Has the Time of the Signs Now Arrived? - By Gene Lawley - https://www.raptureready.com/2023/07/26/has-the-time-of-the-signs-now-arrived-by-gene-lawley/
The unexpected appearance of signs of the end-time sometimes appears in casual statements that indicate culminating thoughts of intentions by those who are planning our future. We must ask how their plans fit with God’s revealed plan for the future, as told in Scripture.
There is the simple unfolding of Scripture in its chronological format as its timeline. That seems to be the format a God of no confusion would choose. A speaker once said he always tried to pick out someone in his audience who might be one who would have trouble understanding his message. Then, he would try to take it to a level that could be understood easily. How would God do it? Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44).
After listing several turbulent upsets in the world’s geological and social conditions, Jesus says in Luke 21:28, “When these things begin to happen, look up for your redemption draws near.”
Then He tells a parable of the blossoming of the fig tree that is about the coming restoration of Israel to its own national sovereignty. That incident actually happened on May 14, 1948, 75 years ago. It was prophecy fulfilled.
That event set a pivotal date for the generation living on that date. Mark 13:30 tells us, “…This generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” Those who were born on or before May 14, 1948, if still living and a believer in Christ, will be among those who never die and are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
Those are going to be elderly people, 75 years old and older, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…” (Hebrews 6:19).
Another sign of the times is told in 2 Thessalonians 2:3: “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first….” It is the obvious and prolific increase of lawlessness, moral degradation, mass killings, and relentless injustice now prevailing. There is a tendency to respond with, “We’ve seen these things happening before now, so it is not unusual,” but I submit that it has never been so deep and acceptable from the top leadership of nations of the world. Look at how Jesus saw the world, as Luke reported His words in Luke 17:26-30:
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
“Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”
Here the Scriptures acknowledge “these things” have happened before, but this time, they are introducing the coming of the Lord in the Rapture. Is God reluctant to reveal signs of His return? That does not appear to be true at all. Further in that Luke passage to verse 37, we find a description of how the Rapture will touch individuals around the world—some taken to safety, some left behind.
In Amos 3:7, He says, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Bible students of prophecy have long learned not to be called a “date setter” because we forget to consider the whole counsel of God, or perhaps we forget Proverbs 3:5 which has been staring us in the face all along: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” But then, how are we to factor in such a sign as this one now looming on the horizon?
The United Nations has announced a 2023 Summit meeting on September 18-19, 2023. It is not front-page news that is readily apparent, but its purpose is awesome when compared with the prophecies of Scripture, mainly Daniel 9:26-27.
It is labeled as the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDG) for its purpose and would mark the “beginning of a new phase of accelerated progress towards the SDG’s plan for high-level political guidance on transformative and accelerated actions leading up to 2030.”
The UN website has this statement by the UN Secretary-General: “The SDG Summit in September must be a moment of unity to provide a renewed impetus and accelerated actions for the SDGs.”
So, what do we say to that? “Aw, the UN is always doing something over there in their high-towered edifice that never works out,” is that it? After President Obama took office in 2009, he toured the Middle East, apologizing for America, and demanded the peace negotiators have a plan in place the next September. Nothing was in place in 2010, nor 2011, nor 2012, then re-election took first attention. Apparently, God’s timing was not then.
This meeting is to set up a seven-year plan of action to transform the world into a conforming New World Order, as further digging will reveal. It is set for this September 18-19 in New York. It is scheduled on the next two days after the Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashana, on the calendar for September 16-17. (Two days to allow for sighting the new moon if clouds cover it the first day.)
The comparative prophecy that speaks of this is Daniel 9:26-27:
“And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself, and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.
“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering, and on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
When Jesus returns for His body of believers around the world, the sudden disappearance of multi-thousands of people will result in major chaos, as one can imagine. Those left behind will be scrambling for someone to take charge of the devastation. If this September is that time, the “purely coincidental” meeting of UN officials in New York will already be on top of it with that person ready to take over.
