Doctrine of War. Part 2.


April 22, 2018

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday,
April 22, 2018

Commandment #6  in EXO 20:13 NOT “You shall not kill” but it says “You shall not murder.”

Objectives of the Mosaic Law =  to provide a strong military made up of young men and women who are willing to defend not only themselves but also their nation as well as their families.

It is a “strong military” which is absolutely essential for the protection of the freedom of a nation.

It is a “strong military” that listens and responds to the legitimate authority before them in DEU 31:19-22 .

The Ten Commandments provide a phenomenal basis for establishing a stabilized military made up of men and women who have an understanding of the basic concepts of authority — especially nationalism.

EPH 3:18-19  we “may be able to comprehend in the presence of all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.”

PRO 20:25  It is a snare for a man to devour that which is holy!

AMO 8:11   “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord.

AMO 8:12  “And people will stagger from sea to sea, And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it.”

Individuals who have the moral courage to go out and vigorously defeat and neutralize the enemy to the point of unconditional surrender, annihilation, or both.

The abolishing of war belongs to Jesus Christ, just as the solving of social problems belongs to Jesus Christ, just as the solving of life’s problems belongs to Jesus Christ.

The Bible says warfare is a bona fide part of history.
Num 21:14  Therefore it is said in the Book of the Wars of the Lord.”

Mat 26:52  “All who draw the sword shall perish by the sword.” This means to draw the sword in crime, and they shall perish by the sword or capital punishment.

The word kill in this passage is ratsach which refers to murder whereas the Hebrew word harag means to kill legitimately.

Killing or capturing the enemy is condoned by the Lord as Ecc 3:3 tells us about the divine timing of the Lord that when it says there’s  A time to kill, and a time to heal;

All of us are free today because men and women were willing to fight for the freedom of their nation and also be killed for freedom.

The sixth commandment, as a part of divine establishment is a command for capital punishment and the way that crime is controlled.

If you kill when it’s time to heal then you’re a murderer.

To kill the enemy as a military representative of your country is not only compatible with the plan of God, but is commanded and should be done “as unto the Lord.”  

There is no biblical support for the position of a “conscientious objector” which refers to individuals who are NOT WILLING to fight for their country because they say it is against their beliefs.

PRO 28:1  The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.

There is no biblical support for the born-again believer to stay out of military service when in reality, they are simply quitters looking for excuses to justify their negative volition toward the plan of God.

This negative situation could be drastically changed if the military were made up of a mature believers with Bible doctrine or even unbelievers with the principles of the divine establishment in their right lobes.

In verse 20, even though you may be in economic disaster, you are alive due to logistical grace.

Verse 21 says that though you will be maligned and judged and criticized, which is social disaster, you will be protected.

“To laugh at violence” is not a hysterical laughter, but refers to a relaxed mental attitude.”

At the time of writing, wild beasts represented instruments of violent death, and so represent murder, accidents, and warfare etc.

PSA 68:20  God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death.

Once the sovereignty of God calls you home, nothing can keep you here.

The stones of the field were weapons in the ancient world that were used to kill the enemy on the battlefield.

Whatever the instruments of death, they cannot harm the believer with doctrine in spiritual adulthood unless the sovereignty of God permits it to happen.

Prin: No believer in TLJC,  winner or loser, can be removed through death until the lord is ready to take him home.

Prin – Neither historical nor natural disaster, neither any instrument of death nor any dangerous environment can remove the believer from this life apart from divine consent.

Who knows that his tent, the human body, is in prosperity or secure?  The mature believer.

Death means leaving your tent, a temporary shelter, and going to heaven, a permanent shelter, a “place of many mansions” or castle for the mature believer.

“Your seed being numerous or prosperous does not refer to your progeny, but it refers to the function of the mature believer in the client nation to God.

Your “offspring”  refer to the human race, as numerous as the grass of the earth.

To come to the grave in a “full age” (verse 26) doesn’t mean old age, but the right time.

In dying we accept the wisdom of God as mature believers just as we did while living in spiritual adulthood.

God is the expert, and He decides when it’s time for each one of us to depart from this life INCLUDING dying in the military as a winner believer.

It is the biblical principle in fighting a war that calls for the defeat of the enemy, and that entails killing and neutralizing the enemy.

You do not stop wars by playing games with the enemy; you stop wars by KILLING THE ENEMY!

You cannot stop wars by being a peacenik; you cannot stop wars by disarmament. The only way to stop war is to be ready for war; and adequate preparation demands a strong military.

It was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Hosts, the Commander of the Armies, who gave the orders for the Jewish Army to fight and defeat, and in some instances, to annihilate the enemy.

A man must have a lot of character and integrity to fight and die for his country and to do it right.

The Word of God calls for capital punishment for the violation of this commandment (GEN 9:6; LEV 24:17; Rom 13:1-4).

The first time someone died was Abel, and in GEN 9:6, the Lord said  “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”

1JO 3:11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

1JO 3:12  not as Cain, who was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.

In the Law it is written in LEV 24:17   ‘And if a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death.”

The prohibition of murder is designed for the preservation of Divine Institution #1 — Volition.

In committing murder, you are depriving another of his life and freedom.

The operation of free will is the basic issue in the angelic conflict, and the Decalogue is designed to protect every free will during the course of the angelic conflict.

