Human-pig hybrids are here – but is anyone considering the implications?
The Image of the Beast
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.
If you are a first time reader, I suggest that you read Singularity and The Image of the Beast about man merging with machines and Genetic Armageddon about man’s DNA being altered. Together they show scientists are on the verge of creating a transhuman: a beast that is part human and part something else. Creating a transhuman is right on top of us!
I believe that tampering with the integrity of man is a KEY sign of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. God will put a stop to this at His return. It appears from Revelation 13:15 that man will succeed in creating a transhuman, which the Bible calls “The Image of the Beast.” What I am posting is NOT science fiction.
From charting the advancement toward a transhuman being, it is possible to get an idea how close man is to God’s judgment. God must stop the creation of transhumans because these creatures are not created in His image and likeness; therefore, they cannot be redeemed through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I do in this blog is keep the reader on the cutting edge of technology advancements that are directly leading to the Image of the Beast. Though we don’t yet know what form that ultimately will take, technology is certainly involved and we’ll revise the analysis as new developments appear. These advancements are reported under headings that include: Computer Brain, Digitized Mind, Artificial Mind, Robotic Body, Cyborg, Genetic Armageddon, Chimera, and Advanced Technology.
This blog is the complement to the “666 Surveillance System” which focuses on technological innovations leading to the rise of a government so repressive and controlling that it’s called a “Beast” state.
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Chimeras (an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues, as an organism that is partly male and partly female, or an artificially produced individual having tissues of several species – see our high-tech definitions page for a more complete definition) are here – but what exactly does that mean?
Use your imagination to think about what part human-part animal beings could entail. How much human consciousness will be involved? What happens to these beings if organs are harvested and then they are destroyed? How ethical is that? And let me be clear – when I use the term ethics, I refer to crossing the boundaries that God has placed on creation. How much will they suffer? Are medical needs worth crossing the line that God has placed on creation about species reproducing only after their own kind? And why did He place those boundaries in the first place? What are we opening ourselves up to with this type of genetic manipulation?
It’s already becoming a little late to ask these questions since chimeras are here. Yes, they are supposedly being “regulated” by the FDA, but we know from experience how little oversight occurs, and how susceptible to corruption that type of regulation actually is. And who is setting the guidelines for what will be approved and what will not? Notice in one of the linked articles below, how they are beginning to link chimeras with God to make them more acceptable?
We have another war on our hands – not necessarily a political one, such as we’ve been experiencing with the election, but a battle for the soul of humanity, and a fight to remain within the perameters God has placed around his creation. We know from prophecy that eventually the barriers will be crossed in a massive way, and that will mean horror for humanity. But we have an obligation to fight and hold it off as long as possible. In the end, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will restore the boundaries – but just barely in time to prevent the complete destruction of humanity.
The people behind this know they are playing God, and reveling in their ability to do so because they discount and disregard his word.
Genesis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Chimeras/ Days of Noah
We’ve created human-pig chimeras — but we haven’t weighed the ethics As this lead article states, “We all want to alleviate human suffering. But the need does not dictate the solution.” That’s a very sensible and true statement, except in the minds of those regulating and conducting these experiments. For many of them, as long as it’s possible then it’s worth pursuing. Playing God has become possible, so it’s acceptable in the minds of many.
“I’m worried about a new paper in the journal Cell that details the creation of a human-pig chimera.
As a neuroscientist, I appreciate groundbreaking research at a purely scientific level and understand the hard work that goes into advances like this. But I also believe that science should be guided by ethics, and this work seems to be jumping ahead of ethical considerations.
In the new work, led by investigators at the Salk Institute, researchers injected days-old pig embryos with human pluripotent stem cells. By the time the fetal pigs were aborted, they had begun to grow partly human organs.
While this represents only a very preliminary step toward the development of human/nonhuman chimeras — the name comes from a mythical monster with the body and head of a lion plus the head and udders of a goat and a serpent for a tail — the goal of this and similar research is to generate pigs and cows with human organs.
