By Chris Schang
One of the most rewarding and challenging duties of a Christian living in our time is to be a watchman on the wall as it concerns watching prophecy unfold or getting in alignment to be fulfilled. For me, I personally call this duty Prophecy Watch. This is alot like the watch that many people do in other things in life. Some people watch the clock at work, some people watch the television, and still others may simply watch the nightly news. Whatever your "watch" maybe in life, it is my hope this article inspires you to do more "prophecy watch" than any of the other kinds of "watch" already mentioned. Prophecy watching can be highly rewarding and at the same time provide a valuable way to strengthen your faith in the Bible and the promises of Jesus Christ.
Sadly, many Christians in this day and age have given very little thought to prophecy watch and therefore the church is sound asleep as we head full speed towards the prophetic end times. When Jesus was walking the earth he gave us many signs of the coming end of the age and he personally encouraged people to be prophecy watchers. Among the signs Jesus mentioned that would lead up to his return include the signs mentioned in the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24. Jesus warned that at the end of the age that there would be wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes in various places, pestilence, famines, and many other frightful signs that all indicated that his return would be soon. He warned the Jews of the abomination of desolation that would stand in the newly built Third Temple. He warned of the coming apostasy and increase in wickedness. If you have been on prophecy watch lately or during your lifetime, you will have undoubtedly have seen an increase in these things since the end times began. They will surely get worse as we move towards the seconding coming of Jesus Christ.
Jesus warned us to not to be asleep or drunk with the cares of the world when he returned. It is sad that many people have become uncaring about the return of the Lord Jesus. Another sign that prophecy watchers will have noticed is the increase of scoffers who have mocked the return of the Lord. So many have become drunk in the cares of the world and accumulating "filthy lucre" that won't be worth a penny when the Lord returns and the Tribulation period commences. The high paying and high status jobs won't be able to save people when the Antichrist and his one world government minions come calling for every man, woman, and child on the planet to pledge alliegence to the beast. What good will a large paycheck be if you can't spend it unless you basically sell your soul over to the devil? Sadly, many people well sell their eternal souls for a handful of beans. Their temporary situation will outweigh their eternal one. I'm reminded of the Bible story where the son sold his inheritance to his brother simply for meal. What a sad day this will be for many who will follow the beast and choose not to follow God Almighty.
Being ever watchful and on prophecy watch, we can avoid these unfortunate situations by becoming educated on the things that will happen in the future. When we know what to expect in the future and then we see it happen, we can have faith in the promises made by the Bible. If what is said in the Bible is true, which it is, then we know that the only means of salvation provided by God is through his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I encourage all of you to make a decision for the Lord Jesus Christ today, as tomorrow could simply be too late. As we remain on prophecy watch, we see the pieces moving across the prophetic chess board of the end times. The devil is about to be checkmated with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Don't put off your decision for Christ, make it today!
Being on the prophecy watch, we know that many end times prophecies are currently heading towards fulfillment. The Lord Jesus promised that in the last days that Israel would return to the ancient Holy land of their ancestors and that the land that had been barren for thousands of years would bloom again. We have seen this in our lifetimes. We have seen Israel fend off her Islamic enemies on three separate occasions when they have tried to destroy her. We see today that Jerusalem has become a bone of contention among the nations. All of this can be clearly seen if you are on prophecy watch. However, many in the world are asleep at the wheel and heading off the road. A large tree is waiting on the side of the road for those who are not watching. This will be the wakeup call that the world gets when the rapture of the church removes millions upon millions from the earth in a twinkling of an eye. Prophecy watchers won't be surprised when this happens as the end times signs are all around us. More prophecy is being fulfilled today and in our lifetimes than at any other point in history. Many prophecies that were written off as being allegorical or symbolic have become literally fulfilled prophecies in our lifetimes. Again, all of this can be seen clearly if you remain on prophecy watch.
I have found that watching prophecy unfold here in the last days has strenghtened by faith and provided me with a "security blanket" that protects me from the fiery darts of the evil one. When you see prophecy fulfilled and/or in the process of being fulfilled, it is simply incredible. With guidance from the Holy Spirit believers can see and understand things that are currently hidden from those who remain in the natural. Natural men can't comprehend the things of God and what is going on in the world. They have no clue as to what is about to happen. But prophecy watchers do understand and do comprehend, for it is a gift of God that we can do so. So I encourage all of you to remain awake and sober on your prophecy watch, for when the world least expects it the Lord will suddenly rapture the church out of the world. Then the worst seven years on earth will shortly follow. May the Lord continue to bless you and watch over you in these last days. For those of you who still have not made a decision for Jesus Christ, time is running out. I simply can't stress that enough. Make the decision today, you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain.