Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand—a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come. Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle. At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows. Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?
A Prayer for Urgency and Militant Focus
Lord, you are sounding the alarm, and it’s time for Your people to join the chorus. Now is the time for urgency. It’s time to call the world to attention; we can all see the end of the age running at us. The epic battle that accompanies this season is swarming right before our eyes. The warmongering of this legendary battle has begun. The army’s of wickedness are preparing to fight. Just as the locust devoured the land of Israel in the time of Joel, a demonic army is being released upon the Earth. Time is racing forward. Yet the world is ignorant of the fact that this demonic army is marching destroying everything in its path. The nations are in anguish. Reeling in pain and they don’t know why. Wake up the nations Lord. Reveal Your Messiah to the nations! Thankfully, in the mist of this sea of evil, Lord, You are preparing Your army for battle. You thunder before Your army of angels and saints. Your obedient servants don’t bat an eye in fear before this army of orcs. They are battle-ready . Obedient to the point of death. Lord, the stakes are higher than ever before! Prepare me for battle. Prepare Your body for battle. Let the Army of the Lord arise. Let us make war with them; destroying the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8). Let us stand in opposition of this evil. Resisting and conquering it (Romans 8:37 & James 4:7). May this evil flee from before us! As the age approaches empower the Army of the Lord to fight with valor and thunder before us with Your might acts. Make the enemy suffer for this attack upon Your Kingdom (Matthew 11:12). May we take the fight to them. All the way back to the gates of hell, and let their stronghold fall before us in the name of Jesus, The Commander of the Host of heaven (Joshua 5:14-15).
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