I. THE EARLY NIGHT WATCH or FIRST WATCH OF THE NIGHT
(6.00 PM – 9.00 PM)
TIME FOR DIVINE BEGINNINGS – Gen. 1:5, 8, 13
THE MANIFESTATION OF THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD
God said in Matt. 16:16-19 that the thing you must possess is the GATES, and one of the keys we need to possess the gates is the key of the knowledge of TIME. Our day has a gate, our week has a gate, ourmonth has a gate and our year has a gate. We must possess these gates, because whoever possesses the gates possesses and controls everything. The very first watch is the gate for the beginning of the new day.
II. THE LATE NIGHT WATCH OR SECOND WATCH OF THE NIGHT
(9.00 PM – 12 Midnight)
Rev. 9:16; Acts 23:23; Exo. 3:21; 11:3, 4; 12:35, 36; Psalm 119:148
TIME TO HALLOW AND EXALT THE NAME OF THE LORD
TIME OF PRAYER FOR MINISTRIES, RELIGION
III. THE MIDNIGHT WATCH OR THIRD WATCH OF THE NIGHT
(12.00 MN – 3.00 AM)
Psalm 119:62; Isa. 42:22; Psa. 68; Acts 16:25; 27:25-44; Exo. 12:29
THIS IS A SPECIAL TIME FOR DIVINE GOVERNMENTS
OVERRULING HUMAN DECREES (Exo. 12 - 14)
IV. THE DAWN OR EARLY MORNING WATCH
(3.00 AM-6.00 AM)
Isa. 58:8, 8:19-22, 62:1-12; Rev. 22:76; Psalm 18:28; Job 3:9)
YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN…
(Mark 1:35; Gen. 19:15, 32:25-27; Job 38:12-13 cf. Isa. 17:14; 1 Sam. 11:11) The significance of this watch can be seen in Mark 1:35, where we see Jesus rising a great while before day and finding a solitary place to pray.
V. THE LATE MORNING OR FIRST WATCH OF THE DAY
(6.00 AM - 9.00 AM)
Acts 2:15; Prov. 4:16
THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY GHOST … Acts 2:4, 17, 18
The Holy Spirit came before the Third Hour. This is the first watch of the day. This is the watch for the beginning of sunrise.
VI. THE EXIT AND ENTRY WATCH OR SECOND WATCH OF THE DAY
(9.00 AM-12.00 Noon)
1 Kings 18, 8:56; Jos. 23:14; Matt. 20:3; Acts 2:15)
FOR A CRUCIFIED LIFE… Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:5
TIME FOR FORGIVENESS AND HEALING OF RELATIONSHIPS
This is the second hour of the day. This watch begins at the third hour (i.e. 9.00 am)…and it appears from Matt. 20:2-3, so that if you’ve not started working by this time you’ll be considered idle. Just being busy with something doesn’t give any assurance of any accomplishment. There’s the need to identify God’s purpose for each moment of your life and pursue it. Otherwise, you could find yourself wasting effort and energy like the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:26-29, who after six hours of calling on their god were worse off than when they started: bleeding and exhausted. By 9.00 am, you should start fulfilling the purpose for which you came to earth.
VII. THE WATCH OF SHAKING OF FOUNDATIONS & JUDGMENT
(12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM)
John 4:6; Matt. 27:45; Acts 26:13; Jer. 15:8, Job 11:13-20; Psalm 37:20; Dan. 6:13)
TIME TO CHANGE THE MEDIA LANDSCAPE…
TIME FOR DIVINE GUIDANCE AND DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL
This is the watch that introduces the Midday, otherwise known as the Noon, or the Sixth Hour or the Fullness of Day (Psa. 55:17, Prov. 4:18, Isa. 58:10, Job 11:15, Psa. 37:3, Jer. 20:16). Both the midday and the midnight are very important. A full treatise on this will be the subject of another book. Let us look at the Significance of this watch:
VIII. THE TRANSFORMATION WATCH OR FOURTH WATCH
(3:00 PM - 6:00 PM)
Matt. 27:45, 46; Luke 23:44-46; Acts 3:1; 10:3, 30-32)
The Hour of Prayer: 3:00 PM!
(Acts 3:1 cf. 10:30.)
This watch ushers in and begins at the hour of prayer according to Acts 3:1, Acts 10:30, Isa. 60:11-22. The one single most important characteristic or practice that identifies the church is Prayer. The most important privilege of the entire church is prayer and the only hour in the Bible that is specifically referred to as the Hour of Prayer begins at 3:00 PM. This was the time that the veil in front of the Holy of Holies tore from top to bottom. This watch is therefore the time for access!