Some of the story behind the creation of
Salem the Soldier and
the Christian spiritual warfare story, "Setting the Captives Free."
"Salem and Samantha" Copyright © 1983-2010
As you're looking
around at all the nonsense that is going on in this nation, with all the
turmoil and "scandal" that seems to be constantly afoot, buildings being
bombed and people so angry, you might be getting a strange, uneasy feeling
in your guts. Me too.
Especially if you are a Christian and wondering where
in the world all this is heading. The sailing continues to get a little rougher
everyday in America.
It's intriguing that America
is at the epitome of world influence, and that unmatched in recorded history,
yet is so wracked by such extreme social and political turmoil; the American
people,Christian or not, all but abandoning the political process in frustration,
which is the keystone of their freedom and voice. That is truly unfortunate,
as this is simply surrendering to hopelessness and despair. I feel that is
the main reason why I was motivated, finally now, to have the story of Salem
and the "Special Forces Division of the Army of Heaven" produced and put
to paper, and not just a story that continually swirled around inside my
All through the Bible there are accounts, especially during times of great national crisis on the part of Israel, of a single man or woman, or a small group of the same, standing up and being counted by God, being used by God, to intervene on the behalf of the nation and to reach out to people. If the spiritual realm truly is a parallel and mirror dimension to the temporal, then even as there are special operations groups in the military forces of man's history, there are Special Forces fighters in the Army of Heaven. And even today, in America, there are those of that same group standing up and being used by God in a mighty, yet most of the time, simple way. The elite fighters. I have met some of them. Most are very ordinary people. So I wrote about them, every one of them, within the story of Salem the Soldier. Basically, one man's stand against the extremism and faithlessness that would seem to prevail.
But concerning the tenuous
direction of our nation and the current purposes of the people of God in
it's future -- a newspaper clipping I keep, one of many like it that have
been written, by a nationally syndicated columnist who, at the time of its
crafting, had just returned from a world-wide vacation trip, states this:
"American ideas of democracy
and capitalism are marching over the world to the drum of American power
and prosperous example. Because there is a global village, at least in
communications and business, and because the American free market is the
economic keystone to much of the world, the United States now probably has
more reach and influence than any country has ever had in recorded history.
In fact, the questions
asked an American family pinballing from country to country are usually
variations on "How do you do it?" How do people get so much money? Where
do the jobs come from? How are the movies made? How can people do that, whatever
they want? How do people stay so happy?"
The God of the Bible has
obviously blessed America, in a very profound, tangible, and clearly formidable
way. Now, today.
"... For unto whomsoever
much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom men have committed
much, of him they will ask the more." Luke 12:48
And today, we, as American
Christians, being blessed above all others in the True Church, by being able
to live here, have the door, the opportunity, above all our peers world wide
and those who have lived before us in Him, to seize the opportunity to influence
the world through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ like never before.
Now, today, with the awesome resources we have access to through the freedoms
afforded us by the U.S. Constitution and the advent of the Internet (also
any other freely accessed resources that come to mind), we have a wide open
field of fire that, with prayer and complete faith in His will and the Power
of His Holy Spirit, not our own wisdom, understanding, and pre-conceived
notions, gives us the obvious ability -- the chance -- to not only impact
the American nation, but the whole world, for good, for His will! That people
everywhere would come into a real and life-changing relationship with Him.
Possibly changing the course of history as we perceive it. That is the only
way to impact this nation in a truly lasting and formidable manner.
And seeing the many problems
and challenges that are now facing the United States; the integrity, the
very fabric of our society stretched to the limit, it is clear the Lord has
hearkened to the prayers of His people to intervene on the behalf of this
nation, in restoring the national uniqueness and stability that has made
it a peerless witness to the world. Many will debate as to the influence
that Christianity, and the true Church, has had on the building of this nation
and its greatness, but in the long run it is undeniable. His people and their
faith, personal initiative, and courage, have been the driving influence
behind America's rise to greatness.
As I have been out on the
Internet, and talking with many different people, it has been interesting
to observe the going's on of the online Church. Especially the politics message
boards of Christianity Online. Although I have met a lot of solid citizens
of the Kingdom of Heaven who walk in pure faith and confidence in Him, I
think it unfortunate that so many people professing to be Christians run
to and fro, thinking the U.S. government or their own wisdom, knowledge,
and understanding, can make an impact on the moral anarchy that is taking
this great country apart. That is, salvation and guidance outside of His
written Word. Many fail to take God at His word and believe His many promises
that He has made to them, and basically giving up, surrender to the world
and compromise. Or many are afraid to take a stand for the Truth, and that
in defiance against the current "politically correct" mindset of the mainstream,
have been bullied into silence and say nothing at all. As it has been said
many times before, "he who agrees with everything, stands for nothing."
