Dan Bruce (27 Sep 2015)
"Knowledge Has Now Been Increased"


 
When the first edition of Daniel Unsealed, my 224-page commentary on the Book of Daniel, was published in 2009, I assumed that the world of biblical scholarship and expository preaching would welcome a new conservative commentary offering a modern exposition of the chrono-specific predictive prophecies in the Book of Daniel. The new interpretations it introduced were faithful to the biblical text and documented history, but unlike those found in older traditional expositions, faithful to both at the same time. I was hopeful that traditionalists would recognize my exposition as a step forward and rejoice, but found that apathy caused by unquestioning belief in the pedigree of their traditional expositions often prevented mine from being considered at all.
 
On those occasions when my commentary was given consideration, its new interpretations were usually treated as nothing more than a sciolistic challenge to the expository status quo. Proponents of traditional expositions of Daniel, those formulated by 19th-century expositors using outdated historical details and approximated fulfillments, answered the challenge by arguing that endorsements by past expository giants made the older interpretations all but sacrosanct. Questioning the basis for my exegesis, they made it difficult for my exposition, with its new interpretations based on new knowledge gained from prophecies fulfilled in modern Israel, to get a merit-based hearing in their exalted expository circles.
 
By now you are probably attributing the above observations to a display of author’s hubris, and I can understand how you might think so. However, my claim that the interpretations of the prophecies in my commentary are superior to those of past expositors can be explained, not by egotism on my part, but instead by my heeding God’s timetable for unsealing the prophecies. Let me explain. When the prophecies were given, God commanded that their meanings should remain hidden from understanding until the time of the end, so waiting for them to be unsealed was critical to achieving correct exegesis. For that reason, the interpretations in this book were developed after the prophecies were unsealed as prescribed in Daniel, as opposed to those offered by past expositors who claimed to have interpreted the prophecies without saying how and when they had been unsealed.
 
In the final chapter of Daniel, God, speaking through his angel, said and then repeated it for emphasis, “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) ... “And he [the angel of God] said, Go thy way, Daniel: the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (Daniel 12:9). Yet, despite the time delay ordained by God for keeping the prophecies sealed to prevent them from being prematurely understood, the list of Daniel expositors who have chosen to ignore God’s stated intention about the duration of the sealing includes such past Christian luminaries as Matthew Henry, Albert Barnes, John Nelson Darby, C. I. Scofield, Sir Robert Anderson, Arno C. Gaebelein, Clarence Larkin, H. A. Ironside, John F. Walvoord, Leon J. Wood, and Edward J. Young, to name but a few who have enjoyed wide-spread popularity over the years.
 
All of the above-named expositors were gifted Bible scholars, of course, and each one prided himself on his Daniel exposition. But, to a man, they all made the same exegetical error. By not waiting for the God-appointed time of unsealing before attempting to interpret the God-sealed prophecies, they jumped the exegetical gun. Even with the best of intentions, what they were trying to do was impossible, and that is why all of them produced interpretations of the Danielic prophecies that are inherently flawed. Likewise, Jewish scholars, constrained by allegiance to centuries of rabbinic tradition, have made the same mistake.
 
In Daniel 12:4, after commanding that the prophecies be sealed from being understood, God made a promise to the future when he said: “and knowledge shall be increased.” Those of us alive today are blessed to be living in the promised days of increased knowledge. Recent events in Israel have allowed us to recognize the meaning of, and thus to unseal, the prophecy in Daniel, chapter 8, verses 1-14, the fulfillment of which was made manifest on June 7, 1967, the third day of the Six-Day War. As the world watched on television, the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were liberated from Gentile control and restored to Jewish rule, precisely as foretold in verse 14: “And he [the angel of God] said to me [Daniel], ‘For 2,300 evenings and mornings [Passover nights]. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state [returned to Jewish sovereignty]’ ” (ESV).
 
Prior to the restoration of the Temple Mount to the Jews in 1967, it was not humanly possible to accurately interpret any of the prophecies in Daniel that God had said were sealed away from understanding until the appointed time of the end. Now that the actual unsealing event for one of the prophecies has occurred in history, my new commentary begins where all past expositions of the chrono-specific predictive prophecies in Daniel should have begun, by explaining how God used the fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel, chapter 8, to signal that all of the prophecies he had commanded to be sealed are now unsealed for understanding by us in this day and age.
 
Because the prophecies in Daniel have been unsealed by recent events in Israel, as God promised they would be, the leaders of conservative Christianity are faced with a dilemma. The expositions that they have been teaching for decades in conservative Christian circles are now in need of serious correction. Unfortunately, the correction will probably not be forthcoming from those who have been teaching and preaching the wrong interpretations of the Danielic prophecies. They seem to be unable to see that events have passed them by, making their outdated expositions of Daniel obsolete.
 
You, on the other hand, have a unique opportunity to understand the correct end-time interpretations of the prophecies in Daniel. All you have to do is read my book with an open mind. At present, it is the only place in all of Christianity and Judaism where you can find a complete and accurate exposition of the chrono-specific predictive prophecies recorded in chapter 4 and chapters 7-12 in the Book of Daniel, an exposition that is faithful to both the biblical text and documented history at the same time as all correct expositions of God's word must be. I hope that you will take advantage of what God is making available to you through my ministry!
 
Best regards,
Dan Bruce, Author
 
DANIEL UNSEALED - 2015 Edition - ISBN 978-1489505415
 
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