Back in the 70es, Hollywood produced a series of films, the first called, “Terminator.” Machines designed for peaceful use began to learn on their own; became independent of man, and leaned to program themselves to destroy mankind. Impossible? Maybe, maybe not!
Also, back in the 30es, 40es, a comic strip character called Dick Tracy had a wrist-watch that he could speak into and was able to see the person he was speaking to. Back then it was laughable, today it’s a reality. In the 20es, Buck Rogers had a flying pack strapped to his back in order to get around, and with his rocket ship reached the moon.
Only today has man had the capacity to destroy all flesh on the earth; this is now a real threat. Most of this science has been developed during the second half of the 20th century with the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, biological weapons, and artificial intelligence.
Also, the 21st century has and will continue to witness an unprecedented increase in surveillance and eavesdropping as the global government "big brother" system wraps its tentacles around every aspect of human life, while promising "peace and security" to those who are willing to give up their freedoms.
1 Thessalonians 5: 3, “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them---.”
Christians who take the Bible seriously should be actively watching the prophetic shadows that are appearing in today's headlines. I believe we can seriously entertain the possibility that we are the generation Jesus spoke of in,
Matthew 24:34, “Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these thins be fulfilled.”
What generation? Personally, I feel it’s the generation of Jews who migrated back to Israel and those who were born between May 14th of 1948 and today, 2018. Next year, May 13th 2019, exactly 70 years will have passed since Israel was declared a nation.
Seventy has a sacred meaning in the Bible that is made up of the factors of two perfect numbers, seven (representing perfection) and ten (representing completeness and God's law). As such, it symbolizes perfect spiritual order carried out with all power. It can also represent a period of judgment.
As stated clearly by Jesus in Matthew 24:36, He said, “no man knows the day or the hour” of his coming, but the Father only. But the same Jesus was angry with the Pharisees and Scribes for not discerning "the signs of the times" meaning his first coming.
And what are some of these end times signs Jesus warned us of? Let’s begin with what we call, "Weapons of mass destruction:" There are the Nuclear, chemical, biological, cyber and digital weapons many nations now have at their disposal, or that can be purchased from rogue nations. Let’s begin with Nuclear:
Nuclear war can mean either atomic or thermonuclear warfare. In any possible future military conflict or political strategy, nuclear weapons may be used to threaten another nations sovereignty and/or security. We have recently witnessed this as North Korea threated Japan and South Korea with nuclear weapons. These weapons if used would inflict heavy casualties, and when compared to conventional warfare, they would be far more destructive because of the range of the missiles that carry them to their target and in the extent of damage they would inflict.
Chemical warfare would involve using the toxic properties of chemical substances as weapons. This type of warfare is distinct from nuclear warfare and biological warfare, because it effects only human and animal life and not the structures within the city. The history of chemical warfare can be traced back to one man: Fritz Haber, who developed poison gases for Germany during the First World War.
Chemical warfare was introduced to a world during the 1st World War. It was the French who first fired tear gas rifle grenades in November of 1914. But the first major gas attack was at the Second battle of Ypres in Belgium, on 22 April 1915. Chorine gas was released from cylinders by the Germans in an assault on allied trenches.
Thirdly we have Biological warfare, also known as germ warfare. It’s the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war. The following toxins and infectious agents are on the front burner, Anthrax, Cholera, smallpox, hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus and Typhus.
A fourth type of warfare being developed is referred to as Artificial Intelligence:
Researchers agree that any super intelligent can never, ever exhibit human emotions, so there’s no reason to expect artificial intelligence to become intentionally benevolent or malevolent. But we may consider how it can become a risk. Experts think there are two possible scenarios:
First, if artificial intelligence should be programmed to do something devastating: Autonomous weapons are artificial intelligence systems that are programmed to kill. In the hands of the wrong people, these weapons could easily cause mass casualties. Moreover, an artificial intelligence arms race could inadvertently lead to a war that would results in mass casualties.
In order to avoid being frustrated by the enemy, these weapons would be designed to be extremely difficult to “turn off.” But if this were ever the case, humans could possibly lose control.
But this risk is not possible with what is called narrow artificial intelligence. So far, it’s the only form of Artificial Intelligence that science and researches have achieved, that is, as far as we know. This form is only good at performing single tasks, such as playing chess, making purchases, suggestions, sales predictions weather forecasts etc., but it can grow as levels of artificial intelligence and autonomy increase.
These programs are meant to be beneficial, but one day may be developed as a destructive method for achieving a rogue nation’s goals. This may happen whenever the developers fail to fully align the machines goals with ours, which, at this point in time has not been achieved.
Example, if we were to ask an intelligent car to take us to the airport as fast as possible, it might get you there quickly, but don’t look in the rear-view mirror at the police chasing you, and the effect it would have on you personally. Our words and programing would need to be chosen carefully. The machines may respond not to what you wanted but literally what you asked for.