Coming in January 2018 (God willing), The Priests of God: Unveiling the Order of Melchizedek in eBook format, Kindle, Nook and iTunes. 

The second edition will be introduced in eBook, so look for it next month at Amazon and Barnes and Noble on-line bookstores. I know it will be a blessing!

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As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21b-22a NIV)

Elon Musk, the South African CEO of Tesla and multi-billionaire businessman, investor and inventor, was recently quoted in a headline: “Musk warns we only have a 5-10% chance of preventing killer robots from destroying humanity.” “Without regulations,” he stated, A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) presents a “fundamental risk to the future existence of civilization.” We have been hearing robots were a good thing. What’s changed?

Stuart Russell, professor at the University of California, and leading expert in A.I., sounded the same alarm. A November 21, 2017 news story quoted Russell as saying: “Killer robots which use facial recognition before slaughtering people, ‘will be devastating to humankind.’”

Days before Professor Russell’s statement, a warning appeared in the online magazine, Zero Hedge: “Killer robots easier to achieve than self-driving cars.” Killer robots! Easier than cars without drivers? Better buckle up!

Armies of Cyborgs are not relegated to fictional novels, DC Comics or sci-fi films, they are in the testing stage, and soon in the implementation stage. The U.S. military has successfully tested a robot that carries 180 pounds up nine flights of stairs, considerably outperforming the most fit soldiers. That’s only one example.

Killer robots programmed to destroy without requiring specific commands: Think about it. What if a robot stood nine feet tall (2.9 meters), could outrun a deer, do somersaults and jump high hurdles, plus turn a person to powder in a flash? What would we have? We have the new face of warfare.

The scenario described in Revelation 13 provides a picture of the future, not unlike what we cited above: “He [the False Prophet] was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” (Revelation 13:15 NIV)

Regarding the above Revelation 13 passage, “Could the first beast’s image potentially be a cyborg?” Yes! Giving breath to the image so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the beast’s image to be killed is not a crazy, weird or remote idea—not any more. Minds bent on power have already conceived it. Technicians tirelessly work to achieve it. When it happens…buckle up!

Missing in the killer robots, until near the very end, is what the NIV renders “breath.” In Revelation 13:15, the Greek word is pneuma, which is usually translated “spirit.” If we substitute the more common “spirit” for “breath,” as in “the spirit of the beast,” we may have solved a mystery. Paraphrased, Revelation 13:15 could read this way: The false prophet will breathe the “’I am a god’ spirit of the beast into the image(s).”  Of course, we could be describing cyborgs that look like the beast’s twin. They could talk like him, have an IQ in the 2000 range, and possess the beast’s deceitful, diabolical personality. Along with other superior abilities, we have the beast’s image—spirit and all—proliferating the earth. As a finishing touch, the image has authority to command worship, or die.

In Part 6, we will expose more of Satan’s end-time plan to overthrow God’s rule, creating counterfeit beings with the ability to destroy, a plan that dates back to the time of Noah.

As he [David] was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear. (1 Samuel 17:23-24 NIV)

Fear and faith are mutually exclusive. To control humans, Satan must create strongholds of fear. If God’s people refuse to give in, even to the fear of death, then faith’s power is unleashed (Hebrews 11:6).

David understood the contest between him and Goliath was not about strength or skill. It was a confrontation between the proxies for Israel’s God and Satan.

In 1 Samuel 17:4-7, we have Goliath, a giant of a man, a champion of the Philistines, defiantly challenging Israel’s army. For awhile, it seemed Israel did not have a man brave enough to fight for God’s honor.

Let us look at Goliath. Were he and his brothers offspring of the Nephilim, a race of giants (Numbers 13:33a)? Goliath stood more than nine feet in height (less than three meters). Though Saul was taller than his Israelite brothers, self-preservation–or in this case “cowardice”–kept him from battling Goliath (1 Samuel 17:25, cf. Numbers 13:33b).

Before the flood, Goliath’s predecessors roamed the land without opposition, as lords of the earth. Early in this present age, they were re-introduced to live among the Canaanites and prevent Israel from claiming the Promised Land (Numbers 13). They remained godless and soul-less; violent men who through taunting, separated God’s servants from their source of power (1 Chronicles 20:5-8). It will be that way again. Wimpy saints need not apply. Are we buckled up and ready (Revelation 13:4-7)?

