What time is it Christian? What season are we in as the Church and a nation? Are we in a time of peace and prosperity or in a time of war and conflict? Depending on your answer, not only will our responses and actions differ, but our leaders will govern quite differently, as well. If we don’t know the time and season we are in, we will be championing the wrong cause for the wrong reason. Furthermore, we will miss the assignment on our leaders and end up condemning them for the very thing which God has ordained and commissioned them to do.
Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash. (Ezekiel 13:10 NIV)
There are principalities and powers at work in the unseen realm that are fueling every battle we see on the ground. Whether it’s responding to a virus, addressing racial unrest, or fighting back a socialist take-over, there are spiritual forces at work that are looking to obliterate every one of our freedoms, both as citizens and as believers in Christ. Before we can even think about finding peaceful resolutions or reconciliation among men, these spiritual forces must be neutralized.
Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence are in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their highways. The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked; no one who treads on them knows peace. Therefore, justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us. (Isaiah 59:6-9 ESV)
If we only debate about wearing masks or quibble about our President’s persona, we are focusing on the wrong battle at the wrong time. Our battle is not against a virus, but against a pandemic of fear. Our battle is not against a political party, but against principalities of greed and power. Our spiritual adversaries are using control and manipulation to deceive the masses and distract us from the real war of the worlds: The kingdoms of darkness are at war with the Kingdom of Light.
Many sincere believers are looking for peace when they are blind to this war. For those who insist on asking, “What Would Jesus Do?” I would suggest you look at His turning over the money tables (Matt 21:12) and condemning His adversaries (Matt 23). He knew when it was time to make an appeal for mercy and when it was time to confront His enemies. The closer He got to the cross and His life-altering resurrection, the more He challenged those who opposed Him. This Prince of Peace and Lover of all shocked His followers by saying He did not come to bring peace, but a sword (Matt 10:34). He blew the minds of those He came to save for He was fighting a battle they could not see. He knew His assignment and did not bow to political persuasion when it was time to confront hell.
King David was a man of war (1 Chron 28:3). God had appointed him for that very task. Known for his purity of heart and loyalty to the throne, God granted him favor to defeat his enemies in a time of war. It was his son, Solomon, who built the Temple and established the nation in a time of peace. Though both carried the same generational vision in their hearts, their assignments were very different, as were their rules of engagement.
In a word I published last year, “I AM the Man of War,” the Lord spoke strongly about His appointment of Donald Trump to be His “man of war” in this hour. This President’s commission has a lot more to do with defeating our spiritual adversaries than it does in establishing peace. For those who are looking for a Solomon in the White House, that is down the road – it is not now. Heaven has appointed this president to confront the powers of darkness in order for the Solomon’s to arise and take their place at their appointed time. President Trump’s approach to this task may seem unsuitable for those looking for peace, but his commission has been given in a time of war.
For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:4 ESV)
For my brothers and sisters who are disillusioned by the division and looking for peace, know that this time of separation and sanctification must take place before peace can reign. The Lord has been raising up leaders, including our President, who have been strategically prepared for this time of cleansing and uprooting. We must simply remember that this is not a war against our fellow man, but a war against the devil and his minions who will stop at nothing to absolutely destroy us if we do not rise up AS ONE to overturn their temporary reign of terror.
Just as Jesus did, we cannot be swayed by man’s opinions or distracted by lesser battles. That which we are fighting for is the faith of our fathers, the inheritance of the saints, and a legacy that will outlast our lifetime. It will be well worth the cost if we but take our stand and face this war together.
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