It had happened.
Cunningly, the serpent had made his move;
Naievely, she had responded exactly as he'd hoped.
The foothold was made, and he struck.
Thus Satan, the "Prince of the darkness" manipulated his way into the spiritual DNA of humankind.
Darkness settled on the earth.
A dank, stale, invisible presence smothering creation,rotting it to its core.
God’s perfect, silken fabric of life was slowly being disintegrated, eaten away by sin's corrosive touch.
The union of God and his beloved, was spliced; the umbilical cord connecting humanity’s spirit with Yahweh was sent recoiling with lightening speed, the blowout from the resulting friction osculating throughout time.
... man and woman against God – Adam and Eve.
... brother against brother – Cain and Abel.
... nation against nation – Israel and Egypt.
On and on, this unseen monstrosity of malevolence grew; like a spiritual noxious weed, sin's tendrils coiled round God's "very good" creation of earth, each finger-like shoot strengthening the darknesses' triumphant occupation in the hearts of humankind.
And then, in the fullness of time, came their final campaign.
With dextrous efficacy, they turned man against Messiah – the leaders of the day and the populous against Jesus Christ.
How the inhabitants of this tenebrous miasma laughed on the day of the crucifixion,
their guttural, inarticulate victory cries merging into a cacophony of unearthly noise.
One by one they became aware of ... something.
A change was happening.
But what? Where?
Like a wave gathering momentum as it rushes towards the shoreline,
thousands upon thousands of faces,
contorted by hatred,
The power of the ensuing rupture was immeasurable, the shroud over the earth pierced.
Not merely illumination. It was...
A presence, full of
Torment afflicted the grotesque creatures, and sin's grasp on the earth was weakened.
Day after blinding day, they shrunk back from the light that burned so bright, that
tortured their hearts dedicated to evil, to the Master of the darkness.
Then, after around 40 days, it dimmed.
No longer hindered by the luminous opposition,
the darkness began its infiltrating with renewed fervour.
"Infest them! Plant seeds of doubt, disobedience, selfishness, destruction, lust, greed, envy, hatred.
"Blind them from seeing, block their ears from hearing, convince them that we do not exist.
Better still, use whatever means possible to have them doubt the existence of the Light!
Accomplish this, and we'll destroy them."
And so, creation is now subject to two unseen forces;
the darkness, and its antithesis, the light.
Our human minds cannot fathom the battles taking place between the two, for the souls of humankind.
Sometimes we question the timing of the Almighty God, wondering why he doesn't intervene and, with one word from his omnipotent mouth, uproot the evil core of the darkness.
But, we can rest assured that he will, one day, destroy the darkness, uprooting its source and releasing the world from its clutches.
How do we know?
He told us!
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Light of the world, said,
"As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears, let them hear." Matthew 13:40-43, NIV
“I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!
And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Jesus Christ, Revelation 1:18 (NIV)
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