Tamarajo is an avid Bible Studier who loves nothing more than to seek out the treasures in God's Word and share them with others.
In the 1980s, the Christian world was abuzz with wild speculations about how the end-time events, prophesied in the Bible, would play out on the world stage. It was a pretty hot topic and a debated one as well. Many tried to sift through the cryptic imagery of the book of Revelation, along with many different interpretations. And most were left feeling very confused.
We are now 40 years from that time. Much has changed in our ability to see how present events fulfill the ancient writings of the Bible. It seems like it is all rolling out right before our very eyes.
This article will not claim to give the specific foretelling of future events but will instead point out the prophetic "You are here" road signs we are encountering along the way. It will examine how current events are the modern interpretations of the very first narratives of the Bible, which are understood, by the prophet Isaiah, to be prophetic. The Garden of Eden, Noah's flood, the Tower of Babel, Sodom, and Gomorrah all contain the icons and metaphors that express, in an ancient form, the technological future we are witnessing today.
The Cultural Gods
Science and technology have become the predominant "gods" of our time and culture. Both of them are discussed as entities in and of themselves. Science is said to do miracles. Technology is considered almost omniscient.
In a recent Fox News program hosted by reporter Sandra Smith, a critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay was interviewed after being the first person in the nation to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. In that interview, Lindsay declared in religious terms her allegiance to and faith in science.
"I stand by science, I believe in science, and I trust science . . . "60
In this time and culture, technology is lauded as a supreme intelligence that we must merge with.
"A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) will be billions of times smarter than humans and man needs to merge with it."
— Arjun Kharpal at CNBC.
. . . and so we are. Companies such as BioNTech are merging biology and technology in the healthcare industry field, another worshiped entity.
As humankind merges with artificial technological systems and its humanistic interpretation of science, it denies God in the process.
But God cannot be denied. These times and events were foretold of by Him in an ancient literary form called the Bible. No other entity, human, divine, or machine, can do that.
However, algorithms will give it a try by studying the patterns of humans, things, and nature. Information is gathered within these algorithmic systems in the form of electronic data and then computed to predict outcomes. But only God can tell the end from the beginning.
God stakes His claim as the one and only true God capable of foretelling these very things compared to the "other gods" of our own making (artificial systems) that cannot.
The Courtroom Scene—Who is God and Who is Not
In the book of Isaiah, the prophet records God stating His case that He can tell the end from the beginning eight times throughout chapters 40-48 as a testimony to the fact that He is, in fact, the only true God.
The presentation is given, with the symbolic setting of a courtroom scene, where the Lord asks the people to present their case, concerning their idols, before the one only true God who can tell the end from the beginning.
“Present your case,” says the Lord.
“Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob. Let them (human created idols) bring forth and show us what will happen;
Let them show the former (first or beginning) things, what they were,
That we may consider them,
And know the latter end of them;
Or declare to us things to come.
Show the things that are to come hereafter,
That we may know that you are gods . . .
. . . Who has declared from the beginning, that we may know?
And former (first or beginning) times, that we may say, ‘He is righteous’?
— Isaiah 41:22-26
The word "former" in the above passage is used seven times throughout Isaiah chapters 40-48 and has a similar root (רֹאשׁ rôʼsh) to the word translated "beginning" (רֹאשׁ rôʼsh) in the first sentence of the Bible. This link informs us that the beginning narratives of the Bible contain the prophetic outcome at the end of the things that come hereafter.
God continues His appeal with the emphasis that He is the one and only true God. There is no other.
I am God, and there is none like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done.
— Isaiah 46:9-10
No other ancient text, nor present-day human-made algorithmic systems, can make such claims. Only the God of the beginning can declare what was in the beginning and use that beginning to foretell the end.
“. . . Even from the beginning I have declared it to you;
Before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you,
Lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them,
And my carved image and my molded image
Have commanded them.’
— Isaiah 48:3,5
His final appeal comes with an invitation to draw near and hear.
“Come near to Me, hear this:
I have not spoken in secret from the beginning;
From the time that it was, I was there.
And now the Lord God and His Spirit
Have sent Me.”
— Isaiah 48:16
The preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes presents the beginning things declaring the "end" in riddle form.
That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which it may be said,
“See, this is new”?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
— Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
You might be wondering what these early Biblical writings could contribute to the discussion of current world events. Surprisingly the events recorded in the beginning Bible narratives provide us with essential connections and clues that interpret what we are seeing unfold presently.
We will continue unpacking these stories at the end of the current event side of this discussion. But before we do that, I would like to look at the possible reason God tells us the end from the beginning.
The prophet Jeremiah gives us a clue when he tries to warn Judah's king Jehoiachin, and the inhabitants of the land, that the "end times" on their evil doings and the Babylonians were coming to take them captive on account of their persistent wickedness. It was Judah's end-time warning.
Jeremiah is instructed by God to write His Words of warning on a scroll. The scroll was then read to the king and the people where the purpose of repentance is revealed.
“. . . And you shall also read them in the hearing of all Judah who come from their cities. It may be that they will present their supplication before the Lord, and everyone will turn from his evil way.”
— Jeremiah 36:2-3, 6-7
Paul substantiates the purpose of these ancient Old Testament writings in his letter to the New Testament church in Corinth. This letter also speaks to "whom the ends of the ages have come."
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
— I Corinthians 10:11
Noah and Lot—Signs of the Times
The screenshot above is a recent capture of two headlines that appeared together in a secular Israeli news source called "Times of Israel" that references scenes from both Biblical narratives involving Noah and Lot.
Both Noah and Lot are also referenced together in a conversation between Jesus and His disciples. Jesus' disciples asked Him what the sign of His coming at the end of the age would be. His reply included references to the two significant cultural periods, that of Noah and Lot.
I have combined Matthew's and Luke's accounts of this scene to form a complete picture of this conversation.
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
— Matthew 24:3.
Then He said to the disciples . . . as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so, will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
— Luke 17:26-30
Table of Events
|Days of Noah (Genesis 6)||Tower of Babel (Genesis 11) APEX||Days of Lot (Genesis 18)|
eating and drinking
gathering populations in city building ( a united rebellion)
eating and drinking
marrying and giving in marriage
making a name for themselves through tower building with man made materials (pride)
trade and commerce through agriculture and real estate development
sudden destruction by water
confusion of languages and scattering
sudden destruction by fire
Both examples of Noah and Lot are overlays that form a composite understanding of the signs of the times.
Sandwiched between these two Old Testament events is the Tower of Babel incident in Genesis, chapter eleven, thus forming a literary apex of all three narratives.
The Tower of Babel is significant to the larger picture of these end-time events. After the flood, God commanded Noah and his sons to replenish the earth.
And God blessed Noah, and his sons, and said to them, `Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth . . . as for you, be fruitful and multiply;
Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it.
— Genesis 9:1,7
Noah's three sons respond in obedience.
. . . the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
— Genesis 9:19
By Genesis chapter ten, we are introduced to a king named Nimrod, the son of Cush and grandson of Ham. In chapter eleven, Nimrod gathers the populations into one place to build and "make a name for themselves" in opposition to God's command to fill the earth.
“Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
— Genesis 11:4
The "make a name for ourselves" phrase sounds a bit like the brand-building process in modern marketing strategies, and it's all about buying and selling just like in the days of Lot.
Nimrod the Mighty Man Hunter
Nimrod's name is rooted in definitions such as: rebellious, willfully disobedient to authority, insubordinate, seditious incitement of discontent and resistance towards an established order, idolatrous opposition, defectors, and enemies of light.
The following verse expounds on this idea when viewed through original word meanings and captures a more concise view of how the end narrative looks.
Nimrod: he began (used many times in connection with something profane or polluted) to be a mighty (used most commonly for a military leader; In some cases, a proud tyrant) one in the earth.
He was a mighty hunter (includes the idea of capturing, trapping, and snaring), before (in the face of; can mean against or in resistance to) the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.
— Genesis 10:8-9
Nimrod appears to be a rebellious man of the flesh seeking to build a kingdom without God by hunting/snaring his subjects, and He is doing it in God's face in active resistance against Him. This phrase in Hebrew adds another layer of thought to this scene.
“You shall have no other gods before Me (upon my face).
— Exodus 20:3
The literal rendering of "before me" is "upon my face," suggesting the idea of having idols right in front of God's face in abject rebellion.
This fleshly pattern of hunting, rebellion, and rejecting God is evidenced in this time and place. The theme of "the flesh" will also be illustrated in the next sections with examples from Cain and Esau.
The Real Hunter Gatherers: Flesh and the Field
The pattern of gathering souls for the selfish gain of personal profit and a name separate from God begins with Cain, a man of the field who, in a sense, snared or hunted his brother by gathering him to the field for a conversation.
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
— Genesis 4:8
Cain was jealous that God accepted the offering of his brother and not of his own. God makes it abundantly clear to Cain that if he did well, his offering would be acceptable.
So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
— Genesis 4:6-7
What was the difference in their offerings? And what did that mean?
Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD
Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.
— Genesis 4:3,4
Abel's offering consisted of the firstlings and contained the fat, which was a supreme offering. Nothing is noted about Cains other than he just brought some produce. Abel's offering suggests that God was sincerely his Lord. Cains's gift indicates that his heart wasn't fully committed to the Lord. It seems as if He is distracted with his pursuits and is greedy for gain.
The book of Jude uses this greedy Cain metaphor in terms of end-time events.
Woe to them (those who deny Christ)! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
— Jude 11
This isn't the last of Cain. He, like Nimrod, builds a city after he is exiled to the east.
Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city and called the name of the city after the name of his son—Enoch.
— Genesis 4:16-17
Along with this city-building, the Bible notes a list of technological/cultural and possibly corporate farming developments that occur after the fact. It also notes the first multiple marriage events. Perhaps this relates to the "marrying and giving in marriage" statement Jesus refers to in His end-time discourse.
Then Lamech took for himself two wives: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the second was Zillah. And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents and have livestock. His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute. And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
— Genesis 4:19-22
M.A Zimmerman, In his book "Studies in Genesis," gives us a contemporary application to this scene. Keep in mind that his book was originally written in 1970 and revised in 1979.
Cain, the fugitive, doesn't trust the mark which the Lord had set on him and now seeks to build his own defenses. Though our nation stamps upon its silver coins, "In God We Trust," yet its whole program, especially in emergencies, is designed to put every citizen's trust in our modern mobilized "walled cities," which it feverishly builds even at the price of national solvency. And by the very building of its so-called defenses, it grows haughty, defiant, materialistic, and invites its own material and moral collapse by the forces within its own bosom . . . Such is the origin of the first and all subsequent world civilizations: It begins with going from the presence of the Lord; it occupies itself with building its own fleshly security and defenses against rising judgment; it aims to extol its own name in defiance of the Lord's Name; . . .The cultural development of this first civilization was very rapid . . . The more rapid the progress in discoveries and inventions, the more rapid also the moral decline. Man's morality not only cannot keep pace with these new developments and gain mastery over them, but man is actually demoralized by them. Instead of becoming their master, man becomes a slave and a victim of the very machines his ingenuity created.
Esau—Another Mighty Hunter
This description of Nimrod as a hunter is the first Biblical mention of the word "hunt." This first occurrence connects us with its next appearance as it applies to Esau, who was understood to be a man of the field. He represents our flesh (base needs and desires), these being the driving force of the developing world system based on buying, selling, and trading.
. . . Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field.
— Genesis 13:25
Therefore, Esau's connection with hunting and the field is related to the unfaithful desires of the flesh, along with its agendas, inventions, and techniques to satisfy its needs and wants. This type of fulfillment is at the expense of our relationship with God and others.
. . . lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
— Hebrews 12:14-16
Immediate satisfaction and self-interest is the developing theme in both this Old Testament account of Esau a man of the field and selfish humanity in the time of the end in the field of the world.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
— II Timothy 3:1-4
The writer of Ecclesiastes appears to foresee this.
