Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Extracting the Precious From the Worthless"

Part 3: The Physics of Heaven:
A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction

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[Ed. Note: The following article is part of an in-depth review by Pastor Larry DeBruyn of a book titled The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics which is articulating an emerging eschatology that bridges the New Age Religion (NAR) with the New Apostolic Reformation (also NAR). The book's second chapter provides great insight into the process by which this book's many authors are jointly concocting a new theology.*]

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn

Review of Chapter 2 (authored by Ellyn Davis):
"Extracting the Precious From the Worthless"

“Therefore, thus says the Lord, /
‘If you return, then I will restore you— /
Before Me you will stand; /
And if you extract the precious from the worthless, /
You will become My spokesman.
They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them’.”

Emphasis added, Jeremiah 15:19[2]

In their searching for spiritual truth, Ellyn Davis proposes that Christians engage New Age Religion (NAR) to seek for and take back truths which originally belonged to citizens of the Kingdom of God. (TPOH, 15) In that counterfeits prove the existence of the genuine, Davis, a former hippie from the 60s, has decided to commence a search for truth amidst a spirituality of lies. By her admission, she views much in New Age Religion that is “worthless,” but also thinks that its spirituality possesses truths which are “precious.” This assumption derives from her observing and being intrigued by “healings and mystical experiences and revelations” in New Age Religion which rival anything she “had seen or experienced” in the charismatic church; hence the chapter’s title—Extracting the Precious From the Worthless.(TPOH, 14)

Science and Soul
Additionally, Davis’ scientific training and background has aroused her curiosity to discover how the natural and spiritual worlds connect and interact. She had sensed that a relationship existed between soul and science, but had never considered adapting her spirituality to it. So her goal is to not only to seek out what is “precious” in NewAge Religion and incorporate it into her belief system, but also to integrate, as New Agers are doing, the Quantum Mysticism believed to be essential in our understanding of the universe’s spirituality. To lend scriptural support to this pursuit, Davis uses, or misuses (you decide), a prophecy taken from Jeremiah which she subtly combines with a personal revelation God gave her. We turn now to observe her permuted prophecy.

Text as Pretext
Heading this chapter is an italicized paragraph introduced with the statement, In Jeremiah 15:19, God says.... So what is it that God says? The content of what God says is now quoted exactly as it appears in the chapter heading.
In Jeremiah 15: 19, God says, “If you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman.” We may have to delve into areas we previously considered off-limits to extract the “precious” from the “worthless” and recover lost truths that belong to the people of God.(TPOH, 11)
Readers should note the run-on italics marking the entire paragraph to be God’s utterance—In Jeremiah 15:19, God says.... In that both sentences compose an italicized whole, one is left with the impression that what God said to the author (i.e., We may have to...) expressed in the second sentence is on a par with what Yahweh told Jeremiah in the first (i.e., “If you extract...”). The twice recurrent pronoun “we” in the second prophecy indicates God told Davis that together they will “delve into areas we previously considered off-limits” to find common spiritual ground between charismatic Christianity, New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism. In short, God tells Davis that together they will seek out this emerging alternative spirituality.

Regarding this introduction, two points can be noted. First, God tells Davis that they (i.e., we) are going to search out spiritualities they had previously considered “off-limits” (See Deuteronomy 18:9-15.).(TPOH, 11) So we ask: Has God changed His mind? Does God now approve of Christians seeking out occult spiritualities that once-upon-a-time He forbade, as long as He seeks it with her? Davis understands that many in the church (including me) write off pursuit of the occult to be flirting with demons. But no matter, she instigates that “courageous Christians” will go after “the precious” in New Age Religion any way.(TPOH, 16) Second, Davis’ partial quotation from Jeremiah 15:19 (If you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become My spokesman.) should be noted. It’s is not from the New King James Version as the copyright section of the book claims all Bible quotations to be from (unless otherwise noted), but from the New American Standard Bible.[3]

The Contradiction
Ellyn Davis’ combining of revelations—both Jeremiah’s from the 6th century BC and hers from the 21st century AD—illustrates the functional authority of the prophetic gift within the charismatic New Apostolic Reformation. As Yahweh spoke to Jeremiah in his day, God speaks to and through new prophets today, the newer revelations being equal to the older. But as will be demonstrated, in this instance the contemporary revelation supposedly given by God to prophetess Davis actually distorts what He originally told the prophet Jeremiah. So the contradictory “new revelation” raises the following conundrum:

If new revelations repeat what’s in the Bible, they are unnecessary. If added revelations contradict the Word of God, they are heresy. And if they supplement God’s Word, then the new revelations imply Scripture’s insufficiency, and about this Proverbs warns: “Add thou not unto his [God’s] words, lest he [God] reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:6, KJV).

So the reader must decide: If Davis’ revelation is true then the divine revelation to Jeremiah is false. Or if the divine revelation to Jeremiah is true, then the self-authorized prophecy of Davis is false. Because both revelations stand in dialectic with each other, both cannot be true at the same time, or at any other time.

Davis’ premise is that the “worthless” must be discerned and separated from the “precious,” so this study and writing shall attempt to discern whether the contents of chapter 2 in The Physics of Heaven are precious or worthless. The contradiction between what God said to Jeremiah and what He supposedly told Ellyn Davis needs to be exposed. But first it might be helpful for us to understand the author’s background.

Her Spiritual Journey
Hippie from the Sixties
Though growing up in “a staunch Baptist home” in the deep south (Many advocates of change reject conservative upbringings as “out-of-touch.”), Ms. Davis, in light of the cultural shift occurring during the 1960s (the Viet Nam War and its protests, the exploration of Space and landing on the Moon, the Civil Rights movement, the emerging Feminist Movement, and the Hippie counter culture with its emerging “turn on, tune out, and drop out” philosophy of life), found her Christian faith to be irrelevant.(TPOH, 11, 12) In her words, “The times ‘they were a-changing’ and we flower children wanted to do our part to accelerate the coming of this golden age.”(TPOH, 12) But the utopian vision faded for reason of the anarchy and licentiousness inherent in the counter-culture movement of the 60s (Remember Woodstock?), and “burned out” Hippies shifted their attention from society to spirituality. Numbers of the era’s radicals, it ought to be noted, still sought to change society, but did so by entrenching themselves in America’s established institutions (educational and governmental) where they became agents and agitates for deconstructing the traditional way of American life.

Her “Encounter”
So Davis joined the establishment. She attended graduate school, was awarded an M.S. in biochemistry, worked toward a Ph.D. in virology, got married and ran several successful businesses. But then she encountered the Holy Spirit, got fired up for God, became “Jesus freak” and pursued ministry. Meanwhile, other ex-hippies embraced “a multi-faceted belief system [New Age Religion] dedicated to achieving heightened spiritual consciousness... [by] developing powers of the mind, aligning with positive ‘energies,’ and removing physical, mental, and emotional blockages to enlightenment.”(TPOH, 13) In their embrace of New Age Religion, these children of the 60s experimented “with Eastern and Native American religious practices, metaphysical philosophies, alternative healing methods, and altered states of consciousness.”(TPOH, 13) So during the aftermath of the revolutionary 60s, the separate and disparate Christian charismatic and New Age religious movements developed side-by-side, the one being indifferent to, if not intolerant of, the other.

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Supernaturalism at Sedona
So fast forward to the year 2006, when Ellyn Davis, ex-hippie turned “Jesus freak,” moved to Sedona, Arizona, a geographical center for practicing New Age Religion.... There she became intrigued at seeing the same phenomena of her charismatic faith exhibited among New Age religious devotees—“healings and mystical experiences and revelations to rival anything I had seen or experienced in the church.”(TPOH, 14) Her experience of observing similar phenomena happening in NAR (New Age Religion) as in her NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) caused Ms. Davis to ponder the following question: Do Christianity and New Age spirituality hold beliefs in common?[4] Is there anything “precious” which can be extracted from New Age Religion and incorporated into the Christian faith? Or, is Kipling’s assessment true, “Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet...”?[5]

Shoveling Manure
But with “experience as her guide,” Davis assumes and proposes, as do other of the books endorsers and authors, that Christianity and New Age Religion share common ground in their belief in supernaturalism and the science of quantum physics where physicists observe and calculate how energy and matter interact at the sub and sub-sub atomic levels of reality. To arrive at their theory, she and other of the book’s contributors assume there’s a “mystical correlation” between science and spirituality, the connection of which becomes clarified from two sources. First, by exploring the beliefs of New Age Religion and second, by receiving divine “guidance” from new revelations (Remember God revealed to Davis, “We may have to delve into areas previously considered off-limits.”). So after stating she “could not find a single Christian leader who shared a similar interest in finding out if there were truths hidden in the New Age” (New apostle-prophets consider themselves to be on the cutting edge of spirituality as they explore the esoteric.), Davis writes:

Now we are beginning to hear more and more revelation that is in line with what New Agers have been saying all along and we are hearing more and more teaching about Christians “taking back truths” from the New Age that really belong to citizens of the Kingdom of God.(Emphasis added, TPOH, 15)

Note: more and more revelation.... As indicated by the chapter’s title and her contriving of Jeremiah’s words to fit her purpose, she calls this mining of New Age Religion to find hidden truths, “Extracting the ‘precious’ from the ‘worthless’.”(TPOH, 13, 15) In describing the extraction process, she employs a colorful metaphor, taken from her father’s estimation of her gritty character, which compares her search to shoveling manure (all the “worthless”) to find the pony of truth (the “precious”) in New Age Religion. In the search, new revelations are meant to guide the search and verify the spiritual truths discovered during extraction process. To repeat, “Now” she says, “we are beginning to hear more and more revelation that is in line with what New Agers have been saying all along.”(TPOH, 15) Thus, supernatural visions, voices and visitations guide seekers through this amazing maze of spirituality and science, a conglomeration of the charismatic, scientific, mystical, and biblical.

