Archive for the ‘The Invisible war’ category

The Invisible War and Anti-Semitism

April 1, 2011

This is a topic that I have wanted to touch on since I started this series on the Invisible War (aka the Angelic Conflict). If you think about the Jews isn’t it strange that such a small group of people can generate such hostility from the world? What is even stranger is that the Jews should still exist as an identifiable group since they didn’t have their own nation for almost nineteen centuries. Why weren’t the Jews assimilated into the surrounding culture of the nations they settled in? Why didn’t they disappear into the dustbin of history?

I believe that both questions can be answered by the Invisible War. God himself has made promises to Israel that have yet to be completely fulfilled therefore God is going to keep Israel around until all of those promises are kept even in the smallest of details. Satan on the other hand desperately wants to make God a liar like Satan is. If Satan can destroy Israel then God is a liar making Satan and God “morally equivalent.” (more…)


Evil in Nature

March 25, 2011

When I posted last week (see God, Man, or the Devil) I mentioned the curse that mankind and nature are under due to Adam’s fall. The thought occurred to me that maybe not everyone is familiar with the fact that nature is cursed because of the fall. Charles Clough in his Biblical Framework series spends a lot of time discussing the fall and how it affects both mankind and our world. I would like to quote some of Charles Clough’s work on this topic so if anyone is curious they will be able to understand what I mean by the curse.

Here is Charles Clough: (more…)

God, Man or the Devil

March 18, 2011

The following excerpt from Donald Grey Barnhouse’s book the Invisible War and it summarizes in a few paragraphs why I hold that the concept of the invisible war (aka the angelic conflict) is so critical for Christians to understand. We are here for a purpose! We have free wills for a purpose! I use the angelic conflict as a frame of reference when interpreting all of the strange, and sad, happenings in the world. I believe that it is the only biblical explanation for why evil is allowed to exist in the world.

[Note: I wrote this before the earthquake in Japan. FYI I do not consider the earthquake to be “evil” even though many people view it that way. I do consider natural disasters to be a consequence of Adam’s fall and the curse that was placed on all mankind. In that way I guess you can call it a consequence of evil.

I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ but I am still probably going to die. Maybe I will die tomorrow and maybe I will die twenty years from now. Maybe I will die alone or maybe I will die along side thousands of others. No matter how it plays out my eternal destiny is secure. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?]

I would also like to tie this in with studying the bible and what biblical wisdom is. I have been listening to Robert Dean’s study of the book of James (link here) and at times he has gone to great lengths to point out how the Greek and Hebrew concepts of wisdom are very different. The Greek concept of wisdom tends to be very abstract while the Hebrew concept of wisdom tends to be very practical. I have a couple of dozen Christian blogs that I track in my news reader and we Christians do love that abstract knowledge. We laugh at the medieval theologians who debated how many angels can dance on the head of a pin but modern Christianity is doing the same thing a hundred times over. We treat the smallest details in just about any verse as if they are the keys that will unlock some hidden bible code for us yet we don’t seem to be able to grasp what the verse, or passage, or chapter is telling us. Much knowledge but little applied wisdom.

The concept of the invisible war gives meaning to why we are here, how we got where we are at, where the world is headed, and why God has allowed this to happen. This is wisdom in the Hebrew sense much more than anything I read on Christian blogs every day.

Here is Pastor Barnhouse: (more…)

Satan’s Twofold Objective

March 4, 2011

I think the quote below by Pastor Barnhouse makes a wonderful point. Because of the fall of man not only is mankind at war with God Himself but also with Satan and other men. This goes a long way toward explaining why the world is such a mess.

Many Christians love to profess how we fallen mankind need to be constantly thanking God for saving us (which we do need to do) and that we are debauched sinners (which we are). However, they seem to shy away from the idea that we all, in our fallen state, are not just passively evil but are actively evil. I have read many Christians who say things like “I lust” or “I have neglected my obligations before God” but these are often written in a passive manner where the writer presents it as if he has merely forgotten God. I do believe that the concept of a fallen mankind having a true free will (aka libertarian free will) is frightening to many because it states that we are not passively evil but actively evil. We seek to assert our will above God’s in an active, knowing sense. Not a good thing and certainly something that makes all Christians a little nervous since we still disobey the will of God at times.

Here is Pastor Barnhouse: (more…)

Eden, the Place of Testing

February 18, 2011

I have recently found another reference regarding Genesis Chapter 1 and whether or not the world needed restoration. This quote is not in complete agreement with what Pastor Barnhouse has been teaching in The Invisible War but I don’t find any differences that cannot be quickly reconciled.

The article I am taking this quote from appeared in the December 2010 Journal of Dispensational Theology and is titled “Eden, A Place of Testing.” In the quote below the author is discussing the word subdue (kabash) translated as subdue in Genesis 1:28.

28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue [kabash] it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.”

Genesis 1:28 (more…)

The Purpose for Mankind’s Creation

February 11, 2011

In my series of posts on the Invisible War I have been emphasizing the events of pre-history, namely Satan’s rebellion and God’s laying waste to the earth in response to that rebellion. I am now going to move the forward to the next chapter of our story which is the creation of man.

If you talk to many Christians about why God created mankind you will get an answer of “for His good pleasure.” That is certainly true but it is not a very deep answer. Hasn’t God revealed more of His purpose for us than that? Yes He has (He didn’t have to but He has). The purpose for our creation is to resolve the angelic conflict that is occurring to this day all around us but which we are not allowed to witness directly. (more…)

God’s Reaction to Satan’s Fall

February 4, 2011

This week I am going to continue my posts based on Donald Grey Barnhouse’s book the Invisible War. In the last few weeks I have summarized what is revealed about Satan’s fall (see The Invisible War – Satan’s Fall and The Five “I Wills” of Satan) and now it is time to move on and discuss what resulted from that fall.

We have a situation where Satan desired to push God aside and become the “most high.” What was God’s reaction to this? If God is truly a just God, and He is, then He could not let this pass. Here is what Pastor Barnhouse has to say about this: (more…)

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