The Battle of Light Against Darkness

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes. (Ps 118:8-9, ESV2011)

Not long ago most Americans had “faith” in many things: faith in their 401k savings accounts and the stock market, faith in the medical professionals, faith in science to come up with all the answers we need to deal with whatever threatens us, faith in our military to save us, faith in a strong dollar, even faith in our politicians. But it is interesting how all these things we once had “faith in” are failing us on every front. The dollar is rapidly shrinking, inflation is soaring and eating up our savings (if we have any), our COVID jabs don’t prevent us from getting the disease as vaccines once did, our enemies’ military might is rapidly growing greater than our own, and politicians are proving themselves liars over and over again. Even faith we once had in our church leaders is waning as they are caught in illicit affairs, stealing from the church treasuries, and being proven as false teachers. I believe this all is the hand of God at work, allowing these things so that we would no longer put our trust in men or the things of this world, but put our trust in Jesus Christ alone.

Recently Susanne Schuberth had a series of visions that she has been sharing on her blog [1] and how they might apply to current events and what we should put our hope as believers in Christ. In the process of reading her blog, different Bible verses came to mind that speak of the many things that the world is facing in these troublesome times we live in. The question facing those who believe in Christ is, “Are we going to put our total trust in Him, or in today’s technological, financial and political leaders and even those who make themselves out to be our religious leaders?” It seems that everyone is looking to men to do something to save us from what is coming upon the earth. It is becoming a perfect setup for a one world Beast system and Great False Prophet to take control. You might be thinking, “Oh boy, here it comes. He is going to tell us who he thinks these the Beast and the Great False Prophet are.” Sorry, but you can go running after the plethora of false teachers in the church system if that’s what you are looking for. I am here to focus on Jesus Christ and none other.

One of the things that Susanne saw in a vision was a high, chocolate brown, cone shaped mountain. She and Jesus were walking around the base of this mountain on a circular path with the mountain on their left. The mountain was oily and slick so that it could not be climbed. Here is what she wrote,

“It was only yesterday on Thursday in the morning that I found myself walking in the Spirit (in another vision, so to say) with Jesus along a well-trodden path that closely surrounded a high and steep mountain on our left. Jesus was on my right side as we kept walking this ocher-colored footpath. I did not focus on Jesus as I usually know I have to in order to not get side-tracked by the enemy. Instead, I looked up this high and slick mountain that was shaped like a huge brown cone. There was no rock, no tree, only a greasy soil texture which allowed no uphill climbs. Alas, I could not discern any way up nor down and no other path elsewhere, either, than this tedious one we were on.

Over time it began to dawn on me that we were walking on an endless circuit around this cone-shaped mountain. That was not only boring. I also felt more and more pressured to keep walking in this prison of sorts. My feelings turned from boredom over irritation to outright anger. After walking approximately one third of the whole ‘circle’ that surrounded the mountain, I really felt like a prisoner who wanted to break free! I turned to Jesus and beseeched Him, “Can we not go elsewhere??” To this He answered, “Yes, we can,” and soon I found myself with Him on a higher elevation on the other side of the mountain. Phew, much better there! Relaxing at Jesus’ left side, I looked down on the earth and on this whole mountain, its rounded off peak, and on the path that was thin like a thread, but somehow stuck to the mountain itself.

“What is this mountain?” I wondered. “This is the pandemic,” Jesus answered. “Oh…” I was surprised…  🙄 At that moment I saw many people who were walking on this path around the mountain. They were small like ants although I could discern the clothes they wore, the color of their hair and so on. They kept walking… and kept walking…and …you know the rest. At that moment it got as clear as crystal to me that we have to continually focus on Jesus if we do not want to remain part of the crowd which, being focused on the mountain and its path around it, never looked up to the heights.” (1)

Where do we who believe in Christ really put our trust? Do we get so focused on our problems that we can’t see the answer God has given us? Do we trust Him to take us through COVID and the other evil things that Satan is concocting for these end times we face, or do we, like ancient Israel, trust in the “chariots and horses of Egypt” to save us?

It is amazing how contradictory our medical science professionals have been about what must be done to protect us against COVID 19. First it was “don’t wear masks, but stay six feet apart.” Then it was “stay indoors for two weeks and this will all be over.” Then it was “you must wear masks and stay six feet apart.” Then it was, “you must wear two masks!” Next it was you must get a “COVID vaccine shot and you will be protected.” Then it was “you must get a booster injection and then a third one, etc.” And don’t forget the lock-downs, closing small businesses, even shutting down large sports venues and putting cardboard fans in the bleachers with artificial crowd noise over the PA system. On and on it goes, around and around the mountain they go, a mountain that can’t be climbed because they do not put their faith in Jesus Christ alone. Insanity!

