A. We are all called to be watchmen.
1. Spiritual application of watchman in the
Bible: prophet, intercessor
2. All believers are called to be watchmen: "What
I say to you, I say to everyone: ĎWatch!í "
3. Focus of watching: guard our own hearts; be
our brotherís keeper.
B. A watchman is one who sees spiritually.
1. Weíre endowed at birth to see physically.
2. Spiritual sight requires a spiritual endowment or
3. The watchman anointing is defined as:
"The divine enablement to see the
things that God wants us to see in order to partner with Him
in His work."
C. We receive our spiritual sight when we are born of
1. "No one can see the kingdom of God unless
he is born again." (John 3:3)
2. "No one can enter the kingdom of God
unless he is born of water and the Spirit." (John
3. You must be born from above to see, enter, and
function in the realm in which God reigns.
D. By virtue of our new birth, we can see into a fourth
1. We see beyond the physical realm into the
spiritual realm of reality.
2. The realm where God reigns and where demonic
forces resist Godís reign.
3. We see Godís purposes for people and Satanís
devices against people.
E. A Personal Experience: Analogy of how to
position ourselves as watchmen.
1. The story of my first encounter with envision
a. From curiosity to communication to encounter.
b. "I see Jesus!" . . . "Yeah
man, but you cheatiní! You prayiní!"
2. Lessons for positioning ourselves as spiritual
a. Acknowledging our nearsightedness.
1) The Fall affects our spiritual vision.
2) The natural mind rejects spiritual truths.
3) We need the Holy Spirit to anoint our eyes
with eye salve.
b. We must draw near to God to see spiritual
1) True prophets/seers must be in Godís
2) Spiritual truths hidden from wise and revealed
c. We must focus beyond the surface of things.
1) Things arenít as they seem to be on the
2) We must see beyond natural fields to the
spiritual harvest of souls.
d. We must receive the full picture that God is showing
1) I saw the whole picture at once.
2) We must see Godís purposes and the Enemyís
F. Theme Sentence: "A prayer watchman is
anointed to see Godís hand at work and to partner in His
G. Purpose Statement: "To help us develop a
spiritual focus by which to perceive Godís plan, participate
in His work, and protect His people."
H. Preview of main points:
1. The Role of the Watchman
2. The Ministry of the Spiritual Watchman in the
3. My Personal Pilgrimage in Spiritual Watchfulness
4. Contemporary Applications and Illustrations of
Body of Teaching
I. The Role of the Watchman
A. Dictionary definitions: Watching is more than
1. We use the word casually: watching
television, watching the sun go down.
2. Primary definitions denote more than casual
a. Watch is defined as "to keep vigil as a
devotional exercise." Another definition is "to
be awake during the night."
b. Archaic definition of "watch":
"A watchman or body of watchmen formerly assigned to
patrol the streets of a town at night, announce the hours,
and act as police."
c. Watchman: "A person who keeps
3. NOTE: Watching in its primary sense implies
B. Biblical watchmen: A secular vocation with
1. Watchmen in biblical times were caretakers and
a. Some were assigned to protect crops from
predators and thieves.
b. Some were assigned to protect cities from
2. Watchmen were to be proactive in their role as
a. They were vigilant. There were "watches"
around the clock .
b. They were vocal: They warned of danger with
shouts or trumpets.
3. The words for "watchman" have
implications for spiritual watchfulness.
a. (tsaphah): "To lean
forward, i.e. to peer into the distance" (perception)
b. (shamar): "to hedge
about" (as with thorns) (defense)
c. (Natsar): "Conceal"
(as in besieging a city) (advance)
II. The Ministry of the
Spiritual Watchman in the Old Testament
A. Adam was assigned to guard or "keep"
the Garden of Eden.
"And the LORD God took the man, and put him into
the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." (Genesis
1. The word translated keep is (shamar)
-- "keep the serpent out!"
2. Because he didnít, the Cherubim
were to "keep" (shamar) him out.
3. Lesson: First mention of
watching relates to spiritual vigilance.
