Modern Communications Predicted in the Bible
Revelation 11:7-11 (written in about 90 AD)
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth 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. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 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. And after three days and an 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.
These verses are talking about two prophets of God who worked miracles and tormented the wicked inhabitants of the earth in the last days. God then allows them to be slain by the Antichrist. Their bodies lay in the street for 3 1/2 days before God raises them from the dead. There are a few important clues that lead us to conclude that these verses accurately predicted modern communications, including satellite television transmissions.
1. Their dead bodies were left in the street for 3 1/2 days. They were not shipped around to several "nations" with a stop in each nation for viewing them. These verses say that "nations" shall see the bodies where they lay in the street. Since satellite communications and televisions were in rather short supply in about 90 AD (when Revelation was written), how could the author of Revelation possibly have known that the technology to see something on the other side of the world, in real time, would one day actually exist as it does today? This seems to be an accurate prediction of modern satellite communications and television broadcasts. 2. It says that "they that dwell upon the earth" shall rejoice over them because they tormented those who "dwelt on the earth". This verse appears to be saying that the entire world will rejoice over their deaths. But the technology to spread news across the entire world in just 3 1/2 days didn't even exist until this century.
The argument could be made that these verses are talking about people from various nations who are visiting the area where the dead prophets lay, and that they are not referring to everyone in the world being able to all see them. That argument can be refuted at least two ways. First, there are only three times in the Bible (KJV) where the phrase "dwell upon the earth" is used. All three are in the book of Revelation. It is clear that the other two are indeed talking about the entire world population. It would therefore make sense that this verse would be doing the same.
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Revelation 3:10
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. Revelation 11:10
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8
Also, the tormenting of the wicked that the prophets did impacted the whole world, not just the region they happened to be in at the time. It would therefore make sense that the wicked throughout the whole world would rejoice over their deaths.
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.