The Watchman

by Pastor Bertrand L. Comparet

From the very beginning, various dangers have threatened the civilizations man has built, the peril was always potentially there, but when would it eventually strike? There would be deceptively peaceful periods, lengthening out from weeks into years. The anticipated danger seemed to come no closer until people would doubt that danger really existed. People are always far too ready to close their minds to anything which they don't want to believe, anything which upsets their peace of mind.

As the years of peace are lengthened out, fewer and fewer people would admit the possibility of another war, preparedness would slacken. The nations would become less and less able to meet the peril when it actually occurred. Even those who could see the danger still had to give their major attention to the day-by-day affairs of life. They had to appoint watchmen to maintain vigilance for the whole community, and give warning upon the approach of imminent danger.

The watchman's task has always been a thankless one. There are treacherous fifth column elements, which are really working for the defeat of the nation, at the hands of its enemies. These subversive elements readily gain and hold the public's ear, because they soothingly tell the people what they want to hear. Go back to sleep, no danger can come, and there is nothing you can do.

The honest and patriotic citizen, who sees and warns of the impending danger, is hated because he disturbs the public's indolence with his warnings. First they say that he is just foolishly imagining dangers, which don't exist. When this doesn't silence him, then they say that he desires the calamities, which he is warning his people to avoid. Meanwhile, danger approaches faster and faster because of the public indifference and failure to take the necessary precautions. When it does strike, it is far more terrible than it would have been if the warnings had been heeded. The price of indifference is always paid in the blood of your sons, who need not have died if you had done your part.

Like all-important developments in the life of nations, this one was well known to Yahweh and it gets frequent attention in the Bible. Yahweh chooses certain men to be His watchmen, and inspires them to stick to their unpopular task. It is a great responsibility and if well done, a great honor. The watchman's responsibility is to speak the truth, come what may. From then on, the responsibility is that of the people who have been warned.

Yahweh told the prophet in Ezekiel 3:17, "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word of My mouth and give the warning from Me." Ezekiel 33:2-6 continues, "When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts and set him for their watchman: if, when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he bloweth the trumpet and warn the people: then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet and taketh not warning, if the sword come and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. But if the watchman see the sword come and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned: if the sword come and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

The real essentials of life have not changes in all of history; the qualities and actions, which are really good, are exactly the same today as they were in Moses' time. What evil is there that is really new? When a merchant cheats you by selling shoddy merchandise, is it any different because today you pay for it with dollars instead of shekels? If you don't leap for your life quickly enough, is it any consolation that you are run over by an automobile, instead of a chariot? Today, there are still those in high places of power who will betray the most sacred principles for thirty pieces of silver. As in ancient times, it is still important to know who watches the watchman.

Who are our watchmen? First we think of those to whom we have entrusted high public office. Whatever their duties may include, that of watching and giving warning is the primary duty, however they do not make up all the responsible watchmen. From the beginning Yahweh has recognized that politicians may fail to perform their duties. Someone must be watchman over all dangers, from within as well as from without, the record of this is found in the Bible. Since these warnings come from Yahweh, His watchmen are found in the ministry.

What are the dangers against which our watchmen should warn us? Every one which threatens our national security, whether from within the nation or without the nation. Have you been told that Yahweh is only interested in saving souls, then you have been grossly misinformed. Over 5/6ths of the Bible deals with the race and nation as such, and less than 1/6th with the individual. What good did Lot's own morality do him while he lived in the city of Sodom, wasn't he in the midst of evil at all times, didn't it constantly threaten his very existence? Yahweh is vitally interested in racial and national integrity, as well as that of the individual. Many times in history, honest and moral people had to go through the awful calamities of the punishment, which came upon a corrupt nation in which they lived.

If our watchmen are not vigilant against crime, and we allow this to go on, then we must live under the conditions found in certain large cities, which have scandalized the nation. If our watchmen are not vigilant against the danger of foreign war, then our sons will die upon the battlefield in a needless sacrifice. This won't be for the honor and safety of the nation, but paying the price of your own indifference to a situation, which you could have avoided if you had acted in time. If your watchmen are not vigilant against the great and growing danger of communist revolution here at home, then those of you who survive can hope for nothing better than the slavery now imposed on many nations.

What has this to do with religion?  Everything! Surely I need not remind anyone that Yahweh wants you to live under conditions of generally good morals. Your sons and your daughters will pattern their own lives upon what they see about them. Yahweh certainly wants you to have peace, but peace comes only from Yahweh, not from compromises with evil arranged between Goldberg and Brezhnev.

The Bible gives the only rule in Psalm 119:165. "Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them." Isaiah 32:17 records, "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever." Isaiah 48:18 continues, "O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.

Yahweh wants us to have liberty. As part of one of the most important and impressive ceremonies of the Bible, Yahweh commanded in Leviticus 25:10, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto all the inhabitants thereof." Yahshua opened His ministry with the quotation of Isaiah 61:1, "The spirit of Yahweh is upon Me: because Yahweh hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent Me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound." In Romans 8:21 we are promised, "The glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh.

