[The following article is not meant to be prophetic. It is based on experience and discussions with many students of the Word.]
Anyone who has willingly enlisted to fight against the enemy will tell you there is a difference between being a soldier and a warrior. There are many professional soldiers who take their jobs very seriously and are very good at what they do, but when you meet a warrior, you recognize the difference right away.
Some of the church leadership is about to be transferred from the hands of professional soldiers, to the hands of true warriors, which the soldiers of the cross will all soon become.
Warriors respond to the sound of the battle cry. They do not run from it. Warriors thrive on conflict and danger. Warriors are not discouraged by the oppositions and the troubles they face, but rather come alive when faced with them. This is the makeup of the emerging generation of Christians. Those who think the emerging generation of Christians is soft will be shocked by the warrior nation that is soon to be revealed.
God is a warrior. He uses the title “Lord of Hosts” ten times more than all of his other titles. In fact, in the Old Testament alone, the word “Hosts” is associated with God’s work or His name 290 times: 17 times in Psalms, 62 times in Isaiah, 77 times in Jeremiah, 53 times in Zephaniah, 24 times in Malachi, and 57 times between 16 other Old Testament books. God is a martial God. Those who are going to reveal him in these end times are going to begin taking on the discipline of a warrior because the emerging generation is being prepared to serve in the greatest time of trouble the world has ever known. Even so they will face these troubles with faith and confidence. They will earn the title, ‘Overcomers’ because they will never give way to opposition, troubles, or battles, but will fight to win like Joshua, who fought until the victory was won.
These emerging warrior Christians will have the same resolve because they will know who they are, who has sent them, and the power of the kingdom they represent. Like King David’s mighty men, who placed their faith and trust in the Lord of Hosts, their exploits will be known abroad and strike fear into the hearts of the King’s enemies.
As this warrior generation emerges, it will impact and bring transformation to the body of Christ. It will be so profound that churches will start being thought of more as military bases than congregations. Serious training and the sending out of spiritual forces for unprecedented strategic maneuvers will be the order of the day.
It is time for war! As we are told in Ecclesiastes 3:8, there is “a time for war and a time for peace.” When I and others were trained as medics and soldiers during the Vietnam war, it was a time for war. Then there was a time when we realized the war should come to an end, and it became a time for peace. I can still remember walking arm-in-arm down Pennsylvania Ave in Washington, D.C. singing, “Give peace a chance.”
It is very important that we understand when it is a time for war and a time for peace. This is a time for war. It is no accident that one of the greatest worshipers in the Bible, King David, was also one of the greatest warriors. True worship and warfare go together. How can one be a true worshiper of God and not be provoked by the evil of our time to stand for the truth, and by standing for truth against the evil one, set the captives free? The warriors who are about to arise will be provoked to action by every evil stronghold that holds men in bondage, and they will begin to bring them down with their divinely powerful weapons.
As this radical change comes upon the church, and every true Christian becomes a fearless warrior for the truth of the gospel, the basis of the great character change that will come will begin with them living by the greatest code of the greatest warriors the world has ever known: to die daily, to not live for themselves, but for the King, and do all things for the sake of his gospel.
As the Lord said in Luke 9:23-24, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
This is the code of a true disciple, who is a true warrior. The world is about to witness what true disciples are like—the true salt and light of the world.
When we are already dead to this world, there is nothing the world can do to us, and we will fear nothing on this earth. Those who live without fear are the most free and powerful people on earth. There is nothing that strikes more fear into the camp of the enemy than such a people walking the earth again. They are already among us and will now begin to emerge. It is a generation unlike any that has walked the earth before. The Lord has really saved his best for last.
There can be no victory without a battle. There has been a religious mentality spreading over much of the church, that Christians should not experience a time of troubles, and if they do they are not walking in faith. This is contrary to the Scriptures. Both Jesus and the apostles spoke about the trials and tribulations that Christians are called to go through. There is a purpose for the trials, and there is victory that comes from facing them with faith and steadfastness. It was said of the ministry of the apostle Paul, that he went about “strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God’” (Acts 14:22).
The generation that has embraced the pseudo faith teachings, the wishful thinking theology, as I call it, which promotes a refusal to even acknowledge problems and troubles, has become possibly the weakest generation of Christians in history. The meltdown of morality, integrity and basic spiritual courage in much of Christianity, resembles something like a drug induced stupor more than biblical faith—a stupor that keeps most Christians sitting in their pews instead of going out to face the enemy. However, this is beginning to change, and the change is going to continue until the transformation is complete.
There is a new breed of Christians that is emerging who are more militant than the world has seen since the first century. They are warriors / fighters who will live the resolve not to surrender a single acre of ground to the enemies of the cross. The emerging generation is about to change forever the impression that Christians are wimps, fearful and cowering before the intimidating forces (atheists, renegade judges, etc.) of this world. Because of the present impression of the nature of Christians, the first wave of warriors will create shock waves of both fear and wonder in the present powers that be. This will begin to awaken the rest of Christianity to its true nature and destiny, just as Gideon’s breakthrough caused the rest of Israel to arise and take the spoil.
Soldiers know that a weapon, which jams at the wrong time, can mean death to themselves and many others, so they spend much time cleaning and caring for their weapons. The apostle Paul wrote about the divinely powerful weapons that we have been given. Few Christians understand these and fewer still have learned to use them. That is about to change. We are going to begin taking the same kind of daily care for what we have been entrusted with, and be the finest, most trustworthy soldiers. We must understand that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal weapons. They are divinely powerful and uncompromising weapons—spiritual weapons of love and truth.
Warriors love truth. Truth spoken under God’s anointing is the most powerful force on the earth. Like a good soldier, we should be continually cleaning and caring for the precious truth we have been entrusted with. We must become skilled marksmen, marksmen who can hit their targets right in the heart every time, and without hesitation. Our weapons must never jam.
Nations will soon bow the knee to the irresistible power of the truth that is about to be proclaimed by this warrior army of God. They will confront the greatest darkness of our time, and they will push it back. In all things, they will stand resolved and without compromise, so that all evil will retreat before them.
This warrior army will not be like the world’s armies, which kill, destroy, and plunder, but it will instead heal, restore, and set free those who are conquered by it. They will not come to take, but to give. The earth has never before seen such an army as the one, which will soon be released upon the earth. The call right now is going forth all over the earth to all those who would be part of it.
This army will strike fear into all who are not a part of it, including many sleeping or deluded Christians. The world has never seen anything like this before. The spirit of Elijah, which was upon John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Lord the first time, is coming upon tens of thousands to prepare for the second coming. Just as all of Judea came out to see John, whole nations will come to hear and be baptized in the Holy Spirit by those who are about to be revealed.
Are you ready to become a warrior in God’s Army? He promises to be with us in all we do. Won’t you take hold of his hand and let him lead you into the Kingdom Age?
February 07, 2009