Prophecy and Technology
we are going to briefly look at some trends in technology and
how they relate to Bible prophecy. No, we are not going to spend
much time on the internet and privacy, but on other very
important trends that are now coming to pass right before our
eyes. These are some truly ‘epoch’ level changes coming and
these new technologies are going to fundamentally alter life on
earth and how man interacts with the world around him - his
wages, war, how he pays his bills, works and travels. Major
changes are just now starting to occur.
can imagine many priests in the middle ages thought the Apostle
John’s vision of the apocalypse too fantastic to believe in a
literal sense. As I read the much older interpretations of
scripture, I see how many of them tended to over-spiritualize so
many of the things in there. They had no conception of the kinds
of technological advances man would have achieved in the final
the things in Revelation may still seem strange and way out to
some readers, but as we see the things now being invented and
developed and some of the things now transpiring on earth on the
environmental front, those prophecies no longer seem far fetched
to anyone who reads the news. Mass die-off’s of the world’s
oceans? Brothers, it’s right there in your Bibles (Rev 8:9, 16:3). I do not mean to say
that we have seen the fulfillment of these things, only that
they are by no means far fetched… not anymore.
reader of mine who sends me interesting links from time to time
had this question that will be the starting point for this
I was browsing over the
internet a few days ago, and I came across articles
describing the latest computer technology. In Japan they
are creating robots that look almost completely
human like. One very soon will even be able to
interact intelligently with these robots: no
kidding here, this really is shocking. I even read of
computerized algorithm being created that
will be allowed to decide guilt and innocence...,
before the crime is even committed! According to
what I read, courts are actually condemning people on
the basis of these computerized conclusions. Sounds too
much like a return of inquisition. These same
computerized thinking programs are determining medicine
for the sick, and a whole myriad of other decisions that
potentially affect a persons life in very dramatic ways.
I even saw where a robot was performing
surgical operations !
My point is this...a thought
leaped into my head...maybe it was from the good Lord,
or maybe it was just from within me. I see a powerful
potential for Satan to possess this computerized
technology. My feeling is that he will, and it will come
about here very soon. The link above somewhat confirms
this feeling inside of me. I read in the bible
where the false profit will build a statue of the beast,
and this statue will come to life and say that all those
who refuse to worship it must die...The sound of this
passage appears far too much like the human appearing
robot being constructed by the Japanese to me. - Name Withheld
Yes the trends in technology
are real and are moving very rapidly. Yes, real androids who
can interact with people and who look like us is not so very
far off at all. I read a story where sex-bots were on the way.
But these somewhat anecdotal
aspects of the coming android/robot revolution, in my view
pale in comparison to some of the much darker implications.
Fully Autonomous Weapons Systems
Today there is a revolution
now taking place. It’s in the field of military robotics. The
word’s powers, the Americans, Chinese and yes, most definitely
the Russians are now in a race to build fully autonomous
robots and weapons systems. But these efforts in military and
other forms of robotics do not just mean the world’s
military’s. Private companies are also involved in this kind
of development, including Silicon Valley.
what we are seeing both in the military and private sphere
is what some have termed the normalization
military robotics. These
are coming and to a large degree are
here. We have seen
pictures of fully
vehicles operating on the battlefield. The Russians
as well, as we learn from their own news sources are
working on their own ‘skynet’ of fully autonomous weapons
systems capable of making its own decisions
any human interaction.
I don’t think I need to tell
any reader here of the enormous implications of this and why
this is one area that we as Christians should indeed be
watching most carefully. I could give you all a slew of links
on this subject and today I won’t. But I will pass on a
Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems UNOG
Robot Series - HRW
a considerable amount of activity on this. Here is a group
that is dedicated to the peaceful use of
robots. There are many voices now
sounding the alarm about this most serious development in
technological ability. More and more man is showing that
his knowledge is far outstripping his wisdom. Key
questions needed to be answered long before the
considerable development of these weapons transpired. But
that has not happened.
But when we look at this
issue what do we see prophetically? I am always amazed at the
prophecies of Revelation insofar as this – in the last days,
we see a massive army of strange and evil creatures that shall
torment mankind. Brothers, we hear much about the beast,
Antichrist, the mark, but we don’t hear much about some of the
other things that our God gave us for a witness as to what
shall transpire in the last days. Here is the witness.
And the fifth angel
and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth:
and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke
out of the pit,
as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the
darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came
the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given
the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was
that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither
any green thing,
neither any tree; but only those men which have not
the seal of God in their foreheads.
And to them it was given that they should not kill them,
but that they should be tormented five months: and their
the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not
and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared
and on their heads were as it were crowns like
gold, and their faces were
as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of
women, and their teeth
were as the
lions. And they had breastplates, as it were
breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of
chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had
tails like unto scorpions,
and there were stings in their tails: and their
power was to hurt men five months.
