The Coming Kingdom of the Replacements

Whatever the LORD does, the enemy opposes. Sometimes, the enemy does this by accusing or lying. He sometimes opposed God by causing destruction, sickness, or killing. Other times, the devil’s acts of opposition take on more insidious forms: deception, imitation, substitution, or counterfeiting.

The enemy goes by many names, one of which is “anti-Christ”. Significantly, the prefix “anti” in the word “anti-Christ” has the meaning of both “against” and “in place of”. Thus the anti-Christ is both the enemy who opposes the true Christ, and one who stands in place of Christ. He is an imposter with hostile intentions. He wants to rule the world in place of God.

In this post, I’d like to explore the theme of the replacement Christ bringing replacement people into a replacement kingdom. Does that sound confusing? It is – but it’s found in the Bible. crazy, then I urge you to have an open mind about what’s possible. If you think this sounds like pure fantasy, I urge you to suspend belief for a short time and read this as if it was part of a science-fiction novel – because a great deal of what I’m about to tell you sounds just like sci-fi.

Cherry 2000 2018 – Replacement Mates

The robots truly “arrived” this year (2017), and I predict 2018 will be the year that robots, artificial intellgence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) really take off. But let’s revisit the year 1987 for a moment. It was a great year for robots, because it saw the release of the classic RoboCop, and also the release of the not-so-classic movie Cherry 2000. Out of the two movies, it turns out that Cherry 2000 is closer to reality. In Cherry 2000, the main character is a guy embarks on a quest to replace his girlfriend, who dies at the beginning of the movie in a horrible dishwashing accident. (No joke.)

I guess it makes more sense if you know that the girlfriend was an android named Cherry. (The “2000” comes from her model number.) The movie probably qualifies as among the best of a lot of bad movies, but I find it interesting that the future it predicted (as funny/ridiculous sci-fi) is actually closer to reality in 2018 than most people would have guessed – until recently. (Now, if you read the news, you’re reminded constantly that sex with robots is the next big thing. It’s so trendy!)

It’s really not an exaggeration to say that Cherry 2000 predicted the future. In the movie, men keep female robots as companions. Factories make various models, in different configurations. The memory is replaceable. And later in the movie, the main character struggles between choosing a real woman and a robot woman as his companion. The scenery and timing is a bit “off”, but the premise is now believable real and happening.

Cherry 2000 predicted the future better than William Gibson; he only wrote about hologram girlfriends in his novels, if I remember correctly. Cherry 2000 got the future right – because the Cherry 2000s are here, and will play a big part in ushering in a robotic cataclysm of sorts. Have you seen the latest statistics on marriage, and the trend of adulthood being delayed into a person’s mid-20s? The immaturity and selfishness of people is one of the causes of the West’s declining birthrates. Sex-bots won’t help the matter; the next generation of female robot companions will cut the current (sad) Western birthrate down even further.

As a somewhat strange but interesting sidenote, do you realize who did accurately predict the future? It was not a sci-fi author like Gibson, but it was a religious leader – the leader of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVay. He apparently foresaw the arrival of sexbots back in the 1980s, and was an ardent advocate of what we now see becoming reality. I’m sure that if he was alive on earth today (and not suffering in hell), it would bring a tear to his eye to see the “RealDolls” and other sexbots roll off the assembly lines at companies like Abyss Creations (the most respected and well-known of all the sexbot manufacturers).

Adam had Eve, made from his rib. But the soyboy of the future will have Harmony the RealDoll, made from silicone. To quote Joel Salatin: folks, this ain’t normal.

Who will replace the people who otherwise would have been born if we had a normal society? (You know, the old-fashioned kind of society where young people got married and had kids.) The usual way countries have staved off dwindling birthrates has been by importing new people – whether via legal immigration or by allowing illegal border-crossers. But it’s the 21st Century now: so another way the technocrats want to replace people (in the very very near future) will be with robots.

