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watchman’s calling: walking by supernatural power

romans 16:20The events in recent years have confirmed how Christian watchmen must walk by supernatural power. There are keys to be practiced: abiding in the presence of the Almighty (under His shadow) at all times; staying in His peace; storing His words in the heart; Applying His words and the authority of the name of Jesus; taking control over natural elements and physical matters; speaking into the spiritual/supernatural realm. Does this sound like unnatural? Yes. God is Spirit. Jesus is Spirit. The Holy Spirit is Spirit. Jesus says that His words are spirit and life. He says that the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in believers and explains His words to us, tells us things to come, draws us to recall what Jesus has said to us. Jesus says that He and His Father (God) Himself will come to live in those who love Him. All these have been very true to those who believe and walk accordingly in the Spirit and by flesh.

No Christian can overcome the current situation which involves the natural elements and physical matters. The Spirit can. Those who walk by the Spirit can. For those Christians who have been praying with Spirit-filled watchmen/intercessors/prophets/apostles of Jesus Christ, who know Grace and Truth that came through Jesus Christ, baptized by Jesus with fire (Holy Spirit), you would have known how significant the power of Spirit-led, faith-filled prayers are!

I read that Lance Wallnau is one of the three Christian leaders who accurately predicted the coming to power of the Cyrus/President during the last US election. I am amazed. Because I received the same prompt/broadcast in the spiritual realm too starting on June 30th 2016, first regarding Brexit, and then the US election, both of which would bring the shift in the economy. I took the faith in action ahead of the pack in economic decisions. The prophecies came to pass. This is just a personal testimony of a small person who is determined to hear the Lord in the Spirit based on the Bible verse, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17) This is my personal revelation word. I take it literally. I apply it by faith daily in every aspect of my life. This is how a Christian must walk to live the abundant life Jesus has come to give us.

Coming back to the current wind and storm. What shall a Christian do? Same as above. Be focused on Jesus and His authority. Use your position as His disciple. Read John if you are uncertain. Read Romans. Read all the letters Paul wrote to the churches. Read Acts. Read Luke. Read how the Holy Spirit can help you and give you the utterances. Speak to the wind. Speak to the storm. Speak to the waves. Speak to your personal hurricanes. Command.

Zechariah 4:7
‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”

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A watchman’s call: What is God’s ultimate intention for prophecies?

true prophetFor all prophets today. Although I do not agree with all that Austin had said here in his thought provoking article, I still perceive that some points he brought up is relevant today for those who walk in the prophetic gift. He asked us to focus on the ultimate purpose of God’s revelation. This is the focus for prophets old and new.

Many of us now know that God did not bring failures as all good gifts come from God. So our failures in the past were results of our not hearing the Lord’s counsel or worse chose to listen to the spiritual adversaries or our own foolish and proud minds. We know by now we cannot blame God for He is not the one responsible for human choices.

On the other hand, Austin’s point on keeping a prophet’s focus on the ultimate purpose of God for the big picture is relevant. Many times this watchman has been brought back to this track. Sometimes I read the book of Jeremiah and wonder why prophet Jeremiah chose to remain in Jerusalem and eventually had to follow the doomed group of disobedient and unbelieving Israelites who went to Egypt instead of heeding the Lord’s advice through the prophet Jeremiah to go to Babylon. The power of Babylon had promised Jeremiah protection in Babylon and Jerusalem/Judah whichever place he chose to reside. But Jeremiah clearly received from the Lord the safety and prosperity the Lord would grant to the Israelites in Babylon. He was promised freedom and special treatment. But he chose not to go the safe land. I ask myself, if I were Jeremiah what would I have chosen? Safety and comfort or otherwise?

