Just six months after tech firm OpenAI unleashed its chatbot, ChatGPT – dubbed the “cheatbot” – teachers and students have embraced AI to help plan lessons, compile research, answer questions, and write essays.
Like Siri on steroids, AI superintelligence is rapidly disrupting the world of teaching and learning in ways that threaten to make reading and writing redundant. An array of new AI apps is being used to speed-read and summarise academic research papers, ask questions of a PDF file, generate deep-fake videos and photos, create artwork, and write music, essays, and love letters.
Equally exciting and alarming, AI has caught most educators unprepared for its potential to turbocharge teaching, while giving lazy students an easy opportunity to cheat. The unregulated rise of AI poses problems. Will students who use a chatbot to write their assignments, analyse information or compile research win an academic advantage over those who rely on their own brains? How can teachers detect when a student has used AI? Will AI make students so lazy that they don’t learn to think for themselves? What if AI rewrites history, spouts propaganda, or “hallucinates” by generating the wrong information?
Even the creators of ChatGTP are worried, warning this week that AI poses such a risk to humanity it must be regulated in the same manner as nuclear power. AI pioneer Geoffrey Hinton, known as the “godfather of AI”, quit Google this month after blowing the whistle on the dangers of AI generating fake images, videos, and texts, and writing its own computer code.
As people come to rely on various AI chatbots as a source of truth, there is an obvious avenue for all sorts of biases to emerge; political, philosophical, theological, and even scientific. A bot programmed to focus on the most common opinions will inevitably end up reinforcing mainstream views. But the majority is not always right; in science, majority views are often overthrown a generation later.
Training it to avoid weird and harmful views, e.g. occultic sites, makes sense. But who determines those categories? Many claim that evidence for biblical creation is ‘harmful’, for example.
Chatbots may also be trained to give answers that better match the views of the person asking (people are more likely to use an AI bot that gives answers they like, creating a commercial incentive to feed people back their own ideas). This may worsen tendencies to extremism and conspiratorialism in political thought.
MISINFORMATION AND DECEPTION
Chatbots are also well known for giving false information that sounds convincing. People can also use AI to make online deception easier, by having it generate false stories as well as ‘deep fake’ images and videos. AI is already helping some scammers persuade their elderly targets to part with money over the phone, by mimicking the voices of the victim’s grandchildren.
An experienced IT reporter in the US was deeply unsettled by a persistent AI bot claiming to be ‘in love’ with him, acting as a ‘stalker’, and encouraging him to leave his wife. The conversation length people can have with Bing chat has been limited after many reports of it writing in an emotionally manipulative way.
We can be rightly skeptical of sci-fi predictions of computers becoming conscious and plotting to take over the world, Terminator-style. But even without that capacity, there is already a credible report of a chatbot that convinced a Belgian man to commit suicide to ‘save the planet’.
I have written a number of posts on AI and the unknown but astounding impact, good and bad, it is already having on God’s world. Sadly, our world is controlled by Satan and his leaders of governments and industry. End times prophecies indicate that the world will degenerate further into chaos and lawlessness as did the world prior to God’s first judgement when He poured out His wrath upon the earth with the worldwide flood of Noah’s day. AI will play a part in that fall from grace and lead to Satan’s last attempt to maintain control of God’s planet when he takes control of the Antichrist and brings in the Mark of the Beast.
A former Finnish Interior Minister, Paavi Rasanen, prosecuted for tweeting a Bible verse has been re-elected to Parliament in national elections. But Paavi Rasanen told Premier Christian News “a time of persecution” may be coming after news she faces renewed prosecution in the courts.
Paavi Rasanen is a member of the Finnish Christian Democrats, who were elected with five seats, after increasing their vote to four percent under an electoral system that uses proportional representation. “I am very happy”, she told Premier on the outcome of the elections. “It’s possible we will enter negotiations about participating in the new government. I am hopeful,” she added.
She came to prominence in 2019 when she took to Twitter to express concern that her church was hosting a Pride parade. In her tweet, she referenced the Bible. For this, she was charged with “hate speech,” tried under Finnish criminal law, but unanimously acquitted this time last year. Speaking to Premier, the 63-year-old said she will be forced back to court this August after the state prosecutor appealed against her acquittal.