B. Ezekiel was called to be Godís watchmen over
1. He was anointed to be a seer before He was called
to be a watchman.
a. He sees the windstorm, the cherubim, the
expanse, the Lord upon His throne, and the scroll he is
commanded to eat. ( 1:4-3:3)
b. He is called to be a spiritual watchman who
warns people of the dangers of sin and unrepentant hearts. "Son
of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel;
so hear the word I speak and give them warning from
me." (Ezekiel 3:16)
2. He was anointed to see the big picture before
embarking on His task.
a. He received revelation of Godís
omniscience. This is pictured in the Cherubim with
four faces and full of eyes. (1:17-18;10:12)
b. He received revelation of the peopleís
idolatry: idol of jealousy, worship of creeping things
and animals; worship of the sun. (chap. 8)
c. He received revelation of the peopleís
spiritual blindness & oppression.
"He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen
what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the
darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They
say, 'The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the
land.'" (Ezekiel 8:12)
"Son of man, say to the house of Israel, 'This is
what you are saying: "Our offenses and sins weigh us
down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can
we live?"'" (Ezekiel 33:10)
3. He was called to the multifaceted ministry of the
a. Seeing what God sees and feeling what God feels.
"The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away,
and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with
the strong hand of the LORD upon me." (3:14)
"Then the LORD called to the man clothed in linen
who had the writing kit at his side and said to him,
"Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on
the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the
detestable things that are done in it."
b. Speaking to dissuade from sin and inspire with
"Say to them, ĎAs surely as I live, declares
the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the
wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and
live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will
you die, O house of Israel?í" (33:11)
"I have been a sanctuary for them in the
countries where they have gone . . . . I will gather
you from the nations and bring you back from the countries
where you have been scattered . . . . I will give them
an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them . . .
. They will be my people, and I will be their
God." (11: 16b, 17b, 19a, 20b)
4. God still uses the watchman to expose sin and call
people to repentance.
-- John Wimber, Power Evangelism (New York: Harper
Collins Publishers, 1986), pp. 32-34.
a. John Wimberís flight from Chicago to New York.
b. Sees middle-aged business man and
"adultery" across face.
c. Womanís name comes to his mind when the man
d. Revelation of repentance of death on the way to
e. Repentance, confession to wife, and wifeís
C. Isaiah was a seer who foresaw the ministry of
1. Isaiah was enabled to foresee future events of
a. The exile of the Jews to Babylon
b. The destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple
c. The edict of Cyrus allowing the Jews to return
to their homeland
d. The future reconstruction of Jerusalem and the
2. Isaiah heard God speak of the calling/positioning
"I have posted watchmen on your walls, O
Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who
call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no
rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise
of the earth." (62:6-7)
3. These watchmen/intercessors were seers and
participants in the vision:
a. They saw beyond the exile, the fall of
Jerusalem, and the edict to return.
b. They saw the rebuilding of the city with large
walls to fortify it.
c. They saw themselves on the wall interceding from
vision to reality.
4. This depiction imparts three important lessons
a. They see the vision of Godís purposes.
b. They own the vision and position themselves in
c. They battle through prayer to the fulfillment of
5. God uses watchman today to place themselves in the
vision and pray through to the answer.
-- Kenneth E. Hagin, The Art of Prayer: A Handbook on How
to Pray (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Faith Library Publications, 1992),
a. Haginís alerted in the night in Mobile Home in
b. Received revelation that some family memberís
life was in danger.
c. Prayed in Spirit for an hour till note of
victory. Went to sleep.
d. Dream of brother Pat in Shreveport, LA hotel,
waking up sick, calling hotel operator, passing out,
e. Haginís in the dream: Against wall of
corridor, doctor approaches, conversation, escort to room,
blinks eyes and breaching.
f. Report from brother when returning to Texas
after 15 months on road.
The Ministry of the Spiritual Watchman in the New Testament
A. Itís a new covenant ministry with a radically new
1. The watchman has a new revelation of Godís
a. OT watchman heavy on judgment with glimpses of
b. NT watchman partners in Godís grand project of
2. The watchman has a new authority as a co-laborer
a. Jesus redeeming work redeems humanity and
b. Restored authority is key to effective
c. Peter: Revelation of Christ then keys of the
3. The watchman has a new perspective of the real
enemy and the real battle.
a. OT watchman saw enemy as human sinfulness.
b. NT watchman sees enemy as spiritual forces of
evil. (Eph. 6:10ff.)
c. The battle is exalting truth/grace over
d. Application to prayer: Hallowing Godís
names for spirit/soul/body.
