Advanced technology is crucial to End Times prophecy. This article will be divided into three sections: Current changes and advancements in significant technology; explanations of technology; and why it is important in prophecy.
Timeline of Significant Technological ID Advancements
December 2016, Uber launches its first fleet of self-driving cars in San Francisco.
2015 and 2016: Heads of Google and its DeepMind Project at Bilderberg giving Technology talks. For more on DeepMind: END TIMES: The DEEPMIND High TECH CHIP
2014: Google buys DeepMind corporation for $650 million and works on ‘swallowable chip’
2013: Freescale Semiconductors developed ‘the world’s smallest ARM-powered chip, the Kinetis K102, the size of two ants, about 2mm long. The K102 has 32K of flash memory, 4K of RAM, and a 32 bit processor. “It’s small enough to swallow” and was said to be tested for medical purposes.
2013: Digital Angel merged with Veriteq (who owned Sicel’s implantable dosimeter products).
2011: PositiveID developed GlucoChip which has a glucose-sensing implant microchip.
2011: VeriMed mircochip implanted under the skin contains a unique identification number that can be scanned to ID patient and access their health information (for ages 12 and older). Verichip is owned by PositiveID.
2010: DeepMind founded in London; co-founder Demis Hassabis was a Chess master at age 13 and 5-times World Games Champion.
2010: PositiveID no longer developed RFID tags; but does biological detection systems (for ebola, SARS, etc.) for homeland security and medical testing.
2009: VeriChip RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) FDA approved human implant chip used for medical purposes.
2008: Prisons in California, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota deployed RFID tracking systems to monitor inmates.
2007: Hitachi produced the smallest RFID chips at .05 x .05 millimeters. It had a 128 bit ROM for storing a unique 38 digit number.
2007: SOMARK, ‘a leader in lab animal identification’ offers RFID ink tattoo technology for tracking livestock and pets. The antenna-less tattoo is scanned with a RF reader.
2004: Food and Drug Administration approved the VeriChip human-implantable microchip by Digital Angel.
2003: Walmart announces that its suppliers will have to use RFID technology by 2006.
2000: Continue to miniaturize RFID technology and make it less expensive.
1998: Professor Kevin Warwick is implanted with a RFID chip.
1994: Railroad Companies use RFID detection system to track cars.
1990s: RFID used globally for a myriad of consumer and corporate uses.
1980s: Worldwide RFID is used for transportation systems, animal tracking, business applications; and in certain places used on prisoner tags and for military purposes.
1979: RFID implant chips developed.
1978: Raytheon’s IFF transponders in Jet fighters.
1973: Mario Cardullo received a patent for a RFID tag with rewritable memory. Charles Walton received a patent for a transponder used to unlock a door without a key.
1970: Department of Energy through Los Alamos National Laboratory works on system to track nuclear materials. They also produced RFID tags to track cows for the Department of Agricultural.
1966: Security tags begin using RFID technology. EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) becomes popular use of RFID Technology.
1959: IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) long range RFID system in use.
1948: Harry Stockman advances RFID (Radio-frequency identification) technology and wrote article “Communication by Means of Reflected Power.”
Late 1940’s: Radar technology used frequency waves to identify aircraft.
1935: Robert Watson-Watt works on radio plane warning system.
1920’s: Radar was developed.
A Brief Explanation of Technology
The word ‘technology’ comes from two ancient Greek words ‘techne’ and ‘logia.’ It refers to art or skill, and word or to speak; and although in English ‘logy’ is most often used to mean ‘study of,’ here it also ‘speaks of’ or describes the subject. Before what has been called the ‘Age of Industrialization,’ the 1828 Webster, American Dictionary of the English Language stated: “Technology, noun [Gr. Art, and word or discourse.] 1. A description of arts; or a treatise on the arts…” “Technological, adjective; pertaining to technology; pertaining to the arts…” “Art, noun; the disposition or modification of things by human skill… skill… power of performing certain actions, acquired by experience, study or observation…” Now a modern definition of technology is the use of scientific knowledge and skills to accomplish or perform various objectives and operations.
Since Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was chartered in 1861, the term technology and its related fields have been broadened vastly. In 1937, the American Sociological Review reported that ‘Technology includes all tools, machines, utensils, weapons, instruments, housing, clothing, communicating and transporting devices and the skills by which we produce and use them.’ Today fields are overlapping and splitting in relation to science, engineering and technology.
Why is technology an important factor in End Times or Last Days prophecy?
What distinguishes the times we live in and how they differ from other times in biblical prophecy? In 70 AD sieged engines existed which could and did destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem (Matt. 24:2). And though the Roman armies could have possibly killed a fourth of all people (Rev. 6:4,8) in Europe and Asia; they could not have done it in a very short period of months and likely would have been defeated after the eventual loss of soldiers and resources.
Likewise, it was possible for the ‘Gospel to be preached’ ‘in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Sumeria’ and most of the known world (Acts 1:7; Matt. 24:14; Mark 13:10) during the time of the early church fathers and early centuries of Christianity; but not to ‘the ends of the world.’ Moreover, technology for communication, monitoring, tracking and other such things that that the administration of the Antichrist will need and use were not invented until the 20th century and are in the process of being advanced in the 21st century.
There will be technologies used during the Great Tribulation or the 42 months of persecution by the Antichrist and the period leading to that time. Since sometime between the 1970s and today, nations – specifically Russia, China and the United States – have amassed enough nuclear weapons to kill a fourth of mankind, and to cause famine, earthquakes, and poison the rivers and lakes which will cause hundreds of millions more to die (Matt. 24:7; Mark 13:8; Rev. 6:8; 8:10). See: NUCLEAR WEAPONS: History and Status
And with print technology, telecommunications, radio and internet media the gospel of Jesus Christ can reasonably in a very short period of time be preached to all nations. And likewise, in a matter of months the Temple of Jerusalem could be built if all the conditions were favorable.
And we are living in the last days when technology is currently being advanced that could be used to fulfill this prophecy: the Antichrist, ‘he causes all… to receive a mark on their hand or forehead, and no one may buy or sell who does not have the mark or name of the beast… (Rev. 13:16-17).’ When Universal Product Code (UPC) or barcodes began showing up on products in 1974, certain people said it would be used for the mark; and by 2004, about 85% of the largest 500 companies in the US were using UPCs.
But UPCs do not have the ability in and of themselves to be tracked on a human. And even when Graphite skin tattoos with RFIDs (Radi0-frequency Identification) were developed they could not be tracked from far distances. However, now Google is working on their DeepMind Project; and this ‘swallowable’ capsule with computer chip can be tracked across the globe if the person has a cellphone, car or other computer devices near.