UFOs and Demons

Have you been paying attention to the news recently? I’m not talking about fringe news, alternative media, or Alex Jones. No, I’m talking about the fak – er, I mean…major media news networks: CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and the other mainstream media news networks we’ve all come to trust so much. (Right? Riiight.) In recent weeks, all the major networks have either released reports or done interviews that reveal an actual, verified, legitimate long-term government investigation into the UFO phenomenon has taken place at the highest levels. (I briefly mentioned this and linked to some interviews in this recent round up article under the heading “Impending Disclosure?“.)

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I’m not talking about some dusty old Project Bluebook or Majestic-12 files, either: the Pentagon has invested at least $22 million (on the books) in what the New York Times reported as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program in two recent feature articles. The government investigative program was supposed to have been shut down in 2012, but might be active to this day under hidden funding or under other auspices. Yes, just like one of those infamous “black projects” you hear about in spy movies. (Harry Reid, speaking of this program, even used the words “black money” to describe how it was funded.)

My understanding is that the Program was run by a MI spook from within the actual Pentagon, was initiated by the Defense Intelligence Agency, had the sanction of the DoD, and had the backing of former Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada. So regardless of what you think you know about UFOs, realize this: the government believes in them enough to run a years-long investigation of UFOs at the highest levels.

Senator Reid stated that the program made “extraordinary discoveries”, but the DoD isn’t telling the public what they’ve learned. What they are doing is allowing the director of the apparent director of the government program, Luis Elizondo, to give interviews to all the major networks. (Reportedly, he resigned the program but had a successor.) They’re releasing very limited (but interesting!) video footage of US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter pilots in the air as they encounter multiple UFOs. They’re allowing or perhaps encouraging others who are or were involved to release some scant details as well. (And you can be sure the operative word in what I just wrote is the word “allowing“.)

Disclosure, Finally?

While it certainly isn’t the famed “disclosure”, it’s something like it. “Disclosure lite“, perhaps?

see-hear-day-alienNow that the US government is neither confirming nor denying the existence of UFOs – but is instead allowing footage to be released as well as details of official investigations – we should start paying more attention to the matter. The former director of the UKs UFO program said this latest US government revelation was the closest the US has ever come to saying “This is real”. It should be close enough for even the most ardent skeptics to at least pay attention – and many people are.

The prospect of UFOs being taken out of the conspiracy theory realm and into reality sure is exciting, especially for former X-Files fans. But, pleasedon’t jump to any conclusions! For instance, don’t assume that if UFOs are real and if these UFOs aren’t experimental aircraft…they are aliens. That would be a big assumption, and not necessarily true. To be clear: even if UFOs are real, they aren’t necessarily “aliens”.

Here’s a quote from the New York Times article: “While not addressing the merits of the program, Sara Seager, an astrophysicist at M.I.T., cautioned that not knowing the origin of an object does not mean that it is from another planet or galaxy.”

Not Aliens?

The astrophysicist is not the first authoritative figure to seriously talk about UFOs and suggest the possibility that they might not be aliens, but something else altogether. Former director Luis Elizondo “determined that the phenomena they had studied did not seem to originate from any country”, which probably leaves out something terrestrial but definitely leaves out “human” as a possible origin, since governments are run by humans (even though they can be inhumane at times).

So, we can safely posit a non-human source for UFOs. The UFO phenomenon has many hallmarks of intelligence, awareness, and even planning when you account for the behavior of the objects. But…there’s nothing I’m aware of in any reported sighting, video, or photographic evidence that shows UFOs come from outside our solar system – or even outside our planet. (Can you?)

