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Rise of the Drones

April 23, 2018 Add Comment

All around the world, governments, companies, and universities are rushing to develop usable micro-UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) platforms, commonly known as a drone. UAVs have been around for decades, but in recent times they have become more widespread made possible by advancements in artificial intelligence.

Today, there is a push to reduce the size and weight of UAVs to that of insects. As technology advances, synchronized drones will get smaller and smaller, faster and faster, and ever more powerful. Not only this, but an area of active research, called swarm technology, is currently developing the command, control, and communications technology to allow hundreds or thousands of these micro-UAVs to act together as a mass against an enemy! Imagine a swarm of bees is coming after you. How effective will firing a shotgun be?

Any hostile aircraft, manned or unmanned, can be brought down by a single missile, but a swarm of drones could take multiple hits and keep going. The drones are even self-reconfiguring so that if one drone gets taken out, the others autonomously change their behavior to complete the mission. This is the future of warfare, according to the Office of Naval Research. 

Technologies like artificial intelligence will give nations the ability to direct those swarms, analyze targets, and attack enemy networks. Micro-UAVs, that are so small and difficult to detect, could be used to create the ultimate monitoring and control platform for the coming New World Order. This is one step in creating a world government with total control over all its citizens.

Everything you’ve just read should sound familiar. We find insect swarms described throughout scripture: as one of the plagues of Egypt described in Exodus, in the prophecy of Joel, and in the book of Revelation! When the apostle John wrote Revelation, he used many monstrous creatures (beasts) as vivid imagery of what was to happen during the Great Tribulation.

One striking example of this can be found in a most detailed description of a locust swarm in Revelation chapter 9:
"And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months." (Revelation 9:3-10)
The revelations were given to John about 2,000 years ago when there would have been no way for him properly to describe 21st-century technological inventions that would follow many centuries later. These “locusts” appear to be militarized, “prepared unto battle”, armored, noisy, carrying a “payload” like a scorpion sting.

Coincidentally, the United States developed a new form of warfare known as LOCUST (Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology), so named for the drone-swarm technology that looks and behaves like the notorious insect. Just a coincidence? 

Until recent history, this obscure passage of scripture was a mystery. Modern technology, however, sheds light on the implications of this biblical text. Is it possible John was describing some type of technology in our day similar to the LOCUST program?

Never in all of history until now has the technology existed for a world dictatorship to rule the world. With swarm technology, artificial intelligence, RFID chip technology, and other emerging technologies, everything’s falling into place for the coming New World Order. The signs are everywhere. Jesus is coming!
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Syria Conflict & Bible Prophecy

April 18, 2018 1 Comment
"See, Damascus will cease from being a city; it shall be a ruinous heap." (Isaiah 17:1)

Did you know Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world? Yet, despite its long history, the Bible says Damascus will come to a sudden end (Jeremiah 49:23-27 and Isaiah 17). The prophet Isaiah says Damascus will disappear, become a heap of ruins, and see its power and influence end forever (Isaiah 17:1-3). At the same time, large parts of northern Israel will also lie in ruin (Isaiah 17:3).

With current events, it's not difficult to envision the scenarios outlined in Isaiah 17. On April 14, Syrians were awoken by the sounds of about 120 missiles/bombs sent against areas of their country. US President Trump had led a coalition with the United Kingdom and France in a missile attack against Syrian President Assad’s chemical weapons laboratories in response to a chlorine attack Assad allegedly perpetrated against the Syrian town of Dhouma, in which dozens of civilians were killed.

Following the strike, Syria's allies issued a joint statement saying,
"What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well". 

To make matters worse, only hours later Israel bombed an Iranian base near Aleppo Syria. The rising multinational tensions in Syria burst into flames. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres explained that the Middle East is in great “peril,” and that Syria represents “the most serious threat” that could easily tip the scale toward “escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications.” 

