Jehovah-Sabaoth is interpreted as "The Lord of Hosts, our Protector."
What does it mean? Have you ever considered it? Hosts include every created being, animal, human and angelic. The Heavenly Hosts are the army of angels. They are led by Jesus, Our Lord of Hosts, God. Think about the beauty of that. God is The Lord of Hosts. He has an entire army of angels ready to act on our behalf. Ready to fight, protect and do whatever The LORD commands.
This name for God emphasizes His complete and perfect power over everything, His sovereignty. Everything on earth and in Heaven and under the earth is subject to God. Colossians 1:15-20 reads,
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
God is referred to as The Lord of Hosts over two hundred times in the Old Testament
Psalm 46:7 says,
“The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
He is our Lord of Hosts, our fortress. A fortress is a permanent stronghold, a place to go to for protection from the enemy. A place to fight the enemy from safety. The enemy cannot get into the fortress. It is stocked full of weapons and provision for the fight.
Isaiah 9:6-7 reads,
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Our Lord of hosts loves us passionately. He made a way for us. Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Do you get that? Jesus, the Son of God is our Everlasting Father. And He brings us peace. Peace with God and victorious peace over the enemy. The Lord of Angel Armies upholds the peace and the throne of Jesus from now until forever.
Psalm 84:1-4 reads,
“How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise!”
The God of angel armies protects us, He doesn’t only surround us. He shields us like a dwelling place, a home. He is our home and since we dwell or abide, stay, and live in Him we are safe. His ultimate expression as Jehovah-Sabaoth, Our Lord of Hosts is this found in Revelation 19:11-16
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”