To Fight or not to fight, that is the question. Or rather, to fight
this enemy or that. There is a battle Christians all need to wage
against the enemy of our souls, the enemy of the church – Satan.
But there are many other skirmishes and insidious battles being
fought by the brethren… between this movement and that,
between this crowd and that, battles being fought to divide the church…
But the Bible teaches us that we should not skirmish and rail against
flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers of the air, who influence
and affect our brethren (Eph 6:12). We are to take up the shield of
faith with the sword of the spirit and join God’s warriors fighting a
common enemy (Eph 6:16-17). I have asked myself… why we go
into battle when we should be building the kingdom…
A PICTURE of WAR
I had an open vision in early September 1997 that showed me a
startling reality of what is happening right now in the church. A
cinema style video opened up before me as I was praying one
evening. I saw a black and white film, which looked like it was made
in the 1940’s. It began on a farm. Dozens of men were working in
the fields, preparing instruments for the Harvest. Then suddenly,
they began to leave the fields and walk toward a railway line. Trains
pulled up with streamers, banners and a band playing. Many of
the men climbed aboard to go off to war.
The scene panned back to the field where many shovels, spades,
forks, scythes and machinery had been left idle on the ground.
Before me was a vast harvest of wheat, with scarcely no one left to
work the fields!
The scene changed and I saw women and children learning in various
schools and colleges. There were women learning trades and how
to operate machinery, children at lathes learning woodwork and
smaller children learning at school. So many women and children
had been left behind as their men went off to war. They had to learn
how to survive and remain productive without them.
The vision closed with a picture of a lone man standing in the field.
Behind him lay all the discarded tools of the harvest, before him
was a huge field of wheat. He did not look perplexed or dismayed –
he simply prayed God’s blessing and began to work.
I ask you, is God’s agenda for us to lay down our tools of harvest
and run off to war? I know for sure a battle is raging, there is no
doubt of that! Indeed the enemy comes to devour our harvest, he
comes like a plague of locusts to eat the crops and steal the seed
before it can germinate. It is true we must fight, and fight hard
against the devil today, but let me ask you – what war are you
running off to fight? Where is our focus?
“Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But
I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for
harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering
fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.”
WHERE is OUR FOCUS?
The rumble of an exciting opportunity to go off to war resounds
across the land. These days we run, leaving the weak and the
young behind to do the productive work. We want to glory in the
temporal, while Christ is working the eternal. We are putting down
our tools, and taking up guns and weapons… And there is Christ,
standing alone in the fields crying, “These fields are ripe unto the
harvest, pray for laborers”.
Where are you going Christian? What is consuming your energy
right now?… Are you one to run off and join the train, the band, the
noise, the army gathering or will you stay and fight for the harvest?
Will you join those who devour the land before them or strike at the
plans of Satan to destroy the church? God is preparing a harvest,
lift up your eyes and see the work is ready to be done! Behold the
fields are ripe unto the harvest and the reaper is already collecting
by Robert Holmes
-Extracts from ‘Harvest or Civil War?’
Copyright (c) Robert Holmes, 1997.
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