"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."
Who can deny that we are in the last days when you consider this verse wrapping up the prophetic work of the Jewish prophet Daniel? This piece of futuristic information given by the Holy Spirit leaves no doubt about the fact we are in those 'end times' right now.
The evidence is really overwhelming. There are many 'proofs' everywhere. In every direction, and in every way, things reveal to us that we do live in this amazing, even dreamed of, final times, the last days, before the return of Yeshua our Messiah. Many, even some believers, are in denial on this subject but not me. Just the thought of my Lord and Savior returning is enough to take a persons' breath away. Maranatha!
There happens to be some other sobering statistics that also point to the imminent return of our Lord. For example, in studying the birthrates for the European nations the other day, it was shown to me that within the next generation, the indigenous populations of nations like Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, among others, will all cease to exist as we have known them for centuries. The reason is because of their birthrates. These birthrates have been so low for so long that they can never recover now and will be gone, swept away from history. With the modern generation's assault on family, marriage and bringing babies into the world, it is no wonder. These people have made themselves a diminishing race through abortion and selfish living for decades. They chose to become a doomed race. They chose death over life.
So, here we are in the last days of man before the Lord's return. Knowledge has certainly increased, sin is rampant. Israel is back in the land according to prophecies in scripture. The nations around her are in great turmoil, and threaten her almost daily. The Bible tells us these things must come to pass. Interestingly, just as the Bible tells us, Israel's allies eventually turn on her because 'All' nations will be against her. Her former friends, the European Union, remember, just voted the other day that a Jewish state was unnecessary. Now, these same nations, as we've found out, will all be extinct themselves in just a few years. Going against Israel, it would seem, is not a great idea. There is absolutely no future in it!
Yes, in the last days knowledge will be increased. Do you know that just over 100 years ago, the smartest and wealthiest of all people were riding horses for transportation? We forget it used to take weeks to cross the oceans where now it takes just a few hours. We can talk to family and friends in other countries simply by turning on our laptops. It is easy for anyone to send emails to the leaders of the world just by the touching of a few keys on a computer.
Knowledge has increased dramatically.
Throughout history we have had slow and little increases in knowledge. However, in the the last 150 years a huge explosion in knowledge has taken place causing speed and precision to be a major influence on how we now live. Technology has developed at such a rapid pace that the average person is very spoiled in his/her world. Our ancient ancestors would never understand the life we all live today. We take for granted so much of the wonderful technology around us too. There have been great improvements in computer power, scientific discoveries and especially the advancement in the medical profession. Just look at how much has been learned about the human body in our day. Discoveries like DNA, cellular structuring and genetic research are just some of the benefits we receive.
Daniel 12:4 also discusses our "running to and fro". This points specifically to our current days with planes, trains, autos and the busy business of modern day life swirling everywhere around us. Who could deny we are in the end of days as described by Daniel? Even those in the poorest of nations find themselves running to and fro with technology and gadgetry. Since the days of Noah, there has never been a time of burgeoning knowledge like we see today.
This Biblical prophecy of 'running to and fro' doesn't stop with the base understanding of scientific technology either. This truth of 'running to and fro' has a dual application. Revelation of God's Word, will and wisdom in the last days will also be increased.
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it."
During the 'dark ages', for over 1000 years, knowledge of Biblical truths were suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church. There was a huge famine in the land because of the heavy handed religious quagmire caused by the Vatican. You could be put to death in those days if found even reading the Bible. However, since the protestant reformation and breakaway from Rome's diabolical hold on Messiah's message of salvation and life, God's people have been running to and fro receiving wonderful insight from the Holy Spirit in His Word. This too was promised for the last days.
Yes, the Bible promised the resurgence of God's Word too, but it took some time before it was rediscovered. Today, God's Word is our source of life. We FREELY receive the light of God's Word taught to us by the Holy Spirit. It is our ONLY source and foundation for our understanding our Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
The last days are here. God now has an end time remnant body, walking in the light of the Holy Spirit with FULL gospel truth. His remnant army is prepared for the last days. The 'salt of the earth' are prepared to take His Word to the world before the end comes. This remnant of God's glory, His body, is the shining beacon of light Yeshua has brought forth. We are Messiah's called out arsenal. We are His spiritual weaponry, anointed of the Holy Spirit for the last days' world. Technology is nice, but Messiah's people, His sheep, are really what matters most. We are eternal, everything else will perish. We will live with Yeshua the Messiah forever. The end times being here is evidence of this fact. Open your eyes and behold the days we find ourselves.
"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel."