It is Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Two questions for our Bible or Not quote today.
    1) Is it true that it’s darkest before the dawn?
    2) Is the “darkest before the dawn” quote found in the Bible? 

“It is always darkest before the dawn.” – Bible or Not? 

I have heard this quote many times, and most of us understand that these are words of encouragement to those going through “dark” times. When all hope is lost, and you feel like your calamity will never lift, it’s encouraging to believe that good times are right around the corner. The meaning of this quote, that even during the worst of times you can have hope, can be very powerful to help us take another step and live another day with hope of a better tomorrow. 

But is it actually true that it’s always darkest before the dawn, and is it in the Bible? 

1) It is not true that it is darkest before the dawn. Scientifically, it is darkest at midnight, i.e., it is darkest at the time which is the midpoint from dusk (sundown) to dawn (sunrise). This is the point at which the sun is on the opposite side of the earth, from the point at which the night is observed. Or in other words, the point that is 180 degrees away from the sun. This is true especially during the new moon when there is no reflective light coming from the moon. 

Darkest Point on Earth Before the Dawn

The Darkest Place at Night is 180 Degrees from the Sun

 2) The origin of the quote “It is always darkest before the dawn” is NOT in the Bible. This quote has been used in many movies, in many books and in many sermons. While there is some disagreement as to the origin of this quote, there is a consensus that it was authored by English theologian and historian Thomas Fuller (1608 – 1661). The actual quote attributed to Thomas Fuller is:

“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” –  Thomas Fuller

So, there you have it.


It is Always Darkest Before the Dawn — 6 Comments

  1. This is a METAPHOR, one intended to give people hope. And, furthermore, many of us find God, accept Jesus, in the DARKEST time of our life! Just before wanting to give up entirely! Your answer here provides just the opposite “support” than our Savior, Jesus Christ provides! HOPE!

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  3. I agree! I literally found God in the middle of the night in my darkest hour! He shined His Light on Me; Showed Me How I can be forgiven for breaking any one & all of His Commands I was utterly guilty. If you break the law in one point you are guilty of breaking the law in all. {James 2:10} At last the Lord Jesus came to me out of darkness and shined His light on me! Showing me my sins/sin is a transgression of the law. If you harbor anger or a grudge; it is murder at heart. If you look with lust; you are guilty of adultery. If you tell even one lie; or bare false witness to your neighbor; stretching the truth in the slightest in gossip, you are worthy of death. For the Wage of Sin is Death But the Gift of God is Eternal Life through Christ Jesus Our Lord! {Romans 6} So while under conviction, The Spirit of God led me to repent/feel remorse and desire to change; that I may no longer walk in darkness; but a new life in walking in the light of Christ. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.{Psalm 86:5} Amen!

    Though may not be worded exactly alike. There are many bible scriptures that shed light out of the darkness on the subject of this main concept…

    Isaiah 9:2
    The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.

    Luke 1:79
    “The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light, and those who were sitting int he land and shadow of death, upon them a light dawned.”

    John 1:5
    For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

    1 Peter 2:9
    But you are A Chosen Race, A royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation, A People for God’s Own Possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
    Ephesians 5:8

    For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light

    John 8:12
    Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

    Acts 26:18
    To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

    Matthew 10:27
    “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

    Mark 4:22
    “For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light.

    Luke 8:17
    “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.

    Luke 12:3
    “Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.

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