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I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved… (Romans 11:25-26a NIV)

While watching Christian TV recently, the teacher got my attention. He said that viewers should keep their eyes on Israel since they are the focus of Bible prophecy. On the face of it, I heartily endorse his statement, so I wanted to find out what he meant. He went on to state that while the Church will be taken up in the rapture to be with Christ at the beginning of the tribulation, a righteous remnant of Israel will remain on earth to suffer through the great tribulation. This is a classic misreading of Scripture by Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) followers. Though his conclusion was far afield, I was reminded that seeing Israel in prophecy was a tremendous contribution made by the PTR movement almost a century and a half ago.  Before that Israel was written off. In God’s kingdom, there was only the Church.

It was obvious that the TV preacher understood Israel in terms of the modern Middle East Jewish state. However prophecy’s focus is not on the nation “Israel” per se, but on “the Israelites,” the twelve tribes of Jacob, the restored family once ruled by David. It is misleading to label God’s people as the Church or anything but Israel. More than the Church is included in God’s plan of salvation. Israel is! This is the subject of Paul’s mystery regarding the grafted olive tree in Romans 11, so let’s look!

In his illustration (11:5-36), Paul starts with the remnant (people) of Israel chosen by grace. The remnant represents the root, the people on earth to whom God’s covenant was given, for as Jesus said to the woman at the well, salvation comes from the Jews (John 4:22). There was no Gentile remnant. They were excluded from the covenant. Yet because of God’s kindness, the disobedience of many gave opportunity for His mercy to displayed to the Gentiles. Supported by the root, the wild olive branch (the people from the nations) was grafted in. Warned against arrogance, the grafted in branch should remain humble and grateful to their roots. The two will become one. No more Jew and Gentile, but one glorious people of God named Israel. The remnant root will give life to the wild-by-nature olive branch until Gentiles world-wide are swallowed up in Israel. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”  (Romans 11:26b-27) 

This is a mystery. Former distinctions will disappear. There will be one King ruling over one people, the Israelites (Acts 1:6, John 16:16). There will be one people against whom the Ancient Dragon will rage; the saints who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 14:12). Even before this age ends, the two will be manifest as the reunited family of Israel. Count on it!

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Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'” (Matthew 15:10-11 NIV)

Promoters of hate and discontent are going to come, but woe to the reapers of that seed. The Bible cites examples of discord organizers. The first is Satan, the great dragon. He stirred rebellion among a third of heaven’s angels (Revelation 12:4, 9). Korah and Absalom are two more sowers of discontent. In Numbers 16, Korah’s self-promotion convinced 250 elders that he, Dathan and Abiram were the ones to lead Israel. After so many years wandering in the wilderness and eating manna, causing hate and discontent was easy. For his rebellion against Moses and Aaron, Korah and his followers paid a terrible price.

Absalom, son of David, disguised his hatred for his father. He waited for the opportunity to stir discontent for the king’s rule. Sowing seeds of dissatisfaction while appearing regal, was his method to overthrow his father. Forced to flee for his life, David’s reign and his life appeared to be almost over. However, it was Absalom who died (2 Samuel 14-18). The Lord intervened. God opposed the sowers of hate and discontent, Satan, Korah and Absalom, by actively defending his established order.

Fascists like Adolph Hitler or Communists like Mao Tse-Tung were skilled in the ways of Absalom and Korah. Inciting the people is the devil’s prescription for seizing power, but there is a big price to pay.

But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what make a man ‘unclean’… (Matthew 15:18-19)

The scene I describe is happening a lot recently. As the speaker walked toward the center stage, she was greeted by boos and hisses. She was invited to speak on behalf of one side of the debate about guns in the hands of private citizens. So what did those who protested gun violence have to say? Someone from the audience rushed the stage and shouted “Burn her!” The “her” was Dana Loesch, spokeswoman for the gun owner’s rights organization, the NRA. Ms. Loesch managed to make her argument amid the hostility but confessed later she would not have been able to exit safely were it not for her security detail.

Think of this for a moment. Those vehemently opposed to guns, spewed violence, hatred and discord. This proves it is not guns that kill people, but people do.

