JACKSBORO, Texas, July 15, 2012 — “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more”
Ever since Isaiah penned these words millennia ago, millions have waited for that day, but it isn’t here yet. Christians believe that the day will come, and keep looking forward to it.
What will those who seek power, and who seek to rule over their people do in that day? Will they willingly bend their wills to the creator, and accept Him as Lord in that day?
The world has never experienced such a time of peace, and for many, peace on earth is a hard concept to believe.
There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hear of war and rumors of war, and murders in our own streets, and dictators from around the world going to war against their own people just for the pleasure of having power over them. They believe in their own might: “They are God”
Even in our own nation we have elected officials whom we have given authority, with the understanding that they make laws and judge in fairness. But what do they do? They take this authority and use it to serve their own interests. They pass laws that drive the nation into a debt that can never be paid. They pass laws that seem designed to separate the people and cause division. They seek to make our Supreme Court bow to their ideologies, to scrap the spirit of our Constitution and re-write its precepts.
To such a government, morality is just an expression of “government knows best.” They believe the Ten Commandments are a thing of the past, and shouldn’t be displayed in any public area.
We live in a day when people take to the streets in protest when they have a grievance with authority. They cause havoc, and seek to destroy the lives and lively-hoods of those who want to live in peace and make a living for their families.
Nations are in the process of building more terrible weapons that are only designed to kill and to destroy. What will they do when the Lord sets his foot on the earth and says, ”No more wars?” Will this come as a blessing to the powers that be, or will they consider it a curse?
According to Holy Scripture, they will go into the mountains to hide in fear.
It would be foolish to believe that all men will welcome that day, but those who seek peace for all mankind will be looking for the “great day of the Lord.” And they will see it and rejoice. Those who seek dominion will suddenly realize they have no kingdom or authority.
As we look at the world’s condition today, we wonder, how can this time foretold by Isaiah ever be? How can there be a world without any wars, where all men, women and children live in harmony with one another, and the beasts of the field roam their domain without fear, and the enemy who has caused people to hate and to fear is destroyed? The world will be at peace.
One only has to look at the existence of world and accept the fact that there is a Creator. And at the time he says, “Peace to all men,” the people will turn their swords into plowshares and learn war no more.
But until that time, nation will rise up against nation, men will rise up and seek power and rule over the weak and cause division. Those who look for that “great day of the Lord” will seek peace in every way they can, and respect the commandments of the Lord in their daily lives, and continue to promote strong families and live moral lives.
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