Ronald Weinland

Sense of Urgency

It was stated a couple of posts back that we were at noon in the Day of the Eternal and from that point forward the shadows of the day would grow until that day ended.

It was from this example of the shadows growing longer that God declared there would be such a time when He would execute His judgment upon Israel. We believe we are in that time frame of this prophetic day and that during this period God will execute His final judgment on all the world in order to usher in a new one.

That post was given as an admonishment to God’s Church to remember the importance of being spiritually on guard and ready. It was also given to encourage a greater measure of soberness about the reality that horrific end-time events can truly happen at any moment. Capturing and holding onto such an awareness is not easily accomplished, but it is necessary.

Having such purpose of focus along with being constant in belief can only be accomplished with God’s spirit. This becomes all that much more urgent upon us when you add to this that there is an evil spirit world that is highly agitated and its objective is to fully distract you from having such a spiritual focus. Anything that can be used to turn your focus inward on self is now being intensified. Their time is growing very short and they know it. You need to “see” this reality as a war in progress in the midst of a great battlefield. It must be treated in such a manner, as the greatest spiritual battle in which you will ever be engaged in life.

Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong consistently exercised the gift of a sense of urgency regarding God’s work and the Church’s part in it. All should learn from his example, as more than ever each person needs that same sense of urgency in their spiritual life and to maintain it without interruption to the day of Christ’s return, regardless of the date.

The World Rejected God’s Passover
God’s Church has been led by a strong desire for the return of Jesus Christ. Over the past many decades, God has clearly revealed to the Church that the world is spiraling toward the next and final world war that will be followed quickly by God’s intervention to halt that war in order to prevent mankind from annihilating himself.

So we continue to keep alert to an end-time clock that is rapidly running down. God has granted us many occasions to focus on scriptural examples that motivate, inspire, and even sober us in order to help us grow spiritually and to keep focused on the race we are in. That recent post referred to at the beginning is a good example of this very thing, as we considered the scriptures that spoke of God executing His judgment upon Israel after the noon of day, once the shadows began to grow.

It is obvious to us that noon in this prophetic day was not the beginning of God’s execution of judgment concerning the resumption of the blowing of the Trumpets of Revelation. That hasn’t begun. We continue to fight the battle before us and to become more alert and on guard. We know that such events can begin at any time, whenever God wills it so. However, in this post, we are being given another important milestone in time that we are to consider, though it could still begin before that time.

We are rapidly approaching the observance of Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread. It is from this season that the final count to the Pentecost that ushers in the Passover as King of kings will occur. Let’s consider some of those verses relating to our Passover who first came as a Lamb and is soon coming as a Lion. God’s execution of judgment upon Israel and the world has much to do with their rejection of His Son.

This is the account of the death of the Son of God. “Now from the sixth hour (noon) there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour (3 pm). At about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ That is to say, ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?'” (Mat. 27:45-46). “Jesus, when he had cried out again in a loud voice, yielded up the spirit. Then behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth shook and rocks shattered” (Mat. 27:50-51).

From noon until 3 pm on that Passover day, Jesus Christ entered the final stage of his agonizing torture that was finally brought to a close after a soldier had pierced his side with a spear (Jn. 19:34) and out came water and blood, and then he died. Christ’s Father marked that period by darkness over all the land as His only Son was dying a cruel and hideously unjust death. The world has always been cruel to those whom God has sent.

Would it not be most just indeed for the Day of the Eternal, also called the Day of God’s Vengeance, to also include God’s response to the world following the “time” of His Son’s death?

In this Day of the Eternal, 3 pm will arrive on April 4th, however the accounts of Christ’s death gives a time that is about or near 3 pm. It could be a little while before or after that exact time. In all this, God’s Church continues to “watch” (physically and spiritually) with eager anticipation as we look to God to begin executing His righteous judgment upon the world so that the pride and evil in this world can be brought down and humility of spirit raised up.