Knowledge shall be increased

Arno Froese

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 (Daniel 12:4). 

The book of Daniel is a powerful and informative prophetic book. The first six chapters give us the history of the Jews in captivity under the rulership of Babylon and Persia.

In chapter 7, Daniel passes on the first of four visions. In chapter 10, the fourth vision is documented, and there is one verse we must point out: “Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days” (verse 14). When reading the three chapters containing the fourth vision of Daniel, we find the words, “…what shall befall thy people in the latter days.” We immediately notice that very little is revealed about the Jews; it is mostly about the rest of the world.

In the introductory Scripture, Daniel is commanded to “…shut up the words, and seal the book.” Why was he not allowed to reveal the content of that writing? The answer is found in the next sentence: “even to the time of the end.” That means the last days, the time when salvation is revealed through the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Lord. That is the beginning of the end times.

Also significant is the last sentence: “…many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Again, we must notice that Israel is the main target of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Thus, Daniel, in the last chapter writes of Israel’s collective salvation: “…at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1).

It is also of noticeable interest that Israel has become the most traveled nation on planet earth. About a decade and a half ago, they took over first place from Germany. Today, with over 8.5 million inhabitants, over 7 million travel overseas every year. That doubtless is unprecedented in history.

When it comes to “…knowledge shall be increased,” there we see Israel racing toward world leadership.

A recent article in the Jerusalem Post reads:

Israel has officially surpassed Japan when it comes to gross domestic product per capita, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, a sign that the Jewish state is evermore affluent.

Israel enjoys GDP per capita of $42,120—which is calculated by dividing the country’s total economic output by its number of people.

In contrast, Japan’s GDP per capita is $40,850.

Netanyahu’s remarks, made at a Likud party faction meeting, signal that the country’s growing economic clout and its booming hi-tech industry is overtaking, on a per-capita wealth basis, Japan’s vaunted consumer electronics and automobile manufacturing.

It’s yet another sign that Israel’s economy continues to outperform other peers in the West, including in the United States and the eurozone.

The world average for GDP per capita is $11,730, according to the International Monetary Fund, while advanced economies enjoy an average gross domestic product per capita of $48,970., 11 June 2018

However, it’s not all as rosy as it sounds, because there is a dark side to this issue. The article continues: “The increasing GDP per capita merely points to a growing pie, not necessarily that the pie is being divided more equitably. And analysts from the IMF and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warn that unless Israel makes more headway in reducing social and educational gaps in the ultra-Orthodox and Arab sectors, Israel’s economic growth and competitiveness will falter.”

Nevertheless, we must keep in mind that the country was founded from scratch in 1948. About 800,000 Jews in the land of Israel were threatened with annihilation by the neighboring Arab states. These 800,000 were mostly new immigrants, speaking different languages, with little to no military training. Yet, they successfully defeated the enemies. Today, they have developed into the most effective military force in the world.

What is Israel’s future? The prophet Joel writes: “But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion” (Joel 3:20-21).

Midnight Call - 09/2017 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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