Daniel Temp Index
"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, knowledge shall be increased."
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"But thou, O Daniel..."

  • In other words, the angel explained that the events Daniel saw in vision needed to be "shut up," and the book "sealed." Men will run "to and from," trying to understand, but God promised that, "knowledge shall increase," and this prophecy will be understood at "the Time of the End." The phrase "Time of the End" refers to a period of time beginning in 1798, continuing until the Second Coming of Christ. (KC 143-144)

"...shut up the words..."

  • Compare the similar admonition in regard to Daniel's earlier vision (Daniel 8:26). This instruction did not apply to the whole of the book of Daniel, for a portion of the message has been understood and thus been a blessing to believers for centuries. It applied, rather, to that part of Daniel's prophecy that dealt with the last days (AA 585; DA 234). Not until that time was reached could a message, based on the fulfillment of these prophecies, be proclaimed (GC 356). Compare the "little book open" in the hand of the angel of Revelation 10:1, 2 (TM 115). (4BC 879)

"...run to and fro..."

  • Many interpreters believe that "shut," in the preceding clause, is here used in a metaphorical sense and describes an earnest search throughout the pages of the Bible, with the result that there is an increase of knowledge concerning the prophecies of the book of Daniel (DA 234; GC 356). Others believe that Daniel here predicts a multiplication of travel [and communication] such as have marked the last century [allowing the gospel message of salvation to be spread to the entire world]. Theodotion's [translation] is closer [to the true meaning of [Daniel 12:4]: "And thou, Daniel, close the words and seal the book to the time of the end; until many are taught and knowledge is increased." (4BC 879)

"...knowledge shall be increased."

  • This clause may be considered the logical squeal to the immediately preceding clause: When the sealed book is opened at the time of the end, knowledge concerning the truths contained in these prophecies will be increased (PK 547; Revelation 10:1-2). At the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century a new interest in the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation was awakened in widely separated places on earth. The study of these prophecies led to a widespread belief that the second advent of Christ was near. Numerous expositors in England, Joseph Wolf in the Middle East, Manuel Lacunza in South America, William Miller in the United States, together with a host of other students of the prophecies, declared, on the basis of their study of the prophecies of Daniel, that the second advent was at hand. Today, this conviction has become the driving force of a world wide movement... This prophecy has also been interpreted as pointing to the stupendous advances of science and general knowledge in the last century and a half, advances that have made possible a widespread proclamation of the message of these prophecies. (4BC 879)