War— Warfare


Second Chronicles 13 tells about a war between the ten 
northern tribes of Israel and the two southern tribes of 
Judah. Jeroboam, son of Nebat, decided to attack the
two southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin. King Abijah, 
of the two southern tribes, warned Jeroboam not to
attack him and his army of 400,000. However, Jeroboam 
ordered his army of 800,000 to go to war against the 
two smaller tribes. When the northern forces attacked, 
Abijah called upon the Lord to save them. The Bible 
states that one-half million soldiers of Jeroboam’s army 
died in battle in one day. What an incredible slaughter!
The world has been plagued with wars since the 
beginning of time. When we read history books, we find 
that a great part of the events are related to war. The 
cost of war, both financially and in lives lost, should be 
a shock to everyone. There are also spiritual wars that 
go on within the souls of men. Let’s look at the topic of 
war and warfare.


1. 1 Chronicles 5:18–22.

A war began between the descendants of Hagar and Sarah. 
Why did God give the victory to His people? 
What did the Hagarites lose?


2. Ecclesiastes 9:17–18.

Why are quiet words better heard than shouts? 
What are some solutions, if any, to the problem of war? 
How do you interpret the second part of verse 18?


3. Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3.

How would God intervene if we allowed Him to? 
What do these two prophets tell us about a warless world?


4. Isaiah 41:11–13.

What happens to those who war against God’s people? 
What does God promise? 
What is His counsel to His children?


5. Luke 14:31.

What does a wise king do before he leads his forces into battle?
What does this teach us about following Jesus into spiritual warfare?


6. Luke 21:5–9.

Until Christ returns, what is going to continue in the world? 
Why will a big change not take place today? 
What is our hope in the midst of unrest?


7. 2 Corinthians 10:3–5.

How is spiritual warfare different from the world’s battles? 
What kinds of weapons do Christians have? 
How do we use our spiritual weapons?


8. James 4:1–2.

What did James say causes quarrels among God’s people? 
Why don’t we get what we want? 
Can we pray in the wrong way?


9. Revelation 12:7–9; 19:19; 20:10.

Who was cast out of heaven?
What was the war in heaven about? 
What is Satan’s final destiny?


10. Revelation 16:12–16.
(See also 2 Thessalonians 2:8.)

What is the last battle about? 
Who is Christ telling to be ready when He returns? 
Who will be revealed when Christ returns? 
What will happen to him?


From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor

About the Author (2010):

Preston A. Taylor is a retired pastor and missionary to Argentina. He
received his BD and ThM degrees from Southwestern Baptist Seminary
and his DMin from Luther Rice Seminary. For the past 25 years, he has
written a weekly devotional message for newspapers in the towns where
he has served as pastor. Dr. Taylor currently lives in Zapata, Texas.

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