Midnight

Exodus 11:4 So Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt... (emphasis mine)

Exodus 12:29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt... (emphasis mine)

Moses famous words, "Let my people go" (Exodus 5:1), were backed up by God in the ten plagues of Egypt. But have you noticed the timing of the final plague that set the Israelites free?

Midnight is the hour of your freedom!

Judges 16:1-3

1 Samson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her.

2 The Gazites were told, “Samson has come here.” And they surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, “Let us wait till the light of the morning; then we will kill him.”

3 But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron. (emphasis mine)

Samson had a special anointing of the Spirit of God to do feats of supernatural strength, but he also had many weaknesses, one of which included giving in to sexual temptation. Even in the midst of his weakness, Samson had the intuition to arise at midnight and flee from the ambush waiting for him.

Midnight is the hour of your deliverance!

Ruth 3:8 At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! (emphasis mine)

When Ruth required a redeemer to provide her with a husband and family, Boaz declared (even though there was another redeemer nearer than him), "But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the Lord lives, I will redeem you" (Ruth 3:13).

Midnight is the hour of your redemption!

1 Kings 3:20 And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me, while your servant slept, and laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast. (emphasis mine)

Job 34:20 In a moment they die; at midnight the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by no human hand. (emphasis mine)

Psalm 119:62 At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules. (emphasis mine)

Matthew 25:6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ (emphasis mine)

Mark 13:35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. (emphasis mine)

Here is a warning and the antidote. A son was stolen and life passed away at midnight, but so did the Psalmist rise to praise God at midnight. In Jesus' parable, five wise virgins were ready with flasks of oil for their lamps (Matthew 25:4) when the cry of the bridegroom came.

But the five foolish virgins were unprepared, needing to buy more oil, and when they sought entry to the marriage feast, the door was shut (Matthew 25:9-10). Midnight is an hour of revelation, revealing who the wise are and who the foolish are.

Midnight is the hour of your intimacy with the Lord!

Luke 11:5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves...

8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. (emphasis mine)

Jesus told this parable to reveal the truth of asking and receiving (Luke 11:10). It was not any reciprocal relationship that caused the man to receive what he needed, but it was his imprudence, or shameless annoying persistence.

Midnight is the hour of your manifestation!

Acts 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened. (emphasis mine)

Even as prisoners, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, which not only caused their bonds to be broken, but also everyone who was in the prison with them!

Midnight is the hour of your breakthrough!

Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. (emphasis mine)

Because of Paul's prolonged speech, Eutychus sank into a deep sleep and fell down from the third story, which caused his death (Acts 20:9). But at that moment where one may conclude that Job 34:20 just came to pass, Paul said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him" (Acts 20:10).

The room they were in had many lamps (Acts 20:8). Paul was prepared, filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit, and he declared that midnight would not be the hour of death.

Midnight is the hour of your healing!

Acts 27:27 When the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven across the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. (emphasis mine)

After fourteen days without food (Acts 27:33), the sailors would have been exhausted and quite possibly experiencing emotions of discouragement, hopelessness and depression. But as it turned out, their suspicion was correct and they were all brought safely to land (Acts 27:44).

Midnight is the hour of your encouragement!

Midnight literally means the middle of the night, or the darkest part of the night. It's in that hour that you can experience your freedom, deliverance, redemption, intimacy with the Lord, manifestation, breakthrough, healing and encouragement!

All scriptures taken from: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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