The Significance of Daniel 12:4

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)

Many views of Daniel 12:4’s statement exist. In this article, I will share my view of the statement: “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

Daniel 12:4 Overview

I believe the phrase “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” means that people over time will gain more knowledge about God’s end time plans 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 a verse/passage/chapter relates to another.
  • The “knowledge” aspect relates to understanding of God’s end time plans.
  • God controls when knowledge shall increase and the rate of its increase.

Solving the Ultimate Puzzle

Bible prophecy is the ultimate puzzle. There are so many pieces (verses/passages/chapters) that we must account for to gain a full understanding of God’s future plans.

I have no doubts that God is the allowing us to better understand how these pieces fit together as we approach the end times. Also, we live in an era where advances in technology help us to gain knowledge faster than ever before.

Advances in Technology

The Mark of the Beast System

Recent advances in technology help us to envision how certain end time events can take place. For instance, people 100 years ago may have found it difficult to envision how the Mark of the Beast system could arise in a short amount of time.

We know now that the Mark of the Beast system could arise 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.

Technology to Aid Bible Prophecy Study

The Internet enables us to share ideas and access the works of Bible prophecy teachers who came before us. This enables us to gain knowledge with speed.

The advent of Bible software enables us to

  • Speed up the process of comparing verses
  • Study how certain words are used in the Bible.

This then speeds up our ability to find out how different parts of the Bible relate to each other.

  • I rely a lot on Bible software to conduct my research. I prefer to use software since it is often too time consuming for me to flip through physical pages to find the verses and search terms I’m looking for.

Final Thoughts

Daniel 12:4 is true. I am definitely learning more as time progresses.

I hope you are learning more as well. I hope the information on this website will help you to increase your knowledge of Bible prophecy.

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Wayne Croley
Wayne Croley

Hi! I’ve studied and written about Bible prophecy since I was a teenager. My goal is to make Bible prophecy easy for you to understand while avoiding the sensationalism seen elsewhere. I am the author of several end time books, including Prophecy Proof Insights on the End Times, a comprehensive book about the end times. I hold an M.B.A. and degrees in Managerial Economics and Political Science.