They will confirm a covenant of seven years for the Jews and will allow them to rebuild their temple. This is the time when God returns His attention to His planned restoration of Israel with their true Messiah and the seven years of punishment for their continued disobedience in those past centuries. This will be that “missing” 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy in Daniel 9:20 and following.
The ministry of those 144,000 Jewish evangelists will lead many thousands to the Lord from every tribe, tongue, and nation. See Revelation 7. They will have refused to take the Mark of the Beast and are killed for it, apparently, for they come out of the Great Tribulation, the last half of the seven years.
These are the Scriptural accounts of the last days of this age, but how should we look at the events in the world that seem to correspond? We must look at the attributes of God. Does He also know every thought and intent in the minds of those who do not believe, as Psalm 139 tells us, or is it just believers? Certainly, it is all mankind.
For some time, I have pinpointed the Rapture to occur during the Feast of Trumpets, the time of the late harvest, and because of the progress of the “falling away,” the Day is clearly approaching, in my opinion. Would God allow such an obvious action of the world to occur contrary to His will? “Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10b).
The question of this article is the title: “Has the time of the signs now arrived?” Have you seen the Day approaching, and are you ready? Has the “falling away” reached its peak? It must come first, then the One who resists will come for His believers.
“Even so, Lord Jesus, come” (Revelation 22:20).
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When Does The "Last Trumpet" Sound? - by Bill Perkins - https://compass.org/when-does-the-last-trumpet-sound/
Last week on Compass TV (compass.org/TV) we featured the late Ed Hindson’s excellent Steeling the Mind Conference presentation, “The Air-tight Case For Pre-Trib Rapture.” That title alone was probably enough to “Release the hounds” against my Pre-tribulational Rapture position. And, predictably, they came blasting with both barrels.
I used to call these Mid- and Post-Rapture people “brain dead” and “dumber than a box of rocks.” But eventually I came to the conclusion that I was wrong to respond that way to my brothers and sisters in Christ who have been so wickedly deceived by the devil. I should have more compassion for them.
So I’m working on my responses to those who hold to inconsistent doctrines.
And, for what it's worth, Susie and I were saved in the late seventies in a church where the pastor was staunchly Mid-Trib. So defending a Mid-Trib position was one of the first things I learned as a new Believer. I’ve heard every argument under the sun why Pre-Trib Rapture is supposedly wrong.
But over the years of being a “vocal” Believer proclaiming the Bible was 100% accurate, I had to learn to be a Biblical Apologist... able defend my beliefs that every word in the Bible was inspired by God.
All Scripture is inspired by God (God-breathed) and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2Tim. 3:16
And it didn't take long to come to the inescapable conclusion that Mid-or Post-Trib Rapture are impossible to defend theories from the pit of hell. Satan doesn't want Believers to be excited and confident about Jesus coming for us at the Rapture. Rather, he wants us scared and worried.
So he has this very small but quite vocal group of Mid- and Post Tribbers trying to steal our joy.
For instance they harp on the “Last Trump” happening well into the Tribulation—either at the middle or toward the end of the 7-years of horror.
They base their Mid-trib position on these two Pauline verses:
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 1Thess. 4:16
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 1Cor. 15:52
And then they tie those two Pauline verses to this verse in Revelation:
but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel (blowing the 7th Trumpet), when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. Rev. 10:7
But that’s wrong. The Pauline verses are not referring to the seventh angel in Rev. 10:7. Rather, the last trump Paul was referring to is the last trumpet blown on Rosh Hashanah at the end of the TWO DAY scripturally commanded celebration (which is interestingly consistent with the 2 Day / 2000 year Church Age).
Furthermore, as a strict dispensationalist I know that dispensations, by their very nature, don’t/can’t overlap. You can’t have two dispensations going on at the same time. One has to end, then the next one can begin.
Therefore the Tribulation dispensation has to be a separate and distinct time period dealing with the Jews. The Church Age dispensation MUST end before the Tribulation dispensation can begin.
