Updated: Dec 13, 2018
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. (Ezekiel 3:17)
When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. (Ezekiel 33:3)
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Watchmen were stationed on the walls of high towers to diligently survey the land for enemies coming from a distance. When the watchmen were positioned, the rest of the city could go about their business safely, knowing that the alarm would sound if an enemy was spotted. When the horn was blown, the people would prepare for the coming battle and were not caught off guard. But if the watchman did not pay attention, an enemy could overtake the city without any warning.
God often uses language from our natural world to describe spiritual concepts so we can draw on them as a reference. God desires for us to understand deep spiritual truths. He does not want us to be unaware and caught off guard! When I was at the Glory Conference at Calvary Lighthouse Church God lead me to create “Watchmen Wake Up” in the middle of the week. When I made this piece I honestly didn’t understand why. I thought to myself, “It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the rest of the service. Perhaps I didn’t listen to God well enough. Perhaps I made a mistake.” But as the week progressed the Lord showed me just how important this piece really was. It was a message He was delivering constantly to the ones that needed to hear it. I know with absolute certainty that the position of the watchman is just as invaluable now as it was then. But instead of physical enemies we are called to fight spiritual battles.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
God doesn’t want us unaware of the forces at work beyond our natural senses. This is why He has given us scripture to sound the warning, “Be aware! Be Alert! There is more going on than what you see.” What battle can be won if we are not e