When I look at some of today’s prophets I have noted the same choices of Jeremiah’s. They are prophets apostles in the frontiers blazing the trail for the lost to return to the Lord and the Father. They know the ultimate purpose of God. they follow the heart of God. They are not concerned with their own personal safety and comfort. They are compelled by the Father’s love.*

* Excerpts quoted from online sources about what happened to Jeremiah:
“When Jerusalem finally fell, Jeremiah was released from prison by the Babylonians and offered safe conduct to Babylonia, but he preferred to remain with his own people. So he was entrusted to Gedaliah, a Judaean from a prominent family whom the Babylonians appointed as governor of the province of Judah. The prophet continued to oppose those who wanted to rebel against Babylonia and promised the people a bright and joyful future.
After Gedaliah was assassinated, Jeremiah was taken against his will to Egypt by some of the Jews who feared reprisal from the Babylonians. Even in Egypt he continued to rebuke his fellow exiles. Jeremiah probably died about 570 BC. According to a tradition that is preserved in extrabiblical sources, he was stoned to death by his exasperated fellow countrymen in Egypt.”

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The watchman is led today to intercede for prophets. He had never been asked to do this before. He realized then that there are currently events going on involving prophets. So he obeyed and prayed in the spirit. He was then led to read Isaiah 51 and 52.

Isaiah 51:7; 16 New Living Translation (NLT)

“Listen to me, you who know right from wrong,
you who cherish my law in your hearts.
Do not be afraid of people’s scorn,
nor fear their insults.

16 And I have put my words in your mouth
and hidden you safely in my hand…

He recalled the verse from 2 Peter 1:19 “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

Here is a classic article…

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a watchman’s random rambling account of direction and ministry: Behold the greatness of God!

1 corinthians 14:1This watchman has been asking and seeking the Lord about currently relevant ministry and direction in the last five years after obeying the call to be scattered, move out and go north. The verses received included what God told Moses to move out and what Solomon advised to sow on many waters for harvests.

The changes were drastic and fast-paced after launching out by faith. After returning from a series of travel and living in the poorest and richest nations in the world, there began a time of writing, translating, and word-processing in different languages. There was a need to learn to upgrade the use IT of and internet amenities. There was a need to use the latest social and multi-media and word processing tools.

Lately there started a time to revise and apply educational knowledge stored in the mind as well as the spirit for “inner healing” or rather mind/thought pattern counseling to deconstruct chronic “malignant” (malfunction) behavioral pattern that had resulted adversed physical and mental effects, and to input and construct fresh thought and behavioral pattern to align with the original perfect design (that includes divine health and wellness functioning) of the Creator. This latest assignment is the most difficult as human innate stubbornness appears to obstruct every effort to align with the Lord’s purpose. The motto the watchman has been reminded repeatedly is: “Exercise patience and endurance in the love of God” when carrying out such healing assignments. The Lord’s love which is indeed the power behind our service must compel and motivate any ministry action, and the healing way is through faith under His grace.

Lately there has been a wave of revelation of the supernatural direction and increase that the lord has been working on and enabling throughout the globe: the raising up of a generation of young people who love the Lord. They have encountered Jesus Christ, are walking by the Spirit, being discipled on the solid rock of the Word of God, set their hearts after the Lord’s heart, and are passionate for the lost, the poor and the young. Their hearts are fixed and focused on the Lord and His goodness. The generation of revivalists in the former century has left behind a spiritual revival legacy and today we can see the evidence and fruit all over the world in many continents. The signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit moving today confirming the witnessing for Jesus and His words being preached as in the book of Acts are undeniable and real to even the hardest and unbelieving hearts. There are: the love for the Spirit, radical abandonment, and evangelism.

The sharing of this random rambling is to encourage and exhort perhaps a few lone watchmen out there who may be presently seeking the Lord’s fresh direction to venture out and look at the magnificent view beyond the present mountain top. Yes, many years ago the Lord (through another watchman) had urged this watchman to leave a comfort zone and venture out where the greatness of God is being beheld by “eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts that understand.” The prayers of Paul (and this watchman praying Paul’s prayers) in his letter to the Ephesians (chapters 1 & 3) had been answered.

