The Past Predicts The Future
District Fellowship News
May, June 2008
Technology enables us to live lives we would have never thought possible before. Refrigeration has made food supplies safer and more plentiful. Transportation has progressed from walking to riding to flying. And communication is at an all time high with mobile phones, PDAs, wireless broadband, instantaneous connection. We can take pictures with our phones, transfer them on memory sticks, and broadcast our silliest moments on web pages. Actually we can even broadcast events live as they are happening to just about anyplace in the world.
It was not very long ago that the wildest dreamer could not have envisioned everyone being able to know about an event somewhere else in the world as it was happening. In the 1800’s or early 1900’s, the thought of supersonic flight or instant communication was the work of science fiction writers and fools, and yet thousands of years ago someone predicted that these things would be available. Now that’s unbelieveable!
Names may come to your mind such as Nostradamus (Didn’t he predict everything? Not really.), Da Vinci (He drew a flying machine, right? and had dreams for other inventions.). However, the correct answer also is the most obvious one, God. In a time when the fastest mode of transportation was by ship with the power of the wind, or on horseback, these words were written, “When they (the two witnesses) 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 people, 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 deaths of the two prophets who had tormented them. (NLT Rev. 11:7-10).
Think about that. In three and a half days, all people, languages, and nations will come to stare at the dead prophets. Not amazed yet, well the amazing thing about these words is that they were written in the first century. At the time these words were put on parchment, there was no possibility the world would even have heard about the prophets death in three and a half days. More likely, with the technology available in the first century it would have taken weeks or months, and yet in the next verse the Bible says all the people that belong to this world gave each other presents to celebrate the deaths of the two prophets. Someone knew about the advancements that would occur before the time the events in this prophecy would actually happen. Unbelievable!
That’s not the only reference that implies greater technological advances. You may be familiar with what is known as the mark of the beast. Without the mark no one would be able to buy or sell anything (Rev 13:17). It would have been hard to imagine this except on a local level occurring before the 21st century, but now with the widespread implementation of computer technology, electronic banking, etc. it would be a simple thing to implement around the world. Unbelievable?
This is not to say that we know the actual hows or whens these prophecies will be fulfilled. That’s not the important thing. The important thing is that someone knew that developments were going to happen to make their fulfillment possible. That there would be worldwide communication. Financial systems would be interconnected. There was a grand overarching scheme from past through present to future, and interestingly enough you are part of that story. Isn’t it time you took a look at what God has been saying? Your life has meaning because you are part of the narrative that started before Eden and will continue through eternity. Now, that’s BELIEVABLE!