"The Watchman of ISRAEL!"
Shalom Partner and Friend of
We live in the last days of the ‘Last Day,’ in the days of the dawning of the "bright Morning Star" mentioned in Revelation 22:16. Watching for the coming of the Messiah is the most mentioned aspect of the twenty aspects of watching presented in chapters 5 and 6 of this last Book of the Bible. Truly Yeshua (Jesus) is coming soon, at which time the world will be totally transformed as He will reign as "King of the Jews" and all nations from
"On that day His feet will stand on the
"Look (watch), He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the people’s of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelations 1:7, 8
Two thousand years ago, Yeshua (Jesus) said He is coming soon… We continue to watch two thousand years later than when He personally said He was coming soon. Now we most probably live in the generation of His coming. He may come for His bride any day and hour… and any minute.
If we are watchmen we will not be unprepared but will always be watching, waiting and longing for His appearing. "There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day and not to me only not also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:8 (emphasis added)
The Book of Revelation is the Book of Completion… This is confirmed by the many times the number seven, the number of completion is mentioned in this book. It mentions seven beatitudes, seven spirits of God, seven golden lamp-stands (the seven churches) stars (the angels of the seven churches), seven ways or keys to be over-comers, over seven blessings of overcoming, over seven times the Spirit says, "He who has ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit is saying," seven seals, seven trumpets, seven plagues and bowls filled with the wrath of God. Ten times the number of fullness (seven things or more) are mentioned that apply to the fulfilment of God’s purposes in the last days to prepare us, as His watchmen, to be His glorious church, Bride, Wife and Temple throughout eternity. The Book of Revelation… is a Revelation of Jesus Christ. The days between now and Yeshua’s return will be very difficult, probably the most difficult in the history of the world.
The only hope for peace is found in the One (Yeshua) who was born in the Middle East 2,000 years ago!
There are Hebrew words used to describe "watchmen." In Isaiah 62:6 and Psalm 127:1 the word "shamar" is used, which means "to watch, keep or observe" and another Hebrew word "tsaphah" is also used and means "to look out." The Hebrew word "mitspeh" used in Isaiah 21:8 and often used today means…"watch tower." The Hebrew word in Psalm 90:4 "ashmurah" means "a watch." It shows the multifaceted aspects of "watching" that are prevalent in the Holy Scriptures, and in the mind of God, our chief watchman! "Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man." Luke 21:36
Many breakthroughs are coming as watchmen are on the walls individually and collectively… However, the God of the "Breakthrough"… is not only using our "watches" to prepare the way for the Lord by bringing breakthroughs for individuals and nations. But, God is also using many ‘watchers’ worldwide to prepare us as obedient… worshipping watchmen and help us develop intimacy with Him to be His bride forever!
God "watches" over us… as we "watch" Him…! In our love relationship with the Lord, He watches us in a special way and we begin watching Him.
May God give us His revelation that He is watching us and may we recognize and understand, day by day, that He is omniscient, He is all knowing, and His eyes are going over the whole earth! He knew us before we were conceived in our mother’s womb. He is watching over every aspect of our lives. It is interesting that in Psalm 121, the Lord said He’s watching over us and also watching over
God’s "watch" over Isaac – Jacob…. God was watching over Isaac when he was being offered up by his father, Abraham. God continued to watch over Isaac throughout his life. God was watching over Jacob when the Lord said to him…"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land (
The ever watching invisible God is also the "Chief Watchman over
Our awesome God, the "Chief Watchmen," is watching to see that His Word is fulfilled! (Jeremiah 1:12)
When did He begin doing this? We believe that He began doing this in the beginning of creation… God always existed… so He was always watching! All around the world God is watching over His Word to perform it, to bring His people home. He’ll return their land even if they try to give it away!
Ezra and Nehemiah were rebuilding the temple and their enemies tried to stop them… But the eyes of the Lord were watching over the Jewish people… and they were NOT stopped. We can also take encouragement from this … If God’s eyes are watching over you then… He’ll stop your enemies too! As our hearts are turned towards the Lord we can be assured that He’s watching over us more closely!
Our awesome God… Our Chief Watchman:
"For the Lord ‘watches’ over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish," Psalm 1:6 Also; Psalm 101:6; Psalm 101:6 God says He will destroy the wicked but will watch over the righteous. If we are faithful, we will dwell with Him as His priests.
"He rules forever by His power, His eyes ‘watch’ the nations." (Psalm 66:7) The God of Israel is watching over all the nations. He puts down one king and lifts up another one. God is watching and He has everything under control.
"Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep ‘watch’ over the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3) The Lord is watching the words that we say and we have to give an account for all the words that we speak, including idle words. May God help us to speak words we should as He watches over the door of our lips.
"My Son, keep your Father’s Commands… when you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you" Proverbs , 22. Also see Jeremiah 24:6 The Lord and His Commandments are watching over us when we walk … and when we sleep!
