The Messiah in Isaiah Bible Study
Isaiah 56:10-12 Part 2 - The Who What Why What of Watchmen
by I Gordon
 ↩ Or, more likely, there's not. Talk about 'the church' and most people thinking of that 'B' word 'building'. That's because many think of the church as a place and not a people. But the real two metaphors for the church starting with 'B' are of course 'Bride' and 'Body' (not brick and building!)
 ↩ I've got a tiny little prickle or thorn that got under my skin on my little finger. The smallest little splinter in my smallest little finger. And it just makes the slightest little rise... but I keep noticing it! You see, we are very very good at keeping watch over our own body! Surely it can't just be me. Well maybe it is... But I don't think so! If something goes out of line then we want to sort it out straight away. We are very alert when it comes to our own physical body. But how alert are you to others in the body of Christ that need attention? How watchful are you concerning others that may be putting themselves in a 'slippery place' - a place easily exploited by the enemy?
 ↩ J Vernon McGee comments well on Phil 2:3 saying - ' "Others" is the key to this passage. It is the Christian faith which first made that word others important. Why did Christ come from heaven's glory to this earth? It was for others. Why should we carry the gospel? For others. To think of others rather than ourselves is having the mind of Christ.'
 ↩ Ever tried to stay up all night on purpose? At University we thought it was a good idea one night to watch four videos in a row through the night. Probably just another one of my friend Brett's poorly thought out schemes that all involved would live to regret I'm afraid. 1St video - Great. 2nd video - Pretty good. We can do this. Third video... I'm so tired. I so want to be in bed. 4th - After 5 minutes 'just let the meteor hit earth and destroy the planet and everyone on it... please, please! End it all!' It is not easy concentrating right through the night. Thus as we longed for bed that night, so the watchman of old would long for the dawn of the new day when their 'shift' was over. Somewhere hidden deep in there is a spiritual application. Maybe.
 ↩ At the time of giving this message in church the talk had been focused on Italy which they say 'is too big to fail' but also 'too big to save' - That is, they can't let it fail as it will be a domino effect for other countries worldwide - but it is also too big to save because of the amount of debt in question.
'Italy's total debt expected to hit Û1.9 trillion by the end of this year, Italy's total debt is 2.7 times larger than the combined debt of Greece, Ireland and Portugal'
These financial tsunamis have a huge bearing socially as well - the frequently quoted saying of trend forecaster Gerald Celente is true 'when people have nothing left to lose, they lose it.' We see protests all around the world. It started in the Arab world and now they are spreading through the Western world. What happens if the mostly peaceful protests so far in the western world aren't listened to? What happens when further 'austerity' measures are brought into these countries that already have youth unemployment above 50% like in Spain?
 ↩ On the one hand, medically speaking, there is an amazing amount of research going on into the cause and cure of disease, with some great discoveries made. And yet, on the other, there are so many new chemicals and toxins that we are creating and polluting this planet with that destroy our quality of life and lead to even more dependence upon all types of drugs to survive. A series of studies came out in the 2000's showing the impact even upon the fruit and vegetables that we eat. In 2001 'the Journal of Complimentary Medicine pointed out that US and UK Government statistics show a decline in trace minerals of up to 76% in fruit and vegetables over the period 1940 to 1991.' I guess all I'm trying to point out is that the stress and distress coming upon those that live on planet earth is from a wide range of sources. It's financial. It's moral. It's environmental. It's medical. It is stress and breakdown within our schools, in our families and in our governments. How far gone is the night? How dark will it get? Interesting questions!
where you can enter your salary (or any figure) and see how long it took a man called John Paulson (a hedge fund manager) to earn your salary. This man makes bets on currencies and assets whether they will go up or down. In 2009 he made 13.8 million dollars. Per day. Let's say you worked all year for 20,000 - he earned that in 2.1 minutes. Let's say you earned 100,000 - that's a whopping 10.7 minutes of his time. In 2009 he got $555,900 per hour. Traders like this LIKE there to be instability in the financial world. That is where they make the most money!
 ↩ A seven-year-old boy had been pestering his father for a watch, but his father was not about to give him one. After he had asked for about the twentieth time, his father said, 'My boy, that's all I want to hear about that watch. Do not bring it up again!' At supper that night, each member of the family shared a Scripture verse at the table. When it was time for the boy to read his verse. After finding the verse that he wanted to read, he finally smirked and read 'The verse I have chosen today is Mark 13:37, 'What I say to you, I say to everyone, 'Watch!''"
I have a sneaky suspicion that story is not really true. And I have some serious doubts that Jesus had wrist watches in mind when he said 'Watch'. But remember the question from Isaiah was 'Watchman - how far gone is the night?' Jesus said emphatically that no one knows the day nor the hour of His return. Not even old Harold Camping whose sure thing dates of May 21st and Oct 21st 2011 led many astray. We don't know the day but we can (and should) watch the signs and know the general time in which we live.
 ↩ Concerning the current events, trend forecaster Gerald Celente (mentioned earlier) says: 'We're looking at a parallel to the 1929 Stock Market crash - Crash of 29, Great depression, currency wars, trade war, leading to World war. Now the crash of 08, the great recession, currency wars, trade wars... ' and he says it always leads to a military war.