The first watchman/intercessor/prophet, Abraham hearing God
The watchman’s note on 2013 1st January: The watchman opened his blog page and saw this blog post this morning. Awesome. He just ended an overnight (count-down) meeting with a small group of brethren at the end of 2012. They started from around 9pm on 31-12-2012 and finished the meeting by 1am on 1-1-2013. The meeting was led by the Lord Holy Spirit, in worship, prayers, and in reading the Bible. They also watched sections of an Abraham movie (on the calling of Abraham and the offering of Isaac as a sacrificial lamb).
The watchman did not know what to share when he was asked to have this meeting yesterday. he trusted the Lord will guide them to read the message He sent. So in the afternoon he rested for two hours. When he opened the Bible he was led to read Abraham. He then realized he had a VCD of Abraham featuring Richard Harris. He remembered the scene of him kneeling in the wild, by a stream, in awe, as God spoke to him. So the watchman found the VCD and watched those awesome and touching scenes (with equally haunting music in the background as Abraham led his own family and left his country, family, and father’s house).
The sharing of the year end’s Word therefore came from Genesis 12:1-9.
So after midnight the small gathering of friends and brethren watched those two episodes: the calling of Abraham and the offering of his most loved, Isaac. During the gathering the brethren rededicated themselves to the Lord with proclamation of the New Covenant (remembering that it was set by Jesus’ blood, as He declared in Matt.26:28). The brethren parted around 2am.
When the watchman woke this morning he turned to his travel Bible it opened to this verse, 2 Kings 13:23 (NKJV) “23 But the Lord was gracious to them, had compassion on them, and regarded them, because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not yet destroy them or cast them from His presence.”
______________________Original Post on 7/30/2011
It is hard to explain why anyone would want to be called to be a watchman. Indeed, there is no explanation. The watchman has come to this conclusion lately. He finds that the messages received in his spirit are increasingly difficult to pass on given his nature. Yet he has to obey. Often he has to contradict others and cause ‘unhappy’ feelings. (The reason: he ‘sees’ and they cannot. Those who see are the minority minority).
Sometimes even his own loved ones are offended and consider him without tact. Many times he has to choose between listening to man or to God. When he is certain what he hears is from God he does not hesitate anymore. He has no choice really. He has to choose God everytime.
One day he could not take it so he asked the Lord his mission on earth. Then he was shown Exodus 28:29-30 on Aaron’s duties. When he goes before the Lord he has to represent his people. When he goes in before the Lord he has to determine the Lord’s will for his people. An intercessor/prophet does these two jobs.
Can he ‘resign’ being a watchman? Can he not see into the spiritual realm’s reality and give warnings? Can he stop his ear from hearing or his eyes from seeing what others do not hear or see in the physical realm?
Can a man choose his spiritual calling?
These are the questions he is asking himself. Of course there are temporary ‘advantages’ in being ignorant of spiritual matters and matters concerning God. One can live in blissful oblivion and not knowing why things happen the way they happen and knowing what to do even when the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. This would also mean choosing not to believe in the Bible, because the Bible is spiritual and is all about the supernatural spiritual God.
This is not a stance the watchman dares to take.
The watchman looks to the Bible for comfort and assurance of his stance. He can find a lot of examples of how those who see into the spiritual realm and obey God had suffered in the hands of men.
Jesus Himself is the number One example. His Apostles and disciples are expected to suffer the same. The godly and faithful prophets had suffered the same fate, and many were even killed when they faithfully carried out their assignments.
He has just finished reading a detailed spiritual testimony by a former medical consultant. He realized now that the reality of the spiritual realm cannot be disputed. Yet, reading the 40 pages long testimony would be like reading a science fiction to many sceptics (Christian or non-Christian). He can understand how the brethren must have felt giving the testimony.
The Lord lamented in Hosea 4:6, “My people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge (Knowledge of God)”.
Hosea 9:8 “The prophet is a watchman over Israel for my God, yet traps were laid for him wherever he goes. He faces hostility even in the house of God.”
Hosea 9:7 “Because of your great sin and hostility, you say, “the prophets are crazy and the inspired men are fools.”
The good news is, Jesus has foreseen all these and assured his followers:
Luke 6:22-23 (NLT)
“What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.”
“Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.”
Truly, the blessings and rewards for followers of Jesus and who choose to obey God are limitless and will not be shakened when the Day of the Lord comes.