When the clock strikes midnight, most people are asleep. But in the realm of the spirit, when the ether's clock strikes midnight, everyone should be wide awake, spiritually. Being awake spiritually means being cognizant of the times in which we live and of their prophetic significance.
There are no prophecies written in the Torah or in the Christian Bible that had their origin in the minds of men. Every prophecy of Scripture originated with the Holy Spirit of God. God's prophecies are given for the purpose of teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training us in righteousness. They enable us to understand how, when and why God's purposes will manifest, and what we need to do in order to remain faithful. They also empower us to the extent that they speak of God's future glory.
One of the most powerful prophecies in Scripture is written in the book of Daniel. It speaks of a devastation coming to the earth during the reign of the final earthly kingdom. The leader of that kingdom, a man of intrigue who rises to power almost imperceptibly, is given authority and power to do things to the earth and to its people that previously were unimaginable. His reign began in September 2013 and he is scheduled to reign for 3-1/2 years. Leaders of countries throughout the world continue to give him their authority and power, fearing that if they fail to do so, they would be at risk physically, professionally or politically.
When the darkness is such that it becomes overwhelming, those who recognize the prophetic signs of the times know that it is midnight. They know that it is time to prepare their hearts and minds. They also know that it is soon after midnight that the final trumpet, the seventh trumpet, will sound (see Revelation 11:15-19). The seventh trumpet signals the commencement of Christ's millennial reign on earth. It will be the time when righteousness and adherence to spiritual law becomes commonplace.
Throughout the world, people of every nation and tongue are preparing for a global shift in consciousness. They know the signs of the times. Jews and Muslims have spent billions of dollars making extravagant preparations to welcome their coming Messiah. They too know the signs of the times. Even atheists know that life as they know it is about to change. But just as was prophesied in Luke 14:15-24, many "Christians" are on the verge of being excluded from the banquet in the kingdom of God.