As I write, it is the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month–the day, month and hour World War I came to an end. It was named Armistice Day and later became Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars. If you’re a veteran, thank YOU for risking life and limb for the safety and well-being of us back home. Your efforts and sacrifice carry positive reverberations through space and time. Even if you feel invisible in a sea of soldiers, your singular stance to protect sends out strong spiritual signals that make enemies flee. Thank YOU!
To reflect back to the end of WWI, to the hour of its cease-fire, the eleventh hour makes me think of the expression “at the eleventh hour”, which means at the last possible moment. The eleventh hour of 11/11/1918 was the last possible moment for the enemy to gain ground, the last possible moment for warriors to be shot down. Were any soldiers killed that hour? Were any ships sunk or flying aces shot out of the sky? I suppose so, even though within the hour the war was over.
The Bible says we’re in the End Times, the final moments before the war with Satan is over. Even though we’re 2000 years out from Jesus announcing His Second Coming, we’re at the eleventh hour. Unlike most earthly rulers, Satan seeks no truce and will never consent to a peace treaty. There will be never be a spiritual Armistice Day: God and Satan will never shake hands and call it a day. No, Satan’s goal is only destruction and he knows his time is short and his defeat is sure. Unleashing his wrath, he seeks to deface God, deceive Christ’s followers, rob us of our awareness of God’s love and peace and keep souls from the salvation offered through Jesus Christ.
As Christians, we are soldiers in perpetual combat. Internally we, with the power of the Holy Spirit, battle impurity and idolatry, mindlessness and denial. Externally, we choose love over fear, we choose forgiveness over revenge, we reach out and, as He leads us, dare to set foot on enemy territory and claim it for Christ. Jesus commands and oversees His Body’s movements and strategically sends angels into demonic strongholds (those called to intercessory prayer do much more than simply pray for another, they enter spiritual battle). Satan seeks our personal and collective weaknesses and goes for the jugular. We’re in dangerous territory, yet we’ve never been safer, for in Christ we’re eternally secure.
In Ephesians 6, the Apostle Paul unpacks our spiritual armor…may we never forget it, never shrug it off, never leave ourselves vulnerable…this is the eleventh hour and our enemy is cranking up the assault…
God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (from The Message, vs 10-18)
(pic info: Turamichele [“Tower-Michael”])