What to know about 5G? So what is 5G? Let’s trace it back to its roots.
The “G” stands for “generation.” Wireless phone technology started with 1G, and in the early 1990’s it expanded to 2G when companies first started enabling people to send text messages between two cellular devices.
Then of course with the steady increase of cellular device usage, we moved on to 3G, which gave people the ability to make phone calls, send text messages, and browse the internet.
4G then enhanced many of the capabilities that had already been made possible with the third generation of wireless. People could browse the web, send text messages, and make phone calls—and they could even download and upload large video files without any issues.
So, about 5G. This is going to allow people to send texts, make calls, and browse the web as always—but it will dramatically increase the speed at which data is transferred across the network. 5G will make it easier for people to download and upload Ultra HD and 3D video. It will also make room for the thousands and thousands of internet-connected devices entering our everyday world.
Will it be that much faster? Oh yeah. For instance, right now it would take you about an hour to download a short HD movie on 4G LTE. With 5G, you’ll be able to download it in seconds.
When will it be available, you ask? Although both Verizon and AT&T, the nation’s two biggest Internet service providers, are already testing 5G in several states, most experts predict that 5G still won’t be widely available for a couple more years. Which means we have some time to wait, but we also have time to prepare.
Why is this important for your nonprofit or ministry?
Well at the very least, this serves as a reminder to us that mobile devices and the corresponding consumption of information via those devices impacts the way that we engage, market, and assimilate the people we’re trying to reach. Robert Wright, our Director of Technology here at The A Group, told me that “creating sites and applications that are mobile responsive is no longer just an option. It’s critical. What we see across the board, is that the vast majority of the audiences that visit the sites we build do so from a mobile device. Most of our sites probably average around 75%, while we have some sites where it’s as high as 90% of their visitors are accessing their site via a mobile device.”
If these stats bored you to tears, don’t fear. We listed out three things you should consider regarding communication via mobile devices with all those stats taken into consideration:
It’s where people are spending their time.
As you consider the journey your attenders, students, donors and target audiences take, mobile interaction is now an integral part of it—meaning that it’s now vital to include mobile.
Consumers are attached to their mobile devices. According to research from IDC, the typical consumer uses his/her device consistently throughout daily activities. In fact, 79% of smartphone users have their phone on, or near them, for all but two hours of their waking day. Four out of five smartphone users check their phones within the first 15 minutes of waking up. And get this! According to this same research, people spend an average of 195 minutes per day using their smartphone. We should be capitalizing on that.
CORONAVIRUS AND THE END TIMES
Is there a connection between the Coronavirus and the end times?
This whole pandemic feels apocalyptic to many. And it is definitely the most apocalyptic thing that has ever happened to us. Stores everywhere are closed. Shelves around the world are empty. Streets are void of any life. Almost all governments inducing lockdowns in homes. Churches are canceled and reduced to online viewing. Fear changing the way people behave and interact with each other. Even most pastors are afraid. But are we really living in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ? Is all this a sign that the world is really coming to an end? SO DID JESUS WARN US?
In Matthew 24:1-21 we see Jesus answer in greater detail questions the disciples had regarding the signs and the beginning of the end times.
Jesus answers the disciples 3 questions:
1 When will these things be?
2 What will be the sign of Your coming?
3 What will be the sign of the end of the age?
In verses 5-7 Jesus mentioned what will continue to take place with increasing frequency but that they are “the beginning of sorrows” or minor end time signs. Similar to birth pangs. The greater the frequency the closer we are to the end.
Within these verses, diseases are mentioned. So yes this disease, the coronavirus, is a minor sign of the end times. So we can now see that Jesus did say that these things would happen. And not only this virus, but we can expect more to come. But know that they are not a major sign of the end times.
HAS THE END TIMES CLOCK STARTED?
Though this virus is not specifically found in scripture, other aspects surrounding this virus may still come to full light later on and we could then say with certainty that it is in scripture. If that is the case, such as the mark of the beast or the Antichrist revealed, then we can say the end times clock has begun.
What we can understand right now is that we are getting closer, much closer. Nothing has happened like this ever before. It has definitely been very extreme. So extreme that many are questioning if a formation of a one world government is behind it. Is it true? Possibly. It’s important to be aware of things without getting lost in a sea of information. Even the extent of it is still unknown. So we must remain focused on God because it can cause a negative affect with much fear and distraction. Fear only serves to hinder God’s will and will cause us to become passive. But faith is active so let’s always remember to walk by faith, not just with words but with actions. As we recognize the days getting shorter, urgency grows and we become more courageous for God stepping out boldly in the face of danger. This can greatly encourage us to build each other in the faith and help reach the lost for Christ.
With many more signs still to take place before Christ returns, we can prepare that this is just the beginning. But in all this, we can be rest assured that we have the victory in Christ through faith.
“concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him (the rapture), let no one deceive you by any means; for it will not happen unless the falling away comes first, and the Antichrist is revealed.”
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3