Petra - This Means War! Lyrics

[Words and Music by Bob Hartman]

Son of the morning--highest of all
You had so much going till you took the fall
Had a place in the glory but you wanted it all
Impossible odds but you had the gall
It seemed so unlikely that you would rebel
Such a worthy opponent that you knew so well
But you went down fighting when you heard the bell
Took a third of all heaven when you went to hell

This means war--and the battle's still raging
War--and though both sides are waging
The Victor is sure and the victory secure
But till judgement we all must endure
This Means War!

Then came the cross--you thought you had won
You thought you had conquered God's only Son
"So much for Jesus" you said in jest
Then you got a visit from an unwelcome guest
Now it's all over down to the wire
Counting the days to your own lake of fire
But you'll go down fighting for all that you're worth
To try to abolish His image on earth

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  1. Andi Lawson

    my fav song it is so cool!!!!!!

  2. em jay

    I remember walking into a Christian record store and picking up a free promotional cassette recording of this song, along with an interview with Bob Hartman. I bought the album, as I did with every Petra album before and after!

  3. Susanne Anderson

    This was brought up in a Facebook conversation with a friend and it always brings back great memories of time with my middle brother in the late 80s. I wore out my cassette tape of this. Still great!

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  6. Julie Bingham

    It's a war between God and the devil and God will win with me every day every hour

  7. Rosana Abreu

    Hello beloved ones, then see how it was the song GRAVE ROBBER of the Petra Group in the Portuguese version. It was made with much affection for the Glory of God, I think you will like it.

  8. Mario Castro Blanco

    Go petra go.

  9. Priyadarshan Nag

    What a killer song and what a killer keyboard solo! 😎👊🏻

  10. Learn to Make Honest Money Online

    Anyone listening this in 2019? 😊😊

    GREAT SONG! I really like the energy in this one.


    Learn to Make Honest Money Online I was a BIG Petra fan in the 80’s. I live in Australia and I saw them 3 of the 4 times they toured here. This Means War, the message is what stuck out to me in this album.. musically Not of the World’ and On Fire are my fave! Bob Hartman tho, what a great songwriter!

    K Cali

    Yes! My kids may be Petra's number one fan😁

  11. Big Ed far one of the coolest Christian songs of all time !!

  12. Adam White

    This is Petra's best album... period

  13. TheGuardian

    back at the time where Christian music didn't sound like mainstream electronic dance music.

  14. Alan Kim

    Petra is the best.Christian band around. I owned all their albums.

  15. bornforbattle74

    This is war!!!

  16. jacki smith

    best concert ever.

  17. Haley Davis

    Love this song so much Biblical truth in this one song!

  18. Armen Armelion

    They Still Think They Done With Jesus!! God Bless Y'all!! Dedicate 2 My Channel 2!!

  19. drae408

    I remember listening to this back in the early 90's

  20. Mr. M.

    This was the very first Petra song I heard, well, with the exception of God Gave Rock & Roll to You, but I heard it by Kiss and had no idea that it was a cover. I have seen Petra in concert several times.

  21. Angelica Farias

    Yeah come on

  22. Eddie Regalado

    War,war war,war,rage ,fight Satan in Jesus Christ name .I cast you back to the pit of Hell.War..your deafeted Satan.

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  25. Charlotte Willis

    The Deacon's daughter at my private school turned me on to Petra back in the late '80's.
    I remained a headbanger, but always loved Petra and Stryper.
    Thanks Kass! Thanks for helping me cope with my dwindling eyesight, too! :-)

  26. Ray Greer

    What a great song

  27. JSENNER83

    Righteous fury put into song...Awesome.

  28. Don't trip

    Is this John Schlitt?

    Steve York

    Sure is John

  29. youtube account

    no longer available???!!!


  30. R C

    Had this on cassette the day it came out and listened to it for YEARS.

    Been almost 30 yrs and I still know every word of this..... beyond belief. (!)

  31. Walter David Scott

    This Means War Romans 16:20;1John4 :17;Romans 8:37-39.NKJV.Amen.#Petra

  32. Mauricio Miranda

    This praise is so relevant to our times. Satanic people openly admitting to practicing witchcraft, statues of baphomet and Satanic rituals against children. Christians put on your armor and get on your knees and fight like a man because THIS MEANS WAR! Pray! Pray! Pray! praise God, Read his word and connect with him directly more than ever

    Jeremy Stephenson

    Mauricio M Amen. Things are so crazy now, I sometimes feel like I'm going to lose it. But then, the Lord reminds me: He that endureth to the end shall be saved.

