I've never understood why church folk put so many stakes in a watch night service. Aren't we supposed to watch and pray regularly and Not once a year!
If you're going to have a service called watch night, then make it about the praying and watching as Yashua commanded, otherwise, All you're doing is having another old church full of 'pagan' tradition, with no power! I’ll watch you miss heaven with your heathen selves!
Instead of a watch night service you need to host an old school through-back party and give people some of their money back you stole, All year long! Pay some bills, pay off some debts, have some healing and deliverance, put some groceries on the table! Then watch and see what the Father Yahweh does!
Instead of asking people to come watch with you, when was the last time you watched that single moms son? When was the last time you went to watch that young boys or girls game that don't have a dad? When was the last time you sat and watched a movie with your own family? You're too busy with church business you're not watching your own business!
Watch night! Who are you watching out for except yourself? You have so much while others in your ministry still struggling! Watch night! Going to be some store brought message about how you need to clean up your life, serve God and start anew! Been there! Done that! Heard that! When are you going to tell us what the Father is saying for the earth? Like watch out for them leaders who keep getting theirs while you keep missing yours.
Someone asked me, what do you mean, watch night? That's what I'm saying! When people no longer recognize what you're doing, you're doing nothing!
Why don't churches just call watch night what it really is...a year end party! You celebrate like the world, so you're imitating the system! The system of the world only produces the world’s results! Watch night is not founded in Kingdom principle, but religious ritual!
When was the last recorded miracle in a watch night service? Who got truly healed? Were demons cast out? We're people set free from bondage? The Kingdom manifests results that reflect its King! Who’s getting glory in a watch night service? People come in and go out the same!
I dare you to stand up in a watch night service and begin prophesying and change the flow of the message! They will put you out! Forcibly! Christ said, men would put you out of their houses for telling The Truth!
Watch what I say; Are you scared to be put out so you have to shut up? If you a prophet or called to prophetic ministry? People in position don't have the power to silence you!
Watch what I say, Christ holds you accountable. Watch what I tell you, to many prophets have closed their mouths because they don't understand the office, function or ministry of the Prophet!
Prophets are the watchmen to keep the evil out of God's house and warn when heading to error, so why is there so much evil and error? How can there be watch night without watchmen? Watchmen were the ones responsible for watching during the night watches! To see, warn and sound!
If we're going to have a watch night, then it should be every night because the enemy don't sleep so nor does the prophets! Watch night should be full of prophets prophesying, prophetic ministry proceeding, and proclamations being decreed! That's Kingdom!
Watch night should be spent bombarding the kingdom of darkness with the prevailing prayers of the saints as the prophets proclaim! That's Kingdom. Watch night should be about proclaiming the Kingdom of our Lord has come and signs of liberation seen in the lives of the people. That's Kingdom.
When was the last time during a watch night service you've heard the prophets prophesy by course? That's Kingdom. Do you even know what it's like to have the prophets prophesy by course? Or is watch night spent listening to the pastor ramble? Can the prophets even be released in YOUR CHURCH to prophesy by course during a watch night service? Or are they on lock down? If you're a prophet or flowing in prophetic ministry from the wellspring a typical watch night service ought to grieve you! It ought to make you travail!
If I visited your church on watch night, called out your prophets, lined them up by order and told them to prophesy, what they hear, see, and know...How would you react? Would you allow it? Would it frighten you? Or could the will of The Lord be done this watch night? That's Kingdom. So have fun this watch night, because I'm coming to a city near you, lying prophets because my course of prophets are prepared!
Adding, Twerps (Tweeters) I know I had signed off, but I'm getting Direct Messages and text from some innocent saints who want to know what watch night is All about. Here goes:
In 1862, watch night was a tradition many black churches held Services awaiting word that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was ratified. Yet, over years, watch night has become a tradition many churches use to say they are praying and watching for Jesus return!
However, depending on the demonetization or church doctrine, watch night can be anything from a celebration to a full church service! Yet, watch night is No more impactful than the 1st night because many do not know why they gather or for what purpose other than a year-end service!
Traditionally, in Lutheran and Methodist churches, watch night is a celebration of ending the old year and bringing in the New Year in worship. No, the bad news... Prior to the watch night of 1862, slave masters would steal slaves away and sell them off and families would wake to find.
In its inception, watch night had nothing to do with waiting and praying to The Lord, until Richard Allen, Founder of the AME Church re-instituted!
So, that's watch night in a nutshell! I hope some of you were enlightened and empowered through increased knowledge! So go apply it! Good night. God Bless.
-Apostle/Senior Pastor/Prophet, Dr. B. Alexander Ingram, PhD, S.E.E.D Faith International Ministries, Columbia, South Carolina