Most Holy Warrior

The Biblical Story of Jesus Christ Before Bethlehem

 

Written By Michael K. Pasque

CHAPTER SUMMARIES



Chapter 1    Introduction

    This Book is About Jesus Christ

This book is about Jesus Christ.  Its premise is that Jesus was a fully embodied, physical participant in every event of the Old Testament.  He was the Warrior Commander of the mighty warriors of the army of the Lord.


Chapter 2    The Commander of the Army of the Lord

    “A Drawn Sword In His Hand”

It was the fully embodied Jesus who met Joshua outside of Jericho.  Jesus had a battle sword in His hand.  The sword was not just for show.  It was drawn for a reason.


Chapter 3    Daniel’s Special Messenger

    “The Prince of the Persian Kingdom Resisted Me Twenty-one Days”

The remarkable similarity between Daniel’s description (Daniel 10) of his unnamed angelic messenger and the Apostle John’s description of Jesus in the book of Revelation is not a coincidence.  Yet Daniel’s unnamed messenger admits to being delayed by an evil otherworldly prince, needing battle assistance from the archangel Michael, and having in turn previously helped Michael in a similar battle situation.  Having been made “a little less than the angels,” Jesus was a very real, physical participant in the angelic battles of the Old Testament.


Chapter 4    The Setting of the Old Testament

    “A Great War”

The word that best characterizes the setting of the Old Testament is war.  God did not choose this setting randomly.  The Old Testament setting of war is necessary to reveal the warrior attributes of Jesus that will someday be fully manifest on “the great day of the Lord.”


Chapter 5    The Importance of This Discussion

    The True Nature of Jesus: Fully God, Fully Man

How could the Son of God be delayed by any foe and be reliant in battle upon anyone?  Jesus is the interface between the created and the uncreated, the finite and the infinite, the common and the eternally holy.  To serve in that role He had to be emptied to the level of the participants.


Chapter 6    Fully Emptied…Forever

    Faith:  The Hinge Point of Everything

To become the bridge between man and God, Jesus had to demonstrate faith perfectly by fully emptying Himself of His divine power forever.  The Father could ask for nothing less than and Jesus could deliver nothing but perfection in this regard.  Faith then is also the key to our salvation.  We too are asked to empty ourselves and trust only, like Jesus, in the faithfulness of the Father—for eternity.


Chapter 7    The Infinite Perfection of Meekness:

    Precisely How Much Did Jesus Empty Himself When He Became Man?

In the incarnation, Jesus emptied Himself fully, perfectly, and eternally of His Divine power.  In this act of obedience to the will of the Father, Jesus did not quit being God.  In fact, it is the ultimate proof of the fullness of His divinity that in this act of perfect, infinite, and eternal emptying He did precisely that which only the Son of God could do.


Chapter 8    The Answer to the Question

    Who Is the Messenger of Daniel 10?

Jesus was emptied into manhood and fully reliant upon the Holy Spirit during His earthly ministry.  So also was He emptied, as He stood back-to-back with His fellow angelic warriors in the heavenly battles of the Old Testament.


Chapter 9        The Unnamed Angel

    “The” Angel of the Lord

Exactly fifty verses in the Old Testament refer to “the” angel of the Lord.  In every case these verses describe the physical Old Testament participation of the fully embodied Son of God.


Chapter 10    Judges Chapter 2

    The Angel of the LORD and the Great War

Paul tells us in 1Corinthians 10 that it was in fact specifically “Christ” who accompanied the Israelites during the Exodus.  The Old Testament evidence supporting this statement is not subtle in revealing the palpable presence of Jesus.


Chapter 11    Judges Chapter 13

    Samson and The Angel of the LORD

Jesus is on a recruiting trip when He confronts the future parents of Sampson.  His persistent refusal to reveal His Name to them is revealing in itself.  In this appearance, Jesus makes sure that it will be a Nazirite warrior who rises to pick a fight with the Philistines.


Chapter 12    A Weapon in the Hand of the Mighty God

    The Hornet

Of all of the different terms that are used to describe the embodied Son of God in His Old Testament role as a warrior commander, the Hornet is the most telling.  Ounce for ounce there no nastier fellow than a hornet—and this is God’s hornet.  Could anyone other than Jesus Christ fill this role as God’s most lethal weapon of righteous wrath?


Chapter 13    Jesus As a Warrior

    The Uncompromised Truth

In choosing adjectives to describe Jesus as a warrior, we must think spectacularly.  As the infinitely perfect Son of God and focal point of the universe, it is simply not in the character of Jesus to do anything halfheartedly.  So, when we speak boldly of Jesus as the most intense weapon in God’s Old Testament arsenal, it is precisely because He can’t be anything less.


Chapter 14    Who Are These “Princes”

    …And Who Is This “Prince of princes”?

