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REVEALING THE WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT?

" The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?" (Isa:21:11)

As the darkness of night falls all around us, momentous changes that will dramatically impact everyone on earth are occurring throughout the world.  How do seemingly unrelated events in different regions tie together?  Jesus Christ urges us to "watch" and shows us how, giving us major "Signs of The Times" to discern.  With that watching also comes a responsibility to warn of impending troubles.

"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man" (Luke 21:36).

With those words, Jesus Christ, the greatest newscaster of all time, urges His disciples to remain constantly vigilant of world events.  They also must stay close to God in prayer to survive the tumultuous conditions that will precede His return to earth at the end of this age.

The ultimate impact of  new developments taking place in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East will be profound on the United States, British Commonwealth and other nations in the western world.  Yet these major developments often are barely mentioned, if even reported, in newscasts or news publications.

Virtually everyone on earth will be astonished at the unforeseen direction events will take in the coming years that will change the global balance of power and plunge the world into its most severe crisis ever.  The destruction, loss of life and suffering will exceed even the two previous world wars.  It is a scenario that seems unbelievable, but will come as surely as the sun rises and sets.  Yet beyond this time of unprecedented trouble, dawns the Millennial Kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ, who proclaimed the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God.

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ repeatedly warns His disciples to watch world events, discern  "The Signs of The Times" and be prepared, rather than be caught off guard or asleep.  He points out key trends so they will not be blind sided.  He does not leave them groping in the dark.

In Luke's account of the famous Olivet Prophecy, Jesus Christ warns of conditions that will prevail  just prior to His Second Coming to this earth.  He notes that religious deception, wars and commotion's will be widespread, but the end will not come immediately as a result (Luke 21;8-9).

Wars between nations and kingdoms, however, will steadily intensify; great earthquakes will strike throughout the world; famines, environmental disasters and disease epidemics will spread.  These conditions are worsening throughout the world.  One only has to witness the wars, starvation, disease and pestilence reaching crisis proportions on the African continent for confirmation.  What Christ foretells is unfolding right before our eyes!

He also warns: "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.... So you, likewise, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near" (vv. 28, 31).

In other words, He strongly admonishes all His disciples to, "Wake Up!" and be aware of world events taking place around them.  However, He also notes that most people will be so consumed with seeking their own pleasure and concerned about their own personal cares that they will be oblivious to the ominous trends happening around them: "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.  For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth" (vv. 34-35).  Most people will not expect the rapid chain reaction of events leading to a great tribulation that will engulf the entire world prior to Christ's return.

In this context, again notice Christ's emphasis: "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man"(Luke 21:36).

As prophecies in the Bible show, we are to watch developments throughout the earth that will lead to an ultimate cataclysmic collision threatening the existence of all life on earth (Matthew 24:21-22).

Watchman, Watch Europe

With the collapse of the Soviet Union about 10 years ago, a significant power vacuum was created, leaving the United States the world's only major power. What was a bipolar world suddenly turned into a unipolar world, with the U.S. the undisputed dominant nation.  However, a shift in the balance of power, eroding U.S. supremacy, is under way, which has not been widely reported in the news media.  Yet this development on the European continent is extremely significant.

A United States of Europe that threatens to rival the U.S. on the diplomatic, economic, political, and even military fronts, is emerging.  It is a development that looks innocent on its surface, but has sinister ramifications for the entire world.  Most people in the western world are so obsessed with celebrities, scandals, sensations and other inconsequential news, they are not aware of what Europe's unification means for their future.

The Associated Press reported on May 15 that German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer revived the vision of a United States of Europe in an address at Berlin's Humboldt University, calling it "a personal vision of the future."

The planned expansion of the European Union "will make a fundamental reform of European institutions indispensable," Fischer said.  "How can one imagine a European Council with 30 state and government heads?  Thirty presidencies?  How long will a council meeting then last?  Days or even weeks?"

Questions like those, Fischer said, mean the original vision of a united Europe from 50 years ago should be carried to its logical end with a European Federation led by an executive branch and two houses of legislature codified in a European constitution.

He said if Europeans are not ready to go that far right now, a "core group" of countries should make the first move with the rest joining later.  "For me it is fully clear that Europe can only play its appropriate role in economic and political competition when we proceed courageously," Fischer said.

