Sunday, July 1, 2018

How does the Light get Brighter?

Prov.4:18 reads; "The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day."
Note that the guidance/light, given to the spiritual path of the righteous one, is compared to the morning sun. If we observe a sunrise in the morning, we note that the dark starry sky gradually gives way to the arrival of the sun. The darkness gradually fades and a previously indiscernible landscape, gradually comes into view as the sun rises higher in the sky. Prov.4:18 tells us that spiritual light increases at the arrival of morning... "shining ever brighter until the full light of day".
Other scriptures speak of this development:
2Pet.1:19- "We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."
Peter tells us that the writings of the prophets are a guide to God's people during the "night" of Jesus' absence (John12:35-36; Acts 3:20-21; Mal.3:1; Matt.17:11), UNTIL that "day dawns, and the morning star, rises in your hearts".
We know that Jesus claims to be that bright "morning star".
Rev.22:16- “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
There we learn that the morning star...
(sun of dawn -Hosea 6:2-3; Rev.11:11-12; Luke 1:78)
... will send his angel/messenger, to give a testimony of the light of Christ, in the "morning" of his arrival (Mal.3:1).
Of that messenger, Isa.60 reads;
"Arise oh woman, shine your light, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn."
Eph.5:13- "But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself. 14 So it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, **rise up from the dead**, and Christ will shine on you.”
Rev.11:11- But after the three and a half days **the breath of life from God entered them**, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them."
How would the spiritual light of the morning star, be offered to all through Jesus' messenger?
"The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple." (Ps.119:130)
There we learn, that it is by the "unfolding"/unfurling/unrolled, 
of God's Words.
Rev.20:12 speaks of this opening of God's Words...
"12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and **books were opened.** Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books."
Dan.12:4,9-10,3 also speaks of when this will happen...
"4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge. 9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever."

"In the time of the end" the "wise" will have the Word of God, opened to them, and they will shine the light the morning star has given them, so that they can be the messengers of Christ when he arrives in the morning. Of them, Jesus says;
"26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. **28 I will also give that one the morning star.** 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
Jesus gives the morning star... the rising sun, to the one found faithfully doing the will of Jesus. As we learned, that rising sun, is Jesus himself. He gives himself and all the light he gloriously shines upon his return, to his Bride (Isa.60:1). When this comes to pass, Jesus has finished his course of work in this world of Satan and God's will during it, is completed.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple." (Ps.19)
Ps.119:130 "The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple." (Ps.119:130)

Rev.22:17- "The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life."
Matt.22:8- CSB/HCSB- “Then he told his slaves, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ 10 So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests."


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