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In This Significant Hour

  By Lois J. Stucky

    How timely it is that Henry Blackaby in his message in this issue draws our attention to the significant hour in Gethsemane when Jesus, in great heaviness of heart, took three of His disciples farther than the others that they might bear with Him, as much as they could, something of the burden on His heart. Hanging in the balance as our Savior labored alone in prayer was the eternal salvation of mankind. The fact that the disciples fell asleep while Christ agonized in prayer over something of such unspeakable importance, emphatically alerts us to heed His exhortation to "Watch and pray!" (Matt. 26:41). That hour was ushering in the era of the glorious New Covenant. We could very well be living in the days when it will climax with Christ’s return. The perilous times we live in foreshadow this (2 Tim. 3:1-5). We see the anti-Christ spirit gathering strength (1 John 2:18). We hear scoffers ridicule accountability to God (2 Pet. 3:3-4).

    Surely this is a significant hour in which the need to be awake and alert is intense! Jesus solemnly warns that the "cares and riches and pleasures of this life" can choke out heavenly things and rob us of spiritual fruitfulness (Luke 8:14).

    Along with serious warnings, God gives great promises concerning the latter days. I briefly call attention to two of His promises in particular. In Acts 2:17 and 21 we read: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh…. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." These promises were first given through the prophet Joel (2:28,32), and were preached by Peter to the multitude on the Day of Pentecost to explain the wonders that had taken place. These promises burned in the hearts of Brother and Sister W. C. Moore as God led them to begin publishing Herald of His Coming. These promises motivate the ministry to this day.

    In Matthew 24:14 we read: "This Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." Such promises as this inspired the motto, "World evangelization through world revival." This expresses the thrust of Herald of His Coming ministry. How else can earth’s multitudes be reached, how can a harvest be gathered from among them, except God come upon the preaching of His Word by the power of the Holy Spirit? God pouring out of His Spirit in great convicting power is His appointed means, and souls repenting and being saved by His glorious grace is His goal. To this Herald of His Coming gives itself.