Lastly, if the Rapture were at the end of the Tribulation, a Mid- or Post-Trib Rapture would conflict with Jesus’ proclamation that everything would be normal up until the Rapture…buying, selling, building, planting, harvesting, social events, etc. (Matt 24; Luke 17)
With half the world’s population dead from drugs, wars, starvation, lack of electricity and eaten by wild beasts in the first three years of the Tribulation, the world will be in chaos. And by the end of the 7-year Tribulation Isaiah 24:6 says “Few men are left."
So the end of the Tribulation is NOT a normal buy-and-sell time. NOTHING will be normal. Food will be scarce and social events will be nonexistent. Most of the world will be dead from the wrath of God.
And this does not even take into account using the sniff-test: The Lord has told His bride, the Church, that He will “Rescue” her before His wrath is unleashed.
Wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. 1Thes 1:10
For God has not destined us for wrath, 1Th. 5:9
So He’s told us in no uncertain terms that Believers living in the Church Age are not going to be the object of His wrath. So does it make sense that He would pre-plan to drag his bride through the mud, the blood, and the beer just before He marries her? Please.
Satan wants you to be fearful of the future. He wants to scare you into submission... so you might do things that are unscriptural. But God says our future is secure, that He’s in control:
"For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11
So Believers should not have their eyes looking down on earth for the coming Antichrist, or personally worried about the horrible things soon to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world.
Rather, we’re looking up for Jesus Christ to call us from the sky. An incredible event unequaled in history. Like Noah was promised to be spared from God's wrathful worldwide flood, Believers will be spared from God's wrathful worldwide destruction.
Our goal is to learn to trust the accuracy of a literal translation of God’s Word! Don’t let those brain-dead Mid-Tribbers steal your joy of living in and being used by the Lord in these exciting times. Whoops, there I go again, dissing on the Mid-Tribbers. Let me rephrase:
Don’t let those poor, pitiful, sad, scripturally inaccurate Mid-Tribbers confuse you with their non-Biblical clucking. We'll explain everything on the way up.
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Transhumanism: Globalists Promise To ‘Improve’ On God’s Design Of Man – By Alex Newman - https://harbingersdaily.com/transhumanism-totalitarian-globalists-promise-to-improve-on-gods-design-of-man/
It sounds like bad science fiction, but it is rapidly becoming reality. Some of the most powerful people on the planet think they are going to “upgrade” human beings — or at least some human beings — through genetic engineering and technological schemes such as “brain implants.” Yes, really. In fact, they are publicly touting alleged benefits, supposedly including eternal life, and even evolving into “gods.”
If that all sounds crazy or even diabolical — good, it should, because it is. And yet, the technologies to make some of these nightmarish visions possible are progressing so fast it would make your brain spin. In some cases, the tech already exists. Meanwhile, children around the world are being prepared to embrace it through public schools and “entertainment.”
World Economic Forum chief Klaus Schwab, the global frontman for the so-called “Great Reset,” has been celebrating it all for years as part of what he calls the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” In his book on the subject and in speeches, Schwab outlined a plan to merge people with computer technologies, brain implants, and even to genetically “improve” them.
“Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies will not stop at becoming part of the physical world around us — they will become part of us,” Schwab writes in his book Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a narrative that he has been peddling for almost a decade in speeches, articles, essays, and books. “Indeed, some of us already feel that our smartphones have become an extension of ourselves.”
“Today’s external devices — from wearable computers to virtual reality headsets — will almost certainly become implantable in our bodies and brains,” he continues in the book. “These implantable devices will likely also help to communicate thoughts normally expressed verbally through a ‘built-in’ smartphone, and potentially unexpressed thoughts or moods by reading brain waves and other signals.”
Schwab, who oversees a sprawling organization bringing together political and business leaders from around the world, goes on to suggest that governments can and perhaps should mandate submission to such intrusive technology. “As capabilities in this area improve, the temptation for law enforcement agencies and courts to use techniques to determine the likelihood of criminal activity, assess guilt or even possibly retrieve memories directly from people’s brains will increase,” adds the professor, saying governments could even require “a detailed brain scan to assess an individual’s security risk.”
