Signs of the Times
One of my favorite topics is what is more commonly called ‘the End Times” or better yet “the End of the Age”. Yet, it is almost always controversial and at the same time a subject that so many are passionate about. Too often those in the body of Christ had rather debate than to closely examine what the text says. Here, I want to examine one of those ‘signs’ that indicate the times and days we are currently living in.
Unless you are a hermit in a cave in the desert or live in the wild bush of Alaska and probably won’t see this anyway you should realize the rapid growth of technology and knowledge in general. The speed by which we can communicate and the things we are able to do with our computers is totally astounding. Even better is the fact that most of it has developed in the past 20-25 years. People are able to travel faster, leaving one city and in just hours be on the other side of the world. We are able to use this technology to grow better crops and therefore feed more people, using methods never before known or not practical on a large scale.
What can man not do? It seems that question has been asked before, at least once in the Bible. So, what time are we living in? Is it good that we have so many technological, medicinal and scientific advances? Of course on the surface the obvious answer is yes. We are able to treat diseases and sickness faster, hospital in stay times are reduce and people are also eating better and living healthier. The food we grow now is considered healthier due to advances, and people are more knowledgeable about what they eat, and ways to live healthier lives.
On the other hand we have seen a rise in cyber crimes, and identity fraud over the past 15-20 years. In fact terms like cyberspace, cybercrime and bitcoin have only recently become part of our everyday vocabulary. I remember the first cell phone I bought for my wife was a big bag phone just for emergencies. That was 1994. Now, our phones are literally computers that store information and give us access to the world wide web. That includes all the witchcraft, filth, pornography, and every form of indecency known. You can also learn how to make a bomb or how to make dangerous, illicit drugs.
So, with all of that, does the good outweigh the bad and does the Bible indicate that this time we are living in would come? Was all this increase in ‘knowledge’ prophesied in the Bible? A quick look at Daniel chapter 12 gives the answer.
Chapter 12 starts out with the phrase “At that time”. The time the writer is referring to is found in the previous chapters and basically deals with the time that the man of lawlessness or the Antichrist comes on the scene. In short it is the time of the end of the age. Verse 1 of chapter 12 tells us it is indeed a time such as there never was before.
But what has all of this to do with increase of knowledge? In verse 4 of chapter 12 the writer of Daniel is told to “shut up the words and seal up the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase.” Surely the hour is at hand in which many are running to and fro.
First there are many many more people on the earth now and most are concentrated in cities, where transportation has modernized and they are going about at a rapid pace. At the same time air transportation and super speed trains have made it possible for many to run to and fro. Aren’t we running to and fro as it were on the internet? I can send a message or better yet video someone in China, in just seconds. Knowledge has certainly abounded both good and evil.
Finally, in verse 9 Daniel is told to go his way because the books have been closed up, until the time of the end. The verse ends by talking about the righteous purified and the wicked being more wicked, and none of them able to understand but the wise will understand. I believe if we are not in that day we certainly are in that time.
Verse 10 talks about the daily sacrifice ending, which happened once but is yet to be repeated. So, we are not quite at the end but we definitely are in the ‘time of the end’. We could have another 50 or so years, none of us really know. We must realize that we are definitely nearer than we ever have been and knowledge will only increase until at last the end of this age will come about.
Many in the church are going about as if it will never come about. They seem indifferent as to what really will happen or they just don’t believe the Word of God. I want to be one of those that are purified, made white and refined. I do not want to be led astray or deceived. Let’s continue to allow the “Refiner” to refine us, and prepare us, and yes let us use this knowledge for the building of the Church, the body of Christ. Use the advances to tear down the kingdom of darkness and bring light into the world.