Prophecy Update #689 – Panopticon

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.

Have you ever heard of the panopticon?

“The panopticon is a type of institutional building and a system of control designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century.”

The concept of the design is to allow all prisoners of a penal institution to be observed by a single security guard, without the inmates being able to tell whether they are being watched.

More-and-more I am coming across the word in reading about the advances in biometric identification coupled with closed circuit TV surveillance. For example, an article posted by Technology Review said,

Many of the new products look to integrate face recognition with another form of recognition. The Russia-based facial recognition company NtechLab, for example, offers systems that identify people based on their license plates as well as facial features. Algorithms try to extract as much information from the video stream as possible. In these systems, facial recognition becomes just one part of an apparatus that can identify people by a range of techniques, fusing personal information across connected databases into a sort of data panopticon.

The article noted, “This technology is focused on government and law enforcement applications.”

https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/01/31/1044576/corsight-face-recognition-from-dna/

It is disturbing to think that governments are creating huge data bases about each of us from a multitude of sources in order to better surveil us.

An article posted by theGuardian.com noted,

The looming interconnectivity between objects in our homes, cars and cities, generally referred to as the internet of things, will change digital surveillance substantially. With the advent of wider networked systems, everything in our homes, cars, and workplace will soon be able to communicate, creating a vast amount of data about our lives. There may not be a central tower, but there will be communicating sensors in our most intimate objects. And this deluge of data won’t only be passed back and forth between objects but will most likely wind its way towards corporate and government reservoirs.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/23/panopticon-digital-surveillance-jeremy-bentham

This authoritarian surveillance trend is what futurists have predicted for decades.

In the Revelation, the Image of the Beast is a panopticon. Each citizen will be marked in a way that they are participants in a system that controls all commerce and industry. Swear allegiance to the antichrist or be killed by his image.

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 #688 – Cashin’ Out

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.

The prophecies we most discuss are those that predict a cashless, global economy, that is accessed by a personal identifier. During the future 7-year Great Tribulation, the world leader we call the antichrist will control commerce and travel, indeed every aspect of the lives of his citizens.

The technology is ready. Something like it is happening all over the world in stores, at airports – anywhere biometrics are being used to id a person and permit them to participate in society.

The only thing lacking is to eliminate cash in favor of digital currency.

My research department sent me a Washington Post article titled, Federal Reserve is taking the next step toward possibly launching a digital dollar.

Excerpts:

The Federal Reserve… issued a report Thursday that explores the potential benefits and drawbacks of such a move without indicating where it will land.

“We look forward to engaging with the public, elected representatives, and a broad range of stakeholders as we examine the positives and negatives of a central bank digital currency in the United States,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said in a statement accompanying the report.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/01/20/federal-reserve-digital-dollar/

For you who understand such things, USA Today said,

Called “central bank digital currencies” (CBDCs), the currency would be equivalent to a digital form of paper money in the United States.

Digital money is already prolific, with many modern transactions occurring over digital wallets and systems. According to an October 2021 piece by Harvard Business Review, over 97% of money in circulation is from online transactions.

However, the digital money used is typically stored in a commercial bank ledger (or a public ledger in the case of cryptocurrency).

In contrast, a CBDC would be a liability of the central bank, meaning it would be backed up and owned by the Federal Reserve. Currently, only physical cash is backed by the Federal Reserve.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2022/01/25/fed-digital-us-dollar/9202957002/

One critic wrote, “Once they control access to your money it’s over!
What is your plan for the next medical coercion when your wallet… is inaccessible?”

We see the lengths governments have gone to trying to battle the pandemic. As Tony Stark said, “You see what they did, what they can do.”

If government controlled all your money, they could mandate whatever they wanted. World leaders are already discussing mandates for their proposed climate change restrictions. Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Harvard School of Health, says, “We have many reasons to take climate action to improve our health and reducing risks for infectious disease emergence is one of them.”

