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The Sound and the Fury - Pete Garcia - http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8206
"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." Daniel 12:4
Not to restate the obvious, and in case you hadn't noticed...the world is speeding up. Now, the world is still spinning at roughly the same speed it always has which is 1,040 mph for a full rotation every 24 hours. But even if we are sitting still we are moving through space at about a 1/2 kilometer per second...yet, you and I don't feel that movement.
The world is speeding up in regards to the accumulation of knowledge and information, and through those, technology is leap-frogging us faster and faster into the place where God said we would be many thousands of years ago through the Prophets and Apostles. No longer are we waiting for signs to confirm what we believe, but like Peter wrote, we are (as they were) eyewitnesses to the prophetic word being confirmed. (2 Peter 1:16-21)
Information then, being the primary initiator of change, is in and of itself, weightless, yet, weighty. Information available increases with each passing generation. It was thought that back in the Roman era accumulated knowledge doubled roughly every 1,500 years. (This being the total accumulated knowledge of what men knew about the world and everything therein.) By the 1750's, knowledge doubled about every 250 years. By the 1900's, by about 150 years. By the 1940's, about every 25 years. Today, knowledge is doubling roughly every 24-28 months and still increasing.
But information carries weight, depending on what it says and what it means. Think about a child who has done something wrong, having his or her mother state...wait until your father hears about this when he gets home. Or for defendant waiting to hear the outcome of his or her sentence. Learning about the death of someone either near to you or perhaps someone famous. So too does the discovery of new fields...such as splitting atoms (nuclear fission) by Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman which inadvertently thrust the world into the atomic age.
Yet, what took men like Einstein and Hahn lifetimes to discover, we today, can read and understand in a relatively shortened, condensed period by reading and studying their work. This then applies to any field of endeavor whether it's medicine, history, aviation, physics or theology. There are even studies now being conducted in trying to develop skills which are automatically learned through direct uploads such as was the case in the 1999 movie 'The Matrix'. This still being a highly controversial and disputed subject, it's not known now if it would take years, or hundreds of years before this is mastered. But if I were a betting man, I would think it sooner rather than later.
Technological fantasy such as teleportation, instant learning, flying cars, etc....only seem fantastical until they're not. What I mean by that is, if you were to ask an expert (military or scientist) in the 1920's or earlier about a singular bomb whose destructive power was so great that it could literally wipe countries off the map they would have said it was impossible. Or perhaps they would have said that such technology would take hundreds of years to develop.
Yet, only two short decades later, such a bomb existed when the US detonated Fatman and Little Boy over Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Then, only nine years later we detonated a 15 megaton fusion (hydrogen) bomb at the Bikini Atoll, in an operation code named, Castle Bravo. Seven years after that, the Soviets exploded "Tsar Bomba" in the Siberian archipelago Novaya Semlya which was and still is the largest detonation ever recorded in human history.
In regards to travel, man had been limited from the beginning up until the 19th century, to primarily three modes of travel: walking, riding an animal, or by sail or row boat. It wasn't until the 18th century that man discovered how to harness the power of steam and then began applying it to various contraptions to power machinery. Man then applied this to boats and then later, to trains. True, these were primitive in regards to the speed at which they moved men and material but it opened up a new form (or type) of travel and reduced the workload on man and beast. From then until now we have had planes, automobiles, turbine jets, rockets, hovercraft, and everything in between. We've broken the sound barrier and we've even been able to send satellites to the far reaches of space as well as robotic craft to survey the surface of Mars. Scientist even now are working diligently and are feverishly close to being able to teleport matter.
Point being is that we would be remiss to dismiss the potential for technological breakthroughs as being impossible. Again, they're only impossible until they're not. This then confirms what the prophet Daniel recorded, in that man's ability to know and travel would be greatly increased (or ever-increasing) from his day forward until the time of the end.
Gog and Magog
Juxtaposed to the prophetic understanding Daniel was foretold about concerning the increase in knowledge and travel, is that of Daniel's contemporary, the prophet Ezekiel in his seemingly paradoxical prophecy concerning the future Gog and Magog battle. The Battle of Gog and Magog is a coalition of nations who would come against this future, unified Israel. To clarify, this battle fits no historical profiles of any wars or battles Israel or Judah has had to face in the past. Condensed we see...