But for any Bible believing Christian, an important question becomes, does the Lord’s word to Jeremiah endorse shoveling the manure of New Age Religion to look for “the precious” in it? Note: In contrast to Davis’ contention, it should be observed that Jeremiah condemned false prophets who spoke visions from their own imaginations, seers who accommodated combining Israel’s faith in Jehovah with occult spirituality (Read Jeremiah 23:9-32.). So it must be asked, did the Lord tell Jeremiah something different from, even opposite to, what The Physics of Heaven proposes? To answer that question, we turn to Jeremiah to look at what the Lord really told His prophet (Jeremiah 15:15-21; *19).
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A Weary Prophet
Mixing His Message
Prophetic ministry, especially the forth-telling or rebuking obligation of it, grew to weigh heavy on Jeremiah’s heart. He had grown weary of the loneliness of his prophetic calling and his unpopularity among and persecution by the people (Jeremiah 15:15, 17, 20-21). So he did what any preacher might do when facing similar circumstances. To be liked (one of life’s essential needs), he chose a path of lesser resistance and became a people-pleaser. He compromised the word God gave him by mixing in messages the people liked to hear. The prophet altered his preaching content from one of declaring what God directly told him to say (i.e., the precious) to one in which he pandered to and schmoozed with his audience (i.e., the worthless). In other words, he chose style over substance. He allowed the audience, not the Lord, to drive the message. In today’s jargon, he preached “seeker sensitive” and “user friendly.”

Un-mixing His Message
But the Lord did not approve of Jeremiah’s compromise. He had appointed the prophet to be His messenger no matter how unpopular the message might be. As Derek Kidner (1913-2008) commented: “As God’s spokesman, he [the prophet] must allow himself no alloy [mixing] of faithless thoughts and words [with faithful thoughts and words]....”[6] And again, “Popular or unpopular (which had been a burning issue for this thin-skinned man), a prophet must be—and must still be—as uncompromising as the truth itself.”[7] So the Lord’s message to Jeremiah was that he needed to separate “the worthless words” he used to “tickle the ears” of his audience from “the precious words” the Lord gave him to preach (2 Timothy 4:3-4). To restore the ministry of Jeremiah, to give him a second chance to get his prophetic ministry right, the Lord told His prophet, “And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman” (Jeremiah 15:19).[8]

If the prophet did not separate the word of the Lord from words the people wanted to hear, he would no longer be qualified to be the Lord’s prophet. So with His statement to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 15:19), the Lord did not intend, borrowing Kidner’s words, to release Jeremiah from his prophetic calling, but rather to renew the prophet’s commitment to preach His word only. God was telling Jeremiah to separate the prophetic utterances He inspired (i.e., the precious) from the words the prophet spoke to please people (i.e., the worthless), and declare only what He ordered him to. Remarkably, as the rest of Jeremiah’s prophecy indicates, the prophet listened to God, repented of his mixed message, prophesied only what God ordered him to, and ended his ministry with the dignity of knowing he had faithfully and uncompromisingly served the Lord. Throughout it all, the Lord promised to protect the prophet (Jeremiah 15:20-21).

Compromise Contaminates
It is obvious that when studied in biblical and historical context, God’s injunction to the Jeremiah has nothing whatsoever to do with shoveling the manure of New Age Religion to look a pony of truth. In fact, God instructed His prophet to separate his message from, not integrate his message with, all man-originated spirituality—New Age Religious, Quantum Mystical, or otherwise. To be heard with clarity, God’s Word must stand alone, and to that end, His “precious” Word must be separated from human contrivances of it. Because the spiritual system is not revealed by God, New Age Religion neither needs nor desires the God of the Bible, and this explains why the Lord forbids believers to have any interaction with occult religion. (Again, see Deuteronomy 18:9-15.) Contact with spiritual entities of the occult, whether intentional or inadvertent, infects the whole of spirituality.

This explains why in another instance, when Israel was about to exit from the Babylonian Captivity about ten centuries after Moses wrote Deuteronomy, the Lord warned the nation’s spiritual leadership of the contaminating effects of Babylonian spirituality (Which like the religion of the Canaanites, was but another ancient version of New Age Religion—see Daniel 2:2.). The Lord ordered the spiritual leaders of the Jews:

“Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence [from Babylon], touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.”[9] Emphasis added, Isaiah 52:11, KJV

This statement by the Lord to Israel, like His statement to Jeremiah, does not encourage dabbling in New Age Religion to find “the precious” within it, but rather for His people to separate altogether from any such spirituality. To this point, it must be noted that God also told Abraham to separate from the spirituality of Babylon (Genesis 12:1 ff.). So Raymond Ortlund asks and then advises:

Which city will be our home, our identity—Babylon or Zion? The people of God cannot remain as they are. Israel had to leave Egypt. The exiles had to flee Babylon. We too must decide, and get moving. God is telling us to run from every system of false self-salvation, and fast. He expects us to make a clean break, because he has something better for us.[10]

This chapter’s entire ecumenical premise (Examining “New Age thought and practice to extract anything “precious” from it.) is unbiblical and therefore, wrong. As James states, “Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?” (James 3:11). Contrary to what The Physics of Heaven proposes, God’s word plainly teaches that the Christian faith must be separated from and not integrated with alternative spiritualities (See 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Romans 16:17; Galatians 1:8; 2 Timothy 3:5; 2 John 10.).

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The Future of Spirituality
Yet the author informs readers that integrating the Quantum Mysticism of New Age Religion and Christianity is where spirituality is currently trending. Therefore, to avoid irrelevancy, the church had better get with this new move of the Holy Spirit and follow after the spiritual trends set by Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, 1992), Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, 1997; A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, 2005) Rhonda Byrne (The Secret, 2006),  and their publicist Oprah Winfrey. Davis notes that “over three and a half million New Agers worldwide [have embraced] some sort of philosophical/spiritual spin on the quantum physics theories of the early to mid-twentieth century.”(TPOH, 16) This cultural trend causes the author to state, “I believe that a great work of God is in process as He restores knowledge and insights that have been lost to Christians but are now hidden in the teachings and practices of Quantum Mysticism.”(TPOH, 17)

Skating to the Future
Borrowing an analogy from former hockey great Wayne Gretzky (who explains the genius of his game by having skated to and positioned himself to where he anticipated the puck was going), Ellyn Davis advises the church not remain where the puck is or has been (the tired old revelations, scientific laws of Newton and fossilized teachings of the past), but skate to where lively new revelations, quantum physics and mystical experiences lead.(TPOH, 17-18) The culture’s a-changing and Christians need to adapt (as did the author when she encountered the radical 60s counter-culture that challenged the relevancy of her “staunch Baptist” upbringing) or risk obsolescence and irrelevance. The spiritual puck’s moving, and Christians had better get to where it’s going. To keep up with the times, the church had better anticipate where New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism are taking the Christian faith. But the author’s application of the hockey illustration is flawed.

Church Checked!
The problem is this: That’s not how “a team” plays “the game.” My son, who for years played the sport at a high competitive level, confirmed that his coaches always demanded players discipline themselves to play their positions, whether center (like Gretzky), forward, defense or goalie, and maintain proper spacing while either on defense or offense. If caught out of position, one quick pass by the other team can lead to a goal, which in hockey is often the margin of defeat or victory. So if every player skated to where they thought the puck was going to be, guess what? They’d all be out of position, “check” each other out, and fall to the ice in a pile thereby giving the other team a golden opportunity to score an easy goal!

So if the church skates to where it perceives religion trending, the church will loose because unlike spiritualities built upon and around the mystical and paranormal, where the Christian faith is going depends upon where it’s been. Christianity is a historical faith. By the nature, the mystical is not historical because religious experiences of it depend neither upon historical facts or events. They’re spontaneous. So God’s Word tells believers to pay attention to the past so that their faith doesn’t get sabotaged in the future. That’s why Paul and Jude told early Christians not to chase after “different gospels,” but to keep “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Galatians 1:6-9; Jude 3). Nevertheless, Davis recommends deserting the old-faith-paradigm to chase after an emerging a new one by extraction extracting “the precious” of New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism and combining the extractions with Charismatic Christianity.

“Dove Dung”
To reinforce her Gretzky illustration, Davis cites a statement made by Canadian Pentecostal Ern Baxter (1914-1993), who was associated with American Pentecostal and “latter rain prophet” William Branham (1909-1965), and who had “lived through multiple moves of God.” In a quotation that coordinates with Davis’ previously used shoveling-manure metaphor, she quotes Baxter as having said: “When the Holy Spirit moves on, all that’s left is dung.”(TPOH, 18) So if the church doesn’t want to be left with “dove dung,” it had better shovel through the manure of New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism looking for “precious ponies” of spiritual truth.

Quantum Mysticism
The Gravity “god”
It’s difficult for human beings to feel comfortable in non-personal and mechanical universe, regardless how much psychotherapy a person might undergo (See Psalm 8:3-4.). Yet the science of quantum physics observes “the system” only working as a mechanism. Though studying quantum physics (observing nature’s functioning at the micro-microscopic perspective) can compliment belief in the creator God, it does not, as with NAR, necessarily lead to belief in God. For example, renowned quantum physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-    ) recently announced he was an atheist. He opines that physics offers a “more convincing explanation” for the universe’s origin because “miracles of religion ‘aren’t compatible’ with scientific fact.”[11] He also stated believing in heaven or an afterlife is “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”[12]

By way of contrast, Hawking “claims that science offers a ‘more convincing’ cosmogony” because after investigation into life’s quantum realities is exhausted, gravity remains (“the secret” of why the universe exists and holds together). Therefore scientists with an anti-supernatural bent of mind (like Hawking) postulate that gravity (i.e., the Force) is the genius or god that explains both the universe’s origination (from whence it derives) and continuation (how it drives).[13] If for some reason this gravity-god, whether it’s called the Higgs particle or zero-point energy field, collapses, life as humans consciously know and participate in it will be over. In other words, the universe is ticking on a quantum clock!

Saved by “the mystical”
So to avoid feelings of angst and aloneness amidst an mechanical and impersonal universe, New Age Religion attempts to interface with science by injecting the mystical into the mechanical, the result being known as Quantum Mysticism. Instant-presto-change-o.... the mechanical becomes meaningful as science becomes spiritual and physics becomes philosophy. As quantum physics explains the universe’s working, Quantum Mysticism provides meaning, even if that meaning is illusory. But the belief, or unbelief, of Hawking indicates that quantum knowledge does not lead seekers to the super-supernatural worldview espoused by the authors of The Physics of Heaven. Though nature’s very existence may lead observers to believe in a God who created it—Why not nothing?—fact of the matter is, quantum physics can end, as it does with Hawking, in believing in gravity, not God. (See “No God!” Psalms 10:4; 14:1a; 53:1a; compare Romans 1:18-23; Psalm 8:4-8; 19:1-6.) Neither does science lead observers to faith in the Christian God.

