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Space exploration is a defining point on the prophetic timeline

Daniel chapter 12 addresses the end times (the times we are living in) as it relates to advancements in knowledge and travel.  

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”  

I’m not sure what your definition of “knowledge increasing” is, but in a recent Wall Street Journal article significant advancements were detailed in satellite and space initiatives over the past several decades. What once was a government-controlled environment has now become a playground for private companies like SpaceX. These groups are routinely launching satellites into orbit that can monitor the earth from space and even create a network of satellites to provide internet from the sky.

Here’s a recent example of from SpaceX’s Twitter feed where the company was launching a satellite in June 2019 and live-streaming the event via webcast:

I know we all thought in the 70’s and 80’s we would have flying cars and jet packs by the year 2020, but the emergence of satellites, smartphones, and the internet is just as impressive when you take a step back and think about it. We are able to communicate worldwide in realtime because of these technologies. Something our ancestors could simply not comprehend!

And the advancements in space and rocket technology are compounding exponentially. A satellite or orbiter used to be a large, bulky piece of equipment. Larger satellites can weigh up to 4,800 pounds. But they have smaller ones now that weigh under five pounds and fit in the palm of your hand. The smallest satellite to ever be launched in space was created last year by a team of students in India using a 3D printer.

It’s easy to breeze past all of this information and think, “OK that’s interesting…satellites in space.” But the gravity of this moment in time is that events are happening at a compounding rate. Knowledge is increasing so fast it’s difficult to keep up with what scientists and companies are creating. AI, robotics, genetics, space exploration, etc. are all advancing to the point where it’s hard to mentally grasp what we will experience in the next 10-50 years.

Ultimately, God is still in control and has the end game and the world in His hand. It’s simply a matter of time before the events prophesied in scripture fully play out. Stay encouraged and encourage those around you to anticipate the coming of our Lord and Savior with great expectations.