As I prepare for the publication in November of my new book, PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION, with co-author, Dr. Judy Mikovits, we're starting to do some radio interviews.Recently, Judy and I were on a program and the host said something that stuck with me. He said that Judy and I were like the "watchmen" from the Bible.
I'm more of a New Testament guy, so the reference from the Old Testament was a little unfamiliar to me. When I think of a "watchman" I picture some old guy with a flashlight and a set of jangling keys.
But the host was thinking of a specific passage from the Book of Ezekiel, which is translated as:
"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 head.
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 their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.'
Okay, so I had a little more context. A watchman is supposed to warn the people. If you hear the warning, but don't take action, it's your fault. If the watchman fails to raise the alarm, it's his fault.
In an explanation of the role of a watchman from the website Beyond Today, a publication of the United Church of God I found the following explanation:
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.
The explanation goes on to state that this traditional role a watchman as guardian over the community was easy to compare to a prophet guiding his people according to God's divine plan.
I was humbled by this comparison of my work revealing the corruption of science to a watchman on the walls of a city in ancient Israel.
And yet I have to admit it resonated with something deep inside me. I do feel a sense of responsibility to my fellow man, even when he dismisses what I have to say.
I hope that is how you, my fellow readers will view my work, especially my new book, PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION, which I encourage you to pre-order on Amazon today.
However, I want to say, that unlike the description in the Old Testament, if in the past you have not heeded my warnings, I have no intention of abandoning you. I know many feel themselves surrounded by the enemies of disease and ill health, but my duty does not end with simply providing a warning.
I may be a watchman, calling out the danger…
…but if you find yourself overwhelmed by the enemy I intend to grab my sword and jump down from the city walls into the battle to rescue you.