Contributing Editor: Chris Westrick
Tennessee’s State Legislature is poised to consider a proposal that would keep day light saving time forever frozen an hour ahead…WSMV-TV 4- A plan that a majority of the volunteer state’s citizens who were polled are in favor of. Still the very idea of changing the time period is something that has long been the subject of worldwide debate in these latter days as prophesied by God in ancient times. (Daniel 7:25).
The reasons given around the world as for the need for making such changes range from giving children more daylight hours for bus stop safety to increasing productivity time for farmers to help local economies. In the meantime, health concerns worry about the effects that tinkering with time will have on the human body. CNN-
For our purposes however, there is a deeper biblical meaning behind these thoughts to change the time. Community Web’s Chris Westerick says this is explained in detail by Mr. Armstrong in his booklet entitled “Pagan Days or God’s Holy Days”. The quote below is an explanation of Daniel 7:25.
“The seventh chapter of the book of Daniel is an amazing prophecy picturing twenty-five hundred years into the future, from the day it was written, the course of the Gentile Kingdoms.
Starting with the ancient Chaldean Empire of Nebuchadnezzar, this prophecy foretells the successive world rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander’s Greco-Macedonian kingdom with its four divisions, and finally, of the mighty Roman Empire. Out of the original Roman Empire, symbolized by ten “horns” growing out of the head of a “beast,” are pictured the ten resurrections of the Roman Empire that have continued since its fall to the present, and are scheduled to continue until the coming of Christ.
Among these ten kingdoms which have ruled in the Western world since the fall of Rome to the present, appeared another “little horn,” whose “look was stouter than his fellows.” In other words, another government, actually smaller, yet dominating over all the others. Students of prophecy recognize this “little horn” as a great religious hierarchy. And in the 25th verse of this prophecy, it is stated that this hierarchy shall “think to change times and laws.”
How Time Was Changed-This same power is mentioned again in the 17th chapter of Revelation, here pictured as ruling over the kings and kingdoms of the earth, persecuting the true saints. In every possible manner, this power has changed TIME!
God begins the days at sunset, but “the little horn” has changed it so the world now begins the day in the middle of the night by a man-made watch.
God begins the week with the ending of the true Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, but the world begins the working week in the middle of the night, the second day of the week.
God begins the months with the new moons, but this “little horn” has induced the world to begin the months according to a clumsy man-made calendar of heathen origin.
God begins the year in the early spring, when new life is budding in nature everywhere, but ancient heathen Rome caused the world to begin the year in the middle of dead winter”.
The proposed changes and ideas that the lawmakers of the world continue to come up with can serve as clear signals to those of us who are watching as prophecy draws nearer in this Last Days. This is also in keeping with Paul’s exhortation to “watch, stand fast in faith, be brave, be strong….” 1 Corinthians 16:30. For indeed we know not when that day will come. Romans 13:11