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Was Today’s Technology Foretold in the Bible?
By Nathan Jones
Did you know that the Bible is just filled with technology? [Technology, from the Greek tekhnologia] The Bible records that since the most ancient of times, humanity has practically applied their knowledge to fix their problems and make things.
Agriculture (Genesis 2:15), Textiles (Genesis 3:7), Weaponry (Genesis 3:24), Tools (Genesis 4:2), Construction (Genesis 4:17), Mining (Genesis 4:22), Ship Building (Genesis 6:14-16), Fermenting (Genesis 9:20-21), Medicine (Genesis 50:2,26), The Wheel for Transportation (Exodus 14:25), Writing (Ex. 17:14), Tentmaking (Exodus 28:3; 35:31), Craftsmanship/Musical Instruments (Psalm 150).
And, did you know that many of today’s technologies were foretold in the Bible more than 2,000 years ago? And, have you noticed with each passing advancement technology has been climbing faster and steeper up an exponential curve?
Where is all this going? Let’s explore just eight of the end time signs related to technology foretold in the Bible.
Sign #1 — Knowledge
Over 2,500 years ago, the prophet Daniel was given a vision of the future. Confused, Daniel asked the messenger angel for its meaning. The angel replied:
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” – (Daniel 12:4)
Daniel just couldn’t possibly understand these end time prophecies because certain events and advancements in technology would have to happen first that would greatly increase our knowledge. Today, a world of information is available at our fingertips.
What technologies have helped facilitate our massive growth in knowledge?
Sign #2 — Transportation
The Bible also revealed that, besides knowledge, travel would also greatly increase (Daniel 12:4). Stop and think of where we were just a single century ago when people traveled on horseback and rarely left their hometown. Today, people travel all over the world, and beyond.
Sign #3 — The Mark of the Beast
The Bible prophesied that the entire world will eventually become integrated into a one-world system of commerce.
“He also forced everyone…to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark…” – (Revelation 13:16-17)
Those loyal to the State will be allowed to eat, and those who are not, will starve. What kind of technology would make this Mark possible?
Sign #4 — Evangelism
Jesus foretold that just before He institutes His Kingdom the whole world will have heard the Gospel.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” – (Matthew 24:14)
The Good News of Jesus Christ has reached almost every remote place on the planet. What technologies have helped make this rapid spread possible?
Sign #5 — The Image of the Antichrist
The coming one-world ruler will command the world to worship his “living” image. His False Prophet will enforce the worship with seemingly miraculous acts involving fire.
“And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down… He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak…” – (Revelation 13:13-15)
What technologies appear as fire falling down from space? And, what technologies make an image appear alive?
Sign #6 — Population Explosion
The Bible foretold of a 200 million man army marching from the east, prophesied at a time when the whole world’s population was barely that number.
“The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.” – (Revelation 9:16)
What technologies would allow the human population to grow into the billions and so create such a massive army?
Sign #7 — Nuclear Weapons
The Bible also describes how in the end times the world’s nuclear arsenal will finally and tragically be released.
“The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place…” – (Revelation 6:14-15)
While God’s restraint has so far kept those weapons at bay, these verses — Isaiah 17:14; Zechariah 14:12; Luke 21:26; Revelation 6:14-15; 8:7; 9:18 — foretell a nuclear holocaust will be unleashed that will destroy much of the earth. Nuclear weapons require the most advanced levels of technology.
Sign #8 — Limitations
At the war to end all wars — Armageddon — the Bible describes how all of humanity will be gathered to fight in one place — Israel.
“All the nations of the earth are gathered against her.” – (Zechariah 12:1-3)
To gather all people means there cannot be people living in space stations, or on the moon, or other planets, which means we’ve gone as far as we were meant to go in space travel. And, tied to the fact that the rare earth metals we use to construct today’s technologies are running low, we’ve just about reached the upper limit of our technology.
What’s so remarkable about the tremendous advancement in technology and the exponential pace at which it has developed? Today’s technology heralds the soon return of Jesus Christ.
Are you ready for the return of the King? Have you asked Jesus to be your Savior?