Saturday, August 9, 2014

Knowledge shall be increased

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."

 The "knowledge shall be increased" is often taken out of context to just be about the increase in Scientific Knowledge we see in the modern world.  But Chuck Missler likes to point out the context here is clearly about Knowledge of God's Word.  Indeed it should not surprise us that these two things go together.

The thing I want to say here is, that this is reason against refuting any new Biblical interpretation or insight purely on the grounds that it's brand new.  Especially not when it comes to Prophecy.

So that's why I don't care that clearly the Post-Trib understanding of how 1 Thessalonians 4 and Matthew 24 relates to Revelation 19 was the one clearly taught by the Early Church fathers and all Christian teachers before the Reformation.  Regardless of what Pre-Tribbers try to take from their misuse of the quotes on "Imminence".

I think lots of important new insights in Bible Prophecy are potentially being made.   Like Jeremiah 49 and the Hidden Prophecies in The Psalms.

Until fairly recently access to the word was limited, even before the Catholic Church outright made lay people reading the word for themselves a crime, it was uncommon to be literate.  And the fact that having Chapter and Verse divisions didn't even exist till very recently made studying the word a lot more difficult for most generations.

Now we can use computers to do key word or phrase searches, and checking the Greek and Hebrew is easier then ever.  Some people hate the ramifications of studying Scripture in that way, like Alan Kurshner.  And we should be careful, but the fact is things like that are exactly what Daniel 12:4 was about.

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