Is the present day Church in America ardently seeking the voice of the Holy Spirit in order to be a "discerner of the signs of
the times"
(7)  and without trepidation to follow His plan and purpose?  Isaiah 21:12 reads: "The watchman replies, "Morning
is coming, but also the night"; 'morning here represents blessing and the night judgment'.
(9)   The Church can function as a
'surrogate watchman' to the Holy Spirit. God chose the church as the Holy Spirit-empowered vehicle to bring the gospel of
Jesus Christ to the unsaved world and to become Christ's bride-in-waiting.
(10)  He did not choose the angelic host of
heaven to convey His gospel, rather He chose those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Let us pray that the present day
church: does not fall asleep on its watch; warns of eminent endangerment's (both physical and spiritual); signals the saints
of coming prophetic events chronicled in Scripture; and hearkens to the Spirit's voice as He gives His end-time harvest
invitation. The dilemma for the watchman always involves the strong likelihood of being singled out and dubbed
for being the bearer of pointed messages, for being a herald of God's prophetic voice and for being a proclaimer of God's
uncompromising righteousness. Is the church you attend serving as a 'surrogate watchman' to the Holy Spirit? ... If not,
how then is the Spirit really going to fully use it (the church) in His great end-time gathering of souls into the Kingdom of
the Son? ... "He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in
Him (Christ)".
America, with all of her prosperity and religious institutions, is in clarion need of a national time of repentance.  Until the
Church rises above its own quest for 'political correctness' and legislated separation from 'the state', this country will not
have the spiritual presence in 'statesmanship' it so desperately requires.  The preoccupation today with numerous well
publicized 'moral infractions' is a signal from the watchman's wall that the 'king has on no clothes' and he has been exposed
so that we might examine our own 'covered' (hidden) unrighteousness.  Adam attempted to cover his sin and the 'great
watchman' was forced to 'reveal him', do to his shameful attempt to hide from His righteousness.
(11)    Let us repent as a
nation, as the corporate church and as individuals, before the 'great watchman' has to remind us why He closed the east
gate in Eden
(12 ) and found such great disfavor with the Laodicean church (13).

Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
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"A Watchman's Dilemma"
A 'watchman' in the Old Testament was one who was set in place by the Lord and was given dual responsibilities: (a)
to warn the community of coming danger (e.g., by the sword) and (b) to hear a message the Lord would speak to him (e.g.,
conviction or judgment)
and bring that word to an individual or before the people.  A dilemma existed for the appointed
watchman when he had to decide if
(a) the approaching threat was an eminent danger or just a troublesome nuisance and (b)
would he deliver the word of warning even if that act would expose him to endangerment?.(1)  The Lord spoke to His
watchman Ezekiel, "When I
(the Lord) say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you (watchman) do not
speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you
(watchman) accountable
for his blood."
(2)   If the watchman 'did not speak out to dissuade (discourage) him', God would exercise a penalty against the
watchman as well as release judgment on the unrepentant sinner.  Conversely, "but if you (watchman) do warn the wicked
man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself".
(3)   Thank God
we live and walk in the
new covenant of "Jesus the mediator ... and to the blood of sprinkling".(4)   It is the 'blood of Christ',
the 'Paschal Lamb', that "cleanses us from all sin"
(5)  and no longer is the 'watchman-type' of the Old Testament held
'accountable for the sinner's blood'.  Since Pentecost the Holy Spirit has operated as the catalyst in the church to perform
(a) and (b) functions of a watchman: He warns of impending spiritual and physical dangers, He brings a message of
conviction for sin and He alerts those in the church to His Kingdom building plan
: ... "unless the Lord builds the house, its
builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."