Has the future been foretold by Prophets of long ago?
I met Bob Hines, a member of Murray’s Bay Baptist Church (later charged to Windsor Park Baptist Church), in 1991. Bob is a well-known and respected researcher into End Times Prophecy and has written many articles on the subject for international publication.
In his latest book,
`The Last Empire – The Rise and fall of Empires,’ available on Amazon, he quotes from the book of Daniel and, in his own unique style of writing, has made this book incredibly interesting and informative.
Here’s a sample:
In verse 4, Daniel is now told to “close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end …” I am sure that Daniel could not understand all that he had been shown, but he was being told to preserve the revelations he had been given so that future generations, and in particular the last generation, would be able to read God’s warnings of events in the last days.
<p.Verse 4 concludes with the statement that,
“Many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
Surely this implies that at that time, knowledge and understanding of the Bible, and especially events leading up to the return of Jesus would be understood – much as they are today! Who can doubt that knowledge has undergone an expediential growth in the last 100 years. From aircraft to rockets visiting the planets, from adding machines to computers, from the finding of medicines and drugs to cure diseases to the implanting of new body organs, the list goes on and on. For some of us the majority of this knowledge increase has occurred in the space of a single lifetime.
Surely this prophecy must have almost reached its fulfillment?
I am sure that after being told to seal this information up until the appropriate time,
Daniel would have had a question in his mind of just when would this time be. But God beats him to it! The angels voice the question for him – “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?” And then they answer their own question by saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time.” (v 6-7).
At first glance it appears that the angel was asking for a date when these things would occur, but the answer shows that he was in fact asking how long the “distress” would last. The answer was that it would last for a period of 3½ years – a time (one year), times (2 years) and half a time (half a year.)
And at the end of that period of time the “power of the holy people will be finally broken.” (v 7). In the Bible the “holy people” are the Jewish race, so it would seem that this verse is a reference to the fact that it will take all of this terrible time of suffering to break the pride of the Jewish people, at least those that are left, and to bring them to a point of recognizing Jesus as the Son of God and their Savior.
Daniel, understandably was puzzled. He could not get his mind around what he was being told. I am sure that if he had fully understood it all he would have been heartbroken with grief because of what would one day happen to his people. Instead he was told to seal up all that he had been told until the world reached “the time of the end” when it would then be understood. (v. 9-10).
Many Christians believe that we now understand these prophecies. If this is true then we can conclude that the return of Jesus Christ is indeed drawing near!