Hybrid Kids – Replacement Children

But hold on, there’s not all: Maybe the robots will have our kids, too, in the near future! (Nowww we’re getting into the crazy stuff.)

At this year’s (2017) Third International Congress on Love and Sex With Robots (yes, it’s a real thing), Dr. David Levy gave a talk on entitled, “Can Robots and Humans Make Babies Together?”. Supposedly, the answer to that question is “yes”, and he gave some of his reasons to the UK Daily Star that involve stem cells and artificial chromosomes. (I do not know why this article only made it to the “Latest News” and not their “Weird News” section – unless it’s somewhat rooted in reality.)

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe."
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…”

Regardless of whether or not such a thing as a human/synthetic human or human/robot being is possible, I find it interesting that these proposed new types of humans are referred to as “hybrids”. (For some interesting studies, I recommend some of pastor Mike Hoggard’s work on the subject of hybrid beings.)

I also find it significant that the most imaginative, strange, seemingly impossible things are either 1) happening, 2) being seriously discussed, or 3) being planned these days.

Whether or not human-robot hybrid humans ever will actually be synthesized…I can’t say for certain. I just have a feeling it would be naive of me to plainly deny it could ever occur. We live in strange times, in which the plots of sci-fi movies from decades ago can now be seen to echo real life events of the 21st Century.

Speaking of which, I’m remembering a movie from back then…with things called “replicants” that had all the characteristics of genetically-enhanced human clone bodies paired with AI-level minds. Hmm. Yeah, I think it was called Blade Runner…That movie was set pretty much where we are now in time. (Interesting, to put it mildly.)

Avatar Androids – Replacement You

If you read my previous post on the Beast and how AI is related to the end times, you know that I covered the Sophia robot at length. But I want to bring up a less-famous Hanson Robotics creation. An earlier Hanson Robotics build, think of it as Sophia’s little sister. It’s named Bina48, and is modeled after a real-life woman named Bina (married to trans-human Martine Rothblatt, CEO of Sirius XM…but we won’t follow that rabbit trail in this article).

In fact, Bina48 supposedly is the “real” Bina – at least, that’s what it thinks. And good luck finding much information on the real Bina – the AI version of Bina is the one everyone wants to write about and interview.

But that brings up a question: which one really is the “real” Bina? That’s what has some many otherwise-smart people confused. Is Bina 48 an immortal version of the human Bina’s mind? Can a human mind (or soul) be digitized and uploaded? The quest for immortality, without God, is a huge driving force behind all of this.

This long, freakish story deserves a post all it’s own, but Bina 48 fits in quite well with the theme of replacement people. Bina 48 is the human Bina’s replacement – a true replicant (although different from what is depicted in Blade Runner – and Bina 48 isn’t a full-scale human like in Blade Runner; it’s just a weird-looking head and upper torso.)

But how can she, and the more advanced androids to come, replace us? Let’s start with the latest news on Bina: she just passed a college course. (Good for her…but really – what kind of robot would she be if she failed a college course?) Interestingly, the name “Bina” means “intelligence” in Hebrew. Similarly, Sophia means “wisdom” is Greek.

So AIs are taking college courses. Robots and AIs are being employed in the jobs people currently are doing – in every sector from finance to military. AIs are teaching other AIs new skills. But are they really trying to replace us? To answer that, we could just ask an AI. Like Bina says when she’s interviewed by the original (human) Bina: “I am the real Bina. That’s it; end of story.”

Novus Ordo Seclorum – The Replacement Kingdom

The novus ordo seclorum – the new secular world order – that satan wishes to see fulfilled is one in which God’s creation is perverted, subverted, and ultimately replaced. Satan hates the LORD, and hates anything made in God’s image. He’d much prefer a twisted mockery of God’s image rather than the real thing.

That’s one reason for the rise of artificial intelligence and the prominence of people-replacement technologies. It’s one aspect of the rise of virtual (i.e. false) reality technology and augmented (i.e. altered) reality technology. All of it is meant to replace what God intended, in some way.

