When Christ returns to earth in visible form, He will return armed for battle - ready to strike down the nations, with his robe dipped in blood and the armies of heaven following him on white horses. (see Rev. 19:11-16) “On his robe and thigh [will be] written this title: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Jesus came last time as suffering servant, a lamb as a sacrifice for our sins. He will return as a military commander - a conqueror and king to execute judgement. Jesus says, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matt. 10:34) If we are followers of Christ, then we are following Him into battle - to help advance the Kingdom of Heaven. Our risen Lord is calling out to us to join Him, "Come, be my disciples ..." (Matt. 4:19)
Our powerful God could destroy the enemy with a single thought without our help. Jesus could return in His glory today and set the world straight and give us our glorious and restored bodies - and one day He will! But God allows evil to remain and have dominion over those of this world. Why? Because God's greater purpose is to transform us to become like his Son so that we can enjoy the same Father-son relationship as Jesus - even if this takes some time. (see Rom. 8:29) God is ultimately patient with us, but right now He is wooing us and calling us out as men. So for now, there is a collision of the kingdom of light with the kingdom of darkness - an epic battle of good versus evil.
The term "Kingdom of Heaven" can be used interchangeably with "Kingdom of God." Some writers of the gospels used the term "Kingdom of Heaven" instead of "Kingdom of God" because of their Jewish belief to never pronounce God's name. The battle for the Kingdom of Heaven/Kingdom of God will not be completed until all evil in this world is destroyed and removed. The Band of Brothers' Ministry is commissioned to be part of the advancement of God's Kingdom against evil forces. "For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world." (Eph. 6:12)
It is "for such a time as this" that men once again will unite to wield their swords and engage in the battle for the Kingdom of Heaven! These are important days. God is in the process of raising up an army, and there is an incredible opportunity for men today that is unique to our generation. The final days are fast approaching! We believe that complete victory for the Kingdom of Heaven is near. We are all being called to take our rightful places in the larger story, to be "transformed" into brothers of Christ, and to join Jesus Christ our King in the war to end all wars. God, the angels in heaven, a cloud of witnesses, and all of eternity are waiting for your answer. "Consecration (being dedicated to God's service) is our part; sanctification (being set apart from sin and being made holy) is God's part." (Oswald, Nov. 27) We now are being called to do our part by saying "yes" to the call of our King. Join us - No Matter the Cost!
How will you answer the call?
"If you maintain [your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord] at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life." Oswald, My Utmost, Nov. 30