Transhumanism and the Antichrist

August 8, 2011 at 8:08 AM

As I mentioned in a previous article – As It Was in the Days of Noah – the concept of transhumanism is becoming a very hot topic.  In a nutshell, it is the science of crossing the DNA of one species with that of another.  It also includes creating robotic-type limbs and even complete individuals that can connect with or have some type of interplay with human beings.

Searching the ‘Net brings up a variety of sources that discuss areas of transhumanism.  One individual, in discussing this topic, quotes Revelation 13:15, which states, “And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”

In the above verse, note the first part, which refers to the beast having “breath.”  The idea we glean here from the previous verses leading up to verse fifteen, is that the False Prophet makes a statue of the beast and somehow animates it by giving it “breath,” making it at least appear to be alive.  We also note that in these same verses leading up to verse fifteen, this False Prophet “performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast,” (Revelation 13:13-14a).

We can try to explain his ability to perform these signs and wonders with science.  This is what the person from the other blog I’ve referenced does.  “I posted a teaching about scientists merging men and machines. It is called Singularity and The Image of the Beast and a teaching called Genetic Armageddon. If you are a first time reader, I suggest that you read both of these articles.

“Together both of these articles show that the scientists are on the verge of creating a transhuman. This is a beast that is part human and part something else. It could be part machine or, by mixing DNA, part animal. Creating a transhuman is right on top of us! The genetic manipulation is further advanced, but both are near completion, which results in a being that is no longer human.” [1]

Further along in his article, the writer makes this statement, “I posted several articles on the blog about controlling the thoughts of the brain. This is the heart of the Image of the Beast to have it think like a human. The thoughts and thinking process of the Antichrist will be same in his Image. Science has now almost completely identified the human mind and how it works. In a very short time, the mind will be computerized. A computer is now needed to store the thoughts and control a robot type body. This is all coming together.” [2]

What the writer is doing is focusing on science to explain how part of the Bible will be fulfilled.  He includes a couple of very interesting videos in which scientists in Asian countries have developed a robot that is highly realistic and can replicate the movements of the operator through a web cam program.

It is amazing to see the eye-movement, blinking, slight turning of the head, the upturned corners of the mouth, etc., work to seem extremely realistic and a female-appearing robot that is also quite realistic.  To be sure, this is all very fascinating for the average person.

Further, the writer discusses how scientists have created some type of artificial memory system so that the memories and thoughts of one individual can be planted in the mind of another via a chip.  This causes the receiver of the transplanted memories and thoughts to view them as their own.

The article also points out new technology that merges bionic limbs with the human body.  A bionic hand for instance, could be put in place of someone who had their own hand amputated.

We’ve also seen these types of creations used in military applications, where a soldier, wearing an exo-skeletal metal suit is able to run without tiring, pick up objects that are far beyond the ability of a normal human being to lift, and do many other things that the suit would permit and that are beyond normal human capabilities.  Transhumanism is definitely here and science continues to work to create the latest and greatest thing so that individuals who are paralyzed, for instance, can walk again.

But let me ask a question here.  Knowing what we know and learning what we are learning about this area of transhumanism, does it really have the “wow” factor?  By that I mean simply, are we thoroughly impressed or even deceived into thinking that a robot like the one shown in the video below, is a real human being?  Are we actually fooled into believing that this is the case?

Furthermore, would we mistake a bionic hand for that of a real one?  Would we see someone working with an exo-skeletal suit and fall under the deception that what we are seeing is another form of a human being?

My point is clear (hopefully).  Transhumanism is not the be all, end all.  In some ways, it appears to me to be little more than a diversion.

If we did not know about any of these scientific discoveries, that would be one thing.  If we had no clue that certain Asian countries had scientists working to create a robot that could stand on its own, walk without falling over, and even mimic the intricacies of human movement in the eyes or face, then there is a good chance that the world would be extremely impressed with what we are now seeing.  Some might even mistake it for a real person.

Instead, our reaction to these things includes thoughts like “That’s creepy,” or “That’s weird,” or possibly, “Wow, that’s interesting!”  We react like this because we know that what we are seeing is not real, but merely a creation of modern technology, a high-tech one at that.

If we were able to take someone from the 18th century for instance, and bring them into the present, without ever having seen how any of this technology we have today has developed, that would be a different story, wouldn’t it?  They would have no prior knowledge of our current technology, therefore, they would literally marvel at what they see, thinking it to be some sort of miracle.  This is not the case with people today.  They see what science creates and while they might be momentarily interested in it, their interest eventually wanes.  The miraculous power of Antichrist and the False Prophet will have staying power because of the high level of super-naturalism involved in it.  Because of that, the ability to deceive will be very strong and will overcome the people of this world.

Compared to what we know that science can do, what we see in movies is far greater, isn’t it?  Because of how far digital effects have come for instance, it is very difficult to distinguish an effect from what is actual.  I have discussed this before referencing a scene from Batman Begins, when Christian Bale as Batman floats down from the second or third story next to the staircase, to the ground floor.  That entire scene was digital, fully created inside a computer.  I consider myself to be fairly savvy when it comes to seeing effects, but I was not aware of this until I read about it long after the movie had been released.  My son is even better at noting the use of digital effects than I am because of his work in animation.