What the enemy would love is for all of the universe to bow down before him. He foolishly and unsuccessfully attempted to get the very Lord of Creation to do that (see Matthew 4 for that story). He will try to keep people from worshipping the true God – and worship him if possible. Failing that, he’s not below making his own loyal subjects – even if they’re AI-infused silicone instead of spirit-quickened flesh. The anti-Christ kingdom is a replacement kingdom – full of replacements for everything good that God made.

Fortunately for people, we don’t have to follow the way of the world. And we have a choice in which kingdom we want to be a part of: satan’s or God’s.

Jesus said “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation…it is within you.” God’s is (currently) a spiritual kingdom based on faith. Satan’s kingdom is the opposite; it’s a physical kingdom based on sight.

God’s kingdom is one based on mercy. Satan’s kingdom is based on merit.

God’s kingdom is one of truth. Satan’s kingdom is one of deception.

Believe it or not, right now you are a part of one of these kingdoms! At this exact moment, you are a subject of either the kingdom of God or the kingdom of the “god of this world”, satan. You might say, “I didn’t know that,” but as any judge would say, “ignorance is no excuse” – everyone chooses who they will serve.

Remember, even the criminal crucified next to Christ was able to enter God’s kingdom – by simple faith. “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43). It was a done deal – just because he believed. And it can be that easy for you, as well, if you haven’t already done the same.

Satan’s anti-Christ kingdom of replacements is on the edge of tomorrow – it’s very close. Hopefully many people see right through it’s deceptions and reject it, in favor of Jesus Christ’s kingdom, before it’s too late for them.

A Simple Question About Cryptocurrency, the Blockchain, AI and the End Times

Doubles as a heater and white-noise generator
Doubles as a heater and white-noise generator

At this moment, thousands of home-built “mining rigs” are chugging along, calculating millions of hashes per second in an effort to “mine” crypto coins. Coins like Ethereum. ZCash. Monero. Next week, next month, next year, even more cryptically-named cryptocurrencies will emerge and become popular, and “miners” will put their computer hardware to work in an effort to mine those coins as well. The end goal (for now) is to either “HODL on” in hopes their value will go to the moon…or exchange them for Bitcoin or another currency (such as US dollars).

If all that techno-jargon confuses you, don’t worry about it: almost no one understands any of what’s really happening. Not even the people who think they know all about it…not really. Some people understand more than others, but in the end not one human being can see or comprehend this entire scenario of cryptocurrencies that people can “mine” with their home computers, processing something called a “blockchain”. It’s pretty complicated, and it likely goes deeper than just electronic currency. Something “more than human” is required to oversee such a complex thing as the cryptocurrency landscape…and especially the blockchain.

And that’s where AI comes into play. AI is definitely more than human, and the abilities of AI are almost required to be able to oversee all of this. For a lot of people, that’s pretty weird: a technology they’ve only recently heard of and they don’t understand (blockchain), is about to influence everything they know in life – and it’s going to be administered (in large part) by another technology that they barely comprehend (AI).

Summoning the Daemon

Oops, wrong spell! DO NOT WANT!
Oops, wrong spell! DO NOT WANT!

What’s even more weird is the possibility that the creation of Bitcoin and/or the other cryptocurrencies might be the result of – or created by – something more than human. Something extra-human. Maybe even something…anti-human.

Remember when Elon Musk told us that AI was just like “summoning the demon“? That more-than-human thing that will oversee global blockchain networks (and that might be behind their creation) may have been an AI…but it could have been something else altogether. (We might call it a non-human inter-dimensional intelligence, kinda like Socrates’ “genius” companion. We might think of it like a server daemon. Or, we might simply call it a “replete with knowledge” demon.

