THE ADVENTURES OF GENERAL SAM – AN ALLEGORY OF THE KINGDOM AGENDA
He has come a long way and done great things. But when we look beyond the surface of his giant strides and the allure of his homeland – called “God’s own country” with good reason – we discover some amazing portents of “things which must shortly come to pass” on a global scale! It has been said that he is on a decline. He has to, for the real thing he has long prefigured is fast approaching! Let’s consider one facet of his activities that interestingly prefigure an impending and very significant stage in the Almighty’s great agenda for the world – the establishment of the promised earthly kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here’s a nation in anarchy, the making and revelry of a “tyrannical” ruler. Things get so bad till General Sam, the “self-appointed” commander of the global armed forces, would have no more of it. Too bad He doesn’t have a unanimous vote; he is going to carry out his plans all the same! He mobilizes and arms his forces, invades that land and topples the tyrant and his cronies. Then he sternly occupies the territory to enforce peace. As things mellow a bit, he gathers those that “seem to be pillars” among the people and oversees a “free and fair election,” in faithfulness to his democratic ideal. He installs the winner and puts in place a peace monitoring party – ideally in tandem with a diplomatic mission – with enough authority to make sure things are done the right way.
Make no mistake about it; General Sam had some deep-seated interests and personal motives in invading that land. Or why imperil himself and his own over a people that might tomorrow turn around and gladly spit in his face. So in addition to the officers of his militro-diplomatic mission, he deploys other “civilian soldiers” to “rebuild” the land and attend to those ‘other’ businesses, sending reinforcements as the times and seasons demand! These deeper aspects of his agenda are of course facilitated by the goodwill he has shrewdly ensured through the controlled election of the native political leaders.
Be sure, however, that not all the natives were flattered by General Sam’s presumptuousness, his audacity at imposing himself on the affairs of their “sovereign nation.” So the dissenters quietly bided their time, scheming. By inches and feet they closed in on key positions in the native political ranks, as though General Sam’s famed eagle eye had suddenly gone blind. And when they thought they were just ready, they made their grab for power. But it was a little thing with the well composed lion. All it took to squash the racket was a sharp, well-aimed thrust of his huge paw.
But these disgruntled fellows “evidently didn’t get the memo”! Although the strike they just suffered was primarily intended to dissuade them – peradventure they will repent, turn and “call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree” – no sooner had they recuperated than they reassembled in their hideouts, their “mountain caves and tunnels,” to plot their next move. They have “bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink” till they have chased the “infidels” out of “the land of our fathers.”
Time and again, they made their “suicide” moves, apparently becoming more skilled at the craft, and seemingly getting closer to their goal with each attempt. But the old General was only giving the cow more rope. The poor, ill-advised folks eventually had enough rope to reach “God’s own country,” the very city of General Sam’s pride, his “Golden Pot”! The cow hanged itself. It provoked the great eagle once too often and reaped the just rewards of “Shock and Awe”! “Fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them”!
But there were some of General Sam’s enemies who were never at the frontlines, or somehow went AWOL at the time of Shock and Awe. He isn’t about to let them get away with it. Though their tunnels be deep and winding, they must be smoked out to dance to the music of their “crimes against humanity.” Likewise must those who aided the General behind the scenes be rallied out for public honors. I hear a voice: “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
With the full assurance of his intelligence reports, General Sam knows that the last of his enemies have been put underfoot. He then makes one final ordering of things and commands his men to “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks” – as the famous statue that welcomes you to the home of the symbol of his global aspirations, the UN, has long dramatized – that “the laws of nature and of nature's God” may be all in all.
Now and then, the retired soldiers – civil and military – visit the fields of great exploits of bygone years – indeed, some of them have their permanent residents there. And the faithful folks of those lands who gave them needed support and held fast during the transition period are also welcomed to General Sam’s Golden Pot. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the several gateways into the fabled city where darkness is alien – where “there shall be no night” – are open to these pilgrims, that they may bring into it the glories and wealth of their nations.
The world is at rest. Peace is flowing like a stream, and prosperity like running waters. The voice returns: “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Again, “For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.” Amen.
Dear friend, I might have taken it a step or two further, superimposed two or more of General Sam’s missions, and rounded a few corners. But in the foregoing is a fair picture of all what the impending invasion and thousand-year mission of the “Armies of Heaven” is about (see HERE THEY COME). My coming book THE COMING GLORY presents a more detailed examination of the diverse Scripture passages and ideas that are alluded to in this article, and it is my hope and prayer that its publication will help us understand these things better. So keep the faith, and remain posted.
God bless you always.
In the King’s Service,
David Olagoke Olawoyin.
NB: “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due…honour to whom honour” (Romans 13:7). I’d like to give due honor to someone whose well recognized social networking “crusade” played a significant part in making this medium of my ministration a reality: Michael Hyatt, CEO, Thomas Nelson Publishers. Although the expression “evidently didn’t get the memo” used in this article has a definite connotation, it was inspired by the title of Mr. Hyatt’s blog article, THIS PUBLISHER EVIDENTLY DIDN’T GET THE MEMO.