This article is a repost from one of my mentors in the ministry of Intercession, Ate Fely Unsay. I pray that this article would give you knowledge on how to operate in the Watchman Anointing. Feel free to give comments and insights. God bless you more, Reader!
Special thanks to Golden Censer Ministries! God bless you more and more!
by Fely Unsay
June 18, 2009
The Old Testament scriptures described the picture of a watchman stationed on the walls of the city and on the watchtower. (Isaiah 62:6a & 2 Kings 9:17). They are patrolling the city ( Song of Solomon 3:3a) & the hills or countryside (Jeremiah 3:16).
Their primary function was to keep an eye for the approaching danger and to alert the city with the blowing of trumpets.
In the Old Testament, the watchman is a physical “job.” They were the guardians and caretakers of the city. Their “physical job” has a “spiritual implications” to the “spiritual watchman” today.
To watch means to keep vigil (watching carefully, cautiously, attentively, vividly).
In the book of Matthew in the parable of the 10 virgins, the Lord Jesus Christ described a watchman that is “on the alert mode.”
Matt. 25:6 And at the midnight a cry was heard: Behold, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him! (NKJV)
He who cried is a picture of a watchman, wide-awake at midnight, watching and alerting everyone that the Lord is coming.
At present, God has been anointing watchmen and gives them the divine enablement to:
- To see. The watchman perceives God’s plan and purposes. Divine enablement to receive from God and understand His plan and purposes for his family, church, & nations presently and in the future.
- To hear. The watchman participate in God’s plan and purposes.Divine enablement to receive and hear instructions from God of what to do and how to partner with Him in accomplishing God’s purposes on earth.
- To feel the present spiritual climate on the areas assigned by God to the watchman. Divine enablement to battle through powerful intercession the fulfillment of God’s plan and purposes.
The watchman has God’s anointing of discerning satan’s strategies to hinder and attack and wage effective warfare in order to stop it.
The choice to be a watchman is of God alone. He chooses whom to anoint and gives the “divine ability” to do the responsibility of being a watchman. The watchman has different functions and different places of assignment.
FUNCTIONS OF A WATCHMAN
- The watchman guards the harvest field.
The devil who rules this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. They cannot see the light of the Good News—the Good News about the glory of Christ, who is exactly like God” 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NCV)
It is the responsibility of a watchman to discern the strongholds & principalities that deceives blinds and imprisoned people away from God. This could include research about the history of the places and people. He will then inform his leaders and the warrior intercessors about what God has revealed about the harvest field.
- The watchman guards the sheep/Body of Christ.
The watchman is observant of what is happening to the Body of Christ. Are there patterns or trends that are simultaneously happening to the brethren, like sicknesses, death, loss of finances, accidents, or anything that the watchman could feel or notice like it is an attack to the Body of Christ?
The watchman then asks God for revelations, and then informed the leaders of the Body of Christ or the pastor of a church for spiritual warfare.
- The watchman guards the Church.
The watchman is always on the look-out for wolves to bring strife and divisions among the church (Acts 20:29) and false teachers and false doctrines (Matt. 7:15, 2 Peter 2:1-2).
- The watchman guards the Pastor/Leaders of the Body of Christ.
The pastor being the gatekeeper and head of the church are always on the target list of the enemy. The pastors and other leaders of the Body of the Christ needs watchmen to spiritually guard and warn them of incoming attacks & dangers from the enemy.
It is the watchman’s responsibility to intercept the dangers coming on the pastor’s/leader’s way.
- The watchman guards the City.
The city can be the watchman’s homes, neighborhoods, cities, provinces or even nations. He always on the alert for what is happening around him or even to the nations of the world, that God is assigning him to watch.
- The watchman is a keeper.
The watchman takes care of the “field or areas” assigned by God to him. He should keep the enemy out of his area of responsibility.
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
The areas of assignment and functions may be different to every watchman. However, there are two common functions of a watchman: to Guard and Pray.
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent,… Isaiah 62:6 (NKJV)
Human, I now make you a watchman for Israel. Anytime you hear a word from my mouth, warn them for Me. Ezekiel 3:17 (NCV)
Doing both to guard and pray is very crucial for a watchman. He needs a sharp gift of discernment in order to receive revelations and warnings of God upon the watchman’s specific place of assignment. A watchman should always remember this: He listens only to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Spending time alone with God and the study of God’s Word can this be accomplish by a watchman.
The watchman’s first priority is to know God, His ways, His Word and promises, His character and purposes. It is vital to know the enemy and his tactics but it should come only secondary to knowing and worshipping God. The function and responsibility of the watchman is spiritual in nature.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
This is the strategic position of a watchman. Worship and prayer helps purify the vision of the watchman.
Worship is the ascending steps of the watchman to the Throne of God. This is where the watchman can clearly hear from God and sees what God is showing him.
When the watchman is in his spiritual position, he can clearly see what is happening in the church & the Body of Christ, the cities & nations, and will be able to receive from God what is the spiritual atmosphere in the heavens and in the earth.
The Watchman’s spirit is a spirit of watchfulness and restlessness.
Jerusalem, I have put guards on the walls to watch, They must not be silent, day or night. You people, remind the LORD of your needs in prayer should never be quiet. You should not stop praying to Him until he builds up Jerusalem and makes it a city all people will praise. Isaiah 62:6-7 (NCV)
What makes the watchman restless?
It is the fact that the he knows what God wants to do at the present time, he understands the urgency of times that the watchman is always on the emergency mode and refuses to be silent for God’s will to be done on earth.
Today’s watchtower and walls of the watchman are his prayer closet. A regular time of being alone with God, worshipping in Spirit and in Truth.
I will stand like a guard to watch and place myself at the tower
I will wait to see what he will say to me;
I will wait to learn how God will answer my complaint.
Habakkuk 2:1 (NCV)
The watchman will ascend to God’s throne in worship and strategically place himself in God’s plan and descend in war effectively battle in powerful intercession and partnering with God to work for the fulfillment of God’s purposes.