On this podcast Christian Post reporter Leonardo Blair poses a fascinating question: Will the Metaverse end the megachurch? His answer is yes!
Blair joins Billy Hallowell on this podcast to discuss this issue. He explains what the metaverse is more broadly, how the churches are using it – and his prediction of what might happen to metaverse complexes amid the increasing turn to the use of technology by churches. They maintain that there are benefits for the metaverse as well as negatives.
Meta-Morphosis: The dramatic change you aren’t seeing. This change is happening slowly every day, piece by piece. To us, living today, it’s almost invisible. We aren’t noticing it. But you can be sure that it’s a metamorphosis — a complete change into something totally different.
It started with computers, then the internet, laptops, mobile phones, smartphones, Myspace, Facebook, virtual reality, augmented reality, cloud storage, cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens, Sandbox, Decentraland…
It’s accelerating faster and faster.
We are transforming our reality from tangible, to virtually tangible. A world that is virtual, connected, and fully immersive in the cloud. And our lives will never be the same again…
You’ve likely heard the term metaverse — but you might not know exactly what it means. Well, that’s OK, because neither does anyone else! Everyone has their own idea of how it will evolve.
At the core of the metaverse is a blending of our physical world with the online world. The NFT tokens website describes it this way. “The Metaverse” is an all-encompassing term used to describe “a universe where we spend our lives inside that thing eternally”.
Or in the words of Mark Zuckerberg:
The defining quality of the metaverse will be a feeling of presence — like you are right there with another person or in another place. Feeling truly present with another person is the ultimate dream of social technology.
‘In this future, you will be able to teleport instantly as a hologram to be at the office without a commute, at a concert with friends, or in your parents’ living room to catch up.’
Meta is much bigger than a name change. This signals a major pivot of the Facebook business. It also tells us what may well be the next big tech revolution: The Metaverse.’
It won’t be a specific place because it will be all around us. It will change the way we shop, work, socialise, and seek entertainment.
It’s gained a lot of attention since Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was changing to Meta Platforms on 28 October 2021. This prompted a whole lot of people to start searching the word ‘metaverse’ as the Google Trend Charts demonstrate.
From a Christian and end-times perspective, metaverse (virtual reality) is the culmination of how Satan is using technology to take young people, in particular, away from God and His values. A further demonstration if you needed one that we are living in the prophesied “last days” before Jesus returns, first to rapture His Saints, second to pour out His wrath upon an unrepentant world, and finally to return with the glorified Saints to rule and reign with a rod of iron on this earth for one thousand years. As the following Isaiah prophecy shows, God the Father and Jesus have unfinished business to fulfill with Jerusalem and His nation Israel.
“For Zion’s sake, I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.” Isaiah 62:1-4
In a single day, Facebook was renamed, but Meta is much more than a name. Zuckerberg may create the metaverse but the Antichrist will use it. Why is the metaverse going to be more addictive than social media and why will it lead to the Mark of the Beast and the Image of the Beast? Watch this Last Days Breaking News episode with Nelson Walters to discover the hidden dangers of this new technology.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, “has long imagined a virtual world where people work, play and interact.” Virtual offices can be entered and you can interact with a computer. Zuckerberg, with billions of dollars and a massive Facebook audience, is investing in a future unlike any present version of social media or video gaming. A recent Wall Street Journal article said, “The metaverse represents a digital reality where people playing through avatars would be able to attend concerts with friends or try on clothes in stores, just as they would offline out in the real world.”
A person would access this online world as an avatar, a digital version of oneself. You could attend a concert with another “avatar friend,” go shopping and try on clothes and then go to work as well. All of this is done in an immersive experience using ocular technology already developed. I will leave it to your imagination as to what other activities one could engage in within this digitally contrived world and what impact it will have on our children.