"Many Shall Run To and Fro and Knowledge Shall be increased"
The events of Dan 12:4 occur when Michael the archangel (Dan 12:1; Jude 9) stands up in the Time of the End. 1 Thess 4:16 shows that Christ's return is accompanied by the symbolism of "the voice of the archangel," therefore; the events that follow Michael's (the archangel) standing up in Daniel 12 are proofs that the Lord is present.
Selden's first automobile in 1877 marked the leap forward in transportation. Today there are estimated to be 1.2 billion cars on the road. Through increased and numerous modes of transportation millions are crossing and re-crossing each other's paths around the world. In the past 100 years, man has increased his travel from 30 mph to 25,000 mph right off the planet to the moon. Sophistication in communications, additionally, allows man to see and hear almost anywhere in the world instantly.
If the increase of knowledge from the dawn of history to the 1800's is given a value of one, then knowledge has doubled 16 times within the last 10 years. 130 years ago, 90 percent of the world's population could not read or write. Today, 80 percent of the world's population can read and write (up 40% from 1990). Ninety percent of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today. Fifty percent of the world's inventions have been created in the last decade.
The noted historian Barbara Tuchman has observed, "Man entered the Nineteenth Century using only his own and animal power, supplemented by that of wind and water, much as he had entered the Thirteenth, or for that matter, the First. He entered the Twentieth with his capacities in transportation, communication, production, manufacture and weaponry multiplied a thousand fold by the energy of machines." (The Proud Tower, Forward, XVI) Unprecedented travel and increase of knowledge mark the presence of Christ.
It was not simply knowledge on the worldly stage (man’s wisdom) that was to increase and as such be a sign of the Lord’s presence, but more importantly it was the knowledge or understanding of the Scriptures, specifically those prophecies pertaining to the Second Advent, knowledge which had since been sealed up until the time of the end (beginning in 1799 A.D.) and since made known progressively only to the Lord’s true people, the wise, the sanctuary class.
Evils are exposed as Never Before
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts…” (1 Cor 4:5)
Never in all the annals of history have ecclesiastics (clergy, ministers, pastors), statesmen, government officials both on the local as well as the federal level (FBI, CIA, DHS, and etc.), politicians, (congressmen, Vice-presidents and Presidents) as well as heads of industry and social networks, labor leaders and the rich been so-cross questioned, criticized and exposed as now at the bar of public judgment. Notwithstanding their determined effort to avoid the examination, they are obliged to endure the trial.
The most significant thing about Watergate was not that it took place (corruption is as old as human history), but that it could not be covered up. Try as they would, it could not be hidden. The same applies to more present day scandals and controversies, from the Clinton’s (both husband and wife) to Obama, to Trump. Not only are those who instigated the present mess being exposed but likewise so too those who purport to be investigating these matters, (government officials, the news media and etc.), nothing can be hidden for too long.
Because we are living in the time when the hidden things of darkness will be made manifest. Even a totalitarian state like Russia is powerless to prevent exposure as evidenced by the Solzhenitsyn affair. His expose gained worldwide coverage. Further exposures eventually resulted in the overthrow of the communist empire. These world-wide exposures of corruption are another proof that we are at the time of our Lord's return and the end of the world.
Little Faith on the Earth
“… When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8) “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom... For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Tim 4:1-4)
Infidelity (lack of faith) is rampant from university to pulpit. In the professed church of Christ the Word of God is no longer the standard of faith, the guide of life. Human philosophies and political correctness are taking its place. Even heathen vagaries are flourishing in places formerly beyond their pale. A survey taken among delegates to the National Council of Churches revealed that over one third could not state they had a firm belief in God; thirty-one per cent could not say there is life after death; sixty-two per cent did not believe miracles happened as the Bible says they did; seventy-seven per cent did not believe the devil actually exists; and eighty-seven per cent rejected the Bible concept of inherited sin. Our day is in such marked contrast with the past that church historians speak of it as the post-Christian era. This world-wide scarcity of faith means the Son of man has come.
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