"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising." Isa.60: 1-3.

We live in a time that, in many areas of our world, darkness is prevailing. There are increases in natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars and besides that, in our own country, crime and violence of all kind is escalating- even to the point of kids killing people. Evil, corrupt, and unethical works are being practiced from Washington D.C. on down.

In the above scripture God has given His people very explicit instructions. 'Arise' comes from the Hebrew word: quwm-meaning to get up, stir up yourself and perform. Therefore, get up you people of God and SHINE! To shine (Heb.Owr), means to give out, show forth light, illuminate this world and even go so far as to 'set it on fire' for God.

You, yourselves were once darkness, (therefore you know what's involved), but you have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son.".. now you are light in the Lord."(Eph.5:8) The glory (the manifest presence and power of God), is risen upon you. The Lord being 'risen' upon us is not just an outside reflection of Him. It means to emanate-to emit rays or shoot forth beams from within. Therefore, the Lord is talking to those who have His Spirit, His Truth, His power and His fruit is a tangible form within them. They have been in His presence, have been beholding Him in His word and have had their eyes singularly on Him so that their whole bodies are full of light and it radiates out, so that they shine forth as "..lights in this crooked and perverse generation. "(Mt.6:22, 23; 2Co.3:18; Phil.2:15)

The darkness that is in and is coming upon this world is by the world's own invitation or calling. Because of it's living and acting out of it's dark emotions and desires, spirits of darkness have come in and is overshadowing it. Many have made practicing sin and evil as their vocation, therefore, it is manifesting or overwhelming (as the word 'cover' means in the original), in many ways. But, the Lord is calling forth His people, so that they who sit in darkness will see the 'great light'. (Isa.9:2) God has given some of His anointed the ‘Morning Star', a position to give direction and help to mankind. (Rev.2:26-28) The phrase 'seen upon you' in our scripture means to behold, to approve of, to mark, to have respect for, to take heed to. As difficulties increase, the nations (gentiles), will behold-take notice of God's anointed. Where they now ridicule, they will start to consider our way of life, they will mark or seek us out, they will respect and take heed to the message that we preach. Even those in high authority (kings), will be inquiring for answers. Therefore, let your light so shine before men that they may see your 'good works' and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) Be ready to give them the answers that they seek. Let people know that Jesus saves, He heals, He delivers and that there is hope and help, right now! Let them know it not only by your voice, but by your Shining!

The scripture says in 11Chron.7:14, "If my people, which are called by My name would humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land." That is the key. It would be great if we could win this war in the Spirit so that we won't have to experience it in the natural. Rise up you people and cry out, (praying is one way of shining), so that our land will be healed. "The holy Father said to tell all of His people to pray and confess that 'in wrath He would remember mercy' for the people of the world' (Hab.3:2).
Prophetess marion Lundy
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