February 2019 Newsletter - "The Hour" by Nathan Padilla
Yahuah gave Moses and David the pattern for us to know the day and even hour, in which Yahushua/Jesus would come and fulfill biblical prophecy according to the temple ministry and time of sacrifices. If you think you do not need to understand this, then the Apostle Paul would disagree, for he said that the tabernacle “was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered,” [Heb_9:9] and it is also a “shadow of good things to come,” [Heb_10:1]. It is imperative for us to understand this, for without being enlightened, these times or hours are hidden in the obscurity of the letter concerning to temple service. Yahushua warned us, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming,” [Mat_24:42].
In the modern church, it is taught that no one will know when Yahushua will come, because they misinterpret “But of that day and hour no man knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only,” [Mat_24:36]. Let us take a look at this with unveiled faces. Messiah likens the day and hour that no one knows to the days of Noah, which will be like the coming of the Son of Man. The prophet Hosea said, “He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth,” [Hos_6:3]. Yahushua will come as in the days of Noah, as the rain. In the time of Noah, “God had not caused it to rain on the earth,” [Gen_2.5] and Yah had told Noah that it would rain, which no one had seen. After Noah had built the ark according to the pattern given to him, and after he had taken seven of every clean animal, and two of every kind of unclean, Noah was then told, “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made," [Gen_7:4]. Once Noah completed to pattern and obeyed the commandments of Yah, “it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened,” [Gen_7:11-12]. So as we can see, Noah was told the day in which it would happen.
Noah was given the Day that Yah would bring the deluge that no man knew. One might say, “Well wasn’t Noah just ‘a man?’” The Apostle Paul would disagree with you. The holy apostle rebuked the Corinthian church saying, “are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” [1Co_3:3] and in verse one, he tells them, “I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal,” [1Co_3:1]. Now we have established that “no man” is not concerning all of mankind but carnal man, as we distinctly have established the difference due to Noah being one who did know the day.
The priesthood was given a pattern of the hour in which Yahushua would move. The hours in the temple were a shadow of good things to come. Yah leaves such important intricate details about what He will do down to the very hour. As the wise Solomon said, there is “A time for every purpose under heaven” [Ecc_3:1], and Yahushua clearly said that He would come at an hour that “no man” knows. And now that we indicated that this was not concerning mankind, this was concerning carnal men. At certain hours of the temple, there was temple service that was being conducted and those hours Yahushua would come and fulfill. If we are ignorant to the obscurity of this, we will miss what Yahushua will do at His second coming, and the reason he left such intricate details in the Torah down to the hour is because he is always looking for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear [Deu_29:4].
At the 3rd hour [9am] in the temple, the altar was being prepared and the first male lamb was sacrificed. In Gospel of Mark, Yahushua is crucified at the third hour [Mar_15:25].
The day was Passover, and the hour was the third in which was foretold by Moses that our Messiah would come and be crucified.
“The mystery, then, of the lamb which God enjoined to be sacrificed as the Passover, was a type of Christ; with whose blood, in proportion to their faith in Him, they anoint their houses, i.e., themselves, who believe on Him. For that the creation which God created — to wit, Adam — was a house for the spirit which proceeded from God, you all can understand. And that this injunction was temporary, I prove thus. God does not permit the lamb of the Passover to be sacrificed in any other place than where His name was named; knowing that the days will come, after the suffering of Christ, when even the place in Jerusalem shall be given over to your enemies, and all the offerings, in short, shall cease; and that lamb which was commanded to be wholly roasted was a symbol of the suffering of the cross which Christ would undergo. For the lamb,61 which is roasted, is roasted and dressed up in the form of the cross. For one spit is transfixed right through from the lower parts up to the head, and one across the back, to which are attached the legs of the lamb.” 1
At the sixth hour [12pm] in the temple, the second lamb was being prepared, and it was also when they started to burn the leaven out of their houses. 2 Amos prophesied what would happen on the Feast of Passover: "‘And it shall come to pass in that day,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in broad daylight; I will turn your feasts into mourning, And all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist, And baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, And its end like a bitter day.’ [Amo_8:9-10]. This is when darkness came on the earth [Mar_15:33].
