LETTER FROM JONATHAN

November, 2021

THE MONKEY MAN

Word for the Month of November

Scripture: Romans 1:21

See Message: The Stasis

Shalom, to you my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission…

This year an event took place in the halls of science that should have become headline news and was the stuff of science fiction.  It happened in America.  In a study conducted by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, biotechnologists created the first confirmed case of a human-monkey hybrid embryo. Yes, you read that right – a human-monkey hybrid embryo.  

Here’s the story behind what took place:  It was a joint project. The American team collaborated with a team from China, since China doesn’t have the same ethical restrictions on biotechnology as does the west.   The scientists kept the human-monkey hybrid alive for 20 days – much longer than in all earlier attempts. 20 days represents about 20 percent of a monkey’s development in the womb.  The embryos contained what analysts described as a shockingly high amount of human cells – about one-third of all cells. The human and monkey cells began ‘communicating’ with each other.  Each affected and changed the other.  The human cells began acting more like monkey cells and the monkey cells began acting more like human cells.   After the study was complete, the human-monkey embryos were destroyed.

The news provoked much controversy.  Never had this been done before.  One thing was clear – The line had been crossed.  And once that happens, things rarely go back to the way they were before.  And if it does go further, it means we will see the increased merging of man and animal – as well as the potential for the creation of new species.

The news of the ‘monkey man’ is indeed shocking to most sensitivities.  And yet it converges with biblical prophecy on several key points.  Biblical end-time prophecy speaks of an end-time civilization that is, in many ways, unnatural.  in the Book of Daniel, the fourth beast, typically understood as the civilization or state of the last days, is presented in the most unnatural terms.

At the same time, one of the characteristics of the pagan world was the creation and worship of creatures which were part human and part animal.  They were called ‘chimeras.’  We have witnessed a civilization that once knew God and that was once considered to be ‘Christian,’ now becoming increasingly post-Christian and anti-Christian.  We would expect that culture to manifest aspects of pagan civilization.  And so it has – only now it has the ability to fashion such images, not of clay and stone, but of DNA and life itself.

Lastly, one of the pictures presented in biblical prophecy concerning the end times is that of a civilization that elevates itself to the status of god – man as God – as in the Antichrist.  When that happens, man plays God.  Altering the chain of life, combining it with other chains, manipulating it, transforming it, and creating altered forms of life – is playing God.  Pride goes before a fall – and playing God never ends well.  Instead of producing life, man brings forth death.  Our civilization even has a parable concerning this – it’s called ‘Frankenstein.’ 

We have something better – not man as God, but God as man, Jesus, Yeshua, Messiah.  And instead of trying to be God, we worship Him and submit to His will. And by so doing we find life – true life and the purpose for which we were created.  This month seek not your own way, but seek to find His will and follow it in everything you do.  And may God greatly bless you as you do.

Your brother and co-laborer

 in His love and service,

Jonathan

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