The Army of God was called to the front lines in A D 33 at 9:00 am on the day of Pentecost. That was nearly 2000 years ago, now. Our Commander in Chief had just received a new position which He had had delivered Him at the throne of God, the Father, the Ancient of Days when He arrived on the cloud in His human body of flesh “and they brought Him (Christ) near (Christ was summoned) before Him (God, the Father).” Daniel 7:13-14 He, who had just returned to His home, was the “Lord, God, mighty in battle.” Psalms 24:8 He had come back as the tsaba (He who was going to war as the Head of an organized army (host). When He arrived He asked the Father for the “heathen.” Psalms 2:8 He had told His disciples, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, He will guide you into all the truth.” John 14:16;16:13 “They (the apostles, who had been baptized by Christ in the Holy Spirit) were all with one accord (one mind, one passion) in one place…when suddenly there came a sound as rushing mighty wind, and there appeared cloven (distributed) tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4
For what did the Holy Spirit come? To launch and sustain the attack. The Army of God would engage the enemy for the first time!! This day, Hell reeled and rocked!! The commanding General, the Holy Spirit had recorded for our learning the words of one of the field generals, Simon Peter and the way to the blood of Christ was made known!! Acts 2:38 On this day a beach head was established in the stronghold of Judaism, in its capital city, in its place of worship and 3,000 men obeyed the gospel, later the number became in-numeral. Revelation 7:9 Once the fighting began (it was a contest for the minds of men) the call to battle has never been rescinded!! The trumpet WILL sound, but then the battle has ended. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 The Church of Christ is STILL at war, STILL in the battle for the souls of men, and STILL ON THE BATTLEFIELD, if, it is the Church of Christ!!
There are those who now declare compromise, peace, and fellowship with the denominational world. James 4:4 They have decided to sue for peace. They want to “break the tie that binds” and enter into a Pax Romana (a 200 year period of peace during the reign of Rome where not a battle was fought) with our religious neighbors. They want a gospel they call “grace,”going to their places of assembly, using their preachers (who themselves have never obeyed the gospel of Christ) to preach to Christ’s assemblies, and engage the youth (the naive) in “love games” while advising those of us who have never heard the bugle of retreat, to STAND DOWN!! (Our Secretary of Defense has too many financial ties with the enemy and will sacrifice anyone who gets in the way!!) And what does the Commander in Chief think of this ploy? “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit forth) thee out of My mouth.”
The new army will not even take the field of battle. They “lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; that chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David; that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments; but they are not grieved at the affliction of Joseph.” Amos 6:4-6 They are puffed up with pride, and rocked asleep in carnal security, and they have trusted in the wrong metropolis, the hill of Shenir has become with them as good as the hill of Zion ever was!! Great men as well as great nations have a tendency to overvalue themselves and to overlook their neighbor’s wrong doctrinal teachings so they can “brother” one another!! They preach “Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the Lord.” Amos 6:10-14