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Sun Tzu described asymmetric warfare more than 2000 years ago, “The nature of water is that it avoids heights and hastens to the lowlands. When a dam is broken, the water cascades with irresistible force. Now the shape of an army resembles water. Take advantage of the enemy’s unpreparedness; attack him when he does not expect it; avoid his strength and strike his emptiness, and like water, none can oppose you.”
I strongly suggest you get a copy of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). This is the non-Bible text I find the most inspiring when thinking about asymmetric Christian warfare.
If you are serious about asymmetric Christian warfare, you will do exactly what I suggest, and buy that book.
This study has been on my mind for a long time. Doing it has been a massive burden, for I realize that you may very well do exactly as I have suggested and go to war against Satan. Some of you may be wounded, and some may carry the battle to the extreme and find it hard going. All I can say is that your Lord and Master never looked back, and your salvation was bought out of cosmic warfare with Satan.
Go thou, and do likewise.
Christianity is under siege. At least that is what is being purported in the media. Frankly, I believe the Liberal media is preaching this message in a strategic ploy to tempt Christians to believe they are under siege. You are as trapped as you want to be.
I recall when I pastored a church in Michigan, one Sunday, I was leading the singing, and someone asked to sing "Hold the Fort." This is an old favorite hymn of the church from long ago, and I used to sing it loud and long in my youth. I had read Beau Geste, the novel about the French Foreign Legion, and I had these visions of all of us Bible believers on the inside of the fort barely hanging on as the devil attacked from every side.
There is NO fort holding in the teaching of Jesus or the Apostles. Jesus did not tell us to Hold the Fort. We are told to go forth, among the enemy, armed for combat (Ephesians 6), and pull down strong holds. In fact, the greatest compliment to a group of Bible believers is that they stood down the devil's mob and forced them into THEIR own fort.
So, we are not under siege. We will meet the enemy, and by Jesus Christ living in us, we will thrash the devil. We may lose a battle here or there, but we WILL win the war.
Thus, we will consider here war tactics for the Bible believer. While there are times we must go head to head with Satan and his helpers, we find from the Bible, and from world history, that asymmetric warfare has been used to win some classic battles. We Bible believers must not let the adversary define the battle. The battle is the Lord's, and we must seek ways to keep our enemy off balance and destroy his strongholds.
This is a six part study. It will be best used by reading all six parts in order and skipping nothing. The more of the links and reading requirements you follow and absorb, the better you will understand the whole picture of Asymmetric Christian Warfare.
I have not used the more familiar term, "Asymmetric Spiritual Warfare" because the word spiritual, in modern thinking, encompasses way too much superstition and nonsense. ASW is the play toy of several heretics and wimpy pastors, so I trust you understand the distinction.
To you who read here while sitting in some US snoop agency, I want to make it VERY clear that we are not talking about violent physical war..... the only kind you folks understand. True Bible believing Christians use guns ONLY in self-defense, NOT in the cause of Jesus Christ. That includes any kind of physical warlike activity. What we are talking about here you do not understand, nor will you ever, unless by some rare coincidence, you happen to be a born again Christian yourself.
STATEMENT AND CAVEAT:
Any reader here who takes action based on teachings or suggestions in this six part study is 100% responsible to decide for himself, in his location and nation, if his actions are lawful. Steve Van Nattan accepts no responsibility for unlawful actions taken by readers here. The same applies to a reader causing any civil offenses, real or perceived, claimed by anyone targeted by a reader here. If you, the reader, are not willing to take responsibility for your own actions, you should not read any further. Steve Van Nattan disclaims any association with any reader here causing legal or civil offenses.
PART ONE-- ASYMMETRIC WARFARE AND ITS HISTORY
WHAT IS ASYMMETRIC WARFARE HISTORICALLY?
As you read this discussion of Asymmetric Warfare in world history, start thinking of tactics you could use in your warfare against Satan and his servants. You may want to start a notebook on Asymmetric Christian Warfare from the get go.
The tactical success of asymmetric warfare is dependent on at least some of the following assumptions:
RUMORS OF MARTIAL LAW
We are told that the US Military is preparing to invade and subdue America under martial law. These men have to know that it only takes a handful of Americans, using asymmetric and sabotage techniques, to wreck havoc on men in uniform following conventional tactics.
Thus, I suspect very few US Generals will obey an order to attack "we the people." If they have no moral restraint as to killing Americans, at least they must know they will be at war with America for many many years. It will be a nasty war, which no one will win.
The troubling thought is that certain militia and rebel forces are gathering clandestinely to resist the US Government. These men may well trigger a civil war, and no Bible believer has any business participating in this.
One side can have a technological advantage which outweighs the numerical advantage of the enemy; the decisive English longbow at the Battle of Crécy is an example.
Technological inferiority usually is canceled by more vulnerable infrastructure which can be targeted with devastating results. Destruction of multiple electric lines, roads or water supply systems in highly populated areas could have devastating effects on economy and morale, while the weaker side may not have these structures at all.
Training and tactics as well as technology can prove decisive and allow a smaller force to overcome a much larger one. For example, for several centuries the Greek hoplite's (heavy infantry) use of phalanx made them far superior to their enemies. The Battle of Thermopylae, which also involved good use of terrain, is a well-known example.
If the inferior power is in a position of self-defense; i.e., under attack or occupation, it may be possible to use unconventional tactics, such as hit-and-run and selective battles in which the superior power is weaker, as an effective means of harassment without violating the laws of war. Perhaps the classical historical examples of this doctrine may be found in the American Revolutionary War, movements in World War II, such as the French Resistance and Soviet and Yugoslav partisans. Against democratic aggressor nations, this strategy can be used to play on the electorate's patience with the conflict (as in the Vietnam War, and others since) provoking protests, and consequent disputes among elected legislators.