Salvation by faith in Christ requires the non-meritorious exercise of free will, and free will is cut off abruptly by an act of murder.

How can people live close together, get angry at each other and still survive? Because of the divine law, “Thou shalt not commit ‘homicide’ “ — that is how!

Murder is prohibited by the Word of God, whereas killing IN DEFENSE of one’s own person or nation is sanctioned by the Word of God and is absolutely necessary in many instances for the preservation of freedom.

“The Doctrine of Warfare or what the Bible Has to Say About War.”

Point 1. The Concept of Warfare as Taught in Scripture.

We have now established the fact in spite of man’s efforts for peace throughout the ages, warfare will exist until the Millennium, Mat 24:4‑7.

Mat 24:6 “And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for {those things} must take place, but {that} is not yet the end.

Mat 24:7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.

There will be no warfare in the Millennium (1,000 years) says Isa 2:4 Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.

There is a book of wars that teaches the soldier that comes directly from the Lord, Num 21:14.

Num 21:14 Therefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord,

Make sure that you understand that the book of Numbers is the book of the war plans for Israel.

Under Point 2. A strong military prevents war and protects the divine establishment and that all freedom comes through military victory.

  1. The spiritual factor of Bible doctrine in the soul, prayer, and the grace of God, Neh 4:8‑9.
  2. The second factor that protects a nation is military preparedness, Neh 4:8‑9, 13‑15.

Prin-Freedom, prosperity, and life are sacred under the laws of divine establishment and must be fought for in order to be protected.

Failure to fight for your freedom means slavery.

As society rejects the plan of God it becomes degenerate and social degeneration is always characterized by disdain of the military and the police.

God uses the military to demonstrate the degeneracy and decline of a nation.

Under the laws of divine establishment, all national freedom and security comes through military victory.

My main point here is that killing is legitimate when we are at war, whereas murder is taking a life and violating another’s free will.

The book of Jeremiah teaches that Jewish military failure in 586 B.C. was attributed to the spiritual and moral decline of the people.

The prohibition of murder is designed for the preservation of Divine Institution #1 — FreedomVolition.

In committing murder, you are depriving another of his life and freedom.

The operation of free will is the basic issue in the angelic conflict and the Ten Commandments are designed to protect every free will during the course of the angelic conflict.

Murder is prohibited by the Word of God, whereas killing IN DEFENSE of one’s own person or nation is sanctioned by the Word of God and is absolutely necessary in many instances for the preservation of freedom.

The “terrible consequences” usually take place within the society that is breaking down within.

Failure to fight for freedom means slavery.

Social degeneration is always characterized by disdain of the military and police.

God uses the military to demonstrate the degeneracy and decline of a nation.

 “Victory depends on training, not numbers.”

True courage is also intensified by thoroughness of training.

My main point here is that killing is legitimate when we are at war, whereas murder is taking a life and violating another’s free will.

The book of Jeremiah teaches that Jewish military failure in 586 B.C. was attributed to the spiritual and moral decline of the people.

Point 3. The military image of Jesus Christ.

The Lord was the one who fought for Israel at the Red Sea,  Exo 14:14  “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

As a part of the military image of TLJC. the Hebrew phrase adonai sabaoth = “the Lord of the armies,” is one of the titles for our Lord Jesus Christ as the protector of Israel.

This is His title as commander and chief of the angelic army,
Jos 5:13‑6:2; Zec 14:3‑4.

The concept of Christ as a warrior will continue until the Armageddon campaign, says Zec 14:3‑4.

ZEC 14:1-4, Behold, a day is coming for the Lord to gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.

Under this point of the military image of Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ also delivered Israel, and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in 701 B.C., ISA 37:36.

ISA 37:36   Then the angel of the Lord [Theophany] went out, and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, all of these were dead.

Finally at Armageddon, in Rev 19:11‑15, He will break His own record, according to Rev 14:19‑20; Isa 63:1‑3.

REV 14:20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

This is the War of Armageddon, one of our Lord’s final wars before eternity begins with a new heaven and a new earth as the final goal.

At this time there will be maximum slaughter by TLJC, Joel 2:20; Eze 39:11‑13 describes the stench.

Joel 2:20 “But I will remove the northern {army} far from you, and I will drive it into a parched and desolate land, and its stench will arise and its foul smell will come up.

Our Lord is a warrior and uses legitimate force rather than violence, which is evil.

Point 4.  The Biblical Principle of universal military training.

In Num 1:2‑3, Jesus Christ commanded a census be taken so they would know who was able to go to war.

The book of Numbers deals with the mobilization and war plans for Israel.

Numbers is the book of the mobilization of Israel’s army.

There is only one exception of joining the Israeli military and that is for the man who is newly married, Deu 24:5.

Deu 24:5 When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army, nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife. In other words. (He has his own war at home.)

The principle of moving forward and the mobilization of the troops is taught in Num 31:3‑5.

PSA 58:6   O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.

PSA 137:9 How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.

Each generation must be trained in war, says Judges 3:1‑2.

Jdg 3:1 Now these are the nations which the Lord left, to test Israel by them ({that is,} all who had not experienced any of the wars of Canaan;

Jdg 3:2 Only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might be taught war, those who had not experienced it formerly).