Since cows and pigs are similar in size to humans, the human organs they grow could be harvested and transplanted into people. The key organs targeted in this research are the heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, lungs, and brains. These organs could also be used for research on human disease, development, and evolution. Pigs and cows would become, essentially, living containers for an unlimited supply of human organs…
This work is part of a larger trend toward increasingly invasive and manipulative practices, from the domestication of animals for food thousands of years ago to the current culture of genetically modifying animals of many kinds: monkeys that show symptoms of autism, transgenic mice with altered vocalizations so they “stutter,” cows that produce “humanized” milk, and mice injected with human brain cells that cause them to learn faster.
The possibilities have many researchers giddy with excitement. But they also raise serious ethical dilemmas about the moral status of these part-human animals. Chimera test subjects must be human enough to serve as effective models for health research, but not so human that they qualify for protection from this research altogether.
We all want to alleviate human suffering. But the need does not dictate the solution.”
Scientists take first step in growing human stem cells in animals Note how they are using evolution as a basis for continuing this program of genetic manipulation? For Christians, this is not just unacceptable but clear deception.
“For the first time, biologists have succeeded in growing human stem cells in pig embryos, shifting from science fiction to the realm of the possible the idea of developing human organs in animals for later transplant.
The approach involves generating stem cells from a patient’s skin, growing the desired new organ in a large animal like a pig, and then harvesting the organ for transplant into a patient. Because the organ would be made of a patient’s own cells, there would be little risk of immune rejection.
The human-organ-growing pigs would be examples of chimeras, animals composed of two different genomes. They would be generated by implanting human stem cells into an early pig embryo, resulting in an animal composed of mixed pig and human cells.
One team of biologists, led by Jun Wu and Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte at the Salk Institute in San Diego, has shown for the first time that human stem cells can contribute to forming the tissues of a pig, despite the 90 million years of evolution between the two species.”
Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts Look at the statement highlighted in red, below. This is utter blasphemy, liking genetic manipulation on this level with God, since it is something he has utterly forbidden – and destroyed the world for in the Days of Noah.
“In the past, human-animal chimeras have been beyond reach. Such experiments are currently ineligible for public funding in the United States (so far, the Salk team has relied on private donors for the chimera project). Public opinion, too, has hampered the creation of organisms that are part human, part animal.
But for lead study author Jun Wu of the Salk Institute, we need only look to mythical chimeras—like the human-bird hybrids we know as angels—for a different perspective.
“In ancient civilizations, chimeras were associated with God,” he says, and our ancestors thought “the chimeric form can guard humans.” In a sense, that’s what the team hopes human-animal hybrids will one day do.
There are two ways to make a chimera. The first is to introduce the organs of one animal into another—a risky proposition, because the host’s immune system may cause the organ to be rejected.
The other method is to begin at the embryonic level, introducing one animal’s cells into the embryo of another and letting them grow together into a hybrid.”
“Capitalism is not normally seen as an especially ‘humanistic’ ideology. Yet central to the legal innovations that enabled the rise of capitalism in the early modern West was a doctrine of the person as a being who is free to exchange goods and services. In the eighteenth century, this freedom was characterised as an ‘inalienable right’, which is to say, not transferable to another either by choice or under duress.
Thus, a strong normative distinction between people and property was institutionalised, which had not existed in slave or feudal societies. The sting of the Marxist critique of capitalism comes from observing that this distinction is not upheld in practice. Instead a supposedly inalienable right of the person becomes a site for exploitation, as asymmetrical power relations in the marketplace reduces human labour to inhuman capital inputs.
Transhumanism challenges the sense of humanity’s ontological stability shared by capitalists and socialists – which has rendered exploitation such a normatively charged issue in the modern era. To be sure, over the past 150 years the potential for exploitation has been mitigated by laws that circumscribe and regulate the role of work in life: While one may need to sell one’s labour to make a living, the buyer doesn’t have unconditional control over the seller’s life. In this context, welfare state legislation has operated as a safeguard against the realisation of Marx’s worst fears.
However, whatever sense of humanism has been presumed by such policies is being gradually eroded by the information-based mode of production that characterises what Jean-Francois Lyotard originally called the ‘postmodern condition’. In particular, as computers mediate both the work and non-work aspects of life, many of the phenomenological markers that created distance between the ‘worlds’ of work and non-work are rapidly disappearing.”
