One of the things I have been praying for understanding of, is the concept of watchmen. It is mentioned many times in the Bible, both old and new testament. It was a very important role in the times of the Bible, with significant responsibilities. Jesus himself used the word watchmen and also repeatedly mentioned: to be watchful, watch.
What I have been lead to is Ezekiel. We that are awake and aware of the signs have a greater responsibility.
A lot of this stuff I post on here is, well, somewhat negative. “A Downer” as one of my friends would say. I want to explain to you why, as my attention is not to put a negative tone on the last days we live in, for Christians it should be something to celebrate. It is the feeling of greater responsibility and gratitude that drives me.
A while back when i started this blog due to the leading of the Lord, I did so with a searing passion to wake people up. That passion still exists but may have cooled slightly, as I feel hearts are hardening to the message. I still feel I have a duty to post these signs when I see them, and unfortunately most of them tend to be negative.
Just like there is a greater responsibility for our spiritual leaders, I believe there is a greater responsibility, duty, accountability, what ever you want to call it, for those that are awake and see the signs: the watchmen.
God talks about this twice in Ezekiel: both Ezekiel 3:17-19 and again in Ezekiel 33:1-11.
Ezekiel 33 – (NKJV)
The Watchman and His Message
33 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’
7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. (emphasis mine)
What is it they say about when something is repeated in the Bible? It is important!
The Lord holds those that know and say nothing accountable.
Do I think you or I could lose our salvation over it?
God promises us once we are His that no one can take that away. But on that glorious day when I kneel before my Lord, I want Him to say “well done, good and faithful servant”. We are responsible to shine our light into the world.
That being said, I want to start including more about how positive these events are for us Christians. It is not something to fear but rejoice and anticipate with excitement.
As the title of my blog states, Paul called it his “blessed hope”, and it is my blessed hope as well.
Titus 2:12-14 – (NIV1984)
12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (emphasis mine)
Nothing “blessed” could ever be bad or scary, we are to comfort one another with this knowledge.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 – (NKJV)
The Day of the Lord
5 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (emphasis mine)
When Christ raptures His bride, there will be no more pain, no more tears, no more worries, no more sin, only rejoicing for ever more!
What a promise!
Can we count on it? We reassured by the fact that God is batting 1.000 when it comes to fulfilling His Word (prophecy).
We are the blessed generation that will see the return of our Lord that all our brothers and sisters in Christ before us longed for. We will be with them and our Lord soon in heaven.