Posted by: missionventureministries | October 24, 2019

UNDERSTANDING BIBLICAL PROPHECIES IN THE 21st CENTURY – Daniel 12:4

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4) 

The books of Daniel and Revelation contain the most detailed description of the end time’s prophecy of any books in the Bible.

The end time’s revelation given to Daniel by God through and angel is recorded in Chapters 10 and 11; culminating in the last Chapter of his writings.

The Book of Daniel was written approximately between the years of 540 and 530 B.C.

In comparison, the Revelation of Jesus Christ was given to the apostle John by God by sending his angel to His servant during his imprisonment at the isle of Patmos “to show his servants what must soon take place.”

The Book of Revelation is estimated to have been written between A.D. 90 and 95.

Consequently, we see that the span between the two writings is anywhere between 620 and 635 year. And the differences we see is that the angel says to Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end. Whereas in the book of Revelation the angel says to John, do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near (Revelation 22:10).

When the angel tells Daniel to seal the book until the time of the end, Daniel is perplexed as he states in verses 8-10, I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”

Daniel’s prophesy were not actually sealed from being read, but because they were not be able to be interpreted until the time when they would come to pass, they would not be understood.

Yes, Daniel recorded amazing prophecies; chapter 11 alone contains over one hundred specific prophecies of historical events that literally came true, and only now those who are wise understand and can read what Daniel obediently recorded, but even for Daniel they were “closed up and sealed.”

Many shall run to and fro – Daniel could not have imagined our present society, with speeding automobiles all over the land and airplanes filling our skies! In very little time, the world advanced from horse and buggy to spacecraft, and almost everyone is running to and fro.

And knowledge shall increase – Daniel prophesied that there would be an increase in knowledge. Not only will science and information technology increase, but biblical and prophetic knowledge will be so much better understood with all the historical and technical information we have today, and with the ongoing discoveries of archaeological sites, proving the credibility of the Bible.

Just imagine a person reading Revelation 13:15-17, seventy to eighty years ago, what must have been going through their mind? “The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

Our generation on the other hand, fully understands how that can happen because, today we have holograms that project an image of a person thousands of miles away so real that you think they are right there as you watch them speak or perform.

Today we have biochip implant technology, radio-frequency identification (RFID) which is a form of personnel tracking and identification, and we are living in a nearly total surveillance society. Everything is being done through e-commerce and pretty soon you will not be able to function without having even more mandatory artificial intelligence technology.

Those who study prophecy realize that the enemy is working very shrewdly because he knows that his time is getting shorter; just as God is saying to Daniel that the closer we get to the time of the actual fulfillment of those prophetic events given to him, the clearer the details will become.

How could we have understood some of the prophecies about Israel’s restoration until they were actually fulfilled?

We have to understand that God’s prophecies do come to pass as we read in another example where God told Ezekiel that, “I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land” (Ezekiel 34:13). The prophet said that God would gather the people of Israel scattered throughout the world and bring them back to “their own land.” Therefore, as the Bible predicted, after thousands of years of being scattered the Jewish people could return to their own land, because on May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the state of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years.

As we see, knowledge has indeed increased and continues to do so at an alarming pace and the Internet provides us with an incredible amount of information that we can access from basically anywhere in the world.

Consequently, because of historical developments like the re-establishment of the state of Israel, and the technological developments like computers and the Internet, we now understand end time prophecies much better.

God is opening the minds of those who are wise and are searching and they now understand things that no generation has ever understood before. That should alert us that we are living very close to the last days.

Therefore, the explosive increase in science and rapid travel in our day is one of the many God-given signs that the return of Christ is near! The crucial question is, “Are you ready for the Lord’s return?” We sure hope so! If not, we hope that you will read HOW TO BECOME A TRUE CRISTIAN and refrain from the tragedy of an eternity in hell.

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