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Just think of AI + advanced robotics + demons = super-human
I was considering the horns, and there was … a little one … before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.—Daniel 7:8
Impossible? No. He is coming. He may well be walking around today. Ever since Eden, mankind has sought to be “like God” and in this insatiable quest has come the glorification of the “creature more than the Creator.” This exaltation of man has allowed men of strong persuasion to be able to rise to extreme heights of power. In history these have been the Ramses, Alexanders, Caesars, and Napoleons. But there is a man on the horizon whose rise shall be as the sun’s rays across the earth; he shall be the embodiment of such power and personage that the entire world will be astounded by him. Thus, he will be sought after like no other leader before.
He will be one who seems to stop all threats from weapons of mass destruction. He will take charge and bring an end to the simmering hatred and volatile ethnic conflicts around the planet. The global fear of terrorism, biological warfare, and food shortages will cease through his leadership. He also seems to triumph in a global form of religion that the world can finally agree to. It may even be a counterfeit version of Christianity because “anti” means “in place of” Christ.
Here are some of the attributes that the Antichrist—this Superman of evil—possesses: The Antichrist is Super-intelligent. He is portrayed as a Superman of intellect: “… In this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man …” (Daniel 7:8).
The Antichrist is a Super-communicator. He is notable as a Superman of communication: “… a mouth speaking pompous words” (Daniel 7:8).
The Antichrist is a Super-politician. He is a Superman of politics who has unusual abilities to lead and persuade, and seems to conquer in peace: … he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue (Daniel 11:21). In Revelation 6:2 he will ride a “white horse” and go out “conquering and to conquer.”
The Antichrist is a Super-businessman. He possesses extraordinary business abilities, and is a Superman of money: “… He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; … He shall destroy many in their prosperity …” (Daniel 8:25; see also Revelation 18.) He will organize or just use a global digitalization of commerce.
The Antichrist is a Super-general. He is the ultimate military strategist, a Superman of the military: “[He] … shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces” (Daniel 7:23). We see the same power revealed in Revelation 13:4 and 7: So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” … And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. He rules the world!
The Antichrist has a Super-ego. He is the Superman of megalomaniacs who lust for great and grandiose performances: … The man of sin … opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). From this, we clearly see his yearning to be “like the Most High God”!
“… The prince who is to come … 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 ….” —Daniel 9:26a, 27a, emphasis added
The Beast from the Sea—Revelation 13:1-10: He is the Roman prince of Daniel 9 who will break his covenant with the Jews at the middle of the week. He is the Antichrist, the man of lawlessness (Pentecost, Seiss, Newell). Some think that verse 3 means that he will be raised from the dead (Seiss, Newell).
The Beast from the Earth—Revelation 13:11-18: He is the false prophet—apparently a Jewish religious leader who causes men to worship the first beast. He has the power to do miracles to deceive men (vv. 14-15). Some interpret the Antichrist as “the one instead of Christ” (Scott, Ironside, Gaebelein, Kelly); others see him as the “one opposed to Christ” (Pentecost).
These beasts make war with the saints and overcome them (v. 7). All who are not of the elect will worship the first beast (v. 8). By economic warfare they can starve out those who will not worship the first beast (vv. 16-17).
Point by point, the beast is a poor imitation of Christ. As we examine him in his falseness, gaze at Christ’s beauty and see Him more clearly for who He is today! Here are some interesting insights on the beast.
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