Jesus Christ together with His disciples saw a blind man from birth. In preparation to healing that blind man, Christ spoke in John chapter 9:
“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (vv. 4-5)
God and His work has been the light of this world (Matt. 5:14; John 8:12). In this end time, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong brought the dawn of a new era in God’s Work– the Philadelphia era. God gave spiritual sight to many people through the end time Elijah– Christ came in the flesh through Mr. Armstrong. . He “restored all things” through him.
“…In actual fact, JESUS CHRIST was the end-time Elijah, THROUGH Mr. Armstrong! That is what it amounts to. That is Christ coming in the flesh and directly leading His Church. God works through a man.” (The Last Hour p.18)
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (v. 5)
Christ began to radiate His light, as a sun during daybreak, through the end-time Elijah when Mr. Armstrong gave his first sermon during the 1920’s (p.363-365, Autobiography of HWA). At that precise moment in time, Christ then came in the flesh and began to “restore all things” through Mr. Armstrong. That wonderful moment in the history of God’s Church was the beginning of a new day for God’s Work and the world – because Christ came in the flesh through a human being to introduce “the light of the world”. Hence, a NEW DAY DAWNS!
God reckons a single day by dividing the light from darkness – In Genesis 1, Moses wrote;
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (vv. 3-5)
Christ even quantified how many hours there are in daylight:
“Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.’” (John 11: 9-10, NIV).
(Of course, there are also twelve hours during night time that makes up a 24 hour day)
Here is what Jamieson-Faussett-Brown Commentary has to say regarding John 9:4;
I must work the work of him that sent me – a most interesting statement from the mouth of Christ; intimating, (1) that He had a precise work to do upon the earth, with every particular of it arranged and laid out to Him; (2) that all He did upon the earth was just “the works of God”- particularly “going about doing good,” though not exclusively by miracles; (3) that each work had its precise time and place in His programme of instructions, so to speak; hence, (4) that as His period for work had definite termination, so by letting any one service pass by its allotted time, the whole would be disarranged, marred, and driven beyond its destined period for completion;
There seems to be some kind of a coded message as to how long shall God’s Work will last in this end time: starting from the time when Christ came in the flesh through Mr. Armstrong – when “the light of the world” (Jesus Christ) radiated its first rays through the end-time Elijah in his first sermon during 1928 (i.e., like the daybreak, which is the first appearance of light in the sky as the sun rises at the beginning of a new day) – up to the time of the removal of the “the nail in the sure place.” Again as stated above: “He (God) had a precise work to do upon the earth; (and) that each work had its precise time and place in His programme of instructions” – so shall it be in this end time.
Since there are twelve hours in the day (light) and another twelve hours in the night (darkness) – Christ could be speaking of a duration of time in which He pertains to God’s Work in this end time wherein He gave a twelve hour countdown before darkness (night) comes. Darkness which is equivalent to the Great Tribulation – “…the night cometh, when no man can work.” Indeed, when the Great Tribulation strikes, no man can work except the two witnesses through whom Christ shall come in the flesh. (The Philadelphians during this time are already preparing for the Millennium in the place of safety.)
And as God the Father revealed to That Prophet from the epistle of the Apostle John that WE ARE IN THE LAST HOUR and that is to say, before darkness (Great Tribulation) engulf the entire world!
This last hour from the epistle of John could most probably be related to the twelve hour daylight that Jesus Christ uttered in John 11:9. If that would be the case, then after this last hour, the sun will set and there shall be an absence of light – the darkness of night will encompass the whole world. This could mean only one thing: when God’s Work through That Prophet is finished, the Great Tribulation begins. The work of the two witnesses commences.
Prior to the John 11:9 expression of Jesus Christ regarding the twelve hour day, His disciples said to Him in verse 8;
“‘But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?’” (NIV)
Jesus’ reply was very unusual,
“Are there not twelve hours of daylight?”
This pronouncement could mean, that it is not yet time for Him to suffer severe persecution for He has yet to finish His earthly ministry before something like that would happen. The same is true in this end time, God the Father would not yet allow the world to severely persecute His Church unless the Work is finished – while it is day. But we are now in the last hour of the day. After this hour, the night comes.
So like Christ, God’s Church ought to finish God’s Work while there is still “the light of the world” through That Prophet, because the sun is about to set and it has to hide its power (“And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.” [Hab. 3:4]). Henceforth, God’s Church is exhorted in John 9:4; “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”