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Doctrine of War

July 21, 2010

DOCTRINE OF WAR

I. War will continue to exist until the Millennium in spite of man’s efforts for peace; man
will not bring in permanent world peace (MATTHEW 24:4,6,7; MARK 13:5,7,8; LUKE
21:10; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:3; ISAIAH 2:1-4).

II. We are not to be terrified by these things (LUKE 21:9).

III. There is a time for war (ECCLESIASTES 3:8).

IV. War is for adult males, not women and children (NUMBERS 1:3,26; DEUTERONOMY
24:5).

V. A strong defense is sanctioned by God. Predator nations are best countered with a strong
defense (NUMBERS 2:1-32; NEHEMIAH 4:15-23).

VI. There is a time when it is a sin not to go to war (NUMBERS 31:1-8; 32:1-23).

VII. War demands mental attitude courage (DEUTERONOMY 20:1-14).

VIII. The most important asset in war is Bible doctrine in the soul (PSALM 27:3).

IX. God provided strength and training for David the military man (PSALM 18:34).

X. Military men are cited as super grace heroes of the faith (HEBREWS 11:32-34).

XI. War demands planning (LUKE 14:31; PROVERBS 24:1-6).

XII. Certain nations plot war and seek to destroy freedom of others (PSALM 104:1,2;
NEHEMIAH 4:1-8).

XIII. War is sometimes used as a national discipline (2 CHRONICLES 16:9; DANIEL 1:1,2).

XIV. The believer is to fight for:
A. Divine Institution #4 nation.
B. Divine Institution #3 family.
C. Divine Institution #2 wife.
D. Divine Institution # 1: volitional freedom.

XV. The concept of the military:
A. Under Divine Institution #4, national freedom comes courtesy of the military.
B. There are two factors which protect a nation:
1. Spiritual factor: doctrine (GENESIS 14:17-20; NEHEMIAH 4:8).
2. Establishment factors: good training, tactics, strategy, the courage of the
military.
C. Failure of the military may be caused by:
1. Lack of courage.
2. No self-discipline.
3. Poor military discipline; no respect for authority.
4. Lack of spiritual incentive to fight.
5. Unrighteous cause.
D. The status of the military is an indicator of national character.

XVI. The military image of the Lord Jesus Christ:
A. He fought for the Jews of the Exodus generation (EXODUS 14:13,14).
B. He fought for the conquest generation (JOSHUA 10:8-14).
C. He fought for Israel during the Assyrian campaign (ISAIAH 36:1-37:38).
D. He will fight for Israel at Second Advent (ZECHARIAH 14:1-3; REVELATION
19:11-21).