Eventually, humans will merge with technology and become one with it, according to Schwab. “At the end, what the Fourth Industrial Revolution will lead to is a fusion of our physical, our digital, and our biological identities,” he declared at a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and many since then. And he means it, too.
Technological upgrades and implants:
Under the guise of “convenience,” thousands of Swedes have already implanted microchips in their hands. These RFID chips can and do function as vaccine passports, money, and keys all rolled into one. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed microchipping every child in Israel at the height of Covid hysteria, supposedly to keep them safe from Covid.
Meanwhile, the “mainstream” media has been marketing the chips to Americans for years. There should be no doubt that this will accelerate as governments and central banks around the world move against cash in favor of “digital payments” while the World Health Organization advances global digital “health” certificates. At some point, refusing to have one may make it difficult to operate in society or even to buy and sell.
But the microchips under the skin are just one small step compared to what transhumanist advocates are planning. Already, government schools are using technological tools that can peer into the minds of children. Around ten years ago, the U.S. Department of “Education” issued a report titled “Enhancing, Teaching and Learning Through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics,” offering a sneak preview into the future.
Among other schemes, the document touted some of the highly intrusive technologies already used in federally funded “education” programs. These included “facial expression cameras” and “wireless skin conductance sensors.” The tools are able to detect children’s responses to various stimuli and peer into their minds while computer systems and algorithms vacuum it all up and feed it through increasingly advanced al Intelligence systems to make sense of it all.
According to the federal document, one of the goals of these technologies and the data-gathering schemes linked to them is to “make predictions about [students] future behaviors or performance.” Beyond simply predicting, these systems are also being used to manipulate and transform children’s values, attitudes, and beliefs. If they have the “wrong” attitude on, say, abortion or open borders, the system will detect it and call for an “intervention.”
The United Nations is also involved. In fact, right before Covid was discovered in China, the UN convened all of the nations’ governments together for an “AI in education” summit in Beijing. The final product of the conference, known as the “Beijing Consensus on Artificial Intelligence and Education,” called on governments worldwide to use AI in “education to shape the values of children on everything from gender and governance to the environment.”
In addition, the UN deal demands that governments around the world “adjust curricula to promote the in-depth integration of AI and transformation of learning methodologies.” And just this year, at a summit put on by Arizona State University and its president, intelligence community investment arm boss Michael Crow of In-Q-Tel, billionaire Bill Gates boasted that within the next few years, AI could replace human teachers. This will turbo-charge the indoctrination of children.
One of the essential technologies to make this possible is being developed by Elon Musk through his company Neuralink, which just received government approval for human trials in May. The device, a computer system that replaces part of the skull and is wired into the brain, allows the user’s brain to interface directly with computer systems. Eventually, Musk bragged that it would be able to “write” on the brain by stimulating it with electricity. It will be perfect for living in the Metaverse!
Hijacking your mind?
While global elitists peddle transhumanism and becoming a cyborg as “cool” and helpful, their end goals appear to be much more sinister. Consider that scientists and technocrats have sought to control the human mind externally for generations. As far back as the 1960s, researchers such as Yale neurophysiologist Dr. José Manuel Rodriguez Delgado were able to control and manipulate the minds of animals such as bulls and even human beings through implants and electrical stimulation.
Far more sophisticated methods exist today. In April 2017, Rockefeller University announced a new technology developed by Dr. Jeffrey Friedman to exert wireless control over brain cells at the push of a button. “READY YOUR TINFOIL HATS—mind control is not as far-fetched an idea as it may seem,” the press release stated, noting that in Friedman’s laboratory, “it happens all the time, though the subjects are mice, not people.”
The technology, the announcement said, involves installing a “door” in cells that are “delivered and installed by a genetically engineered virus.” Friedman’s team realized that they could use a genetically engineered virus to create doorways into a neuron’s outer membrane,” the university reported, adding that once the system was operational, the mouse could practically be remote-controlled.
