I was stopped by the police the other day. This was the second time in my life, so I was surprised. The officer explained that my driver’s license had expired on my birthday. I thought I had until the end of the month, but I didn’t. He let me off with a warning and I fixed the problem at a registry, right away.
A few years ago I saw a car in a handicapped parking stall outside a Halal meat store. I told the female driver about the problem and she basically went ballistic. I thought this new immigrant needed some direction, but she thought I needed something from her. I just walked away.
We all know about refugees and migrants who are crossing borders to find a better life in a wealthy country. There are stories now about people walking across the border from Minnesota to Manitoba, the U.S.A. to Canada, in the winter. I appreciate Winnipeg, one of my sons is there and he is doing well, but walking to Winnipeg, in the winter, will not improve the quality of anyone’s life. Apparently some have lost fingers in the severe cold.
We know the news stories and all the arguments on the surface about immigrants and refugees and migrants, and I don’t want to repeat the nonsense. The story below the surface is more important, and it is about smart phones, and possibly the Antichrist. Smart phones are everywhere, and they can track us — Top 10 Best Camera Phones for Photography.
Police surveillance: I asked a retired police officer about my traffic stop, and he said something like “We scan for dial-a-dopers.” In translation, the police routinely scan license plates to find mobile drug dealers. I was stopped as a courtesy because someone noticed that I forgot to renew. This can all be done in traffic, with a new model smart phone connected to a database.
Angry immigrants: Imagine if I chose to record the rude woman in a video. I could upload it to YouTube and maybe make some money, if other people were interested. She would be identified by her license plate and her face, and maybe her voice. Facial and voice recognition is almost as accurate as a fingerprint, to a database. Her troubles could continue for a lifetime. And I could do it all with my phone. We are not living in the eighties anymore.
Refugees and migrants: When hordes of people cross a border and all claim to be needy refugees, the police can’t separate the victims from the users, on the spot. But they can use a smart phone for instant ID.
Do you have a fingerprint scanner on your phone? Finger prints, facial images, and voice prints can all be taken with a smart phone, in the field. A high resolution camera with a flash could possibly take a retinal scan, a picture of the back of the eye through the lens.
I don’t think we can take DNA swabs or dental x rays with a smart phone, but wait a few years. Crossing a border illegally creates a profile that will never go away; immigration advocates in Minnesota are advising migrants to stay away from the Canadian border.
Information can be sent to a database and tracked with an algorithm, software that detects patterns, including movements of personal phones as a person travels. In a year or two, the authorities will know who can stay and who they want to deport. A Mexican woman in Arizona was stopped for bad driving, arrested, and deported, after living in the US for 21 years. Her husband and children could all stay, but she had to go.
Now, if she tries to return, she must get past the scanners at the border, and security cameras everywhere that will pick her out of a crowd for the rest of her life. Something told a traffic cop to hold the woman for deportation and that information pool has grown since. And a check can be done anywhere, with a cheap smart phone.
So what does this mean to a Christian, since smart phones are not in the Bible? In general, the world is changing rapidly and it is looking more like the book of Revelation every year. A prime example is the phones that we carry, but technology comes in many forms.
Jesus told us about the future “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs” (Matthew 10: 26 and 27) and that is now true.
There is no place to hide from technology today, and we could hide a few years ago.
Daniel told us about the end of this age “But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase” (Daniel 12:4).
We have a mania for migrating to better places, and technology changes every year.
We are promised that the world will change in the end “Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed; the one who brings destruction” (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
Today we are looking for the help we need, among ourselves and most public figures avoid talking about God.
It is easy to imagine these ancient prophecies happening in our modern world, and they were harder to picture a few years ago.
Jesus lived on the Earth during some hard times and like today, common people were unhappy. He spoke to fishermen who worked on a small lake “walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
Come follow me Me, Jesus said, and I will make you …”” (Matthew 4:18 and 19).
Jesus promised to make them new and better people, without the deception and control in the world. Better people, in their unhappy place. And that has been my life experience. We don’t need to chase things that other people control.
Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:12 and 13)