I heard the Lord say recently, "I'm raising up my Dread Champions in this hour." The term dread champion comes from the verse Jeremiah 20:11, "But the Lord is with me like a dread champion; therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, with an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten" (NASB). The Hebrew word for Dream Champion is El Gibbor. El Gibbor means mighty hero, mighty warrior, someone to be dreaded or feared.
I believe in this hour the Lord is raising up a remnant army of Dread Champions. Those who know how to advance the Kingdom agenda, and tear down the works of hell. This army will carry the anointing and the fear of the Lord, because they will do much damage to the kingdom of darkness. There has been a lack of reverance and fear of the Lord carried by those truly anointed of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is an anointing that Jesus walked in. Isaiah 11::2 says, "And the Spirit of the will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of counsel and might, the knowledge, and the fear of the Lord."
Dread Champions are deliverers. Each time God would raise up a deliverer in the Bible, they were anointed and carried the fear of the Lord, The fear of the Lord would cause the people to follow and honor who God raised up. Deliverers would walk in a realm of wisdom, power, and miracles that would leave their enemies astounded and dumb founded. Dread Champions carry the personhood and character of God himself. Many in this hour are carrying gifting and the anointing for their gift, but they are not carrying the character of the Lord. The enemy doesn't respect or honor gifting, the demonic realm respects rank and the character of Christ.
Many times throughout the Old Testament it was recorded how the nations feared the God of Israel, the One who fought on their behalf. 2 Chronicles 20:29 says, "When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the Lord himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them." The Body of Christ has not carried the fear of Lord in a very long time. I prophesy those warriors who God is raising up in this hour will carry the fear of the Lord, power, and might.
Many of you prophetic and apostolic people have gone through some of your greatest warfare this past season. The Lord is using what the enemy has thrown at you, to train you for greater realms of influence and jurisdictions. There is a seperating and a setting apart happening in the Body of Christ. As the Lord told Gideon in Judges 7:4, "The people are still too many, bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you, he shall go with you, but everyone of whom I say to you, this one shall not go with you, he shall not go.'" In this season, the Lord has been testing and revealing the hearts of the people around you. He has cut some people away from you in this season, because they could not go into your next.
The Lord is raising up a mighty army of Dread Champions. They will execute the government of God. God's mighty warriors will do the greater works (John 14:12). God is raising up His Dread Champions to bring deliverance to nations that have been ruled by demonic principalties. God is raising up and releasing His Dread Champions in this hour. It's time to take the land!
~Prophet Madeline James
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.