Arise, shine, 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 (NKJV)
In late December or early January, I look to the Lord to see what He would show me about the coming year. This year I have waited for confirmation for the words I have received, and they have come. Our brother Jonathan Cahn, author of the very popular book, The Harbinger, spoke out about the darkness getting darker and the light becoming lighter. This is exactly what the Lord showed me will happen in the coming year.
Darkness shall cover the earth. This kind of darkness signifies misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, and wickedness. This is the same darkness mentioned in Isaiah 9:2 and in Matthew 4:16. Of course, we see the evidence all around us and it is indeed becoming darker. People are in darkness and gloom. The King James Version calls it "gross darkness." But darkness makes the light easier to see.
In the verses above, the Lord tells us to arise, that is, to rouse and strengthen ourselves, and to be luminous as the break of day. We are to let Him set us on fire for Him. Then we will burn brightly like luminaries in the sky in the midst of even the greatest darkness.
This is because the Lord will arise over us. The Hebrew word for "arise" is "zarach," which means to irradiate or shoot forth beams as the sun when it rises. As we allow Him to do this, His glory (splendor) will be seen upon us. This is what will draw the unbelievers, those who desperately need to know Him.
How do we arise and shine? By daily taking heed to His Word.
"Do all things without murmuring and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain." ---Philippians 2:14-16 (NKJV)
As the world around us gets darker, as the news reports tell us of increasing wickedness, let us be lights guiding the lost to Jesus.
"Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever."---Daniel 12:3 (NKJV)
Joe Schrader is a prophetic equipper that longs to see the body of Christ come into unity and see the nations reached for Christ!