The Berean Expositor
Volume 31 - Page 179 of 181
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There is an analogy, we believe, between earthly and heavenly warfare, and if the
Lord will open our eyes to see, we too shall be able to perceive this most instructive
parallel. Before, however, we can appreciate this analogy and draw useful lessons from
the conditions imposed upon us by the present conflict, it will be necessary to become
acquainted with the teaching of Scripture regarding the spiritual warfare that is going on
continuously, whether the conditions at the time are those of "peace" or "war". This,
then, must be our first concern. After we have surveyed the conflict of the ages, and
perceived something of its character, we can then make our comparisons profitably. For
the moment, the analogy must wait while we acquaint ourselves with the teaching of
Scripture. It is clear from Scripture that man was not the originator of the enmity and
strife that have invaded his domain, and our first quest must be to discover who are the
chief antagonists in that vast conflict in which he is involved.
Let these opening word, then, suffice as an introduction to this great theme, and as an
indication of the line of study we shall hope to pursue. We sincerely trust that, as a result
of becoming more intimately acquainted with the nature, conditions, and end of this great
spiritual conflict, the reader will be the better fitted "to stand in the evil day", and will be
comforted and helped during the days of darkness that have descended upon the warring
"The Enemy."
pp. 204 - 206
We meet references to an "enemy" in one form or another in thirty out of the
thirty-nine books of the English Old Testament, and in thirteen of the twenty-seven books
of the New Testament. If we were to widen the scope to include all references to enmity,
strife, contentions, war, battle, arms and armour, we should have to include a still larger
proportion of the books of both Testament.
There is one enemy however who stands out above all others, and who antedates them
all: "The enemy . . . . . is the devil" (Matt. 13: 39). He is called: "That old (or ancient)
serpent, called the Devil, and Satan" (Rev. 12: 9 and 20: 2).  The "Devil" of the
New Testament is the "Satan" of the Old Testament, and both are titles of one who is
known as "The ancient Serpent". Now the "serpent" is the one that beguiled Eve in the
garden of Eden (II Cor. 11: 3), and consequently must have come into the present
creation, and have originally belonged to the earlier creation, which, we shall discover,
had passed away before the advent of that creation which had been pronounced
"very good".
We learn from the testimony of the Lord Himself, that the devil was "a murderer"
from the beginning and that he "abode not in the truth" (John 8: 44). "He is a liar and
the father of it" (John 8: 44). Deceit, wiles, craftiness, the subtlety of the serpent,