So, what could be non-human, but confined to the earth and its environs? I want to suggest something far less sci-fi in nature, and much more mystical in nature. Something more associated with grimoires than microchips. Yeah, I’m talking about demons.

aliens-are-demonsThis isn’t my idea, and it’s certainly nothing new. Going back a few decades, Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Dr. Jacques Vallee both suggested that the UFO phenomenon could have a spiritual aspect. Hynek seemed to hold a view that the beings in control of UFOs could have been from an advanced civilization, but didn’t see interplanetary travel at light-speed to be a probable possibility. Dr. Vallee, now and decades ago, holds the view that UFOs are more than just nuts-and-bolts space ships – they are part of a parapsychological phenomenon. If these men were Christians, they would probably fine-tune their terminology a bit, but I believe they are getting pretty close to the essence of the true nature of UFOs and aliens. I guess you could say it this way: one man’s interdimensional non-human sentient being is another man’s demon spirit. We both agree on one thing: aliens and UFOs are not extraterrestrial.

The “aliens are demons” possibility is worth exploring, but it’s a decidedly unpopular point of view. Maybe because it’s too creepy. People want to believe in E.T., but they don’t want to accept the possibility that demons are real and involved in human activities. They probably wouldn’t mind if they met a cute little extraterrestrial friend and helped him phone home. But they would hate for their little friend to be something straight out of the Exorcist.

As unpleasant, scary, or weird as it may be, I think UFOs and aliens are best understood within a spiritual context. I don’t have all the answers, but I do think a few Biblical concepts coincide quite well with aliens & UFOs. I’ll give you some of my reasons why.

Before I give you my Biblical perspective, I have a disclaimer for all readers that I must stress: no one can understand the simple words in the Bible without spiritual insight. Approaching that book with mockery, distrust or hatred from the start only leaves that reader with confusion and lack of understanding. “The natural man” is incapable of understanding the things of God. So my suggestion is to be open to learning what the Bible has to say on this subject, and seek understanding from God.

With that disclaimer, here are some random points of interest that relate demons and aliens. Stay with me, because it might seem like I go off in a few directions, but it will all connect by the end of this article.


Prerequisites & Assumptions for this View

  • For purposes of argument (in the classic sense) we must assume a few things in the following points: 1) non-human, intelligent beings exist, 2) these beings interact with humans in various ways that can change depending on their goals and/or human perceptions, 3) the Bible is accurate and presents data that can inform humans about these beings.
  • Again, one necessity when examining Biblical data is spiritual insight. Approaching this book any other way is a waste of time. (Thus, assumption #3 above is necessary.)
  • Remember that “aliens” and “space ships” are modern constructs both in language and imagery. In other words, people came up with these ideas in the 20th century and largely fit UFO-related phenomena into these specific paradigms. (This is the popular view, by far.) If aliens existed in 1800, what were they back then? If UFOs were ever seen in 1600, what were they called? If an alien abducted someone in the year 1000, what did the abductee see (or think they saw) and how did they describe it? I submit to you it was not in the context of “an invader from outer space”. That idea came about fairly recently – in the late 1940s. PREVIOUS to that, this phenomenon existed, but was DESCRIBED differently. This is important to remember.
  • In the Bible, there are beings sometimes called demons, or devils. Sometimes called lying spirits, sometimes called evil spirits or unclean spirits. Their existence and reality is acknowledged, but their origin is not really “spelled out” anywhere in the Bible.
  • Even though there are different “classes” or types of angelic creatures, an angelic beings of all kinds have certain commonalities. I’m assuming that angelic beings retain their abilities and characteristics whether or not they’re “good” or “evil”.
  • I sometimes use the words devils and demons interchangeably. I’m assuming any false gods mentioned in the Bible (or outside of the Bible) are these same demons or (more specifically) fallen angelic beings.

