We are in amazing times. Some say they believe we’re in the Biblical end times. Others think we’re on the verge of some sort of spiritual awakening. Still others say we’re learning that all of it is wrong. Who’s correct?
The reality is this: nobody is correct. If you believe that a Biblical worldview is the correct one, then you also must understand that we are meant to know certain things but that we’re incapable of understanding the big picture in our current forms. It is possible that when those saved by the Blood of Yeshua are translated into our new forms, that then we’ll gain the ability to understand the big picture, but nobody will know for sure until we’re there.
There is also plenty of “evidence” out there that points to an awakening of sorts. This could be in the form of revelation regarding ancient knowledge, a return of those who “seeded” us (if you believe in panspermia), or even a scientific melding into the spiritual world where all of some become “enlightened” in some way. This new age model often forms around the concepts of transhumanism and combines mysticism with scientific advancements.
Then, there are those who believe it’s all just a big accident. Life has no meaning other than what we do while we’re here and the memories that may or may not be passed down through generations. This worldview, despite protests by its believers, really does fall into line with the transhumanism concept other than a focus on pure science rather than any form of spiritualism.
We know for certain that the Biblical worldview is the correct one, but I’m not here to convince you of that in this article. Instead, I want to warn you about the component of modern society that is currently being used for and against us: information.
Knowledge Shall Be Increased
One of the most compelling arguments for today being the beginning (or even middle) of the Biblical end times is the increase of knowledge. Yes, human knowledge has been increasing for longer than history records, but few would argue that today’s increase isn’t exponential in comparison with just a decade ago. The Internet and other technological advancements in communication and collaboration have eliminated many of the barriers that kept knowledge lower until recently.
Let’s look at the prophetic telling of knowledge in the Book of Daniel:
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.Daniel 12:4 (KJV)
We will discuss the book that was shut up until the time of the end in a future article, but for now let’s focus on the last half of the verse. There are plenty of interpretations for many running to and fro as well as knowledge being increased, but with the latter it certainly seems possible that we’re living in those times. If “many shall run to and fro” refers to the rise of travel both locally as well as across the world, then that would fit into today’s time as well.
Today, anyone can share the Gospel. We can discuss it. We can debate it. The Internet has given us a venue to spread the Word.
Whether this is the Biblical end times or if it’s in the distant future, we won’t know until things start really shaking up (literally), but one thing is absolutely certain: this rise in communication technology has allowed for the best and worst parts of society to flourish.
The best part is that we’re now able to do so much more with the Word of God than any time in the past. A decade ago, sharing the Gospel with someone outside of the area, let alone in a different country, meant getting out and participating in missions or writing books. Today, anyone can share the Gospel. We can discuss it. We can debate it. The Internet has given us a venue to spread the Word.
The worst part is that there is so much evil and misleading information available that the opposite effect is happening as well. More people are falling away from the faith every day because of things they read, videos they watch, or discussions they have online. For every excellent sermon posted on YouTube, there are dozens of videos that deny God’s existence or spread information about false religions. For every blog about the Gospel, there are thousands of secular blogs that deny the Gospel.
A perfect example of the disparity between good and bad online is Reddit. The 6th most popular site in the United States is divided into subreddits that users can follow. They share links, have discussions, and promote agendas in a bulk format every day. The Christianity subreddit is able to boast having over 179,000 subscribers. On the other hand, the Atheism subreddit has over 2.3 million.
This isn’t a call for more Christians to participate in spreading the Gospel online. That is a concept that we have promoted before, but it’s simply not for everyone and that’s not the important message of this article. The real message is this: be careful. Parts of the truth are online but many more parts of the great deceptions are online as well. It’s easy to be swayed by the wrong messages or guided in the wrong directions.
If you use technology to gain a better understanding of faith, you must wear the Armor of God. Pray and be discerning of what you learn. Many things that seem to be promoting a good message are designed to mislead you down a false path.