Like Goliath, the huge man from Gath, “sons of the gods” have physical features that do not belong to humans (1 Chronicles 20:6-7). In addition to their immense size and strength, they have an aura of indestructibility. Nebuchadnezzar referred to this in a remark he made in Daniel 3. When, after casting Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego into the fire, he peered into the furnace and said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (3:25)

To many futurists, the growing attachment to robotics signals the inevitable end of humanity. I see the robotics trend as the re-emergence of the Nephilim, the sons of god. Roaming the earth as before, they will be re-packaged versions of the heroes of old. Yet, like bygone days, they possess inhuman characteristics. Compared to men, they are taller, stronger, bigger, smarter, without emotion or affection. Their creation is fueled by man’s desire for power.

We saw these beings in Noah’s day before the Flood (Genesis 6), again, in the time of the twelve spies (Numbers 13), and before David ruled Jacob (1 Samuel 17). Better buckle up!

As for men, some crave the title “supreme ruler of the earth.” That is all the opening Satan needs. He is the seducer of the proud, convincing them they are gods. As to their ambition, if they conceived it and believed it, they will achieve it! —all with the evil one’s help, of course.

In Part 5, we will look at the one step remaining. Cyborgs are in production, but how will the sons of god and their humanoid counterparts, the beautiful daughters of men, be activated to fulfill their mission?

In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” (Ezekiel 28:1b NIV, cf. Revelation 17:15) 

What will the soon-to-be-revealed Beast or Antichrist be like? Prophecy in Ezekiel 28 has the answer. It is apparent after verse 10 that we are not reading about a human king, but about Satan himself. There is no doubt the beast will be Satan in human flesh.

In Ezekiel 28:1 the king says, “I am a god. I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” His arrogance in claiming to be a deity equals that of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (cf. Daniel 4:29-30). Also, we have the same arrogant spirit with Herod Agrippa before God struck him dead (Acts 12:21-23). Prideful, describes Satan in Isaiah 14:12-15, a condition that made him God’s enemy. Satan in female form describes the great prostitute of Revelation 17. Of her it was written, she sits on many waters, which in a prophetic context (see above) means peoples, multitudes, nations and languages (17:15). The same was said of Tyre’s king in Ezekiel 28:1 or was the beast of Revelation more in mind?

In summary, regarding the beast or antichrist, prophecy and the pattern of history warns of a coming, Satanic power who will be bent on overthrowing God’s rule, on destroying God’s people, and all while demanding universal worship.

It may seem like a stretch, but potentially, it fits with robotics’ potential for evil. For now, we need more Scriptural background so we can accurately predict where robotics is going.

According to Jesus, the end of the first age was a preview of what occurs in the last days (Luke 17:26). So how was life before the Flood? Something very weird was going on.

When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with men forever for they are mortal…” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:1-3a, 4 NIV)

Perhaps you have settled on a meaning for the above Genesis 6:1-4 passage. Consider this: What if we drop the upper case “G” in the NIV phrase the sons of God, since it could be misleading. (The upper case or capital G was a translator decision.) It helps to read this passage in the context of “I am a god” (lower case “g”) with Ezekiel 27 as a background. The sons of god helps us better understand the Nephilim before the Flood as a reason for God’s judgment. From Goliath’s example–which we will look at next time–we conclude the Nephilim were violent, soul-less, physically-superior beings that manifested the Antichrist spirit of arrogance.

Buckle up! Another crop of Nephilim are coming. Currently we call them Cyborgs. There is nothing new under the sun.

More Biblical background needs presented in Part 4, then we can better tie the past to today’s fast-changing world of robotics.

He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. (Revelation 13:15 NIV)

Early 20th century Satanist, Aleister Crowley, authored what became known as “the law of Thelema.” Essentially, this law states, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” In a nutshell, the law of Thelema speaks of the fist defiantly raised toward heaven, declaring “I am God.”

Satan is never more empowered, than when we, God’s creation, cast off restraint and ignore any and all claims the Lord has on us. Paul urged the Ephesians, “…and find out what pleases the Lord.” (5:10). Encouraging believers to learn what pleases God (then doing it) is the antithesis of the law of Thelema. Crowley’s idea of complete autonomy originated in the pit. We were created to please our Sovereign Lord and Master. Many will choose to be served instead.

Last time, I wrote that in Part 2 I would attempt to connect the rebellion at Babel to the field of robotics. Robots are sophisticated machines designed to do work or perform functions man cannot do or do as efficiently.

