Without light any such distinction as evening from morning does not make sense to us. Night is different from day because in the former light is absent. From such details as the Spirit has given the creation Day we get a meaning: the sun rules the day and the moon the night.
Would it then mean the Greater Light stands for the sun and the lesser light for the moon?
No, of course not. Things of the Spirit we are to discern as having spiritual overtones and with this post we shall examine what ‘the greater light and the lesser light’ represents in the Spirit’s lexicon. Both are taken as a single entity. It signifies the Father-Son relationship.
The moon has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Considering that there were many pagan cults existing in the Ancient world where moon worship was very much in vogue it is improbable that the moon would fit with the significance the Holy Spirit attaches to it. Consider this verse, “Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light lest his deeds should be reproved (Jn.3:20)” But he that doeth truth cometh to the light. So truth is what the Holy Spirit lays stress on the term greater light and lesser light. Truth is of the same absolute in quality but there is a distinction between truth that God represents and of man. Recently we hear of truth spoken in context. Is it not purely man’s invention to make truth draw it value from context? The gospel says grace and truth came by Jesus. So the Spirit states the purpose of the Word becoming flesh. He made the invisible God manifest. So the gospel of God is the gospel of Christ on the basis of truth.
Truth is the basis for the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth. When God the Son had submitted himself to do the Will of the Father we can understand this greater light pertains to the Father of lights. The Father-Son relationship is laid down in the narrative to give emphases of Will and fulfillment required of man. When a man of truth comes to ‘the True light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world(Jn.1:9)’ he seeks to have his works established in the sight of God. When man who seeks the praise of man does his works of charity (it is) in order to be seen. Of whom Jesus said,”And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full(Matt.6:5-NIV)”.Those who preach prosperity does so before the full glare of arc lights. These TV preachers have their reward.So much for the day. What about the night? Those who steal or burgle homes at night they choose the hour since the night is their cover. For hypocrites what day or night means is different from those who love truth. They stand by Truth and not by night or day. Why so? In eternity there shall be no more night.”And the city (of God) has no more need of the sun, neither of the night…. there shall be no night there(Re.21:23).” But Truth is absolute and shall remain so. They belong to the greater light and lesser light. Principle of Association in terms of truth creates an order where the stars in heaven is a memorial and not in the popular sense. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear(Matt.13:43; Dan.12:3)”. “And to rule over the day and over the night(Ge.1:18)”. When we study the word of God we need watch out: literal sense also carries spiritual significance and knowing which is which is a gift freely given to those who seek truth. Unless we compare spiritual truth in a spiritual sense we miss a great deal. In that vision of woman clothed with the sun we read that the red dragon(Satan) drew with his tail one third of ‘the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth..(Re.12:4)’
When Jesus came to this world he took on the form of man sharing the same problem of human existence with others. He was sent from heaven so as the Son of man he could say, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work (Jn.9:14-KJV)”. Truth as embodied by man has a limit. When truth is made into transactional truth or contextual truth it is the sign of man holding truth in unrighteousness. Modern churches interpreting the clear passage from the Word, each to substantiate the doctrinal position would fail. You see it even now. What message these are sending to the world where they strive to live as worldly as they may? Day and Night in this case is signified by turn of events and the Church Age shall come to a close. “I am the Light of the world; He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (Jn.8:12).” In sending His son to the earth it was his Intent in control: light was to bear witness of his glory. The earth He has given to man (Ps.115:16).When man has failed to bear the light by default it passes on to man or anti-christ. Trouble of the End times as narrated in the latter part of the vision of woman clothed with the Sun shall occur. The left-out Church under the great Tribulation signifies the church like salt that had lost its savor.
While man of truth that leads many to righteousness shall shine as stars those false teachers shall be designated as the tail. “And the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail (Is.9:15)
To sum: day and night shall be replaced by eternal glory of God. He who has the Son has the Father as well. In such body of men,- the Church in eternity, Truth replaces the rule of the sun and the moon. The sun, moon evening and morning are human conventions and the holy city of God is transparently clear as to what holiness signifies.