The marvels of science and technology

Arno Froese

And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (Daniel 12:8-9).

The faithful prophet Daniel receives very peculiar instructions: the sealed book is not to be opened until the end times. We read in verse 4: “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.” Note the words, “the time of the end.” Question: when is “the time of the end”? The apostle Peter refers to the prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God…” (Acts 2:17a; cf. Heb 9:26). While Daniel was commanded to shut up the words, we realize that at Pentecost, the words were revealed. John writes, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14a). It is the Messiah of Israel, the King of the Jews, the Savior of the world, who opened the end times for us—now for more than 2,000 years.

We notice that Daniel at that time “understood not.” What did Daniel not understand? “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (verse 10). This is the beginning of the Gospel, prophesying of the righteousness which is in Christ. By it we are purified and segregated from the wicked one, for “the wicked shall do wickedly.” However, the Church “shall understand.” What do we understand? That the world is racing toward independence from God. How? The answer lies in one word: technology. The marvels of science and technology seem endless. Year after year, we read of new inventions—not by the hundreds, but literally by the millions.

This corresponds precisely with the words, “and knowledge shall be increased.” We have ample historic writings documenting the progress of mankind. For the first 1,800 years after the birth of the Church, little change occurred with technology. But then, with the Industrial Revolution, technology literally exploded. What was impossible just a few decades ago, is now taken for granted by children in grade school. Everyone knows how to use a computer or smartphone. At a touch of a button, research can be done using sources from literally around the world.

This also applies to transportation. Before the internal combustion engine was invented, man relied on the power of beasts, whether camel, donkey, horse, or ox. Today, one can travel around the world in mere hours. Regarding food, the overwhelming majority of the population in olden days was involved in agriculture, growing crops to sustain life. That has been reduced by technology to a rather insignificant industry, now comprising about 2% of the workforce. Yet that 2% produces an abundance of food, even wasting nearly half.

But science (“knowledge”) is not done yet.

An article in the Jerusalem Post was headlined, “Israeli ‘no checkout’ technology.” Here are some excerpts:

Is a “just walk out” shopping revolution on the way in Europe? Three of Europe’s biggest grocery retailers opened cashierless stores that allow customers to walk in, select their items, and walk out, without having to wait in checkout lines or scan any items.

“Some people are saying this is the biggest thing to happen this year in retail,” says Michael Gabay, CEO of Trigo, the Israeli company providing the system’s technology.

Shoppers at the Tesco Express store in central London and the REWE supermarket chain in Cologne, Germany got to experience the technology for the first time. After downloading the store’s app and creating a payment profile, shoppers must scan a QR code as they enter the store to get logged into the system. Then, after they walk around the store and choose their products, they can simply walk out of the store without doing anything else.

“We solve the three biggest complaints shoppers have,” Gabay says. “We eliminate waiting in line, we help make sure the store stocks enough of the products you want, and we help shoppers find products in the store with a floor map inside the application.”

Trigo plans to expand into the US market next year, and to work with other types of stores in the future, from department stores to electronics and toy stores. “Next year, we’ll be in dozens of stores, in two years, we’ll have hundreds of stores, and in five years, I expect we will be in thousands of stores. We have contracts for hundreds of stores already in place.”, 1 November 2021

While “just walk in and walk out” has been practiced for a while in some European countries, the technology developed in Israel seems to aim for world leadership. Thus, we see computer-based science able to keep record of individuals and the products they buy, as well as access their financial accounts. But in the end, the manmade system—in the Bible called the image of the beast—will also recognize those who have become true worshipers of the image and who not.

What is in store for us? Another mystery of forbidden revelation: “And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not” (Revelation 10:4). That is reserved for the believers; the ones purified and tried, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, “shall understand.”

Midnight Call - 03/2022

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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