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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.

There is a sin that leads to death. (1 John 5:16b NIV)

Our sex-crazed culture has exploded almost every moral boundary, except one. Soon we will cross that line, the one that leads to death. Our wicked and depraved generation appears destined to confront the robot prostitute. We will see them (sexbots) around the globe, gaining access to one home after another.

Below is a marketing pitch certain to entice fools to own a male or female sexbot prostitute.  Buckle up! It may go something like this:

“YOUR FAVORITE CELEBRITY OR IDOL CAN BE YOURS. Which movie star, famous athlete or supermodel do you want next to you at night? In 30-60 days, they can be in your office or home, ready to show off, satisfaction guaranteed. If your idea of fun is, let’s say, a bit out of the ordinary, no problem. With our great selection or custom service, you can pick the age, size, or kinky quirks you want. No laws are broken with a sexbot. Imagine the intimacy you crave—and the love you deserve!

“Fall head over heels for your beautiful doll or handsome hunk. Your bot is guaranteed to be faithful. They flirt only with you. They never run off; never cheat; never say “no,” never have a bad day; never have a headache; and never become sick. All you have to do for an amazing, long-lasting relationship is be gentle. While you are asleep charging your batteries, your bot will be doing the same. It’s that easy!

“Your bot is more than an unbelievable sex toy, they make terrific companions, too. Bright, conversational, witty and fun, you will talk the night away. And he or she will never run up your credit card or ask for an expensive divorce. They will never age, wrinkle or add weight in the wrong places.

Let’s say you get tired of your bot. What are your options? You could purchase a bot friend for him or her. Double your fun! But, if you insist, you can upgrade and receive top dollar for your trade-in. If you just need a little pizzazz added to your relationship, add a program to your personality package; for example, the “Let’s play!” app is a winner. And away you go!  You will feel like a teenager again.

“A robot is the perfect gift for the unhappy husband or wife. Be a friend. Sexbots will spice up any marriage. Know anyone single or divorced difficult to buy for? Who would not want a beautiful or handsome cyborg to call their own? Don’t let the price stand in your way—we have bots to fit any budget. So why not bring home the partner of your dreams. Quick, before supplies run out.

 Caveat emptor. *WARNING* If you fear God, or have a shred of love, morality or decency, have nothing to do with any of this! These images belong to the beast. They will become alive and turn against you. This is the devil’s trap. I would be willing to stake everything on it.

We are about to enter a dark time dominated by the great lie. Robots, like I described, will claim to be god then demand your worship. They will make you take the beast’s mark or kill you if you refuse. In the end, they will do Satan’s bidding, not yours. For sure, you can never say no one told you.

Stay buckled up for Part 10. The other half of the beast has not yet been told.

 

Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7:25-27 NIV)

The fall for many of Israel’s bravest warriors was not in battle, but in their tragic decision to enter the tents of Moab and Midian. In Numbers 25, we have the account of what happened. Thirty-thousand died when the Lord’s anger broke out against the Israelites who ignored their vows and committed sexual immorality and worshiped idols at Baal Peor. Buckle up! We will see a falling away like this again. It’s coming! A fatal attraction is coming, only worse.

The plot of the 2007 American film, “Lars and the Real Girl,” centered on a shy young man who, out of fear, rejected relationships with women his age. Instead, Lars purchases a blowup doll whose appearance and dimensions resembled a real girl. A psychiatrist encouraged family and friends to go along with Lars’ attachment to his doll. How far along becomes the question, as Lars affection grows for his girl and they show up (dating?) all over town. The community begins to question their approach to Lars, when invited to Lars’ wedding.

Crazy? I know. That was my thought as I caught scenes of this “comedy” on my fellow plane passenger’s in-flight monitor and researched the movie trailer for this post. Hearing the dialogue wasn’t necessary. I got the point.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. A headline appeared on The Drudge Report from Britain’s Daily Star On-line. They published an interview with a recent owner of a female sex robot (“sexbots” or “fembot”). (If you want to archive this, the gist of the headline was “Wife shares husband with sex robot.” I hope you take my word for it.)

I apologize for the salacious nature of this, but I believe it is extremely relevant to the present and the end times. The article–as I recall–described the fembot’s owner as wedded to the same woman for some 25 years. He extolled his new love (a robot) and all her virtues. He confessed that it would be tough if he had to decide between his sexbot and his wife.

