War seems to be the topic of the news these days. Is the US engaging in an unjust way in an already unjust war? Is there ever a time that war can be justifiable? These along with many other questions are circling in our minds. Some wars are liberating, others are catastrophic, but all have pain in them. Today, we are going to talk about the “Big War”, the war to end all wars; the war that ushers in the rest of eternity. So many ideas and perceptions surround this war that sometimes it is hard to sift through it all and come out with a clear understanding of what’s really going on.
We have to take time to understand what’s going on. Slow down and let go of our perceptions. To gain perspective on this post, click the link to read the passage in full
As we slow down, and we step back, the question I think we end up asking is: What is the purpose of this Big War? Why does it need to happen? What about this is necessary.
The war is here. It is real. Even though it is now waging around us in the unseen realm of the spirit, there is coming a day when it will be a flesh and blood battle as well as a spiritual one. What’s the first purpose we see for this war? It is to:
Reveal the Mighty Messiah (vs. 11-14)
Here is a new picture of Jesus, many are uncomfortable with; the language in this passage makes many a man squirm, especially those with pacifistic tendencies. Through the Scriptures, we’ve seen Messiah as a suffering servant, a humble man who willingly lays down His life for others. We see a Jesus who forgives when death was an option for the sinner; we see love, mercy, grace and enduring through many backlashes. Here we are confronted with a Jesus literally out for blood. Yet, this is how the Jews pictured the Messiah all along. They conveniently forgot the portions of a gentle Messiah and couldn’t wait for the vindicating, wrathful Messiah to show up. They were under oppression, under the icy thumb of Rome. The pagan gods always surrounding them, hindering their way of life; they were trapped, caged in and desired freedom. They knew God was going to send a military agent to free them from the tyrannical “Lord” of Rome and longed for the day he would free them.
There comes a day where evil must be killed, destroyed and salvation for those trapped can become a reality. Many men don’t desire God, but simply desire to hurt and harm the people of God. They will never turn, although we’ve seen several merciful times where God gave them the chance to do so…even in the end times! Still they refused and still they persisted in torturing the children of God, those who love the Lord and worship Him alone.
I recently read an article where a man killed another man to death with his bare hands and he was let go free, without any charges against him. Many would demand justice for this guy and normally I would…but not this time. You see this man is a Daddy who saw his daughter abducted by a man who was a molester and a rapist. In his search to find her and rescue her, he found the man in a shack with his daughter. This man had taken the little 5 year olds underwear off and his own were off as well. He was about to finish his conquest when the dad stormed in and beat the life out of the man. As a Daddy myself, I can’t say I’d do anything different. In the State of Texas, this was completely legal, a defense against aggravated sexual assault, even to death was dismissed from the courts as legal.
Many may look at this revealing of the Mighty Messiah as not truly God, but God’s wrath is real. We who believe will never have to face His wrath because Jesus is the barer of God’s wrath on our behalf (our propitiation: 1 John 2:2). He has been biding his time for centuries waiting for evil men to turn to him, but when Jesus comes with a Sword coming out of His mouth, he’s going to beat evil to death with just his voice! The army behind him never seems to engage. They don’t have to, because Jesus, the mighty Messiah has just been revealed and He’s got this!
The End of Deception (vs. 15-16)
All Jesus does is Speak, because He is the Word of God and the sword comes out of His mouth and wipes everyone and everything standing against God off the map. He is the King of Kings, the King over all Kings, coming to reclaim his Kingdom. His eyes pierce through the false and He judges correctly. He is Faithful and True, so he knows where deception lives and reveals truth
Revealing truth slaughters deception. By Christ’s words he struck down the enemy and they were dead. His Word creates life and can cause death to those who are living a Lie. The enemies favorite thing to do is lie and he does his job well. Many men are deceived into believing he is right, but others just want him to be right, even though he is not. When Christ revealed himself, those following the enemy wanted nothing to do with him, they even killed him. In the end, deception will be killed by truth and this is that very moment. Lies will end here. Jesus is bringing the truth and sometimes people don’t like the truth, they’d rather fight it…when you fight the truest truth there is (the Word of God) all that will remain is the dead flesh. I know this sounds brutal but it is a Father’s love for His children. He’s been watching the deceiver ruin, kill, destroy for millennia and is going to end it all here. We have a hope to look forward to. This world is not all there is, with it’s hatred, fighting, unjust tyranny, dumb wars and everything else. There is more, but in order for this more to happen, truth must be let loose on deception. This war’s purpose is also to bring about:
The Destruction of Evil (vs. 17-21)
Here we see a vivid and particularly gross description of the ending of evil. God’s wrath has been unleashed on evil, for all things evil must be destroyed in the end, God can no co-exist with evil, so it must meet it’s end. God’s people have been beaten, killed, crushed and here is vengeance. His son was killed, spit on mocked and returns as the King of Kings. Imagine the final showdown between Sauron and Aragorn. Where he and the army storm the gates, the tyranny of the evil monster seems to be at its peak, but Aragorn boldly marches up and defies the mouth of Sauron. Then, Frodo succeeds in the mission and evil crumbles into the fire pits of the volcano. Shouts of joy erupt, excitement abounds because they know that evil has met it’s end! This is the scene here. Evil can not withstand the voice of Jesus and Jesus sends the ones doing the deceiving where they belong and will soon send their father the devil there as well. When the man was killed for attempting to rape a 5-year old girl, many celebrated, not his death necessarily but the end of the evil he brought. God hates evil.
Seeing something like this causes one to question and ponder many things. It alters our view of God, and of evil. One thing is for sure and that is God is a loving Father who will do anything to protect his kids. He sent Jesus to die to start the process and then sent him to conquer to finish the process of salvation for his children. Evil was never meant to exist. Death, famine, nakedness, sword, wars, none of it was in the original design. When Satan entered and tempted the Adam and Eve, the original plan broke apart. God is a restoring God and this war, the eating of evil flesh is a necessary step into full restoration. May we live lives of life and not death. May we draw people to the propitiation of Christ and freedom from evil!