A HEALTHY MAN can see upto a distance of 13-16 km with his naked eye, depending on the amount of light available. Since light travels in straight lines we cannot see beyond the HORIZON due to Earth’s curvature, even if viewed over a relatively flat ground or over the sea. That is how we see a ship vanishing over the horizon.
One of the most important and very widely used inventions of the twentieth century is the Television or the popularly known TV. It is as important as the wheel, invented by man, centuries back.
When the inventor of this gadget, John Logie Baird, told people that he can make something to enable them to see what is on the other side of a wall, they laughed at him and made fun of him. But he consistently tried and tried and succeeded in making it. He deserves our admiration, for he could complete one of God’s Plans. He is the man who revolutionalised the ‘vision’ of man. Of course, being a complex gadget, valuable contribution from many other inventors was also required to improve it. This extended vision of man makes it possible for him to see from his home what another man is doing even on the moon. Today it is a multibillion dollar business.
This ‘Idiot Box” as called by some, is available in every home, and nowadays, even in everybody’s hand, in a mobile phone. This must surely be God’s plan to ensure that in the last days, the entire world would watch one of the most important events to ever happen in world history, as prophesied in the book of Revelation.
Read Revelation 9:13 through 10:13 for the subject discussed.
Here are those events as recorded in King James Version of the Bible….
Rev. 11:3 “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore (1260) days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Rev. 11:4, 5 & 6: These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the Earth. – And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner, be killed. – These have power to shut heaven that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters, to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
Rev. 11:7 & 8: And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. – And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Rev. 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
Rev. 11:10 -And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
Rev. 11:11 – And after three days and a half, the Spirit of Life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev. 11:12 & 13: And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.- And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake, were slain of men seven thousand (7000): and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of Heaven.
The entire world is going to watch these events, all of them, at the same time. In those days, when there was no TV, people would have thought that Apostle John is out of his senses to write in this manner, but we now know that ‘LIVE’ television will make this possible.*
Invention of the Television and related items made man more confident in inventing new things like computer, networking, gigantic vehicles for space travel etc. since the basic need for all these is ‘viewing through a monitor’ that helps him to see what is happening. Some of the basic requirements for these like the ‘ behavior of electrons’, the semiconductor, the photo-electric substance etc. were discovered by accidental observations. When we turn back to history, we can see that many inventions were based on accidental discoveries by man. Remember that the falling of an apple made Sir Issac Newton to bring out – ‘the theory of Gravitational Force’. They are not by accident, but by God’s plan-‘Man discovered it at the right time when God wanted it.’
Grapes give a sweet and tasty juice, a healthy drink provided by God. But man converted the juice into an intoxicating drink (even as early as in the times of Noah) and spoiled himself. Likewise, the ‘TV’ is also abused by man for propagating sinful things round the clock. But someday, it has to do the duty assigned to it in the Bible.
Many of God’s servants are using this medium sincerely to give the ‘Good News‘ to the world. Many other electronic media are also being used by them for this purpose. God bless them and those who support them. Jesus said: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Mathew: 24:14). When this happens, the Lord will come again to take His bride, the Church.
“Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.”(Rev: 22:20)
‘Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight …’
Author – C. Samuel Gift (Bethel Seniors Fellowship, Bethel AG Church, Bengaluru)