The War of the Worlds

In 1898 H.G.Wells impacted the world with one of the first and, arguably, one of the finest science fiction novels. For the past 125 years it has never been out of print! Wells’ plot postulated that “across the gulf of space . . . intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.”

When The War of the Worlds was serialised for broadcasting forty years later, such was the impact of Wells’ Martian invasion that it caused panic among listeners who did not know that the events were fictional.”

When God created Man and gave to mankind spiritual authority over Planet Earth, Satan, who had lost his authority when he was thrown out of Heaven (Isaiah 14:12 and Luke 10:18-20), using the words of H.G.Wells, “regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew up his plans” against Mankind and against God. He began with man’s capitulation to his temptations at the Fall, through which the Kingdom of this world was temporarily put into the control of the one who Scripture calls “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

What we are now seeing in Israel, however, is not a fictional war, but a real war between Israel and its annihilationist enemies, that is ultimately a proxy war being waged by demonic intellects, “vast and cool and unsympathetic” against the living God and His end-time purposes for Israel and God’s heaven-bound Kingdom people.

In His wilderness temptations, Jesus was offered all the Kingdoms of the world by Satan. “I will give you all their authority and splendour, for it has been given to me and I can give it to anyone I want” (Luke 4:7). Jesus did not dispute Satan’s claim that they had been given to him (by Man), but declined to cooperate with Satan’s plan which would have brought the Godhead into submission under him, thus achieving Satan’s objective of being above the Almighty (Isaiah 14:13-14).

The cross was Satan’s nemesis, and the resurrection sent the angelic victory cry,”He has risen” (Luke 24:6) echoing round the world, setting in motion the end-times which will conclude with Christ’s ultimate return to Jerusalem in glory (Zechariah 14:4). Jesus overcame death and, ever since, as many as receive Him as their Saviour are freed from the curse of sin and death, restored as God’s children into a right relationship with their Father.

God’s Eternal Agenda

Satan knows God’s eternal agenda. It’s all there, set out in black and white, in God’s book – the Bible. The whole of the end-times – from the resurrection to the return of Jesus – is a season of harvest, the gathering in of the believers who choose Jesus and “In keeping with God’s promise are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). Reinhard Bonke used to say, the work of the evangelist is to populate Heaven!

So, the more that Satan can anaesthetise the church, make evangelism a dirty word and prolong the season of harvesting, the longer Satan will have to reign on earth. He has a vested interest, therefore, in killing the appetite for evangelism within the church. And if, in parallel, he can use deceived and deluded men to submit the world to the extremes of war, that Jesus prophesied would happen in Matthew 24:4-15, then, as Jesus said, “the love of many would grow cold and they would turn away from the faith” (Matthew 24:10).

And so, in his determination to delay the return of Jesus, right now Satan has managed to create a perfect storm – an anaesthetised church, with so little trust in what it says it believes that its leaders are afraid to tell anyone the truths which lie at the heart of the Gospel, complimented by not only the horrors of war, but the media which relays every atrocity that man commits, by satellite TV, to every country of the world in seconds. The horrors of what Hamas did to unsuspecting Israelis on the 7th October, followed by the consequential devastation in Gaza, have created a traumatised world.

Satan knows that one day Jesus will return to Jerusalem, and so, in his own delusional wishful thinking he is continuing his assault on the Jewish people and the land of Israel so that there will be no Jerusalem for Jesus to return to. This simple objective flies in the face of multiple Scriptural promises about God’s purposes for Jerusalem. The ultimate Palestinian Islamic objective is not to secure its own territory within safe boundaries, but to annihilate Israel and its people.

Hamas in Gaza and Hesbollah in Lebanon are both puppets of Iran, whose regular stated objective is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, hence Israel’s concern to eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons potential before it is too late. The object of Palestine supporters who cry “from the River (Jordan) to the sea (the Med)” is to rewrite the map of the Middle East, with there no longer being any mention of the State of Israel.

Satan may have his plan, but God has His purposes which will be fulfilled, notwithstanding every strategy of the enemy. Until Jesus comes again, Israel will be in the cross-hairs of Satan’s artillery. And the closer the time comes to the return of the Lord, the fiercer will be the conflict. But, we can take comfort from the word of Jesus when He said, “for the sake of the elect these days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21).

Where is God in All This?

A good question! And even believers are crying out “Where is God in all this?”

In the midst of this extraordinary situation God is still building His true Church – and by this I mean the ones who are called out from serving the god of this world to be the future citizens of Heaven, who are currently working as special agents for the Kingdom of God in what is now for them, alien territory! They are the harvesters with a mission to use every means possible to gather in the harvest of souls, before the door closes on the annals of time and eternity beckons. Jesus urges us to “ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37). And warns the unbeliever that the day will come like a thief in the night, when you least expect it.

So, where is God in all of this? He remains as He has always been, with His arms wide open ready and willing to welcome home those who turn to Jesus as their Saviour. He is what He has always been, a loving Father watching and waiting for the prodigals to come to their senses and say “I will set out and go back to my Father and say to Him, I have sinned against heaven and against you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son” (Luke 15:10).

This is the core issue in a broken world – people have turned away from the love and care of Father God and, as Jeremiah put it, “they have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jeremiah 2:13). As a result they are lost in a broken and traumatised world and while the church has all the answers within its grasp, as the Steward of a dying Methodist Church recently commented, “we don’t believe much of that, these days.”

God’s Agenda for You and Me

If corporate church has lost the plot, then the mantle of faith for the reviving power of the Holy Spirit, must fall on those individual faith-adventurers who still believe that when God gives vision, He will respond with His presence and His provision when we set out in obedience to Him. “It is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord of Hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).

