I have been writing many articles concerning Artificial Intelligence and how it may be setting the stage for the “Wicked” the Antichrist to make his entrance onto the world stage.
One of my readers sent me an article today about the perceptions of a Kabbalist rabbi in Israel about AI. In the article, another rabbi is quoted, and his words were chilling to me.
We know from Scripture that Antichrist will confirm a covenant with Israel for one week (actually speaking of 7 years) God will finally open their eyes to the evil they have trusted. 3 1/2 years after the signing of the covenant, the Wicked will sit in the newly constructed 3rd Temple and declare himself to be God. This will be the start of the Great Tribulation. It is only then that the eyes of Israel will be opened and 2/3 will be slaughtered by Antichrist, while 1/3 flees to the hills.
And He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of Hashem!” Ezekiel 37:4 (The Israel Bible™)
Artificial intelligence is advancing at a lightning pace and is already being adopted for military use, raising questions as to what role this powerful new technology will play in the end-of-days. Will it be a terrifying rogue combatant in the final Biblical War of Gog and Magog, or will it be an unforeseen savior of mankind and even have a possible role in the resurrection of the dead? (Emphasis mine)
We know that this “unforeseen savior” is Antichrist himself. We also know that the One who has everything to do with the resurrection of the dead, is our Lord Jesus Christ.
In one potential end-of-days scenario, technology plays a destructive role for humanity. A video, titled “Slaughterbots” and produced by the notorious Campaign to Stop Killer Robots illustrates this outcome in which autonomous drones armed with explosive charges wreak havoc on society. The video is part of a campaign intended to ban lethal autonomous weapons, a concern which clearly resonates with many as the petition has already garnered over 20,000 signatures.
Aspects of the fictitious future depicted in the video are appearing to become reality. Both India and Japan announced this week that they are beginning to introduce autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) into their defense sectors.
At the same time, governments also recognize that the destructive potential of AI raises moral difficulties. British Prime Minister Theresa May announced this week that her government is establishing an advisory body to coordinate with other countries in discussing how artificial intelligence can be used ethically for military purposes.
It seems that any future war, including the pre-Messianic War of Gog and Magog, will include killer robots, and many spiritual leaders are already considering how AI figures into a religious vision of the end-of-days. Rabbi Michael Laitman, a leading expert in Kabbalah and the founder of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah association, believes that technology and more specifically artificial intelligence, will play a major role in the end-of-days but not necessarily a positive one.
“It is clear in Kabbalah that in the times preceding geula (redemption), Man is going to utilize the entire potential of technology,” Rabbi Laitman told Breaking Israel News. “Men will begin to create artificial intelligence. People will want to achieve something similar to the creation of Man.” (emphasis mine)
My heart aches for my people who do not understand that their “Redemption” came, but they missed His visitation
“In the time of the geula, people will understand that all of this development, all throughout history, is what brought us to an even greater collapse,” he stressed. “This will become very clear in war when we see that all of the technology we developed for man’s good can immediately turn around and be used against man.”
Rabbi Laitman believes that the same motives of Man which led to the construction of the Tower of Babel are also in play with the development of artificial intelligence.
“Men wanted to ascend to the heavens and become like God,” the rabbi explained. “To do this, they were dealing with the basic foundations of creation. They wanted to fix something inside man they believed was a blemish.” (emphasis mine)
Yes – the blemish of which the rabbi speaks is of course “Sin”
Though this motive sounds noble, Rabbi Laitman pointed out a flaw that turned their good intentions into evil.
“This came from a place of ego, in which they wanted to take the place of God,” Rabbi Laitman said.
Personally, I believe that the intentions of man in building the Tower of Babel were from the very start “evil” and that AI is also man’s attempt to take the place of God
In an article that Rabbi Laitman published last Friday in Breaking Israel News, he outlined the dangers of artificial intelligence but also described a solution in containing potential problems.
“Unfortunately, I do believe that AI-powered weapons will be developed,” the rabbi wrote. “If we upgraded our human consciousness at least as much as we upgraded our technologies, then we would have no fear of creating AI terminators that would be capable of eliminating us. Instead, we would further our research to discover a technology more sophisticated than AI, and energy more powerful than nuclear energy.”
The New Age thought and terminology is glaring here. Upgrading our human consciousness? Our minds and hearts were changed when we repented and trusted Yeshua for the forgiveness of our sins! No “uploading” required. A miraculous “imputing” of the righteousness of Jesus Christ to those who chose to follow Him. Nothing man-made about that!
Rabbi Mark Goldfeder, a senior lecturer at Emory University School of Law, speculated that AI would, in fact, play a more positive role in the Messiah. (emphasis mine)
When the rabbi speaks of “A more positive role in the Messiah, he does not understand that he is actually speaking of Satan who will indwell Antichrist! Pray for this man.
“Some people have proposed an apocalyptic vision of AI in which Man and machine merge in the End of Days, suggesting that this would be tchiyat hametim (resurrection of the dead),” he told Breaking Israel News.
He also described efforts to upload the entirety of an individual’s knowledge to a computer.
“Some scientists think they are on the path to achieving this and in some form replicating or even recreating the consciousness of individuals,” Rabbi Goldfeder said. “This is not the traditional understanding of tchiyat hametim and not one that I ascribe to, but that being the case, I can’t imagine why it would be problematic as something else entirely if it is done with proper consent.” (emphasis mine)
Done with proper consent? This is a fallen world, and the “consent” will be from fallen people.
The rabbi suggested that at some point in the future theologians will have to determine whether AI should be considered sentient and human. (emphasis mine)
Sentient and human? Unthinkable!
“The line between Man and machine in the Torah is not as clear as what we would like to think it is,” the rabbi said.
Although AI poses many ethical and theological questions, Rabbi Goldfeder thinks that not only is this a good thing but that the development of technology was in fact intended by God to be part of Man’s role in being a partner with God in Creation. (emphasis mine)
This is the part of this article which was the most alarming to me. A partner with God in Creation? This is so New Age. The evil one is certainly not very subtle in these end times!
“One of the first commandments we received was to conquer the world, which we understand as that doing your best to participate with God in creation,” Rabbi Goldfeder said, citing Genesis. (emphasis mine)
This was certainly not a Commandment as we understand the Ten Commandments
Hashem blessed them and Hashem said to them, “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; Genesis 1:28
“All these forces were put in nature and they are amoral, not immoral; what we do with them establishes good or evil,” explained Rabbi Goldfeder. “Artificial intelligence has the ability to help us do incredible good.”
Rabbi Goldfeder believes AI will continue to be important even after the arrival of the Messiah. (emphasis mine) –source
Rabbi Goldfeder does not realize that these words are absolutely prophetic, but his eyes have not been opened to the Truth of God’s Word. When he speaks of “Messiah” he does not know that Messiah Jesus already came. The one who will come with power over the minds of people will not be Jesus. This will be Antichrist – or if you will “Instead” of Christ. And he will be indwelled by Satan himself.
Brethren, this article should be clearly understood by students of Bible Prophecy. Israel will indeed by deceived by Antichrist, whom they will believe is the long awaited Messiah.
This is God’s prophetic Word and nothing will stop it. But don’t forget that every Prophetic Word was uttered by the Holy Spirit to men who wrote under His inspiration.
We know how God’s story ends, and we are blessed who truly know Him and cling to Him as our Lord and Savior.
Pray for the Jewish people. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the unsaved.
We are certainly in the end of the end times!