If Apophis turns out to be biblical Wormwood, as I believe it will, it will collide with earth in the middle of the Great Tribulation period, generally around the same moment in dispensational history as when the Mark of the Beast arrives. As I believe Apophis is carrying an “Andromeda Strain”-type alien microbe, I suggest it has a hitchhiker virus living off of it that, on impact with our terra firma, will be jettisoned into the atmosphere and rain down a global contagion that will make Covid-19 look like a day at the park.
Let me explain.
As described on Wikipedia, the Andromeda Strain “is a 1969 techno-thriller novel by Michael Crichton documenting the efforts of a team of scientists investigating the outbreak of a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism in Arizona.
A team from an air force base is deployed to recover a military satellite which has returned to Earth, but contact is lost abruptly. Aerial surveillance reveals that everyone in Piedmont, Arizona, the town closest to where the satellite landed, is apparently dead. The duty officer of the base tasked with retrieving the satellite suspects that it returned with an extraterrestrial contaminant and recommends activating “Wildfire,” a protocol for a government-sponsored team of scientists intended to contain threats of this nature.
The Wildfire team, led by Dr. Jeremy Stone, believes the satellite—intentionally designed to capture upper-atmosphere microorganisms for bio-weapon exploitation—returned with a deadly microorganism that kills through nearly instantaneous blood clotting.[i]
Though fiction, Crichton was lauded at the time by scientists who appreciated his attention to detail about the ability of extraterrestrial microbes or extremophiles to live in harsh environments like space where temperatures range from hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit to hundreds of degrees below zero. An extremophilic alien bacteria could not only survive such an environment, but an entire field of astrobiology called “panspermia” exists to explain how earth may have been host to such intergalactic lifeforms in the distant past.
Might such an Andromeda Strain on Apophis be the “trigger” that results in a global pandemic that leads to a mandatory universal vaccine? The Mark of the Beast?
This is an important question, because some years ago my wife Nita brought up a point we had never considered before then. Her idea quickly spread online after I mentioned it on the radio during an interview with Steve Quayle (Steve still credits Nita with this theory, one which has been often repeated by other writers and commentators since, many of whom have not given her the credit she deserves). She asked if the biblical mark of the Beast might be a conspiracy employing specific implantable health-technology only now available. Her theory was gripping: In her narrative, instead of a virus from an asteroid, she suggested an occult elite operating behind the US government might devise a virus that is a crossover between human and animal disease—let’s say, an entirely new and highly contagious influenza mutation—and intentionally releases it into the public. A pandemic ensues, and the period between when a person contracts the virus and death is something like ten days. With tens of thousands dead in a few weeks and the rate of death increasing hourly around the globe, a universal cry for a cure goes out. Seemingly miraculously, the government then steps forward with a vaccine. The only catch, the government explains, is that, given the nature of the animal-human flu, the “cure” uses animal DNA and nanobots to rewrite one’s genetics so that the person is no longer entirely human. The point made was that those who receive this antidote would become part “beast,” and perhaps, thus, the title, “mark of the Beast.” No longer “entirely human” would also mean—according to her original outline—that the individual could no longer be “saved” or go to heaven, explaining why the book of Revelation says that “whosoever receiveth the mark” is damned forever (while also explaining why the ancient nephilim, whose DNA was part human and part angel and/or animal, could not be redeemed). For believers, they would know this is the mark of the Beast, as we believe the Spirit of God would confirm it in their conscious and Spirit. If they take this “cure,” they will know at the moment they have willfully submitted to damnation regardless how it is justified.
Another possibility came to me one day when watching I Am Legend staring Will Smith. If you’ve seen the film, you know it starts out with a doctor on television claiming a cure to cancer via a chimeric vaccine. The world celebrates as the global inoculation does indeed cure cancer. However, because the vaccine was a blend of human and animal genetics, it ultimately leads to a human form of rabies that nearly wipes out all life on earth. One virologist (Will Smith) appears to be the only man of earth naturally immune to the disease, and he sets out to find a cure using his blood for a new vaccine.
The show I Am Legend made me wonder if in the future a global pandemic would ensue only to have one man step forward whose blood holds the key to a cure. It turns out, he is the Antichrist and, like a dark version of communion, one can only be healed by receiving his flesh and blood via the ‘mark’ or vaccination of the beast.
In either scenario above, if one imagines the global chaos of such a pandemic, the concept of how the Antichrist “causes all,” both “small and great,” to receive this mark becomes clearer. When looking into the eyes of dying children, parents, or a spouse, it would be incredibly difficult to allow oneself to die or to encourage others to do the same when a “cure” was readily available. Lastly, this scenario would mean that nobody would be allowed to “buy or sell” in the marketplace without the Mark-cure due to the need to quarantine all but the inoculated ( a real-world possibility we are witnessing right now during the coronavirus), thus fulfilling all aspects of the Mark of the Beast prophecy.