At the ninth hour [3pm] in the temple is when the second lamb was sacrificed, also known as the evening sacrifice. It was also known as a time of confession. This is when the thief on the cross confessed that Yahushua was innocent and asked to be taken into His kingdom, yet Yahushua replied that he would surely be with him in Paradise. This is also when the veil was rented, Yahushua released his Spirit, and a great shaking occurred. What exactly is paradise? What did the thief enter into at this hour?
Then there was darkness for three hours, from the sixth to the ninth, and again light in the evening; as it is written: “It shall not be day nor night, and at the evening there shall be light.” All which things, when those malefactors saw that were crucified with Him, the one of them reproached Him as though He was weak and unable to deliver Himself; but the other rebuked the ignorance of his fellow and turning to the Lord, as being enlightened by Him, and acknowledging who He was that suffered, he prayed that He would remember him in His kingdom hereafter. (Luk_23:39, etc.) He then presently granted him the forgiveness of his former sins, and brought him into paradise to enjoy the mystical good things; who also cried out about the ninth hour, and said to His Father: “My God! my God! why hast Thou forsaken me?” (Mat_27:46) And a little afterward, when He had cried with a loud voice, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” (Luk_23:34) and had added, “Into Thy hands I commit my spirit,” He gave up the ghost, (Luk_23:46) and was buried before sunset in a new sepulchre.3
The Early Church observed these hours very strictly in their prayer lives. In the same way that they would serve in the temple with the priests of the letter, now we, the church, serve at these hours as the priests of the Spirit. These hours were stations of prayer that Yah would visit, as it was an open portal to heaven at those hours, for even as Solomon said: “there is a time for every purpose.”
Touching the time, however, the extrinsic observance of certain hours will not be unprofitable - those common hours, I mean, which mark the intervals of the day - the third, the sixth, the ninth - which we may find in the Scriptures to have been more solemn than the rest. The first infusion of the Holy Spirit into the congregated disciples took place at “the third hour.” (Act_2:1-4, Act_2:14-15) Peter, on the day on which he experienced the vision of Universal Community, (exhibited) in that small vessel, had ascended into the more lofty parts of the house, for prayer’s sake “at the sixth hour.” (Act_10:9) The same (apostle) was going into the temple, with John, at the ninth hour,” when he restored the paralytic to his health. Albeit these practices stand simply without any precept for their observance, still it may be granted a good thing to establish some definite presumption, which may both add stringency to the admonition to, pray, and may, as it were by a law, tear us out from our businesses unto such a duty; so that - what we read to have been observed by Daniel also, (Dan_6:10; compare Psa_55:17, 54:18, LXX) in accordance (of course) with Israel’s discipline - we pray at least not less than thrice in the day, debtors as we are to Three - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: of course, in addition to our regular prayers which are due, without any admonition, on the entrance of light and of night. But, withal, it becomes believers not to take food, and not to go to the bath, before interposing a prayer; for the refreshments and nourishments of the spirit are to be held prior to those of the flesh, and things heavenly prior to things earthly. 4
There are many mystical observances that are still left in the corners of the field for you to glean. The hours that Yah has set has hidden the manifestations of the two advents of Christ. For there are those who are aware of the second coming as the Apostle Paul exhorted the church in Thessalonica, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night,” [1Th_5:1-2]. Therefore be watchful for the hour as Yahushua warned, “Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you, “ [Rev_3:3] and the Apostle Peter gives a warning that all must heed, which sheds light as to why the Early Church prayed in these hours, “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers,” [1Pe_4:7].
Justin Martyr-Dialogue with Trypho Ch. XL, ANF Vol. 1
Constitution of the Apostles Bk 5 Pt. 2 Ch. XIV, ANF 7
Tertullian-On Prayer Ch. XXV, ANF Vol. 4