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iphone 5 Prophecy

18 Sep

Go back in time with me to 1920. Imagine a prophet coming to visit your town. He has a vision to share. He has seen the future of communications technology and he is eager to tell you about it. He claims you will be able to have a conversation with people who aren’t right in front of you or even in the same building or city.

You scoff. Is he not aware that such technology already exists? What kind of a “prophet” (you can’t use air quotes because they haven’t been invented yet; tone will have to suffice) hasn’t heard of a telephone? It’s quite amazing, really. You just pick up this funny-looking handle and crank this knob here to ring for the operator. When she asks for the number, you tell her a special code for the person you want to talk to and she’ll ring that person’s telephone. You can even talk to someone on the other side of the country and it only takes fifteen minutes for the various operators to make all the necessary connections before you can have your conversation. See? We already have all this incredible technology! “Prophet”. Please.

The prophet protests. He tells you that you don’t understand. He explains that in his vision of future technology, telephones will be much smaller. And they won’t have to be connected to the walls with all those wires and cables. And you will be able to make your own connections without an operator.

You are still sceptical, but you take his written account of what the future holds and you tuck it away for following generations to laugh at.

Jump ahead to 1990. We have plans to go to a movie on Saturday night and my friend Shelley, who has her driver’s license, is going to pick us up. As soon as we get in the car, she shows us the latest in technological advancements: the car phone! It is a contraption the size of a large shoebox, which plugs into the car’s cigarette lighter. Her dad bought it for business purposes, but he makes Shelley take it with her on evening and weekend outings in case of emergency. It can only be used when plugged into the car, but because it is so incredibly valuable, we can’t leave it in the car unattended. Shelley has to unplug it and carry it around in her purse (which has to be the size of a wilderness camping backpack to accommodate this monstrosity).

You recall the 70-year-old prophecy and think, “This is it!”

Of course, you know that you would be wrong. Here we are in 2012, and the world is abuzz with news of the latest iphone product that is sure to change our lives. Not only do we have wireless phones that are barely larger than a credit card, but we can dial them with our voices, video chat with people around the world, talk with several people at once, and they’re so widely available that every member of the family can have their very own.

Finally, that ancient and fictional prophecy has been fulfilled! Although the prophet did his best to put his vision into words, we just couldn’t visualize it accurately. We thought we had reached fulfillment of the vision many times through the century, but we still didn’t completely understand what we had been and still were waiting for.

And so it is with the revelation of the end times and the new heaven and earth. John and other Biblical prophets wrote down what God revealed to them and we have access to those writings today. But they were limited by human language in trying to explain what they saw. We read about natural disasters and wars and political upheaval and think this must be it. But we don’t know the full extent of what we’re waiting for. We can try to imagine golden streets and pearly gates and fantastic winged creatures, but our picture is so incomplete.

I don’t know how it will all play out, but this I know for sure: there will be a final battle of Good vs Evil and Good will win. Those who have joined the Kingdom of God will enjoy eternity in the very presence of God Almighty, surrounded by the indescribable beauty of the new heaven and earth. I can’t imagine what that will look like, but “Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight.”

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P.S. This is not an iphone endorsement. I really don’t give a flying rip about their new release and I’m not trying to say that the 5 is the be-all and end-all of communicative technology. It’s just an analogy. The timing happened to coincide with all the hoopla, so I went with it. It is well with my soul.

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in God, Heaven

 

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11 responses to “iphone 5 Prophecy

  1. ewingyouniqueboutique

    September 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Thank you for this very wonderful post !

    Sent from my iPad

    On Sep 18, 2012, at 9:25 AM, ineedanewman wrote:

    WordPress.com Anita Neuman posted: “Go back in time with me to 1920. Imagine a prophet coming to visit your town. He has a vision to share. He has seen the future of communications technology and he is eager to tell you about it. He claims you will be able to have a conversation with people”

     
  2. Shelby Somers

    September 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Amen….and me, too! 🙂

     
  3. Rhonda Scaiano

    September 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I love the analogy! Thank you!

     
  4. segmation

    September 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Hi Anita,
    Love your blog. I am glad thou to be living in 2012! Thanks for sharing. http://www.segmation.wordpress.com

     
  5. jcmmanuel

    September 21, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Hi Anita.
    Nice blog. Yet you may – fortunately;) – be wrong when you said “this I know for sure: there will be a final battle of Good vs Evil”. How would you possibly know this? Maybe we can know what you added to those words: “… and Good will win” – this is a matter of faith. But the battle….?

