“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed”(Daniel 7:13-14 NIV).

Watchmen in the scriptures are often given the privilege of seeing what is, if you please, around the curb before it appears. They often have the curtain of human history drawn aside to see both from an eternal vantage point and to share from God’s perspective things that may be presently occurring in the earth. Sometimes they are also given to see and understand things that are yet to come.

Daniel was one of the great watchmen of the Bible. Taken into captivity by Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar, he was made to serve in his royal court for this foreign king. But a careful reading of the story of Daniel’s life reveals that he really was the LORD God’s ‘‘Trojan Horse’’. Although it would seem like the most difficult set of circumstances, God never leaves Himself without witness. He would use Daniel and his people’s captive condition to bring glory to His Name.


Daniel and his Hebrew friends were promoted into positions in Babylon’s government. They were trained and tested and exalted to special rank and position in the royal court of Nebuchadnezzar. The king recognized that their wisdom, understanding and skills were far superior to his hired magicians. This is very important in a day when many people wonder as to the appropriateness of God’s people involved in earthly governments, working for moral and just causes. The fact of the matter is that God placed Daniel(and others like Esther, Nehemiah, and Joseph) in a high position to make a difference for the kingdom of God. God caused Daniel to be recognized as the type of man with ‘‘an excellent spirit’’, whom the king desired to put in charge of his affairs. In a world of many extraordinary challenges God is looking for and will raise up His people to positions of great influence in this hour. It was Daniel as a watchman who saw that in the midst of ‘‘world stress’’ conditions that ‘‘A people who know their God shall be strong and take action’’(Daniel 11:32).


Daniel’s spiritual position as God’s watchman brought him opposition. There were those in the king’s service who were jealous of Daniel’s promotion and favor with the king. They sought to set a trap to get rid of Daniel. They would have to discredit him in the eyes of the king. But how? They knew that Daniel was faithful in his work ethic, so there was nothing they could find fault with him there. But it occurred to them that if they could accuse Daniel of disloyalty to the king because of his faithfulness to his faith…Maybe that would work? This idea of ‘‘separation of Church & State’’ has been one of the enemy’s great anvil’s throughout history.

Daniel’s wisdom was to let God defend him and His cause. He kept praying. As a watchman, three times a day he prayed toward the City of Jerusalem…This was publicly known. Results? God watched over him because he was faithful to keep watch with His God. ’’He who watches over Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers’’(Ps.121:4). Men may be asleep at the wheel of history but God has His people vigilant in time of great darkness. They understand that except the Lord keep the watch with them it would be in vain to rise early or stay up late (Ps.126). But it is not in vain if the LORD watches with us. He watches over His own affairs and invites us to participate with Him in the Night Watch. Those who share in His work also share in His reward.


Daniel was visited several times, in dreams, with several “Night visions”. Although at the time the meaning of the dreams and visions were difficult to grasp. The meaning of every detail were intended to remind him and God’s people that Heaven Rules in the affairs of men. Earthly kingdoms may come, earthly kingdoms may pass away, but God’s ‘‘kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations’’(Ps. 145:13 KJV).

Because of Daniel’s faithfulness as a watchman in a difficult time with a difficult assignment, God expressed His love for Him with a special insight. He was given one of the most outstanding insights into these Last days…The triumph and exaltation of God’s kingdom through His Son, Jesus Christ. Because of His victory on the Cross and His resurrection, His kingdom rule will be over every other kingdom (Daniel 7:13-14). Further it was revealed to Daniel that Jesus shares this victory with those who are overcomers. ‘‘The saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—- yes, for ever and ever’’(Daniel 7:18 NIV).   Like Daniel, Let us stay upon our watch. It will be worth it when we see Jesus.

Copyright © Walter Fletcher Jr., 2011. Permission is granted to reproduce this article free of charge, provided that it is not altered in its original form and content. Please direct all correspondence to


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