Beware of the advances of technology in our societyBy BRENDA MAYO,
To the Editor:
We are living in some of the most exciting times in all of history. We see the Biblical Record being played out in front of us daily.
Daniel 12:4 says, “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.”
People surely are running “to and fro.” Ask any mother with children. Air travel has allowed many people to be citizens of the world. We have made it’ from earth to the moon and back, to the space station.
When computers came along they were supposed to make everyone’s life more perfect. For the last fifty years technology has indeed increased to the point that today the favorite “woman” in Saudi Arabia is a robot named Sophia. People talk daily to technology called Alexia, Watson, Siri and others. We are seeing the daily advances in AI, Artificial Intelligence.
Just a few of the “Breakthrough Technologies” from MIT Technology – 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 are
3-D Metal Printing: “The technology can create lighter, stronger parts, and complex shapes that aren’t possible with conventional metal fabrication methods. It can also provide more precise control of the micro structure of metals. In 2017, researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced they had developed a 3-D printing method for creating stainless-steel parts twice as strong as traditionally made ones.”
Artificial Embryos: “In a breakthrough that redefines how life can be created, embryologists working at the University of Cambridge in the UK have grown realistic-looking mouse embryos using only stem cells. No eggs. No sperm. Just cells plucked from another embryo.”… “providing a whole new route to creating life.”
Magdalene Zernicka-Goetz who headed the team told an interviewer, “The next step, she says, is to make an artificial embryo out of human stem cells, work that’s being pursued at the University of Michigan and Rockefeller University,” Antonio Regalado.
Sensing City: “A Toronto neighborhood aims to be the first place to successfully integrate cutting-edge urban design with state-of-the-art digital technology.”… “One of the projects goals is to base decisions about design, policy and technology on information from an extensive network of sensors that gather data on everything from air quality to noise levels to people’s activities.”… “The plan calls for all vehicles to be autonomous and shared. Robots will roam underground… other North American cities are already clamoring to be next on Sidewalk Lab’s list… San Francisco, Denver, Los Angeles and Boston.” Elizabeth Woyke.
Dueling Neural Networks: “Artificial Intelligence is getting very good at identifying things, show it a million pictures and it can tell you with uncanny accuracy which ones depict a pedestrian crossing a street. But AI is hopeless at generating images of pedestrians by itself.” Why It Matters “This gives machines something akin to a sense of imagination which may help them become less reliant on humans – but also turns them into alarmingly powerful tools for digital fakery.” Jamie Condliff
Genetic Fortune Telling: “Breakthrough; Scientist can now use your genome to predict your chances of getting heart disease or breast cancer and even your IQ.
Why It Matters: DNA-based predictions could be the next great public health advance, but they will increase the risks of genetic discrimination” Antonio Regaldo.
From Forbes: Seven Ways Advancements in Technology Will Change the Near Future
Generative Adversarial Networks: This is a way of pitting two neural networks against each other in order to train one of them to produce new things. For example, it may generate realistic looking pictures. We’re not quite there yet but we will be soon. When that happens, it could conceivably become impossible to separate real information from false. Ben Lee Rootstrap.
Human and artificial Neural Networks: The next thing would be a new way to communicate with these new technologies including AI. It could be some new kind of wearable. It might be some mechanism to fit a receiver inside a body, similar to how pets are microchipped. Basically, something to seamlessly connect humans with the immense power of AI. Now we need to Vikram Joshi Pulsd
There are countless other details out there on the world wide web.
Back to Daniel. Chapter 12:9 “And he said ‘Go your way Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” (NKJV)
We are surely in “the time of the end.”
The understanding of these words are made plain with each passing moment. Many scriptures point to and tell us exactly what is going on and why. Romans 1; II Timothy 3:1-9; Luke 21:29-36 are just a few. Scripture tells us to Watch and be discerning of the time so that we will not be caught off guard, like a thief in the night. (Matthew 24:42; Matthew 24:4; I Thessalonians 5:1-11; II Thessalonians 2:1-12; Revelation 3:3).
Today we are in an uncivil war for the soul of our nation. “Political correctness” tries to demand that no one speak Truth from the Word of God about any subject or matter they don’t want to hear. It’s called “hate speech” if you do not agree with those who rebel against God and His Word and His authority.
But the most loving thing any person can do is to warn humanity that there is a day coming when “every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (see Philippians 2:5-11) Any moment of any day could be the day that God will be calling His children home, we call it the Rapture. The day is coming when there will be an accounting for sin.
God has made a way. His name is Jesus. John 3:16, 17 For God so loved the world (the people He created) that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus the Christ, Messiah) that whosoever believes in Him should not perish (die without hope of salvation) but have everlasting (Eternal) life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world (the people in it) through Him might be saved. (NKJV) (amplification mine)
All of these technical advances and the political climate of the world tell us we are closer than we’ve ever been to the Day of His coming to call us home.
What if He tarries? Any person can continue living his or her life just as they please. Or we can heed the Word to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved…” Acts 16:31
To Believe is not our “American” definition which is very shallow and transitory. But is so solid, that our very lives are staked on the value of the One we believe in. Placing our trust, foundations and future in His hands because He is faithful, He has been tested and tried and found with “no fault in Him” Pontius Pilate – John 18:38 This One, Jesus, whom we believe has given us the mandate to “be about My Fathers business.” Luke 2:49
Part of His business is that we, His children, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19 “To watch therefore for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” “And therefore you also be ready.” Matthew 24:42, 44
One of the purposes of this letter is to remind us that even though He may tarry for a while longer, He may not. (II Peter 3:9) We don’t have the promise of tomorrow. If our heart and soul are not ready to meet the Lord, it may be everlasting too late if we put it off till we “get ready”. (II Corinthians 6:2) “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation.”
On the day the Rapture happens the door will be opened for the Anti-Christ to step onto the world stage and seize control of the whole world and every component of it. He will take control by stealth and technology will enable him to rule every vestige of life. That technology is here now.
You are invited to the “Deeper Still” class that will meet Sunday, June 30th, 5:00 – 7:00pm at Sallis Baptist Church.
There will be a video presentation by Billy Crone, pastor of Sunrise Baptist Church, Los Vegas, NV, that was presented last September to 5,000 people at the Understanding the Times Conference in Prairie Eden, MN. His message is on AI and how it plays into these end of Days and set up for the Anti-Christ.
You are invited to come and see.