Critics such as Prof. David Salinas Flores on the faculty of medicine at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos have warned that the goal is to enslave humanity. “Technological implants like brain nanobots might cause losing control of one’s own mind and enabling carriers to be controlled by others and lose their autonomy,” he said in a peer-reviewed paper. “They can also be used to permanently spy on the user via a cerebral internet connection. A person’s “memories could also be deleted, robbing them of their identity.”
“Thus, the humans who carry technological implants can be permanently spied on, mentally controlled, and they lose their identity, becoming a human slave at the service of the transnational companies and the economic powers,” the professor added. “An objective analysis reveals that transhumanism is only an intellectual swindle that leads to digital fascism, a society where a millionaire elite will govern citizens with technological implants, who will be digital slaves at the service of an oligarchy.”
Some of the luminaries behind the transhumanist agenda have been even bolder. Israeli Professor Yuval Noah Harari, a key World Economic Forum figure whose work has been endorsed by everyone from Barack Obama to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, argues that those who merge with machines will become “gods.”
But Harari goes one step further than the serpent in the Book of Genesis, which promised Eve she and Adam would be “as gods.” The professor suggested that upgraded cyborgs will ultimately be more powerful than the God of the Bible because they will be able to create inorganic life. Within a century or two, it is very likely that “homo sapiens” (human beings) will no longer exist at all, he declared at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in Global Affairs.
Another transhumanist bigwig who believes humans will achieve godhood and immortality through merging with technology is Google’s chief of engineering, Ray Kurzweil. For many years, Kurzweil has been advocating the merger of the human mind with AI and advanced computer systems to “help” people think faster and better. And ultimately, there are cosmic implications to all this, in his view. “Does God exist?” he asks rhetorically in a documentary about himself. “Well, I would say not yet.”
Genetically engineering everyone and everything.
In addition to the technological implants and upgrades supposedly leading to eternal life in the “cloud” and even godhood, your genetic code is in the transhumanists’ crosshairs too. A growing number of “climate” alarmists, for instance, have proposed genetically engineering people to be smaller so that they will consume fewer resources. And already, news reports claim governments from France to China are developing genetically engineered “super soldiers.” Crops and even mosquitos with altered DNA have been released worldwide. But this is just the start.
In 2018, Bill Gates touted genetic engineering of everything, including babies, in a bizarre piece headlined “Gene Editing for Good.” Writing in Foreign Affairs, the mouthpiece of the Council on Foreign Relations, a globalist “thinktank” that essentially serves the U.S. headquarters of the Deep State, Gates argued that genetically modifying crops, livestock, and people was necessary. Apparently, the genetic codes for people and other living things written by God were not good enough, but Gates and his totalitarian buddies promise to improve on those original genes.
And now, the technology to “hack” the so-called “software of life” is ubiquitous and well understood, as Moderna’s top scientist put it in a 2021 speech about hacking the operating system of all life forms. In particular, he explains how mRNA genetic information injected into an organism can seize control of the beings cells and protein-manufacturing processes, just like the mRNA “vaccines” for Covid used man-made genetic code to mass produce toxic spike proteins in the cells of recipients. Now imagine that on a universal scale.
Schwab for the World Economic Forum is enthusiastic about it, too. “The difference with this Fourth Industrial Revolution is it doesn’t change what you are doing, it changes you, if you take a genetic editing, just as an example, it’s you who are changed,” Schwab said in a 2015 TV interview.
Biden is more than onboard. In a September 12 executive order signed by Joe Biden on “Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe and Secure American Bioeconomy,” the president shed some additional light on where this was all going. Calling for a “whole-of-government” approach to advancing these biotechnologies, Biden dropped a bombshell.
“We need to develop genetic engineering technologies and techniques to be able to write circuitry for cells and predictably program biology in the same way in which we write software and program computers, unlock the power of biological data, including through computing tool and artificial intelligence; and advance the science of scale-up production,” states the order by Biden, who gave a talk in 2016 at the World Economic Forum celebrating Schwab’s vision for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
These proposals are utterly insane, to put it mildly, if not outright criminal. The future of humanity literally depends on stopping these technocratic totalitarians and tyrants who, but their own admission, are plotting the end of mankind as it has existed for thousands of years.