If the inferior power is in an aggressive position, however, and/or turns to tactics prohibited by the laws of war (jus in bello), its success depends on the superior power's refraining from like tactics. For example, the law of land warfare prohibits the use of a flag of truce or clearly marked medical vehicles as cover for an attack or ambush, but an asymmetric combatant using this prohibited tactic to its advantage depends on the superior power's obedience to the corresponding law.
Similarly, laws of warfare prohibit combatants from using civilian settlements, populations or facilities as military bases, but when an inferior power uses this tactic, it depends on the premise that the superior power will respect the law that the other is violating, and will not attack that civilian target, or if they do the propaganda advantage will outweigh the material loss. As seen in most conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries, this is highly unlikely as the propaganda advantage has always outweighed adherence to international law, especially by dominating sides of any conflict. "
In 1997, the Irish Republican Army reportedly planned this same kind of coordinated attack against six transmission substations in the United Kingdom. Although the attack was prevented, had it been successful it could have caused serious and widespread power outages in London and the South East of England for months."
In theory, it's possible to destroy a country like France or the UK in one night with 30 terrorists and without a weapon if only 30 substations are destroyed around Paris or London. There will be no electricity for months and the economy will collapse in the country. This possibility is very real also to the USA, though few if any power companies are prepared for such an attack.
There are also cases in which both sides in a conflict used asymmetric warfare against their adversary. Perhaps the prime example of this was the French and Indian War in North America from 1755 to 1763. Initially, the French held the edge because of their use of Indian auxiliaries and unconventional methods, but by 1759, both sides were using a combination of regular military forces, colonial militias, and native irregulars to contend for mastery of the North American continent. British adaptation to French-Canadian methods doomed France to defeat as Indian scouts, American rangers, and British light infantry took their place alongside conventional Redcoat battalions. British commanders such as James Wolfe and Jeffrey Amherst even went so far as to use light infantry and rangers to raid French-Canadian settlements, thereby wreaking havoc on morale and causing desertions as militiamen left the ranks to protect their families.
NEVER DO WHAT YOUR ENEMY EXPECTS YOU TO DO
During WW II, Italy invaded and took over Ethiopia. The resistance was of the historic Ethiopian version, much like TE Lawrence and his Arab rebels in WW I. By nattering and nagging the Italians in little deadly skirmishes, the Ethiopian rebels forced the Italians to occupy the main cities and main roads. Every other square meter of Ethiopia was occupied by the rebels to the point of absurdity. Even if Italy and Germany had won WW II, Ethiopia would have never been totally conquered by Italy.
Terrain can be used as a force multiplier by the smaller force and as a force inhibitor against the larger force. Such terrain is called difficult terrain. EXAMPLE: Switzerland
Where asymmetric warfare is carried out (generally covertly) by allegedly non-governmental actors who are connected to or sympathetic to a particular nation's (the "state actor's") interest, it may be deemed war by proxy. This is typically done to give deniability to the state actor. The deniability can be important to keep the state actor from being tainted by the actions, to allow the state actor to negotiate in apparent good faith by claiming they are not responsible for the actions of parties who are merely sympathizers, or to avoid being accused of belligerent actions or war crimes. If proof emerges of the true extent of the state actor's involvement, this strategy can backfire; for example see Iran-contra and Philip Agee. This tactic is beneath the Bible believer because it calls for recruiting Satan's forces to defeat Satan.
False flag. Again, we must never deceive the believers with a non-crisis in order to make war on Satan. Some pastors do this by pretending to identify a Satanic attack that does not exist in order to fire up the local church. This, in fact, if using Satanic deception to fight Satan.
“Hybrid threats,” writes Frank Hoffman, “blend the lethality of state conflict with the fanatical and protracted fervor of irregular warfare.” Hybrid war does not change the nature of war; it merely changes the way forces engage in its conduct. However it is waged, war is war. Much as the term “combined arms” describes the tactical combination of infantry, armor, artillery, engineers, and other branches of service in battle, the term “hybrid warfare” is a useful construct to analyze conflicts involving regular and irregular forces engaged in both symmetric and asymmetric combat. Although there may be some slight differences in how we define the term “hybrid warfare,” we have pursued these variations because such an approach simplifies the battle with Satan and greatly reduces casualties on our side.
BIBLE EXAMPLES OF ASYMMETRIC CHRISTIAN WARFARE
This discussion is a bit of a test of your zeal. No teaching on Christian warfare, based on the Bible, should be taken in small doses. We will look at many things in this account, that is, if you stay with me.
Judges 6:11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
Gideon was a master of stealth. He had found a way to harvest and thrash his wheat so that the plundering Midianites, who had Israel under subjection, could not find his wheat.
The Lord, Christ in an Old Testament appearance, told Gideon that he was a man of valor.
13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
Gideon wastes no time doing the usual, taking off the shoes and prostrating himself before he Lord. He starts asking the Lord why it looks like God has abandoned Israel.
14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
The Lord totally ignores Gideon's complaint, and he tells him to get going in his strength and save Israel. Christ tells him he is commissioned to defeat the Midianites. And, the Lord told Gideon that his might was up to the task. In other words, God was ready to use Gideon just the way he was.
15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
Gideon knew that famous judges in the past had saved Israel, but he was a poor country boy. That is exactly where God wanted Gideon. This is a powerful lesson to any Bible believer who thinks he has nothing to offer God. He cannot preach, and he is just a hick from the farm. As it turns out, God LIKES HIS MEN HUMBLE, and that may be YOU. Stop degrading yourself, and get on with the battle.
17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.
19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face.
23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
The implication is that Gideon didn't quite believe the first appearance, but when he saw the power of God displayed, he panicked. Sometimes the Lord gives you the signal that he wants you to do some work for him, but you figure it is just your imagination. Or, maybe you decide someone else is better qualified to do the work. You may not get to watch God fry your lunch. You may have to be content with that still small voice of the Holy Spirit talking to you.
Whoever Gideon first thought the Lord was, he now catches on completely and decides he is going to die. This is quite comical really. Gideon thought that he would now die because he had seen the Lord in person. But, the Lord had just told him he was to go forth and save Israel. Dead men don't fight wars. Gideon indeed was a poor country hick, but God liked him for that. How about you, preacher? Do you love the plain folks, or do you crave to be in the company of the rich and famous in your town?
