YAHWEH'S BATTLE AXE
Bertrand L. Comparet
As all of our regular students know, I lay great emphasis
on Bible prophecies and their fulfillment. Both Old and New Testaments
repeatedly say this is proof of the genuineness and inspiration of the
scriptures, as well as vital for our guidance. Many of these prophecies deal
with war. Not only of the wars of the wicked against us, but also with our duty
to have our part in Yahweh's wars against the wicked. There is no pacifism in
the Bible. Only under Yahshua's personal government of the world, can there ever
be peace. I want to delve into the matter of our duties in the meantime, in this
Yahweh knew that we must defend ourselves against the
wicked. He promised His help at these times of conflict. Deuteronomy 20:3-4
tells us, "Hear, O Israel: ye approach this day unto battle against your
enemies. Let not you hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye
terrified because of them: for Yahweh your God is He that goeth with you, to
fight for you against your enemies to save you." In Deuteronomy 2:25
Yahweh said, "This day will I begin to put dread of thee and the fear of
thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of
thee, and shall tremble because of thee." Repeatedly Yahweh tells us,
"Ye shall not fear them: for Yahweh your God, He shall fight for you."
To get the greatest protection, we must obey Yahweh. In Leviticus
26:3,6-8 He says, "If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments
and do them; * * I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down and none
shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land; neither shall
the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall
fall before you by the sword. And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an
hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall
before you by the sword."
Let there be no doubt about this, Yahweh is a God of
peace to those who love and obey Him. However, to the wicked who try to
overthrow all His rule in this world, He is a man of war, as Exodus 15:3
states. Psalm 24:8 reminds us, "Who is this King of glory? Yahweh
strong and mighty, Yahweh mighty in battle." In Psalm 18:32,34,& 39
David says, "It is Yahweh that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way
perfect. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by
my arms. * * For Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: Thou hast
subdued under me those that rose up against me." II Samuel 1:18
records David required that the men of Judah be taught to use the bow.
There was more to this than just the mere defense of
ourselves against direct attack. It is our job to be Yahweh's policemen in this
world, and we must be ready, willing and able to do this. In Jeremiah 51:20
Yahweh gives us our orders saying, "Thou art My battle axe and weapons
of war: for with thee will I destroy kingdoms."
Yahweh will use His great power to see that we are
victorious. However, we can't hide under the bed at home, while His work is
done. We must do our part of it, with absolute confidence in His protection. In Isaiah
54:15,17 Yahweh says, "Behold, they shall surely gather together, but
not by Me: whosoever shall gather against thee shall fall for thy sake. No
weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall
rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the
servants of Yahweh, and their righteousness is of Me, saith Yahweh."
Remember, keeping the world in order is doing Yahweh's
work so we must do it, for He has said we shall. If we decide that we are so
much more righteous than Yahweh, that we can make our own rules and say
surrender to evil is better than enforcing the right, then we should remember
the terrible warning in Jeremiah 48:10. "Cursed be he that doeth the
work of Yahweh negligently, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from
To be the instrument in Yahweh's hand, by which He brings
righteousness and justice into an unwilling world is an honor, and that is what
Yahweh calls it. Psalm 149:5-9 states it clearly. "Let the saints by
joyful in glory: let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of
Yahweh be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand: to execute
vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people: to bind the kings
with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron: to execute upon them the
judgment written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye Yahweh!"
At this point, I can see some of you protesting that this
is from the Old Testament. You think Yahweh was all wrong, and all of this was
done away with by the New Testament. I have a surprise for you, Yahweh was
right, He didn't have to change His mind or be taught higher ethics by men.
Let's see what the New Testament has to say. In Matthew
10:34 Yahshua says, "Think not that I come to send peace on earth: I
come not to send peace, but a sword." In Luke 22:36 Yahshua told His
disciples, "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy
one." Yahshua didn't have to change His mind either. In Revelation 19:11
we read this about Him. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white
horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness He doth judge and make war."
Peace never comes by cooperation with Satan, or with
Satan's children and followers. You can't coexist with a cancer, either you must
cut it out completely, or it will kill you, both cannot survive. Therefore the
Prince of peace must be in complete control over a world from which evil has
been driven out. Only then can the words of Micah 4:1-3 be fulfilled.
