Wars on earth won in heaven

winning-the-battleHere are several ancient historical examples of how wars on earth fought by the people of God must align with wars in heaven. The winning national leaders and military commanders on earth aligned with God’s armies in heaven. The people of Israel knew this. They named their historical record book, the Book of the Wars of the Lord (Numbers 21:14).  The winning key is “Strategic Alliance” with God and be led by the Holy Spirit. (Zechariah 4:6; Romans 8:14)

Exodus 17 Moses and Joshua’s Victory over the Amalekites

8 Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 9 And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; 16 for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

Joshua 5:13-15  Joshua met The Commander of the Army of the Lord

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”

14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”

And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”

15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Judges 4-5 Deborah and Barak’s call by God to victory over Israel’s arch-enemy

4:6 Then she sent and called for Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali, and said to him, “Has not the Lord God of Israel commanded, ‘Go and deploy troops at Mount Tabor; take with you ten thousand men of the sons of Naphtali and of the sons of Zebulun; and against you I will deploy Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude at the River Kishon; and I will deliver him into your hand’?”

2 Samuel 5:17-25 David’s aligning with God’s armies to secure victories

5:19 The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”

5:24 “As soon as you hear the sound of the marching in the top of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” 25 And David did so, as the Lord commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.

2 Chronicles 20 Jehoshaphat’s aligning with God’s armies to victories without fighting

So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said: “O Lord God of our fathers,..14 Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s..22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated…29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.30 Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.

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