4. The watchman has a new understanding of spiritual
a. The words for watchman in the New Testament.
1) The OT words for watchman inferred to guard or
2) The NT words (gregoreuo and agrupneo)
infer protective watchfulness but literally mean "to
be awake" or "to be sleepless."
b. Key passages regarding watching.
1) Ephesians 6:18:
"And pray in the Spirit on all
occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this
in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the
-- Words translated "be alert" are
rendered "watching" in the KJV
2) First Peter 5:8:
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the
devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone
to devour." (NIV)
-- Word translated "alert" is rendered "watchful"
in other translations.
3) Second Corinthians 2:11:
" . . . in order that Satan might not outwit us.
For we are not unaware of his schemes." (NIV)
"Lest Satan get an advantage of us: For we are
not ignorant of his devices." (KJV)
-- agnoeo (without knowledge or understanding), noema
("thoughts" or "plans, schemes, plots,
devices"), pleonekteo (pleon = "the
greater part"; echo = "to have or
c. Implications of these
passages. (Sheets, 19-20)
1) Protection from the attacks of our enemy --
even for believers -- is not automatic.
2) Godís plan is to warn or alert us of Satanís
3) We must be alert -- remain watchful -- or we
wonít be aware of Godís attempts to warn us of Satanís
attacks and plans.
4) If we are not alert and watchful, if we are
ignorant of Satanís schemes, he will take the bigger
B. Gethsemane models new covenant
1. Jesus showed us how to watch and pray.
a. He foresaw His imminent suffering.
b. He experienced temptation as warfare.
c. He vigilantly struggled in prayer.
d. He kept Godís redemptive plan in focus.
e. He resolved to submit to the Fatherís will.
2. Jesus disciples showed us what happens when we donít
watch and pray.
a. They didnít heed Jesusí exhortation to watch
and pray. (Mk 14:34;38)
b. They didnít see the purposes of God or the
battleground of temptation.
c. They didnít submit to Godís will but
resorted to fight and flight.
d. NOTE: The spiritual watchman:
1) Sees beyond the present crisis into the future
2) Is motivated to submit to Godís redemptive
purpose in the face of hardship.
3) Sees him- or herself in the vision of Godís
purpose as a participant.
4) Draws upon Godís grace to battle against the
My Personal Pilgrimage in Spiritual Watchfulness
A. Two childhood experiences in watchfulness for
protection from the evil one.
1. Awake and alert to enemyís devices to turn my
brother and I away from God.
a. The call to spiritual wakefulness and
b. The vision of the enemyís entry: my leaning
c. The malevolent device of distraction through
d. The changes in the room and their spiritual
e. LESSONS: Guarding your own heart; being your
2. Alerted to enemyís device to use a twister to
a. Entering the club kitchen for light duty and
study for Sunday School lesson.
b. Noticing the moonwalk and itís proximity to
the kitchen window.
c. Sudden word of knowledge of moonwalk passing
over the kitchen.
d. Gazing intently at moonwalk and seeing this
e. Getting explanation of sudden twister from Kay
f. Spiritual significance: God reveals; God
B. Experiences of watchfulness in relation to ministry
of divine healing.
1. Biblical basis for hearing/seeing from God.
a. Jesus is our model: He hears, He sees, He goes
b. Biblical Instruction in Hearing/Seeing from God:
1 Cor. 2:9-12:
"As it is written: ĎNo eye has seen, no ear has
heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those
who love himí -- but God has revealed it to us by his
Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things
of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except
the manís spirit within him? In the same way no one knows
the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not
received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from
God, that we might understand what God has freely given
1) Our spirit things our thoughts; Godís Spirit
thinks Godís thoughts.
2) Some of our thoughts are ours and some are Godís.
3) We can learn to discern when God thinks to us.
2. Personal experiences in discerning Godís
a. Story of the healing of Gary Swango.
1) In the Word/in the Spirit that day.
2) My thoughts -- Godís thoughts.
3) Two confirmation: the facts and the Word.
4) Prayer of Agreement and confirmation of
5) LESSON: Our thoughts -- His thoughts.
b. Healing of Louise Baker.
1) In a blahse mindset.
2) Repentant and inviting God to use me.
