The Dark Ages ruled the world from about 500 A.D. to 1500 A.D. Then with MartinLuther’s 95 Theses of 1517 A.D. the light began to glimmer in Europe’s spiritual lighthouse.
This light became brighter and brighter as men of devout faith in God spoke out for Jesus Christ and brought His Word to mankind. The common man, deprived of the Bible, was now able to read its precious words. Great preachers were born, and the light of God’s Word was spread abroad. From Europe, across the channel to England and on to the new land, the United States of America.
England, and other countries, produced many missionaries, and closely on their heels, America followed suit. Soon, the United States of America was sending out more missionaries to foreign lands than any other country.
The light of the Gospel began to dim in America in 1962-63. Those were the years our Supreme Court ended official Bible reading and prayer in the public schools.
In 1973 the Supreme Court decided that it is a woman’s right to have an abortion. As of January 21, 2015 there have been 57,762,169 babies murdered in their mother’s womb, by cutting them up in pieces.
Fifty-two years later, in 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian marriage was supported by our Constitution.
In 2016 the Obama administration openly supported transgender bathroom usage.
America today is the leading exporter of pornography. We are bleeding-out from broken marriages, murders, thefts, rapes, child molestation and may other depravities. Illicit drug usage is destroying the lives of millions. Criminals are being coddled while victims are often ignored.
May I ask, “What in the heck as happened to a country that used to be the leading exporter of missionaries for Jesus Christ to what we have become today? The answer is very simple. We have pushed God out of every area of our lives.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Then again He said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5)
When a light is removed from a room there is nothing left but darkness. When “good” is removed all that is “bad” will quickly fill the space left vacant. Anyone who can’t see that has no lights on in their soul.
I enjoy watching crime shows such as Forensic Files, Cold Case Files, New Detective, Snapped, Homicide Detective, etc. I am pleased that we have advanced as much as we have in forensic science. I like to know the perpetrators are caught and punished. I seldom agree with the light sentences, but at least they’re caught. It is also good that the innocent are not railroaded into prison as easily as they were in the past.
I mention this because in watching these shows I am amazed at the depth of wickedness that has overtaken mankind. No act of the wicked is out of reach. We have sunk lower than animals in how we treat other people, and it’s all because we said in 1963 we don’t want God in our lives. The years 1962-63 showed what was really in our hearts, and our hearts have gotten blacker and blacker since then. We don’t want God, but we do want every depravity imaginable.
There are a lot of God loving people in this country, but Satan’s crowd is very quickly taking over. A country that was founded on the Bible and in general proclaimed Jesus Christ is now a spiritual outcast. We, as a nation, are the devil’s mistress serving him at his beck and call. I know that those who love God are sick to be witnessing the moral rot all around us, while Satan’s crowd blindly follows each other to hell.
Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
Therefore, the light still shines within those who love the Lord Jesus Christ. The Dark Ages that Europe experienced in the 1st and 2nd century is quickly creeping back in. It is a dark time and it is a frightening time for those who are not following the way of the world around us. The good news is this; the Bible is still available, the true Church is still lit up as a witness for Jesus, and He is coming soon to take us home.
As the true Church, our main concern is to live for Jesus regardless of the times, witness to the lost at every opportunity, and to get ready and be ready for our trip home.
None of us know when Jesus will return for us, but He has told us to be looking and to be ready. He can come on any day.
Why is the world getting darker? Satan knows he is running out of time. He is working overtime in an attempt to defeat Jesus Christ. Of course it will never happen. So he at least wants to drag as many as he can to hell with him.
Our heart goes out in sorrow at the millions today who are in the dark and don’t even know it. We are not in the darkness. We are in the light, and need to help shed that light on them so they may see the Truth and be saved while they still can.
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