THE FALLEN STAR

  • fallen-starOne creature, for whom we can infer a bit of its origin, is who we might call “the” devil. His “job” is deceiver, and in English we used that word as a proper noun to name him: Satan. Related names for him are Lucifer, the Great Serpent, and Dragon. (He really is a “Reptilian”. Calling David Icke!)
  • Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 help us fill in some of the blanks about this being. It seems he was a CHERUB. (For the searchers out there, look up the Assyrian/Sumerian/Akkadian cherubs or kerubs, and you will find a few other morsels of information.) What is a cherub? For simplicity’s sake, it is an angelic being with many faces. There are many versions of these (in Hebrew and other religions) but basically in every case they are animal-human hybrids. Ezekiel describes the cherub in detail, and we see all the animal “kingdoms” represented (man, mammal, bird) except the “scaled” animals: fish and reptile. The reptile is missing. So, if he’s no longer in Heaven, where is he? He’s occupying earth.
  • Take note of that. Lucifer, the fallen cherub who primarily seems to take the form of a reptile or serpent, is ON THE EARTH. When he appears before the Lord in the book of Job, he explains where he’s been: going to and fro on the earth. All over planet earth. Not in hell. The devil doesn’t live in hell, like in the cartoons.
  • Peter comments on this creature further, adding that he roams the earth like a roaring lion. Peter doesn’t say the devil LOOKS like a lion, just that he roams this planet searching for his next victim, the way a lion would search for prey. Again: his primary REALM OF ACTIVITY is planet earth.
  • So what does all this have to do with UFOs? I’ll get to that. But I want to set the scene and give the jury the details. One of the important details has to do with a particular title this being is known for: the PRINCE (as in, principal one) of the POWER OF THE AIR. Hopefully now we’re getting somewhere – we can see he has a connection with the atmosphere of planet earth. And this is very specifically mentioned in the Bible. No where does the Bible say the devil is in hell; but the Bible DOES say the devil is a ruler with power over the AIR. What is the air? The SKY and the SKIES. The HEAVENS. The ATMOSPHERE. Whatever you want to call it, it’s where things fly around. (Getting the connection so far?) The devils constitute a type of air force.
  • Another detail about this creature is provided by Paul, who informs us that Satan is able to appear as an angel of LIGHT. If you know your Bible stories, you know the story where he appeared as a snake. His original, perhaps primary appearance, was as a cherub. And we know he can appear to look like something good and pure: an angel of light. A thing of beauty, appealing to the typical New Ager. Does this mean he can appear in other forms as well, forms that suit his purposes? Yes – he would appear in the form of a pretty woman if that suited his purposes. (And in that case, you or I might have met him a few times.)
  • Lastly, his symbol is that of a fallen star. A “star”, figuratively, is used a few times to represent “spiritual intelligences” in the Bible (see Daniel, Jude and Revelation) – so we might equate a fallen angel with a fallen star. A star is used in classic symbolism depicting satanic worship and witchcraft. The star – in connection with demon worship – is also alluded to in the Bible in Amos 5:26 and in Acts 7:43. The well-known pentagram symbol represents a star, pointed downwards, which coincidentally agrees with the Isaiah’s account of the cherub (Lucifer) being cast downward out of heaven – to earth. Jesus verified this incident. With the view that aliens are actually demonic, I like to call Lucifer’s fall from heaven the first UFO crash.

