First of all, let me tell you what a watchman is not. Being a watchman is not a ministerial office or position. It does not take a special calling or gifting to be a watchman. All of us are watchmen. To be a watchman is to take a position of humility and devotion in service to the King and the Kingdom of God. I define a watchman as one who climbs to a high place so he can see far and is:
- Actively Attentive to all God is saying and doing
- Awake and Alert even in the darkest time of the night
- Aware of times and seasons
- sounding an Alarm to warn people of either an approaching enemy or the returning King
“The true watchman is someone who watches God, Who is the Chief Watchman–beholding Him in His awesome majestic glory, and what He is doing.” –Tom Hess, founder; Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations
So, when we watch God, what is the amazing thing that we see? That He Himself is watching! What is He watching? He watches over His Word, and He watches over us.
“Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:12
“The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.” Psalm 121:8
If God is watching over His word, then we, as watchman, should study Scripture so that we know what He said that has been fulfilled, what is in the process of being fulfilled, and what is yet to be fulfilled. We also need to be people of worship and prayer who dwell and abide in the presence of the Lord listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. We need both–knowledge of the Scripture and intimate knowledge of the leading of the Holy Spirit to remain balanced. When we know His word, we can stand in agreement with Him, declaring and decreeing His precious promises and the desires of His heart until all are accomplished.
Knowing that God is watching over us and is fully acquainted with all our ways and all that is happening in our lives should give us tremendous comfort, as well as cause us to watch our lives to ensure that we are bringing Him honor, even during the times when we are alone. When we are alone we display our true character, and it is God who rewards us for what we do in the secret place. We also need to remember that people are watching us: our family, our friends, strangers, and especially our children. Our children watch us, learn from us and imitate us. The picture below is very precious to me. My husband, Bruce, sitting at our kitchen table reading his Bible, and our three-year-old son, Aaron, got his Bible and joined his Daddy.
On January 1, 2011, I heard the Lord say to me,
“Ask of Me the desires of My heart, and I will show you the Kingdom.
Ask of Me the desires of My heart, and I will reveal mysteries.
Ask of Me the desires of My heart, and I will explain hidden knowledge.
Ask of Me the desires of My heart, and I will join your heart to Mine, and My desires will become yours.
Ask of Me the desires of My heart, and your eyes will see what I see, and your ears will hear what I hear–the cry of My people for Me. I hear their cry, and I will act.”
People may wonder why I’m so preoccupied with Israel, Jerusalem, the Jewish people, the Middle East, Jewish Roots of Christianity, Hebrew, etc. Years ago I made a commitment to the Lord to lay down my own dreams, desires and plans and take up His. I knew that if I gave myself to make His dreams come true that He would take care of fulfilling my dreams. I have not been disappointed.
Why do I stand for Jerusalem? Simple. Jerusalem is dear to God’s heart.
When Solomon completed the Temple in Jerusalem, during the time the Temple was consecrated and dedicated to the Lord, God appeared to Solomon and said, “For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy–a place where My Name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to My heart.” (2 Chronicles 7:16 NLT)
Referring to this Scripture, 2 Kings 21:4 states that Jerusalem is “the place where the Lord had said, ‘My Name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” Then again in verse 7, “…My Name will be honored in this Temple and in Jerusalem–the city I have chosen from among the tribes of Israel.”
The city of Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times throughout the Bible and God’s people are commanded to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper.” (Psalm 122:6)
It is quite an experience coming into Jerusalem driving from the desert. As you approach Mount Scopus you enter a tunnel. It’s quite a long tunnel that gets darker and darker, and then all of a sudden you come out of the tunnel and the first thing your eyes see is the Old City of Jerusalem, and its beauty takes your breath away–even though you see the dirt, grime and the wear and tear of the city, nonetheless it is beautiful. Then you get out of the bus on top of the Mount of Olives and walk down a steep winding path that ends at the Garden of Gethsemane. Within the garden, the tour guide points out two olive trees. One is 2,000 years old and the other is 3,000 years old. Then you glance over your shoulder and see the Temple mount, and all of a sudden it hits you. Those trees were here when Jesus wept and prayed and lamented over Jerusalem, and your heart breaks as you hear His voice crying, “O Jerusalem! Jerusalem!” Then you get it. Jerusalem is not a metaphor. It is a very real place, and it is dear to God’s heart, and His desire is for Jerusalem to be restored and to recognize her Messiah and cry out “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.”