A debut treatise that aims to find new meaning in the biblical Book of Daniel.
Knutson takes readers on a deep dive into a short biblical passage: Daniel 11:20–45. It’s clear that the author is well versed in Scripture, church history, and linguistic critiques of the Bible. Unfortunately, his inelegant prose serves as an impenetrable barrier to reader understanding. His work apparently builds on the history of the Great Disappointment, when Baptist preacher William Miller’s prediction that Jesus would return on October 22, 1844, didn’t materialize. Miller’s prophecy was reworked by his followers, and soon, the Seventh Day Adventist movement was born. As the author explains it, “It would be discovered that Christ had come in the fulfillment of the prophecy, but not to the earth as expected. He had come to the Day of Atonement, Investigative Judgemnt [sic] phase of the parable of the heavenly sanctuary.” A strong knowledge of Millerite/Adventist theology might give a reader a bit more clarity, but for lay readers, Knudson’s conclusions are far too vague. Aside from a confusing, two-paragraph foreword, the author provides no explanation of the intent of his work. Some sentences are nonsensical, such as, “An inner and outer man manifestation since the incarnation the estate referred to also has both realities.” In other cases, the author’s use of metaphors is simply mysterious: “In the meat of the apple, or walnut meat, being analogy, between the core of stiffer substance of faith and the skin which also confessed faith in God, or walnut nut [sic] meat, under the hard outer shell of faith—Lucifer unexplainably chose to breakfaith [sic] in God.” Also, his intolerance of Catholicism, which he refers to in such terms as “the religio-politico vile person system of Roman Catholicism,” may put off many readers. Throughout, Knutson uses the Book of Daniel to refer to various eras in church history, displaying a definitive depth of knowledge in that area.
A series of religious reflections by a well-versed author, hampered by opaque prose.