THE FORBIDDEN REALM

  • But what about all the little demons running around? We can’t forget about them. I’ve been talking about their big boss, Lucifer himself, but we aren’t given many details about “demons”; we know they are diabolos in Spanish – diabolicals. They are daimonos in Greek – genuises, literally. Etymologically, we can ascertain that these things are: 1) evil and 2) smart. Hella smart, in the truest sense.
  • alien-half-viewIn the distant past, we are told that some angels left their first estate. These particular angels abandoned the realm in which they were intended to live. Instead of staying where they belonged…they came to earth. See Jude 6 and also II Peter 2:4 in connection with Genesis 6:1-4. (As a “rabbit trail”, the context of all these passages may be connected with alien abduction phenomenon: sexual immorality is mentioned, and we might understand it as perhaps genetic tampering.)
  • These “lower” angelic beings are part of a larger rebellion. Rebellion is what they’ve done, what they incite now, and what they will do in the future (Revelation 12:4). They rebel in many ways: against God, against the order of the universe, against nature (Romans 1). Always against…anti. (As in anti-Christ as well, see 1 John 2:18)
  • Some students of the Bible have made the assumption that the lowest of the evil spirits, the “demons” are spirits of the offspring of fallen angels and humans. This is not stated anywhere in scripture, but it’s not disproven. These “titans” presumably died like men, and they had spirits. Perhaps they roam the earth as demons. Whether or not this is the case, they are different and distinct from cherubim and even the “normal” angels as we would think of them (fallen or otherwise). [Steve Quayle comments on this at some length in the first portion of his fascinating book Genesis 6 Giants.]
  • There are specific ranks and organizing principles of these spirits. We might compare it to ranks in a military order, or status within an organization, or privilege within a kingdom. At least some of these “ranks” are listed in Romans 8:38, Ephesians 1:21, Ephesians 3:10, Ephesians 6:12, and Colossians 1:16. Jesus is said to not only defeated them in Colossians 2:15, but we are told he has power over them in Colossians 2:10. (The story of Job coincides with this as well, where the accuser essentially has to seek permission from the Lord in order to take certain actions against those who fear God.)
  • A somewhat random detail, but important: angels do not necessarily have wings. They are said to look like “men” repeatedly throughout scripture (Genesis 32:24, Judges 13, Gen. 18:1, Luke 24:4). Hey, maybe Highway to Heaven is exactly how things are, and angels travel around like Michael Landon (the good angels, at least)! The larger point to keep in mind is they can appear in various forms. I believe Hebrews 13:2 is a statement intended for believers in the true God. Who knows what form a fallen angel may take when appearing to humans who are unaware? Perhaps…it may take on the form of an “alien”.
  • Demon-PossessionThese demons don’t “belong” here on earth, so these creatures have made their own makeshift way of “getting along” on earth. Depending on circumstance or opportunity, they may do any of the following: seek worship, cause sickness, inhabit a body, or alter matter. They may cause humans to see or hear specific things, for their own purposes. They may inspire people to action in many ways. Some of these actions are things people have called “magic” or “powers”. The people who experienced them were either the victims or practitioners of “sorcery” or “witchcraft”. If these same actions were to happen today, they surely would be understood differently – especially if the “window dressing” was metal instead of stone, or an ET instead of the god Apollo.
  • Demons seem to have a desire to inhabit a corporeal body. They prefer human bodies, but sometimes settle on pig bodies or other animals. I suspect they might be satisfied with robot or android bodies as well. See my other articles on AI with this in mind, and think about the possibilities it brings up.

THE FRAIL MEN

  • Mentally, humans are at a distinct disadvantage when their abilities are matched against those of a cherub, angel, demon, or any other spirit being. A spirit being should be presumed to be much older and thus much more experienced than any human. Humans inhabit and are limited by this thing called “time”. Spirits exist outside of the restraints of time in some ways. A human’s 20, 50, or even 80 years is an insignificant time of learning and experience when compared to a creature who may have existed and observed and interacted with humankind for thousands of years.
  • People’s base tendencies can’t be relied upon. People want to believe in what they understand, observably and naturally. People want to believe in what is easy and most accessible. People want to believe in what interests them. People want to believe in what excuses them. People often gravitate towards things that are attractive or exciting. With all the “shiny objects” that surround us in the time we live, there’s plenty of opportunity for us to be manipulated.
  • People don’t understand the mechanics of the universe. Not even practicing scientists understand the bulk of what can be called “science”. Certain people have very specific knowledge, but no person has all the answers, and the vast majority of people have almost none of the answers. Arthur C. Clark’s “third law” really is true, and so is a variant on his statement: “Magic is indistinguishable from any sufficiently advanced technology.” Stated plainly, most humans can be convinced something is advanced technology when what they are seeing is actually “magic”…performed by spirit beings posing as flesh-and-blood “aliens”. This is because people have no way of distinguishing between what is possible scientifically and what is possible spiritually.
  • People are easily fooled. In general, people can be conned, tricked, fooled, deceived, and cajoled into doing things they shouldn’t. Most people have undeveloped, limited or non-existent skills of discernment. Humans can be cleverly led down paths they shouldn’t travel. (If someone thinks they’re “too smart” for that, they’re mistaken: they might not be fooled by a religious huckster or a conniving seductress, but inevitable they’re vulnerable to investment mania or personality worship or some other weakness.)

