Knowledge shall Increase

October 30, 2020

Daniel 12:4–9

4But 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.”

5Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?”

7And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished.

8I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?”

9He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.

The second significant sign given to Daniel is that as mankind draws close to the end time, this seventieth week, that knowledge will increase.

Yesterday I talked about the other sign which was that travel will increase. But what caused the travel to increase? It was the explosion of knowledge.

The Hebrew word for “increase” (rabah) implies not only an addition of knowledge but also a multiplication – or a knowledge that is increasing exponentially.

Think about it, from very early history man spoke to each other and traveled by foot. At some point, communication became written and man traveled by horseback. From 6000 years ago until 1830 when the first train began operation in the US man communicated through writing and traveled by horseback. Suddenly there were trains, soon after the telegraph was invented. Life as we knew it had changed.

The following comparisons were suggested by someone who believes the earth is very old and that humans have been here millions of years. Nevertheless, his stats on information doubling are fascinating.

  • It took 4 million years of human existence to arrive at the “information density” of Rome in the year 1AD.
  • 1,500 years later, in the time of Leonardo DaVinci and the Renaissance, that information density had doubled.
  • The next doubling took 250 years, as marked by the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the birth of democracy.
  • In [only] six years from 1967 to 1973, another doubling occurred.
  • By 1998, information doubling was estimated to occur every 18 months.

Are we in the time of information explosion? I don’t know, let me google it. Almost every human today has a cell phone with the computer technology that is obsolete every 2-5 years. The internet has given rise to a worldwide explosion of information.

Is Jesus coming back soon? How much better can cell phones get? I will let you be the judge, but I think it is very soon.



To and Fro

October 29, 2020

Daniel 12:1–9

1“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.

2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

4But 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.”

5Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?”

7And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished.

8I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?”

9He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.

One of significant signs in Daniels vision that regards to the timing of the events recorded as “last days” is the understanding that people will run “to and fro” and that knowledge will increase.

While we don’t have an understanding of ancient Hebrew, we probably know what “to and fro” means? The Hebrew phrase means to roam about. Another translation is “hither and thither,” I guess that’s helpful? Basically, it means people will have significant ability to move about the earth.

Covid restrictions aside, we have the ability to travel anywhere in the word we want to go. Obviously, there are places that might be off limits like North Korea or Iran, and places we may not want to go like Greenland or Antarctica, but if we had the desire we could go. Modern travel has made it possible to go “to and fro” upon the earth.
 
When I think about the changes my grandfather experienced in his lifetime, it brings the realization that these things have happened rather quickly. Arthur C, Butler was born in 1895 and lived until 1996. He was born before cars were invented and he died during an age of space travel. The transition from horses to supersonic flight was less than 60 years for him.

Daniel was told to seal up the prophesy until the time of the end, a time when people will be running to and fro. I think we are there? How much greater will technology lead us in the area of newer and faster transportation equipment? In the 60’s people were predicting that by the turn of the century we would be flying our cars rather than driving them, but that hasn’t happened, much to my dismay. Still, compared to the early days of Mr. Butler we are an advanced civilization, moving about the earth in rapid fashion… wherever we have it in our heart to go.

In 1948 Israel became a nation again. In 1967 Jerusalem was recaptured during the 6 day war and became the capital of Israel once again. It had not been in their control since 70 AD. In 1969 man not only landed on the moon, but walked on the moon. Talk about to and fro! Now Elon Musk wants to send people to the moon to live there, and eventually to Mars. If you want to look at a time where real prophesies are being fulfilled, we are in that time. Could this be the “End Times?” We have to ask ourselves that question.



Rise Up

October 28, 2020 

Daniel 12:1–9

1“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 

2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 

4But 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.” 

5Then I, Daniel, looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream. 6And someone said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, “How long shall it be till the end of these wonders?” 

7And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream; he raised his right hand and his left hand toward heaven and swore by him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time, and that when the shattering of the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be finished.

8I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, “O my lord, what shall be the outcome of these things?” 

9He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. 

Daniel is not going to live to see any of these prophesies carried out. Daniel is 81 years old now and close to the end of his life. But because of his relationship with God, the fact that he is beloved of God, Daniel has been told of all these things to come. 

Daniel has seen terrifying things, distress and trouble for Israel coming their way in the future. It must have broken Daniel’s heart to hear of the distress and trouble for his nation Israel. But in chapter 12 Daniel is given some comfort. Just when things look like Israel is about to be destroyed by the coming king, the antichrist of Revelation, God sends Michael to protect the nation. 

I like how he is presented; he shall rise up. Like a sleeping lion, held at bay by God’s timetable Michael is released into action just in time to save Israel. He is called the great Prince in charge of the nation of Israel. He delivers Israel from the hand of the antichrist in a very physical way, but God has even greater plans for the people of Israel. As the people of Israel see the signs of Christ returning, they will turn to him as their savior. Millions upon millions of Jewish men women and children will trust in their redeemer Jesus Christ and they will not only be saved physically but they will be given eternal life and their names will be written into the lamb’s book of life. 

Daniel must have been incredibly pleased to hear of all this, but then God reveals something even more incredible: 

2And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. 

Daniel himself will rise up. At the end of Israel’s great conflict Daniel will once again walk the face of the earth and rejoice with the nation of Israel and the other believers who have died in Christ Jesus. 

If the Lord’s coming is delayed beyond our lifetime, as believers, we too will walk the earth with Daniel. We will see with our own eyes, in resurrected bodied the nation of Israel as they rejoice at the coming of their King – the Lord Jesus Christ.




Daily Devotions 2020