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The Bible opens with a dark planet where humans will live their lives in spiritual darkness. Permanent Light is extraterrestrial, yet is a mandatory requirement for life. Truths about "Light" leap from the Bible's pages in this sermon, "From Darkness to Light" (sermon given on the Feast of Trumpets).

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Just flip your BIBLE back to Genesis 1. That's where we'll begin but before we can start there in the sermon I need to take us all to the basement, and let us all hop into the big elevator and take us down about forty feet into the basement that has no windows because we have to start there. Now some of you kids especially, are going to have to help me with this because there is no basement in this building, and there are no elevators but we still have to start in the basement.

So we have to imagine the elevators, and we have to imagine the basement. So, "Are you ready?" Push the down button, and here we go. Down, down, down, far from those windows into the big, open basement.

Now how do you like it down here in the basement? It's four times bigger than that room upstairs; very tall and wide, and brightly lit with lots of light, and look at all the stuff that's here in the basement. This is where you come in. Fill it out. See the animals and the birds? You weren't expecting those down here, were you? Some waterfalls and pools, and there's a waterslide some of you kids are playing on already. There's some music, and those pretty butterflies; little tables where people are starting to sit down and have a bite to eat; listen to some music.

It's beautiful down here. Look, as far as you can see in this giant room all the beauty, all the excitement. Are you with me? Okay. Poof - power failure. Yeah, that's why we had to come to the basement, okay? The lights are out, and nobody imagined any, you know, back-up lighting so it's black. Now let's read Genesis 1:2 Genesis 1:2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.
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while we're here in this black basement I think we can get the kind of, the feeling of what it must have been like –

Genesis 1:2 Genesis 1:2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.
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When (And) the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  There's nothing to see. You can't see a thing. Yet here we are on the earth, and it's black.You can't see anywhere.

It's an amazing thing that there can be something there and you can't see it like down there in the basement when the lights went out. All that amazing stuff, suddenly you can't see it. You've got an earth but it's not visible because it's dark.

Okay, let's zip over to Egypt real quick, okay? Modern day Egypt. Go over there, hop in your plane, however you want to get there. Welcome to Egypt. Here we are along the Nile River, beautiful river, palm trees on the side, got dates dropping. You can have some dates. It's cool, you can splash in the water. Ooh, check out those pyramids.

Let's go to Exodus 10:22-23 Exodus 10:22-23 [22] And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: [23] They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
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Here in the beautiful land of Egypt with all of the pharaohs' development, and the great works that exist even today that are just so, I don't know, amazing to look at. As people looked around it says in:

Exodus 10:22 Exodus 10:22And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:
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So Moses stretched out (forth) his hand toward heaven; and there was thick darkness over all the land of Egypt for three days:

V. 23 - They did not see one another; nor did anyone arise from his place for three days…. Darkness just closed in around them; like down in the basement. Remember how that was awhile ago? And now in Egypt they can't even see the people next to them. There's no reason to get out of bed because you can't see anything. There's no depth, there's no space, and so it feels like it's all closed around them; no sense of the environment that's around. You can't see a thing.

Imagine riding your bicycle really, really, really fast through the streets of Egypt when you can't see a thing. Imagine how long until you, wonk. Imagine driving your car really fast, high speed, through the city, and you can't see a thing. And so they all stayed in their beds, they didn't get up.

Sight is an amazing detail. It's an amazing thing that you and I have. It broadens what we have when our eyes are closed. It opens up, stretches it out. It shows us what can be, and what is, and the potential, the possibility. It shows us this environment, and we start developing plans. Oh, I think I'll go over there, and then I'll be back, and then I'll go to that person but if you take the sight away all of those possibilities evaporate.

Sight – what single thing permits you and I to see, to have sight, to, hmm, know that you're home, and what's in your home, to look at, say, things like food, friends, landscapes, the creation around us, the trees, the plants, the animals, the sky. You can see quite far – or television. What it is that permits us to have sight, what single element? Well, the answer, of course, is light.

We are leaving soon what is called the age of Satan, an age of darkness, and we are going, as a human race towards light. This age of Satan as the god of the world is terminating soon, and ahead is what the Feast of Trumpets is all about; the alarm of war, the changing of rulership. A major change, though, is coming that nobody is expecting.

Nobody really on earth, maybe you, me sometimes, we probably don't think about it much. A big change is going to happen that even you and I probably don't expect. Jesus Christ is coming to a very dark place as the Daystar, and He's coming on what is called the Day of the Lord. He is about light.

Today I'd like to examine aspects of the physical realm, and also a little bit of the spirit realm with the perspective of darkness and light in this sermon entitled "From Darkness to Light".

