The Proliferation of Computers and Mass Communications.
By Dave White
Chapter 5 of Dave Whites After the Vanishing.
The most breathtaking of end times biblical prophecy is surely the book of Revelation, chapter 13. This is where the plans of the antichrist and his false prophet are revealed.
We will deal with all of these plans in detail later, but for now, we want to show how this whole scenario, written and predicted 2,000 years ago could not have happened without computer technology and mass communication as we know it today. Remember, the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation while in prison on the Island of Patmos in AD 95.
Revelation Chapter 13, beginning in verse1,
And the dragon stood on the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.
And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the Dragon (Satan) gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
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;
they worshipped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, “who is able to wage war with him ?”
Notice in verse 2 the beast was given a throne, meaning he was a dictator of some kind. In verse 3 He had some kind of fatal wound that was miraculously healed and the whole earth was amazed and followed after him.
How could the whole earth be amazed? They would’ve had to have witnessed it for themselves; most likely via television. In any other era, people simply would not believe it or wouldn’t care. It would only have meaning in the general time frame that you are living in now. Just think about the last few years of the 1990’s. Think of all the conflicts the UN has been involved in. In the days leading up to the rapture, the newspapers were filled with stories regarding conflicts the whole world was involved in. Whether the story was about the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran, Iraq, The former Soviet Union or China. Whichever the case when have we, as just regular citizens been so concerned and fearful about “Global” issues?
And in what other time could the “whole earth” say (verse 4) “who is able to wage war with him”.
Watch for the man.
And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.
All who dwell on the earth will worship him…
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.
He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.
He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.
And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.
Again, these prophecies have to take place at a time of instant communication, otherwise who would believe it without seeing? Notice verse 13; He performs great signs even making fire come down from heaven. Would you believe any of this to the point of worshipping some future leader without seeing the miracles with your own eyes? Beware, it’s all about to happen. Jesus warned us; DO NOT BE DECEIVED.
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 sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred sixty six (666).
We’ve all kidded about this prophecy at one time or another. It was a quite a big joke until recently.
Now, let’s think about this; how could any future leader dictate that no one could either buy or sell without taking the mark of the beast on the right hand or the forehead? The answer? Only with very sophisticated computers. Don’t forget, John wrote this prophecy 1900 years ago. At the time of this writing (2000) the technology already exists to completely implement a program identical to that described above.
All it would take is a microscopic injection of plastic in your right hand or forehead and then a laser scan to “download” all of your personal information, and presto; no need for credit cards, debit cards, grocery cards, cash, checks, bills, you name it. Every thing you need will be contained on that little computer chip.
The actors on the world stage are all in place. They have simply been waiting for the crisis that will force the nations and the peoples of the world to forgo their petty nationalist ideas (and freedoms) and join a New World Order of peace and brotherhood. Is The Rapture that event? The sad fact is the bible predicts that most will be deceived and will follow antichrist to destruction. For to take the mark is to pledge allegiance to Satan. The bible says everyone will be warned not take the mark. There are no excuses. Don’t do it. Don’t take the mark. Consider Jesus Christ, who,
“while we were still helpless at the right time died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
He didn’t die just for the rich or powerful. He died for everyone.
“For God so loved the world the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Is there any other time but now for these prophecies to be fulfilled?