For mankind also does not know his time:
Like fish taken in a cruel net,
Like birds caught in a snare,
So the sons of men are snared in an evil time,
When it falls suddenly upon them.
— Ecclesiastes 9:12
Back to Nimrod—the text does not tell us what Nimrod was hunting, snaring, or entrapping in Genesis chapter ten. Based on the negative context of the whole "Tower" narrative, a possible consideration is that the capturing of humans could have been to gather them all into one place.
Nimrod is seeking to unite the world under his lordship, much like the developing world system. All social media platforms intensely drive their subscribers to connect with everyone they possibly can to be engaged and connected in a global community-like way.
Nimrod's possible purpose for his structural and cultural development project is to avoid accountability for any form of judgment. The Nimrod narrative occurs not long after the judgment of the flood.
The prophets use this phraseology in terms of hunting men associating it with the worship of strange gods.
The man has perished from the earth,
And there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
Every man hunts his brother with a net . . .
. . . For the statutes of Omri are kept;
All the works of Ahab’s house are done;
And you walk in their counsels.
— Micah 7:2,16
Ellicot's commentary explains Omri's statutes related to idolatry, the critical employer of the developing snare.
The people of Judah, instead of keeping the commandments of the Lord diligently, adopted the statutes of the house of Omri, the founder of the idolatrous dynasty of Ahab.
Traps and snares always include a bait that entices the victim to walk into it voluntarily. Obsession with ourselves and everything, but God is at the core of this idolatrous trap.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
— Ephesians 5:15
As this relates to our own time and place, In a book titled Amusing Ourselves to Death Neil Postman, the author references Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World along with his observation that this advancing technological enslavement is voluntary.
"As he (Aldous Huxley) saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think."40
Nimrod's "Net" Results in Enslavement
Nimrod presents a type of anti-Christ. The modern interpretation of the gathering at the tower for the united purpose of creating a culture apart from God is reinterpreted electronically in the form of the present-day inter(net) or World Wide (Web).
Data collection via the internet through many and varied devices is a way to catch or snare humanity into an anti-God humanistic program that will one day attempt to create its version of Eden minus God. Good and evil will be subjectively defined.
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
— Judges 25:21
L. Daniel Hawk, in his book The Violence of the Biblical God, depicts the Nimrodic Babylonian system of human gathering into its humanistic program along with its prideful objectives.
. . . the human race bent on asserting its own identity and objectives apart from any relationship to the Creator. Unified humanity attempts to make a name for themselves . . .58
Manipulation and control will be the engines that drive this big machine. Exposure and enslavement will be the result. Humankind, motivated by our own personal and private agendas and desires, willingly and blindly follow.
. . . when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.
— Genesis 3:6
Both Babylon and Assyria were key enemy players that marked Israel's Old Testament "end-time" period as it concerned their captivity. Eventually, the Northern Kingdom of Israel was overcome by the Assyrians and the Southern kingdom of Judah by Babylon, both of which came from Nimrod's development projects.
And the beginning of his (Nimrod's) kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land, he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah (that is the principal city).
— Genesis 10
"The beginning" of Nimrod's kingdom is worded, much like the Bible's first sentence.
"In the beginning."
— Genesis 1:1
This wording is most likely intentional in linking the two events to show us that this was total anarchy against the Creator King of all things.
Confirming this thought, the principal god of these nations was (Marod)och, which in Hebrew shares root letters with Ni(mrod)
Marodoch, symbolized by a snake-dragon, is associated with Mars, named after the god of war. His appeasement required the blood of human victims.
A snake-dragon, fittingly, symbolizes Nimrod. The iconic combination of a snake and dragon links both the Genesis snake and the dragon of Revelation.
He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
— Revelation 20:2
One more connection with the beginning and the Babel narrative is seen in the phrase "Come, let us make . . . " In Genesis chapter one, the phrase is used to describe God making humankind in His image.
“Let Us make man in Our image"
The Babel story uses it to describe humankind, making a society in its own image.
"let us make a name for ourselves"
— Genesis 11:4
Once again, L. Daniel Hawk comments on this scene with a similar connection to the Biblical beginning.
The project, in sum, aims to create a counterfeit Eden—a human society with a place of its own, but which is oriented toward its own ends rather than toward executing the mandate conferred by the sovereign of creation.58
As we shall study later in this article, humankind, in abject defiance, will make its attempt to play God by creating machines in its own image.
There is one more revealing link between the tower and another Bible narrative.
Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
— Genesis 11:3
The above mention of bricks is its first mention in the Bible. The text emphasizes that bricks were a human-made material—mortar (cement) is also human-made material, in Scripture. The second mention of both of these materials occurred when Pharaoh, King of Egypt, made slaves of the Hebrews for his kingdom building development projects. Notice, also, a mention of the field in this account.
And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.
— Exodus 1:14
As it concerned the tower, the first mention of bricks and mortar shows man's futile attempt at building his kingdom apart from God and points to bricks and mortar in Egypt that ultimately enslaves them. Although the first mention doesn't directly cause the second, they connect along this line in thought and theme.
According to The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, this particular incident of building a tower, to live indiscriminately separate from God's ways and judgments, was representative of "prideful and pretentious humanism." Babylon becomes "the prototype of all the prideful nations, cities, and empires that raise themselves against God."
"Brick and mortar" is a present-day phrase used to describe face to face businesses.
The video above is an advertisement for a company called "Databricks," a data and AI management company that promises salvation through data. The biblical language and parallels from Genesis chapter three and eleven are underlined.
"Data is big. But its potential is even bigger when combined with AI. Data holds the promise of curing diseases, saving lives, reversing climate change, and the way we live.
We believe the future depends on data and unlocking its limitless potential.
We're here to make that happen. Databricks is the data and AI Company.
We help data teams, engineers, analysts, and scientists work together to find value inside data and solve the world's problems. Because the challenges we face as businesses, as people, and as a planet aren't easy. They can't be solved in silence. They can't be solved by one person. We need all the data, all the science, all the brainpower. We need all hands on deck in one place on the only open unified platform for data management, business analytics, and machine learning, and that changes everything. It expands our sense of what's possible. It makes things simple. It turns weeks into minutes so data teams can innovate faster because that's how innovation should happen collaborative and fast.
So let's defy assumptions, break the mold, map every genome, cure every cancer, binge watch the cosmos, spelunk black holes, make every voice heard, hack every hacker, reverse global warming, count every voter, unlock gridlock, blow up every assumption, implode the impossible, capture the unicorn, split the atom, reinvent the wheel, remove all the friction, take more moonshots and land them.
'The heavens have become a part of man's world.'
From now on, nothing stands between you and your data, you and the answers, because the power of data is the power of knowing. Now you know.
Humanity was given vassal rulership over the territory on the earth. Harnessing the heavens as humanities portion through data interpretation, ownership, and controls makes quite an arrogant statement. This thought is again connected with Babel by L.Daniel Hawk.
Babylon was one of the great cultural, political, and technological centers of the ancient world, and so serves as a fitting example of the original human impulse to take dominion over the earth . . . Whereas Yahweh had made a garden for humanity's dwelling place, human beings now aspire to make a city for themselves . . . 58
"We believe" is proudly and rebelliously proclaimed concerning the future salvation of humanity in the name of data processing.
Data Bricks boldly promises that this technology will save and solve all world problems.
God will let them give it a try. "These things must happen."
The sales presentation sounds very much like the Babel narrative reads.
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
. . . as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained (or impossible for) from them, which they have imagined to do.
— Genesis 11:1-4
Back to Noah and Lot
Both the Noah narrative and the Lot narrative, on either side of the Tower, mention eating and drinking. These could be referencing gluttony and intoxication of any kind, another epidemic characteristic of our culture.
Related to the topic of intoxication, the New Testament word for "sorcery" or "enchantment" in Greek is "pharmakeia." Does this word look familiar? The pharmaceutical industry designs, manufacture, and distribute synthetic potions for just about every human ailment. "Big Pharma" is one of the most potent and lucrative industries in the world and is presently at the center of some profoundly troubling addiction centered crises connected with their wares.
Also, in terms of data ownership and control, according to the "Return to Now" website, Big Pharma, in the name of "GlaxoSmithKline," has purchased "23andMe", the world's largest database of genetic code. 43 All submitted DNA to 23andMe is now owned by a pharmaceutical company. They can use your data for any reason they want and profit from it. You are the subject of exploitation in this deal.
The first occurrence of the phrase "eat and drink" in the Old Testament refers to the children of Israel going astray after other gods when Moses was with God on Mount Sinai.
It is notable that in this scene, they gather together much like they do at the Tower and create new things to worship.
Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down (Think of Christ's promise to return) from the mountain, the people gathered together (Babel) to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us (make us a system that will provide and do everything for our future well-being and benefit); for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand (ancient economic terms), and he fashioned it with an engraving tool and made a molded calf.
Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!”
So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
— Exodus 1:1-5
The above portion of Scripture explains why God and Moses are so upset. In this case, Aaron behaves more like an anti-Christ by gathering the people together, asking for their gold, forming and fashioning a "god" from it, and, worst of all, calling the feast to it a feast of Yahweh.
A similar event occurs in the book of Isaiah in God's accusation against the inhabitants of Jerusalem. He again points to their refusal to come to Him but rather choose other gods and revel in their pleasures.
And in that day the Lord God of hosts
Called for weeping and for mourning,
For baldness and for girding with sackcloth.
But instead, joy and gladness,
Slaying oxen and killing sheep,
Eating meat and drinking wine:
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
— Isaiah 22:12-13
It's been 2000 plus years since Christ has risen. And much like the children of Israel, at the absence of Moses, they "rose" to play, so will it be in these end times.
. . . scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as from the beginning of creation.” For this, they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water, by which the world then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
— II Peter 3:3-7
Just as with the Noah and Lot events, both water and fire are elements of judgment,
Noah and Lot's Roadside Warning
The Old Testament account of Lot explains the state of affairs during its period which, also sheds some light on our own.
Now the men of Sodom were extremely wicked sinners against Yahweh. (LEB)
— Genesis 13:13
The wickedness of the inhabitants results in a cry of distress that God cannot ignore.
Then Yahweh said, “Because the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and because their sin is very serious I will go down and I will see. Have they done altogether according to its cry of distress which has come to me? If not, I will know.”
— Genesis 18:20-21
The tower event contains a similar phrase as the one above, potentially linking why God visited the tower. Perhaps there was a cry of distress that went up.
. . . the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
— Genesis 11:5
Both Noah and Lot are to be symbols of escape from the tyranny of this distressing evil by entering the Ark for Noah and fleeing from the wicked city for Lot. Each is symbolic of salvation through Christ alone.
By faith Noah, having been warned about things not yet seen, out of reverence constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family, by which he pronounced sentence on the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
— Hebrews 11:7
When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”
— Genesis 13:15
. . . and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked
— II Peter 2:7
God calls all out to humankind.
“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”
— II Corinthians 6:17-18
God patiently waits for all to respond to His call to repent and enter.
. . . when the patience of God waited in the days of Noah, an ark was being constructed, in which a few—that is, eight souls—were rescued through water.
— I Peter 3:17-19
God foretells, in II Chronicles, that this will play out until there is no remedy.
And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
— II Chronicles 36:15-16
God's sincere desire is repentance.
Tell them, ‘As I live—this is the declaration of the Lord God—I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent, repent of your evil ways! . . .
— Ezekiel 33:11
And we may wonder why evil persists for so long.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance
— II Peter 3:9
Peter's epistle explains.