They think they are going to take charge of “evolution” and make it better. In reality, they might destroy the planet and all life on it — at least if they are not stopped first.
Editor’s Note: Why Is This News Biblically Relevant?
Jonathan Brentner, in his article, “Transhumanism: The Evil Force Behind The New World Order,” wrote:
The elite regard transhumanism as the next step in the human evolutionary process. While all the other development advancements happened to us, they say, now we get to have a say in the future enhancements of our race. The combining of humans with machines is but another step in the continuing evolutionary progression of mankind.
Transhumanists are avid atheists who see themselves as aiding the evolution of humanity.
Do not let the proponents of the NWO or the Great Reset deceive you; they all accept transhumanism is an essential step to convince people of the need for world governance. Some of these globalists may profess a belief in God or allegiance to a church, but they are lying. They are all staunch atheists who reject all that Scripture says about creation, especially Genesis 1:27, “God created man in his own image.”
In another article, “Transhumanism: Marching Toward The Mark,” Brentner added:
If our world is not on a direct path to the fulfillment of Revelation 13, the only alternative is to assume that something with a most uncanny resemblance to the mark of the beast is coming our way.
In other words, if what the globalists’ propose for our world is not the prelude to the mark of the beast, I do not know what it would look like. The plans they have for our future fit like a glove with what John wrote in Revelation 13:15-18.
Before the dawn of this century, it would have taken an army of several hundred thousand to control the buying the selling across the planet and even then, it would not have been foolproof. Now with artificial intelligence and all the many advances related to transhumanism, the technology exists for one person to do this.
That person will be the antichrist. The globalists will have everything in place before he steps onto the world stage. Because of the speed at which technology and transhumanism are advancing, everything will be ready for him when the time comes for him to appear on the world’s stage.
The Grotesque Experiments That Mad Scientists Around The Globe Are Conducting On Human Cells Are Absolutely Sickening - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/the-grotesque-experiments-that-mad-scientists-around-the-globe-are-conducting-on-human-cells-are-absolutely-sickening/
Just because we have the technology to do certain kinds of things does not mean that we should actually be doing them. In theory, science is supposed to be constrained by morality, but in our day and time just about all constraints have been removed. As a result, mad scientists all over the globe are running wild. In fact, some of them are now conducting extremely grotesque experiments on human cells that are absolutely sickening. For example, one team of scientists in Australia just received a giant pile of money so that they can continue to monkey around with ways of “merging human brain cells with artificial intelligence”…
A team of researchers just got a $600,000 grant from Australia’s Office of National Intelligence to study ways of merging human brain cells with artificial intelligence.
This is so wrong.
But who is going to stop them?
These scientists have already succeeded in creating a “semi-biological computer chip with some 800,000 human and mouse brain cells” that was able to play a game of Pong…
Last year, the research team created a “DishBrain” – a “semi-biological computer chip with some 800,000 human and mouse brain cells lab-grown into its electrodes,” according to New Atlas. The DishBrain utilizes lab-cultivated neurons from human stem cells. The scientists were able to train the brain cells to play the classic video game “Pong.”
The outlet added, “The micro-electrode array at the heart of the DishBrain was capable both of reading activity in the brain cells, and stimulating them with electrical signals, so the research team set up a version of ‘Pong’ where the brain cells were fed a moving electrical stimulus to represent which side of the ‘screen’ the ball was on, and how far away from the paddle it was. They allowed the brain cells to act on the paddle, moving it left and right.”
Should “DishBrain” be considered a living creature?
If so, does it have any rights?
Or can our scientists just do whatever they wish with it?
The “scientists” behind these experiments are promising that this new “technology” will have all sorts of applications once it is fully developed…
The basic idea is to merge biology with AI, something that could forge new frontiers for machine learning tech for self-driving cars, autonomous drones, or delivery robots — or at least that’s what the government is hoping to accomplish with its investment.