Divisive issues of our day are many. Spurred on by the media’s quest for high ratings, the image is the same: angry protesters, placards with hate-filled slogans, shouted obscenities and threats. A few sit back and smile. They want the fires, the physical beatings and the destruction for they sowed the seeds. The murder and slander, the evil thoughts and the false witness came from their heart and spread like a virus.

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,

The good man brings good things out of the good stored in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)

No culture has ever survived the level of hatred, slander and violence currently spread across America. Murderous thoughts cannot be outlawed by legislation. Only Christ can change the heart (ex. Acts 7:59- 8:1).

Hatred and slander are manifestations of a heart mastered by sin, just as love is evidence of a heart God’s Spirit has mastered.

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” (Matthew 5:21-22a)

Anger directed at our brother and murder come from the same polluted well. Instead of hate, rebellion and dissatisfaction, if we sow love and contentment we will reap a harvest of peace, and, in the process, we shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9). 

Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

“What is truth?” Pilate asked. (John 18:37b-38a NIV)

What is truth?” Pilate asked. Was it relative? Was truth whatever Caesar said it was?

“Fact-checking” is what America’s mainstream media (ex. The Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, etc.) offers to the public. They seem happy to point out the less-than-factual claims of Donald Trump. But who fact-checks the fact-checkers? Someone should. They should be subject them to the same scrutiny since their accuracy record is not too good. One conservative member of the broadcast media proclaims he is “America’s truth-detecter.” He claims to be “almost always right”?

Who is the real arbiter of what is true or false? Truth is a person, but not just any person. May I introduce you to Jesus? If you do not know who He is, don’t expect help from Google Home. Google’s smart audio device cannot identify Jesus or God, nor can Amazon’s Alexa. They seem to know everybody else, but when it comes to Jesus or God, they “do not have that information.” So can we trust them to know the truth?

Jesus came for the purpose of testifying to the truth. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Americans have a dilemma they brought on themselves. They have embraced a multitude of ideologies. Each claims truth is on their side, yet all claims are equally valid. But truth does not take sides, it stands alone as judge. Deceit takes sides. The best we can do is be on the side of truth.

Jesus came to destroy the work of the devil (the deceiver), by testifying to the truth. When the Antichrist comes, he will claim he is “Truth.” Antichrist’s spirit is saturating the globe. The manifestation of it is seen in what comes from the deceiver’s mouth as well as that of the deceived. Jesus warns, “Watch out that no one deceives you” and “See, I have told you ahead of time.” (Matthew 24:4, 25)

Confusing claims of truth witnessed in politics are heard in the Church of Jesus Christ. Proof is the thousands of denominations and different groups. Only one can be true, or possibly none. Truth is not arbitrary.

Any other foundation than Christ is a lie. Yet even a foundation on Christ can be later become a lie. Soon God will judge his household with this question: You started your race, but did you continue in the truth? Every work that presumes to be of Christ will be tested by fire. Judgment on the household of faith is laid out in Revelation 2-3. We must examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Contentment comes from Biblical illiteracy or neglect.

Jesus answered the Samaritan woman by saying that her people worshiped what they did not know, yet Jews worshiped what they did know, for salvation comes from the Jews (John 4:22). Samaritans had a faith built on a lie (an idol). Jews were given the truth by God, but they turned from the Scripture and incorporated the lie (idols) instead. Were Jews saved because of their foundation in God or a relationship to Abraham? Many thought so. Were the Samaritans saved because of their sincere devotion to idols? Are we saved because we “prayed once at a church altar?” Salvation entails more than a foundation, it needs a persistent following of the truth.

Salvation is not something we secured in the past and then forgot. Neither is a house ours if we fail to keep it up, or if we default on the mortgage or taxes. Paul taught Timothy. God wants all people everywhere to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. There is one God and one mediator between man and God, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:4)

We must add to our faith, truth, or accept the consequences. Truth is a standard by which we live. Christ is the cornerstone on which to build. The stone Jewish builders with the right foundation had rejected.

