In a dramatic fulfillment of Bible prophecy, the whole world is getting connected. There are nearly six billion connected mobile devices and two billion people on the Internet (“No Borders Mean Flatter World,” BBC News, June 29, 2012). Most people in developed and developing countries are already connected to the Internet, and the speed with which connectivity is spreading in poor nations is breathtaking. In Africa, for example, there are nearly 700 million mobile phone subscribers, “which has given Africans a simple and pervasive means of sharing information and conducting business” (“How Mobile Puts Business at the Tip of Africa’s Fingers,” BBC News, July 2, 2012). The same phenomenon is occurring in Asia, such as in India and Nepal. By this means, the amazing prophecy of Revelation 11:7-10 will doubtless be fulfilled when the Two Witnesses are killed by the antichrist and the world observes their dead bodies lying in Jerusalem. The connectivity is also preparing the way for the antichrist’s control of the global economy. Some see global connectivity as the democratization of the economy, but when the Man of Sin sits on the throne of the world there will be no free elections or people’s power. “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17).
(Friday Church News Notes, August 3, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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