For example, robots are already doing beneficial surgeries and precise assembly-line or warehouse work. However, it is their capability to wage war that ought to make everyone take notice. Picture J.R. Tolkien’s army of Orcs in The Lord of the Rings as they were being birthed in the slime and heat of earth’s underbelly. It isn’t fantasy anymore.

Robot soldiers require a creator and, therefore, a master. They need a god to do the designing, engineering and building. They need experts in information technology to install programs that control their actions.

The appeal is power, and robots represent power. Acting as a god, the robot’s master does as he “wilt,” but, with some know-how, he can make a humanoid also do as he (the master) “wilt,” for good or for evil.

We have exceeded critical mass. Hearty acceptance has created demand. What has begun cannot be stopped, that is, not until the Lord intervenes.

What about robotic killer tanks that outperform (i.e. out destroy) human operated tanks? Buckle up! The prototypes are developed and have impressed in mock battle. As a result, Russian military chiefs have greenlighted production.

Off the drawing board and field tested are killer robots that can target using facial recognition. (Might this include recognizing those without the beast’s mark on the forehead or hand?) Buckle up! It’s coming.

Underway is a plan to create a human-like population devoid of God’s image. Has earth seen their kind before? Yes, prior to Noah’s Flood.

Next, in Part 3, we will examine what is motivating the recent advancements in robotics, in particular, the production of Cyborgs, machines designed to look and function like humans.

The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:12 NIV)

Almost a century ago, “Think and Grow Rich” author, Napoleon Hill, wrote: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Variations on this theme have dominated self-help books and motivational talks since the idea for them began. Maybe there is something to the notion.

The Lord acknowledged the potential for accomplishing the impossible when he incorporated the divine image in man (Matthew 17:20). He deposited within Adam an ability given to angels: For good or evil, if it could be conceived and believed, it could be achieved. The bad side of this is it created a necessity to rid heaven of all who conceived or believed they could displace the Most High (Isaiah 14:12-15). The same thing happened on earth.

All like Korah, in Numbers 16, who would challenge God’s authority (Psalm 2:1-3), or deny His power (2 Timothy 3:5), or seek to share in His glory (Isaiah 42:8), must face everlasting banishment.

Nurturing subversive thoughts toward God immediately identifies the creature as His enemy. The Flood erased the first population of wicked who took a stand against the Almighty. After the end of this age, the second group of wicked will be looked for, but they will not be found (Psalm 37:10). A final purge will follow this age by a thousand years.

Babel was an early example of God’s respect for iniquity. In defiance of His command to spread out and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1), the people of Babel settled in one place and built for themselves a city. In it, they constructed a tower that reached to the sky.

They had acquired a mindset that it was no big deal to upset God’s laws. The tower was their way of showing God they did not fear another flood judgment. Their attempted overthrow was halted when they were scattered to the four winds. Nevertheless, what was conceived in their hearts was spread with them—witness the many tall city skylines around the world.

Well buckle up. They–meaning the rebels–are at it again. In defiance of God, they conceived a new plan to overthrow His rule and set laws. In Genesis 11, the invention that fueled Babel’s insurrection was brick-making. The breakthrough this time around has come in technology. Propelling Babylon the Great’s future conquests are recent developments in robotics.

In Part 2, we will begin to explore the potential for evil of robotics.

“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for a word from the LORD, but they will not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12 NIV)

Like most Americans, I never experienced famine. In the midst of famine, people are not just hungry; they starve to death.

When God spoke through his prophet Amos, he promised a judgment—a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger, searching for a single word from the Lord, but they will not find it. Not a scarcity of words [plural], but an absence of a single word from God’s mouth.

Add famine of the Word to the list of tribulations to be endured before Jesus returns. After three years of solitary confinement in a late 40’s and early 1950’s Communist prison, Richard Wurmbrand could barely recall his name, let alone Scripture. No light of day, no conversation and no books. Nothing. Dead silence. Is that what a famine of the Word would be like?

Recently, I read a heartfelt comment on The Priests of God. It struck me that we may already be in a famine judgment’s early stages. He wrote, “I was so thirsty for truth that I didn’t know I was thirsting. It’s like being hungry for so long your stomach stops hurting and your body just accepts it as normal. The truth is rarely taught here.” (“Here,” in his case, meant where he attends Christian services.) Food is offered, but it isn’t really.

