I Fell on my Face – Watchmen Arise! – Ezekiel Chapter 33

A few years ago, I did a detailed study in the book of Ezekiel. I’m going to be posting the prophetic insights from each chapter over the next little bit. If you want the full teaching, it’s available on my YouTube channel (link below):
👉🏼 Will you be the lone voice in the wilderness crying out, “Prepare the way of the Lord”?
1. Watchmen proclaim God’s truth. They do not expose ‘supposed’ error.
This chapter’s study is called “Watchmen Arise”. The watchman’s call is not an easy one. They do not carry a popular message. Watchmen proclaim God’s truth, they do not expose supposed error.
Let me give you a contemporary example for context. A watchman’s job is not to go around tearing down other ministries and exposing them because we believe they are in error. There are whole YouTube channels dedicated to “heresy hunting”. This is not ‘ministry’ folks. In some cases they do indeed uncover heresy. Simultaneously, however, they place themselves in the judgement seat that only God occupies.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not speaking of those called by God to expose a specific situation where the sheep are at risk. That is another matter. But it should never be the sole focus of a ‘ministry’.
Rather than telling people all the ways they are ‘wrong’, a watchman proclaims God’s truth and challenges fruit. They bring a warning, not judgement.
2. Don’t be the “Boy Who Cried Wolf”.
Warnings should only be given when prompted by the Lord and in his timing. Warnings given out of time may be ‘right’ but can’t be received when they are outside the timing of God. Giving warnings flippantly only makes us sound like a noisy gong constantly going off. People tune this out over time. This dilutes the potency of a real warning.
In my own journey as a watchman, the majority of these have taken place in the context of the local church. They have been submitted to leadership and have remained a private affair. It is not discussed with others. Why? Because being a watchman is very much an unseen job.
3. Be careful who you are listening to prophetically at the moment.
*Originally prophesied March 30, 2022
Russia and Ukraine are at war. We are on the precipice of what could be a global conflict. (The war in Israel has obviously ensued since this was originally prophesied). Beware of people saying, “Peace peace”, when there is no peace. This is the Ezekiel season we are in globally. Jeremiah, a contemporary of Ezekiel, also rebuked those false prophets for the same reason.
Don’t just receive a prophetic word because it comes from a ‘prophet’. All prophetic words must be weighed and judged. Please don’t just swallow it. Take it to the Lord, sit with it and weigh it. This includes anything that I say.
4. The fear of God needs to be returned to the Church.
Sadly, we have seen many major leaders in the body of Christ with huge platforms fall spectacularly. We do not take pleasure in this. These things are tragedies. But at the end of the day, the reason we end up in these places is because we’ve lost the fear of the Lord. We have got to stay in that reverential awe of being low and having everything on the altar. Let the altar always be burning with a sacrifice. Let it always have something that we’ve given up. If it’s an idol, we lay it down on the altar. And we say not my will, but your will be done.
5. Find the voices crying in the wilderness.
The King is coming! Will you be the lone voice in the wilderness crying out, “Prepare the way of the Lord!”? Who are my John the Baptists daring to be different? King Jesus is coming! We need to be excited about that. Before he comes, we have got to prepare the way of the Lord by making his path straight. This means we repent. We get a healthy dose of the fear of the land we stand in our royal identities as sons and daughters are the Most High.
Watchmen arise!

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