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World Wars and the Church

Updated: Mar 5, 2022

Dear Saints,

The brothers who oversee Living Stream Ministry have recommended that a portion from Watchman Nee’s collected works that is relevant to the current world situation be shared with the saints through the co-workers.

In English, this portion is from The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, Set Two, Volume 45, chapter 139. (Navigate to "17. World Wars and the Church (Chapter One Hundred Thirty-Nine).") In that chapter, Brother Nee shares the spiritual significance of world wars, the world opposing Christ and the Christians, and the need of the church's prayer.


"In any war there are two sides. Spiritually speaking, there are also two sides. On one side, there are the Christians, that is, the church, and on the other side, there are the opposing nations. They join together to inflict hardship on God's church. The issue is not which nation wins; the focus is the people of God."

(Watchman Nee, "World Wars and the Church")


Scripture Reading: Matt. 24:4-14; Acts 4:25; Heb. 11:5-6

Matt. 24:4-14 And Jesus answered and said to them, See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ, and they will lead many astray. And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for it must happen; but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of My name. ¹⁰ And at that time many will be stumbled and will deliver up one another and will hate one another. ¹¹ And many false prophets will arise and will lead many astray. ¹² And because lawlessness will be multiplied, the love of the many will grow cold. ¹³ But he who has endured to the end, this one shall be saved. ¹⁴ And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Acts 4:25 Who, through the Holy Spirit, [through] the mouth of our father David Your servant, has said, "Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples devise vain things?

Heb. 11:5-6 By faith Enoch was translated so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For before his translation he obtained the testimony that he had been well pleasing to God. But without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing [to Him,] for he who comes forward to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Verses from the Holy Bible Recovery Version (text-only edition) © 2012 Living Stream Ministry (



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