Question & Answer – How can the Morning and Night be Simultaneous as stated in Isaiah 21:12?

As the watchmen are accosted, ‘What of the night?’ the answer is given unfalteringly, ‘The morning cometh, and also the night.’ ” Isaiah 21:11, 12.

For God, easy! “Soon there will be a revealing of His glory. The Sun of Righteousness is about to shine forth. The morning and the night are both at hand—the opening of endless day to the righteous, the settling down of eternal night to the wicked.” The Great Controversy, 632.

Ellen White, in The Review and Herald, March 16, 1897, expresses another thought regarding this:

“Christ sees the wickedness on the earth today. He sees that the sins of Noah’s and Lot’s time are being repeated. What terrible revelations of crime are being made! Everything seems to be stirred with an intense activity from beneath. Excitement is continually kept up. Feasting, buying, and selling, are brought into the churches. The watchman cries, ‘The morning cometh, and also the night.’ The night symbolizes prevalence of error, misinterpretation and misapplication of Scripture. Every species of delusion is now being brought in. The plainest truths of God’s word are covered with a mass of man-made theories. Deadly errors are presented as the truth to which all must bow. The simplicity of true godliness is buried beneath tradition.”

Both of these explanations are relevant. As we press on to the final conflict, this is no time to compromise. The eternal morning is just ahead as long as we are faithful. If we choose a path of disobedience and disloyalty to the God of heaven, we will be partakers of the night.

“God’s watchmen are to lift up the voice, saying, The morning cometh, and also the night. ‘Come out from among them, and be ye separate. … and touch not the unclean thing’ II Corinthians 6:17. ‘Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord’ (Isaiah 52:11).” Spalding and Magan Collection, 193. [All emphasis added]