The “experts” are at it again. Armageddon is right around the corner. It has never occurred to a single one of the prophecy wizards that the Bible never mentions the “Battle of Armageddon.” Nor is there any idea that God’s army will ever wage carnal warfare. But these self–styled pundits of profundity argue that all the weapons of carnal warfare will be employed in this fanciful battle.
There is no reason at all to suppose that God’s people will one day be gathered in the valley of Meggido, near Mount Carmel, to fight a literal battle. The millennial scheme has the absurd idea that a battle will be waged with all the modern tools of warfare -- rockets, missiles, tanks, jet fighters and fighter-bombers, helicopters, and everything else. Think of that for a moment.
While you think of that, listen to the words of Paul. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, Paul wrote, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;).” No one denies that Christians are involved in warfare -- but Paul said clearly it is not carnal warfare, that is, it is not the very kind of war the millennial speculators propose.
New Testament Christianity is militant -- it cannot be otherwise. Yet the militancy of the Lord's people is spiritual. It is a spiritual war. We are waging that fight right now -- striving to gain your thoughts and capture your minds for Christ. This is not merely an effort to win an argument. Our battle is against the bastions of erroneous doctrine. It is against wild and irrational speculations about the end of time. Jesus said to Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36).
It is ludicrous to think that being a Christian may require the ability to launch a Tow Missile, pilot an Apache Gunship, handle an Abram's Battle Tank, or fly a F-14 “Tom Cat?” The attack weapon God gives us is His word, “the sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17). We stand ready to put it to good use. -- DRS
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