In a food and nutrition-conscious culture, Christians may be spiritually malnourished and not know it. In other words, we can grow accustomed to eating food devoid of nutritional benefit. Junk food fills, but robs us of our appetite for fruits and vegetables. Some will reject the spiritually healthy, opting instead for the chips, cake and soda of our religious culture.

If ears do not want to hear, the Lord will go silent. Word must be in us, in our heart and mind, or it won’t be anywhere. Take a lesson from the ant. Store up God’s Word now. It is going to be a long, cold, silent winter. Famine is coming.

 

Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise from men more than praise from God. (John 12:42-43 NIV)

Some leaders love to create dependence in their followers. They desire to be sole arbiters of what is right and good. They enjoy the attention they receive, particularly the deference given for their opinion on matters of faith and politics.

When the flock comes for their weekly feeding, the shepherd is there with the spoon and bucket. They would not have it any other way. Control the diet and you control the sheep. Keep them calm and sedated. Lull the sheep into passivity and the shepherd has done their job. The best compliment is “Nice sermon” said with a satisfied smile.

Let’s say one of the sheep steps out of the routine of scanning recommended devotionals, old sermons, church newsletters or other pastoral-approved materials. On his own he reads the Bible. He finds a passage that sounds like an ominous warning. It unsettles a spirit that had been asleep. Seeking understanding, he reads the word of the prophet to his shepherd. The glare he receives for his unauthorized reading is so intense that the trite explanation is quickly forgotten. The look threatened to end his spoon fed ritual. Once sheep taste the Word of Life, they seldom return to their docile past. Taste and see that the LORD is good… (Psalm 34:8)

Many religious leaders, began to put their faith in Jesus. Though they were supposed leaders, they were more like followers. They had been spoon fed their entire religious lives, yet they discovered Christ’s words had power. They loved the food from heaven that came from his mouth. They were secret admirers. How they wished they could speak openly about their joy, but they were afraid. The message was clear: Follow Christ and no longer be welcome at synagogue. Become one of his disciples, and be a pariah within your “former” religious community.

Spoon fed Christians pay a price–sooner or later. Their reliance on a shepherd that pacifies and puts at ease will leave them helpless when disaster strikes. When events take place that prophets warned about, the hireling will disappear and their spoon will go with them. If there is no personal Bible study of the prophets, then sheep are in great danger of starvation when evil reigns. If we are not self-feeding and God dependent, then our reliance on the spoon will leave us with little choice but to die.

I know what I am talking about; I used to be a shepherd spooning it out every Sunday. Then I tasted the pure, spiritual word of God. It cost me a secure vocation and comfortable lifestyle, but, oh, how I love to teach hungry saints to feast on the Word.

In times of disaster, they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty. (Psalm 37:19)

 

So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  (Matthew 24:15-16 NIV)

“Watch out that no one deceives you.” With this warning in Matthew 24:4, Jesus began his detailed description of events preceding the sign of his coming and the end of the age. Deception will be rampant, so our Good Shepherd shows his love for the flock by sounding an alarm. As in the past, many disciples will turn away from following Christ (Matthew 24:10-11, cf. John 6:66, Revelation 12:4, 9). How will this happen? The answer is by severe trials and deceit in the mouths of trusted leaders (cf. Matthew 16:21-23).

“If the plain sense makes sense, we have the right sense.” This is a general rule for interpretation. Nothing can be plainer than Matthew 24. In this prophecy and its parallels in Mark and Luke, Jesus gave a chronology of signs that are introduced with terms like following, then or immediately after. So, we have a sequence of events.

Many Pre-tribulation rapture teachers (PTR) who are fond of advocating for a literal interpretation of the Word, attempt to muddy the waters of Matthew 24.  They do this to protect their doctrinal view. Other passages will invite a verse-by-verse exposition, but not Matthew 24. Some go so far as to say Matthew was written specifically for Jews. (They rightly point out the Church is not mentioned in Matthew 24-25. An argument from silence; the weakest of all arguments.) Watch out for this deception! Esteemed Bible teachers will use this or similar frail arguments to hinder disciples from gaining a proper understanding of prophetic events–all to preserve the PTR position.

They imply Jesus’ Olivet Discourse does not matter, since it was written for Jews, not the Gentile Church. “Christians,” they say, “will be raptured prior to the tribulations described in Matthew 24.” According to these teachers, Jews, will have to endure the Great Tribulation, along with the highly fictional “Second Chance Christians.” Jews have a history of suffering, some argue they deserve it. Anti-Semitism is alive and well in the church.

