset. This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine our economic systems that actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.”

It sounds innocuous enough. But in fact, there is deeper meaning to the phrases [Trudeau] uses: ‘Building Back Better’; ‘2030 Agenda’; ‘Sustainable Development; and ‘reset’ are all buzzwords for the complete transformation of the global economy in order to create a New World Order.

Radical changes are coming that some pundits have referred to a ‘before coronavirus’ (BC) and ‘after coronavirus’ (AC) era. We will continue to be surprised by both the rapidity and unexpected nature of these changes.

Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal. The short response is: Never. Nothing will ever return to the [so-called] ‘broken’ sense of normalcy that prevailed prior to the crisis because the coronavirus pandemic marks a fundamental inflection point in our global trajectory.

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/11/18/the-great-reset-is-trending-heres-why/

I don’t know what is going to happen with the Great Reset. It seems as though we are on the brink of the changes that will prepare the world’s population for the Great Tribulation.

I’m simply pointing out that this was predicted over 2000 years ago by John in the Revelation. Simultaneously we’re seeing the implementation and widespread acceptance of invasive biometric technologies that could be the precursors of the socio-economic system that will eventually be usurped by the antichrist.

The apostle Paul noted that the god of this age has blinded the eyes of nonbelievers. They need the light of the Gospel. That needs to be priority one with us. The church’s mission never changes: Go, and as you are going, make disciples.

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 #635 – No Credit For You!

We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to suggest news, or trends, that seem to be predicted by the many yet-to-be-fulfilled Bible prophecies.

We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news. It helps not to be accused of sensationalism – sadly, something all too common among some who talk about the End Times.

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.

The final book of the Bible, the Revelation, presents what the world will look like in the End Times – especially during the seven year Great Tribulation. The world will be under the rule of one government, one economic system, and one leader.

Furthermore, it describes a system of participation in society and the economy that can be totally controlled by the the government. In its most extreme form, we read, “no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

I’ve talked before about China and what is called, “Social Credit.” It is a system that, quite literally, controls the participation of citizens in everyday purchases and activities.

Each citizen is given a social credit score, with rewards for those who have a high rating and punishments for those with low scores.

Millions of Chinese individuals and businesses have been labelled as untrustworthy on an official blacklist banning them from any number of activities, including accessing financial markets or traveling by air or train, as the use of the government’s social credit system accelerates.

In 2018, for example, China’s Global Times proudly reported that its social credit system had blocked more than 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million train trips of people who were behind in their debts.

The idea, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), is to make sure that “discredited people become bankrupt.” The ultimate goal is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step,” according to the Chinese government.

You expect a system like that in China. It could never happen here, could it?

I read an article this week titled, Uh-oh: Silicon Valley is building a Chinese-style social credit system.

Excerpts:

Many Westerners are disturbed by what they read about China’s social credit system. But such systems, it turns out, are not unique to China. A parallel system is developing in the United States, in part as the result of Silicon Valley and technology industry user policies, and in part by surveillance of social media activity by private companies.

The New York State Department of Financial Services announced earlier this year that life insurance companies can base premiums on what they find in your social media posts. That Instagram pic showing you teasing a grizzly bear at Yellowstone with a martini in one hand, a bucket of cheese fries in the other, and a cigarette in your mouth, could cost you. On the other hand, a Facebook post showing you doing yoga might save you money.

Airbnb can disable your account for life for any reason it chooses, and it reserves the right to not tell you the reason. The company’s canned message includes the assertion that “This decision is irreversible and will affect any duplicated or future accounts. Please understand that we are not obligated to provide an explanation for the action taken against your account.” The ban can be based on something the host privately tells Airbnb about something they believe you did while staying at their property. Airbnb’s competitors have similar policies.

It’s now easy to get banned by Uber, too. Whenever you get out of the car after an Uber ride, the app invites you to rate the driver.
What many passengers don’t know is that the driver now also gets an invitation to rate you. Under a new policy announced in May: If your average rating is “significantly below average,” Uber will ban you from the service.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90394048/uh-oh-silicon-valley-is-building-a-chinese-style-social-credit-system

There’s something brewing called “The Equality Act.” It is described this way:

The Equality Act is a bill in the United States Congress, that, if passed, would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system.

An article in The Federalist was titled, Equality Act Would Be A Big Nudge Towards A US Social Credit System.

The Equality Act builds on most of the elements needed to establish something very much like China’s social credit system. It undermines individual freedom of expression. It extends government direction and control over speech. And it provides for government and private punishment, both material and social, on citizens who don’t comply.

https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/28/democrats-equality-act-would-be-a-big-nudge-towards-a-u-s-social-credit-system/

I don’t know what is going to happen with the Equality Act. I’m simply pointing out that the world predicted in the Bible 2000+ years ago is ready for launch.

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 #634 – Go Global Or Go Home

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 fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect in light of the Bible’s unfulfilled prophecies.

The final book of the Bible, the Revelation, presents what the world will look like in the end times – especially during the seven year Great Tribulation. The world will be under the rule of one government, one economic system, and one leader.

