End Times – Daniel

 

The End Times According To Daniel

 

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Knowledge and Transportation

Daniel 12:4, “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.” This prophecy given to Daniel by Michael, the archangel seems pretty relevant to today. Is today’s technology not designed around making everything quicker, easier, more accessible? Take transportation for example. The speed of transportation has greatly increased in just the past 200 years. Using the most efficient mode of transportation of the times, we can see how the travel time decreases significantly.

To keep a comparison, the data that I will be using will be the distance and time between New York City, NY and Boston, Massachusetts. It is roughly 190 miles in between the 2 cities.

 

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Although we are going to start the history time period just before the 19th century, there wasn’t all that much of a difference hundreds of years prior. People still rode horses and camels to get from place to place. So fast forwarding nearly 1,800 years from Jesus we can begin to see a rapid trend in the transportation system. Right around the year 1800 oxen were used for farming and transporting goods from one area to another. An ox walks at about 2 miles per hour. If an ox was going to be used to transport anything from NYC to Boston it would take approximately 4 days or 95 hours.

 

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At the same time as the ox was being used for transport, the horse was also an excellent choice. Its walking speed was double the ox at 4-5 miles per hour but from NYC to Boston it will still take a day and a half or 38 hours by horseback.

 

 

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Around the 1830s, things really started to kick in with the invention of the stagecoach. Although the speed did not pick up much, one could travel more comfortably from NYC to Boston non-stop in 1.5 days or 36 hours. (Keep in mind they would not travel non-stop as horses would need to rest and/or be replaced.)

 

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A short 10 years later the invention of the train or locomotive, called “railways” back then, came about and completely revolutionized travel and transport. Able to travel at 15-20 miles per hour (without rest or replacement) a train back then could make the trip between 9-13 hours.

 

 

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Nearly 50 years later in 1888 the first gas-powered automobile by Karl Benz made its appearance. Provided that it didn’t get 2 miles to the gallon this bad boy could move at about 28 miles per hour and could make the trip between the cities in 6.7 hours.

 

 

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Just when ground vehicles started getting somewhat popular, the Wright brothers decided land travel wasn’t enough. In 1903 they flew their first airplane at 34 miles per hour. If they would have flown more than 120 feet they could have made it to Boston in just over 5.5 hours.

 

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Automobile improvements came and along with those improvements came speed. The 1913 Ford Model T took the stage and was able to move at a whopping 40-45 miles per hour. This would put its passengers on a one-way trip to Boston from NYC in 4.2 hours.

 

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That same year, the Russians decided to give the Wright brothers a run for their money and put out the Sikorsky Ilya Muromets. This aircraft was later modified to be used in the war but was able to zoom along at 68 mph. It could reach a modern day tea party in Boston in a short 2.7 hours (although the tea might be cold by then).

 

 

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Cars continue to show improvements in durability and safety features but the air transport had another major breakthrough in 1939 when the first jet aircraft was produced. The Heinkel HE 178 was able to fly at 435 miles per hour and make it from NYC to Boston in about 26 minutes.

 

 

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Now we jump ahead just 1 more year to 1940 where the Toyota Toyopet (similar to the one below) was able to keep up with the fast paced ground life at 55 miles per hour. A nice road trip from one big city to the next could be enjoyed in only 3.5 hours.

 

 

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Reaching the muscle car era, the 1966 Shelby Cobra still holds the record, to some, as being the fastest muscle car ever built. Capable of reaching 119 miles per hour this beast could make the traffic-free trek to Boston in 90 minutes.

 

 

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That same year the Boeing Corporation came out with their 747 jet that could top out at 614 miles per hour. This is 40 years ago!! This puts only a 18.5 minute span between NYC and Boston. (I know, I know. The actual flight takes much longer but this doesn’t include taxi, takeoff and landing. This is full top speed flight the entire way.)

 

 

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Between the 60s and today, most improvements to travel have been based on comfort, safety and luxury/technology options rather than further increasing the speed. That being the case, let’s look back at the production of automobiles since the 1900s. Daniel did say that MANY would rush here and there, not few.

