Initiatives

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)

Watch episode 122 of The Watchman:
The Watchman team visits Puerto Rico to see how one Israeli aid organization is helping the island rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Plus, a CUFI all-star panel breaks down all the latest news from the Middle East and how it affects you.

Watch episode 121 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck visits Nirim, Israel to learn about the devastating effect of Hamas terror against the Israeli communities close to the Gaza border and how the people of Israel are standing strong, despite a steady barrage of rockets, terror tunnels, and arson attacks.

Watch episode 119 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is back on the Israel/Lebanon border with military and strategic analyst Elliot Chodoff for part two of a special two-part series on the growing Hezbollah threat. See what the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization is planning and how it could ignite a Middle East war. Plus, Israeli “lone soldiers” from around the world share their inspiring stories of sacrifice.

Watch episode 120 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck tours the ancient ruins of Beit She’an to hear about the city’s pivotal role in Israel’s history, stretching through both the Old and New Testaments in a still unfolding story of tragedy, triumph, and restoration.

Watch episode 117 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is joined by top Israeli tour guide Jamie Elgrod as they explore Jerusalem’s renowned Kidron Valley and its rich Biblical history, including the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and Zechariah’s Tomb.

Watch episode 118 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is on the Israel/Lebanon border with military analyst Elliot Chodoff for Part 1 of a special two-part series on the growing Hezbollah threat. Plus, former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star Tim Tebow joins the show from Jerusalem to talk about his first ever visit to Israel.

Watch episode 115 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Bethlehem with Biblical historian Aaron Eime to visit the site of the first Christmas and to learn the true story of Jesus’ birth.

Watch episode 116 of The Watchman:
Host Erick Stakelbeck is in Washington, D.C. to review the biggest Middle East events of 2018 and what’s ahead for Israel and the world in 2019.

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