For years we’ve heard that Jesus is coming very soon. That fact is more real than ever before. It’s important to note that Bible prophecy is very clear concerning events that will take place before and after the rapture.
The duration of the tribulation is only seven years. That isn’t a long time in the light of world events. Meaning the antichrist system won’t have time to set up their infrastructure after Jesus comes, it will have to already be in place for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled as quickly as God’s Word reveals.
Here are five technologies that must be in place for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled. (Hint: They already are.)
1. Nuclear Weaponry
One very interesting technology that may be described in the Bible is nuclear war. Without question, the governments of the world are on edge about the growing nuclear threat.
The Word of God describes what will happen to the armies of nations who align themselves against Israel in the end times:
And this shall be the plague wherewith Jehovah will smite all the peoples that have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
(Zechariah 14:12 ASV)
One possibility scholars suggest could explain flesh being consumed away while the army is still standing and eyes and tongues being consumed or melted away in their heads is a nuclear war.
One thing is clear, God will stand on Israel’s side and fight for his chosen people. Israel and the nations that oppose her already have access to and are developing nuclear weapons. Most recently, Iran secured the right to enrich uranium. According to former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s desire is to wipe Israel off of the map.
2. The Implantable Microchip (Possible Mark of the Beast Tech?)
Old, cheaply-made movies about the tribulation produced by Christian groups depicted sinners who had been left behind with barcodes or the number “666” written on their foreheads.
As time moves forward, we realize that the Mark of the Beast will have to be something much more intricate to control the world’s economic system. Consider how the Bible describes the Mark will function in society:
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17 NASB)
In recent days, we have seen emerging technology for the implantable microchip which would solve this problem. It’s important to note that this is not a technology that’s coming in the future; it’s here now.
The publicly traded company Positive ID, previously known as the VeriChip Corporation, has developed the functional technology to implant Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips to monitor and store health information. After an outcry from “conspiracy theorists” and critics, they allegedly decided to abandon their production of the chips. However, the tech is functional and available for the future.
This is the same technology that could easily store your bank account information and allow you to pay for products using your hand with Near Field Communications (NFC) in the same way we’re now paying for things using our phones and smart watches with Google Wallet and ApplePay. The future is here.
3. Live Streaming & Mobile Tech
The Bible is pretty clear that as the earth is brought under the control of a one-world government and dictatorship that technology will play a large part in that control.
One of the events that will cause the entire world to be amazed and follow the antichrist is his resurrection after his assassination. Look at Revelation 13:
I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; (Revelation 13:3 NASB)
Until recently, this was believed to be figurative by many Bible scholars because they couldn’t comprehend how the entire world would see an event take place simultaneously. Live streaming and mobile technology solve that problem.
It blows my mind that I was able to watch the World Cup live on my iPhone in the car as we traveled across the country. As technology continues to increase (some say doubling upon itself each year), imagine what will be available by the time the Antichrist takes power.
4. Expedited Travel Options
According to the Word of God, expedited travel options will be a sign of the end of time. Within the last 100 years, we have seen the arrival of commercial airlines, bullet trains that travel hundreds of miles per hour, and interstates and regional highways. Some suggest that these expedited travel options help fulfill the prophecy given by Daniel that says:
But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth… (Daniel 12:4 NASB)
Without a doubt, we are living in the generation that has seen this prophecy come to pass.
5. The Internet
Within that same prophecy, we find the fifth and final technological advancement that signals the imminent return of Jesus Christ—increased knowledge.
But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.(Daniel 12:4 NASB)
If there was ever a time that knowledge was increasing, it’s now. Consider this:
• 90% of scientists who have ever lived are alive today
• Roughly 50% of the world’s inventions have been invented in the last 25 years.
One report I read said that the internet doubles in size every 7 months. Gone are the days where you have to travel to a library or break out an encyclopedia to do research.
A quick Google search or two on your phone will most likely give you whatever answer you need. Whether you believe that this verse is speaking about increased knowledge of end-time prophecy or knowledge in general, we are now living in that day.
Now is the time to win souls for Christ as quickly as possible. For that reason, I want to recommend my recent podcast episode: 4 Must-Haves of an Effective Soul Winner. This will equip you to be a lethal force against the kingdom of darkness.
Jesus is coming soon. Act accordingly.