Pastor Jack Hibbs recently listed five things Christians will go to war over this year as part of a sermon series at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, California.
In part one of the series, preached last month, Hibbs explained that his message was centered on “the war of 2024,” emphasizing that Christians “are on a mission and we are in a war.”
“I’m not talking about bombs, guns and missiles,” he clarified. “I’m talking about an all-out war on everything, from the spiritual realm, which is invisible, but certainly to the physical world, in which things manifest.”
“And this year of 2024 will be unlike any other year previously lived in your lifetime.”
Hibbs believes that, first of all, the war “will be against the truth,” reading John 18:37-38, in which Jesus explains that He testifies to the truth, to which Pontius Pilate famously asked, “What is truth?”
“Think about the pain behind that question. Think about the confusion behind the question. Think about the disillusionment behind the question,” Hibbs said, adding, “We’ve got to guard our hearts that we do not become cynical and bitter.”
Hibbs noted that “a lot of people today are saying, ‘what is truth?’” and that it seems as though things have gotten worse since Pilate because people have a harder time believing in truth.
“When you tell somebody the actual truth, they don’t believe it,” he said. “It’s not that they’re being mean about it; it’s that ‘why should I believe that because I’ve just heard 10 other things.’”
The second thing that the war of 2024 will be centered on, according to Hibbs, will be a war “against the facts,” with the pastor defining facts as “the reporting of what is observed.”
Hibbs warned about the biases of people or groups purporting to be fact-checkers, declaring that “the only way that life really works right is a life that operates under the fear of God.”
“For 2024, definitions are going to be a big deal,” he continued. “Five years ago, it was words, because we all used the same dictionary. Now, it's like, ‘what does that mean?’”
Hibbs also referenced how 2024 was a presidential election year, warning that, because of that, “you are going to see deception fly like you’ve never seen it fly before. It's going to be supersonic.”
Hibbs read from 1 John 4, in which Christians are told, “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
The third thing that the war of 2024 will include is a war “against the faith,” with the pastor noting that this was not a war against all faiths, but rather against the Christian faith specifically.
“Your faith is the most precious thing that you own,” Hibbs told his congregation. “When you have no faith in someone or something greater than yourself, you lose hope, you lose direction.”
“But if your faith is in Jesus Christ and Him alone, then you’re secure. You’ll do awesome in 2024. You will war the great warfare, victoriously, because you know who you are and you know to Whom you belong.”
The fourth aspect of the war of 2024, according to Hibbs, is the war “against the Church,” noting that “the war has always been against the Church” and that “God loves His Church, we love each other, but the world is against us.”
The fifth and final aspect of the war of 2024 that Hibbs spoke about was that it would be “a war against marriage,” with him quipping that “it doesn’t take a spiritual Einstein to figure this one out.”
Hibbs also denounced the cheapening of marriage in modern society, citing as an example the long-running reality television program “Married at First Sight.”
Hibbs stated that marriage was one of “just a few foundational institutions created by God in all of time and eternity,” citing the Church and national Israel as two of the other few things.