These are great prizes to be won but, they don't come automatically to the lazy, the indifferent or to the cowards. All of them have been lost, repeatedly and terribly, by public neglect. It is still true that the watchmen must be alert against danger, but someone must vigilantly watch the watchmen. Most of our politicians have failed miserably as watchmen, but thank Yahweh for the few loyal and honest ones. The drift into the very communism, which we are preparing to fight, continues at a rapid pace. We are being betrayed into communism by degrees, by the very men we have trusted with our safety. In our country they have been able to sell the people on this by calling it humanitarianism instead of communism.

Those elected to high public office are the watchmen selected by the people. When our cities were smaller and there were fewer forms of entertainment available, a candidate only needed leather lungs, great endurance, and a little money for travel expenses. With these few assets, he could reach most of the voters, for people came out to public meetings to hear the candidates.

Today this situation no longer exists, except for purely local office in the smallest towns. For the larger towns, the only way to show the voters your ability, your record and your principles, is through the commercial media of public communications, newspapers, radio and television. The cost of these services on the scale necessary for a statewide or nation wide campaign is fantastic to a degree that the public cannot realize. It can be met only by powerful and wealthy organizations. When these organizations spend that much money, they usually think that they have bought the candidate and his office. They expect to assume the power to dictate the actions of the government and to make themselves masters of the nation. They force upon the government policies for their own benefit but ruinous to all others.

The men who will not sell out to them get no such support from others. Take yourself for example, how often have you contributed even $10.00 to the campaign fund for a good man? Without adequate backing, how many good men can be elected? Look over the list of the high public officers in the nation. How many of them got there under their own steam, as compared to those who were put in office as the passive tool of some powerful organization? The general level of our state and national officers is so low, is not because there were no good candidates available, it is because you never heard of them.

The first to use this power of organization and money were those interested in corruption. They wanted jobs on the public payroll for the small fry, an occasional chance to embezzle some public funds, and mostly the power to channel the multi million-dollar public contracts into their own hands. They were merely dishonest; they only wanted to steal from the nation, not to destroy it. Their proven success with this method of gaining power has attracted a far more sinister group. This group wishes not merely to steal some money from the nation, but to steal the entire nation itself.

Wherever the Russian armies have entered, this group who are an alien minority in all lands has paved the way for them. They are willing collaborators, who have ever since been kept in power as puppet governments, by the force of Russian bayonets. When these aliens can determine who gets public office, then the watchmen are only the agents of the enemy.

Naturally, this situation didn't escape the notice of Yahweh. It is not new; it is just a constantly recurring phase of the age-old warfare of the satanic forces against the kingdom of Yahweh. As a counter measure, Yahweh commissioned His own watchmen, to watch the others. Yahweh's watchmen should be found among His ministers. For example, in the Old Testament in Ezekiel 3:17 the prophet was told, "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me".

We have learned to expect corruption in politics. If the clergy are alert to warn the nation, the worst perils can still be avoided. However, when the clergy fail in their duty, as far too many thousands of them are failing today, the situation becomes desperate, this is also not new. We had better study its terrible consequences in the past, and take warning.

In the prophesies of the Bible, Yahweh warned us of the very dangers we face today. He knew and He warned us, that the real danger would be internal, not from the outside. Psalm 74:4 tells us, "Thine enemies roar in the midst of Thy congregations". The enemies of our God and Savior roar out their hatred of Him from positions they have secured even in our churches. They now even deny the virgin birth of Christ and the atonement made on the cross. They constantly attack the foundations of our American way of life from positions within our government.  Yahshua made the warning more pointed, that the danger would be from within. In Mark 3:27 He said, "No man can enter into a strong man's house and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house." Since the plunderer cannot enter until after the strong man has been bound, this must be an inside job. Therefore Yahshua also said in Matthew 10:36, "A man's foes shall be they of his own household."

All who are well informed know that the danger from communist subversion at work in all branches of our government is real and terribly great. Nikita Kruschev explained it himself in one of his speeches in Russia. "We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to communism. But, we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism, until they suddenly awaken to find they have communism."

We see this process going on under high pressure every day. Agencies of our government connived very effectively to assist in the overthrow of the Cuban government of Batista, because he was anti communist. This wasn't because he was a dictator, for they fawn at the feet of the brutal murderer Tito of Yugoslavia, because he is a Red dictator.

You notice with what exceeding thoroughness they steered the invasion of the anti Castro forces into tragic disaster. The Red beachhead in our own hemisphere, which our own government deliberately helped to establish, is still growing stronger each day. Our officials spout hypocritical platitudes of weak disapproval, but no effective actions against Cuba. Do you think they would have behaved like this if Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy had established a beachhead? Truly, "A man's foes shall be they of his own household." Our danger is not from fall out, but from sell out.

At home, they openly say that the danger to this nation is not from Red revolutionists, but from super patriots, men who want to keep our American way of life. Those in high places, who are not openly helping the drift into communism, are giving faint praise to the middle of the road doctrines. Yes, the middle of the road to communism.

