THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

Psalm 19 describes the Millennial Heavens, and the Sun which will pertain to that age:

“The heavens declare the glory of Elohim; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork … in them hath he set a tabernacle for the Sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong ma to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof” (Psa. 19:1-6).

In these words, we have a picture of “The Sun of Righteousness” (Mal. 4:2) arising, with it’s healing beams bathing the earth with the warmth and splendour of the Glory of Yahweh. As every work and shadow of darkness is dispelled before the shining brightness of the morning Sun, nothing is hid from the heat thereof, and all the earth shall rejoice under the dawning of a New Age.

A feature of Psalm 19 which leaves some commentators puzzled, is that immediately following this description of the Sun, there is a description of the Word of Yahweh:

“The law of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of Yahweh is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psa. 19:7-8)

The “problem” is that on the surface, this second part of the Psalm appears to have no connection with the first – with a seemingly different subject being spoken of. Some even claim that the 2 sections were written by different people, and at different times. But the matter becomes resolved, when we appreciate that a comparison is being made. Just as the Sun illuminates the earth, even so the Word “enlightens the eyes”. The common theme is that of enlightenment: and the shining splendour of the Millennial Sun of Righteousness is, in fact, the spreading of the Light of the Word, illuminating all the earth with the Glory of Yahweh (cp. 2 Cor. 4:4-6).

The Hebrew Alphabet (the language in which most of the Old Testament was written) reads from right to left. Only by reading it “backwards” to the western style, can it be understood. And the observation has been made, that this is the same direction that the Sun appears to take – East to West – as all of the earth sees it’s shining. It is also the direction that the Gospel message was spread, hence the glorified, Immortal rulers of the Age to Come are described as: “the kings of the Sun’s rising” (Rev. 16:12).

The “Sun” of the Age to Come is, of course, our Master Jesus Christ, and those with him who “shine forth as the Sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Mat. 13:43). The Master is “the Word made Flesh”, and therefore the brightness that shall radiate from the Millennial Sun is the enlightenment of The Word. And interestingly, the record informs us that when He comes, the direction He shall take, is Westward from the East (Eze. 43:2)! So it is that there is perfect harmony in the symbols used to describe the appearing of our Master.

Christopher Maddocks,
based on observations by John Scott