Here are some of the quotes that I find very relevant and refreshing reminders today:
God is not about using the mighty but the willing. He is not into using amazing people, just ones who prepared to lay their lives down to him. God is not looking for extraordinary, exceptionally gifted people, just laid down lovers of Jesus who will carry his glory with transparency and not take it for themselves. Heidi Baker
If you have God’s presence, you have favor. One minute of God’s presence can accomplish more than 20 years of your striving.
Heidi Baker
Yes, God wants you to do signs and wonders. But the love of God manifested through you is what people really need. So you first must see His face. You must become so close to His very heartbeat that you can feel what others feel. Heidi Baker
If you are not in love you’ll never keep going…Our overwhelming desire for God produces endurances and welcomes revival. This love for Him accomplishes much and never fails. Stacey Campbell
We don’t seek God’s power, we seek His presence. His power & everything else we need is always found in His presence.. John Wimber
We must realize that the ministries and gifts of the Spirit are for everyday life, not just meetings. Rick Joyner
Every revival in history seems to be the result of a few people becoming so hungry for God that they wanted Him more than oxygen. Those who have such hunger will not be denied. It’s time to seek a revival that becomes the most famous address in the world. It’s time to seek a move of God that won’t quit moving. Rick Joyner
You know your mind is renewed when the impossible looks logical. Bill Johnson
Any revelation from God’s Word that does not lead us to an encounter with God only serves to make us more religious. The Church cannot afford ‘form without power,’ for it creates Christians without purpose. Bill Johnson
People who refuse to step out and be used by God become the critics of those who do. Risk takers, the ones who thrill the heart of God, become the targets of those who never fail because they seldom try. Bill Johnson
Every gift of the Holy Spirit is a service gift! Stacey Campbell

Ephesians 4:11-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
“I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons & your daughters will prophesy,– Joel 2:29
“Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy” – 1 Corinthians 14:1

Watchman’s adventure: an impossible mission

John 7:3738This daughter took the bother to ask her father for more. She urged her husband to ask for the land from her father first. Then she went to see her father and asked for more. She asked for the springs of water. And she was given accordingly. This historical record reminds me of what the Lord Jesus told the disciples, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13) In the same context, Jesus assured the disciples that the individual believer will do what Jesus did and even greater works because he will have the Holy Spirit dwelling in him forever. Jesus went on to reinforce this truth, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:16, 23)

Watchman’s notes:
My recent month-long experience has again proven this important truth. In a humanly impossible challenge I had no backup except the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit in me. When I looked at the “mountain” I cried out silently that it was impossible for me to move it. But I heard the calling. Just take one step at a time. Said the Lord. I was reminded to be faithful in the small things and then move on to the bigger things. Just speak to the mountain. I was told. At first I thought I would be there for seven days but I soon realized I had to add more days. In total I spent 25 days (with a short Easter break of 4 days) on the assignment.

No words can adequately describe the physical, mental and emotional “torment”. But the goal was worthy. In my utterly depressed moment I heard this word, “What you are doing to the least of My brother, you are doing to Me.” I learned that to the Lord, a life is more valuable than anything else. In this instance, to bring to physical and spiritual safety and care of an old Christian widow.
Looking back, I realize that because God is with me and in me the mission is completed within a miraculously short time. In His light, in His power and in His authority. In the name of Jesus. By the faith of the Son of God in me. By the power of the grace of God. All I did was daily aligning my action with His clearly expressed will and continued to put faith into action as led by the Holy Spirit and His word.

Was I equipped? I believe I was. Prior Easter I was led in my spirit to undertake 21 days of fasting (mainly Daniel fast) until April 13. When I had to embark on the mission I still had about five more days of fasting to do. Although I did not treat it as a legalistic ritual I continued to believe in the spiritual purpose and take light food and only one main meal a day throughout the mission (except for the four days of Easter break when I flew to another city to have a reunion with my loved ones).

The most important thing I have learned out of this experience is that God is love. His unfathomable love even for the least significant person in the eyes of human. For all who believe and become sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, and are baptized into Christ (put on Christ), there is “neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28)

The Land Given to Caleb (Joshua 15:13-19)
13 The Lord commanded Joshua to assign some of Judah’s territory to Caleb son of Jephunneh. So Caleb was given… 14 Caleb drove out the three groups of Anakites…
15 From there he went to fight against the people living in…16 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.” 17 Othniel, the son of Caleb’s brother Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife.
18 When Acsah married Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What’s the matter?”
19 She said, “Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

