We don’t really do much new with the computer. We calculate, process words, and play games – which are all things which we’ve had or known about for thousands of years. The abacus has been around for thousands of years; it’s just an old mechanical version of our modern calculating machine. The games may be a new version of different things or might pull together aspects of games which were not pulled together before, but role-playing games and war-games have been around before. It’s hard to find something that is a really new thing, a really new idea. Most ideas build on what has been thought of before. It only seems new because we forget things so easily in the clutter and chaos of history. Perhaps the airplane is something new or the technological advancements that turn the airplane into a ship for space travel, but human flight even has been toyed with for thousands of years. Not only are our technological and scientific advancements mostly rehashed versions of something that went before, but also our political ideas are old news.
The idea of strong central government that operates as a god, does all things for all people, supposedly the best of our ideas and the best of our people, is one of the oldest ideas in the book. If you research the history and the oral tradition of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) as I have, you will see the beginning of our modern ideas about government there. In verses 4 through 6, you see the old, worn-out belief that government can do anything if we only pool our resources and get all our “experts” in one place. In fact, many oral traditions about the Tower of Babel reveal what was the real purpose of the tower. These ignorant people wanted to build a building that would be higher than the possible level of the flood waters in case God should decide to send a flood again in punishment for man’s wickedness. In effect, these people were trying to use government, the collected resources and intellect of the people, to put them beyond the reach of God. Of course, this is the foolishness of pride, that makes people think that they are better than they are and more capable than they really are. Pride blinds us so easily into exalting ourselves way beyond the reality of who we are.
This idea of getting beyond the reach of whatever God can possibly throw at us was rehashed recently, in fact, in the disaster movie 2012. The movie 2012, which was released in 2009, was just another rehashing of the liberal/progressive idea that was launched at Babel, that no matter what God may devise, we collective humans can come up with something to outsmart Him. In case, you missed the point of the movie, I invite you to look back at the basic plotline. Throughout the movie, people are scrambling to get out of the way of tremendous disasters throughout the earth, but unbeknownst to them, the governments of the world had foreseen this disastrous turn of events and had built a fleet of gigantic boats to house the best of humanity so that they could ride out the New Great Flood, a modern version of God’s judgment of the Great Flood in the Bible. This is just the old idea of what the builders of the Tower of Babel thought, that their collective resources and intellect could outsmart God.
But God in His Omnipotence and His Limitless Intelligence, can so easily sidestep our foolish attempts to get beyond His Judgment or His Control. Remember, He created the universe. No matter where you try to go or what you try to do to get beyond His Reach, He will be there when you arrive, asking what took you so long. God even warns us in the Bible that our collective resources and technological advancements will NEVER put us beyond His Reach. “Though you ascend as high as the eagle,/ And though you set your nest among the stars,/ From there I will bring you down,” says the Lord (Obadiah 1:4). In fact, I believe God just sent us such a message on February 15. There was a gigantic meteor strike in Russia that captured worldwide attention that day. But if you remember, NO ONE saw that one coming, AT ALL. If you remember, the big story of the day was the near miss of Asteroid 2012 DA14. They didn't even know about the meteor that struck us until it happened. Many reporters and scientists called this a “coincidence.”
But you do not have to be a mathematician to figure out that the odds of these two events happening simultaneously are probably too high to calculate even with our computers. When you have a chance occurrence like that, you can bet that God is trying to get our attention, and He is reminding us of the truth of Obadiah 1:4. It doesn’t matter what we do as nations and it doesn’t matter what collective resources and how many “experts” we cobble together, when God gets really serious about bringing His Righteous Judgment on the people of this planet for our collective wickedness, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING we can do to stop Him. Just like with the meteor strikes, we will throw all our resources and effort into one thing, but God will sucker punch us in our blind spot. I think perhaps it is time for people to get serious about our repentance before God gets really serious about His Judgment.
If you are not walking with God in fellowship, I pray that you would set that right today, either by inviting His Only Son Jesus into your heart (the exact words you use don't matter), or by returning to His Fellowship if you have already been saved by Jesus. If you are walking in the Center of His Will, I pray that your walk with Him will be all the sweeter in these last days since you know that His Glorious Promises to Return are on the near horizon.