The Rising Army of the Lord
By: Apostle Skhumbuzo Sangweni
There is an army now being raised by the Lord, like no other that the world has ever seen. It will be both an irresistible force and an immovable object. Where it marches, it will conquer. Where it takes a stand, it will not be moved. That it is now gathering is one of the great signs that the end of this age is at hand, and the King will soon come to establish His kingdom. It is time to prepare the way for the Lord.
Those who are mobilizing to help prepare the way for the Lord are the ones who see Him. They see what others cannot now see. If we truly see Him, we cannot help but to bow the knee to Him. If we truly see Him, we will obey Him. That is why we often see the term “the obedience of faith” (see Romans 1:5, 16:26) in the New Testament.
Many claim that Christianity is the most arrogant of all the religions because we claim to be the only way to be reconciled to God. The truth is that if God sent His own Son to provide the way for us to be reconciled, and we reject Him, believing that we can get there on our own merit, wisdom, or strength, and do not need His provision, then we are the most arrogant of all creatures. The greatest arrogance of all is to not bow the knee to Him. Christianity is in truth the most humble of all of the religions, accepting and acknowledging our need for Him as our Savior and Lord.
The great army of God is now being mobilized in thousands of locations. It is going through basic training. The great emphasis upon the basics of faith is from the Holy Spirit. If we are not strong in these, we will be weak and easily defeated. However, those who have a strong foundation will soon have much built upon it. We are going higher. All of the gifts and ministries of the Spirit will go higher. The authority that He will entrust to His faithful ones will greatly increase this year.
Walking in leadership in His church is a most serious matter. To be entrusted with God’s own children cannot be taken lightly. If I entrusted my children to someone to take care of them, and then came back and found them sick, hungry, and filthy, I would not be happy! It is the ultimate honor and privilege to be entrusted with the Lord’s own children, but it is also the ultimate responsibility. It is crucial that His people are prepared for the times. There will be a new resolve, a new seriousness, coming upon His leaders this year, but the result of this will be a great strengthening of His people.
We are exhorted in James 3:1, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.” The judgments pronounced against false teachers and false shepherds are much more severe than those pronounced against false prophets. Of course, we don’t want to be one of them either! Therefore, we must be devoted to truth, integrity, and settle it in the beginning that if we have been entrusted as a shepherd of the Lord’s sheep, we will lay down our own lives for them. We will resolve to only provide them with the very best spiritual food and training.
There are many doctrines that whole movements are built on that have no basis in Scripture, but are rather built on human preferences, in reaction to disappointments, or other problems in the church. These, too, will start to flow back toward the mainstream of the River of Life. We need to build bridges between the common ground that we have with other parts of the body of Christ, always treating those who are at least embracing the basic doctrines of the faith as sons and daughters of the King who deserve the greatest respect.