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We will begin this message by reviewing or rather explaining the General Theme of this Youth Week which is THE YOUNG MILITANT END-TIME ARMY. Explaining this theme, I will begin from the end to the beginning.
ARMY: What do we mean by army especially in this our context? Firstly, army generally means a body of troops orgainsed for a warfare. Secondly, it means the total military land forces of a nation. Thirdly, a group of people who organise and are organised for a specific cause.
These three definitions of the word army fit into our context of the word but we will choose The 3rd definition to be specific.
END-TIME: This refers to the close of age, that is the Church age. It is the period just before the rapture when the true Church of Jesus Christ will be taken away from this world.
MILITANT: Refers to engagement or being engaged in a combat or those working aggressively to achieve a cause, a goal or meet a target.
YOUNG: In this context refers to the first, or early period of growth, life or development, having qualities associated with youth and youthfulness.
A YOUNG MILITANT END-TIME ARMY, therefore, means a set or group of youths, aggressively working to or engaged in or pursuing a cause or goal at this end-time; I have to quickly declare here that this cause is divine.
Now every successful army must have a base from where they get reinforcement usually such places are called (Forts) e.g. fort IBB in Abuja. This fort is where the commandant resides, giving instructions, sending relief, monitoring developments at the battle, taking decisions and implementing them to ensure the progress and eventual victory in a war. This fort and all it holds and offers serves as the source of morale boosting, military and logistics strength of the army in the battle. The army in the battle is therefore fortified from the fort and so the fort serves as a fortifier.
When soldiers go on a mission, they go in the name of their nations and under insurance and with some benefits attached to the special service. As long as they remain carrying out that mission, they remain under the care of their countries.
The mission of the young militant end-time army is not less rewarding. There are privileges and benefits while in service and at the end of time when service is over (it is at death or rapture that service can be over). Officers/soldiers engaged in this militant service must continually look on to the blessings/promises of God so as not to be weary at any time (cons. Heb. 12:1-3). Let us see some of the privileges/blessings. That many youths all over the world are called but you have been chosen and enlisted into the army of the Lord is a privilege (cons. Matt. 22:1-14; 1Tim. 1:12,13). Any youth present who till now is not sure of being saved can still do it now before the conference rounds off. Appreciate your relationship with God every time, you will find yourself renewing and rededicating it afresh unto God.
- The Lord’s presence will go with them for pleasing Him (Jn. 8:29; cons. Ex. 33:12-17) and doing his will.
- They enjoy God’s testimony and commendation for rendering acceptable service (Heb. 11:4). This means open doors and favours arranged by God Himself. He will cause men to give admission, business favours and connections, raise Gamelia’s in their cases (Is. 43:3-4). In their absence or death, their record speaks and brings victory to their relations (Heb. 11:4; 2Kgs. 4:1-7).
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THE YOUNG MILITANT END-TIME ARMY: THEIR WEAPONS (Eph. 6:10-18)
It may not be out of place to say that the words ‘soldiers’, ‘army’, ‘militant’ are synonymous with battle, combat, aggressiveness, weapons, etc. ordinarily. Every nation provides weapons of battle for its army and this time, highly technical and sophisticated armoury to meet with the attacks of the opposition.
To talk of raising young militant end-time army definitely shows that there is a fierce battle that must be urgently, consistently and selflessly engaged in. This battle has been on between the Church of the Living God (true Christians or children of God) and the kingdom of darkness (cons. Matt. 16:18; Eph. 6:12; 2Cor. 10:3). The battle has continually increased in fierceness and at this end-time has become a much more deadly and fierce confrontation (cons. Is. 9:5).
The fact that youths of this generation constitute a major part of the enemy’s target considering the surging spiritual wave of evil, oppression, worldliness, murder, economic hardship, academic difficulties, operations of evil people, temptations, persecution, ungodly influences, prostitution among youths, etc like never before is quite obvious (Zech. 3:1; cons. Matt. 13:19; Is. 14:12,16,17; 2Tim. 3:1-4). For this cause, the said army is being raised to withstand this wiles of the devil, pull down all strongholds, cast down all vain and wicked imaginations abounding in the lives of many youths and others, deliver the captives of the mighty and the prey of the terrible, install the righteousness of their God, execute the eleventh hour business all within the less than 2½ minutes to mid-night (2Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:11-13; Is. 49:24, 5-6). The captain of the army has therefore provided the armoury for this combat and one interesting information every officer in this squad must know is that the victory has been won and declared before now (Col. 2:15; Eph. 4:8; Heb. 2:14,15) and that though the strength of the adversary may be great yet the greater than he is the Captain of their army and He is solidly behind them (2Cor. 10:4). Let’s briefly consider the end-time army’s weapons.
THE YOUNG MILITANT END-TIME ARMY: THEIR EXPLOITS (Heb. 11:1-35)
The vision and mission of this end-time army as has been discussed is thrilling and carrying along with it great challenges. It is such that has surprises attached to it because of the results proceeding from it – great exploits. We saw that part of the make-up of the said army is the young because God would want to use the debased things, the foolish to confound the wise and to bestow His great treasures in earthen vessels so that all glory will be His. This is the reason the outings, projects, adventures, combats of this end-time army is a and will be marked with unimaginable exploits. The activities of the adversary on realizing the shortness of time has become technical and intense. In fact it is a kind of spiritual surge of evil and oppression. The Lord is therefore set not only to resist them but to subdue and reign through his young militant end-time soldiers. Let’s now take a look at the some of the exploits they are to get into.
Subdue Kingdoms (Heb. 11:33)
The children of God has various kingdoms to subdue before possessing of the promised land. These include Spiritual and Physical kingdoms standing on the way to their blessings and their mission of delivering the prey of the terrible and captives of the mighty from their oppressors and bringing them eventually to the kingdom of God. All youthful exuberances, peer pressures, ungodly influences, seductions, temptations, worldliness, enticements and entanglements must be subdued (Eph. 6:10-13; cons. Rom. 1:18-32; 2Tim. 3:1-8). They are all proceeding from the kingdom of darkness, including errors and false teachings, false assurances and hope given to the youths of this end-time (Jer. 6:13-14; 28:15). Through valiance, strength of the Lord, faith and the Spirit of God, these unapproved kingdoms must come down. The Israelites subdued kings and kingdoms on the way to the Canaan land (Josh. 12). David did same (2Sam. 8). The young militant end-time army is expected to do much more against the geometrically increasing evil kings and evil kingdoms.
THE YOUNG MILITANT END-TIME ARMY: THEIR VISION AND MISSION (Is. 49:5,6; Prov. 29:18)
When we considered the make-up of this army that the Lord is raising at the end-time among youths, we saw that they consist of young and militant people with the various characteristics that qualify them into the squad. We saw that it is an army pursing a definite and selfless cause. This brings us to go into more details of what the vision and mission of this God arranged and ordained army is. We will begin by looking at the meaning of the terms “vision” and “mission” and then discuss what the young militant end-time army is out for.
Explanation of ‘vision’ and ‘mission’
We want to see vision as it relates to our theme as having an appropriate cause or purpose taking up the mind. We have seen from the teachings we have already had that the young militant soldier pursues a particular cause or objective selflessly. The vision is such that must consume them. Jesus had a vision of saving the world, reconciling sinners back to God. When there is a vision, all other things in life must all work towards achieving that vision. This vision sparks off a mission, a performance of that objective, cause or purpose. It is a propeller. Jesus’ mission on earth was that of dying on the cross for the sinner thereby fulfilling his vision of saving them (cons. Heb. 10:4-17; Matt. 1:21).