And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless
whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek
hath his name Apollyon. One woe is
past; and, behold,
there come two woes more hereafter.
This vision of a futuristic
attack on the human race had to seem like some kind of
impossible event to many who read it back in the days of old.
In fact, so many of the visions in John’s revelation were so
‘far out’ that many did not want to include the book in the
That’s not so true anymore.
So what was it that John saw? I wish I could tell you for
sure, but I cannot. But I can look at many of the developments
in our world on the technological front and give you some Biblically based ‘wise speculation’ on it.
As I read the passage cited
above, I cannot help but get these basic impressions.
1 – That these locusts are
very real. They exist in the material world. They are not
some spiritual phenomenon that gives rise to something else
within the material world.
2 – While they are material
in existence, they are spiritually controlled. That
controlling spirit is Appolyon, or Abaddon.
This is a tremendously
important prophecy in that it shows that powerful spirits will be given great power
over mankind - not to their benefit,
but to mankind's harm. But that even though they have this
power, it appears to be limited to only what God allows. Note
that in this particular assault, they cannot and do not kill
anyone. They just torment and the torture is so bad that men
will seek death and won’t be able to die. Who are these angels
who control this insect like horde? They are only mentioned
here in scripture.
origin [H11]; a
destroying angel: - Abaddon.
participle of G622; a destroyer (that is,
But the other aspect of this
vision is in the first part of the passage, it started with a
star that fell from heaven. Clearly this is some kind
of very powerful fallen angel. But he is given temporary
authority over the bottomless pit. This is the place where the
fallen host of angels dwells. Keep in mind that stars are
symbolic of angels, both fallen and otherwise (Rev 1:20, Dan 8:10) falling
from heaven is a key aspect of Lucifer (Isah
We need to keep in mind that
it is Jesus that holds the actual keys to hell and death. So
this appears to be a temporary transfer of limited power to
the devil and his host for a specific purpose. The bottomless
pit appears to be a place that is reserved for certain classes
of the fallen angels, who are consigned there for eternity (Jud 1:6). It is in essence, a place of damnation
or perhaps more correctly, the holding cell for those that
So what are these creatures?
Let’s take a look.
First off they are some kind
of locusts, but none that any of us have ever seen. The come
up out of this bottomless pit and the smoke from it is so
great it blocks out the sun. This all may seem a bit too
primitive of a geological view of the earth, but anyone who
has seen what comes out of a volcano and the heat and the lava
(that looks like a lake of fire) and the smoke, can understand
that that this looks to be something similar but on a much,
very much larger scale. Even today with volcanic eruptions,
the volcanic ash can be so great as to divert air travel for s
significant periods of
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So what this prophecy
envisions appears to be something along the lines of some kind
of earth event that has the smoke effect of a large volcano or
caldera. I admit, this is mostly speculation, but it
is one that fits what we know about the earth. Some have
wondered if it is possible that beings exist in torment in the
deep recesses of the earth. I say, yes, but that place appears
to be a place where spiritual beings exist (I cannot
say live) and are in torment, rather than those of us in a
So what I see here is a major
spiritual event (the fifth trumpet) that will translate itself
into an event here in the material realm - a great fallen
angel will be given great authority and will open up this
great bottomless pit. The good news is that most of what is
down there will not come out, but the bad news is that
somethings will and that is those locusts I think, represent.
We don’t know how many of
these things are let loose the scriptures
do not tell us, but I think it safe to say there will be many
of them as this is how locusts usually travel – millions of
them in a giant swarm. This is clearly the impression that
John leaves with us in this vision.
The picture that John gives
us is something that no horror movie producer could ever
fathom. They had faces like men, but were armored and decked
out for battle, not unlike the warriors of Roman Times, which
John lived. They had breastplates (armor) and were clearly
designed specifically for battle. We must also keep in mind
that the king that reigned over them was named (in the ancient
languages) ‘destruction’ these warrior like characteristics seem only
So what are we looking at, if
we were to put them in to modern
terms and terminology? This is how I tend to look at the book
of revelation – look at the terrible judgments God brings on
man and to a lesser degree he brings on himself by virtue of
his wickedness. John was using 1st century terms to describe 21st
century phenomenon. So when he saw these things he saw that
they were not anything he saw before. I see this as being some
kind of organized spiritually directed military
assault using these creatures not to kill man, but as the
scriptures say, to torment them or as the term is used today
use ‘non-lethal force’ against the race of the sons of men,
those who have not been sealed by God. So what are these
things. I would put it into four possibilities.