Not only does this recent conflict have the potential of descending into full-scale war, but Iran is now preparing for a direct assault on Israel, even setting a date for Israel's destructionBut make no mistake, if Israel is attacked with weapons of mass destruction, its response will be swift and devastating. Israel is armed with nuclear weapons, and if its survival is put in question, it will not hesitate to use them. Just last week, following the bombing of an airbase that resulted in several Iranian Republican Guard deaths, including a Colonel, senior Israeli security officials threatened that if Iran strikes at Israel from Syrian territory, "Assad's regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map." They warned, "Our recommendation to Iran is that it does not try to act because Israel is determined to continue on this issue to the very end." Could this be what eventually destroys Damascus?

At the same time, current events in Syria have also firmed up the alliances for future confrontations between Israel, the West and the alliance which will eventually come against Israel (Ezekiel 38 & 39: The Magog Invasion), as the other side (Russia, Syria, Iran) threaten their own responses at both Israel and America.

Interestingly, just over a week earlier, on Wednesday, April 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss Syria’s future at a summit in the Turkish capital of Ankara. According to reports, Russia, Turkey, and Iran are working together to create “de-escalation zones” to end the seven-year civil war in Syria. See: Iran, Russia and Turkey meet to plan Syria's future — without U.S.

The presidents of the three countries pledged to cooperate on reconstruction and aid. The nations also vowed to protect Syria’s “territorial integrity, according to the Washington Post.
Let me remind you that the nations involved in the invasion force that attacks Israel, identified in Ezekiel 38:5–6, are:

  • Russia
  • Iran
  • Sudan
  • Libya and Algeria
  • Turkey

Look back at the bolded names on the list. Russia, Iran, and Turkey are now collaborating. Meanwhile, Libya and Algeria are already closely aligned with Russia and hostile to Israel, and Sudan is a radical Islamic Sunni state allied with Iran and Russia that is anti-Israel. The alliance of these nations makes it clear the stage is now being set for the Gog of Magog War. Syria is not mentioned as part of the invasion force that attacks Israel in Ezekiel 38, perhaps because it is destroyed by then.

Of even more significance, on February 10, an Israeli F-16D jet was shot down by Syrian military for the first time in 36 years! (See here) This was seen as a triumph in the Muslim world in that the ‘mighty’ technological and superior Israeli war-machine can be taken down. This event is very singular in that it has escalated the war in Syria wherein Israel is now in open conflict with Iran as a USA-copied Iranian drone was shot down over Israeli territory.

Conditions are ripe for a present day destruction of Damascus. The terrible destruction that awaits Damascus (Isaiah 17:1), northern Israel (Isaiah 17:3), and the entire Gog of Magog Alliance (Ezekiel 38:19-22), is about to be fulfilled. The pieces of the prophetic puzzle are rapidly coming together and the 70th Week of Daniel is fast approaching...

Considering the fact that Damascus is merely 136 miles away as the crow flies to Jerusalem, and only 91 miles from Megiddo, from which Armageddon gets its name in the Bible, what are the odds that such a location could have been predicted 2,000 years ago as the final stage of global war?
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Evidence for Jesus' Crucifixion on April 3, 33 AD

April 01, 2018 4 Comments
"For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually." (1 Peter 3:18)


On what day was Jesus crucified?

Several clues from scripture lead us to the precise date (year, month, day, and hour) when Jesus died. Let's see...

Clue #1: The High Priesthood of Caiaphas

The gospels indicate that Jesus was crucified at the instigation of the first century high priest named Caiaphas (Matthew 26:3-4, John 11:49-53). We know from other sources that he served as high priest from A.D. 18 to 36, so that puts Jesus' death in that time frame.

Clue #2: The Governorship of Pontius Pilate

All four gospels agree that Jesus was crucified on the orders of Pontius Pilate (Matthew 27:24-26, Mark 15:15, Luke 23:24, John 19:15-16). We know from other sources when he served as governor of Judea--A.D. 26 to A.D. 36--so we can narrow down the range by several years.