    Was prophecy meant to be a “promise” of some kind? I think prophecy is a genre, called apocalypse if you want, which is meant to show what COULD or WOULD happen IF…. – it’s an ethical warning system. No one says these things have to happen.

    Moreover, even if they would “have” to happen, there are still those examples even in the old testament that people managed to pray to God not to do something, and God “change his mind”. That’s how the Hebrews described God – and the key, of course, was love. No warning can be certain when we are facing love. A mom says “Don’t walk so close to the lake or you will drown” but she knows her love would pull the kid out. If God is Love, then certainly Gods mind must be set to pulling out the world from disaster altogether, if possible.

     
  6. Anita Neuman

    September 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    God is love, and every day He doesn’t demolish evil forever is another day given for more people to turn to Him. But the Bible still points towards a day when He puts His foot down and claims the final and complete victory over Satan. No, it hasn’t happened yet, so I don’t have physical, tangible proof to back me up when I say I know this to be true. However, it’s the same as when I say I know my husband has never cheated on me. 1. He tells me he hasn’t. 2. Because of the character of integrity and honesty that he has displayed throughout our relationship, the truth of his statement resonates. I don’t need to have physical proof to know with certainty that it is so.

     
  7. Jcm Manuel

    September 22, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    You are a good thinker and don’t think I don’t realize or respect that. But when all is said and done, I think this is ultimately about trusting God. I have no problem with saying “these things can happen”. But to be certain of judgment by God? How so? Are Gods thoughts not, by very definition, higher than ours? Why would you say “I don’t need to have physical proof”, when you could also say “I hope and pray it won’t happen”? Why would we “believe” that judgment will happen (with our without physical proof) if we can choose to believe that in the end Love may just win over whatever has been “foreseen” by prophets who saw those frightening possibilities – but never thought God would be subject to the most frightening of all possibilities?

    I don’t know if you know Nina Hagen. She was Germany’s enfant terrible, actress and singer. Now Christian (since a few years). There is something in one of her interviews that I always found very funny and also very educative. It’s right at the beginning of this video – at the end of the first minute (but it’s in German, mind you) :

    It’s the part where she just mentioned the terrifying adversities in the book of revelation, and then, in her typical funny mommy-kind-of style is: “Kinder, muss das sein?” (Children, does it HAVE to be so?) – And I think this is exactly how a social person and people-lover like her HAS to say. There is no other option: we do not want it to be so. By saying “we do not want to” I don’t mean to oppose God – or at least not as if I could just defeat God. But on the other hand, isn’t this a challenge?:Yes I oppose God – but maybe that’s exactly what God expects. More or less like with the soldier who was about to cut the child into two pieces, right there in front of Solomon and the two women. Solomon EXPECTED one of both woman to say “NO!” – even while the king had spoken, the verdict was already spoken, as it were. And Jonah, didn’t he believe in judgment too? And how did it end?

    Just a honest question, Anita: why is it that Christians accept a written or spoken judgement so easily? Regardless whether it’s a prophet’s word, Gods word… we know judgment cannot be God’s deepest intent? Tell me. I’m curious. I want to learn and understand.

     
    • Anita Neuman

      September 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Well, I don’t speak a lick of German, so I can’t get much out of that video. But yes, I do think it “has to be so”. I agree that there are times when God has given warnings of judgement in order that people would change their ways – and when they do, he holds off the judgement. Jonah is a great example of that. But all of Biblical history points to a second coming of Jesus and the establishment of the new heaven and new earth, the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God, Christ’s final and complete triumph over Satan. I do want that to happen. I am eager for the day when there is no more death or pain or sorrow, when we have the rest of eternity to worship God face to face. I don’t think that judgement is God’s deepest intent, but it is a necessary part of the final phase of His plan.

       
      • Jcm Manuel

        September 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Although I believe it’s a mistake to see it this way (as you describe it), I can understand why you see it so, and how it may not be as bad as it sounds (to me). In issues like these, each mind has its own way (and responsibility) to make the view that we have work for us, in the best possible way.

         
  8. Jcm Manuel

    September 22, 2012 at 5:05 AM

    Oops, I posted just a link, I didn’t know WordPress would show the video inline in the page. Anyway, I hope you don’t mind too much. I don’t like to burden other people’s pages with images of video’s, but apparently this is how it works.

     

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