Isaiah prophesied, “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 60:2–3).
This prophecy speaks of the last days, a time that began when light — Jesus Christ the Lord — came into the gross darkness. Isaiah was speaking of a great, widespread outshining of the glory of Christ into the darkness. Multitudes throughout the whole Gentile world would come into His light.
Think of it: there was no darker time in history than at Jesus’ birth. The great Roman Empire had become a materialistic, covetous society. Sexual perversions, drunkenness and gluttony were the norm. Indeed, the whole known world at the time was shrouded in darkness.
Also during this time, hypocrisy ruled the day. Priests robbed widows of their houses, and the lowly and uneducated despised their so-called spiritual leaders. Simply put, the blind were leading the blind.
It was into this gross darkness that Jesus came forth as a shining light. And we know that since that glorious day, multitudes have come into His light.
You may say, “But look around today. Gross darkness still covers the earth.” Yes — this present hour may be the worst in human history. The darkness hovering over all nations and peoples can actually be felt. Nuclear threat, genocide, widespread sex trafficking — it all wreaks havoc on the heart.
Yet Jesus is still the light of the world. Isaiah saw down to the darkness of our day and cried out: “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).
Once again, in the world’s darkest hour, God is going to manifest His power. He will draw in a significant ingathering of lost souls in the days ahead. He will stir the souls of many and we will see the glory of Lord.