Summary: In warfare there are particular individuals whose contributions are of much more significance than others. Once these individuals are identified and struck the battle is virtually won and lost. This message encourages Christians to unmask and strike -thro
By Bode Ayodele
Spiritual warfare is an integral part of our walk as Christians.
In this message we shall examine an aspect of spiritual warfare of great importance to both the camp of the body of Christ and that of the enemy alike.
We are looking at a message titled "One man Riot Squad."
Let us examine the key words: "One", here refers to an individual, "Man" connotes that we are referring to human beings while "Riot" talks about creating a chaotic or warlike atmosphere. "Squad" on its part, connotes an army or team of soldiers.
Thus, the phrase "One Man Riot Squad" refers to an individual who fights a battle usually fought by many.
A good example is what we see featured in the numerous films that flood the
Popular western films such as Sylvester Stallion’s ‘Rambo’ and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Robocop’ readily come to mind.
These films portray hero-like figures taking upon themselves to confront and overcome the opponents’ army.
In Rambo Stallion, almost single-handed-eliminates a country to rescue prisoners of war (POW’s). In Robocop a half-human, half out of space make believe robot engages in battle with the view of killing a clone with destructive powers on an evil assignment against the world.
Although these are mere films, in the spiritual realm One Man Riot Squads (OMRS) actually do exist. In the spiritual sense OMRS could be divided into two categories: Divine and Satanic.
Divine OMRS are individuals who will go to any length to fight with the kingdom of darkness in order to promote the kingdom of God.
On the other hand, Satanic OMRS are demonic personalities that do everything they can to suppress and oppress anything that is related to the word of God. In modern day parlance such personalities are those that seek to destroy as many who profess the name of Jesus.
An example of a satanic OMRS in the bible is Goliath. The bible refers to him as a ’Philistine champion.’ We read of the story in the book of 1 Samuel:
And there went out a champion from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
Being a champion meant that Goliath had never lost a battle. Indeed, he was a terror to the children of Israel!
The latter is seen clearly in I Samuel 17: 24 where the bible states:
And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were exceedingly afraid.
Another example of a satanic OMRS in the bible was Herod.
According to Matthew 2:16 the bible states: Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all its borders, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Here was a man of authority who in anger, sought to wipe out the children of an entire generation because of an individual.
He felt that the only way to ensure he eliminated Jesus was by killing all the children within His age bracket!
Before we proceed further please let us take the following prayer points:
Every "One Man Riot Squad" of the enemy on assignment against my destiny die in the name of Jesus.
I locate and strike the "One Man Riot Squad" of my enemy’s camp in the name of Jesus.
Reading further in the Acts of Apostles Herod once again lives up to this evil role:
Acts 12 1-3:
Now about that time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands to afflict certain of the church.
(2)And he killed James the brother of John with the sword (3) And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
Here Herod took it upon himself to kill the disciples of Jesus.
Yet again, another example of a Satanic OMRS is Jezebel.
The bible explains that she went about killing the prophets of God. (I Kings 19:2).
I Kings 19:14 states that the altars of God were thrown down in Israel during the reign of Ahab and his wife, Jezebel. It is obvious that Jezebel was the person behind such evil acts.
On the other hand we also have divine OMRS throughout the scriptures.
In the Old Testament we have the example of Prophet Elijah.
I King 18:40 explains how Elijah saw to the destruction of 450 prophets of Baal.
(40) And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.