So what happens if we start merging “biology” with AI and the “biology” that we use starts rebelling against us?
Perhaps we should think about that before we start going down that road.
Meanwhile, another team of “scientists” in California intends to create artificial “human eggs” in a lab setting…
A California startup is trying to make human eggs in a lab with first-of-its-kind technology that would revolutionize the fertility market.
Biotech company Conception aims to accelerate and eventually commercialize in vitro gametogenesis (IVG), a process that involves making human eggs and sperm in a lab from any cell in a person’s body.
This could mean that people struggling with infertility, as well as same-sex and transgender couples, could have their own biological children for the first time.
This sort of “research” should be completely and totally banned.
But once again, nobody is going to stop them.
Interestingly, this new “fertility research” is coming at a time when many industrialized nations all over the planet are starting to see their populations steadily decline.
In fact, we just learned that every single one of Japan’s 47 prefectures “posted a population drop in 2022”…
Every one of Japan’s 47 prefectures posted a population drop in 2022, while the total number of Japanese people fell by nearly 800,000. The figures released by the Japan’s internal affairs ministry mark two new unwelcome records for a nation sailing into uncharted demographic territory, but on a course many other countries are set to follow.
Japan’s prime minister has called the trend a crisis and vowed to tackle the situation. But national policies have so far failed to dent population decline, though concerted efforts by a sprinkling of small towns have had some effect.
We are seeing this happen over in Europe as well.
In a previous article, I pointed out that the total population of the EU has now fallen for two years in a row even though throngs of new immigrants continue to pour in…
The European Union’s population shrank for a second year running last year, the bloc’s statistics office said on Monday, as the region reels from over two million deaths from the coronavirus.
According to Eurostat, the population of the 27 countries that make up the bloc fell by close to 172,000 from the previous year and over 656,000 from January 2020.
Here in the United States, the birth rate in every single state is now below replacement level.
Migration is the only reason why the population of some states is still growing.
So why is all of this happening?
Well, there are many reasons, but one of the largest is the dramatic decline in global sperm counts that “has only accelerated since the turn of the century”…
Plummeting sperm counts ‘threaten mankind’s survival’, researchers dramatically warned today.
Counts have more than halved since the 1970s.
And the decline has only accelerated since the turn of the century, according to a global analysis.
If this trend is not reversed, humanity really is headed for extinction.
Because once sperm levels get low enough, it becomes virtually impossible to have children.
So it should deeply alarm all of us that average sperm counts have been dropping by 2.64 percent per year ever since the year 2000…
Results showed the mean sperm count fell by 51.6 per cent between 1973 and 2018 across men from all continents.
And concentrations have been falling by 2.64 per cent per year since 2000, quicker than the previous drop of 1.16 per cent annually from 1972.
Average sperm counts are already in “the danger zone” in most industrialized nations.
And if this trend persists, it won’t be too long before most males cannot father children.
What do you think that would do to the global population if we reach that point?
But even though we are facing existential crisis after existential crisis, we just continue to pollute our planet.
In “End Times”, I wrote extensively about the horrors that are being caused by microplastics.
Well, the problem just continues to intensify at an exponential rate, because the amount of plastic that we produce continues to rise at an exponential rate. In fact, a new study has even found massive amounts of microplastics in the Arctic…
NOT EVEN THE Arctic Ocean is immune to the incessant growth of microplastic pollution. In a new study that analyzed sediment core samples, researchers quantified how many of the particles have been deposited since the early 1930s. As scientists have shown elsewhere, the team found that microplastic contamination in the Arctic has been growing exponentially and in lockstep with the growth of plastic production—which is now up to a trillion pounds a year, with the global amount of plastic waste projected to triple by 2060.
These researchers analyzed the seawater and sediment in the western part of the Arctic Ocean, which makes up 13 percent of its total area. But in just that region, they calculated that 210,000 metric tons of microplastic, or 463 million pounds, have accumulated in the water, sea ice, and sediment layers that have built up since the 1930s.
