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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Preparing the Army of God, #19
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15)
This is the pattern for the Day of the Lord. God's saints will be disciplined and organized into an army. Those who speak under the anointing of the Holy Spirit will keep on proclaiming that the Lord has given us the victory over this world. The Gospel of the Kingdom of God will be repeated for "six days."
The Scriptures that announce the coming of the Kingdom of God have been in existence for thousands of years. Yet it seems the world forever will go about its business of buying and selling, marrying and giving in marriage.
One day soon, however, the defenses of the enemy, Satan, will be stripped away. The Lord Jesus Christ and His saints will inherit the nations and the farthest reaches of the earth.
And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way. (Joshua 2:16)
Christ was in the spirit realms in the earth for three days and three nights and then He rose from the dead. The thousand-year Kingdom Age will be the "third day" of the work of the Kingdom of God, the two thousand years of the Christian Era being the first two days.
At the end of the third day, the Kingdom Age, Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire, the dead will be judged, and the new Jerusalem, the Wife of the Lamb, will come to dwell among the nations of the earth for eternity. Then we can "go our way."
And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. (Joshua 2:17)
Notice the integrity of the two spies. Faithful men are in the minority today. People cannot be trusted. Character is being eroded as public opinion more and more favors the individual who gets what he wants whether by lying, stealing, or violence. "The faithful fail from among the children of men" (Psalms 12:1).
It is the Lord's will that His people be people of character. We are to demonstrate faithfulness and integrity before God and before man. What we promise to do—this we are to do, the Lord helping us. The Lord's name is "Faithful" and "they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful" (Revelation 17:14).
What the two spies promised Rahab all Israel was required to honor.
Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee. (Joshua 2:18)
There is a "line of scarlet thread" that runs through the whole Scripture. It is the holy blood of Christ. Mankind can meet God only at the cross, only at the altar of blood sacrifice. No other element in the world can make an individual acceptable to the Father in Heaven.
When God goes forth to judge Satan and his works His Divine wrath is exercised. Terrible destruction follows, as took place at Jericho. When God sees the blood of Christ we have applied to our life by faith, He "passes over us" and spares us.
We are to bring all our relatives "home to us." We are to tell them of the blood-covenant God has made with man, as the Holy Spirit gives us the opportunity and wisdom. We must urge our relatives, by our example of godly living and also by our words when appropriate, to come under the shield of protection we have found.
To be continued.