Daniel 12:9 Index
"And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."
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"...Go they way..."

  • God's venerable seer and servant was not permitted to know the full import of the revelations he recorded. The complete significance would be appreciated only by those who should see the historical fulfillment of these prophecies, for only then could the world be given a message based upon the fact that they had been fulfilled (GC 356). (4BC 880)

"... for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."

  • By Daniel's solicitude to understand fully all that had been shown him, we are forcibly reminded of Peter's words where he speaks of the prophets' inquiring and searching diligently to understand the predictions concerning the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow; as also of the fact "That not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister" (1 Peter 1:12). How little of what they wrote were some of the prophets permitted to understand! But they did not therefore refuse to write. If God required it, they knew that in due time He wold see that His people derived from their writings all the benefit that He intended. (US 322)
  • So the language here used to Daniel was the same as telling him that when the right time should come, the wise would understand the meaning of what he had written, and profit thereby. The time of the end was the time in which the Spirit of God was to break the seal of this book. Consequently this was the time during which the wise should understand, while the wicked, lost to all sense of the value of eternal truth, with hearts callous and hardened in sin, would grow continually more wicked and more blind. None of the wicked understand. The efforts which the wise put forth to understand, the wicked call folly and presumption, and ask in sneering phrase, "Where is the promise of His coming?" (2 Peter 3:4). Should the question be raised, Of what time and what generation does the prophet speak? the solemn answer would be, Of the present time, and of the generation now before us. This language of the prophet is now receiving a most striking fulfillment. (US 322)