According to Moses and Miriam, the LORD (Jehovah, Elohim, Yahweh) is a man of war (Exodus 15:3). We must understand under the right circumstances war is just as divine as peace. The first war we read about in the Bible is recorded in heaven (Revelation 12:1-17), it declares there was war in heaven.
This means the art of war was founded in heaven before it was carried out by nations against nations. We must also understand God sanctions war. In the Old Testament, God sanctioned war through his kings and prophets. Abraham was blessed by the King of Salem "Melchizedek" after he had killed various kings in war (Hebrews 7:1).
Countless times we read of kings and prophets praying for God's approval as they went into battle against other nations. Why? The people of Israel had to fight for their families and sovereignty thwarts foreign invaders. Also if and when a nation is conquered by another nation - the conquering nation enacts its social, philosophical, legal and religious views upon the conquered or colonized.
As long as Israel kept God's commandments, God kept Israel from losing in battles against nations twice its size in military might. God does not choose sides in war, no, nations and kings must choose God's side in war. God is on the side of righteousness, for no matter what or which nation is in power,God yet rules in the kingdom of all men (Daniel 4:17).
In the earthly and spiritual realm there is also war. The spiritual and physical world has always been at war, and now we're also at cyber war. There has never been a time of worldwide peace. The Apostle Paul stated "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places".
The believer must understand s/he is in a
constant mental and spiritual battle,
thus s/he must always be in a mental
state of prayer without ceasing.
A nation or country that is under the God (Jehovah, Elohim, Yahweh) must spiritually and physically protect itself. Jesus said turn the other cheek; however, he also said in (Luke 22:36) "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag, and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one". Jesus knew it was a time to be humble and a time to defend one's life, family, property and country!
The Bible states: A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up
(Ecclesiastes 3:3). God has given us a time for war and a time for peace. A Christian must be willing to go to war in DEFENSE of his belief and for his family.
As it relates to the spirit and evil energy known as Lucifer/Satan: We must never forget the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds!
Is GOD the author of War?
When the measure of the iniquity of the Canaanites was full, Israel was told by God to sweep the Canaanites off the face of the earth. The Israelite people had to take possession of the promised land by war. They had to engage in a long and bloody war against Canaanitish tribes. In the days of king Saul and king David, the people of Israel engaged in many wars with various nations around them. After the division of Israel (North and South) Israel fought against the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians and among their own tribesmen.
From Israel to the church of Jesus (Yahshua), the church represents a spiritual Israel, according to the Apostle Paul. The church has and continues to endure bloodshed and war by radical groups such as but not limited to: BOKO HARAM, Janjaweed, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Al-Nusra Front, ISIS/ISIL! The church must not turn its cheek against such evil groups, the church must by a sword (Luke 22:36) and fight back against those who will attempt to rape, enslave and destroy it!
Jesus stated "And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it!" These violent people are anti-Christ (1 John 2:18). The Christian must remain with a warfare mentality of prayer and protection.
"...No! No one should be forced by the sword or bullet to convert to any religion! Religion should be the choice of the people. Jesus never taught to kill those who didn't believe in his doctrine. Those who force people into conversion and/or kill people because of their faith are of the DEVIL!"
Within the mind of God, He sees his followers as warriors of prayer, praise and worship. He has sanctioned the believer to mentally, physically and spiritually protect himself, family and country! Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), for war is as divine as peace, for war originated in heaven (Revelation 12:7).
Dr. Jim Allen