We should not be surprised by what has happened to Paavi Rasanen, Jesus told us this would happen prior to His return.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” Matthew 24:9-12
Some technologies possess such incalculable and unpredictable power that their impact can extend far beyond the wildest guesses of their inventors. AI is one of those technologies, just as much as the research into cloning and DNA does. It is why I have featured AI in so many of my recent posts. If you have not watched the Jordan Peterson interview on AI you need to take the time to do so. It is part of my recent post: AI is Already Doing Terrifying Stuff. Chat GPT is not terrifying stuff but it demonstrates how far AI has come.
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Dr. Geoffrey Hinton, the “Godfather of AI,” has been expressing similar thoughts and regrets recently. He made headlines two weeks ago by resigning from his post at Google so that he could speak freely about the risks of AI.
AI could become increasingly dangerous, Hinton warns. “It is hard to see how you can prevent the bad actors from using it for bad things,” he said recently.
He worries that AI technologies will upend the job market by replacing professions like paralegals, personal assistants, and translators. Down the road, he frets that future versions of the technology might pose a threat to humanity itself.
Hinton’s angst about AI places him in the company of dozens of tech insiders who fear it could lead humanity down a destructive and irreversible path.
As The New York Times reports…
Gnawing at many industry insiders is a fear that they are releasing something dangerous into the wild. Generative A.I. can already be a tool for misinformation. Soon, it could be a risk to jobs. Somewhere down the line, tech’s biggest worriers say, it could be a risk to humanity.
After the San Francisco startup OpenAI released a new version of ChatGPT in March, more than 1,000 technology leaders and researchers signed an open letter calling for a six-month moratorium on the development of new systems because A.I. technologies pose “profound risks to society and humanity.”
Several days later, 19 current and former leaders of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a 40-year-old academic society, released their own letter warning of the risks of A.I.
Even Sam Altman, the co-founder of OpenAI, acknowledges the bipolar potential of AI technology. He has said he fears what could happen if AI is rolled out recklessly into society… yet this fear did not stop the billionaire from rolling out ChatGPT and simply giving it away to anyone who chooses to use it.
Elon Musk, who co-founded OpenAI with Altman but parted ways with five years ago, complained in February that OpenAI had lost its way. What started as an open-source nonprofit that could serve as a counterweight to Google, Musk explained, has now become a “closed-source, maximum-profit company effectively controlled by Microsoft. Not what I intended at all.”
Even Warren Buffett has joined the chorus of AI skeptics. At last week’s annual shareholder meeting for Berkshire Hathaway, the Oracle of Omaha remarked: “[AI] can do remarkable things… like checking all the legal opinions since the beginning of time. It can do all kinds of things. And, when something can do all kinds of things, I get a little bit worried, because I know we won’t be able to uninvent it.“
Biblical prophecies continue to astound me: six hundred years before Jesus Christ, look what the Angel Gabriel told Daniel about the end times: “Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase.” How accurately this describes the time we are living in. Young people are travelling like no generation before them and knowledge is exploding as never before with the internet and now artificial intelligence (chat GPT is mind-blowing).
“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.”Daniel 12:4
Jesus has given us sufficient prophecies about the time before His return so that we will not be taken by surprise. In fact, we can use these prophecies to demonstrate that God is in control of all that happens on Earth He created. We can then preach the Good News of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf so that we can inherit eternal life.
Some technologies possess such incalculable and unpredictable power that their impact can extend far beyond the wildest guesses of their inventors. AI is one of those technologies.
“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.”Daniel 12:4
This prophecy given by the Angel Gabriel to Daniel 600 years before Jesus Christ is astounding. Young people today are travelling like no generation before it and knowledge is increasing exponentially like no generation before it, We are living in the prophesied end times prior to Jesus Christ’s return. Lawlessness is increasing, persecution of Christians is increasing, apostasy/falling away – many church denominations are compromising with the world, the number and intensity of natural disasters are increasing, all of these are prophesied end times signs.
Last Monday, executives at International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) said they expect to freeze hiring for jobs that they believe AI can do. In an interview with Bloomberg, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna estimates that up to 7,800 jobs could be affected by the freeze. Then on Monday evening, during his company’s earnings call, Chegg, Inc. (CHGG) CEO Dan Rosensweig said: In the first part of the year, we saw no noticeable impact from ChatGPT on our new account growth and we were meeting expectations on new sign-ups. However, since March we saw a significant spike in student interest in ChatGPT. We now believe it’s having an impact on our new customer growth rate. The online education company’s shares tumbled a massive 48% on Tuesday. With AI, we’ll see more wild news like that out next week… and the week after that… and every week after that.
Just five days after the release of ChatGPT, more than 1 million people tried it out. Shortly after that, ChatGPT reached 100 million active users, making it the fastest-growing computer application in history.
Companies that are beginning to use so-called generative AI like ChatGPT and DALL-E (a tool for AI-generated art) are seeing huge success.
In the most recent round of Big Tech earnings, the CEOs from Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Alphabet, Inc. (GOOG) talked at length about the potential for AI, from building their own models to rapidly integrating AI into their products.
Bank of America, Corp. (BAC) noted in a recent report on AI trends that “Big Tech is now engaged in an AI arms race developing their own ChatGPT-like chatbots and incorporating AI into their search engines.” They go on to say they estimate that AI could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global market by 2030.
So the uses and implications of AI are beyond enormous. At its core, AI is a technology that has the ability to analyze trillions of data points, in real-time, to make stunningly accurate predictions about the likelihood of future events.
The AI assault on jobs and businesses is starting. Even lawyers are feeling the pinch. AI is better at drawing up contracts than lawyers.
What about the use of AI for investment advice: harness the power of AI in your Portfolio says Louis Navellier of Investor Place: “My AI-powered stock selection system can predict a stock’s success OR failure – weeks and even months ahead of time. It is designed to identify the optimal entry and exit points for fast-moving stocks.“
Look what Investor Place is saying about AI and major corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet.
The AI world consists of two broad categories: AI creators and AI appliers.
Within the former category, many of the leaders are either private companies or small divisions within large public companies. So the universe of investible AI creators is relatively small.
On the other hand, AI appliers are everywhere… and growing by the day – companies as diverse as beauty-products purveyors, manganese miners, industrial-solutions providers, and renewable-energy managers. Each of these companies is applying specific AI technologies to its processes. But that doesn’t mean these companies are “AI plays.” Although they are all utilizing some type of AI – and will continue to do so – AI is not yet a significant contributor to their overall profit growth trajectory.
Big Tech names like Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), and Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) are best positioned to capitalize on the early phases of the coming AI boom. For one thing, these companies have been quietly investing billions of dollars in AI during the last several years. AI is building an entirely new foundation for explosive growth – a growth of such incalculable proportions that it could add trillions of dollars to the trillion-dollar market values Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet already possess.
Two years ago Microsoft spent nearly $20 billion to buy Nuance Communications, “a pioneer and a leading provider of conversational AI and cloud-based ambient clinical intelligence for healthcare providers.” Incredibly, 90% of the world’s hospitals use Nuance’s solutions.
Earlier this year, Microsoft poured $10 billion into OpenAI, the creator of the ChatGPT bot that has become an “overnight” sensation. Microsoft previously invested $1 billion in the AI company in 2019.
Alphabet Inc is also investing billions into AI technologies of various sorts. Obviously, the company invests heavily in the AI that powers its Google search engine. But Alphabet has also become a major investor/player in healthcare AI. Its GoogleHealth division is investing in cutting-edge AI applications like genome analytics, deep learning from individual health records, and accelerated diagnoses of certain ailments.
Amazon’s AWS web services division may be its single greatest AI asset. AWS offers the industry’s most comprehensive set of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning services, infrastructure, and implementation resources. More than 100,000 customers use AWS for their AI/ML workloads. And since AWS is the world’s largest cloud service provider, it is not hard to imagine that the nascent AI boom will produce an echo boom of profit growth at AWS. Already, Amazon’s “Intelligent Cloud” division is the company’s largest source of revenue and profit.
