By Patrick Hawthorne
“We are living in the last of the last days… the chosen generation.” I make this proclamation with utmost confidence. Yet, the question that begs asking is; if generation upon generation has made such claims but did not see their predictions come to pass, what makes this generation any different?
Perhaps I should list various prophecy fulfillments as a basis for my argument as to why I believe Jesus is soon to return, but is that really necessary? After all, the signs of His imminent return, in my opinion, are quite obvious. No, instead of listing multiple prophecies I will choose one that is often over looked as it pertains to the Church.
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, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)
Knowledge shall be increased. Reports have indicated that mankind’s knowledge increase has shifted into over drive, doubling each year. Information is but a finger tap away. What used to take months or years can be accomplished in mere minutes with the meeting of minds. In seconds, a communications link can be set up most anywhere in the world…Many shall run to and fro…
What does this have to do with the Church (the Body of Christ)? To answer this question, think about what you are doing this very instant. You are reading a blog from a virtual unknown as it pertains to Bible prophecy.
Prior to 1990 there was no world wide web to speak of. Even then the “Blog” did not emerge till years later. To gather information beyond basic Biblical knowledge a person had to go to a book store or a library in hope that they could find what it was they were looking for. Not anymore. Most people hold a virtual library in the palm of their hand.
Interestingly enough, this knowledge increase has not ended with intellectual knowledge. For those looking and listening, an emergence of profound spiritual knowledge is also on the increase. It is as if God is mass opening the minds of those who are willing to take the time to seek Him.
This is not an individual knowledge, but group knowledge that is being imparted by the Holy Spirit in order for God to bring His children into one accord and to get them on the same page. What is exciting is that this knowledge busts through all denominational and racial boundaries.
Should we be surprised by the increase in knowledge? The answer is no. Paul the Apostle prayed many, many years ago for the church to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through ALL wisdom and understanding (Col 1:9). A prayer prayed in faith has no expiration date.
“But,” you might argue, “He was praying for the Colossian’s.” True, but Jesus prayed for all of us (future) who will believe in Him through their (the disciples) word that we become ONE as They are one. (John 17:20-23).
Knowledge shall be increased. It is already happening. Are you ready to learn? Be blessed.