The Three Days of Darkness
By Pastor F. M. Riley
“And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come.”
“How did three days of darkness (or two days) get into this discussion of the resurrection and rapture?” “Where did Pastor Riley come up with that?” “I’ve never heard of that before!” “Is he introducing some new theory?” “It sounds pretty crazy to me.” “When it doesn’t happen, won’t he look silly?” And on, and on, and on, and on, ad nauseam!
All of these critics claim to be “Bible students,” and they don’t know where the three days of darkness came from…?? Well I’ll just be glad to show my readers. [The critics are welcome to sneak a peak too, that is, if they are not afraid of “learning” something from an ignorant old “date setter”].
Any one who seriously studies God’s Word already knows that the term, “three days,” repeatedly occurs over and over and over again throughout the Bible. Many years ago I became intrigued by the many references to “three days” in the Scriptures, and made a complete study of every such reference to be found in God’s word. In the course of that study I also noticed that this expression was connected with “darkness” on several occasions in God’s Word. That led me to make a study of the words, dark, darkness, black, blackness, clouds, cloudy, cloudiness, night, midnight, etc. All of these words are related in different passages of Scripture. By the time I had studied each of these words, in their context, I was convinced that the coming Tribulation would begin with three days of total darkness over all the earth.
In this study I have neither the time nor the desire to study every one of these words over again with our readers. But I propose to give our readers a few Scriptural examples and then let you decide for yourselves. Let’s get started…..
We are all aware of the Biblical record of Jacob taking his family down into
It is absolutely undeniable that just preceding the exodus of the children of
The inspired Word of God explicitly states that the things that happened to ancient
Now it is obvious that when ancient
The Sacrifice of Christ
I think it is more than coincidence that when Christ died on the cross for my sins and yours, His death was preceded by three hours of darkness over all the earth.
We read about it in Luke 23:44, “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.” The language of the Scripture makes it very clear that this was not an eclipse. An eclipse doesn’t cover or darken “all the earth.” This had to be a supernatural act of God Almighty.
This event also occurred four days before the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Is it possible that this three hours of darkness “over all the earth” preceding the resurrection of Christ, typifies three days of darkness “over all the earth” preceding the resurrection of New Testament believers? Again, think about it!
The Salvation of Saul [Paul]
Any serious Bible student knows that Saul, one of the spiritual leaders of unbelieving
I am well aware that some prophecy teachers want to put the ministry of the 144,000 and the two witnesses in the last half of the Tribulation. Sorry folks, it won’t work. It does not harmonize with the whole revelation of God’s Word at all. I have two Bible studies written out on the ministry of God’s two witnesses and that of the 144,000 that I will be glad to send to any reader requesting them.
Folks, this present dispensation is going to end and the Tribulation is going to begin with three days of total darkness over all the earth, whether some want to believe it or not.
I have had several people write and tell me so dogmatically that Pentecost was totally fulfilled in Acts 2 some 2,000 years ago, and therefore it cannot be the time when the Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His people to glory. Oh, is that so! No! It isn’t so, and now I am going to prove it.
Any serious Bible student knows that the Holy Spirit came down upon the Lord’s “church” on the Day of Pentecost, exactly as recorded in Acts 2. As the Holy Spirit was poured out, just as Peter stated in verses 17 and 18, God’s people, especially Jewish believers, have prophesied, seen visions, and dreamed dreams, and preached and taught God’s Word [prophesied], and this is still going on today.
Some could even claim that what Peter prophesied in verse 19 has been fulfilled, especially in view of the many terrible wars that have produced “blood, and fire, an vapor of smoke.”
But now tell me, show me, document it for me….when during this entire dispensation has verse 20 been fulfilled? What day or year during this present dispensation has the “sun been turned into darkness, and the moon into blood?” Remember that this is to occur “before that great and notable day of the Lord.” Well, when did it happen?
Now don’t come at me with that “eclipse” stuff. I believe in the eclipses, keep up with them, and have been impressed that many of them have occurred on Jewish holy days over the past ten to fifteen years. But I don’t believe for a minute that is the “force” of meaning in this verse. Was the three days of darkness in the
Peter’s prophecy that states “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come,” has not been fulfilled at any time in this present dispensation and you readers know it. Then if this prophecy is to be fulfilled in this present dispensation, like the rest of his prophecy has been, then it must be fulfilled before the Lord comes to resurrect and rapture His people to glory. Hello! Do I have your attention yet?
It is obvious that verse 20 of the Pentecost prophecy given by Peter has not been fulfilled, whether some like it or not.
A Thief in the Night
Now listen to these inspired utterances from God’s Word:
“But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up,” Matthew 24:43.
“And this know, that if the good man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through,” Luke 12:39.
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night,” 1 Thessalonians 5:2.
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief,” 1 Thessalonians 5:4.
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away [pass by; go past; fly by] with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up,” 2 Peter 3:10.
“…..If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come upon thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee,” Revelation 3:3.
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame,” Revelation 16:15.
Folks, everyone of these seven passages in God’s Word clearly suggests that the Lord is coming in the night. In the last passage the Lord clearly identifies Himself as the thief. No, He is not coming to “steal,” but as a thief, to take out of Satan’s kingdom what rightfully belongs to Him. He purchased His people with His own blood, and Satan has no right to hold us here against our will.
Since these passages clearly suggest that Christ is coming in the night, then how could this happen since the resurrection and rapture is going to occur all over the earth at the same time? We know that while it may be night on one side of the earth, it is day on the other side. What is the solution to this? Simple…..
If the whole entire earth is plunged into darkness for three days, then it will be as the blackness of “night” over the whole earth during that entire time. Peter’s prophecy will be fulfilled to the letter. Paul’s “pattern” will be fulfilled. The types and shadows set forth in the Old Testament will be fulfilled, and our Lord will literally come “as a thief in the night” to resurrect and rapture His people to glory.
Praise the Lord! Glory to God! Hallelujah! What an awesome God we serve!
Now do you understand why Brother Ben is teaching a period of darkness upon the earth before the resurrection and rapture? Do you understand why I am teaching three days of darkness before the resurrection and rapture? Is this plain enough?
No, Ben and I are not way out in left field. We didn’t invent some new theory. We just took what God’s Word explicitly states, believed it, and are trying to apply it to the end-time prophetic picture.
I hope God’s people are blessed by it. If our critics don’t like it, they can lump it, stay mad, or ask God for the grace to get over it. Time is running out, and I no longer have the time to “tiptoe through the tulips.” Is this plain enough?
May God bless every person who really seeking to know the whole truth of God’s precious Word is my prayer. I’ll meet you folks in glory in a few more days.