"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
The Prophecy of Daniel
A Glimpse of the Future and Divine Concealment
Lesson Number 39
SEALED TO THE TIME OF THEIR FULFILLMENT
“ 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”
Here we confront a Divinely appointed circumstance that must be seen. A failure to perceive the principle enunciated here has occasioned all manner of “prophetic views” that lack edifying power because they do not convey “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16).
GO THY WAY
“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel.”
Daniel’s quest was a proper one, but it was not the proper time. The angel’s words – “Go thy way” – meant Daniel would not receive any further knowledge on the matter. This was not because what he asked was wrong, but because a further understanding was not available for that time. As we will see, there are “times and seasons” assigned for the appropriation of understanding, as well as for appointed events (Acts 1:7). There are times when certain things cannot be fully known or comprehended.
THE WORDS ARE CLOSED AND SEALED
“ . . . For the words are closed up and sealed . . . ” Other versions say the words are “concealed and sealed,” NASB “are to remain secret and sealed,” NRSV “secret and shut up,” BBE and “hidden and sealed.” YLT
The words “closed up” mean they are like words put into a box, with the lid closed. The word “sealed” means they are inaccessible, like words place in a box with the lid closed and locked.
Daniel had much knowledge and wisdom, but it could break the Divine lock put on these words, or open the door to their meaning. When God shuts up a word, it cannot be comprehended – period! The angel knew this, so told Daniel to go on his way.
Those who say a knowledge of the original language can unlock the meaning of Scriptural texts must take this into account. Daniel knew the language in which he heard the message. He was also uncommonly wise in understanding, particularly in matters pertaining to the Lord. Yet all of that knowledge was of no avail in this matter.
Daniel’s experience was much like other prophets who spoke of “the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.” Their hearts were pure. Their minds were sound. They had uncommon knowledge and understanding. Yet, when it came to the matter of the great salvation we presently enjoy, their quest for knowledge was denied.
“Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven; things which angels desire to look into.” NKJV (1 Pet 1:10-12).
There is an approach to Scripture that assumes because the Word is written, it can be thoroughly understood. But what will those who have embraced such nonsense say of the text before us? Daniel heard it. Daniel wrote it. Daniel did not understand it. Further, he was told he could not understand it – it was shut up and sealed.
Moses referred to this circumstance when He was moved to write, “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut 29:29). Some have concluded that if it is said or written, it has revealed. Yet, here is a word that was said, and then written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Yet, at the time, was not revealed.%%detect_both%%
"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).