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  • Writer's pictureGene Benjamin II

Darkest Before Dawn


Matthew 24:29, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

Mark 13:24, “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light.”

The Greek word used for tribulation means “pressure”. We will experience a lot of pressure and pressurized situations in the last days. Do you feel pressured yet? Well, after a period of this pressure, then we will begin to see the great signs in the heavens unfold. Darkness seems to be a major theme in the end times. What will an extended period of darkness cause? Cold, crop failure, famine, pestilence, death.

Revelation 6:12-14, “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. 13And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. 14Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.”

Isaiah 34:4, “All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their host shall fall down as the leaf falls from the vine, and as fruit falling from a fig tree.”

The sixth seal judgment at first appears to be caused by an earthquake, but earthquakes don’t normally cause the sun and moon to be darkened. So is it possible that the earthquake has a cause? A large asteroid impact could cause an earthquake, or possibly the earthquake caused a volcano to erupt, which we know causes the sun and moon to grow dark by its ash cloud. Also, verse 14 makes it clear that the first cause is nuclear, either at man’s hand, or by an asteroid impact. Do you realize that the ancient prophets and the Revelator did not know what a nuclear cloud looked like, especially the part where the sky rolls back on itself? No human knew until 1945. A large asteroid impact may cause a similarly looking cloud, with similar results to the darkening of the heavens.

Joel 2:30-31, “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh.”

When you think of Yeshua’s second coming, don’t you visualize bright white fluffy clouds? What kind of clouds will we actually have on the day of His return?

Acts 2:19-21, “I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. 20The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Yahweh. 21And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.”

The great final harvest will not occur by the light of the harvest moon! It will be accomplished in darkness!

Amos 5:18, “Woe to you who desire the day of Yahweh! For what good is the day of Yahweh to you? It will be darkness, and not light.”

Amos 5:20, “Is not the day of Yahweh darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?

Amos 8:9, ““And it shall come to pass in that day,” says Sovereign Yahweh, “That I will make the sun go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in broad daylight.””

Isaiah 13:9-10, “Behold, the day of Yahweh comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. 10For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.”

Isaiah confirms that the harvest of lost sinners will be a dark day, not a bright day. 2 Thessalonians 2:8, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Master will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” These Scriptures may be describing the days when the Light of Yeshua begins to replace the natural lights in the heavens. His brightness in glory will light up the dark clouds, so maybe they will be bright white and fluffy!

Isaiah 50:3, “I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.”

Ezekiel 32:7-8, “When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens, and make its stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. 8All the bright lights of the heavens I will make dark over you, and bring darkness upon your land,’ says Sovereign Yahweh.”

Joel 2:1-2, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of Yahweh is coming, for it is at hand: 2A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations.”

Joel 2:10, “The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble; the sun and moon grow dark, and the stars diminish their brightness.”

Joel 3:15, “The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness.”

Now you know why we’ve developed night vision combat gear. Many of the end-time wars will be fought under mega-dark conditions. Soon, the only light on planet earth will be the glory of Yahweh.

Revelation 8:12, “Then the fourth angel sounded (4th trumpet judgment): And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.”

Revelation 9:1-2, “Then the fifth angel sounded (5th trumpet judgment): And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.”

Mark 13:26-27, “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.”

Luke 21:25-28, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

The harvest of the barley and wheat Christians will also happen in the dark days ahead, but the end result is the return of our blessed Savior, Yeshua HaMashiach. That day may appear dark to the carnal, physical eye, but to our spiritual eye, this will be the brightest day in human history!! Any yes, it is coming soon to a planet near you. So yes, the darkest hour is always just before the brightest dawn! Look up, your redemption draw near!

Gene Benjamin II

June 28, 2011 CE

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