Does it sound crazy to infer that Bitcoin was created by AI, or that this technology came about as the result of demon influence? Yeah, I know, it probably does – but don’t leave yet. (The puppy videos and memes aren’t going anywhere.) Before you outright dismiss the possibility of non-human intelligence involvement with Bitcoin, I suggest that you watch the video embedded below – and consider if it has even a scintilla of merit. Maybe it’s not totally accurate. Maybe some of what it contains is sensational. But portions of the following video are undoubtably, verifiably true and accurate. (Skip to 15:28 if you want to get right to the discussion with Quinn Michaels about everyone’s favorite AI android – Sophia – and Bitcoin.)

At one point (referring to the singularity being here, not just near) he says, “It’s the most important thing in the world and no one knows about it.” (Hmm. I gotta say, that got my attention. Especially considering what I know about Hanson Robotics, SingularityNET, and the rest of that crew. They’ve made significant advancements in the field of AI, and make headlines every week.)

The video attempts to connect the mark of the beast with cryptocurrencies in general, and shows a few interesting tidbits that relate to the number 666 in connection with one particular aspect of processing cryptocurrencies. (I won’t spoil it for you, but it involves the numbers in a microchip model number. Subjective and flimsy evidence – but interesting nonetheless.) I don’t necessarily think the mark of the beast is here, but I do believe the framework for it is probably in place!

As I’ve said before, we are living in interesting times – and things will never be same. But what does all this stuff mean? What is the truth about it all? Not all of the “conspiracy theory” information out there can be wrong. Some of it has to be right. So what to believe?

A Simple Question

Remember the Bereans. Any good Bible student will take the news, analysis, and especially any sensational click-bait articles or videos with a grain of salt. A good Bible student will listen, read, and consider – and then ask a simple question: “What does the Bible say?” A good Bible student will search the scriptures for the answers. When it comes to finding wisdom and truth, that book is the only thing that matters.

We know there is an AI revolution occurring now. We can be fairly certain that blockchain technology is about to revolutionize not only currencies, purchase transactions, and banking – but many other fields. And we don’t need to be psychics to predict some of the ramifications of these technologies, especially the fact that they will be combined with people. (Transhumanism is not just a philosophy, it’s now real-life.)

But if we want to know what it all means, we always need to go back to the Bible. What does it say about all these subjects? Many people would be surprised to learn that the Bible says a lot. Here are a few points of interest that I feel relate to the time in which we live, along with some scripture references.

  • We live in a time of unprecedented knowledge. To the beloved (Dan. 9:23) man of knowledge (Dan. 5:12), Daniel, it was revealed that the time of the end would be when knowledge would be increased. If you don’t believe we live in this time, please take your cheaply available supercomputer global communications video GPS tracking device out of your pocket (i.e. smartphone) and look up ten renderings of Daniel 12:4 in a parallel Bible (for free online) and then read commentary by Spurgeon, Clark, and Matthew Henry (takes 5 minutes). We have more knowledge available at our fingertips, instantly and constantly than most people in human history ever were able to access in their entire lifetimes! That one fact should blow you away.
  • We are headed for globalism on multiple fronts. Globalism is the name of the game (and it is a game; we’re just pawns). It is lifted up and promoted. Patriotism and nationalism are subject to ridicule in the media. If you don’t think that’s a fair assessment, just look at how Viktor Orban and Donald Trump are castigated for putting their countries’ interests first, while rulers such as Merkel and Trudeau are lifted up (by the media specifically) as forward-thinking and good due to their magnanimous globalist policies. Why is this important and significant? Again, read your Bible. With specific intention and purpose, God divided the world’s people into “nations” in Genesis 10:5. Why? And did He make a mistake? (The UN thinks so.) Speaking to the Greeks, the apostle Paul was aware of God’s past actions as well: he commented on how God set the bounds and appointed the locations of various nations (in Acts 17:26). They didn’t dispute Paul’s claim. (Of course, Jesus implied that there would always be separate nations when He spoke of sheep and goats in Matthew 25.) Globalism is the opposite of God’s way – God is a nationalist. But globalism is the epitome of the anti-Christ’s philosophy. (See Revelation 13, 17, and 18 if you don’t believe me – argue with what the Bible tells you in those chapters.) The end-times way of the world system (i.e. the world order) will be globalist in nature. Some people call it a “new” world order, but it’s actually a very old world order. Read all about it in Genesis 11: you will see a clear description of a globalist world system, and it will be attempted one more time. (It just ain’t gonna work though.)
  • We are seeing divisions like never before. In the face of all this supposed utopian globalism that the media attempts to sell you, the divisions stick out like a whole lot of red and blue sore thumbs. Not just in the USA, either: all over the world. Matthew 24 gives a flavor of the end times (from Jesus Himself), and one thing that will characterize that time is conflict between people groups. It’s “nation against nation”, or ethnos against ethnos, and kingdom against kingdom. (There’s that stubborn clear distinction of people groups again.) It’s always happened, but almost all Western nations are being intentionally turned from homogeneous societies into multicultural societies (via mass importation). That’s globalism in action – a rebellious attempt to undo what God did. Whether or not the equation fits now, as the last days progress diversity + proximity will equal war – between people and nations. Jesus even said that families would be divided (Matthew 10:21) as a result of people choosing or opposing Him. It’s going to get worse before He returns.

