Is. 60:1-2 ¶ Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 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 Bible describes a time at the end of the world that will be characterized by contrast. In the recent past, our world could be described as sort of a shade of grey. The lines of morality had been blurred by the relativism of our modern culture. According to the Bible, that is about to change. It seems as if the culture of relativism is going to surrender to a new season of absolutes. In other words, instead of a world of grey, we will see a new world of black and white. That’s what Isaiah seems to be saying in today’s scripture verse. In the midst of a deep spiritual and moral darkness, the contrasting light of the glory of the Lord will begin to shine as a bright light to the nations. This light is said to be shining from His church. It seems like a time of great change is in store for all of us. Jonathan Edwards spoke of this contrast in his message on God’s Grand Design. Check this out.
“What has been said may assure the saints that all things shall work. From the consideration of the things that have been observed, the saints may well greatly rejoice in a prospect of what is promised to them in particular and may be comforted in a prospect of what God promised to do for his church, however dark the state of things may seem to be in times of the greatest commotion and public calamity. For God’s grand design is mainly to be fulfilled in the church’s glory, in the accomplishment of those things God has promised to his church. There will surely come a time when this church of God will arise and shine. However, there may be [periods of darkness intervening]. There will surely come a time on earth when God will appear to favor Zion (His church) and when the kingdom and dominion [of his church shall prosper]. God never will forget [his promises]. The last kingdom on earth shall be the kingdom of Christ.”
I love that statement, “the last kingdom on earth shall be the kingdom of Christ”. I guess the question that all of this brings up is this, which kingdom are you living in? And also this question, which kingdom are you working for? As long as the world has been a world of grey, it has been easy for Christians to slip into the shadows. In the time of the Glory of the Lord, there will be no shadows, no place left for us to hide. The glory of the Lord will cover the earth, His church will be the focal point of His last day activity. Now we can better understand the Lord’s prayer, “let your kingdom come, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.