 

These are the estimated number of automobiles from 1900-today:

 

1900 – 8,000 (USA only; the following figures are worldwide)

1920 – 7.5 million

1950 – 74 million

1970 – 170 million

1985 – 375 million

2001 – 450 million

Today – >600 million

 

 

Now, back to modern day technology. There are still some who have the need for speed and although I think Daniel’s point has been made about many rushing here and there, there is another massive jump in technology, aided by increased knowledge.

In the field of land vehicles, the 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R currently holds the record for the fastest steerable land automobile. Its top speed is 273 miles per hour. It could travel from NYC to Boston in 41 minutes.

 

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That street car, of course, doesn’t compare to the Thrust SSC driven by Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green. His top ground speed in the Black Rock Desert was 763 miles per hour. If there was in fact desert between the Big Apple and Boston, he could make it there in 15 minutes.

 

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Getting back to reality though, air travel has dominated the speed industry and always will. To date, and this was 9 years ago, the fastest aerial vehicle was created by NASA and is called the X-43A. Traveling from NYC to Boston would take this “jet” a mere 1 minute 6 seconds while traveling at 7,000 miles per hour…just under Mach 10.

 

 

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In just over 200 years mankind has gone from walking speed to faster than the speed of sound. From leading animals around to piloting massive machines that would be difficult for anyone from Daniel’s time to describe. In my opinion, the only way that we would be able to move faster (safely) would be to discover teleportation. Even then, I don’t know if that could be considered rushing here and there since there would technically be no “in between”.  What Daniel is describing in this one particular verse is exactly what we are seeing today. Taking into account no other verses pertaining to prophecy to back up the end times scenario, this one part of one verse is where are today…rushing here and there.

 

 

As for knowledge increasing, it’s a moot point to say these forms of transportation could be not possible without intelligent individuals to invent and produce them. Add in state-of-the-art medical advances like cures for diseases, genetic mutation and DNA research, cloning and informational technologies like computers and the Internet, which is the only way that the 2 witnesses of Revelation can be seen by the entire world, and micro chipping RFID devices and you have a recipe for the end of days scenario that a One World Government leader can use. Most of these things did not exist even 50 years ago so you could also assume that increases in technology has sprouted and increased just as quickly as the birth pangs in the Olivet Discourse.

 

 

 The Third Temple

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Daniel 9:24, “A period of seventy sets of seven has been decreed for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, to put an end to their sin, to atone for their guilt, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to confirm the prophetic vision, and to anoint the most Most Holy Place.” At first sight, this verse seems a little…full, but not if you understand the situation.

 

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If you continue to the next few verses in Daniel 9 it will explain the 70 sets of 7. To sum up, 69 sets (weeks) of 7 were given from B.C. 445 (left side of the chart) until Jesus was crucified. At that point, God hit the big pause button. He put the 70th week on hold. This is where we are now and is called the Age of the Gentiles or Age of Grace. After the rapture, when the Antichrist rises and makes a peace treaty with many, the 70th week will resume and we know that to be the 7 year tribulation. The tribulation is also called the Time of Jacob’s Trouble and is meant to be a judgment on the people of Israel for rejecting Jesus. This is what is meant by “for your people and your holy city to finish their rebellion, atone for their guilt,” etc. To anoint the Most Holy Place, a Third Temple must be rebuilt. We know this has not happened yet but there are already plans to rebuild it. This is partially being headed up by The Temple Mount Institute. In the recent months, there has been debate about the Jews attempting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque to rebuild their Third Temple. The question arises, if they have the plans already in place to build the Third Temple, and we know the Third Temple must be completed 1/2 way through the tribulation for the Antichrist to place him self in, how much closer are we to our salvation?

 

 

The Peace Treaty

 

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Daniel 9:27, ” The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.”

 

As we just mentioned, the period of one set of seven is the 7 year tribulation which is the tribulation and cannot start until the treaty is signed and there cannot be a peace treaty until after the rapture. If you have looked at the news at all since September 2013 then you know there is a peace treaty being attempted between Israel and Palestine. Although it seems as if the process has broken apart, this could very well be part of the covenant that will be confirmed by the Antichrist but I believe that it will not happen until after a war with Israel breaks out. You could also insert the 2014-2015 blood moon tetrad here which many believe to be a sign to Israel that they will go to war just as in 1948 and 1967 when the last 2 blood moon tetrads showed up. Since we are right on the verge of a peace agreement that must actually be confirmed after the church is raptured, how much closer are we?

 

 

 

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