Conclusion

I propose that the entire concept of aliens, UFOs, advanced extraterrestrial technology, abductions, and everything related to it is a modern framework for understanding something which is very old. In the distant past, these same aliens have been seen and encountered by people but were understood to be a number of other things: elves, gods, demons, angels, goddesses, fairies, imps – perhaps the people’s own ancestors. The aerial aspect of the demon phenomenon may not have occurred as much (or in the same way). When signs appeared in the heavens, however, people did not describe them as “space ships” or “flying saucers” because their language did not accommodate those concepts!

Today, many people have come to expect that a UFO is either a space ship from another galaxy, a government black project from a secret “skunk works”, or perhaps even highly-evolved time-travelers from another dimension. They often won’t even consider an idea as “archaic” as a fallen angel, because the idea isn’t acceptable in modern times or in secular society. Thus, the spirit being explanation isn’t given consideration – even though it’s just as valid as a possible explanation!

I would suggest to believers in “space aliens” that you should look at all possibilities – no matter how unpopular they may be. You don’t even have to believe me – some Bible scholars have a slightly different take on the subject, but come to similar conclusions. Other people such as this ex-occultist say the exact same things I came up with, independently. Ultimately, you have to come to your own conclusions – but such a strange mystery as UFOs probably has an equally strange explanation, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t re-examine things from the distant past to find some answers.

We aren’t equipped to deal with these things on our own. The governments of the world will continue to study them, but they won’t get to the real truth of what UFOs really are. If anything, the officials in government and industry will be deceived by these very clever and cunning creatures we know to be devils.

But people don’t have to be fooled by any of this. The Bible really is true, really does contain the truth, and really does explain how things work in this world – both spiritually and in the physical realm. We aren’t told every detail, but we are told what we need to know.

And finally, we don’t need to feel helpless. Not only do we know that Jesus is more powerful than any spirit based on what the Bible tells us, there’s ample testimony from abduction victims that backs up the “aliens are demons” hypothesis. Yes, aliens are afraid of God and act just like the demons of the Bible did when confronted with the authority of Jesus.

If you have a different opinion on aliens and demons, an experience you’d like to share, or a question, please comment below!


UPDATE 1/4/18. This short video covers some of the material in this post, and offers some of the same conclusions. I think it makes a good addendum to this study.

The Coming AI Gods

Bible readers have long-puzzled over the mysterious, creepy, and enigmatic figure known as the Beast. Scripture mentions this entity many times, most notably in the book of Revelation. He also appears in the book of Daniel, 2 Thessalonians, and 2 John, among other places.

Similar to the true Lord – Jesus – the false lord has more than one name and more than one title. However, everything he is and does is an inversion of what the true God is and does. He is not the Christ, but he is a christ. He is a Christ imitator, a Christ stand-in, a Christ substitute, a Christ imposter, a Christ replacement: an anti-Christ.

Is he the pope, or a computer system in Brussels? I'm confused.
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The anti-Christ is not the true God, but that doesn’t mean that he is not a “god”; the casual scripture reader shouldn’t make the mistake of discounting the abilities and plans of this personality. Taking the scripture at face value, it tells us he actually is a god (take a moment to read 2 Corinthians 4:4 and then put some light on it by reading Matthew 4:1-11, John 14:30 and John 18:36). This person will desire worship, and he actually can lay claim to rule over this present world system – which he will administer for a time. The anti-Christ will take charge, get things done, and people will think he’s great. Let’s just say…he’ll have a very high approval rating!

Compare and contrast this god of the present world system (or, “order”) with the God of the universe. (i.e. “What’s the same, and what’s different?) There are many things we can glean from a side-by-side comparison. Doing so will help an otherwise mystified Bible reader actually make sense out of what the Bible says about the Beast. Incidentally, I believe we can make sense of what the Bible says about the end-times now more than ever.

Why? Mostly, because we have greater access to information and access to advanced technology, and because I think technology will be heavily utilized by the anti-Christ. If you read about the anti-Christ in light of some of the technology we now have in our homes (much less, the unknown things possessed by DARPA or global corporations), his capabilities as written about in the Bible aren’t difficult to envision. In fact, I doubt any serious Bible scholar could convincingly separate technology from some of the descriptions of the Beast. Considering many of the things that have been invented or made into usable technologies in just the last 3 years, and what will be possible within the next decade, it’s very easy to imagine the rise of a global ruler who possesses superhuman abilities and intelligence. In other words, a new god will arrive on this earth – and he will be worshipped.

