Signs of The Times

Scientists think the world is billions of years old. This theory only brings me to further embrace the awesomeness and greatness of God. According to the scripture, with God one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The Scripture emphasizes that in the last days knowledge will be increased. This leads me to the conclusion that the signs of the times are being manifested in our presence. The Scripture talks about people encountering a time that never was before or that ever will be. We should take notice. The Word of God is true. It has only been the last couple of hundred years that technology has advanced to the degree we know today. We have no record of a previous time as we see it today.

Daniel 12:4 | Read whole chapter
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.

We need to note, the time Christ walked the face of this earth in a fleshly body and gave Himself the supreme sacrifice for our sin, will never happen again. Yes, He is coming back! His kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. He made that clear when He told Pilate, His kingdom is not of this world.

Just for a moment, think about how short the time has been since the first automobile was invented; the first airplane, the first steam engine, the first computer, the first television, the first electric light, the first microwave. So many of these have happened so recently, it certainly makes me stop and wonder.

The first powered airplane was in 1903, flown by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC. To show how recent this is, 1903 was the year my father-in-law was born. Before the first airplane was invented, a young boy working on a school project suggested to his school teacher and classmates that someday men would probably be flying through the air in machines as big as houses. Only in their wildest imagination could this ever happen, yet today it's a common occurrence. That young boy was my grandfather.

Along about the year of 1807 came the invention of the internal combustion engine, but 1886 is probably regarded as the year of the birth of the modern automobile. To show how crude and slow the first automobiles were, I read an article about the first 200 mile automobile race . Only one car finished the race and it took about 33 hours to complete. Compare that to the automobiles we drive now. It is easy to travel 200 miles in less than 3 hours today.

Another example is the electric light, which we so commonly use today. The inventor Thomas Alva Edison (in the USA) experimented with thousands of different filaments to find just the right materials to glow well and be long-lasting. In 1879, Edison discovered that a carbon filament in an oxygen-free bulb glowed but did not burn up for 40 hours. Edison eventually produced a bulb that could glow for over 1500 hours. To me this is another sign of the times. This event is so recent that my mother shared a story with us which really brings it to reality. As she was growing up some folks would either sing or recite this little poem. “I'm going down Broadway to see those sights, to see those things they call electric lights. I guess I know what I'm talking about, because they got 'em in a bottle and they can't get out.” Author unknown.

Also, just look at the vast communication we have today. Sending messages has gone from pigeon carriers being trained to carry messages, to instant messaging all over the world by way of telephone, smart phones, and Internet. Surely all these things are a sign of the times. Knowledge has certainly increased.

Just think about it for a minute, technology has increased so much that airplanes are now flying faster than the speed of sound and aircraft carriers are large enough for jet airplanes to land on their deck.
Trucks are large enough to haul hundreds of tons. Large buildings are being moved, basically in one piece, from one place to another. Rockets are loaded with enough fuel to launch hundreds of tons and send men to the moon and back. Knowledge has increased.

I admit many scientists acknowledge the fact that God is the architect of the universe, while some others may not want to even retain God in their knowledge. However, regardless of what they think, you can rest assured that every element that is discovered in all their inventions and scientific break throughs, God created every particle from the beginning. Man has only discovered ways to use or to abuse what is already here.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

You can rest assured, God will not be mocked. There are millions of things man hasn’t discovered. Though knowledge has increased, remember these words of wisdom: Fear God and keep His commandments.

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