Technology's Rapid Advance
I continue to be dumbfounded by critics who deride the notion of Christ's Second Coming because false prophets in years past have erroneously proclaimed the year and/or the day of His return.
Date setting certainly has no biblical basis, and the majority of Christians throughout history have had no hand in it.
In spite of this, Christians are commanded by the Lord to be alert and ready for His return at all times.
In fact, the Lord's promise to return for His people is known as "the blessed hope" among Christians. And those who believe in the fulfillment of this promise have been lumped by many non-believers into a general category with date setters.
This is a disastrous mistake because, although the bible condemns date setting for Christ's return, Jesus Himself commanded His followers to be alert to the signs of the times, stating that when they appear, they will be as clear as the weather signs in the sky.
Despite the clarity of this position, many critics continue to point to failed date setters or past generations who suggested their era might witness the fulfillment of the end times prophecies as solid evidence that Christ's Coming will never occur.
In their eyes, those who point out the fulfillment of bible prophecy in today's headlines are no different, and therefore, only serve to confirm that "everything has remained the same since the world began."
Little do they know that such an argument is actually confirmation of a bible prophecy recorded almost 2,000 years ago:
"Scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, 'What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.'" 2 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)
Is this true?
Has everything remained the same since the world first began?
Of course it hasn't.
From the U.K. Times:
The parents of the first British baby screened to be free of a breast cancer gene have spoken publicly about their "beautiful" daughter - and revealed that they plan to have more children free of the hereditary condition. The parents are remaining anonymous to protect the baby, who was born last week. They are pioneers of a breakthrough in the fight against "hereditary" cancer. Though the parents could conceive naturally, they underwent IVF and genetic screening because three generations of women in the husband's family had suffered from breast cancer. The procedure ensured that a gene associated with the cancer would not be present in the baby. [More...]
I could be wrong, but I don't think people were undergoing this procedure 2,000 years ago. They weren't even performing this procedure two years ago.
This article will inevitably spark a debate as to whether or not such a procedure is a good or bad development. I believe God has given us the tools to improve the human condition, and we should certainly do so. People have used life-saving surgical procedures and other techniques, such as the addition of pacemakers to improve and preserve life for some time now.
However, the bible warns that one day this power to manipulate God's creation will lead to a direct confrontation between the human race and God Almighty:
"Why do the nations rage? Why do the people waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against His Anointed One. 'Let us break their chains,' they cry. 'And free ourselves from this slavery.' But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them." Psalm 2:1-4 (NLT)
Once human beings remove the constraints of the biological bodies which currently enslave them, will they be content with what they have accomplished? Or is it more likely that human beings still enslaved by sin will use their enormous power in a feeble attempt to free themselves from God's rule?
From Yahoo Tech news:
China's fast-growing population of Internet users has risen to 298 million after passing the United States last year to become the world's largest, a government-sanctioned research group said Tuesday. The latest figure is a 41.9 percent increase over the same period last year, the China Internet Network Information Center said in a report. [More...]
As China's Internet population continues to explode, the world rushes inexorably closer to the day when every human on the planet will become part of a global network. As broadband capacity continues to expand on an exponential basis, even those who were considered the most impoverished people in the world just a decade or two ago will be sporting hand-held devices with live Internet feeds.
Could this be what enables the whole world to look upon the bodies of God's two witnesses in Revelation 11?
"When they complete their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the bottomless pit will declare war against them. He will conquer them and kill them. And their bodies will lie in the main street of Jerusalem, the city which is called 'Sodom' and 'Egypt,' the city where their Lord was crucified. And for three and a half days, all peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will come to stare at their bodies. No one will be allowed to bury them. All the people who belong to this world will give presents to each other to celebrate the death of the two prophets who had tormented them." Revelation 11:7-10 (NLT)
As I previously stated in The Technologies of Revelation:
The verse specifically says "all peoples, tribes, languages, and nations" will stare at their bodies, not "some of" the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations. In our day, the technology capable of bringing this event to fruition remains unavailable to much of the world's population. However, in the very near future, the cost of this technology will significantly decrease in proportion to its power, providing much of the Third World with the media access it currently lacks. As a result of a trend toward more powerful and cost-effective technologies, human progress will ultimately lead to the ubiquitous use of high-bandwidth video feeds on cell phones, PDAs, and other handheld devices most of us probably have yet to imagine. [More...]
Even the most casual observer has to admit that the world of today is quite different from the world of our ancestors.
The following video has been forwarded around the web, and I think it makes a great case for the nearness of Christ's return.
This presentation is a vivid illustration of the unique nature of the times in which we live. Human technological development is increasing at an exponential pace.
As previously stated in The Singularity and The Second Coming:
In the near future, the technological advance of human civilization will become so rapid today's human mind will be unable to comprehend its implications. The point in time at which this occurs is generally known as "the singularity," and many believe it will usher in a new era for the human race. Throughout the world, many intellectuals and futurists have noted their belief in the nearness of the singularity, with quite a few predicting it will occur within our generation. Jesus also foresaw the singularity, citing it as one of the foremost signs of the end of this age and the nearness of His Return. [More...]
According to Daniel, an exponential increase in knowledge will take place in the last days:
"But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase." Daniel 12:4 (NLT)
According to this verse, two things will markedly increase in the end times:
Not only will these things increase, but they will both do so exponentially.
So why do critics of Christ's Second Coming fail to acknowledge such obvious signs?
Because they lack the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and without the Holy Spirit, the truth about where this world is headed seems like utter foolishness:
"But people who aren't spiritual can't receive these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means." 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT)
But for those who are humble and seek the wisdom of God's Word, the times in which we live should be very clear.
Britt Gillette is the founder of End Times Bible Prophecy and the author of Coming To Jesus and Signs Of The Second Coming. Receive his book 7 Signs of the End Times for FREE when you sign up for his monthly newsletter.
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