WHAT of the NIGHT?
BY: RAY PRINZING
“He called to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night.” (Isa. 21:11-12)
There is a thrill to the words, “the morning cometh”. How we yearn for the dawn of the new day, HIS DAY, and the establishment of Shis kingdom in righteousness upon the earth. But why this addition, “and also the night?”
Dispensationally, the morning came with Jesus, “the True Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9) He was “a light to lighten the nations, and the glory of Thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:32) It was a glorious morning! A gospel for the poor, healing, sight, liberty, the acceptable year of the Lord. We would walk in that light.
However, “the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9:4) is also being fulfilled dispensationally, and earth is facing the darkest of nights as this present evil age comes to its close. Thus the cycles continue, and after the night, praise God, we look for the dawning of THAT DAY.
Individually, we find these cycles also running their course. When He “lights our candle” and the joy of salvation surges within, it is a new day, dawning bright and glorious. Out of the dark night of sin and shame the word came to us “the morning comes,” and He was that Morning bringing us a new day. However long this shines, is according to God’s processing for the individual, but in due time, “and also the night,” followed. Plunged into the dark night of the soul, the Cross looms on the horizon, and begins to embrace us. There is an inner work to be accomplished before we come into that glorious realm where there is no night, but light abides eternally.
Do not fear your night experiences, learn to recognize that they are actually the entrance of a new dimension in God. “The darkness hideth not from Thee; for the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike unto Thee.” (Ps. 139:12) He walks with us through our night seasons, and we learn to walk in the light of the indwelling Christ, but the way is leading us into that more perfect day.