We read in 1 Cor. 13:12 - "For now we see through a glass, darkly; ... now I (we) know in part ",  viz., we see but a poor
reflection as in a mirror.  Are we
a bright light unto the world(1), or merely a reflection(2) of someone else's illumination or
religious radiance?  Often we are unable to see clearly due to the inability to cast (shine) enough light onto the object/subject
to recognize it for what it is, or is not.
Light drives out darkness while darkness invades where there is no light. (1)
We read in scripture that as the endtimes approach, increasing spiritual darkness will descend upon mankind, aberrant and
counterfeit religious persuasions will greatly increase, and there will be a falling away
(3) (apostasia) from The Faith and
Truth of God. Those times are upon us now!
"The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of
Christ, who is the image of God."
(4)   In this Age, the religious-eyes of the unbelieving world are obscured from the Truth.  
Believers are under relentless attack in an effort to distort their vision/discernment and corrupt their understanding of
God's purpose, Plan, and Being.
The enemies of God must attempt to dupe mankind regarding its origin, the true Nature of God, and the fellowship
offered to mankind, by God Himself.  Therefore, we have the onslaught of e.g., Darwinism vs. Creationism. The
Darwinian theorem removes God from the equation of life, renounces Nature as being a Godly creation, and scoffs at any
portended relationship with a God creator.
The invading darkness enters where there is too little or insufficient light to drive it back from whence it came.  Darkness
has no power of its own, rather it fills the void left by the exiting light, be it in a spiritual sense or in your garage as you
close the door and flick the switch.  Incipient darkness in a man's life, a nation or even a church is the direct result of
light of The Gospel, light of The Word, and/or brilliance of the Glory of God.  Today, this condition is rapidly
escalating and deepening in the Middle East, as well as, spreading to all four corner of the globe.
Scripture makes a clear distinction between the spiritual "light in the Lord" and "the light of this world"(5).  Forces of
darkness continually strategize to 'counterfeit' and 'imitate' the works of Christ and His powers. The enemy masquerades
an angel of light and will deceive many because of their lack of spiritual discernment.
Shadows are the result of objects placed in-between the light-source and the dark cast of the shadow (eclipse).  America
is coming under a cloud of religious, political and economic shadows.  As God is systematically driven out from the
founding American ethic,
In God We (place our) Trust, the consequences of His ouster are becoming manifestly evident.
Sweeping into the void from God's ouster are social-progressive "Christian" doctrines, NewAge-type religious-cults, and a
socialized moral relativism never before seen in America.
We read in the book of Daniel,(5) God places kings on their thrones and He removes others, as He so chooses.  Applied
meaning: God gives to a nation the leadership they deserve at the time.  God has chosen a king for America, for the next
four years, are we ready for such a pivotal choice?  The next POTUS will bring about seismic change in our domestic
governmental priorities, realignment of US diplomatic initiatives, and collaborative legislative actions that will dynamically
influence our currency-parity and military readiness.  'Don't step on Superman's cape' and do not let God be run out of our
nation or both will, in all likelihood, be in the spectator seats when the raging battle comes to consume.
As the end of this dispensational age approaches, the spiritual discernment, wisdom and judgment of the church must be
mature and without error or fault, if it is to rightly separate the increasing
'shining of this world' from the eternal flame of
God's glory.  Already counterfeit shining can be detected from the four corners of the secular/political arena, while false
religious doctrines lead prominent public personalities and others further into captivity.
Polish and fill with new oil the lamps of those who have lost their spiritual brightness while encouraging others out of their
darkness.  We all were in
spiritual darkness at one time and someone known to us or not, spoke or prayed a
Word-of-Light into our life.  No one was ever 'saved' or 'delivered' by a reflection from an external light source.  The
darkness is dispelled by
the Light of the Living Word being internalized within the individual and not just reflected from
another person or institution.
The bloodless and sinless gospel preached today in so many church venues, along with its moral relativism, is obscuring
the Truth of Christ's commandments, precepts, and decrees. Those following such heretical doctrines are literally
darkening their window upon the saving grace of the Gospel.  When the nefarious eschatological (endtime) darkness is
released upon mankind, along with God's judgments brought to bear on an unbelieving and sin-ridden world, those without
the light of
God's Word will have to grapple with the Tribulation Period through their own strength. Two-thirds plus of the
global population is prophesied to be annihilated during the seven year Tribulation Period.  Don't be a part of the
two-thirds.  Step out from in front of the
Glass Darkly and be a spiritual light to the darkening world, if you have not
done so already.  Position yourself where the
light of Christ can be seen and known through you.
(1)   Matt. 5:14 - "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid."
(2 )
(3)   2 Th. 2:3 - "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away
    first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; ..."
(4)   2 Cor. 4:4 - "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the
   gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
(5)   Dan. 2:21-23 - "And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives
    wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding."
   "He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him."
(6)   (Eph. 5:8) and  (Jhn. 11:9-Kjv)
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin