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Thursday, December 3, 2015

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Prophecy Sign:  The exponential increase in knowledge and technology for the coming 'Mark of the Beast'

A theory as to what the future 'Mark of the Beast' may be has been proposed by several well known prophecy watchers, (Tom Horn, Douglas Hamp), This theory suggests that the mark may well be a genetic modification of the human genome.  Some form of alteration that will change a human being from a 100% creation of God to a hybrid no longer fully human, (and thus unredeemable as was the case with the pre-flood Nephilim offspring of the Watchers during the time of Noah).

Technology has now advanced to the point where this once far-out theory is now at our doorstep. Perhaps this is why in the book of Revelation, mankind is warned not to take the mark.  To do so means no turning back, with no chance ever of redemption and ultimate judgement to eventually follow.

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand,  they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. Revelation 14:9-10 NIV

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years
Humans who have had their DNA genetically modified could exist within two years after a private biotech company announced plans to start the first trials into a ground-breaking new technique. Editas Medicine, which is based in the US, said it plans to become the first lab in the world to ‘genetically edit’ the DNA of patients suffering from a genetic condition – in this case the blinding disorder ‘leber congenital amaurosis’. The disorder prevents normal function of the retina; the light-sensitive layer of cells at the back of the eye. It appears at birth or in the first months of life and eventually sufferers can go completely blind. Scientists at Editas Medicine in the US believe they can fix the mutated DNA using the ground-breaking gene-editing technology Crispr.

Human genome editing has scientists keen and others scared
Human genome editing, a type of genetic engineering where DNA is inserted, replaced or removed from a person’s genome using ‘molecular scissors’, is a controversial procedure that has some scientists keen on its remarkable potential for human health, and others horrified at how it could affect future generations. The genome is like a computer programme written in an alphabet of just four letters. It is now possible to read, study and compare DNA sequences for humans, as well as for thousands of other species. A new technology will soon make it possible to edit genetic information cheaply and rapidly. This could be the Holy Grail for correcting genetic defects that devastate the lives of millions of people alive today and many millions more who are yet to be born. However, it also heralds the prospect of future generations left with whatever genetic changes were made, and parents building their kids to order.

Will Genome Editing Allow Scientists To Create The Perfect Baby?
As we gain more experience and knowledge in the field, there’s the possibility of editing out genetic diseases.  Tendencies toward cancer could disappear, family genetics toward certain health issues could be eliminated.  Perhaps, as we get better at it, we could develop corrective surgery at the genetic level.  That’s all good. If you’re into science fiction at all, there’s also thoughts of 1984, Brave New World, Dune, and maybe Dr. Frankenstein.  The technology has other possibilities.  With all the things this can mean for bettering life, there are questions about its use.  Designer babies? Drone workers? Genetic geniuses, forever tied to a lab and nothing else? How about the ultimate soldier?

China’s Cloning Crusade: Technology for Human Replication ‘Already There’
The CEO and lead scientist of the world’s largest cloning factory says that they now have technology capable of replicating human beings. “The technology is already there,” said Xu Xiaochun, the 44-year-old Chairman of the Boyalife group, which is building the $31 million cloning factory. “If this is allowed, I don’t think there are other companies better than Boyalife that make better technology.” The company intends to begin operations in the first half of 2016 in Tianjin, a city some 100 miles southeast of Beijing. Though the principal goal of the 150,000-square-foot facility will be cloning cattle, company executives aren’t closing the door to other species, including humans.

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