By Dr. Richard Ing
THE ARMY OF GOD
It was over twenty-five years ago when I had a vision of an
army and heard a voice saying, “Son, I want you to teach My army!” I was an elder in my local church and was
given the task of being a teacher, especially in the area of deliverance. I taught spiritual warfare every Wednesday
night for years and did hundreds of deliverances. In the late 1980’s I went overseas to teach
in Fiji. It was my first exposure to a foreign country
teaching deliverance and I was not even a pastor yet. Needless to say, I was very nervous.
The very first Sunday, I was asked to give the sermon in the
morning service. I thought that there
was going to be one service and I gave my carefully prepared message at the 8
a.m. service. We then retired to the
office where we were given refreshments.
I was so surprised when we were informed that we had a 10 a.m. service
also and I was the preacher. I learned
quickly how to teach spontaneously and God was with me. Then after lunch, we had a service at 3 p.m.
with the local Indian population. After
dinner, we went to a 6 p.m. service that lasted until 10:30 p.m. I had to preach four times in one day and the
last three was wholly off the cuff.
Thankfully, the Holy Spirit gave me the words to say.
At the 10 a.m. service, a pastor excitedly asked to
share. He came up to the podium and said
that he could see hundreds of white horses coming down from heaven and
surrounding our building. At the time,
the church building had a dirt floor, wooden poles that formed a frame for a
corrugated iron roof and people sat on wooden chairs and on the floor. The children sat on a canvas on the dirt
floor in front of the stage.
Another woman came up to share that
two weeks previous she had a vision of a
short Oriental man coming to Fiji to teach at the Bible college in
Labasa. The students were dressed in
combat uniforms. That man was me. Another pastor shared that three weeks
previous, he had a dream in which he heard noise outside his bedroom
window. He looked outside and saw a huge
white horse calling him. Still another
pastor shared that he had a dream of a horse neighing outside his door. When he opened the door, he saw a large white
horse about a hundred feet down the road from his house. The horse was calling him and motioning with
his head for him to jump on his back.
Suddenly, there was a huge explosion of white light. He woke up with a start.
I knew right away that God was
confirming that He had sent me abroad to teach His army in Fiji. I made six trips in a row to Fiji and angels
would appear in my classes and services.
Sometimes, white horses appeared.
Fiji is a very military
culture. Their greatest exports are
foreign legion soldiers. Almost every
boy learns martial arts. I was immersed
in a military atmosphere. We once had a
dinner to congratulate around fifty young men and women for completing six
months of hard labor for the Bible college.
The Bible college was supported by contracts to harvest sugar cane in
the area and the people that worked for six months would qualify to enter the
Bible college, with all expenses paid.
At the dinner, I was the head guest.
I was saluted and respected as the commander of the place. When I entered the room, everyone stood at
attention. When I sat down, everyone sat
down. No one uttered a word. The presiding pastor asked someone to open in
prayer. Later, he told me that he asked
someone to pray because if he prayed, he knew that he would end up weeping in
gratitude. After the prayer, there was
complete silence. The pastor bent over
and whispered in my ear, "You need to pick up your fork." When I did, all the diners picked up their
forks and began eating.
When we left the room, everyone
stood at attention and clapped until we passed through the door.
That’s how much they honored their
leaders and observed a chain of command.
Submission and obedience were everywhere. Whenever an instructor entered the premises,
people immediately stood up and made way.
Today, there is a revival going on
in Fiji and in the area
I have never seen or experienced
any other church, Bible college or group of Christians with such discipline,
order, love and obedience as what I observed in Fiji. They were the closest I have ever seen of a
quasi-military Christian organization that was not a cult. Although submission and obedience was
evident, it was not based on fear. It
was based on culture, respect and love.
There was no fear element and the students and members loved the leaders
and vice versa. The attitude of the
Fijian saints was amazing.
Two of our couples stayed at the
home of a member and her husband. During
their stay their hosts explained that they were so embarrassed because their
pastor favored them every time visitors came because they were always chosen to
be a host home, while many others were turned down. Therefore, they received all the
blessings. Then our members learned that
less than one month previous, the nine year old son of their host couple had
drowned. Yet, the mother and father had so
much faith in God that they praised God that their son was in heaven.
Love reigned in their church. Whenever someone was sick and could not take
care of their children, women in the church would rally to their support and
come over to cook, clean the house and take care of the children. A number of
dead came back to life when the entire membership would come to the church to
pray for someone who was declared dead at the hospital. A number of times, the hospital called the
next morning to say that the person had come back to life.
