By Mark Biltz

Over the past few centuries many have postulated who the Antichrist might be – speculating whether he would be a Muslim, a Jew or a professing Christian – but few people have ever wondered what he might be!

In this age of artificial intelligence, some are wondering if the Antichrist might be some kind of super-intelligent hybrid human cyborg that will want to be worshiped. Top experts are warning us of the malicious use of artificial intelligence, or AI.

With all the “fake news,” few trust the media anymore. The problem gets worse with altered photographs and manipulated videos on the rise, as seeing no longer means believing. With modern software, anyone can change a selfie photo you took and not only literally put words in your mouth but also move your mouth as well, making others think you actually spoke those words!

China – the surveillance state

AI surveillance has become very advanced in China. Just google “China surveillance state” and read about the hundreds of millions of AI cameras that can catch a suspect within minutes.

China combines this surveillance with analysis of its citizens’ social media habits and online shopping purchases to determine which citizens’ lifestyles are deemed to be acceptable. People in China are given a social credit score based on everything from what they post online to how quickly they pay their taxes and how they cross the street.

Citizens with a low rating are blacklisted, meaning they are unable to book flights or purchase train tickets; they are prevented from renting or buying property; and their children can’t attend private schools. People with higher scores are given perks such as jumping the line for health care, receiving discounted energy bills, obtaining lower interest rates and skipping deposits on apartments.

Millions of China’s 1.4 billion citizens have already been given these social credit scores, and the list is expanding. The goal is that the list will encompass everyone nationwide by 2020.

What this means to you

Imagine when every country adopts this surveillance policy. If the Christian lifestyle is deemed unwholesome, if believers are blacklisted, they won’t even be able to access the internet or buy food.

Those who control the data will control all of human life. The computing power, along with algorithms and biological research, will be available, so these data-controllers will know you even more than you know yourself.

Robots or AI programs could mimic your writing styles and habits by hacking your emails, calendar and messages and pretending to be you while sending malware to all your contacts. There will be huge ramifications for people who want their private life kept private.

Enter the Antichrist

It is no longer difficult to imagine the Antichrist as some kind of hybrid human cyborg that will be able to project himself all over the world at one time as a hologram demanding to be worshiped.

When it comes to truly decoding the Antichrist, we must realize that the discovery of who or what the Antichrist will be is not nearly as important as understanding why – the motivating purpose behind why he has come at this time. We must understand the motivation behind his actions.

I believe that as the children of God, we need to be wise and have discernment. The serpent in the garden was very deceptive in questioning what God said. The Bible says Satan and his ministers come as angels of light; they don’t come with horns and pitchforks. Will people around the world even know the difference or be taken in and destroyed by deceit that knows no bounds?

In the study of the end times, we often get caught up in wondering whether what we are reading is literal or only allegorical, and we often miss the bigger picture. When the deception comes in the very near future, we won’t even know what hit us. One person’s truth may not be another’s truth. Is there even such a thing as “true truth” that everyone can agree on? Isn’t evil being called good and good being called evil now?

I believe we are truly entering the final chapter on this world’s stage, and the curtain will soon be coming down or rolled away. I am not claiming to know how many pages are left in God’s script, but those who have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying know it is time to start packing our bags, spiritually speaking.

Mark Biltz is founder of El Shaddai Ministries and a well-known and popular commentator on the feasts of the Lord. His new book, “Decoding the Antichrist and the End Times: What the Bible Says and What the Future Holds,” will be released March 5. Biltiz is also the author of “Blood Moons” and “God’s Day Timer.” His research and theories have led to guest appearances on radio, television and magazine covers nationwide.

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