The Watchman

The Watchman is a cutting-edge weekly newsmagazine delivering the inside story on what’s happening in Israel and the Middle East and why it matters to every American. The show is seen in primetime each week on TBN.

Hosted by Christians United for Israel’s Erick Stakelbeck, The Watchman marks a partnership between America’s largest pro-Israel organization and TBN, the world’s largest Christian television network.

The Watchman spotlights the rising security threats facing Israel and America, providing on-the-ground reporting from Israel and Washington D.C., as well as expert commentary and interviews with top U.S. and Israeli officials. Stakelbeck travels frequently to Israel and other locales to film for the program.

In addition, The Watchman regularly visits famous Biblical and historical sites in the Middle East and explains their relevance for today. The program also showcases the many uplifting and miraculous stories unfolding across Israel each day and their affect on the world.

The Watchman is also dubbed into Spanish and seen weekly under the name El Vigilante throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Enlace, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian television network.

The Watchman YouTube channel had 20,000 subscribers and more than 2.5 million views as of March 2019. The Watchman is also available as a video podcast on iTunes.

We encourage you to turn in on TBN (or set your DVRs)
Fridays at 10:30 PM EST
(9:30 PM Central, 8:30 PM Mountain, 7:30 PM Pacific)

The Watchman will re-air at these times:
Fridays at 5:00 AM EST (4:00 AM Central, 3:00 AM Mountain, 2:00 AM Pacific)
Saturdays at 6:00 AM EST (5:00 AM Central, 4:00 AM Mountain, 3:00 AM Pacific)
Wednesday at 2:30 AM EST (1:30 AM Central, 12:30 AM Mountain, 11:30 PM Pacific) Wednesday at 6:30 PM EST (5:30 PM Central, 4:30 PM Mountain, 3:30 PM Pacific

Previous Episodes

The Watchman Episode 151: 2019 Year in Review — The Gathering Storm

Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Washington, D.C. to review the biggest Middle East events of 2019 and what’s ahead for Israel, America, and the world in 2020.

The Watchman Episode 149: Can Great Britain Reclaim Its Christian Zionist Heritage?

Host Erick Stakelbeck in in London to interview Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, about the pivotal relationship between the United Kingdom and Israel and the troubling rise of anti-Semitism in Great Britain. Plus, an award-winning investigative journalist joins Erick in Jerusalem to expose how Palestinians are building illegal structures on Israeli land.


The Watchman Episode 150: Israel’s Greatest Archaeological Mysteries

Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Jerusalem to explore some of Biblical archaeology’s greatest mysteries, including the possible location of the Ark of the Covenant, a possible John the Baptist link to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the site referred to as “Israel’s Stonehenge,” and much more.

The Watchman Episode 147: Inside Ancient Tel Be’er Sheva, Home to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob

Host Erick Stakelbeck and Elliot Chodoff visit the ancient ruins of Tel Be’er Sheva to see where the Biblical Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived, worked and worshiped the Lord.

The Watchman Episode 148: A Journey Through Timna, Deep in Israel’s Negev Desert

Host Erick Stakelbeck and Elliot Chodoff visit Timna Park, deep inside Israel’s Negev Desert, to explore ancient copper mines used by Pharaoh during the time of the Exodus.

The Watchman Episode 145: Walking the Ancient Walls of Jerusalem

Host Erick Stakelbeck and Israeli guide Yoel Freiman are atop Jerusalem’s Old City walls to relive 3,000 years of the ancient city’s history.

The Watchman Episode 146 Preview: Exclusive Report from Kurdish Peshmerga Frontlines vs. ISIS & Iran

In a Watchman Exclusive, host Erick Stakelbeck joins the Kurdish Peshmerga in northern Iraq to visit the frontlines of the fight against ISIS and the Iranian regime — just a mile from Mosul.

The Watchman Episode 143: Exclusive Report from Iran/Iraq Border on Growing Iranian Threat

Host Erick Stakelbeck joins the Kurdish Peshmerga on the Iran/Iraq border — a place where few American civilians have set foot since the 1979 Iranian Revolution — to get an inside look at the threat posed by the Iranian regime, not only to the Middle East, but to the United States. Erick and his team filmed on the Iran border at a Kurdish Peshmerga military base, in plain sight of Iranian positions in the surrounding mountains. With tensions between the United States and Iran rapidly heating up, and with Iran’s leaders threatening the U.S. daily, The Watchman brings a timely, on-the-ground view of the threat posed by the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism, the Iranian regime.

The Watchman Episode 144: Reclaiming the True History of the Temple Mount

Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Jerusalem to see how a team of Israeli archaeologists is reclaiming the history of the world’s holiest site, the Temple Mount. Plus, see how one Israel farmer is reviving ancient Biblical plants, and how an American President helped pave the way for the reborn state of Israel.

The Watchman Episode 141: On the Ground at Auschwitz — Why it Still Matters Today

Host Erick Stakelbeck visits Poland’s infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp to hear stories of tragedy and triumph in the face of Nazi brutality.

