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The Invisible War Paperback – October 14, 1980
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An exploration of the great conflict going on between good and evil within the spiritual realm, Dr. Barnhouse carefully traces this vast spiritual conflict back to the period before the beginning of recorded time. Step by step, he then follows its unfolding to the final battle at the end of time. Here are answers to questions that have long troubled thinking people--concerning the trials, sufferings, and difficulties of life--with added helpful suggestions for facing life's obstacles. Dr. Herbert Henry Ehrenstein says, 'I am certain that this book will take its place as one of the greatest Dr. Barnhouse wrote during his lifetime, unfolding as it does an entirely new area of biblical truth for many readers who have never before contemplated this invisible battle involving God, Satan, angels, demons, and mankind. Indeed, I know of no other available book of so complex a subject.'
About the Author
The late Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse was for many years pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His outreach extended far beyond this congregation, however. He was the founder of the Evangelical Foundation and for many years the radio voice of Bible Study Hour and Editor of Eternity Magazine.
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I've underlined and highlighted about every page and am already re-reading sections for better comprehension. One area was very eye-opening to me was understanding the dynamic of the "war of wills" between God, Satan and Man. Let me organize my review using theatrical acts:
Act 1 - Perfection
Will #1: God’s - Perfection, and what will eventually come to pass. Lucifer was God's first DIRECT creation. Lucifer (angels referred to as the sons of God) was the most high angel, over all the angelic host. Although Lucifer had direct access to the throne room of God in Heaven, his realm was earth (that was news to me!). Lucifer was given complete dominion over earth by God.
Act 2 - Rebellion and Judgment
Will #2: Lucifer's - Rebelled/sinned as he wanted to be "as god" (The five "I wills" in Isaiah 14:13,14 begin Satan's desire to copy God)
God cannot abide sin. Lucifer/Satan's access to Heaven gone ("thrown down"). Earth and the lower "heavens" (not God's heavenly realm) now is his only habitation. Satan and 1/3 of the angelic host relegated to earth.
Act 3 – Ruination of earth, Satan’s dominion
NOTE: There is the discussion of the “Gap theory,” which I subscribe, that fits right here. It’s the unknown interval of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. While I won’t go into details, it is utterly fascinating, scripturally defendable, answers a lot of questions and ties together other references of this Invisible War in both the Old and New Testament.
Act 4 – The Second Creation and Immediate Attack
God's second DIRECT creation - Adam (also a "son of God") and Eve, then mankind (son of man). God gave Adam dominion over earth/creation that was Lucifer's authority pre-rebellion. Adam and Eve were fully obedient and in sync with the will of God.
Satan, coveting God’s role and rule, hated His new creation – Man (The apple of God’s eye), Satan wanted man to fall, and ruin God's new plan for earth and creation.
Satan deceives sinless Eve/Adam with the first recorded lie - "Yea hath God said?" (Gen 3:1) (Satan caused doubt in two areas: God's truth...His word, and God's love and best care for us..."His will" as best for our lives. Plus the second recorded lie, "you will be as gods, knowing..." (Gen 3:5) Satan implied, You too can be powerful, in control, not being kept down by God's onerous commands of "Thou shall not..."
While Satan lied and deceived…man had a "willful choice" in this too - seeing the tree of knowledge "to be desired to make one wise" (Gen 6:1). Man desired, (for either positive or ill intent), to possess for himself special/additional knowledge of both good and evil things; to possess everything that is desirable to know; knowledge that other's do not possess. This additional “knowing” brings with it power and control...AND pride...(which similar attitudes and dismissive condescension we see amongst the secular scholars and intelligencia of today. A sad yet almost universal scoffing of the Lordship of God).
