07-Advancing Technology and Mobility
When I wrote earlier concerning earthquakes and famine as signs of approaching judgment, Matthew 24 was used as a source. However, the Lord reveals one more sign in Luke´s account of the Olivet Discourse. Remember, don´t seek after the signs, but after the Son of God.
“And great earthquakes shall be in different places and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”
In this verse there is yet another sign revealed unto us, “….fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” What is our Lord pointing to by this statement? For sure, this refers to the sun being darkened and the moon turned red, as well as other heavenly eruptions. But this can also point to man´s attempts to conquer outer space. The very reason why the heavens erupt during the 70th Week is probably due to proud, pompous men who think they have the power to overcome the heavens. Are the cataclysmic changes prophesied by the Lord actually God´s rejection of man´s proud accomplishments? Is God washing the heavens from the filth that Satan has put there?
Since World War Il, knowledge has become so intensified, that in 1957 man began exploring the universe. America and Russia sent satellites into orbit. Just twelve years later man walked on the moon. It took almost 6,000 years before man could fly an airplane, but after this, a mere 70 years before he landed on the moon. To people of Luke´s day, these events would be fearful sights, but to modern day students of God´s word, they are great signs of Jesus´ imminent return. Knowledge has produced great signs in Heaven.
This is in fulfillment of the prophecies of the prophet Daniel, about 2,500 years ago, who said that knowledge and mobility would increase at tremendous rates in the last days.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
Daniel´s prophecy is very clear that many words of prophecy would not be understood until the end. Is the picture becoming clearer in your mind that this is the time of the end? For centuries Bible students read the prophecies of Daniel with clouded understanding. But today all the words are being revealed by God. It is the time, and He does not want His people in ignorance.
Daniel says, “…many shall run to and fro…,” will be an end-time sign. This implies that the world´s population will be highly mobile and unsettled. One hundred years ago, it took wagon trains months to cross the nation. Today we can fly from New York to Los Angeles in several hours.
Remember, Jesus said in Luke 21:28,
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth near.”
That redemption is first the rapture of the body of Jesus Christ, who already have been redeemed in their spirits. One day soon we will hear a voice from Heaven shout, “Come up hither”, and in the twinkling of an eye we shall be changed and will behold our Lord. Have you received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord? Are you awaiting the final redemption of your body? Have you been redeemed in your heart? If not, please don´t resist Him any longer. He died as a substitute for you. Open your hearts to Him today.
Today, all the signs studied in this chapter are becoming clearer. They are gaining momentum as the days and months pass. Deception in the institutional church is more subtle than ever. The false teachers in sheep´s clothing are powerful, popular and political. Two dreadful world wars point to the battles that will bring the earth to Armageddon. The world cries for peace, prosperity and unity. Natural disasters are becoming more intense. The earth is erupting because of the sin of men. Those Christians who proclaim the truth of our Lord´s cross and imminent coming are becoming more of a thorn in the side of the lost and unsaved political and religious leaders. They preach unity, we preach His coming. The establishment of Israel as a nation, plus the conversion of Jews to Jesus at increasing rates should wake up the deepest of doubters. The next time you hop on a plane to cross the continent, remember that 2,500 years ago Daniel said you would!