If we think we have attained truth, we are mistaken. Truth is based on love, so if we think we know it all but have not love, we have nothing. Truth is Jesus. Eagerly pursue Christ-likeness. Blind guides offer a path with many on it. The way to LIFE is narrow and there are few on it.

What is truth? Only that which comes directly out of the mouth of God. Truth and salvation are mutually dependent. Unless we know who is truth, we will never know “What is truth?”

 

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect for everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. (1 Peter 2:17 NIV)

All are keenly aware whenever they are legitimately disrespected. America’s president Donald Trump made it clear from his interview in Davos, Switzerland this week that his administration felt disrespected by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. With the $100’s of millions in aid the U.S. doles out annually going to his government, he still refused to meet with Michael Pence during the vice-president’s recent visit. For the slap in the face, the hefty sum America sends to the PLO is now “on the table.” The money flow has stopped. Abbas broke a simple rule: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”

“As in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.” -Jesus

What is there about us? We know instantly when we are disrespected? There is a built-in sense. Certainly President Trump knows and has chosen Twitter to return fire–which is his trademark. “An eye for an eye.” He is not given to turning the other cheek, the Lord’s way of dealing with persecution. Striking back only empowers our enemies, but the illusion of impunity emboldens the attackers as well. It is an illusion because God and God-fearers are fully aware of their lack of reverential awe and disrespect.

We are made in God’s image. When we are ill-treated, God feels it. For that reason, we should treat each other according to the Golden Rule: “As in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12) 

Christians are the best of citizens.” -St. Augustine

To get respect, we must earn respect. Peter’s teaching (above) came during a horrific period of history. Nero’s persecution had broken out on the pretext that Christians started the fire that destroyed much of  Rome. Innocent followers of Christ were burned alive, others ripped to pieces by wild dogs, still others lost all possessions. Suffering unjustly had to elicit the deepest of negative emotions. With apostolic authority, Peter taught to respect everyone, to love the believers and to unconditionally honor Nero, their murderous king.  Saint Augustine would later observe, “Christians are the best of citizens.” Of all people, saints should understand both dimensions of respect.

“Fear God and obey his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13b)

Respect is in short supply. As a result, nations like the U.S. are dividing into factions. Respect has not been taught or re-enforced in the home. Disrespect is taught by example, then protected and encouraged through various institutions. Insults, slander, lies, corrupt talk and open threats against authority, are an assault against the order established by God. Rebellion against the king is rebellion against the Lord himself. The vertical dimension of respect is founded on the oft repeated precept, “Fear God and obey his commands.” The fear of God has to be taught and enforced from generation to generation or all restraint will disappear and the divided state will fall.

We do not choose between treating others with dignity and loving God, for how can we love God whom we have not seen, if we hate our brother whom we have seen? The answer is that we cannot. Hate that manifests itself in shouting down, shutting up or tearing down a fellow human being, is hatred of God and what he has created.

Everyone must submit himself to  the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established… Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1, 2)

If there is no fear of the king’s sword, then God still has a way of punishing the disrespectful. For his insolence, President Abbas may be humbled by a loss of funds. God commands fear, respect and honor, as does the king. If we curse (“Raca”) our brother, then at our King’s discretion, death and judgment may follow (Matthew 5:22, 22:5-7)

The disrespectful will be purged. The humble will be exalted. As to the one who spits in God’s face, they will feel His wrath. Their knee will bow and their tongue will confess, to the glory of God the Father, that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). Immediately after their confession and humiliation, into the eternal fire they go.

It all starts with God. And so, with the sixth commandment in mind, God asks, “If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” (Malachi 1:6a). The vertical dimension governs the horizontal. In an age of unprecedented lack of respect, many Christians ought to be more concerned.

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. …you received the spirit of Sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:14-17 NIV)

It is God’s purpose that his saints be conformed to the likeness of his Son, so he [that is, Christ] might be the firstborn among many brothers (Romans 8:29). The children of God are led by the Spirit of God, and so they earn the right to be called God’s sons and heirs.

In John 20:22, Jesus breathed on our spiritual ancestors, the disciples. Infused with The LIFE of God, they became “Christ-like ones,”–which is what “Christian” means (Acts 11:26). Paul declared, “We have the mind of Christ”  (1 Corinthians 2:16). We are not robots. We serve God by our freewill. We have been gifted with the Spirit, so we fulfill His good purpose, reproduce after our kind, and spread His Good News.