Unqualified praise for Fischer's speech came from France, Germany's traditional partner in pushing for European integration.  France's Le Monde newspaper headlined its editorial on the speech "Danke Schoen, M. Fischer," calling the federalism plan an "ambitious vision." Italian officials also said countries that so wish should move forward with closer ties.

The Associated Press reported: "Closer co-operation would also lead to common defence and foreign policy, enabling the EU to step out of Washington's shadow and avoid a repeat of the recent embarrassments in the Balkans, when the Europeans had to wait for U.S. support to act on their own continent."

The Bible indicates a core group of 10 kings or kingdoms "will give their power and authority to the beast," referring to a group of nations surrendering their sovereignty to a centralized system of government (Rev. 17:13).

Bible prophecy shows this will occur on the European continent, where historically the Roman Empire and its succeeding resurrections have risen only to fall with regularity over the centuries.

Yet when this United States of Europe rears its head for a final time as a monstrous beast, the Bible also shows the world will be astonished.  Because the news media devotes little attention to international affairs, when that powerful empire arises, it will seem to come out of nowhere, astonishing the vast majority of mankind!

"I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed.  And all the world marvelled and followed the beast" (Rev. 13:3).  The Amplified version renders this verse: "And one of his heads seemed to have a deadly wound.  But his death stroke was healed, and the whole earth went after the beast in amazement and admiration."

We must therefore watch for the European news trends leading to a more powerful united Europe militarily, politically and economically.

Watchman, Watch the Middle East

In His Olivet prophecy, Jesus Christ emphasizes the need to watch not only developments in the Middle East in general, but also Jerusalem in particular.

Diplomatic negotiations in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, as the European Union and Vatican become more heavily involved, will not mean peace in this volatile, strategic region.  Christ warns that Jerusalem ultimately will be surrounded by gentile armies and trampled by foreign troops! (Luke 21:20-24).  Yet are we keeping ourselves informed about what is happening in that explosive region?

In March 1999, Stratfor Inc., an intelligence consulting firm in Austin, Texas, launched an experimental Web site: http://www.stratfor.com in December 1999, it predicted three events that will, in this decade, magnify Islamic power in the Middle East:

1. Ageing leaders of key Arab counties will die or leave office, including pro-western Arab monarchs such as Saudi Arabia's King Fahd. "Jordan's King Hussein is dead.... Egypt's Hosni Mubarak has been in office for a generation.  Moammar Gadhafi has been in office for more than 30 years.  Most of those now governing Arab states will not be around in 10 years," it observed.

Syrian President Hafez Assad's recent death was a case in point.  Palestinian leader Yassir  Arafat also is reported to be suffering from Parkinson's disease and is said to be in frail health.  Television news networks have reported that Iraq's' Saddam Hussein may be suffering from cancer.  Significant changes in Arab leadership are inevitable.

2. Because the succession process in these countries is either unclear or unknown, the danger of instability as the result of palace coups and other disruptions is substantial.

3. Moderates will be unable to gain complete control in Iran.

"The convergence of these three forces-the decline of the current leadership of Arab nations, the clearly unstable succession periods that will follow and the Iranian variable-indicates a real possibility of a resurgent and powerful fundamentalist movement sweeping the Islamic world during the next decade.  With the death of the great leaders of the secular republic Arab movement and potential shifts in the Saudi monarchy, the forces that contain Islamic fundamentalism are likely to weaken and lose their grip on the situation," http://www.stratfor.com reported.

The Bible strongly indicates Arab nations in the Middle East will band together to form a confederation led by a "King of the South" that will provoke a remilitarized European power to take swift action in the Middle East.

Notice what the prophet Daniel said: "At the time of the end the king of the South all attack him; and the king of the North (Russia) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them and pass through.  He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown......"(Daniel 11:40-41).

This describes a massive invasion of northern Africa and the Middle East by a powerful European military machine that bulldozes through the region.  The New King James Version and Revised Standard Version say the King of the South will "attack" the King of the North.  An RSV footnote says, "thrust at him." The King James Version says, "push at him." The New International Version says "engage him in battle." The Amplified Bible says "push at and attack him."

