“But you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4)
One thing that is fascinating about this scripture is that the Lord has plans for us, that have been hidden from our understanding.
For almost 6,000 years, most of humanity knew almost nothing about how things really worked. The invention of clear glass in the 13th century paved the way for the development of the lens. Glass lenses inspired the creation of two of the most important scientific inventions of 16th century – the telescope and the microscope.
In 1543, the Scientific Revolution marked the emergence of modern science, when developments in mathematics, physics, astronomy, biology and chemistry transformed the views of society about nature.
Science has been able to derive the vast bulk of phenomena in the universe from first principles. The laws for electromagnetism and gravity can be described mathematically.
We have learned that everything in the world is made of 92 naturally occurring atoms — from hydrogen to uranium — and that each atom is made of only three particles — protons, neutrons and electrons — in different numbers. A hydrogen atom has one proton and one electron, while one of uranium has 92 of each.
To have been able to reduce the material composition of the stuff around us, including the stuff we are made of, to only three particles is an amazing achievement of 20th-century physics. Electrons whiz around “orbitals” in an atom’s outer shell. Then there’s a whole lot of empty space. And then, right in the center of that space, there’s a tiny nucleus — a dense knot of protons and neutrons that give the atom most of its mass.
We have learned that all life in our world is made according to a simple genetic code. The genetic code is the set of rules used by living cells to translate information encoded within genetic material into proteins. The language of life is stored on strands of DNA molecules, using an alphabet of bases called Adenine (A), Guanine (G), Cytosine (C) and Thymine (T).
The proteins that this process makes are the “Lego’s of life” that form most of the cell body.
We have learned that our brains are computers that work using a system of connected brain cells, called neurons, that exchange information using chemical and electric signals called action potentials.
Understanding our biological neural network has lead to creating thinking machines. Machine learning – what we most commonly mean when talking about “artificial intelligence” – came into its own in the 2010s.
Using statistics to identify patterns in vast datasets, machine learning today powers everything from voice assistants to recommendations on Netflix and Facebook. So-called “deep learning” takes this process even further and begins to mimic some of the complexity of a human brain.
We have learned that a neural network with just a single hidden layer and a non-linear activation function is able to represent any function possible, provided that there are sufficient neurons in that layer. The next big leap will come via algorithms that can learn to discover information, and rapidly adapt and internalize and act on this new knowledge, as opposed to depending on humans to feed them the correct data.
That could eventually pave the way to “artificial general intelligence”, or a machine capable of performing any tasks humans can, rather than excelling at a single function.
Indeed, Many will roam about, and knowledge will increase. (Daniel 12:4)
But, the more we know, the more we discover what we don’t know.
For example, one of the greatest of all puzzles in current cosmology is “dark energy.” Discovered in 1998 by two teams of astronomers, dark energy is generally described as being responsible for accelerating the cosmic expansion, apparently acting as a kind of stretchy force on the very fabric of space. It makes distant galaxies move away from one another as if they were on steroids.
Current measurements attribute their amount to the 69 percent of the stuff of the Universe. We have no clue what dark energy is, although we model it as a very smooth fluid that fills the whole of space, like water in a bathtub. In other words, dark energy is omnipresent.
Is it possible that this so-called dark energy is the activity of the Holy Spirit?
He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things,
and by Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17)
There may be much more to the Universe than humanity is able to comprehend. What is the hidden wisdom?
I, Wisdom, share a home with shrewdness
and have knowledge and discretion.
“The Lord made me
at the beginning of His creation,
before His works of long ago.
I was formed before ancient times,
from the beginning, before the earth began.
I was born
when there were no watery depths
and no springs filled with water.
I was delivered
before the mountains and hills were established,
before He made the land, the fields,
or the first soil on earth.
I was there when He established the heavens,
when He laid out the horizon on the surface of the ocean,
when He placed the skies above,
when the fountains of the ocean gushed out,
when He set a limit for the sea
so that the waters would not violate His command,
when He laid out the foundations of the earth.
I was a skilled craftsman beside Him.
I was His delight every day,
always rejoicing before Him.
I was rejoicing in His inhabited world,
delighting in the human race. (Proverbs 8)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female. (Genesis 1:26-27)
The Lord completes His hidden plan for the Universe by joining with the Body of Christ. This includes our transfiguration at the Rapture.
As Christians, we know that God Himself became a man as Jesus Christ, took on man’s nature, lived, died, resurrected, and ascended as a man, and now is ruling in the heaven:
But Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God’s glory, with Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (Acts 7:55-56)
We should also know that we, as Christians, are heirs with Christ:
All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:14-17)
When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:4-7)
The Bible uses our relationship as the Church with Jesus Christ as His “body” and His “bride”. These are symbolic designations for something so wonderful and beyond our comprehension that we can’t fully understand it at this time. The Body of Christ consists of individuals that are joined together to form the “body.”
Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:4-5)
Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? (1 Corinthians 6:15)
He uses the example of the human body to try to explain the concept of being an individual in Christ as well as a part of a larger “superorganism” – the Body of Christ:
For as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body—so also is Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. So the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted. And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? Now there are many parts, yet one body. (1 Corinthians 12:12-20)
Paul goes on to explain that the “head” of this “body” is Christ Himself:
And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part. (Ephesians 4:12-16)
Paul also explains that the Gentiles have been included into the Body:
The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and partners of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Ephesians 3:6)
Paul shows that the Rapture will be of the Body:
God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power. Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? …But anyone joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him… Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? (1 Corinthians 6:14, 15, 17, 19)
If you are not sure that you are saved, you can accept Christ into your life right now, by praying:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior.”