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 even aware of it raging around us? If you do not pick up your weapon or put on your armor, your enemy will overpower you. You cannot say to yourself, “My weapon is powerful so no one can hurt me” and then never pick it up. . .
God has elected some in the body of Christ as Watchmen. They have the ability to see and hear and know what the powers of darkness are planning so His people are alerted to the battle.
The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?”
“It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!” (2 Kings 6:11–12)
Just as God protected His people from physical enemies, revealing the plans of the enemy to His watchman, Elisha, God will reveal spiritual attacks to His watchmen today. My time at the conference this week was truly amazing. God worked on my heart and brought me to a place where I could step out into who I was created to be. But there was another side to this conference that many did not see. I was in a constant state of battle, aware at all times. I was constantly praying because the Lord was showing me what was out of place or unprotected. There were times of extreme urgency to pray for protection for the ministers. There were times God showed me to pray in the sanctuary before people arrived because there were spiritual forces at work that were not of God trying stop what the Lord was doing there. There was an incident where one of the members was in danger for a time but when God revealed it, the prayer warriors brought them back to safety. There are very real spiritual things at work that can manifest in the world we do see. God knows those things before they happen and we have to listen carefully so we can pick up our weapons and fight those battles that are unseen.