There has been war throughout human history. Where does war come from? How will they end? Is there hope for world Peace? These are questions in the hearts and minds of people throughout the world. The United Nations was even founded in an effort to maintain and seek world peace. After the Second World War its purpose was stated in its charter: ‘We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind,…’ (http://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/preamble/index.html)
Outside the UN building in New York City there is a wall with a quotation from an ancient prophecy arising out of the land of Israel. Let’s take a closer look at this prophecy:
“In the future the mountain of the Lord’s temple will endure as the most important of mountains, and will be the most prominent of hills. All the nations will stream to it, many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the temple of the God of Jacob, so he can teach us his requirements, and we can follow his standards.’ For Zion will be the center for moral instruction; the Lord will issue edicts from Jerusalem. He will judge disputes between nations; he will settle cases for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.” (Isaiah 2:2-4)
What a wonderful day when mankind no longer resorts to violence and devotes itself to allocate all of those resources to the productive work of feeding the nations! As you can see this peace isn’t established by an international governing body like the UN, but is established by the Lord. Who is this Lord? Isaiah, the Author of the Prophecy, was inspired by who he knew to be as his God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God of the Jewish people!
Another Story from the bible points to the perfect rule of a perfect ruler yet to come. Daniel was a young Jewish man taken captive to live in exile in Babylon. The divinely gifted Daniel was capable of interpreting dreams. The king of Babylon Nebuchadnezar had a mysterious dream about a statue. Let’s take a closer look at the text from the bible in Daniel Chapter 2:
“As for you, O king, while you were in your bed your thoughts turned to future things. The revealer of mysteries has made known to you what will take place. As for me, this mystery was revealed to me not because I possess more wisdom than any other living person, but so that the king may understand the interpretation and comprehend the thoughts of your mind. ‘You, O king, were watching as a great statue – one of impressive size and extraordinary brightness – was standing before you. Its appearance caused alarm. As for that statue, its head was of fine gold, its chest and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs were of bronze. Its legs were of iron; its feet were partly of iron and partly of clay. You were watching as a stone was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its iron and clay feet, breaking them in pieces. Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were broken in pieces without distinction and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors that the wind carries away. Not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a large mountain that filled the entire earth. This was the dream. Now we will set forth before the king its interpretation.
You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has granted you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor. Wherever human beings, wild animals, and birds of the sky live – he has given them into your power. He has given you authority over them all. You are the head of gold. Now after you another kingdom will arise, one inferior to yours. Then a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule in all the earth. Then there will be a fourth kingdom, one strong like iron. Just like iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything, and as iron breaks in pieces all of these metals, so it will break in pieces and crush the others. In that you were seeing feet and toes partly of wet clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom. Some of the strength of iron will be in it, for you saw iron mixed with wet clay. In that the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, the latter stages of this kingdom will be partly strong and partly fragile. And in that you saw iron mixed with wet clay, so people will be mixed with one another without adhering to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. In the days of those kings the God of heaven will raise up an everlasting kingdom that will not be destroyed and a kingdom that will not be left to another people. It will break in pieces and bring about the demise of all these kingdoms. But it will stand forever. You saw that a stone was cut from a mountain, but not by human hands; it smashed the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold into pieces. The great God has made known to the king what will occur in the future. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is reliable.’ ”
Many people view these major kingdoms from the above scheme. After the Roman Empire the ruling class from European families often sought to intermarry to fortify alliances, and even now these nations of the former Roman Empire seek to stick together like wet clay and iron through treaties and organizations like the UN, but remain distinct. But, what does this mean to you? An eternal Kingdom is coming which will shatter all the rest and stand forever! You have a chance to be a part of it. God Himself will rule and reign and bring total peace! Isaiah also foretold that his God would be known as the God of the whole earth!
For your husband is the one who made you – the Lord who commands armies is his name. He is your protector, the Holy One of Israel. He is called “God of the entire earth” (Isaiah 54:5).
How did the God of the Jewish people come to be known as the true God and creator of the whole Earth? Through the coming of His son! Many cultures find the idea that God has a son to be strange, but it was spoken of thousands of years ago:
“Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? – if you know!” (Proverbs 30:4)
God is Love (1 John 4:8) and in demonstration of this love He gave his one and only Son to be a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He never created Hell for human beings, but it was designed for the devil and his angels, but if you do not obey the truth in Jesus through faith, that will be your future destination (Matthew 25:41). God’s angels serve Him but he is looking for more participants in His kingdom. But a perfect peaceful kingdom without war isn’t possible unless you have perfect peaceful subjects. The punishment for the all sin including jealousy and greed, which is the root of war, was taken by the one and only sinless man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who lived a perfectly obedient sinless life in the eyes of His father and took the penalty of death on an ancient instrument of torture, the cross although he didn’t deserve it. This was foretold by the prophet Isaiah as well!
“Who would have believed what we just heard? When was the Lord’s power revealed through him? He sprouted up like a twig before God, like a root out of parched soil; he had no stately form or majesty that might catch our attention, no special appearance that we should want to follow him. He was despised and rejected by people, one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness; people hid their faces from him; he was despised, and we considered him insignificant. But he lifted up our illnesses, he carried our pain; even though we thought he was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well; because of his wounds we have been healed. All of us had wandered off like sheep; each of us had strayed off on his own path, but the Lord caused the sin of all of us to attack him. He was treated harshly and afflicted, but he did not even open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block, like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not even open his mouth. He was led away after an unjust trial – but who even cared? Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded. They intended to bury him with criminals, but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb, because he had committed no violent deeds, nor had he spoken deceitfully. Though the Lord desired to crush him and make him ill, once restitution is made, he will see descendants and enjoy long life, and the Lord’s purpose will be accomplished through him. Having suffered, he will reflect on his work, he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done. My servant will acquit many, for he carried their sins. So I will assign him a portion with the multitudes, he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful, because he willingly submitted to death and was numbered with the rebels, when he lifted up the sin of many and intervened on behalf of the rebels.” (Isaiah 53)
Jesus Christ died. He rose from the dead through the power of the Spirit of God. He ascended into heaven and gave gifts unto his followers. Believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and He will save you from your sins, and usher you in as a subject in His Eternal Kingdom where there are pleasures at his right hand evermore (Psalms 16:11).”
One of the first men to boldly proclaim the resurrection of Jesus wrote the following:
But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation. For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:6-13)
There is a battle to fight before the fullness of His kingdom comes and He promises never to leave you nor forsake you (Matthew 28:20).
Seek God daily, through studying His word and continuing in prayer. He is the bread from Heaven and the word of God to feed your soul so that you may live peaceably with others as far as it depends on you.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever.” – Jesus Christ (John 6:51)
But count the cost, because just as people of the world mistreated the perfect man, all of those who seek to live a life like Jesus will suffer in some form for that commitment. (John 15:20) The good news is, if you place your trust in Jesus, all of the suffering of this life will seem like light thing compared to the wonderful abundance of the eternal Life that God will grant you! Life and that more abundantly!
“Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal” (2 Corinthinas 4:16-17).
Jesus Christ Himself said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
Go read more of the words of Jesus in the new testament! Believe in Jesus!