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To find out if the science behind this abstract was as reasonable as it appeared on the surface, I contacted Sharon Gilbert, whose graduate work included molecular biology. This was her troubling response:
What is human? Until recently, most of us would readily respond that we are humans. You and I, we might argue, are Homo sapiens: erect, bipedal hominids with twenty-three pairs of matched chromosomes and nifty little thumbs capable of apposition to the palm that enable us to grasp the fine tools that our highly developed, bi-lobed brains devise.
Humans, we might argue, sit as rulers of the Earth, gazing down from the pinnacle of a pyramid consisting of all plant and animal species. We would remind the listener that natural selection and evolution have developed mankind into superior thinkers and doers, thereby granting us royal privilege, if not infinite responsibility. The Bible would take this definition much farther, of course, adding that mankind is the only part of God’s creation formed by His hands, rather than spoken into existence, and that you and I bear God’s unique signature as having been created “in His image” (Genesis 1:27).
Many members of the “illuminated brotherhood of science” would likely demur to the previous statement. These have, in point of fact, redefined human. Like Mary Shelley’s Modern Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein, today’s molecular magicians play “god” not by stitching together rotting corpses, but by reforming the very essence of our beings: our DNA.
So-called “postmodern man” began as a literary reference but has evolved into an iconic metaphor representing a collective image of perfected humanity beyond the confines of genetic constraints. Transhumanism, also known as the H+ movement envisions a higher life-form yet, surpassing Homo sapiens in favor of Homo sapiens 2.0, a bioengineered construct that fuses man’s original genome with animal and/or synthetic DNA.
While such claims ring of science fiction, they are indeed science fact. For decades, laboratories have created chimeric combinations of animal, plant, and even human DNA under the guise of medical research. The stated goal is to better man’s lot by curing disease, but this benign mask hides an inner, sardonic grin that follows an ancient blueprint to blend God’s perfect creature with the seed of fallen angels: “You shall be as gods.”
You and Nita speak to the heart of the matter when you warn of a day when true humans may receive transhuman instructions via an implant or injection. A seemingly innocuous vaccine or identification “chip” can initiate intracellular changes, not only in somatic or “body” cells, but also in germ-line cells such as ova and sperm. The former alters the recipient only; the latter alters the recipient’s doomed descendants as well.
In my second novel, The Armageddon Strain, I present a device called the “BioStrain Chip” that employs nanotechnology to induce genetic changes inside the carrier’s body. This miracle chip is advertised as a cure for the h5n1/ebola chimera that is released in the prologue to the book. Of course, if you’ve read the novel, then you know the BioStrain Chip does far more than “cure”—it also kills.
Though a work of fiction, The Armageddon Strain raises a chilling question: What limitations lie within the payload of a biochip? Can such a tiny device do more than carry digitized information? Could it actually serve as the Mark of the Beast?
The answer is yes.
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) has become the darling of researchers who specialize in synthetic constructs. The “sticky-end” design of the DNA double-helix makes it ideal for use in computing. Though an infinite number of polyhedra are possible, the most robust and stable of these “building blocks” is called the double crossover (DX). An intriguing name, is it not? The double-cross.
Picture an injectable chip comprised of DNA-DX, containing instructions for a super-soldier. Picture, too, how this DNA framework, if transcribed, might also serve a second, sinister, purpose—not only to instruct, but also to alter.
Mankind has come perilously far in his search for perfection through chemistry. Although millennia passed with little progress beyond roots, herbs, and alchemical quests for gold from lead, the twentieth century ushered science into the rosy dawn of breathless discovery. Electricity, lighter-than-air travel, wireless communication, and computing transformed the ponderous pace of the scientific method into a light-speed race toward self-destruction.
By the mid-1950s, Watson and Crick had solved the structure of the DNA molecule and the double helix became all the rage. Early gene splicing, and thus transgenics, began in 1952 as a crude, cut-and-paste sort of science cooked up in kitchen blenders and petri dishes—as much accident as inspiration. As knowledge has increased (Daniel 12:4), genetic scientists learned to utilize microbiological “vectors” and sophisticated methods to insert animal or plant genes from one species into another. It’s the ultimate “Mr. Potato Head” game, where interchangeable plastic pieces give rise to an infinite number of combinations; only, in genetic splicing, humanity is the unhappy potato.
Vectors provide the means of transport and integration for this brave new science. Think of these vectors as biological trucks that carry genetic building materials and workers into your body’s cells. Such “trucks” could be a microsyringe, a bacterium, or a virion (a virus particle). Any entity that can carry genetic information (the larger the load capacity, the better) and then surreptitiously gain entry into the cell is a potential vector. Viruses, for example, can be stripped of certain innate genes that might harm the cell. Not only does this (supposedly) render the viral delivery truck “harmless,” it also clears out space for the cargo.
