In The Midnight Hour

Music HighwayDear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18

What is the “last hour” according to this world’s view of timekeeping? Is it from 12 AM to 1 AM? No. Most, if not all, of you will agree it is from 11 PM to 12 AM midnight.

midnight-clockBut, in the above verse, the apostle John was reminding Christians that now (since around the time he wrote this letter of 1 John) is the last hour. What did he mean by that? He meant that this final hour is the final era in man’s history which, when completed, Jesus Christ appears again on earth to establish fully His kingdom.

Why was John writing this? Answer: Because several of the brethren were changing their belief, their focus, about who Christ was (and is) to a wrong one about Christ. False teachers were teaching errors about Christ.  John called these men anti-Christs (those who were against Christ).

As far as the regular hours in a day, in John’s time, the calendar day began at sunset and ended right before sunset. Hence, the literal last hour of the day that he and the church knew at that time of history was the hour before sundown.

But, according to today’s world’s calendar, the stroke of midnight begins a new day. Notice that when it arrives, it is still night! There is still darkness. Night continues.

Symbolically, if I may make the analogy, the same is true about our time after Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. At this time, worldliness still keeps rolling onward. Evil and suffering did not cease to exist. As of today, life goes on. The beat goes on.

Symbolically once more, many Christians believe we are in the last few clock ticks before the midnight of world events. They conclude that afterwards, at the midnight hour of man’s existence, all pandemonium will break loose upon the earth and then Christ will return. Is this what the apostle John was writing about?

Again, please note: John, in the verse above, was most likely indicating a last hour time frame of history – not the actual end of the day.

Literally speaking, are there not sixty minutes in an hour? And does not each minute consists of sixty seconds? With God, how long is a minute? According to His relationship with time, is it sixty seconds as mankind reckons time?

dawn

A new dawn is coming in our journey.

You may be asking what am I now talking about? What is my point? Well, many believe that God, the Father. for some reason or another, is delaying the return of His Son, Jesus back to this earth. Some have even questioned whether Christ would ever return at all. After all, it has been over 2,000 years since He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.

Stay with me here!

Because many years have past, some Christians have lost the faith. They started believing that perhaps God and the Bible are a hoax. Agnosticism and atheism became implanted in their heart. They then believe that the beat of world events continues on and on, and on.

But, we can conclude from this verse in 1 John 2:18 that after the final hour of mankind’s history, a new dawn will exist. A new day, a new age, will begin.

What the apostle John is saying here is that this world’s last days will be full of deception and disbelief against God and Jesus Christ. After man’s final hour of darkness (there are also twelve hours of daylight – John 11:9) concludes, there will be a dawn.

This does not occur right after the midnight (after our last clock hour of the day, of course). But when a new dawn, a new day emerges, changed lives will be seen everywhere. A new beat, a joyful beat will begin to be played and heard throughout the universe.

How long is this last hour that John is referring to going to last? Referring to 2 Peter 3:8 that I mentioned in my post, On The Making Of History, one day to God is as (not equal to) a thousand years to us. Around God’s throne, time has little meaning. Therefore, there is no delay in God’s timetable. What He has promised to occur will occur on God’s time. He is right on time; according to plan.

How long is one minute to God compared to our time in the final hour that John mentions here? For God, 60 seconds compared to man’s time clock of each minute of the last hour of man’s history is vastly different. So again, God is not delaying anything. He is right on time; right on schedule.

Lastly, just because there seems to be no end in sight to us; just because Christ seems to delay His return, (which He is not), does not mean we should suspend our Christian values and then wait sometime in the future to begin living God’s way. We should not wait for when we think is the final second of this world’s hour before His return to get serious with the things of God. We should not wait and procrastinate for a future time letting the love of Christ shine toward others. We should not wait for when we think is the right moment of the end of this age to start living the Christian life. Doing this will catch us by surprise and unprepared. Read 1 John 2:28  about this.

Let us now replace this world’s time beat of doubt with the joyful sound of anticipation by us believers in Jesus Christ.

Single

Single

In The Midnight Hour   (1965)
lyrics – Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper
music – Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper
sung by – Wilson Pickett
genre – R & B
side B – I’m Not Tired
album – In The Midnight Hour

LYRICS:

I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
That’s when my love comes tumbling down
I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
When there’s no one else around

vinyle. 45 rpm

Vinyl. 45 rpm

I’m gonna take you girl and hold you
And do all things I told you in the midnight hour
Yes I am, yes I am
One more thing I just wanna say right here

I’m gonna wait ’til the stars come out
And see them twinkle in your eyes
I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
That’s when my love begins to shine

You’re the only girl I know
That can really love me so in the midnight hour
Oh yeah, in the midnight hour
Yeah, alright, play it for me one time now

(instrumentals)

in-the-midnight-hour-album

Album

I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
That’s when my love comes tumbling down
I’m gonna wait, wait ’til the midnight hour
That’s when my love begins to shine, just you and I
Oh baby, just you and I
Nobody around baby, just you and I, alright
You know what, I’m gonna hold you in my arms
Just, you and I, oh yeah in the midnight hour
Oh baby in the midnight hour

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