24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it:
26 And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.
27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.
Well, well now. This old country boy is a lot more of a man than we thought, right? Once he knew God was with him, he tore up the devil's program. Furthermore; Gideon reinstated worship of Jehovah God. This was going to be a war, but it started with a revival. Hmmm How about you, preacher. Before you go down and march in front of the abortion clinic, has it occurred to you that you and your people may be in dire need of revival? What a joke to the devil's crowd to watch backsliders they know chanting slogans against abortion.
29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.
30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.
32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.
Gideon's father must have liked his son's zeal. Josh declared war on the backsliders, and he suggested that anyone who defended Baal be killed at once. Preacher, are you trying to go to war with whiners in the back pew worrying everyone that you are being too hard on the Devil? You better run those whiners off before you go forward. They will be a pain in the posterior and a mixed multitude who will betray you later.
And, this event went out on the local grapevine so that the Midianites heard that their god had been insulted. Dear Bible believer, when you go tear up the devil's turf, the devil will come looking for a fight. Be sure you are ready for that please.
33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.
34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.
Now, this is startling. The Lord, Jesus Christ, commissioned Gideon to head out and conquer. Gideon went out and cleaned house for God, and ONLY AFTER THAT, the Holy Ghost fell on Gideon. Bible believer, you will not find the power of the Holy Ghost in special portions until you clean YOUR house. That especially goes for preachers. Preachers are very prone to stand in the pulpit and accuse the brethren of being lukewarm and backslidden. Well, preacher, YOU are the man. Many a church has been destroyed by God because the preacher tried to start a revival while he was bedding down ladies in the church.
And then, Gideon gets cold feet. Don't be too hard on the old boy as you read this:
35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
Gideon worried the Lord with his fears, and do you know what? God had mercy on Gideon and gave him the signs he needed. Your God is a lot more on YOUR side than you imagine. If you get the creepy crawlies as you face the battle before you, go talk the Lord about it, and tell him you need something from him to help get you faith in better shape.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Now, once Gideon had the signs from God, he never looked back again. This is war, and I love it. An officer during WW II went to his Commander and told him that the enemy had them surrounded on all sides, and he wondered if they should surrender. The Commander said, "We are surrounded and greatly outnumbered by the enemy. We have them right where we want them. Don't let one of them get away." And, they won the battle.
Judges 7:1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
Up to here, the preparation for battle was traditional warfare. Call up as many troops as you can, set the battle in array, and get ready to let lots of blood. But, Gideon is about to be introduced to God's idea of asymmetric warfare.
2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
OK, that should take care of the wimps, right? They should get no credit for the battle, so cut them out early. Now, we can go forward to war.
4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.
5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.
Gideon must have been trembling a bit by now. God was discharging 9700 troops and leaving Giideon 300. The men who lay on their bellies to drink were clearly not alert and cautious enough to be effective soldiers. They would be a great risk in the asymmetric battle coming up. Every man would have to be 100% alert and be able to do exactly what he was told without fear.
8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.
10 But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the host:
11 And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host.
12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.
13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.
14 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host.
15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
It is always good to send agents amongst the wicked of Satan and learn what they are saying. This way, you learn their fears and weaknesses, and you can send your attack against them so that their fears come true. Also, you need to understand that Satan is a bully, and bullies are terrified of people who stand their ground.
I was in fourth grade in California in a city school. There was a bully among the students who had flunked a couple of times and way too big to still be hanging around smaller kids. He especially liked to torment me because I would run from him. Several times he chased my all the way home after school while I screamed for my Mom.
One day, on the tar pavement of the playground, the bully and his friend cornered me. My Dad had been telling me to stand my ground, but I was too terrified. The bully came at me, and I panicked. I raged into the bully scramming and thrashing, and in a flash I found myself sitting on top of the bully beating his head so hard it was banging up and down on the pavement, and the bully was wailing for mercy.
I was horrified. How did I get on top of this bully, and what if I had killed him? Those are a kid's reactions. But, two things happened that I have never forgotten. The bully's friends did not defend him. They stood silently around us and watched. I fully expected them to pile on me and pound me to a pulp. What a revelation. Bully's have only friends who are cowards. Hmmmm
The other thing I realized was that I could ignore the bully from then on. When we met on the way home I did not even cross the street. I owned the bully. And, my Mom did not have to listen for my screams for help anymore.
Did you learn anything about Satan from my little story?
16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.
18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.
This asymmetric battle plan seems to have been Gideon's. There is nothing in the text to indicate that God told him this plan, so we must assume that this is the result of A. Revival, B. The power of the Holy Ghost, and C. Being an old country boy who thinks asymmetric thoughts. This may well be why God liked Gideon. He knew the old boy would think unusual thoughts.
Also, they chose the middle watch of the night. The night was divided into three watches, so this must have happened at about 3 AM in the morning. The asymmetric principle is that Gideon took the battle to the enemy at a totally untraditional time. You will find that in the Old Testament times all people fought wars in the morning and stopped at sundown. Never attack your enemy when he is expecting it.
20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
The Midianites were sound asleep. The first thing they heard was Gideon and his personal command shouting and Gideon's trumpet. Then, from all directions, they heard a second enormous shout and 300 pitchers breaking. Being surrounded by shouting and clatter, the Midianites came out of their tents absolutely certain a monster army was surrounding them, and the torches looked like their enemy was lighting the way for thousands of warriors. Then the trumpets kept on blowing. Ordinarily, there is one trumpet for each individual unit of men, so this implied there were three hundred troop units out there, an unbelievable force.
21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.
And now, God joins the battle and sends panic among the Midianites, and they all imagined the guy right in front of them was one of Gideon's soldiers. And, God caused them to all kill one another.
