Revelation 1 – The Source of the Revelation & Scientists Find a Way to Read Minds

You know the government has already looked into this and once they get their hands on it, it may not be 10 or 20 years before its perfected.

In Ezekiel 45 I had talked about Brain Implants for the Internet and in Daniel 1, I had talked about Mind Control.  Now put all this together and what comes next? One World Order, but then again, Jesus may be back before our government destroys the United States.

One of the most evil organizations in the world, if not the evilest, is the Catholic Church. 

I have talked quite a bit against them, but for good cause and they will be mentioned a couple times here in the Book of Revelation.

You don’t have to take my word for it, I have an eyewitness, so tomorrow we’ll look at…

Revelation 1
The Source of the Revelation

DARPA’s New Pet-Proto Robot Navigates Obstacles
October 31, 2012 Technology

Rendering of the Government-Furnished Equipment robot

Rendering of the Government-Furnished Equipment robot being developed for the DARPA Robotics Challenge by Boston Dynamics.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) has begun and over the next two years teams will compete to develop and test hardware and software designed to enable robots to assist humans in emergency response situations.

In the below video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).

To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge will test these and other capabilities in a series of tasks that will simulate conditions in a dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environment.

Teams participating in Tracks B and C of the DRC will compete for access to a modified version of the Atlas robot for use in the 2013 and 2014 live disaster-response challenge events.

View video below.

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ,which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

“Blessed” – the first of seven beatitudes in the book (see 14:13, 16:15, 19:9, 20:6, 22:7, 14).

“Blessed” means much more than “happy.”  It  describes that favorable circumstance God has put a person in.

“Prophecy” – includes not only foretelling the future but also proclaiming the word from God – whether command, instruction, history or prediction.

4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

“Seven Churches” – Located about 50 miles apart, forming a circle in the Roman province of Asia moving clockwise north from Ephesus and coming around full circle from Laodicea (east of Ephesus).

They were perhaps postal centers serving seven geographic regions.  Apparently the entire book of Revelation (including the seven letters) was sent to each church.

“Asia” – a Roman province lying in modern western Turkey.

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

“Made us kings and priests unto God” – He didn’t make us gods, as evil people like to think, we are ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20).

7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

“He cometh with clouds and every eye shall see him” – How the entire world will see Jesus at the same time is a mystery, but there is nothing that God cannot do.

8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

“Alpha and Omega” – God is the beginning and the end.  He sovereignly rules over all human history.  In 22:13 Jesus applies he same title to Himself.

Video: DARPA’s Pet-Proto Robot Navigates Obstacles

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

“Tribulation…kingdom…patience” – three pivotal themes in Revelation:

(1) “tribulation” (2:9-10, 22, 7:14),
(2) “kingdom” (1:15, 12:10, 16:10, 17:12, 17-18),
(3) “patience” (2:2-3, 19, 3:10, 13:10, 14:12).

“Patmos” – a small 4 x 8 miles, rocky island in the Aegean Sea some 50 miles southwest of Ephesus, off the coast of modern Turkey. 

It probably served as a Roman penal settlement, Eusebius, the “father of church history” (265-340 A.D.), reports that John was released from Patmos under the emperor Nerva (96-98 A.D.).

Revelation 1 discusses how Christ is the Almighty God and the heart of the book of Revelation.
Revelation 2 introduces us to seven letters.

These letters were written to seven Christian churches that sprang up throughout Asia Minor, which is present-day Turkey.

Although these messages applied to the experiences of the specific churches they were written to, they are also prophetic of the experiences of the Church through the centuries.

Each of the letters also contains admonishments appropriate to God’s people in every age.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

“In the spirit” – in a state of spiritual exaltation – not a dream, but a vision like Peter’s in Acts 10:10.

“The Lord’s Day” – this phrase has become a technical term for the first day of the week – so named because Jesus rose from the dead on that day. It was also the day on which the Christians met (Acts 20:7) and took up collections (1 Cor 16:2). 

It is not certain whether it meant Sunday, in this case, or whether it referred to John’s being transported in spirit into “the Day of the Lord,” the eschatological day of judgment.

