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Rom.13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Welcome, my friends. Please get your coffee and sit a spell, let’s just visit a while before we dig into some scriptures.

I have been conflicted this past 2 weeks or so about when to move on and when we have reached the saturation point on some of the pieces of this study.

In my Spirit I feel we are never at a saturation point until we all “get it” so to speak. I am so sure in my own spirit that we MUST know what time it is. Isn’t it frustrating when you don’t have a clock or a watch and you can’t figure out what time it is. If it is daytime we can figure approximate time by the position of the sun..but there is not enough light in the night sky to give us a hint. If there is not light to guide us, we are just “in the dark”.

One thing I am sure of is that the Lord hasn’t left us without information to help guide us and let us know where we are relative to time. We talked a bit about that last time, but here are a few more tidbits of information that I have gleaned from the many things I have been reading. For instance believe it or not nights are shorter than days on average due to two factors

Now, I don’t really understand all of the jargon but here is some of what I dug up:

The sun is not a point, but has an apparent size of about 32 arc minutes.
The atmosphere refracts sunlight so that some of it reaches the ground when the sun is below the horizon by about 34 arc minutes. The combination of these two factors means that light reaches the ground when the center of the sun is below the horizon by about 50 arc minutes. Without these effects, day and night would be the same length at the autumnal (autumn/fall) and vernal (spring) equinoxes, the moments when the sun passes over the equator. In reality, around the equinoxes the day is almost 14 minutes longer than the night at the equator, and even more towards the poles.
The summer and winter solstices mark the shortest and the longest night, respectively.
The closer a location is to either the North Pole or the South Pole, the larger the range of variation in the night’s length.

There was much more, but I will spare your eyes for reading something else. But this is something you can read and re-read and you will have a good idea of time. lol

I was also curious about what time of night is the darkest. My mom used to say “it’s always darkest before the dawn. That sounded profound to me. But, I googled it for myself:

When is night at it’s darkest? According to wiki.answers : The darkest part of night is exactly mid way between sunset and sunrise. This, of course, does not include the moons influence or other phenomenon which may make this time brighter in many instances.

That answer causes me to think I would need to be wide awake all night long and have a means of measuring darkness before I could answer this profound question. But, I know that spiritually I must never let my guard down, I must always be watching. Song of Solomon 5:2 I sleep, buy my heart is awake: [it is] the voice of my beloved.

In Psa. 139 David sang a song of praise to the Lord acknowledging His greatness. In verse 11 David says:
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me;

verse 12. Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light [are] both alike [to You].

Nothing is hidden from Him. Praise the Lord He sees through the darkness.

Remember in Isaiah the man from Seir asked the prophet “what of the night”. We are going to investigate the answer he was given very soon, but for now, I asked you to try to name the “what’s” of night…..there are so many if we only keep our spiritual eyes open and are vigilant in our watch
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Think about the days of Noah when it was so bad that God repented that he even made man. The same God who loves us so much that He was willing and I would even say excited to send His only begotten Son into this world to be sin for you and for me.

Gen. 6:5-8 reminds us that the Lord abhors sin.
Verse 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
Oh, the heart of our Father God! He who sent His sons to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows..He who said He was touched by the feeling of our infirmities. Grieved because of His own creation.

Please take this challenge and look around and determine “what time it is” spiritually in your own life, your families, your church, your state, your country, the world, and begin to pray that the Lord will give you an answer to those who come and ask you “what of the night”?

NKJV
Rom.13:11
And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The word knowing in verse 11 carries the meaning of understanding, perceiving with the eyes or the senses, strongs. G1492

That now is the time: strongs G2540 and Thayer’s Lexicon
1) due measure
2) a measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence:
a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for

High time to awake: time strongs G5610 to awake

Jamieson,Faucett & Brown 11. And that–rather, “And this [do]” 
 knowing the time, that now it is high time–literally, “the hour has already come.” 
 to awake out of sleep–of stupid, fatal indifference to eternal things.

New Living Translation reads this way:
This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

We will revisit this portion of scripture at a later time and continue through verse 14. But for now please give some thought and prayer to the call of the Spirit to His people, His watchmen to be vigilant and give warning and hope to those around each of us.

We are very close to one of my favorite celebrations of the year. I love Easter season because it is such a wonderful celebration. On the one hand very sad and on the other hand full of rejoicing and thanksgiving. Floyd and I have been watching some wonderful movies on GMC (I think that’s it) this week. Last night was one about Jeremiah, the weeping Prophet who is one my favorites. I read the book of Jeremiah over and over and over a few years back. I was so fascinated with the love and tenacity of that man of God who unashamedly wept for his nation and people. I identified with those tears shed for others and was encouraged that it was okay to cry for others. (I tend to be a bit of a cry baby) We also watched a movie of Esther last night another real person who faced major obstacles and danger to set her people free. There are more movies scheduled each night. We have already watched the Passion of Christ 2 times this week. My heart is wrecked each time we watch these movies and I always ask the Lord to make me more like Him and more willing to lay my life down for my family, friends, strangers, nation, world for His honor and glory.

