One of the most prominent
names and descriptions of God is (Adonai
Tseva'ot), "YHVH of armies" (Isaiah 6:3). It is
difficult in this modern world to understand God in some kind of military
role. Here are some biblical perspectives:
1. God is sovereign over the armies of heaven and earth, and is an expert
at the strategies of warfare - Exodus 15:3, Psalm 24:8.
2. There are armies of angels that are occasionally seen by human beings -
II Kings 6:17.
3. The chief commander of the angelic armies is Yeshua (Jesus) Himself -
4. As commander, Yeshua (or one of the top angel generals) has the power to
destroy an entire human army single-handedly - Isaiah 37:36.
5. The angelic armies may accompany a human army if that army has righteous
leadership and is fighting for a righteous cause - II Samuel 5:24.
6. There is warfare in the spiritual realm between good angels loyal to God
and bad angels in satanic rebellion - Revelation 12:7.
7. Both good and bad angels are ordered in a hierarchy with military-type
ranks - Ephesians 6:12.
8. One important strategy is to pray for the forces of demonic angels to be
divided and fight among themselves - Luke 11:17.
9. Ultimately that spiritual warfare will culminate in a great end
times' battle in which Yeshua will descend from heaven leading the
angelic armies - Revelation 19:11.
10. When Yeshua and and His angels descend, they will fight against the
armies of an evil world empire on this earth - Revelation 16:14, 16;
11. Yeshua will fight against and destroy those armies that have united
together to attack Israel - Zechariah 12:3, 9; 14:2-4, 12.
12. Sometimes extended prayer and fasting is needed to understand these
spiritual battles concerning Israel and the end times - Daniel 9:1,
20-22; 10:2, 12-14, 20-21.
13. However, the angelic armies will start to respond from the very first
moment we begin to pray (if we pray according to God's will) - Daniel
14. There is three-way coordination between the praise of the saints, the
spiritual warfare in heaven and the military battles on earth - Isaiah
Spiritual and earthly warfare is likely to become increasingly intense as
we progress into the end times. May God grant us wisdom for prayer
strategies that match His strategies!