Will #3: Man's - Both Adam and Eve willfully ate…and fell. We now have "man's will" in this equation. (God's will, Satan's will, and now Adam/Eve's wills)
Act 5: Musical Thrones - Satan Discovers He’s Herding Cats
Satan desires man be subject to HIS will - to worship, follow and be obedient to him over God. However, there is a problem with the equation. We now have an exponential complication:
There are BILLIONS of wills with mankind!...all going their separate way. Some worshipping the throne of God in truth; some believing the lies and as such worshipping at the throne of Satan, the father of lies; and some, trusting in what seems right to them, busily worshipping their own throne. A triangle of chaos! But there’s more…
Act 6: Hybrids – History is Repeating
Genesis 6:2 - Fallen angels co-habitate with humans creating huge and terrifying hybrids. These are the Giants (Nephilim) in the land. There are fascinating accounts of this in scripture. These seemingly outrageous accounts however, are corroborated in striking similarity when you read about gods, demigods, aliens, and other super beings in stories from other ancient civilizations. Read about Nimrod in the Bible (tower of Babel), or Greek mythology with the Titans, Hercules, Atlas, Satyrs; or the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh for stories that have uncanny parallels of great and terrifying god-men and god-beasts, the genetically blending of spiritual beings with humans and animals.
It now becomes clear why God commanded the Israelites to TOTALLY destroy all living creatures in the land of Canaan. The inhabitants in those lands all had corrupted DNA. Man, woman, children...even the animals. God is NOT cruel, once you understand why He wanted to cleanse humanity from this evil. Actually, it was King Saul, when commanded to destroy entirely the Amalekites, did not destroy all, but spared a few animals for spoil, (1 Samuel 15). This disobedience to completely clear the land of hybrid inhabitants, (which also practiced Satan worship and child sacrifice) ended his kingship, and ensured the Israelites continued conflict and suffering in their entering into the land God promised them. Remember, not long after this event they encounter Goliath, a remnant of the Nephilim. Now you know the huge “invisible war” going on!
Act 7: Todays News and Final Thoughts
Today there are almost daily news accounts of recombinant DNA splicing, and the bringing together of genetics, man/animals, and nano-technology. We may soon hear that movie line, "They're baack"...but it won't be some cute Disney huggable.
Some may scoff, (and I am no Biblical scholar, just a Bible believing Christ follower) but it's my belief that the coming "alien encounters" we now are seeing all over the news and in current movies and TV (are we being “prepped?”) will be billed as friendly super beings who have “evolved,” and come to unite the world in peace. Especially calling for "one religion." We can’t have Christianity…This “only one way to God” religion is so divisive! Can you say "New World Order…"
The Invisible War allows for such players and events to again come upon the world stage. A scenario of friendly, super intelligent and powerful other-worldly "visitors," orchestrated and supported by Satan-influenced power people and organizations, and embraced by a majority of naïve or gullible (again like Adam/Eve) around much of the world. However, it is demonic and the worst things imaginable will proceed.
This is why The Invisible War is so prescient. Once you read The Invisible War...and then read or watch the news, you will see how Satan's battle to usurp God is coming together…from Genesis 1:2 till today. As Jesus said in Luke 21:8 "Take heed and be not deceived...”
My prayer and hope for everyone who reads this that you search your Bibles and learn more about Jesus Christ, God’s begotten Son who though sinless, was the sacrifice for our sins (our disobedience, self wills), and the only way to be reconciled back to God is through faith in His Son. You now see why Satan is battling so fiercely…to keep you from a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. "Take heed and be not deceived...”
This becomes evident if you understand there was a gap of time between the first and second verses in Genesis. This book expounds on this time gap, what had occurred, and the origination and nature of The Enemy with supporting information directly from the scriptures.
This is not a fictional novel about a fictional character. This is about you and me and who the true Enemy of this world is and what he uses to confound us, to tempt us, and to try to destroy us and lead us away from our inheritance with God in Christ Jesus.
However, I believe that most serious students of this subject matter will find the author's insights and the scriptural references he provides to be of great value for understanding, applying and explaining the background, history, forces and mechanisms of spiritual warfare.
As with any such subject I would have added a "warning label": "this subject matter is for mature Christians only; 'test every spirit (and idea) by the WORD of GOD', "'aking captive every thought in obedience to CHRIST'; stay sober in the WORD and resist the temptation to run of on some doctrinal tangent which only lead to intellectual dead ends' (e.g. cultic thoughts).