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What does it mean to be a watchman? A Bible study.

Submitted: July 17, 2013

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Submitted: July 17, 2013




Last week a friend wrote me the following question: "what exactly does it mean to be a watchman?" A good question. The word watchman——in the way I use it——is prophetic, and differs from the original job in several ways.

A watchman is someone who keeps watch. In ancient times he was appointed to walk the walls during the night and sound the alarms in times of danger. Now the nations of the earth are turning their backs on Israel, HaShem appoints modern-day watchmen. They interpret the scriptures and realize the appointed time has come——HaShem arose to have compassion on Zion——and the end is at the horizon. They see that the state of Israel is a direct fulfillment of scripture. They see that Israel hasn't lost one single war. They understand that when HaShem is on the move, he wants his children to come along. Without falter they support, bring good tidings of salvation and proclaim that HaShem will save them from their enemies.

Most religious leaders criticize Israel for doing HaShem’s work. What is his work? Read the prophets: "They [Israel] will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them." (Ezekiel 28:26). Open your ears; these are the words of HaShem, your maker——and there are many other scriptures in which he proclaims the same things. Many preachers, however, talk about illegal housebuilding, occupied territories, boycotts of Israeli products, and the poor oppressed Palestinians (Nonsense 3:16). This way religion opposes the God of Israel.

Watchmen do not agree with religion. They will never be silent until HaShem fulfilled the promises to his firstborn son (Isaiah 62:6). They stand in the gap for Israel.

Why? Because HaShem himself does.

"This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am extremely jealous for Jerusalem and Zion… for anyone who touches you, touches the pupil of his eye.'" (Zechariah 1:14, 2:8b)

Watchmen call for repentance. To turn from self-centered religion, and to become extremely zealous for Zion—to love and support the firstborn son. HaShem’s heart burns for Jacob, so should ours.

"But so does ours," I hear you say, "we even have the Israel Sunday." One Israel Sunday a year? That’s an insult to the God we worship. Isn’t he called the Adonai of Israel? Doesn't he ask us to never be silent, not by day and not by night?

In Isaiah 62:6 watchmen are referred to as “mazkirim;” secretaries. Most translators don’t know what to do with a word like that——it conflicts with their theology——so they write: “those who call upon the Lord.” A better translation would be: "You, who assist the Lord by reminding Him." That‘s what a watchman does. He sees the promises HaShem made to His people in his great love, and he shouts, "Lord, remember your promise. Fulfill your word speedily."

Can we do that? Absolutely. The Lord calls us to shout and proclaim (Isaiah 52:8). He tells us to give ourselves no rest, and give him no rest. In other words, go out and be annoying, lift up your voice without fear. He doesn't want to have a single night of sleep.

We must realize that we are sons and daughters of the Almighty. This means that we have an open communication with him. Do not underestimate the authority you have in Yeshua. Stop bowing your head——look up, don’t be shy. HaShem wants to look into your eyes and he longs to hear your voice.

Doesn't this mean that we should just pray? Absolutely not. HaShem has told us hundreds of times that he will do it. If the Almighty says he is going to restore Jerusalem and he is going to make her the praise of the earth, we must know there’s no point in asking Him.

But then, why does HaShem want us to remind him? In the first place because it’s worship to speak of his mighty work. I know it’s hard to understand for Calvinistically conditioned brains——but pray about it. We extol his name when we acknowledge that HaShem can—and will—do the impossible.

Can these bones live? ——Yes, and they will.

Second, the proclamations shake the heavenly realms with the most powerful words ever written. We utter the victory of the Adonai of Israel. We remind every entity——in every dimension——of the greatness of his Name.

“…and all other gods will shudder.”
(Borgazur – Graven Image of the beau Ideals)


Third, the shouts from the walls churn believers out of their slumber parties, and force them to choose: are you with me, or against? It is amazing to see how many believers have had their eyes opened by hearing the proclamation of scripture. You see, being a watchman differs from being a Christian, as Christian theology leaves no room for this behavior.

A watchman raises his voice for Israel, tries to wake up the world, tries to understand what the Lord is doing, and reminds him of his promises. A watchman watches, keeps track of the time and looks ahead. He’s not silent, he warns others, even when it would destroy his reputation; he screams, even when it brings people to tears or provokes their anger. He’d rather die than abandon HaShem’s beloved——he’d rather go to war than turn his back to the truth. He shows Yeshua will soon come to his Israel.

A watchman wouldn't want to miss any of it, not for the world… Would you?

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