«… the mind of a wise man WILL KNOW the TIME and way», Eccl.8:5.
In the eleventh month 1970 I have been led in His Church. The feast of New Year came nearer and as usually happens in the end of a year, distributed there calendars for the next year. These calendars, the small format, the sheets of paper folded double on which there is an image of a clock showing « five to twelve» with an inscription «Behold, I come quickly» are familiar to each of believers. This inscription is taken from the Revelation book, 22:12 and says that before Jesus’ Coming there was not enough time. How many this time remains, shows hands of the clock drawn nearby. It is easy to see, that them, these minutes, remains only five until when, according to the gospel of St. Matthew, 25:6, at midnight (that is at 12 o'clock) the shout proclaiming Coming will be heard: Behold, the Groom comes!
Remembering Scripture words: the coming of the Lord draws nigh, Jas.5:8, I expected to see hands of this clock the next year come more nearer to figure "12". But in a year were distributed new calendars on which hands of hours remained to show former time. So was both in a year, and through two, and in five years. Then the account of years has start off by decades: after the lapse of 10 years calendars with the image all the same clock showing immutable, fallen asleep time, all the same «five to twelve» were printed! To my surprise and 20 years later have been printed calendars with the image all the same motionless hands showing «five to 12». Before me on a table one of such calendars, a wall calendar for 1988 published of Council of churches ECB lays. In the left top corner of its cover there is image of hands of the clock showing … well already familiar to us, is final «five to 12»! Probably in order readers of this calendar about specified time did not have any doubts, the image of these hands is repeated in this calendar of 12 more times on its subsequent pages. But the set of these images seemed to the author of these lines unpersuasive: why for 20 years of the hand of clock have not moved from a place?
I have mentioned here a calendar of Council of churches not because only at them it is possible to see this stopped clock. No, it is possible to see such picture in many communities of the country. Moreover, it is appreciable in many currents and confessions. That is it is the common misfortune of many believers. That time ignorance leads to a misfortune, it is told at Luke, 19:44. Meanwhile, at approach of New Year (in which already time!) again I have to observe such picture: to one brother have charged to draw a clock and to write the corresponding text to a New Year's feast. He has got down to business, and I on eyes on a sheet of paper had an image of the clock decorated with fur-tree branches and the text under them: « Behold, I come quickly », Rev.22:12. The Hour hand the brother has safely directed to figure 12, and minute, not reflecting, began to draw « five to 12»… Seeing it, I have asked the brother why throughout all our life of a hand of clock of last time have never moved from a place though ecclesiasts assure us, what the Christ can come today or tomorrow? Whether it is impossible to draw this hand, let us assume, « four to 12»?
- It is possible, - the brother has agreed and began to draw « four to 12», but has then reflected, and has shaded already drawn a minute hand.
- No, it is impossible, - after short meditation he has told, - they will not understand me; will tell why it I took « four to 12»? Everywhere it is accepted « five to 12 », otherwise there can be troubles. Fear of troubles has not allowed to the brother to act differently. But if it is impossible to draw « four to 12» why it is possible « five to 12»? Unless these minutes remains precisely 5 until when according to the gospel of St. Matthew, 25:6 at midnight, that is at 12 o'clock, shout will be heard: Behold, the Bridegroom comes? Passing one behind others many years and decades convincingly testify, that the image of clock with motionless hands has nothing in common with true. The God's clock showing last time, do not stand on a place. It is clearly visible from 20th chapter of the gospel of St. Matthew where there is a speech just about this clock: «And he (the Lord) went out about the THIRD HOUR, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. And said unto them: Go you also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the SIXTH and NINTH HOUR, and did likewise. And about the ELEVENTH HOUR he went out, and found others standing idle, and says unto them: Why stand you here all the day idle? » . As we see, hands of the God's clock moves, showing sometimes the third hour, sometimes the sixth, sometimes the ninth, sometimes and the eleventh. They do not stand idle, but a misfortune that anybody from those who draws « five to 12» does not know true indications of the God's clock, do not know what is the time on the God's clock now. Moreover, the thought to know time it is regards at them as almost heretical.