    Mauricio Miranda

    I know exactly what you mean many of us feel the same but ONLY those who endure 'till THE END will get the crowns


    You should read up on Satanism. I don't think it means what you think it means.

    em jay

    Satan doesn't even hide himself anymore. He roams freely.

  33. Ben Wessel

    great song

  34. Scott W

    the song that will play when he comes back.

    Jeffrey Banner

    All The King's Horses...

  35. Rogelio Beltran

    Long Lost...

  36. Laura Ellsworth

    had this song stuck in my head all morning

  37. Pavy Rivera

    Looooooooove this !!! 😍❤️

  38. Noah Cossey

    ahhh nice to see people actually taking interest in old Christian songs

  39. Nancy Osborne

    Love this album!

  40. Paul Meier

    What a fantastic album every song is great

  41. Jules Priorstockwi.

    while amongst non Christian friends hanging out in our cars i would play this album, and rez band, everyone loved it, the message got through.

    floyd rains

    Love rez band. God is good.

    Lamar Galloway

    Saw Rez at Night of Joy back in the day....they were the loudest band I had (and have ever) heard! Loved their music anyways!!

    NeoAnimeFreak _


  42. Wyatt Michael

    Mom got me this album on tape at the Christian Bookstore when it came out. I was 12 years old and rock was cool. Good times.

    Dana Joyner

    Ha! I totally wore out the cassette when I was about 9 or 10. I still remember listening on old-school headphones and obsessively following the microscopic liner notes!


    Wyatt Michael rock has never been not cool

  43. Jeremy Ashley

    The first Petra song I ever heard.  I still love their music.  Great sound without compromising lyrics.

    Kelly Ann

    Mine too.

    Manna Momma

    This is my first Petra song, too. Never got over this band. Still playing their songs to this day.

  44. Kimber Zimmerman far one of the coolest Christian rock album cover artwork of all time

  45. Rahul Gill

    Praise God, the war is raging and the world is delving deeper to the revelation. The Lord is coming again in 39 years!
    Praise be to Lord Yaheshua!

    Axel Portillo

    39 years???

    Rahul Gill

    6000-5961=39 years left before 7th millenium

    navy 3001

    in the bible it says God created everything in 7 days..he is saying that since God likes the number 7 it might mbe the 7th millenium were it all happens..but there is one thing God one will know wheni t will happen only he will not even jesus knows when it is time

    Armydillo 101

    @navy 3001 exactly!

  46. My Job Sux

    I had this on cassette tape and i think its still in my top right desk drawer. I used to crank it up on my tape player and sing with it as a kid. This was my heavy metal rock n roll. Still love this tape, Petra still rox!

  47. Hannah-Jo Stephenson

    I`m 12 years old and I love this song every one thinks I`m crazy for liseining to it

    Melissa Bonifas

    Who cares what they think! These guys were legendary! You only need to worry about the opinion of one-God Almighty!!

    Jeremy Stephenson

    Well, don't let them get to you. Stick with the Lord. Let Him be your strength.

    Harold Miller

    Hannah-Jo Stephenson rock on hopefully you are still listening!

    Julie Bingham

    Your not crazy for wanting to listen to God's music yes it's Christian rock but it's still gods word

    em jay

    Petra has never compromised their lyrics, they've stayed true to God's word. There's really no limitation of what type of music you can worship to as long as God is the center of it.

  48. Naters Potaters

    best album ever

    Paul Meier

    what about Beyond Belief, Beat the System, Back to the streets. No Doubt and Not of this World

    Armydillo 101

    and on fire

    The Drawing Board

    and all of the other ones

  49. Mike Dowell

    hearing the drums i wanted play drumms i did in a talent show

  50. Jason Young

    These guys know how to ignite the spirit within.

  51. Jarno Koivula

    The message mean very little to me, but the music from B.hartman is very very good!

  52. Paul Smith

    This was my very first concert. I still remember it well. December 5th, 1988 at Jackson Hall/TPAC in Nashville, TN.

  53. swordfish00007

    Yeah these guys were good to go back in the day.

