OUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT – We are past the point of no return

Prov. 8:12 says: I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions (01847).

Daniel 12:4 says: 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 (01847) shall be increased…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.

Both these verses use the Hebrew word daath. Here is the Strongs – 01847.  da`ath,  dah’-ath from 3045; knowledge:–cunning, (ig-)norantly, know(-ledge), (un-)awares (wittingly).

Daniel speaks of these last days when many will run to and fro, and knowledge will increase. There are two things mentioned in this verse. The first is that many will run to and fro; the second is that knowledge will increase. Examining the to and fro it could be referring to people, and the increase in global travel in the end time. But it could also refer to the increase in information traveling electronically throughout the world. It has given man the ability to electronically travel instantaneously, back and forth, around the world. I believe it’s probably both.

The second part deals with knowledge increasing. Certainly, over time the general knowledge people and societies has increased. But In the last several centuries, the last fifty years, and especially the last decade, man’s knowledge and witty inventions has increased exponentially. And there seems to be no end in sight. The information that man is creating, and his ability to store it and use it, is increasing exponentially. And now with the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics it is no longer just humans creating this information – but machines and electronic devices. It is truly mind boggling. When I was young it was called science fiction. Now it’s become a reality.

“We’re not in Kansas anymore.”

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It is likely that if you are reading this you are not reading it on a piece of paper but are reading it on your computer or smart phone. And I would venture to say that if that’s the case, you are likely connected to the Internet, and are creating your digital footprint.

You most likely have heard of “the cloud,” but I wanted to provide to you some more in-depth information on the magnitude of this technology, most of which we can’t see and know little about. My biggest concern is not for the immediate or for what seems to be the unimportant personal information that we are creating everyday. My concern is the long term effect and the possibilities that this information could provide, and be used against us, in the future. We cannot be naive or just ignore it and hope it goes away. Our personal information is being collected in stored 24/7/365. And the sad and disconcerting thing is that we can’t pull the plug. Unfortunately, we have literally bought into the system many years ago. I don’t have any solution outside of His divine covering.

We live in the information age, which has created many benefits and conveniences that has seemingly helped our lives. We can now communicate with anyone on the planet almost instantaneously. We can purchase almost anything online, and have it delivered to us without ever leaving our home. Through news media and the Internet we can find out just about anything that’s going on any world; or search and get almost any information we want on any subject matter. The benefits go on and on, and are endless. However, in its strength is our weakness, or should I say in our weakness is its strength. The flip side of all these conveniences are that we are creating a digital footprint and voluntarily giving up all of our private information and anonymity. Usernames and passwords and other security measures may give us some level of protection from our information getting out to the public, but that information is being stored on someone’s computer, and all of the digital activity that we do is being tracked and stored.

It’s too late! The horse is out of the barn. But don’t panic. God is in control. If you think you can pull the plug and stop providing all your personal information, good luck. I’m not saying we shouldn’t use wisdom and try to take certain precautions. There may be some things we may be able to do, and that God may direct us to do, to lower our digital footprint. But ultimately God is going to have to provide divine protection. HE is the ultimate FIREWALL and divine ENCRYPTER.

I think of John 8:59 where they took up stones to kill Jesus, but it wasn’t His time. The Father God covered Him, hid him; and He passed through in the midst of them, and walk on. This was a sign to us of how God will protect us in these last days. God will make a way where there seeming is no way. He will provide a way of escape.

Let me share more of what is going on in technology today. These DATA CENTERs know more about you than you know about you. Governments, corporations and global organizations are developing these sites.

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