[Note: This series covers my chapter from Terry James’ newest book, Discerners: Analyzing Converging Prophetic Signs for the End of Days. Available on Amazon! Start with the first segment.]
The Origins of Knowledge
So, technology does what again? It fixes problems and it makes stuff. For those who dislike technology, fixing problems and making stuff isn’t so bad, right? Right, because I am now going to prove that technology can certainly be a good thing. After all, do you know where knowledge and the wisdom to properly wield technology actually comes from? It originates directly from God Almighty.
The Source of Knowledge
Job once asked, “Can anyone teach God knowledge?” (Job 21:22). The obvious answer is no; no one can teach an all-knowing God. Job later referred to God as, “Him who is perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16). That means that God is, absolute, flawless, and perfect. He is the ultimate in knowing all things. He even knows all things down to the tiniest minutia, such as the number of hairs on each of our heads (Luke 12:7).
The prophet Isaiah also asked such similar rhetorical questions: “With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, and showed Him the way of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:14). Nobody! God is the Author and the Creator. All that ever was to be known, is known, or will be known has been authored by God. To have real knowledge then means to know what God already knows.
You can understand then why the Apostle Paul cried out: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33). That means that everything that mankind has ever known has originated from God. That also means that when we finally get to Heaven and live with our omniscient Savior forever and ever, we will also continually learn forever and ever. We will never catch up to what God already knows because what He knows is infinite, just as He is infinite. Isn’t that exciting? Christians will have an eternity of learning and growing ahead of us.
The Keeper of Knowledge
Not only is God the source of knowledge, but He is also the keeper of knowledge. The Proverbs reveal that, “the eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge” (Proverbs 22:12). In other words, God protects knowledge as if it were a commodity. Paul explained the reason as, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). God sees both wisdom and knowledge as actual treasure. And, He doles out those treasures as He sees fit, keeping the keys to certain scientific breakthroughs hidden until He wants mankind to at last discover them.
Bear in mind that wisdom, like technology, is simply the practical application of knowledge. Therefore, God as the keeper of wisdom is, therefore, also the keeper of technology.
The Provider of Knowledge
God may be the source and the keeper of knowledge, but He’s also generous in sharing what He knows. God then becomes the provider of knowledge, and so therefore technology. That means that all those technologies that mankind has invented and taken credit for, well, it can be argued that they in truth came from the very mind of God — the Provider — when He saw fit to release that knowledge.
The Proverbs teach that, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen, but every time God talks, we learn something eternal. That’s why it’s so important that we read God’s Word.
The author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight” (Ecclesiastes 2:26). And, how are we good in His sight? How do we please God? By doing His will for, “Whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22).
That the all-knowing God of the universe is the source, keeper, and provider of all knowledge is, to quote Donald Trump, “Yuge!” It’s so huge, in fact, that I must stop for a second and point this out again, for I’m going to keep making the argument that the technology that we have today was given to us by God only when He saw fit to give it to us. Former President Obama once accused our nation’s companies saying, “You didn’t make that.” He meant that without the government’s help, our companies could never have ever made the widgets and services that they make. Obama was wrong about the government part (and pretty much everything else), but he would have been correct if he had attributed the production of our technology to God. God provided the knowledge and inspiration to produce certain technologies at key times He had designated, all because He is the provider of knowledge.
The prophet Daniel added to this vital point with, “He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 2:21). Here we learn that God gives even more knowledge, and the wisdom to apply that knowledge, to those who know how to utilize knowledge. And, if you happen to be knowledgeable and wise, it’s because the Holy Spirit has made you that way. Paul added, “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:8). God made us each with a certain level of knowledge, skills, and wisdom; and we each apply those to fixing our problems and making stuff.
Promises Concerning Knowledge
Did you know that God has made certain promises concerning knowledge? Young Timothy learned from his mentor, Paul, that when it comes to the knowledge about salvation that God, “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Who does God want to have the knowledge of the truth of salvation and so be saved? All of mankind! Every one of us. Whether people accept that saving knowledge or not, well, that’s up to them. But, when it comes to the knowledge concerning salvation, God provides that freely.
Titus learned from Paul that the hope of eternal life in God, who cannot lie, was actually promised before time began (Titus 1:1-2). God promised the knowledge about salvation before the beginning of time, and long before mankind had ever sinned.
Living Without Knowledge
We’d agree that there are many smart people out there who clearly have a good amount of knowledge. And, we’d agree that there are just as many people out there who clearly are lacking in knowledge. (Many work in Congress.) What happens when people lack knowledge?
Proverbs tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). If you have no knowledge of the Holy One, what do you really have? Nothing! Without a respect for God, to seek Him and to learn about Him, our manmade knowledge becomes absolutely worthless. This verse is an emphatic declaration that the first step to attaining true knowledge must begin with accepting the fact that there is a God, if we are to really know anything at all.
If we don’t first begin our quest for attaining knowledge by acknowledging there is a God, and follow that by identifying Him as the God of the Bible, then we end up with the opposite of knowledge, which is ignorance. Take for instance Paul’s warning to Timothy to, “Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Timothy 6:20). So, there’s godly knowledge, and then there’s mankind’s knowledge. Mankind’s knowledge is rarely built upon God’s knowledge, and so it ends up being, in reality, not even knowledge at all. Mankind’s knowledge, apart from God’s knowledge, is false and worthless. (Can we say “Evolution”?) So-called knowledge apart from God turns geniuses into ignoramuses.
Ignorance has consequences. God through the prophet Hosea bemoaned, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). Without knowing Jesus Christ as our Savior, we die unforgiven of our sins and face an eternal punishment for our rebellion against God in Hell. Not knowing the source and provider of knowledge, especially when it comes to the knowledge concerning salvation, is literally killing us in this life and ultimately in Hell in the next life.
The Destiny of Knowledge
Does knowledge have a destiny? The Bible tells us so, and it’s two-fold.
First, “Whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away” (1 Corinthians 13:8). That manmade earthly knowledge that we’re so keen on stoking, which puffs up so many egos and leads so many people astray from the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, well, it will all end, and someday soon.
And, second, that manmade earthly knowledge that we put so much stock into, it will ultimately be replaced with, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14). God’s knowledge is all that matters, for manmade knowledge will be replaced totally, universally, and forever by the wonderful truth of God — the source, keeper, and provider of knowledge.
In the third segment of this series on the end times sign of technology, we’ll marvel at the miracle that is the technological exponential curve.
In this book, edited by Terry James and including chapters by Dr. David Reagan and Nathan Jones, eighteen “watchmen on the wall” tackle issues that are critical for this generation of believers to understand. Each contributor examines, under the microscope of Scripture, a specific topic, from anti-God movements within religion and culture to satanic geopolitical rearrangements. This, we believe, will help make understandable the madness taking place in this generation.
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