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They are but four notes, yet they are universally recognized: da-da-da-DAHHH.
The opening sequence of notes in Beethoven's 5th Symphony was used as a pattern by RAF pilots in World War 2. As their planes flew overhead, they would flash their lights in that famous sequence: three short flashes followed by one long: Morse code for the letter v, for victory.
In the midst of that titanic struggle that engulfed the whole world in war for long years, it is fitting that this one, brief pattern should have come to signify something far deeper than the opening of one of the world's greatest pieces of music. For in that war, the highest and noblest ideals of man clashed with the lowest and basest deeds of both man and demon.
Noble ideals mixed with demons? Yes, in WW2 the two were mingled together--with catastrophic results, witness the pursuit of knowledge (Prov. 15:14, 18:15) in science that led to the creation and use of the atomic bomb, and the desire to improve the human race (2 Cor. 13:9) that led to the attempt to remove an entire race that was deemed undesirable and resulted in the holocaust.
As for demon involvement, a number of examples can be given. Many who toured the concentration camps after the war have reported feeling that they were so evil that it was beyond anything that man could dream up on his own; something demonic and evil seemed to rest over these places of darkness, and they could sense it. This should not be surprising, however, since the one who ordered their construction was deeply involved in the occult and in realms and knowledge that are forbidden by God (Dt. 18:10-12; Lev. 19:31). In so doing, he was only following one who had long before done the same thing in another realm--with the same results (Is. 14:12-15).
Some interpret Isaiah 14:13,14 as referring to Lucifer and his desire to rule over the entire universe. Additionally, there is a legend that the reason for Lucifer's rebellion in heaven is that he learned that God intended that the position of rulership over the created world should go not to him but to man, who would rule under Jesus as the head of that kingdom (Rev. 20:6, Rev. 5:10, Rev. 22:5, 2 Tim. 2:12).
Whether that legend has any basis in truth is unknown, but certainly both Scripture and history record the horrendous consequences that follow from deviating from God’s eternal plan for the universe which he created. War is the attempt by force to take the kingdom which is rightfully God’s and make it one’s own. Whether this occurs in the heavenly realms or earthly makes no difference; the result is the same: pain and suffering and the spread of evil:
The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Mt. 11:12 KJV).
Two meanings are commonly attributed to this verse. One is that those who oppose God and desire his kingdom for themselves, with themselves as its ruler, try to take that kingdom by force. This is what Lucifer attempted in heaven and which his follower, the builder of the death camps in WW2, tried to do on earth.
The other meaning is just the opposite: that the kingdom of God is so total in its requirement that a man give up all rights to his soul to God as his Creator and Master (1 Cor. 6:19) in order to become a citizen of that kingdom through faith in Christ, that it demands the same abandonment of one’s self, even to death (Rev. 12:11), as a soldier who thinks nothing of dying for the noble cause for which he is at war with those who oppose that cause.
We are all caught up in a spiritual war of a magnitude beyond comprehension. At times this unseen war spills over into our visible world in a form which we recognize as a war on this planet. World War 2 was one such war. But how many realized the extent or cosmic scope of the battle in which they were caught up? Few who fought in that war knew of the occult involvement of the leadership of the Axis powers and their alignment with the forces of darkness. Few were aware that their fight was not against flesh and blood but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph. 6:12).
But the same could be said of many today. How many people in this world are aware of the incredible forces of darkness that assault them and their families in this world every day? that they are engaged in an all-out war for their very lives and souls? The concentration camps of World War 2 pale in comparison to the slaughter of innocents that takes place every day in this world. Approximately 6 million people died in those camps; deaths by abortion worldwide number over 40 million a year; a hundred times as many have died through this surreptitious war than died in the concentration camps of WW2.
And that is just one example that can be given. War is never one, great battle but is composed of many smaller battles, often fought in unknown places by unknown soldiers. But each battle contributes to or detracts from final victory. That is why we are encouraged in Scripture to live our lives as though engaged in a great war and to put on the spiritual weapons of warfare (Eph. 6:10-18). For we who live today, long after that great battle called world war two, continue the same struggle that was waged then, between good and evil, between God and the devil, between our own sinful flesh and the Spirit of God within us who call Jesus our King. We are not to be like those who called for the death of Jesus on the cross by saying, "We have no king but Caesar" (Jn. 19:15), but rather to reverence Christ as King and Lord.
"The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord" (Prov. 21:31).
"Some nations boast of armies and of weaponry, but our boast is in the Lord our God. Those nations will collapse and perish; we will arise to stand firm and sure! Give victory to our king, O Lord" (Psalm 20:7-9 TLB).
Our King is Jesus, and God has given him victory over all who oppose him. We look forward to the day of his return as King of the whole earth. We have been told ahead of time that that day will be announced with the brilliant glory of Christ as he once more descends from heaven to earth:
"For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man" (Mt. 24:27).
He is the one for whom the universe was created, and all things exist for him (Col. 1:16). That is the meaning of the universe. When he returns, the sign of his coming will be like the opening strains of the grand symphony, signaling the victory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: JESUS HAS COME.
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