Yet, COVID 19 is not the only curse on this world that reveals the futility of “the best laid plans of mice and men.” First there was the rush to make a vaccine for the first version of the virus, but they are not as effective against the alpha, beta, delta and now the omicron variants. How many more man-made diseases are yet to be unleashed as Satan rules over the hearts evil men?

There are many more of these “mountains.” COVID isn’t the only thing we are facing in this crazy world with its insane rulers as we turn to man for answers and only get more confusion and division as a result. There is the threat of China invading Taiwan, the Russians invading Ukraine, hurricanes, tornadoes, erupting volcanoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, floods, nuclear disasters, famines, food and energy shortages…on and on it goes. Jesus foretold these things before He went to the cross (read Luke ch. 21). Why all this futility as men deal with these things? When will we ever learn that the minds of men have no answers but only cause more confusion, chaos and destruction as they try to fix it? David prophesied:

Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:” (Ps 2:1-5, NKJV)

It is not “what” is God’s answer to all this confusion, but Who!

“Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.” “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.” (Ps 2:6-8, NKJV)

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” (Ps 2:10-12 ESV)

Jesus the Christ will prevail and those who have believed into Him (the correct translation of John 3:16) and have their hope and trust as they abide IN Him and put no trust or hope in this world system to save them, these will overcome whatever Satan throws at them for they walk in the faith of Jesus Christ not their own (see Romans 3:22). This faith is a gift from our Father in heaven (see Ephesians 2:8) and He has promised to give good gifts to those who ask for them.

For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest… But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:18-29, ESV2011)

Dear saints, this is indeed a dark hour coming on the earth. But we have many great promises in the scriptures for this time as well. The darker it gets the more we should be turning away from the world, its rulers and its wise men for our hope and put our hope where it belongs.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were [and are] darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.” (Rom 1:21-22, ESV2011).

Yes “darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you” (Isa 60:2, ESV2011). Spiritual darkness and even death are not to be feared if we have made our abode IN Jesus Christ.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”​even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. (Ps 139:11-12, ESV2011)

The key here, dear saints, is that darkness is turned into light as we walk with Him. The apostle John wrote this:

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5, ESV2011)

The life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1John 1:2-5, ESV2011)

No matter how dark this world and its people become, if we are IN HIM there is no darkness at all. Neither should any darkness be found in those who have believed into Him, just as John wrote to those who believe.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1John 1:5-7, ESV2011 – emphasis added)

 

All photos in this article were taken by Michael Clark

  [1] https://enteringthepromisedland.wordpress.com/2021/12/03/hinds-feet-on-high-places-or-the-only-way-out-is-up/

12 comments on “The Battle of Light Against Darkness

  1. Chuck says:

    Another thoughtful and laser sharp meditation Michael. The Lord is anointing your pen (keyboard…).

    I had a thought as I was reading through this blog. That is that this anointing (Christ) is WITHIN US, even as we are in Him (as you declare here). As we know who we truly are, and as we draw from that deep well that is within us, which is Him, WE speak with full authority to the evils that surround us. He becomes our reality and out of that we speak His life.

    This came to me, I think, because recently I have been in conversation with people who have not been able to move beyond the paradigm of God being “out there” somewhere. They need to change their “geography” of God. I even had one Pentecostal brother (a former pastor) who claims that even to one who has been baptized in the Spirit, the Spirit can come and go; that being filled with the Holy Spirit does not mean that we are always filled with the Holy Spirit. His Spirit can depart if we are not walking in the reality of that truth, according to him. True, we do not experience His fullness at these times, but that does not change one iota the reality that He is fully in us and we in Him. How impotent, unstable and insecure such a notion renders us! It is a view of God and the Holy Spirit that reminds me of the child on the playground who impetuously picks up his toys and walks home if his playmates do not play like he wants. Maybe I’m being a little too hard on that view, but this is a truth (“Christ in you, the hope of glory”) and its implications that the Lord has been literally pounding into me of late as I have been confronted by the atrocities that we are witnessing in our world.

    Sarah and I remember you folks so fondly. Thank you for your faithfulness, brother.