Though quantum physics (Who wound the universe up?) and intelligent design (Who finely tuned the universe?) can theistically argue for God’s existence generally, these evidences do not prove the Christian God especially. To that end, special revelation is needed, and this was exactly what the Protestant Reformers understood the case to be. Natural theology does not lead to faith in the God of the Bible. Scripture alone, God’s revelation of Himself, states the existence of this God. (Go ahead and accuse the argument as being circular, if you want.) So of the Protestant Reformers it is said that,

[They] objected to the impact of philosophy upon theology and insisted upon a return to Scripture. They assumed that all people have some implicit knowledge of God’s existence (Calvin’s “sense of divinity”), but they declared it useless apart from the revelation of God’s will and grace in Jesus Christ.[14]

Studying how the universe behaves—calculating vibrations, observing brainwaves or theorizing about the existence of the Higgs boson or zero-point energy field—does not invariably point seekers to Jesus Christ, the One whom Scripture teaches holds the universe together (“He is before all things, and by him all things consist,” Emphasis added, Colossians 1:17, KJV). In fact, the Apostle Paul warned Christians that physics/philosophy can so captivate human minds that they will be led away from Christ, not to Him. Among other potential captors, the Apostle warned the Colossians, “See to it that no one takes you captive... according to the elementary principles of the world (Greek, ta stoicheia tou kosmou), rather than according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). [15] Therefore, to understand the danger posed by synthesizing Christianity with New Age Religion and the Quantum Mysticism inserted into it, Bible believers need to understand the modern relevance of this ancient descriptive phrase, “the elementary principles of the world” (Greek, ta stoicheia tou kosmou).

The Rudiments of the World
As it relates to the world or cosmos, the word “rudiments” (KJV, Greek, stoicheion) is variously translated “elemental powers” (NAB), “elementary principles” (NASB), “basic principles” (NIV, NKJV), “evil powers” (NLT), and “elemental spirits” (ESV, NRSV). Translations indicate that the meaning of the Greek word diverges between “principles” and “powers,” between the “physical elements” constituting the cosmos or universe and “spiritual powers” inhabiting it. Interestingly and not unlike the Quantum Mystics of modernity, the ancient mind did not separate the spiritual principalities and powers that inhabit the universe from the material particles which comprise it (i.e., the stoichieon). As one lexical authority notes, “heavenly bodies were also regarded as personal beings and given divine honors.”[16] Ancients believed that Earth, Water, Air and Fire, and perhaps a fifth element (the pure essence of the universe where ancient science believed the gods [“principalities and powers”?] lived and breathed), the Aether comprised the universe.[17] Ancient pagans believed that divinities (i.e., powers) permeated the cosmic reality. Therefore, to prevent the powers from going rogue, pagans would observe compensatory rituals and offer appeasing sacrifices and offerings to placate them hoping that the powers might be inclined to calm nature down when life was threatened.[18]

The New Testament indicates that the ancient mind wedded particles and powers. In 2 Peter 3:10, the sense of “particles”—that is, the “elements” which “shall melt with fervent heat”—is evident, while in Galatians 4:3 and 9, the other sense—that is, “world forces” which once “held in bondage” the believers in Galatia—is evident. Not unlike modern quantum spiritualists who seek to divinize nature, the ancient mind believed “the rudiments of the world” (Greek, ta stoicheia tou kosmou) designated both the physical “elements” that comprise the universe and the “spirituality” permeating it (i.e., polytheism, pantheism, or panentheism).[19] In their attempt to make sense of the universe, ancient people assigned consciousness to the energy (i.e., the Force) which they believed formed the cosmos’ self-perpetuating and self-regenerating polarity (i.e., the yin and the yang). Of ancient Hermetic wisdom, Magee notes that philosophy viewed “everything in the cosmos [to be]... internally related, bound up with everything else.”[20] He then explains:

Even though the cosmos may be hierarchically arranged, there are forces that cut across and unify at all levels. Divine powers understood variously as “energy” or “light” pervade the whole.[21]

Because of the way the human heart is bent (the Bible designates it as our “sin nature”), spiritual seduction can easily accompany the study of any science, especially the quantum disorder where observed chaos and chance are taken indicate there’s no cosmos (order) or control, the implication being as Hawking believes, there’s no God. Personally, I see enough order in the universe—we live with it every day—to indicate there’s a divine Creator, while at the same time I see enough disorder—we too live with it every day—to indicate the curse (Genesis 3:17-19). Whether at the macro or micro levels of existence, creation is cursed, albeit temporarily (Romans 8:18-23; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1.).

Should we be concerned and intimidated by the hybrid spirituality known as New Age Religion/Quantum Mysticism in post-Christian America? Well, yes and no. Yes because Paul warned that being captivated by such a physics/philosophy (i.e., “the rudiments of the world”) can lead Christians away from Christ, and yes because all Christians should know that there can be no fellowship between Christ and Belial or agreement of the temple of God—whose habitation we are “in Christ”—with idols (See Colossians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 6:15-16.). But no, because in His fullness, God “spoiled” whatever opposing spiritual forces are “out there” through Jesus Christ as He “disarmed the rulers and authorities [and] made a public display of them, having triumphed over them” (Colossians 2:15). Though opposing entities will continue to manipulate “the world’s spirituality” in their favor, their influence will end when “the only manifested Son of God” delivers them a death blow.

Believers will participate in this coming triumph in the final conflict (Colossians 3:4). But until then, Satan will continue to employ “the rudiments of the world,” the elements and their powers, to lure people’s attention and faith away from the Lord Jesus Christ unto other personae, whether real or imagined (Ephesians 6:10-17). Stemming from human imaginings, digitally created UFOs, invading aliens, and grotesque and menacing giants heighten people’s fascination with paranormal substitutes for Christ (which is the spirit of Antichrist, 1 John 4:1-3; 2:21-23). This digital neo-Gnosticism (call it science fiction) seeks to take captive human hearts by shifting the Spirit’s illumination away from the Lord Jesus Christ thereby fixating souls’ attentions upon the foreboding darkness of occult phenomena. Sadly, whether peddled via Xbox, other computerized gaming systems, or Hollywood movies, these addictive counterfeit realities have been and are being injected worldwide into the hearts and souls of millions, if not billions, of people, young and old. Though they include varieties of mythical characters with mystical powers, these digital deceptions ignore the God of the Bible, and this imagery is idolatry. Sadly and following after this the culture of cyberspace, Christian teachers are adapting their message to this neo-Gnostic and mythic worldview.

When isolated from special revelation, nature does bear a redemptive witness to the biblical God. Quantum observers can become so fixated upon the creation they forget there’s a Creator. Thus they turn the tables on a creation that is supposed to glorify God and assert their own glory (See Romans 1:20-23.). They create their own deities, whether they be named Ishtar, Isis, Horus, Yazad, Baal, Astarte, Allah, Shiva, or whatever. Christians should therefore be concerned about a proposal that encourages engaging New Age Religion and Quantum Mysticism to extract “the precious” from “the worthless” in order to discover a new “quantum faith.” Falling into this trap harbingers spiritual captivity for hearts who become so enthralled.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out
from among them,
and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Emphasis added, The Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 14-18, KJV

[1] Ellyn Davis, Chapter 2: “Extracting the Precious From the Worthless,” The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics, by Judy Franklin & Ellyn Davis (Crossville, TN: Double Portion Publishing, 2012): 11-19.
[2] Unless otherwise noted, Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (Anaheim, CA: Foundation Publications, 1995).
[3] We cite the quotes so readers can note the differences: “If you take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth.” (Jeremiah 15:19, NKJV); “And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman.” (Jeremiah 15:19, NASB).
[4] One can only note the irony that the acronyms for the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and New Age Religion (NAR) are the same, perhaps suggesting the two movements do share spiritualities. Obviously, Franklin and Davis, as other contributors to the book, think this to be the case.
[5] Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), “The Ballad of East and West.”
[6] Derek Kidner, The Message of Jeremiah: The Bible Speaks Today, J.A. Motyer, Editor (Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1987): 69.
[7] Ibid: 70.
[8] A number of other translations of Jeremiah 15:19 bear this out. They are: “If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth” (King James Version); “If you take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth” (Jeremiah 15:19, New King James Version); “If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth” (Jeremiah 15:19, English Standard Version); “If instead of talking nonsense you proclaim a worthwhile message, you will be my prophet again” (Today’s English Version); “And if you speak things that have worth, not useless words, then you may speak for me” (New Century Version); “If you speak words that are worthy, you will be my spokesman” (New Living Translation); and “If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall serve as my mouth” (New Revised Standard Version).
[9] Commanding that true believers continue to separate themselves from the spirituality of idolatry, the Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah’s prophecy in 2 Corinthians 6:17.
[10] Emphasis added, Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., Isaiah: God Saves Sinners (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005): 348.
[11] Dominique Mosbergen, “Stephen Hawking Says ‘There Is No God,’ Confirms He’s An Atheist,” The Huffington Post, September 25, 2014 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com /2014/09/25/stephen-hawking-atheist_n_5882860.html).
[12] Ken Ammi, “Atheist Stephen Hawking claims to know that God does not exist,” Examiner.com, October 13, 2014 (http://www.examiner.com/article/atheist-stephen-hawking-claims-to-know-that-god-does-not-exist).
[13] Ibid.
[14] John Van Engen, “Natural Theology,” The Concise Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Edited by Walter A. Elwell, Abridged by Peter Toon (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House Company, 1991): 331.
[15] See Pastor Larry DeBruyn, “The Supreme Supremacy of the Lord Jesus Christ: Christ Before Cosmos,” Guarding His Flock Ministries, August 13, 2013 (http://guardinghisflock.com/2013/08/13/the-supreme-supremacy-of-the-lord-jesus-christ/#more-2442).
[16] See William F. Arndt and F. Wilbur Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1979): 769. Bright notes: “The ancient paganisms were all polytheistic, with dozens of gods arranged in complex pantheons. These gods were for the most part personifications of the forces of nature or other cosmic functions; they were in and of nature and, like nature, without any particular moral character. Their will could be manipulated in the ritual (which re-enacted the myth) so that they would bestow on the worshipper the desired tangible benefits.” See John Bright, The Kingdom of God: The Biblical Concept and Its Meaning for the Church (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, MCMLIII): 25.
[17] “Aether (classical element),” Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (https://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/ Aether _(classical_element).
[18] An Excurses on Idolatry:
Any religious belief system which fuses spirituality into materiality has, I think, a cause, an affect and a consequence. First, the contrast between nature’s longevity (the eternality of matter is assumed) and human brevity (in the evolutionary pattern of a self-creating universe, man is a “late-bloomer” and his time is short) causes pagans to deify the longer-lasting elements (i.e., “Mother Nature”). Second, because pagans believe the spiritual permeates the natural (i.e., earth, wind, fire and water), they attempt to visualize this “union” by making idols out of the elements they believe the spirits inhabit. (See Isaiah 44:12-17; Jeremiah 10:1-16.). Thus, particles are possessed of powers. And third, knowing that “Mother Nature,” beautiful seductress that she may be, possesses a mean streak and can suddenly turn nasty, how do pagans attempt to mollify her so she will not turn against them? Fearfully, they sacrifice and pray to the gods in an attempt to manipulate the elements and mollify the spirits to be kindly disposed toward them (See 1 Kings 18:20-29.). This is what develops when primitive people do not accept that the Creator created the universe (Jeremiah 10:10-16).
[19] Though in the universe God is Omni-present (Jeremiah 23:24), He is not omni-permeant. Pantheistically or panentheistically, God’s Soul does not permeate matter because out of nothing He created it separate from Himself. As the eternally pre-existent and Holy One, God did not fuse His being into the matter He created (as asserted by process theology). In “the day of the Lord” when God will destroy the present created order (2 Peter 3:7, 10), and assuming that nature is infused of God, what’s God going to do, destroy Himself? If God is nature, then the present ecological crisis is hopeless. Also, that God permeates matter is the assumption of idolatry (See Isaiah 40:18-22.). In worshipping God, the distinction between the Creator and the creation/creature must ever be maintained (See Revelation 4:10-11; Romans 1:19-23.) If that distinction is violated, then as idolaters materialize their deities, so-called “worship” becomes idolatry (See Exodus 32:1-6.).
[20] Glenn Alexander Magee, Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001): 13.
[21] Ibid.