The Watchman Episode 142: How the People of Israel Went from Tragedy to Triumph

Host Erick Stakelbeck travels from Auschwitz to Jerusalem to show how the nation of Israel is thriving and blessing the world just 74 years after the end of the Holocaust.

The Watchman Episode 139: Inside Herodium, Ancient Palace of Herod the Great

Host Erick Stakelbeck is joined by Danny “The Digger” Herman near Bethlehem in the ancient ruins of Herodium, home to the extravagant palace of Herod the Great during New Testament times.

The Watchman Episode 140: Treblinka Death Camp and the Warsaw Ghetto

Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Poland with Holocaust survivor Irving Roth to hear stories of tragedy and triumph from the Nazis’ notorious Treblinka Extermination camp.

The Watchman Episode 137: VP Pence, PM Netanyahu Address CUFI Washington Summit

Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Washington, D.C. for the 14th annual Christians United for Israel Washington Summit. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and other special guests share how the U.S./Israel relationship is growing, and why Christian support for Israel is so important.

The Watchman Episode 138: Where is the True Location of Mount Sinai?

Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Washington, D.C. to interview New York Yankees legend and baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera about his strong support for Israel. Plus, where is the true location of the Biblical Mt. Sinai? A fascinating new documentary suggests a unique location for this legendary site where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.

The Watchman Episode 135: Jerusalem Underground — Journey Deep Inside Zedekiah’s Cave
Host Erick Stakelbeck is joined by Danny “The Digger” Herman in Jerusalem as they go deep underground inside King Zedekiah’s Cave, site of legendary Biblical events from the times of the Babylonian destruction and the First and Second Temples.

The Watchman Episode 136: How the Israel Defense Forces are Protecting the Red Sea
Host Erick Stakelbeck joins the Israel Defense Forces on the Red Sea to learn how they are protecting this vital waterway from terrorists and smugglers. Plus, the most dangerous man in the Middle East is revealed — what are his plans for Israel and America?

Watch Episode 133 of The Watchman: Why Jerusalem is On The Rise               
Host Erick Stakelbeck interviews former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat about Jerusalem’s growing influence and what comes next for God’s city. Plus, we journey through an ancient Jerusalem neighborhood that was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD to learn what life was like during the time of Jesus and the brutal Roman occupation.

The Watchman Episode 134: New Archaeological Discoveries at Jerusalem’s City of David             
Host Erick Stakelbeck is at Jerusalem’s City of David for an exclusive look at two exciting archaeological discoveries dating back to the 7th century BC, from the time of King Josiah.

Watch episode 131 of The Watchman: 
Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Washington, D.C. to interview Rep. Mike Gallagher about national security threats facing America and Israel. Plus, we unlock the ancient mystery of the elusive Copper Scroll. What does it say, and what role does it play in Bible prophecy?

Watch episode 132 of The Watchman: 
Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Washington, D.C. For a call to action with Pastor John Hagee and Sandra Parker Hagee, as they look ahead to the upcoming Christians United for Israel Washington, D.C. Summit. Plus, top Middle East analyst Jonathan Schanzer breaks down all the latest news out of the world’s most complex and chaotic region—and why it matters to you.

Watch episode 130 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck travels Israel’s legendary Dead Sea by boat to see how it is coming alive today and fulfilling Bible prophecy.

Watch episode 129 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Bethlehem to see how one Jewish organization is providing aid to the area’s persecuted Christian minority. Plus, CUFI Executive Board member Bishop Keith Butler joins us to share the truth about the rise of Christian persecution in the Middle East and around the world. In addition, we hear the amazing story of a Harvard student who is advocating for Israel after escaping the hell of Darfur.

Watch episode 127 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck and Danny “The Digger” Herman walk in the footsteps of Jesus in Capernaum, Nazareth, and Cana and visit the places where Jesus performed some of His greatest miracles.

Watch episode 128 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Israel’s Samaria region to visit the ancient Biblical site of Joshua’s Altar. Plus, an interview with Samaria mayor, Yossi Dagan, and the unlikely story behind an Israeli winery that is gaining world renown.

Watch episode 125 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is joined by Israel Defense Forces Reserve Major Elliot Chodoff in the Israeli town of Metulla, on the Israel/Lebanon border, for an up close look at Hezbollah’s terror tunnel threat and how the Iran-backed terrorist militia continues to prepare for war against Israel.

Watch episode 126 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Tel Aviv to learn how Israel is fighting back against international efforts to boycott the Jewish State. Learn how the BDS movement seeks to destroy the State of Israel, not through guns and bombs but through boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning the Jewish State.

Watch episode 123 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck goes deep beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with Ze’ev Orenstein to discuss the mystery of the disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant. Plus, an up close look at 2,000-year-old artifacts from the wars between Rome and Israel on display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.



Watch episode 124 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck hits the streets of Jerusalem with the Israeli emergency first responder organization, United Hatzalah, to see how it is saving lives in groundbreaking fashion.