If Matthew 24 was simply for Jews, to whom did Mark (chapter 13) or Luke (21) write their Gospel version of the same Olivet Discourse? Common sense must be used. Jesus was addressing disciples, whether Gentile or Jew. As a warning, “Make sure no one deceives you” is only relevant to followers. Many will fall away at the end. This pertains to Christians led astray by false prophets and false christs.

Let the reader understand could not have been directed at contemporary Jews. Who among them would read Matthew? The command was intended for Bible-toting Christians. It is for us, those who name Jesus as Savior and live in the end times.

Let the reader understand are Jesus’ words to modern-day the Church, particularly Bible students. They have God’s Word; so, they are without excuse. If we do not know what takes place, how can we prepare. Ahead of a favorite PTR verse, Matthew 24:36, Jesus summarized his prophecy by saying, “See, I have told you ahead of time.”

The Word judges us, so let the reader understand. Not reading prophecy to take it to heart denies disciples of great blessing (Revelation 1:3). Neglecting Jesus’ warnings begs another question, “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3)

“Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming ‘I am the Christ,’ and deceive many.” (Matthew 24:4 NIV)

In Part One, we witnessed Simon’s quick transformation. In Matthew 16, he was elevated from the ordinary to Disciple-extraordinaire, Peter. Picture him in Matthew 16:18-19 with a proud and pious look, holding the keys to the kingdom.

In three short verses, it all changes. He has horns and resembles the devil. In moments, Simon went from exalted status to Jesus’ enemy. He transitioned from celebrity saint to Satan. What line did he cross with God? The same one prominent Christians transgress on a regular basis. Peter knew who Jesus was, (i.e. the Son of the Living God), yet, in Matthew 16:22, he undermined prophecy. (“Never Lord. This shall never happen to you.”)

Peter knew some things, but the future was not one of them. He should have shut-up and listened to Jesus. Disciples are notorious for not taking prophecy to heart. They may know in part, presuming they know the whole, but it is what they don’t know that makes them dangerous. The wise are aware of how much they do not know, but the fool thinks he knows everything.

Jesus gave us the essentials in his Olivet Discourse. He instructed disciples on the basics for overcoming at the end of this age (Matthew 24:3, Mark 13:4, Luke 21:7). He, who is sovereign over all things, told his followers in advance (Matthew 24:25). Have we taken these words to heart? Have we listened to Jesus’ words, or do we let the well-intentioned Peters feed us a diet of fake prophecy?

The end times will be marked with a great falling away. Authorities will attempt to undermine God’s prophetic word. They will describe a different future than the one Jesus presented in Matthew 24:9-10. Religious leaders will become a major stumbling block to saints who take prophecy to heart.

Three times in Matthew 24 (vs. 4, 11 and 24), Jesus warns about deception. But does it matter to those who know only part? “Many will fall away because of me,” is not just a prediction, but, because of who said it, it is an absolute. The Lord said many disciples will fall away, not just a few on the fringes.

Has apostasy or a falling away ever happened? Of course it has. History presents a pattern. For example, many disciples could not accept Jesus’ hard teaching in John 6. Then what? We learn, “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” (John 6:66)

When the going got tough, many, who had followed in the good times, bailed. We can understand desertion by pretenders, but what about the Lord’s inner circle, the twelve? In John 6:67-69, they had refused to leave Jesus.

As the cross of Calvary drew nearer, Jesus’ twelve disciples declared that even if they faced death, they would never leave him. Before that, in Matthew 26:31, Jesus said they would all fall away, and quoted Old Testament prophecy confirming it. So, were they there to the end or, that very night, as Jesus said, did they fall away?

Jesus never entrusted himself to men (John 2:23-24). Men will often reject the literal words of Jesus, and listen instead to sources like Peter.  If we read the whole, and not just part, we would know fake prophets will come and that those who stand firm to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

Teachers will give the many what they want to hear. They purpose not to know the whole, only the part that suits them. So, the many are set up for a major deception. (My people perish for lack of knowledge.)

“A little learning is a dangerous thing,” so wrote Alexander Pope. Anyone who owns, or has access to a Bible, has no excuse. Ahead of time, Jesus told us all we need to know. For shame if we do not take his foreknowledge to heart.

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