Today I was reminded of a rhema (a now word spoken by Holy Spirit for a specific purpose) the LORD spoke to me in the book of Isaiah a week or so ago. I believe through that scripture God was telling me to prepare for WAR!
Now, I don’t know if it means war will come to American soil, although it could mean that, for Putin has Mach 10 and 20 hypersonic missiles  which could reach America, or it may just mean the war in Ukraine. However, if Putin invades any of the NATO countries near Russia, WWIII will commence. Whether that will happen or not, I believe this passage is telling us there’s a spiritual battle just up ahead and to get prepared for it.
The passage Jesus pointed out to me was —-
Isa 21:5 They prepare the table, they set the watch, they eat, they drink: rise up, ye princes, anoint the shield.
Arise, ye princes – This language indicates sudden alarm. It is the language either of the prophet, or more probably of the king of Babylon, alarmed at the sudden approach of the enemy, and calling upon his nobles to arm themselves and make, a defense. Anoint the shield – That is, prepare for battle. Gesenius supposes that this means to rub over the shield with oil to make the leather more supple and impenetrable (compare 2Sa_1:21). Shields were instruments of defense prepared to ward off the spears and arrows of an enemy in battle. They were usually made of a rim of brass or wood, and over this was drawn a covering of the skin of an ox or other animal. But whatever skin might be used, it was necessary occasionally to rub it over with oil lest it should become hard, and crack, or lest it should become so rigid that an arrow or a sword would easily break through it. Jarchi says, that ‘shields were made of skin, and that they anointed them with the oil of olive.’ The sense is, ‘Prepare your arms! Make ready for battle!’ [Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible]
‘Ye princes’ – rulers, elders, nobles, patron/angel. God’s people are in a sense elders and rulers under Him. As God’s sons are we not ‘princes?’
‘Anoint the shield’ — This was done to prevent the leather of the shield becoming hard and liable to crack. “Make ready for defense”; the mention of the “shield” alone implies that it is the Babylonian revelers who are called on to prepare for instant self-defense. [Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary]
Princes – Of Babylon: arise from the table and run to your arms. Shield – Prepare yourselves and your arms for the approaching battle. The shield is put for all their weapons of offence and defence. They used to anoint their shields with oil, to preserve and polish them, and to make them slippery. [John Wesley’s Notes on the Bible]
A different interpretation – The command, Anoint the shield, is the same with Anoint a new king. Belshazzar being now suddenly slain, while they were all eating and drinking, he advises the princes, whose business it was, to make speed and anoint another in his stead. [Adam Clarke’s Commentary] *If this were applicable to the Ukrainian situtation, it could pertain to president Zelinski! I surely hope not and am not saying that it does, so please don’t misunderstand me. I’m just saying it’s a possibility so it’s something we might want to pray about.*
Isa 21:6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
Isa 21:7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:
Isa 21:8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:
Isa 21:9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
Isa 21:10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.
Isa 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
Isa 21:12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.
“BABYLON IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN ……”
Babylon is Apostate Christianity which includes Protestant religions along with Catholicism! Jesus prophesied that before His second coming, there would be a “GREAT FALLING AWAY” from Him and His laws; that a “lawlessness” would overtake most of the Church; 2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. Truly, this has been happening in increments over the past 20, 30, 40 years or so, but will soon be consummated to include most of the churches and their apostate leaders. The apostate churches and their leaders who “made a covenant with the Beast” will persecute and murder God’s faithful REMNANT. But, after they persecute God’s faithful REMNANT by trying to make them “take the Mark of the Beast” and causing those who refuse to be killed; God will then DESTROY Apostate Christianity and the “graven images of her gods” which He’ll break down to the ground – Rev 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. I say, “Praise God!”
Take note: the Watchman said, RETURN. This has a prophetic meaning for us right now. The Spirit of God is telling His people, those alive at this historic moment, to RETURN to Him, return to their “first love” because the “NIGHT IS COMING!” The “night” for one thing, is the “persecution” (Mt 24:21, Rev 2:22 & 7:14) coming to God’s Remnant (the true believers who reject Apostate Christianity). God is telling His people to “return” to Him because the “night” is just about on their doorsteps and they won’t be able to rely upon ANYONE OR ANYTHING BUT GOD ALONE! So get a hold of Him NOW in your prayer closet; pray till you can’t pray any longer, seek His presence until you find it, and then hang onto Him with all of your might through the night!
Revelation 17:5 “Mystery Babylon, the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth” is Apostate Christianity along with Apostate Judaism. The Great Whore that sitteth upon the Beast (the 8th and final world empire) is most likely Apostate Judaism out of whom was birthed Christianity, Islam, Budhism, and all other false religions who are the harlot’s daughters – Isa 54:1…. for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. The “desolate” are those religions who have apostasized from the one, true, living God by running after and worshipping false gods. The IMAGES of their (false) gods will be thrown down by the One, true and living God. The Remnant (true church) will give a resounding SHOUT of victory over the Beast http://spirit-wind.org/brandish-your-swords-ye-princes/ at the right moment, but FIRST comes a period of intense PERSECUTION of the Saints who refuse the Beast’s name, image, and mark (Rev 2:10, 13:15-17) and this persecution is the Tribulation (Rev 7:14 & 2:22, Mt 24:21) which is coming VERY, VERY SOON!
Babylon, the Great Harlot (all apostate religion) is the collective “FALSE PROPHET” who will try to “enforce” the Mark of the Beast upon true believers – Rev. 13:16. It’s the Harlot who makes a pact or COVENANT with the Beast (system), thereby betraying Jesus and His true followers, many of whom will be martyred, being “faithful unto the death,” and will receive their crowns in God’s Kingdom – Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
Be sure your Faith in Jesus is STRONG and planted on SOLID ground, not “wavering” – Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, Col 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard,… Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) Jas 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
‘fiery darts’ = a missile, spear, dart, arrow; from a root which means = throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense): – arise, cast (out), X dung, lay, lie, pour, put (up), send, strike, throw (down), thrust.
Get the picture? The Devil throws darts at us, strikes us with his missiles, and thrusts us through with his spears! His darts, spears, and missiles are the temptations, oppression, sicknesses, and lies he tells us.
Conclusion: I believe what Holy Spirit was speaking through this Isaiah 21 passsage was that the faithful Remnant church of God is to get ready for the Great Tribulation of the Saints, for it is coming soon!
Those who have a personal relationship with Jesus, God’s Son, should examine themselves to see if they’re walking in the Faith. Lastly, all should turn from sin and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior for HE alone is the hope of mankind – NOT technology, science, or any other invention of man. Read the bible with an open mind and your eyes will be opened to the truth – Jesus said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6) There is no other way!
Read ‘My Testimony page’ on how to do this. May God guide every sincere seeker of truth. If you have questions re this post my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org