The Invisible Army


“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet {Elisha] answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

~2 Kings 6:16, NIV

God has all power and His divine purpose cannot suffer defeat. He will have the last word.

~Alton H. McEachern

During Elisha’s ministry, the Syrians were Israel’s nemesis. So one night the king of Syria sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city of Samaria where Elisha and his servant were staying. When the prophet’s servant got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. He was horrified and ran back in the house telling Elisha they were surrounded by a vast army. This is when Elisha said, Don’t be afraid, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and his servants eyes were opened and he could see the army that Elisha was referring to; with horses of fire and chariots of fire. This invisible army from heaven is mentioned 271 times in scripture. Lord of host which means Captain or commander of the army appears in some form over 300 times in scripture. Matter of fact the Captain of the LORD’s army showed himself to Joshua in the appearance of a man {Joshua 5:14} and He allowed Joshua to worship him…angels down allow worship. It was this mysterious Angel of the LORD that killed 180,000 Assyrian soldiers {Isaiah 37:36}. Sennacherib had Jerusalem surrounded and there seemed to be no possible hope for Hezekiah and Judah to escape his wrath but God miraculously intervened and Sennacherib lost the majority of his army in one night to an invisible force. The scripture simply says the Angel of the LORD, one person but we know that heaven has an army on standby. It is probably this angelic army that Jesus is talking about in Matthew 26:53, Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? Who keeps evil from destroying the universe? There are probably spiritual battles being fought that we know nothing about.

Dr. Wiersbe thinks Hezekiah wrote Psalm 46 following the miraculous deliverance of Jerusalem. I love Psalm 46 and the historical significance. God intervened to save His people. I like that; it has a good ring but there is also a prophetic significance. Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God,” is not really a devotional call for us to contemplate but it is a call to surrender our wills. It is that prophetic call that is coming when Jesus returns and the whole world becomes silent before HIM. It is OK to use this as a devotional thought but it is prophetic: all men will shut up, become silent and they will know that God is God and Jesus is LORD. It is going to happen.

I am angry or at least upset with our governor. I don’t expect much from mayors, especially in big cities but our Governor should have called on the National Guard and President Trump. There is no excuse for her ineptness. We need to bombard Montgomery with emails; we may need to stage a protest ourselves. She needs to do her job or resign. This is TRUMP country and she, following suit, has betrayed our president.

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