The Hebrew word for "push" is nagach, which can be translated "to butt with horns" or "to gore." The same word is used in Exodus 21:32, referring to an ox pushing, thrusting or goring someone.  This provocation could be prompted by Arab nations in the Middle East cutting off supplies of petroleum to the western world, prompting a swift response from European nations, or a controversy regarding the status of Jerusalem, which requires foreign troops.  This crisis in the Middle East, in turn, will pull in nations from other regions like a vortex.

We must therefore watch for future changes in leadership among key Arab nations.  And watch the geopolitics associated with the production and marketing of Middle East oil.

Watchman, Watch the Far East

Once this King of the North (Russia) invades the Middle East, other major military powers in  India, China and Southeast Asia will mobilize to counterattack the brazen moves and intervention by the European Union: "But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many" (Daniel 11:44).

Teeming with billions of people, Eurasia, consisting of Russian, Arab, Indian and Asian nations, lies directly north and east of Jerusalem.  Near Jerusalem is where the King of the North "shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him" (Daniel 11:45).

He will eventually meet his end at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Revelation 9:19-20).  This king of the North will face the massive armies of Eurasia.  Even now the populations of China and India each exceed one billion people!

In addition to the King of the South and the King of the North, the Bible also refers to "kings from the east" who will invade the Middle East with a massive army (Revelation 16:12).  By using the plural "kings," the Bible intimates that a combination of leaders from the Far East will spearhead the Eurasian counter-invasion.  There will not be a dominant leader as in Europe (Revived Roman Empire) or Russia ("King of the North") or among the Arabs ("King of the South").  The result of these hordes attacking will be a massive loss of life in all out, highly technological warfare!

"So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and the day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.  Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million, and I heard the number of them.... By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed-by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths" (Revelation 9:15-18).

In a January 10, 2000 report, www.stratfor.com stated Russia and China would be pivotal in how the global system operates in the years ahead: "Russia and China together constitute the geographic and demographic center of gravity of the Eastern Hemisphere.  How they behave is one of the engines driving the history of any epoch.  When Moscow and Beijing rule unified empires and ally with each other, as they did in the 1950s, they create an enormous mass around which the rest of Europe and asia fearfully revolve."

On July 18 at a summit in Beijing, Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Jaing Zemin, jointly condemned what they consider U.S. attempts to dominate the global order and pledged to stand together in defiance of American power. They denounced a U.S. proposal for a national missile defence system, saying it would trigger an arms race.

Russia and China, both nuclear superpowers, would probably be in alliance with the kings of the east and supply most of the 200-million-man army that will launch a major offensive against the European beast power in the Middle East.  Russian and Chinese leaders recently stressed the need to offset American power by encouraging a multi-polar world.

We must therefore watch for continued co-operation between Russia and China as well as among India, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and other heavily populated Asian nations.  These geopolitical developments in various regions of the world do not bode well for the U.S. and its western allies.

Watchman, Watch the West

The Bible speaks of a King of the North, a King of the South and kings of the East, but remains almost deafeningly silent about a king from the other compass point-the West.  There is no "King of the West" per se named in the Bible.  Yet the United States undoubtedly is the leading nation in the West.

When the King of the North retaliates against the King of the South, which will compel the kings of the East to respond, Bible prophecy shows the United States and other nations of British descent will be either conquered, enslaved or on the verge of captivity.

America and other British-descended and northwestern European nations are identified in Bible prophecy as modern descendants of Israel, the Old Testament patriarch whose name was changed from Jacob.

The Bible shows these nations will bear the initial brunt of the unprecedented Great Tribulation "which shall come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth" (Revelation 3:10).  Christ said: "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened" (Matthew 24:21-22).

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah describes the time as follows: "Alas!  For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it" (Jeremiah 30:7).  He also shows foreigners will enslave these nations of modern Jacob and even those considered allies will severely wound them. (Jeremiah 30:8,14).  This captivity will happen: "for the multitude of your iniquities, because your sins have increased.... In the latter days you will consider it" (Jeremiah 30:14, 24).

