The Modern World
The modern world really began only about one hundred and fifty years ago. If we have the chronology of human existence about correct, the first human, Adam, was created nearly 6,000 years ago. The Bible shows that God’s Master Plan for working out his purpose here below is a 7,000-year planwith some 6,000 years allotted to this world of Satan, followed by 1,000 years of Christ’s reign over all nations of the earth. Somewhere around 1,600 years from Adam’s creation came the earthwide Flood. How civilization developed prior to the Flood we do not fully know. But we may assume the material civilization progressed no farther than in a similar span after the Flood. So far as we know, therefore, the development of human civilization continued on a comparatively even keel until about 150 years ago.
There was little advancement in human knowledge and material progress until after the invention of the printing press about 1450. Printing made possible the spread and diffusion of knowledge. This diffusion expanded but slightly until the middle of the 19th century. Most modern inventions and facilities have appeared since A.D. 1850. The increase in knowledge and invention of mechanical facilities has multiplied with constantly increasing momentum since 1850. It is almost as if mankind first appeared on earth about 150 years ago and has been learning and progressing more and more rapidly since.