“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days on Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be in the field, one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at the hour when you do not expect him.
Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servant in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “(Matthew 24: 36-51)
We have been told that the coming of our Savior will come at a time when we are not aware, that only the Father knows the day or hour of His coming. This is very true and Scripture tells us exactly this. The portion that modern believers have neglected is the fact that we will know the season of His coming and if we watch, we will know his arrival is soon.
Our society is inundated with teachers telling us of Jesus’s imminent arrival and to make sure that we have our lives in order. This is due to the fact that the prophetic events foretold about the end of the age are appearing everywhere and many are sounding the horn of warning. This is by design as the Watchmen are doing what they were instructed to do:
“The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own heads. Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves.
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.” (Ezekiel 33: 1-9)
This is the reason that society is hearing so much about the arrival of our Savior. It is the duty of the Watchman to do what he promised God he would do. His own salvation depends on sounding the trumpet of warning. We are told in Scripture that one will be taken and one will be left. We are told that the good servant will take care of his master’s estate while the wicked servant will do the opposite. This explains the gravity of the world situation toward salvation. We as Watchmen will be sounding the horn to everyone but not everyone will listen.
If someone does not listen to the warning, that is their decision and not to the detriment of the Watchman. The only responsibility the Watchman has is to tell everyone what is happening and that judgment is coming. We are not told to change people’s minds or to convert them to our way of understanding. Not everyone will have the ability to understand, but they must repent as we have all fallen short of the glory of God. Watchmen are told to sound the trumpet of warning that danger is coming. Our way to Salvation is an individual journey that all of us must take.
“But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. “(Romans 2: 5-11)
So Watchmen, sound your trumpets, sound your warning cries as the time is at hand. We are witnessing the coming of our Lord and His arrival is imminent. We may not know the exact hour or day of His arrival but we can know His season. We can tell all those who will listen that the time has come to repent of all of our sins. We must all repent as none of us are allowed entry into Heaven without first passing God’s judgment.
Go be proud of your title. Be proud of your duty to warn the masses. Receive your redemption and your reward. Sound the trumpet and fulfill your obligation to your Lord and Savior!
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.” (Philippians 2: 12-18)