Daniel 12:4 is a verse that most people who study Bible prophecy are aware of. The verse states that “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased”.

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)

Today I would like to share my own interpretation of this statement found in Daniel 12:4 as there are many different interpretations that are out there on this topic.


I think the phrase “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” means that people over time will gain more knowledge about what God has planned during the End Times by continually studying scripture. More specifically,

  • The “run to and fro” aspect refers to the process of searching back and forth through scripture to find how one verse/passage/chapter relates to another.
  • The “knowledge” aspect relates to understanding of what God has planned during the End Times.
  • God controls when knowledge shall be increased.

As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, Bible prophecy is the ultimate puzzle with there being so many pieces that must be accounted for in order to gain a fuller understanding of what God has planned in the future. The complex nature of the ultimate puzzle requires us to spend a lot of time examining verses/passages/chapters and comparing them with other verses/passages/chapters. Like putting together normal puzzle pieces, we can gain a better understanding of how various Bible verses/passages/chapters fit together as we put in the time to examine them.

  • I learn best when I focus on a single Bible prophecy event (like the Antichrist’s future attack on Egypt), gather all the verses which mention or potentially mention the event, and then compare the similarities and differences between the verses to get a fuller picture of what will take place and when it will take place.

I have no doubts that God is the allowing knowledge to increase quickly as we approach the End Times.  I would also add that we live in an era where technological advancements have helped to create an environment where knowledge can increase faster than ever before.

  • Recent advancements in technology enable us to envision how certain events described in Bible prophecy can transpire. For instance, people 100 years ago may have found it difficult to envision how the Antichrist (with the help of the False Prophet) will be able to install a Mark of the Beast system worldwide in a short period of time. We know now that the Mark of the Beast system could be installed quickly with global communication systems ready to tell people how to get the mark, global databases in place to ensure that only those eligible can buy or sell, and a wide-array of technologies available to install whatever the Mark of the Beast may resemble in/on people.
  • The Internet enables us to share ideas and quickly access the works of Bible prophecy researchers who came before us.
  • Bible software enables us to speed up the process of comparing verses and studying how certain words are used in the Bible (which then speeds up our ability to find out how a verse/passage/chapter relates with another). I personally rely a lot on Bible software to conduct my research because it is often too time consuming for me to flip through physical pages to find the verses I’m looking for.

I feel I’ve learned a lot during these past several months as I’ve reexamined Ezekiel 38, Ezekiel 39, and other related chapters. I’ve noticed nuances about these chapters which I had not noticed before as I’ve gone back and forth through scripture to closely examine details concerning Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39 that are often overlooked by Bible prophecy writers. I’m still in the process of writing a series of articles detailing what I’ve noticed about theses important chapters and others. I have several articles completed, but there is still more work to do before I am ready to share them. I hope these articles will be well worth the wait.