3) Picture/word of knowledge,
deferring/confirmation (Roger Bisson)
4) Healing and subsequent report (Mike Taylor)
5) LESSON: Learning to discern/confirmation from
c. Healing of Jenny.
1) Ministering the Word of God of God building
house with us.
2) Instructing in hearing from God.
3) Inviting God to confirm the Word.
4) Modeling word of knowledge for instructional
5) Confirmation, prayer, manifestation of gifts.
6) LESSON: Boldly venturing out in faith.
Contemporary Applications and Illustrations of Spiritual
A. To Topple Territorial Strongholds and Advance the
-- Charisma, 600 Rhinehart Road, Lake Mary Florida, 32746.
Copyright April 1990, Strange Communications Company, pp.
1. John Dawson and a YWAM delegation target Cordoba,
Argentina in 1978 to evangelize at the world soccer finals.
2. Dawson and company encounter indifference from the
3. The YWAM missionaries withdrew for a day to pray
and fast for guidance.
4. The Lord revealed a demonic principality of pride
over Cordoba that needed to be countered by Christian
5. The group advanced on the central shopping mall,
scattered, knelt with their faces to the cobblestones, and
prayed for a revelation of Jesus to the city.
6. The stronghold was broken, people gathered to
hear, the indifference was ousted, and repentance and tears
flowed as many came to Christ.
B. To Liberate Political Captives.
-- Dick Eastman, Love On Its Knees (Toronto, Carlilse,
Grand Rapids, Sydney, Johannesburg: Global Christian
Publishers, 1978), pp. 35-37.
1. Terrorists in Holland were holding Dutch grade
school students hostage.
2. The terrorists declared their intention to execute
one per day if their demands were not met.
3. Eastman prayed daily for their safe release as a
matter of discipline in prayer.
4. The terrorists became more demanding and no change
for the better was evident.
5. Eastmanís intercession was intensified as God
have him a supernatural zeal.
a. Eastman saw a vision of the children in living
b. He saw the faces of his two young daughters
among the children.
c. He experienced intensity of prayer he had never
d. He began demanding the terrorists let the
e. He found himself pounding his fist to his palm
and pointing and shaking his finger at the terrorists in the
f. His emotions ran the gamut of demanding, crying,
shouting, and trembling and then he felt the breakthrough
and victory were given. Intercession was complete.
6. The breakthrough comes.
a. That night, the news was on during the family
b. Walter Cronkite announced good news of three
c. Eastman began crying and praying silently:
"Jesus, I didnít ask for three children, I asked for
all of them to be released. And that was a prayer born of
d. With a burst of boldness, he sharply pounded the
table and said, "And I claim the miracle now!"
(Both he and his family were startled as it just seemed to
rise out of him.)
e. Local CBS affiliate interrupted the broadcast
with these words: "We interrupt this broadcast to bring
you an update on the hostage crisis in Holland. The report
given by Mr. Cronkite was recorded earlier for West Coast
viewing and is incomplete. All 153 children were freed early
C. To Protect those in Danger
-- Elizabeth Alves, Becoming A Prayer Warrior (Ventura,
California: Renew Books, 1998), pp. 29-30.
1. Elizabeth Alves awakened to get water when she was
hit by a burden of intercession for her cousin Mike whom she
had not seen in 10 years.
2. In three successive waves of intercession, she
found herself praying for God to hold him still, then again to
keep him from moving, and then to help him get up and run.
3. She found out the next day from his mother that he
was in Vietnam at the time.
4. A letter to his mom a month later revealed a close
call with death the very night that Elizabeth interceded for
him. His plane was shot down by the Vietcong and he fell into
5. Twice he tried to get up and run but was held down
by an unseen hand as the Vietcong were right over him but not
seeing him. Then, he was released to run to a nearby
helicopter where comrades whisked him away to safety.
A. We are all called to be spiritual watchman over
ourselves and others.
B. We must be discerning of and vigilant against Satanís
wiles and sinís pitfalls.
C. We are invited to envision Godís purposes, place
ourselves in the vision, and intercede through to the
fulfillment of the vision.
D. We must learn to recognize Godís thoughts to us
and venture out in a faith partnership with God.
E. We can partner with God in calling sinners to
repentance, toppling Satanic strongholds, liberating captives,
and protecting those in spiritual danger.