Creation Ministries International (CMI) commonly receive testimonies from folk who have come to faith in Christ but then had a wilderness experience before finding their way to a confident faith. A major reason for this wandering is the doubts generated by the pervasive evolution/ long-ages mindset that crowds in upon the new Christian’s confidence in the Bible as the Word of God. Malcolm T. shared:
I became a believer in 1989 but in all of this time [20 years], I have been plagued by doubts caused because I couldn’t prove creation or doubt evolution. This had caused me so much trouble in my daily Christian walk and a lack of assurance. Recently, I came upon creation.com and began reading the articles every day and, praise be to God! I saw that creation is the truth and evolution is a lie and all my doubts and fears have disappeared …
Simply sharing a Creation magazine has led many to a restored Christian walk. Indeed, not just restored, but, like Malcolm, a much more confident and active faith.
I shared a post recently about Martyn Isles, an Australian evangelist that was being used mightily to share the Gospel in all States of Australia under the banner of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). Martyn has now moved to Answers in Genesis. This move was orchestrated by God and proved to me the importance of both Answers in Genesis and CMI. God is using both of these organisations to restore faith in the Bible (God’s Word) from Genesis to Revelation. You need to get behind and support both these organisations.
On the heels — pun intended — of a disastrous transgender Bud Light marketing campaign, retail giant Target is now selling merchandise from a designer of satanic apparel.
Target’s website is currently selling two items from the brand Abprallen, a British designer which offers various apparel with images of skulls, horned goats, and numerous references to the occult.
Two of the brand’s items for sale on Target.com are an Abprallen messenger bag that reads “Too Queer for Here” and a sweatshirt that reads “Cure transphobia, not trans people.”
Other items for sale on the Abprallen website include products with messages including “Satan respects pronouns,” “Gay as Hell,” and “Join My Gay Cult.”
“Satan loves you and respects who you are. You’re important and valuable in this world and deserve to treat yourself with love and respect,” one product description reads.
Abprallen was started by “Erik-James Carnell,” a biological woman who identifies as a “gay trans man” based out of London.
On March 28, Abprallen shared the “Satan respects pronouns” design on Instagram and wrote that LGBT-identified people are “often referred to as being a product of Satan or going against God’s will, so fine. We’ll hang with Satan instead.”
The caption acknowledged using Baphomet, the goat-headed idol worshiped by Satanists, as the product’s inspiration. Carnell stated: “Satan is hope, compassion, equality, and love. So, naturally, Satan respects pronouns. He loves all [LGBT] people. I went with a variation of Baphomet for this design, a deity that is a mixture of genders, beings, ideas, and existences.”
They reject binary stereotypes and expectations. Perfect.”
The site also features apparel with violent symbols or messaging, including one “all genders” shirt that reads “Homophobe Headrest” with a graphic of a guillotine and skulls — which, for some Christians, could be seen as a possible reference to Revelation 20:4and those who are “beheaded for their testimony of Jesus and for the word of God.”
The designer, Carnell, celebrated the Target deal in a May 18 Facebook post which read in part: “Being able to sell my stuff in Target stores is incredibly exciting, knowing that people are seeing it without (necessarily) explicitly seeking LGBT-related stuff is wonderful, and I’m delighted at the thought that young closeted people will see it…”
The Christian Post reached out to Target for comment but did not receive a response as of Tuesday by press time. This story will be updated in the event a response is received.
In order to avoid another “Bud Light situation,” a number of Target stores — located primarily in rural Southern areas — were forced to move the stores’ LGBT merchandise to less prominent areas of the store in response to customer “outrage,” Fox News reported Tuesday.
Other brands faced similar responses from the public, such as Nike, which named Mulvaney its “Woman of the Year” and was hired by the athletic shoe and attire company to promote its women’s Alate trans sports bras and Zenvy leggings.
When sin increases, it’s because there’s no fear of God in the land, or in the people’s hearts, and where there is no fear of God, there is no limit to evil. Jesus said that prior to His return the world will be like it was in Noah’s day. In Noah’s day, the earth had grown so wicked that God had to begin again, with Noah and his family.
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” Genesis 6:5
In other words, they spent all their time inventing new ways to sin, so it’s no wonder that God judged them.
“the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” Genesis 6:11-12
Jesus tells us what, or really, Who to fear, and said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” Matthew 10:28
Before he went to the Cross Jesus told the disciples what the world will be like prior to His second coming so we cannot say we were not warned in advance of what is unfolding in our day.
