THERE WERE THREE types of arrows used by the military of New Testament times. First, there were plain arrows that were similar to the arrows that one would shoot from a bow today. Next, there were arrows that were dipped into tar, set on fire, and then shot through the air.
Last, there were arrows that contained combustible fluids that burst into flames upon impacts. Fire-bearing arrows were reserved to inflict damage upon a fortified place; an encampment. If an army had fortified its position so that the enemy could not easily break in to destroy it, then the enemy would revert to using the long deadly arrows of fire (Rick Renner, “The Shield of Faith,” Dressed to Kill, 229). As Satan continually bombards Christian soldiers with the flaming missiles of temptation (to immorality, hatred, envy, anger, covetousness, pride, doubt, fear, despair, distrust), we must hold the shield of faith out front so it can completely protect us.
“Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” —Ephesians 6:16