Rayford Strange

Church on the Highway


Isa 13:10, “For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: THE SUN SHALL BE DARKENED IN “HIS GOING FORTH,” AND THE MOON SHALL NOT CAUSE HER LIGHT TO SHINE.”

Hos 6:3, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: “HIS GOING FORTH” IS PREPARED AS THE MORNING; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

Notice the differences in the “going forth” in Isa 13:10 and the “going forth” in Hos 6:3. In each case there was the “going forth” of the Lord. In the former case, heavenly illumination of divine truths represented by stars and constellations of heaven fail to give light. The Sun radiating both the light of Jesus Christ together with the life giving warmth of his love is darkened in its heavenly body as well as its reflection (the moon) in men in a destroyed, desolated church. Knowledges of divine truths as stars and constellations are darkened and so is the life giving light (divine revelation of Jesus Christ in his church) and heat (the warm love of Jesus Christ in his church). It is neither in the heavens nor in HIS GOING FORTH that it is seen or is it reflected in men of the church.

In the latter instance as seen in Hos 6:3, there is a “GOING FORTH,” of the Lord seen there also. Here, the going forth is the same as in the former instance in which darkness will be upon the earth (the church) and gross darkness upon the people of the church. It is the SAME “going forth.”

The “going forth” unlike the former instance, those who are of the church, those who are determined to FOLLOW ON TO KNOW THE LORD…(notice the word “if”) in the latter instance are PREPARED for his going forth as THE MORNING, that is to say the coming of the Lord in a fresh, a new light shining effects of a NEW DAY…the dawning of a fresh revealing of the Sun of Righteousness. The night is passing, the horns of light are just now beginning to appear in the East as LIGHTENING that shineth out of the East even unto the West, revealing Jesus Christ in the heavens in a new dimension of his glory, a new dimension of RECREATION and life giving heat (love) and brilliance (of divine understanding).

The former case is of those who do not follow on to know the Lord, who are stuck in the mold of trying to eat yesterday’s molded manna and are becoming sick in drinking stagnant waters of wells that no longer flow. They are dying everywhere. The light of heaven is extinguished while they try to recall the great light of yesterday. Their sun (the light of Jesus) is now being turned to darkness, giving no radiant glory of his great love and brilliance of divine understanding. Darkness is settling in on those who have be captured by their leaders in a prison of yesterday’s form of thinking having not the renewed mind of Christ and have not “followed on to know the Lord.”

Yesterday, as beautiful and bright as it was, as warm and life-giving upon the (church) earth as it was is now passed away. For those who have not prepared themselves for the dawning of a new day by following on to know the Lord, there will be neither light or life from the rising of the Heavenly light from out of the East…soon to dawn as the morning.

Get ready for the rain to soak the dry, thirsty ground now prepared to receive not only the FORMER rain but that together with the LATTER rain. It is the time of the LATTER rain that these rains must come to bring the fruit of the field to a condition of harvest.

Again, the differences in the two cases mentioned above from the two scriptures is not that the Lord does not GO FORTH. In each case he GOES FORTH. To the one who has not followed on to know the Lord in a new dimension of both the light of His brilliance and the warmth of his great divine love is that of darkness and eventual death. The other group who has gone on to know the Lord is prepared for the going forth of the Lord as the dawning of a wonderful, fresh new day in which the latter rain will come preparing the earth for reaping of the harvest.

But, the iniquitous (our of divine order) who does not go on to know the Lord to be prepared for the morning does not PREVENT the rising of the Sun of Righteousness. Oh no…! The sun will rise on them also but the effects are altogether different in the two classes…that is the prepared righteous that went on to know the Lord, and the wicked (iniquitous) unrighteous that refused. To the righteous it is the light of a glorious new day, but to the iniquitous, it is the light of owls, bats, mice and cats and such like. The SUN ALSO RISES on both classes. Let us look at Mal 4th chapter:

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.

4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

The question then becomes: To follow on or not to follow on.

The consequences varies: To them who seek to know the Lord is light and life and those who do not are going to be burned up and shall become ashes beneath the feet of the righteous, leaving them neither root or branch.

The day (his going forth) is a terrible day. Many are claiming and waiting for the day of the Lord to come. But to them who have not followed on to know the Lord is a day of darkness, of gloominess of death and destruction. Amos 5th chapter, the Word says:

14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.

17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

18 WOE UNTO YOU THAT DESIRE THE DAY OF THE LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is DARKNESS, and not light.

19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

20 SHALL NOT THE DAY OF THE LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.


Many cannot see the very dim horns of the appearance of the sun on the Eastern horizon as of yet, but soon many will see and rejoice in this dawning of a new day…a new day in which God is going to do a new thing, do strange acts, do marvelously, perform wondrously before his loving lady, his church. Many others will refuse to walk in this light, that is to say, to follow on to know the Lord. Many (the majority) are going to find themselves enslaved by traditions, memories of yesterday, religious persuasions, ministers of unrighteousness, personal opinions and a great array of persuasions that will hold them in bondage to their own spiritual destruction.

Will you prepare yourself to go on to know the Lord in his going forth? Will you continue to follow blind leaders who themselves are falling into the darkness of a ditch, leading many with them. You have a choice of who or what you wish to follow after.

I sincerely pray that you will make the right choice by deciding to break out of the mold, absorb God’s Word, LEARN CHRIST, awaken to his great love, incorporate into your own life His very life and nature by intense study of the Word. Ask God to lead your understanding and to show you HIMSELF by light and heat, that is to say, his revelation and love. Walk in it to the least degree and God will open up a little greater degree. Continue on casting down traditional thinking and walk on a little further. Slowly the bonds of religious persuasions will fall off and you will come into a place ready to follow on to know the Lord.

To YOU, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. For you, it will be a new day, a new life, all things made new once again.

Let us pray.


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