I was born in 1945, the year the Second World War ended. Maybe that is the reason I’m so interested in it. It’s not so much the actual battles that intrigue me. It’s more the strategies, the planning, and other aspects of it. For example, why did Hitler begin the war? What were the main events of the war, its victories and defeats?
In my study of the Bible, after I was called out of darkness into the light, it was striking to me that wars like the Second World War, the war in Vietnam, or Syria, or Korea are in a sense all connected to the Bible. There is a common factor behind them all and the Bible reveals it – a mastermind.
It seemed to me according to the Bible, that the war against God began long ago. For this reason I named it ‘The Long War.’ My interest grew. I wanted to know what are the differences and similarities between what I would call ‘secular’ wars and the Long War? The following are a few:
They are both very real. Even though we cannot see the spiritual war, we notice the physical results around us every day – the laws against teaching the Bible in schools, the Bible that is banned in many countries at various times, attacks on the authority of the Bible in especially seminaries, et cetera.
The world wages war with physical and visible weapons. The Bible mentions God’s weapons, ‘For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.’ 1 The weapons of the enemy, Satan, are lies, deception, treachery and many more.
Generals, officers and soldiers are involved in wars. It is the same in the spiritual war. There are soldiers and a commanding officer, ‘Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.’ 2 The devil has his ‘army’ organised – ‘…. the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ 3
Normally in wars, young men are enlisted. In the ‘Long War’ all people are involved, old, young, male and female. There is no voluntary enlistment. We all take part in the war whether we like it or not.
Normally in a war, the outcome is not obvious. The balance of power moves to and fro. When it comes to the Long War, the outcome was predicted long ago. Jesus is the Victorious One. 4
In future blogs we will look carefully at this war, how it impacts us and what we can do about it.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
- 2 Timothy 2:3-4
- Ephesians 6:12
- Revelation 19:11-16