This article used with permission of the author. The original is published at http://guardinghisflock.com/2014/11/10/the-physics-of-heaven-3/#more-2803

*In recent years Herescope posted many articles about the co-mingling of the New Age Movement with the New Apostolic Reformation. Of note is that one key area in which they are merging is Quantum Mysticism, the integration of Quantum Physics with Quantum Spirituality, which is creating an entirely new hybrid eschatology. Below is just one of many article series on this topic:

Part 3: The Emerging ENIGMA Bible
Part 4: False Eschatology Arising!
Part 5: Quantum Teleporting Through Time
Part 6: Quantum Geomancy and Cryptic Mystic Math
Part 7: Quantum Prophecy
Part 8: A Quantum Cosmic Christ

Part 9: Quantum Mysticism Goes to Market

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Transhumanism: A Posthuman Paradigm Shift?

End-Time Scenarios of the New Alchemists

“But is now made manifest
by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Who hath abolished death,
and hath brought life
and immortality
to light through the Gospel.”

(2 Tim. 1:10)

Graphic taken from the Optimal Human Modulation website[1]

Since Satan’s great fall, man too has attempted to become like God Most High. Down through the centuries rebellious men have stiffened their necks in defiance to the Creator and have devised various methods and religious pathways in vain attempts to morph themselves into immortal or divine beings—apart from the Gospel of Salvation. All of them—from the ancient alchemists to the modern-day Mormons, Masons, and Transhumanists—have failed (and will fail) miserably because the God of the Bible has chosen only one way for sinful mankind to achieve true immortality: through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.

In contradiction to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, the “Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm” (PPP)-leaders (our term) have given hearty heed to these rebellious ideologues. By giving credence to these machinations to undo the curse of sin, these PPP-teachers peddle new eschatology scenarios to unsuspecting Christians under the guise of a postmodern scientific alchemical concoction: Transhumanism (or Posthumanism).

The PPP-proponents have capitalized on the foreboding and sensational elements of the Posthuman movement by stirring up fear and dread with unbiblical teachings that say the Transhumanists will not only succeed in their God-defying schemes, but in doing so will threaten the extinction of the human race. This faulty idea is found nowhere in Scripture.

While on the one hand the PPP-collaborators have loudly and publicly denounced Transhumanism as wicked and unbiblical, on the other they’ve piggybacked their own preposterous speculations, imaginations, suppositions, and conjectures onto the Transhumanist movement to arrive at bizarre doctrines that are foreign to the Scriptures. In so doing they give unintentional validity and credibility to the Posthumanist’s ill-fated plots. They have mingled the immortal visions of the Transhumanists with their own contorted false Nephilim doctrines and apocalyptic end-time scenarios—which perilously do an end-run around the Book of Revelation (not that they could ever succeed in undoing the truths of the divine revelations in this book). These endtime teachers seem to be attempting to re-write the future (eschatology), and in the process they are abandoning, ignoring and contorting God's Word.

This article will first examine Trans/Posthuman teachings and then analyze how they are altering evangelical beliefs and eschatology.

Dr. Martin Erdmann, who was a Senior Scientist at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, researching the ethical implications of Nanotechnology and Transhumanism, explains this movement:

Transhumanist philosophy promotes the idea of human enhancement by technological means. In its extremes, futuristic concepts like intelligence enhancement (up to "superintelligence") using techniques like genetic engineering, psychopharmacology, anti-aging therapies, neural interfaces, wearable/implantable computers, long-lasting internal organ replacement, mental uploading and so forth are propagated from prominent positions like the US Nanotechnology Initiative and the Oxford University philosophy department. Today, the Oxonian don Nick Bostrom, the co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association, advocates the “possibility” and even “desirability” of developing technology for the purpose of seeking immortality and improving current mortal existence by enhancing “intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities”. In order to make these revolutionary alterations, essentially mechanizing the human species, transhumanists urge the human race to seize control of its destiny, casting off the restrictive and pernicious dogmas of bygone eras, as they see it. It is “a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase.”[2][bold added] 

This generation has seen the burgeoning advances in technological medical treatment—designed to save human life—or to allow individuals with catastrophic injuries to see, hear, or become mobile again. Heart patients can live longer with implanted devices and remote technologies that monitor both patient and device from a medical center, electrodes can be implanted in the human brain to treat epilepsy, and even the human face can now be transplanted on gunshot victims. Scientists have created robotic limbs, synthetic knee and hip joints, and have done experimentation with human DNA (genetics) to treat disease. But none of these medical treatments will create a soulless human or even a posthuman species. Leaping from the purely medical, scientific, and technological enhancements mentioned above to the belief that mankind will no longer be human or even immortal is to move into the realm of science fiction and false religion.

Before proceeding, a key distinction must be made. Behind the term “enhancement” stands the Transhumanist assumption and aspiration, that humans are generally defective and thus it is imperative for them to be improved by technological gadgetry in order to advance in their evolutionary development, ultimately to the point of giving up their humanness altogether. Providing a person who has lost a limb to get a prosthetic arm or leg is not “enhancing” but merely allowing him to live a more normal life. This is entirely different from what is being done to healthy soldiers by altering their human constitution in such a way that they will be able to hear and see much better than they could without technological devices which have been implanted in their bodies. Thus, in order to be able to differentiate between “enhancement” and “healing” a basic question needs to be asked: Is the technological improvement done for “enhancing” a perfectly healthy human being with a purpose which goes beyond leading a normal human existence? Or is it being done to “heal” a disease or to help an amputee to walk again?

In his insightful essay, “The Emerging Galactic Religion,” Dr. Erdmann briefly sums up the intentions of those actively involved in this movement: “Transhumanism takes human enhancement further, in morphing the vision of perfect man into a human-machine complex properly called ‘posthuman’.”[3][bold added] 

In the quest for perfection and immortality, devised on human terms, Dr. Erdmann also pinpoints the ancient false religious resurgence cloaked in modern-day Posthumanism:

In accord with age-long mystical quests, Transhumanists would argue that human beings can loosen the chains of a mortal existence. Their religion is a new incarnation of Hermeticism. The organic constitution of the human body is viewed as something to get rid of by merging it with a machine. Katherine Haynes, a professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, states, “Humans can either go gently into that good night, joining the dinosaurs as a species that once ruled the earth but now is obsolete, or hang on for a while longer by becoming machines themselves. In either case … the age of the humans is drawing to a close.” Stripped of its pessimistic tone, Hayes' statement expresses the identical aspiration of Chinese alchemists in their search for the “divine cinnabar,” or drinkable gold, which would produce eternal life. The “Philosopher's Stone” was always seen as the elixir of immortal youth.[4][bold added] 

This “human enhancement” into a “human-machine complex” is designed to transform mortal man into a supposedly immortal being. It is the scheming of man in defiance of the Lord God. For some it includes the establishment of an earthly utopia. As Dr. Erdmann documents the frenetic efforts of those who are orchestrating the Posthumanism movement, he firmly concludes that their evil plotting is hopelessly futile in light of God’s Word:

Considering all the odds, it is rather doubtful, if transhumanism will finally succeed in its stated objectives to overcome human frailty and achieve paradise on earth. As a matter of fact, viewed from a premillennial perspective, Christians know that the very opposite will happen. The Bible calls the seven year period preceding Christ’s Second Coming “the Great Tribulation”.[5][bold added] 

In light of God’s sovereignty and human history, Dr. Erdmann offers this admonishment:

In conclusion, we have shown that the concept of human enhancement by technological means is not primarily a technological issue, but rather the newest incarnation of the ancient, deeply religious endeavor “to become like God” – infinitely wise, omnipotent, autonomous, and immortal. 