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

“Book” – actually it was a scroll.  Pieces of papyrus or parchment were sewn together and rolled on a spindle.  The book form was not invented until about the 2nd century A.D.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.  And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

“Candlesticks” – the seven churches (see v. 20).  The word here actually refers to a lampstand.  Each lamp has a wick that draws oil from the common base, which would be symbolic of Christ.

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

The Island of Patmos has become a small tourist trap with something to give for everyone – from the fun bars and restaurants – to the spiritual and historical churches, monasteries and Caves of the Apocalypse and the relaxing crystal clear waters.

The Villas
There are two villas for rental, Villa Malandrakais and The Honeymoon Suite.

They are situated in the town of Hora.
Hora is positioned around the Monastery of St John up in the mountain (see image below).

It’s about a ten minute drive from Skala, the main port area. Hora is a declared UNESCO site which is surrounded by outstanding beauty.

Hora is made up of a labyrinth of picturesque alley ways giving way to two squares. There are also some coffee shops and restaurants as well as a grocer and a butcher.

The town can be confusing for some, since it is made up of narrow pathways and roads which seem to look the same. It was deliberately designed to mislead the pirates who used to invade the island.

It is said that the houses are designed in such a way that upon attack from the pirates you would be able to climb from house to house on the roofs and into the Monastery which was designed as a fortress.

“Garment…to the foot” – the high priest wore a full-length robe (Ex 28:4. 29:5).  Reference to Christ
as high priest is supported by the reference to the golden sash around His chest.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

“White like wool” – the hoary head suggests wisdom and dignity (Lev 19:32; Prov16:31).

“Eyes…as a flame of fire” – penetrating insight.

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

“Sharp two-edged sword” – like a long Thracian sword.  The sword in 6:4, 13:10, 14 was a small sword or dagger.  The sword symbolizes divine judgment (see Is 49:2; Heb 4:12).

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Many take the threefold division of this verse as a clue to the entire structure of the book:

“The things which thou has seen:” would be the inaugural vision of chapter 1.

“The things which are” would be the letters to the seven churches in chapters 2-3.

“The things which shall be hereafter” would be everything from chapter 4 on.

The Monastery of St. John above the village of Hora, Island of Patmos, Greece.

An alternative interpretation sees the initial clause as the essential unit (it parallels v. 11), followed by two explanatory clauses.  The sense would be:

“Write, therefore, what you are about to see, i.e., both what is now and what will take place later.”  Some who hold the latter view make no attempt to outline the book on this basis, maintaining that there is a mixture of “now” and “later” throughout.

A “futurist” or “historicist” interpretation would support the first interpretation.  The “preterist” or the “idealist” would likely favor the second view.

I guess I would be a futurist because of the things Jesus has shown and told me in the last seven years, but nothing like John has seen and heard. 

Prior to 2007, which was when I actually began my journey with Jesus, I was an empiricist.

20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

I chose the above article for the first chapter of the Book of Revelation because Revelation is not written like the other books in the Bible. 

The Old Testament is written like a novel, a drama, excluding the poetic sections (Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations and the Song of Solomon. 

The New Testament is written more like a textbook, except the Book of Acts is more like a historical treatise or exposition.

The Book of Revelation is written like a science-fiction story, but it’s not, it’s the future.  Yet, I doubt that anyone can fully understand it, I know I can’t. 

There are places here and there that could have different meanings and I know what I think they mean, but because I am not certain I will not share my opinion.  But, like all the other books, I will share what the author of my Study Bible suggests.

If you would have read the above article twenty years ago you would have called it ridiculous.  You would have seen it as an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”  But this is not science-fiction, but reality.

You may view this as a good thing, and it might be, but I don’t trust the government so I can only see it as another evil plot by them to control the people.

Scientists Find a Way to Read Minds

NeuroImage, A Journal of Brain Function, provides a vehicle for communication of the most important and best papers, using imaging and mapping strategies to study the brain’s structure, function and the relationship between the two, from the whole brain to the tissue level.

The journal publishes original research articles, methods papers, theory and position papers that describe the use of imaging approaches to study the brain.

It also contains a rapid publications section that publishes short reports of major or significant discoveries for expedited communication.

Scientists have used brain scanners to detect and reconstruct the faces that people are thinking of, according to a study
accepted for publication this month in the journal NeuroImage.

In the study, scientists hooked participants up to an fMRI
brain scanner – which determines activity in different parts of the brain by measuring blood flow – and showed them images of faces.