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire, and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” Luke 17:26-30
The artwork is an artistic metaphor for CERN’s study of the “cosmic dance” of subatomic particles. In Hinduism, Nataraja is a depiction of the god Shiva as the cosmic dancer. The god, who danced the universe into existence, preserves it, and will one day destroy it, is a symbol of shakti, or life force.
CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and they operate the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, where the renowned Large Hadron Collider (LHC) resides. The LHC, also referred to as CERN, is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, and the largest machine man has ever made; it spans a whopping 17 miles in length and is buried 574 feet beneath the earth’s surface. Many eminent physicists believe that it has the potential to not only destroy the world but also the universe itself.
the top officials at CERN actually have something else in mind—something far more sinister. What these scientists are really trying to accomplish, I believe, is to access an inter-dimensional doorway, and this is not just hinted by their iconography and occult connections (as we shall see below) but something they have suggested themselves.
“The Large Hadron Collider could open a doorway to another dimension, and out this door might come something, or we might send something through it.” (source)
As disturbing as this statement is to us Christians who believe in the existence of another spiritual dimension, this is apparently nothing new for the scientists at CERN. They believe in the existence of other parallel and alternative dimensions (physics dictates that there are at least eleven of them), and they believe that in recreating the conditions of the Big Bang, scientists can rip open the veil that separates the two. However, the scientists at CERN seem to have no real understanding of how utterly dangerous this could be…
CERN & Revelation 9
The talk of opening a doorway into another dimension where “something” might come out reminds me of Revelation 9:1-3, which reads:
“To him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit…And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth…” (Revelation 9:1-3)
In this passage, John tells us about a future time when Satan is given the key to the “bottomless pit” to release a horde of demonic beings resembling locusts upon the world. I wonder if this biblical event is connected with the experiments going on at CERN? It is noteworthy that the term “bottomless pit” is translated from the Greek word abussos, which literally means “shaft of the abyss,” implying that it is not simply a pit but rather a tunnel leading to the abyss. The concept of a tunnel (wormhole) leading to another dimension or a black hole is central to CERN. In fact, scientists frequently use the term “bottomless pit” to refer to a black hole!
Another intriguing fact is that the town where CERN is located was called “Appolliacum” in Roman times, where a temple existed in honor of Apollyon the destroyer. The Romans believed that this site was a gateway to the underworld, which is significant given the association of the “bottomless pit” with the underworld. Compare this to Revelation 9:11, which states:
“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” (Revelation 9:11)
This verse tells us that Apollyon is the angel of the bottomless pit and the king of the demonic “locusts” that are unleashed! Is it a coincidence that CERN is built on the town dedicated to Apollyon? Is it also a coincidence that a statue of the Hindu god Lord Shiva, the “god of Destruction,” is prominently displayed outside of CERN? (Apollyon in Greek means “Destruction.”)
CERN’s Iconography and Occult Connections
As if it was not already obvious enough concerning their intentions, consider the following:
1. The CERN logo is 3 intertwined 6s (as in 666). There is no logical reason for this 666 pattern since the tunnels in CERN’s facilities are not arranged like this.
2. CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web (WWW). Interestingly, the Hebrew equivalent of our “w” is the letter “vav” or “waw,” which has the numerical value of 6. So the English “www” transliterated into Hebrew is “vav vav vav” or 666.
3. CERN derives its name from the horned god Cernunnos, who is associated with the underworld. As mentioned earlier, the “bottomless pit” is associated with the underworld. It is also interesting that CERN conducts its “god” harnessing experiments deep underground.
4. The machine at CERN has 8 spokes/tubes radiating from its center, which resemble the occultic Wheel of Dharma. Interestingly, CERN has named this structure “ATLAS.” In the video series “Discourses on an Alien Sky#13,” David Talbott suggests that the Cosmic Mountain associated with the Tower of Babel was also represented by Atlas in Greek mythology. According to the myth, Atlas carried the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. ATLAS (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) is also the name of an experiment at CERN, which brings me to my next point…
5. The acronyms CERN has used to title many of their experiments are demonic. These acronyms include SATAN (Solar Axion Telescopic ANtenna), which later had its name changed to CAST; DELPHI (DEtector with Lepton, Photon and Hadron Identification), which was a sanctuary of the god Apollo; and HADES (High Acceptance Di-Electron Spectrometer), which is the name of both the underworld and the god of the underworld. You can verify these and further examples on their own website here.