When the world sees a saint, they see Jesus. Satan’s plan is similar, but produces the opposite effect. He cannot create life, so, to cause chaos, he corrupts what God made. He must tempt the wicked (rebels) to build something akin to humanity. The goal of making a counterfeit is to supplant God’s design with something superior.

Satan will soon unveil his likeness. The devil’s version will be a false Christ. His “cyborg sons and daughters” will be masterful copies of humanity, but their mission is to destroy humanity. Replacing the beings God made with robots made by men, will accomplish the devil’s purpose of being worshiped.  Satan, the beast and false prophet will not rest until they have erased God’s image from the earth and replaced it with robots.

The devil will almost succeed. Those he cannot persuade or seduce to take his mark (i.e. the elect), he will try to destroy. By creating a race of indestructible giants (cyborgs), physically and intellectually superior to anything human, the beast will have an army that, seemingly, no one can make war against.

Added to his scheme is the woman or great prostitute, the great seductress. She, too, will reproduce herself, so her likeness appears everywhere. Her images, or those of her prostitute daughters, will seduce and intoxicate kings, rulers and the earth’s mighty men. Military power to destroy; wealth and luxuries to corrupt; and sexual power and a potent addictive wine to seduce, all form a triumvirate of evil. God will foil the plan of the beast, and thwart the purposes of the evil one.

When I see contemporary news items that seem to fit with prophecy, I feel obliged to share it. I write so the last day saints can stand against the devil’s schemes for their struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:10-13). Was it Paul’s intention to describe robots? No, he merely passed on to the saints that which he heard from God (cf.  2 Peter 1:19-21).

There is no turning back. Robots, artificial intelligence and cyborgs are with us to the end of this age. They will make their contribution to Babylon the Great, with its power, deceit, intoxication and luxuries. God’s people must flee, and remain as distant as possible. Be warned. “Buckle up. It’s coming!”

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Below are a few of the many recent news articles related to this series. (Others were available, but they appear in tabloids that contain suggestive material.)

The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead, MYSTERY -BABYLON THE GREAT -THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES -AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:4-5 NIV)

It is fair to label my concerns about robots as extreme, since I have virtually ignored their benefits. I realize there are positive applications; but, the risk outweighs the reward. I have focused on cyborgs that are built to destroy or to serve as glorified prostitutes. I’ve attempted to alert saints to the relationship that robots have to the prophesied work of Satan.  If that makes me a nut, so be it.

Question: Biblically, must the beast be male? We know “he” is by the pronoun, but could the beast also be a woman? Brothers and sisters, I introduce to you Satan in female form, “she” is dressed in scarlet and purple, glittering with gold. She is the evil counterpart of the woman with twelve stars for a crown, in Revelation 12, the Mother of God’s Son and of the saints, that is the house of Jacob, which includes Israel’s sons and Zion’s daughters  (Revelation 12:17, 14:12).

The angel, in Revelation 17, unveiled the woman responsible for earth’s mad dash to destruction (ref. Revelation 16). She is the great prostitute (17:1). “With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries. (17:2)

The wine of her adulteries may be a preview of a potion so powerful that it creates instant addiction while serving as a potent aphrodisiac. Might this recipe be unique to the sexbot of the future? Indeed, the devil will wait to serve up the “best” wine at the end (John 2:10

Adultery is highlighted in the Revelation 17 text above, but what does it mean? Dictionary On-Line defines “adultery” as “voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than his or her lawful spouse.”

Our “no fear of God,” sex-obsessed culture is ripe for sexbots, or robots used for adulterous purposes? Some will argue robots are not persons—but distinctions between humanoids and people are being blurred (see Part 8, “citizenship” and “legal rights”). So, which is it? Do bots have the rights of humans or not? We cannot have it both ways.