“Researchers from Harvard and Brown universities warn that in the future scientists may be able to create embryos from skin cells. As the UK Daily Mail reported, “The technique could allow women whose fertility has been wiped out by cancer drugs or radiotherapy to have their own children,” but as the title of their report highlighted, it could also cut mothers out of the reproductive process, allowing gay men to “have babies with each other, and a man could even fertilize his own cells to produce offspring containing a mixture of genes inherited from him and his parents.”
It is already common for women and couples using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to choose the sex of the embryos being implanted. This new “motherless” technique would be another step in the progression of genetic engineering and a greater departure from natural conception, gestation, and birth.
Bioethicist Hank Greely has argued that not only will IVF be easier and cheaper, but the rapidly developing field of genetics will make divorce sex from reproduction. Babies will be grown in labs: “What I think is going to happen, we’ll be able to take some skin cells from anyone and turn them into any cell type… I think we’ll actually see a world where most babies born to people with good health coverage will be conceived in the lab.”
Are humans the next GMO? This is an interesting article, but it has some flawed information, like stating that so far there is no evidence that GMO’s hurt people – that is just a fallacy. There is more than enough evidence of the harm that GMO’s do to the human body. See our health blog for more on that topic: God’s Health System
“Humans continue to accomplish technological feats that change the world as we know it, often doing so in such fundamental ways that the previous generation scarcely recognizes the new society. Those of us in our late teens and early 20s will not be immune to this fate. We too will not recognize our planet, and it will be sooner than later.
For the past few decades, scientists have been toying with a piece of prokaryotic DNA that enables these single-celled organisms to defend themselves from viral invaders. CRISPR, as it is abbreviated, allows prokaryotes to remove the DNA that viruses insert into their genome, which, left unattended to, forces a hijacked cell to manufacture new viruses. CRISPR edits a cell’s DNA, cutting out sequences that do not belong. However, its potential goes beyond this function.
For humans, the technology behind harnessing CRISPR could empower us to alter our own genetic code. With this power, as the saying goes, comes great responsibility. And with this power comes great risk.
The debate on human genetic modification, which assuredly will arise as CRISPR advances, will carry more weight than debates about genetically modified crops. Already people squirm at the notion of creating something that did not naturally occur. That said, the word “natural” has no simple definition in the context of evolution and human-modified organisms, which includes our domestication of useful animals and plants over the millennia.”
A Biohacker’s Plan to Upgrade Dalmatians Ends Up in the Doghouse This shows the corruption of the FDA “regulation” process – the proposed change of genetics in one specific breed of dog in order to eliminate an hereditary health issue is being prohibited, while creation of part animal-part human chimeras is not. If there truly was a scientific motive behind regulation, it would be the other way around and this would be permissible.
“David Ishee is a Mississippi kennel operator with a passion for dogs and a plan to improve them using a gene-editing technology called CRISPR from a modest laboratory he’s built in a plywood shed.
Sound unlikely? It’s serious enough that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in a phone call last week, told Ishee he wouldn’t be able to sell any edited dogs without its approval.
Ishee, a member of what’s called the “biohacker” movement, says he is hoping to use inexpensive new gene-editing techniques to modify the genes of Dalmatians. By repairing a single DNA letter in their genomes, Ishee believes, he can rid them of an inherited disease, hyper uricemia, almost as closely associated with the breed as their white coats and black spots.
In early January, Ishee sent the agency a sketch of his plans to fix Dalmatians, expecting to be told no approval was needed. He didn’t immediately hear back—and soon found out why. On January 18, the agency released a sweeping new proposal to regulate cattle, pigs, dogs, and other animals modified with gene-editing.
The federal health agency already regulates transgenic animals—those with DNA added from a different species. But what about a dog whose genome has been tweaked to repair a disease gene? Or to endow it with the gene for a trait, like fluffy fur, already found in another canine? According to the newly proposed regulations, such creations will also need federal approval before entering the marketplace.”
Revelation 14:9-11 … If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.