As our head intercessor held a large sword while praying for our nation and the election this past Tuesday morning, the Lord began to highlight another sword in my spirit. This particular sword in our midst was initially brought for prayer during the election and the political arena as this sword held emblems of Washington D.C. upon it. The Lord had additional plans for this weapon on this day. I immediately grabbed my Bible and began to look up Goliath’s sword, only I was not going to the battlefield, but to the temple.
The sword of Goliath
In 1 Samuel 21 we find David fleeing after discovering Saul’s plan to kill him. He arrives in Nob and goes to Ahimelech, the high priest, seeking sustenance and a weapon. Ahimelech gives David the bread of the Presence, bread reserved for the priest and then he informs David, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is none but that here”. And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.” (1 Samuel 21:9)
I have no idea what a priest was doing with this sword, the sword of Goliath. When I read this something stirred on the inside of me. I sensed the Lord saying that the sword of the enemy was being wielded against him and the weapon used to silence and to shut the enemy’s mouth was under our authority.
I believe that when David saw that sword, he was reminded of the victory. The day that Goliath was silenced, a shout went forth from God’s people, a shout unto God with a voice of triumph. It is interesting to me that when studying the word sword, The Complete Word Study Dictionary states that the edges of the sword are referred to as mouths because the cutting action of a sword is likened to eating.
The prophetic picture of the priest possessing Goliath’s sword means that there is authority present to shut the mouth of the enemy because he is stripped of his weapons to devour the people of God.
The power of the possessing the sword
I began to see a vision of priests holding swords that were hidden behind their priestly garments and they needed to be brought out into the open for warfare, letting the enemy know that victory rested among the people of God. I understood what David had done by partaking of the bread of the Presence.
By eating the holy bread, it was a type and shadow of Jesus, the Bread of life. Jesus was the Word made flesh. The Word is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). The Word is alive and active because the Word is a Person and it is sharper than any two edged sword, including the sword of a defeated giant.
I could not wait to get my hands on that sword. So I shared what the Lord was showing me and I then sensed Holy Spirit prompting me to have every intercessor hold that sword in their hands so that they could grasp the magnitude of the authority that they walk in as priests before the Lord. It was a powerful time as each intercessor held that sword and began to receive prophetic words while others made personal declarations . S0me were weeping and feeling the anointing of God in that moment.
We are in a battle
Do not be deceived in this hour; we are to be engaged in spiritual warfare and anyone who tells you differently is deceived themselves and has not picked up their sword, the Word of God. I would be so bold as to say that those chanting against spiritual warfare have abandoned their post and they are deserters. The body of Christ is a royal priesthood and the army of God all at once.
We have a High Priest who not only gave us a sword of the Spirit, but He possesses the weapons of the enemy, rendering them defenseless. Many of God’s people have the sword of the Spirit and they fail to use it. Many have spoils from the enemy tucked away for safe keeping, but they forget their victory and they flee when the enemy rears his ugly head because they have taken off their priestly garments and used them to cover up the weapons of the enemy.
It is time for the holy priesthood to shout unto God with a voice of triumph. It is time to wield the sword of the Spirit and to put the devil on notice that Christ has given us the authority to silence him and to take his head with his own sword.
We need to pray and to intercede with accuracy and precision, always maintaining a sharp blade that pierces to the joint and the marrow, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) I see priests arising in this hour, priests who are polished arrows with mouths like sharp swords and they are hidden in the shadow of His hand. (Isaiah 49:2) I see these polished arrows hitting their target through prayer and intercession as they call down strongholds and thwart the plans of darkness. I see the sword of the Spirit devouring the strategies of the enemy. I see a people possessing the enemy’s sword in victory and not relenting to be possessed by God. This truly is the year of the ruling sword.