By Dr. Richard Ing
November 24, 2011
Before reading this article, please spend a moment in prayer, asking God to open your eyes of understanding and give you revelation and knowledge. Eph. 1:17-23; Lk.24:45; Lk. 24:31; Mt. 13:11-16.
GOD’S END TIME ARMY
There are over two hundred and seventy-three scriptures in the Old Testament that say that God’s name is “the Lord of hosts.” Jer. 46:18; Ps. 24:10; Is. 47:4; etc. The word “hosts” refers to an army. He is the leader of armies. Rev. 19:14. What is this army of God? Is it a host of angels? Or is it people too? We find part of the answer in the Book of Joel:
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains; a great people and a strong; there hath not been the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. . Joel 2:1-2. (Underlining mine)
God's end-time army is made up of people, not just angels or locusts, as some claim.
The prophet Joel speaks of the end of the world. It will be a day of darkness. Mt. 24:29; Mk. 13:24-26. (“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”) The army stands on the mount Sion (Zion) with the Lamb of God. Rev. 14:1. They are gathered for battle. Rev. 19:11-21. It is the army of God at the end of the world.
In the midst of gloom and foreboding darkness a light appears. It is as the morning spread upon the mountains - a great people called the morning stars stand on the mount Sion with the Lamb of God. “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.” Rev. 14:1. These are not angels; they are people of God redeemed from the earth. "These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men being the firstfruits unto God and unto the Lamb." Rev. 14:4.
They are the over-comers who have been given back the morning star. Rev. 2:28. They are the firstfruits unto God and unto the Lamb, washed clean as a virgin with His blood. 2 Co. 11:2. They shine like the sun. Rev. 12:1. They came out of God's true church at the end of the world. Rev. 12:5.
PERFECT SONS AND DAUGHTERS
From the beginning, the Lord has desired perfect sons and daughters in the image of His Son, Jesus (Ro. 8:29; Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:28; 2 Ti. 3:17; 1 Pe. 5:10), and has carefully and painstakingly set the foundation for His plan to perfect the saints. This is the end product of the cross at the end of the world. His true church is a great wonder in heaven. They have finished the race to perfection. 1 Co. 9:24-27; Phil. 3:14-15. The cloud of witnesses in heaven look down upon her in awe. Heb. 12:1. She shines like the sun.
God's army came out of the true end-time church of God - the woman in Revelation 12:1:
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. Rev. 12:1.
The woman is not Israel, as some writers think. Israel was never a wonder in heaven. When Jesus was born, Israel was as corrupt as Sodom and Egypt (Rev. 11:8). She killed the Messiah. This woman shines like the sun because she is made up of mature children of light, the morning stars of Christ, who have overcome. Mt. 5:14; Jn. 12:36; Ro. 13:12; Eph. 5:8; 1 Th. 5:5. "To him that overcomes ... I will give the morning star." Rev. 2:27-28.
Out of the true Church of Christ will come God’s end-time army. “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.” Rev. 12:5; Rev. 2:26, 27. It is not Jesus. The Lord Jesus was not taken up to the throne of God to escape the dragon. He defeated the dragon and spoiled principalities, making a show of them openly. Col. 2:15. He took away the keys to hell and death. Rev. 1:18. This is the man-child birthed by God's true end-time church (Rev. 12:5) that will be protected by God for the last half (3-1/2 years) of tribulation. Rev. 12:6. She will be standing when the Lord Jesus comes back.
The army of God is the cream of the crop, taken up to heaven before the end, to be with the Lamb of God on the mount Sion. They follow Him wherever He goes. Rev. 14:4. When He returns, His armies come with Him to destroy all evil on earth. "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." Rev. 19:14. The prophet, Joel, describes this great army.
Joel 2:3-8 says,
A fire devoured before them and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoured the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks; neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
God’s army comes to execute judgment. They are headed back to the garden of Eden. Adam was once a morning star, but when he rebelled against God, his light went out and he saw his flesh for the first time. Gen. 3:7. All true born-again Christians have the Spirit of God in them. It begins as an earnest deposit of light. God is light. Jn. 1:4, 7; Jn. 8:12. As each grows into spiritual maturity in Christ, the day star rises in their hearts and grows larger and larger until they become bright, morning stars. 2 Pet. 1:19. No, they are not gods, but they are in the image of Jesus Christ. They are children of light. Mt. 5:14, 16.
They run like horses because the spirit of Elijah has been given to them. Mal. 4:5. It was Elijah who ran faster than a horse and passed King Ahab's chariot. 1 Ki. 18:46. It was Elijah who defeated the prophets of Baal and those that ate off the table of Jezebel. 1 Ki. 18:19-40. It was Elijah who was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind and who never tasted death (Enoch being the first to never die). 2 Ki. 2:11. The true church of God and the end time army will never die. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." Jn. 8:51. "... (A)nd whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?" Jn. 11:26. Jesus will sit at the right hand of the Father in heaven until all His enemies are put under His feet. 1 Co. 15:25; Heb. 1:13; Heb. 10:13; Mt. 22:44; Mk. 12:36; Lk. 20:42; Ac. 2:34, 35. He will not come back until He has a people that will destroy the kingdom of darkness, a people that will overcome death.
To the overcomers, the true church, the army and the martyrs of God, everything that Adam lost when he rebelled will restored to them. "(T)he land is as the garden of Eden before them, . . . ." Joel 2:3.
When they return with Jesus, they will come down to earth on “white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Rev. 19:14. Jesus comes with His armies - plural. One army is an army of angels that will fight side by side with God’s end time army of men and women washed clean by the blood of Jesus and given fine linen, white and clean, virgins unto the Lord. 2 Co. 11:2. They have come to destroy all evil on earth. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimestone.” Rev. 19:20. See also, Is. 13:1-19.
They cannot be defeated or harmed. They are indestructible. Joel 2:7-10. They will sing the triumphant song of Moses, the servant of God. Rev. 15:2-4. They will not die.
In my travels around the world to teach the army of God, people have seen many white horses and angels descend from heaven as we gather to cast out devils and pray against Satan's strong men, to bind them up.
“The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.” Joel 2:4. They are powerful and fast.
They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. Joel 2:9-10. See also, Is. 13.
Many are being called into God’s end-time army at this very moment. He will have 144,000 in the end, but many will refuse the call or leave it because of ignorance or will be disqualified for one reason or other. Like Gideon’s army, many are called, but few are chosen.
If you are a Christian, you are already called to be a soldier. 2 Ti. 2:2-3 ("Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ"). Therefore, you should already be engaged in the war against the kingdom of darkness. But, to be in the army of God for the end-times is another matter. God’s end-time army will be a group of mature saints, faithful and true. Rev. 19:11. They are filled with love and true in every aspect. They know the Lord and His ways and they are filled with the power of the Holy Ghost. Joel 2:11 says, “And the Lord shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth His word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?” (underlining added)
The soldiers in God’s army are not only powerful and invincible, each of them are without selfish ambition. Their one desire is to obey the Lord. They are not interested in rank or position. They are in perfect unison with each other and with the Lord. “… (T)hey shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.” Joel 2:7-8. They are loyal and diligent, humble and submissive. Each has his personal job to do and is not interested in someone else’s position. There is no jealousy or envy among them. They desire neither fame nor wealth. They will never betray another. They are one.
God's eternal purposes will be fulfilled. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death." Rev. 12:11.