Preacher, can you think of a way to help the enemy destroy himself? You job is not to wage conventional war in which YOUR people get slaughtered as well as the enemy. Oh, you may win, but the sheep get killed or wounded in the battle. When you march on an abortion clinic, knowing full well some of your people will end up in jail and have a criminal record for life, you are a creep and egomaniac. Find an asymmetric warfare technique, and ideally, help the enemy destroy themselves. This applies to any confrontation you have with Satan. Wounded saints probably means you were a brute, not a faithful leader.
23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites.
24 And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim, saying, Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan.
25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.
Last but not least, you should always seek a victory in which the commanders of Satan end up destroyed. There is no reason to show mercy on a wicked leader, be he a Satanist or a heretic pastor in town. Thrash their worthless hide to the glory of God.
Now, if you are using this study in a Sunday School class or teaching time, talk to one another about what you learned from this Bible account. It was not inspired of God and included in your Bible just to give you a bedtime story to read the your kids. That is a great idea, but this is a strategic war story from which God the Holy Spirit intends to move you in some way to serve the Lord.
JONATHAN AND HIS ARMOR BEARER
I love this story. One man and his best ally, and they..... wait, let's not get ahead of ourselves.
1 Samuel 14:1 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.
The Bible does not say why Jonathan did not tell his father. Jackboot preachers love to make an application in this, but there is none. All we can learn from this is that there is a time to attack alone without consulting local church leaders.
2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;
3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD'S priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.
There seems to be a sense that Saul and his army were hanging back. The priest with the ephod was present, but up until now the ephod had not be consulted. There may have been some problem with debilitating fear in the camp.
4 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
5 The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
The rocks do not have a spiritual application, much as some Bible teachers would like to find one. I must also inform you that some of the posts in the tabernacle were there only to hold the roof up.
6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
7 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.
This armor bearer needs to be noted just as much as Jonathan. The armor bearer carried extra weapons for his master. He also had his master's back. Being an armor bearer is as noble as being the warrior. And later, we see the armor bearer is hot in the battle himself.
8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.This sign seeking is much like Gideon's fleece sign. The lesson is this- If you ask God for a sign to either do something or not do it, and if God gives you the sign to go, it is evil to then refuse to go. Jonathan makes it clear in the end of verse 10 that the sign to go up means the Lord will give them the victory.
9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.
10 But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.
11 And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.
12 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.
13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.
Here is a very important lesson you MUST learn. When God gives you the victory in Asymmetric Christian Warfare, it is not a victory for YOU, nor for your Fire Baptized Holiness Church of the Apostolic Succession. It is a victory for Jesus Christ and the WHOLE Church of Jesus Christ. Jonathan had NO idea of being a hero. He wanted victory for Israel, the people of God, even though only two Hebrews were doing battle.
14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.
15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.
There seems to have been an earthquake along with the battle. Somethimes God sends some external event or "shaking" as you are in Christian waragfe to terrify the enemy. This, along with Jonathan's bravery, resulted in Saul and the Army of God joining in the battle and routing the Philistines.
When the battle for the Bible signs was raging while I pastored in Michigan. Art Barton, the man who rotated the signs every two weeks, went to the City Manager of Newaygo and told him, "If you keep attacking those Bible signs, and the people who have them on their lawns, you are going to put the city of Newaygo on the map." A few days later, the biggest newspaper in Michigan, in Detroit, ran a story about the attack on the Bible signs, and they included an inset map. The maps had "Detroit" and "Grand Rapids" in small print, and "Newaygo" in huge print. God arranged this, and it frightened many of the wicked.
LESSON: The zeal and bravery of one or two Bible believers can cause a whole local church to grab hold and serve God with might and power. This is one of the most important results of Asymmetric Christian Warfare. Has anyone caught the fire of godly zeal from watching you and your friends do warfare with Satan? If not, are you hogging all the glory? Are you keeping all your victories a secret?
DAVID AND GOLIATH
Here is the story you well remember I am sure. Since we have lots of room on Internet sites, I want you to read the whole chapter and consider my comments (which, by the way, are not inspired).
1 Samuel 17:1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
3 And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.
This is very conventional war. This was the most common battle plan and had been since the days of Sumer in 3500 BC.
4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5 And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
6 And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
7 And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
8 And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
9 If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
10 And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
11 When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
The Philistines are using asymmetric warfare tactics. Satan's servants will do this to you at times.
This Philistine, possibly around nine feet tall, was a freak of a warrior, but he looked terrifying. This novel arrangement had been done before in history, and it might actually be a lot more humane if our wars could be settled this way today. But, the idea of sending out a man from Israel, and staking Israel's total destiny on one man to man battle, was very troubling to Saul. After all, Saul was head and shoulders above all the other men in the army ( 1 Samuel 9:2). If Saul would not take the challenge, who would?
Sadly, it is often the case in many Bible believing churches that the pastor is not very noble when it comes to Christian warfare. Thus, our Lord must find some other man who will stand and fight for truth.
12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.
13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.
15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.
16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;
18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.
You may not get to plan Christian warfare. It may turn up where you are doing the most mundane things. In fact, that is usually how it happens.
19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.
22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.
24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.
26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.
David gathers intelligence. He determines what is at stake and why the Israelites are so terrified of Goliath.
28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
There will be those in the Christian fellowship who will rebuke the Christian warrior. They will mock and point out that the warrior is not ordained, or he has not been to Tennessee Temple College or Pensacola Christian Collage. In other denominations, the mocker will be a scholar from some seminary, a wimp as terrified of Satan as all the other wimps with a Ph.D. David does not let this go on for long. He mocks his brother right back by asking if he too cannot respond to the cause of God and the survival of Israel.
When someone in the local church mocks or asks you why you think you are qualified to go street preaching or wage war on Satan, give them back a sound rebuke, and walk across the room to talk with another Christian warrior..... like this:
30 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.
31 And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.
32 And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
I fear many of us have a jaded mental image of David. Those Sunday School quarterlies from when we were in the primary department in Sunday School showed David as if he were a twelve year old kid. David was a hardened young man, able to live for long periods alone in the wilderness as a shepherd. He was able to fight wild dangerous animals with either his hands or his sling, and he had some maturity on him. But, he was not old enough to be considered for military combat.