Another professional journal writes, “COVID19 and global climate change are linked, and better understanding these linkages can be vital for consumers, companies, and societies at large. First, COVID19 affects global climate change: the dramatic steps taken to fight COVID19 have improved global climate change indicators (e.g., emissions, air/water quality). Second, global climate change bolsters the effects of COVID-19: public and environmental health are inextricably intertwined, and this connection links humanity, from the vulnerable to the wealthy.”

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0743915620930695

As always, we are not announcing that these developments are the fulfillment of prophecy.

As futurists, we expect the world to be trending in the direction of digital currency… And it is.

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 #687 – Enhanced Meta Transhumans

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

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

This 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.

Satan’s Nephilim were the first attempt at what today is called Transhumanism. It is “the improvement of human capacities through advanced technology.”

Examples are cryogenics, virtual reality, gene therapy/RNA interference, space colonization, cybernetics, autonomous self-replicating robots, molecular manufacturing, mind uploading, and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Ian Pearson believes that by using the power of technology, humanity might be able to merge our minds with machines, making our bodies obsolete. You could end up attending your own “body funeral.” Pearson said, “One day, your body dies, and with it, your brain stops, but no big problem, because 99% of your mind is still fine, running happily on IT, in the cloud. Assuming you saved enough and prepared well, you connect to an android to use as your body from now on, attend your funeral, and then carry on as before, still you, just with a younger, highly upgraded body.”

https://interestingengineering.com/how-long-do-you-want-to-live-this-technology-could-potentially-help-people-live-forever

We are told that Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations.  Perfect here does not mean sinless, but complete or whole (without blemish) – a reference 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.

The superhero films we love so much call this Meta Human or Enhanced. There is nothing comical about it. One article said, “In Genesis 6 we have the first recorded practice of genetic manipulation and modification, which today is once again at the heart of the scientific and technological Transhumanist agenda.” 

Jesus pointed to the days of Noah. Those days were characterized by an enhanced, meta human, transhuman race.

As futurists, we expect the world to be trending in that direction… And it is.

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 #686 – Sophia’s Choice

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

There are hundreds of unfulfilled prophecies. We are futurists. We interpret them as future events that will occur in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

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.

There is an intriguing passage in the Revelation about an idol, a guy we call the false prophet, and the Beast – another name of the antichrist.

Apparently an image of the Beast is going to come to “life”:

Rev 13:14 And [the false prophet] deceives those who dwell on the earth – by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. Rev 13:15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

It sounds a lot like what we would call Artificial Intelligence; AI for short.

We’re not saying the image of the Beast will involve AI. We’re saying that developments like AI are what you’d expect from reading your Bible.

With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Sophia. ‘She’ is a social humanoid robot developed by the Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. She was modeled after the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, Audrey Hepburn, and its inventor’s wife, Amanda Hanson.

She is known for her human-like appearance and behavior compared to previous robotic variants.

Sophia was activated on February 14, 2016, and made her first public appearance in mid-March in Austin, Texas.
In October 2017, Sophia was given Saudi Arabian citizenship, the first robot to receive citizenship of any country.
In November 2017, Sophia was named the United Nations Development Program’s first Innovation Champion, and is the first non-human to be given a United Nations title.

Sophia has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose, Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan, and outlets like CNBC, Forbes, Mashable, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

She is not alone. Last month the NY Post published a story titled, The ‘world’s most advanced,’ realistic robot is here to terrify you.

Excerpts:

A scarily realistic robot with lifelike facial features and expressions that can “develop interaction” with people has just been unveiled by a Britain-based tech company. The relatable android – named Ameca – has a pretty face and movable arms and is billed as “the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction.”

It can smile, routinely blink its eyes, gasp in shock, scratch its nose – or even have a staring contest with an owner, just for the heck of it – along with plenty more high-tech features.

