“The ten horns of the beast are ten kings who have not yet risen to power. They will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. They will all agree to give him their power and authority. Together they awill go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.” – Revelation 17:12-14. Since the beginning of this millennium, the message about God preparing His army for the endtime has gone so viral that many have started asking which war is the Lord preparing for and when will it start. Why does He needs an army since He is God who can do anything He wishes to do? First, the battle is between our arch-enemy, the devil who represents everything that is evil and antithetical to righteousness and Jesus Christ on the other hand who is the embodiment of all that is good and righteous. Although the real battles has been fought twice in the past, one in heaven and the other at Golgotha where Christ defeated the devil without him able to gather a point; the devil has perfected another experiment of such war to be fought this time on earth in all forms through his many foot soldiers who doubles as humans whose soul belongs to his kingdom. This war goes beyond the physical, it is majorly spiritual as the personalities involved do not fight in flesh and blood even if most of them are, they are “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, mighty powers in this dark world, and evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12). These forces are the gatekeepers of several aspects of our human lives and society, they are the ones calling shots in Arts and Entertainment, in Media, Education, Finance and even the religious aspect of things. What a sad thing. Imagine the devil ruling through his seeds the earth that is rightfully ours and we are almost powerless to do anything about it. The Lord had commanded us in Gen 2:15 to subdue the earth, knowing the extent of corruption that the devil has planted into it but until now, the church has acted in much ignorance to the advantage of kingdom of darkness. But God who owns the earth is so much concerned and He is therefore resolved to raise a special specie of Christians that will dismantle whatever plans the enemy is executing so that His will can find expression and the purpose for which the earth was created can be actualized. This is what prophet Joel was talking about in Joel 2, a great and mighty army like has never been seen before or will ever be seen again. Has history ever recorded an army like that which “Fire burns in front of them and flames follow after them. Ahead of them the land lies as beautiful as the Garden of Eden. Behind them is nothing but desolation; not one thing escapes. They look like horses; they charge forward like warhorse. Look at them as they leap along the mountaintops. Listen to the noise they make—like the rumbling of chariots, like the roar of fire sweeping across a field of stubble, or like a mighty army moving into battle.”(Joel 2:3-5) The people recruited into this army are those who are genuinely saved, working with Christ and are walking daily according to His precepts. It should be noted that everyone who has given their lives to God and become his genuine child is automatically a part of this redemption army. We are not saved to be able to enjoy the good things of this life. Those are the additions according to Matt 6:33 that must come once the most important one has been achieved, so we don’t have to worry about those things that will automatically come in due time. All the discipleship lessons, sermons Bible studies and other church programmes are designed consciously by God to prepare us for what the Lord destined for us to be. Rather than make us rich; He is preparing us to be conformed to the image of Christ and for our individual roles in the army of God. The faces of those that qualifies to be in God’s army As explained earlier, those will be enlisted into this unprecedented army are those who have been washed thoroughly in the blood of the lamb and are ready to lay down their lives for Christ to prevail. But there is much more. In the book of Ezekiel 1, the prophet of God was taken on a spiritual journey where he saw among other things four creatures with four distinct faces for each. While the significance of each four creatures will be discussed in the subsequent part of this series, the symbolic four faces of Human, Lion, Ox and Eagle shall be considered for this first part. The Human face. This means that anyone who will be qualified to be a lieutenant in the Lord’s end time army must first become human or man. Man is the image and likeness of God. Gen 2:26, God said “come, let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”. So, man in the absence of sin is the embodiment of God’s presence and power which is eternal life. It is this eternal life in man(also read woman) that will enable them to fulfil their God-given mandate of dominion, subjugation and replenishing of the earth. Beyond natural attributes, being human means being saved because only humans can experience salvation and have eternal life, no other object of creation will enjoy such privilege. He that is saved has the life and wisdom of which will help him to function in his/her assigned roles in the Lord’s army. Permit me to ask you just this one question, are you saved? Is Jesus Christ dwelling in you? Do you have the holy spirit? If you cannot answer any of these questions satisfactorily, you are not yet qualified to be in the Lord’s army. The Lion face. Lion is often referred to as the king of the jungle not because of its strength alone but its bravery, tenacity and faith in the abilities and gifts that God has given it. The Christian face of lion has to do with one who is ruthless and brave enough to believe that God can do the seemingly impossible things through him. When a lion roars, every animal, no matter how big or small must run for cover because they know what the roaring animal is capable of. Any Christian who will be mightily used of God in this end times must be fearless in faith, in righteousness and fervent in prayer so much that his presence will be a threat to the kingdom of darkness wherever he goes. It is a pity that today, many Christians that God expects to be terror to the kingdom of darkness have been reduced to seeker of material things. No matter how tick the bush is, the lion is not afraid but not so for many Christians who have become coward by spending their time on things that does not matter. How is your prayer life my brother and sister, how much of the word do you know that can save you in the days of evil? To pass this test, your spiritual altar must be on fire day and night. The Ox face. Ox signifies strength, resilient and hope. Ox is an animal of burden, a Christian that will serve meritoriously in God’s army must be one who has passed the stage of complaining over any perceived problem to taking responsibility and charge over them in the presence of God in supplication and man in correction. It is how Jesus became the saviour of the world. He did not wait to be given permission by humanity to die for their sins before sacrificing himself once he recognised the need for human redemption, the Bible enjoins us to do charity for all men whether or not they deserve it even to pray for our enemies. It is time Christians stopped complaining about situations around the world and start taking responsibility to live according to how we want everyone in the world to live. A true soldier of Christ does not lament over any situation because they believe that there is nothing impossible for God to do when we take it to him in prayers. God is looking for people He can trust like Noah, Abraham, Jeremiah and Daniel among many other good examples who will stop complaining and start fixing things no matter how small wherever they are. You’ve been complaining about something the body of Christ has not been doing well, have you taken any steps to to consciously right those wrongs in your own little ways? Everybody is shouting that the country is bad but there is no day you have remembered to pray for it and for the leaders yet you want change, that is not the kind of people God is looking for in His army. The Eagle face. The book of Isaiah 62 says that those who wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings as Eagle. The Eagle face is the unusual dimension that involves walking beyond the natural. Every bird except eagle flies in agreement with the forces of the wind but the eagle does the opposite yet achieve greater flight results. Passing the test of Eagle face requires that a Christian understands that being spiritual, holy, prayerful or have many revelations is not enough to please God, there is no amount of rhema that can suffice for the grace, mercy and favour of God. It was said of Elijah the prophet in 1Kings 18:46 that having girded his loins, he ran on foot ahead of Ahab who was on chariot from Mount Carmel to Jezreel. The Eagle face is the face of acceleration where God is glorified through rapid and successive breakthrough that will draw people to believe in the God you serve. Many Christians are still struggling and on the verge of losing their their salvation because they are relying on their own power and self-righteousness. God was not talking in proverbs when he declared in Romans 9:15(KJV) “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” those who will pass this test must recognise that by strength shall no one prevail and activate. Many who wants to hear God speak think they can achieve that by excessive fasting and prayer but nothing but grace of God can bring that to pass. It is time to drop your ego and come to the throne of grace to obtain mercy. Anyone who still rely on their strength and not on the mercy of God cannot be in the army of God because it is the Lord himself who will fight this battle, not us. We are merely to establish and enforce the victory that He has won.