The Sword of Goliath
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
From our youth, we have all heard about the story of David and Goliath. This story has been told how David as a small boy, armed only with his shepherd's sling, killed the Philistine giant. This has always made a good story, which have generally come from the pulpit or from a children's Bible storybook.
But what is the real message God is showing us in this great battle; and how does it apply as an example to us who live in the end of this age? We need to look at the story of David and Goliath with Spiritual eyes. When we do this, we see a much different story. It is the revelation of the end time struggle between the Kingdom of God, the kingdom of satan, and the overcoming sons of God.
First, we need to look at Goliath and the kingdom of darkness. Goliath represents what is called the spirit of this age. That spirit dwells in all degenerate man who have rejected God, His Word, and His life. The Philistines have always been enemies of ancient Israel.
"Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim." I Samuel 17:1
When the Philistines gathered together, they pitched their tents between Shochoh and Azekah. When we realize that every word in the Bible has a meaning, we discover that these words become part of the message God is trying to reveal to us.
The word Shachoh means "hedge" and the word Azekah means "fenced around". So, when we see the Philistines had a fence and a hedge all around them. This is how the world operates, especially with those who have a lot of money and power. What ever they do, it is done with the least amount of exposure.
"And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines." I Samuel 17:2
When Israel camped and began to prepare for the battle against the Philistines, they pitched their tents in the valley of Elah. The word Elah means "an oak tree." Evidently Israel's army was exposed on all sides.
"And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span." I Samuel 17:3-4
We discover that Goliath's height was six cubits and a span. A cubit in the Bible is approximately eighteen to twenty-one inches in length. Goliath's height was six cubits and a span. A span was four inches. So, according to these figures, Goliath was between nine feet, four inches to perhaps ten feet, ten inches, tall. This would be Goliath's height, if we looked at this simply from a physical view point. But if we look at Goliath's height Spiritually, we discover the reference to six cubits reveals the first instance of the number six that is connected with Goliath.
First, we see that Goliath and the Philistine army stood on the mountain, high and lifted up in all their own glory.
"And (Goliath) had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders." I Samuel 17:5-6
Brass is the symbol of sin and judgment. By this we see that Goliath's head was covered with brass, or sin and judgment. His whole thinking process was only of sin.
He had a coat of mail. Goliath's mail of armor was of woven wire made of brass.
His legs were covered with brass. The legs always have to do with our walk. So we find that Goliath's whole body was covered with sin.
He had a target of brass between his shoulders. The target was a piece of armor that covered his chest area (or it protected Goliath's heart). So Goliath's whole appearance was covered with sin.
"And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him." I Samuel 17:7
Goliath carried a spear. Its staff was like a weaver's beam. A weaver's beam was the supporting beam for the loom. So there was no chance of Goliath breaking his spear in battle.
Goliath's spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron.
When we look at Goliath's armament, we discover he had six pieces of armor. Six is the number of man.
1 - A helmet of brass
2 - A coat of mail
3 & 4 Greaves of brass, one for each leg
5 - A target of brass between his shoulders
6 - A spear with a brass head
This is the second mention of the number six connected with Goliath. So, we see Goliath with his height, the weight of his spear's head, and his six pieces of armor reveals 6 + 6 + 6, or the great man of sin (666), covered with brass, the symbol of sin.
Goliath represents the worldly, degenerate, rebellious mankind that possesses the spirit of this age. These are true representatives of the spirit of darkness or the kingdom of satan.
"And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? Am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? Choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me." I Samuel 17:8
Goliath proceeds to open his mouth and defy the army of Israel. Goliath makes the challenge to the army of Israel to select a man and send him DOWN to him. Goliath was standing on a mountain, but going down means going away from God. So, Goliath knew those who came to fight with him would have to go away from God to fight with the arm of flesh. Goliath also knew, that as long as the army of Israel depended on their own power, their own strength, and their insufficient armor, they would not have a chance against him.
Goliath represents those today who stand in full defiance and mockery against God and His people. These have no faith, nor understanding of the Word of God, or the power of God.
Goliath also represents those who are full of self-power and self-glory. This also represents all the things the Bible terms anti-christ, who stand mocking God and all the people who are supposed to be part of the battle. Then Goliath, in all his arrogance, gives Israel the following challenge.
"If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us." I Samuel 17:9
This was the way many battles were settled in ancient days. Instead of the whole army being involved, they would choose a man from each side, who would then fight to the death; and the victor would be deemed to have defeated the whole army. If we would establish this policy today, and let the political leaders fight the battles, we would eliminate armed conflicts all together. But Goliath, like many today, under estimated the power of God.
