These are exciting times for believers in Christ who are interested in Bible prophecy. Many things that are suggested by unfulfilled future prophecies seem to be trending like never before.
We reserve a few minutes Sunday morning to discuss some of those things.
✎ We are careful to use recognized, reliable sources for news and information.
✎ We’re not saying the things we report are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that they are the things you’d expect from reading the Bible literally.
The apostle John received the Revelation of Jesus Christ exiled on the Island of Patmos over 2000 years ago. He saw a future in which those in power would control every aspect of its citizens’ lives. Specifically, John said that people would not be able to buy or sell anything unless they swore allegiance to the leader we know best as Antichrist.
China is presently implementing this control over its citizens & it is frightening.
The latest article I read was titled, How China is building nightmarish surveillance state with cameras checking emotions and tracking ‘social credit’ with AI.
Some of it we’ve already covered in previous updates. If you haven’t heard them, here are two ways China is trending like the Bible predicts:
1. The Communist regime’s nightmare-inducing system involves installing spy cameras in all places and using Artificial Intelligence to calculate a person’s social credit score which will determine rewards or restrictions.
2. The so-called “Sharp Eyes” program aims to cover 100% of all public spaces with cameras. Citizens will have special TV boxes installed in their homes. They can watch live footage and press a button to summon the police if they see anything amiss – with cams available to be viewed on smartphones.
Here are two additional mind-blowing programs:
#1 Predictive policing is another Orwellian innovation – once gain taken right out of science fiction, this time resembling the hit Tom Cruise film Minority Report. Authorities link personal details on the mandatory ID card which people must carry with a huge database of information linked to that person. The data includes CCTV footage, medical history, supermarket memberships, IP addresses, phone calls, social media usernames, delivery records, residential addresses, and hotel stays. Record of friends or love interests, petitioning to the government and other subversive activity is also monitored. Basically, the state can record everything people have been up to and draw you to their attention if suspicious activity is predicted.
#2 Biometric surveillance is another sinister development being spearhead by the no-holds-barred Chinese state. The northwestern region of Xinjiang, the home of the persecuted Uyghurs people, has often been described as the testing ground for this. The pervasive use of biometric surveillance acts means law enforcement can exact total control over the lives of the Uighur population by watching their every move.
Now the tech is used in all places of transport, such as bus, train or subways. Among the Xinjiang tests includes scanning cameras which “read” people’s emotions – identifying whether they might be a threat to the state.
None of this stuff is the Mark of the Beast. The Mark is voluntarily swearing allegiance to him in order to be able to go on buying & selling.
You cannot deny that these are things you expect to be occurring in the End Times based upon a literal, futurist reading of the Bible.
We believe the resurrection and rapture of the church are imminent. It could happen any moment; nothing needs to happen before it. It will definitely happen before the Great Tribulation.
Jesus will return in the clouds.
He will raise the dead in Christ.
He will transform the bodies of living believers to glorified, resurrection bodies.
We will all join Him in Heaven while the earth endures one final seven-year campaign of severe evangelism.
Are you ready for the rapture? If not, Get ready; Stay ready; Keep looking up.
Ready or not, Jesus is coming!