By Joseph Candel
Man’s knowledge has increased in these last two years, as it has in other recent years, but it now heads in more dangerous directions than in the past. Scientists are experimenting with life itself–attempting to clone human beings, grow body parts and organs, fuse man and beast in embryos, genetically modify man, either directly or through foods, which work on him from the inside. They walk a perilous path, one that they do not understand. The things that they create will not unlock the doors to more and abundant life, but will instead unleash unprecedented plagues and pestilences that they do not foresee.
As men seek to unravel the secrets of life in their carnal, scientific way, they also seek to combine it with machines. They seek new and improved robots to serve man, giving them artificial intelligence and mobility such as they’ve not had before. They seek to make man himself more of a machine, implanting chips, sensors, and electrodes to enhance man’s powers and intelligence.
These chips and implants come with many benign purposes: They increase security for children and protect them from abduction; monitor criminals; check the health of their subjects and release medicine into the body; they make identification quick and easy; prevent fraud; help monitor and increase productivity; and make life more convenient in many ways. In the last two years we’ve seen a great increase in the knowledge that has made such things possible and public acceptance of the devices themselves.
For example, the move to outfit people with electronic devices that can be swallowed, implanted in their bodies or attached to their skin via ?smart tattoos? could revolutionize health care and change the way people interact with devices and one another. Former DARPA director and now Google executive Regina Dugan is pushing an edible ?authentication microchip? along with an electronic tattoo that can read your mind. This isn?t being presented as a movie script about a futuristic scientific dictatorship that we know is coming, but this new technology is being presented as trendy and cool!
Dugan, who is Head of Advanced Technology at (Google-owned) Motorola, told an audience at the All Things D11 Conference that the company was working on a microchip inside a pill that users would swallow daily in order obtain the ?superpower? of having their entire body act as a biological authentication system for cellphones, cars, doors and other devices.
Would you swallow a Google microchip every day simply to access your cellphone? Critics call the trend intrusive, even sacrilegious. But others say it ultimately will make life better for everybody. Some researchers and executives envision a day when devices placed in people will enable them to control computers, prosthetic devices and many other things solely with their thoughts.
The edible microchip and the wearable e-tattoo are prime examples of how transhumanism is being made ?trendy? in an effort to convince the next generation to completely sacrifice whatever privacy they have left in the name of false rebellion, which is actually cultural conformism and convenience.
In the next 5 to 15 years we will see a rapid development in bioengineered and man-machine interfaces. This new technology is preparing the public for its future debut?the mark of the Beast (antichrist) economic system as predicted in the Bible.
?He [the False Prophet, top minister in the Antichrist’s government] causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on [or ‘in’] their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the Beast [the Antichrist], or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the Beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666? (Revelation 13:16-18).
Also, as we read about the second seal, the red war horse on the loose as described in the Bible in Revelation 6:3-4 we see the prospect of more major wars coming during this endtime period!
?And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.?
The specter of nuclear war has come again to haunt the hearts of men. Russia has openly threatened to use its nuclear weapons, either in self-defense or in an offensive, and China has been brandishing its weapons as well. North Korea is another nation that breathes out nuclear fire and brimstone, speaking great things. India and Pakistan, volatile and angry nations, also wave their warheads. While there have been many rumors of war in recent years and decades, the threat of a nuclear war had receded into the shadows after the Berlin Wall went down in 1989. But now it has returned and multiplied, striking fear into the hearts of men.
Jesus told us that during the time of the end that there.? ?shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.? (Luke 21:25-26)
Looking at the things which are coming to pass results in anxiety, stress, depression, sickness and suicide in unprecedented numbers. Fear is a common reaction to the threats of war. As people see that technology has not solved their problems, they worry and wonder. As their workload increases and they’re bombarded with constant, ever-increasing information and knowledge, they feel great stress. Seeing the shape that society has taken many become depressed. As they see how their children turn out, shaped by the influences around them, they become discouraged. Despite the promises of technology, modern comforts and conveniences, and affluence unknown in the past, the problems are not only the same, but are growing worse. Poverty persists. War threatens. Disease stalks and kills many. And with no faith or hope for the future and no joy in the present, the heart of man fails him.
However even if there?s a terrible storm and great destruction all around you, you won’t need to fear! The Lord says, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee, be not dismayed, I am thy God!–You shall be safe in the midst of storm, in the hollow of My hand, for underneath you are My Everlasting Arms.” (Isaiah 41:10; Deuteronomy 33:27)–He is always there, He’ll never ever leave you, for He promises, “I am with you always, even to the End of the World!” (Matthew 28:20)
Jesus will brighten your life and give you peace that the Bible says even “passes your own understanding–perfect peace, because you trust in Him!” (Philippians 4:7; Isaiah.26:3) No matter how dark or stormy or difficult the outward conditions may be, in your heart the sun can always be shining, the birds can always be singing, the flowers can always be blossoming, and all can be well and happy in Him!?Jesus loves you and will come into your life right now if you’ll just ask Him into your heart! He says, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come into him.” (Revelation 3:20)
SIMPLY PRAY: Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God and that You died for me. Please forgive me for all my sins. I ask You, Jesus, to please come into my heart and give me Your free Gift of Eternal Life! Help me to love You and to love others by telling them about You and Your Love.–In Jesus’ name I pray.