We are stepping into an era of Light and Dark and the great clashing of the ages. In Isaiah 60:2 we are told, "For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee." The original Hebrew meaning of the word darkness in Isaiah 60 is misery, adversity, sadness and an underground prison. It also means eyes that don't see, as in see truth. The meaning of gross darkness is to obscure, covered by clouds and metaphorically means man's speech. So speech that clouds the mind of man and obscures so that his eyes cannot see truth.
The darkness that covers the earth is in the mind of man. God wasn't talking about outward acts of violence, perversion or any sin that you consider dark. He was speaking of man's mind. When our minds are dark and His truth is obscured by our speech and thinking we cannot see or perceive correctly. We were created to live life from the inside out. We live from our inner man to our outward world. If there is darkness in your mind inwardly, it will come out in darkness outwardly in your words, emotions and actions. There can't be darkness in your outer world if there isn't darkness in your inner one.
In the book of Job we read of Job and his friend's complaints about Job's circumstances. He lost his children, his health and his property. He began complaining about how he would have been better off had he never been born. All Job could see was the pain of his trials. He only saw his adversity, his sadness and his prison of circumstances. But wait, didn't we find out at the beginning of the book that Job was a faithful man? What happened? In Job 3:25, Job makes a confession and says "the thing I greatly feared has come upon me." So before all these things happened in his life, he says he was afraid they would happen. So even though he was a faithful man, Job had hidden inner darkness. It was darkness in his mind and beliefs that had not been renewed. This darkness obscured the light of truth and made a way for the darkness to come.
Contrary to some religious opinions, just believing in Jesus does not mean you are one that will arise and shine. The word arising in Isaiah 60 means as the sun. It is applied to light and means to scatter rays or TO SEE. It is the complete opposite of the dark that is in the minds of man that blinds him to truth. It means you have a mind of light and SEE a world that others do not see. It means you are able to see truth even in hard circumstances. It means you don't set your mouth to speaking of how broke you are, how sick you are, how depressing your situation is and that it will never change. If you believe you are stuck in any of these or any other situation, you are not seeing truth and you have a darkness in those areas of your mind. This is called duality or the double-minded man.
Job was being double-minded in his complaints about his situation. He was a man of faith, yet in these circumstances he could not see hope. Finally tired of hearing Job's dark tirade, God stepped in. Verse 2 of Job 38 says that in the whirlwind God asked, "who is this who darkens my counsel by words without knowledge?". The word whirlwind means out of the raging storm. So out of Job's raging storm of circumstances God spoke. And it wasn't a word of comfort. "Who is this who darkens my counsel?" is a scathing rebuke. What He was asking was who is putting misery on My plans and obscuring My purposes and My wisdom with their words of complaint that know nothing of wisdom. Whoa.
See, this is an hour that each one of us needs to do a deeper internal inspection. Listen to the words coming out of your mouth relating to the situations you face. Listen to the inward voice that you are speaking to yourself. Is it a voice of complaint? Pay attention to the emotions coursing through your body. Is it a voice of hopelessness that is creating an underground prison of depression for yourself? Is it an excuse for why you can not overcome? Are you darkening the Counsel of God in you? Darkness is an absence of light. It is the shadow of a lie that is obscuring you from seeing the truth about yourself or your situation. The truth about your situation is that this is a place God has allowed in you for you to overcome. To come up over the thoughts and feelings concerning it that are keeping you miserable. His truth is that there is nothing you cannot overcome. And let's change the meaning of overcome. It doesn't mean the situation will go away just yet. It means the situation does not have the right to control of your mind and emotions unless you allow it. Overcoming comes in the midst of the trials, not when they are over.
So darkness is covering the minds of man. It is keeping them bound and they cannot SEE the light of God so they are miserable, anxious and depressed of their own making by their thoughts and speech. Those that God is calling to arise in this hour will be in stark contrast to those in the dark. They will come forth and appear like the sun. They will scatter rays of light and will SEE what those in darkness cannot see. Then they will scatter these rays of light (truth) to the ones in darkness that will receive them. You can choose to be one that will Arise and Shine or you can allow your circumstances to darken the counsel of God over you.
There is coming a clash of this light and darkness as we have never seen. As the darkness in the minds of man increases, those who have chosen the FULLNESS of Light will Arise and Shine and begin challenging this darkness with truth. Which side of this clash will you be on? And remember, the darkness is anything that obscures the truth of God. Not all of this darkness that will be challenged is obvious evil. There will be paradigms, belief systems, and religious doctrine that will called out in this hour. If you are not in the fullness of light yet but desire to be, then that's ok. But don't waste another minute. It's time to ask God to allow Truth to begin shining the light on the darkness that is still there. It's time to Arise and Shine.