Clue #3: After "the Fifteenth Year of Tiberius Caesar"

The Gospel of Luke tells us when the ministry of John the Baptist began: "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar...the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness." (Luke 3:1-2) This picks out a specific year: A.D. 29. Since all four gospels depict the ministry of Christ beginning after that of John the Baptist had begun (Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, John 1), this means that we can shave a few more years off our range. The death of Christ had to be in a range of seven years: between A.D. 29 and 36.

Clue #4: Crucified on a Friday

All four gospels agree that Jesus was crucified on a Friday (Matt. 27:62, Mark 15:42; Luke23:54;  John 19:42), just before a Sabbath, which was just before the first day of the week (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:2, Luke 24:1, John 20:1).

We know that it was a Friday because it is referred to as "the day of preparation"--that is, the day on which Jews made the preparations they needed for the Sabbath, since they could not do any work on that day. That eliminates six of the days of the week, but there were still quite a few Fridays between A.D. 29 and 36. 


Clue #5: A Friday at Passover

The gospels also agree that Jesus was crucified in conjunction with the annual feast of Passover (Matthew 26:2, Mark 14:1, Luke 22:1, John 18:39). When describing the morning of Good Friday, John indicates that the Jewish authorities had not yet eaten the Passover meal:
"Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium [i.e., Pilate's palace]. It was early. They themselves did not enter the Praetorium, so that they might not be defiled, but might eat the passover. So Pilate went out to them." (John 18:28-29)
That suggests that the Passover would have begun on sundown Friday. They were celebrating a Passover beginning on what we would call Friday evening. That lets us narrow down the range of possible dates to just a few. Here is a complete list of the days between A.D. 29 and 36 on whose evenings Passover began:

  • Monday, April 18, A.D. 29
  • Friday, April 7, A.D. 30
  • Tuesday, March 27, A.D. 31
  • Monday, April 14, A.D. 32
  • Friday, April 3, A.D. 33
  • Wednesday, March 24, A.D. 34
  • Tuesday, April 12, A.D. 35
  • Saturday, March 31, A.D. 36

As you can see, we have just two candidates left: Jesus was either crucified on April 7 of A.D. 30 or April 3 of A.D. 33. 


Clue #6: John's Three Passovers

The Gospel of John records three different Passovers during the ministry of Jesus:

  • Passover #1: This is recorded in John 2:13, near the beginning of Jesus' ministry.
  • Passover #2: This is recorded in John 6:4, in the middle of Jesus' ministry.
  • Passover #3: This is recorded in John 11:55 (and frequently mentioned afterwards), at the end of Jesus' ministry.

That means that the ministry of Jesus had to span something over two years. A fuller treatment would reveal that it spanned about three and a half years, but even if we assume it began immediately before Passover #1, the addition of two more Passovers shows that it lasted more than two years at a bare minimum. That means the A.D. 30 date is out.

There is not enough time between the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar--A.D. 29--and the next year's Passover to accommodate a ministry of at least two years. The numbers don't add up. The date of Jesus' death must be Friday, April 3, A.D. 33.


Clue #7: "The Ninth Hour"

Matthew, Mark, and Luke each record that Jesus died about "the ninth hour" (Matthew 27:45-50, Mark 15:34-37, Luke 23:44-46). "The ninth hour" is what we, today, would refer to as 3:00 p.m. This allows us to narrow down the time of Jesus' death to a very specific point in history: around 3:00 p.m on Friday, April 3, A.D. 33.

This is when it happened. All evidence points to Friday 3 April AD 33 as the date when Jesus Christ died, and can be confirmed by numerous scholars including Colin J. Humphreys and W.G. Waddington1.


Other Evidence

Apart from scriptural evidence, there is also astronomical, seismological and historical evidence for Jesus' Crucifixion on April 3, 33 AD. Let's see... 

1. Earthquake evidence. Immediately after Jesus died on the cross, a great earthquake occurred (Matthew 27:50-51). The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maintain a database of historical earthquakes. From 1 AD to 50 AD only one significant earthquake occurred in Israel and it happened in 33 AD according to four different sources - a fifth source mentions the 33 AD date, but attempts to disparage the possibility purely because of what the spiritual implications are. Read more: Greatest Earthquakes of the Bible.

