Joel’s/Elijah’s Army or the Joshua Generation: The Military Rhetoric of Third Wave Neo-Pentecostalism
The reception of biblical texts of violence such as the Joshua narratives within neo-Pentecostal circles has been largely ignored. This paper suggests that the prevailing historic premillennialism within such circles results in a form of “this-is-that” hermeneutics in which biblical prophecy is seen as being fulfilled in the present. The violent language contained in biblical texts is reinterpreted as spiritual warfare against demonic forces. However, the way in which such demonic forces are perceived as affecting society renders this interpretation as a narrative politics which calls for political action and informs the worldview of the Religious Right.