Once inside the cell, the “workers” take over. Some of these “workers” are enzymes that cut human genes at specific sites, while others integrate—or load—the “cargo” into appropriate reading frames—like microscopic librarians. Once the payload is stored in the cell’s nuclear “library stacks,” the new genes can be translated, copied, and “read” to produce altered or brand-new, “alien” polymers and proteins.
The resulting hybrid cell is no longer purely human. If [it is] a hybridized skin cell, it may now glow, or perhaps form scales rather than hair, [or] claws rather than fingernails. If [it is] a brain cell, the new genetic instructions could produce an altered neurotransmitter that reduces or even eliminates the body’s need for sleep. Muscle cells may grow larger and more efficient at using low levels of calcium and oxygen. Retina cells may encode for receptors that enable the “posthuman being” to perceive infrared or ultraviolet light frequencies. The hybrid ears may now sense a wider range of sounds, taste buds a greater range of chemicals. Altered brains might even attune to metaphysics and “unseen” gateways, allowing communication with supernatural realms.
Germ-line alterations, mentioned earlier, form a terrifying picture of generational development and may very well already be a reality. Genetic “enhancement” of sperm-producing cells would change human sperm into tiny infiltrators, and any fertilized ovum a living chimera. Science routinely conducts experiments with transgenic mice, rats, chickens, pigs, cows, horses, and many other species. It is naïve to believe humans have been left out of this transgenic equation.
If so many scientists (funded by government entities) believe in the “promise” of genetic alteration and transgenic “enhancement,” how then can humanity remain human? We cannot. We will not. Perhaps, some have not.
Spiritually, the enemy has ever sought to corrupt God’s plan. Originally, fallen angels lay with human women to corrupt the original base pair arrangements. Our genome is filled with “junk DNA” that seemingly encodes for nothing. These “introns” may be the remains of the corrupted genes, and God Himself may have switched them off when fallen angels continued their program, post-Flood. If so, today’s scientists might need only to “switch them back on” to resurrect old forms such as Gibborim and Nephilim.
I should point out that not all “trucks” (vectors) deliver their payload immediately. Some operate on a time delay. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common infective agent resident in the cells of many humans today. It “sleeps” in our systems, waiting for a window of opportunity to strike. Recently, genetic specialists began utilizing CMV vectors in transgenic experiments. In 1997, the Fox television program Millennium featured an episode in the second season called “Sense and Antisense” (referring to the two sides of the DNA molecule). In this chilling story, a scientist named Lacuna reveals a genetic truth to Frank Black: “They have the map, the map, they can make us go down any street they want to. Streets that we would never even dream of going down. They flip a switch, we go east. They flip another switch, we go north. And we never know we have been flipped, let alone know how.”
In the final days of this current age, humanity may indeed “flip.” Paul tells us that Christians will be transformed in a moment (1 Corinthians 15:51–53). Is it possible that the enemy also plans an instantaneous “flip”? Are genetic sleeper agents (idling “trucks”) already at work in humanity’s DNA, waiting and ready to deploy at the appropriate moment?
Science is ready. Knowledge has been increased. The spiritual players have taken the stage.
All we need is the signal. The sign. The injection. The mark. The trigger.
We shall ALL be changed. Some to incorruptible bodies ready to meet the Lord. Others to corrupted genomes ready to serve the Beast.
Sharon’s response to my inquiry raises some interesting questions. As noted in the news lately, scannable implants and tattoo transmitters are becoming more sophisticated, adding “prophetic” components—such as merging human biological matter with transistors to create living, implantable machines. Related science also envisions “smart” chimeric vaccines that literally rewrite DNA. Add to that the draconian commentary from America’s top health advisors lately, and it is not difficult to imagine how the dreaded mark of the Beast could unfold in the very near future. Bill Gates wants a “digital certificate” to show who has recovered from Covid-19 before they can fully move around in the marketplace. Dr. Anthony Fauci has joined Gates in calling for some type digital tracking system without which people will not be able to return to work or shop at their local grocery. High tech companies like SuperCom have even produced scalable electronic monitoring and tracking platforms they say are ready now to keep an eye on all, both small and great. And some countries have already passed legislation to make the coronavirus vaccine mandatory. I personally believe the possibility that the Mark of the Beast could arrive through a version of one of these vaccine technologies is plausible, if not altogether likely.
I also believe THE MESSENGER, aka the Apophis-Wormwood asteroid, is carrying an alien microbe with a virus that will serve as the “trigger” that sets in motion this end-times activity.
Will you be “accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass” (Luke 21:36)?
There is only one way to know for sure. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins. If you will or have done this, He promises:
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (Revelation 3:10)
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