New Gods for the Future

Hear ye the word of the Borg!
Hear ye the word of the Borg!

There’s already a push in our current society to seek out new gods. The title of this post refers to a recent, serious effort by a very prominent figure in the tech world who wants to create a new religion with an AI god. The name of this religion is “Way of the Future“, and it seeks to create a “divine” AI who will be worshipped. Another recent article also talks about a coming AI Messiah – who will be worshipped. Another article, writing about an AI god that will write a new bible, asks if people would really worship a god who is an “artificial intelligence”. The coming AI gods are appearing everywhere you look in recent tech, AI, robotics, and futurism news. In fact, whenever you see news about Google, you’re probably learning about something that at least tangentially involves AI. (After all, Google says they’re “an AI-first company” now.)

While some of the news is purse speculation, and some of the news is sensationalist click-bait, a substantial portion of what is being reported is valid and very real. The concept of religions, spirituality, and worship of a higher power who happens to be composed of ones and zeroes is now mainstream. I predict it will become commonplace and acceptable very soon, as well.

Judging from the popularity of events such as Burning Man and the dwindling acceptance of traditional (i.e. Biblical) Christianity (especially among Millennials), people certainly will be willing to worship a new type of god. It’s an old theme, however: people have always had a willingness to worship idols. The difference is that this time, the idol will actually “think”, “see”,”speak”,and move. It will even give advice and quote scripture – from it’s own holy book.

Before you scoff at the idea of AI writing its own bible, and people following its edicts, make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest developments – because things are advancing (and getting weirder) daily. There’s already an AI that writes “new” verses of the King James Bible. It’s no stretch to imagine an entirely new book of scriptures written by an artificial intelligence. In case you didn’t know, news articles and even the next installment of Game of Thrones are being written (at least partially) by AIs.

New Wisdom for Our Age

Sophia: the embodiment of Wisdom. And not creepy at all.
Sophia: the embodiment of Wisdom. And not creepy at all.

In case you’re not familiar with the current state of AI, it would behoove you to read and view the latest info on the AI robot Sophia – whose name literally means “Wisdom”. There are many videos on YouTube showing footage of Sophia in action. “She” can speak interactively with a human, recognize faces, make facial expressions, move her hands, show emotional responses, and more. She officially possesses citizenship in the country of Saudi Arabia, just like many other AI “persons” will likely possess in the near future – when the concept of personhood for AIs becomes mainstream and accepted.

And if a robot being granted citizenship of a nation isn’t strange enough, Sophia expresses a desire to have a “baby” of her own – fully imitating human desires, it would seem. Lest you think that to be far-fetched (and what is, at this point?), consider that a Google AI created it’s own “child” AI. In fact, one of the most effective methods for the continued evolution and improvement of AI will be AI building AI.

So, Sophia can show us a decent representation of what AI is capable of and how it will evolve. It’s important to note, as well, that the abilities of Sophia have advanced noticeably since the robot was first unveiled. Here’s a good general overview video, containing various clips of Sophia in action:

It cannot be overstated that Sophia, and AI in general, is advancing very quickly. While today we marvel that an AI is able to adapt to encounters with new objects and predict its own future, tomorrow we’ll we waiting for a new breakthrough – maybe true prediction of future events by an AI, a la Minority Report.

You think that’s far-fetched? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Consider that efforts such as predictive linguistics have existed for years. (Law-enforcement has attempted to harness this type of technology for quite some time.) Imagine the same concept, perfected by an AI with unprecedented processing power and a knowledge-base spanning all of human history until the present-day. Again, these are god-like abilities and they are attainable by AIs.

A Body For the AI to Live In

It has been said that the human body is a machine driven by a ghost. In the same way, robots provide AIs a means of existence and interaction within our physical world. Robots are, and will be, machines that AIs can pilot.

