In prophetic terms the day of the Lord is synonymous with the end times. Numerous scriptures depict it as being a day of darkness and trouble such as the following scripture. “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations” (Joel 2:1-2). This darkness is a reference to spiritual darkness which is a lack of knowledge and understanding of biblical and spiritual things.
The reasons for this thick darkness are many, but can be summed up more or less in the following verses. “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:34=35). The next verse gives us directions on how to be ready for the return of the Lord and not be caught unprepared. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
The world at large seem to be pre-occupied with doing their own thing while neglecting or refusing to believe in the gospel which is able to save their souls.
Church attendance is at an all time low which is a direct result of the spiritual darkness that has overtaken the world. One survey stated that the average age of church goers is now around fifty years of age. The same survey stated that America’s largest denomination has shown a decline in membership each year for the last seven years.
Many churches have no young people and seem helpless in reaching any. We have witnessed our second generation in a row showing little or no interest in church attendance. In the face of all these alarming trends the church is admonished in Hebrews 10:25 to show more concern toward church attendance as we see the day of the Lord approaching. But it seems that the world is doing the opposite which results in the spiritual blindness which brings on the end time darkness.
While the world lies in darkness the church is given the command to shine as a light unto them. Isaiah 60:1 and 2 says: “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.” In the midst of this great spiritual darkness the church has been raised up as a beacon of light and hope for a lost and dying world. Within this gross darkness the glory of the Lord will be upon His church empowering it to shine forth the message of hope, comfort, and cheer.
God has not left the world without a witness and a road map to Heaven. As the church shines forth into the world it is our hope and prayer that some will see the light being extended to them and take heed to make everything in their lives right with God and join us in reaching others with this powerful gospel message of salvation for everyone.