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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.

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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)

 

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Watch out no one deceives you for many will come in my name claiming I am the Christ and will deceive many. (Matthew 24:4 NIV)

The Part-to-Whole fallacy may be explained this way: “Because part of a thing is true, it does not mean all of it is.”

The Galilean fisherman Simon was often right. In Caesarea Philippi, he hit the jackpot when Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matthew 16:15-16)

Like a seed, the disciple’s confession had been planted by the heavenly Father. It earned Simon a new name. From that time on, he was “the Rock.” (Matthew 16:17-18)

Peter enjoyed a new status. God spoke to him. With that heady experience behind him, he then felt qualified to contradict the word of Christ:

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” (Matthew 16:21-22)

Peter, the Rock, rebuked Jesus; though it is doubtful Simon would have been that brash. He must have been upset by what he deemed as “the Lord’s negative confession.” Peter wanted to hear only positive. He may have assumed that since he was granted special revelation about Christ’s divine person, he received divine revelation on prophecy as well. As far as who God is, even demons believe and tremble. (James 2:19)

Sharply, the Lord Jesus rebuked the Rock. “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matthew 16:23)

This is how it will be in the last days: Men and women will be esteemed and placed in positions of honor. They will receive wonderful revelations, even prophesying in Jesus’ name and performing miracles. They will draw large crowds and wow their audiences, thus becoming susceptible to Peter’s error (Matthew 7:22). Not every spirit is from God, so no one should assume they always speak or act for Him. Especially when it comes to prophecy, first test the spirits, or we may find ourselves opposing Christ (1 John 4:1).

Caveat emptor (“Let the buyer beware.”) Simply because our fine preacher or pastor has wonderful abilities, and rightly identifies Jesus as Lord, it does not mean he or she may not call God a liar. To assume our respected teachers or mentors know everything, without testing the spirits, places the responsibility for being deceived on our shoulders.

In Part 2, we will examine more evidence that, in the last days, the Part-to-Whole fallacy will cause many to fall into Satan’s deadly trap.

Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come to him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour–when darkness reigns. (Luke 22:52-53 NIV)

Forces of rebellion that have long been suppressed, are displaying their new found strength. It is natural for those who discover their muscle, to want to flaunt it. When they were weak, they would never consider a show of force, but with their bulging bicep comes a desire to exercise it on someone. The line drawn in the sand is no longer a boundary, but an invitation.

In these days, revolt has gone mainstream. Institutions of all sorts are flexing muscle they never had before and are challenging authority. Cities are declaring their own rule of law by their non-cooperation with federal law enforcement. The state of California is not only in non-compliance, but threatening to secede from the union. The once neutral judiciary has stepped into the fray by barring long-standing powers afforded the U.S. executive branch.  Higher education has made its presence felt among the rebels. Professors are inciting, then academically rewarding students for becoming active protestors. Much of the media has fanned the flames. What was once suspected, is out in the open.

Provocative and insulting remarks are the order of the day at gatherings of TV, music and movie personalities. Remarks that formerly would cause censure, are encouraged. It seems many want in on the act.

Not to be outdone, major sports has jumped in with both feet. The one escape there has always been from politics has waded into the revolution. One professional football player refused to stand for the national anthem. A year later, a spirit of rebellion has gained a wave of support among other football players, pro basketball players, and now baseball players, as well. Refusing to stand for the Star Spangled Banner is chic. Since the U.S. president jumped in and expressed his indignation over those who dishonor the flag, the floodgates have opened. Watch for Little League and Pee Wee football players to take a knee, not because they are praying; praying is illegal. They will be kneeling in protest like their sports heroes do.

This is the onset of the hour of darkness. It is what the beginning of the end looks like. It is when rebels start to reign. All my life, I have immersed myself in politics and sports. Sports was once a god that I worshipped. I am sickened by the whole mess, the entertainers, educators, athletes–all of it. When the nation comes to ruin–as it surely will–what solace will they take from their part in their country’s collapse?

As North Korea’s leaders take their threat of a nuclear attack  to a new level, home-grown revolutionaries, from all sectors, are doing the same. No one wants peace. There is no compromise. There is only an unquenchable appetite to show off their power. They are feeling it; the rich, the powerful and the famous are turning out in a show of force. Stadiums, arenas and theaters will soon be rubble. The hour of darkness will soon be upon us.

I grieve over what I see happening. My former idols are self-destructing. For all who claim loyalty to Jesus and his kingdom, the hour of darkness is a necessity. We must separate ourselves from the world. In the process, we must destroy our idols before they lead us into carrying clubs and swords, because after that comes the darkness.

 

 

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