Friday, August 25, 2006

What is a watchman?

In his book Praying for Israel's Destiny, James Goll writes:
"Have you ever missed a strategic appointment? Or have you ever realized at the last minute that you were about to miss an important engagement unless you kicked into action right away? I have, and it is an experience I do not care to relive! It is like waking up out of a stupor; all of a sudden you remember your appointment...

Did you know that God has a calendar with appointments waiting to be fulfilled? Watchmen remind God of the appointments on His calendar that have not been fully met and fulfilled. The task of a watchman is by 'appointment.' It means being chosen for the divine privilege of composing history before the throne of the Almighty."
It is not that God has forgotten His appointments, but that He allows mere man to intercede and thereby change the course of history. Elijah prayed and God stopped the rain (James 5:17-18). When King Hezekiah was told by God's prophet that he would die, Hezekiah prayed earnestly and God allowed him to live for 15 more years (II Kings 20:1-6).

What appointments does God have left to fulfill?
  1. The Aliyah [return] will be complete (Isaiah 43:5-7)
  2. Jesus will come again (I Thessalonians 4:16)
  3. Israel will welcome Yeshua as their Messiah (Matthew 23:39)
  4. All Israel shall be saved (Romans 11:25-27)
  5. Yeshua will bring peace (Isaiah 2:4)
  6. Israel, Egypt, and Assyria will worship the One True God together (Isaiah 19:19-25)
  7. Israel will possess all the land that One True God promised her (Genesis 12:7)
  8. All nations will worship God in Jerusalem and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles there (Zechariah 14:16)
There are other appointments left for God to fill, but these are a few that pertain to Israel.

Isaiah 62:6b-7 is a command, not a suggestion. It says, " that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth." Similarly, Psalm 122:6a says, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem."

We are commanded to pray for Israel. Will you be a watchman?


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