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The vision for the Christian youth is to mobilise people to go to every town of Australia and New Zealand with the gospel leading up to Beersheba Day – October 31, 2017, the centenary of the victory at Beersheba, gathering volunteers to God’s army. Recruits need to have the ANZAC values of sacrifice, courage, perseverance, mateship, adventure and be willing to be trained and disciplined to work together as an army.

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes. Matthew 10:23

Perhaps we will not finish going through all the towns of Australia and New Zealand before He comes!

youth 1God commands us to GO. The ANZAC Call to the Christian youth is largely an evangelistic call to rise up as an army that will go through this land and take the true gospel to the people. It is envisaged that these outreaches could follow a similar pattern to the Coo-ee recruitment marches carried out before and during World War 1, except that they would be preaching the gospel and recruiting for God’s army, not a physical army. It would be ideal if these marches around the country could be led by two or three Christian indigenous riders on horses.

Coo-ee Marches

One World War I recruitment poster said, The Trumpet Calls. In 1915, 26 men started to march from Gilgandra to Sydney (320 kms) to enlist and called in at other towns along the way, recruiting others to join them. By the time they arrived, their numbers had swelled to 300. This was called the ‘Coo-ee March’, after the famous Australian bush call. Many other towns began to do the same, creating a snowball effect. These marches were highly successful in raising awareness and gathering recruits.

youth 2In Scripture, the trumpets (ram’s horn and/or the silver trumpets) were sounded as an alarm of war and also to gather the army together (Joel 2:1, Ezek 33:1-20). The spiritual Anzac men and women have heard the alarm that the enemy, Satan, is currently claiming what rightfully belongs to God in Australia and New Zealand, and will voluntarily enlist in God’s army. The call is for spiritual Anzacs to arise, mount their horses and ride into destiny as our forefathers did who paved the way for biblical prophecy to unfold. This army will arise as bearers of light to Australia, New Zealand, Israel and the nations preaching the true gospel of the Kingdom of God, and prepare the way for the Messiah’s return.

Our battle is now in the spiritual realm. Our forefathers completed the natural (I Cor 15:46). We have a choice: remain silent and lose those freedoms or stand up, speak out and preach the gospel. That takes courage. It may mean persecution, but Jesus told us to expect that (Matt 5:10-12). Being persecuted is the brand mark of a true Christian. Jesus will then speak for us when our day of reckoning comes (Matt 10:33).

Soldiers have to be willing to lay aside earthly comforts and be prepared to sacrifice their lives for the greater cause. The Commander-in-Chief is Jesus. Soldiers need to learn to hear His voice and follow His commands. The textbook and instruction manual is the Word of God. Soldiers must study and obey its instructions. Discipline is necessary and recruits have to look after their mates and learn to work in teams. They must respect the officers God has appointed over them. But most of all, the troopers need to develop a close relationship with the Father in Heaven. His call to His disciples is:

youth 3If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. Luke 9:23-24

But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plough and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

These soldiers will set themselves apart for God, live holy lives, and be totally available to whatever God calls. Paul’s converts were accused of turning the world upside down (Acts 17:6) by serving another King, Jesus. These radical ones can turn a nation around as Jesus’ twelve disciples did. We need such people again today to upset the status quo and awaken the sleeping church. God and our nations are waiting for this army.

A New Reformation

youth 4The same day as the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba is also the 500th anniversary of Luther’s challenge to the Roman Catholic Church when he hammered his 95 theses to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg. Luther’s reformation transformed the church and eventually the nation, by making the Word of God available to the common people and touching every domain of society. It eventually became the foundation of law for the governments of the Western world. We are now seeing a reversal of this trend. A spiritual reformation is urgently needed to stop this slide and we need the spiritual Anzac army to sow the yeast of the gospel into the bread of every sector of society to reclaim the biblical heritage that is being stolen. Unfortunately, Luther in his old age turned against the Jews and wrote some appalling anti-Semitic literature (On the Jews and their Lies) which not only produced hatred in his own times but was used by Hitler in the 20th century to justify the Holocaust. The new reformation must correct this.

Spiritual Anzacs

Even though the vision for the Christian youth is not specifically to promote the war history, but to gather an army for Jesus, examples and illustrations can be given as to what is required of a soldier in the Lord’s army. In carrying the name ANZAC, they need to know what their forefathers did and continue the excellent tradition they created. We trust all recruits will join the Beersheba Centenary community activities and possibly organise local events and/or go to the celebrations in Israel. The spiritual Anzac army needs to align with the wider aims of the ANZAC Call to the church and Israel.

These spiritual light-bearers will bring Australia, New Zealand, and our Pacific neighbours into our prophetic destiny as the Southlands of the Holy Spirit, and pave the way for the culmination of biblical prophecy to unfold. As the ANZACs opened the road to a physical return of the Jews, so the spiritual ANZACs must prepare the Israelis – Jews and Arabs – to spiritually embrace Jesus and welcome His return to rule the nations from Jerusalem. They must also prepare the bride of Christ in Australia and the nations to meet her King.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Uluru

The marches will culminate with a meeting in Uluru on October 8-11, 2017 for three days and nights of worship to dedicate the nation to Jesus, re-dig the wells of salvation, release the living water, be commissioned to go into all the world to preach the gospel of the Kingdom and take the Word of God back to Jerusalem.

Together we will all celebrate the centenary commemorations for the Beersheba victory either in Australia or Israel on October 31, 2017 or the weekend before as appropriate.

Pictures:

  1. Jesus’ army – http://moblog.net/view/112038/the-jesus-army
  2. Gilgandra Coo-ee march – https://cooeemarch1915.com/tag/john-r-lee/
  3. Coo-ee monument, Gilgandra NSW – https://theeternaltraveller.wordpress.com/tag/new-south-wales/
  4. The Empire needs Men. WW1 recruitment poster Arthur Wardle, Australian War Memorial https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/ARTV00819
  5. Call from the Dardanelles – Australian War Memorial AWM Recruitment poster created by H M Burton, for The Defence Department of the Commonwealth, S.T. Leigh & Co. Ltd https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/ARTV05167
  6. Luther’s Bible, Luther Haus, Wittenberg, Germany –Jill Curry