My prayer for each of you is that you will have a wonderful celebration with others to commemorate the Resurrection of our precious Lord and Saviour. He has given His life that we can live and let our lives be a beacon in the night. We will move forward in this study and my prayer is that you won’t feel hopeless or helpless but will understand and know that “you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this” and that you can have an answer of hope and life for others to answer the question of “watchman what of the night”. Oh yes, it is night…but oh my dear friends, the Lord lives and reigns and He will lead us and guide us with the Light of HIs Word.

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Love and blessings
Alice

Night is: “The night is wherever there is quiet unconcern” [Bengel]

Hello again my friends. I am going to make a nice fresh cup of coffee and we will share for a while. I always have a great time studying and being a Bible detective. Mom Earlywine taught the same Bible subjects year after year and I was privileged to see her notes first hand. My, oh, my, they were so interesting. Notes and side notes and side notes of the side notes, etc. She was always so full of what she had just studied and loved to talk about it to us. It was always fresh and alive to her. I must admit I do the same thing with my notes that is why I take so many hours to put things together so you can read it. LOL

We are looking at scriptures and meanings of night, laying a foundation that will lead us to a place that will cause our hearts to cry out “here am I, Lord use me”.

I am going to list a number of scriptures regarding night. I think they are important for our study. Please go through them and ask the Lord to speak personally and quicken the information to you that you need.

But first, I did some research online about the word night, etc. Here are some of the tidbits I found interesting.

Night or nighttime is the period of time between the sunset and the sunrise when the Sun is below the horizon. This occurs after dusk. The opposite of night is day (or “daytime” to distinguish it from “day” as used for a 24-hour period). The start and end points of time of a night vary based on factors such as season, latitude, longitude and timezone.

Day and night is caused by the rotation of the Earth about its axis hence making one full rotation every 24 hour.

Different sides of the Earth are exposed to the sun during the course of these 24 hours hence at any given time the half facing the Sun will be shined upon presenting day while the other half will have no light hence will experience night.

The Earth carries two kind of motions…it revolves around the sun and rotates at its own axis at the same time.

Day and night occurs because of the rotation of Earth.

The sun shines all the time but only half of the earth faces the sun at a time.The portion which faces have day and other half has night.

When the earth rotates the part which has day has night and the night has day.

I did extensive digging to find out what time night starts and ends, etc. I got several answers depending on whether it was spiritual sources or natural. I did discover that the 4th watch was probably after 3 AM.
We will talk a bit about watch a little later in our study. There were also examples of there being more than 4 watches. This is shown clearly in scripture references.

Here is a list of scriptures regarding night for you to consider. Each one speaks something different to me. I am also going to give you the Strong’s number from both Old and New Testament

Old Testament H3915 and H 215…Night (as opposed to day), of gloom, protective shadow (fig.)
Gesenius’s Lexicon Implies obscurity, Figuratively used for calamity, misery.

OLD
Psalms 19:2…night unto night
Psalms 136:9..stars to rule by night
Psalms 139:11.even night shall be light
Isaiah 26:9…soul desired thee in night
Jonah 4:10…came up in night

New Testament G3571…Night, metaphorically–the time when work ceases, the time of death, the time for deeds of sin and shame, the time of moral stupidity and darkness,and the time when the weary and also the drunken give themselves up to slumber.
Thayer’s Lexicon from a root word meaning “to disappear”

NEW
Matt. 26:34…this night before
Luke 12:20…this night soul shall be
John 9:4….we must work the works…night cometh
Romans 13:12..night is far spent
I Thess. 5:2..as thief in the night

I am so completely overwhelmed with the thought that the Holy Spirit wants to wake us up. If we are to be watchmen, we need to watch. If I am my brothers keeper, I need to be keeping. Read some of the other blogs to get a refresher about both of those words.

1 Thess. 5:4-7
 4 But you, my brothers, are not in the dark, for that day to overtake you like a thief: 5 For you are all sons of light and of the day: we are not of the night or of the dark. 6 So then, let us not take our rest as the others do let us be self- controlled and awake. 7 For those who are sleeping do so in the night; and those who are the worse for drink are so in the night;

I hear the Spirit saying “he that hath an ear, let him hear”

As I was studying today, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart with great intensity. I am used to Him doing this when He puts someone on my heart for prayer. This is a different venue, I am not able to see your face to look into your eyes and have the Spirit give me direction about or for you. But, I feel that someone who is reading this blog today,(and there may be more than one of you), whenever you are reading, whether it be as soon as it is posted or many days in the future needs to hear what the Spirit is saying to your heart. For that matter we all need to be sensitive to the prodding’s of the Holy Spirit.

