What would it be like to have a mind that could assimilate
every piece of recorded information known to mankind on a given
subject? A mind that could not only retain the vast amounts of
knowledge and recall it at lightening speed, but could also extrapolate
and complete mind boggling computations in a known field of study
like mathematics almost instantaneously?
The most modern computers are already capable of such extraordinary
feats and much more. The ever expanding abilities of super computers
in the 21st century are not limited to just one subject, but
can digest, cross reference and cipher available data on any
The incredible amount of information obtainable by the average
citizen is but a small fraction of what is kept from the public
domain. A search of the communal internet causes one to be in
awe of the power that might be weld by one who is privy to the
most sacred of withheld secrets
In Daniel 12:4 the prophet was told by God's messenger, "...seal
the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro,
and knowledge shall increase."
Bible students understand that Daniel's prophesied developments
of expanded travel abilities of men and the increase of knowledge
are major keys for recognizing that we are living at the time
of the end when Daniel's prophecies would be fully comprehended.
As for mankind traveling to and fro, not much needs to be said
about this prophecy except that in 2004, man has vehicles driving
about on the surface of Mars not only taking pictures, but even
analyzing and sending back data that now supports water was once
found on the planet.
As for knowledge increasing in 2004, it is a fact that human
embryos are being cloned in South Korea ("S. Koreans report
cloning advance," Denver Post, 2-21-04). In the last month
of 2003, two Denver Post articles read, "Light brought to
standstill for first time..." and "Chimps' genome largely
mapped." Knowledge is increasing at an unfathomable rate.
Any doubts that we are living at Daniel's prophesied time of
increased knowledge can reasonably be dispelled with a Feb. 22,
2004 Knight Ridder article which headlined, "Flood of information
We quote, "Feel overwhelmed by the deluge of information
flooding the world?
It's no surprise. Researchers say the amount of new words, sounds,
pictures and numbers produced and stored on paper, film, or computer
disks has almost doubled in three years.
The supply of new material saved in a single year, 2002, would
fill half a million libraries the size of the Library of Congress
- the world's largest collection of books and papers - if it
were converted to print, according to a study by Peter Lyman
and Hal Varian, political scientists at the University of California
at Berkeley...The recent explosion of recorded data, after centuries
of steady but much slower growth, can be traced, in large part,
to two factors:  The computer revolution, which has made it
possible to capture and save vast quantities of information in
ones and zeroes, the binary alphabet of the digital age. 
The growth of "Big Science" in astronomy, nuclear physics
and biology, such as the Human Genome Project. Experts figure
that in recent decades the number of scientific papers published
has been doubling every three years.
In just one field, global climate data, the volume of recorded
information is expected to zoom from 2 billion gigabytes in 2000
to 15 billion gigabytes in 2010.
A gigabyte is a billion bytes, the equivalent of a billion English
letters...The volume of printed information grew by 36 percent
from 1999 to 2002, the last year of the study, but electronic
records ballooned by 80 percent...The majority of this mind-numbing
flood of information never reaches most citizens. Immense quantities
come from secret electronic intercepts by the National Security
Agency, the nation's eavesdropping intelligence agency; scientific
laboratories; orbiting satellites and the like.
The material is reworked and distilled before any of it is made
public, if it ever is."
The article specifically mentioned how the "majority"
of information never reaches most citizens and how the material
is "reworked and distilled before any of it is made pubic,
if it ever is."
Consider our original thought about a man having access to a
mind that contained all such information and never forgets.
The Prophet Daniel told us in Dan. 8:23-26 that a sinister, cunning
king will arise in the last days. He is to be so impressed with
himself that he will magnify himself in his heart and dare to
rise up against the Prince of princes, Jesus Christ.
In Revelation 13 the Apostle John tells us that this beastly
king will be empowered by Satan himself and that a false prophet,
portraying himself as a lamb, will be in league with him.
In verses 14 -15 John prophesies that this miracle-working false
prophet will be able to give breath (that is an actual breathing
kind of life) to an image made of this Anti-Christ King. Quoting
verse 15 we read, "he [the false prophet] was granted power
to give breath to the image of the beast [that is, the image
of the Anti-Christ], that the image of the beast should both
speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the
beast to be killed."
During the past decade we shared how scientists were working
on what was called, "4th generation computers." These
are computers that are envisioned will be able to incorporate
within their hardware the life force and abilities of living
cells. Such abilities as information transmission, storage, and
self replication are just a few of the anticipated benefits.
Keeping in mind that such a bio-computer would literally require
breath to live and that computers can generate, and are in fact
a kind of image, John's prophecy invokes intriguing possibilities.
