In September 2020, I was seeking the Lord about what it is He would say to His church. At the time, He gave me one word that made little sense but soon became clear to me as it pertains to our nation. We’ve been going through a tumultuous time from our elections to the “panic-demic,” to government officials over-reaching and trying to dominate the church in certain states telling them what they can or cannot do. The word that came up in my Spirit concerning the United States was the word, TERMINAL. When you dive into the meaning of the word terminal, it has a variety of meanings, and I believe that what it means to the church and what it means to the nation will vary depending on our reaction to it.
As I was praying and seeking God concerning 2021 and what He wanted to say to prepare you for the new year, I had a fleeting vision. It came as quickly as it went. In a flash, I saw the numbers 2-0-2-1, but as I looked closer where the number one at the end was, I saw not the number, but a sword. The spirit of God spoke up in my Spirit and said, “This is the year of the sword of the Lord and of His church.” Forged in the breath of God and tempered in the blood of His Son, there is a sword, a weapon that exists, and there is none like it.
As we go into 2021, it seems that the enemy has unlimited resources, unfettered access, and one objective, to steal, to kill, and to destroy. God has not called us to defeat this demonic horde that is coming against this nation, this world, your house, your body, with one service a week. Jesus came to this earth and was nailed on Calvary’s hill to a rugged cross. Nailed through His hands, nailed through His feet, beaten and battered until He was almost unrecognizable. He didn’t do that so that you could add another service to your weekly calendar. He did it to provide you with a weapon. He did it to provide you with some armor: the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, and in particular, He did it to provide you with the Sword of the Spirit!
The cross and the resurrection constructed our armaments, and 2021 is a call to arms for the body of Christ. It is time to ready your weapons, to lock and load because a Holy Ghost invasion is taking place and it’s coming to a city near you. The evil we have seen infiltrate every aspect of our society is nothing compared to the spark of revival that is going to begin to spread across the nation and around the world! Samuel Adams said, “It does not take a majority, but an irate minority bent on setting brushfires in the hearts and minds of men and women.“
In Joshua 5:13, before he goes to Jericho, Joshua encounters a man with a sword drawn. Moses had a burning bush experience; Joshua had a gleaming sword experience. This generation is not going to get a burning bush experience, you’re getting the sword. Joshua asked, “Are you for us, or are you for our enemies?” Are you republican or democrat? Are you conservative or are you liberal? Did you vote for Trump, or did you vote for Biden? What denomination are you apart of? Who are you for, sword of the Lord? “I’m not for either of you,” the man said. The sword is on its own side. The question is not “Whose side is he on?” The question is “Are you on His side?” We’ve got to get out from behind our political shields and engage in the battle from a higher perspective. Samuel didn’t take either side. He stood above the partisan politics of his day and said, “You’re both wrong.”
Now we have got to rise up today as a body of believers with one voice and with one heart and recognize that it’s not about us being in the right denomination or the right church. It is not about following the right leaders or being registered for the right party. The resounding question in the year 2021 is, “Are we on the side of the sword of the Lord?”