For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but held them captive in Tartarus with chains of darkness and handed them over to be kept for judgment, and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a proclaimer of righteousness, and seven others when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly, and condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction, reducing them to ashes, having appointed them as an example for those who are going to be ungodly, and rescued righteous Lot, worn down by the way of life of lawless persons in licentiousness (for that righteous man, as he lived among them day after day, was tormenting his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he was seeing and hearing), the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to reserve the unrighteous to be punished at the day of judgment, and especially those who go after the flesh in defiling lust and who despise authority.
— II Peter 2:4-10
Noah's day was characterized by "marrying and giving in marriage." There is no mention of marriage in Lot's day. Isn't that quite interesting from the perspective of a culture that is no longer getting married nor staying married when they do? It is more noted for its buying, selling, planting, and building. Commerce and trade in each of these "fields" is the name of the day.
It Began in the Garden
Noah's and Lot's roadside warning is also reminiscent of an ancient conversation concerning a serpent's invitation to embrace a godless system that, in the end, resulted in eternal death. The modern technological version sounds very much like how Eve perceived the forbidden tree. She seemed to believe that it held the promise of prosperity and success through the accumulation of knowledge much like we do today. Quoting from the documentary "AI Race."
"There really is only one strategy and that is to embrace technology and to learn about it and to understand as far as possible."
The end from the beginning interpretation is depicted in Genesis chapter three.
No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman.“In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom (knowledge, prosperity, and success).
— Genesis 3:5-6
Modern-day farming practices give us a metaphoric glimpse into the inner workings of the up and coming human gathering system that is already in the works and about to make its debut. Wikipedia describes this process.
. . . farmers cultivate the land to maximize their yield. They manipulate the environment to their advantage using irrigation, pest control, crop rotation, fertilizer, and more. Small-scale designed experiments let them determine whether these treatments are effective. Similarly, data farmers manipulate simulation models to their advantage, using large-scale designed experimentation to grow data from their models in a manner that easily lets them extract useful information . . . the results can reveal root cause-and-effect relationships between the model input factors and the model responses, in addition to rich graphical and statistical views of these relationships.17
Pioneer Hi-Bred International in Mankato, Minnesota, provides agricultural services for Blue Earth County. They use biotechnology (exploitation of biological processes for industrial and other purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.) in producing more productive crop yields. Their motto is "The Miracle of Science."
This developing world system is using these very manipulative techniques in the field of all humanity. This process is called "data farming."
Data gathering is for a one-world godless system that will manipulate everyone and everything for its profit and advantage. It will carefully collect every piece of information on every individual, and decisions concerning human life will be made based upon data gathering artificially intelligent solutions where "good" and right decisions will be subjectively defined.
"Harvest is Here"
"Harvest is Here," says the introduction to "Pioneer's" Corn Revolution Podcast. This phrase is eerily reminiscent of Jesus' references to the times of the "end." He uses a very similar phrase referring to the harvest of humankind in the book of John.
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months and the harvest comes’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.
— John 4:35
Jesus uses the metaphoric tool of agriculture to describe the world and the people in it. (Matthew 13:24-30)
Similarly, present-day seed, crop, and field terminology and practice are parallel to its application in the field of humanity.
Pioneer boasts of its gene selection capabilities.
"Impeccable Pedigree records allow breeders to quickly select genetic lines with the most potential to solve challenges and increase yield"
These same questionable practices are occurring in "the field" of humanity through genetic engineering and editing.
Much like corn, we are being studied and measured by how we respond.
"We take it to the field . . . New tools give precise measurements on how plants respond . . . running millions of simulations using propriety algorithms for the most accurate predictions . . . so only the best make it to a farmers field."
Their claims read very much like the first chapter of Genesis.
"We have the world's most comprehensive corn germplasm library. And every year, we create more unique genetic lines, each one traceable back to our beginning in 1926."
Head and Hand Technology Depicted Through an Ancient Lens
Ezekiel uses this same terminology of "hunting souls" about the false prophets who lead the people astray.
Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Woe to those sowing magic charm bands for all joints of the hand, And to those making attachments For the head of every stature—to hunt souls, The souls do ye hunt of My people? And the souls ye have do ye keep alive?
— Ezekiel 13:18
These ancient cult adornments mentioned in connection with the hand and head sound eerily similar to a prophetic verse in the book of Revelation. In chapter thirteen, a beast (idolatrous false prophet) is discussed. The portrayed beast is a trapper of men's souls through a global economic system with some mark on the hand or forehead.
He (the beast) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on 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, or the number of his name.
— Revelation 13:16-17
A present-day application involves a developing "one-world order" driven by a global economic system. This Babel-like system icon is the "One World Trade Center" and otherwise known as "The Freedom Tower." I can't help but wonder if the Psalmist saw how humankind would interpret freedom in this day and age when He wrote the second Psalm.
Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.” (man's version of freedom)
— Psalm 2:1-2
The Psalmist, therefore, offers us a caution.
Now, therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
— Psalm 2:11-12
The rapidly developing one-world system is doing this very thing. Humanity is making its attempt at a global commune by enticing and gathering all of the earth's inhabitants under the lordship of its distorted interpretation of good and evil.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!
— Isaiah 5:20-21
The bait used in the system's trap is the illusion of freedom and ease from the restraint of any kind.
The gathering of populations and uniting to exclude God is a hijack of God's plan and in direct opposition to it, as expressed in Paul's letter to the Ephesians. God desires that the blood of His Son blot out our transgressions to liberate us unto Himself. In contrast, the world's governing entities seek to expose and control its members.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times that He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
— Ephesians 1:7-12
"In Him" is the key phrase. He is the ark we need to enter.
Medicine Meets Artificial Intelligence
The world-famous Mayo Clinic is now teaming up with Google to create an AI system programmed to gather patient data and research and then use that data to diagnose and produce treatment plans for patients. Your healthcare decisions will be made by a computer, as is reported by "Health Care Dive."
Mayo hopes to leverage Google's artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities to advance its digital diagnostics, augment its ability to conduct medical research and improve treatment precision and clinical outcomes.33
According to Chamber Business News, This will be a cloud-based system.
Google will be opening up its Cloud platform for Mayo to use advanced cloud computing, data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. (AI).32
Although "cloud" is simply a descriptive term, it still metaphorically illustrates the modern interpretation of Babel.
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens.
— Genesis 11:4
In an article by KAAL ABC 6 News, Alice Keefe quotes Mayo's chief information officer Christopher Ross, about collecting patient information and the inability to opt-out of this type of permanent storage. He also makes mention of the "one" governed system uses.
"Ross, said, 'information stored in Google cloud will be safer than current data centers, but patients won't be able to opt-out of their information being sent there.' . . . Through the power of technology, and expertise in two fields, the partnership's goal is to create a one healthcare experience."
The invitation to enter something without the ability to leave sounds a bit similar to "The Hotel California." This referencing, once again, Nimrod's gathering trap.
The documentary "AI Race" weighs in on data harvesting, ownership, control, and how this works in the field of economics.
"really at the core of it is the economic system is really the problem in play here. It's about the ownership of AI and the robotics and the algorithms. Data is the new oil" because as we move to a digital economy we can't have automation without data . . . physical assets to data assets . . . jobs of the future will leverage data."
"whoever has the data has the power."
Global markets and medicine are the big machines in this story.
Noah, Joseph, and the Year 5780
The significance of the year, according to the Jewish religious calendar, is 5780. Its factors are 22 x 5 x 172.
In the beginning narratives of Scripture, the number seventeen serves as a type of bookends to two key events connected to the topic of end-time prophecy and the world system we are discussing. Notice there are two seventeens in the factors of 5780.
The first event that begins and ends with the number seventeen is the flood account.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
— Genesis 7:11
Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.
— Genesis 8:4
We've already discussed Noah's connection with these themes.
The next narrative occurs at the "end" of Genesis and discusses Jacob's history, with Joseph as the main character. It also adds another facet to this story in terms of "beginning and end."
Much like the flood, it too begins with a seventeen and ends with a seventeen. The seventeens link the two events. Notice the two incidents both include the words "good" and "evil" when viewed together.
"Good and evil" take us back to the garden event as well as forward to the human system of defining that.
This is the history of Jacob.
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad (evil) report of them to his father . . . Then he (Jacob) said to him, “Please go and see if it is well (good) with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me. (data collecting perhaps?)
— Genesis 37:2,14
And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the length of Jacob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.
— Genesis 47:28
Recall that the Joseph narrative includes a type of "one world" gathering of people and a unified economic system that collects and combines world finances for redistribution. It ultimately ends up in slavery. The powers that be own all and its members become subservient to the system.
In the end, the Israelites make more bricks for the Pharaoh's cultural development projects, without provisions from the system.
Therefore go now and work; for no straw shall be given you, yet you shall deliver the quota of bricks.
— Exodus 5:18
What appears to be a system that imagines our ease and comfort will demand service we cannot provide. It will incur a debt that we cannot repay.
The number two is also factored twice in the number 5780. In connection with the second day of creation, this number was associated with a watery, messy, chaotic one that involved a separation. It is the only day that is not declared "good." It represents the space in between.
The number two in association with this chaotic "end" time of Israel's history is unmistakable. Joseph has two dreams that infuriate his brothers; He two imprisonments, He interprets two dreams where one lives, and one dies. He interprets two dreams for Pharoah, one that prophetically foretells of a worldwide famine.
The number between the number "two" and "seventeen," in 5780's factors, is the number "five." Five" in Scripture categorizes God's grace and power. What is between the beginning and the end (17)? It is a space (2) of time. It is an opportunity to experience God's grace (5) and heed His invitation to all of humankind to return to Him.
. . . to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
— Ephesians 1:6-7
Borrowed ideas from "The Bible Wheel" website—In connection with grace, the number 17's connection with a New Testament event involves a net. Jesus' third appearance to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead includes an episode involving 153 (32 x17) netted fish. 153 is the 17th triangular number (number of dots that can form a complete triangle) and the sum of the integers 1-17. It is immediately following this scene that Peter is restored from his, three times repeated, denial.
Perhaps this relates to Christ calling His disciples to be fishers of men extending His grace to all who would come. The Hebrew word for "fisherman" has a gematria of 17.
In summarizing, the "two" accounts marked by the "two" seventeens means He is extending His grace in the chaotic in-between time, and while the world gathers its data, we are to be gathering souls.
The Spiritual Component—Maxwell's Demon—Defying the Laws that Govern the Universe
In the Documentary "Order and Disorder: The Forces that Drive the Universe," there is a discussion theorizing the possibility of creating a functional system by merely observing, gathering, and organizing information without relying on energy to do it.
The narrator presents this prospect based on a theory formulated by the mid-1800's Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell. Maxwell's goal was to defy the second law of thermodynamics called the law of entropy.
Vocabulary.com explains that everything in the universe eventually moves from order to disorder, and entropy is the measurement of that change.
Google dictionary says it another way that I think reflects the idea of Genesis 1:2.
The degree of disorder or randomness in the system.which is the gradual decline in the disorder of all things.
"the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths."
— Genesis 1:2
Maxwell uses an imaginary demon to illustrate his theory.
“if we conceive of a being whose faculties are so sharpened that he can follow every molecule in its course, such a being, whose attributes are as essentially finite as our own, would be able to do what is impossible to us."
— James Clerk Maxwell
I'm not sure if Maxwell knew how close he was to quoting Scripture in this description but sounds much like a quote from the Tower of Babel incident.
. . . now nothing will be restrained (off limits inaccessible, impossible) from them, which they have imagined to do.
— Genesis 11:6
The pattern has not changed. Maxwell's presentation is indeed the "garden" and "tower" revisited. In the garden, a serpent type being was gathering humans at the tree and extracting information from them for a mutinous takeover of an already designed system. This hostile plan excluded the only source of organizational energy, namely God. Likewise, at Babel, Nimrod also gathers the people together to form a system that eliminates God. The narrative opens with the unification of language, speech, and could we say, therefore, information.