Now light is everywhere, it seems. If it's not light enough what do we do? We turn up the light. We turn on the light. We step outside. We're just used to light. Today we have light, and it doesn't really end, if you think about it. Light in your life never ends. Even when it's night outside there's lots of light. The cars have lights, your house has lights. If there are no lights you get a flashlight, or you make a torch. There's always starlight if there's no moonlight. In the absence of sunlight, if you go into a darkroom you still have your little LED's glowing. Something's plugged in, something's turned on. If it's not turned on there's a light glowing somewhere to show that it's ready to be turned on.

It's very hard to go somewhere that's completely dark. That's why we had to start in the basement. But you and I aren't worried about light because light is everywhere. We take temporary light for granted in our electrified world but one thing that you and I might note from the BIBLE is the source of permanent light; not these bulbs that burn out, not these luminaries in the heavens that even science says are one day going to extinguish.

The source of permanent light is God. Let's go to the very beginning of time, okay? Let's go back to chapter 1, verse 1, the very beginning, chapter 1, and verse 1 of John. You were going to John, right? Because Genesis only starts with the physical creation. John here talks about,

John 1:1 John 1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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"In the beginning was the Logos, the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. He was in the beginning of time when there was no beginning. As for us earthlings, this shows that they have always existed.

Now looking here we find that in v. 3, "All things were made through…," this Logos, the one who became Jesus Christ; this Logos. …and without Him nothing was made that was made. Don't ever get in your mind that Satan ever made anything, or Satan recreated things, or the angels create things, or make things. It says right here very clearly, "…nothing was made that was made without Him."

V. 4 - In Him, notice, was life, and the life was the light of men. It's through Him that things became. There's no evolution. You can't have life beginning from non-life, only from life. …and He also was the life. And He also was the light of men.

V. 5 - And the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. Now we've gone to the beginning, let's go a little bit further forward and go back to Genesis 1:2 Genesis 1:2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.
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By this time it had been Satan's realm for awhile. Satan and the demons had been cast down to earth. They were away from God when they were here. I guess we assume that. We're talking about a physical creation and spirit beings, not sure how all of that works together. But here we see in the beginning here, God creates the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:2 Genesis 1:2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.
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And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the earth (deep)…. Here was a place where the light was not. God was not.  This was, I would say, the realm of the dark forces of Satan and the demons. And when God comes to earth, He's about to come here and do some creating, things are dark.  

V. 3 - Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. This is interesting. There's no light until God shows up, The Light of Men. When we think about light, again, we take it for granted that this is light, but there wasn't light. There was no luminary here, evidently. There was no sun, moon, and stars actually illuminating. The "…darkness was on the face of the deep… until God came. And the first thing He says is, "Let there be light…."

Now, a question about this, and you can debate Genesis 1, which was probably written by Ezra, some people feel, as an introduction to Moses' work. But when you try to extrapolate from this science, and you try to figure out exactly what was going on. I'm not sure that we can, but is he saying, "By chance," I just ask the question here, that God's appearance here was the Light? When He said, "Let there be light." Because you have to go down to v. 4.

V. 4 - And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. You see, it could be here if you look at not the physical creation, but the arrival of God separating Himself from Satan and the darkness of the world. Plus the arrival of Him is actually lighting things, and He says, "Wow, it's good that I'm here. It's good that it is light, and I'm separating the light from the darkness." Could that be the key to what is being written here on day one?

I only ask that question because you have to go down a ways to v. 16 before you get any other luminary showing up. Let's go to v. 16, all the way down to day number four, the fourth day.

V. 14 - Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from (the) night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;

V. 15 – "and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth…" First we see God shows up and it's dark, and He says, "Let there be light." Sometime later He says, "Let these lights in the heavens give light on the earth as if He were going to leave, and go back to heaven, and leave light sources, leave temporary luminaries in a temporary world. I just put this out because without temporary luminaries there would have been darkness again. As soon as God left there would have been no light.

We don't stop to think about total darkness. We just assume that light is, so it's not a big deal. It wasn't that way in Egypt, though. All of a sudden their sun god was gone. For three days and three nights they couldn't see a thing. God is Light.

Let's go over to Ezekiel 1:27-28 Ezekiel 1:27-28 [27] And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. [28] As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of one that spoke.
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Here we'll see a vision that Ezekiel had here, and I believe in chapter 4 he sees aspects of God, of the one that evidently that's Jesus Christ leaving the right hand of God perhaps, and going on a portable throne that's transported by Seraphim that's full of fire and wheels within wheels but one little descriptor here at the end of chapter 1:27.

