The early church certainly went through their season of darkness, but when you have vision, you can see in the dark to get through trials. They walked by faith because they had a vision.
Without a vision, people perish.
Keep listening to the teachings, reading the Word, and praying — these will deepen your vision. You can read and hear the Word of God over and over throughout your life, and then you hear it taught or read it again, and you see things you didn’t see before.
The Early Church had to have had a strong vision to go through what they endured. I don’t know how exactly they felt through those seasons in their lives, but if someone dusted for finger prints over them during that time, they would find the divine hand of God had been there and touched them. The same with us today, in all our seasons and conditions.