What is the Mark of the Beast?

The Second Coming of Christ: The Mark of the Beast

Warm-up Question: When it comes to new technology are you an early, mid or late adopter? How do you respond to new technology?

Charles H. Duell, the director of the U.S. Patent office, in talking about how many technological inventions were being created, was once quoted as saying, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Can you believe he said that in the year 1899! Then there was Robert Milliken, Nobel Prize winner in physics, who said in 1923, “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” Then there is Lord Kelvin, president of England’s Royal Society (a scientific organization), he noted in 1885, “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.”

I remember in the 1990’s, when mobile phones became popular, thinking that this idea would never catch on. Why on earth would someone pay mega sums of money to carry a huge phone around on them like they were doing? How wrong could I get? Of course, we have a much smaller and smarter version now. The cell phone of today is virtually unrecognizable from the version that was first presented and marketed to the general public in 1987. The speed of technological change has been so fast it seems difficult for some of us to keep up. Many just opt out completely. I still have no way to communicate with certain people from my past in England, except through a “snail mail” letter that takes a week to get there. This is because some people feel uncomfortable with email or social media. See? Even our words have had to change. We have to create new catch phrases or words, or even acronyms to explain and accommodate the technological changes we live with. It is interesting to consider how the increase and advance of information, innovation and technology is changing our life at breakneck speed. And it causes us to consider what changes are we likely to see in the next twenty years, the next fifty? What will life be like for my children, my grandchildren? The speed of technological change in the last days is something that was spoken about 2500 years ago by the prophet Daniel:

3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4But 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 12:3-4 KJV).

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