Daniel 12:4 “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
Since the Worldwide Web came onto the scene in the 1990s, and once we, the masses, started bringing computers into our houses, we were subsequently introduced to extreme and vast amounts of information! Such modern innovation and equipment that we never had in our clutches before! One which was now easily and readily available to us in the privacy of our own homes by using none other than our fingertips on something called a mouse and a keyboard, no less!
Talk about a WOW moment only those of us over a certain age would know by experiencing this era of the information age bombarding onto the world’s stage! Knowledge and information, generally speaking, which has surely since that time ‘as is prophetically detailed in the book of Daniel,’ has no doubt increased worldwide exponentially!
Case in point: just last week in our Sunday School class, several of us during a lesson in the book of Daniel, talked about how much watching tutorials on YouTube has helped us out at home and in our lives in many ways! For example, if one of us needs help installing a part onto our car or how to change out a heating element on an indoor furnace unit, we acknowledged how the plethora of useful information merely in the how-to videos have been so invaluable to us! Keep in mind, too, that just a short 30-35 years ago, this modern-day convenience a few clicks away was not even accessible to us!
The term, “And knowledge shall be increased,” in conjunction with the end times, may or may not be what we have been taught, heard, or even thought it was when it comes to this topic. Apparently, the commentaries from centuries ago suggest that this verse in Daniel is meant as ‘an increase in knowledge concerning bible prophecy’!
All I know for those of us and many others who have been led to and who have fortunately clued into/onto this site, our growth in the knowledge of Bible prophecy has undeniably and thankfully increased! And for such information, we are truly grateful, as Bible prophecy readies us for what is to come, and not only that, but it also makes us eager and more useful to do the Lord’s work during the here and now! So, either way, it’s a win/win on both sides of the proverbial coin, as they may say!
Excerpt from Gotquestions.org:
But, as Toffler observed, there certainly has been an exponential increase of technology, and it appears to be gaining ground even more quickly. So, what does the Bible have to say on this matter? Let’s take a look at the text in question, Daniel 12:4, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel was told that the meaning of his prophecy would be sealed until the time of its fulfillment was near. The majority of Bible scholars through the ages have understood the last two phrases to reference the prophecy itself.
Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown’s critical commentary (published 1871) identified the meaning as scrutinizing every page to discover God’s purposes in the events foretold. John Darby translated the passage “many shall diligently investigate,” and Samuel Tregelles rendered it “many shall scrutinize the book from end to end.” Matthew Henry’s Commentary (c. 1700) said, “Then this hidden treasure shall be opened, and many shall search into it, and dig for the knowledge of it, as for silver. They shall run to and fro, to enquire out copies of it, shall collate them, and see that they be true and authentic. They shall read it over and over, shall meditate upon it, and run it over in their minds.”
Many passages of Scripture refer to what will happen at the end of the age, but no other passage seems to deal with increasing knowledge or technology as a sign for us. A greater sign is the advancement of the gospel, which Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:14 and which He commanded us to proclaim in Matthew 28:19-20. God’s goal for mankind isn’t to advance as far as we can or to know all we can discover, but rather that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). -End Source
Even though some of the churches we have attended in recent years actually have and do teach on Bible prophecy/rapture of the church, still, it never ceases to surprise me how many who are of ‘the Bride of Christ’ do not really know about, truly look forward to, or much less, diligently study on this beyond fascinating topic! A subject that exceeds our present comprehension but, in all aspects, should powerfully carry us away in our daily thoughts and deeds by going and being about our Father’s Business before we finally are seized and caught up to go home and be in the Lord Jesus’ embrace forever! Hallelujah!
1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Just recently, at a women’s gathering, I was asked to introduce myself, so I detailed how one of my tasks nowadays is that I am a writer on a website called Rapture Ready. Only to say this and find out that, once again, most or no one in this group knew about or even read any of the articles/information posted on this relevant to our times site! Guess many/most are simply just too busy ‘running to and fro,’ going about their earthly business, and trying to do their good works – maybe even to avoid stopping and facing what has become of this tumultuous and chaotic world and time that we are in, which is literally and metaphorically ‘full-blown on fire’ by now!
I’m sure we all can understand, too – I mean, I get it because the doom and gloom overwhelms me just as much as the next person! Nonetheless, it has been said that God’s Word states and repeats in some way, shape, or form, “Do not fear/Do not be afraid/ Fear not” about 365 times (which can and should be used and heeded by us for each day of the year)! Either way, if it is only stated once, twice, or even hundreds or thousands of times, it is clear that our Abba Father God does not want us to live in fear (be afraid, fearful, anxious, or worrisome) because ‘Who by worrying can add anything or any extra time onto their life’?
O’ we of little faith… why do we doubt?
Matthew 8:26 “And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”
Matthew 14:30-32 “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.”
As heartbreaking as it is to see our world plunging deeper into utter and gross darkness, as the trajectory has been in the last several years, we know that as Bible believers, Jesus told us these things would happen. Oftentimes, we would like to think that we are in control of the circumstances in our lives, but once things start flitting and spiraling out of our grasp, the hard truth that often tends to smack us in the face is that we are NOT in control of anything! Knowing and understanding this can become a blessing in disguise if we can allow ourselves to accept this blatant all-out fact.
Even though we live in a world that is veering off the rails in this fast and accelerating information age, with people everywhere running to and fro and with knowledge increasing exponentially, we can still have peace during these turbulent times! How, may you ask? Well, it is a peace, mind you, not as the world gives, but one that only Jesus Christ can give, which, as we read in His Holy Word, is a peace that surpasses all knowledge and understanding!
Philippians 4:7-9 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
As we continue to live on in this world for the time being and with the increased knowledge that this earth will soon be dissolved and passed away – not to mention while we are also prayerfully minding and lifting up the constant calamities and tragedies that are all around us to our Sovereign and Almighty Father – may we often come back to these precious words of our Savior which reminds us of His beautiful, encouraging, and powerful message specifically for us!
Lovingly detailed and found in the book of John Chapter 14:
Here are just some of the truly comforting verses:
1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Until next time… Maranatha!
Sincerely & In Christ,
(I have no Accolades….
I am just a Nobody,
Trying to tell Everybody,
All about Somebody,
Who can save Anybody!)
The Williams Brothers – “I’m Just a Nobody” Song: https://youtu.be/_wCTQdmXkUg
My Mission is to be ‘Salt and Light’ to a Lost and Dying world,
To be an Ambassador for Jesus Christ.
All for Him and His Glory!