I’ve written many times about the coming anti-Christ, and how technology will play an important part in his rule over the current world system. I view the Bible as 100% accurate, and I think it should be believed. I see no contradiction between the Bible and our current reality. In fact, I see our current reality as verification of everything the Bible told us was coming.
There are a great many people who don’t share my view. I get that.
Most people, I would guess, are either totally unaware of what the Bible lays out, or have been misinformed about what the Bible actually says. These people could be classified as “ignorant of the Bible”. That’s not an insult; it’s just a assessment describing how all people start out – with any subject. (Until you know the facts about something, you’re ignorant of those facts.)
Fewer people are in another class: they are aware of what the Bible actually says, but choose to disregard it. They intentionally refuse to believe. These people are informed (not ignorant).
Far fewer people know what the Bible actually says (having read and understood), and believe it. To these people, my previous articles probably make sense.
Why? Does it have to do with understanding technological concepts? Not at all. The biggest factor, when dealing with Biblical subjects, is spiritual understanding. Believers have it; unbelievers struggle with it.
The Bible even mentions this phenomenon. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14 ). The “natural”, earthly, unsaved world citizen just can’t get it. When they look at an obvious and clear spiritual truth (to a Christian), they see a dim, cloudy haze.
For that reason, I expect the simple things I’ve been pointing out to sail right over the world’s collective heads. And I expect all awakened children of God to immediately (independently) see these same things with bright clarity (as many of you already have pointed out to me).
With that in mind, I’d like to point out two additional things that have appeared on the horizon concerning the coming anti-Christ. Specifically, these are ways in which he will imitate the Lord – using technology, most likely. These are two steps towards an AI techno-deity – an AI god.
Knowing Your Thoughts
In at least six verses, the Bible tells us that Jesus knew what other humans were thinking. It’s plain from passages such as Luke 7:40 that he could read the inward thoughts of other people. The New Testament also tells us that the Lord “knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain”. We learn that the Word of God is a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.
God can read your mind. So it follows that the coming “anti-God” should be able to do so, as well, because he is a thief (John 10:10), a counterfeiter, and an imitator. He wants to replace the image of God (i.e. mankind) and wants to BE God. (He won’t succeed.)
But, you might say, “only God has the ability to read our thoughts”! Right: I agree. To be clear, I don’t think the devil has the ability to read minds now, nor will he actually have it in the future. Neither will the devil’s anti-Christ. That innate power is something only God can do.
However, as with some of the other imitated attributes of God that the anti-Christ will possess, he will be able to get close enough. I think that with the aid of technology, he will have “pseudo” mind-reading abilities. At the very least, the semblance of mind-reading will be enough to fool the vast majority of people. He will be able to do it via AI and possible other means – all technological. I know this, because it’s already been done.
An electronic artificial brain has been created that can read minds. This neural network isn’t perfect, but it’ll do until real mind-reading gets here. If you check out the link, you’ll see that the images it “mind-read” are distorted – yet recognizable. (Better than I can do on my own, for sure.)
Objections to my point of view could be anything from “that’s not real mind-reading” to “it will never be used for evil purposes”. Someone might think “they’ll never develop the technology any further”. Maybe. But we can all agree that in recent years, technology has undergone some “mind-blowing” changes.
But in my view, this will probably become more refined until it’s quite accurate. And from what seen with other technologies, I bet it’s development goes further than imagined and gets used in ways not intended. Besides, the public is never shown the latest version of anything in press releases or news reports.
The deployment of this type of “mind-reading” AI technology fits right in with the coming anti-Christ.
Remember the following things about the false Christ…
- He will appear as a man of peace, and people will think he is the Christ
- He will do great signs and wonders, which will have the effect of fooling people
- He will imitate the abilities of Jesus on earth
Make no mistake: people will welcome, adore, and worship the anti-Christ. They will love him. He will bring peace and do good. If you speak against him, people will look at you like you’re nuts. He’s going to be an imitator of Jesus in many ways, possibly including AI-enhanced mind-reading, and will dazzle the world so much that even the now-secular nation of Israel will think the Messiah has finally arrived.
At first. So…don’t be fooled.
Requiring Faith in His Followers
The second recent characteristic that I’ve realized the anti-Christ will require, in a roundabout way, is real faith in him. He will demand faith from people in many ways. The world will have to trust him, rely on him, listen to him, put their hope in him.(i.e. All the things people should do for and with Jesus.)
While it should be obvious to anyone familiar with the Bible that followers of the anti-Christ will put faith in him, there’s one particular new item that triggered a new perspective on this (for me). It was the revelation that some of the latest AI is incomprehensible, even to its creators.
In other words, the people who made the AI don’t even know how it does what it does!
I’ve mentioned this before, because it’s happened before with the Facebook chatbots. (Supposedly, the AI chatbots developed their own “language” that was undecipherable to humans and began communicating with each other.) I’ve also read similar sentiments expressed in other news items about AI. But for some reason this article piqued my interest even more: The Dark Secret At the Heart of AI.
Basically, engineers created an AI-powered self-driving car. It performs well – just like a human. But they have no clue how the AI trained itself, and they have no way to “ask” it. It works, but they can’t explain how. They just have to trust it.
They just have to put their faith in the AI.
And this isn’t stopping researchers from moving forward. “There is now hope that the same techniques will be able to diagnose deadly diseases, make million-dollar trading decisions, and do countless other things to transform whole industries.” You might ask, “what’s the big deal”? If it works, it works. Who cares how it works?
Imagine if this sort of mysterious, dark AI goes on to bigger things. Right now, we will place our “faith” in a driverless car or some other machine. But soon, AI will be used for more serious things. In the future, an AI judge may decide sentencing for someone convicted of a crime. Or an AI medical tribunal will decide who receives medical treatment or who is denied. Or an AI politician will come into power. You can see the ramifications.
Biblically speaking, this is just what will happen if indeed the image of the beast will be a type of AI. (For the record, I believe the beast himself will be a person; the image of the beast could however be some sort of AI-empowered robot.)
I believe we are witnessing just two of the next steps towards an AI god.
What do you think? Will the antichrist or the image of the beast be able to read minds? Are people even now being conditioned to place faith in AIs? Comment below.