We had just finished a prayer meeting dispatching darkness and clearing it off some other spaces when this woman insisted outside that she had to talk to me. I waited to hear her story. She had had a disturbing dream the previous night, in which she found her shop in the market, as well as a few others, enveloped in thick darkness. Only one other shop or two along that lane had light upon them. I understood what it meant. Some sorcerer of a trader had covered their shops with spiritual darkness so that customers would not ‘see’ them. Buyers were rather to be attracted only to the ‘light’ – the sorcerer’s shop. It is no news in the spiritual battles over market places. I told her what to do, which turned out to be the same thing that the Spirit of God had earlier instructed her in her spirit. Prophecy confirmed.
Speaking through the prophet Hosea, God described two weapons from His arsenal: one with which He fights places: the overflowing flood; and the other with which He attacks His enemies: the missile of darkness.
But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies (Nahum 1:8).
Can darkness be a weapon? That is what Prophet Nahum states here, which takes me to Egypt, some hundreds of years before Nahum, when God used that instrument as one of His decisive last weapons against that kingdom and its gods.
21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings (Exodus 10:21-23).
Darkness upon the land; darkness “which may be felt”; darkness that was concrete, tangible, touchable; “thick darkness” as thick as a bowl of condensed custard; thick darkness against which even the brightest lamps seemed helpless; darkness that locked down everyone in “his place” for three consecutive days – nay, three consecutive boring nights; darkness that paralysed all activities: no parties, no businesses, no flights, no banks, no schools, no shops. Everyone got stranded where the darkness had met them. Important schedules suddenly became impossible. Children got hungry and cried with no food at home that had been prepared against the sudden invasion of darkness. The feeble lamps ran out of oil from burning continuously, and the darkness got thicker. No one had prepared to run those lamps nonstop for those many nights. Friend bumped unseen into friend and started a fight. Someone took a handbag off the shelf, thinking it was her bag, and ended up on the wrong side of the law, accused of stealing. There was social chaos, domestic crisis, relational disquiet. Thick darkness was upon the land.
In that pestilent thick black fog, people made stupid mistakes. Mama gave her crying baby kerosene to drink, thinking it was water, and could not see the tragic blunder until the helpless baby lay silent and cold in death. Somebody sent a very confidential message to an enemy, thinking they were sending it to a friend, blinded by the thick darkness. Somebody stabbed their father, thinking they were attacking a robber, and did not know until too late when they heard Daddy’s dying sobs. Darkness was upon the land, thick darkness that could be felt.
What Egypt experienced was a resident darkness; a localized darkness from which one could have chosen to flee, if they were able to find their way out of Egypt. What Nahum prophesies, however, is a mobile darkness, an intelligent darkness from which its target cannot escape. Darkness that pursues. In other words, if a person thought to take a flight to a different location in seeking to escape the darkness, it followed the person. There was no escaping that darkness. It followed someone into their marriage, making the spouse never see their goodness; it followed someone into their school, making study tedious; it followed someone else into their business, hiding them from all prospective customers, irrespective of how many adverts they do. A pretty young woman, with all her attractive makeups, got bypassed by serious suitors for the cripple masquerade girl next door. Hidden by darkness. If she thought it was because of her location, and went to a different city, it followed her. It was an inescapable darkness; darkness that could not be outrun; darkness that pursued.
A student confessed to me that her results always got lost in the department; as if hidden by darkness. She did the exams with everybody, but her results could never be traced. By her third year, she had become desperate. In her final year, I had become the head of department. That was when the results began to appear. According to her, she might never have graduated if I had not been there then. I carried light that dispelled her mobile darkness. That was only one case. I knew another whose transcript page disappeared after the results had been compiled. She ran into my office and knelt down, tearfully begging to be prayed for. “Sir,” she sobbed, “I don’t know what has been following me. This has usually been my experience.” Now I know what had been following her: mobile darkness.
Nahum’s darkness was an intelligent, high-speed laser-guided darkness. If someone applied for a job, that darkness selected their application letter and hid it. If they wrote an exam, the darkness looked out for their good scripts and hid it, so that the examiner never saw it, and they failed for not having done the exam for which they had laboured. If a technician got a multi-billion dollar contract for which he celebrated, Darkness made sure he put the wrong bolt in a certain place, or misread the meters, or poured the wrong chemical into the machine and ultimately ruined both the entire plant and his chances of making the billions of which he had dreamed. Darkness. It was not everybody’s darkness, it was his private darkness. It was not darkness that covered everybody – as in Egypt, but darkness that selected its target and followed them dutifully, which made it all the more surprising why an intelligent person as he could make such stupid blunders, groping in clear noonday, unsalvageable, spoiled in the midst of abundance. The mysteries of Darkness. Moses knew well of this weapon (he had seen it in Egypt), and warned,
And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee (Deuteronomy 28:29).
This darkness blinds the seeing, making them to fumble in the midst of so much light, so that they do not prosper in their way, and get “only oppressed and spoiled evermore.” Of these folk, Job also prophesied, “They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night” (Job 5:14). Darkness goes out of its way to “meet” them, to greet them. Darkness makes friends with them until, according to Hannah, they are “silent in darkness” (1 Samuel 2:9).“…And darkness shall pursue his enemies.”
In this nation, in your nation, in your life, ministry, and business, may darkness pursue the enemies of God – yea, the enemies of righteousness. May darkness pursue and overtake all who institute wicked decrees, all who plot wickedness against the household of God. Amen. Amen. Amen. But upon the people of God, I say, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). May the portion of Goshen be yours, such that even in the midst of a resident national or wide spread darkness, may light be in your own dwelling.
And there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days…BUT all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings (Exodus 10:21-23).
Are you the victim of a mobile, pursuing darkness? First, make peace with God, for that darkness pursues enemies of God. If you have confessed to Him and made that peace, then receive these words, Let there be light upon you. May the glory of the Lord arise upon you and be unto you a mobile spotlight, driving away the mobile spot-darkness. May this be the word of the Lord unto you:
1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.2 For, behold, the 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. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising (Isaiah 60:1-3).
May God’s pillar this day make a difference between you and the enemy. May it be “a cloud and darkness to them” but give light to you, so that they never come nigh you anymore,in Jesus name. Amen (Exodus 14:20).
From The Preacher’s diary.