WITHIN the Christmas narrative lies the pattern of the end times. 2000 years after its first telling, the Church is able to peer into the Sacred Scripture with a deeper clarity and understanding as the Holy Spirit unveils Daniel’s book—a book that was to be sealed until “the end time” when the world would be in a state of rebellion—apostasy.
As for you, Daniel, keep secret the message and seal the book until the end time; many shall fall away and evil shall increase. (Daniel 12:4)
It is not that there is something “new” being revealed, per se. Rather, our understanding of the unfolding “details” is becoming more clear:
Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries. —Catechism of the Catholic Church 66
By paralleling the Christmas narrative to our times, we may be given an a greater understanding of what is here and coming…
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