How much longer until the end of the age?


Are we in the last days? Some think so based on the technology required to fulfill end times prophecy like the mark of the beast being finally in place. Many point to the birth of a nation in the Middle East called Israel. A lot of people also point to signs in the earth and in the heavens and believe that the fullness of iniquity must be nearly reached. With the coming of all these signs of the times and others in our day, how long could it be until the end of the age?

As in the days of Noah

For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.

For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking,

marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,

and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away;

so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Matthew 24:37-39

This passage clearly means that life will be going on as usual in the day of our Lord’s return, catching most people off guard when it happens — just like the days of Noah.

Some, however, see a more profound parallel, one that has a return of the Nephilim of Genesis 6. The Nephilim were giant offspring of human women and fallen angels. One view of why God judged the earth with a flood is that the enemy of men’s souls plotted to pollute the human race into a hybrid. Since Messiah would be fully God and fully human, and only the offspring of Adam can be redeemed, that would effectually mean none could be saved.

If this view is correct, and the satan will replay this plot in the last days, the only possibility now is genetic pollution of the human race. Messiah has come. He has paid the price for our redemption.

You can probably guess from recent news that this time around it won’t be fallen angels mingling with human women but mankind manipulating our own DNA.

Humanity 2.0

“Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended.” — Vernor Vinge, Futurist, writing in 1993

In that essay, Vinge coins the term, “the singularity.” We’re now (2019) 26 years into that 30 years.

The singularity coincides with the ‘birth’ of humanity 2.0:

Humanity 2.0 is an understanding of the human condition that no longer takes the “normal human body” as given. — Prof. Steve Fuller, author of, Humanity 2.0: What it Means to be Human …

The latest speculation for when ‘the singularity’ is achieved and humanity 2.0 born is 2045.

“Designer” babies

Everyone has heard of so-called designer babies — choose the eye color, special aptitudes, etc. The nearest we’ve come so far is a sperm donor profile but that may not hold much longer. In November 2018, a Chinese scientist claimed to announce the birth of genetically modified twins. The DNA mod, in this case, isn’t about eye color etc. but resistance to  HIV.

The world’s scientists condemn this experimentation today, but how long will that last?

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, a key player in the transhumanist movement says our DNA is outdated and in serious need of an upgrade.  It’s a major step on the way to humanity 2.0.

The Book of Life

Is a person with modified DNA still fully human? By that I mean, still fully in the image of God, as originally created and intended by God? Or will they be so changed that they are born without their names written in the Book of Life?

Revelation tells us that the whole world is amazed and follows after the beast (13:3), and “those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast (17:8b).

Will those be days when most people are born with manipulated DNA? Recall Christ’s rhetorical question in Luke 18:8b, “(W)hen the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

In spite of a somewhat popular misconception, a person’s name is not written into the Book of Life at salvation. It is already there when we’re born.  God knows who will be born throughout all time, and it is His desire that all be saved. God is the ultimate optimist, so He put everyone’s name on the attendee list and sent the invitations to eternal life marked, “regrets only.”

Here are some verses on the Book of Life that make this clear — names written there, blotted out, but not one about being written there at salvation:

Then Moses returned to the Lord, and said, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. But now, if You will, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” Exodus 32:31-32

May they be blotted out of the book of life (a)nd may they not be recorded with the righteous. Psalm 69:28

He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Revelation 3:5

For those born with our name written in the book of life, if our soul passes this realm without salvation through Christ Jesus, our name is erased from the Book of Life. That leaves two possibilities for names that have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world:

  1. For some reason, their names were never written in the Book of Life, or
  2. When they receive the mark of the beast, their names are erased because no one with the mark can be saved.

Well, to the latter, the verse does not say they have received the mark, only that they dwell on the earth and marvel or wonder after the beast (“that he was and is not and will come”).

Is it possible, then, that their names were never written in the Book of Life in the first place because they are not  eligible for salvation and eternal life? That because they are not human and do not bear the earthy image of the first Adam, they can never be redeemed by the precious blood of the last Adam, Jesus Christ, and bear His heavenly image?

If so, then Revelation speaks of a time when the majority of those living on the earth are born with a different DNA, one that is not after that of the first man.

How long, then, until the end?

If that’s true, it’ll be a while. At least 20-30 years, more like 50, maybe even 100.

I won’t be around then. Like most adults today, by the time the first designer baby reaches the age of accountability, I am likely to be with Daniel:

“But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again
for your allotted portion at the end of the age.” — Daniel 12:13

 

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