2001-10-24 - Night and Day
Zechariah 14:6,7 And it will come about in that day that there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.
Based on the above verse, you might think I am about to focus on prophecy. I am not going to do that. I think we can also learn some things about life from prophetic verses. These verses talk about times that are difficult and they end with a hope for a brighter future. We can look at these verses at least two ways. We can look around us and see the struggles of our times, and we can personalize them and look at the troubles in our lives.
In Heaven, there will be no night, but today we have night almost half the time. If you have ever been far North in the Summer, you may have experienced 24-hour sunlight. I experienced it this Summer, and it is, as the verse above says, a unique day. But the people who live in those areas year round have to pay for their 24-hour sun by experiencing 24-hour darkness in the winter. It is not like that in Heaven. In Heaven, there is all day, always.
It is like this in America. We have the light in that we freedom and we have great military strength and can punish those who threaten or hurt us, but we have the night -- that we are at war and our citizens' lives are currently threatened. We can see this in the church also. In the church, there have been seasons of light when doctrine and practice have had a blessed communion with God, and yet there have been times of night when the church has seemed almost like an extinguished fire.
It seems that God has a hand in all this. Consider Ezekiel 24:13, where God says, "In your filthiness is lewdness. Because I would have cleansed you, yet you are not clean. You will not be cleansed from your filthiness again until I have spent my wrath on you." Certainly a dark night for Israel, but we also know the bright days that Israel has seen throughout the Bible. It is no less today in the church. There are bright days and dark days, and it is the Lord who sends them and the rescue from them.
But the most practical way to think of this is in our lives. We are between day and night here, between Heaven and Hell. Hell is darkness and Heaven is set forth as light: "For there shall be no night there," Revelation 21:25. In Heaven and Hell, there is all day or all night, but here we have both. It is like this in our lives, because we are flesh and spirit, Galatians 5:17. We are, in many ways, conflicted. We experience clouds and sunshine, summer and winter, frowns and smiles. There are night and day in our lives, to apply this verse all around us.
If you have ever read the book of Revelation, you know that in the end, there is light for those who are in Christ. But it is a struggle now. We experience joys and sorrow. We have hopes and fears. One day the night will end and we will have that blessed experience of constant day with Christ. "And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be death; there shall no longer be mourning, or crying, or pain. The first things have passed away." Revelation 21:4 May that day come!
Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
See also Hebrews 3:13 on encouraging each other.
Soli Deo Gloria,