Buckle Up! It’s Coming, Part 4

As he [David] was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear. (1 Samuel 17:23-24 NIV)

Fear and faith are mutually exclusive. To control humans, Satan must create strongholds of fear. If God’s people refuse to give in, even to the fear of death, then faith’s power is unleashed (Hebrews 11:6).

David understood the contest between him and Goliath was not about strength or skill. It was a confrontation between the proxies for Israel’s God and Satan.

In 1 Samuel 17:4-7, we have Goliath, a giant of a man, a champion of the Philistines, defiantly challenging Israel’s army. For awhile, it seemed Israel did not have a man brave enough to fight for God’s honor.

Let us look at Goliath. Were he and his brothers offspring of the Nephilim, a race of giants (Numbers 13:33a)? Goliath stood more than nine feet in height (less than three meters). Though Saul was taller than his Israelite brothers, self-preservation–or in this case “cowardice”–kept him from battling Goliath (1 Samuel 17:25, cf. Numbers 13:33b).

Before the flood, Goliath’s predecessors roamed the land without opposition, as lords of the earth. Early in this present age, they were re-introduced to live among the Canaanites and prevent Israel from claiming the Promised Land (Numbers 13). They remained godless and soul-less; violent men who through taunting, separated God’s servants from their source of power (1 Chronicles 20:5-8). It will be that way again. Wimpy saints need not apply. Are we buckled up and ready (Revelation 13:4-7)?

Like Goliath, the huge man from Gath, “sons of the gods” have physical features that do not belong to humans (1 Chronicles 20:6-7). In addition to their immense size and strength, they have an aura of indestructibility. Nebuchadnezzar referred to this in a remark he made in Daniel 3. When, after casting Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego into the fire, he peered into the furnace and said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” (3:25)

To many futurists, the growing attachment to robotics signals the inevitable end of humanity. I see the robotics trend as the re-emergence of the Nephilim, the sons of god. Roaming the earth as before, they will be re-packaged versions of the heroes of old. Yet, like bygone days, they possess inhuman characteristics. Compared to men, they are taller, stronger, bigger, smarter, without emotion or affection. Their creation is fueled by man’s desire for power.

We saw these beings in Noah’s day before the Flood (Genesis 6), again, in the time of the twelve spies (Numbers 13), and before David ruled Jacob (1 Samuel 17). Better buckle up!

As for men, some crave the title “supreme ruler of the earth.” That is all the opening Satan needs. He is the seducer of the proud, convincing them they are gods. As to their ambition, if they conceived it and believed it, they will achieve it! —all with the evil one’s help, of course.

In Part 5, we will look at the one step remaining. Cyborgs are in production, but how will the sons of god and their humanoid counterparts, the beautiful daughters of men, be activated to fulfill their mission?

2 Replies to “Buckle Up! It’s Coming, Part 4

  1. When you compare the blasphemies of Goliath to Revelation 13 and the beast (antichrist), there are tremendous parallels. Goliath defied the ranks of Israel (1st Samuel 17:10) and in verse 45, David confirms that the Philistine had defied YHWH, the LORD of HOSTS.

    In both Daniel 11 and 2nd Thessalonians 2, there are prophesies that say the antichrist will speak against the one true GOD and claim to be god. Then the ultimate defiance comes.
    “The beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for 42 months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His Name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven” (Revelations 13:5-6, NRSV).

    So how does this fit into godless beings that manifest itself in artificial intelligence? The false prophet (2nd beast) exercises the authority of the first beast (antichrist) and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship him. He uses greats signs even to the point of calling fire down from heaven. Then he deceives the people of the earth, telling them to make an image of the beast. This charlatan gives breath to the image so it could speak(cf Revelation 13:11-18). This is an obvious corruption of the power of the Holy Spirit.

    The Greek word for image is eikon. According to HELPS WORD STUDIES, eikon assumes a prototype, of which it not merely resembles but from which it is drawn (R. Trench). This “image” exactly reflects its source. Thus, eikon indicates that this construction is more than a shadow but a replication. Since the antichrist cannot be everywhere, its prototype will help send out his message filled with all of the lying wonders and powers of the beast. EJ

  2. Thank the Lord for your outstanding contributions to this discussion. It seems like you observe the same parallels in Scripture. David and Goliath are a shape, shadow and pattern of things to come, of what “the kings of God in the next age,” must confront in these last days. While mere mortals quake in fear, legends will be born. As they face off with their Goliath, those who have the Lord as their shepherd, will lack no good thing (i.e. no armor, sword or spear will be necessary). When evil men advance against us to devour our flesh, when our enemies and foes attack us, they will stumble and fall. (cf. Psalm 27:2)

    Elijah, my appreciation for you continues to grow. Blessed are those who have you for a teacher. One is a lonely number, but two will be victorious over a thousand.

    I pray the rest of this series will bless you and readers like you.

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