Words Beyond Time-Space?
Jesus' Words in the New Testament
Event No. 6
Foretold Event: Jerusalemís technological environment foretold (Ability to control the entire world population, which would require advanced technology).
When Foretold: 100 CE
When Fulfilled: 2005
Time passed from prophecy to fulfillment: 1,904 Years
Can We Confirm it?: Yes
Jesus' words to the Apostle John reveal more details about the tech-type world in which two prophets will appear. Computers are a product of the last 60 years. Computers are widely used and appear to be part of the tech-type world foretold by the book of Revelation. Although the idea is controversial, the idea that government will control individuals around the world is foretold in the book of Revelation. Consider the words:
"He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark" (Revelation 13:16-17).
The idea of government controlling individuals is in the news. Most likely due to terrorists on the loose as well as for commercial reasons. Consider the following discussion I received from a secular group:
Verbatim from an E-zine
Dated May 5, 2004
Are Compulsory Biometric ID Cards in Our Future?
Proving your identity, and confirming the identities of others with whom you interact, has become one of the biggest problems of the 21st century. The combination of the world-wide terrorist threat and the growing problem of identity theft for the purpose of fraudulent purchases has led many nations to consider new methods for confirming the identities of their citizens and those who visit their countries. We have previously discussed the ultimate identity device: a computer chip physically implanted in the body. That idea has understandably met with resistance from many fronts. . . .
Will a future worldwide government require you to have a number so you can buy and sell? The idea of giving a number to control more than 6-billion people on the planet would require super computers and other advanced technology. These are the technologies of the 21st century we will look into shortly.
Is the source of the Apostle John's vision from "outside" time-space?
Does this foretold event meet the seven Einstein Method Guidelines? On the left side of the web page, all items read "YES". Place your mouse over the item to view the graphic window in the upper left corner or click to learn more with a quick pop-up file.
- You are reading this on the Internet using your computer. Look at your drivers license, social control number (SSN), and many other government controls. The control documents reduce human freedom to some extent (negative implications). They also offer positive benefits as long as government is limited. Government control ID-tags in combination with super computers have laid the foundation for ultimate control.
- The ultimate test that a prophet received words from outside time-space is that the prophecies occur after the prophet has died. In addition, the prophetic event will be completely foreign to the prophet. The tech-type environment described in Revelation 11:8-10 and Revelation 13:16-17 describes a setting that would have been completely foreign to the Apostle John.
In recent years, some companies have marketed devices to identify animals (or potentially people) using dime size or even rice grain size implantable microchips installed into the body. The devices may use the global positioning system to find where the device (or person) is at on the earth. In addition, health monitors reveal the personís vital signs. Since the devices can be installed under the skin, the devices support a literal view of some parts of the book of Revelation. At this time (2005), the technology is for positive reasons.
Based on positive use of such devices, the systems exist that someday may permit a "control freak" to rule the world and fulfill the book of Revelation. The use of such devices would occur under terrible political conditions.
When terrorists (fundamentalist Muslims) flew commercial aircraft into the world trade centers on September 11, 2001, they did not foresee the result would be increased control by government over individuals. Terrorist acts simply bring us closer to the potential of a literal fulfillment of the book of Revelation. Perhaps it is important to ask, "What type of event would bring about a political solution requiring all people to be controlled?"
The Mark of God
The idea described in Revelation 13:16-17 does not necessarily mean installing a device into the body of a person. The idea of having the hand (used to perform tasks) or forehead (used to think and make decisions) given a control number could potentially relate "to whom" or "to what" does a person serve with his life. In another area of the book of Revelation, a spiritual mark is given to the foreheads of those committed to Jesus. "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God" (Revelation 7:3).
- I have calculated the probability that the Apostle John could have foreseen the technological environment of the 21st century. The calculation is based on satellite technology and launch vehicle (missile) technology. I would consider the calculation to be extremely conservative at 10-58.
A final note about the prophecies of the book of Revelation. It offers those who read it a blessing. In the light of the tech-type environment foretold by Jesus to the Apostle John, I suggest that you read the book of Revelation as well as how the book links to other parts of the Bible.
"Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near" (Revelation 1:3).
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Are Jesus' words in the New Testament from outside time-space?