Ezekiel 1:27 Ezekiel 1:27And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
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Also from the appearance of His waist (and) upward I saw, (as it were,) the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around (within) it;…" They didn't have colored lights back then, and so often they used clear stones, clear stones to show the color of bright lights. And so, he looked like the appearance of amber with fire all around him; bright, you see? "… and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. This is often referred to throughout scripture as "God's glory."

We talk about the glory of God; it's often referring actually to the bright light of God. Jesus said, "Give me the glory that I had." This is Him being described.

V. 28 - Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around (it), colorful light. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. He is a source of bright light, and whenever you see God described in scripture you tend to see Him as blazing, white light, and light so bright that if man looked on Him he would die, etcetera, etcetera.

God is Light. The first time Moses saw God he saw Him as a burning bush. He was Fire. He was something that was bright on a bright day probably. The next time God was seen He was a Pillar of Fire, bright, lighting up the whole darkness. There was never a darkness for the Israelites. God was their Light.

When the Ten Commandments were given on Mt. Sinai what did we see? We saw brightness up in the clouds; brightness so bright that when Moses went up and saw the back of God, and he came down his face shone.

That's another thing we see in the BIBLE, is those righteous people who come to the Light tend to develop a glow. They tend to develop light themselves. They tend to give off light for awhile. Just like Moses' face would gradually dim and go out, once people go away from God, away from the source, they also tend to go back into a non-lit state, as it were.

When you see the transfiguration we find Jesus Christ goes up in a vision in front of James and John, and He is transfigured in front of them. It's something that's very bright. So, the source of light is God. He is the source of physical light that we can see. He is also the source of spiritual light.

You know, it's easy to take for granted that, just like there's physical light, there's also spiritual light. We know the truth. You know the truth, or I know the truth. We've got the truth. We've been in the church. We take for granted spiritual light, don't we? I know that a lot of people once had spiritual light, that you and I knew, and they drifted away from the source of light, and their lights went out. They took for granted it was there; it was something that was going to be there, and yet it wasn't always there, was it?

If we're not careful we'll take for granted that God is spirit light, the understanding. The spiritual light that God gives to some in this present evil age of darkness is actually a miracle, and something to treasure. Let's look over in Job 12. We'll begin in verse 22. Again, the world doesn't understand, society doesn't understand, the only reason why you and I understand what this day means today is because some light has shown on us, some spiritual light.

Job 12:22 Job 12:22He discovers deep things out of darkness, and brings out to light the shadow of death.
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He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and He brings the shadow of death to light. That is what's happened to you and me. Jesus said, "Their eyes have not been opened" so that they can see but your eyes have been opened. The light has shone. You can see it, and He has uncovered some deep things out of darkness for you and me. Things that, as you heard in the morning sermon, how can you understand for instance that the trumpets is about the return of Jesus Christ?

Well, it's actually a deep thing. It has to be mined from the scripture with God's holy spirit leading you the way to see the plan of God represented by the holy days and see where this day fits within future prophecy. God uncovers these things for some, but God allows Satan to prevent His light from reaching into the minds of others, and so they're wandering around in the dark. Continuing on in V. 24.

V. 24 - He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the peoples of the earth, and He makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.

V. 25 - They grope in the dark without light, and He makes them stagger like a drunken man. This present evil age does not want the light of God to shine for them. They don't want to walk in the light of God's way.

In Job 24:13 Job 24:13They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
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, a few pages over, "There are those who rebel against the light;…" Do you rebel against the light? Think about this. Some of you young people - think about this. You're here because your parents have strongly encouraged you to be here. But where are you, really? Where are you mentally? Where do you want to be? Are you rebelling against the light? Are you ready to bolt? Are you ready to leave? "There are those who rebel against the light;…" Others of you are saying, "You know what, this isn't my parents faith. This is my faith. This is my God. This is my way of life, and this is my home in His church." These do not rebel against the light.

I found historically, it's about maybe one in ten that do not rebel against the light. Over a long period of time ninety per cent don't want the light. Ninety per cent aren't here. It's a good thing to know where you stand, and what you stand for because as it says here, "There are those who rebel against the light; they do not know its ways nor abide… they don't continue, they don't live …in its paths." They may have stopped in the path once, may have gone down it a ways, "It looks kinda nice, but I'm not livin' here. This isn't for me." And so,

V. 14 - The murderer rises with the light; he kills the poor and (the) needy; and in the night he is like a thief.

V. 15 - The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, the dark, saying, 'No eye will see me'; and he disguises his face.