What we see in movies like Ironman or some other superhero flick like Captain America amazes us because it appears to be so completely real.  When Robert Downey, Jr., as Ironman uses the computer in his garage, it is like no computer known to man, yet appears extremely believable because of the way the actor integrates himself with the computer.  For him, the computer presents 3D holographic imagery that he maneuvers in midair.  That technology is not currently available for the consumer, but it probably won’t be long before something akin to it is available.  Compare the iPhone to the first generation of all cell phones and you see what I mean.

Compared to that, a realistic female-looking Asian robot who can mimic what the operator does via a web cam turns out to be very interesting, but not all that impressive when compared to the reality of Ironman flying around the sky and shooting bolts of light energy from his hand.

In essence, people have become a bit jaded.  We expect our digital effects in movies to go beyond realism that we see and experience in daily life.  We will not settle for anything that provides the telltale signs of an actual movie effect, because it takes us out of the movie experience.  It breaks the “fourth wall” as it were.

Years ago, the biggest problem to overcome in the digital effects area was creating realistic water and fire.  That’s been done now and it is startling.  The nuances in the facial features and expressions of characters in movies like Tangled is far superior than anything that came before it.  We now have 3D television.

If we simply go by what science has created for us today and apply that to the Antichrist and the False Prophet as outlined in places like Revelation 13, we have to ask ourselves, why would anyone truly be impressed to the point of being deceived with what they see if it’s all based on science?  I don’t think so.

The text tells us, “He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.  And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast…” (Revelation 13:13-14a).

The signs that this False Prophet performs are so unique, so powerful, so awe-inspiring that he is able to deceive the people on the earth.  If we know ahead of time that technology exists to somewhat replicate a human being walking, moving, or even talking, how will that create the necessary deception for the people living on the earth?

If we know that by using satellites, a person can simulate fire from the sky, how is that a miracle strong enough to deceive the masses?  Does anyone really believe anymore than the greatest magician in the world can dematerialize an elephant or tank on stage?  Most of the time, when I watch a magician on TV, I try to look where I’m not supposed to look.  Shows that feature the Masked Magician have removed the veil so that the average person now knows how extremely complex tricks are accomplished.

Maybe there would be some who would be deceived if the Antichrist and False Prophet are going to use science to deceive.  Those living in third world, or underdeveloped nations for instance could succumb to this type of trickery.  However, it seems to me that in order for a real deception to take hold of people on this planet to the point that the whole world is deceived, these signs and wonders performed by the False Prophet would have to be so real that they could only have been accomplished using the occult dark arts, or some other supernatural way.  I just don’t think science is going to cut it, frankly.

As I said in my previous article, people have always been trying to be God.  Because our generation of science has arrived at the point of being able to crossbreed animal and human DNA, this does not mean that our science has also risen to the level necessary for the False Prophet to fool the world.

Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10, that “the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.”

People will not be fooled by science.  They may marvel at it, but they won’t be deceived by it.  It will take something far superior to pull the wool over the eyes of the world and for that reason, something that comes from the pit of hell, of which our science doesn’t hold a candle.  The activity of Antichrist will be fueled by Satan’s power and we know from the book of Job alone exactly how much power he has, or at least we know that his power far surpasses anything that humans can accomplish.  I am frankly, not interested in seeing what Satan can truly accomplish when he is given practically free reign by God during the Tribulation period.  Take the worst zombie, sci-fi, or horror movie and multiply it times 1,000 and we may be getting close.

Is all of this talk of transhumanism and everything associated with it little more than a diversion, created by the enemy of our souls to take our eyes off of God, but to allow us to think that we are dutifully warning the residents of this planet of the dangers ahead?  I’ve begun wondering about that and the area of UFOs.  Even though I have written three books on the subject, I have long wondered why demons would go to such extremes to pretend to the world that they are real, as aliens.  What is the true purpose?  Does anyone really know what a demon actually looks like?  It may well be that the forms that they show themselves to the world as aliens are what they truly look like as demons.  Who knows?  I don’t.  I know that Satan can transform himself into something pleasant like an angel of light according to Paul, but beyond that, we don’t know.

Unlike the days of Noah, I do not believe that demons and other fallen angels are trying to do now what they did then.  Formerly, I believe they were desperately attempting to corrupt the human DNA that God had created.  Had they been successful, the Messiah would not have been able to be born some 2,000 years ago in the Person of Jesus, fully God and fully Man.  Had He not been born, obviously, there would be no salvation, there would be no fulfillment of prophecy and the entire world would forever be ruled by tyrant Satan with everyone who died going straight to hell.

God intervened, destroying all but Noah who was the only person (along with his family) that was considered salvageable by God.  Apparently, their DNA had not yet been corrupted (cf. Genesis 6-9).

