Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.” (Song of Solomon 4:6)

Shadows are seen when an object is placed blocking the light and can be lengthened or shortened by the angle of the light. Shadows are the image of the object blocked so that by seeing the shadow we know that the object is near. If we know that the object we are looking for is near we must follow the shadow with our eyes to the base and look up, and this is what God’s Word instructs us to do. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17). The Bible speaks of shadows in different ways, In Psalms it brings fear, “Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death” (Psalm 44:19). In another place if refers to the shortness of life. “For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 6:12)? Shadows can mean things to come, or a place of comfort. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect” (Hebrews 10:1). This is a result of imperfect light of which the text alludes that one day they will flee away.

How can we understand a place without shadows? It must be a place of perfect light, no matter where you turn or go it is never behind, beside or in front, it is always complete. This must be a special place! We learn of this place the great city, the holy Jerusalem. “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Revelation 21:10-11,21-22). Jesus Christ is the perfect light for His people, there will be no shadows there, there is no sin to mar the light, only Christ and His bride with all the holy angels. “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 22:27). It is an never ending day of delight in Him forever. “And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done” (Revelation 22:4-5).

Written by: Cornelius VanKempen

October 11:2016