... 'Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.... "On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? 15 Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army....It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes." Ezekiel 38:1-16
For certain, this writer believes this to be a war still future, yet I have always struggled with the idea that men would be going back to horse and swords to fight, particularly since we've come so far over the last millennia and in particular, the last two hundred years of perfecting warfare. Nor do I believe these passages to be overly figurative as if Ezekiel were equating horses and swords to guns and tanks. I believe he saw what he saw, and his exclusion of modern non-electrical weaponry such as machine guns doesn't mean he didn't also see them.
So although this is a bit of speculation on my part, I think it has some points worth considering. If you've read any of my previous articles you know I believe there may be a gap between the Rapture of the Church and the start of the Tribulation. How long a gap I'm unsure of, nor do I think we can know this side of the Rapture. But here is how I believe it might transpire;
The Rapture of the Church not only removes believers from the earth, but in the process, but also physically disrupts life on planet earth as they know it, possibly causing an EMP-like event. (Luke 17:24) Although I'm loathe to credit him, Perry Stone may have been on to something on this particular topic that a lot of other people quite frankly, overlooked. If the Rapture also physically disrupts life aside from the sudden absence of believers and children, what purpose would that serve?
At a minimum, at least four purposes;
1.It masks the Rapture from close scrutiny because of the chaos and gives cover to the final world government. Never has the world been so hopelessly reliant on the Internet and digital systems to function.
2.It immediately decimates the global economy and renders our current system of digital/hybrid currencies useless. This of course, would force a change to our current economic model and temporarily erase geopolitical boundaries.
3.Never letting a good crisis go to waste, this then allows for Gog and company to take advantage of this situation...ie...this being the hook that God uses to turn them around. This also coincides nicely with the first two Seal Judgments (riders on the white and red horse).
4.What emerges (in relation to governance) after the fact, clamps down on who has access to the new digital currency and information. This reeks of the Hegelian Dialectic (thesis, antithesis, synthesis) already being put in place by both by those who seek a global government. (Think how quickly the Patriot Act passed after 9/11)
5.After the initial disruption of this EMP-Rapture event, the world is then forced out of necessity, to re-align itself into ten regional governments once power is restored and resources reallocated. Once the internet is brought back online, it is controlled through an inter-regional agency through a loyalty-test, and in the "Mark" which makes receiving the internet possible (knowledge, information, buying, and selling), necessary.
6.Due to the loss of power and the brokering of regional powers, that the internet is only restored to those nations who have agreed to regionalize and participate in the newly aligned, digital system that we now, are in the process of handing over.
In regards to Gog's attack on Israel, I don't have the time to go back through who Gog is but read here for a highly detailed read on why Russia is Gog. The Russians view this as the perfect opportunity (while the world's distracted) to turn and attack Israel. But it's not only Israel they want but also control of the Suez Canal. Since communism kills the entrepreneurial spirit in a society, communist nations must rely on taking from others in order to promulgate their form of governance. For instance, Nazi Germany and Hitler were praised in the 1930's for their boom in economic prosperity, but that "boom" was only based on a Four Year Plan, (see also Matt Ward's article) because the German high command then knew it wasn't sustainable...which perfectly dovetailed into 1939's invasion of Poland.
The Russian economic situation today is precariously fragile, as a large portion of their income is based on natural gas and oil. With the prices being as low as they are their military buildup has been significantly stunted, and they are spending money they simply don't have, which is why they must initiate some military action soon...hence the interest in Syria and Iran. They're regaining a foothold in order to preposition their forces. In this case, the Americans are playing checkers, but the Russians and Persians are playing chess. It would seem that they're thinking many steps ahead.
In regards to Israel dwelling safely, it would seem from man's perspective that they haven't known that since the day they were reconstituted as a nation in 1948. From the outset, they've been either fighting hot wars, or dealing with a perpetual intifada from the Muslims surrounding them...and for the past 60 years or more, Russia has been in large part been the ones who has been arming the Muslims. But in regards to the idea of "safely" perhaps we are looking at it from the wrong perspective. (See also Isaiah 11:11, Ezekiel. 36-37) Perhaps the dwelling safely is from God's perspective in that He has secured their right to live in the land irrespective of what man does.
I will bring back the captives of My people Israel;
They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them;
They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
I will plant them in their land,
And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,"
Says the Lord your God. Amos 9:14-15 (circa 750 BC)