We Are Called to Watch and Warn

Several thousand years ago… 

Mayan one: “Okay guys I’ve finished the calendar!”
Mayan two: “But it only goes up to 12/21/2012”
Mayan one: “Ah don’t worry about it we’ll make a new one before then. I would have continued on this stone but I ran out of room.”
Mayan two: “Fair enough. Hey, imagine if people thought that the world was gonna end because you couldn’t find a bigger stone.”
Mayan one: “Yeah, but you’d have to be pretty stupid to think that wouldn’t you?”

That is my share of humor with you today. My cousin sent that to me along with other jokes for December. I’m late getting it up here but it fits in with some scriptures I’ve been looking at and thoughts I’ve had in my mind of late.

Everybody has heard the warning about the Mayan Calendar ending in 2012 and the world ending with it. Many people are living in fear and dread that it is true. It is only one of many dooms day warnings that are floating around on the internet and even on TV. There is no doubt that times are very hard and also different from anything we have ever experienced. I feel we really are seeing end times prophecies coming to pass or in our near future but this isn’t the time to lose faith or our trust in God. Instead we need to step up our vigilance, become like watchmen on the wall.

The watchmen on the wall had one duty, to watch for danger or anything that could be a threat to the city and the people in it. They stood for hours on top of the wall around the city and just watched, listened and stayed alert to anything that didn’t seem right. If they saw danger of any kind approaching they would take the ram’s horn that hung over their shoulder or around their waist and blow it as loudly as possible to alert the people within the walls. It would awaken people from slumber or from their busy tasks and they would grab a weapon, hide the children and the old people and ready themselves for battle.

We are called to watch and to be ready for war against the powers of darkness that surround us in the world.  We are to warn the people who slumber or are busy with life and not watching for themselves. That could be family, friends or people you work with. In order to watch and recognize what might be a danger we must keep ourselves in good nick with God, our faith and our personal lives.

Lawlessness is running rampant over the earth and it is easy to get caught up in it. We all want to have friends, be good to our relatives, get along with the mob at work and in so doing it is easy to step over the line into lawlessness. It is not just robbing, killing, and beating people up but anything that is against God’s laws and principles. So we must beware at all times and keep our minds clear and focused on the Lord.

I’ll use the work place as an example. People always want to talk, ask questions and find out about you, especially if you are new or they are new. How much do you tell them, how do you answer hard questions that might affect you in your job? Who can you trust and how much? What about politics and religion? How do you answer questions in that area? You can say I don’t discuss politics or religion; or you can say how you believe and take the consequences if they don’t agree; or you can agree with whatever they say even if it is against what you believe. Once you set the standard either way you are stuck with it.

If you cover up your belief in God you leave yourself wide open to dirty jokes, lewd comments, invitations to parties you don’t want to be at and all the rest the world enjoys. It also makes any kind of witnessing void. Once you deny who you are and what you believe it gets easier to turn away from the truth and your job as a watchman.

That may sound silly or something that couldn’t happen but it does. The work place has changed a great deal over the years and there is always someone wanting to make you look bad. Competition for good jobs is tough and many times dirty. That is only one example of the subtle lawlessness of the world. You find it in groups of people in every area of life from work to friends, family and even church.

A new thing is for churches, in an attempt to not offend other religions, to teach out of the other religions books that are not our Bible inspired by God. How are you going to deal with that? All of these things are the forms of lawlessness coming over the world like a dark cloud to confuse and cause the watchmen to lose sight of their goal, to lose sight of God.

So we are looking at believers and unbelievers. The believers are us and we are to be watchmen on the wall to warn the rest of the world. If we allow ourselves to get caught up in the lawlessness even at a miniscule degree we won’t be able to do our job as watchman for God. We won’t be ready for the battle when it comes.

In these dark and unsure times we are to remain the light for those who are caught up in the darkness. We are to watch and warn. We must decide what we can be a part of and what we must separate ourselves from. Not easy choices but God will give us the courage and strength to make the choices and stand up and fight if we just trust Him and follow His leading.

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  What accord has Christ with Belial?  Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

‘”I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

“And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.  And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” Matthew 24:10-12

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20

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