A Brief History of the End of Time
— 10. Dangers of Monopoly —
A much more acute and down to earth danger that our economy presently suffers is not so much the financial power of people like Bill Gates but the main difference between his empire and that of Rockefeller. The company designed by Rockefeller was a plexus of human endeavor, and between him and the consumer sat a large buffer of human conscience. Not so with the Web.
It has been estimated that eighty percent of the world's computers including the Pentagon's run on the same operating system: Microsoft Windows. And this while any first-grade economy student will vouch that it is highly irresponsible to invest solely in one fund, or bet on one horse. How in the world could this have happened? One doesn't need ancient parchment scrolls or a knack for prophecy to appreciate how profoundly stupid the computer world is organized.
Shortly it will not be possible to conduct business without the Internet. Every household, store, company or government worldwide will be tied in to the Web, and the whole of human welfare will balance on the spike-heal of Microsoft Windows. And it will only take one virus with beaver teeth to tear apart everything we have.
Not a very pleasant prospect and almost worth to stick our collective head in the sand and pretend that all is well, because when it happens we will plunge lower than the level of the caveman. We don't even remember how to be an animal alive on the earth.
Software writers are commonly acknowledged to hide funny secret subroutines in large programs. These hobby-programs are called Easter Eggs and show up virtually everywhere. Many of us have seen Lara Croft turn into a fierce dragon in compliance to a certain unusual input sequence, or the famous 3D-text screen saver oddly respond at input 'volcano,' or a gloomy Hall Of Tormented Souls emerge from Excel.
These Easter Eggs are obviously as easy to make as to hide and this in combination with the monolithic nature of cyberspace poses a very real and serious threat. The chance that something will go wrong (whether on purpose or not) is simply too high.
The book of Revelation specifically relates the end of time with a collapse of the world economic order, "...and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality" (Revelation 18:3), and depicts the world-wide economy (or Babylon the Great) as a whore (Revelation 17). A whore in the classic sense, is someone who has a household and children but no husband. The housefather, or abba was typically the nucleus of a household, one who governed the house (see our article on the Household Set). The most attractive part of the Internet is that there is no central rule. We are free to do what we want in cyberspace.
Even the World Wide Web Consortium, which develops and approves the code in which websites are written, merely advises and standardizes; everybody is free to ignore W3. If you develop websites, you have the power to give the scroll bar to the right different colors — visible only to users of Internet Explorer — which is absolutely not permitted by W3, but you can do it anyway. Nobody will come to arrest you. You won't be fined. You won't be sent to web-hell. Perhaps your page will rank a bit lower with the search engines but probably not even that and certainly not with MSN Search. Microsoft wanted IE users to be able to manipulate the scroll bar colors and W3 can just stand by and watch. It's even quite likely that W3 will one day soon adopt the scroll bar adjust codes, just because many people are already doing it. The Internet is an excellent example of a law that follows the users, instead of vice versa.
The End of Time and the destruction of the world-wide economic order is of course tied in to the Second Coming of Christ, who will re-establish the Law set by God. This Law is a natural law, like gravity, and no one can ignore it and walk away. It's a completely different kind of law. Let's have a look.
The Second Coming of Christ →