According to Jesus, in the last days there will be wars and rumors of wars (Mark 13:7).

Countries like Iran are ready to strike at any moment. For the first time, an Iranian destroyer is headed for U.S. maritime waters. This unprecedented threat by a rogue nation with nuclear missile capabilities offers more evidence that the world is ready for war. Those who take the Bible seriously will not be taken by surprise when the guns commence to firing.

Knowing a grim season of war is on the horizon, some followers of Christ are, also, primed and ready to launch. A warrior class of believers are preparing their spiritual weapons in order to tear down the enemy’s strongholds (cf. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5). They are pleading not to be excluded from the fight, but for their Leader to pour out his Holy Spirit and give them boldness. The Christian soldier of whom I speak is aware of the power at his disposal, and he is itching to use it.

Primed and ready to run to the roar are a formidable force of lambs. They are going after the pack of ravenous wolves without any illusions about what’s in store.

It is a season for war, not a time for pacifists. The Kingdom is advancing forcefully and forceful men will lay hold of it (cf. Matthew 11:12).

Who are the warriors to whom I am referring? David and his mighty men provide a clue. The men that led the Israelites to the largest expansion ever of its borders and peace with all its neighbors first came to David while he was hiding in the cave of Adullam. They had nothing to do with King Saul, David’s predecessor, or his soldiers. That bunch of cowards stood down while the Philistine Goliath taunted them.

The men who sought out David were misfits, malcontents and those in debt. They were on the run for other reasons (cf. 1 Samuel 22:1-2). Under God’s anointed leader, the son of Jesse, they realized their destiny as a victorious army.

So, who is the Lord raising up for the final conflict of this age? Don’t look to the Christian mainstream, even if they are singing “Onward Christian Soldiers”. The traditional folks have been like Saul’s men, steadfastly avoiding the fight. Look to the misfits within the prisons, the detention centers or the homes for wayward adolescents. Look carefully in the underground church and you’ll see men being trained for warfare.

Those who have been forgiven much, love much. They have already reckoned themselves as dead. They are packed, primed and ready to launch.