Dark Innovation: The Role of Technology in Revelation 13

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  1. I believe that Christians are missing the big picture of Revelation 13 — they can’t see the forest because there are too many trees in the way. I believe Rev 13 actually makes a lot of sense if we view it as an allegorical description of the rise of Science and Technology. I.e., the first beast symbolizes the ORGANized BODY of knowledge of modern science, the scientific team spirit, and all the scientists in the world acting as a team to advance science. The second beast of Rev 13, the one that works all the great signs, similarly symbolizes modern technology at large. And together, Science and Technology form a powerful partnership. Science changes what people think about the universe they live in, and their part in that universe. And Technology changes the way people live, travel, communicate, go to war, etc.

    Notice that one of the dictionary definitions of “technology” is “applied science.” That fits in with Rev 13, because it is the second beast’s job to demonstrate the power of the first, by using that power to work many great signs. And that’s what modern technology does: it demonstrates the great power of science, by using that power to work many great signs.

    Perhaps the greatest sign of all, so far, was the Tsar Bomba hydrogen bomb test done by the USSR back in 1961. While the USA had made and tested the first H-bomb back in 1952, Tsar Bomba was over three times as powerful as any bomb made by the USA. Its energy release was equal to 50 million tons of TNT, its fireball was 5 miles in diameter, and an unprotected observer standing 60 miles away would have gotten 3rd degree burns.

    Was this a demonstration of the great power of the USSR and communism? Well, that might have been what they intended. But really, it was a demonstration of the great power of modern physics. Those Russian physicists know and understand pretty much the same physics as American physicists. It was another demonstration of Francis Bacon’s famous aphorism, “Scientia potentia est,” which means, “Scientific knowledge is equal to technological power.”

    So if raw, brute technological power is what most turns you on, by all means, worship the wisdom of modern physics, which is the main source of this power. And create an AI (artificial intelligence) in the image of all man’s science, to personify science, and transform Science into a man-made living god! (Just kidding. You shouldn’t really do this.)

  2. One thing to consider. Are we sure God will help anyone left behind? You say he helped the Israelites during their Exodus. God was present in the world as they went through the Exodus.

    I understand that when the tribulation comes that God will turn his back on the whole world and will not be present. The Church will be raptured and it will be a literal, “Hell on Earth.” This ties in to Revelation speaking there has never been a time like this before.

    We can only hope that God will have something to help in place for those brothers and sisters during the tribulation.

    God bless!

  3. I was asking the Lord last night when I got home from work, to show if there is any truth to the belief that we are in the last days.
    Later on that night, I was looking at Revelation 13 and looking up the meaning of certain words.
    The word “count” or “calculate “ the number of the beast, actually means to compute.
    We all have a “device”, ie our mobile phones, that we use to buy and sell now.
    Many people already do all their shopping online.
    The word “device “ comes from the Old French “devis” from Latin “divisus”, past participle of “dividere” (to divide), thus originally, when goods were being divided among people, a mark put on each item to say who was getting what.
    Is this “device” in fact our mobile phone and the Mark is what we choose to follow on them.
    The “number of a man” in verse 18, the word man is “anthropos” which refers to the countenance or man faced.
    It comes from the word “aner” which means a man and from the word “optanomai” which means to gaze at, with wide open eyes, as at something remarkable and thus differing from the word “blepo” which means to look at, behold, be aware, perceive, see, regard, sight, take heed etc. Which denotes simply voluntary observation. And from the word “eido” which expresses merely passive or casual vision.
    We can see just about everyone staring at their phones as if mesmerized and taking in or believing whatever they read.
    They say there is coming a time, and even now is, that students don’t need to learn anything at school, they can just “Google it.”
    This device, which marks us by what we allow into our minds, the mark on our minds, can either be for good or for evil.
    Every person that has a phone, has a number already and we are recognized by that number in many areas of technology.
    Is the very thing we are probably holding in our hand right now, the “device”, the division, the mark of which is either the mark of the beast on our forehead (mind) or the mark of God.
    People worship their phones and social media, fake news etc, instead of the word of truth, the Bible.
    It says in Revelation 19:20 that the beast and the false prophet deceived those that received the “mark” of the beast and those who had worshipped his image, ie. screen time.
    How many Christians have been led astray by false teachings and so called “science “ to believe the lie instead of the truth.

  4. I also had this come to me. I wonder how long it will be before the “internet” takes this down. ✝️

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