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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?”

 

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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.

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.

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)

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