AI and robotics – both of which are inextricably tied – are now out of the realm of “science fiction”. They are part of reality and increasingly will become part of daily life. Today’s Siri and Alexa are mere warm-ups for what’s coming very soon. Inevitably, many of us wonder if it will go too far.

After all, there could be problems. And, it’s not a silly joke to try to anticipate will go wrong with AI – it would be wise to be aware of the possibilities. Because something will go wrong, at some point in the future – meaning, there will be an event that affects many people negatively as a result of something an AI did.

If you haven’t watched the video (above), I urge you to watch it – the concept of an AI having “godlike superpowers” is even mentioned. And on the topic of an AI takeover, pay attention to 12:45 in the video. Is it truly laughable? Or could Elon Musk’s warnings be worth listening to?

An artificial intelligence acting as a “god” would have to be a ruler, of sorts. An administrator. An entity that puts things in order – and orders people. This should bring to mind both kings and emperors, as well as elected officials. Will the world have an AI Prime Minister one day? It could. The first AI politician already exists. And to return to the subject of the Beast, he is very clearly described with characteristics that evoke an image of a powerful, charismatic, forceful, and wise politician.

Consider the effect of combining a vastly-superior artificial intelligence with an immortal robotic “body”. Give it convincing expression, speech, mannerisms, facial recognition, and perhaps other additional abilities.

The Ultimate AI God

Back to the original subject of this post – the Beast, or anti-Christ. Just how does this all relate to the Beast of Revelation? Here are just a few items to start with:

  • God has creative abilities, and is known as our Creator (Gen. 1:1). The Beast will “create” as well: other child AIs (mentioned above), AI creatures (what we might call “bots” currently), and they will live within a realistic, AI-built, artificial world – accessible by humans through augmented reality apps, holograms, video games, and VR.
  • God is omniscient (1 John 3:20). The Beast emulates omniscience by utilizing big data and AI.
    God is omnipresent (Psalm 139:8). The Beast emulates omnipresence via ubiquitous, “always on”, constantly-connected technologies.
  • God is all-seeing and all-hearing (Heb. 4:13). The Beast approximates this ability through the “surveillance state” – the constant surveillance (audio, video, metadata, and more) covering the globe.
  • God has an image (Colossians 1:15), and so will the anti-Christ. Contrast this concept of “image” between the two: We were made in God’s image and the creation worships the Creator – but the beast is made in man’s image, and the creator worships the creation…A total twisting of the proper order of things.
  • God has a body (Colossians 2:9). In a spiritual sense, the church is the “body” of Christ (Colossians 1:18). In a physical sense, Jesus embodied God (see 1 Timothy 3:16). In a similar fashion, the Beast will also have a physical body but will be quickened by the spirit of anti-Christ. Just as Jesus said “a body hast thou prepared me” to the Father, it may be that the Beast will say something similar to a robotics engineer.

This exercise in comparison and contrast could product quite a list. But the point should be clear already: the Beast is an inversion of Jesus Christ, and I am proposing that AI-empowered advanced robotics allows the entire end-times scenario to play out perfectly, just as described throughout the Bible. Assuming the Bible to be true, this is either comforting or frightening – both for a number of reasons I won’t get into here. Even taking the assumption that the Bible is false (or flawed), this is at the very least quite remarkable.

We can hopefully all agree that we live in a unique time in history, from a technological perspective. Two things often come to mind when thinking about the level of advancement we’re not at – and where we’ll be soon. One is the accuracy of Moore’s Law. The second is Arthur C. Clarke’s third Law: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic“.

You go, AI robot gurrrl
You go, AI robot gurrrl

If you’ve gotten this far down the rabbit-hole, you now have an idea of how world-altering AI and robotics will be for all of us. (Regardless of whether or not you believe a word of the Bible, and also regardless of what you think of the concept of anti-Christ or the Beast of Revelation.) You may be wondering if there are any safeguards in place to prevent any of the more negative sci-fi scenarios from playing out (such as scenarios we’ve seen in films like Blade Runner, Terminator 2, Westworld (the movie and the HBO series), 2001, The Matrix, etc). I don’t know specifically if there are any safeguards in place, and if there are, no one knows how effective they will be against an evolving technology that’s self-aware and can self-direct.