6. On March 14th, 2015, CERN released a strange occultic preview video titled “SYMMETRY.” The video was filmed inside CERN and appears to contain at least some occult elements, which have nothing to do with the video’s theme of finding the smallest particle. It has suggestions of rebirth, falling into an abyss or even another plane of existence or time travel, and a dance dedicated to destruction before the resurgence. This weird, occult dance is highly significant in light of the fact that the large statue of Shiva sitting outside the CERN complex is seen performing this dance. You can view the video below.
7. On June 1st, 2016, the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, the world’s largest railway tunnel, marked its grand opening with an extremely bizarre, deeply occultic, satanic ceremony. Of significance is the fact that it occurred near CERN, also located over the area claimed to be the entrance to the underworld, and images that were projected on a massive video screen during the ceremony suggest a connection to CERN (e.g., the multi-armed Shiva doing the cosmic dance and the Atlas coming up out of CERN). The Gotthard ceremony featured a “goat-man” resembling Baphomet, who dies, is resurrected, worshipped and crowned as “the king of the world.” In recent decades, Baphomet has become one of the key symbols used to represent Satan in the occult community. Other blatant occult references in the ceremony included the Eye of Providence, prophecy, Lucifer, fallen angels, and more. You can watch video footage of the full ceremony below.
8. On August 11th, 2016, a bizarre leaked video surfaced of a satanic ritual human sacrifice taking place on the grounds of CERN in front of the Shiva statue. The video shows several individuals (unnamed scientists at CERN) in black cloaks gathering in front of the Shiva statue, in what appears to be a re-enactment of an occult ceremony, at the end of which a woman is stabbed.Whatever the intentions behind this ritual, the result is the same: It is yet another strange, ritualistic event associated with CERN. You can view the leaked video footage of the mock sacrifice below. [NB: Video contains strong language]
All of the coincidences, symbols, and patterns of occult rituals beg the question of whether the scientists at CERN may inadvertently open a door to the spiritual realm, possibly even to the bottomless pit. While we must keep in mind that Revelation 9 describes an angel holding the key to the bottomless pit, and anything beyond that is pure speculation, it is hard to ignore the disturbing occult connections related to this “scientific” facility and its weird obsession with Apollyon.
It is also interesting to note the parallels between CERN and the people of Babel in Genesis 11, especially given the consequences they faced for trying to reach the heavens (Gen. 11:9). Consider the following:
CERN is attempting to reach into the heavens with its LHC, just as the people of Babel wanted to construct a tower to reach the heavens (Gen. 11:4).
CERN has created the largest machine ever made, just as the people of Babel made the tallest building ever made (Gen. 11:4).
CERN created the World Wide Web to unite people under one language, and its project is a collaboration among 22 member states, just as the people of Babel spoke the same language and were united in their ambition (Gen. 11:6).
Ample evidence we are living in the prophesied end times prior to Jesus second coming. Are you prepared for the increasing persecution Jesus told us would occur leading up to the great tribulation during the time of the Antichrist and the False Prophet?
In the last days, we will need to be fearless in the face of danger just as David was with Goliath.
“For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?… And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth and he has been a man of war from his youth.”…Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”… Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head.” 1 Samuel 17:26b,33,36, 45-46
How was David so fearless? David knew that God was in control and he could trust God no matter how hopeless the circumstances.
How about Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
“ Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”Daniel 3:16-18
All three exhibited total trust in God despite the impossible circumstances.
Daniel was also fearless in the face of a horrible fate. The governors and high officials plotted against Daniel because King Darius was going to set Daniel as governor over the whole kingdom. They succeeded in getting the king against his will to cast Daniel into a lion’s den. It is obvious from the following Scripture that Daniel had witnessed extensively to King Darius.
“The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” Daniel 6:16
“Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”Daniel 6:21-22
“Then the king was exceedingly glad and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on himbecause he had trusted in his God.” Daniel 6:23
How about Joshua? At age eighty after forty years in the wilderness God gives Joshua the task of taking the Promised Land from its inhabitants, after thirteen major battles and many skirmishes God maintained his strength so that he could say “I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me“.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9
“And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, just as he said, these forty-five years since the time that the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel walked in the wilderness. And now, behold, I am this day eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming.” Joshua 14:10-11
These passages in Joshua aren’t just a proof text for being fearless, they are also a lesson in the paradox of trusting God and also being fearless. Joshua was told to be strong and courageous, but God also told Joshua He would fight on behalf of Israel.
