Strangely Familiar, Utterly Alien Future

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. 

Tale of Two Cities

From this day forward we will live in a chaotic and dynamic era.  By the mid-century civilization will be strangely familiar and yet utterly alien.  

and he swore by the One living to the ages of the ages, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, "There will be no more delay!  Revelation 10:6

Our parents and grandparents talked about time speeding up.  Today time is accelerating at an exponential rate.  Automation is reshaping everything from global security to the character of our lives.  We live in a time of complexity of terrain and social structures.  

Just as the Bible foretold, we see great powers and rising challenges as a result of hybrid combinations and technical prowess. 

The second beast was permitted to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image would also speak and cause all who refused to worship it to be killed.    Revelation 13:15

Ideologies attempting to preserve regional aspirations are disputing established global norms which were developed and implemented against the will of the people. State, non-state, and garage techies are all competing for power and control resulting in a simmering ideological battle.

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.  Matthew 24:4-8

During the Era of Accelerated Human Progress it appears that China and Russia will remain key players on the global stage as well as demonized 'extremist' groups.  Due to the threats we will see state and combinations of states rise and fall while some go completely extinct. 

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.  Daniel 2:22-23

This will is a time of brutal competition and conflict between rivals, families, and worldviews.  This period will be defined by strife and warfare.  You will be hearing more about Quantum Computing than you will hear about real humans.

Artificial intelligence (AI) determines that the nation-state will remain within the international order but it will be weaker domestically and globally.  While the global system talks of unity this will be a period of fragmentation.  Citizens frustrated with politics as usual, will turn to networked societies to circumvent their unresponsive governments.  Turning to the networked AI beast system will be a fatal mistake, just possibly an eternal mistake. 

Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and killed, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.  Matthew 24:9 

We are already seeing evidence of people resisting government authority or ignoring it altogether.  This will increase as global networks challenge ethnic, religious, regional, social, and economic norms.

The Bible speaks prophetically about a single global system with complex combinations of short-term alliances.  This period will be marked by contested norms and persistent disorder, where multiple state and non-state actors assert alternative rules and norms

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.  Daniel 7:25

When contested the use military force will be used for brief skirmishes, battles and wars. 

Conflicts using Algorithmic Warfare will escalate until we see “algorithm vs. algorithm.” Algorithms are the ships captain that powers these technologies.

Behold, I will cast her onto a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer great tribulation unless they repent of her deeds. Then I will strike her children dead, and all the churches will know that I am the One who searches minds and hearts, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.  But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned the so-called deep things of Satan: I will place no further burden upon you...  Revelation 2:23

Education will be turned over to harvest youngsters for robust STEM programs as a sacrifice of their intellectual talent to the beast system.


Our future will include rogue technology that will be agile, high velocity, complex, networked, and unexpected, non-linear events just as the Bible foretold. Future adversaries may be both human and AI.  There are many pathways to a fully sentient, strong, artificial consciousness.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life and only a few find it.…  Matthew 7:13 

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the ancient paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 6:16


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Celeste has worked as a contractor for Homeland Security and FEMA.  Her training and activation's include the infamous day of 911, flood and earthquake operations, mass casualty exercises, and numerous other operations.  Celeste is FEMA certified and has completed the Professional Development Emergency Management Series.

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