"But in the last days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house
of Yahweh shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be
exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall
come, and say, Come and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, and to the house
of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His
paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of Yahweh from
Jerusalem. And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar
off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they
learn war any more."
Note this doesn't come through the might of Russia and
the wisdom of Tito, or in that parliament of evil the United Nations. It is done
only by the might of Yahweh. Therefore we read how this will be done in Isaiah
66:15-16. "For behold, Yahweh will come with fire, and with His
chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury and His rebuke with
flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword will Yahweh plead with all flesh:
and the slain of Yahweh shall be many."
Whether we like it or not, Yahweh has said to us,
"Thou art My battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I
break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms."
Those who serve Yahweh willingly receive the reward. But willing or not, we must
obey Him. If we obey the laws of Yahweh, and follow confidently where He leads,
we may be sure of His blessings. One of these is, "Five of you will chase
an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight." I
would rather face Russia and China on this basis, than to have to face them
anyway as a punishment because we have defied Yahweh and sought coexistence with
I started this lesson with the statement that I place
great emphasis on Bible prophecy and fulfillment. What about these
prophecies I have quoted to you? Have they been fulfilled? Have the tribes of
Israel and their later descendants the Scythians, Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Angli
and the Saxons fulfilled these prophecies? In modern days, these people are
known as the Anglo Saxons, Scandinavian and Germanic nations. Yes indeed, these
nations have fulfilled these prophecies in every detail. It is strange that the
clergy, who claim to teach the word of Yahweh, have not honored Him with proof
that He always keeps His word.
Remember, we have traced the people of Israel,
after their deportation by the Assyrians, into the lands around the Caspian Sea.
There they became known to the Greeks as Skuths, to the Romans as Scythians, and
to the Persians as Sakka. In the course of time the name Sakka became Sacasones,
then Saxons. Other tribes became known as the Angli, yet others as the Goths,
who divided into the Ostrogoths, or the East Goths, and the Visigoths, or West
Goths. Now let us see what these Israelite tribes did.
A generation sufficed for them to fully throw off the
Assyrian yoke and they became a numerous and powerful people. Their constant
warfare of the Scythians against the Assyrians was not enough to fully conquer
Assyria, but it did bleed the Assyrians white, as the saying is. Finally the
Scythians became allies of the Medes, their neighbors to the east. The allied
Median and Scythian armies captured Ninevah in 606 B.C., and the Assyrian empire
disappeared from ancient history.
About 550 B.C., Cyrus the Great of Persia, conquered
Media and absorbed Media into the greater Persian Empire. By this time the
Babylonian captivity of Judah had been in effect for a whole century. Remember
Nebuchadnezzar=s dream of
the great image, which the prophet Daniel interpreted for him? The image's head
of gold was Nebuchadnezzar=s own Babylonian empire, the first of the four
great heathen empires, which dominated world history. The image's breast and
arms of silver represented the Medo-Persian Empire. The belly and thighs of
brass were the Greco-Macedonian empire of Alexander the Great. This empire
extended from Greece through all western Asia, even into northern India. The
legs of iron were the Roman Empire.
Scythians were allies of the great Medo-Persian army of
Cyrus, which conquered the Babylonian empire and released a few thousand of the
captives of Judah and Benjamin, so they could return to Palestine. What happened
to the many other people of Judah and Benjamin, who did not return to Palestine?
History records that the Scythians swooped down on the
region around Babylon and took most of the people of Judah and Benjamin back
with them, leaving the few who went back to Palestine. The fall of Babylon was
not solely the work of the Israelite Scythians. The prophesied rise of the
Medo-Persian Empire at this time required that the glory should go to it. Yet,
Scythian Israel did play some part in it, though not a large one.
However, Cyrus was ambitious, greedy and ungrateful for
the help his Scythian allies had given him. Nine years after the fall of
Babylon, Cyrus led a great army to attack the Scythians, and was killed in
battle. Without Cyrus to lead them, the army was defeated and so retreated.
