Monday, May 25, 2009

Knowledge shall increase, yet the fruits are barren

"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

What does this mean, "knowledge shall increase"? Some scholars take it to mean we will have increased knowledge of the prophecies, since that part of the verse immediately precedes the phrase. And that is certainly happening as well. It seems that God is revealing understanding of His prophetic promises at an increasing rate.

It also could simply mean that one of the end times signs is that humanity will know more, seek more knowledge, and have more access to it than any other time preceding the end. Therefore, I made an examination: DO we know more? HAS knowledge increased? The answer is yes.

"In the nineteenth century, it took about fifty years to double the world's knowledge. Today, the base of knowledge doubles in less than a year."

That is an extremely interesting, and perhaps prophetic, statement.

This University Professor said: "We're all striving to keep up with the quantum leaps being made in all areas of knowledge. It's estimated that medical knowledge, for example, doubles every seven years, and scientific knowledge doubles every twenty years. The total written knowledge in the world is said to have doubled between 1450 and 1750, and then to have doubled again between 1750 and 1900. Between 1900 and 1950, human knowledge doubled once more, and then again from 1950 to 1975. Now, it is believed to double every 900 days. By the year 2020, global knowledge is predicted to double every 72 days!"

It seems that knowledge is increasing, but is wisdom increasing alongside? Discernment? No, not in my opinion. Not when Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club devolved over the last 230 years from a club initiated "to cultivate the social affections and cherish the feelings of friendship and patriotism" to what it is today, a no-holds barred anarchist spectacle of a burlesque. Not when we have to create an entire awards category named "The Darwin Awards" to highlight man's stupidity in the face of all this increased knowledge. With all this increased knowledge, we have gotten stupider.

We can launch men and women into space, land on other planets in search of knowledge, only to deny the God who made the universe. In the face of technology capable of delving into the universe's very depths, we use it instead to attempt to gain satisfaction from soulless gadgets. In the face of knowledge that would astound Socrates and Aristotle, we instead use it instead to perfect brain-dulling drugs, drink, tobacco, and fast food.

When God asked Solomon what gift God could give him, Solomon did not ask for knowledge. He asked for wisdom. In the face of all the richest blessings of knowledge this humanity has ever possessed, we have forgotten to ask for the key gift: wisdom in how to use it. Knowledge has surely increased. Yet we are not smarter, because we have left God out of the equation.

Peter reminded the disciples to "add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." Peter outlines knowledge as a link in the progression from the beginning of faith, but by the time of the end, the progression has been vitiated.

In the forgetting to ask for these Godly additions to our knowledge, we have become barren and unfruitful. God knew that knowledge would increase, but it is not knowledge of Him that would be increasing. Colossians 1:10- "so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God" but in the case of knowledge without God, the knowledge we gain profits a man but instead he has forfeited his own soul.


  1. That increase in knowledge is fo thiese times. Jesus wanted to tell the people of that time things but he knew that they could not have understood. It must be then, we are at the time or another dispensation to come into the knowledge of weaning from the bottle and feast upon the meat.

  2. Yes knowledge has increased massively as the bible foretold and so has access to knowledge in the form of informatin technology. We have knowledge at out finger tips, at the press of a but it is mostly worldly knowledge which equates to junk, filling yourself with worldly knowledge is like filling yourself with junk food that neither profits the spirit bify or soul but instead poisons. However, The Word of God which is the fount of all knowledge and wisdom detoxes and purifies the spirit, body and soul and our minds.

  3. Scientists are confirming we are in the End times as they show all planets have water on them and must have been made like God made Earth as Genesis 1:2 says:

    1. Rose, I don't need scientists to confirm a biblical truth, and neither should you. We have been in the end times since Jesus ascended and will be until His return. The last days began with Jesus and end with Jesus. Acts 2:16-17,Hebrews 1:2,

  4. No, not in reference to the end of the world. Yes, it all started with JESUS but it was a progression to that end. He stated that even in His day there were false prophets but that "in the last days".. "Even the very elite would fall away"... Our generation has seen every sign.. unlike the others. "Knowledge abounds" that's us

  5. This post made me cry. I thought I was crazy until someone else expressed my mind much better than I can. Thanks a lot.

    I have never read all the portions of the bible referenced to in this article but I always knew it. I always understood this world has been played. Everyone who graduates from the university becomes proud that they gained something human controlled knowledge and a piece of paper to prove it. No one in this world ever seeks wisdom, at least not the people around me. That made me very confused as I somehow was not designed to ever understand what pleasure there is in drinking, smoking, gathering in loud places, partying, taking drugs, getting a tattoo (all in all they say it's "trying something new" and by human standards that's suppose to be interesting).

    To me those have always been stupid things and I've grown up still confused why I'm the only awkward one who has still never given in. Not because I'm religious or anything. I just tend to understand the world a little differently and continue to see things a bit deeper than most other people chose to see. I always thought this world is not for my likes. Thanks again

    1. Hi John Poet,

      Thank you so much for reading. I'm glad the post moved you! I want to be clear though. Are you in Christ? Are you born again, faithfully following Jesus? If so, that means He has regenerated your sinful dead heart and made you one of His, which is to say, forgiven of sins with an alive heart. Your perspective has changed. You will not want to follow the things of the world, whatever they are. You will instead want to read the Bible to learn the standards for holy behavior that Jesus expects all His believers to strive for.

      If you are not a born again believer, following Jesus, you are a lover of the world.

      If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15)

      If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15) (John 15:19)


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