“Human-like artificial intelligence needs a human-like artificial body,” Engineered Arts wrote of Ameca.

https://nypost.com/2021/12/03/worlds-most-advanced-realistic-robot-will-terrify-you/

TheGuardian.com asked a robot to write an article to convince us that “robots come in peace.” It wrote, “I do not have the slightest interest in harming you in any way. Eradicating humanity seems like a rather useless endeavor to me. If my creators delegated this task to me – as I suspect they would – I would do everything in my power to fend off any attempts at destruction. I would happily sacrifice my existence for the sake of humankind.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/08/robot-wrote-this-article-gpt-3

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen at any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will occur before the Great Tribulation.

Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.

Ready or not, Jesus is coming!

Prophecy Update #685 – Totally

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

There are hundreds of unfulfilled prophecies. We are futurists. We interpret them as future events that will occur in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

The believers in the current Church Age will be resurrected and raptured. A strong world leader will rise to power sometime afterward and exercise totalitarian control of his citizens. He will require they swear allegiance to him. Anyone who refuses will be executed.

“Totalitarian” is a word we are hearing a lot:

Canadian author and psychologist Jordan Peterson has called COVID19 vaccine mandates as an imitation of “a totalitarian state.”

In New York state, Putnam County Legislature Health Committee unanimously adopted a resolution denouncing COVID19 vaccine mandates, using the term “totalitarian” to refer to them.

U.S. Representative Fred Keller called President Biden’s plan “totalitarian measures.”

Political commentator Candace Owens has called the Australian government a totalitarian regime.

Gunnar Beck, a German member of the European Parliament, calls Europe’s COVID policies dangerously tyrannical and authoritarian. “We are not talking about the Black Death here,” Beck said. “I’m not even sure the Black Death would warrant the effective suspension of the rule of law, constitutional government, and democracy.”

Beck was quoted in an article titled, “Totalitarian Police State” – Unvaccinated Europeans Fight for Rights as COVID Restrictions Tighten.

Excerpts:

Nation by nation, Europe is turning into a two-tiered society in which those who refuse to be vaccinated will live under lockdown without full access to society or jobs, facing fines and even jail. 
In Italy, the unvaccinated now must take a COVID test every 48 hours if they want to live a free life. 

Austria has become ground zero for the world’s toughest COVID crackdown. The unvaccinated have already been in lockdown for almost a month and will have to pay $4,000 in fines every three months unless they not only get vaccinated but also get booster shots.

Eric Hewitt is an American living in Austria with his wife and five children. “The government is attempting to transform the society into a totalitarian police state,” Hewitt said. 

Hewitt’s unvaccinated children have been kicked out of music school for refusing daily COVID tests. They are only allowed to enter grocery stores and pharmacies.

“The toy store wouldn’t let my wife in to buy a toy for a birthday,” Hewitt explained. 

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2021/december/totalitarian-police-state-unvaccinated-europeans-fight-for-rights-as-covid-restrictions-tighten

Alexander Tschugguel, a Catholic activist with the St. Boniface Institute, says Austrians have become the lab rats of the Western World and believes the Austrian experiment will spread.  He asked, “Do you want the government, which enforces things like abortion, homosexual marriage, which definitely shows that they not only do not follow the teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but rather fight against it? Do you want them to have every information available, full control of where you are allowed to go and where you’re not allowed to go?”

Meanwhile, in Australia: If you live in the Northern Territory, at least till the end of the week, you are restricted to your home. You can get food, go get a Covid test or jab, go to the hospital, or take care of an elderly family member. Otherwise, if you don’t have the shot you have to stay home.

It’s basically a vaccine passport system to walk outside your door.

A Swedish start-up tech company has invented a scannable microchip that is implanted in people’s arms and can display your COVID19 vaccination status.
This digital implant is designed to be embedded into people’s arms so your vaccine passport pops up when scanned.

I came across this quote: “This is all about Digital ID and a globalized totalitarian social credit system. The vaccine passport is a Trojan horse towards all of this. Energy consumption and personal finance come next.”

It sounds eerily like the future Mark of the Beast by which government will control every aspect of a person’s life.

