As part of their spiritual journey many Christians are studying the prophecies found in the Bible about what will be happening in the world just before Jesus Christ returns to earth to establish God’s earthly kingdom.
As Christians study these prophecies they see that some of them describe various forms of spiritual deception and darkness that have taken over some people’s mindset.
In His great prophetic teaching session Jesus warned His followers about the coming spiritual deception by prophesying that: “For false Christs will come and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24 NASB)
Jesus also prophesied that the spiritual darkness that took over some people’s mindset would intensify to the point of those people persecuting and killing Christians by declaring that: “they will deliver you to tribulation and will kill you and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. And at that time many will fall away [from the Christian faith] and will deliver up one another and hate one another.” (Matthew 24:9-11)
The persecution of Christians is also prophesied in Revelation 6:9-11, 7:13-14.
The Apostle Paul prophesied the coming of spiritual darkness by declaring that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they accumulate to themselves teachers, in accordance to their desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Paul further prophesies the coming of spiritual and physical darkness in Second Thessalonians chapter two by declaring that before Jesus returns there will arise a great falling away from the Christian faith along with the rise of a man of lawlessness who will use the power of the Devil to produce great signs and deceive those people who won’t receive God’s truths and become saved. Then the mystery and spirit of lawlessness will increase and cause great problems around the world.
Jesus warned His followers about this by prophesying that “because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
As Christians read these prophecies about the coming of spiritual deception and darkness, instead of Christians becoming overwhelmed by that darkness; there are things that they can do to bring God’s light into the situation.
The first of these is to realize that the end result of these prophecies is the coming of Jesus back to earth to conquer all forms of evil, gather together His followers, and establish God’s earthly kingdom. Consequently, the more of these prophecies that becomes fulfilled, the closer we are to the time when Jesus returns.
The second thing Christians can do is to remember that God’s power can conquer the various forms of spiritual darkness that the Devil and the demonic forces spread. Christians can use their spiritual weapons described in Ephesians 6:10-18, the name of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit to bind the spiritual forces of darkness and cast them into the abyss/lake of fire forever.
Christians also bring God’s light into wherever they go since in Matthew 5:14 Jesus declares that His followers were the light of the world and so they should shine their light so brightly that every one around them could see it.
Christians can have God’s light in them shine like a beacon by using the power of the Holy Spirit to live according to God’s principles of living found in the Bible and telling people around them how to live by those principles.
As Christians proceed in their journey of life in the midst of the many forms of darkness found in the modern world, they can think of this journey as similar to traveling in a car that is going through a long half dark tunnel. In order to do that successfully drivers need to have their car lights on, follow the traffic lane lines to keep them going straight on the right path, and keep looking at the light at the end of the tunnel.
To follow that example Christians need to have good vehicle to proceed on their spiritual journey– which is having a good relationship with God through accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Christians need to follow the spiritual light given to them by God as they study God’s Word. Christians need to keep using the insight and power of the Holy Spirit to keep them going in the right direction. They also need to keep looking at the light at the end of their journey—which is the face of Jesus as He is coming back for them