There is a lesson here. David did not arrive before Goliath with city boy arms and soft hands, and he did not use that sling for the first time on Goliath. The life experiences God allows for you as you mature are training experiences. It is most common for God to match you in battle with adversaries you are prepared to attack based on your previous maturity and experience.
38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
Do not go into asymmetric Christian warfare with another man's armor, nor with another man's tactics. David had proven the use of that sling. That was the best weapon for him to use.
Now, understand this, that sling was no Wal-Mart toy. The video will show that the sling was a deadly weapon. The smooth stones were for a reason- aerodynamics. But, the sling was not as advanced a weapon as the shining spear and sword of Goliath. So, David did come at the adversary with asymmetric weapons.
Here are real shepherd boys in Afghanistan using a sling. You see the obvious form in throwing seasoned by long use in the wilderness. SEE VIDEO HERE
40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
41 And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
42 And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43 And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
44 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
Like Richard Dawkins and all Christ haters, Goliath mocks at David. Mockery is one of Satan's favorite tools. You must learn to keep your mind on Christ so that the verbal attacks of Satan, and sometimes alleged Christians, do not make you even pause for a second. I also note that King Saul did not stop David at this point. Something about David gave Saul confidence in the young man. Preacher, when a God fearing zealous man your junior (in age of education) wades into battle with Satan, stand back, and keep your ever loving flap trap shut. PRAY!
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.
As with Jonathan above, David tells Goliath that God will give him into "our" hands. David knows he is fighting and evil man, but the Lord will get the glory, and Israel will have the victory. When you cling to the glory of victory, God will set you aside and cease giving you power to do battle. Also, it is rarely a good idea to tell the wicked what your plans are. But, there is a time when you need to let the enemy across town know you are coming to destroy him. This is not to terrify the enemy. As with David, it is to establish to the world at large that you are going to war, and God will soon destroy your enemy.
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
David was no novice with that sling as a weapon. He had nowhere to hit the giant and really harm him except the exposed forehead area between his nose and his helmet. You cannot go to battle with weapons you have not used, and used with accuracy. Also, notice that David only knocked the giant out with the stone. Verse 51 indicates that David had to use Goliath's own sword to kill the giant.
LESSON: When you get the best of a Satanic adversary, do not walk off like a stupid gentleman. Finish the job. Make sure the adversary is "killed" in the spiritual sense.
52 And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath, and unto Ekron.
53 And the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
54 And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in his tent.
55 And when Saul saw David go forth against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.
56 And the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.
57 And as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand.
I see no problem with taking trophies. How about the sign from the abortion clinic you were able to close down? Bring it to church Sunday morning, and let the saints rejoice over it.
Pastor J Frank Norris had been fighting race track betting in Fort Worth, Texas. The city officials were criminally involved, and they hated Norris. The city attorney had even tried to kill Norris. One Sunday, on the way to church to preach, J Frank Norris came to a railroad crossing, and there had been an accident. The train had hit a car, and Norris realized it was the car of the city attorney. Norris went to see what was happening, and on the ground he saw a broken beer bottle and some of the brains of the city attorney. He scooped up the brains with the beer bottle, and when he got to church, he walked down the aisle and placed them on the altar. He then got up and preached a roaring sermon on the wages of sin, and a bunch of men repented and walked the aisle for salvation or repentance. The whole church was electrified by the justice of God that morning.
I have a trophy from my days in Yermo, California pastoring. There was a park close to the church, and the park was full of pot smokers at night. I saw a kid climb a tree and stuff his bong in the crotch of the tree one night. I went over to the park, climbed the tree, and confiscated his bong. I get a little rush in my old age whenever I see the bong. I later agitated the city council until the put up lights in the park. The lights drove all the criminals and pot heads to the next town to do their evil deeds.
And, why did David pick five stones from the brook? Answer: He wanted plenty of ammo. Never go to battle with minimum ammo. Furthermore; the Bible tells us that Goliath had four brothers. Do you suppose David knew that? :-)
58 And Saul said to him, Whose son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.
And, many years later, the Son of God was born in the home town of David. When you serve the Lord, he never forgets your faithfulness.
So, what about you? What do you have from your work, your zeal, or your talents that God wants you to use for him in the battle? Do not let anyone belittle you. Get in there and slay a giant.
PAUL ON MARS HILL
Acts 17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
Paul took the battle to two places- the Jewish synagogue, and the market place, in other words, to the religious and to the pagans. In Asymmetric Christian Warfare you need to have two battle plans, one for the fallen churches of Christendom, and another plan for raw pagans and heretics.
The early church fathers report that in Ephesus Paul spent his day thus: During the morning he visited the shambles, that is, the market square with all the little shops surrounding it. At midday Paul had a Bible institute in the Hall of Tyrannus while all the other Ephesians were taking their midday rest. In the afternoon Paul worked mending tents to pay his expenses. Crown College teaches that it is dishonorable for a pastor to work on the side. Thus, if Paul were to return and ask for a job teaching at Crown College, they would turn him away. Any preacher who is too special to work with his hands to feed himself and his family, in order to do the work of the Lord, is a slob. Have nothing to do with the man.
18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.
21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
Learn a lesson in human nature. People have not changed a bit. All the heathen, AND all the sheeple in the modern contemporary mega church, are looking for a new thing. This should help you determine your message. It should also bring to mind some asymmetric methods of attacking the works of Satan.
22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
Paul is setting them up. By "too superstitious" Paul pretended to compliment them on their man made righteousness, at least he was doing this to make soften them up. Compare this with the common technique of Fundamental Baptist street preachers. About 90% of them scream damnation on the listeners immediately, and this causes the crowd to hate the preacher. How about starting out this way, "I believe most of you folks standing here are rather religious. I doubt if there is an Atheist here listening to me." Then go on to use Paul's later technique to get to Jesus Christ and the Gospel. Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
Paul did his intelligence. He found their weakness, that is, they were still not sure they were honoring all the gods in the universe. Paul now goes even more against modern street preaching blather and bluster. Paul is offering to help them identify the one god they missed. He is helping them solve a deep spiritual mystery.