In his experiment, the demon studies the behavior of the molecules that are inside two compartments. He selectively allows the faster-moving ones to pass through a door that he controls as soon as they draw near to it. The experiment fails.
There is no way to create an independent, organized, functional system that doesn't naturally deconstruct without energy. God makes this clear in the first chapter of Genesis. He alone brings order out of chaos and a functional system out of a decomposing useless mass. The original plan was eternal until humankind allied with chaotic, random darkness that set into motion death, decomposition, and decay of God's habitable structure. The separation of energy from the system can result in nothing but disorder.
God makes it abundantly clear that no functional system can be created and sustained that doesn't include the Creator. All of our godless concoctions are doomed to fail and leave us exposed and embarrassed by a system that studies and knows everything about us by analyzing our patterns through online activity.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.
— Genesis 3:7
This imagery symbolizes how the serpent, Satan (adversary), devil, or evil one is not omnipresent, omnipotent, or omniscient. So how does he plan to hijack God's creation? By creating a system that gathers and studies data on everything and everyone to rule and reign what God has made and arranged. Just like in the garden, he gets them to volunteer to give him the data. He begins by asking Eve questions. By the time we get to Babel, it is realized that it is a trap set by a "mighty hunter" in opposition to God, which, in the end, we stand outside the sacred space naked and ashamed.
To attempt to violate the second law of Thermodynamics is not to consider the first.
The first law of Thermodynamics is energy can neither be created nor destroyed.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
— I Timothy 1:17
Supercomputing and Data Collection—It's About Worship
Presently, there are approximately 500 supercomputers in the world. One of them, Mare Nostrum, is housed in a deconsecrated chapel in Barcelona Spain. This placement iconizes the spiritual component of this rapidly developing system.
Mare Nostrum means "our sea" in Latin. The sea in Biblical metaphor can represent the world system, nations, and or masses of godless people.
Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
— Isaiah 17:12
In his book "Connections," Glen Carpenter also observes that the sea represents the godless world and the spiritual underworld.
The Rephaim (residents of the underworld called Sheol) are formed, Beneath the waters, also their inhabitants.
— Job 26:5
According to John's vision in Revelation, it is from the "sea" that a beast emerges.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
— Revelation 13:1
In a documentary titled "Google and the World Brain," various guests and experts discuss problematic ethical questions surrounding data management and ownership managed by these supercomputing systems. The terminology quickly turns religious about this particular supercomputer's placement and its position in a deconsecrated church. During one conversation discussing one of the primary purposes of this modern machine that of data collecting, one guest reveals the underlying, behind the scenes, bigger machine.
"It's a new form of medieval church or something like that. Everybody is to give their data in service of worship of this digital god"
Another guest discusses the religious connection of housing a supercomputer in a church.
"Has this computer been placed in the middle of a church for any special reason?
An expert, next, weighs in on the topic.
"It's one of life's coincidences But I think it was a "good" idea"
Once again, the above conversation is a modern interpretation of the ancient narrative.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.
— Genesis 3:6
The placement of the computer in the middle of a deconsecrated church connects us with a prophetic portion of Scripture in the book of Daniel describing a beastly end-time ruler.
. . . forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.
— Daniel 11:31
The book of Daniel also presents a prophetic statement concerning the time of the end. This particular statement mentions an increase in knowledge. Could Daniel be writing about data processing?
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
— Daniel 12:4
An article from the Digital Journal titled "Op-Ed: Knowledge Doubles Every Day and is Set to Increase," written by Tim Sandle, discusses this increase in information and its "chaotic" effect in society.
"Why is the world seeming more chaotic the more complex and interconnected it becomes? The answer may be too much information or information overload. This is represented by what some social scientists refer to as the Knowledge Doubling Curve, as Feras A. Batarseh of the London School of Economics points out. This theory goes that until the year 1900, human knowledge approximately doubled every century. However, by 1950 human knowledge doubled every 25 years. In 2000, human knowledge would double every year. Now, our knowledge is almost doubling every day."1
Significantly, the author uses the word "chaotic," referring to an increase in knowledge. An increase in knowledge connects us with Daniel's prophecy of the end and the first chapter of Genesis.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was chaos and waste, darkness was on the surface of the deep. (Tree of Life Version)
— Genesis 3:1-2
Chaos: Beginning and End
As it concerns the Genesis beginning chaos and its connection to today, Splunk's above advertisement caught my eye while looking at a newspaper.
Splunk is a software company that searches, monitors, and analyzes big data by identifying patterns. Here are the claims of this company couched in the language of Genesis, chapter one.
Splunk harnesses the chaos. But what if you didn’t have to bring order to the chaos to make sense of it? Splunk lets you embrace the chaotic, messy nature of your data and process it in its raw form, no matter its variety or velocity . . . Every department is embracing new technologies that are creating troves of meaningful data. We want to empower everyone to go from chaos to meaningful business outcomes . . . There’s a whole universe of hidden gems in your company’s data.
Dark Data Bright Future23
Splunk also announces its cloud platform and AI potentials connecting us again with the "tower to heaven" in the Babel account.
In 2016, Google announced its cloud platform will integrate with Splunk to expand in areas like IT ops, security, and compliance. The company also announced additional machine learning capabilities for several of its major product offerings, which are installed on top of the platform.24
Machine learning, according to SAS, a software analytics company, is:
"A branch of artificial intelligence based on the idea that systems can learn from data, identify patterns and make decisions with minimal human intervention."34
Machines are programmed to draw their conclusions based on data and the patterns created by it.
Nebo/Nabu: Patron God of Scribes
Here is an ancient type revisited. It's called the tablet. The above photo shows a modern tablet using a "Nebo" writing app alongside a much earlier version tablet. Both include a stylus and are related as far as Nebo is concerned.
The origin of the name Nebo/Nabu, I'm sure, was in the minds of newer version's makers.
Nabu was the patron god of scribes, literacy, and wisdom. He was also the inventor of writing, a divine scribe, and the patron god of the rational arts. Due to his role as an oracle, Nabu was associated with the Mesopotamian moon god Sin and the scribe god Ninurta.
Nabu wore a horned cap and stood with his hands clasped in the ancient gesture of priesthood. He rode on a winged dragon known as Sirrush that originally belonged to his father Marduk. In Babylonian astrology, Nabu was identified with the planet Mercury.
Nabu was continuously worshipped until the 2nd century when cuneiform became a lost art.35
Did you catch the part about him riding on a winged dragon?
Another "buying and selling" company that uses data farming to manipulate and control its potential consumers is also called "Nebo." Here is it's claim framed in the language of the tower of Babel narrative in the sense of building a human-centered system.
Nebo: A Human-Centered Agency Built for the Digital Age
"We create digital experiences and buyer-journey marketing campaigns that empower consumers. By developing deep understandings of consumer behavior, we help brands tell great stories and earn a place in customers' hearts and minds. Most importantly, we build campaigns that do more than drive awareness - they change behavior."22
The Bible weighs in on the futility of this, doomed to fail, project using these very names.
Bel and Nebo, the gods of Babylon,
bow as they are lowered to the ground.
They are being hauled away on ox carts.
The poor beasts stagger under the weight.
Both the idols and their owners are bowed down.
The gods cannot protect the people,
and the people cannot protect the gods.
They go off into captivity together.
— Isaiah 46:1-2
Galaxy S10 BGR phone is not even trying to be sneaky about what it does in the background in terms of studying the habits, and mainly you, without you even knowing it's happening.
Samsung has baked a bunch of nifty new AI features into the Galaxy S10, but there’s one in particular that can really speed things up. It also happens completely in the background, so most users are going to appreciate it without even knowing it’s there.
Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 has a new feature called “Intelligent Performance” that learn user habits, including the times they open and use specific apps in specific locations each day. Once patterns are identified, apps are actually loaded automatically in the background at before the user even opens them. The result is much faster app launches and less time waiting for things to load, which obviously has a big impact on the user experience. The phone also closes apps from the background at certain times when it predicts that they won’t be used, saving resources and extending battery life in the process. 27
A Binary System: The Modern Version
Modern computers function off a binary code that uses only two symbols, one's and zero's, to express a sea of information. This expression is achieved by using a base two number system rather than the more familiar base ten. In a base two system, each placement of the digit one or zero is increased by the power of two instead of ten.
The base of two allows for only two options of expression, either on or off, true or false, one or zero. In terms of electrical transistors, presently, this is the only option for instruction giving. Endless combinations of just these two symbols make complex computing possible.
There are only two kingdoms, darkness, and light. It's one or the other. It's true or false, yes or no, ones or zeros, good or evil, not good and evil as did lie the tree. Even the system knows that.
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble.
— James 2:19
"The accuser of the brethren" (Great Dragon, Serpent of Old, Devil, Satan) is a prosecuting attorney who tolerates no middle ground. (Revelation 12)
We must choose one side or the other.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.
— Joshua 24:15
A Binary System: The Ancient Version
Similarly, the ancient cuneiform writing system also consisted of only two symbols a line and a wedge. A plethora of information could be stored in this manner and was frequently used in the ancient world to record business transactions.
The phraseology of "yes" or "no" and "true or false" has sort of a judicial ring to it. All data analysis is somewhat accusatory in this respect. This system of data gathering and pattern studying as it concerns human beings could potentially be very revealing.
. . . Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
— Genesis 3:6-7
Artificial Intelligence will eventually learn to read us like a book. Algorithm patterns are recognizing emotions on our faces and tensions in our voices. Biochemical changes that occur when we think or feel things are reading human beings like a book.
It's all about exposure, and the book of Revelation reveals the sinister evil behind this.
. . . the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night . . .
— Revelation 12:10
A Case of Data Collecting In the Book Job
It was the accuser, Satan, who sought an occasion to destroy Job. In this narrative, God asks Satan," from where have you come."
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
— Job 1:7
It looks like Satan may very well have been data collecting to find some flaw in Job to seize upon him in all his going to and fro. Beings he cannot be omnipresent nor omniscient, from a modern interpretation, what better way to go "to and fro throughout the earth" than to "web" and "net" them all instead. In other words, get them to volunteer all the information he needs to make the accusation.
The next part of this conversation, in its English version, reads a little bit like God is pointing out Job to Satan as an invitation to test him.
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
— Job 1:8
In Hebrew, however, this scene looks a bit different. Instead of the phrase "have you considered," the literal rendering should read, "have you set your heart upon."
This phrasing leads us to a much different conclusion. God is confronting Satan for scoping out Job and reminding him that there is no evil data on him. Job's slate is clean, and therefore there is no legal route to Job's life. The only case Satan can make is that Job is only faithful and doing good because God has blessed him.
At the end of the book of Job, God discusses a dragon creature, similar to the one in Revelation 20. God's description of this creature makes an interesting connection with how humankind gives access to the enemy through pride and revealing everything to him.
He (dragon) beholds every high thing;
He is king over all the children of pride.
— Job 41:34
After the rape of his sister Tamar, Absalom, King David's son, conspired to have their half-brother Amnon killed for the despicable act. Absalom waited two years before deciding to take matters into his own hands and avenge his sister.
Absalom flees to his mother's homeland to hide out for a while and later returns when he discovers that his father won't have him executed because of his brother's killing. However, King David has nothing to do with Absalom after his return. Absalom has turned bitter towards his father and campaigns to take the kingdom.
After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses (man-made programs, politics and policy), and fifty men to run before him.
— II Samuel 15:1
A later story concerning another of David's sons, as well as a treasonous attempt to secure the throne, uses the chariots, horses, and fifty men in its account. This second use reveals what was most likely in Absalom's heart at the time.
Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
— I Kings 1:5
Absalom begins to "work the crowd" by making the people feel like he is all for them and their causes. He starts taking down their personal information with a promise of a better deal.
Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, “What city are you from?” And he would say, “Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you.” Moreover, Absalom would say,
— II Samuel 15:2,3
Absalom claims that he would do a much better job ruling the kingdom than his father. He implies that the king doesn't have the means to help or hear their case and cause. The claim of the up and coming system will be very much the same.
“Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice.” And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and kiss him. In this manner, Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgment.
— II Samuel 15:4-5
The narrative ends with a familiar theme.
So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
— II Samuel 15:6
Absalom is like Nimrod, the mighty human snarer. Nimrod gathered the people together at the tower to unite in a worldwide rebellion against the king of heaven and earth, so Absalom gathered the people at the gate of his father's kingdom. He collected their information and stole their hearts from the king.
All of the elements above apply to what we see happening today. We see disgruntled humanity shaking their fist at God, whom they pridefully perceive as not doing enough, selling themselves out to a system driven by evil intent that they believe can cure all their woes.
This event interestingly occurs at the "end" of David's reign.
The Holes Reveal The Pattern
Data collection will be an easy way to find the holes in individual humans by observing people's patterns of behavior, responses, likes, dislikes, and much much more. What you don't do and don't respond to will be just as revealing as what you do.
Much like the video above shows how holes in punch card looming develop a particular pattern on the fabric, so will the gaps in our online activity profiles reveal certain things about us.
This uncovering gives new meaning to David's plea to God in Psalm 51 to "blot out his transgressions." David speaks of his sin as data recorded somewhere.
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions."
— Psalm 51:1
God, too, has a book of records that He will bring into account at the end of all things. Anything not blotted out by the precious blood of Jesus Christ will be subject to judgment.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
— Revelation 20:12
In stark contrast to Satan's looking for a reason to steal, kill and destroy, as with Job, the God who is omnipresent and omniscient is looking for those whom He may bless. He includes the idea that the forfeiture of the blessing comes with hearts that are not entirely toward Him.
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
— II Chronicles 16:9
According to an online article about blood bank data gathering and analyzation, A process called "data mining" is described, in a way, that captures where this is going as it refers to exposure.
"Data mining is a process of the knowledge discovery in databases and the goal is to find out the hidden and interesting information"44
"We think we are searching Google, but Google is searching us," claims Mark Biltz from El Shaddai Ministries.
The name "Google" apparently was an accidental misspelling of a math term. However, I find it interesting that if you divide the word, it could read "Go" "ogle," which fittingly describes the invitational aspect of internet searching on both ends. The term "ogle" means to stare at in a lecherous covetous manner. While we covetously look through things to ogle at, we are also ogled by larger entities for a profit and potentially developing other social agendas.
Like a great lover, we are becoming so well known by this artificially intelligent system that they can even finish our sentences for us.
With Google's Smart Assist, Google's artificial intelligence figures out what you're trying to say and auto-completes the sentence for you.29
— USA Today
On that note, it's not the system we should fear. It is the true lover of our souls that we have rejected that should be our concern.
I have delivered her
Into the hand of her lovers,
Into the hand of the Assyrians,
For whom she lusted.
They uncovered her nakedness
— Ezekiel 23:9-10
All of this ogling will result in the exposure of the most intimate and private parts of ourselves through responsive patterns of internet activity and reactions.
The Stasi Files Revisited
In communist East Germany, during the cold war (1945-1990), the Stasi files were an old data-collecting surveillance system established by the German Democratic Republic. According to Wired.com, records of the most mundane details of people's lives were stored.
"The East German secret police, one of the most intrusive and oppressive spying operations ever assembled, collected millions of files on people it suspected of being enemies of the state."42
According to Fee.org, one in three Germans was under surveillance, and one in every thirty people were agents.41 Family and neighbors spied on each other to gain favor with the state. Tapped phone conversations and hidden microphones recorded private discussions. Just about everything a person did or said was fodder for documentation and stored in files. There was virtually nowhere to hide. One survivor described the feeling of being "naked" (Genesis 3) under the scrutiny of the system.
Things aren't that different today. Most of us carry devices that can track our movements, learn our habits, listen to our conversations, and much more. We are being watched and studied wherever we go.
Google is only one of many tech giants that are collecting and analyzing data for profit. Amazon Web Services offer several data management platforms. One is called Redshift Data Lake which is a cloud data warehouse.
. . . to give you instant visibility into the end-end business operations . . . in order to make data driven decisions . . . Amazon Redshift utilizes sophisticated algorithms to predict and classify . . .
What happens when these same functions apply to a world system that predicts and classifies humans to govern them? This application is just around the corner. Tyler Durden, at "ZeroHedge," quotes Larry Backer of Penn State.
. . . the shift in law with this system will “ . . . change the focus of public law from constitution and rule of law to analytics and algorithm . . . ”46
He also refers to an article in the Wall Street Journal titled "How Bad Your Diet May Weigh On Your Job" and concerns insurance companies' surveillance.
“Your insurance company . . . already knows whether you’ve been taking your meds, getting your teeth cleaned and going for regular medical checkups. Now some employers or their insurance companies are tracking what staffers eat, where they shop and how much weight they’re putting on — and taking action to keep them in line.”
China already has a well-established "Stasi File" like-system in place, known as a "Social Credit Score" Every aspect of a person's life is heavily monitored and rewarded or penalized for compliance or non-compliance.
The bait to this snare is the providing of services that will ease our toil from the messes we have created in humanity by avoiding God and His directives.
“Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil, you shall eat of it
— Genesis 3:17
The Noah narrative once again becomes a relevant prophetic piece in terms of present developments. Noah's name literally means "rest," which is the opposite of toil. He is named Noah specifically for the hope that he would be the one who would ease them from the toil of the cursed ground.
Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.”
— Genesis 5:28
The midrash claims Noah was expected to invent the plow to ease the toil of humanity. It could be interpreted that relief from toil was expected to come through a form of ancient technology.
Humankind doesn't recognize nor repent from the toil's cause; they instead hope to invent some other way around it. It was a hope of salvation through human invention.
However, rest does not return to earth's domain until humanity gets to the end of themselves. The result ends in judgment. It is at the end of that judgment that Noah builds an altar and makes a sacrifice.
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.
— Genesis 8:20-21
This thought points toward the only way of salvation, which is through Christ's work on the cross. No human invention can save our souls. It is only on the altar of the cross of Jesus Christ that humanity will find rest from their toil.
Truly my soul silently (in rest) waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation
— Psalm 62:1-2
Artificial Intelligence, and its merge with humanity, finds its ancient interpretation in Genesis, chapter six, just before the flood. The text's literary structure reveals that there is much more to this story than meets the eye.
The next portion of Scripture follows a chiastic arrangement. Parallel details on each side support the central theme of the text.
And it happened that, when humankind began to multiply on the face of the ground, daughters were born to them.
A) Then the sons of God saw the daughters of humankind, that they were beautiful. And they took for themselves wives from all that they chose.
B) And Yahweh said, “My Spirit shall not abide (contend) with humankind forever in that he also is (gone astray in error) flesh.
(center theme of lifespans cut short) And his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
B) The Nephilim (fallen ones) were upon the earth in those days, and also afterward,
A) when the sons of God went into the daughters of humankind, and they bore children to them.
— Genesis 6:1-4
The A's discuss the "Son's" of God taking the daughters of men as wives, and children are born to them.
The B's discuss humankind's error and the Nephilim (fallen ones sometimes translated giants) presence in the earth.
At the center is humankind's lifespan cut short.
Humanity's error and the presence of the fallen ones on the earth are linked.
There is a lot of debate about whether the "Sons of God" are human or divine. Whatever the case may be, there is a connection between the union of them and the daughters of men that gives birth to a mutant type species that emerges in the earth and can be, to some degree, visualized in a modern format in terms of mixing man and machine.
The blending of human and divine seems a bit absurd from a modern perspective that worships human logic. But this isn't so far fetched when we think of possibilities arising from the technological attempts at designing a new species called humanoids.
The whole human race is foolish (from the root word "burning" from knowledge!
The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make,
for their carefully shaped works are a fraud.
These idols have no breath (spirit) in them.
Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!
— Jeremiah 51:17-18
Gunther Plaut comments on this passage as it concerns the "days of Noah connection.
"Humans became giants, achieved renown in their time, and were heroes in their own eyes"18
God's original plan was humanity merged with His Spirit functioning in His likeness, power, and wisdom. (Genesis 1,2) In defiance, humankind has decided to become their own god in full-fledged mockery and hi-jack God's plan by creating beings in their own image. God breathed His life into Adam. Now we are trying to breathe life and our essence into machines. In the beginning, God created us, and in rebellious coup de tat fashion, humanity creates its own gods that function at our bidding.
This scene is depicted in cryptic imagery in the book of Revelation using the term "beast" to describe either a spirit, person, or system or all of the above in a type of unholy trinity. This once again is a hi-jack and mimicry of God's original design.
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
— Revelation 13:11-15
The present-day denial of God in favor of creating our own system that excludes Him is presented in a quote by Yuval Harari, an Israeli philosopher.
"History began when humans invented gods, and will end when humans become gods"19
Robots, Humanoids, and the Like
The idea of mixing man and machine has been in the imaginations of humankind for a while. I recall in the 1970s watching a fictitious show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" and its offshoot "The Bionic Woman." The storylines centered around characters who receive mechanical replacement body parts that enabled them to do superhuman things. The main characters used these abilities for "good" against "evil" heroic adventures. Little did we know that this was preparation for a future reality set in a time and place where good and evil would be poorly and subjectively defined.
In those days there was no king in Israel, and each one did what was right in his own eyes.
— Judges 17:6
The beginning narratives of the Bible once again speak to our modern idolatrous inventions.
Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image.
— Leviticus 26:1
Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female . . .
— Deuteronomy 4:16-17
At the heart of all this corruption is a rebellious desire to be a god.
. . . “You shall not surely die. For God knows that on the day you both eat from it, then your eyes will be opened and you both shall be like gods, knowing good and evil. (Lexham English Bible)
— Genesis 3:4-5
A Flashing Neon "Sign"
According to "The Verge," a Samsung subsidiary called "STARLabs" has an artificial human project called "Neon."
This type of technology is said to have been able to "resurrect" dead actors by creating virtual humans using past images, real people, and technology.
A quote from "The Verge."
“Artifical Intelligence that will make you wonder which one of you is real.” 47
Rise of the Robots
The above BBC Documentary called "Hyper-Evolution: Rise of the Robot" Part one introduces many emerging technological developments in the field of Artificial Intelligence and its literal embodiment. It broadly discusses the up and coming roles these mutant human-like machines will play in our global society and culture. According to one host, they will not only be relatable, but they will help us achieve things that were once considered impossible.
. . . this is only the beginning of what they will do. So now nothing that they intend to do will be impossible for them. (LEB)
— Genesis 11:5-6
The template for these future humanoids is being formed and fashioned from actual humans' composite data that emulate perceived "good." "Good" is subjective, in human terms, to the former and fashioner.
A London based robotics company called "Geomiq" offers to pay $127,00 for the rights to someone's face of a mystery client's robot.
. . . although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools and changed the glory of the incorruptible into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
— Romans 1:21-23
"The AI Race"
Another documentary, called "The AI Race," discusses the progression of dependence upon these artificial systems.
First, you will want the robot in your home because it's helpful next minute you will need it because you start to rely on it. and then you can't live without it . . . will be like a member of the family . . . and at the end of the day the robot doesn't genuinely care about you . . . software systems and robots, of course, can empathize and they can empathize so much better than people because they are able to extract so much more data and not just about you but a lot of people like you around the world. already algorithms are being used by judges to help make decisions . . . algorithms are much more reliable than people. People are flawed..people are not transparent the same way an AI algorithm is . . . ultimately what is going to end up happening is we are going to become the second intelligent species on this planet and to take it to that degree do we actually merge with it? So we have to merge our brain with AI, its the only way forward, it's inevitable . . . but we won't be human then we will be something else. Superhuman! we are on the precipice of a technological transformation . . . transition shocking and violent . . . technologies are morally neutral
According to Wikipedia, I.J. Good, a 1965 cryptologist, this dependence will become a welcomed feature of society.
Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an 'intelligence explosion,' and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make. 61
Our love for convenience is the lure. God confronts Sodom and Gomorrah with this very same downfall.
Look! This was the iniquity of Sodom, your sister: Pride, an abundance of food, and prosperous ease was to her and to her daughters, and she did not sustain the needy and the poor . . .
— Ezekiel 16:49
In the book of Revelation, God warns His people of the danger of dependence on any of these fronts.
Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ (Eve partaking of forbidden fruit)—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked (end result)— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
— Revelation 3:17-19
The beginning of this portion of Scripture is reminiscent of what Eve hoped to obtain in partaking of the forbidden fruit—immediately following looks very similar to the results of that partaking.
Valkyrie is a robot designed and programmed by Nasa as part of the Mars habitation mission, whose plans are to send the "humanoid" ahead of the assignment with supplies.
The world knows that trouble is coming and imagines that it can somehow escape the forthcoming judgment by moving to another planet rather than humbly repenting and submitting themselves to God.
. . . And they did not repent . . .
— Revelation 9:20-21,16:9,11
"Tech Times" sheds light on the fascinating background behind the name Valkyrie. It could be revealing in terms of the eventual plot of the godless attempt at an organized system that attempts to function without God.
"Dubbed Valkyrie, the battery-powered robot got its name from Norse mythology, which refers to Odins group of ethereal maidens sent to the battlefield to choose who among the slain were worthy of a place in Valhalla.30
The etymology of this name goes even deeper with Biblical overtones.
the same Indo-European root produced Old Norse hel, a proper noun employed for both the name of another afterlife location and a supernatural female entity who oversees it, as well as the modern English noun hell. In Swedish folklore, some mountains that were traditionally regarded as abodes of the dead were also called Valhall; it is therefore possible that the höll element derives from hallr, "rock", and originally referred to an underworld31
The Rephaim, sometimes translated "giants," in Biblical literature, sounds very much like these descriptions. They were considered dead residents of the underworld who roamed the earth in particular narratives. One, in particular, discusses the peculiarity of these beings.
For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants (rephaim); behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits (13.5 feet) was the length thereof, and four cubits (6 feet) the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.
— Deuteronomy 3:11
The modern interpretation could robots appearing to be human but yet dead. They will have no real life in them.
Everyone is dull-hearted, without knowledge;
Every metalsmith is put to shame by the carved image;
For his molded image is falsehood,
And there is no breath in them.
— Jeremiah 51:17
ElliQ—An Electronic Sympathetic Companion
"ElliQ" is described as a sympathetic companion for the elderly. It is a step beyond "Alexa" and other devices that engage with household members. "ElliQ" is more animated and interactive. According to ElliQ's website, the device is described with human-like qualities.
ElliQ is a friendly, intelligent, inquisitive presence in older adults' daily lives—there for them, in their corner, offering tips and advice, responding to questions, surprising them with suggestions—a dedicated sidekick on their journey through this remarkable part of life.57
First, according to its website, is "a global robotics community preparing young people for the future." First is an acronym for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology."
The goals and accomplishments of this organization are "good." There is nothing inherently wrong with science or technology. There is, also, nothing inherently wrong with knowledge in general.
The problem occurs when knowledge, science, and technology are used as methods to build a united kingdom that excludes God and avoids accountability to Him.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.
— Genesis 3:6
The logos representing this organization are unmistakably reminiscent of an ancient tower that once served as a rebellious gathering of people for the express purpose of "building" a name for themselves. The image even includes an emphasis on the sky, or could we say heavens.
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.
— Genesis 11:4
The last sentence of the verse above reveals that the underlying purpose of using knowledge, science, and technology will be used to escape accountability and avoid the God who made everything and deserves to worshiped and obeyed.
The Psalmist presents a more detailed prophetic illustration.
Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”
— Psalm 2:1-3
Terasem—Living Technologically Forever
Life eternal is the goal, and indeed, already, these attempts have taken shape in a futuristic movement called Terasem. Terasem, meaning earth seed, was formed in 2002 by Martine Rothblatt and her wife, Bina. Martine Rothblatt has a robot clone of her wife called Bina 48, who looks like the real Bina Rothblatt. The end goal is to immortalize Bina in a technological form by uploading and storing her mind, experiences, and essentially herself. The vision is not just to make something that will be like her, but for it to be her.
The storage of a person in digital form raises many ethical questions as the technology to upload humans' souls becomes potentially possible. Questions about who technically owns you arise.
According to its website, Terasem has four philosophical pillars:
- Life is purposeful.
- Death is optional.
- God is technological. And
- Love is essential.
The Terasem "Beliefs" page plainly states its intent to create an eternal life with its technological god at its helm:
"Nobody dies so long as enough information about them is preserved. They are simply in a state of 'cybernetic biostasis.' Future mindware technology will enable them to be revived, if desired, to healthy and independent living."
The movement makes God technological of their own making.
"We are making God as we are implementing technology that is ever more all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful and beneficent. Geoethical nanotechnology will ultimately connect all consciousness and control the cosmos."
Meanwhile, futurist Ray Kurzweil, who works on Google's machine learning project, has said in recent months that by the year 2029 what is known as "singularity" — the total merging of human and computer intelligence — will be achieved.
Jotter explained that an essential aspect of transhumanism is "that the body is totally irrelevant to our identity as a human being" and that "the body becomes something you can manipulate at will and doesn't have any normative stand in defining who we are as human beings."
In other words, from the transhumanist perspective, what defines a human person is what is inside the brain and if the contents can be uploaded onto a hard drive then that would still be you.15
"The movement focuses on preserving, evoking, reviving, and downloading human consciousness.
Lifenaut is one of Terasem's projects.
A long-term research study that offers a free online repository of individual digital reflections/biographical information (Mindfiles) and a place to cryonically store DNA samples (BioFiles) for long-term preservation and eventual re-animation as technology evolves.
Its mission is to build a collective consciousness consisting of joyful immortal extensions of each of its joiners"16
The book of Revelation prophetically describes something that looks very similar in terms of an attempt to hi-jack God's plan in making a creature in His image and giving it breath.
He (the beast) was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
— Revelation 13:15
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.
— Genesis 2;7
Much of the philosophy and language that this movement uses is highly religious and spiritual, including having pastors who lead followers in fellowship with these ideals.
Mark Zuckerberg does the same when discussing the online AI-based community-building project of Facebook. He dubs it 'the new church" according to the "New York Post" .39
Zuckerberg's description, once again, follows the Biblical "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves . . . "(Genesis 11:4) pattern.
Naked and Ashamed
The Genesis narrative of the fall of humankind from God's good graces came with a consequential predicament.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.
— Genesis 3:7
Before the fall, such was not the case.
. . . they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
— Genesis 2:25
The developing forms of modern human-created technological salvations are following this consequential pattern of exposure.
According to Naked Security by Sophos, you can have your excrement and urine monitored and examined by a smart toilet containing a camera and microphone.
"It uses an array of sensors to measure your excreta, which means that, yes, it can tell when your waterworks are on and will happily extend a dipstick into your babbling brook in order to conduct uranalysis. It will also use AI to scan and analyze images of your stools.
In fact, it will capture both your pee and your stools on video and process them with algorithms . . . 59
This system uses a rather invasive form of identification unique to only you, and that is your anus.
The toilet uses both analprints and fingerprints to identify users, which scientists say is done purely as a recognition system to match users to their specific data. 59
All of this data is reported to be safely secured in the cloud. Wink . . . wink!
Micro-chipping: It's a Seed
The discussion of micro-chipping in relationship to end-time events is not a new one, and until most recently, it had a science fiction ring to it. We can now see that micro-chipping is not just coming, but that it is here!
According to USA Today . . .
"You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time. 38
50 of 80 employees at "Three Square Market" in Wisconsin willingly took an offered microchip implant inserted into their hands. The company designs full-meal break room kiosks that allow you to purchase via credit card and chip inserted hand swiping.
The chip is about the size of a seed. Much like a seed that contains genetic information unique to a species or individual, the chip will carry biometric information associated with a person, such as identification, payment information, and medical data.
In terms of "end from the beginning" connections, the idea of an implanted seed reminds me of Genesis chapter three that speaks of the "seed" of the serpent.
So the Lord God said to the serpent: . . . I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed.
— Genesis 3:14-15
The serpent has a seed.
One preparatory technology for chip implantation is fobs used instead of keys for both cars and building access. No fumbling with locks and keys. Swipe, and you're in.
Another introduction to chipping's technological advancement is Amazon's latest development of hand-swiping mechanisms for identification and payment in its stores. Quoting from Amazon's introductory website, you can unlock the world with the swipe of your hand.
"One way to unlock the world, powered by your palm . . . Amazon One simplifies everyday interactions. It's a free, contactless service that lets you use your palm to pay, enter, or identify yourself."
God told Adam that every tree in the garden was "free" to eat except one.
Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”
— Genesis 2:16-17
The tree of knowing (experiencing and determining for oneself) good and evil was not free. Their partaking of it required them to forfeit their eternal life. They traded their very own souls in the deal.
. . . the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 6:23
John's revelation fascinatingly connects the transactional aspect of this end-time mark (information-bearing seed insertion).
He also caused everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast—that is, his name or his number.
— Revelation 13:16-17
We are inching closer and closer to a cashless society that will require the use of these mechanisms to buy or sell anything.
When traced back to its root word and related meanings, the Greek word used for "mark" in the above verse describes a type of written documentation of information on any medium. It is considered an imprint associated with branding. Branding is a way to identify ownership. Who owns you is always the question.
This particular word is used predominantly in the book of Revelation and in association with this end-time "mark." There is, however, one exception with its usage in the book of Acts.
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
— Acts 17:29
The above verse connects us with the beastly system that has been fashioned and formed by man's own devising rather than God's. Rebellion is at the core of this godless system.
The hand "mark" has been discussed, but what about the mention of a mark in the forehead? The next section will cover this topic and make a similar connection to the hand.
Elon Musk recently revealed a brain chip implant called "Neuralink." This coin-sized implant is in its experimental phase and was implanted into a pig's brain for two months tracking its neural activity. As it relates to this section's topic, a quote from BBC News says it all.
The interface could allow people with neurological conditions to control phones or computers with their mind . . . But the long-term ambition is to usher in an age of what Mr. Musk calls "superhuman cognition", in part to combat artificial intelligence so powerful he says it could destroy the human race.52
According to a "Barron's" article. titled "Musk shows off progress merging brains and machines,"
Musk has long contended that a neural lace merging minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to 'house cats'56
The wishlist of project goals of the team leaders of these types of projects read a bit like an attempt at being Christ themselves. Their list included the following, once again quoting from the above article.
- technology returning mobility to the paralyzed and sight to the blind,
- to enabling telepathy and the uploading of memories for later reference --
- or perhaps to be downloaded into replacement bodies.
The insertion of this seed-like technology into the hand and head that centers around business transactions, access systems, mind monitoring, and controls sound eerily similar.
Credit Cards and Vaccines
Credit Cards and Vaccines, at first glance, are seemingly unrelated. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, explains the connection on its website.
Under the banner of “efficiently delivering vaccines to millions of children, tracking identity and immunisation records in a digitised manner and incentivising the delivery of vaccines,” Gavi the Vaccine Alliance - leading partner and catalyst, and Mastercard acting in the capacity of technology partner have embarked on a Public Private Partnership . . . Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry committed to leading the way toward a World Beyond Cash . . . Mastercard brings its expertise in digital infrastructure, data analytics, innovation practices, and sustainable business models, specialising in extending the reach of existing infrastructure through innovative solutions, linking disparate partners and systems. To succeed solutions must be tailored to the context; they should utilise existing elements of the payments infrastructure and build new services that involve players like development organisations, humanitarian organisations and governments.54
According to its website, Mastercard's motto reads like something out of the Tower of Babel playbook.