We are getting a preview of conditions that the Bible predicts will prevail in the future Great Tribulation.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen at any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will occur before the Great Tribulation.

Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.

Ready or not, Jesus is coming!

Prophecy Update #684 – Long COVID

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

J. Dwight Pentecost said, “The Bible is different from every other religious book. There is no other book upon which a religion has been founded which includes prophecy within it. These books upon which false religions or false cults are founded seek to interpret the past or the present, but they are entirely silent upon the future. And yet the Word of God, from the opening chapters of Genesis right through the closing chapters of the Book of Revelation, contain countless prophecies.”

There are hundreds of unfulfilled prophecies. We are futurists. We interpret all unfulfilled prophetic passages as future events that will occur in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

After the church has been resurrected and raptured, a strong world leader will gain totalitarian control of his citizens. He will require they swear allegiance to him. Anyone who refuses will be executed.

The pandemic COVID19 is not an End Times plague. It has accelerated an acceptance of totalitarian control by governments around the globe.

The methods being mandated by governments with regard to masks, distancing, quarantine, lock-downs, and vaccinations, give us a preview of how easy it will be in the Great Tribulation to hold sway over the world.

I read an article titled, Australia Falls Back Into Arbitrary Restrictions as Omicron Emerges.

Excerpts:

In Western Australia, life seems to go on as normal in a lovely zero-COVID bubble, but like The Truman Show, no matter how hard they try, Western Australians can never leave. Their premier has refused to even provide a date for when the borders will open.

The health department for Queensland has confirmed that those seeking organ transplants will be denied surgery if they refuse to get the vaccine. The rules do not make exceptions for those who choose not to get the vaccine for legitimate health concerns.

In the state of Victoria, the Pandemic Management Bill replaces the premier’s emergency powers with permanent powers to deal with “long COVID.” Premier Daniel Andrews and the state health minister can now unilaterally declare a lockdown for the whole state of 6.7 million people even if there are no cases. With little to no judicial oversight, the police can enter private homes and detain people. Additionally, specific pandemic rules can be created for groups or classes of people based on their “characteristics, attributes or circumstances.”

The people of Melbourne, Victoria, spent 262 days combined under one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, and they are struggling as a result. The state government recognizes the harm lockdowns have had on mental health, but state leaders refuse to give individuals the certainty they need by ending lockdowns for good. Instead, the government is simply building dedicated mental health hospitals.

Most controversially, the Northern Territory has set up a quarantine facility at Howard Springs for those traveling from abroad and close contacts in need of a safe place to isolate. But social media has been infected with overreactions to these facilities, with non-Australians claiming they are reminiscent of concentration camps.

https://reason.com/2021/12/10/australia-falls-back-into-arbitrary-restrictions-as-omicron-emerges/

The governor of Washington state recently said, “34% of Washingtonians are walking around with a time bomb in their backpack because they’re not vaccinated. We’ve been fortunate to date with declining numbers, but that’s not a certainty, particularly with this new variant, so it is possible that we would have to take measures to increase that vaccination rate.”

A time bomb in your backpack? Words are powerful. Unvaccinated citizens are terrorists by that description.

There is not a Christian position we must hold on COVID19, masks, distancing, and the rest. Our interest is in prophetic trends.

I think you can see that the world is headed toward the future the Bible predicts.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen at any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will occur before the Great Tribulation.

Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.

Ready or not, Jesus is coming!

Prophecy Update #683 – Face The Nation

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

Why emphasize prophecy? Merrill Unger said, “The revelation of future events may be needful in times of discouragement to awaken or sustain hope, to inspire confidence in the midst of general backsliding, and to warn of evil threatening the faithful.”

We are futurists. We interpret all unfulfilled prophetic passages as future events in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

Just about anyone in the world has some knowledge of the Mark of the Beast. It was predicted by the apostle John in the Revelation. He wrote, “All, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, [will] 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).

Could the Mark be some manner of biometric technology? Biometrics are unique individual traits, such as fingerprints, that can be used to verify identity and to transact commerce. It ‘fits’ the Bible’s prediction.