1. They are drones – some
kind of miniaturized
drone technology that somehow this powerful fallen angel is
able to get control of and are possibly thus
possessed/remotely piloted by a certain class of fallen
2. They are some kind of
genetically modified or artificially created life-form that has been
programmed (at the DNA level) to accomplish this task in the
3. They are cybernetic,
containing both machine and biological traits.
4. They are some kind of
spiritual beings that literally come out of the earth and
has nothing to do with mankind creative technological
Given the leaps and bounds of
mankind's technological capacity in both the fields of
remotely controlled military hardware (drones) and DNA
manipulation coupled with mankind's fascination with spiritual
darkness, false religion, witchcraft and all manner of
devilry, what we are seeing here I think may be as much a
judgment of God as it is a natural outgrowth of man’s fondness
Yes, I do think it very
possible that the locusts of Revelation chapter nine are some
kind of drone or artificial life-form that is centrally
controlled, not unlike ‘Skynet’
- the network that controlled the terminators in the movie
with Arnold Schwarzenegger of the same name.
I admit this is all pretty
speculative, but today we can see that mankind could indeed or
soon will be able to create such such a creature to torment
mankind in its 'non-lethal' arsenal. I think one thing we
should kind of keep our eye on is to see if some kind of
international agreement takes form to produce only certain
kinds of non-lethal drones using only certain kinds of
technology. Given the propensity in some quarters to make sure
that some technology especially police and crowd control tech
is non-lethal, this may be something that will be rather
interesting to see develop because what is being described in
the above passage looks to be a non-lethal attack. The whole
idea as described here in appears only to inflict pain,
tremendous excruciating pain on the victims and nothing more.
And then in the very next
vision in Revelation, we see a very different set of unworldly looking creatures.
This horde however is going to do much more than just torment,
the next horde will be there to kill and kill one third of
mankind. This happens just following the fifth angel sounding
his trumpet. Here is the passage.
the sixth angel which had the trumpet,
Loose the four angels
which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
And the four angels were
loosed, which were prepared for an hour,
and a day, and a month,
and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
And the number of the
army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:
and I heard the number of
them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision,
and them that sat on
them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth,
and brimstone: and the
heads of the horses were as the heads of lions;
and out of their
mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
By these three was the
third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke,
and by the brimstone,
which issued out of their mouths.
For their power is in
their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails
were like unto
serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
And the rest of the
men which were not killed by these plagues
yet repented not of the
works of their hands,
that they should
not worship devils, and idols of gold,
and silver, and brass,
and stone, and of wood:
which neither can see,
nor hear, nor walk:
Neither repented they of
their murders, nor of their sorceries,
nor of their fornication,
nor of their thefts.
This passage shows us many
things. The most important is the spiritual
observation in the last verse, that men utterly refused to repent of their evil deeds. But
let’s take a good look at what is going to kill off so very
much of mankind. These are not creatures that anyone living
has seen. Again, we see spiritual forces who are used to
prepare their way for destruction. This time there are four
angels and they are set apart for this one specific purpose at
this one specific time. Many have tried to opine that both of
these angels who bring on these disasters in Revelation chapter nine are
Holy angels – ones who did not rebel with the devil. No, these
angels were bound and it does not seem at all likely that God has to bind up
his angels. However there is a class of them who are bound up
in chains as mentioned earlier.
And the angels which
kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in
chains under darkness unto the judgment of the
So it is fallen angels who
are bound and these in my view are just four of them. They
appear to be very powerful angels and may even be a class of
arch angels of which some or many joined in the rebellion
against the Most High God. My view is that both of these
groups of angels are probably part of this fallen host, who
will be allowed to be set free for just this particular moment
in history. What these creatures are again I can only
speculate, but I find it of interest that in both the 5th
and 6th trumpets, we see these traits
The creatures have
features like more than one type of animal
The creatures attack
The creatures have
The race of the sons of
men are the target of both attacks
I think one other observation
that should be made about the fifth and sixth trumpet is this.
The fifth trumpet represents a non-lethal attack from the
air (locusts). The sixth trumpet represents a lethal
attack on mankind from the ground. We must also keep
in mind again that John had no vocabulary for the description
of things like tanks, Apache helicopters, hellfire missiles
and military drones. Moreover, I think we are only just
beginning to see out here in public some of the strange and
new weapons that nations all around the world are working on
and will one day deploy. The does not even take into
consideration the kinds of things
that have not even hit the drawing board yet.
So is John’s vision one of a
futuristic army that is ultimately controlled by satanic
forces, but done so with God’s permission? I think it quite possible. Keep in mind that
it is the beast of revelation that will be given
great authority over the world and the kings of the
earth. It takes no major
leap in analysis to say
that the evil spirits
who control the beast system will also control their military's and their
high tech drone armies.
