24 March 2016
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner; and he said, “The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.” Ex 17:14-16
The altar called “the Lord is my Banner (or victory)” shows that it takes complete dependence on the Lord to defeat this enemy. The altar is the place of worship and sacrifice. As we worship at the Lord’s altar and declare “He is our victory,” He defeats His enemies!
God made this promise to Joshua who faithfully completed his assignment to lead the young generation into the Promised Land. God’s promise to Joshua, and all succeeding generations, was that if we would do our part, God would be with us and do His part to defeat the Amalekite spirit. God was already planning to send Jesus (a transliteration of the Hebrew name Joshua) as the ultimate Deliverer.
Today we are a Joshua generation, a people rising up to believe God for His promises to manifest. As Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms, so we are to stand together fighting under the Lord’s banner. Moses, Aaron and Hur were worshipping and praying while others were fighting. This is worship warfare – everyone doing their part.
This war will go on in every generation until the Amalekite spirit is utterly defeated. Be encouraged as you see the people of God awakening and rising up as one to pray and seek the strategies of heaven. God is faithful and He has already sent His Deliverer. Victory is assured!
Six hundred years later, King Saul was instructed by Samuel:
Then Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you as king over His people, over Israel; now therefore, listen to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” 1 Sam 15:1-3
Saul did not have a great track record for obeying God, but God gave him another chance. He gave Israel the offensive position this time and Saul had the opportunity to redeem himself. Sadly, he was more concerned with his own agenda. He pursued all the Amalekites and killed them but decided to spare King Agag and the best of the livestock. Saul was still set on pleasing people more than pleasing God. When Samuel questioned him, Saul tried to convince him that he had obeyed.
Those who do not FEAR the Lord end up being rejected by Him, just as Saul was removed from his kingship and the Israelites were not allowed to enter the Promised Land.
Disobedience empowers the Amalekite spirit. When we disobey God, we are not worshipping at God’s altar, but at the altar of a foreign god, where satan and his demons reign. This gives the enemy power to affect our lives. On the contrary, when we obey God, it brings blessings to our lives.
When David became King, he had the same charge – to wipe out the Amalekites. He obeyed and the Lord gave Him rest from all his enemies. That brought blessing to the whole nation. David destroyed them in the natural, but the spirit of the Amalekites is still at work through those that are willing to worship at that altar. We, however, have been given the Spirit of the Living God to overthrow every enemy that stands against the purpose of God. Like David, we can defeat the Amalekite/Haman spirit in our cities and nations.
Between 605 and 539 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar partnered with the Amalekite spirit by attacking Jerusalem, destroying the city, killing many Jews and leading the rest into exile in Babylon. Here they were held in captivity for 70 years, but God delivered them as He had prophesied by raising up Nehemiah and Ezra to lead the people back and rebuild God’s house. He used the leaders of the newly formed Medo-Persian Empire to fund this restoration. Daniel was part of this process.
Haman rose out of the Medo-Persian Empire between 539 and 331 B.C. seeking to destroy the Jews. Mordecai and Esther were positioned for such a time as this to speak on behalf of the Jews and avert their destruction. The memorial commemorating this victory is Purim.
When Greece became the next world empire from 331 through 168 B.C., Antiochus Ephiphanes determined to wipe out the Jews. Judas Maccabees led the revolt and defeated the Amalekite spirit. The memorial commemorating this victory is Hanukkah.
As Rome established itself as the next world empire in 168 B.C., there were multiple leaders that attacked the Jews. Nero was the fierce violence behind the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 A.D. and persecution of both Jews and Christians. By this time, the Messiah had already come, fulfilling the prophetic picture of Passover. Unfortunately, the Jews rejected Him as their Deliverer. They are still bearing the curse of their disobedience. No more appointed times (Biblical Holidays) were established after Jesus’ victory on the Cross. We need only remember the ones God has given and embrace the Messiah, He is the One that is highlighted in every feast.
Since the fall of the Roman Empire, there has been much chaos in the nations of the world. Hitler arose in the West, Islamic territories arose in the East, and now the world is full of this Amalekite spirit that still seeks to destroy the people of God, both Jews and Christians. God made a way for the State of Israel to exist, to re-establish the Promised Land. He has been perserving the Jews from their enemies in this battle for land since 1948, but they are under constant threat from their enemies. God has kept them from extinction, but they suffer greatly because, as a nation, they still have not received their Messiah. America is facing the same test. We were a blessed nation because we belonged to Jesus, but if we will not return to the Lord, we will face the same kind of hardship Israel has faced.
This is the picture painted by Daniel’s statue with the head of gold, the chest of silver, the loins of brass, and the legs of iron. As the return of Jesus draws near, we are beginning to see more clearly who makes up the ten toes of this statue and the revealing of the anti-christ. The fiercest battle is still ahead. The Deliverer of the Jews continues to wait for His people to turn to Him. In the meantime, these appointed times recorded in God’s Word are here to cause us to remember, rejoice and return to the only One that can truly deliver. His promise stands firm forever. He will deliver His people and we shall spend eternity with Him, rejoicing!