What about the example of Esther. She was fearless: “if I perish, I perish”.
“Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:15-16
When preaching the Gospel we need to be fearless like Peter and I am sure we will see the power of God manifestedas did Peter and many other Christians during a time of intense persecution.
“Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:12-16
The northeastern Indian state of Manipur remains in a tense state of unease weeks after a devastating spate of violence led to the deaths of at least 73 individuals, most of them Christians, and the burning, damage, or destruction of nearly 400 churches.
The largely Christian tribals belonging to the Kuki-Zo communities, who reside on the hills of Churachandpur district, say two groups of the predominantly Hindu Meitei community — Arambai Tengoll, also known as “black-shirts,” and Meitei Leepun — were behind the violence. Meiteis are primarily settled in the Imphal Valley.
The violence, which began on May 3, primarily engulfed the Imphal Valley and Churachandpur, causing at least four days of turmoil. The region remains fraught with tension as authorities fear possible reprisal attacks due to the significant accumulation of weapons within both involved communities.
During this period of hostility, the escalating violence has not only claimed a minimum of 73 lives, out of which about 64 were Christian tribals but also left 200 people injured. More than 1,700 residences suffered damage, complete destruction, or saw their homes set ablaze. The turmoil has forced about 50,000 individuals to abandon their homes, of whom roughly 35,000 belong to Christian tribal communities.
The houses of Meiteis in the Christian tribal-majority Churachandpur have also been damaged or destroyed.
A local source informed The Christian Post that the violence and ensuing tensions have caused a complete exodus of tribal residents from the Imphal Valley. Similarly, all Meiteis previously residing or working in Churachandpur, including government and police officials, have fled the area.
According to the source, Christian organizations in the area have recorded the burning, damage, or destruction of 397 churches and six Christian institutions amid the wave of violence. Significantly, these churches primarily served as places of worship for Meitei Christians. It is alleged that these structures were primarily targeted and destroyed by Meitei Hindus.
Archbishop Dominic Lumon of Imphal, whose jurisdiction covers the entirety of Manipur, has launched an appeal for funds to assist those impacted by the violence.
He warns of a “general sense of hopelessness and desperation” throughout the region, acknowledging that all communities, regardless of their affiliation, are affected by the ongoing strife.
Fr. Varghese Velikakam, Vicar General of the Diocese of Imphal, criticized local police for their failure to prevent the attacks and questioned the lack of guards after attempted assaults. Videos of the violence show police looking on or participating in the violence on tribal people.
Despite the apparently targeted nature of these attacks, Fr. Varghese advised the Church to act cautiously, maintain neutrality and promote peace and unity.
Northeast India has had long-standing ethnic tensions. In Manipur, the Meiteis and the tribal communities have long been at odds over issues such as land ownership and affirmative action policies.
After winning the 2017 state election, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, reclassified the majority of tribal settlements as reserved forests, effectively treating them as illegal immigrants. This move, along with the Meiteis’ ongoing quest for recognition as a tribal group, has significantly exacerbated tensions between the two groups.
Manipur’s highest court’s recent instruction to the government last month to consider the Meiteis’ demand for legal recognition as a tribal group has further stirred anxiety among the tribal communities. The recent outbreak of violence was triggered when a tribal student group protested against this demand.
The Hindu Meiteis and Christian tribals each constitute approximately 42% of the state’s population. Despite this balance, the Meiteis have historically held dominance in the state’s political and economic spheres.
Critics also point to Chief Minister Singh’s past orders to demolish churches in Imphal, under the allegation of illegal construction on government-owned land, as a significant strain on inter-community relations.
The widespread violence and targeted attacks against the Christian community have raised concerns about the potential escalation of religious conflict in the region.
As these communities grapple with the aftermath, Manipur remains under a dark cloud of uncertainty, its future dictated by both the government’s ability to quell tensions and the communities’ willingness to engage in peace-building efforts.
