What will be the future of technology once into the Tribulation?
On the March 25th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how technology plays a role in end times Bible prophecy.
The Future of Technology
Bill Salus: Technology develops so rapidly. You said you had a typewriter when you were in college. I remember when I first started my business the fax machine was a big thing, and now I hardly ever use it because it is all email and scanning. When I got my first cell phone it was the size of a loaf of bread it seemed like, and I felt I could launch a rocket with it. But now, I’ve got one that I can fit inside my shirt pocket. I can Skype, I can shoot videos, I can be on the Internet and I can retrieve emails. This has all happened within 10-15 years.
Where do you see this rapid progression of technology going? Is it going to continue to improve to a point where we can’t even imagine what it is going to end up like?
Nathan Jones: Just in the last 10 years of technology that I have been involved with, I have seen incredible advancements. It’s almost impossible even working in the world of technology to stay up to date. Most guys who get into technology within 3-5 years become project managers because the technology out paces them and then they have to bring in a new slew of graduates or even high schoolers to start programming and developing.
It used to be every three years there would be a technological revolution, but now it is every year and a half. Just recently with the introduction of the iPad and other tablets and the iPhones, we’ve seen a major technological revolution of how people use computers. The desktop that sits on your desk is giving way to the laptop, which is now going to portable devices.
Keeping up with all the amazing technology can be difficult. I checked out 3D televisions the other day. Can you imagine if the next generation of televisions could project via hologram? We might actually be inside our televisions within 10-15 years at the rate technology is increasing.
On the other hand, we are also seeing a slow down of technology in some areas. Space science for instance has hit a stand still. Most nations don’t really want to develop it. We’ve mothballed our shuttle program. Iran last sent up some earth worms, so that is about as high tech as we are getting.
We know that when the Tribulation comes on the world that there is not going to be people living on other planets, because it is a judgment of humanity on this world. We can then know at some point Jesus has to return before we start colonizing planets.
Also, the supplies of especially rare minerals used in making all this technology are running out. You can read about it in a number of articles. This is a big concern. Where is your plasma television going to get’s its specialized minerals? China right now has a hold on much of the rare mineral rights, and so a lot of companies are going over to China begging them to release their special minerals because we need to make our cell phones and televisions. We know there is a time limit on how far technology can go based on the current materials we use, unless other raw materials can be found. I think that this depletion shows we aren’t going to see technology advance so far that we have something sci-fi like replicants running around impersonating us. Based on availability of natural resources, our time limit is ticking on how advanced technology is going to get.
The End of Technology
Nathan Jones: What is interesting when we talk about technology is that we know at some point technology will eventually no longer exist during the Tribulation. By the end of the Tribulation at Armageddon people we read are fighting on horses. I hear a lot of people say, “Well, that is crazy because we have tanks and aircraft and all today.” But, it looks like the world will be left so devastated that there may not even be fuel for these tanks and all of the equipment which will leave people resorting to horses and more primitive weapons.
Another clue technology will be destroyed or at least greatly decreased is that some of the Tribulation punishments involve lots of solar flares and eruptions. As I build our Web Ministry and we leave Gospel messages behind for the people left behind, I know that the Internet technology will probably only last up to the mid-point of the Tribulation. After that it gets a little sketchy because the solar flares will end up breaking our technological ability to communicate with the satellites and disrupt power grids. No power means no technology.
By the end of the Tribulation, I doubt there will be any technology left, or if so very little. God would have crumbled our technological Tower of Babel.