"And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together." I Samuel 17:10
The army of God today is Spiritual Israel. Paul explained this to the churches at Galatia:
"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." Galatians 6:15-16
Those who understand who Christ Jesus is can become part of His new creature. The word creature in this verse should have been translated creation. And as Paul related, those who walk according to this rule are the Israel of God. What rule is this? It is that rule that we become a new creation in Christ Jesus. Those who are still worshiping Jesus Christ do not recognize Him in the place He occupies today - - - and that is as the Risen, all powerful, all glorious Christ Jesus. Many today are still worshiping Jesus in His fleshly condition. [see "Christ Jesus" by George Kirkpatrick] These have completely missed what Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more." II Corinthians 5:16
Those who have known Christ after the flesh should know Him no more after the flesh. They should recognize Him where He is today. When Jesus finished the work the Father gave Him to do on earth, He went back to His place as the Father of lights. Paul continued:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17
Those who become this new creation in Christ leave all the old things of this life. All the old things in our life must pass away. One of these old things that needs to be done away with in our life, is fear. Today many are full of fear when they hear about mosques being built and Moslem terror attacks. It was the same in Goliath's day, when he stood on the mountain and defied the army of Israel.
Today, we still have many false religions that are defying God's Spiritual army. Today, Moslems, Catholics, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventist, Hindus, Buddhists, and Jews are the main religions that want to replace Christianity with their false religions.
The Moslems openly proclaim all non-believers must be killed. This statement appears in the Qur'an, Surah 9:5, Moslems go about terrorizing people all over the earth. The news media tries to say these are only the radical Moslems, but any Moslem who has taken an oath on the Qur'an is an `extremist'. They remain in the shadows until they are called upon to attack. Suicide bombers are promised Paradise with a multitude of virgins to fulfill their every request. These, like Goliath, defy God's Spiritual army. But their day of judgment is coming.
We know by the Scriptures, that God is not mocked, and those who mock God are destined for judgment. All the other before mentioned religions have had their day of conquest. But all have failed to make a dent in the believers who follow the one true God. The Muslims will fail also.
Yes, fear is on every side. This was the order of the day when Goliath stood on the mountain and defied the army of Israel.
`When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid." I Samuel 17:11
When the army of Israel heard the threats from Goliath, they all greatly feared. The same is true today. When the church system hears the threats coming from these false religions, they shudder and shrink down in their padded pews.
Saul's army here represents the Kingdom of light. Saul was made king by the direct order of God. When Israel demanded a king, Samuel, the prophet, exclaimed to the people:
"And ye have this day rejected your God, who Himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto Him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your thousands." I Samuel 10:19
How like today, the denominations have rejected their God, and have returned to their form worship, instead of worshiping God with a joyous, open heart.
When it came time to anoint a king over Israel, Samuel called all the tribes together, and . . .
"When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found." I Samuel 10;21
Out of all the tribes, Saul was selected from the tribe of Benjamin. But when they looked for Saul, to anoint him king, he could not be found.
"Therefore they enquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither. And the Lord answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff." I Samuel 10:22
When they looked for Saul, he had hid himself among the stuff. How like today, those who have been appointed to head up the denominational systems, when there is a spiritual battle to be fought, are no place to be found. It was the same in Saul's army. When the threat came from Goliath, they all cowered back in their tents. So those who were supposed to be in God's Spiritual army did not take up the battle.
As we look at Saul's army, we understand his army is a picture of the church system in our day. Those who are supposed to be in God's army are simply operating their lives in the flesh. These are willing to serve God, but only as long as it does not cost them anything.
Saul's army stood there with all their worldly armor. They were outfitted with everything the world had to offer to enter into the battle. They had their horses, chariots, and a king who stood head and shoulders above the rest of the army. But with all their worldly armor, they still did not have the Spiritual anointing to go forth to meet the enemy who was defying Israel. Their fear was defeating them, even before the battle began. So, we have Goliath and the Philistine army which represents the spirit of darkness. Today, this spirit of darkness is running rampant in the world.
