Artificial Intelligence, Global Facial Recognition, Every phone an ATM: Signs of the End Times: Prelude to the Mark of the BEAST?
When we read the Bible, we see that Jesus has left the buildings that men built and focused His time on the Harvest, The Great Commission! When we look at the present state of the Church, we see a vastly different reality. According to George Barna, it currently costs $1.3 Million for every baptized believer. It is time for the Church to leave the building and return to the harvest fields that Jesus has called us to be a part of.
In a recent message at Church of His Presence in Daphne, Alabama, these were the very words shared to everyone in attendance. “The Church needs to leave the building! We gotta leave the building! We gotta leave the building! When they come in here, ‘where is everybody?’. Ladies and gentlemen, the Church has left the building!” This is such a powerful reality to understand. The Church itself, is NOT the building. If you are a believer, YOU ARE THE CHURCH! The building doesn’t make us the Church.
The reason that this is so important to understand is because the greatest harvest ever to be witnessed upon the face of the Earth is upon us. We need to be rightly related to other believers in Christ. In John 8:31, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples”. It’s not enough to know what is written. We must live our lives in accordance with Jesus’ teachings. There was a season when the Church did not have the privilege of having the Scriptures. Today, this has changed. When we look at the Israelites, we see that God brought them together in tribes. They came together for worship and for warfare. We need to know the Tribe that God has called us to be a part of. It is time for us to shift into this new environment of Tribes with healthy relationships. God wants His Church back, His people, to begin functioning as He has called us to be. God is shifting how the Church sees this paradigm because He wants to protect you from what is presently developing. When we look at the new developments regarding technology, we can see why this shift is so vital and crucial.
At the Code Conference, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and co-creator of Pay Pal, was one of the speakers. When “Josh” approaches the microphone, he presents this question: “Sort of a philosophic concept, that a sufficiently advanced civilization would be able to create a simulation… that’s like, our existence. So, the theory follows that maybe we’re in that simulation. Have you thought about this?” As Musk responds, he begins his reasoning as to why this “simulation” does exist by beginning with the existence of “Pong”, “Now 40 years later, we have photo realistic, 3-D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year.” Musk continues to share, “If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality”. As Musk concludes his response to Josh’s answer, he states, ‘There is a one in a billion chance that this is base reality…Either we’re going to create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will cease to exist.’
The very essence of the existence of this conversation highlights how much our culture is engrossed in movies and technology. This is not the Matrix. God is everywhere at the same time. He knows all things. God is uncreated. He has no beginning and no end. He exists outside of technology. The most important thing about each of us, is what we think about God. This is such a vital reality that our eternity depends on who we think God is. This underscores the importance of why we must find who our Tribe is and relate to them.
To bring up the words “Facial Recognition”, wouldn’t be anything new to most people. But, when we look at how it is changing the landscape of our interactions with technology, and our daily life, we begin to see a new perspective. When one man is asked about facial recognition, he shares, “nobody really realizes how it is changing our world. And, nobody really realized the side effect that it is going to have on our political regime, whether they are a territory regime or democracies. All of those regimes are going to change deeply because of those technologies.” As one man demonstrates the capabilities of this technology, he walks into a room, with a display behind him showing the continual computer grid on his face, tracking his every move, he highlights how entire faces can be scanned and read regardless of what angle of the face is visible. Whether we like it or not, each of us is being tracked. Either with this developing technology, or the cell phone that we conveniently keep in our pockets.
When we rewind only a few decades into the past, we see the horrible atrocities that were carried out under the evil regime of Adolf Hitler. When he wanted to track the Jews, he simply tattooed each of them with a specific number, and a ledger. Presently, everything has changed. Now, digital is the most primary platform. To talk about mobile banking is nothing surprising. Or is it?
In a discussion at the World Economic Forum, discussions of how India has responded to these advanced technologies highlights how fast our economies can be changed overnight. “But, today’s society do not need those bank branches. We don’t need those brick and mortars. We don’t need ATMs. Every low cost smart phone is an ATM now. My own company has 1.75 million outlets in India. You just have to extend your arm and you have a shop, a cigarette vendor, or a grocery shop.” In addition to this, the vision of what is to take place in the approaching months is detailed with ease. “In countries like India, which has adopted digital as one of the major platforms our Prime Minister has taken upon himself, as one of the big pillars, is Digital India, he wants to connect everybody in the country in the shortest possible time frame. We’re talking 18-24 months. Every Indian will have a phone in their hand.” This isn’t even the whole projection. Having a cell phone is one thing. What about a digital identification? “Every Indian now has a National Identity, which is linked to biometrics. It takes you less than one minute. You put your thumb in any place you go in India, every store will have it. A $20 device, put your thumb in, in one minute, you are verified.”
OK. So, we can understand the rate as to how fast these technologies are advancing and how they are affecting our culture and society. Let’s now take this a step further.
According to Yahoo News, ‘Google engineersets up new church ‘to worship artificial intelligence’. Independent ran a similar article, ‘Former Senior Google Engineer developing robot that will be worshipped as a god’. Another article, according to Patheos, continues the same reporting.“Anthony Levandowski, the multi-millionaire engineer who once led Google’s self-driving car program, has founded a religious organization to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.” The article continues, “No one is sure exactly what this group will do, but the Way of the Future is a religion based on artificial intelligence — a belief system that deems self-thinking robots holy — and that’s something we’ve never seen before…This religion worships something real that we created… something that can actually affect things in the real world. It’s really a different beast.”
God told us this would happen before technology even existed. God has called us to be in the world, but not of it. When we look at Revelation 13:11-18, we can see that we are living in the very days that were spoken about.
Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.
When we take these things into consideration, we can see clearly that it is all about an economic system. God has not called us to relate to technology or computers. God has called us to relate to one another, human beings, as brothers and sisters, as family. There no greater urgency of a moment for us to know where God has called us to rightly relate than where we are now. Be deeply informed about many of the technological advancements that are taking place throughout the world, as well as understanding why it is important for us to have genuine relationships in our life, and Elon Musk discussing biological intelligence and machine intelligence merging, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Church is not the building, YOU are the Church, is this the last days, End of Days, the Last Days, discussing revelation, false gods, worshipping technology, Google engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk, Space X, PayPal, Tesla, AI god, Artificial Intelligence god, family in the Church, Last Days Harvest, facial recognition, the mark, mark of the beast, is this a simulation?, code conference, World Economic Forum, facial recognition technology, are we in the last days?, beast economy, smart phones, digital platforms, artificial god, do not be deceived, false teachers, technology, Find your Tribe, family is God’s idea, summoning demons, Revelation 13, Book of Revelation, the mark, religious organizations, and human civilization. Greg and John shared in this segment.