In view of the failure of mysticism (in the ancient and modern variations of Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, and Alchemy) to reach its goal of transcending human nature, we should carefully examine the philosophical underpinnings of the transhumanist religion. We should ask ourselves if we really agree with its understanding of human nature, before we subscribe to its technical promises and accept the fundamental paradigm shift implied by the concept of human enhancement technologies.[6][bold added] 

In other words, Christians ought to shun the “paradigm shift implied” by “transhumanist religion” because its “goal of transcending human nature” is a flagrant rebellion against God that conflicts with His eternal plan of salvation. The pro-Posthuman alchemists will NOT succeed with their evil plans because God will not allow it. Thus neither will the PPP-proponents succeed if they follow in the footsteps of these Transhumanists, whether intentionally or not. The Christian response to these errors is not to entertain, embrace, or heed their wicked schemes—but soundly rebuke them in light of the Gospel:

Transhumanism calls for vigorous response from the church, though that response is currently lacking. The critical realization is that while transhumanism aims at posthuman perfection through technology, it misses the true nature of moral “perfection” (progressive sanctification) in its rebellion against God. The transformation Christians should be seeking is not the physical or psychological enhancement found in science, reason, or technology, but rather the transforming work found only in God’s supernatural work through His Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18). Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” This is the ultimate kind of transformation; and the only kind that can be truly attained with God’s help in this world. The goal is the ultimate (post-judgment) attainment of perfect humanity in heaven, not the attainment of full technological perfection on earth, as a quasi divine being (Phil. 3:20-21).[7][bold and italic added] 


The main evangelical leader promoting the assumption that the Transhumanists are right in their prognostications regarding the future, and even able to pull them off, is best-selling Christian author and publisher Tom Horn. Horn assumes Transhumanists will succeed in bringing to reality their futuristic scenarios if not opposed. He takes the Transhumanists at their word, as if they tell the truth about the future (this is the same frame of mind he exhibits in dealing with the pronouncements of the esoterists). Horn opposes their objectives, but gives credence to them as if they are true, by believing they are achievable if not opposed. And thus he thinks the danger is real.

In 2010, Horn posted an “An Open Letter to Christian Leaders on Biotechnology and the Future of Man” on his website. Note the “prophecy mongering” prevalent in his introduction:

In recent years, astonishing technological developments have pushed the frontiers of humanity toward far-reaching morphological transformation that promises in the very near future to redefine what it means to be human. An international, intellectual, and fast-growing cultural movement known as transhumanism, whose vision is supported by a growing list of U.S. military advisors, bioethicists, law professors, and academics, intends the use of biotechnology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring, and even perhaps— as Joel Garreau, in his bestselling book Radical Evolution, claims—our very souls. The technological, cultural, and metaphysical shift now underway unapologetically forecasts a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizably superior humans, and applications under study now to make this dream a reality are being funded by thousands of government and private research facilities around the world. The issues raised by human-transforming science must be addressed by Christian leaders in a serious national conversation. To fail in this responsibility may lead to the question "what does it mean to be human" being abdicated to a frightening transhuman vision.[8][bold, red added] 

There are dangers lurking behind Transhumanism for sure, but they are of a different kind. If Horn were to take the Bible seriously, he would know that some—perhaps even many—of the imaginary projections of the Transhumanists will never be realized, no matter how much technology advances. The threat of Transhumanism is only real to Horn because he buys into the lies of its proponents. The whole dynamic of Horn's fear-mongering hinges on his assumption and emphatic portrayal of the truthfulness of what Transhumanists say. What if they are wrong? His whole argument would fall to pieces. There would be no push behind his assertion that the forecasts of the Transhumanists will come to pass; that it will be “a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizably superior humans.”

Take another look at what Horn is saying in the quotation above:
  • astonishing technological developments have pushed the frontiers of humanity
  • far-reaching morphological transformation will redefine what it means to be human
  • Transhumanism will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring—our very souls.
  • a metaphysical shift now underway forecasts a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizable humans
  • human-transforming science must be addressed by Christian leaders in a serious national conversation 
  • failing this responsibility may abdicate to a frightening transhuman vision
If this “metaphysical shift” that Horn claims is now underway—the “paradigm shift” that the quantum mystics and New Agers also predict—then the unbiblical idea will be realized, that at some magic moment a radical change in reality will take place on planet earth that will “shift the paradigm” and usher in an upward evolution of man as well as the en masse acceptance of an entirely new belief system divorced from biblical Christianity.[9] Look at point 3 above. Horn seems quite certain of it. He doesn’t use the word “might” but says “will.” And he certainly doesn’t hint that this idea is so far out there that it is highly unlikely to become reality. Nor does he point to the Scriptures to state unequivocally that it WON’T happen, at least not in its ultimate intent.

This end-time whopper that “forecasts a future dominated by this new species of unrecognizably superior humans” (who may not even possess human souls)—propagated by this influential Christian author (who is also his own publisher)—is not to be found anywhere in the Word of God. These teachings serve only to put a scare in those who listen to these false notions, turning them away from the truth. Seriously, considering the offensive subhuman tenets taught by the PPP-leaders—subhuman “offspring” (i.e., children!) of space aliens who mate with human women exist on earth today—do you want them representing Christianity in a global debate about what it means to be human?!

In 2010, Horn and his wife, Nita, authored and published a treatise on their interpretation of Transhumanism called Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, and Human Enhancement Herald the Dawn of Techno-Dimensional Spiritual Warfare.[10] On page 266, using futurist and New Age language, the Horns said:

The need to parse information is changing so rapidly that we expect to hit the knee of the techno-info curve sometime around the year 2012, followed by Singularity and critical mass. As a result, the authors of this book have teamed with a group of ministries and intellectuals and are currently organizing a new national conference, the World Congress on Emerging Threats and Challenges (tentative conference title), the first of which is to be held on the third week of July 2011 in Branson, Missouri.[bold added] 

According to the Horns, the Transhumanist threats are so great as to produce a technological “Singularity”[11]—something big and terrible was supposed to occur suddenly “around the year 2012”—something so massive that it would reach “critical mass” and shift the paradigm into their predicted dark and foreboding posthuman future. The New Agers have taught these same things.

These far-flung ideas birthed the Future Congress events. The first one was held in 2011 (as Horn noted); the second in Dallas in January of 2013. The “ministries and intellectuals” seemingly on board with these “emerging threats and challenges” included Tom Horn, Chuck Missler, Gary Stearman, Terry James, Jim Fletcher, Doug Woodward, L.A. Marzulli, Rob Skiba, Hal Lindsey, Doug Hamp, Bill Salus, Cris Putnam, Chris Pinto, Russ Dizdar, Peter Goodgame, et al.[13] Many of these same speakers gathered at a Pike’s Peak Prophecy Summit in Colorado Springs and at an Orlando Prophecy Summit—alongside Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Joseph Farah, Paul McGuire, and others.[14]

It should be obvious that none of the predicted doomsday disasters anticipated by the Horns occurred in 2012. To obscure this end-time dating failure, Horn published Zenith 2016 last year which extends the 2012 end date by four years.[15] Other PPP-connected leaders are joining him in this 2016 hype.

One of several new books published by Tom Horn (Defender Publishing) in time to be sold at the first Future Congress was a collaborative book with a very long title: Pandemonium’s Engine: How the End of the Church Age, the Rise of Transhumanism, and the Coming of the Übermensch (Overman) Herald Satan’s Imminent and Final Assault on the Creation of God.[16] Horn wrote the 71-page first chapter entitled, “Pandemonium and ‘Her’ Children.” Here is the opening paragraph of chapter one:

Unbeknownst to most, a technological revolution is quietly developing in which mankind either will soon experience utopian physical and spiritual transformation, or a dystopian nightmare resulting in Armageddon. This is not “preacher” talk.[bold added] (PE, pg. 1) 

Horn explains this “technological revolution” in the following excerpt:

The highest government and social think tanks in the world are currently focused on the timeframe of “2012 and beyond” as an event horizon, during which the first baby-steps in what has come to be known as the “Human Enhancement Revolution” will begin (behind which I see a demonic spirit in the form of a technocratic goddess [i.e., the acronym for “Human Enhancement Revolution” is “HER”]), quickly resulting in a technological, cultural, and metaphysical shift dominated by a new species of unrecognizably superior humans—those born of HER.[bold, red added] (PE, page. 1) 

Again, Horn’s “Human Enhancement Revolution (HER)”—a “metaphysical shift” dominated by a new species of unrecognizably superior humans”—is a sensationally fabricated myth. This idea is totally absent from the Scriptures. The remainder of this lengthy first chapter in Pandemonium’s Engine was a paper that Horn submitted to the American Academy of Religion in 2011, a paper filled with Horn’s dire prognosis for humanity and Nephilim False Eschatology.[17] Other contributing authors for this book include: Gary Stearman, Noah Hutchings, Chuck Missler, Sharon Gilbert, Carl Teichrib, Doug Woodward, Douglas Hamp, and Cris Putnam. Putnam recently co-authored two best-selling books, Petrus Romanus[18] and Exo-Vaticana[19], with Tom Horn.

On the heels of the first Future Congress event in 2011, Gary Stearman, who was the Prophecy in the News host at the time, interviewed Doug Woodward on the subject of Transhumanism. Both authors shared insights from their writing contributions to Horn’s book Pandemonium’s Engine. In this brief exchange, quoted below, note how they twist the Genesis record to say that “the oldest prophecy in the bible” involved Satan’s attempt to destroy the human genome. Totally absent from the discussion is Christ’s victory over sin and the devil—and the redemption of mankind through “the Seed of the woman”:

STEARMAN: “I think transhumanism goes back to Genesis 3:15 where God is having a conversation with the man, the woman, and the serpent. And He says to the serpent, ‘I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.’ This has been called the oldest prophecy in the bible. And what’s the subject of that prophecy? Genome—a seed. It’s a battle of the human genome. The battle is to preserve the human genome which Satan, the serpent, would like to destroy.

