Book review by Roy A. Reinhold, August 1, 2007


The Watchmen's Cry
(2nd Edition, new in June 2007)
Understanding the End Times Based on Your Identity in the Messiah

The Watchmen's Cry by Dr. Frank Morgan (2nd ed.) is an excellent book and one that I can highly recommend to anyone. What makes his book better than over 99% of Bible prophecy related books on the end-times is his clear teaching on the prophetic nature of the Fall Feasts of Israel and how they will be fulfilled. Another teaching unique to his book is a thorough exegesis of “the elect” from both the Old and New Testaments.

Every believer in Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah ought to know that the Spring Feasts were prophetic portrayals and were fulfilled exactly by Yeshua in His earthly ministry some 2000 years ago. Therefore, it is an easy jump to foresee the Fall Feasts as exact portrayals of end time events. In fact, I will forcefully state that no one can understand the full extent of the end-times vis-a-vis Bible prophecy, without seeing it through the lens of the Fall Feasts of Israel (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succoth, etc.--called Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles in Christian circles). If you don't know the specific details of how the Fall Feasts are portrayed in their observance every year, then how can you have any idea on how they will be prophetically fulfilled? If you're in that situation, buy The Watchmen's Cry book; and it is sold by Dr. Morgan at a giveaway price [at cost (~$4) + shipping. E-mail Dr. Morgan with your name and address, and he'll send you a copy at this price. ]. 380 pages, June 2007.

Dr. Morgan writes that the 2nd Edition of The Watchmen's Cry has better graphics and clearer explanations than the 1st Edition, no doubt a result of readers sending him suggestions. As someone who reads many books, I can say that this 2nd Edition is well-edited and reads with a smooth flow.

Table of Contents
Preface and Introduction

Part I -- Bible Prophecy Essentials
1. Understanding the Greatest Story
2. Scattered Sheep -- Various Viewpoints
3. Building the Framework
4. The Awesome Day of the Lord
5. So What Difference Does It Make Anyway?
6. The Pre-Wrath "Gathering Together"
7. More Pre-wrath Detail
8. Overview of the Book of Revelation

Part II -- Understanding Your Identity
9. The Players in God's End Time Plan -- The Identity of "The Elect"
10. Who is Israel?
11. What About the Church?
12. The Holi-days of Ephraim

Part III -- Assembling the Prophecy Puzzle
13. One Stick in His Hand
14. The Great Tribulation and the Regathering of Israel
15. Biblical Battles
16. The Beginning of the End
17. God's Appointed Feasts
18. The True Bride of the Messiah
19. The Coming World Leader
Epilogue, Appendix A, Appendix B

Do I agree with every point in The Watchmen's Cry? No! However, I agree with much of it, and that's pretty good. Where don't I agree with the author? One area concerns a belief in the Hebrew roots movement whereby they've gotten the notion that Ephraim will return to the land of Israel before the Messiah comes. I don't believe that at all, and am confident that I have the scriptural support for my position. My belief is that the lost tribes of the House of Israel (lost 10 tribes) won't be brought back to the land of Israel until the Messiah comes to reign on the earth (Ezkeiel 37, where the Messiah takes the stick of Judah and stick of Joseph/Ehpraim and makes them one again in His hand.). Dr. Morgan mentions this “Two House” teaching in his book and appears to mildly endorse it.

Another area different from what I teach is the endpoint of the 1290 days and 1335 days of Daniel 12:11-12. In reality, this is a minor difference with Dr. Morgan's teaching. I have always taught that the endpoint of the 1335 days is the prophetic fulfillment of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), whereas Dr. Morgan puts the 1335 days endpoint at the fulfillment of Hanukkah (Feast of Lights a couple of months later). The endpoint of the 1290 days for both of us is 45 days prior to the end of the 1335 days. Therefore, the 1335 days endpoint is a minor difference, because it results in a mere ~2-3 month difference.

In an exchange of e-mails with Dr. Morgan, we found that we both agree that many in the Hebrew roots movement have erred by going too far in incorporating Talmudic teachings into their groups. This has sometimes resulted in some converting to Judaism and denying Yeshua our Messiah. Yes, I believe people have freedom of choice, but we are not saved to become experts in Rabbinic oral teachings which deny Yeshua as Messiah. That said, one can learn from the Talmud, but one should not make it a central focus of learning for believers in Yeshua our Messiah.

In summary, I heartily recommend The Watchmen's Cry. Dr. Frank Morgan has not written it as a money making endeavor, which is why it is sold at cost + shipping (~$4 + shipping). It is well worth the small cost and effort to e-mail your name and address to and have them send you the book. It appears to be the case on his wesite, that he sends you the book and then you mail him a check or money order for it after you've received the book.

The Watchmen's Cry website

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