The Bible has much to say about the otherworld princes—both good and bad—who play such critical roles in the Old Testament.  Both Michael the Archangel and Satan are referred to as princes.  So also is Jesus referred to as the “prince of princes” and the “prince of the host.”


Chapter 15    Jesus, A Warrior Commander on a Mission

    What Were the Orders for the Commander of the Army of the Lord?

A single strategic goal stood behind every action of Jesus, the Commander of the army of the Lord, during the great war that encompassed the Old Testament.  He and His warriors were to protect, to preserve, and ultimately to outright rescue the righteous remnant of Israel.


Chapter 16    From Strategic To Tactical

    The Tactical Battle Directive for the Hornet

The day-by-day tactical battle plans that arise from the great war’s strategic goal (Chapter 15) are defined by the prophet Jeremiah in a concise battle directive that comes straight from the throne of God.


Chapter 17    Old Testament Air Cavalry

    Shekinah Glory—War Chariot of the Commander of the Army of the Lord

Several prophets (Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel) render spectacular descriptions of a fiery, cloud-enshrouded throne room.  An objective appraisal of these visions reveals that the peculiar attributes of this Shekinah Glory give it unique air cavalry functionality as a reconnaissance, command, and air-mobile weapons platform.  Its unique attributes are critical to the mission of the Commander of the army of the Lord.


Chapter 18    The Shekinah Glory Shows Its Stuff As a Weapons Platform

    The Rescue of King David by the Air Cavalry Division of the Army of the Lord

In Psalm 18, King David renders a description of this battle command chariot in an actual battle encounter.  This detailed battle account reveals the unique capabilities of the Shekinah Glory as a weapons platform in the service of the army of the Lord.


Chapter 19    Battle in the Heavens

    The Raw Otherworld Battle Behind the Destruction of the Egyptian Charioteers

The familiar Exodus account of the destruction of the Egyptian charioteers in the Red Sea was only a partial account of the battle that took place that day.  The 3rd chapter of Habakkuk offers far more detail regarding this battle.  The subtraction of the known Exodus account from Habakkuk’s more detailed account reveals graphic otherworld warfare.


Chapter 20    Messenger

    The Angel of the Lord Comforts Hagar

Compelling evidence regarding the identity and mission of Jesus as the angel of the Lord is revealed in His encounter with Hagar (Genesis 16).


Chapter 21    The Warrior Commander Leads the Army of the Lord Against Babylon

    “…from the ends of the heavens…”

A description of the otherworld military action behind the defeat of the nation of Babylon is found in Isaiah 13.  The raising of a banner on a bare hilltop signals the beginning of a great battle involving an otherworld army.  A “great multitude” has come “from the ends of the heavens” to do God’s bidding.  This is otherworld warfare at its best.


Chapter 22    The Nature of the Battle

    Was Defeat Even A Possibility for Jesus and His Fellow Holy Warriors?

Is a battle really a battle if defeat is not possible?  This fundamental question is discussed in light of the Daniel 8 description of “the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot.”  This was the most desperate of times and the direst of battles—and Jesus was right there in the middle of the fight.


Chapter 23    Prequel to The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

    The Special Ops Evacuation of Noncombatants

The Genesis 18-19 prequel to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah details a “special ops” mission carried out by Jesus and His fellow warrior angels.  The mission directive was to gather vital reconnaissance prior to the evacuation of the righteous noncombatants from the planned target grid.  Perhaps nowhere else in the Old Testament is the fully embodied participation of Jesus made so obvious.


Chapter 24    The Battle That Precedes Every Battle

    “…the Sound of Marching in the Tops of the Balsam Trees…”

The Lord told David not to attack the Philistines until he heard the footsteps of the army of the Lord in the tops of the balsam trees.  By waiting, David allowed Jesus and the army of the Lord time to soften up the defenses of their Philistine enemies.


Chapter 25    When World’s Collide:

    Elisha’s Chariots of Fire and the Presence of An Evil Otherworld Army

If Jesus was the Commander of an army, against whom was this army fighting?  2Kings 6 offers a fleeting glimpse into the otherworld battlefield upon which Jesus and the army of the Lord contended for the remnant of Israel.  This passage reveals the very real presence of an evil otherworld army.


Chapter 26    Reconnaissance For the Army of the Lord

    An Elite Cavalry Unit Takes the Field

The first two chapters of the book of Zechariah render a first hand account of the angel of the Lord in action as the Commander of the army of the Lord.  In this description of his command of an elite reconnaissance mounted cavalry unit, his mission and identity are once again confirmed.


Chapter 27    Zechariah Continues To Build Our Case

    Not a Yot or a Tittle Will Fade Away

Only by careful attention to the details of punctuation is the prophet Zechariah’s confirmation of the identity of the angel of the Lord revealed.  The angel of the Lord states that he has “taken away [Joshua’s] sin” and will replace Joshua’s “filthy clothes” with “rich garments.”


