June 15, 2018 Matthew

Who Are the Sons of Light?

Here is an excerpt from my new book Gentle which is now available for pre-order on Amazon as an eBook :

Order of glory is imperative to understanding the masculine and feminine dynamic. A tree is upheld by its roots that dig deep and spread out in the soil. The seed and roots are its “masculine” initiation hard at work while its boughs and fruit are its “feminine” glory. The woman is the glory of the man in the same way. They are one like the tree, each serving their respective roles. Both are necessary. Paul illuminates us to the glory of the sun and the moon being different glories yet both working together (1 Corinthians 15:41) One was created to rule the day, the other to rule the night (Genesis 1:16). They are both rocks.
The same paradigm applies to the glories of the man and woman. Both are human. Jesus even calls his disciples sons of light and Paul repeats it to the Church:

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them (John 12:36)

for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; (1 Thessalonians 5:5 NASB)

In saying, “there is neither male and female” Paul pointed specifically to the corrupt nature of our bodies. The Greek words are arsen and thely, the counterparts to zaqar and neqevah in Hebrew meaning male and female. Those physical aspects, our bodies, are passing away. In the resurrection, we will be raised with incorruptible bodies as sons and daughters. Had Paul said, “there is neither man nor woman” then we would have a serious contradiction to everything else he taught regarding man and woman. The son and daughter are being renewed day by day.

(Gentle, pp.291-292)

Studying scripture is like connecting the dots.

I absolutely love typology–the unfolding of the words of the Law and Prophets (Psalm 119:130), “For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities…” Hebrews 10:1. When God made the sun, moon, and stars, he set them in the heavens “for signs” (Genesis 1:16). The sun, moon, and stars later were used by God in Joseph’s dream to signify his father, mother, and brothers (Genesis 37:9). So consider that the sun itself–the light to rule the day–is a shadow or type of the Son of Light and the stars the sons of light. Believe in the Light that you may become sons of Light.

And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. (Genesis 1:16)

For the LORD God is a sun and shield (Psalm 84:11)

to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever; (Psalm 136:7-9)

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. (Malachi 4:2)

The War Scroll

The War Scroll

The War Scroll

As an interesting side note, in 1946 the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and among those scrolls was one called War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness. The scroll, dating from between 165 BC to 10 AD, depending on which scholar you talk to, contains an apocalyptic prophecy of a war between the “sons of light” and the “sons of darkness.” These were apparently hidden in the caves during the Jewish Revolt of AD 66-68. This makes for an intriguing thought since it is obvious that the concept or term sons of light (and this scroll) must have been a known idea circulated among the Jews who existed at the time of Jesus. According to the historian Josephus there were four major religious groups—the Zealots, the Sadducees, the Pharisees, and the Essenes.

The War of the Sons of Light scroll, also known as The War Scroll, is said to have been of the Essene sect. It speaks of the sons of darkness as belonging to Belial, a god mentioned in the Bible. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that the term “sons of belial” occurs numerous times in the Old Testament. Most of us wouldn’t know it because “sons of belial” is translated “worthless men” in our modern Bibles. For example,

Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial (1 Samuel 30:22 KJV)

And there came in two men, children[sons] of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth (1 Kings 21:13 KJV)

Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD. (1 Samuel 2:12 KJV)

A worthless man [man of belial] plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. (Proverbs 16:27)

Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (Judges 19:22 KJV)

Now therefore deliver us the men, the children[sons] of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel. But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel: (Judges 20:13 KJV)

Jesus surely was not ignorant of these concepts when he taught his own disciples was he? And it’s hard to imagine every one of his disciples were also ignorant of it when he said to them, “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” (John 12:36). The context certainly piques your interest. That Jesus and his disciples knew about it is an assumption but it’s a very plausible one.

The apocalyptic content is an intense war script that details methods and rules of engagement in this great war and provides instructions for what to write on banners and trumpets, how the shields and swords are to be designed, how the horses are to be trained, how the horsemen are to be lined up, etc. These are obviously archaic military tactics and tools which I can’t imagine having any place in any end time war unless our current military weapons and technology became useless (which I suppose could happen if fuel ran out).  But neither does anything in the scroll contradict the Bible and its own use of eschatological war terminology—Jesus riding in on a horse slaying with a sword, and all the other bows, swords, trumpets, banners, and horses mentioned in Revelation and the eschatological passages of the Major and Minor Prophets. Both Isaiah and Micah speak of the beating of swords and spears into plowshares as part of “the latter days” (Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3). Whether we like it or not swords, spears, bows, and horses are a part of biblical eschatology, whatever they mean. The scroll also includes references to messianic passages such as Numbers 24:17-24 and Isaiah 31:8 which speaks of a sword not made by men bringing down the Assyrian. In Isaiah 31:4 it says, “For thus the Lord said to me, “As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey, and when a band of shepherds is called out against him he is not terrified by their shouting or daunted at their noise, so the Lord of hosts will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill.” Ultimately the war between the sons of light and the sons of darkness is won by “The Majestic One”, “The King of Glory”, “The Glorious One”

“[So] the God of Israel shall raise His hand against the whole multitude of Belial.” (The final battle the seventh engagement. Col. 18, verse 3)

 

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