V. 16 - In the dark they break into houses which they have marked for themselves in the daytime; they do not know the light. God called some of us to know Him, and we know Him when we keep His commandments, notice, when we walk the path, when we let Jesus Christ the light shine and light our way. We know Him if we do that.

Jesus said, "Blessed are your eyes for they can see." Because you can see the path. You can see the way. You can walk in it. And therefore you, if you don't realize this already are different than the world. You children are different than your school friends. They cannot see the path. Whether or not you like the path or you love the path, they have no option. They cannot see the path. Try telling one of your friends, or relatives, or workmates, tell somebody at school or college all about the path; can't grasp it, can't see it. They don't have the light.

God brought darkness on Egypt but the next phrase there in Exodus says, "But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings." Isn't that interesting?

Three days and three nights the Egyptians didn't even get out of bed. There's no point. It says they couldn't even see their own spouse, their own family, but the Israelites, at the very same time had light in all their dwellings. They could see just fine. They were with God, and God gave them light.

You need to realize a big difference between the saints and society; between God's children and the children that currently are swayed by this devil. Saints see. They know. They have the opportunity to go a different direction.

You need to realize that our status is actually to be highly treasured. We have that angel that's jumping up and down in Revelation 20, verses 4 and 6. Oh, blessed are those who have a chance at the first resurrection. Oh, how supremely blessed. "Blessed," Jesus said in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 over and over. Blessed are you, blessed are these, blessed are those, blessed…. The Greek word is intimating exciting blessedness. "Oh how supremely blessed," we might say in the vernacular. "Oh, how lucky you are!" Okay? So, we need to realize this opportunity, this status. It's a difference between light and darkness.

It says in 2 Corinthians 6:14 2 Corinthians 6:14Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?
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- Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers…. The people who can't see. The people who aren't on the path. …For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

V. 15 - And what accord has Christ with Satan (Belial)?... See the status that you have? Do you treasure that? Do you relish it? Do you recognize it? Do you appreciate it? Do you treasure it? God is the only source of light. He's the only permanent source of even physical light, as we will see. And whenever God is represented, He's represented with light.

Do you know what the constant feature was in front of the mercy seat? In front of the ark, between the angelic, or the Seraphim that were on the ark, the holy of holies? You kind of think of it dark in there, kind of back there behind the curtain. No one ever went in there, once a year. The feature was: let me read it to you from Numbers 8.

Numbers 8:1 Numbers 8:1And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

V. 2 - "Speak to Aaron, and say to him, 'When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps… (number of completeness) … shall give light in front of the lamp stand.' "Right there in the holy of holies. Right there, one of the features representing God in the tabernacle.

You and I need God's light. Jesus Christ is the light of men. He has life for us, and we need God's light. I'm sure you remember Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
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Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. My path, you see, without the Light, the lamp of the Logos, the Word of God, you and I can't see where to go. The entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.

Proverbs 6:23 Proverbs 6:23For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
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says, "For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is a light…." We need God's light. We can't go without it.
Let's go back to 2 Peter l:19. Here Peter tells us something about God that if we're not really focusing on light and darkness, and needing to come out of darkness into light we might miss some of the special features, as it were, that our Lord and our Master has.

2 Peter l:19 - And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place,… We need this word. It shines in a dark world, a dark age, an age of darkness. Going on, …until the day dawns and the morning star (which is a mistranslation) the Greek word is phosphoros. It cannot mean morning, and it cannot mean star. It can only mean Light-Bringer, okay? Until Jesus Christ returns, the day of the Lord dawns and the Light-Bringer rises in your hearts.

He is the Light-Bringer. He is our source of light, especially spiritually now. He's left us with these temporary luminaries but ultimately He will be our light, even physically.

In 1 Peter 2:9 1 Peter 2:9But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
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it says, "But you are a chosen generation,… different than those who are in the dark; …a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." He is light. He is about light. Satan, in this age, is about darkness, and without God you and I can't see where to go, we can't see the path, we don't have light, and we are called as a special people to be children of the light.

Now today, God's light is very rare. If you divide the number of church members that you figure there are, God has called, into the number of people that exist on the earth today it probably would come up somewhere around a little less than half a million, one in half a million are called at this time. That's how rare we are. And yet we find even among those, that at the end time there'll be a great falling away, Peter talks about before the great tribulation begins. So that number could get reduced, it could be one in a million, literally, easily. It's a rare thing to have God's light.