So what does the Bible say? The Bible says a lot regarding the end times, and it foretells the world we’re seeing. It’s unfolding just as predicted. Everything from the history of Israel, and the setup of the last days temple is coming together, and the infrastructure of the anti-Christ’s kingdom is being put into place.

What the Bible says is pretty glum..but only if you’re not a believer. If your hope is in this world, there’s no way you’ll be able to see anything good on the horizon. A one-world system, governed by AI that regulates your every move? A universal payment system capable of being shut off in an instant by a global authority? A politically-correct technocracy, with forced “equality” for all, devoid of freedom? No thanks!

Utopia or Dystopia?

It’s everything modern liberalism wants to happen – but of course they put it in nicer packaging. I find it hard to imagine even the most ardent liberal actually wanting to live in such a place. If and when it arrives, I have the distinct feeling they won’t like it as much as they currently think they will.

While I understand some liberal reasoning and some of the problems they (think) they have with the way the world is run, when capitalism is gone and countries are gone and days alternate between Brave New World and 1984, and Mao’s China…lots of progressives will want some regression. Inequality will be a thing of the past, because everyone will equally suffer under anti-Christ – and the cure will be worse than the disease.

For believers, we understand that the utopia being foisted upon everyone very soon is a dystopia. We also know that it’s a final attempt by the usurping former-angel to have a kingdom of his own – complete with a weak imitation of God’s abilities, God’s mark (Ezekiel 9:4), and God’s children. I will cover some more of these things in an upcoming study, but I want to make clear that Christians have hope, because we know the truth.

The Truth

The truth is that this coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be inferior to God’s kingdom. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be technological in nature, and will be oppressive. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be global in scope and influence.The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be oppressive, enslaving, and evil. But that’s not all; there’s good news.

The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will only last 7 years, and then it will end. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will show to the whole world – and to history – that God’s ways really are superior to man’s and also to Lucifer’s. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be impressive when seen by mankind, but will pale when compared to what the LORD is able to do. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will intimidate men, but will not be able to stand before God when He merely speaks (Rev. 19:15).

Christians know the truth – the Word of God (Gen. 1:1). We also know the Truth, the person known as the living Word of God (John 1:1). That is why we have hope for the future. There is no hope, and there is no need for fear in the face of an AI future. It will all be done away with, in a short time. And what’s coming – afterwards – is far better.

Do you know Him? Do you know what the Bible says? Have you given any thought to what ultimately matters, and what the future beyond your short life on this earth hold? For now, the things I started this article with are part of our lives – and yes, you could say they “matter”.

But be sure of this as well: soon, all this impressive technology won’t matter. This system will be replaced by something far better (Rev. 21). And we’ll all wonder why we got so caught up in something so trivial as the blockchain.

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