But, there is someone who is wrestling with the responsibility placed on you to be watching, keeping, guarding, warning, and all that is involved with our subject.

You are weary of the watching and want a problem resolved right now. I want to encourage you that you are light to someone’s darkness. Light is stronger than darkness and when there is light there is a dissolution of the darkness. You love the Lord and are doing what you feel He is asking but you do not want to wake up.

He is waking you this very minute…Zech. 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,

Zech. 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Take hold of Zech. 4:6 and let the Spirit of the Lord encourage your soul and satiate you in His presence child of God and You will find rest for your soul, stir yourself and arise and put on the armor of the Living God and go stand the watch He has called you to. Rise, shine, for the Light has come and the Glory of the Lord has risen upon YOU!

We all need to consider the original words for waked in this potion of scripture

Strong’s H5782
to rouse oneself, awake, awaken, incite
(Qal) to rouse oneself, awake
(Niphal) to be roused
(Polel) to stir up, rouse, incite
(Hithpolel) to be excited, be triumphant
(Hiphil)
1) to rouse, stir up
2) to act in an aroused manner, awake

Gesenius”s Lexicon
to be hot, ardent; hence to be alert, watchful (in opposition both to sleep and to idleness).
to arouse, to awake, from sleep..to incite any one to any thing

Rehearse those meanings to yourself…We must be proactive. Not wait for someone to awaken us, rouse us, incite us, excite us. We must stir ourselves up.
We need to open our eyes and know the “time” we are in, see the “signs” and discern what “watch” of the “night” we are in.

So many of us need to be awakened to understand the signs in the world around us.
Oh, I know our TV’s broadcast the news they feel is important. I challenge you to begin to listen and pick out the signs of the time we are living in as they line up with the scriptures. Cain’s sins have been duplicated over and over, they have gained momentum for centuries with synergistic power, and spawned worse things than our hearts can imagine.

But, we are called to be watchmen, keepers, guards
We are our brothers keepers.

Jeremiah. 31:25-28 is a portion of scripture that we will be studying today.

It appears that the Prophet Jeremiah was having a wonderful dream…

verse 25…for I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
satiated means soaked. Oh, how wonderful to soak in the presence of the Lord. To sit before Him and sense His presence and know that “it is well-with my soul”— replenished is kind of self explanatory. Full to the top. As if there was an empty space and something filled it completely.

Then comes verse 26: Upon this I awaked and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me. H 6974 1) to awake, wake up
a) (Hiphil) to awaken, arouse, show signs of waking, awake
It was a wonderful dream…He knew the Lord had spoken to Him and had the promise that His people would again be free although things were pretty bleak at that time.

verse 28…And it shall come to pass, [that] like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the Lord.

This particular verse brings great peace to me… “like as I have watched over them” He is always watching over us, in the good times and the bad times…and it is He that watches over us to restore, build and plant.

I love the scripture so much. It is an anchor to our souls. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.Psalms ..He know and He sees all things concerning me!

Isa. 21:11
The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

Night is:”The night is wherever there is quiet unconcern” [BENGEL]. 

INVESTIGATING NIGHT!!

Hi and thanks for coming by. I am sorry I have been slower getting this blog posted. Most of you know my wonderful husband, Floyd, has had some physical road bumps over the past week. Actually, I was sitting at the computer typing from my copious notes when the Dr.s nurse told him he must go to the ER now please she would feel so much better if he would. His doctor was out of town and she knew he would be giving the same advice. I am so glad he agreed and we dropped everything and off we went and didn’t come home for 3 days and 2 nights. Thanks for all of the prayers and love.
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We are going to investigate the word “night” for a little while. I find myself tripping over this word “what” that I have been using so I am going to call it the “signs” of night. Before we enlarge on the word “signs” any more let’s talk a bit about night.

It is quite interesting when you dig into the word as an investigator. I don’t just want to know the meaning but why is it called that and are there some hidden nuances of the word. Looking for every hidden clue along with the ones that stare you in the face. That is the way I study.

The other thing I want you to keep in your thoughts is that first we see the natural and then we discern the spiritual. That and the fact that a phrase or thought given over and over means the Lord really wanted us to understand that particular thing and build on it throughout the Word. It really is a lot of fun. Some of you have sat in the Bible Studies I have been privileged to share in and know I like interaction and finding the thing that is to me a nugget.

