“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mark 13:37).
Watch (Gr.): Gregoreuo from Egeiro: Keep awake, be vigilant
There are those who by the command of Christ Jesus are always on the alert, always looking ahead, always observing, being vigilant and aware of all that is happening around them; they are the watchers. To these very little comes as a surprise for they saw what was coming. They were prepared, they were awake, aware and observant as they followed the leading of the Lord.
Sadly, there are many who do not watch and fall into temptation (cf. Matthew 26:41); they become ashamed (cf. Revelation 16;15); they sleep and miss the visitation of the Lord (cf. Matthew 26:40); they suffer calamity when it comes upon them (cf. Matthew 24:43).
Blessed are the Watchers. “Blessed are those servants whom the Lord when He comes shall be found watching; verily, I say unto you that He shall gird Himself and make them to sit down to meat and will come forth and serve them” (Luke 12:37). The Lord is ever looking for those who are awake, vigilant, aware and ready for the appearing of the Lord. When He sees them, He brings His reward with Him.
The Watchers are the guards to the House of God, the people of God, the ministry, the Gospel. The Watchers guard against heresy, false prophets, false teachers, and those who come in to do harm to the Body of Christ. The watchers see the enemy, identify him and make him flee.
The Watchers watch for Souls. “So, you, O son of man, I have set you as a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore, you shall hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me” (Ezekiel 33:7). The watchers hear a word from the Lord and speak warnings that guard the souls of men from destruction and turn them from their wicked ways back to the Lord.
The Watchers watch for the moving of the Spirit. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; I say, more than they that watch for the morning” (Psalms 130:5-6). The watchers wait, watch and then move in the Holy Spirit. They move according to the will of God.
The Watchers are the Gatekeepers. The watchers hear wisdom speak: “Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso finds me finds life and shall obtain the favor of the Lord” (Proverbs 8:34-35). Though we are not of this world, we live in the world and know what is going on in the Gates: the marketplace, commerce, the economy, media, government, politics, in the churches, schools, society, in the homes, neighborhoods, cities, States, Provinces, the Nation and the world. What do the watchers bring to the table? They bring wisdom as the salt and light in the earth.
Watchers Look for the Coming of the Lord. “Watch, therefore, for you know not what hour your Lord comes. Know this, if the goodman of the house had known in what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore, be ready, for in such an hour as you think not the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 24:42-44). “But the end of all things is at hand; be sober and watch unto prayer” (I Peter 4:7). Watchers are in constant expectation of the Lord’s return. Their lamps are always trimmed and burning, they carry extra oil with their lamps when there is a delay (cf. Matthew 25:1ff). When the Lord tarries, the watchers tarry in prayer and intercession. They continually speak encouragement and hope to the faithful, warning, preparing, and helping the weak and vulnerable.
We live in perilous times (cf. II Timothy 3:1). It is incumbent now, more than ever for the watchers to arise. “What I say to you, I say to all, Watch!” (Mark 13:37).