A friend of
mine, R. David Conner, being an individual
that has had a great influence on my life in the short time I have known
him, once said,
"We today are God's
Poema, or Masterpiece (Greek in Eph. 2:10 from "workmanship"). In the Garden
of Eden, Adam could see and talk with God, so how much faith did that take?
In the Old Testament, God performed miracles which were known world wide,
such as the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt, the routing
of enemies, fire from heaven, the flood, etc. In the New Testament, we have
Jesus Christ in person, so how much faith did it take to believe in Him?
In the Acts period, there were miracles of raising from the dead, being freed
from prison, being saved from shipwreck, etc., so how much faith did that
BUT... today, all we
have is a written Bible and a lot of people who say God is dead and that
we came from apes. In end time prophecy, miracles will return in the sky
and on the ground, and there will be angels and other strange manifestations.
In the Millenium, Christ will personally sit on His Throne in Jerusalem and
can be seen by anyone, so how much faith will it take to believe in Him?
Mike, we are God's no.1 calling, because of our great faith and love, which
no man of any other age can equal."
God's no.1 calling in a
very unique and singular time in history. How truly insightful.
The times we live in are
very unique in the history of the world and of the United States. With the
advent of technology, the rise of the U.S. as the reigning world super power,
and the continuing "globalization" of our societies, religions, and economies,
it would seem that the Biblical prophecies of a coming one world government
are coming to pass. This isn't "weird," or "paranoid," but a fact that we
should face with understanding and courage. It has been foretold that all
this would happen from before the time of Christ and should be understood
as just another chapter in the will of God. The thing that is critical, is
how we, and the true Church at large, should be responding to it. In the
midst of all this "progressiveness," it is easy to slip away from the things
of the Spirit, the things of true faith.
Yet even as all this takes
place, there are those few who have mastered the principles of diplomacy
and Biblical spiritual warfare, of what it means to be an Ambassador of Heaven
and a soldier in the Army of Heaven. These stand in unwavering faith everyday.
Even as the Lord told Elijah,
"...Yet have I left me
seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and
every mouth which hath not kissed him." I Kings 19:18
So do these stand against
the mainstream, uncompromising in Him. In the Army of Heaven, these are the
elite fighters. Being mature and solid in Him, they are acutely aware of
everything they have access to in Him.
many promises of God to us, the skillfully deployed Word of God, are our
only weapon against the forces of darkness who are behind the spiritual scenes,
manipulating and orchestrating all this chaos and turmoil. How can the people
of this nation trust in anything else? For the last thirty years, it has
led to nothing but near ruin.
I hope and pray that as
we live in this society and try to live a life out in the field that would
be a witness to the Truth and a testimony to life in Him, we would remember
in the back of our mind the awesome responsibility that comes with having
so much, having access to so much, and in the time ahead and onward, all
of us would look for every opportunity and clear leading from Him to be used
in a very great way. The heart and soul of the nation and its people is being
fought over, in the unseen forum of the Internet; the thoughts, philosophies,
and ideas pertaining to the Truth being engaged in, not only this arena,
but others. And the modern day gladiators in this "War of Ideas" are you
So never surrender, people,
never surrender! Seize the times, and seize the day! When the odds are stacked
up against you and there is no way out, still refuse to surrender, and geared
up in the Armor of God, walking in real love, patient restraint, and in His
power alone, engage the enemies of sin, fear, faithlessness, and unbelief.
Keep hacking away at every spiritual stronghold that would raise itself against
you and the Church....
"For though we walk in
the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare
are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against
the knowledge of God, and bringeth into captivity every thought to the obedience
of Christ...." II Corinthians 10: 3-5
That is another aspect
of what the story of Salem the Soldier and “Setting the Captives Free”
is all about. That when everything we have ever clung to outside of Him has
come to an end, we still push onward and fight through to another day. Because
the Truth will always prevail in the end.
A Special Forces Division
in the Army of Heaven? Now, in the desperation, confusion, and despair of
the end times, their legend lives on....
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