Watchman, What Of The Night?

Isaiah 21:1-11,

1. The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

2. A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.

3. Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

4. My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

5. Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

6. For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

7. And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

8. And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

9. And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.

10. O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.

11. The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

John 9:4-5,

4. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

5. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

A few years ago, while talking about the Church and the coming great tribulation, a brother in the Lord asked, “At what point do we go from ‘revival’ to ‘survival'”?

At the time, it was a very though-provoking, if not completely rhetorical question. The topic at hand was the so-called “End-Time Revival” that Apostolic preachers everywhere have been hyping for years, even decades, a revival, I’m sure we all can admit, which has never come. And at the time, there wasn’t any real way to give an answer.

But I believe the Lord has recently spoken to me, a watchman on the walls. And while I do not say that I have THE answer, I believe I have AN answer.

Current events have, I believe, revealed the devil’s hand. For nearly a century, the field of psychology has been attempting to unlock the secrets of the human soul.[1] However, this 100 year old quest has been tainted from the beginning, as it has not sought out the counsel of the Heavenly Father, but rather, has all too often relied upon the insights of the father of lies, or the devil.

Satan has much intimate knowledge of the human condition, having been, after God, the number one influence upon it since the Fall.[2] Throughout human civilization, we have been obsessed with what comes down to just a handful of soul-searching, inspiring questions. Examples include:

  • Who are we?
  • Why are we here?
  • How did we get here?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Do we have a purpose?
  • Is there a God/god?

Such fundamental questions, and indeed the asking of them, are not inherently evil. They are important questions that have for eons propelled the human narrative forward to this very present day. While we may never know the answer, there is a reason Paleolithic humans painted stars and constellations of stars on cave walls. There is a reason ancient man told stories and created myths on the origin and purpose of our species. Why did the Egyptians build the pyramids at Giza? What propelled the Phoenicians across the seas? Who decided to carve small, apparently fertility related cult fetishes and deposit them all over Europe, and why?

And while paleontologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists dig through the piles of eroded rubble for answers, many modern psychologists and the philosophers who predate them have attempted to offer an answer of their own.

Nearly 2,400 years ago, Plato wrote “Knowledge is nothing but perception”.[3] Much more recently, and perhaps more famously, humanist and philosophical mystic Aldous Huxley wrote, “There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception”.[4]

Even more recently, American Jewish spiritualist and metaphysicist Marianne Williamson said, “Old Newtonian physics claimed that things have an objective reality separate from our perception of them. Quantum physics, and particularly Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, reveal that, as our perception of an object changes, the object itself literally changes”.[5]

What’s the bottom-line? Simply this, the axiom of the modern day and world is “Perception is Reality”. What this means is that, however one perceives a thing, that perception, and not the innate defining qualities of the thing, are the reality in, of, and about that thing, without limitation.

For example, if I were to perceive the colors of the petals of a rose as turquoise regardless of its actual redness, to me, the reality of the colors of the petals of the rose is turquoise. It matters not. My perception is my reality. I have the right to perceive as I wish, meaning I can and will create my reality—as I perceive it—anyway I want. And, if what Marianne Williamson says is true, over time, I can bend reality to suit my desires and cause a complete redefinition of what it means for the petals of a rose to be red instead of any other color.[6]

Does this sound silly? Is it ridiculous? Ludicrous? It should seem so, but it’s not. One very recent, popular example comes to mind. One very famous, once world renowned person has once again come to the attention of the nation and world simply because his self-identifying perception of reality has caused him to think of himself as something he isn’t, even to the point of undertaking drastic measures to change his physical appearance to suit his own perceived understanding of reality.

And while some perceptional variation between people in regards to reality is acceptable, even normal and healthy, when God’s created order and actions are called into question, undermined, rejected, and mutated[7] into something He never intended, then something is seriously, and I mean SERIOUSLY wrong with the culture that accepts such actions. And let’s be honest, the actions of the person mentioned above have been celebrated and rejoiced over since first announced. Granted, some are merely indifferent, and many are merely tolerating them but few, if any, are actually denouncing them, that is, the actions of the person in question, as abominable.[8]

What is happening? What led up to this change in the culture, and what does it mean for the Church in the United States?