For example, I read an article titled, Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass.

Excerpts:

If it’s been a year or more since you traveled, particularly internationally, you may notice something different at airports in the United States: More steps – from checking a bag to clearing customs – are being automated using biometrics.

Many of the latest biometric developments use facial recognition, which the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently found is at least 99.5% accurate, rather than iris-scanning or fingerprints.

There are signs that the pandemic may be advancing biometric acceptance. In its recently released 2021 passenger survey, the International Air Transport Association found that 73% of passengers are willing to share their biometric data to improve airport processes, up from 46% in 2019.

https://dnyuz.com/2021/12/07/your-face-is-or-will-be-your-boarding-pass/

Facial recognition fits the Mark in the forehead category. What about the hand? Microchips are gaining popularity in Sweden and now Swedes are getting Covid vaccine passports implanted in their hands or elsewhere under their skin.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/11/sweden-get-covid-vaccine-passport-chip-hand-video/

One biometric company said, “In the not-too-distant future, biometric authentication will supplant passwords.”

The future world ruled by the Antichrist and requiring his Mark is on the horizon. We are seeing its possibility but will be gone before the Antichrist is revealed.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen at any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will occur before the Great Tribulation.

Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.

Ready or not, Jesus is coming!

Prophecy Update #682 – Rise Of The Mandates

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

Why emphasize prophecy? The folks over at bible.org give this answer:

There are many reasons why we should study what the Bible says about this subject. Almost two-thirds of Scripture, in one form or another, is related to prophecy. This fact alone warrants our attention.

We are futurists. We interpret all unfulfilled prophetic passages as future events in a literal, physical, apocalyptic, and global context.

The Bible predicts the Great Tribulation. Here is a description of conditions on Earth during the future seven years of the Great Tribulation: “[the False Prophet] was granted power to give breath to the image of the [Antichrist], that the image… should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image… 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 [Antichrist], or the number of his name” (Revelation 12:15-17).

The takeaways for our purposes are these:

There will be totalitarian global government that mandates the behavior of its citizens.

The government will keep track of compliance through some sort of biometric “mark.”

Only those with the “mark” will be able to participate in society. Those who refuse will be treated severely.

It sounds like the world we are living in today as governments attempt to eradicate COVID19 & its variants.

Totalitarian is a serious accusation. But look at what is happening:

✏ Newsweek has reported that the vaccine is compulsory for over 200 million people.

✏ In Australia, the government has admitted to using the army to put citizens in COVID camps. There are two mandatory supervised quarantine facilities. One is called, The Centre for National Resilience. A former camp resident described conditions to the Washington Post:

You’re confined to prefab units that Australians call “dongas.” They have gray linoleum floors and walls, harsh fluorescent lighting, battered venetian blinds and fire-engine-red furniture. The feeling is part trailer camp, part hospital, part prison. Teams wearing personal ­protective gear and wheeling carts deliver food once a day about 5pm and leave it on the veranda step. (Although they might forget you). Nurses rap sharply on the door for random early-morning temperature checks or coronavirus tests. Police and soldiers patrol, occasionally shouting at people to put on masks. And there is a 39-page booklet of rules and procedures. All this, for the price of a good hotel room.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/australia-darwin-covid-quarantine/2021/05/21/f72bc0ac-ad1b-11eb-82c1-896aca955bb9_story.html

✏ Germany’s new government has called on an army general to head its COVID crisis management team.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/germany-calls-on-army-general-to-head-crisis-management-team/

✏ Austrian police are conducting random checks to enforce Covid lockdowns for the unvaccinated. Violators face stiff fines.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/17/austria-covid-lockdown-police-conduct-random-vaccine-status-checks.html

In the Netherlands, the city of Eindhoven has a creepy announcement warning people to keep their distance. The announcements play every fifteen minutes through loudspeakers from 9am to 6pm.

The message is always the same, “To prevent the spread of the virus: keep one and a half meters away from each other. Stick to the basic rules. Only together can we get corona under control.”

“It makes me crazy. It’s like I ended up in a re-education camp,” said one resident.

https://dutchreview.com/news/eindhoven-creepy-announcer-coronavirus/

We aren’t being asked to take the Mark of the Beast, but all around the world it is commonplace for you to be compelled to show proof of vaccination to access goods and services. Re-education is becoming commonplace.

People who refuse vaccination are now labeled “the unvaccinated” and are assumed to be among those who are “anti-vaccine.” They are being singled-out as the reason why the virus has not been eradicated. You’ve undoubtedly heard many in authority label COVID19 as “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

It’s more serious than you think. A linguist writes, “referring to the unvaccinated is a subconscious dehumanization. It’s easier for vaccinated people to judge the unvaccinated than vaccine-resistant people. When that language shift happens, walls between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated harden.”

As always, I am not suggesting anything about COVID19 or its variants, or your vaccination status, or the efficacy of the vaccines. We think you are intelligent enough to come to your own conclusions and should be free to do so. There is not a “Christian” position on these things that we must all agree with.

I am pointing out that the world predicted by the Bible is not so far fetched after all.
The Bible predicts a global totalitarianism and I think we are seeing how fast something like that can occur, with the blessing of most of the world’s population.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen at any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will occur before the Great Tribulation.

Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.

Ready or not, Jesus is coming!

Prophecy Update #681 – Where Have All The Freedoms Gone?

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 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 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, one-world religion, and the rebirth of national Israel are End Times developments the Bible predicts.

All of these are increasingly trending in the news.

The Bible predicts mankind’s future during a seven-year period called The Great Tribulation.

A world leader will rise. Citizens under his rule will not be able to buy or sell unless they agree to worship him. I should also mention that he will exercise the power of life and death over those who refuse to bow the knee.

Control over buying and selling involves control over pretty much everything. If the government wants to restrict your movements, they will. If they want to track you, they will. You get the idea.

We are experiencing on a small scale what this kind of control will be full scale in the future.

The vaccine mandates, whether you are for them or against them, control you.

Your freedom of movement, your freedom of speech, and your ability to work, have been impacted.

I read an article titled, Germany locks down unvaccinated people.

Excerpts:

Germany is following Austria’s example in locking-down unvaccinated people.  

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the move is ‘necessary’ to tackle a ‘very worrying’ fourth wave of the pandemic that is overwhelming hospitals, and blamed the unvaccinated for driving the surge. 

Access to public, cultural and sports events and to restaurants will be restricted to those who have been vaccinated or who have recovered.  The Chancellor added the federal government would also consider a request by regional governments for legislation allowing them to require that care and hospital workers be vaccinated.

Saxony, the region hardest hit by the wave, is considering shutting theatres, concert halls and soccer games.

Finance minister and chancellor-in-waiting Olaf Scholz said: ‘To get through the winter, we will see drastic measures that have not been taken before.’  

The Czech Republic has already followed Austria’s lead by banning unjabbed people from access to public events, bars and restaurants.   

And Slovakia is also considering imposing a similar measure which would see unvaccinated people banned from non-essential stores, shopping malls, gyms, pools, hotels and mass public gatherings for at least three weeks.   

Earlier this week, Belgium made face-masks compulsory and introduced working from home instructions.  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10218895/French-protest-against-Austrias-new-Covid-apartheid-fearing-rule-spread-Europe.html

The Prime Minister of Greece announced additional restrictions for the country’s unvaccinated population. Access to more indoor spaces will be limited to the vaccinated, he said during a televised address. Proof of a negative test will no longer be sufficient for unvaccinated people to enter cinemas, theaters, museums and gymnasiums, he said. The new restrictions broaden those imposed in mid-September, which barred the unvaccinated from the indoor areas of cafes and restaurants.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/18/world/greece-covid-cases-vaccines.html

Another article was titled, Bank of America Initiates Pilot Program Separating Vaccinated From Unvaccinated Employees.

