Wars are often fought over precious minerals. An example is the Second Boer War (1899-1902). One of the main reasons for the war between the Transvaal (in South Africa) and Great Britain was the discovery of gold. Other wars might be fought over freedom, a leader, or a better country.
# The Kingdom
The war against God is about a future country, the Kingdom of God. What exactly does ‘kingdom’ mean? To understand it, let’s take a ‘normal’ country as an example. It has a leader, a president or king, queen, or prime minister. He or she governs over a nation in a specific territory, called by various names like England, America, et cetera. A kingdom is therefore a group of people (a nation) with its leader, living in a country.
# God is the King.
God reveals in the Bible that He will create or establish exactly such a country, but it will be different from all countries in the world.
- The area. It will be the new heaven and earth.
- The King. God is the undisputed King. He will not be a democratic leader, voted for by the people. We, while alive, ‘vote’ either for or against God. If we vote against Him, we declare our intention not to become part of God’s Kingdom, but to remain in the kingdom of darknes ruled by the devil.
- The citizens. Those who accepted God as their Leader and their Lord.
# God’s enemy
- Most leaders and countries have enemies. God also has an enemy. God’s enemy was a high ranking angel in God’s administration who rebelled. He chose to go his own way because of pride and ambition.
- The devil’s defection tells us why there is a war against God and His plan for man, ‘And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he [the dragon] was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.’ 1
- The next verse explains it all, ‘But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short.’ 2 It is not without reason that the Bible declares, ‘woe to the earth….’ The war is over man’s allegiance to God, to rob them of eternal life with Him.
- The devil especially hates the followers of Christ, ‘Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.’ 3
God’s Kingdom is real. His enemy is real. We see the war against God and His people around us today. That should encourage and strengthen us as we continue to seek the Kingdom of God. 4
- Revelation 12:7-9
- Revelation 12:12c
- Revelation 12:17
- Matthew 6:33