Isaiah 5:20-23,

20. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21. Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

22. Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

23. Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

The devil has been working overtime against the people of the United States in particular, and the West in general for a long time. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.[9] We have been quite prosperous as a nation since World War II. In fact, not an economy anywhere in the world comes even close to matching us.[10] And with such prosperity has come an easiness of life, what the Bible calls “a fullness of bread and abundance of idleness” (See Ezekiel 16:49).[11]

Granted, there is “no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Sin and wickedness have been in the world a long time, but let’s be honest. The United States of America has been the devil’s playground since at least the 1960’s. And he’s been quietly, under the cover of moral relativism, pushing his agenda on the American people for decades.

My friends, there can be no doubt, the tide has turned. The cultural collective consciousness of the United States of America has reached critical mass. Demonic entropy has reached its zenith. There is nothing left but continued degradation and then the final annihilation of all that is right and godly with our once beloved nation.

Now before you write this off as just another doom and gloom prediction, please continue reading, as I would like to share very specifically what I believe the Lord imparted to me. If, after reading, you judge it an unwarranted alarm, then to your own Master you rise or fall. Do as you please. But at least pray about it first!

Ephesians 6:10-13 (New Living Translation),

10. A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

In a time of spiritual meditation, after the news broke world wide about this once and now again famous man who is no longer a man, God reminded me of the above passage of Scripture. What He showed to me is that the “evil authorities and rulers of the unseen world” have taken hold on the moral fabric of our nation, and torn it asunder. The culture is fully poisoned. We are in the death throes of the United States of America. The “evil spirits” in heavenly places, while not perhaps triumphing over the true Church of the Living God, have nonetheless won the war for the soul of this nation. It’s not about presidents and lawmakers, or governors and supreme court judges. They are but flesh and blood pawns, against whom we do not wrestle. They are not the enemy. The “mighty powers in this dark world” operating behind the scenes are the ones pulling all the strings. And they’ve succeeded in blinding the church, obscuring her vision, while at the same time, happily introducing her to one of the worst sins of all: complacency.

And because these evil spirits have gained control over the heavenly realm in these here United States, an invisible but all too real force is coming against the Church, such as we’ve not realized.

It’s simple, really. It’s not some deep revelation (and frankly, it seldom is). Since these rulers have gained control of the culture, and since the Church is neck deep into the culture, an unsettling reality is about the befall us.

What is an evil spirit? What is wickedness, when it comes down to it? An evil or wicked spirit is simply a spirit that refuses to be governed by the laws of God. And what God showed me is this:

As these ungovernable, wild spirits continue to reign over the heavenly realms and unseen world of the United States, they will instigate lawlessness in the Church. But not as one may first assume. The lawlessness will not be a temptation to give oneself over to outright sinful indecencies. That is too obvious. No, the lawlessness that’s about to hit the church is simply a lack of personal discipline.

Proverbs 25:28,

28. He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

When a saint can’t control himself because he lacks the fruit of temperance, it’s because he’s lacking in self-discipline. An undisciplined saint is, in effect, a lawless saint. He will not be governed by the laws of God, but rather, by the whims and fancies of his own reality. The undisciplined saint will eventually succumb to the law of “whatever is convenient”, or “whatever feels good”.[12]

You might think this is too simple, too easy. You might think that if the devil really wanted to destroy the Church, he’d do something more drastic, something more menacing, something much more hurtful than inciting a saint to become unable to “rule over his own spirit“.

But I would ask you to reread the Proverb. Once a city is broken down and without walls, it can be taken easily. The gates of hell will never win a face to face match against the Church. Christ has prophetically promised it.

So the operation has to be on the sly. It has to be at a slow pace. It’s got to be almost imperceptible, like a hidden piece of cartilage that’s taken over ten years to slowly rip and tear in your knee before one day, when you needed it most, it gave way and you hit the floor in agony.

