As I’ve stated many times the only one who can predict the future is the one who controls the future and that’s the great God of the Bible. And most prophecy in the Bible is end time prophecy and the reason that is true is because most people will live in the end times. Right now there are over 7 ½ billion people living on the earth, the most ever and growing rapidly
So today, I want to talk about two signs today, that clearly point to the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. They are in the book of Daniel the 12th chapter. and point us over 2,600 yrs in the future, to a time when there would be an explosion in travel and communications in the last days. Daniel wrote these words: “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 12:4). And friends, over thousands of years of history, the increase in travel and the level of knowledge only increased incrementally, and In some generations not at all. Yet, in just the last century alone, there has been an explosion of travel and knowledge beyond anything ever experienced in human history, and recently, it was calculated that the sum total of all human knowledge has been growing so quickly that it literally doubles every 20 months. And additionally, the speed of transportation has also exploded exponentially in the last century as well.
Now the Old Testament had a lot to say to us today about the last days, and isn’t it interesting that centuries ago, God would tell Daniel to seal up these words and when the end times comes you’ll know, because people would be going back and forth traveling a lot, and knowledge will increase? Well, is that true today? Of course, and folks this is not at all subjective, there is no doubt we’re living in a day when travel and knowledge have increased exponentially! Let me give you an example of that; only about 200 years ago the average person could only travel 20 to 30 miles a day. A healthy person could only walk, without carrying much, bout 20 miles a day. And so a healthy person could go maybe 25 miles on a horse before they’d have to take a long rest. Now maybe if you had a real good horse or a team of horses you could or go a little bit further, but the reason that most towns are only about 20 or 30 miles apart today is because a couple 100 years ago that was as far as people could travel in a day. Transportation wasn’t even invented until the 19th century & cars weren’t really, invented till the 20th century. Now, I know that the original inventions were before that, but they weren’t yet very popular or affordable as a means of mass transportation. People traveled by steam trains, boats and ships, until the 20th century, only a little over 100 years ago when Henry Ford began to make cars in a mass way that was affordable for the average person.
When I was a boy growing up, people didn’t fly very much; it was very expensive and only for the wealthy, and air travel was not all that popular then. So for thousands of years, you didn’t go very far, in fact, in the civil war more men died of disease than died in the war, because they had never been out of their own county, and they didn’t have resistance to other people’s germs because they didn’t socialize like we do today because travel was so limited..
In fact, my grandpa, never left the county he was born in until he enlisted in the Army in WW1. But today, there are over about 8500 airplanes in the air at any given time, and people are going all over the world in just hours. A few airlines say in the next year or two, they’re going to be having commercial flights across the world in less than three hours. Friends, only 25 yrs ago that was unheard of, not to mention that our space shuttle travels at over 18,000 miles an hour and the average person can go around the world in less than a day. So has travel increased? Yes, absolutely!
Now how about knowledge? Again, the explosion has been exponential! Let’s go back to the future several centuries ago; a father and mother had a son or a daughter and they taught them what they knew. When their parents died, they had children and they taught them what they knew, and so on, and things rarely ever changed, I mean they may have improved on the belt buckle of a horse or someone may have written some new books in their lifetime, but really not much changed over the centuries and everything pretty much stayed the same from generation to generation. That is until the modern age.
I remember reading this one time, so it may not be exact, but I believe that you’ll understand it’s pretty accurate ok? Since ancient times, knowledge didn’t double for the first time until the 19th century during the industrial revolution. And knowledge didn’t double again until the middle of the 20th century for the second time. And then in another 20 years, that knowledge had doubled for the third time, and then around 1990, with the advent of computers and cell phones, knowledge had doubled again. And then only five years later it had doubled even again. But today, knowledge is doubling every 18 to 24 months, and folks, what we know right now will have doubled two years from now! Astounding, yet the prophet Daniel predicted it almost 2,600 yrs ago. Amen!
In closing, today, with nanotechnology, they can put a computer on the head of a pin that is more powerful than just 20 years ago, could have been held on an entire University library, or even all of the computers they had then. So technology is absolutely exploding in our lifetime. And friends, that’s new to our generation and it is just one of many fulfilled ancient prophecies we see today, and one of many signs that Jesus said would signal that His coming is near! The Lord Jesus said in Luke 21:28 “Now when you see all these things beginning to happen, look up and lift up your heads because your redemption draws near”.
In closing friends this is Rev Ron saying God bless you all and never forget – MARANATHA – COME LORD JESUS!!!