“WATCHMAN WHAT OF THE NIGHT”?

Last Sunday morning I began a series of messages at the church under the title “watchman what of the night”? There are seven other messages under this title which I will be speaking on and turning into a blog.

Last Sunday, I spoke on the question which is taken from Isaiah 21 verses 11 and 12.

“The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come”.

Over the coming weeks the list of messages are:-

1) The handwriting on the wall

2) The great falling away

3) Give them warning for me

4) A stone cut out from the side of a mountain

5) When the fulness of the Gentiles come in.

6) These are the days of Christ, not the days of Elijah.

7) Before the midnight hour

The inspiration for these messages is taken from Brexit. For nearly three years the world has been in a tailspin of epic proportion. One cannot be certain what will happen next. Words such as historic, unprecedented, unpredictable are in currency as social commentators and the media tries to explain, follow and predict what’s next.

The church cannot be silent at such a time as this; we must enter into our closets or when together get in the Spirit that we may hear from God so we can declare it. 

2016 is an important year in modern history. It was the year Britain voted to leave the EU after over 45 years of membership. It was also the year Donald Trump was elected president of the USA against almost all the odds.

Mr Trump fought off sixteen other Republican candidates and secured the nomination to run and as we know went on to win the presidency despite losing the popular vote by a margin of 3 million votes.

In 2016, Mrs Theresa May became Prime Minister of Britain following the sudden resignation of David Cameron because he was on the losing side of the EU referendum. Despite a string of potential candidates for prime minister the least likely winner, Theresa May, became PM without an election, for the other candidates all conspired to destroy each other or themselves leaving Mrs May as the only candidate and therefore successor.

Mrs May should have worked with the other political leaders and parties and engaged with the country on the delivery of Brexit but not until very recently was she willing to do so. Instead pride got the better of her which always come before destruction. “It’s my way or no way” has become the epithet or is it epitaph of her premiership. 

Sadly for her, her way has humiliated her for despite losing cabinet minister after cabinet minister and vote after vote she doggedly persisted until she recently turned to the other party leaders for help in what can only be seen as total humiliation. 

It need not have turned out like this. Mrs May sat in the cabinet for six years as Home Secretary and witnessed the dangers of pride which brought down Mr Cameron.

Hubris caused him to have the referendum; he should have learned from almost losing Scotland a few years earlier in another Referendum but no he thought he had it “in the bag”.

Despite witnessing the dangers of pride Mrs May succumbed to it, believing in her own rhetoric until her fall.

The words of Isaiah quoted above refers to the fall of Babylon during the reign of Belshazzar. It was he who under the influence of alcohol got carried away with his invincibility and self importance and commanded that the vessels that were inside the Jewish temple, dedicated to the service of God, should be brought to him so he could misuse them in his drunken stupor.

What began as fun was to God sacrilege so God wrote on the palace wall in full view of those present: “you have been weighed in the balance and have been found wanting”. Daniel who gave the interpretation to the writing went on say the kingdom would be taken by another power and he Belshazzar would be killed.

History describes the last days of Belshazzar and the fall of the Babylonian empire never to rise again. 

Britain has been a thorn in the side of the European Union from becoming a member. It’s the fly in the ointment the grit in the oyster.

The old Roman Empire cannot be rebuilt; neither can Europe be allowed to be too strong. Europe is the place where two world wars were fought. Russia will always cause trouble and pursue colonial policies in an attempt to regain greatness. 

Watchman what of the night? Watch Russia! 

Pride is the biggest sin that we are committing as individuals and nations. We are even redefining pride from a vice to a virtue. 

Pride produces nationalism, xenophobia, racism and civil unrest as we lobby, petition and march in the name of human rights. Extreme human right is Pride. We want the right to be who we choose to be, say what we want to say, lie if we think it will serve our cause and everyone else must accept this. Human rights to bear the most deadly fire arms and to use it to defend or further our human rights, racism and even to threaten other nations. These are dangerous times; world order has all but broken down. 

Laws have been passed to accommodate pride but God still hates pride. God still resists the proud and pride still comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

In closing, I call upon the church to be the prophetic voice in the land for in the words of the prophet Amos: 

“Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has taken nothing? [5] Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? [6] Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? [7] Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. [8] The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy”? (Amos 3:4-8).

Look out for the next blog titled: “handwriting on the wall”.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant 

Lloyd Denny

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