Jesus Promises Living Water
John 7:37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”[a] 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given,[b] because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)

Footnotes:
7:37-38 Or “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from the heart of anyone who believes in me.’”
7:39 Several early manuscripts read But as yet there was no Spirit. Still others read But as yet there was no Holy Spirit.

watchman/intercessor update (03202017)

Matthew 26:56Today I note that nine out of ten of the top posts in this blog are about watchman/intercessor. Someone is reading this topic at this kairos time in season. The related blogs were written during 2009-2013. I am led now to give an update to the watchman/intercessor(s) who have visited and perhaps are still reading some of my previous articles on this subject. I would simplify mattes using Q and A mode as follows: (This is not an exhaustive list.)

Q: are those articles still valid today?
A: read with prayers. I suggest you pray in tongue. Ask the Holy Spirit.

Q: as I am still new to hearing the Holy Spirit, which aspects of the articles shall I ask for discernment and perhaps discard?
A: everything that demands a legalistic adherence to the Laws of Moses.

Q: please give me a general guidance when reading the articles.
A: pray in tongue. Open your Bible. Read the Bible as you find verses that speak to you in the articles. Do not take things for granted. Ask the Lord.

Q: if some of the articles are outdated, why are you still keeping them?
A: they are not outdated. They were reflections of a series of Kairos time which our watchman has gone through at different periods. We keep them as a mirror. Someone may be going through similar growing up phases. The testimonies show how things in the spiritual can be overcome.

Q: what shall I be aware of or beware of?
A: Legalistic religious ritualistic practices that are formulated according to dead letters.

Q: WHY?
A: BECAUSE JESUS CLEARLY SPOKE AGAINST THEM.

Q: what are the dangers of dealing with the spiritual realm?
A: the clear danger is unless you know our God personally and have a relationship with Him, you can be snared and deceived by the father of all lies, the devil. Jesus has warned His disciples of false teachers, false prophets, false Christ-these are people used by the anti-Christ to snare Christians into spiritual falsehood.

Q: how do I keep away from spiritual falsehood?
A: keep close to God, the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. Abide in him. Let His words abide in you. Being spiritual does not mean you can do all the rituals (faith in action). Your character shows your true spiritual condition. Are you manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of the devil as clearly described in Galatians 5:16-26. Examine your secret agenda. What motivates you? Are you really seeking to glorify God or yourself? Have you died to self? There is no point talking and not manifesting the right fruit.

Q: will people know whether i am led by the Holy Spirit or the evil spirit?
A: YES. YOUR FRUIT SHOWS. JESUS SAID, A GOOD TREE PRODUCES GOOD FRUIT. PEOPLE SEE FRUIT.

Q: what is the number one snare i need to avoid?
A: taking offense. Jesus warned, “And then many will be offended, will betray one anther, and will hate one another.” (Continue to read the whole passage that starts with taking offense and the consequences thereof in Matthew 24:10-13)

Q: if i just stay away from people and keep to myself will i make an effective watchman/intercessor? how do i know what is going on?
A: watchman/intercessor sees into the spiritual realm behind the physical realm. The Holy Spirit alerts you to read or hear or see the physical events when needed and tells you about the spiritual implication. You are not required to be a hermit. Neither are you required to be a know-all. As Jesus spoke of His disciples, they are in the world but not of the world. We are in the world but we do not love the world or its things. We use things but we love people. The world loves things and use people. This is the difference.

Q: is a watchman a seer? how will i be upgraded to a seer?
A: in the Old testament time the Holy Spirit came and went. The Holy Spirit worked through individuals who were called and responded as prophets/messengers of God. Some were intercessors for the people of Israel. People (including kings) came to them for counsels and guidance because the seers could hear the Holy Spirit. Most people were drawn to the seers because they were forecasters of future events. Do we need seers today? Every believer who is born of the Holy Spirit should be able to hear the Holy Spirit, because Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and tell us things to come. Of course a watchman/intercessor who can always hear the Lord correctly and have the gift of the word of knowledge and word of wisdom is sometimes treated with honor as a seer. This role involves using the gifts that the Lord has endowed on the individual.