"Mastercard helps governments drive growth, create efficiencies, and improve transparency while advancing social progress"55
Gavi stands for Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations. According to Wikipedia, Gavi unites several global agencies and donors in a type of "save the world" campaign.
GAVI brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists. GAVI has observer status at the World Health Assembly . . . In August 2014, GAVI changed its name from "GAVI Alliance" and rebranded itself with a new logo deliberately reminiscent of UN organization logos, but using green as a mark of difference . . . Pharmaceutical industry representatives were supportive of HSS (Health System Strenthening), possibly because they saw it as key to sustainable markets for their products.53
The vision for this unification should be evident in terms of chip implanting for uniting data related to human tracking, identification, and financial governance.
Aurora: Mind Mapping
The Supercomputer Aurora, housed in Argonne National Laboratory, will be concentrated on brain mapping and trying to replicate brain function. It is considered an exascale computer, meaning it can compute as fast as the human brain.
Aurora in Greek mythology was the goddess of the dawn of the day who had mortal lovers. She depicts the merging of the human and divine.
The Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (in Argonne, Illinois, USA) is a national synchrotron-radiation light source research facility funded by the United States Department of Energy Office of Science. The facility "saw first light" on March 26, 1995. Argonne National Laboratory is managed by UChicago Argonne LLC, which is composed of the University of Chicago and Jacobs Engineering Group.
Using high-brilliance X-ray beams from the APS, members of the international synchrotron-radiation research community conduct forefront basic and applied research in the fields of materials science and biological science; physics and chemistry; environmental, geophysical and planetary science; and innovative X-ray instrumentation.12
God's first creative force is calling forth light. We see here the human attempt to be God in this modern interpretation of Stonehenge or the Wheel of the Giants as the photo heading this section shows the similarities of their constructions.
Jacob's Engineering Group that partially manages Argonne, mentioned in the above quote, discusses the "necessities" of data gathering and processing for the health, wealth, and protection of the global commune.
"These issues inspire us to dig deeper and apply big data analytics to fully understand the interplay of multifaceted variables shaping the future, ensuring that we conceive and deliver solutions that connect people and places with the means to work smarter and live better and make an enduring, positive difference in the world . . . we collect and process a daunting amount of information and consider a complex interplay of factors and events . . . What if we showed you how we’re using drones and geo-data to detect and defend against real-time threats . . . As tools for gathering data become more powerful, so too will the demand for evidence-driven decisions. We fully integrate data with the empathy and judgment of designers and engineers into higher-performing, objectively measurable projects . . . We think differently about the future, to deliver bold solutions for changing times, and a more connected, sustainable world . . . Smart options for affordable, livable structures, both on land and in space, are critical for society and for future exploration.14
Hudson Yards: New York's New Microcosmic Eden-Like Neighborhood
New York City has developed a new neighborhood called Hudson Yards dubbed a "city within a city" in an online article by "Fast Company".3 It's all about buying, selling, and gathering people into one place, and collecting data about them. It is the Tower of Babel revisited.
According to CBS New York Local
"Hudson Yards is the largest and most expensive, private real estate development in U.S. history."7
The Guardian describes the landscape in worshipful terms.
"full of visitors milling around temples of luxury and fashion."5
The Hudson Yards web page boasts that it is the center of all you need.
"All Roads Lead Here"26
According to Wikipedia, Most of this neighborhood's development was once a part of the Hell's Kitchen District and still includes a sub-district of Hell's Kitchen.
This district includes "Death Avenue," the nicknamed streets of 10th and 11th, due to the accidents that were caused by the heavy train traffic.
Manhattan's name is significant. According to folk etymology, Manhattan means "the island where we all became intoxicated." It is also a phrase descriptive of the whirlpool at Hell Gate.28
"The New York Intelligencer" calls it the "Superhuman City" 21
Think Genesis chapter six, once again, in terms of the ancient version of superhuman just before the flood of Noah.
It's All About You
Office entry at Hudson Yards is very futuristic and should raise some eyebrows as it concerns Biblical prophecy, as discussed in the micro-chipping section.
“When you come into an office building here at Hudson Yards, you just swipe your hand and you’re in,”7
This swipe is called "Pass" and is a system that scans your bio-metric handprint.
Hudson Yards is known as the "smart city," quoting Jay Cross Hudson Yard's president. In an article by the "Real deal"10, He also explains the inclusion of holding user data via LinkNYC Kiosks indefinitely.
LinkNYC9, according to its website, offers these "free" services via its data collecting system and apps.
- Use your personal device to connect to LinkNYC’s super fast, free Wi-Fi
- Access city services, maps and directions from the tablet
- Make free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S. using the Vonage app on the tablet or the tactile keypad and microphone. Plug in your personal headphones for more privacy.
- Use the dedicated red 911 button in the event of an emergency
- Charge your device in a power-only USB port
- Enjoy more room on the sidewalk with Link’s sleek, ADA-compliant design by Antenna
- View public service announcements and more relevant advertising on two 55” HD displays
All of this for the low, low price of "you." "The Real Deal" reports that kiosks house two cameras that relay the information collected about you to advertisers.
"We can say how many people looked at this ad, for how long. Did they seem bored, were they smiling?."
— Jay Cross
Selling your data is in its near future, according to the report.
. . . For your iniquities you have sold yourselves . . . You have sold yourselves for nothing . . .
— Isaiah 50:1, 52:3
Three tech giants are making Hudson yards their home, one of them being Google. Google's parent company is called "Alphabet," which is significant to the "end from the beginning" topic taking us back once again to "the days of Noah" expressions.
There were giants on the earth in those days
— Genesis 6:4
According to Wikipedia, and a quote from Larry Page, former CEO, Google's parent company Alphabet was named to reflect the collective idea of gathering systems for a united purpose.
"Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies . . . it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity's most important innovations."
This, once again, connecting us with Babel.
. . . the whole earth had one language and the same words . . .
— Genesis 11:6
Amazon will settle into Hudson Yards in 2021. According to CNBC, Facebook, well known for its data-mining practices, is also setting up a shop in Hudson Yards.
Facebook has signed a lease at Hudson Yards for more than 1.5 million square feet of office space and plans to move into the new offices next year. The lease includes office space across 30 floors and three buildings36
The name "Facebook" should be revealing in and of itself in terms of exposure. The entire premise of Facebook is to get you to expose as much of yourself as possible. It studies you and, in a sense, sells you to advertisers.
Lois Weiss, a writer for the "New York Post," dubs the companies, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google "FAANG"s. She writes the following about them.
Titanic-sized tenants are circling the newest office buildings (at Hudson Yards) in anticipation of what may be a leasing feeding frenzy37
Sounds very vulture/vampire-like. They are all setting up shop in this pseudo-Eden to suck the "you" out of you and sell you.
All taken together, Facebook is about voluntarily exposing yourself. Apple's icon is unmistakably reminiscent of the partaking of forbidden fruit. Amazon is a jungle, perhaps man's version of God's Eden. (Net)flix's bait to the net is entertainment. Finally, Go-ogle leaves us naked and ashamed.
The book of Revelation discusses the inevitable downfall of the great harlot city Babylon, which was known for, and dependent upon its trading, buying, and selling. The following passage speaks of even the bodies and souls of men as commodities.
“And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her (Babylon the harlot city), for no one buys their merchandise anymore: merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and "souls of men.
— Revelation 18:11-13
The "Vessel" is an interactive sculpture in HudsonYards square consisting of a maze of stairs modeled after India's step wells. Some have called it the "Stairway to Nowhere." Its appearance is coiled-like and serpentine.
Its name is temporary, with the idea that the public will have an opportunity to contribute their thoughts on the piece's naming. In light of this topic and the behind the scenes purposes of this neighborhood, I think "The Vortex" is more fitting.
"Looking down from near the top, I couldn't decide whether I felt like I was standing inside the rib cage of some kind of giant robotic creature or in an alien spaceship"20
— Katie Warren "Business Insider"
The designer of the Vessel is Thomas Heatherwick, who also designed the Olympic flame called the Cauldron. I think the connections are apparent.
It is copper in color, which in Biblical typology symbolizes judgment. Another interesting note is that the word for "serpent" described in Genesis chapter three is the same word for "copper" and includes the idea of something shiny.
Ticket purchasers who wished to climb the structure were initially required to sign an agreement that contained a hidden clause giving Hudson Yards claim to any photos or videos taken at the vessel.6 They have since changed their policy after the complaints.
Hidden within this development is an "Urban Sanctuary"4 called 3DEN (a play on Eden) designed with everything you can imagine to accommodate free time and relaxing. There are nap pods, yoga rooms, private phone booths, tree swings, snacks, beverages, and a wellness center. You can even take a shower stocked with "Seed" cosmetic products. One visitor quoted in the "Business Insider" article.
"My first thought upon stepping inside the space was that the abundance of plants and light do give it a "Garden of Eden" vibe."
According to CBS Local New York
"The concept for the team at Hudson Yards was to create a space where New Yorkers can work, live and play" 7
The Biblical language used to describe this place is pretty blatant.
The shopping portion of Hudson Yards includes a shop called "Milk and Honey Babies."
All, of course, available through the swiping and data collecting agreements. It's in the small print behind the scenes details.
New York Eater wrote about the opening day of Hudson Yards and titled the article "Inside the Chaos of Hudson Yards' Opening Day," which is reminiscent of a beginning narrative.
And the earth was without order, and empty; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
— Genesis 1:2
"The Spiral" and the Hanging Gardens
At the center of Hudson Yards, a tower is being constructed that will be known as "The Spiral." (see the above photo). The site resides at 66 Hudson Boulevard and will be 66 stories tall.
It will take up an entire city block and reside within the Manhattan district, which according to Wikipedia.
Manhattan has been described as the cultural, financial, media, and entertainment capital of the world, and the borough hosts the United Nations Headquarters. Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world, and Manhattan is home to the world's two largest stock exchanges by total market capitalization: the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.50
This block is also bordered by 34th street, which is part of Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, also known as "Clinton" and a part of Manhattan's community district four.
The project was designed by the architectural firm Bjarke-Ingels, also known as "BIG." Their company motto is the following.
"Bjarke-Ingels is shaping the world as we know it."49
Bjarke-Ingels also designed "VIA 57 West," a pyramid-shaped residential complex located in Hell's Kitchen neighborhood that also advertises a "central garden oasis." It's website boasts of its "human-centered" approach and global impact considerations.51 None of these thoughts and concerns are in and of themselves bad things. My purpose is to show the language used in its description centers around the developing humanistic attempt at a global system that doesn't include God.
The Spiral's exterior includes a garden that spirals up the building and is called the "Hanging Gardens." The structure looks eerily similar to a colored engraving that depicts the ancient Babylonian "Hanging Gardens," once known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (see the above photo).
In the ancient world, Towers of this style served as observation towers for surveillance.
Tenants of The Spiral will include Pfizer, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.48
It will occupy the majority of space in this tower, floors 7-21. "Big Pharma's" role in "end events" was discussed earlier in this article. Floors 25-28 will be occupied by "Alliance Bernstein," a global asset management firm. Floors 40-52 will be home to "Debevoise & Plimpton LLP," a global law firm. "Global" appears to be the key phrase.
The Edge observation deck, at 30 Hudson Yards, is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. The edge advertises that the experience of being on the deck will give you the sensation of being in mid-air. The height and observation aspects hearken back to the ancient "tower to heaven" also allow you to see 360 degrees in all directions.