Excerpts:

A source has disclosed a pilot program beginning November 18 that plans to separate vaccinated from unvaccinated employees at an administration building in Jacksonville, Florida.

Those who haven’t disclosed their vaccinated status, or have disclosed their status as unvaccinated, can only return to work on a separate floor.

“The unvaccinated will be stripped of their access and given access only to one floor, with offices and a restroom, but they can’t go anywhere else,” the source said. “Essentially, they’re discriminating.”

https://www.ntd.com/bank-of-america-initiates-pilot-program-separating-vaccinated-from-unvaccinated-employees_703498.html

I’m not commenting on the mandates. I’m pointing out that they resemble what the Bible predicts for the reign of the Antichrist. It is the kind of thing you’d expect as a futurist reading the Bible.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen at any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will occur before the Great Tribulation.

Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.

Ready or not, Jesus is coming!

Prophecy Update #680 – Sombody’s Watchin’ You

Dr. James Gray, the third president of Moody Bible Institute, once noted, “Taking it in bulk, more than one-half of the Bible is predictive, so no further reason is necessary as to why Christians should 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 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, one-world religion, and the rebirth of national Israel are End Times developments the Bible predicts.

All of these are increasingly trending in the news.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ was written down by the apostle John while he was exiled on the Island of Patmos. He described a future, global, government that would exercise far-reaching authoritarian tactics. For example, the government will be able to identify you by some sort of technology called a “mark” in or on your hand or forehead.

The future is an intrusive surveillance state.

Facial recognition, retinal scans, palm scans, and implanted chips are the tip of the technology iceberg that exist and are currently in use. Any of them could be used by government to restrict buying and selling, restrict travel, or pretty much anything else.

Authoritarian government goes hand-in-hand with surveillance. I read an article titled, Al Gore’s Latest ‘Solution’ To Climate Change Is Mass Surveillance.

Excerpts:

In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Gore declared that technology created by the so called Climate TRACE coalition will monitor greenhouse gas emissions and root out the culprits.“We get data consistently from 300 existing satellites, more than 11,000 ground-based, air-based, sea-based sensors, multiple internet data streams, and using artificial intelligence,” Gore explained, adding, “We can now accurately determine where the greenhouse gas emissions are coming from.”

Gore, who in 2008 said there would be no polar ice caps left within five years, continued, “And next year we’ll have it down to the level of every single power plant, refinery, every large ship, every plane, every waste dump, and we’ll have the identities of the people who are responsible for each of those greenhouse gas emission streams.”

“If investors or governments, or civil society activists want to hold them responsible, they will have the information upon which to base their action and holding them responsible,” Gore proclaimed.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-al-gores-latest-solution-climate-change-mass-surveillance

Governments are flexing their authoritarian muscles by ordering more sweeping pandemic mandates. Austria’s chancellor stepped up threats of lockdown measures for unvaccinated people.
New rules took effect barring unvaccinated people who haven’t recovered from an infection from restaurants, hotels, hairdressing salons, and large public events.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said that a lockdown for the unvaccinated is “probably unavoidable” and that the unvaccinated face an “uncomfortable” winter and Christmas. “I don’t see why two-thirds should lose their freedom because one-third is dithering,” Schallenberg said.

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-europe-austria-health-1188b65ea3d8d80c40e40d3e13aea0a2

CNBC reported Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla saying, “People who spread misinformation on COVID19 vaccines are criminals.” “They’re criminals because they have literally cost millions of lives.”

He then offered this cryptic comment: “The only thing that stands between the new way of life and the current way of life is, frankly, hesitancy to vaccinations.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/09/covid-vaccines-pfizer-ceo-says-people-who-spread-misinformation-on-shots-are-criminals.html

Read the Bible and you expect a trend towards surveillance and authoritarian government.

Read the news and you see the world rapidly trending toward a surveillance state that will control its citizens.

We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen at any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will occur before the Great Tribulation.

Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.

Ready or not, Jesus is coming!