Q: can the seer use the aforementioned gifts to benefit himself or his family?
A: yes if it is what the Lord asks him to do, such as to avoid a personal danger, to make a right personal decision in investment, to help someone close out of a potentially disastrous situation etc. There are many New Testament verses on how God wants to bless every believer (not just a seer) according to the abundant life Jesus has given. God wants every believer to hear Him and have a relationship with Him. But the word of caution here is never use your gift to help someone who clearly goes against the words of God (the Bible). Never go against God’s words. We serve a holy God.

Q: can a seer make a worldly fortune out of his spiritual gifts?
A: i would be extremely cautious here if i were you. God clearly warns against fortune telling etc. Beware of getting snared into this number one temptation from the devil. Remember what Jesus and the apostles had warned us of. The greed for money is idolatry. The love of money is a snare. Sorcerers and idolators shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelations 21:8)

Q: how will a seer make a living?
A: just like any other honest hard working Christian does. He or she may have an employment elsewhere, may be a pastor, a teacher, a missionary, an evangelist, a writer, a helper, a full-time church worker, a housewife etc. He will be paid just like any other worker according to his job.

Q: is there a most suitable profession and age for a watchman/seer?
A: personally speaking, ideally a job without fixed schedule/time paradigm. A retiree or someone who has made it in the financial world and no longer needs to earn his bread and butter. Someone who cannot be bought by the world. The Lord always ensures that such an individual is well provided and protected.

Q: surely everybody wants more of the good stuff. is there such a person who cannot be bought?
A: well, my son/daughter, when you reach a spiritual point of your relationship with God, you cease to exist. Nothing in the world really matters. You died to the world. You only live to God. This is the true calling of a seer.

Q: what is your one sentence advice as a prerequisite for a watchman/intercessor/seer?
A: God makes sure the words of the true prophets are fulfilled.

watchman’s adventure: reaching a blogging landmark: 222233

a watchman for GodWhen I first started blogging I started in Yahoo. Yahoo! 360° was a social networking and personal communication portal operated by Yahoo! made available in 2005. It enabled users to create personal web sites, share photos. 360° also featured a ‘friends updates’ section, under which each friend’s latest update was summarized (e.g. blog posts, updated lists or newly shared photos). This service was never officially launched; Yahoo! prematurely stopped developing this service in 2008. After that I had to move. I had several options and I had chosen to use mainly WordPress and Blogger. Somehow I tended to use WordPress more than the others. It has been an interesting journey using the variety of themes and fonts. Over the years I have set up several blogs each with a distinctive purpose and audience focus. Whilst I sometimes rely on feedback and needs communicated by friends and media, most times I rely on the Lord Himself to tell me what to write for the day when I seek Him. Reading the Bible and typing out the verses give me the momentum and motivation day by day.
How did I become a sort of spiritual ‘watchman’? I really cannot tell. I have no specific recall of when and how now. If I have to pinpoint a time, I would say it was after I read a book by a non-believer writer who wrote a book about his spending one year as a secular Jew trying to live the religious Jewish way of life according to Jewish religious tradition. It prompted me to start the spiritual journey to seek God seriously as a Christian. During the journey I encountered the Holy Spirit. I experienced the reality of God. I re-established my relationship with God through Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I was filled by the Holy Spirit. I re-kindled my passion for the words of God, the Bible. Whilst many may use their blogs as a social networking platform and inter-personal communication portal, somehow I have not managed to go that broad way. This watchman blog remains a one way message platform. I merely post what I believe I have received from the Lord. Most of my readers come from search engines. To me the readership is a miracle itself. From time to time the Lord opened a flood gate somewhere and a large group of viewers poured in. I really cannot attribute the sudden influx of numbers to my own effort in any way. Ten years went by so quickly that I no longer keep time these days. Daily I wake and know I just have to give thanks for another day of life in the merciful and awesome presence of the Lord. Sometimes I do have a wistful thought that I should write better and in a more political correct way. But I am immediately reminded of the calling I received. Yes, a call indeed. A lonely solitary watchman’s call.

Revised1/1/2013: End Times Prophets: A watchman’s calling is to be different

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.”

Matthew 10:41
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.”
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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.