Don Best (4 Nov 2010)
"David & Goliath--An End-Time View--VERY GOOD"


NOTE: An old classic that some may not have seen.

DAVID & GOLIATH - An END-TIME VIEW
-extracts by Hadyn Olsen.

    Recently, after reading the account of this historic
    meeting between David and Goliath, I was struck by the
    significance of it's message concerning the end time
    period that we are entering into.

    Far more than a children's story, this account speaks
    of the collision of two kingdoms. The kingdom of God
    and the kingdom of Satan.

    There are a number of times in the Scriptures that we
    witness such a dramatic encounter between these two
    kingdoms. We may think of the time of Moses and the
    exodus from Egypt, the plagues and the Red Sea. We
    may think of Joshua and Jericho - or Elijah on Mt.
    Carmel. Then of course there is the Lord Jesus Himself
    and the many occasions of His demonstrating the
    kingdom.

    We are coming to a time when we shall witness another
    great collison between God's kingdom and Satan's. No
    doubt it shall be as great, if not greater than all the
    others that have preceded it. And it shall be a time
    when once again, God displays His all-surpassing
    greatness and dominion over Satan.

    To this end our spirit's cry, 'Come Lord Jesus'.

    As we read in 1 Sam. 17 of the battle between David
    and Goliath we can first of all see that there are three
    principal characters which may represent three different
    peoples.

    Firstly there is Goliath and the Philistines. They
    represent the world, or more specifically unredeemed,
    rebellious man. There is something about them which
    may be encompassed by the term, 'The spirit of this
    age'.

    There they stand, full of defiance and mockery.
    Wilfully and arrogantly railing accusations upon God
    and His people. They represent man, in the fullness of
    self power and self glory.

    We may notice in the description of Goliath that there
    is reference to the number six. The number of man. He
    was six cubits in height, he had six pieces of armour,
    and his spearhead weighed six hundred shekels.

    We could say that he represents everything that the
    term 'anti-christ' may speak of, as he stands there
    mocking all that is of God and calling God's people into
    battle.

    As we look out out upon the world today we can see
    Goliath readying himself again. We can hear the
    challenges ringing out saying, 'Where is your God' and
    the accusations pouring forth to belittle the church and
    call her to war. This has always been the very essence
    of that antichrist spirit.

    The second character in this story is King Saul and his
    army. This group represent the people of God, but
    they are the people of God under the dominion of the
    flesh.

    They are a defeated company. They stand there facing
    Goliath, fearful, intimidated and without anointing or
    strength from God.

    We may ask, 'Why is this?.. How can it be?'

    How can the people of God find themselves in this kind
    of a situation and such a condition? The answer is, that
    although they are the people of God they are still ruled
    and controlled by the spirit of this world. They are
    under the dominion of King Saul - the flesh.

    Let us take a look at them.

    They stand there in all their wordly armour. They are
    fitted out with everything that the world counts for
    something. They have their horses and chariots and
    weapons of flesh - and of course they have their king
    who stands so tall above the rest. They look just like
    all the other nations in so many ways.

    I cannot help wondering how many of our denominations
    and church organisations are just like the armies of Saul.
    They are full of the ways of the world and their strength
    comes from money, organisation, and the power of the flesh.
    We see in them the same spirit of this world that promotes
    itself with gimmicks, sales techniques and all manner of
    human ability.

    There is also another characteristic that is common to
    the Saul church. That is, disobedience to the word of
    the Lord.

    King Saul cared more for the outward appearances of
    success and power than for obedience to God's word.
    He would obey God as long as it suited him and as long
    as it didn't threaten his own ambitions and desires to
    be successful in the eyes of the people.

    It is the same today in the denominations. Success
    power and outward appearances are the most important
    considerations. God's will and His purposes are often
    compromised for the sake of human interest and human
    traditions.

    For that reason they will stand alone on that day that
    Goliath confronts them. They will discover that Goliath
    is far stronger in terms of this world than they are
    themselves, and they will realise that they are no match
    for him.

    How frightening it will be on that day... although today
    they are so full of their own strength and hypnotised
    by their own praises and positive confessions.

    Thank God there is a third group in this story. It is
    the group that is characterised by David.

    Yes, David was one of the people of God. But he
    wasn't a part of Saul's army. In the same way today
    there is a third group. Tbey are scattered around. They
    have no special organisation or place to call their own.
    Yet they have two distinguishing characteristics that set
    them apart;

    They have a heart after God and... they are not of King
    Saul.

    This David company, like David of old, is small,
    insignificant, unimpressive and unimportant. Yet God's
    hand is upon them.

    David was out in the wilderness tending his sheep when
    the call came to enter into the battle lines. He was
    doing that which God has placed in his care - even
    though it was insignificant and outwardly of little
    importance.

    David knew nothing of Saul's ways. He hadn't been in
    any of Saul's training schools. He didn't know how to
    even polish his armour let alone wear it into battle...

    But this is God's way. He always takes the lowly
    things, the foolish things, and the things that are not,
    to bring to nothing the things that are.

    Likewise God is preparing a people today. They are
    nothing now. Some have left denominations, some are
    still amongst them wondering why it is that they no
    longer feel a part of it all any more. They can no
    longer get excited by the latest seminar or out-reach.
    Instead they sigh and groan at the lack of God's
    presence in the church, and they are grieved by the
    way human power has filled the gap.

    When David arrived on the scene, he had no
    organisation backing him. There were no credentials or
    any such thing. There was only the anointing. God
    knew where He wanted David to be. God brought
    things together as He always does.... in the fullness of
    time.

    David could stand before Goliath because God was with
    him. Nothing more and nothing less. His spirit was
    stirred against this monster. David was not afraid. He
    knew that there was one far greater who was standing
    with him.

    When David spoke to Goliath to challenge him, it was
    not so much David speaking as God Himself speaking.

    When David took the stone and placed it in his sling,
    again it was God choosing and preparing.

    When David sent his stone flying toward it's mark.. it
    was God guiding it to just the right place.

    Such is the way with all true ministry. It is God in man
    doing the work and bringing forth the fruit.

    God desires a people who are dead to man's ways... 
    He is preparing a people who will wait for Him, and
    move as He moves them, and who will work according
    to His power that works in them mightily.

    It may take Him a long time to get a man or woman to
    that place... yet God has time.

    That day is coming when that great conflict will arrive.
    Which company will we be a part of? Will it be
    Goliath's? or King Saul's?... or will it be David's?

    It may be hard to say right now, but the day will
    declare it. Nothing is surer... That day will declare it...
    For then we shall find ourselves in the place that our
    hearts have chosen.

    Let us call upon the Lord today, while it is still
    today... asking Him to change our hearts and take us
    into that David company. May we seek to learn to walk
    with God and be faithful unto all that He may call us to
    do. May we learn the ways of humility and be satisfied
    with simply living before Him each day. May we also be
    careful to remain free from the ways of King Saul.

    Praise God for His all-surpassing greatness and glory.

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SOURCE - Hadyn Olsen, Private Bag, Lake Rotoma, Rotorua
Region, New Zealand.