I ran across a 2017 scholarly article in a business journal of the North American Business Press.

The author, from Georgia Southern University, wrote the following:

Until our generation, it has been impossible for any one person or government to completely control the worlds economic system. The changes that have taken place over the past 50-60 years economically and politically have paved the way for a unified government and unified economic system. The foundation has been laid for biblical prophecy to be fulfilled. The changes have been gradual, and in the eyes of the world, have just been part of the normal course of business. Globalization has become commonplace. Changes in technology excite the average consumer by creating conveniences never before experienced. The integration of global culture, politics, and economies are embraced worldwide. However, the prophecies of the writers of Daniel and Revelation are being fulfilled before our eyes.

http://www.na-businesspress.com/AJM/WilliamsT_17_3_.pdf

Call it Globalization, or the One-World Government, or the New World Order – COVID19 has accelerated its progress, and made globalization desirable and possible.
Here are some excerpts from a Forbes article titled, COVID and the New World Order:

The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented changes to our lives and the economy. The enforced switch to virtual work, changes to our travel and consumption patterns, and bans on social gatherings have generated a seismic shift towards virtual activity. Anything that can be done virtually is now done virtually.

The lockdown has us thinking about what the future will bring. Now is the time to be radical in our thinking about how to innovate society for the greater betterment of our citizens, and use to the new technologies we have at our disposal to achieve this innovation. New technologies include decentralized applications, artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital assets, and surveillance technology. It is a once in a generation call to create new global collaborations

COVID19 has also allowed governments to implement unprecedented levels of privacy infringement, with their use of technology, facial recognition, cameras, scanning and tracking technology, with little opposition or public resistance. More people globally are now conducting more transactions online, where their location and purchasing habits are observable to authorities for surveillance.

Climate change and social justice are no longer fringe issues, they have been brought squarely to the forefront of our attention. We cannot ignore the gross injustice and unfairness created by economies and financial markets focused on and driven purely by economic growth and profit incentives. Instead of putting efficiency first, policies must ensure society’s resilience to the full range of threats, including pandemic diseases, climate volatility, and economic and financial stress.

If humanity is to do more than merely survive, if it is to thrive in the future, then we need to aspire to greater outcomes, to collaborate as one human race, on one planet – the only one we have – in pursuit of a better future for all.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lawrencewintermeyer/2020/09/17/coivd-and-the-new-world-orderbuiding-a-new-human-centered-economy/?sh=1570cd5778f0

Here is what I’m saying: The globalism predicted by John 2000+ years ago, that seemed unlikely, is being forced upon the world on account of the response to the pandemic of COVID19. No one saw it coming, as a consequence. But those in power want to take advantage of it to alter the world.

You have undoubtedly heard the phrase, “the new normal.” Those who are advocating globalization now call it “the next normal.”

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 #633 – The Not Great Reset

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 fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect in light of the Bible’s unfulfilled prophecies.

The Bible predicts a future in which the world is united in a cashless system of commerce. Thus you would expect the nations of the world to be moving towards cashless economies.

Nearly 20% of the world’s population live in China. I came across an article titled, Don’t Even Try Paying in Cash in China.

Excerpts:

“It’s hard for those of us who live outside of China to grasp how paying for everything has gone digital in the country,” writes the New York Times.

Most businesses there, from the fanciest hotels to roadside fruit stands, display a QR code – a type of bar code – that people scan with a smartphone camera to pay with China’s dominant digital payment apps, Alipay and WeChat. Paying by app is so much the norm that taxi drivers might curse at you for handing them cash…

A cashless world economy implies global government, and that is something else predicted in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Are we moving that way?

You may have heard of ‘The Great Reset.’ It is a plan being seriously suggested by world leaders to radically change the status quo. It involves the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. They want to take advantage of the COVID19 panic to, in their words, “restart the world.”

The following is from an article about it.

At a virtual meeting earlier in June hosted by the World Economic Forum, some of the planet’s most powerful business leaders, government officials, and activists announced a proposal to “reset” the global economy. Instead of traditional capitalism, the high-profile group said the world should adopt more socialistic policies, such as wealth taxes, additional regulations, and massive Green New Deal-like government programs. 

“Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed,” wrote Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. “In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.” 

Schwab also said that “all aspects of our societies and economies” must be “revamped,” “from education to social contracts and working conditions.” 

Joining Schwab at the WEF event was Prince Charles, one of the primary proponents of the Great Reset; Gina Gopinath, the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund; António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations; and CEOs and presidents of major international corporations, such as Microsoft and BP. 

One of the main themes of the June meeting was that the coronavirus pandemic has created an important “opportunity” for many of the World Economic Forum’s members to enact their radical transformation of capitalism, which they acknowledged would likely not have been made possible without the pandemic.

“We have a golden opportunity to seize something good from this crisis – its unprecedented shockwaves may well make people more receptive to big visions of change,” said Prince Charles at the meeting, adding later, “It is an opportunity we have never had before and may never have again.”

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/504499-introducing-the-great-reset-world-leaders-radical-plan-to

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!