Darkness is profound, especially total darkness. I have seen satellite photos of the Korean Peninsula at night. South Korea is bright with light everywhere; North Korea is a world of darkness. I pray for the people there who live in darkness every night, because with darkness comes danger.
Just as cold is defined as the absence of heat, darkness is defined as the absence of light. When the sun has set 18-degrees below the horizon in the evening, it is considered total darkness. Of course, we hardly ever experience total darkness because of the moon, stars, billboards and parking lot lights.
In the world of plague, continuous darkness would be a bad one, especially if it remained dark for days.
When Moses proclaimed each of the ten plagues upon Egypt 3,600 years ago, each plague was a little worse than the previous and convincing Pharaoh to release the Hebrew people from bondage was a step-by-step process. Peace treaties do not come easily, as we watch the possible adaptation of North Korea to the real world.
The ninth plague of Moses was a plague of darkness:
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt-darkness that can be felt.” So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and said, “Go, worship the Lord. Even your women and children may go with you; only leave your flocks and herds behind.”
But Moses said, “You must allow us to have sacrifices and burnt offerings to present to the Lord our God. Our livestock too must go with us; not a hoof is to be left behind. We have to use some of them in worshiping the Lord our God, and until we get there we will not know what we are to use to worship the Lord.”
But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to let them go. Pharaoh said to Moses, “Get out of my sight! Make sure you do not appear before me again! The day you see my face you will die.”
“Just as you say,” Moses replied. “I will never appear before you again.” Exodus 10:21-29 NIV
Darkness that can be felt, for three days. Can you imagine trying to exist in a world so absent from light that nothing was observable. Even in this day of night-vision goggles, they do not operate if there is absolutely no light to magnify.
There were signs specified in the Bible that would occur prior to the onset of a great war:
Falling away from Church teaching and irreverence.
Heartlessness and indifference, godlessness and narcissism.
Breakdown of the family, approval of adulteress and homosexual behaviors.
Unprecedented “natural” disasters and disease.
Biblically speaking, when the war at Armageddon finally takes place, the world will have been a dark place for years, like it was in the days of Noah.
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.” Genesis 6:11-13 NIV
To believe that these signs are not being played out before our very eyes is to deny the obvious.
Can there be darkness on Earth, even when there is abundant, physical light?
Evil is the absence of God, and evil can happen in darkness or broad daylight. The absence of God is true darkness. True darkness is abundant today on Planet Earth.
Last week, Bill Maher of The Bill Maher Show fame, stated that he hoped that the U.S. economy would collapse so President Trump would fail. The economy has suddenly become so strong, how will the left possibly win the next election?
While President Trump was holding history’s first meeting between a U.S. President and leader of North Korea, a possible peace treaty seems at hand. The meeting and the results were stunning, especially if it all plays out.
A quick tour of CNN, ABC and the other major news channels indicated the commentators were of the Bill Maher, super-atheist, mindset. A guest on CNN stated that any president could have done what Trump did, no big deal.
Politicians in the Washington, DC swamp and the mini-swamps in all the states are wringing their hands in despair, asking how Trump could play-nice with a murderous dictator like Kim Jung Un of North Korea. The same people asking this question are the same people who were condemning Trump six months ago for being so mean to “Little Rocket Man.”
The world is rife with evil and darkness and has been for decades.
January 23, 1968, North Korea captured the USS Pueblo, a ship of the U.S. Navy. Three crewmen were shot, the Commander was forced to acknowledge fault and this past January, North Korea proudly displayed the ship, still held by the North Korean regime. Five months later, North Korea sat at a peace summit with the President who couldn’t- only he did.
What kind of darkness has come over a world where good is bad and bad is good? What kind of darkness has formed over the United States when American False Idols stand at the Tony Awards and tell the President to have sex with himself on international television; and the audience gave Hollywood actor Robert De Niro a standing ovation. What kind of darkness prevails in a world where parents encourage their little boys to be little girls if they wish? What kind of darkness prevails in a world when a so-called comedienne can perform on national television and call the President’s daughter a profane and repugnant name, a name most-certainly defaming to women, and the audience breaks out in raucous laughter?
I have prayed for years that God would turn the United States back to a shining lamp of morality like she once was; but the country continues toward a Sodom and Gomorrah ending, following in the footsteps of Europe.
There are numerous events that can cause darkness that one can feel: Dust storms and volcanic ash come to mind.