Christ and War


Christ and War

July 2nd, 1967 @ 7:30 PM

Revelation 19:11-16

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
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Dr. W. A. Criswell

Revelation 19:11-16



I.          Introduction

A.  Every Christian faces the agony of this question

B.  The intervention of Christ in human history at the battle of Armageddon

1.  Dressed in a vesture dipped in blood(Isaiah 63:1-3)

2.  From Basrah to Megiddo (Revelation 14:20)


II.         Our present world

A.  The terror of war

1.  On the field of battle

2.  The agony of awaiting loved ones

B.  The pacifist – conscientious objector


III.        We turn to the Scriptures

A.  The soldiers in the Bible

1.  Roman centurions – the key to the conquest of the Roman legions

2.  Without exception, every centurion presented in the Bible is done so in a magnificent light

a. Centurion in Capernaum who asked Jesus to heal his servant(Luke 7:1-10)

b. Centurion who presided over crucifixion of the Lord Jesus(Matthew 27:34)

c. Cornelius of Caesarea (Acts 10)

d. Claudius Lysias rescued Paul from a riot (Acts 23:26)

e. Julius saved Paul from execution (Acts 27)

3.  Christianity covered the Roman Empire – soldiers carried the message

B.The power of the state (Romans 13:1-7)

C.  The non-resistant life and teaching of Jesus(Luke 6:29, Matthew 4:41, 5:44)


IV.       Our conclusions

A.  How is a man if he is a Christian pacifist?

1.  No wife or family(Matthew 19:12)

2.  No possessions or property(Luke 9:58)

3.  Must depend upon God for food (Matthew 6:11, 1 Kings 17:1-6, Luke 8:1-3)

4.  No life of his own

B.But if you marry, have children, a home, if you own anything and have anything that pertains to freedom of choice it is because somebody else laid down their highest sacrifice in order that you might live

C.  Living under tension – citizens of two worlds(Isaiah 2:4, 9:6, 11:6, 9, Daniel 9)