The Watchmen

Updated: May 13, 2021

At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me. Ezekiel 3:16-17.

This word was shown to me at a time when I was feeling quite drained from the isolation and restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 lockdowns enforced in the city. With no outlet from my work and family commitments, I could feel the pressure mounting and my body and my psyche beginning to slowly cave in under it.

I had no energy left for my spiritual commitments. We had been separated from fellowship at church, our usual prayer life was interrupted, Bible study was becoming sparse and there was no “one on one” time with God in the midst of a cramped home-come-office-come-classroom environment.

It was all disorienting. Even the way I received this word was unexpected. It came to me in the often sluggish moments immediately after waking up in the morning. In fact, it was not until afterwards that I realized why it had come to me at that moment.

God was trying to illustrate the point of the message to me - to wake up, to remain watchful, to be vigilant in my spiritual mandate as His “Watchman.” I was being reminded of my role to sound out the warning He was giving me in these turbulent and trying times, because there were many who needed to hear it.

I know it came not only as a word of instruction and insight but also as a word of rebuke. There was much at stake for allowing myself to become complacent or weary at a time when I was required to be alert, on guard, watching and praying, interceding for those who needed me the most.

Our families, our friends, our communities and our nations were at stake. He was not just getting my attention. He was getting the attention of His Church. We were allowing ourselves to become prey to the enemy’s schemes by failing to continue our vigil, or worse still, by becoming incapable of discerning His voice and His will for this time.

We are called to be God’s “Watchman” in our nation’s at this time. We cannot be complacent and stand by idly whilst souls are dying, suffering affliction, confusion or being led astray by the lies perpetrated by the enemy.

We can see the signs of judgement coming upon the earth in the form of plagues, pestilences, natural disasters and social upheaval on a mass scale, yet many do not know how to respond to it or what to make of it.

Some choose to dismiss it as “hysteria” or “conspiracy” but irrespective of our personal opinions or views, we cannot ignore the fact that the world is worsening, fast approaching chaos and calamity that will eventually culminate in a final and destructive end. That is why we need to be sounding the alarm now, while people still have time to get their lives right with God.

We are appointed to be the voice of warning to those without knowledge of the Truth. How they choose to respond is not our concern. Our concern is to send out the warning. Speak the truth and warn them of what is coming, especially those with a prophetic calling or anointing upon their life, who are given wisdom, insight and foreknowledge of events to come.

In the verse immediately following the key scripture above it says,

If I say to the wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ but you do not warn him or speak out to warn him from his wicked way to save his life, that wicked man will die in his iniquity, and I will hold you responsible for his blood. But if you warn a wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness and his wicked way, he will die in his iniquity, but you will have saved yourself.” Ezekiel 3:18-19.

As was the case with Jonah, often we don’t want to do or say what God is calling us to, but it’s not our choice. It’s our duty. We have been given that privilege, and we will be held accountable for what we do or do not do with it. We must never forget the magnitude of the responsibility we carry and all that is at stake – the eternal destiny and future of many precious and fragile lives.

With such an incredible responsibility, is it no wonder that God requires our utmost commitment, even when to do so is our greatest challenge. Yet, we are reminded that we are never alone in this calling. He is always with us (Hebrews 13:5) and so are the army of watchmen all over the world rising up to sound the alarm to prepare the world for His imminent return! Amen!

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