In the article, the wife and robot were pictured sitting on opposite ends of a couch. The beautiful, buxom young blond was the mostly plastic fembot, of course. The wife was a real person, naturally showing her age, and not smiling. Sex several times a week was with the fembot (yes, the plastic robot), and that’s all I want to report on that subject. It sounds sick, because it is.

A few weeks earlier, another interview was similarly headlined in The Drudge Report, again from the Daily Star. This sex robot owner (let’s call him Lars) said that if anything happened to his wife, he would have no qualms about marrying his fembot. Lars was having an amazing time, since bringing his sex robot home. His wife was just fine with the arrangement, so he said.

In both interviews, the wives did not protest, but, as if married to a polygamist, how could they do anything but approve? How could the wives of the Israelites compete once their men sampled the pleasures offered by the women of Baal Peor?

Women have not been overlooked by sexbot manufacturers. According to fairly recent news reports, male sex robots received good reviews for partner satisfaction, in fact, they offered superior performance to their male human counterparts. God help us! And what will be the consequences if these reports prove accurate?

Other recent related stories in The Drudge Report have stated that because of their life-like qualities–including programmed emotions, and abilities–a humanoid has been awarded citizenship in one nation, and, legal rights are being discussed in others. (Check it out in The Drudge Report archives if you don’t believe me. I know it sounds really weird, but do we see where this is going?)

If you don’t see it yet, maybe Part 9 in this series will open your eyes. Buckle up!

They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires… (2 Timothy 3:6 NIV)

A review is in order. The devil is no creator; he is, however, a counterfeiter. His plan to take over the world hinges on acquiring the ability to crush his enemies (Revelation 13:4). Mass producing and controlling robots is a key part of his scheme. When human-like machines (images) come to life, his evil purposes will be set in motion. Soon, Satan’s army of Cyborgs will be launched with one mission–destroy all opposition.

Admittedly, this sounds like science-fiction or the fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, but this scenario also fits with the Bible. We cited prophecy in Revelation 13:15 noting that it foretells a future event involving the false prophet. The event will be the devil’s version of Jesus’ breathing his spirit into his disciples, equipping them to go into the world with the gospel (John 20:21, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8).

We cannot overlook other Biblical examples when life was breathed into the lifeless (cf. Genesis 2:7, 2 Kings 4:32-36, Revelation 11:11). One in particular, deserves special mention. The action starts with God’s question: “Son of man, can these bones live?” Read on about “The Valley of Dry Bones” in Ezekiel 37:3.

“This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life… Then you will know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 37:5, 6b)

So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet–a vast army. (Ezekiel 36:10)

From the beginning, Satan desired to be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:14). Soon he will possess a vast army that will come to life, eager to accomplish his evil purposes. In their sights, will be humans, the crown of creation. Most, like a third of the angels in heaven, will be led astray (Matthew 24:10). Seduced, the wicked then will worship the beast as god, and so be eternally condemned. The rest are the saints, the overcomers who stand firm to the end (Matthew 24:13). The people of God will be the objects of the evil one’s rage, for he will know his time is short (Revelation 12:12, 17). Now back to our subject and more current events.

When the word went out via social media that ISIS fighters were looking for women, flights were booked. An October 15, 2017, report in the on-line “The Daily Beast” stated that from Belgium alone, “500 women” responded and flew to Syria or Iraq to join the men of Jihad. At the time of the article, an estimated 100 of them had been killed.

Eager to show their allegiance to Allah, but not with rifles, the captured women of ISIS fulfilled another role. They provided the comforts of home for war-weary fighters and became willing mothers to bear their babies.

Publicized studies have reported that, in general, today’s women are having fewer children. American abortion rates are in decline, but so are conception rates. While births decrease, production for robotic devices cannot keep pace with the demand.

In Genesis 9:1, the Lord commanded Noah and his descendants to increase in number and fill the earth.  Forget all that. Instead of marrying and having children, today we are manufacturing humanoids. This will come back on the heads of rebels.

Buckle up. Coming to a home and family near you are the Cyborgs. We may have to look twice to determine if they are human. Cyborgs are not just robots; they have superior intellect, and, as far as being physically attractive, they will be custom built to suit one’s taste.

On the war front, humans are no match for robot tanks and Cyborg armies. On the home front, Cyborgs will win as well, that is, if you call sleeping in bed with the master or mistress a victory.

In Part 8, we will examine the marketing of Cyborgs. What will make them a desirable addition to any home?

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?

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