When Kings Go To War

2 Samuel 11:1 “It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.”

We all heard an excellent message from Apostle Barbara last week about the Judah Anointing. This is the signature anointing that we are seeing come on the people of God in this time. It is vital we not only understand it, but walk in it.

One of the things that Apostle Barbara said marks the Judah Anointing is that it rules. The Bible said of Judah in Genesis 49:8 that his hand would be on the neck of his enemies. This speaks of a warring anointing.

The Lord spoke to me recently and said, “You are coming to the time of spring. Spring is when Kings go to war. You will war through Judah and you will be victorious, but beware being out of position.”

I knew what some of that meant and some I did not know. I knew the verse in Samuel (above) that spoke of King’s going to war in spring, but I had forgotten what followed after it and what context it was written in.

We see in this verse that at the time of spring David sent forth his army and a great victory occurs. But David did not go with the army as he customarily would have.

Spring was the time when kings went to war because the weather was warmer and easier for the men to camp without difficulty. Also, the rain or in a few cases, snow had eased up and the paths would open and you could use chariots with horses and not be stuck in the mud. Thirdly, it was the time of the wheat and barley harvest. An invading army could live off of the food from the harvest as it moved across the landscape conquering.

In the natural for us, (unfortunately) spring has not yet come. But nevertheless we are in a season of war. To ignore the war, not engage as we should, or minimize it will take us out of position.

David represents Judah. David was supposed to go to war at the proper time, but he did not. Perhaps he felt his reign was secure and he did not need to go. Perhaps he was tired from the past season of war. Whatever the reason was, David was out of position. This proved to be very dangerous for him. You all know the story, as he stayed home, he was on his rooftop at night, saw Bathsheba and the rest is history. An epic failure ensued for King David.

Some do not want to admit this, but seasons of warfare are unavoidable. In modern (or postmodern) times, many people view the personal quest for “spirituality” as a road to “peace and transcendence”, while associating “organized religion” with violence and war. This may seem nice, but in reality, this view has very little to do with the Bible, but is more in keeping with eastern religious philosophy.

Battle, warfare and fighting are inherently spiritual terms from God’s perspective, and necessary for us to understand. We don’t fight or war as the world does, but nonetheless we are engaged in a very real spiritual conflict. How we war determines the results of our engagement. When we behave as though the battle isn’t real we make ourselves vulnerable to attack and defeat. The Judah anointing is the key for us to win the battle ahead. If Judah stays behind and does not lead, even as David did, something else will begin to occupy the land God has called us to claim for our inheritance.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, “4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”

There are some nasty strongholds that need to be brought down in our time and especially in this season. Unleash the weapon of your praise and let Judah begin to conquer ground. Open your mouth and praise the Lord! As you do, you will be in position, engaged in the battle and not on the sidelines open for deception, temptation and attack.

Whatever you are facing, there is a path to victory. Judah is our sword to forge a new path through all the warfare of the second heaven. We will rule in the midst of our enemies! We will praise the lord while we even have one breath! Take some time, right now, wherever you are to let Judah out. You won’t be disappointed you did!