以西結書 3:17 「人子啊，我立你作以色列家的守望者，所以你要聽我口中的話，替我警戒他們。 18 我何時指着惡人說：『他必要死』；你若不警戒他，也不勸告他，使他離開惡行，拯救他的性命，這惡人必死在罪孽之中；我卻要從你手裏討他的血債。 19 倘若你警戒惡人，他仍不轉離罪惡，也不離開惡行，他必死在罪孽之中，你卻救了自己的命。
Ezekiel 3:17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18 If 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, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.
守望者的工作是在看到敵人臨近時警告城市居民。 為了忠實地履行其工作要求並挽救自己的生命，看守人需要大聲說出來，無論聽眾是否根據講話內容行事。 一個屬靈的守望者/先知需要說出上帝向他顯示並要求他說的內容。 上帝正在尋找守望者為祂說話，警告世人關於世界即將來臨的審判 。 當我們看到末日即將到來時，這是教會身為守望者警告列國的時候。 現在不是沉默的時候！ 實際上，我們大聲疾呼，也是為”救了自己的命”。 上帝設立了祂的教會作為守望者，無論人們是否願意聽。 當我們大聲疾呼時，“他們或聽，或不聽，必知道在他們中間有了先知。” (2:5)
A watchman’s job is to warn the people of a city when he sees an enemy approaching. To faithfully fulfill the requirements of his job and to save his own life, a watchman needs to speak out, whether or not his hearers act upon what is spoken. A spiritual watchman/prophet needs to speak what God has shown him and has asked him to say. God is looking for watchmen to speak for Him concerning the coming judgment of the world. As we see the end coming, the time has come for the church to act as a watchman to warn the nations. This is not the time to be silent! Actually we need to speak out also in order to save our own souls; God has set up His church as a watchman whether people will listen or not. When we speak out, “And whether they hear or refuse to hear people will know that a prophet has been among them.” (2:5)