Then we have Saul's army with all their weapons of the flesh. This was supposed to be the army of God. Saul's army represents the church system of our day. They are armed with all the weapons of the flesh, but lack one important element in their life. Paul wrote about this church system in his second letter to Timothy:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
The church system has a form religion. Their doctrines are cut in stone. But they deny the power of God. How do they deny the power of God? It is by their actions. Paul continues:
"For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts," II Timothy 3:6
Paul declared this sort creep into houses. The church system proselytes other denominations to build their congregations. With their many promises and programs, they lure away the silly women (lukewarm churches) who are laden with the sins of lust. These as Paul described are:
"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." II Timothy 3:7
These attend all the Sunday services to hear the stories and latest sports news, but never come to the knowledge of the truths of God's Word. These are not taught to do the battle with the enemies of the gospel.
There was a third group who were going to be in involved in this battle with Goliath, and this was the David Company.
The prophet Samuel had anointed Saul to be king over Israel, but Saul had turned his back on God. When God informed Saul to destroy the Amalekites, their sheep and their oxen, he declared, "I have obeyed the voice of the Lord." But Saul had spared Agag, the king's life. Then he blamed the people for taking the sheep and the oxen, I Samuel 20:21. This grieved Samuel's heart:
"And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the Word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel." I Samuel 15:26
God had rejected Saul as king over Israel because Saul had rejected the Word of the Lord. Because Samuel loved Saul, he grieved for him:
"And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons." I Samuel 16:1
When God rejected Saul from being king over Israel, he informed Samuel to go to the house of Jesse, the Bethlehemite, because Jesse had a son that God had selected to be king in the place of Saul. Samuel was afraid to do this because, if Saul found out what God had told Samuel to do, he would have him killed. Whereupon, God informed Samuel to take a heifer for a sacrifice:
"And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto Me him whom I name unto thee. And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord's anointed is before him." I Samuel 16:3 & 6
The first son Samuel saw was Jesse's son Eliab. Samuel was sure this was the son the Lord had chosen because he had a clear countenance and was very tall.
"But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." I Samuel 16:7
Just as Samuel, many today look at the charismatic appearance of the leaders in the church, and choose to follow them instead of their Spiritual anointing. But as God related to Samuel, "I have refused him."
"Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this.
Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this." I Samuel 16:8 & 9
Jesse paraded his three eldest sons before Samuel, and God refused all three.
"Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, the Lord hath not chosen these." I Samuel 16:10
Jesse proceeded to show Samuel his four other sons, all of whom God took no pleasure in. Samuel must have been very perplexed, thinking these were the only sons of Jesse.
"And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither." I Samuel 16:11
David was out keeping his father's flock. How like today, God's chosen ones are not in the house. They are out in the field attending to the Father's flock. These will be called upon when God is ready to anoint them kings and priests over His people, Israel.
Samuel informed Jesse, they could not sit down to eat until his youngest son came.
"And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he." I Samuel 16:12
As soon as David entered the house, the Lord spoke, "Arise and anoint him, for this is he." This was David whose name means "beloved." David was truly beloved of the Lord.
"Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah." I Samuel 16:13
As soon as David was anointed from the horn of oil, the Holy Spirit anointing came upon him, which would be upon David for the balance of his life. God was about to bring a change in the kingship of Israel:
"But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him." I Samuel 16:14
When God departed from Saul, so did the Spirit of the Lord.
"And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee. Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well." I Samuel 16:15-16
So King Saul's servants who knew David, and knew that he played well upon the harp, told the king of him.
"Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David, his son, unto Saul." I Samuel 16:19 & 20
God, in His wondrous ways, brought His newly anointed king to the palace.
"And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer." I Samuel 16:21
David loved Saul greatly, and came to like the life around the palace.
"And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him." I Samuel 16:23
But it was not David's time to occupy the palace. David's heart was then moved to return to his father's house
"But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem." I Samuel 17:15
David's heart remained with his father's sheep. During this time. . .
". . . the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah." I Samuel 17:13
Those who had been refused by God to lead the children of Israel joined Saul's army. Today, those who are not called to lead the Father's flock have become part of the denominational system that refuse to fight the giants in their lives. After some time Jesse said unto David his son:
". . . Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp of thy brethren. And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge." I Samuel 17:17 & 18
So David came to Saul's army, not knowing that from that day forward his life would be changed.
"And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days." I Samuel 17:16
Every morning and every evening Goliath came forth to challenge Saul's army. The spirit of darkness uses this same tactic today, as they used in the days of David - - - and that tactic is fear. Paul explained this tactic to Timothy:
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7
Fear worked on the army of Saul. Fear can only come from the spirit of darkness. But what do we receive from the Spirit of light? God promises us power, love, and a sound mind. Those who fear do not have a sound mind.