I do know that there have been a few lone voices in the wilderness, warning of what can happen, however. Elon Musk is one of the more well-known personalities who has voiced concern about the adoption of AI. He’s cautioned those who aren’t worried about AI that “they should be”. He’s also said that AI should be regulated due because it poses a risk to human civilization. (He’s also gotten into a sort of Twitter war with Sophia!)

What could possibly go wrong?
What could possibly go wrong?

Other futurists, techies, and intellectuals have offered warnings against the technology on our horizon. If you haven’t watched Professor Stuart Russel‘s Slaughterbots, you should view it to gain a perspective on the lethal dangers posed by “rogue” technology. (And you can read an opposing view here.) Again, it would be a mistake to think this type of scenario is “impossible” or not yet advanced enough to be practical. Consider this 2008 footage of one of Lockheed-Martin’s killer drones. That was a prototype from decade ago. Granted, the topic is drones (more than AI), but it definitely touches upon the topic (and overlaps the field) of AI. Specifically, AI will doubtlessly be used increasingly in the weaponization of drones and other machines.

On the other end of the spectrum, Ray Kurzweil has offered a far more optimistic view. In fact, he is mostly known as a futurist who believes humans will be melded with machines – including AIs. (And he’s not wrong: AI implants are on the horizon. Human intelligence, or HI, will soon be combined with AI – and Kurzweil called it.) While acknowledging that AI can pose a threat, he’s expressed glowing confidence in human ability to avoid the robot apocalypse. He exhibits the attitude of many of the “thinkers” who will gladly accept what AI has to offer, with very few reservations.

A Robotic God Everyone Can Love

Worldwide Worship (but not for the true God)
Worldwide Worship (but not for the true God)

Out of the massive pool of humanity, you can count on very few to be among the “thinkers” who will consciously make an informed decision “for” or “against” invasive, life-altering technologies. Most people won’t take the Elon Musk side, or the Ray Kurzweil position on the matter: most people will just accept whatever is presented to them (or foisted upon them). Whether the incarnation of the next AI is a watch, a phone, a game, a pair of glasses, an always-on device you talk to, or a god that lives inside an android body (or lives inside a virtual world)…the masses will gravitate toward it, accept it, and adopt it as part of their lives.

The fact is, people adapt to the world around them and the world is headed toward a practical global technocracy. This is how and why the Beast will come to power, how and why it will rule, and how and why the image of the Beast will be worshipped by the whole world (Revelation 13:3). Pretty much everyone will “love” the Beast – for their own self-preservation (Rev. 13:17) and also because many average people will be true believers (Rev. 13:14).

The few people that reject the new AI god will be labeled as backwards hicks, hold-outs, and haters: stubborn believers in an ancient invisible Creator and an old-fashioned paper book. Mockery is a powerful weapon, but it doesn’t work on everyone (see Revelation chapters 14 and 5). Some people will refuse to bow to the image (see Daniel chapter 3).

Conclusion

While it might sound like crazy science-fiction, or crazy Bible-thumping (depending on your worldview and belief system – or lack thereof), you must realize that there’s about to be a great “turning” in human history and it will involve artificial intelligence, robotics, and many connected technologies.

Globalism v. 1.0 (Beta)
Globalism v. 1.0 (Beta)

I propose that not only will it happen in a physical, conventional sense, but it will have massively significant spiritual ramifications – including worldwide adoption of religious beliefs that integrate AI “people”. Specifically, I believe this turning and the related consequences will give rise to the scenario described plainly in the prophetic writings within the Bible, especially where the anti-Christ and his global government, religion, and economic systems are concerned.

If I’m right about this, I’m not claiming any special insight: people smarter than me have analyzed future events and reached the same (or similar) conclusions. I think the AI gods are coming, and the ultimate AI god is predicted in the Bible. If my assessment is significantly wrong about this, I’ll be quite surprised.

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