The Image of the Beast

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

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For years now, preachers have long proclaimed their dogmas and teachings concerning the last days and what is coming as the final authority. Many have boasted in their books, commentaries and Bible notes how they are so “right” in their estimation of what is coming in the last days that any other idea which might counter their own personal “golden calf” is immediately met by ridicule and mockery. Yet, God still gives wisdom to those who seek understanding and revelations are still given to those who desire it.

When most end time writers came on the scene in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they only knew “partial” of the coming last days, meaning, what they believed would occur in the “last days” was based on their worldview at that time. Meaning, when John Darby preached the new concept called the PRE-TRIBULATION doctrine, he based his concept on the visions of a 15 yr old girl named Margaret McDonald. It was Darby’s connection to one Edward Irving, Pastor of a church in Scotland, that began the birth of the new teaching.

In 1831 in the month of April, Mrs. J.B. Cardale, a member of Irving’s church, received what she claimed to be a personal revelation of a pre-tribulation rapture. It was these two events which began to shape end time teachings, especially when it came to the rapture. However, they were all created with their understanding of the word to their current time. Little did Darby, Finis Dake, Irving (who was the first to actually preach a pre-tribulation rapture and was excommunicated from his church in Scotland and expelled from the London Presbytery who oversaw his position in the Scotland church) understand just was waiting 100 years before their time.

For nearly 100 years, men, aligning with certain doctrines which soothed their minds and hearts, built a theology which resisted any suggestion that they might be wrong and thus, making their entire end time theology suspect. Making matters worse, they have lead many others to believe the same, tiresome teachings which, when confronted with our every changing times, makes their end time theology more than suspect, it makes them subject to error.

When Jesus gave us an outline of the last days in Matthew 24, he gave us indicators to look for to recognize the season the end time church would be in just prior to his second coming, these indicators are called signs. These signs would not only announce to the church where they were at on God’s prophetic timetable, these signs would equally give the world one last opportunity to repent before the coming turmoil (tribulation).

One of these signs would be the condition of the world during the final years, what the world will resemble and why. Jesus gave us a clue in Matthew 24:37 “As it was in the days of Noah…” Many have simply used this verse to relate a concept of average events of social decay based on merely assuming that the world will become evil simply due to the sin nature of men and while in one respect this is true, it would be prudent that the individual look for the deeper meaning Christ was referring to when he conditioned the world to Noah’s day. After all, any society, be it the past, or present has endured evil, so why would Christ reveal one particular world based on that particular society? What was it about Noah’s day (and we must understand that the term ‘day’ is referring to a generation or time span of the beginning of the life of Noah to his entering into the ark) that singled him out? Genesis 6:1, 2, 4 gives us a clear understanding, “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

When fallen angels came to earth, they created not only a new species, they in turn changed the very structure of mankind, from his very DNA, Satan attempted to pollute the bloodline to hinder the coming Messiah. This was the birth of the Antichrist spirit. Throughout these times, men, under extreme demonic presence, began to worship false gods, human sacrifices to ancient gods created by the forbidden knowledge the giants (Nephilim) imparted to men, the world began to fall into a complete meltdown of both physical, moral decay as well as spiritual decay.

One of those acts this merger of fallen beings with humankind produced was dark knowledge, and this was seen in acts the word describes as the mixing of animals with other species, producing creations which provoked the Lord. This was the first time in our world that, as a result of the initial mixing of fallen angels and human beings producing offspring, that wicked, evil men, under direct influences of demonic control, began to manipulate the genetic human gene. This is why that the Bible says when God sought out a righteous man that Noah found grace in the sight of God (Gen. 6:8). What did that mean? It indicates that Noah, even when the world around him was becoming filled with violence and genetic manipulation, human sacrifices, sexual perversion of the worst kind, that Noah kept himself and his family entrusted in the salvation of the Lord while the world became filled with darkness.