  54. bigdogcop

    i had this stuck in my head for so long i was just thinking skrew it i'm finding this song so took a little whil but i did and i have severall backups for it

  55. brian bailey

    grew up on Petra in 80's. still rockin it! They are good Christians and there music makes me wanna pray. That's as good as it gets! Brian B

  56. Michael Cardoza

    Doesn't get much better than this

  57. Stanley Grimes

    Put on the full armor of GOD and lets go!!!! AMEN!!!

    stone cold fan 316

    TO THE END!!!

  58. Tom Babel

    the battle is still raging......

  59. The Saturated Squid

    The best part about this war is that its already over >:)

    Zachary V

    +Sitchy777 Not yet, sadly.

    The Saturated Squid

    Jesus has already won :) we just have to hang out and tell others the good news until he comes back

    Zachary V

    @Sitchy777 Ahh, I see what you mean! 

    Anthony Wood

    True, but these mopping up skirmishes are a real mongrel to deal with!

  60. Josh Anderson Art

    I remember blasting this from the car stereo on the way to high school!

    mike smith

    @rawar777 me too!!  got some of my friends to even like this that weren't into Christian music..

    Pirlanta's Hall



    Me too, on my Pioneer tape deck.

    Big Ed

    I still blast this and other Petra songs when I lift weights !!! 🏋️

  61. Jennifer Pruitt

    Divorce letter from God to Satan!

    Tim Brownhill

    Divorce is a sin in the eyes of God.

  62. Hans Delbruck

    I remember listening to this as a teenager and being such an oblivious fool.

    Dude Muscle

    @***** You made yourself and Christ look bad on a public comment section for everyone to see. If there was more Christlikeness on this I wouldn't need to call this out. 

    Dude Muscle

    1 Corinthians 5:12-13 
    For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

    Also I think this is what you are referring to:

    Matthew 18:15-17 
    “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

    If you sinned against me I would no doubt talk to you about it first. But this thing isn't private.

    Dude Muscle

    @***** What I saw was abuse also came from a man who proclaims Christ. We are to expect abuse from the unsaved! Jesus told us that many times! I am sorry if I sound too harsh also! G2G 


    I was raised a Christian, but I too have drifted away from it in recent years for various reasons. I would now classify myself as an agnostic -- no faith without scientific proof.

    I still love Petra, though. Their musicianship was and is to this day nearly unparalleled.


    Looks like you still are.

  63. es teri

    We will rock you! Always!

  64. James Edgar

    So which Petra is better, the Greg X Volz version or the John Schlitt version? I like them both. I like Greg's singing better, but the later version gave Bob Hartman a bigger stage to display his amazing talent.

    Rick Miller, Jr

    I actually do prefer John's voice, but think that the songs were excellent during the Greg x voltz era also.  Bob hartman did come into his own for certain in the late 80s and early 90s.  Their music softened a bit much I think around the time of Petra Praise 2 (around the year 2000) but their final album Jekyll and Hyde was a welcome curtain call heralding back to the days when Petra was going where no Christian band had gone before.  Many churches thought the work Petra did was evil, so it was new ground they were walking

    George Middleton Jr

    +Rick Miller, Jr yes there is a difference between Petra and other "Christian" rock Groups they honor 3rules in their music 1. They Honor God 2. They Glorify God 3. They Edify God

  65. Jack Sparrow

    this means war

  66. NathanThePanda

    Son of the morning
    Highest of all
    You had so much going
    'Till you took the fall
    Had a place in the glory
    But you wanted it all!!! I LOVE PETRA!!!

    Jeremy Stephenson

    NathanThePanda I love how Petra did this song. Verse 1: Lucifer's fall, verse 2: Satan's defeat at the cross and verse 3: the last days. Very awesome! Can't help wondering if this was part of Stryper's inspiration for "Yahweh" on their "Fallen" album.

  67. NathanThePanda

    I know! Petra rocks, even though they're more of the 80's! P.S. You don't need to tell me Petra rocks!

  68. Vx777infonet

    This song holds up very well, it lacks the modern depth of studio mix now days, but its not the songs fault all the older songs before mod computer edit and mix and buku digital effects. This song would just kick it up by remix and crunching loud riffs. No dis to song I like it.

  69. BillLykken

    I still have this album.

