> I have been lead to read Acts 10. Cornelius had his vision at the
> hour" so did Peter. I have been trying to get the significance of the
> "ninth" hour and discovered that the "ninth" hour is
only used in the New
> Testament and never used in the Old Testament. In our time, what is the
> ninth hour equal to. Any help you can give me about the "ninth"
> be appreciated. Thank you.
The 9th hour is the same as 3 p.m. (Evening to evening---For example, the
12th hour would be the last hour of the day---about 6 p.m.)
Besides the fact that it had been four days to the hour since the voice came
to Cornelius, it was also the same hour that Christ died on the cross. The veil
was rent---the Old Covenant had passed away, and now, here, Peter is being
reminded of the full liberation of the Sons of God under this New Covenant. I
think the fact that 3 p.m. was highlighted twice in the story of Acts 10, that
therefore, Peter would have looked for why 3 p.m., and would have easily have
had his mind led by the Spirit to the 3 p.m. of the cross.
Moreover, Cornelius was a centurion; recall the other centurion at the foot
of the cross---at 3 p.m. ("9th hour") when Christ died---He said,
"Surely this was the Son of God." This scene was a forerunner of Acts
10 when the Gentiles begin to stream into the Church.
"And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole
land until the ninth hour.
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi,
lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou
35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he
36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and
gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to
take him down.
37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried
out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God."
I hope this helps.
His Servant, and may it always be so,