A Watchman and a Prophet
It may surprise you to learn that the role Churchill played in World War ii, I believe, was specifically prophesied in your Bible.
Here is something God told the Prophet Ezekiel: “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” (Ezekiel 3:17). Ezekiel wrote this, but he was not a watchman. He wrote more than 100 years after ancient Israel had been conquered and enslaved. He himself was a captive. God recorded and preserved his message for the end time: our generation.
Given that context, look at Ezekiel 33. It begins, “Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, 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 …” (Ezekiel 33:1-2). This is a prophecy about an end-time watchman whom the people chose. It goes on to say that if this watchman warns of a sword coming and people fail to heed, then they are responsible for the calamity that follows.
Winston Churchill fulfilled this prophecy beautifully. The British people chose him after he had become a great secular historian with unique insight and the courage throughout the 1930s to deliver a strong, extremely unpopular warning. Ezekiel 33:1-6 is a prophecy about Winston Churchill!
Churchill was not a religious man, but he did say that “some great purpose and design is being worked out here below.” He knew that God has a purpose for human affairs. God can really use a person with that kind of understanding.
But Ezekiel’s prophecy does not end there. In verse 7, the subject of this chapter shifts dramatically. After prophesying that the future descendants of ancient Israel would elect a watchman, God said, “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”
This prophesies of an entirely different watchman. He comes after Churchill and just before the end of this historical age. God says this time it will not be the people’s choice—He Himself will choose the watchman! This watchman warns the people from God and tells them that the only way to avoid national destruction is by repenting toward God! (see verse 11).
The death of nations is on the line! World War iii is prophesied to be infinitely worse than World War ii!
“And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them” (verse 33). Here the prophecy shows that this watchman is also a prophet. That means he knows history and Bible prophecy.
This man is warning the world right now. We are in this prophetic period right now. Be assured that all God’s prophecies will come to pass: “Lo, it will come.” We can know the future in detail for certain not just by studying history, but by listening to God’s watchman! Sadly, most people won’t believe him until his prophecies come true.