Message of the Hour
“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.”
(Isa 50:4, 5 KJV)
Subject: The Message of the Hour
As we would read through the written Word, we would find that at various times in the history of God dealing with man, we would see specific times when God had a special message or revelation to give to man. We are now living in such a time.
Jesus gave this message to His disciples “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
As we follow the unfolding of the Acts of the Apostles and the epistles that follow, we find special messages for the Church. Israel was the first to experience the New Covenant blessings but as a nation rejected the resurrected Christ, so God then turned to the Gentiles and established His Church made up of Jew and Gentile.
The First Message
The first message was given by the Lord Himself. When Jesus was ready to leave His disciples and ascend unto the Father, He left them with a message: “Be filled with the Holy Spirit and be endued with power from on high!” (Luke 24:49) He also told them to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” When the Day of Pentecost was fully come, 120 disciples were tarrying for this enduement with power. It came in the form of tongues of fire and the ability to speak in another tongue unknown to the speaker. Now Peter being endued with this new power, preached his first sermon under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He said, drawing upon the Word of God, “For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: (Act 2:15-18) Peter continued to preach “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Act 2:38, 39). In these last Days of the Church Age, we have seen this fulfilled.
The Second Message
The second significant message came out of the great council meeting of Acts 15. The gospel of the Kingdom was preached to the nation of Israel with signs and wonders. They were told by Peter “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Within seven years the nation of Israel rejected the message of the Kingdom and God began to turn to the Gentiles with a new set of apostles. The Chief Apostle of these new apostles was a person by the name of Paul. He was given a revelation of “grace and glory” and began to preach a new message. The message was: “We are saved by grace and not by works, or the keeping of the Law.” This ran into opposition by the Kingdom Apostles, so a council meeting was called as described in Acts 15. After much debate, it was settled and the conclusion was “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they” (Act 15:11). So the message of Grace was the message for all during the Church Age.
The Third Message
The third message came from the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the 1900’s. There was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that spawned the Pentecostal movement. God’s people began to speak in tongues and experience the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is called the Azusa Street Revival. It spread from there around the world. Thousands of missionaries were called to carry this message of the gospel to far off places around the world. The message the Holy Spirit kept giving in meeting after meeting was: “Jesus is coming soon! The harvest is ripe! Go into all the world and preach this message.” This began over 100 years ago, and the message is beginning to fall on deaf ears. The Church is becoming apostate and losing its calling. It is what the Lord said it would be like at his coming “would He find faith.” It is now time for a new and final message to be brought forth by the Holy Spirit.
The Final Message
The final message that is now ready to break on the scene is “Behold He Cometh!” The word “cometh” in the Greek is “erchomai” meaning “He is coming.” It is in the present tense and at the same time in the imperfect tense. That means His coming is “happening now but not yet complete,” or simply, He is now on His way. To understand this message it will be necessary to understand the “times and seasons.” Such questions such as “Has the fig tree put forth her leaves?” Is the “times of the Gentiles” fulfilled? “Is the Day of the Lord breaking? We are now in the third Redemptive Day according to Hosea 6:2. We are also in the 7th Millennial Day. Do all these questions cause us to awaken to His actual Return? According to Jude 14, Enoch, the seventh from Adam, speaking of the 7th Millennial Day, prophesied “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” The Apostle John, banished to the Isle of Patmos for the testimony of Jesus, had visions and was caught in his spirit up to the Day of the Lord, this 7th Millennial Day since the creation and saw the Lord in the process of His coming. It is the time that we now live in! In Rev 17-10, Jesus spoke of the faithful and wise servant. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Mat 24:45, 46). Are there such faithful and wise servants today? It is this “Message of the Hour” that we are dedicating this Website to. We pray that God will give you an open heart to receive it.
Behold He Cometh!
Pastors Jerry and Jolene Cooley