Do we tend to treat it, kind of take it for granted; treat it casually. I'll mix a little light with darkness, mix a little righteousness with a little sin. Now we had a long holy day, let's go live it up tonight, or let's go watch some dark entertainment. You know how we are as humans. We have both of these spirits in us - the spirit of man, and the holy spirit. We need to really realize what we're really playing with because light is only with those who have God's Holy Spirit; not necessarily baptized, and with God's spirit fully living in them. Even the children of the baptized are sanctified, and that spirit is opening their minds. It's allowing them to see, if they want to, and for as long as they want to.

Remember the ten virgins? What was that all about? It's about the church. Let's go back to Matthew 25:1. The ten virgins was about lamps. The virgins, representing the church, who lived in a world of darkness. Their whole existence here in this parable was at night, and Jesus refers this to, He uses this as an analogy of true believers who cling to the light versus those who sort of mix it up with the darkness.

Matthew 25:1 - "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom." Now these virgins are virgins because they're not polluted with the other religious concepts of the world. They don't have other false gods. They're waiting on the One. They're betrothed to the One, Jesus Christ; betrothed to Him to marry symbolically at His return.

So they all are focused on Him, and they took their lamps and they went out to meet the bridegroom in the dark. Now how are you gonna get to where the bridegroom is? Well you gotta have a lamp, right? So they grabbed their lamp because He came at midnight. It was pitch black.

V.5 - "But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept." Now He hasn't shown up yet so back to sleep. In an environment that's an age of darkness none knows the timing of the second coming.

V.6 - "(And) at midnight a cry was heard:… Wow, pitch black! …'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'"

"How are we gonna get there?" Well, grab those lamps again. Light those things up.  Trim ‘em.

V.7 - "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps." You know, you kind of make the wick a little bit taller, pull that wick out a little bit. More oil, brighten it up because it kind of burned out there while you were sleeping. It burned down to just a little nub. Now make it a little bit brighter, trim it up, get it just right, not too much, just right. Off we go.

V. 8 - "And the foolish said to the wise,…" There's a problem with our lamp. I can't see where to go. You know, I'm trimming it here but I, all I've got is this little kind of a glow, and maybe it's even going out here if I'm not careful. "Quick, quick, quick, give me some oil so I can have a flame."

They're not really children of the light, are they? They're associated with it. They're not really able to see the path; they can't see where to go to be with Jesus Christ. Remember, Jesus said,

Matthew 7:14 Matthew 7:14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.
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"Narrow is the gate, and difficult is the way…." you've got to have a light, "…and there are few who find it." Without the Holy Spirit, without the light it's impossible.

And so in Matthew 25:9 Matthew 25:9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
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, the wise answered, said, "Whoa, if we give you our oil then well, we won't have enough light either, …but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.'" Get some light to see your way. You've got to get some light.

Dig down deep. Start becoming close to God. Get that relationship. Become the light of the world that you're supposed to have been living, and being. It takes time. You can't just say, "Oh, pff, let there be light."

V. 10 – "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready (notice) they went in. They had to go somewhere. They had to have light to see. …They went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

Coming in the future there's going to be an event that's going to surprise everyone. It will probably catch us by surprise even though we know it's coming. Light in the universe as far as
humans can perceive will be extinguished. There will be no light. Remember how it was in the basement? Remember how it was in Egypt? It's gonna be that way everywhere on earth. All the lights are gonna go out and it's gonna be black for three reasons, I would think; maybe four.

1. God, is one of the seven last plagues after the seventh trumpet blows, after He begins to step in, will show who rules light, and who is light. And without any light at all it will be very obvious that Jesus Christ rules light.

Second, it's gonna expose the myth of the god of this world, one of the gods, at least one of the main gods of this world, which is the sun. The sun and the moon, actually, are two major mystical religious figures in almost all religions. And those gods (small g) are going to be exposed. They don't exist.

Third, it's gonna show that this is an age of darkness because the people live in their own age, right? Here we are, and it's black. It is dark. This one that had been showing himself with brightness and everything, declaring that he was god, false signs, even bringing lightning down from heaven, you know, brightness, fake light. It's all gonna be dark. And I would say,

Fourth, to show who has power over Satan. Nothing is going to happen. No one's going to change it back to light unless God does it. So, total darkness is coming to the earth, and it's coming soon, we might say. It's coming on people who disrespect God, people who discount the true God. People who do not want God's way, and do not want His commandments. Let's go to Isaiah 13:9-11 Isaiah 13:9-11 [9] Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. [10] For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. [11] And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
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Isaiah 13:9 Isaiah 13:9Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
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Behold, the day of the Lord comes,… notice, it's not the night of the Lord. Wherever God goes it's not night. It is always bright, it's lit. It's day, and this time of the Lord is called a day. I know it's symbolic of, "a day is a thousand years." …the day of the Lord comes,  cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it.

V. 10 - For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. That which God came and created as temporary luminaries, he's going to turn off in some way, at least from the perspective of humans. We go to Ezekiel 32:7-9 Ezekiel 32:7-9 [7] And when I shall put you out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. [8] All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over you, and set darkness on your land, said the Lord GOD. [9] I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries which you have not known.
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Here's what God says about this time.
Ezekiel 32:7 Ezekiel 32:7And when I shall put you out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.
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– "When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens, and make the (its) stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light." So it appears, that rather than actually extinguishing them at that time He will simply obliterate their visibility and their light rays. Going on,

V. 8 – "All the bright lights of the heavens I will make dark over you, and bring darkness upon your land," says the Lord God. Now as far as the timing of this, this refers to Revelation 16, which states that when the fifth angel pours out its bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom will become full of darkness, just dark. We don't know how long the darkness will be here because he doesn't give a timeframe. But imagine being like the people in Egypt, and suddenly you can't see, and the lights don't work, and the power sources don't work. The kingdom will become full of darkness.

Now within this darkness, think about the darkness here, within this darkness after the Israelites were in Egypt, when Egypt was in pitch blackness God came as a pillar of fire and they had light after the earth, and Satan and the demons were here in darkness, God came, and there was light.

After Jesus Christ died, there were three days and three nights of spiritual darkness on the earth. To our knowledge, none of God's Holy Spirit, no light, no spiritual light was here until He was resurrected and came back and showed Himself, and He told them to wait, and suddenly the Holy Spirit gave light like fire representing those individuals who were with God on the Day of Pentecost. And so here we find a kingdom becoming full of darkness but Jesus Christ is coming right after then to bring light.

Jesus, Himself, describes His second coming with some of these terms: lightning, flashes, great glory. Remember how glory and light go together? Brightness and glory, countenance of God when Peter speaks of the brightness of His coming.

When we think about the Feast of Trumpets we should be thinking light, brightness. Jesus Christ said, you know, "Don't believe when they say He's here, He's there, because when I come back it's going to be like lightning flashing from the east and from the west. Lightning is brighter than the sun many times over. That's how bright lightning is.

Isaiah 9:2 Isaiah 9:2The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, on them has the light shined.
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The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. This is the second coming of Christ being talked about in these terms.

In Isaiah 60, in the first three verses, Isaiah's talking to future Israelites, the future tribes who are repatriated back to the holy land, and this remnant now is described like this:

Isaiah 60:1 Isaiah 60:1Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.
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- Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord… the glory, remember, His brightness …is risen upon you.

V. 2 - For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness shall cover the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. His light will be seen upon you. You will reflect His light, as it were. Like the church, God's glory is on you and me. Jesus is the light of the world. He now tells us to be the light of the world. We are to reflect that glory.

V. 3 - The Gentiles shall come to your light,… You see what the intention is?It's not just for God to be the only source of righteousness, the only source of light, the only illuminator of the path. We should help others just as they will help the gentiles come to your light. …And kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 2:3-5 Isaiah 2:3-5 [3] And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. [4] And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. [5] O house of Jacob, come you, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
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Isaiah 2:3 Isaiah 2:3And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
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Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, (to the house of the God of Jacob); He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths." They'll be able to see when Christ returns, and under His kingdom of brightness everybody will be able to see the path,  the godly way. Going on, …For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord… remember, "Your word is a lamp to my feet, light to my path?"s
 
V. 5 - O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord. That's what people will say when Christ is ruling the world. The result is a thousand years of light. The age of light, you might say. We call this the age of darkness. We could call that the age of light.

What we're going to celebrate at the Feast of Tabernacles is an age, a thousand years of light; of people knowing, and seeing, and doing that which is right and good.

It says in Isaiah 42 to open the blind eye; to bring prisoners out of the prison. Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. God's going to liberate humanity from the darkness that Satan has had them in. The, what you might call it, "spiritual darkness."

You know, there's an interesting parallel in the spirit realm. We don't really know the spirit realm. God doesn't tell us a lot about the spirit realm but in just looking through scriptures in the BIBLE and assessing what little is said about it, it looks as though, and I think it's absolute, God is the source of light in the spirit world.

Now at times you will see other beings come around God, and they will go away lit for awhile. Remember Moses' face that that was lit for awhile? People in the church are supposed to be lights to the world, and they are for awhile. We have to renew that, don't we? And so it seems that there are beings, for instance the ones that travel on that portable throne, as it were, and in Ezekiel, in the fourth chapter, and the first chapter we see them radiating a certain amount of light, and maybe even taking that with them. But we don't see them mentioned as sources of light.

