Time-compressed speech is a technique used, often in television and radio advertising, to make recorded speech contain more words in a given time, yet still be understandable.1 When you compress time in a video, you are making the duration shorter than real-time. 2
Theorists generally identify two historical periods in which time–space compression occurred; the period from the mid-19th century to the beginnings of the First World War, and the end of the 20th century. In both of these time periods, according to Jon May and Nigel Thrift, "there occurred a radical restructuring in the nature and experience of both time and space ... both periods saw a significant acceleration in the pace of life concomitant with a dissolution or collapse of traditional spatial co-ordinates."3
We are now experiencing a significant acceleration in time. "Can you even recall a time when you didn't Google? When you didn't know what it meant to "unfriend" someone? Or when you couldn't surf the Web, send an e-mail and take a picture from a palm-sized device that fits in your pocket? The past 10 years have given us countless innovations that improve – and confuse – our daily lives. From Internet technology to finance to genetics and beyond, advances in science and technology have changed the way we communicate, relate to one another and think about what it means to be a modern human being. GPS, Hybrid Cars, instant text messaging for mobile phones, Friendster, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Apple's iPhone Introduces Smart Phone."4
Change has accelerated. Not only has change accelerated, but also world events. Each week we hear about another terrorist attack, mass killings, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and Radical Islam. Bad news is occurring more frequently and regularly.
The lease on planet earth is almost up. As the hourglass is compressed the sand in the top moves faster. This is why it seems that time is moving so quickly. Our time is being compressed. This is the reason we Christians must quickly do the assignment God has given to us. We must work the works of Him that sent us while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4 KJV
The good news is that we are seeing and hearing things from the Holy Spirit that prophets of old desired to see and hear! Jesus said, For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Matthew 13:17 NASB This is the reason we are hearing and seeing into the realms of the Spirit like never before. This why everyone that calls on the name of the Lord are being saved. This is why dreams are being interpreted and visions are being sent by God. Spiritual things will be revealed to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
We are racing quickly to the end of this Shemitah Year (the Sabbath rest for the land every seventh year). Leviticus 25:1-4 “As every seventh day was the Sabbath day, so every seventh year was the Sabbath year.” The Shemitah of ancient Israel refers not only to the releasing of the land but also to the nullification of debt and credit ordained by God and performed on a massive nationwide scale. This Shemitah Year ends on September 13. I will not be surprised if America experiences accelerated changes and events.
3.Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2003.© 2001 Selection and editorial material Jon May and Nigel Thrift