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According to the
words of the angel to Daniel, when might the world look for an increase of
"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.
Under the Roman
power, how long were the saints to be persecuted?NOTE. - The
time of the end, it appears from this text, was even then an appointed
time, in the mind of God. This is not strange, when we learn that the
judgment and the end itself are both said to be appointed times, in the
Scriptures. (Acts 17:31; Dan. 8:19.)
"And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and
to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because
it is yet for a time appointed." Daniel 11:35.
How long, according
to the prophecy, was the little horn, which represents the Roman power, to
persecute the saints?
"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall
wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws:
and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the
dividing of time." Daniel 7:25.
In the line of
scientific inventions, have there been any remarkable developments since
"More has been done in the course of our lifetime than in all the
previous existence of the race." London Spectator.
"The great facts of the nineteenth century stand out so
conspicuously above the achievements of any preceding century, that it
would be affectation of humility not to recognize and speak of them."
Union Hand-Book, 1870.
"The most striking characteristic of our times is the rapid
strides which the world is making in science, general intelligence, and
inventions." Chicago Republican, March 14, 1872.
When were some of
the principal inventions brought out?NOTE. - The
question may arise as to why the mind of man has been so suddenly endowed
with the inventive faculty, in so much greater degree than in past ages.
There must be a design in it. Before the final end, the world is to hear
the message of the Lord's coming. Had no more rapid means of conveyance
and communication been found than existed a century ago, it would have
been impossible to communicate such a message to one generation. But such
a work must be done for the last generation. Suppose that the message of
the Lord's coming should begin to sound in the generation preceding the
one which was to see the culminating events, and when it has gone partly
over the world, that generation dies, and another comes on the stage.
Everyone can see that the same territory must be gone over again before
the Lord's coming, in order to have the last generation warned of the
event. Then the last generation everywhere must hear the message, and this
calls for rapid transit, and lightning couriers to bear the tidings to
various parts of the earth.
The steamboat in 1807; steam printing-press in 1811; railroad cars in
1825; reaper and mower in 1833; telegraph in 1837; sewing-machine in 1846;
telephone in 1876; air travel; radio and other communication marvels. It
will be noted that none of these inventions were before 1798.
What has the
Saviour said should precede the end?NOTE. - Luther,
the Wesleys, and others could not, in their day, proclaim the Lord's
coming to be near, as the full development of these signs had not taken
place. But now, the gospel has gone to nearly every tribe in the world;
the sun and moon have been darkened, and the stars have fallen, as
predicted by our Saviour. He then adds, "When ye shall see all these
things, know that it is near, even at the doors" (Matthew 24:33). That
event is now the next in order.
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then
shall the end come." Matthew 24:14.