The church at large may be reluctant to believe the truths that they do know about. But outside the walls of the church, the world is ignorant of what these truths are and  can’t believe in what or who they don’t know! Or, as Paul expressed the grief of God about a people for whom faith-adventuring is the stuff of history, and not today’s reality, “How can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ (Romans 10:14-15).

As I write these words I am being moved with compassion once again, just as I was forty years ago at the beginning of my ministry, for the lost and the hurting – people who have no shepherd to show them the way, no healer to tend their wounded souls and no teacher to open their eyes to the extraordinary truth that the living God is gathering His children into the safety of the Father’s arms. I am crying out for the Holy Spirit to convict believers of the unchanging call on their lives to respond to the cry of God’s heart.

The times are too serious for believers to wait on others to do the work. The day is long past when church-goers can trust their leaders to be the evangelistic spokesperson into their community and the nation. The baton has passed to the individuals with willing hearts, who know the ways and the purposes of God, and are willing to be fired up from within by the Holy Spirit, to be God’s voice into the world. As I quoted in my last blog from Daniel 11:32, it is “the people who do know their God who will be strong and do exploits.”  What are you waiting for?

Take a look at the life of Mary Slessor. An extraordinary, uneducated working girl from the flax mills of Dundee. In 1873 she heard that the great pioneer missionary to Africa, David Livingstone, had died. God touched her heart and without, seemingly, there being any possible prospect of escaping the mills of Dundee, she vowed to give up her life to replace him in Africa. She became one of the most effective missionaries West Africa has ever known, the main street in Calabar past the hospital is still called Mary Slessor Road. On her death she was given a State funeral. And the Clydesdale Bank even put her story on the back of a Ten Pound note!. Take a few minutes to find and read her story and marvel at the exploits of one individual who truly knew her God and didn’t allow anything to stand in the way of the exploits that God called her to do. This is how The War of the Worlds is won!


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  1. Thank you Peter. We are certainly living in prophetic times. I, like most christians witness as and when given the opportunity. It seems there is a stirring of the Spirit, people willing to talk but no real conviction of their need. Although for us what is happening in Israel etc is really significant, the world just sees yet another war in the middle east and of course the awful weather conditions are the result of global warming.
    Oh for a greater move of the Spirit.
    Bless you.

  2. Some words of strength
    Some words of comfort
    Words of reassurance
    Words of light and hope
    Come now draw near.

    You are near to the broken-hearted
    You hear their cry
    You will come and save them.
    Send help O Lord we cry
    For those in need
    For those in captivity
    Send help——–

  3. Thanks Dave.
    Many of the Psalms have huge relevance to the days in which we live – and I agree that Psalm 53 seems especially appropriate for these near apostate days.
    Blessings and thanks for your input

  4. Many thanks for your blogs Peter a real blessing & inspiring. I’d just like to share this . I was reading through Psalms & read Psalm 53 (Good News Translation) this impacted me & was compelled to read through 3 times. I felt God was in this moment it seems so relevant to these times.

  5. Thank you so much for your encouragement Peter to keep on going!!! I am a member of the Church of England and have recently had a new Rector after losing our Spirit Filled rector to a well earned retirement. The diocese to which we belong are not evangelical at all and it’s like being in a battle with what we believe God is saying and what the diocese believes is important. Our rector is now overseeing 5 churches in 5 different villages so no longer has that much involvement in each church . This is down to financial reasons.
    It is now left to the laity to shepherd themselves so to speak . Most of us are are 65+ and have been finding it tough. But the fire of God is burning within us to see the lost and the hurting find their home with their Heavenly Father. Thank you for this encouragement to keep on seeking and saving those who are lost while we still have the time!! The time is NOW!
    Thankful for you and the work you began at Ellel Grange. We have visited a few times now and thankful for the work they do to restore the lost and broken to their Heavenly Father. My own daughter was lost to alcoholism and received healing there. She then married a man who also received healing from addiction at Ellel . They are now serving God and seeking to bring hope to others who are lost in addiction . And all from the vision God gave you many years ago! We serve a mighty God who can do immeasurably more than we can ever hope or imagine.
    May God Bless you and your work
    Diane ????

  6. 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
    13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
    14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy _are ye;_ for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
    15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or _as_ a thief, or _as_ an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
    16 Yet if _any man suffer_ as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
    17 For the time _is come_ that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if _it_ first _begin_ at us, what shall the end _be_ of them that obey not the gospel of God?
    18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
    19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls _to him_ in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

  7. Excellent article, Peter!

    I recently read the story of Gladys Aylwood – another remarkable story of someone so uneducated and yet full of faith who did great works in China.

  8. Dear Peter,
    To neglect or reject the Old Testament and the prophets of Israel is to fail to understand the significance of Jerusalem and Israel in relation Gods future plans for His Sons return and the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel. In spite of Satans repeated attempts to annihilate the nation of Israel, Israel is the only nation guaranteed a certain future according to Jeremiah 31: 35-37:

    ‘Thus says the LORD,
    Who gives the sun for a light by day,
    The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
    Who disturbs the sea,
    And its waves roar
    (The LORD of hosts is His name):
    “If those ordinances depart
    From before Me, says the LORD,
    Then the seed of Israel shall also cease
    From being a nation before Me forever.”
    Thus says the LORD:
    “If heaven above can be measured,
    And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
    I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
    For all that they have done, says the LORD.

  9. Thank you again so much Peter for your excellent post encouraging us all to take up the mantle, there’s never been such a time in my lifetime to hear those amazing words of Onward Christian Soldiers may God continue to bless you

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