Fear is what the government uses to control the people. Every branch of government uses fear tactics. The IRS uses fear to get the people to pay their taxes. The Department of Justice uses fear tactics. If you break one of their new laws, such as committing what they deem a hate crime, they promise harsh punishment. If someone says something against those who are committing sin, they can be fined or go to jail. Fear is their only weapon. It worked in the time of David, and it is still working today.
"And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them." I Samuel 17:20, 22 & 23
This was David's first encounter with Goliath. And David heard Goliath defy the army of Israel.
"And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid." I Samuel 17:24
This was a mystery to David. Why should all Israel be afraid of this giant? Was not God on their side?
"And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" I Samuel 17:26
The men who stood beside David, informed him:
". . . the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.
And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle." I Samuel 17:25b & 28
We must remember that Eliab was the first of Jesse's sons that was refused by the Lord to be anointed king. Now he had become part of Saul's army who were cowering back from the enemy. How like today, those who were refused by God for leadership, simply become part of the congregation, and fear the battle which lies ahead of all of us.
Eliab told David, "You left the few sheep in the wilderness." This is God's little flock He is raising up in the wilderness to do the battle with the spirit of darkness. These are those God has promised will inherit the Kingdom, Luke 13:32.
"And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?" I Samuel 17:29
David asked some of those around him what Saul would do for the one who killed the giant? David's words were told to Saul, and Saul called David to hear his words for himself.
"And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine," I Samuel 17:32
When David stood before King Saul, he knew nothing about military tactics. He had no armor. He had no sword. All he knew was this giant had no right to challenge the army of Israel. All David knew was that he was armed with the anointing from the Spirit of the Lord which he had received from Samuel.
"And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth." I Samuel 17:33
Saul tried to talk David out of this foolish task. But we can be assured David was going by the direction of the Spirit of the Lord. David explained to Saul that he (David) had protected his father's flock in the wilderness.
"And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock; And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God." I Samuel 17:34-36
David was used to the life in the wilderness, and he had overcome the wild animals. By the anointing David assured Saul that Goliath would be as one of them.
"And David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee." I Samuel 17:37
David knew how God had protected him in the wilderness, and he knew God was able to give him victory over the Philistine giant. But Saul, who had lost the anointing of God, still depended on the arm of the flesh.
"And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail." I Samuel 17:38
It has always been taught that David was a small boy, but we know the king's armor was custom made. And we know Saul stood head and shoulders above anyone else in Israel. So if David was able to put on Saul's armor, and if he was able to fight and kill wild animals that threatened his father's flock, then he must have been tall and muscular.
" And David girded his sword upon his armor, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him." I Samuel 17:39
David tried to put on Saul's armor of flesh, but he had not been trained to use such things. And he stated he had not proved them, or he did not know how to use such equipment. Because of this, he shed all of Saul's armor, and went his way to meet Goliath. David left all the armor that pertained to Saul's army, to fight against Goliath. He was not going as part of Saul's army. He was going in the power and authority of God.
"And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine." I Samuel 17:40
The first thing David took with him was his staff. The staff represents the authority of God. David's staff was his shepherd's crook. With this staff, he would rescue his sheep, and use it to fight off the invaders of his father's flock.
Then David chose five smooth stones from the brook. These were not just ordinary stones. These had been washed and tumbled smooth by the constant rushing of the water. There were no defects in these stones that would cause them to go astray.
Then David took his sling. This is one of the most ancient weapons of war. Armed with his staff, his sling, and five smooth stones, David went forward to meet Goliath.
"And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance." I Samuel 17:42
When Goliath saw David he was young, red haired, and with a fair face. And Goliath disdained him. The word disdained means "hated, or held in contempt."
"And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods." I Samuel 17:43
Goliath called David's staff a stave. The word stave means "a rod or stick." Goliath also cursed David by his gods. Goliath told David he would give David's body to the fowls of the air and to the beasts of the field, I Samuel 17:44.
"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied." I Samuel 17:45
David made it very clear to Goliath who he represented. Goliath had all his physical armor, but David came in the name of the Lord of Hosts. The Lord of Host is the warrior God. David made it plain to Goliath that he was there to defend the God of the armies of Israel. He was not there to fight for that army, but to defend the God of that army.
