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Watchman what of the night?

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Sermon shared by Larry Meador

September 2001
Summary: A call to both men and women of God to be watchmen of their home, church, and land during this hour of tragedy
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Watchman what of the night?

Isaiah 21:6,11
(6) For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

(11) The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

Matthew 2:18. In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.





INTRODUCTION:
It was said by someone that "Adversity brings us to see ourselves" And surely what we have experienced this week as a nation has brought us face to face with our inadequacies and inabilities to stop Terrorism. There has been a great mourning and weeping for our children. But, we as a nation are bound together more tightly than we have been in a long time.

Adversity not only brings us to see ourselves, but it unites people who have a common goal, and I fear the enemy has awakened the sleeping giant. The enemy we face today is faceless, He has no borders, no defining lines that we can say "This is the enemy"


We live in a world today that utilizes such things as radar, Satellite tv systems, and sophisticated communications to where we can readily see what is going on in just about any part of the world. Our spy satellite network can detect movement of troops on the ground.
During the war with Saddam Hussein we kept tract of every movement that was going on. And if we can see and hear all that with man made devices, just think what God can see and hear.
Proverbs 15:3 tells us that "the eyes of the Lord are in every place, seeing both the good and the evil."

Sometimes we take for granted the fact that we can turn on our TV sets and see just exactly what is happening over in the middle East. Within a few minutes every part of the world saw what was happening on Tuesday. Sixty years ago you would have never heard of the incident, the earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, and famines that plague the world.
It was not so in Isaiah’s day.

Back in the time of Isaiah they built their walled cities and they relied on the Watchmen who set in their towers to keep them informed as to the conditions around them.
And there were times during the night that a call would go forth, "Watchman, what of the night?" "Watchman, Declare what you see"
And he would respond with a report of "All is well", or he would let them know of impending danger.
And I believe today that God has raised up pastors, and evangelist, Apostles, Prophets, and church workers that they might be watchmen over His kingdom. And not only that but he has given Mothers and Fathers the same responsibility. Just as He told Ezekiel, "Son of man, I’ve made you a watchman unto the house of Israel.","Therefore, hear the word in my mouth." I believe He was saying, "Get real close to me and hear what I have to say.", "Warn my people" When you see : Impending danger.... Disaster coming.... The enemy approaching... The church start forsaking the assembling of themselves.... Them become complacent....
Watchman, what do you see? Don’t hold not back! Don’t keep silent, Sound the alarm!
Don’t stick your head in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist, but be like Nathan, walk into the king’s chambers and boldly declare, "Thou art the man"
You and I have a responsibility as watchmen. We have been commissioned by God to cry
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