Now, I want you to forget everything your pastor taught you about street preaching. I want you to sit down with a piece of paper, and write out all the kinds of people who might walk by when you are street preaching, OR who might take a tract from you in the market place. Do you have a tract to help them solve their religious problems? Do you have a tract which helps them find the unknown god by meeting your God?
You see, when you rail on the masses and scream forth a list of all their sins (grab hold..... this is going to really trash your presuppositions), sin is the last thing they worry about. The Catholics worry about doing enough good works, and they worry about how long they will spend in Purgatory. The Evangelical Christians worry about how they can keep their affair going and still be a Sunday School teacher. The Mormons worry about whether their kids will be better gods in eternity than other Mormon kids. People simply do not think about sin. Guilt is GONE from society. If you want to make a sinner out of your listeners at Main Street and Fifth Avenue, you will have to start where their minds and worries are, and then transition to Christ.
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
It is 2016 as I write. There is absolutely no statement to start a street sermon better than Paul's 2000 years ago. This slaps down the whole notion that Catholic temples, mega churches, and Faith Healer arenas are magic spiritual centers. Use this, and you will at once own the whole crowd in front of you, that is, except for the creep in the black suit, purple shirt, and backwards white color.
The bishop in the graphic is a faggot of the Anglican variety. If you want to shake up the mob, start talking about ministers who promote sodomy, and pretend the bishop is straight. Talk as if you believe everyone there is straight and hates faggot preachers. Ask him if the Anglican church has a Vicar or Bishop in Sodom.
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
Here, Paul turns a bit asymmetric. But, who can argue with him, for they all imagined they knew a god who needed nothing from them. Go on Paul, we can deal with that.
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Everybody can love Paul by now. We are humans together in the glorious kingdom of the gods. Paul is sounding almost New Age by now.
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
We can all find God. This keeps sounding better and better. I think this Paul actually knows "The Unknown God".
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Quoting a human philosopher? Paul, how dare you? If you are going to quota someone, at least quote Jack Hyles, Billy Graham, or the Archbishop of Canterbury.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
POW, Paul drops the bomb.
He says they used to worship gods of gold and stone, but now they need to repent. They are all ears now, and some are already frowning. But, some are catching the message. Maybe there is a God up yonder who does not like us to make an image of him and plant him in a stone temple in Athens.
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Here comes the sin factor finally. But, Paul lets them figure it out for themselves. What is implied is that anyone who worships a stone or gold god is scheduled for a judgment. And, since Paul now has them rapidity dividing into two groups, he hammers it on home, that is, that the judge is the only God, Jesus Christ, who was raised from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
You need to stop and meditate here. Are you dividing the listeners, or tract readers, into two groups, or are you content to make them all hate you? You are wasting your life if you have never figured this out and come up with a battle plan to divide your listeners.
"This Paul is nuts."
"He is not. He has a good point. Look at all the stone gods sitting around their plaza, and not one of them will ever judge us. If there is a god who will judge us, I think we better learn who that god is."
33 So Paul departed from among them.
You gotta learn when to hold 'em, you gotta learn when to fold 'em and slowly walk away. If poker players can figure that out, why don't you know the power of slowly walking away? The reason you do not know when to walk away is that you don't know how to build up the crowd, divide them, and then leave them in suspense.
34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Look what happened! As Paul slowly walked away, some of the intellectual religious elite walked off with him. Dionysius' identity has been lost because a 5th century church patriarch claimed to be Dionysius and obliterated the real man. In any case, he seems to have been a Greek philosopher.
The whole question is this..... Do you go street preaching or tracting to get a rush out of confronting sinners, or do you go out with a battle plan to win their attention, offer them the true God, Jesus Christ, and finally divide them? If you have no asymmetric battle plan, targeted at the sort of people in front of you, no one will follow you away. You are a loser. If your pastor, and the other people with whom you go witnessing with, will not use the methods of Paul, go out alone. Paul did.
I have a friend named Dave who used to "go tracting" regularly. He would even sign up for a day in front of Wal Mart under an assumed religious name, as if he were with some big church in town. He handed out Chick tracts (he was very selective about which ones), and he would try to make friends with teen agers. By the end of the evening, he had a group gathered around him talking about all sorts of things related to the Bible. And, he always went alone because preachers would botch the thing up by their brazen tactics. My friend treated the listeners like his best friends. By the way, that sounds a lot like Jesus, right?
He did not attack the Pharisees and Saducees directly in their seat of power. He went about his life in a very obscure manner by human standards. He spent his time with the common people, the victims of his enemies. This forced the enemy to bring the battle to him, and in that setting, over and over, he humiliated them. He showed the people standing around him that Satan was very much in charge in Israel.
Though he was crucified, by the time of his resurrection, hundreds of his followers were ready to take the Gospel to the world. If Christ had attacked with physical force, or if he had made himself a mighty Rabbi and joined the forces of the religious hypocrites in an attempt to defeat them, the result would have been total failure. The Pharisees would have loved him and exalted him and flattered him before the people, and no one would have gotten the message he wanted to preach. This is why Satan tempted Christ with power and a kingdom in Luke 4. There is no shortcut to victory, and Christ knew that better than anyone.
In fact, I will make a rather brash statement-- If Christ had made himself a ruler, the leader of Israel politically and spiritually on the terms of the Pharisees, you would never have heard the Gospel. You would be damned to hell because, if Christ used the tactics of the wicked to gain power, Israel would today be nothing but a backwater of Hebrew piety and slobbery pride. Christ had to temporarily, and totally, reject the power of his Kingdom in order to save YOU.
Have you ever thanked Christ for using the humiliation of asymmetric warfare to find you?
