Consider this: Is it important for Christians to obey the commandments of God in the Bible?
Most Christians would answer, absolutely, yes!
Now, if the above is true, what does Daniel 12:4 mean to us today?
Dan 12:4 (NLT)
4 But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”
In this single verse God is establishing a commandment that the book Daniel would be closed and remain sealed and classified secret until the last days when knowledge and travel would be greatly increased.
Both words sealed and secret imply the same meaning to keep something shut and inaccessible until an appointed time.
Remember from “Just the Basics # 1” the more times something is repeated the more important it is, When Jesus said the word; “verily,” He was implying that something was important. When He said; “verily, verily” twice He was saying that something was very important. Therefore, the use of both these words “Sealed” and “Secret” implies that this commandment is very important. We should both heed its warning and be cautious about violations or else we fall into deception.
What does that mean? Because this book was sealed any attempt use the book of Daniel to create any teaching before that appointed time would result in an erroneous doctrine and a Tradition of Men (a deception), which would create confusion and violate this commandment.
So, when was the book of Daniel finally opened?
It wasn’t until the 1950’s, which brought with it the advent of the computer and international travel, that the seal on the book of Daniel was removed.
Unfortunately, there are far too many teachings from the book of Daniel that were established before that time and are now accepted as doctrine in the Church when they should be considered suspect as erroneous and deceptive.
So, what happened?
I’ll tell you in the next “Just the Basics # 3.”
Live in God’s Love!