January 20, 2010

“We Are Seeing It…”

Blessings folk!

Let me ask you to take some time to view two short videos.

These reveal something that has been in my mind for years now.

I received this from Gary North...get his stuff daily...here is what he said…

We know that the pace of social change is accelerating.
This is because the cost of bandwidth is falling.
Falling bandwidth costs? That is the main cause? Yes.
In a wired world, cheaper wires determine the future of society.

Before, the engine of social change was the falling cost of accumulating digital information, beginning in 1890 (the first digitized census -- punch cards) through -- approximately -- the advent of the World Wide Web in 1995.

Why do I lay so much emphasis on information costs as the central factor?
Because information is at the heart of society.
Think of the modern world without Gutenberg's invention of movable type.
We would still live in the Middle Ages.

Since 1890, the cost of gathering and manipulating information has fallen exponentially. It was cut in half every three years, 1910-1950.
Then it was cut in half every two years, 1950-1985.
Then every 18 months, 1965-2000. It is now
falling by half every year.
Nothing in man's history has every doubled this rapidly for a century -- and not just rapidly, but at an accelerating rate. This is truly unique in man's history. Nothing else compares with it.

Today, the falling cost of distributing new information is the engine of social change. Why? Because the distribution technology opens up existing markets or creates new markets for the financially average Joe. He need not be too media savvy these days. Blogs and YouTube have opened up these markets. These markets are beyond government control. They evolve too fast for the regulators to police.
The flood of information is overwhelming the Establishment and its various sub-establishments. There is nothing that it (they) can do about it. They are like Soviet bureaucrats when the photocopy machine replaced carbon paper.
They could not do without it, but they could not survive with it.

Two short videos produced by Socialnomics have the same format. First, a series of brief statistical reports that show change on a colossal sale at breakneck speed. Second, background music provided by Fatboy Slim -- music that is simultaneously grabbing yet alien. That's what we are facing socially. The music conveys this.
The first video is the latest summary. It is out of date. It is not yet four months old.

Here is what I’m thinking.

Gary is correct.

Also, we are literally seeing the fulfillment of what God told Daniel.

At the end of his life, Daniel asked the Lord what all this meant? What of the dreams? What of the visions? What of the experiences? Daniel was old...likely over 100, yet he did not understand all.

God’s response?

Daniel 12
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
 9 And he said,
Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
 11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
 12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

In the last verse God tells Daniel that he would go his way and rest - he would die. But, he would arise again at the end of the days.

Just prior to this, Daniel had received some amazing information. Read carefully.

Daniel 12
 1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book,
even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

I am convinced. What we are experiencing with the rise of the “information age” is that of which the Lord spoke to Daniel.

People are running to and fro. Just in our family, we think nothing of hopping on a plane and being 850 miles away in 3 hours.

Knowledge is increasing. These videos show how.

Video 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY&feature=player_embedded

Video 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIFYPQjYhv8&feature=player_embedded

So, what is the point for us?

What are you gonna do?

Are you using email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace (does anybody use that anymore? Happy), blogs, websites, etc. to the praise and the glory of God?

Gone are the days when we would wait months to receive a letter of correspondence.
Gone are the days when we awaited “a wire.”
Gone are the days of the telephone call.
Gone are the days of email...fewer and fewer depend upon it.
We are in the time of instant communication...text, chat, Skype, status.

Are you using all for the Kingdom?

If you are true believer, then you are the one that the Lord will use to touch folk.
You are the one in whom He will release answers.
You are the one who manifest love.

Quit waiting to “take someone to church.” You are the church.
Quit insisting that they talk with some “professional”. You have the Most High God dwelling in you. Depend up Him.

Be ready in season and out of season.

Use all that He has granted unto us...to the praise of the glory of His grace.

Take it to the Lord.
Listen for what He is saying.
I suspect that He is revealing plans beyond anything we could imagine!!