Sex outside of God’s bounds may be acceptable to rebels, yet, it is still sin against God. Even more of an affront, the Lord refers to some sex practices as detestable or an abomination (Leviticus 18:22). Abominations are beyond the pale, and, as such, lead to death (Romans 1:24-32). Do the terms relate to the great prostitute and her consorts? They certainly do! What is in her cup in Revelation 17? What is her title? She is the mother of the abominations of the earth.

The woman is mother to all abominations, as well as to all prostitutes. A prostitute generally exchanges sex acts for a payment. In the last days, fools will think they are receiving free sex, but the prostitute’s reward will be the eternal damnation of human souls, or the blood of saints (Revelation 17:6).

Regarding the woman herself committing adultery with the kings of the earth, is that do-able? No, she does not have omnipresence, so she could not be a solo act. May I be frank? Kings won’t have what another king has cast off. We must look for a different understanding of 17:2, one that assumes that currently, we are in the last days.

Scattered among the nations, what if the kings of the earth commit adultery with the prostitute through her surrogates? What if it is accomplished through her multitude of “daughters.” From Revelation 13:15, we see how the great prostitute will reproduce her image (icon) thousands of times over, just as the beast’s replicas are produced.

Regarding 13:15, if the great prostitute breathes (exhales her spirit) on her indestructible likenesses, and they come to life with her seductive, murderess, deceitful and totally evil personality, then what will follow will be great distress for the saints. Greater than in the days before the Flood, unleashed will be a threat to humanity’s existence in a totally unprecedented way (Matthew 24:21-22).  Jesus told us ahead of time (Matthew 24:25).

We will wrap this up the next time. In Part 11, we will offer more Scriptural support for the role of images during the time of Satan’s wrath, preceding Christ’s return.

Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:13-14 NIV)

Evil spirits (pneumas) looking like frogs coming forth, like breath, from the mouth of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. The spirits of demons cannot be disembodied. They must inhabit a physical body if they are to perform miraculous signs. The evil beings will be demon-filled humanoids and cyborgs. They resemble humans but are not. They are soul-less, emotion-less, and without mercy. They are markedly superior to their human counterparts, physically as well as intellectually, yet are programmed to serve a master.

Robots that are mobile, agile and able to carry on a conversation are here. Humanoids, so closely resembling actual people that it is hard to tell them apart. Add to that cyborgs, human-like machines that have facial recognition ability. All currently in production. Behind this march toward “progress” are governments and leaders with vast resources.

In an earlier post, we referred to “the last piece,” that is, the last piece of Satan’s doomed plan to overthrow God. The Revelation 16 passage (above) sets the stage. The last piece is in place and the Great Cosmic Conflict of the Ages is about to begin.

As to the beast’s army, consider this: Satan is not a creator. There is only One Creator. He, however, is a seducer and a counterfeiter. From 1 Kings 22:12, we recognize who the seduced are: They are those who believe the devil’s lie. (“We will succeed and be victorious.”)

Seducing spirits will speak deceitfully and perform miracles. The seduced will be in awe of their power resulting in both deceiver and deceived alike going to their destruction.

After his resurrection, Jesus miraculously appeared to his disciples. He told them he was sent by the Father, and that he was then sending them. With that, our Lord breathed on his followers and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (20:22)

In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus’ disciples were commissioned to go into all the world and reproduce themselves (i.e. make other disciples or Christ-followers). Being filled with the Holy Spirit and with power, they were to be his witnesses, first in Jerusalem, then all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Satan’s mocking attempt to duplicate Jesus’ commission of his saints in John 20:21, is revealed in Revelation 13:15. His False Prophet will breathe “soul-less life” into the beast’s images. He commissions them to receive his spirit, which is: the spirit of abominations, of extreme arrogance, of lies, and, among many other evils, deceit, robbery and murder.  Fulfilling Jesus’ prophecy in Luke 17:26, these beings receive a proud confession, “I am a son of god.” In short, they will possess antichrist’s spirit.

Someone will control the final generation of unconventional weapons: weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and cyber forces. Whoever controls them, controls the world. (According to Daniel 8:23-25, authority will belong to Antichrist, but only for a set time.)

It is all shaping up for an exciting finish. Buckle up.

In Part 7, we will look at another front in the war to end all wars, the home.

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.

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