By Nathan Jones
Does Daniel 12:4 predict an increase in technology in the last days?
On the April 16th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how social media has made a huge shift in how we do online evangelism. We also touched on prophecies that mention the increase of knowledge in the last days and that connection with today's electronics savvy generation.
Daniel on Technology
Bill Salus: In Daniel 12:4 we are told that in the end times many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase. The verse 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."
I understand that can have multiple meanings such as prophetic discernment will be increasing as we start to see signs of the final stage being set, but do you think this prophecy from Daniel has a technological inference as well?
Nathan Jones: There is no doubt in my mind. Just look at the amazing advances in information and the technological changes we've witnessed in just the last few years, unlike anything seen in all of history.
When I first started getting into computers in the late 90's I started off as a Web Developer and Designer. Technology and computers would change every three years. Within five years the technological advancements increased to double every year and a half. Now in this day in 2012, we are looking at almost every six months a technological revolution occurring. Technology continues to grow faster and stronger and better.
Technology has advanced to the point where we can literally reach across the entire world. As a matter of fact, Billy Graham's last crusade was broadcast through the Internet and radio literally to every country on the planet. He had more people with the potential to listen to that crusade than any time in human history.
Obviously, technology and the inspiration to develop it comes from God and how believers can use it comes from the Holy Spirit. I really believe in this end time age the Lord is giving the Church the means to fulfill the need to be able to go out and reach people for Christ using these new technologies. Technology in evangelism started with the printing press, then the radio, next television, and now to the Internet to reach people for Christ like we've never been able to reach them before.
The results confirm the reach. I can see this truth when I look at our statistics on our website, on our blog, and various videos on YouTube and social networks, that we have people literally all over the planet coming in and checking out the Gospel message we've put on our website and other online venues.
These are exciting times! Bill, you with your website and your books know what online evangelism is all about. It's time all Christians join in as well on this new evangelism wave to get the message out, for such broad-reaching advances mean that our time to share is short. Daniel in writing that prophecy concerning knowledge and technology confirms that the time is short because the angelic messenger told Daniel to seal up that information until the last days. Technology and ease of how we share information proves we're in the end times, and so Jesus is going to come very soon. In the meantime, God's giving us Christians the best tools possible to reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible before He returns.
Partnering in E-vangelism
Bill Salus: I'm very thankful that Lamb & Lion is maximizing the usage of the technologies to spread the Gospel and advance the Kingdom.
Nathan Jones: We praise the Lord for them! Without our Prophecy Partners coming alongside of us we could never get this outreach going.
Bill Salus: They're fantastic and I want to encourage people to help in Lamb & Lion's ministry efforts. If someone is interested in partnering with Lamb & Lion, I noticed on your website there's an ability to become a Prophecy Partner, correct?
Nathan Jones: Yes. Just click the Become a Prophecy Partner button and we will be more than happy to tell you how you can serve the Lord through Lamb & Lion Ministries in getting the Good News out.
In the next part of this interview on advancing the Gospel through social media, Bill and I will look at an impacting "left behind" message.