The truth is, I don’t think
we have begun to fathom just how transformative to our world
all of these new technological developments will be, both
drones as well as genetically
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spending millions to make cyborgs a reality
This is what they are already
proposing for humans. We have no idea what they have already
done with animals, insects and other organisms.
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Soon this will be the case.
Machines that not only perform specific tasks and calculations
better than humans, but are more creative, intelligent and
even intuitive that their human counterparts.
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No, we are not there yet, but
the key facets of human intelligence have already been
identified and are being actively considered for incorporation
in to future artificial intelligence (AI) machines, devices
and robots. The first place to start will probably be in our
mobile technology phones, tablets and automobiles. I say
again, I don’t think most people really understand just how
much this is going to transform society.
If they move forward with
this, and it certainly looks like they will, it will remake
our whole society in ways that we can only vaguely now
comprehend. We will go into a store and not have to check out
– the money will be withdrawn from our accounts as soon as we
walk out of the store, We will get into our cars, say where we
want to go, and our cars will take us there, we will come home
and the lights will come on, the temperature will be just
right, the TV will flip on at just the right time for our
favorite shows – no human interaction. A domestic robot will
fix our meals for us and clean our homes. But how much
self-control will we give to these robots, most of whom will
either be centrally controlled or at least ‘fail-safed’ to
allow for ‘big brother’ to do whatever dirt he feels he has
the right to do to us ‘biologicals’.
Do we see artificial
life/intelligence in the Bible? Yes, I think we do. I think
the whole idea of artificial life is clearly mentioned in the
book of Revelation. Where
you might ask? In one of the most important
prophetic pieces within the book of the Apostle John’s vision.
That being the creation and global worship of an image by
satanic powers who will take control of the world’s
governments for 42 months.
And he exerciseth all the
power of the first beast before him,
and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to
worship the first beast,
whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great
so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the
earth in the sight of men,
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means
of those miracles
which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;
saying to them that
dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to
which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to
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.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond,
to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the
or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
All of these things we see in
revelation – they looked like miracles to John, though he
recognized that they were satanic miracles whose specific
intention was to deceive the race of men. Deceive them into
the worship of the devil and his image. The fire coming down
from heaven? Not so far-fetch today, with satellite technology
and the coming of highly
lasers and particle beams. This could indeed cause fire
to come down from heaven if placed on an aircraft or
satellite. Such a thing may not seem like much of a miracle,
but could be used as point of blasphemy and mockery of God if
coupled with the great swelling words that the passage
indicates saying that he (the man of sin) is God and that he
can do the same miracles God can (think Elijah and the
prophets of Baal - (1 Kings 18:21ff) .
Keep in mind what our God says about this system and what it
will ultimately do and what is purpose is.
And they worshipped
which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped
the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is
able to make war with him? And there was given unto
him a mouth
speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given
unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth
in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle,
and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto
him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:
and power was given
him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And
all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not
written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world.
If any man have an ear, let him hear.
So we see that the whole
mission of this beast is twofold – it is to blaspheme God and
get mankind to worship this satanic system (it is powered by
the dragon) and finally to overcome the saints of God. In this
we see the ultimate purpose of the system. Also if you keep
our eyes on the ball so to speak, we can better understand
just where the devil will be taking the world. It helps us to
better predict events by understanding just what the goal is.
This is one of the final acts in the rebellion
against God. Satan is doing his level best to deceive mankind to
join that rebellion.
But take a look at the
passage from verse 12-17, we see that this image is given
life. The world for life in the greek is this one.
From G4154; a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively
a spirit, that is, (human) the
rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or (divine) God, Christ’s
spirit, the Holy spirit: - ghost, life, spirit
(-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590.
The definition of 'life' can
vary depending on whom you ask. But some kind of ability to
interact intelligently and autonomously with the environment
and some kind of self awareness I think would safely be
categorized as life.
intelligence even time travel. These things seemed like
science fiction a few years ago but not any more.
I see much of what Bible
prophecy is about when it comes to Revelation is this – they
are the last acts of rebellion
of man against his creator and creation. The enemies of God
use this strong desire to rebel against God and man's desire to be free to sin and do
evil as ' leverage' and uses man to accomplish the
devils goals, not knowing that is what they are ultimately doing. What does the
devil want? He wants to be God, blaspheme him and his throne
and after he has co-opted man, he wants to destroy mankind
utterly. His M.O. has always been to steal (God’s worship)
kill (mankind) and destroy that which God has made.
God will on some level give
the devil and mankind what they want – they want sin and evil,
he will give it to them along with the consequences. Mankind’s
dabbling with all of this high technology without the wisdom
to use it is like giving a loaded revolver to a three year old
– it’s a disaster waiting to happen...
and mankind today is a disaster
Mark S. Watson