A fascinating thought came to me yesterday, on my way home from Church: what if the Antichrist of prophesy is not a person at all, but the Internet, and the AI technology that has taken over the world: “…and all the World followed the Beast in wonder!”
From the time I became aware of the prophesies, as the world has tumbled further and further into error and we are seeing the latter times played out before our eyes, I have wondered what manner of “person” the Antichrist could be when he becomes clear. How could any man that we now know to be alive, in the enemy camp of world leaders, civil and religious, actually perform “miracles” that would be believed by everyone, save a few blessed by God with eyes that see clearly. We are indeed, so close to all aspects of the prophesies being fulfilled that it seems fair to ask if he is already present. Anyone who knows the prophesies knows that Christ’s second coming will be known by every living creature on Earth: “as lightening comes out from East to West, in an instant” will be His coming…and moreover, innumerable prophesies clearly state an order of events – a chastisement by God, in the form of great natural catastrophes, widespread civil strife, plague and epidemics, a great war, then the banishment of the devil forever to hell in the midst of an unprecedented upheaval that will change the face of Earth, followed by a time of peace all before Christ comes for the final judgement. So any “one” in the guise of Christ in our times, who is not everywhere at once, must surely stand out as false. So who or what is this beast that all the world will follow in wonder?
The only entity that I see the whole world following in wonder is the Internet. As a civilization, we are dependent upon the Internet for everything we do, type letters or write a book, self-publish, submit art to an exhibition, communicate with our family, friends, work, students, or colleagues, take photos of ourselves, watch TV or a movie, listen to music, go to a “live” concert, research any subject imaginable, shop and purchase anything online, pay our bills, do our banking, order services, consult a doctor, nurse , interior decorator, mechanic or technician, read a book, peruse art galleries, join associations, apply for a job, advertise what we sell, do business, pay taxes, teach or take classes, purchase stamps, repair, enhance, store and share photos … and find a never ending number of things we need, or need to learn about, including spiritual advice, or searching out sinful “pleasures.” We can find out about the weather, get current news. Real and false, from every country on Earth, convert measurements and world currencies, translate documents, find recipes for anything we want from any culture anywhere, look up someone’s address and phone number (and find more information on them than we should have), see an aerial or street view of their house …. and store files and files of all of this on our computer instead of in a file cabinet, to access and use at will. We are addicted, yes, but worse still, we cannot function without the Internet even if we want to. If we use the computer at all, Everything is there, and accessible sometimes exclusively there.
Even if I wanted to, I could not carry out my daily activities without the internet. I cannot get a job unless I apply online and submit State certification. Your diploma is from another country? The Internet is the only door to a job interview and your application is not even read until you provide a state diploma – first.
Family and friends do not telephone or write. Everyone messages you on Facebook, and now extremely rarely, will email. If I write a letter…no replies. I receive dozens on dozens of emails daily, none of them from people dear to me, all information and school-related, plus a slurry of ads on subjects that “Big Brother Social Media” has discovered about me, selling me what I don’t want, and taking precious time from my life as I send them, one by one, to “junk mail.” Facebook is “it” if you want to say hello or share photos, etc. with loved ones. I do every single thing in the list above of necessity (except for the illicit/sinful entry).
I wish to wean myself from the Internet. Not doable! And when I decide to spend a day with the computer turned off, I don’t know what to do with myself anymore! Painting and writing, two of my life-long pursuits are on the back burner. I need people – real, not virtual, people, a major source of inspiration, and support for my art and writing. I don’t function in a vacuum: the people I love most are too far away, or too engrossed in life’s exigencies to be available just to sit and chat an evening. So I go to the store, make bouquets for my apartment, water my balcony plants, watch a bit of TV in the evening while eating dinner, read more and say my prayers. I eat, sleep, and do not be merry. That is my life. I spend just a few minutes of time on Facebook each day to see if there’s news of interest from a friend or two. That’s my only contact with the people who are important to me. All efforts to leave Facebook, result in leaving dear friends who are literally in servitude to Facebook. That’s not what I want. Is there no life beyond Facebook? Life was so full during the major part of my life, and now it becomes empty because the Internet has become our virtual reality.
Sunday is my life-saver, literally! For a few hours each week at church I am completely happy, as the Traditional Mass that I attend is not a social event, but true worship, even though I feel the presence of my Church family around me, the moment is God’s, then hugs punctuate our good-byes. Arranging the altar flowers, singing in choir, spending that hour with Our Lord, is sheer bliss! Then, home by 11:00, and the world engulfs me again. It is palpable. I cannot avoid its presence even though I have just come from sublime places. I don’t know even what to do the rest of Sunday. I sit alone, read a bit, bake if I’m in the mood, walk around the apartment trying to figure out a way to return to the daily activities that filled my life in years past. Time spent with family is rare and my students fill the week with the teaching that I love, but the hours are few … so the Internet fills the spaces! A quick visit to social media to say hello, some research for my classes, some music streaming and a program or two from local TV, provided by …the internet.
Of course this is only conjecture. Perhaps there will be a “person” called Antichrist. We don’t know. We do know (anyone with eyes can see) that the disciple of Antichrist exists in Francis the no-pope. Perhaps the two will work together. He is certainly not universally known as the miracle worker. Of the four books of prophesies I’ve read, they all say the same things, but differ somewhat in the order of events. What is certain is that we are seeing the prophesies played out before our very eyes and it warrants attention. What is next … ? Whatever it is, I see only one safe place – It’s not with the Internet, that all-invasive false reality. It is with God!