By Bishop Samuel Smith – Chairman of AWCF
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand” (Ezekiel 33:6).
“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work” (John 9:4).
Bible prophecy and current events appear as identical twins, walking hand in hand into the sunset. What a privilege to live in this age and be entrusted by our Lord to be His watchmen. He has honored us for it to fall on our watch to warn the world that the long night is coming. He has given us the message of eternal day. “Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night with no sunrise.” – Thomas Watson
The worldwide adulation shown Michael Jackson after his passing provoked me to write a commentary on the decadence of our culture and the drift among so many in the church. This generation’s values, disciplines, and sense of right and wrong, are as confused as Michael Jackson’s persona. Anyone who has followed his story to any degree has to admit that his life was a wreck.
In my article, I commented on the weariness that I was feeling of late from the ever increasing pressure of Satan’s two pronged attack upon the Body of Christ; a devil-deceived world, and the betrayal by the luke-warm within the church. After publishing “O’ God Help Me, I Am So Weary,” I pondered whether I had been too transparent? Then, only a few hours later, I turned on the radio to listen to a nationally syndicated radio/TV talk show. I could hardly believe what the host was saying.
He said, “I am not feeling well lately, in fact, I have been to my doctor, he says there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have counseled with my bishop, he says that I am just stressed. Some of my friends are telling me that I had better take some time off before I really get sick. But how can I? The prophet Ezekiel in the Bible said, ‘If the watchman sees the sword coming, and does not warn the people, their blood with be required of him.’ I feel that in my role as a commentator, I am a watchman, and I see a storm coming. It may be ten months, it may be ten weeks, or ten days, but there is something about to happen in our world, really bad. All the indicators are there, the collapsing worldwide economy, the radical move to a new world order, ever present terrorism, and the rise of tensions all over the globe with nuclear possibilities.”
What a dramatic confirmation! If a self-confessed recovering alcoholic talk show host can see the sword approaching, and feels a responsibility to blow the trumpet, how can the Apostolic ministry and laity remain silent? How can we continue with business as usual? Watchman, where are you?
Part 2 to be published on 17 August