â€œBut 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.â€ (Daniel 12:4)
The book of Daniel contains the most detailed description of the end times of any book in the Bible except the book of Revelation. In Danielâ€™s last chapter, after all the prophecies had been recorded, the condition in our text was given as a sign of their imminent fulfillment, at â€œthe time of the end.â€
A more striking summary of our own times could hardly be imagined. The Hebrew word for â€œrun to and froâ€ is used first inÂ 2 Chronicles 16:9. â€œThe eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,â€ and its sense is â€œrace back and forth.â€ What a description of our present society, with speeding automobiles all over the land and airplanes filling our skies! In little more than one lifetime, the world â€œprogressedâ€ from horse and buggy to spacecraft, and almost everyone is racing to and fro.
Furthermore, â€œknowledgeâ€ has been â€œincreasedâ€ far beyond the wildest imaginations of people in the days of our founding fathers. The Hebrew word could well be understood as what we mean today by â€œscience.â€
It is significant that the foundations of our modern scientific age were laid mostly by great scientists who were creationists (Newton, Boyle, Pascal, Pasteur, Faraday, Maxwell, etc.). In our present generation, however, science has been largely taken over by non-Christian evolutionists, and science has also generated deadly instruments of destruction and pollution which are threatening lifeâ€™s existence. This rise in â€œscience falsely so calledâ€ is also given as a sign of the last days (1 Timothy 6:20;Â 2 Peter 3:3-4; etc.).
In any case, the explosive increase in science (both true and false) and rapid travel in our day is one of the many God-given signs that the return of Christ is near! HMM