    Chuck Faupel

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    • Michael says:

      Dear Chuck, It is good to hear from you again. You wrote, “I had a thought as I was reading through this blog. That is that this anointing (Christ) is WITHIN US, even as we are in Him.”
      Yes, my brother, that is the way it should be. Jesus prayed just that very thing the night He was to be betrayed,

      “That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me.And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.” (John 17:21-23, KJ2000)

      This passage has been my prayer for about ten years that I would find this kind of unity among the saints of God. One morning the Spirit gave me an example of what this kind of unity is as I was pouring my coffee creamer into a hot cup of coffee and stirring it with a spoon. He asked me when was done if I could separate the coffee from the creamer or the creamer from the coffee? I said, “No Lord, they are ONE.” He said that this is the unity the saints should have with the Father and Himself as well as with one another. I am afraid that church unity in America is subject to soulish whims.

      This morning, December 20th, I was reading my T. Austin-Sparks devotional and I will quote the last paragraph,

      “When you touch these things [the unity of the Father and the Son], human language is a vain instrument for expression. ‘The exceeding greatness of His power’ – the superlatives in this realm! Oh, for this enlargement by a new apprehension of the greatness of Christ in His Person, in His death, in His resurrection! Well, then, the supreme thing the New Testament shows is that the Church on its true, spiritual basis corresponds to Christ risen. Not ‘the Church’ that we know here on earth, for it does not. But God’s thought about the Church is not an impossible and merely idealistic one. It is a practical thing. Two saints, simple, humble and unimportant in this world, but really meeting together in the Spirit, can be a functioning instrument of Him to whom has been committed all authority in heaven and on earth. With them all these old limitations can be dismissed and they can at one moment touch all the ends of the earth. Do you believe that? That is really the meaning of our glorying in Christ risen. It has to be something more than emotion, and more than glorious doctrine; yes, more than a truth to which we give some assent…. If it is true that we are one with a risen, enthroned Lord, it ought to have tremendous repercussions. May it be so!”- https://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/002021.html

      As far as what this ex-pastor (now that is an oxymoron!) had to say to you, it reveals how mechanical is his view of the Spirit abiding in us (see Romans 8:9). Our relationship with the Father and the Son is organic. Once we have been given the gift of the Spirit by the Father, He does not withdraw it anymore than one can separate the creamer from the coffee once they become one. We CAN quench the Holy Spirit within us by choosing to walk in sin (see 1 Thes 5:19 and Eph 4:30), this is true, but the New Covenant is not like the Old where the Spirit would come upon certain individuals and they would prophesy like Saul or do mighty works like Sampson. If they sinned or broke their vow, God would take away their anointing. In Psalm 51 David prayed after his sin with Bathsheba and Uriah that God would not take His Holy Spirit from him. There is a difference between “upon” and “in” and there is a huge difference between the Old and New Covenants and the dividing line between the two all happened on the day of Pentecost which was the birth of the New Covenant (read Hebrews ch. 8).

      Thanks for your comment, my brother. Greetings to Sarah as well,

      Michael

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  2. Good post, Michael. Thanks for the link to my blog. Sorry for not being able to write more at the moment as it seems I have fallen ill yesterday. Going back to bed now.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Susanne

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  3. A much needed message, Michael. Wishing you and Dorothy a blessed Christmas.

    Your friend,

    A.

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  4. Jim says:

    Very timely word Mike, we are all in such strange and trying times. My sense is that our Lord Jesus is refining us to purge the worldly dross from our hearts and for us to only want to be with Him. To ripen us as His wheat and to dry all of earths moisture from us until we are golden wheat ready for His harvest. We just want to be as those that wait for their Lord with loins girded and lamps burning. Christ comes quickly for His bride! May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bless you Mike and all the dear Saints everywhere.

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    • Michael says:

      Hi Jim, I grew up in the Palouse country of northern Idaho and saw a lot of what goes into raising and harvesting wheat. I agree with you regarding this purging He is doing, separating the wheat from the chaff and as you say, all the moister must be dried out of the wheat as well or when it is gathered into His grainy it will mold and the whole thing will be lost. Even as His unleavened bread, a little leavening would effect the whole lump so He has no place for pride in us, either.

      God is being so meticulous in our purification for a reason. Yes, we want to be wise virgins ready for His appearing, my brother, and I know that He is doing all He can to make us ready if we yield to His hand. I was just reminded that even unruly kids who have fathers who love them get a hand on their backside when they need it, whether they want it or not, and our Father in heaven truly loves us. Even Jesus had to be learn obedience from the things He suffered. How much more we who come into this world driven by our adamic flesh?

      May we all yield to His refining process and cry out as Jesus did when facing the cross, “Never the less, Father, not my will but yours be done.”

      Thanks for your input, my brother.
      Michael

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  5. Fred says:

    I am home Sick with Covid 19 and I am sick. I feel God is the only one that can fix this and cure me of it. I have had it fora week though. please pray for me.

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