It’s coming, Church. The imps and familiar spirits of the demonic realm have done a good job keeping us distracted and bored while the kosmokratorasi.e. the “mighty powers” do the real damage against the world, against this country, and against us, the Church.

How long until it’s survival instead of revival time? Like I said, I don’t have THE answer, but I do have AN answer.

The moral tide in this country has turned. Good is now accepted only as evil. Evil is now only accepted as good, collectively speaking. No one can do wrong. The cultural perception of reality has changed.

When Satan comes against truth, he’s not merely attacking Jesus as “the truth“, or against the Bible as the “Word of Truth“, rather his attack is an attempt to completely undermine the fabric of reality. When God speaks of truth, it’s not merely doctrinal truth, or moral truth, or scientific truth, or any such thing. When God speaks of truth, He is speaking of the WAY THINGS ACTUALLY ARE, i.e. reality, from His point of view.

This reality of God’s has a distinct order and administration to it. There are rules, laws, which govern all aspects of what God has created. Satan is working against this divine order and rule of law to thrust the universe into complete chaos, the exact opposite of cosmos. In Hebrew, the phrase is tohu va bohu, famously translated “formless and void” in Genesis 1:2.

To get to that point, (and thank God, it’s not going to, as the Holy One of Israel will eventually vanquish Satan and his evil works before it happens), the devil has to try to chip away at all aspects of God’s created, or, in the case of this blog, God’s recreated order, as in the laws that govern the Church, i.e. the New Creation in Christ.

So don’t expect some big right cross from the devil. He’s not going to throw one. He can’t ever successfully attack the Church head on. But what he can do he will do. And since he has successfully overthrown the moral compass in this country, it’s only a matter of time until the Church in the United States falls.[13]

The criminalization of American Christianity has begun.

The Spirit of Antichrist is ascending.

Expect no quarter.

Prepare yourself.


[1] Understand that literally, psychology is the study of the human soul, from the Greek word psuche, meaning “soul”.

[2] Ask yourself, how did the serpent know exactly what to say to Eve in order to deceive her and coax her into eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? It was a perfectly constructed, perfectly timed question. Beware the source of the questions you entertain!

[3] From The Theaetetus, circa 369 B.C.E.

[4] From The Doors of Perception, published in 1954. The very famous 70’s era rock band The Doors took their name from this book. Huxley wrote the text after intentionally experiencing a psychedelic “trip” induced by ingesting a drug called mescaline, the principal agent of the San Pedro Cactus, otherwise commonly known as peyote.

[5] From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, published in 1992. A Course in Miracles was a tome written by a woman named Helen Schucman, first published in 1976. At the publisher’s website, any curious investigator can read that Helen Schucman believed an “inner voice” she claimed was Jesus was dictating the text to her and that she was merely the “scribe” who wrote the words down, pen to paper. See for proof.

[6] I highly suggest reading the following blog: Apply these marketing tactics to understand how the devil operates on the human psyche to sell sin to the average person. Note especially item #3, or Social Proof. Imagine I was an important enough person and my words carried enough weight to convince others that roses are turquoise. How long before a large scale, mass redefinition of what it means to be a rose happens?

[7] And in this case, surgically altered.

[8] While it may be noted that some preachers and Facebook folks have raised a cry against what this man has done to himself, no one in the public sphere, whose voice carries any moral weight, has said a word.

[9] 1 Timothy 6:10, English Standard Version.

[10] See Economic Overview, United States of America, CIA World Factbook.

[11] This phrase is a Hebrew idiom referring to “secure carelessness of ease” (See James, Fausset, and Brown A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible).

[12] Imagine the oppressive forces evil at work just to keep you undisciplined enough to stop praying. This is what’s coming, on a massive, unprecedented scale.

[13] Note I didn’t say “fails”. There will be a true Church of the Living God here in America, no matter what. But it will be persecuted and nearly decimated before Christ comes for her.


~ by votivesoul on 06/26/2015.

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