Technology in the Old Testament
How does the intersection of the two exponential curves — the end times signs curve and the technology curve — indicate that Jesus Christ is returning soon? Before we dive deep into answering that question, I want to back it up a bit and confront a general misconception. Let’s take a moment to look at those technologies historically found in the Bible, particularly way back in the very beginnings of the Old Testament.
Since we’re looking at God’s Word for the answer to where technology is going, we first need to bust a myth. Men like famed astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson have scoffed that, “God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.” Atheists like him claim that the Bible is merely a “religious book” filled with primitive people tromping around in the mud and hating science. As we take a look into the Bible, we’ll see that’s certainly not the case. The Bible is just full of science.
Pre-Flood Technologies (4000-2348 BC, Covering 1,652 Years)
Let’s, like H.G. Wells, hop into our time machine and travel back to the age before the Flood. Let’s look at the era between the Creation, say 4000 BC, to 2348 BC when Creation Scientists calculated the Flood to have occurred. This era covers some 1,652 years. Let’s explore some of the various technologies that early man used to fix their problems and make stuff.
Agriculture. “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). Even before the fall of mankind, Adam and Eve were working the land. Horticulture, botany, farming, and all the agrarian sciences were being discovered and new technologies and tools invented to handle agricultural work. And, we’re talking about just two people figuring all of this out. Our ancient parents must have been incredibly intelligent people!
Textiles. “And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings” (Genesis 3:7). As soon as Adam and Eve sinned and realized they were walking around in the buff, they ran off behind a tree and sewed some clothes together. They didn’t just lick and stick a bunch of leaves all over themselves. They had at least already invented the needle and thread. They knew how to make textiles.
Weaponry. “So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24). Even before Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, weaponry like swords already existed in the heavenly realm. Genesis records that two angels flashed a flaming sword back and forth to prevent mankind from accessing the Tree of Life. The first couple had observed Heaven’s arsenal before needing to learn how to construct their own weaponry to ward off the velociraptors.
Tools. “Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground” (Genesis 4:2). How did Abel shear his sheep? He had to invent the clipper and the comb. And, did Cain dig with his hands? No, he invented tools such as hoes and rakes and sickles and other farm implementations. Cain wouldn’t have been able to farm very well without these tools. Even as early as the second generation, humanity had developed tools.
Construction. “And he [Cain] built a city…” (Genesis 4:17). After Cain had killed his brother and was ordered by God to wander the earth, Cain went right ahead and disobeyed God by building an entire city. Sure, there may once have been people living in caves, but cavemen? No! The earliest of peoples possessed the ability to build buildings.
Mining. “Tubal-Cain, an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and iron” (Genesis 4:22). All the way back to the earliest chapters in Genesis, mankind possessed the technology to mine metals, refine the ores in furnaces, utilize measuring devices, and work with blacksmith’s tools. They constructed pickaxes and drills and chisels in order to mine the earth.
Ship Building. “Make yourself an ark of gopherwood” (Genesis 6:14-16). Noah was asked to build a boat, and not just any boat, probably the most massive boat the world up to that point had ever seen. Sure, the task took him a hundred years or so to accomplish, but it still takes a lot of technology to build a boat. Noah knew how to cut, fell, and shape wood. He had the ability to measure lengths with various measuring devices. He needed a crane. And, did Noah even know how to sail? He would have needed some knowledge about yachting. The ability to build and master ships was already in existence by Noah’s day.
Fermentation. “And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank of the wine” (Genesis 9:20-21). Almost as soon as Noah got out of the ark, what did he do? He cultivated vines, constructed vats, fermented grapes, and then got passed-out drunk. Noah had earlier mastered how to distill alcohol. People have long been searching for a stiff drink.
Post-Flood Technologies (2347-1 BC, Covering 2,347 Years)
Even in those early days, back when people were starting all over again after the Flood, Noah’s descendants still had problems that needed fixing and so they continued to make stuff.
Medicine. “And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel” (Genesis 50:2). Ancient Egypt had medical personnel who were proficient in various plant remedies, chemistry, and healing treatments. They even knew how to preserve dead bodies against the dry desert elements. Egyptians were master doctors at the time. Even some of today’s medical methodology originated back in those ancient lands.
Transportation. “And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty” (Exodus 14:25). This very first mention of the wheel in the Bible shows that ancient people relied on this vital bit of technology to travel and transport cargo. Ancient people weren’t just exhausting themselves from pushing pallets around, but used wheel technology to increase their productivity and get themselves home from work faster in time for dinner.
Language and Writing. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this for a memorial in the book…'” (Exodus 17:14). By Moses’ day, people had already long mastered verbal and written languages, recording words on clay tablets and antique forms of paper. Adam actually had already invented language back when God had commanded him to name everything. So, no, ancient people didn’t go around grunting and saying “Oog!” Language has been around since the very beginning, and the written language for thousands of years. Even today, writing continues to be an advanced skill.
Tent-making. “So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans… and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, in knowledge and all manner of workmanship” (Exodus 28:3; 35:31). These passages tell the story of the construction of the Tabernacle, which became the most ornate tent ever seen in early Israel. Tent-making involves all sorts of skills in weaving and design work, metallurgy, and textiles. Here again, God who is the source of all knowledge, provided His people with the skills and abilities to craft such a magnificent pavilion.
Musical Instruments. “Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes” (Psalm 150). Have you ever learned how to play a musical instrument? Just think about how complicated most musical instruments are. They involve a combination of all sorts of craftsman’s skills, artistically implemented, in order to construct a musical instrument. Plus, music is a language all of its own, and a mathematically complicated one at that.
So, this whole belief that ancient man started off as a bunch of uneducated, grunting primitives who pulled their women along by their hair and lived in dank caves is pure nonsense. Mankind’s ability to combine intellect and knowledge in order to discover and invent new technologies that would fix their problems and make stuff has been around ever since God first created Adam and Eve. After all, God is the source of all of mankind’s knowledge, which He shared with our ancient ancestors.
In the fifth segment of this series on the end times sign of technology, we’ll begin reviewing nine of the most prominent signs of technology starting with the signs of knowledge and transportation.
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