Have you given some thought to the “what” of the night? Well, of course we all know the opposite of day is night, right? The sun doesn’t shine at night, we can’t see very far at night, etc. I was interested to see that although in the beginning when the Lord created day and night that he called the darkness “night”. The word “night” seemed to evolve over the centuries to encompass many other things. We will talk about some of those things in the future.

The Hebrew word used for night was Strongs..3915 layil lah’-yil or (Isa. 21:11) leyl {lale}; also laylah {lah’- yel-aw}; from the same as 3883; properly, a twist (away of the light), i.e. night; figuratively, adversity:–((mid-))night (season).

A twist away of the light….oh, I like that…but there is more….please give that definition some thought. Spiritually, why would there be a twisting away of the light. hmmmm!

3883 luwl lool from an unused root meaning to fold back; a spiral step:–winding stair. Compare 3924.3924 lula’ah loo-law-aw’ from the same as 3883; a loop:–loop.
Did you ever buy one of those big rolls of wrapping paper at Costco and start to cut it and discover there is another beautiful color on the other side. Think about folding that paper over and seeing the other side, or unwrapping a piece of taffy candy and seeing the loop loop of candy…Well, sorry that is the way I think.
For your consideration:
Gen. 1:5 …and the darkness He called night
Gen. 1:14…Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night
Gen. 1:16…the lesser light to rule the night
Gen. 1:18…to rule over the day and over the night.
Gen. 8:22…While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold, and heat, and summer and winter and day and night shall not cease

Here are some Hebrew words and meanings for night
H2822…darkness, dark, obscurity, H3885..lodge, murmur,…the night, abide, remain, tarry, lodge in, continue, dwell, endure, grudge, left, lie, variant

Remember the man from Seir came to the “watch” man. So we will look at “watch” in connection with night….the following was written by H. Porter found on Blueletterbible.org

A division of night. The night was originally divided into three watches, ( Judges 7: 19) but later into 4, as we find in the New Testament (Mt. 14:25; Mr 6:48). We do not know the limits of the watches in the first division, but the middle watch probably began two hours before midnight and ended two hours after. The four fold division was according to the Roman system, each of which was a fourth part of the night.

“Watch” is also the guard placed on watch (mishmar, Ne 4:9) [this is one of my favorite portions to study by the way].
kustodia, from Latin custodia, , Mt. 27:65,66; 28:11). It sometimes refers to the act of watching, as in 2 Ki. 11:6,7(mishmereth); note the word guard in this portion of scripture; Luke 2:8(phulake).

“watch” is also figuratively, as in Ps. 141:3 for restraint: “Set a watch, O Yahweh before my mouth (shomrah)

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Lu. 2:8 Strongs G3571…1) night, 2) metaph. the time when work ceases: a) the time of death; b) the time for deeds of sin and shame;
c) the time of moral stupidity and darkness; d) the time when the weary and also the drunken give themselves up to slumber. [can you see the evolution of meaning I was talking about above,by the way c is my favorite.]

Please take a little time out to read all of these portions of scripture and ask the Lord to expand your thoughts. Especially read the entire 4th chapter of Nehemiah for context and your meditation.
Vs. 23..neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon even when he went for water. Tell me what did the guard do while he was on duty?

We must be on guard at all times..see the good, bad and ugly as it were. We need to discern which portion of the night watch is coming on us.

By studying Cain we can get a little clue about some of the things that are creating night. If we took the time to continue following the life of Cain we see he was sent into exile. And his descendants fell into complete degradation. If he would only have taken care of the sin in his life and brought his offering things would have been different for him. But, he wanted things his way. So, if we look at his response to things we will find some of the signs of the what. I want you to know that is just the beginning. There are many “signs” of the night. There was an air of narcissism in Cain that is alive and well today in the entire world.

Dictionary for narcissism |ˈnärsəˌsizəm|
noun excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance.• Psychology extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.• Psychoanalysis self-centeredness arising from failure to distinguish the self from external objects, either in very young babies or as a feature of mental disorder. narcissism noun his emotional development was hindered by his mother’s narcissism: vanity, self-love, self-admiration, self-absorption, self-obsession, conceit, selfcenteredness, selfregard, egotism,egoism. [SELF-YUK]

I truly think that narcissism is at the root of most of the upheaval in the world today. It is the motor that drives the engine of the desire of individuals, nations, companies, and movements in the world today.

It is a big WHAT of the NIGHT. It is night! I know many of us can name the “what’s” of world affairs. Or at least I think we can. But my spirit tells me there are more “what’s” and more signs of both night and day.

Let’s stop now and you can meditate on what you have read. Please print this and re-read once in a while and ask the Lord for fresh revelation to you.

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Bye for now, I have enjoyed our time together.