The Blucher locomotive in 1814 had the capability to travel at 4 miles per hour. About 200 years later, modern trains, such as the Maglev (magnetic levitation) train, travel at top speeds of 360 miles per hour. This progress in train travel occurred in less than two centuries. Of course, the Space Shuttle travels in orbit around the earth at 17,000 miles per hour. The Challenger blew up as it approached 18,000 miles per hour. So, in less than 2 centuries man has gone from 4 miles per hour to 17,000 miles per hour using mechanical travel.
In knowledge, there has been even more progress.
By using the criteria of “the speed with which our knowledge base changes”, from one AD to 1500 (total of 1500 years) there was a doubling of knowledge. From 1500 to 1750 (total of 250 years) there was another doubling of knowledge. Then from 1750 to 1900 (150 years) there was another doubling of knowledge. In the twentieth century there was an explosion of knowledge. From 1900 to 1950 (50 years) there was another doubling of knowledge. Then from 1950 to 1960 (10 years) there was another doubling of knowledge. After 1960, knowledge started to double in time spans of 5 years or less. At the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the amount of knowledge in the world is now doubling approximately every 18 months according to the American Society of Training and Documentation (ASTD).
Do you realize this increase in transportation and knowledge was predicted? It was prophesied over 2400 years ago.
After having had a profound and disturbing vision of the future, Daniel got this information from the Eternal: “But you, 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” (Daniel 12:4).
The time of the end is identified as a time when knowledge will be increased and people will be traveling all over the earth. The book (Daniel) was sealed up until the time of the end. We are approaching the time of the end and the book of Daniel is now becoming unsealed (revealed). The book of Daniel complements the book of Revelation, which provides the time frame.
The events in the next few years will be life-changing for everyone. A small number will remain bitter to the end. But many non-religious individuals will start to seek a more balanced way of life. Many religious people will start to alter their beliefs as they see that end time events do not precisely fit with their projected vision of the end. There will be the great disappointment for many as belief systems crumble under the weight of experience and reality. On the other hand, there will also be hope, as the gospel will be spread throughout the entire earth for the first time to every nation.
“…this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). Less than one thousandth of one percent of the world’s population has even heard the gospel. Have you heard it? Don’t be so sure. Request the booklet “The Real Gospel of the Real Kingdom”, free from firstname.lastname@example.org. You have nothing to lose but your misconceptions. It is a real eye opener.
The last three and a half years before the return of the Son of man, will be awful times, times of extreme stress, hardship, and persecution. It just makes good sense that people would be provided with information that shows the mind-blowing wonderful time that is coming after the tribulation and the Day of the Lord for those who are willing to surrender to the will of God and the leadership of the returning Messiah. That information is the gospel.
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