Then, using only the brain scans, the scientists were able to create images of the faces the people were looking at.

“It is mind reading,” said Alan S. Cowen, a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley who co-authored the study with Professor Marvin M. Chun from Yale and Brice A. Kuhl from New York University.

The study says it is the first to try to reconstruct faces from thoughts.  The photos below are the actual photos and reconstructions done in the lab.

While the reconstructions based on 30 brain readings are blurry, they approximate the true images. They got the skin color right in all of them, and 24 out of 30 reconstructions correctly detected the presence or absence of a smile.

The brain readings were worse at determining gender and hair color: About two-thirds of the reconstructions clearly detected the gender, and only half got hair color correct.

“There’s definitely room for improvement,” Cowen said, adding that these experiments were conducted two years ago, though they only recently were accepted for publication.

He said he and others have been working on improving the process in the interim.

“I’m applying more sophisticated mathematical models [to the brain scan results], so the results should get better,” he said.

To tease out faces based on brain activity, the scientists showed participants in the study 300 faces while recording their brain activity.

Then they showed the participants 30 new faces and used their previously recorded patterns to create 30 images based only on their brain scans.

Once the technology improves, Cowen said, applications could range from better understanding mental disorders, to recording dreams, to solving crimes.

“You can see how people perceive faces depending on different disorders, like autism – and use that to help diagnose therapies,” he said.

Brain Mapping
“Improving brain function, whether it’s creativity or memory, can be generally compared to training any muscle,” says Dr. Cotter. “The more you do the tests, the more the brain is enhanced.”

In the case of creativity training, bulking up the brain involves creating new neurons in key parts of the brain, and then building new connections between those neurons. The tricky part is figuring out which parts of the brain to focus on.

“The challenge is that by inducing creativity instead of it developing spontaneously, we create pressure that can actually block creativity. We’re designing tests to get the subject to spontaneously come up with a creative thought so that we can image the brain to see which part that idea ‘came’ from,” he says.

Dr. Cotter agrees with the consensus that creativity happens in the right hemisphere – but he isn’t counting out the left side.

“I believe creativity uses both halves of the brain in unison. Creativity is about collaboration – both between the hemispheres of the brain, and between people. In history, breakthrough ideas were usually developed in collaboration between people, not just one person having an insight – but it’s the leader of the group who gets the fame. Collaboration is essential.”

Neuroimage has built creativity-training software prototypes, but Dr. Cotter estimates it will be another three years before anything will be publicly available. Meanwhile, he is planning Phase 2: robots blessed with artificial creativity.

“We don’t believe that such machines will be as creative as a ‘genius’ human brain, but it’s possible that they could work in unison with a human to realize higher creative goals. The technology is not completely ready for that yet. First we need to understand the human brain better.” Remember, this article was written in 2005, the following image will show you what is happening now.

That’s because the reconstructions are based not on the actual image, but on how the image is perceived by a subject’s brain.

If an autistic person sees a face differently, the difference will show up in the brain scan reconstruction. Images from dreams are also detectable.

“And you can even imagine,” Cowen said, “way down the road, a witness to a crime might want to come in and reconstruct a suspect’s face.”

How soon could that happen?

“It really depends on advances in brain imaging technology, more so than the mathematical analysis. It could be 10, 20 years away.”

One challenge is that different brains show different activity for the same image. The blurry images pictured here are actually averages of the thoughts of six lab volunteers. If one were to look at any individual’s reading, the image would be less consistent.

“There’s a wide variation in how people’s brains work under a scanner – some people have better brains for fMRI – and so if you were to pick a participant at random it might be that their reconstructions are really good, or it might be that their reconstructions are really poor, which is why we averaged across all the participants,” Cowen said.

For now, he added, you shouldn’t worry about others snooping on your memories or forcibly extracting information.

“This sort of technology can only read active parts of the brain. So you couldn’t read passive memories – you would have to get the person to imagine the memory to read it,” Cowen said.

“It’s a matter of time, and eventually – maybe 200 years from now – we’ll have some way of reading inactive parts of the brain.

But that’s a much harder problem, as it involves measuring very fine details of brain structure that we don’t even really understand.”

…Why I left the Catholic Church.