Watching on Earth as it is in Heaven – in the Last Days… When Ezekiel and Isaiah saw into heaven, they saw what was taking place. Those in the tabernacle, the temple that was established by David and Solomon, saw what was happening in heaven. Recorded in the Book of Acts, the disciples touched upon the events in heaven when they were in the Upper Room. Again in the Last Days, God wants us to touch what is going on in heaven. The Lord wants us to be worshipping and interceding 24 hours a day as it is happening in heaven just as Yeshua (Jesus) prayed to His Father on the Mount of Olives: "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Revelations 4:11)
Messiah’s Watch on the
It was a widespread custom for the Jewish people to stay up during the night before Hoshana Rabba and read the whole Penteuch (the first Books of Moses) or Books of Deuteronomy and Psalms. This was to ensure that those who did not complete the required reading during the year would do so at this time. It was also a time just after Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Announcements were proclaimed, communities received blessings, and public excommunications were issued. The people also prayed for rain and the New Biblical Year.
Hoshana Rabba was thought to be the last day a man could receive forgiveness for his sins.
They believed that the verdict of a man passed on the Day of Atonement, was sealed. The prayer of this day opened with the words; "the power (or, the truth) of Thy salvation cometh," which dealt with the splitting open of the
"On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west," Zechariah 14:4
The Jewish people were watching and longing for the coming of the Messiah that He would descend from the upper heavens and sit upon His throne in
At the first blast… the whole world will quake.
At the second blast… the soil will crumble.
At the third blast… their bones will join together.
At the fourth blast… their limbs will become warm.
At the fifth blast… their skin will cover them.
At the sixth blast… spirit and soul will enter their bodies.
At the seventh blast… they will stand on their feet, clothed in their garments.
In ancient times the word Hosea Na (Save, we pray!) were linked into one word; Hosanna (Matthew 21:9; Mark 11:9). The word served as a response or call after every section of prayer. The Jews carried willow branches, similar to the palm branches carried by Messianic believers in the first century (first church – The Way). In our time, believers also celebrate with palm branches proclaiming; "Hosanna to the Son of David!"
The observance of Hoshanna Rabba continued for hundreds of years and then stopped. Along with many Jewish Messianic believers, we are believing for and preparing for the "Son of David," Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah to come back to the
Our first commitment toward the Jewish people should always be that they be comforted and prayed for!
"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God. "Speak comfort to
Our prayer watch should always include
Our awesome, loving God cares about
There are two cities for which God has called everyone to pray… One of these is
Watching signs of End Times…! As Yeshua taught His disciples about signs of the end of the age, He told them this parable: "Look at (watch) the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the
In 1967, three things started happening that were signs of the end times. For the first time in 2,000 years,
Just like the wall in
Yeshua (Jesus) was speaking in Luke 21 to His disciples about the "signs of the end of the age." The first twenty-four verses, in one sense, are directed more towards believers before 1967… the remaining verses, towards believers in our generation. It’s all applicable, however, because the Word of God is applicable to everyone, but much of what is mentioned in the first twenty-four verses happened in the first century. Then, verse twenty-four is transitional; "
The disciples asked Yeshua, "Teacher… when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?" (Luke 21:7) Yeshua (Jesus) responded, telling them to "watch" for the following signs:
"Watch that you are not deceived…" (Luke 21:8) We need to be watchmen’s making sure everything is based according to God’s Word and holding fast to Yeshua Himself.
"Watch for wars and rumours of wars…" (Luke 21:9 -10) Nation against nation… and there has not been one day in the last 250 years when there hasn’t been a war going on… and in fact with television today we get to see it taking place while in our living rooms. Incredible!
"Watch for earthquakes…" (Luke 21:11) We believe that great shakings are yet to take place and that everything that can be shaken will be shaken… in the spiritual as well as the natural as we approach the coming of our Lord. Zechariah 14:4 tells us that when Yeshua’s feet touch
"Watch for signs in the Heavens…" (Luke 21:11, 25) It is the fifth sign to ‘watch’ for and amazingly we have the 2014 / 2015 - Blood Moon’s predicted by NASA that will fall over the Feasts. It cannot be regarded as coincidence that all four blood moons of 2014/15 occur on religious festivals of
"Watch for persecution and Martyrdom…" (Luke 21:12) We don’t hear people preaching on this but it was predicted by Yeshua that even brother will betray brother… "Watch for betrayal and Hatred…" (Luke – 17) We can see this happening across the nations as Satan knows his time is short!
"Watch for the times of the gentiles to be fulfilled…" (Luke 21:24) – The last generation! "Watch for the roaring and tossing of the Sea…" Like the signs in the Heavens these are signs on the earth; floods, tsunami’s etc. "Watch for terror and apprehension…" (Luke 21:26) Terrorism is happening in inconceivable ways and is on the increase… especially against
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Alf & Julie Saunders
15th October, 2013
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