2. Darkness at noon evidence. The New Testament records the three-hour darkness during Christ’s crucifixion (Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33, Luke 23:44–45). But it is also confirmed by four other historians outside the Bible: Phlegon, Thallus, Africanus and Tertullian. For instance, a historical record from Jerome, whose source was the secular historian Phlegon, pinpointed the darkness that lasted for three hours the day Christ died (from about noon to 3:00 PM) to the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad (32 or 33 AD). Read more: Is there historical evidence for the darkness & earthquake at the crucifixion? and Darkness at Noon.


3. Jesus on cross planetary alignment. On April 3, 33 AD, the planets Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Earth and Venus aligned to form what looks like Jesus on the cross with the head, the hands spread out and the legs together in accurate positioning, rotation and on a galactic scale. Even Saturn's rings can be viewed as representing the 'halo' or 'crown of thorns.' This alignment appears to have occurred only six times between the year 0 and 2000 A.D., equivalent to once every 333 years! Just a coincidence?

4. Lunar eclipse evidence. There is a consensus as to whether the physical phenomena associated with the death of Christ was foretold hundreds of years before by the prophet Joel. The prophet Joel foretold that, "The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood... And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Joel 2:31,32) The sun was darkened in the middle of the day during the crucifixion, and it just so happened that, after the three hours of darkness, a partial lunar eclipse was visible across Israel as soon as the moon rose that night, Friday, April 3, 33 AD! When lunar eclipses are higher in the sky they often look light red or orange, but when low on the horizon as it was that night, the red hues are often darkened into the color of blood, thus appearing to be "blood red". This lunar eclipse lasted 333 minutes and 66 degrees on the horizon.

A modern reconstruction of the appearance of the moon rising over the Mount of Olives on the evening of April 3, AD 33, as viewed from Jerusalem at approximately 6:22 p.m. The first visibility would have occurred about two minutes earlier. At this time, the upper left section was in the full shadow (umbra) of the earth, while the lower portion was in the penumbra (partial shadow). The color of the upper (umbral) portion would have been similar to what is shown in the following picture, which shows the case when the entire moon is in the umbra. The lower portion would have been a lighter red, fading possibly to yellow/orange. The eclipse lasted until approximately 7:11 p.m. local time, after which the moon would have appeared in its usual coloration. Courtesy Michael Luddeni.

Putting all the evidence together, I believe Jesus was crucified on April 3, 33 AD, and therefore would have risen on Sunday, April 5, 33 AD.

An amazing pattern you might have noticed above is the recurrence of the number 3. Just so you're aware, the number 3 is used 467 times in the Bible, and is the number of perfection, or completion, picturing completeness, though to a lesser degree than 7. The number 3 is significant in regards to the resurrection. For example, Jesus prayed 3 times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest. He was placed on the cross at the 3rd hour of the day (9 a.m.) and died at the 9th hour (p.m.). There were 3 hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus was suffering on the cross from the 6th hour to the 9th hour. Christ was dead for 3 days and 3 nights before His resurrection!

Thus, we can summarize that: When Jesus uttered the statement, "It is completed!" (John 19:30) seconds before His death, it was at precisely 3 p.m. on April 3, 33 AD, while Jesus was at the age of 33. In addition, the planetary alignment of Jesus on the cross, which occurs approximately once every 333 years, was in the sky at this exact time along with the lunar eclipse that lasted 333 minutes and 66 (33x2) degrees on the horizon! Only God could orchestrate something like that.

These are powerful evidences for the historicity of Christ’s crucifixion on April 3, 33 AD. Jesus' crucifixion was a real historical event.

By the way, the crucifixion of Jesus took place at Golgotha, elevation = 777 meters above sea level. What a coincidence.

References:
  • http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/when-precisely-did-jesus-die-the-year-month-day-and-hour-revealed
1 Humphreys, C. J. and W. G. Waddington. 1983. Dating the Crucifixion. Nature 306, no. 5945:743–746.
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