On May 31st, 1859, a sound rang out in London, England for the first time. It was the first ringing of the 13.7 metric ton bell known as London’s Big Ben. Housed in the 320-foot-tall Elizabeth Tower, its signature pealing of the hour is something visitors to London anticipate hearing and natives to London find assuring that all is well in their fair city.
Architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin designed the clock tower and the project began on September 28, 1845. “Inside, there is a spiral staircase with 290 stone steps up to the clock room, followed by 44 to reach the belfry, and an additional 59 to the top of the spire.”1 Gas lamps originally lit the four-sided clock faces. However, at the turn of the 20th c., electric lighting was installed.
Sadly, Pugin never got to see his design built. The plans for the tower were finished in 1852. Within weeks of delivering the plans, Pugin suffered some form of mental collapse while travelling home to London by train. By the time he arrived home, he was unable to speak coherently nor could he recognize anyone. Time spent in an asylum helped Pugin regain at least the recognition of his wife. However, Pugin died at the age of 40, seven months after the mental break.
Big Ben is famously known for its accuracy. Upon creation, it was required to be accurate to one second at the stroke of the hour. The Keeper of the Clock is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the time, making adjustments when necessary, as well as winding the clock three times a week, a process taking one and a half hours.
During its existence, Big Ben has been silent several times. Just two months after it sounded for the first time, a crack was found in the bell, causing the clock to be silent for three years. Heavy snowfall resting on the hands of the clock has caused it to stop. And, numerous renovation projects have silenced Big Ben. Currently, Big Ben has been silent since August 2017 to protect the ears of workers as an extensive conservation project is undertaken. “The painstaking renovation work will involve dismantling and restoring each cog of the Great Clock, piece-by-piece.”2
The deep, resonating sounds announcing midnight serve as an ominous reminder of something the Lord said. As John the Revelator penned those final words in Scripture, Jesus said to him, “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 22:10)
Daniel was given just the opposite instruction after writing his words of prophecy. God told Daniel, “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” (Daniel 12:9)
It’s now time for those words to be unsealed. God’s prophetic timetable is certainly in motion and believers should be able to sense that the clock is about to strike midnight.
As I look around in our world, in my lifetime and especially in the last few years, I have seen attitudes shift globally concerning governmental control. Freedoms are swiftly being revoked. Mandates are treated as law and the masses are following in a zoned-out compliance. The stage is being set.
Your COVID vaccination status is becoming your ticket to travel and to do a variety of things. No vaccination means no participation. The State of Connecticut just revoked the exemption for parents who for religious reasons do not want to have their children immunized. Again, immunizations will be mandatory to go to public school, day care, college, etc.3 Religious rights are trampled in the street while very few even seem to notice, much less care.
Can we not hear the clock chiming? Can we not hear how easy it will be to slip in something prophetically promised during the Tribulation Period? Revelation 13:16-18, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (18) Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
These ARE the last days, my friends. Yes, we should hear the clock ticking. The midnight hour is about to sound. But rather than listen for a chime, we are to be listening for “a shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God.”
Till then, stay strong, Christian and resist succumbing to the pull of secular thought and reason.