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I Always Wondered How They Were Going To Do That….

May 21, 2010

Now I think I might have my answer and it is far more horrible than I imagined.  What am I talking about?

The Image of the Beast

In Revelation the 13th chapter we read about a man that is known as the second beast. He is also referred to as being “the False Prophet.” Satan, the False Prophet and the Antichrist will work hand in hand to destroy God’s people along with anyone else that does not submit to the Beast. The False Prophet will have great influence over millions of people causing them to follow after the Antichrist giving him their allegiance and support. The tool that he will use will be what the Bible describes as “the image of the Beast.” This image will cause a certain group of people to submit to the Antichrist, it will give them purpose and hope to fulfill what they will believe to be God’s will.

Revelation 13:
14: And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15: And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Over the years the theories were the image would or could be a….

Clone

Television image

Robot

Internet picture

Holographic projection

But there always seemed to be that lingering doubt in the back of my mind,  I always suspected that somebody was going to try to play god (little “g” of course) and make a body using technology and science.  Just like with Star Trek,  the show started looking hokey because our cell phones looked more advanced than their communicators!  Just look at this story below and you will see why I got chills reading it.  These are the end of days folks…

Craig Venter creates synthetic life form

Craig Venter and his team have built the genome of a bacterium from scratch and incorporated it into a cell to make what they call the world’s first synthetic life form

Genetic entrepreneur Craig Venter explains how his team of researchers created a new life form – and what happens next. Video: Science Link to this video

Scientists have created the world’s first synthetic life form in a landmark experiment that paves the way for designer organisms that are built rather than evolved. 

The controversial feat, which has occupied 20 scientists for more than 10 years at an estimated cost of $40m, was described by one researcher as “a defining moment in biology“. 

Craig Venter, the pioneering US geneticist behind the experiment, said the achievement heralds the dawn of a new era in which new life is made to benefit humanity, starting with bacteria that churn out biofuels, soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and even manufacture vaccines. 

However critics, including some religious groups, condemned the work, with one organisation warning that artificial organisms could escape into the wild and cause environmental havoc or be turned into biological weapons. Others said Venter was playing God. 

The new organism is based on an existing bacterium that causes mastitis in goats, but at its core is an entirely synthetic genome that was constructed from chemicals in the laboratory. 

The single-celled organism has four “watermarks” written into its DNA to identify it as synthetic and help trace its descendants back to their creator, should they go astray. 

“We were ecstatic when the cells booted up with all the watermarks in place,” Dr Venter told the Guardian. “It’s a living species now, part of our planet’s inventory of life.” 

Dr Venter’s team developed a new code based on the four letters of the genetic code, G, T, C and A, that allowed them to draw on the whole alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks to write the watermarks. Anyone who cracks the code is invited to email an address written into the DNA. 

The research is reported online today in the journal Science

“This is an important step both scientifically and philosophically,” Dr Venter told the journal. “It has certainly changed my views of definitions of life and how life works.” 

The team now plans to use the synthetic organism to work out the minimum number of genes needed for life to exist. From this, new microorganisms could be made by bolting on additional genes to produce useful chemicals, break down pollutants, or produce proteins for use in vaccines. 

Julian Savulescu, professor of practical ethics at Oxford University, said: “Venter is creaking open the most profound door in humanity’s history, potentially peeking into its destiny. He is not merely copying life artificially … or modifying it radically by genetic engineering. He is going towards the role of a god: creating artificial life that could never have existed naturally.” 

This is “a defining moment in the history of biology and biotechnology”, Mark Bedau, a philosopher at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, told Science. 

Dr Venter became a controversial figure in the 1990s when he pitted his former company, Celera Genomics, against the publicly funded effort to sequence the human genome, the Human Genome Project. Venter had already applied for patents on more than 300 genes, raising concerns that the company might claim intellectual rights to the building blocks of life.

 

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The original Mycoplasma mycoides cells

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‘Synthetic’ M. mycoides cells, stained blue, after the new genome was incorporated

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3/6 Scanning electron micrograph of the new cells

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The cells were shown to be dividing normally, under the direction of their synthetic genome

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A schematic diagram showing thow the gemon for M. mycocides was assembled bit by bit inside yeast cells. The yellow circles are new sequences, including four “watermarked” regions to distinguish the new organism original.

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The cells contain “watermark” DNA sequences unique to the new organism, in which are encode the names of the researchers literary quotes and an e-mail address to contact the researchers if you crack the code.

Photograph: AAA/PA

 

 

 

Anointed Vessel’s opinion on all of this…

As the bible says in Ecclesiasties 1:9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” 

Mankind has been trying to be like God and play God and more since the temptation in the garden so this is no suprise what is unnerving is that someone simply is stupid enough to try it and think that there will be no evil consequences.  I can see nothing good come from this.  Once the government finds ways to mass produce this kind of stuff…. I don’t even want to think what can happen.  Come quickly Lord.

~Anointed

Story links

Guardian UK

 America And Israel in BibleProphecy

   

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