But what about today?  We read of UFOs, their infiltration among people and events on this planet, the many visitations and alleged abductions the world over, and even their alleged ability to impregnate women and harvest the “baby” prior to birth.  What is the reason they are doing any of this?

I’m seriously beginning to wonder if all of this is not simply some huge diversion, perpetrated on humanity on a global scale, but for what purpose?  Certainly, on one hand, the more people who believe in aliens, the more people there are who will not believe in the God of the Bible.  On the other hand, aliens are sending out mixed messages that even conflict with one another at times.

Add to this the entire realm of science and transhumanism and we must ask ourselves why any of this is being foisted upon humanity.  What is their real motive here?  Other than preparing the world for a major deception, I’m not really sure.  Is it to turn our worldview upside down?  Is it to prepare us for the coming days when signs, wonders, and false miracles will be the rage and the norm?  It is likely that all of this will present to the people of earth the “reality” that demons have been creating for centuries.  When that full “reality” is unleashed, the concept of the Judeo-Christian God will fly out the window.  It seems to me then that demons under the direction of their leader, have been building this extremely multi-faceted and complex alternate reality that will provide people with the ability to put their faith in that as opposed to putting their faith in God.  It will act as a substitute for the truth of God and many will buy into it.  In other words, it’s all a complete illusion that people will become deluded by and will willingly embrace because it is the “reality” that does not condemn their consciences.

For instance, I have written about the Rapture many times before and I have also noted that within New Age circles, people have “prophesied” about a coming event that they call the Great Evacuation.  This is an event that is slated to occur at some future point in which millions from this earth will go missing in an instant.  The reason Satan would direct his minions to plant this false story among his human followers if obvious.  When the Rapture occurs, those at least within the New Age can calm the fears of the rest of the world with the story that was given to them via channelers.  We know then that Satan is merely trying to deceive the world into thinking that the Rapture spoken about by Christians for decades was something else entirely.  People will easily accept this false explanation that has been circulating among New Age aficionados for decades because it is far easier to deal with than anything that smacks of a holy God, who has removed His people from the face of this earth in order to pour out His judgment.

But what about all this talk of transhumanism?  To me, I cannot help but wonder if it is not merely the latest fad within Christian circles?  Society is built on fads, with people running from one trend to the next because they’ve lost interest in the previous one.  Is it possible that Satan has directed his demonic hordes to create other-worldly, scientific-appearing events and situations that will wind up lowering the resistance of people throughout the world so that when the Antichrist steps onto the world’s stage, his signs and wonders will be so far superior to anything people have seen that they will readily accept it?  In other words, what humanity is capable of today will seem like nothing compared to what Antichrist accomplishes, yet for us now, what science and technology have created is truly astounding…for now!

If I understand the Bible correctly, it seems to me that the signs and wonders performed by both the Antichrist and False Prophet will be so far above anything that our best scientific thinkers can create that it will make our science appear to be child’s play in comparison.

The signs and wonders created by these two supernatural individuals from hell will wow the world to the point of absolute and unfailing deception.  They will deceive the entire world and because of this trickery, people will flock after the Antichrist because they will believe him to literally be God.  Our science is good, but not that good.  It impresses, but does not deceive us.  We do not generally think of our top scientists as gods.  We may think of them as brilliant people, but not deity.

Fads come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and portent.  Christians are not immune from being swept up in the latest fad either.  Many within Christendom follow the latest pied piper.  Instead of reading and studying His Word, we prefer to be amused and entertained.  In a very real sense, Christians have become “fadaholics,” chasing after the latest thing in the hopes of feeding our curiosity.  In one sense, discussion of transhumanism does just that, but its wow factor may be short-lived.  Soon, Christians will need something else.  What will it be then?

Is all this a ploy by the enemy to keep us away from solid study of God’s Word and the deepening relationship that would follow?  While it is helpful to know the times and seasons, do we really need to know all the ins and outs of scientific progress?  Is that where we are to be spending our time?

I guess my question is this:  does learning about things like transhumanism make us a better witness for Jesus?  Does it light a fire under us to get out there and warn the world of what’s coming, or does it simply promote discussion groups among Christians?

If the former, then it is doing something right.  If the latter, it is a huge waste of time.  Anything that takes us away from the deep study of His Word, coupled with the tremendous desire to see people come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord should be discarded.

Yes, there are strange things happening in the world today.  Science blending robotics with human capabilities, aliens who say they come in peace, yet seem to have ulterior motives, and crossbreeding human with animal DNA.  Does spending time developing these areas glorify God by bringing the lost to Him, or does it simply distract us from the task that God has chosen for us; the path that will lead others to Him?

I’m not saying that studying these areas of science is not without benefit.  I’m simply saying that maybe we should approach things like this cautiously.  We need to constantly be on our guard realizing that Satan may be working overtime to put things in the Christian’s way, which serve to redirect our interest in something that sounds like it is important to study and know, but in the end, is little more than a spiritual diversion.  We need to be careful that we are not wasting the Lord’s time by involving ourselves in areas that have no eternal value and therefore have no power to save anyone.

[1] http://www.johnmcternan.name/

[2] Ibid

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