Our water and soil are becoming absolutely saturated with microplastics.
Once it gets bad enough, we simply will not be able to survive.
But most people simply do not care about the long-term damage that we are doing.
Most people just want to party today without worrying about tomorrow.
But tomorrow is inevitably going to arrive, and the future of the human race hangs in the balance.
Daily Jot: Gender Dysphoria and mental illness - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
During the first installment of the ABC Nightline series, “Identity Denied: Trans in America,” Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine said, “Adolescence is hard and puberty is hard. What if you’re going through the wrong puberty? What if you inside feel that you are female, but now you’re going through a male puberty?” Lavine, also an Admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, is a biological male pediatrician who reportedly has “transitioned” to female and is the first Senate-approved transgender. These comments underscore the ethics and morality of the entire LGBTQ+ debate—people born one gender, but “feel” they are the other gender, and how to handle their mental health.
The prevailing liberal school of thought or theory as promoted by mental health, psychiatric, and medical organizations, is that those who “feel” they are a different gender, must be affirmed, acknowledged, and accepted otherwise they may suffer mental distress, depression, and possibly suicide. To support this conclusion, they use data from surveys like the US Transgender Survey that states: “A staggering 39% of respondents experienced serious psychological distress in the month prior to completing the survey, compared with only 5% of the U.S. population. Among the starkest findings is that 40% of respondents have attempted suicide in their lifetime—nearly nine times the attempted suicide rate in the U.S. population (4.6%).” Suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, and suicide also are a significant issue throughout the LGBTQ+ community.
Another theory is that this group are mentally ill and are in need of mental health assistance. The Mayo Clinic calls it “Gender Dysphoria,” the “feeling of discomfort or distress that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics…A diagnosis for gender dysphoria is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association (sic APA).” The APA voted to de-list homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973 and the World Health Organization followed about 20 years later in 1992. Today, it appears homosexuality as a mental illness is replaced with the more general term, “Gender Dysphoria,” which Mayo says might start in early childhood or might have periods where it’s no longer experienced.
The most-publicized “science” is that these folks are born this way and they need to be accepted so as to not cause them mental distress. This school of thought also poses that kids must be taught that they may be a different gender. This strong “suggestion” advocated by the LGBTQ+ agenda is why parents are pushing back. Many Parents believe suggesting children were born in the wrong body destroys mental health for a lifetime. In Matthew 19:4, Christ confirmed the Genesis account of creation, saying “He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female.’” We as Christians understand that no amount of appeasing or cajoling will save those with such “feelings.” Society and psychiatrists cannot save them, or it would be done. May they find truth, love, and healing in the bosom of Christ and may this agenda of grooming children be ended.
Daily Devotion: Choose It - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! —Psalm 32:2
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/choose-it/ - Listen
Without a doubt, one of the great blessings of being a Christian is that God gives His children second chances. He knows we’re not going to be flawless. Even when we’ve failed miserably, He gives us the opportunity to put it all behind us. And He can dramatically turn things around.
When it comes to the subject of sin—something that, unfortunately, we’re all very familiar with—we have two ways to approach it. We can confess it for what it is, turn from it, and know the happiness of being forgiven. Or, we can try to conceal it and then ultimately know the misery of being found out and reaping what we’ve sowed.
The devil is cunning. He knows how to present sin so that it has a certain appeal. And because of the short-term pleasure that sin offers, many people don’t think of the long-term repercussions. But make no mistake about it. The Bible warns that our sin will find us out (see Numbers 32:23). Sometimes it happens immediately. And sometimes it happens after a period of time.
When the people of Israel were preparing to cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land God had promised them, Moses posed this challenge from God: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT).
“Choose it,” God was saying. “You can walk with Me, or you can walk away from Me. You can live, or you can die.”
We have a choice in the matter. It’s amazing that some people would consciously choose death. But that is essentially what we do when we choose to go against God and His Word.
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