Chapter 28    Abraham, Isaac, and Mount Moriah

    The Absence of a Yot or Tittle

Punctuation—or the lack thereof—is once again the key to the correct interpretation of Genesis 22 and the identification of the angel of the Lord as the embodied Son of God.


Chapter 29    Reconciling the Irreconcilable

    Jacob Wins a Wrestling Match With God

The “man” who is described as wrestling Jacob in Genesis 32 is described as being of divine origin—and yet Jacob wins the wrestling match!  The resolution of this dilemma is found only in the fullness of the emptying of the Son of God in His embodiment as an Old Testament warrior.


Chapter 30    The Destruction of the Assyrian Army

    Pure Otherworld Battle

“The angel of the Lord…put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp” (Isaiah 37:36).  This simple statement belies the details of this complex otherworld battle that are revealed in Isaiah 30-31.  This panoramic otherworld battle description includes hand-to-hand combat and the deployment of the Shekinah Glory as a weapons platform hidden in “dense clouds of smoke.”


Chapter 31    Balaam, the Donkey, and the Angel of the Lord

    A Donkey Defeats Jesus?

In each of three separate progressively complex ambush confrontations, a battle-savvy donkey successfully thwarts the angel of the Lord’s mission to kill the wayward prophet Balaam.  Was this just an extraordinary donkey or was there more to this than we are allowed to see?  Did more than just a donkey oppose the angel of the Lord on the battlefield that day?


Chapter 32    Gideon

    “The LORD is with You [literally with you!], Mighty Warrior”

Gideon’s encounter with the angel of the Lord further substantiates his identity as the fully incarnate Son of God.  Gideon feared for his life because he had seen God.  The angel of the Lord assures Gideon that he will be there in the battle with him and that they will fight the Midianites together.


Chapter 33    Mortal Missions

    David, the Angel of the LORD, and the Threshing Floor of Araunah

As a result of King David’s census of the fighting men of Israel (2Samuel 24), the sword of the angel of the Lord executes a sentence of plague on the nation of Judah.  The complexity of the interface between the two worlds becomes readily apparent as the cutting injury normally associated with a battle sword is not that which kills the Israelites.


Chapter 34    Another Rescue Mission

    The Fourth Man in the Furnace

The fourth man who appeared as “a son of the gods” in the blazing furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was the angel of the Lord.  This account details yet another military mission to preserve the righteous remnant of Israel during their exile to Babylon.


Chapter 35    When Things Go Terribly Awry

    Jesus Fights For the Bad Guys

Did Jesus and the army of the Lord actually fight against the nation of Israel?  The scriptures are very clear.  When the heart of Israel was against God, then Jesus best served His assigned mission by raising His sword in otherworld warfare against Israel.


Chapter 36    That Question That Has Been Bothering You

    How Did Jesus Appear in the Old Testament as a Fully Grown Adult Warrior When                                                                            

    He Hadn’t Even Been Born in Bethlehem Yet?

I know what is bothering you.  You want to know how Jesus could be fighting otherworld battles as a fully-grown adult warrior thousands of years before He was even born as a baby in Bethlehem.  Any of several possible explanations should keep this minor technicality from being a sticking point in your acceptance of the premise of this book.


Chapter 37    The Last Two—and Greatest—Battles of the Commander of the Army of the Lord

    The Culmination of the Great War

Although they were predicted and extensively described in Old Testament scripture, the final two missions of the Warrior Commander of the army of the Lord did not occur during the Old Testament.  Jesus completed the first of these—a suicide mission—with his last breath on the cross of Calvary.  The final mission will occur on “the great day of the Lord.”  Jesus will take the fight directly to the heart of the evil armies—this world and otherworld—that oppose Him.


Chapter 38    The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    Psalm 68—When Everything Changed

Truly everything changed at the crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God.  His Old Testament role of rescuing the remnant of the nation of Israel transitions to the greater role of rescuing every man and woman who would ever turn and place their faith in Him.  The mysterious 36 hours that elapsed between His death on the cross and His resurrection are illuminated in Psalm 68.


Chapter 39    The Bottom Line of This Discussion

    Jesus Plus Nothing

It is Jesus plus nothing for our salvation, our sanctification, and every moment of every day of our life—just as it was Jesus plus nothing behind every moment of the Old Testament.


Chapter 40    So What?

    You the Reader Must Decide

Jesus was running hard as a fully embodied warrior through every second of every event of the Old Testament.  We can therefore know that in the Old Testament, any unnamed angelic messenger from God is Jesus.  We can also know that God’s “terror”, “the Hornet”, “the commander of the army of the Lord”, “the prince of the host”, and “the prince of princes” are all names used to describe Jesus.  His involvement was as a warrior commander of mighty warriors.  His Old Testament mission to save the remnant of Israel perfectly mirrors His gospel mission to save all who would call upon His name.  As the end times draw near, the warrior attributes of our Savior have much to tell us of our immediate future—and equally much of our eternity.

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