By Nathan Jones
What if the Apostles had our modern day technology?
On Saturday, November 19, 2011, I was interviewed by host August Rosado of the BlogTalkRadio show Signs of the Times. August is a Bible prophecy teacher and preacher and founder of a ministry called Today in Bible Prophecy. He has and continues to be a personable guest on our television program Christ in Prophecy. He and I shared a little about who we are before tackling the subject of the meteoric growth of technology pointing to the Rapture happening soon.
Technology as an End Times Sign
August Rosado: Can you imagine if the Apostles 2,000 years ago had the Internet technology that you and me possess today? Can you imagine the impact? They had a major impact, don't get me wrong, but can you imagine if they had the technology that we have today? Can you imagine how they would have just turned this world upside down?
Nathan Jones: I believe that this very communications technology is indeed a sign of the end times. As a matter-of-fact, the prophet Daniel talked about how in the end times that technology would increase. People would go to and fro and knowledge would increase. Daniel 12:4 reads, "But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge." Daniel here is told how in the future of the end times information would spread at a rapid pace, and I believe too the Gospel will also spread over all the planet. The Internet is aiding us in doing just that.
On the negative side, I see the Internet as our own modern day Tower of Babel. The Internet is achieving everything the Tower of Babel was meant to do. It's increasing our knowledge and our connectivity as a people. Used in the right hands it's a tool of stunningly impacting good, but in the wrong hands it proliferates the easy accessibility to evil. Still, people shouldn't just throw out the Internet by saying it's the tool of the Devil. When some people tell me technology is evil, I take it as crazy talk by people scared of technology. The Internet is a merely a tool to reach people for God just like other established technologies such as radio and speaker systems.
August, you speculate about what God through Paul could have accomplished today had he had our technology. Well, our modern-day Paul — Billy Graham — a few years back gave one of his last sermons. He held a crusade of incredible scope which his organization streamed online. They used just about every technology possible to get it out to the masses. Supposedly, that crusade had the potential of reaching more people than all the people who were reached up from Jesus' time until now. That's the power of technology!
Of course, there are people groups out there who don't use technology, but it is decreasing so exponentially. I mean, just a few years back we hadn't any smart phones for instance. People didn't really check out the Internet over their phones. Once people really got into the cell phone phenomenon, the Internet almost doubled the opportunity to reach people. Think about it — doubled the amount of people that you could reach. The world went past the two billion Internet usage mark. When you think about how the world just hit seven billion people, we are talking about 2.5 billion or maybe even a third of the world that now can be reached over the Internet.
Language isn't much of a barrier over the Web because there are all sorts of translation programs. People frequently take our materials and repurpose them into their own languages as well. I think the Internet is the Lord's way of using us to get the Gospel out as quickly as possible because He is coming back really soon. And, we are leave our online presence as a time capsule for those who will be left behind so that they may understand the Rapture and have the biblical info to make a decision for Christ.
In the next part of this Interview by August, we'll discuss how understanding Bible prophecy gives Christians purpose.