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Zechariah 14:6-7

Light of the World

6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

In that day, when the Sun of Righteousness, coming with His saints, plants His feet on the Mount of Olives, "there shall not be light; the glorious ones will shrink." (Jay P. Green Sr., Literal Translation of the Bible, 1985) Compare this verse with Joel 3:15 "The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining," and with Isaiah 13:10 "For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine." The "glorious ones" are the heavenly bodies that shine so brilliantly as to light the earth, but their light will go out.

There can be no doubt that this is the day of which Jesus spoke, "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:" ( Matthew 24:29 also see Revelation 6:12)

The entire order of the universe will be changed by His coming. The earth will become dark for a short time, as the Sun of Righteousness approaches to take up the throne of David and to assume His sovereign place of authority over the earth. His enemies will tremble with fear. Day and night, as they had known it, will no longer exist. This is one day that is known only to Yahweh, a day which he has planned since eternity past, and a time which Jesus said was only known by the Father.

"But it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light." Where will the light come from? Well, in the New Jerusalem the same situation is said to exist. "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof... And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there... And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 21:23, 25; 22:5)

Yes, Jesus Christ who is "the glory of God," is the light of the world. When He comes again there will be no need for outside sources of light. His magnificence will shine in every part of the universe. It will be a dazzling sight of which Moses only caught a glimpse, which in turn caused his face to shine so brightly that he had to wear a veil when he went before his people.

But, we do not have to wait for that day to experience the light of Jesus Christ. John 1:4 tells us that, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men." We can have eternal life by believing in Him and at the same time receive the light of the world. This is the light that shines on the word of God and brings meaning to it. It is the light that reveals the mysteries of the universe, the light that the natural man does not have. It is the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit who reveals all things godly to the people of Christ.

"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12) As amazing as the light will be when Jesus returns and lights the world with His magnificent splendor, the light that you can have shining within you is much more precious. If you have never believed in Him and surrendered to Him, begin to study His word and seek His presence in your life. He promises to reward you with eternal life when you surrender this life to Him.

Before The Throne:

Pray for the light. Even if you know Him as your Savior, you can always pray for His light to shine in your life. Ask Him to make you the light of the world, so that others might find His eternal gift. Praise Him for allowing you to see God's love and power through the darkness of this world.

For Further Study:

** not. Psa 97:10-11; 112:4; Prov 4:18-19; Isa 50:10; 60:1-3; Hos 6:3; Luke 1:78-79; John 1:5; 12:46; Eph 5:8-14; Col 1:12;2Pet 1:19; Rev 11:3;

(v.7) ** it shall be one day. Rev 21:23; 22:5; ** which. Ps 37:18; Matt 24:36; Mark 13:32; Acts 1:7; 15:a18; 17:26, 31; 1Thess 5:2; ** at. Isa 9:7; 11:9; 30:26; 60:19-20; Dan 12:4; Hos 3:5; Rev 11:15; 14:6; 20:2-4; 21:3;


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