Computer technology that took Neil Armstrong and crew to the moon and back, it is reported, involved less computing power than that of the first desktop sold commercially.
This was a stunning revelation to me when I first heard it. When the moon mission was being planned, the technological wonders flashing upon some of the control monitors they showed us looked phenomenally complex.
They were, in fact, phenomenally complex at that primitive moment in the progression of the space program. Now, I’m told, the average teenager holds in his or her hand a device that can perform functions exponentially beyond those available to the launch scientists of Apollo 11.
The laptop I’m using to type this piece, I’m told, is as far advanced from the computer power available in the year my beloved wife and I were married—1969—as today’s Air Force One 747 is from the model T.
I’m not sure that’s true. I’m such a back number when it comes to such technology that I’ll just have to take the word of others who are savvy about such things.
One thing is sure, though. I can see the developments literally exploding around me and know that everything, including technology, is expanding in unbridled, geometric progression.
One recent report explains:
The fastest internet speed in the world has been clocked at an incredible 178 terabits per second (Tb/s)—fast enough to download the entire Netflix library in under a second. Engineers in the UK and Japan have developed new ways to modulate light before it’s beamed down optical fibers, allowing for much wider bandwidths than usual.
That new top speed is an insane feat. It’s 17,800 times faster than the current fastest internet connections available to consumers—10 Gb/s in parts of places like Japan, the US and New Zealand. Even NASA can’t compete, with its 400 Gb/s ESnet.
It also leaves other experimental devices in the dust, including a photonic chip developed in Australia that clocked a still-impressive 44 Tb/s just a few months ago, and beats the previous record holder—a Japanese team with 150 Tb/s—by almost 20 percent.
“While current state-of-the-art cloud data-centre interconnections are capable of transporting up to 35 terabits a second, we are working with new technologies that utilize more efficiently the existing infrastructure, making better use of optical fiber bandwidth and enabling a world record transmission rate of 178 terabits a second,” says Lidia Galdino, lead researcher on the study. (Michael Irving, “Internet Speed Record Shattered at 178 Terabits Per Second,” New Atlas, raptureready.com, August 22, 2020)
Precisely what this means, I haven’t a clue, being that back number I mentioned. However, this advancement, as I understand it, is capable of squeezing far more information through the fiber-optic systems than possible before advent of the technology. It’s not just a breakthrough, but a phenomenal game-changer in moving information, thus in all aspects of all other applications. It will allow technology to progress geometrically far beyond even what we have experienced to this point.
The prophet Daniel almost certainly prophesied this development along with predicting the swift movement of things to come.
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4)
Most who observe Bible prophecy today—at least in the Pre-Trib view—are in agreement. This is the time of the end about which the angel spoke to Daniel.
We are seeing an increase in knowledge within the physical and biological world—within the technological and societal spheres of human movement toward unknown destiny. That is, unknown to those who aren’t spiritually attuned to God’s prophetic truth.
That’s why it is vital for the nation’s pastors—those who deliver God’s whole Word—to include Bible prophecy in their study and delivery from the pulpits.
There is a geometrical progression that will mark a certain generation. The angel of the Lord clearly foretold through Daniel that it will take place at the end time.
We are at that profound moment, I and many others believe. It is incumbent upon pastors to teach prophetic truth. And it’s incumbent upon Christians to read, heed, and believe just how near Christ’s call to the Church is to this generation.
And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your head, for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)