There's an argument. Wasn't lucifer the Light-Bringer? Well actually, there is no name lucifer in the BIBLE. Lucifer actually was put there in about 400 AD by a Catholic named Jerome, who translated the Latin Vulgate. The pope at the time said there were too many versions of the Latin BIBLE  that the church was trying to use, and so he commissioned Jerome to make one version. And so when Jerome got over there into Isaiah what he did was, he came to the word heylel, h e y l e l, heylel, the only times it's ever used in scripture. And the Tanakh, the modern King James Version, and there's a lot of tradition that says that word means daystar but when he came to that word, what he did was, he changed it to lucifer, and it's not a name. It's never a name in scripture. The name doesn't fit there. There's no capitalized. It's just the word daystar. And so he wrote Lucifer, okay?

So, my point is here you can't say that, "Well, look at the devil. When he was a good angel he was a light-bringer because that's not in the scripture, okay? This was referring to the king of Babylon, what a star, like a rising star, the daystar, and they kind of use the term daystar as it went by.

There are other root words like the root of haylel is, "halal," h a l a l, and it meansjealous one, madman; you know, things like that. So the root of that word doesn't mean anything about light whatsoever. It's hard to know if even daystar is a correct translation. My point isn't to get into that. You can look, and the Jews argue about it, and everybody else argues about it. But the whole thing is you can't look and say, "Okay, well, an angel is a light-bringer because lucifer had that name. Well, he never did, okay? It was just an invention by a catholic, and I reserve the right to have a different opinion.

So, Satan has nothing to do with bringing light today. This fallen star. It says, "How you have fallen from heaven." It has nothing to do in Isaiah 14:12 Isaiah 14:12How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!
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with bringing light. His fallen angels produce no light. I think we can prove that by reading Jude. Let's go back to Jude 1:6 Jude 1:6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness to the judgment of the great day.
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Let's go back to Jude, right before Revelation. It's just one chapter.

Jude 1:6 Jude 1:6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness to the judgment of the great day.
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And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode,… as we know, they were cast down from heaven to the earth. You remember what the earth was like. It was dark at that time.  …He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness… They don't have any light. They don't produce light. They don't even have them in chains under lightnin'. They're in chains under darkness.

V. 13 - …wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. You see, without God there is no light. It seems here that Satan and his demons will simply be in a realm or a region of the spirit world at that time where God is not; where God's presence isn't; where the visible aspects of God aren't there. He calls it in the deepness of darkness, or in the blackness of darkness forever. They are located far from the family of God.

The New Testament does reveal the real Light-Bringer. There actually is a term in the BIBLE that refers to Jesus Christ as the Light-Bringer. Let's go to 2 Peter 1:17-19 2 Peter 1:17-19 [17] For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. [18] And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. [19] We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
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When we think of the one who is coming, here is a prophecy about this day, about the One. And what are the terms by which He is described?

2 Peter 1:17 2 Peter 1:17For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
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For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory:…Remember glory, that's brightness. Both the Father and the Son here are being talked about in their bright glory. …And He said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

V. 18 - And we heard this voice…This was that transfiguration. We heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

V. 19 - And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day, the Day of the Lord, and the phosphoros, the Light-Bringer (…dawns and the morning star) rises in your hearts. There is the Light-Bringer, actually. phosphoros can only be translated Light-Bringer. It cannot be translated anything else.

The point of all this is light apparently comes only from God; from the Father and from the Son at least at this point. Satan is a counterfeit star, and as we see that doesn't net him anything when he's in the blackness of darkness forever.

Jesus Christ is coming to remove Satan's darkness that was on this earth initially, has remained on this earth for the last six thousand years or so. He's coming to replace the darkness with light, and then He and His Father will be the light. Let's notice Isaiah 60:19 Isaiah 60:19The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light to you: but the LORD shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory.
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. As we look forward beyond the Feast of Tabernacles timing, beyond the second resurrection. We look forward to the time of new heavens and new earth. What do you think lights the universe then? Well, the BIBLE gives us some indication. Here in Isaiah 60:19-20 Isaiah 60:19-20 [19] The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light to you: but the LORD shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. [20] Your sun shall no more go down; neither shall your moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.
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Isaiah 60:19 Isaiah 60:19The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light to you: but the LORD shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory.
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"The sun shall no longer be your light by day,…" Imagine that. In the heavenly future the spirit world kingdom of God, the sun shall no longer be your light. Remember one of the first things John says, "I saw new heavens and new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away." …nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,… That's the light, the permanent light and your God will be your glory, your light.

