The Bible tells us that when the enemy comes in as a flood God’s Holy Spirit will raise up a standard against him. Have you ever given much thought to exactly what this means? I decided to do a study on it and I will show you what I came up with.
“So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” Isaiah 59:19
The Hebrew word in the above scripture for flood, is “nahar” and means a stream or a river. What is missing in this verse is a comma, after enemy. Most of us are aware the Holy Spirit flows like a river at times but what I want to concentrate on is the “standard” part.
The word standard is a mistranslation in this verse as well because in this scripture the Hebrew word actually is nuwc which means to make flee. So, what this scripture is really saying is,“ “When the enemy shall come in, like a river the Spirit of God will make him flee.”
Well, what about raising a standard? How does this come in? Standard in Hebrew is nec which means “something lifted up, standard, signal, signal pole, ensign, banner, sign, sail, as rallying point, ensign.
The word standard as defined in Webster’s dictionary is – “any figure or object, flag or banner used as a symbol of a leader, people or military unit, a rule or basis for comparison for measurement or judgment,”
“Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard (nec) to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.”
So when God raises a standard, what he is doing is, proclaiming who he is and what he stands for and he does this many times through his church. The church proclaims their allegiance in this world to Jesus Christ and raises the banner of the Lord’s righteousness in the earth, that is the church says “we stand with our king in his army and our standards are his standards” In other words we fly the colors of Jesus Christ which are righteousness, holiness faithfulness, ect.
Raising the standard also concerns spiritual warfare. The church is a witness to the nations of God’s kingdom, and stands against evil in the land. This requires prayer as well as making noise; blowing the trumpet, raising our voices, standing against the enemies evil plans.
“Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillers.” Jeremiah 51:27
Raising the standard requires boldness and faith in the face of evil and opposition. “You have given a banner to those who fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth.” Psalm 60:4
A standard also means moral excellence and a measurement of value, as well as a model of authority. The church is a sign to the world systems of God’s glory that is flown high like a flag with the emblem of Jehovah-Nissi – ( the Lord is my banner of victory. ) upon it.
Raising a standard also means to mobilize the army against the enemy. When the European royal kingdoms went to war they raised a standard which represented who they were and what they stood for. In battle there were those who went before the armies with their banner raised and when they had won the land they planted their flag in the area that was conquered.
In Exodus 17, Joshua led the men out to fight against Amalek while Moses stood on top of a hill with the rod of God in raised hands. Moses rod was a sign of authority, signifying a raised banner. When intercessors pray against the devil’s works they are also raising the standard, defying the devil’s rights to hold ground and proclaiming God’s victory through Jesus Christ. We remind Mr. Devil that he must get out because a greater one is here! The Lord our banner!
“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:15
“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, Who shall stand as a banner to the people; For the Gentiles shall seek Him, And His resting place shall be glorious.” Isaiah 11:10
Jesus Christ is our banner! His victory is our victory when we proclaim him as Savior and Lord in the earth and when we do that we are raising the standard!
“All inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth: When he lifts up a banner on the mountains, you see it; And when he blows a trumpet, you hear it. “ Isaiah 18:3