The Sphere: It's About Trading
The only surviving piece of art from the 911 World Trade Center collapse is a bronze globe called "The Sphere." The Sphere was, initially, positioned between the two towers. Its current location is at Liberty Park at the New World Trade Center.
The Tower event took place in the land of Shinar.
. . . they found a plain in the land of Shinar.
— Genesis 11:2
The word "Shinar" means "between two mountains." Mountains in the ancient near eastern world were always associated with worship.
Commemoration of the Sphere occurred in 2002 with an "eternal flame." The imagery of the current state of the world at large, and where this is heading, is noteworthy, according to Jude, who speaks of a coming eternal flame.
But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
— Jude 5-7
Once again, the copper/bronze in the Bible is symbolic of judgment.
Fritz Koenig, a German artist, designed the piece with this motto in mind, which emulates what the world believes is their salvation.
". . . world peace through world trade. "11
It was assembled in Bremen, West Germany, which is part of a Hanseatic league. According to Wikimedia Commons, A Hanseatic city was a traditional form of united trade.
. . . a commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and market towns in Northwestern and Central Europe . . . Merchant circles established the league to protect the guilds' economic interests and diplomatic privileges in their affiliated cities and countries, as well as along the trade routes which the merchants used. The Hanseatic cities had their own legal system and operated their own armies for mutual protection and aid. Some modern cities still identify as Hanseatic in memory of their trade history.
A Hanseatic League sounds like classic Biblical treaty-making, for provision and protection, with other things than God.
The prophet Ezekiel presents a scathing report against Tyre's prince, who became full of pride through amassing wealth and riches through trading to his demise. An interesting capture is revealed by overlaying Adam's account in the original garden scene and this confrontational piece. It shows both what happened at the forbidden tree and the inner workings of a future world-system driven by pride and merchandising.
“By the abundance of your trading
You became filled with violence within,
And you sinned;
Therefore I cast you as a profane thing
Out of the mountain of God;
And I destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the fiery stones.
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor;
I cast you to the ground,
I laid you before kings,
That they might gaze at you.
“You defiled your sanctuaries
By the multitude of your iniquities,
By the iniquity of your trading;
Therefore I brought fire from your midst;
It devoured you,
And I turned you to ashes upon the earth
In the sight of all who saw you.
— Ezekiel 28
We can see once again through an Old Testament prophet who describes a beginning that parallels the end.
God's desire for us is good, but good cannot be realized outside of a relationship with Him. This relationship was made possible through the sacrificial trade of His one and only Son for us. He forgave us in that transaction and made it possible for us to dwell with Him eternally.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
— II Corinthians 5:21
Nothing else will do.
"It's a Conspiracy" They Say
The conspiracy of evil is nothing new. The sinister plan began at a fateful tree when humankind cooperated with a spirit induced "beast" of the field.
The conspiracy that God makes an issue with, surprisingly, isn't with governments or secret societies. The issue, instead, is taken up with the unfaithful hearts of His people.
And the Lord said to me, “A conspiracy has been found among the men of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers who refused to hear My words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them.
— Jeremiah 11:9-10
The story hasn't changed and will not change on this side of creative history. There is no conspiracy against the Lord that can stand. It has only been because of humanity's alliance with evil forces that we are where we are.
There is no wisdom, nor understanding,
nor counsel to oppose Yahweh.
— Proverbs 21:30
We aren't doing ourselves any favors by immersing ourselves in these speculations because it eliminates our responsibility to this equation. Each one of us has a contribution to this story of a world run amok.
Theorizing, in this way, unhelpfully creates an "us against them" mentality when God is calling all of humankind to repentance, including ourselves.
The Bible records that the "system" eventually and inevitably fails. It doesn't fail because of people who oppose it, but because darkness can only result in deconstruction and decomposition.
God does not ask us to attempt to change the system through protest or politics. Evil must run its course. Jesus never made an issue with Rome. His problem was always with the hearts of humankind as it is to this very day.
Barabbas, an insurrectionist against the oppressive and controlling Roman regime, was bent on radical change through protest and murder. The book of Matthew regards him as a "notorious prisoner. Isn't it interesting that Jesus takes the place of Barabbas by humbly submitting to the conspiracy made against Himself?
Our problem isn't the potential theories themselves. The problem is that we think we can actively resist them in very non-spiritual ways.
When protecting "our rights" and entitlements become the goal, I think we've lost our way. The only real rights we have were the ones given to us undeservedly by God's grace. If it is His grace that we have lost, then we are sincerely barking up the wrong tree by relying on politically human-motivated protest.
Jesus told us these things would happen ahead of time, not so we could fearfully design bunkers and stockpile food or weapons for self-preservation, but that we would be faithfully serving Him at all times and in all things.
See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass . . . “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
— Matthew 24:45-51
We ought to be more concerned with the state of our spiritual condition than our physical preservation.
The Great Falling Away
I think it's fair to say that we have entered into the time of the great falling away discussed in II Thessalonians.
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped.
— II Thessalonians 2:3-4
According to Gallop News,
Half of Americans are church members, down from 70% in 1990.
Several megachurch leaders and musicians are walking away and publicly renouncing their faith.
Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.
— I Timothy 4:1
This falling away leads us to another sign of the times and a valid question related to faith.
. . . when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
— Luke 18:8
What a shame to reject God because of His righteous rules and consider Him oppressive. He, in His great mercy, sacrificed His one and only Son to cover our shame and nakedness. In rejecting him, we surrender to a merciless tyrannical system more oppressive and accusatory than anyone ever imagined God to be, one that will leave us exposed, naked, and ashamed.
"Give Us a King," They Said
I Samuel chapter eight reveals the underlying motive of humankind's rejection of God in favor of a governmental system.
Towards the end of the depraved time of the Judges when "there was no king in Israel" and "everyone did what was right in their own eyes," God raised up Samuel, a prophet who served in the priesthood to judge them.
Samuel's leadership restored some righteousness to God's people and the land at that time. Samuel's righteous rule did not pass on to his sons. And the people expressed their supposed concern.
“Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
— I Samuel 8:5
Samuel becomes disheartened by this request because he understands that their reliance is about to be placed on a human governmental system rather than on God.
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.
— I Samuel 8:6
God answered Samuel's prayer by informing him that he would let the people have their way, and He reveals their true motives.
And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.
— I Samuel 8:7-8
Just as it was in the garden scene, God's people, like Adam and Eve, would prefer to eat from the tree of their own independent system rather than submit to God's authority and jurisdiction.
The rest of the narrative includes several consequences that the people can expect from their desired human ruled kingdom. All of the ramifications include enslavement, oppression, and high taxation.
After the people were informed of the consequences, they continue with their demand. Rather than confront their idolatries and crimes against God and obey Him, they believe their human king will require less of them and fight their battles.
Nevertheless, the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."
I Samuel 8:19-20
The prophetess Deborah, who also judged in the time of the Judges, adds to the inevitable consequential piece of this story.
They chose new gods;
Then there was war in the gates.
— Judges 5:8
God would have given them a king when they were ripe and ready to submit to Him first. There was no point in appointing a human king over them if their faith was in the king himself and not centered on God and His right and functional ways.
In the "end," their desired plan failed.
We are not far from this narrative and its modern interpretation. We live in a nation that has claimed to believe in the God of the Bible yet continues to do what is right in its own eyes and rejects God's commands at every corner. And rather than repent and turn from our own wicked ways, we would rather bark up governmental trees that we think can save us. We have come to believe that if we just get the right folks in office, we can go back to a comfy "God on the shelf" existence. God explains, otherwise.
. . . if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
— II Chronicles 7:14
In conclusion, the question to ask is, are we ready for this because ready or not? Here it comes.
Christ is coming soon, and we won't want to be sleeping on the job.
Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”
— Mark 13:33-37
Prayer and forsaking evil is what God asks for in this time and this place.
But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
— Luke 21:34-36
It is regarding these times that Jesus, in Matthew 25, discusses two parables.
One of them refers to ten virgins who are waiting for the return of a bridegroom. Five of them keep their lamps filled with oil, and five of them think there is a longer time frame before he returns and, therefore, don't bother to keep their lamps filled but instead fall asleep. The sleepers asked the faithful waiters for some oil at the last minute, but there wasn't enough for all.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
— Matthew 25:10
Keeping lamps filled with oil is a metaphor for maintaining their spiritual lives by being full of God's Spirit at all times.
In both the Noah and Lot narratives, a door shut when the time was up.
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation
— II Corinthians 6:2
The second parable concerned investments. Three men were given talents to invest on behalf of the master while he went away with a promise of returning at an unannounced time. One was given five, the second was given two, and the third was given one. When the master returned, the first two faithfully doubled their investment. The third buried his with no thought of profiting his master but only preserving what was given to him. He hoarded it as if it belonged to himself.
We are here in this time and place for a reason, and it isn't for self-preservation or personal profit. We are here to glorify our God.
The God who made the world and everything in it he is Lord of heaven and earth—does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything since he himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. From one man he has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring. Since we are God’s offspring then, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination. “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day when he is going to judge the world in righteousness by the man he has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.”
— Acts 17
He has a victorious plan that is God-glorifying, and our main focus should be to cooperate with God in that plan. We are to live in faith and confidence that God is in control of all of it.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
— Romans 13:11-14
to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and in all the ages. Amen.
— Jude 1;25
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Tamarajo (author) on May 03, 2020:
Hi James. The bulk of information seemed to find me. The more I compiled, the more it seemed to be everywhere I looked, in both the Biblical interpretations as well as world events. A little OCD never hurts anything either.
Thank you very much for your visit and encouraging comment!
James A Watkins from Chicago on May 03, 2020:
Wow! A tour de force. I cannot imagine how much time it must have taken you to put this all together. Amazing. You are wise and discerning. Maybe that is the same thing.
Tamarajo (author) on January 02, 2020:
Thank you Cristine. Im glad to hear the information is useful.
I appreciate your visit and comment.
Cristine Santander from Manila on January 02, 2020:
Great hub which presents a great wealth of astounding information. This is indeed an eye opener. Thanks for sharing it here at Hubpages.
Tamarajo (author) on January 02, 2020:
In connection with your comment, I recently read an article that reported that only 1% of today's youth holds a Biblical world view. This is certainly a period of "falling away"
As for science, I find that the discovered facts actually confirm what the Bible says. However, the worldly interpretations that come from those facts appear to require as much faith to believe, as it does to believe what the Bible says. And the world does, in fact, worship the humanism that surrounds those interpretations.
My hope, along with you, is that there would be a reconsideration as the days draw near. Well said.
Thank you for your visit Jack and your thoughts on this topic
Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on January 01, 2020:
I very much enjoyed your article and it is clear that much time has gone into it and I appreciate your effort.
It is so sad in this late age of Laodicea that so many are being pulled away from Christianity and into serious belief of other ways that will prove destructive (technology) and leaving their first love.
My hope, as the day draws closer they may have second thoughts.
I have even heard young children, who unfortunately don't know any better, say "we don't believe in that - we believe in science."
And that is so sad indeed.
Again Tammy, my best regards,
Tamarajo (author) on December 02, 2019:
I appreciate your taking the time to read such a lengthy presentation. I realize that it is most likely an overwhelming amount of information, and it perhaps would have been an easier read in parts, but I didn't want to lose the thread that ran through it by breaking it up. None of it stands alone.
I have to say that all of these discoveries have been personally eye-opening as well as convicting. I do believe that this is a good thing. I hope that it inspires introspection in others and not just an external interest in the development. It's so easy to do be distracted that way.
I appreciate your affirmation for the Scripture back up. I, many times, question how much to insert without rewriting the entire Bible. : )
God bless you, Bill! Your input is always well respected.
William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on December 02, 2019:
Tammy, this is incredible. I could never take so much information and organize it like you do. Your love for doing research shows, and you've used so much scripture to back it up. Thank you.