Once I taught at Fiji in Labasa and then flew to Nadi where the
Airport is located. I flew to Vanuatu, about an hour away by
jet. At the end of one week, our team
flew back to Nadi so we could return to Hawaii. At the Nadi airport, we met a group of about
35 graduate students and members of the Labasa church. They were on their way to Guam, Saipan, Marshall Island and other places to serve as
missionaries. One couple dissolved their
construction company to serve in the Marshall Islands. They were in their fifties. They lined up at the airport to greet and
salute us. It was as if God had arranged
the meeting to let us see how the army of Fiji was a conquering army being
sent into battle. We had met up with
the army of God on assignment. As we
approached them, they came to us one by one to greet us and say goodbye. The feeling was electric. I have no doubt that Fiji has an army of God.
We know that God is raising up an
army for the end times. It will not be
like an army in the natural, but there are similarities. The biggest difference is that armies in the
natural are largely motivated by fear or self-promotion. God’s army will be motivated by pure love for
The army of God will
come out of God’s true church, but will not be everyone in the church. There will be three groups of true Christians
in the end: (1) the true church; (2) the
man-child army; and (3) the martyrs.
There is a process of elimination going on right now, as with Gideon’s army that started
out with 32,000 men and ended up with only 300.
God is the One that will judge and choose.
The martyrs are the
two groups of witnesses in Revelation 11.
All those that are killed will be witnesses or martyrs. Many will die and go to glory but may not be
The army of God will
be few. Revelation 14:1 indicates that
there will be only 144,000. At the
mid-point of tribulation, they will be taken up to the throne of God to be with
Jesus. They will return with Jesus on
white horses to destroy all evil on the face of the earth. Rev. 19.
GOD’S TRUE CHURCH
true church is a group of saints that have not allowed strange fire to enter
into the church. Strange fire includes
doctrines and practices not taught by the early apostles. These saints will strive to maintain the
purity of the faith as revealed by the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit. More importantly, they strive to be led by
the Holy Spirit into spiritual maturity.
Church has an identity and life over and beyond its individual human members
and even the sum total of its members and activities. It has a government with Christ as its
head. Christ delegates His authority to
human leaders, including apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. There is a definite chain of command that is
in direct line with the Lord at the top.
Neither the church nor the kingdom
of God operates as a
democracy or anarchy.
government is the most misunderstood and disobeyed form of government in the world. Mankind constantly strives to change God’s
government to mimic man’s various forms of government. Adam and Eve were the first to refuse to
follow God’s rules of government. Even
today, the church and Christians everywhere misunderstand, refuse to apply
God’s government and end up applying their own version of government to the
God led the Israelites out of Egypt
and established His government of judges, it was opposed by Israel. Israel wanted a human leader they
could disobey with relative impunity.
The people were afraid of God and did not want to be under God’s
rules. Therefore, God appointed Saul as
the first king of Israel. It wasn’t God’s best.
churches that are highly successful in human terms today do not follow God’
true government. However, the true
government of God’s kingdom still exists.
For one thing, it exists in heaven.
It exists on earth in the Spirit, although we rarely follow it. In order for us to become part of the true church of God, we need to understand His
government and follow it as best we can.
government is not a democracy. We used
to use the word oligarchy to describe His form of government, but it is not
accurate. An oligarchy is where the
government and power are in the hands of a few elite. The elite has power because of money,
possessions or other thing that gives them superiority. They have no regard for the common people. The government is to benefit the elite class
government, on the other hand, is to bless everyone from the top to the bottom,
from the highest to the least of the saints.
There are many opposites in the kingdom of heaven, as compared to
governments of men. For one thing, as
Jesus said, the chief among us shall be the slave or servant of all. The most powerful in the flesh shall be the
least in the kingdom
of God. The proud shall be brought down.
earthly kingdoms, the proud lord it over their subjects and their subjects are
slaves and servants to the rulers. But
in the kingdom of heaven, the leaders are servants to all.
none of us have been to heaven on a regular basis so that we can observe God
government in action in heaven, we can know certain things about the nature of
the government of heaven through the Bible.
For instance, we know that there are thrones in heaven. These thrones are for the Father, Son and
Holy Ghost. Around the throne are
twenty-four elders and four beasts that worship God day and night.
is a god of war. The Bible calls him the
Lord of Hosts over 262 times. Host
refers to army. Likewise, the church on
earth is an army with God as its leader.