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Friday, February 20, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Various plagues come upon Earth during the about-seven year Tribulation period prior to the Second Coming of Christ.

These plagues are symbolically pictured by Jesus in the Book of Revelation, the latter given in vision to John on the Isle of Patmos off of Greece circa AD 95.

Could some of these plagues be caused by projected robot warriors?

Per The Times: “Autonomous military robots that will fight future wars must be programmed to live by a strict warrior code, or the world risks untold atrocities at their steely hands.

“The stark warning — which includes discussion of a ‘Terminator’-style scenario in which robots turn on their human masters — is part of a hefty report funded by and prepared for the U.S. Navy's high-tech and secretive Office of Naval Research.”

Naturally God does not need mortal assistance in leveling divinely propelled plagues on the planet. However, sometimes God does work via mortal operations.

For instance, the bowls of wrath detailed in Revelation 16 could be set loose by way of robot warriors as described by media.

Interestingly, the Bible underlines that the bowls of wrath do not come upon God’s grace children. They come upon only the unsaved.

This will prove to be another Christian witness to the world that the God of the Bible is more powerful than the AntiChrist and False Prophet rule from the City of Seven Hills (Rome).

God’s grace children are on the Earth but do not come under His anger. They live under His mercy. Therefore, they are exempt of the wrathful bowls’ pour-out. This stark contrast between the saved and unsaved will bring some unsaved to repent of their sins to Jesus the Savior.

Concerning the robot warriors: “The report, the first serious work of its kind on military robot ethics, envisages a fast-approaching era where robots are smart enough to make battlefield decisions that are at present the preserve of humans.

“Eventually, it notes, robots could come to display significant cognitive advantages over Homo sapiens soldiers.

“’There is a common misconception that robots will do only what we have programmed them to do,’ Patrick Lin, the chief compiler of the report, said. ‘Unfortunately, such a belief is sorely outdated, harking back to a time when ... programs could be written and understood by a single person.’”

Bowls of wrath permitted by God will be under divine timing and methodology. They will not be subject to mortal failure. However, the robot warriors are not that fail-safe. They could go berserk.

“The reality, Dr. Lin said, was that modern programs included millions of lines of code and were written by teams of programmers, none of whom knew the entire program.

“Accordingly, no individual could accurately predict how the various portions of large programs would interact without extensive testing in the field — an option that may either be unavailable or deliberately sidestepped by the designers of fighting robots.”

Read “Experts Warn of 'Terminator'-Style Military-Robot Rebellion” at,3566,496309,00.html

Read Book of Revelation, chapter 16:

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God." 2 So the first angel went and poured his bowl on the earth, and a foul and painful sore came on those who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped its image. 3 The second angel poured his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing in the sea died. 4 The third angel poured his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, "You are just, O Holy One, who are and were, for you have judged these things; 6 because they shed the blood of saints and prophets, you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!" 7 And I heard the altar respond, "Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, your judgments are true and just!"

8 The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire; 9 they were scorched by the fierce heat, but they cursed the name of God, who had authority over these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory. 10 The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of their deeds.

12 The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up in order to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw three foul spirits like frogs coming from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet. 14 These are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. 15 ("See, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and is clothed, F56 not going about naked and exposed to shame.") 16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

17 The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" 18 And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a violent earthquake, such as had not occurred since people were upon the earth, so violent was that earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. God remembered great Babylon and gave her the wine-cup of the fury of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found; 21 and huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, dropped from heaven on people, until they cursed God for the plague of the hail, so fearful was that plague.