GOD DWELLS IN THE GROSS DARKNESS 7/01/09
Today, I did a scriptural study on the word “gross
darkness” from the famous Isa 60 scripture.
Isa 60:2-3 KJV
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and
gross (#6205) 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.
Much of the prophetic realm have quoted this for years
as an end time environment in which the world will be in
gross darkness, and the church will dwell in God’s
light. I discovered there are several scriptures in the
OT using this same Hebrew word for gross darkness and it
helped me to understand that GOD HIMSELF dwells in the
gross darkness and so there is nothing to fear if we are
surrounded by darkness on every side.
OT:6205 `araphel (ar-aw-fel'); probably from OT:6201;
gloom (as of a lowering sky):
KJV - (gross, thick) dark (cloud, -ness).
OT:6201 `araph (aw-raf'); a primitive root; to droop;
hence, to drip:
KJV - drop (down).
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we
will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is
come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your
faces, that ye sin not. 21 And the people stood afar
off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness (#6205)
where God was. KJV
Deut 4:11-12 NKJV
"Then you came near and stood at the foot of the
mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst
of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness.
(#6205) 12 And the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of
the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw no
form; you only heard a voice. NKJV
Deut 5:22 22 These words the LORD spake unto all
your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, (#6205) with a
great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in
two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me. KJV
1 Kings 8:12
Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell
in thick darkness. (#6205)
Ps 18:9-14 NKJV
He bowed the heavens also, and came down With
darkness under His feet. 10 And He rode upon a cherub,
and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind. 11 He
made darkness (#6205) His secret place; His canopy
around Him was dark waters And thick clouds of the
skies. 12 From the brightness before Him, His thick
clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire. 13
The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High
uttered His voice, Hailstones and coals of fire. 14
He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, Lightnings
in abundance, and He vanquished them. NKJV
Ps 97:2-4 NKJV
Clouds and darkness (#6205) surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His
throne. 3 A fire goes before Him, And burns up His
enemies round about. 4 His lightnings light the world;
The earth sees and trembles. NKJV
A day of darkness (#6205) and of gloominess, a day of
clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon
the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath
not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after
it, even to the years of many generations.3 A fire
devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth:
the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and
behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing
shall escape them.4 The appearance of them is as the
appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they
run.5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of
mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of
fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set
in battle array.6 Before their face the people shall be
much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.7 They
shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall
like men of war; and they shall march every one on his
ways, and they shall not break their ranks:8 Neither
shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in
his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall
not be wounded.9 They shall run to and fro in the city;
they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon
the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a
thief.10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens
shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and
the stars shall withdraw their shining:11 And the LORD
shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is
very great: for he is strong that executeth his word:
for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and
who can abide it? KJV
The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and
hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD:
the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is
a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of
wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness (#6205) and
gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A
day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities,
and against the high towers.
This study brought into memory of when the same cloud
brought darkness to those on the Egyptian camp and light
to those in the camp of Israel. This verse uses a
different Hebrew word and was not gross darkness, but it
helped me to see the idea of how God does dwell in both
the darkness and the light.
Ex 14:19-20 NKJV
And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of
Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of
cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it
came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of
Israel . Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the
one, and it gave light by night to the other, so
that the one did not come near the other all that night.
OT:2822 choshek (kho-shek'); from OT:2821; the dark;
hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery,
destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness:
KJV - dark (-ness), night, obscurity.
OT:2821 chashak (khaw-shak'); a primitive root; to be
dark (as withholding light); transitively, to darken:
KJV - be black, be (make) dark, darken, cause darkness,
be dim, hide.
OT:215 'owr (ore); a primitive root; to be (causative,
make) luminous (literally and metaphorically):
KJV - break of day, glorious, kindle, (be, en-, give,
show) light (-en, -ened), set on fire, shine.
WORD TO PONDER: I DWELL IN THE DARKNESS AND THE
Where sin abounds, My grace does that much more abound.
Beloved, do not fear the gross darkness that prevails
upon the world. Dark and light are the same to Me, you
will never walk in a place where I AM not already
there. I will never, never forsake you beloved one.
Darkness never snuffs out the Light, it is always the
other way around. Light causes darkness to flee,
darkness does not cause light to flee. As you walk with
Me, honor My ways and Word, you dwell in My Light. Do
not give up your stand or flee when facing darkness!
Call upon My Name, The Lord Jesus Christ and watch My
light pierce and scatter the gross forebodings.
Ps 139:7-12 NKJV
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee
from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my
bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings
of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the
sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right
hand shall hold me.
If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me,"
Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the
darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines
as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to