What is the meaning of this “evil days” in Ecc. 12:1?
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.”
In verses 1 up to 7 of the same book and chapter, we will notice that “evil days” refers to the coming of sunset in a man’s life and the drawing near of death. These verses pertain to the slow declination of a man’s body. Ecc. 12:2 says that:
“While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain”
This day or darkening of sun, moon or stars means the weakening of the eyesight of the elderly while in verse 3,
“In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men will bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,“
This expression signifies the slow deterioration of the different parts of one’s body like the frailty of bones and joints, the curving of the back and many more.
And while it nears the end, life becomes a great tiresome thing. People who are becoming old start to fear for the future that they may be viewed as helpless and useless. Though they are not expressing it, it is being felt by a person experiencing old age. And what adds to his loneliness is the fact that his death day is nearing. This is the “evil days” meant in here.
Now, the term may also imply having severe illnesses. These are not usual diseases but the kind which eat up man’s strength and impede him in doing things that he usually does. These, also, are “evil days”. That’s why there are people, who, while young, were resentful to serve God but when they get old, the more that they can’t exhibit efforts in service for they have already acquired severe ailments.
Another meaning that can be given for the term “evil days” is the coming of the antichrists. This is the so-called “Seven Years of Great Tribulation.” Indeed, we can consider this as an “evil day” because Satan shall take over governments.
Are you serving God? Solomon once said, remember your Creator while you’re young before the evil days come. This “evil days” may mean a great kind of malady, nearing the old age, dying, or the coming and reign of the antichrists to the non-believers. But for those believers who watch, Christ will come to them, whom they shall see and welcome. And they shall never experience great tribulation that is doomed to come on earth.