V. 20 - Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord has replaced those things. He will be your everlasting light,… This light is a wonderful thing. Physically now we have some temporary luminaries. We have some electric bulbs that help us through but we have spirit light in which to see metaphorically the way to God, and the way to be part of His resurrection at His return. However, ultimately God becomes the sole source of light for all eternity, the everlasting light.

We see this fulfilled if we go back to Revelation 21:5 Revelation 21:5And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
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. Here John actually takes a look and sees this happening. Let's go there and see how this will work.

Revelation 21:5 Revelation 21:5And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
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says, "Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new….'" How many things was He gonna make new, five? …All things new… Will we have the old sun and the old moon? …All things new… Will we have a new earth? Everything's new. All things. …I make all things new….What if we disagree with Him? Say, "No, you won't. We're gonna keep a bunch of stuff we have, and you can bring in some new stuff. What if we want to argue with Him on that? Well, he says it right here, "And He said to me, "Write, for these things (words) are true and faithful." This is change you can believe in, all right? ‘cause it's gonna happen. Everything is going to be new. What's gonna be new? What's it gonna be like? Mmm, well, this gets interesting.

V. 10 - And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

V. 11 - having the glory of God… Now, what's the glory of God? Remember? It's the brightness of God. Why is the city lit?Because it's got God in it. It's New Jerusalem. It has the throne of God. It has the Father, it has the Son. It has the glory of God. Remember God's glory lights things up around it? …having the glory of God. Her light…, Oh, there it is! .Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. And that color, wow! It's about light, isn't it? It's about brightness.

V. 23 - The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,…they won't be there…. for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. That's where the light comes from. It's God, and the Lamb illuminates it. It's pretty exciting.

Chapter 22:5 - There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

V. 16 - "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and the Morning Star." And in those two words the Greek does mean morning and star as opposed to over in Peter where it should have been light-bringer. So, God is about light, and He's coming as light. He is coming as the Bright and the Morning Star, and He is the true source of light.

As we conclude this sermon today, God created temporary sources of light for us to have here in a temporary physical realm but we cannot rely on their permanence. All the physical luminaries will terminate, and as we see forward in time they will not even exist. The only source of light, both physically and spiritually will be God, God Himself.

You and I were called to walk in this light, in this true light now and forever, and to always be in the true light of God.

Let's go to 1 John 2:8-11 1 John 2:8-11 [8] Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shines. [9] He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now. [10] He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. [11] But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not where he goes, because that darkness has blinded his eyes.
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, and let's see our responsibility that you and I have toward being in this light. We cannot just say, "Oh, great, God is light. I appreciate it. I'm in it." We actually have something we must do.

1 John 2:8 1 John 2:8Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shines.
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Again, a new commandment… Ah, there is law that is a lamp to our feet. …A new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away…, You know,we're talking today about darkness into light but …the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

V. 9 - He who says he is in the light,… Do you say you're in the light? and loves his brother less than himself (hates his brother), is in darkness until now. He doesn't realize it, but if you and I don't love each other with agape love we are actually in the dark even though we say we're in the light. We're not gonna remain on the path, are we? We're gonna wander around and we're gonna miss the return of Jesus Christ. We're not gonna be there to meet the Lamb, to meet the Bridegroom. We'll think we will but we won't be there.

V. 10 - He who loves… with agape, God's love …loves his brother abides in the light… ,remember God is love. It says here in 1 John? God is light. God is love and light. The two are inexorably intertwined. You can't have one without the other. So if we don't love, we're not in the light. But he says, "He who loves his brother lives or abides in the light and, notice, there is no cause for stumbling in him.

You notice, you're not gonna trip over something. You're not gonna fall down, not gonna hurt yourself. You're not gonna go down and fall off a cliff. The way is clearly lit if you're loving your neighbor. But he who hates, or loves less his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and he doesn't know where he's going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Let's conclude with words from Jesus Christ, Himself about our need to grow in this light. Matthew 5:14-16 Matthew 5:14-16 [14] You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. [15] Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. [16] Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
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Matthew 5:14 Matthew 5:14You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
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- You are the light of the world…. It's a dark age. an age of darkness.You are the spiritual light of the world. He left, you see? He's shone on us. He shines on us. He lives in us. His light is in us. He says, "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Just as New Jerusalem will have the bright glory of God in it – cannot be hidden.

V. 15 - "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

V. 16- "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, your agape love, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. You are called to God's light. You are called now to reflect His true light on your white wedding garment that others can see, and that reflection can help them find the path.

As we all observe God's festivals let's be repenting of darkness, and growing in light.