By Pastor Jeff,
The bible is said to be 1/3 prophecy with much of it happening right before our eyes. Though you can find prophecy in most of the books of the bible, Revelations and Daniel are books that weigh very heavily if not completely on the prophetic. The book of Daniel is interesting in that the angel of the lord Michael tells Daniel that the understanding of the prophecies would not be understood until the end, Daniel 12:4, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
I believe the seal is removed, Rev 5:1-5, “And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”
I will not take the time to cover the entire set of prophecies in Daniel but the emphasis was on the 70 weeks of Daniel which each week standing for 7 years totaling 490 years of captivity of the nation of Israel in which 69 weeks have been fulfilled leaving 1 week or 7 years left which we call the tribulation period. Daniel also had a vision of the beasts which we also find in the book of Revelations which are represented by the countries of Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and a coming ten nation union of countries to come.
The book of Johns Revelation is different in that we are told to read it, Revelations 1:1-3, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
So I said all that to get to this in what I want to share with you, I have a passion for end times and especially the mark of the beast in which I have shared before with you the advances that are being made in the cashless system to come and the identification of all those who are not taken in the Rapture will have to decide if they are going to take or become a martyr for Christ. Revelations 13:11-18, “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
What I want to talk to you is this image, the word image in the Greek means“a likeness, that is literally statue, profile, or figuratively representation, resemblance”
This he then gives it “power” and it exerciseth power that was give him! So, what is this image then? Is it living, is it a hologram of the beast?
Many don’t think two thoughts about all the gadgets that are being advanced that allow you to turn on-off lights, TV, change thermostat, start your car by just your voice, AMAZON’S ECHO HAS MADE TANGIBLE THE PROMISE OF AN ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT PERSONAL VIRTUAL ASSISTANT IN EVERY HOME.
A EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE HAS VOTED IN FAVOR OF A DRAFT REPORT THAT PROPOSES GRANTING LEGAL STATUS TO ROBOTS, CATEGORIZING THEM AS ‘ELECTRONIC PERSONS’.
AI in Hollywood has been glamorized for years, does anyone remember, Bicentennial man, Johnny #5, I Robot? “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon,” said Musk. “In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like, ‘Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon.’ Doesn’t work out.” Elon Musk
If you want to see how far robots and AI has come just search “Chinese AI reporters” Is this what John witnessed and wrote down in the book of Revelations as the image of the Beast? My purpose is not so much to scare you or use fear to get anyone in the kingdom of God. But if that works so be it, eternity is a long time to not make sure today your name is written in the lambs’ book of life. You must be Born Again, and there will be no excuses!
Is Your name written in the book of life?
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