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
ASYMMETRIC WARFARE IN HUMAN HISTORY
While I am in no way suggesting we use all the tactics of asymmetric warfare used over the past ages, I am giving you these examples of the art so that you begin to see the value of asymmetric warfare.
MAX BOOT GIVES AN EXCELLENT TUTORIAL ON ASYMMETRIC WARFARE
Particularly note the factors in recent times of politics, propaganda, and public opinion. How are you affecting these in your battles?
The Sumerians, the first empire after the Tower of Babel, circa 3500 BC, were highly advanced in all areas. Some of their accomplishments have not yet been duplicated. But, in warfare they were a bit wimpy. They did not like to be killed, but they needed to convince their enemies they were invincible. In doing this, they almost always saw their enemies capitulate before the battle began.
Their historic asymmetric military battle trick was to come over the horizon, as seen by the enemy, in a single file rather than in the traditional military formation used by all armies, which is ranks and files. This single file, from left to right, was extremely long, and it gave the enemy the impression that the Sumerian army was enormous. The enemy would assume that behind the single file were many more files of soldiers, which there were not.
As the Sumerian soldiers came over the horizon, they had gold plated shields, and they positioned them so that the sun reflected into the enemy's eyes. The effect was demoralizing. They also were the first to invent the armored personal carrier. They made long four wheel chariots pulled by several teams of horses, and these carts were loaded with soldiers who would jump off in the midst of the enemy and caused havoc.
The Sumerians also did not force their conquered enemies to worship Sumerian gods. Quite the opposite. The Sumerians would take the enemy's god from its temple, carry it to Nippor, capital of Sumeria, and they would install the enemy god in the highest place of divine power and tell the whole Sumerian empire to pray to the new god. This charmed the vanquished nation, and they were flattered.
Is there a way you can cause the devil's crowd to come into great fear of you as you attack for Christ?
The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the asymmetric subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the war. In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away in their war ships, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war.
So, what present can you send the devil's crowd which will cause them damage. Remember, keep it legal. How about sending someone to join a volunteer effort at a heretic church? They could remain until they get caught or until they have gleaned useful intelligence. The key to a Trojan horse action is to tempt the enemy to take the trick into their possession thinking they have done something clever.
The American Revolution was classic asymmetric warfare. The British came on in regular military formation, wore bright red coats as they marched through the woods, and they expected the Americans to stand and fight in formations. The Americans were farmers, and they would be seen hoeing their corn or beans as the British marched along, and then the Americans would switch out the hoe for a rifle, and they sniped off the British one by one. Some battles were virtual massacres as the British kept coming on as if they could win the war by dying rather than by killing the Americans.
The Americans also had a long rifle, invented and made in Pennsylvania, which could be used with accuracy up to 300 yards. No British rifle could match this gun for accuracy.
The asymmetric effect in the American Revolution was in NOT looking like a warrior.
In your battles infiltration will depend entirely on whether you look LIKE the enemy. You must not stand out until you take action.
There is great virtue, in the Christian life, in keeping oneself common. But, in asymmetric warfare it is even more urgent that the Christian warrior not come on looking like the Lord Bishop. Wearing a coat and tie is often demanded by jackboot preachers, and it is that coat and tie which gives you away when in Christian warfare. Then again, if you want to infiltrate a minister's gathering of the Mormon Church, do not go dressed like a fugitive from a baboon convention. In such a situation you must dress well.
You would not get far with the man at the right dressed in a sweat suit and flop flops.
The Vietnam War was one of the most demoralizing eras in American History. The US was held back from really destroying Hanoi and Hyphong because of Nelson Rockafeller's business interests in those cities. So, the battle was carried to the rice paddies and mountains of Vietnam. This was a disaster because the Vietnamese soldiers would not fight a conventional war.
One example of asymmetric warfare in Vietnam was the way the Viet Cong transported supplies. They dug very long tunnels through the forest, and they moved ordinance on bicycles heavily loaded and walked by a soldier. These tunnels were many miles long.
At left is a transport bicycle used by the Viet Cong.
They also did not wear uniforms, making it impossible for the US troops to tell soldiers from civilians. These, and many other tricks, made it impossible for the US to win the war, and in the end, the US Military fled like rats from a burning ship. It did not help that the USA chose a tiny minority of the Vietnamese population to try to install in power. This war was doomed before it started.
When the enemy uses asymmetric warfare tactics, you must do even better. If an agent provocateur comes to your local church and pretends to be interested, even "going forward" to allegedly be born again, you need to find an asymmetric way to counter this attack. One idea would be for the pastor to invite the Satanic pretender out for coffee, and then stop and tell the spy that he will go into some home and visit the people there with the pastor. Be sure to have the home set up so that it is the home of a Christian warrior who can engage the spy and tangle him up completely in his own speech. Finally, tell the spy that you do not feel he is really born again, but he was faking it. Hammer him until he breaks or flees. This tactic must ONLY be used when you have air tight intelligence so that you never make the mistake of accusing a truly born again person who is simply scatter brained.
This is a tale of how the US Air Force doubled Thailand's fishing industry.
During the Vietnam War Thailand was only marginally committed to stay uninvolved in the Vietnam cause. For this reason, the Viet Cong came and went into Thailand to hide and resupply. The farmers of Thailand sold food to the Viet Cong gladly, and they had a pretty good thing going.
The US warned the Thai Government that if the assistance did not stop, the US Air Force would have to start bombing in Thailand where the Viet Cong were hiding.
So, the bombing started, and it was hidden from the US media because the US was not at war with Thailand. This fact also got Senator Kerry in trouble when he ran against George Bush for the Presidency. During his tour of duty in the US Military in Vietnam, he was accused of taking his river boat into Thailand. The story was a cruel trick on Kerry because he was going up a mined river backwards to rescue another American in the water. In fact, John Kerry was doing something very dangerous and heroic, and George Bush demonized him for it.