The successor to Cyrus was Darius I. He raised a far
greater army and led them north against the Scythians. These armies were too
great for the Scythians to fight. So, being a nomadic people, the Scythian army
retreated northward before Cyrus. They constantly kept tantalizingly just out of
reach, while the weary Persians got farther and farther away from their base of
supply at home.
The pursuit continued deep into the Caucasus Mountains.
The army of Scythian Israel crossed through the great pass, now occupied by the
Georgian Military Road. This pass, from that time down to our own times, has
borne the name, The Pass of Israel. At the tremendous chasm of the Dariel
Gorge, which even a handful of Scythians could have defended, Darius and his
army turned back. He left his name to this place, even to this day.
Alexander the Great set up his huge empire in the 11
years between 334 B.C. and 323 B.C.; He conquered and absorbed the Persian
Empire in the process. Thus the belly and thighs of brass succeeded the breast
and arms of silver. No enemy overthrew Alexander's empire; it just fell apart
into four quarters at his death, as Daniel had prophesied.
However, Bactria, largely modern Afghanistan and eastern
Persia, remained part of the Seleucid quarter of the old Alexandrian empire.
Alexander had penetrated India as far as the Punjab. Again we find Scythian
Israel performing its job as Yahweh's battle-axe. In 128 B.C., the Scythians
overran northern Persia, defeated several Persian armies, and collected tribute
from several successive Persian kings.
Next, beginning about 126 B.C., the Scythians invaded
Bactria, overthrew the Seleucid rulers and went on through Afghanistan and the
Khyber Pass into India. They set up a strong kingdom in the Punjab and part of
Rajputana, which remained powerful until the 5th century A.D. However, the fate
of all invaders of India met them, they finally mongrelized their blood with
that of the dark local races and their greatness ended. However the Jats, who
are about half the population of the Punjab, and some of the Rajput tribes,
still show traces of the Scythian blood. The rest of Alexander's empire still
had its part to play in history. However, this eastern quarter of it was
destroyed by Scythian Israel.
Finally Rome, the legs of iron, came on the scene and
absorbed the other three quarters of Alexander's empire. It ran its allotted
course, but its overthrow finally came at the hands of Yahweh's battle-axe and
weapons of war.
Nearly all the people of migrating Israel were by now
deep into Europe. Many of them were already in Germany and around the shores of
the Baltic Sea. In the year 410 A.D., the Visigoths completed their conquest of
Italy by the capture of the city of Rome. However, they held Italy only a few
years, and then they moved out into France and northern Spain, where some of
them settled permanently.
However, the other half of the powerful nation of the
Goths, and the Ostrogoths, were yet to play their part against Rome. In 493
A.D., the Ostrogoths conquered all of Italy, including Rome itself, and set up
an Ostrogothic kingdom there. While this lasted as an independent kingdom only
until 552 A.D., it still marked the end of the glory that was Rome. Yahweh's
battle-axe and weapons of war had destroyed the last of the Babylonian
succession of empires.
From that time on, we are in the period of European
history. We know how these people developed into the greatest nations, which
made modern history they are indeed modern history. The Bible gives scant
attention to the old lands in western Asia, other than the prophecies concerning
Yahshua, and their fulfillment. The reason for this lack of attention to the old
lands is that Yahweh's people Israel, no longer lived there. The Arabian empire
receives doubtful mention in an obscure passage in the book of Revelation. There
is clear mention in only one other verse. The Turkish Empire is ignored, for it
had no effect upon Israel.
The Israel nations in Europe were Yahweh's battle-axe and
weapons of war they expanded in all directions. They conquered and ruled India;
they shattered and destroyed the Turkish Empire when the times of the nations
expired in 1917. Russia was forced back into Asia in the Crimea war. China was
conquered and compelled to open its ports to trade freely with the world. An
Israel nation smashed the great Japanese empire.
True, Christian Israel's wars have been costly. Because
we have not obeyed Yahweh, we have won our victories at a fearful price. By
allowing the Jews to live among us to become wealthy and powerful, we have
allowed them to set the nations of Christian Israel fighting among themselves.
Nevertheless, Yahweh's prophecies are unconditional; history has proven this to