WOODWARD: “As you point out in the book [Pandemonium’s Engine], when Satan, uh, or human kind began to traffick in the possibility of manipulating, ah, the, not just the creation but specifically the human genome, ah, it appears to draw special attention from God—whether we’re talking about the Flood of Noah or Sodom and Gomorrah—which I think most of our viewers might be surprised about—but as you point out, that as well was a unique opportunity in which God brought a specific judgment about as a result.”[20][bold added]

Genesis 3:15 is talking about the virgin-born Son of God who was “bruised on the heel” at Calvary to redeem a sinful humanity (Gal. 3:16). When the Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross, He crushed Satan’s head, bringing an end to his authority and power over believers (1 Jn. 3:8). But both of these men are teaching a form of the “serpent seed” heresy that we have written about previously.[21]  In essence, they are saying that Satan has the power to produce literal “seed” or physical offspring. This Satanic DNA, they say, will thoroughly corrupt the human genome inviting God’s judgment (i.e., Noah’s Flood). They do not mention the sinful human heart which is the reason the Bible gives for Noah's Flood: “God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”(Gen. 6:5)[22]

The teachings of the PPP-leaders are often very sensational, but they go astray from the simplicity of the Gospel message of salvation. The old Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, eloquently explained the proper teaching of Genesis 3:15—giving Christ the praise and glory that’s due Him:

3:14,15 - God passes sentence; and he begins where the sin began, with the serpent. The devil's instruments must share in the devil's punishments. Under the cover of the serpent, the devil is sentenced to be degraded and accursed of God; detested and abhorred of all mankind: also to be destroyed and ruined at last by the great Redeemer, signified by the breaking of his head. War is proclaimed between the Seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. It is the fruit of this enmity, that there is a continual warfare between grace and corruption, in the hearts of God's people. Satan, by their corruptions, buffets them, sifts them, and seeks to devour them. Heaven and hell can never be reconciled, nor light and darkness; no more can Satan and a sanctified soul. Also, there is a continual struggle between the wicked and the godly in this world. A gracious promise is here made of Christ, as the Deliverer of fallen man from the power of Satan. Here was the drawn of the Gospel day: no sooner was the wound given, than the remedy was provided and revealed. This gracious revelation of a Saviour came unasked, and unlooked for. Without a revelation of mercy, giving some hope of forgiveness, the convinced sinner would sink into despair, and be hardened. By faith in this promise, our first parents, and the patriarchs before the flood, were justified and saved. [emphasis added]

Matthew Henry continues. Notice is given concerning Jesus Christ:
  1. His incarnation, or coming in the flesh. It speaks great encouragement to sinners, that their Saviour is the Seed of the woman, bone of our bone, Heb 2:11,14. 
  2. His sufferings and death; pointed at in Satan's bruising his heel, that is, his human nature. And Christ's sufferings are continued in the sufferings of the saints for His name. The devil tempts them, persecutes and slays them; and so bruises the heel of Christ, who is afflicted in their afflictions. But while the heel is bruised on earth, the Head is in heaven.
  3. His victory over Satan thereby. Christ baffled Satan's temptations, rescued souls out of his hands. By His death he gave a fatal blow to the devil's kingdom, a wound to the head of this serpent that cannot be healed. As the Gospel gains ground, Satan falls. [bold added] [23]


Another prominent Horn collaboration is The Hybrid Age DVD with Chuck Missler. The disc jacket features a digitized six-fingered hand symbolizing a Nephilim hybrid—signifying their belief in an evil angel/human entity. Note the description of this DVD package which is available in Joseph Farah’s WND Superstore:

In recent years, astonishing technological developments have pushed the frontiers of humanity toward a far-reaching transformation that promises in the very near future to redefine what it means to be human

As a result, new modes of perception between things visible and invisible are expected to challenge the Church in ways that are unprecedented. The destiny of each individual – as well as the future of the family – will depend on the knowledge of this new paradigm and our preparedness to face it head-on.[24][bold, red added] 

Did you catch that last sentence? “The destiny of each individual—as well as the future of the family—will depend on the knowledge of this new paradigm …” This is a thorough-going dystopian and earthbound horror script that is fully at odds with the Bible. The “destiny of each individual” is contingent upon whether or not they believe the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ, not whether or not they are prepared to slay modern-day dragons in posthuman form. The believer’s destiny should be focused upon heaven, not earth—regardless of what transpires in the future. Rather than flocking to the experts of “this new paradigm” readers should instead flee to the refuge of the Lord God and to His Word.

Horn has also set up yet another website, InhumanTheMovie.com, to promote “this new paradigm” featuring a video with Missler listed as one of its experts. The video caption announces, “Inhuman: The Next and Final Phase of Man is Here.” Yet, what does Scripture teach about this? Is mankind “evolving” upward—or inviting God’s judgment due to sin and unbelief?

“For by Him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”
(Col. 1:16-17)

The “Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm”-teachers predict that this “inhuman next and final phase of man” is already underway—being cooked up in medical laboratories worldwide—orchestrated by demonic entities. Those who buy into these diabolical and conspiratorial ideas would have to assume that the Lord God has been impotent, unable to contain and squelch this pervasively sinister end-time plan—and that He forgot to write about it in Scripture. Prominent PPP-leaders gathered at the third annual Chicago Summit last year to discuss these so-called evil plots in a forum called, “DNA Warfare & the Nephilim: the Search for Immortality.” Bob Ulrich, formerly of Prophecy in the News, wrote a glowing review of this conference, signaling to his readers that even the Bible prophets missed the gravity of the current hour:   

The safe, comfortable world of biblical eschatology has entered uncharted waters. While we still rely on the writings of the prophets as our guidebook to the future, things are changing rapidly in our 21st century world. The ancient prophecies still capture our attention, but there are unsettling things taking place in laboratories and research centers all over the world. Shocking things you just can’t imagine.[25][bold added]

An online advertisement for the Chicago Summit reads like a ramped-up re-make version of the old Frankenstein horror movie, not what you'd expect from a panel of supposedly credible Bible experts:

The DNA of mankind is under attack like never before. “Made in the Image of God” may soon be a thing of the past as scientists race to improve upon God’s Creation in laboratories and universities across the world. This one-of-a-kind Prophecy Conference includes 14 soul-stirring messages on 8 DVDs from some of today's top bible prophecy speakers - they’ve come loaded with the latest info on transhumanism, the Nephilim, Facebook, the future superman, DNA enhancement, super-soldiers, cloning, hybrids, and ultimately, Satan’s plan for a man made in his own image, not God’s! …

Enjoy 14 messages from some of the world’s brightest Christian and scientific minds, espousing the concepts and secret plans that once filled the pages of science fiction books. Prepare to be amazed at just how far scientists are pushing the DNA envelope in a quest for man's immortality. No God? No problem! Who needs God when we can live forever? Yes, the world is in for a big shock! The Days of Noah have arrived.[26][bold added]

But this is hardly “soul-stirring” information. It is grievous. This PPP-leaders' sci-fi scenario is NOT “the Days of Noah” that Jesus referred to in Matthew 24 and Luke 17—a future time when the utter depravity of mankind’s rebellion toward God will render it ripe for the judgments recorded in the Book of Revelation—just like when God flooded the ungodly world of Noah’s day.

We have discussed these sci-fi heresies at length in previous articles.[27] Rather than point readers, listeners, and viewers back to Jesus Christ our Savior, these prophecy-mongers continue to twist Scripture, modern science, and credulity in order to spread their seductively corrupt teachings. The Chicago Summit list of “the world’s brightest Christian and scientific minds espousing the concepts and secret plans that once filled the pages of science fiction books” include a now familiar cast: L. A. Marzulli, Doug Hamp, Russ Dizdar, Rob Skiba, Doug Woodward, and Derek and Sharon Gilbert.

