Exterior Protection of a Nation
[Disclaimer: The quote below is taken from the Dictionary of Doctrine website. When I originally posted the excerpt below I purposely did not include a link to the source. The reason for this is that I recognized the materials to be taken from the work of R.B. Thieme, Jr. The Dictionary of Doctrine site provides no attribution that I know of and, knowing that R.B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries is very vigilant in protecting their copyrights, I didn’t want the site to “go away.” I ended out discovering that the owner of the Dictionary of Doctrine site had modified some of Colonel Thieme’s teaching in a way that would have made him apoplectic. I notified some people who are associated with R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries of the existence of the Dictionary of Doctrine site. The site is still there and I have no idea if any action will ever be taken by R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries against it.]
This week’s post on the Laws of Divine Establishment has two sections: exterior protection of a nation and the military image of Jesus Christ. Most Christians who read the bible literally understand that nations are permitted by God to have armies and to fight wars. Some Christians don’t like that and try to get around that by saying that Christ changed all of that during the first advent. For those Christians who believe that pacifism is the only Divinely sanctioned way of life will not like this week’s post since it not only says that war can be sanctioned by God but is sometimes required by God!
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace .
I do think the military image of Jesus Christ is an important one to remember. Not only are there times for us to be at war and at peace but the same is true of Christ Himself.
Here is this week’s lesson:
Exterior protection of a nation is delegated to the military establishment. The Bible has much to say concerning the role of the military, for it is designed by God to be the means of defending and preserving national sovereignty and freedom, both in the area of armed force; (Num 31:3-5; Num 31:32; Jos 5:13) thru Jos 6:3; Jdg 3:2; Jdg 3:9-10; Neh 4:14; Psa 18:34; Matt 24:6; Rev 19:11) and as an intelligence agency. (Jos 2:1-24; (1Sa 30:11-18) We are free today in the United States because, for two hundred years our valiant men have died on battlefields all over the world, and our enemies have been annihilated. Many of you became believers after World War II; yet you might not have had the liberty to hear the Gospel had it not been for the magnificent American Army which fought in that war! Those who sneer at the uniform and ridicule the military establishment are being congratulated by the devil! There is nothing more disgraceful than the failure to recognize an axiom which is conspicuous throughout the pages of the Word of God: Freedom comes through military victory!
General Douglas MacArthur eloquently expressed this Biblical Truth when he accepted the Japanese surrender on the Battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. He said, “The issues… Have been determined on the battlefields of the world and hence are not for our discussion or debate!” There is no room for argument with totally victorious armed forces! But when a nation’s military is so weakened as to be incapable of victory, it cannot restrain foreign predators, and thus freedom is destroyed from without. Our liberties are secured by bona fide warfare, which then permits the government to function properly in perpetuating our individual freedoms. On the other hand, the satanic and liberal thinking of the pacifist politician squanders our hard-earned independence.
The violence of evildoers can be restrained only by the greater violence of righteousness. Divine establishment represents that righteousness embodied in the Concept of a prepared military. The Principle of military establishment is based on the fact that a stronger righteous power provides freedom from the encroaching forces of evil. The battlefield victories of the nations which employ the violence of righteousness and establishment have made it possible for the human race to continue in this phase of the angelic conflict.
In his aggressive domination of the world, the rapacious violence of Genghis Khan and subsequent Mongol hordes of thirteenth century turned a large civilization in Asia into a desert. Had it not been for a few Polish, Austrian, Prussian, Hungarian and Greek knights who had the courage to oppose these invading enemies by exerting the utmost justified violence. Western Europe would be Mongolian today! Similar instances have occurred in other periods of history. Why is all Europe not Mohammedan? Because Charles Martel and a group of organized, pro-establishment, military-minded individuals used legitimate violence to kill Mohammedans and drive them back beyond the Pyrenees. With her fantastic army, navy and air force, the United States of America moved in to help suppress the tyranny of Japan and Germany in World War II. It takes an incredible amount of violence to preserve national independence! Justified violence related to establishment is the sole deterrent to violent aggression and is the means of perpetuating freedom.
Few politicians in this country today understand the difference between evil violence and righteous violence. Demonstrated in favor of welfare and other disastrously socialistic programs. Our lack of Spiritual courage is seen in our rejection of the Truth that evil powers must be subdued by legitimate forces. We no longer demonstrate the backbone needed to prevent the aggression of internationalism. If this cowardice continues, we will inevitably be subjected either to enemy takeover by the blackmail of the rattling saber on the outside and or to actual attack from the inside. The violence of anarchy and antiestablishment is out of control in many areas of the United States of America.
The Military Image of Jesus Christ
No nation remains free without having that freedom challenged. In both the struggle for and the perpetuation of Jewish freedom after the Exodus, Jesus Christ Himself was the Commander in Chief of the Jewish Armies.
Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host [Armies] of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my Lord to say to his servant?” The captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Jos 5:13-15)
Jesus Christ issued instructions to annihilate the enemy to spare neither man, woman, child nor animal. (Deut 7:2; Jos 6:21) When His Command was not obeyed completely, the Israelites suffered dire repercussions, even for generations to follow. (Jdg 2:1-15) The Lord Jesus Christ holds the record for slaughtering the enemy. At His word, the Assyrian Army of 185,000 infantrymen was destroyed in one night.(Isa 37:36) He will break His own record in this application of righteous violence at the close of the Tribulation, when He will decimate the military invaders in the Middle East. (Rev 19:17-21)
Today many believers would censure the Lord Jesus Christ if they understood the impact of this passage. They envision Him only as the meek and mild Jesus Who spoke in terms of turning the other cheek. (Impersonal love in the Spiritual life) (Matt 5:39)
Modern liberalism have also pilfered support from many of the Biblical statements concerning the Millennium, which it has attempted to associate falsely with our present dispensation. For example, such passages as “…They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks…” (Isa 2:4) Or “…Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.” (Mic 4:3) have absolutely nothing to do with this age. During the Dispensation of the Church and the Tribulation which follows, there will be “wars and rumors of wars.”(Matt 24:6) Only the return and reign of Jesus Christ will assure universal peace, and that will be based upon His decisive execution of righteous violence to destroy evil violence in the final battle at Armageddon.
 Just so no one gets the wrong idea I would like to mention once again that this is not my original work. I believe that it is based at least in part on the work of R.B. Thieme, Jr who did excellent work on the laws of divine establishment (I link to his site in the sidebar). I am providing the information here because I firmly believe it is important for it to reach a wider audience.