Friday, 20 August 2010

SKYPE CONSIDERATIONS

Hello again folks! I heard this morning on the TV Breakfast News that apparently the average person is now spending half his or her [or both at the same time!] waking time either watching the TV or interfacing with other folks by various means.The figure quoting was 9.5 hours of media usage in 6.5 hours - you work it out! - it seems a lot of folks can do more than one thing at the same time! And those various means include the Internet; Twitter; fancy mobile 'phones and even the odd blog!

I've often wondered on what will be the mechanics of the infamous 'Mark of the Beast' as prophesied in chapter 13 of the Book of Revelation or how the whole world might view the slaying of the Two [2] Witnesses. Some folks have quite rightly looked the Verichip 'Digital Angel' and the detail of how antichrist will keep his beady eyes on us all [especially if the Pre-Trib rapture THEORY proves to be somewhat left of centre - so to speak]. But when I look at one new and developing technology that even my mother-in-law [the great Doris] could use sparingly; I think the necessary technology and gadgetry utilized by Skype is making those dreaded forthcoming and even darker days seem that little bit closer.

Real Bereans [Acts 17:11] are truly needed; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED and watch that periphery!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 20-Aug-2010

7 comments:

LIVING WATERS MINISTRIES CYPRUS said...

Well its about time you used Skype Keith and then we can talk to you FREE

David Hall

William said...

I remember when, almost 30 years ago, barcodes were introduced, and supermarkets started to scan your groceries rather than key in the prices. There was speculation amongst christians that the black and white stripes were the mark of the beast!! More recently, the previous government was going to introduce identity cards, and the prophets of doom went into overdrive. But then we had an election and the plan is now consigned to history.

Likewise, how many people have been proposed to be the antichrist? Thousands, probably, and all the predictions have been wrong to date.

So I'm not sure what speculating about this, or many other related topics, achieves. I tend to think it's a distraction from the real business of the Kingdom of God on earth.

I ask people how does worrying about the mark of the beast, the antichrist, etc, help you grow in your faith or spread the gospel?

Keith J Sinclair said...

As always; many thanx for posting comments folks! These inspired verses just came to mind - not sure why: "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
[2 Peter 3:3-4]

KJS

John Chingford said...

Hi William

I cannot speak for everyone but most of us get excited when Bible prophesies are fulfilled as it gives us more arsenal in our evangelical weaponry to "prove" the Bible can be trusted and use in our witnessing.

What verichip, bar codes etc show is that we are in the times of the very end. We live in times when the prophesies in the Book of Revelation CAN be fulfilled because newer technology makes it possible whereas past generations did not have the technology. So whatever technology is used to control manking with the mark of the beast by determining how to buy or sell or how to use finances, we are living in days when it is possible.

Therefore, we need to show the godless that (because of these things) time is running out and that they need to repent before it is too late

Expected Imminently said...

Hello Keith

I share Williams sentiments exactly!

Puzzled about your choice of verse Keith? It SOUNDS as if you are changing the context of the verse to say William is scoffing the debate over the a/c and his mark?

Of course the context is directed toward those who deny the return of Jesus - which so many are doing and building up false doctrines such as Purpose Driven.

As we are to look for Jesus Himself, that verse cannot mean the a/c and his various activities - can it!

God bless.

Sue Jakeway

Expected Imminently said...

John
I don't disagree with you, but the trouble with all the speculations that 'fall flat' is tending to make a mockery of Prophecy. In turn making the church look idiots to a fallen world who cry " Yea, yea, heard it all before - the end is nigh - yawn"!

We really need to buck up and be more circumspect, preach the Gospel itself to the perishing and keep our excitement between ourselves for judging. imho

God bless

Sue Jakeway

John Chingford said...

Hi Sue

You are correct. Yes we need to stick to the gospel message. But because Jesus (and much of the Bible) speaks so much on the end times with God's judgement imminent and Noah preached about God's imminent judgement, we too must include that (as a tag on) to our gospel message.

The Holy Spirit will convince the world concerning righteousness, sin and judgement. Shouldn't our gospel message also include those things?

"save yourselves from this wicked generation" "heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away".

In a scientific world it is very difficult to convince people that the Bible can be trusted. It is difficult for them to believe in the Jesus of the Bible without evidence that the Bible can be trusted. Fulfilled prophecy is one way we can convince people that our message has credibility.

In a Technological age, we can show people that the Bible spoke of this technology thousands of years ago, so therefore we can tell them to watch out because "the DAY is at hand".

Paul in his message to the Athenians on Mars Hill spoke to them in a way that they could comprehend using their culture, religion etc to speak about Jesus. Shouldn't we do the same thing?