God Is Raising Up His End-Time Army
Our generation is under attack. It is easy to draw that conclusion as we look around at all the difficulties and problems of our day. We not only face the constant reality of war, but all of us are feeling the effects of a greater struggle in the spirit realm. The warfare of the spirit has been intensifying as Satan delivers the hardest blows to capture the heart of a generation.
What is behind this warfare? Why is it so intense for this generation? I believe it is because the assignment on this generation is to usher in the greatest revival the world has ever seen!
God not only fights for you, He equips you and gives you His war-like energy to face the daily opposition.
It is no accident that we were born for this day. God knew exactly who He needed on earth to accomplish His purposes in this hour. God knew who would stand for Him and be a part of His end-time army! Acts 17:26-27 says, “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord…” This brings confirmation that God has entrusted us to do His will in this day. We were born to stand as conquerors in the midst of all this adversity.
If we are to be victorious in the intensity of end-time warfare, we must understand a simple truth about God that assures us of victory. We need to know that our God is a warrior! Exodus 15:3 declares, “The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name.” I have been studying this facet of God for the past three weeks, and it is a powerful revelation to know that we serve a God who not only calls us to war in the spirit, but who fights along with us. God did not throw us in the middle of this warfare so that we could be another casualty. He trains, equips, and empowers us for victory!
Look at Joel 2:28, a great prophecy concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit In the last days. This verse shows us the empowerment that God is pouring out now upon His end-time army! The scripture declares, “And it shall come to pass afterward, That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.” Notice the word “afterward.” Something must precede the outpouring, and we know that event to be the restoration of the nation of Israel.
It is encouraging to know that this scripture proves that we are in the last days, because Israel was restored as a nation in 1948. But the scripture also proves that we are the end-time generation, empowered by the last day outpouring that will come upon all flesh. Many revivals have been released upon the earth; entire cities, and even nations, have experienced the glory of God. But what happens when ALL FLESH will experience the outpouring?
What kind of empowerment will God give to His end-time army? Joel said that God would pour out HIS SPIRIT. In most cases, the original Hebrew word for Spirit would have been “ruwach,” which means, wind, breath, or spirit. However, the word for Spirit in Joel 2:28 has a deeper meaning, and this is how it could be interpreted: “And it shall come to pass afterward (after 1948 when Israel was restored as a nation) that I will pour out My Spirit (imparting war-like energy with executive or administrative power to carry out specific plans and duties) on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy (be totally possessed by God), your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
God knew the intensity of the warfare that we would experience in the last days, and He knew the kind of empowerment we would need in this hour. Many have had the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. But God reserved an empowerment for the Joel 2:28 generation that anoints us with His war-like Spirit that will break down strongholds and establish the Kingdom of God in the earth!
I don’t know about you, but I am ready for victory and revival! I am ready to see the Kingdom of Heaven touching the earth! You can have this empowerment if you will just ask for His Holy Spirit to reside in you and upon you! Jesus said, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him” (Luke 11:10-13).
We need this empowerment to help us through the end-time warfare. God not only fights for you, He equips you and gives you His war-like energy to face the daily opposition. Be encouraged as we contend for the promises of God and see the victory of Christ through our daily lives!