We have documented these Transhumanism heresies elsewhere,[28] but will re-cap some of the most outrageous false teachings from these prominent PPP-leaders in the following excerpts. Note also the close connection to PPP-leader Tom Horn. As you read these scary snippets below, note the utter lack of biblical support for their assertions, rampant extra-biblical speculation, and the familiar fear-evoking false idea that “superhuman” “nonhuman” and “synthetic deities” will soon arise on the scene to alter human DNA (thus reaching immortality in a “soulless” state thereby separating themselves from God forever)—as though man or Satan can create any new being apart from God (see Col. 1:16-17 above):
  • Are we being blindly led over a cliff? Have we opened a sealed door, a kind of Pandora’s Box, that was never intended to be opened? Behind closed doors scientists have breached the genetic codes that separate the individuality of animal and plant species. In the area of food production, new hybrid plant species have been scientifically engineered, with their derivative products commonly appearing on our supermarket shelves. But quietly, for two decades, scientists have taken the knowledge of genetic engineering to a frightening new level, merging animal DNA with human DNA, creating the potential and unthinkable reality of superhuman, nonhuman entities. [bold added] ~ Ken Klein DVD description (WND) with Tom Horn, “Trans-Humanism: Destroying the Barriers”[29]
[Ed. note: This synopsis sounds like a 1960s B-rated horror movie! Human scientists may tinker with animal and human DNA, but they will NEVER be able to “create” “superhuman” or “nonhuman entities.” Only God can create new life.]
  • In the latter half of the show, researcher Tom Horn discussed the blistering pace of genetics and transhumanism, and how the technology could usher in a new genetic arms race. Over the last 2 years, statements by the Pentagon have described the "human enhancement revolution" as being right around the corner. He expressed concern over how biotech and robotics are transforming today's military, comparing the development to a new era of the Nephilim—the beings written about in the Bible, who were involved in what he called the "contamination of human genetics." Horn cited the work of the late Terence McKenna who foresaw a technological singularity in which human brains would be altered, creating a permanent pathway for contact with other-dimensional beings. A war is coming between "a new species of unrecognizably superior humans" and the current humans, as well as havoc created by the building of synthetic deities, known as artilects, he added. [bold added] ~ Coast to Coast radio interview with Tom Horn by George Noory[30]
[Ed. note: It’s unconscionable that a Christian author would give credence to a New Ager immersed in hallucinogenic drugs and shamanism (McKenna). The “coming war” that Horn predicts between “a new species of unrecognizably superior humans” and “current humans”—as well as the “building of synthetic deities” is pure science fiction. The Book of Revelation speaks only of a final battle on earth between Antichrist and the Lord Jesus at His coming.]
  • In recent years, astonishing technological developments have pushed the frontiers of humanity toward far-reaching morphological transformation that promises in the very near future to redefine what it means to be human. What science has already done with genetically modifying plants and animals will soon apply to Homo sapiens. An international, intellectual, and fast-growing cultural movement known as transhumanism supports this vision, as does a flourishing list of U.S. military advisors, bioethicists, law professors, and academics, which intend the use of genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and synthetic biology (Grins technologies) as tools that will radically redesign our minds, our memories, our physiology, our offspring, and even perhaps—as Joel Garreau, in his bestselling book Radical Evolution, claims—our very souls. [bold added] ~  Thomas R. Horn, “The Hybrid Age,” featured in the 2012 Personal Update magazine of Koinonia House (Chuck Missler)[31]
[Ed. note: Transhumanists of all stripes will no doubt continue their radical and sometimes unethical experimentationas did their alchemist forebears before thembut the fact remains that no man, and no devil, will be able to breach the life boundary that God has put firmly into place.]
  • Lucifer holds a special contempt for mankind, God's unique creation. Once again he's making another attempt to pollute the human genome and destroy everything God has declared to be "good." Tom Horn returns to the set to talk about the shocking advances being made in the twisted field of transhumanism. Are we the last generation of humans[?] [bold added] ~ YouTube promo for Tom Horn & Gary Stearman (formerly of Prophecy in the News), video on Transhumanism[32]
[Ed. note: We may be the last generation before the Lord returns. If so we should be preaching the Gospel of Salvation to those who are lost. That should be the burden of our hearts. The Bible says that Satan destroys life through death, tempts mankind to sin, and savagely persecutes believers (1 Pet. 5:8; Lk. 4:13; Rev. 12:9; Jn. 8:44; Acts 10:38; Heb. 2:14). He does NOT possess literal “seed” with which to corrupt the human gene pool, but he comes "to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." (John 10:10)]
  •  What I find interesting about all of the above passages taken from Isaiah concerning satyrs and dragons is that they are connected both to Babylon and to the "Day of the Lord" which represents the Last Days. So, could it be that we will see these creatures again? Recall again the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:37: "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man." Noah lived for 950 years - 600 years prior to the Flood and 350 years after it. So, as we are now seeing, the "days of Noah" were filled with all sorts of strange and terrifying creatures. In those days, God's "very good" creation was corrupted by man and Fallen Angel (Watchers). Today, modern science is doing the exact same thing! Manipulating, distorting and corrupting God's "very good" Creation. Scientists started by creating genetically modified food. And now they are working on splicing genes between animals, humans and plants… The implications of this type of science are indeed terrifying: …How tempting do you think it is for the military to create Super-Soldiers? Men that can run like horses, hunt like tigers, see like eagles, hear like dogs. And why stop there? What if a man could have the radar of a bat or the sonar of a dolphin? Think I'm kidding? Think again. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has plans for an Extended Performance War Fighter that is nothing short of shocking. Like something out of a sci-fi series. Make no mistake, Transhumanism is here and it's here to stay… read Tom Horn's Open Letter To Christian Leaders on this issue. Also, be sure to check out his new book, Forbidden Gates, which goes into a lot more detail on all of this. This is an issue that we simply can not [sic] afford to ignore. The lines are very quickly going to become blurred. Soon, "normal humans" will be replaced by "super-humans" that will be so far advanced that they would be considered gods by comparison. Through Transhumanism, we have been and are creating animal-human hybrids, just like the Watchers and Nephilim did in the days of Noah! [bold, red added] ~ Rob Skiba, author/filmmaker[33]
[Ed. note: This is an example of where this extreme mythical speculation is heading. Skiba's Horn-inspired prediction that “soon, ‘normal humans’ will be replaced by ‘super-humans’ that are ”so far advanced” as to “be considered gods” is a sensational fairy tale, Hollywood science fiction, but not biblical prophecy.]
  • Man now possesses the power, via transgenics and transhumanism to direct his own evolution. Tinkering with his code at the genetic level (DNA) is not only possible, but is currently being done. Strange animal hybrids are being made in the laboratory and even humans and animals are being experimented with; man is certainly open to improving himself in any way possible. From all of the testimony that we have seen, we know that transhumanism is of course not the real goal. For the very concept of it is “trans” – that is, to be transhuman – to go beyond being human. The mixing of human seed with animals is merely a stepping stone to something far more sinister that Satan has been planning for a very long time, and in fact, has already attempted several times. Daniel 2:43 predicts that such a scenario is going to happen again and we saw that it has already begun. Thus, man mingling himself with animals is detestable, but not the deal breaker. Transhumanist activity is only the stepping stone to an even grander deception. We have noted that after the rapture, the Enemy will have a counter explanation and the “aliens” will take credit for it. The Bible tells us that a man with fierce countenance will arise and he will have all the power, authority and working signs of Satan to deceive the world and to cause them to take on his mark. Could the science of transhumanism and transgenics play a role in the rise of the Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast? Could technology allow Satan to create one from his own seed as Genesis 3:15 predicts? Satan’s end game has been in the making now for many decades and will very soon be put into play. [bold added] ~ Doug Hamp, author[34]
[Ed. note: Man has never been given the power to “direct his own evolution.” This is a New Age heresy. Man is a sinner in need of a Savior. Daniel 2:43 does not predict a future transhuman nightmare. In this verse, the prophet Daniel is interpreting the dream of the statue’s ten-toed feet. He said that in the last days, this end-time kingdom will not hold together like iron when it is mixed with clay. It will be a time when kingdoms will attempt to strengthen political power by forming alliances through intermarriage.]
  • There is more to worshipping the image of the Beast, than meets the eye. The demonic creatures and strange armies that fight at Armageddon are not human. They are creatures from the Abyss and some are genetically engineered super soldiers of Cyborgs. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is happening now. In this powerful MP3 series, Paul explains how it is possible that genetically modified human beings and Nephilim are walking among us. Paul connects the secret meaning of the all-seeing eye of Lucifer on the back of U.S. dollar and how the Egyptian pyramid may represent, a genetically enhanced elite. Nephilim may rule the masses with a microchip implant after the Rapture. The architecture in Washington D.C. was designed by the Freemasons and pointed towards America being the New Atlantis or Babylon. Prepare to hear Paul teach Bible prophecy that is integrated with new scientific technologies that most people do not even know exist.… [bold added] ~ MP3 description for “A Transhuman Replicant Future” by Paul McGuire, author [The jacket graphic for this MP3 is depicted below.][35][36] 
[Ed. note: McGuire mixes occult lore, Freemasonry, and science fiction to rewrite Scripture when he states that the “strange armies that fight at Armageddon are not human.” He is claiming they are “genetically engineered super soldiers of Cyborgs.” The term “Cyborg” is certainly not in the Bible. Here is in fact what the Word of God says: “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty… And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” (Rev. 16:14, 16) While they will be indeed inspired by demons, the armies that gather at Armageddon are human men; the “kings of the earth.”]
Graphic from Paul McGuire’s MP3 series: “America in Prophecy – A Transhuman Replicant Future”

All of these sensationally frightful teachings are contrary to Scripture and devoid of the true Gospel. Mankind’s greatest enemy is his own sin—not posthuman hybrid creatures or mythological monsters poised to corrupt and/or exterminate the human race. Dr. Erdmann points us back to Christ:

The response to human mortality that has been made by Christianity is to point to the source of the imperfection – ethical rebellion of human beings against their creator God. The natural decay of every complex structures in the universe is attributable to God’s curse on this ethical rebellion, and the promise of external restoration goes with the promise of internal regeneration (Romans 8:18-23). The core problem of individual human beings lies, therefore, in their autonomous dispositions. Human beings must be conformed ethically to the image of Jesus Christ, the perfectly human and divine Son of God. To achieve this goal, each person requires unconditional grace from God (Romans 8:29; Eph. 2:8-9), which involves not only forgiveness, but also the means of progressive sanctification: the comprehensive submission to God’s sovereign rule (Phil. 3:14). The goal is the ultimate (post-judgment) attainment of perfect humanity, not the attainment of full technological perfection, as a quasi-divine being (Phil. 3:20-21).[37][bold added] 

The Postmodern Prophecy Paradigm (PPP) elite—who have concocted and promulgated a multi-faceted, metaphysical shift beyond credulity via conjecture, Scripture wresting, and pseudo-science—are luring God’s flock through perilous pastures and into the dark abyss by posing as enlightened shepherds. The only remedy is for those who’ve wandered into the PPP fold to return to the Good Shepherd and His Word which alone can light the pathway home.

Over 60 years ago A.W. Tozer exhorted the brethren to test everything with the written Word of God. We would do well to heed his wise words that apply even clearer today as we see that day approaching:

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies... 2 Pet. 2:1 

Whatever it may be in our Christian experience that originates outside of Scriptures should, for that very reason, be suspect until it can be shown to be in accord with them. 

If it should be found to be contrary to the Word of revealed truth no true Christian will accept it as being from God. However high the emotional content, no experience can be proved to be genuine unless we can find chapter and verse authority for it in Scriptures. "To the word and to the testimony" must always be the last and final proof. 

Whatever is new or singular should also be viewed with caution until it can furnish scriptural proof of its validity. Throughout the twentieth century quite a number of unscriptural notions have gained acceptance among Christians by claiming that they were among truths that were to be revealed in the last days. 

The truth is that the Bible does not teach that there will be new light and advanced spiritual experiences in the latter days; it teaches the exact opposite! Nothing in Daniel or the New Testament epistles can be tortured into advocating the idea that we of the end of the Christian era shall enjoy light that was not known at its beginning. 

Beware of any man who claims to be wiser than the apostles or holier than the martyrs of the Early Church. The best way to deal with him is to rise and leave his presence![35][bold, red added] 

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd,
whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming,
and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth:
and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep”

(John 10:10-12).