As we review the following news item keep in mind that this research
has in actuality been going on for decades and as we read earlier,
"the majority of information never reaches most citizens
or is reworked and distilled before any of it is made public,
if it ever is." Odds are we are sharing only a fraction
of how far this technology has and will actually be pursued.
Quoting from the August 18, 03 Denver Post article which
headlined, "Researchers think DNA could drive computers"
we read, " It almost sounds too fantastic to be true, but
a growing amount of research supports the idea that DNA, the
basic building block of life, could be the basis of a staggeringly
powerful new generation of computers.
If it happens, the revolution someday might be traced to the
night a decade ago when University of Southern California computer
scientist Leonard Adleman lay in bed reading James Watson's textbook
"Molecular Biology of the Gene."
"This is amazing stuff," he said to his wife, and then
a foggy notion robbed him of his sleep: Human cells and computers
process and store information in much the same way.
Computers store data in strings made up of the numbers 0 and
Living things store information with molecules represented by
the letters A, T, C and G.
There were many more intriguing similarities, Adleman realized
as he hopped out of bed. He began sketching the basics of DNA
Those late-night scribbles have long since given way to hard
science, backed by research grants from NASA, the Pentagon and
other federal agencies. Now a handful of researchers around the
world are creating tiny biology-based computers, hoping to harness
the powers of life itself.
They call their creations "machines" and "devices."
Really, they are nothing more than test tubes of DNA-laden water,
and yet this liquid has been coaxed to crunch algorithms and
spit out data...They're also pursuing the idea that genetic material
can self-replicate and grow into processors so powerful that
they can handle problems too complex for silicon-based computers
Eventually, the scientists aim to create self-sustaining computers
that can be used, for instance, on deep-space voyages, to monitor
and maintain the health of humans on board.
What struck Adleman most that night he jumped out of bed was
how a living enzyme "reads" DNA much the same way computer
pioneer Alan Turing first contemplated in 1936 how a machine
could read data.
"If you look inside the cell you find a bunch of amazing
little tools," said Adleman, who made the first DNA-based
computation in 1994. "The cell is a treasure chest."
Adleman used his computer to solve the classic "traveling
salesman" mathematical problem - how a salesman can visit
a given number of cities without passing through any city twice
- by exploiting the predictability of how DNA interacts.
Adleman assigned each of seven cities a different strip of DNA,
20 molecules long, then dropped them into a stew of millions
of more strips of DNA that naturally bonded with the "cities."
That generated thousands of random paths, in much the same way
that a computer can sift through random numbers to break a code.
From this hodgepodge of connected DNA, Adleman eventually extracted
a satisfactory solution - a strand that led directly from the
first city to the last, without retracing any steps. DNA computing
What these researchers are essentially trying to do is control,
predict and understand life itself...Biologists are only now
grasping the basics of how and why DNA unzips, recombines and
sends and receives information. DNA is notoriously fragile and
prone to transcription errors - as the world's cancer rates prove...Still,
researchers in this field believe they remain on the vanguard
of a computational revolution.
After all, a single gram of dried DNA, about the size of a half-inch
sugar cube, can hold as much information as a trillion compact
discs...Columbia University researcher Milan Strojanovic, using
NASA money, is developing a biology-based machine that doesn't
need hands-on human help to compute...Ehud Shapiro of Israel's
Weizmann Institute of Science envisions programming tiny molecules
with medical information and injecting them into people."
So as knowledge increases and increases in these last days, while
the greatest information is kept hidden, we can't help but think
of a cunning king who will one day sit in front of, or might
even be hooked into a living computer containing all of the privatized
information one believes is enough to rule a world. A servant
of Satan with concealed forces of the universe at his command
can easily be led to magnify himself in his pride to the extent
that he will indeed expect the world to worship him and his living
In this day of living computers with robotics and hologram projectors
and the possibility of creating someone's clone a reality, a
living image is not beyond the reach of men in this 21st century.
The days of terror we were warned of in verse 1 of Daniel Ch.
12, when "..a time of trouble such as never was since there
was a nation..." are about to come upon the world.
The glorious moment of the Rapture of the Church to heaven, as
is prophesied in I Thessalonians 4:15-18, and the years of prophesied
tribulation which will follow this event are not far off. As
human knowledge increases, so too does the awareness of the saints
that their departure is near at hand.
As for the knowledge unregenerate mankind keeps acquiring in
their quest of the answers to the ultimate questions of life,
the Apostle Paul wrote of them by God's Spirit in II Timothy
3:7, "always learning and never able to come to the knowledge
of the truth." That is they will never understand the truth
of their existence and destiny because while they produce volumes
of information, they have set their hearts against understanding
God as their Creator and His only provision of salvation and
eternal life through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
Today is the day to separate yourself from those who professing
to be wise have become fools and come with faith to the only
Redeemer Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
Time is running out.