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Prophetic Expositions, vol. 2

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    THE VISION SHUT AND SEALED TO THE TIME OF THE END

    Having been brought down through the course of this world in such a connected series of events, and the whole scene being closed in the everlasting glorification of God’s people, Daniel is thus directed—PREX2 120.1

    Verse 4. “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.”PREX2 120.2

    With such a direction before us, why should we longer inquire, “why, if these things are so, have not these things been understood before the present time?” The answer is a plain and obvious one. It is because God has not seen fit to permit it to be known, because he commanded it to be “shut up and sealed to the time of the end.” The time of the end, it has been demonstrated, began in 1798. Before that, therefore, the words could not be understood; since then they may be known. “But if the time of the end came in 1798, why have not these things been understood all this time?” I answer; 1. “Knowledge shall be increased.” If the full blaze of truth had at once broke forth at that time, the prophecy would not have been fulfilled; but the multiplication of the means of instruction on this subject has been gradual, like the dawning day, until the sun in all his glory sends his beams abroad. 2. “Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased,” said the prophet. Is it not fulfilled in our own day? We may take it in the sense of turning to and fro in the book, comparing scripture with scripture for the increase of knowledge on this subject, which I suppose to be the real import of the prophecy; or we may understand it in the sense that the present reading of the text suggests, the locomotion, or travelling of multitudes to spread the doctrine; and both are true.PREX2 120.3

    It is a fact which ought to be felt, that prior to 1798, there is no single instance to be found, in which the principle was recognised, that the 70 weeks of the 9th of Daniel, are the key to the 2300 days of the 8th chapter, and that they both commence at one point. This fact was shut up from the church in all time prior to the time of the end. There is no instance to be found, as I can learn, where, from any principle of reasoning, 1843 had been designated as the time of the Second Advent. Since that period a great cloud of witnesses are found, who, without knowing that any one else had ever discovered the above principle of the 70 weeks, come to the same result. These individuals are found in different parts of the world. [See a more full account of this fact in remarks on “the midnight cry,” Vol. I. of this work.] It is another evidence that the time of the end has come.PREX2 121.1

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