Does technology related to outer space play any part in the end times? And, does technology have limits?
On Sunday, January 6, 2013, at the Future Congress 2 Conference in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, I was interviewed by host Brian Thomas of Blessings to Israel Ministries on the Rapture Ready Radio Network before a live studio audience. During the 45-minute interview we discussed how the technology that we have today is proof positive that we are living in the end times and so can be expecting the soon return of Jesus Christ.
Sign of Space Science
Brian Thomas: Let’s turn to the topic of outer space. That man has figured out ways to travel into outer space and to explore it is just amazing. I’m sure if you would have told some of the Bible times people that someday man will be on the moon and man would be out there among the asteroids and all these heavenly places they would say, “No way!”
What technological advancements concerning space science have we seen in our day?
Nathan Jones: Let me to give you two answers to this. This would cover two different Signs of Technology — Space Science and Limits.
This eighth Sign of Technology is the most tentative. I have no real proof this will be a true sign, but go to Isaiah 14:12 and read about Satan where it says, “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!” Satan is called “morning star” and “son of the dawn.” And so, I wonder if the International Space Station that is up in orbit and has cost us half a trillion dollars to build and in which we’ve put so much time and energy into building has an end times purpose. Did you know you can actually see the space station going overhead in the morning? It looks like a bright morning star, which is a name for Satan given in Isaiah.
Again, this is just my theory, so I’m being hypothetical here, so take it or leave it. But, just think, if the whole earth is being annihilated by the Tribulation and you want to protect yourself, what is the best way to accomplish that? Get off the earth!
Is the space station being built for world leaders to hide in? I’m not trying to be a conspiracy theorist or anything like that, but that Satan is called the Morning Star who will possess the Antichrist one day, and the space station is often referred to as the morning star, seems like an interesting parallel. While the earth is being blown up in the Tribulation judgments, it would make possibly the perfect retreat for the Antichrist to get away from everything happening on earth.
Again, I’m just throwing that possibility out.
Sign of Technology’s Limits
Nathan Jones: A definite sign, not a tentative sign, is the limitations on technology. The Bible has revealed certain limits that make us conclude that some technologies cannot go past a certain point. There are three particular limitations.
The first is the limitations on rare metals. All this technology that we have today, especially TV technology, is built with very rare, hard to find metals. Most of these metals can be found in China. China has an abundance of them, but they are not as willing to sell them as much as they used to. One of the reasons that American troops are in Afghanistan, though few really talk about it, is that Afghanistan is rich in these rare metals. So, if we want to have the technology that we have today like for our cell phones, tablets and TVs, we need these metals. Unfortunately, though, they are running out, and they are running out very quickly. So, there is a limit we’ll reach soon. There is no replacement for these metals either, unless we are go up and mine a meteorite or some other planet. So, I believe that our technology is coming to an end based on the limited supply of these rare metals used in making so much of our technology.
The second is the limitation of space exploration. We just talked about the space station, so now we read in Zechariah 12:1-3 that in the Tribulation all the nations of the earth are gathered against Israel. When Jesus comes back, in Matthew 25 we read that all the nations will be gathered before Him. So, we are talking about humanity still all being on planet earth. That precludes humans living on a lunar colony, mars colony or anything Star Trek-like where we are traveling extra-solar system. Because all of mankind must dwell on the earth to face judgment, we have already reached our boundaries in space dominion.
The third involves the limitations of technology during the Tribulation. People frequently ask about what kinds of technology there will be during the Tribulation. As we read concerning near the end of the Tribulation, Scriptures start talking about warfare with horses and primitive weapons. Concerning the level of modern warfare today, why are tanks and jets not described? To answer that questions, we must remember that the entire world’s infrastructure will be destroyed from the 21 Judgments of the Tribulation. For example, one judgment near the end of the Tribulation involves solar flares which would interrupt power grids. By the end of the seven years, it appears God will have taken away the end time technology as man’s crutch, and so the people are pretty much reduced back to primitive fighting once more. Because of the description of these end times battles, the limitations the Bible places on our technology demonstrates we have almost reached the point where it’s as far as we can go.
Brian Thomas: I’m glad you touched on those limitations, because I’ve studied up on them as well since I first began to study Bible prophecy, and like so many I too had that question: “Why in the end are we talking about fighting with horse and chariots?” We don’t use those simple technologies today, and so I was greatly puzzled by that.
I know some of the Atheists and Agnostics will try to hang on those Scriptures describing primitive technology in the end times and so declare that is why they believe the Bible is not true because as we don’t fight with horses and chariots anymore. They try to scrutinize the Scriptures to find apparent discrepancies. But, there’s no discrepancy, for as you said an all out nuclear war would knock out infrastructure essentials like electricity. With no electricity, all of today’s tech are going to go away. That means travel and battle will be going back to what is was like in earlier times.
In the ninth part of this series on the biblical signs of technology which prove we’re near to Jesus’ return, we’ll look at the Bible’s next tech sign — the Sign of End Times Evangelism.