 Psalm 83 is prophetic in that it illustrates major powers in Europe and the Middle East conspiring to annihilate Jacob or Israel as a common enemy: "For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head.  They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones.  They have said, 'Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.' For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You" (Psalm 83:2-5).  Arab nations and Assyria, the ancestral nation of modern Germany, are described as the conspirators.  They have shared Semitic sentiments historically

We must therefore watch for trends in the moral decay of western nations, particularly the modern descendants of  the ancient patriarch, Jacob.

Watchman, Warn the World!

As we watch the decline of such nations as United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, Zealand, South Africa and the Jewish state of Israel, there comes a responsibility to warn people in those  nations as well as the rest of the world about punishment that will ensue.

God urges His servants to: "Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their  transgression, and the house of Jacob their sin" (Isaiah 58:1).  Yet the prophet Isaiah also foresaw a time when the secular and religious leaders,  who should be trumpeting a warning to their people, would not because they are too wrapped up in the  cares of this prosperous age and hope its comforts and luxuries will continue indefinitely.

"His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.  Yes, they are greedy dogs which never have enough.  And they are shepherds cannot understand; they all look to their own way every one for his own gain, from his own territory. 'Come,' one says, 'l will bring wine, and we will fill  our selves with intoxicating drink; tomorrow will be as today, and much more abundant'" (Isaiah 56: 10-12)

By contrast, God's true servants are to be faithful "Watchmen." Committed to crying aloud, lifting up their voices and showing mankind its sins and warning of the consequences.  That is to be coupled with proclaiming "The Good News" of the coming Millennial Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ will establish beyond the horrible times that lie ahead.

God also gives His servants the responsibility to warn.  Ezekiel's prophecies underscore a principle that remains every bit as applicable today as it did in his day. God's servants are to trumpet a warning when they see warfare coming on the land: "So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.  When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall 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 at your hand.  Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul" (Ezekiel 33:7-9).

"Say to them: 'As I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.  Turn, turn from your evil ways!  For why should you die, 0' house of Israel?"' (Ezekiel 33: 11).

Those involved in the "Work of a Watchman", are soberly striving to heed Jesus Christ's command to watch world events and, like sentries, sound an alarm out of love, about the terrible times ahead for all people on the earth.  They fully realize that the message will not be popular, but an urgent warning is needed. 

Beyond the gloom and doom of the immediate years ahead lies THE GOOD NEWS of a glorious  new  world to come, governed by Jesus Christ.  But meanwhile, we all need to sincerely hope and pray people will repent and turn around as a result of this message of warning and hope.  You have just read that message!  How will you respond?

The Role and Work of a Watchman

The Bible uses the role of a watchman to describe the work of a prophet among God's people. Is there more to this symbolism than many have understood? The role of a watchman is vital to a full understanding of the work of God in the end time.

God said to the prophet Ezekiel, "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me" (Ezekiel 3:17).

Here is one of the most intriguing metaphors used by God in all of prophecy. It is repeated in chapter 33 for emphasis, and sets the stage for the prophet's ministry to the divided houses of Judah and Israel.

Just what was the role of a watchman to an ancient city? How does God use the role of a watchman to warn and teach? What does it mean for the work of God today as this world comes to a prophetic crossroads?

It's vital you understand the answer to these questions as events grow increasingly tense in a rapidly changing world order.

A key figure

In the ancient world of agrarian societies, large watchtowers were placed overlooking the fields. There, in the weeks the crops were ripening toward harvest, men would stand watch, guarding the fields from animals or from thieves who would make off with the crops. With the community's basic food stores at stake, the watchman's role was critical to the townspeople.

We also find several references in Scripture to a watcher mounting the city walls in times of stress to survey the scene outside the fortifications. He was situated on a spot from which he could monitor the approaches to the town. If a threat appeared, he would sound a warning and the town would shut its gates and prepare for battle.

You can also imagine the watcher standing vigil at other times, observing the daily life of the city. He could see much of the activity in the streets and markets. He knew the people, their work, their habits and their lifestyles. If his position was near the city gate, he could also observe the business of the city transacted by its officials (see Ruth 4:1-12).

No wonder God uses this role to illustrate the job of the prophets He sent to comment on society's behavior, as well as to deliver messages of warning and instruction.

Prophets set as watchmen

Focusing on the Old Testament prophets helps us understand the full meaning of the symbolism of a watchman. There may be more than you have noticed before.

