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According to the words of
the angel to Daniel, when might the world look for an increase of knowledge?
"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." Dan. 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." Dan. 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." Dan. 7:25.
In the line of scientific
inventions, have there been any remarkable developments since 1798?
"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" (Matt. 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." Matt. 24:14.