Yesterday I shared a word regarding the darkness of the hour. The fact is that it is dark and that it is growing darker. Yet I require no great revelation to be aware of this. It’s all clear and apparent. Likewise, it requires no revelation to understand that this is not the first dark period in history. There have been many before. However, what does require revelation is the knowledge that this is the last dark period that is leading up to the end of the age. What also requires revelation is the understanding that not all will be dark in this period of gross darkness. (Isaiah 60:1-3)
This is the last generation before the coming of the LORD. Many of you reading these words now will be alive to see that day. We are the latter house and therefore we are the recipients of the prophetic promises written of us. The glory of this house is greater than that of the former (Haggai 2:9). These words may strike a chord with you and you may find yourself wondering how this could be so. After all, there has been little evidence to support that such a time is upon us. To answer this question I point back to my first words. Some things are apparent. Other things require revelation and a clear understanding of the present season.
We are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). That means we walk not based on what our eyes see but by our destiny. One is evident in tangible ways in the present day. The other lies before us in the supernatural. Yet the LORD is beginning to reveal these things which have yet to come. While these times may first be manifested in physical tragedy, the direct result will be the strengthening of resolve in the Body of Christ. We will begin to divorce the carnal to step into the supernatural as we realize that the cares of this world hold nothing lasting for us. (Although I would advise divorcing now before this time comes).
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Matthew 6:33.
Here is where the rubber meets the road. In this hour some of us will remain focused on the clear deterioration of the natural. Others of us will fix our eyes on the rising of the true church in the supernatural. It is our focus which will determine whether we are overcome by despair or overjoyed in the fulfilling of our hopes.
By no means am I implying that we should cease in our prayers for the nations of this world. What I am saying is, that we cannot afford to live with the degradation of this earth as our reality. Now is not a time for hopelessness. It is a time for expectancy. It is this clear line of differentiation that will make it evident to the citizens of this world exactly who the citizens of the Kingdom of God are.
Consider this. If the whole world around you was living in a panic and in fear for their lives and you encountered someone who had a smile on their face and joy clearly emanating from within would you ask them, “What is the reason for the hope you have? Do you not see that all is doomed?”
“…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15.
While we are called to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), our light does not originate from within this world. So our ability to shine is not contingent on the temporal circumstance. It is firmly fixed in the eternal reality.
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising” Isaiah 60:1-3.
“‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts” Haggai 2:9.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” Matthew 5:14.
Mitch Salmon is a follower of Jesus Christ and proclaimer of the Good News – The Gospel of Christ Jesus!