"This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel." I Samuel 17:46
David pulled no punches with Goliath. He told him exactly what he was going to do. David was not only going to defeat Goliath, but the whole army of the Philistines. David was doing this so all the earth would know there was a God in Israel. Today, the world has forgotten this fact, and so has most of the church. When there is a giant to fight, or any spiritual battle to be won, they simply are no where to be found.
"And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands." I Samuel 17:47
This is a lesson the church needs to relearn. God does not deliver His people with the weapons of the flesh. He delivers His people by the power of His Holy Spirit. Yet today, many who name the name of Jesus are arming themselves with guns, ammunition, knives, and every other weapon of the flesh.
"And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth." I Samuel 17:48 - 49
David inserted one of the smooth stones in his sling, and the stone hit its mark in Goliath's forehead, and Goliath fell on his face before David. Goliath bowed to the anointing of God in David's life. Today the church has what they call `slain in the Spirit', but they always fall backwards. Every place in the Bible where men have came into the presence of God, they fell on their face before the power of God, except when they came to take Jesus in the garden. John recorded:
"As soon then as he had said unto them, I am He, they went backward, and fell to the ground." John 18:6
When Jesus stated, "I am", then all the people fell backwards from the power of the anointing." These were falling backward in rebellion to the power of that anointing. We are informed in the Word:
"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14:11
Every knee is going to bow before the power of God. It is impossible to bend your knees and fall backwards.
When David's stone hit Goliath in the forehead, his knees buckled, and he fell on his face. But David could not be sure Goliath was dead. He may have only been knocked unconscious. So David fulfilled his word to Goliath that he would take off his head - - - but remember David had no sword.
"Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled." I Samuel 17:51
"And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand." I Samuel 17:57
David had wrought a great victory for Israel that day, and Saul's army chased the Philistines the rest of the day.
"And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father's house." I Samuel 18:2
So David became part of Saul's army.
"And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants." I Samuel 18:5
David had won the admiration of Saul; and all of Saul's people. When David returned from the battle, the women came to meet David and the men of war whom David had charge of. And the women sang and played on their instruments.
"And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands." I Samuel 18:7
This infuriated Saul, because the people ascribed tens of thousands of men killed by David, but only thousands were credited to Saul. Because of this, Saul became very jealous of David.
"And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand." I Samuel 18:9-10
The evil spirit from the Lord still troubled Saul, and David would play upon his harp as in the past. But this time Saul's feelings toward David had changed.
"And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice." I Samuel 18:11
This happened on more than one occasion, and as the Word declares;
"And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul." I Samuel 18:12
Saul and David's relationship finally deteriorated to the place where David had to flee from Saul. When David left, he left with nothing. He had no weapons, and Saul was bound and determined to kill David. Whereby, David fled to Ahimelech, the priest. David then asked the priest if he had any weapons.
"And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me." I Samuel 21:9
Now David had the sword of Goliath. Twice David had opportunity to slay Saul with the sword in the wilderness. The first time was when. . .
". . . he came to the sheep cotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave." I Samuel 24:3
"And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord." I Samuel 24:6
At this time, David's men wanted David to kill his enemy, Saul. But as David stated, he would not touch the Lord's anointed. David was determined not to become king by his own hand.
Another time David and Abishai came into Saul's camp, and God put a deep sleep on Saul's army. David and Abishai came right up to where Saul was sleeping, and Abishai wanted David to kill Saul. But David would not allow it. This time David took Saul's spear and his cruise of water and fled. David was trying to prove to Saul that he was no threat to Saul's life. But the evil spirit from the Lord kept Saul on the hunt for David's life until the day his death.
Saul had feared to fight Goliath, and we know by the words of the prophet Ezekiel:
"Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord God." Ezekiel 11:8
Saul feared the sword of Goliath, and this sword brought fear upon Saul until another sword eventually destroyed his life.
We are coming very rapidly to the time when there will be another clash between the spirit of darkness and the Spirit of light. And we know God is raising up another David, and a small flock of the Father's sheep who are going to engage in this battle for the Kingdom of God.
This spiritual clash will be greater than anything we have ever witnessed before. In his letter to Timothy, Paul foretells what we must become to be part of this end time army:
"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully." II Timothy 2:3-5
If we are to be victorious in this battle, then preparation must be made. To become a good soldier for Jesus Christ, we must endure hardness; or suffer afflictions. We must not entangle ourselves with the affairs of this life, and we must strive for masteries. We must strive lawfully. This means we must seek God's Word in everything we do.
You, too, can be a part of this end time army to defeat the giants in the spirit of darkness. Praise God.!
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