We are now seeing the same events, maybe not to the extent (yet) or degree that Noah did, but we are seeing them just the same. And it is because of technology that Satan is using the every changing world of science to meet his end. As proof, all we have to do is look to the explosion of knowledge at the beginning of the 20th century to begin our path to destruction.

Since the time of Christ, his death and ultimately his ascension (33 A.D.) the world, by the time of the death of the last disciple – John, fell into darkness, not just spiritual darkness, but darkness which relates to knowledge. For nearly 1,500 years, man did not grow intellectually, the great inventions would not be seen until nearly the beginning of the 20th century, yet, in almost every milestone of history’s timeline, some advancements were made. However, by the time the early 20th century came, man’s knowledge seemed to spark when in the past it seemed that he had no such spark. But by the beginning of the 20th century came the light bulb, electricity, communications such as the telegraph and ultimately the telephone. Then, within 30 years, by the 1930s, man’s knowledge seemed to explode with great leaps of advancements such as flight, transportation, and ultimately media communications eventually came and before you knew it, man was dominating space, all within 60 years – but why? Why at this point in time?

The answer is found in the prophetic words of the prophet Daniel, “But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.” Daniel 12:4

Even within the past 35 years since I was 18 (1985), technology has changed our world in vast amount of ways. Cell phones have progressed from the bulk item monsters they once were to now a mere smart phone. Television has seen leaps and bounds in how it is being delivered today, long gone are the traditional “rabbit ears” so many of us remember not so long ago. Then came the internet it has changed everything how we see the world, how we live in it and do business. The “web” as it’s called, has literally created a new vast world for mankind and it looks like it’s going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds.

Yet there is one more aspect of technology which is gaining new ground and, one I believe, will play a significant part in the coming kingdom of the beast – genetics and bio-mechanical technology. Many call this the new age of “Transhumanism”, meaning, the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.

Just as the old world fell into perversion, especially when it came to the experimentation of species, man is once again doing the same thing, but under the guise of technology. How will this work within the coming kingdom under the rule and reign of the Antichrist? The word says in Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” John was explaining that the man of sin would be able to give life to a structure that would literally cause it to become life. With the growing advances of science, especially in the world of robotics, it seems man is reaching a point in time where they are creating robots, machines that can not only do tasks, but in recent weeks, they have developed a robotic hand which literally gives someone with no limbs the ability to feel what they are touching. Another massive advancement in the world of science. But will the beast use this advancement to create a robot or something of this effect that will be given life? It’s not out of the question and here’s why – in our world today we do not worship images, no golden idols, no statues (save those found in the Catholic church), nothing of this nature. So it is very possible that this coming monster will give life to something reflecting the ultimate achievement of man.

Even today, the world of stem cell manipulations are reaching an unhealthy level. Recently it was announced that the world’s first genetically modified sets of children was born to women who had the DNA of 3 people, 2 men and 1 woman. We are literally on the cuff of an era where computer chips, implanted in human beings, will manipulate and even change the very DNA of human beings. Just as it was in Noah’s day.

It is clear that when we see the world today compared to the writings of those gifted and certainly Godly men of the past and their understanding of the world as they knew it, we can then better understand that our world is changing in such a degree that it was impossible for them to understand the coming world. Even by the time Finis Dake came out with his Bible in the late 60s, the world dramatically changed to such a degree that some things which they believed simply cannot match up to the word as it relates to the end times, why? Because the world changed in a way they did not expect. No one saw the age of the computer, equally, no one saw cell phones, social media, genetic engineering, cloning or the mapping of the genome of the human DNA. So this can only mean one thing, we must always go by the Bible, the Bible, the word of God will reveal all that needs to be revealed. Our only hope in this time in which we live in the second coming of Christ to remove his church. But before this comes, the church will face things it never considered possible. Dark days lay ahead, but a brighter future waits for all who keep their trust in Christ.

Christopher Gregory

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