Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches...
This is what the Lord is saying to us and a lot of people are not hearing that. But to those who have an ear, they will hear this.
Revelation 2:7,11,17,26 ...To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life...
11 ...He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
17...To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna...
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works...
Revelation 3:5,12,21 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment...
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple...
21 To him that overcometh ...
Seven times - To him that overcomes! To each one of the churches - he that overcomes or to him that overcomes. Doesn't it seem a little peculiar that it doesn't say, "To those who overcome"? But it says, "To him" or "he," singular. That doesn't mean there will only be one person out of each group, but those who come out of that group will be one. It is going to be a remnant, just a few.
All Christians read that, and they will have their own interpretations. "Well, I was born again, and I accepted Christ. I have overcome." You haven't really entered into the fight yet!
When it says, "To him that overcomes," overcomes what? What are they overcoming? Self - they are overcoming self, because where are the problems? In here - it is that self thing, that goat nature. The goat nature doesn't want to die. But there are a few Christians who will be overcomers of everything in them that would recoil at enlisting in the army of the Lord. They will be under the Lord of hosts to walk with Him and to war with Him.
The things of this world must be overcome, and it starts right here - in self. One last scripture in Psalm 110.
Psalm 110:1-2 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until make thine enemies thy footstool.
2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength ...from where? ...out of Zion ...What is Zion? Zion is those few people who overcome ...rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
There are a people, an army of the Lord, the Lord of hosts. This hosts of His will rule in the midst of their enemies. They will have authority and will wield that rod.
Psalm 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power...
The New King James says, Your people shall be volunteers. Volunteers - freewill offerings. They will be willing in the day of your power. We are talking about who does God choose? Many are called; few are chosen. God chooses the ones who volunteer freely.
"Gosh, I wonder if the Lord is going to choose me for that army?" You get a little shook up, not sure you want to be in that thing.
It is those who volunteer.
"I want to be a part of this, Lord! I want to be a part of what You are doing!"
Those are the ones He chooses. Thy people shall be a freewill offering. They people shall volunteer freely in the day of Your power.
I want to be a part of it. I want to be a part of the victory. Granted, a lot of people will benefit from the victory who are not involved in the battle. When the Israelites went into the land of Canaan, 2-1/2 tribes remained behind on the other side, the western side of the Jordan River, and did not cross over into Canaan with the others. However, Joshua said, "You need to go into the battle with us. Leave your families, herds, and everything here where they are safe. But you come in with us." They did and battled with all the rest. The people who stayed behind benefitted from it also.
It is a matter of what do you want? What are you looking for?
For a lot of Christians, it is enough for them to just go to a church, sing a few hymns, listen to a sermon and go home. They feel like they have done their duty. That's it. That is all they want. They don't want to go any further.
There are others who want to be a part of a church where they can receive the Holy Spirit, move in some of the gifts, prophesy, and to them that is the will of God - moving in some of the gifts and speaking in tongues.
But there is something more than that. At some point there must be a total victory. Well, there won't be a finality as far as you progressing in the things of the Lord, but there will be a finality and God's Kingdom will be above every other kingdom. We see a picture of that in the days of Noah. Noah's ark rose up on the waters and floated while the waters covered every mountain and every hill. Every high place of this world is going to be overcome. The spirit of the Lord shall fill the earth as the waters cover the sea.
So, it is a matter of what you want. The Lord is getting an army. It's not like He hasn't already had one - Paul, Peter, Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Timothy. He has quite a host already, but God is not finished gathering them up. More and more people will volunteer freely for the army of the Lord. They will endure hardness and entangle themselves with the things of this world. Enduring hardness is one thing but staying free and not entangling yourself of the things of the world will be the tough one, because human nature is worldly and wants to be involved in the things of the world.
Copyright @ 2009by Henry DuBose