By their definitions a middle of the roadman is one who says, "Communism is all right, but let's adopt it only one step at a time." A right-winger is a man who says, "Maybe we'd better not go completely Red." An extreme right-winger or Fascist is one who wants to keep our American way of life without change.

Yahweh foretold all of this, for in Isaiah 56:10-11 He said, "His watchmen are blinded: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs; they cannot bark: sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs, which never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain." This willful blindness and ignorance is inexcusable in those who have eagerly sought the responsibility of the watchman's job. The real explanation is, "They are greedy dogs, which can never have enough; they all look to their own way, every one for his gain." By serving the enemies of our Christian civilization, they have been raised to high positions of power, glory and wealth.

The danger is very great. Not foreign invasion, but internal subversion has taken over many nations. Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia, Ghana, Guinea, Cuba and British Guiana, all these have fallen into the hands of Russia's accomplices before even a Russian soldier set a foot in their country. Now that they are openly our enemies and vote with Russia consistently in the United Nations, our own high officers still bleed us white to strengthen our enemies. Truly, our watchmen need watching.

As always, the great majority of our political leaders have not only failed to give us warning of this conspiracy, they have eagerly participated in it for the rewards it offered in behind the scenes support in election years. Yahweh foresaw this breach of trust. He knew that someone should watch the watchmen. This duty falls upon those who are honored by being called to be His spokesmen, when these fail in their duty, it is doubly tragic.

There is no doubt many church seminaries have been infiltrated by socialists and secret communists, who have thoroughly brainwashed the young clergymen they have taught. You, who listen to these lessons, know that the Bible clearly commands segregation. However, most of the clergymen preach integration, in direct violation of Yahweh's laws.

You know that the Bible identifies the United Nations as a satanic organization, it is an accursed palace of strangers, which Yahweh will destroy in order to end its evils. In spite of this, most clergymen preach that the United Nations is mankind's only hope; apparently they never heard of Yahshua as mankind's only real hope!

You know that in the Bible, Yahweh forbids us to ally ourselves with the God hating pagan nations. Yahweh commands us to come out from among them, and be ye separate. Most of the clergymen preach that we must give up all of our own distinctive character, given to us by Yahweh, and ruin our people in order to enrich pagan nations. Then we are to teach them that paganism can bring them every good that the one true God has given to us. What satanic evil is there left that these brainwashed clergymen have not praised and supported? Our people, who rely upon the clergy to tell them God's truth, are misled. Nevertheless, even when you are honestly mistaken, misled by those you trust, violation of Yahweh's laws will always bring its terrible consequences.

Jeremiah 6:10-15 states, "To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of Yahweh is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them, every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of My people but slightly, saying Peace! Peace! When there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith Yahweh.

This treachery must have its awful consequences. Jeremiah 5:31 records, "The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their ears; and My people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" When the United Nations leads us into disasters from which no human power can save us, will it then do us any good to whine, "But, I didn't know any better! I thought that God was just an old fuddy duddy. I'd better get wise like Goldberg, Lodge, Rockefeller and the rest of the liberals." When the disasters come, then we will realize the truth of Jeremiah 8:9. "The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: Lo, they have rejected the word of Yahweh; and what wisdom is in them?

The indictment against the false clergy is terrible. Ezekiel 13:2-10 relates it. "Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of Yahweh; thus saith Yahweh: Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the wall for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of Yahweh. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying Yahweh saith: and Yahweh hath not sent them: and they made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Therefore, thus saith Yahweh: Because ye have spoken vanity and seen lies, therefore behold, I am against you, saith Yahweh. And Mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of My people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am Yahweh thy God. Because, even because they have deceived My people, saying peace and there was no peace!

The penalty that Yahweh has set for the false clergymen, who mislead His people in these desperate days, will be swift and terrible when He returns to set things straight. What of the nation, which was deceived by them? There have been true watchmen who gave warning, but how many would believe them? No, the people preferred to believe the soothing lies of peace, even when they can see that there is no peace.

Remember what Yahweh said to Jeremiah! If the watchman blew the trumpet, but a man would not take warning, then the sword would take him away in his iniquity. In Jeremiah 6:17,19 Yahweh warns, "Also I set watchmen over you saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken! Hear O earth: behold, I will bring calamity upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts: because they have not hearkened unto My words, nor to My law, but rejected it.

The final terrible war, of which the few true watchmen have been warning us, is rapidly approaching. The people have been deceived into ignoring it. This only brings it upon us more quickly and certainly. The people have preferred to believe a pleasant lie, rather than the stern truth. Therefore, for those who were deceived, the disaster will truly be the fruit of their thoughts. People have ignored the true watchmen, and followed deceivers into violations of Yahweh's laws. To them Hosea 10:13 says, "Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity: ye have eaten the fruit of lies.

You who have followed these lessons, and have heeded the warnings you know what is coming. You have turned to Yahweh for His protection. You will have Yahweh's protection. Read Psalm chapter 91. The watchman's task is a bitter and thankless one, as a rule. When the elect hear and give heed, then it is worth the trouble.