1. See: http://optimalhumanmodulation.com/2013/11/13/welcome-to-the-future-superb-video-explains-transhumanism/
2. See: Dr. Martin Erdmann, “Salvation through Technology: Creating a Posthuman New Breed, Herescope, April 23, 2011; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/04/salvation-through-technology.html. Note also what is general knowledge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transhumanism
3. See: Dr. Martin Erdmann, “The Emerging Galactic Religion: Science Fiction and the Rise of Technocratic Posthumanism”, Herescope, February 28, 2013; See: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-emerging-galactic-religion.html
4.  Ibid. Erdmann, “Salvation through Technology”. 
5. Ibid. Dr. Erdmann, “The Emerging Galactic Religion”. 
6. Ibid. Dr. Erdmann, “Salvation through Technology”. 
7. See: Dr. Martin Erdmann, “The Brave New Breed: Creatures in Pursuit of Autonomous Perfection,” Herescope, February 10, 2006; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2006/02/brave-new-breed-creatures-in-pursuit.html
8. Thomas R. Horn, RaidersNewsNetwork.com, AN OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTIAN LEADERS ON BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MAN Time running out to influence debate on transhumanism, September 14, 2010; http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/leadstory94.htm
9. See Berit Kjos’ examination of Marilyn Ferguson’s 1980 classic New Age book, The Aquarian Conspiracy, “The Paradigm Shift”; http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/paradigm-shift/aquarian-conspiracy.htm; See also the dictionary definition: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/paradigm_shift. See also an ad for a biology seminar speaking about the quantum theories of physicist Niels Bohr; http://www.imcb.a-star.edu.sg/bseminars/20130514a.pdf
10. Tom and Nita Horn, Forbidden Gates: How Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, and Human Enhancement Herald the Dawn of Techno-Dimensional Spiritual Warfare, Defender Publishing, Crane, MO, 2010. 
11. See common knowledge definition of technological singularity: “The technological singularity, often colloquially called the singularity, is a theoretical point in time when human technology (and, particularly, technological intelligence) will have so rapidly progressed that, ultimately, a greater-than-human intelligence will emerge, which will ‘radically change human civilization, and perhaps even human nature itself.’”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity
12. Note: Many of Horn’s ideas are similar to New Age visionary, Barbara Marx Hubbard. See the description for the Tipping Point Prophets Conference 2012, especially the New Ager’s view of “critical mass”; http://www.greatmystery.org/nl/vancouver2012barbara.html
13. See the Future Congress website: http://www.futurecongress.com/future-congress-1-the-works-55-dvds/; http://www.futurecongress.com/future-congress-2-the-works-72-dvds/; http://www.futurecongress.com/future-congresss-best-of-volume-1/ and http://www.futurecongress.com/future-congresss-best-of-volume-2/
14. See: Pike’s Peak conference update from Prophecy in the News (PITN); http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/bobs-corner-join-us-up-in-colorado-springs/. See also: http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/the-pikes-peak-prophecy-summit/ and https://www.prophecyinthenewsvideo.com/index.html
15. Thomas Horn, Zenith 2016: Did Something Begin in the Year 2012 that Will Reach its Zenith in 2016?, the Revised and Expanded Edition of Apollyon Rising 2012, Defender Publishing, Crane, MO 2013 (AR-2012, 2009). Note: the most notable adjustments to Horn’s 2012 date adjustments are found in Chapter 20:12. In Apollyon Rising 2012 the chapter title reads, “Final Part of the Last Mystery of the Great Seal: When”. In Zenith 2016, the same chapter title has this not-so-subtle alteration, “Final Part of the Last Mystery: 2012-2016, 2019, and the End?” Also note a major change to the chapter 20:12 subtitle: from “Deeper Secrets: Maya, Watchers, and the 2012 Return” (AR-2012, pg. 316) to “Deeper Secrets: The Watchers and 33, 2012, 2016 (Z-2016, pg. 382). Here is the boast from the back cover of Z-2016, “What even the best researchers of the Illuminati and veiled fraternities such as the Freemasons were never able to fully decipher is spelled out herein for the first time. The power at work behind global affairs and why current planetary powers are hurriedly aligning for a New Order from Chaos is exposed. Most incredibly, one learns how ancient prophets foresaw and forewarned of this time.” Note that the “ancient prophets” cited here are primarily extra-biblical. See also the bulleted excerpts from the back of this book: 
• Unveiled! It started in 2012—the secret Freemasonic countdown for a Global World Leader circa 2016. 
• Disclosed! How recent US Presidents and other global leaders are—and have been—deeply involved in the scheme to enthrone the Man of Sin. 
• Found! The hidden connection between the years 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2019. Is it really the End!?” 
• Revealed! What the world has never heard about the End of the Mayan Calendar. 
• The role that Pope Francis—the FINAL POPE—may play in the year 2016 during the installation of the King of the NWO. 
• The eight-hundred-year-old prophecy of Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel and what it says about the timeframe 2012-2016. 
• What Protestant Reformers believed about the years 2012-2016. Discover what they expected to happen…and predicted. 
• Blood Moons and 2014, 2015, Feast days, and the Comet of the Century. Is God, Himself, preparing to light the first real candle of Chanukah!? 
• The return of the Watchers and the mysterious, worldwide connection between these angelic NEPHILIM creators and the numbers 33, 2012, and 2016. 
Also from the back cover: “Internationally acclaimed investigative author Thomas Horn uncovers what you can expect to unfold in the coming days, and, more importantly, what you can do to be prepared for the arrival of the kingdom of Antichrist.” 
16. Thomas Horn, Pandemonium’s Engine: How the End of the Church Age, the Rise of Transhumanism, and the Coming of the Übermensch (Overman) Herald Satan’s Imminent and Final Assault on the Creation of God, Defender Publishing, Crane, MO, 2011. See also the audio package based on the teachings in Pandemonium’s Engine; http://superstore.wnd.com/audio_2/Something-Transhuman-This-Way-Comes-6-CD-set
17. See previous Herescope posts: Gaylene Goodroad, “Nephilim Eschatology – A Crash Course in Emerging Endtime Prophecy Heresy Part 1: Nephilim-Induced Human DNA Corruption”, July 10, 2012; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/07/nephilim-eschatology.html and “The Serpent Seed & the Nephilim, Part 2”, July 21, 2012; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-serpent-seed-nephilim.html
18. See ProphecyofthePopes.com (Horn website); http://www.prophecyofthepopes.com/
19. See Exo-Vatican.com (Horn website); http://www.exovaticana.com/
20. See: Prophecy in the News Daily Update – August 1, 2011. Gary Stearman interviews Doug Woodward on the topic of Transhumanism; see video: http://vimeo.com/26980022 (Gary’s comments from the 6:9-6:46 minute mark; Doug’s comments from the 6:46-7:26 minute mark).
21. Read the following two articles that detail this "serpent seed" heresy. http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/07/nephilim-eschatology.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-serpent-seed-nephilim.html. Then follow it to its logical horrific conclusion http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/04/101-questions-about-nephilim.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/08/nephilim-subhumans.html   
22. Read the following Herescope articles that explain what the Bible actually teaches: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/09/in-days-of-noah.html and then read: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/05/homo-nephilus_6651.html 
23. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary, BibleHub.com; http://biblehub.com/genesis/3-15.htm.
24. See: WND website; http://superstore.wnd.com/video/The-Hybrid-Age-DVD
25. Bob Ulrich, Prophecy in the News (PITN), “Bob’s Review of the 2013 Chicago Summit”, Aug. 5, 2012; http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/bobs-review-of-the-2013-chicago-summit/.
26. See Prophecy News Watch advertisement for the Chicago Summit 2013 – 8 DVD set, “DNA Warfare & Transhumanism: The Search for Immortality,” http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/transhumanism.html.
27. http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/09/in-days-of-noah.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-recurrence-of-times-of-noah-and-lot.html
28. See: Dr. Martin Erdmann, “Technocracy & Transhumanism,” Herescope, March 8, 2011; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/03/technocracy-transhumanism.html; See also: Gaylene Goodroad, “Doomsday Datesetters 2012,” Herescope, June 10th 2011; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2011/06/doomsday-datesetters-2012.html and “The ‘Return’ of the Alien Super Solder: Awaiting the 2nd Coming of the Nephilim: Transhumanist Alien Super Soldiers—‘as in the days of Noah’”, Herescope, June 1, 2013; http://herescope.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-return-of-alien-super-soldier.html
29. See: WND website, by Ken Klein Productions with Thomas Horn, Trans-Humanism: Destroying the Barriers (DVD) description; http://superstore.wnd.com/video/Trans-Humanism-Destroying-The-Barriers-DVD
30. See: Coast to Coast AM program description, “New Lifeforms/Transhumanism” with George Noory; 2nd hour segment with Tom Horn, December 2, 2010; http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2010/12/02. See Horn’s NewsWithViews article promoting these false ideas, Forbidden Gates Part 13, October 16, 2010; http://www.newswithviews.com/Horn/thomas149.htm
31. See: Missler’s website; Dr. Thomas R. Horn, “The Hybrid Age”; http://www.khouse.org/articles/2012/1039/. Note: this article was originally published in the February 2012 Personal Update magazine put out by Koinonia House. Missler and Horn also produced a DVD together by the same title available at the above link. This video is also advertised on L.A. Marzulli’s website; http://www.lamarzulli.net/blog/?tag=tom-horn
32. See: YouTube, “Tom Horn & Gary Stearman Discuss Transhumanism,” Uploaded February 24, 2011 (Originally aired on PITN); http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoD6v6D5nAs
33. See: Rob Skiba’s e-book series, Babylon Rising: And The First Shall Be The Last, “The Days of Noah”; http://www.babylonrisingblog.com/Godvsgod1.html
34. See: Doug Hamp’s website, “Part Sixteen: Man Becoming His Own God Via Transhumanism”; http://www.douglashamp.com/man-becoming-his-own-god-via-transhumanism/
35. See: Paul McGuire’s website, “America in Prophecy – A Transhuman Replicant Future”, MP3 Series; http://paulmcguireblog.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html
36. See McGuire’s website: http://paulmcguireblog.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html 
37. Ibid. Dr. Erdmann, “Salvation through Technology.” 
38. See: Sandy Simpson’s website, DeceptionintheChurch.com; A.W. Tozer, “Spiritual Authority: The Word and the Testimony,” 1950. Taken from a daily devotional, “Renewed Day by Day”; compiled by G.B. Smith, 1980; http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/tozer.html

This post was co-authored by Gaylene Goodroad, Dr. Martin Erdmann and Sarah H. Leslie.