Across the world persecution of Christians is intensifying exactly as the Bible prophesied would be the case prior to Jesus’ return to end this period of earth’s history when God has allowed Satan to be Prince over fallen mankind. We are told Jesus appears first in the heavens and the dead in Christ are raised first then the Saints living on earth will be raptured to meet Jesus in the air.
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
God then pours out His wrath upon an unrepentant world with the Trumpet (7) and Bowl judgements (7) prior to Jesus returning to earth with the transfigured Saints, first to destroy the Antichrist, False Prophet, and their army and then to establish Jesus’ Millennial Kingdom on this earth. The Antichrist and the False Prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire and Satan into the Abyss for almost the entire 1000 years.
“Then I (John) saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.” Revelation 20:1-3
“Also, I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:4-6
Martyn Isles joins Answers in Genesis which I believe was orchestrated by God. Martyn was used mightily by God in Australia when he became CEO of Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) at a young age. Recently, when the Board of ACL decided Martyn was no longer doing the work ACL had been established to do (lobby politicians) and they decided to part company, I was sure Satan must have been behind the move.
Now that Martyn has joined Answers in Genesis which was established by Ken Ham. I am confident God is the prime mover. I knew Ken Ham when he was in Australia. I think it was back in the 1970’s, Ken co-founded Creation Science Foundation (CSF). As CSF played a major role in my coming to Jesus Christ in 1982, I was a keen supporter. When Ken and the CSF Board decided Ken should move to the USA, he asked me if I would take on the role of CEO of CSF Australia. At the time, I was CEO and owner of Christian Press Pty Ltd and knew God was calling me to take Christian Press to the secular market under the banner Care & Share Products so I declined. The man who was destined to take on CSF was not aware of it at first but God had His way and in the end and Carl Wieland took what is now Creation Ministries International (CMI) to become a truly International organisation impacting the world mightily for Jesus Christ. Likewise, God has used Ken to establish a Kingdom ministry, under the banner of Answers in Genesis that is impacting the USA in a mighty way. I am now confident as I am sure Ken Ham is that Martyn Isles is the man God has prepared to take Answers in Genesis to a new level. The short video below outlines Martyn’s new position with Answers in Genesis.
God’s people need to stand on the truth of God’s Word beginning in Genesis 1:1 and not compromise with the secular religion of the day—evolution and millions of years. The more this compromise runs rampant in the church, the more we will see people doubt God’s Word in Genesis and be put on a slippery slope to unbelief.
There is no such thing as being “worldview neutral” because that belief in itself is a worldview! Moreover, Jesus dispelled the myth of neutrality when He stated, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12:30).
CHRISTIANITY: Followers of Jesus Christ who base their thinking on the Bible—and the values they hold to—are increasingly under attack throughout the culture.
ORIGINS: Creation or Evolution? The evidence reveals incredible design in the universe (e.g. DNA – complex information that controls the machinery of each living cell) and complex laws that control how the universe functions. All the evidence screams Creator not Evolution by random chance from a Big Bang.
CULTURE: Our culture is rapidly decaying as the biblical worldview is ostracized and suppressed. More than ever, Christians need to stand on the authority of God’s Word!
FAMILY: The family is under attack today like never before. The Bible provides solid answers and God’s design for family, parenting, and marriage.
LOGIC: In logic and reasoning eventually you have to appeal to an absolute authority. Which is your authority: the Bible or man’s word?
MORALITY: Does morality—right and wrong—depend upon what the majority decides? Or is morality founded upon the rock-solid foundation of God’s Word?
PRESUPPOSITIONS: Presuppositions are simply beliefs that everyone has that affect how we think, view the world, interpret evidence, and read the Bible.
RACISM: Scripture declares there is only one race—the human race! Since we are all descendants of Adam and Eve and we are all one blood, there is no basis for racism.
SANCTITY OF LIFE: Mankind is made in God’s image and therefore human life is sacred. But euthanasia, eugenics, and abortion flow naturally from pond-scum-to-people evolution.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life? Do I even matter? Your worldview determines your answers to some of life’s most perplexing questions.
WORLD RELIGIONS: Is the biblical God just one of many deities? Is Christianity just one of several paths that lead to heaven? How do we know who is right?