We noted at the outset Ezekiel 3:17, where God told the prophet to warn Israel of its sins and His impending punishment, saying, "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me."

Notice it is God's message, not Ezekiel's message or any other prophet's message. It is always God's message delivered through the human instrument. The warning comes from God in language phrased to fit the situation and designed to bring people to repentance. Let's keep this point firmly in mind.

Continuing: "When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul" (Ezekiel 3:18-19).

The prophet had the duty to deliver the sobering message: Unless the citizens of Israel and Judah acknowledged their sins, turned from them, repented and began again to obey God's law, they would die in their sins. Regardless of how individuals responded to the warning, if they heard the message, the prophet had done his job and was no longer responsible. Only if the prophet did not deliver the admonition would he be judged along with the wicked.

Verses 20-21 explain another aspect. If a righteous person turned to sin, he would suffer the penalty, but the prophet would also be held liable for not giving him instruction. If the prophet gave adequate warning, instruction and positive teaching, the righteous could understand the consequences of turning from the right path. This could help motivate him to stay firm to the faith, a choice that would vindicate the prophet's work.

You get the sense here that a part of the prophet's message was showing the people how to live and maintain their faith. It was not just a strident message focused only on pointing out their problems. If the goal is to get people to turn back to the Word of God, then the message must also show the benefits of doing so. It must show the positive, better way of life God desires His people to live.

Was the message delivered?

Did Ezekiel deliver this warning message to Israel? Consider this. Ezekiel was among the captives from the nation of Judah taken to Babylon during the first siege of Jerusalem in 597 B.C. He was a contemporary of Daniel. The nation of Israel, the northern 10-tribe kingdom, had been taken away captive into Assyria and Media more than 120 years earlier.

The house of Israel was to hear the message, but their sins had already caused them to go into captivity. They had already been punished. It leaves us with the question: Is there to be a future fulfillment of this prophecy? Was it intended to go to the modern descendants of the house of Israel living in different lands at a future time?

The answer is yes!

The question then is, when would these prophecies apply to Israel? And when would they be delivered? Ezekiel was among the Jewish captives near Babylon, and we have no indication he went to the northern tribes of Israel in his day (at that time migrating northwest from Assyria and Media) to give this message. The answer must be that God's message has a direct application to the modern descendants of these ancient people.

What will the watchman say?

Let's look closer at what a watchman is to do by bringing in what Isaiah tells us about those who would preach the gospel of peace.

The role of a watchman is not limited to speaking only about the sins and problems of the society. The watchman was also charged with proclaiming good news about salvation.

Notice this in Isaiah: "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns!' Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God" (Isaiah 52:7-10).

To Jerusalem and the land of Israel God says the watchmen will hold a vigil day and night for the peace of the people. "I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

"The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by the arm of His strength: 'Surely I will no longer give your grain as food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored. But those who have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.'

"Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples! Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: 'Say to the daughter of Zion, "Surely your salvation is coming; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him"'" (Isaiah 62:6-11).

Here we see the watchman role given to a group of people charged with a prayer vigil for the well-being of Israel. These people, by their presence and their prayers, seek to keep the city from suffering the ravaging effects of evil.

These passages in Isaiah paint an image of godly people who are given unique vision into the world of today and the world to come. They understand the universal application of the gospel of the Kingdom of God. They see that God will bring that Kingdom to earth and will offer salvation not just to Israel, but also to all nations. They see the reuniting of the tribes of Israel in the Promised Land as the beginning of the times of restoration of all things spoken of by Peter in Acts 3.

But they also have insight into the world at the end of this age. They see the dark gathering clouds on the world's horizon that spell the end of Satan's reign as the god of this world and author of all its evil. This leads them to mount the "walls" of society and shout a warning to any who will hear. To say: "God is sovereign. He will bring a time of judgment on the world to prove that He alone is God. All other gods erected by people to hide His truth will be destroyed."

This message includes teaching that will show any who listen the way to personal peace. It will show the true teaching of God and the way to salvation. It is also a message of how one can choose to escape the time of judgment God will bring on the world.

Pray that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will soon come to pass - that you might escape the terrible slaughter and persecution of the Antichrist.

Let Us Pray Together--

PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN! 


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