  70. Linda Andrade

    Petra may be an old band but it is not just about the music it is the message in the songs they sing they are good and always will be it is God's message through them

  71. Phillip Jackson

    sweet me to same age not all the same bands and a lot of older bands i still listen to with my dad

  72. Scott's Shots

    330 people disagree with you.

  73. Logalain

    We all need to continue to show faith in god they did i have made deals with the devil before but god will always win

  74. Dtknot spock

    This song is amazing and so true, we should NOT be putting up with the devil, with God on our side we need to be fighting the devil. Ps. Cool neo-classical bits

  75. evilwarlockofchaos

    This music is terrible.

  76. Jennifer Pruitt

    Petra is the greatest rock band ever to EVER walk the earth! First year inductees into the secular Rock and Roll Hall of Fame EASY!!

  77. Alain Legault

    I cut my teeth on Petra. Major impact on my walk with Jesus. God bless them for their faithfulness to the Lord in their obedience to follow the call.

  78. Dave Liebler

    This is the one true version which has so much strngth to it.

  79. TopAmFilms

    I love this song! Petra rocks. Period.

  80. Maya Ligon

    hey! don't forget me! im thirteen and LOVE petra, Rez band, almost all old bands including Sweet Comfort Band and Daniel Band

  81. 13HeatherB

    Us old rockers still love them!!! I saw them in 89 :) AWESOME!!

  82. MrDrums76

    yea!!! the first cassette of petra i ever bought!

  83. Triple MVP legend

    Jesus doesn't push us down to show us, He pulls us up to where He is, so we see thru His perspective. We are all at a different p lace in our maturity in the LORD. I , like our friend here was once focused on giants, fallen angels, and genetic pollution. Now, i realize God has everything under control, His Word will come true! He said, " he who endures till the end shall be saved." The giants were destroyed in the flood, also they were killed by King David, with the mighty men.

  84. Triple MVP legend

    It's true, cause the Word says, God desires for all to repent and come to Salvation. We need to hate sin, but love GOD'S creation (people). Jesus said that Hell was made for the devil with his demons. (fallen angels). Amen!

  85. Matt Simon

    I was replying to roboboy23432's question. If anything, Genesis 6:4 is also relevant to the theme of the song. The reference is another relevant episode of Satan's continuing plan to destroy humanity, and God took care of that genetic corruption in the on-going war....but until Judgement, we all must endure, because, This Means War!! If that doesn't make sense to you, then maybe it is too deep for you.

  86. Sparrow Jack

    good old

  87. Allen Tobin

    Love this song

  88. Matt Simon

    Read Genesis explains why there were Giants (the Nephilim) in the land in those days....they were Supernatural Human Hybrids. This is why God had to destroy most all of life on Earth via the Great clean up all the corruption in the gene pool. It was Satan's plan to corrupt the gene pool so as to try to prevent God from coming in the form of man (Jesus) to be the Savior of all mankind. Look up author/speaker Steve Quayle or the term Nephilim.

  89. ironskilit

    great memories rockin' out with my dad in his truck!

  90. deadmansgulf

    The Day of the Rapture: This Means War!, All the King's Horses and Graverobber will be songs that should be played and what a day that will be.

  91. Hylian Batman

    Wait, when did the angels start having SEX with women?!?


    @Hylian Batman: Genesis 6:1-4:
    1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,
    2 that the sons of God (demons) saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.
    3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."
    4The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

  92. denis gilbert

    And many more of the great masses can't stomach this fucking band. Thumbs up for faith and whatever the hell you need... but this music blows.

    THIS MEANS WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... on shitty music.

  93. Tiger Rogers

    Good idea, but just one problem: what type of film would ever do justice in depicting heaven and Eden? Answer: none

  94. Clnr0n05

    I agree it would be cool, but for one someone would try to corrupt it, second there unfortunately isn't enough of an audience for a movie like that. If the USA didn't try to push away God we'd be good.

  95. Final Paradigm

    @remocleo Yes he is defeated, he is just awaiting his sentence hearing, until then, he will implement the "scorched earth" policy.

  96. remocleo

    Satan is already defeated but not finished but in the end he is going DOWN!!!

  97. cherry bytes

    it shouldn't come to that .. why can't we have peace an tranquility .. normal free to love whoever i chose..