Well, the Thai farmers at first did not know what to do about the Viet Cong and the US bombing. Then one day, a Thai farmer realized that the bombing craters left in the earth were just the right size and depth for a fish farm pond. So, the farmer built a fake village out of reeds in a place where he wanted to add a fish pond. Sure enough, the next day the US Air Force bombed the decoy village, and voile, there was a fish pond ready to fill with water.
This caught on all up the central valley of Thailand, and the fish production sky rocketed. The way of life improved greatly. Let it not be said that the US accomplished nothing during the Vietnam War.
What can your Asymmetric Christian Warfare group do to sucker the enemy into helping you spread the Gospel or do the works of your Savior?
This story was given to me by someone who was in Thailand at the time.
Great Wall of China
The Chinese were already familiar with the techniques of wall-building by the time of the Spring and Autumn period between the 8th and 5th centuries BC. During this time and the subsequent Warring States period, the states of Qin, Wei, Zhao, Qi, Yan, and Zhongshan all constructed extensive fortifications to defend their own borders. Built to withstand the attack of small arms such as swords and spears, these walls were made mostly by stamping earth and gravel between board frames. King Zheng of Qin conquered the last of his opponents and unified China as the First Emperor of the Qin dynasty ("Qin Shi Huang") in 221 BC.
Intending to impose centralized rule and prevent the resurgence of feudal lords, he ordered the destruction of the sections of the walls that divided his empire among the former states. To position the empire against the Xiongnu people from the north, however, he ordered the building of new walls to connect the remaining fortifications along the empire's northern frontier. Transporting the large quantity of materials required for construction was difficult, so builders always tried to use local resources. Stones from the mountains were used over mountain ranges, while rammed earth was used for construction in the plains.
There are no surviving historical records indicating the exact length and course of the Qin walls. Most of the ancient walls have eroded away over the centuries, and very few sections remain today. The human cost of the construction is unknown, but it has been estimated by some authors that hundreds of thousands, if not up to a million, workers died building the Qin wall. Later, the Han, the Sui, and the Northern dynasties all repaired, rebuilt, or expanded sections of the Great Wall at great cost to defend themselves against northern invaders. The Tang and Song dynasties did not undertake any significant effort in the region. The Liao, Jin, and Yuan dynasties, who ruled Northern China throughout most of the 10th–13th centuries, constructed defensive walls in the 12th century but those were located much to the north of the Great Wall as we know it, within China's province of Inner Mongolia and in Mongolia itself.
These walls seem today to be rather silly. But, in ancient times they worked great. All wars were fought with swords and spears, and the only way to invade China would have been to climb the walls which were well guarded by soldiers.
The Bible tells us about the significance of the walls around the city of Jerusalem. They were essential not only to prevent conventional war. They were important for spiritual reasons. When Nehemiah came to Jerusalem under appointment by the king of Persia, he found that the temple had been restored by Ezra, but the pagans from the country side were infiltrating Jerusalem and corrupting the Jews spiritually. It was only after Nehemiah finished the wall that he could successfully evict Sanbalat and Tobiah, paganized Jews, from Jerusalem.
Any local church which fails to build the walls of separation around the church family will sooner or later be compromised and destroyed. One of the most deadly problems in churches today is the obsession with doing evangelism at the church house rather than between Sundays. Also, human church membership requirements are not able to prevent Satan's agents provocateur from infiltrating the local church. It is urgent that pastors and leaders build a biblical wall separating the true believers from all others. This must be based on ONLY the King James Bible, not human membership tricks and human covenants. Only the holy Spirit is able to do this without error. You cannot write enough church constitutions, by laws, standards, and covenants to stop Satan from entering your local church. The way in which so many Bible believing local churches have been destroyed by infiltrators in recent years proves that non of you have a fool proof man made technique of building a wall around your church.
And, the first way to build a wall around the Lord's Church is to teach, teach, teach. And, most of you preachers are too blasted lazy to teach expository sermons which truly arm the saints for battle. You preach the Gospel, tithing, and Baptist standards.
But, the lesson here for Asymmetric Christian Warfare is this: Evangelicals, most cults, and most false religions are in the process of pulling down their own defenses in order to form ecumenical associations. No Heretic church is more guilty of this than the Roman Catholic Whore Church. This makes it so much easier for the Christian warrior to infiltrate these heretics. All that is needed is to pretend to be an eager ecumenical nut case, and any enemy will welcome you in. From that point onward, you have a rather open field for action.
NOTHING NEW ABOUT ASYMMETRIC WARFARE
Asymmetrical warfare has been a persistent aspect of human conflict. Those who characterize asymmetry in war as a merely modern, nay 21st century phenomenon, fail to acknowledge the myriad of pertinent examples throughout history. Indeed most conflicts have been asymmetric on one side of the war.
There exists a common tendency to view combatants who do not organize along ‘normal’ lines nor field ‘normal’ armies as backward and primitive. In truth these combatants operate within a post-modern rather than pre-modern context, a fact often mistaken, for the former often resembles the latter. For instance consider the following description of an asymmetrical conflict in which “small groups of armed partisans attack civilians, special forces throw their enemies off balance with surprise attacks, insurgents murder diplomats and take hostages, and [warring parties] use infiltration and information gathering.” Such words conjure images of Kabul, Baghdad or Waziristan, yet in fact the above passage refers to the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta during the 5th century BC. SOURCE
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US MILITARY CLAIMING THEY DO ASYMMETRIC WARFARE. This is a joke. They are all wearing BDUs and using military equipment.
AMAZING HOW THE US MILITARY ONLY RECENTLY FIGURED OUT THE GAME
The false assumption of regular warfare parties is that irregular (Asymmetric) warfare is somehow unfair.
The truth is, asymmetric, or irregular, warfare has been around for thousands of years.
The most sickening revelation is that the US Military still believes 9/11 was irregular war perpetrated by Middle Eastern terrorists. The fact is, 9/11 was a demolition, and anyone can figure that out by Googling "demolition" videos. So, learn this please-- your enemy is stupid in some key areas. Do you know those areas?
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