That “darkest hour” is probably nearer than most of us imagine. There is an old saying that the night seems the darkest just before the dawn. The Bible, on the other hand, cautions us that things will seem the brightest for mankind just before earth’s darkest hour. Unperturbed by events, whatever they may bring, the Christian’s hope remains firm:
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans:8:18)
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…. (2 Corinthians:4:17)
If we suffer [for him], we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. (2 Timothy:2:12)
To “reign with Him”! That hope is not fueled by a selfish lust for power but by love and compassion for this suffering earth and its inhabitants. The King with whom we will reign over this world in resurrected, glorified bodies is the Creator and Lord of the universe. He is also the One who loved mankind so much that He became one of us in order to die for our sins. How different His benevolent rule of perfect righteousness will be, not only from the destructive rule of Antichrist but from the best that humanistic politicians could possibly offer!