O, Lord, I cannot keep silent, for I love Your church! You have filled my heart with Your love, and so I love her as You do!
[SW081] 02/24/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Watchmen Never Keep Silent”
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her salvation like a torch that is burning.
Not only for Israel, God’s people, but also for the Church
whom He chose to be the bride of Christ!
The Lord appointed me as a watchman for the Church,
so I cry out to her, I sound the trumpet for her —
and I know her repentance will affect Israel.
May they become jealous of her!
For her sake I will not keep silent.
I will speak and speak
until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
dawn, radiance, shining —
until she is right full of Your glory, Lord Jesus!
For her sake I will not keep silent. I will speak and speak until
her salvation goes out like a burning torch
her deeds of deliverance —
powered by the Deliverer, Jesus Christ —
burning and consuming not for death,
but for cleansing and purifying.
A consuming of everything in us that is not of God.
Isaiah 62:6 On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen;
All day and all night they will never keep silent.
You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
O Lord, I will not rest.
I will continually remind You (2142)
I will continually remember You,
confess You and celebrate You,
be mindful of You,
boast in You,
appealing to You
and calling on You in prayer.
For as a watchman, I not only sound the trumpet,
warning the Church,
but I intercede for her, I am part of her,
I am a bridge between You and her, O Lord.
She is primarily prayerless,
separated from You by her sin,
and so I pray on her behalf.
Isaiah 62:7 And give Him no rest until He establishes
And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
O Lord, I will give you no rest, no quiet.
I will continually loudly and passionately petition You,
even as I warn Your Church.
I will give You no quiet until You establish her,
make her stand up, perfect her,
and make her ready —
and make her and Jerusalem a praise in the earth, O Lord!
Isaiah 62:10 Go through, go through the gates,
Clear the way for the people;
Build up, build up the highway,
Remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples.
O Lord, I go through the Church’s gates
I clear the way,
I build up the highway —
the highway of holiness (Isaiah 35:8)!
I remove the stones that block their view of You,
I lift up a banner of holiness to Your people!
Now I build up the highway,
with stones of truth,
bulldozing the false teaching that plagues you, O Church.
The Lord says to me:
Ezekiel 33:7 “Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me. 8 “When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 “But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.”
If I do not warn you, O Church,
to turn from your wickedness,
you will die in your iniquity,
and the Lord will require your blood from me!
Your blood will be on my head,
if I do not faithfully declare the whole purpose of God!
You will say, “That is Old Testament.”
Hear the words of the Spirit-inspired Paul:
Acts 20:18 And when they had come to him, he said to them . . .“You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,
Acts 20:26 “Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
Like Paul, I do not shrink (5288) from telling you the truth.
I do not cower or draw back.
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
I declare to you that which is for your good!
I solemnly testify of repentance toward God,
and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!
So I am innocent of the blood of all men,
for I am shouting from the rooftops
what He has whispered in my ears.
There is great cowardice in much of the Church in America today —
our leaders and congregations seek to please men and tickle ears!
There is no repentance, nor is it taught.
And without repentance,
there is no salvation.
All this is evidence of unbelief —
the greatest sin the Church commits.
We are afraid that messages about sin and repentance
will drive people away FROM US!!!
But such messages
will draw people TO CHRIST!!!
Our thinking is completely opposite to God’s!
And so, I declare:
Ezekiel 33:10 “Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are rotting away in them; how then can we survive?”’ 11 “Say to them, ‘ As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’
You say it is hopeless — you cannot stop sinning.
He says, “Turn from your way and live!
“Why then will you die?”
It is not hopeless,
but you must agree with Him that you still willfully disobey Him
and ask Him to cleanse your heart!
Why must your heart be purified?
Ezekiel 33:12 “And you, son of man, say to your fellow citizens, ‘The righteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live by his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.’
Ezekiel 33:13 “When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die.
many of you are trusting in the words you said at an altar
but you have not laid yourself out on the altar
that the Lord may alter you!
You have not offered yourself
as a living sacrifice
holy and pleasing. (Romans 12:1)
You conform to the world,
and you are not transformed
by the renewing of your mind! (Romans 12:2)
The Lord says you will die
if you trust in what happened at that altar
and yet continue to willfully disobey God.
Ezekiel 33:17 “Yet your fellow citizens say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right,’ when it is their own way that is not right. 18 “When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, then he shall die in it. 19 “But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. 20 “Yet you say, ‘ The way of the Lord is not right.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”
Do you say the Lord is wrong?
Do you say you should live,
regardless of what you do in disobedience to Him?
O Church, you will be judged by the Lord
each of you according to your ways!
Turn, O Church, while there is still time!
If you do, none of your sins will be remembered against you (v. 16).
If you don’t, none of your righteousness will be remembered (v. 13).
O Church, you cannot have both holiness
come from you:
James 3:10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.
But if you will turn, O Church, here is God’s promise to you — Isaiah 35:5-10!
If you will heed the sound of the trumpet today,
from this watchman on the wall:
Isaiah 62:2 The nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the LORD will designate.
3 You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 It will no longer be said to you, “ Forsaken,” [old name]
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “ Desolate”; [old name]
But you will be called, “ My delight is in her,” [new name!]
And your land, “ Married”; [new name!]
For the LORD delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons [next generation] will marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your God will rejoice over you.
Amen! Amen! Amen, O Lord! Truth. So be it. Let it be so.