Nahum 1:15 MSG
15 Look! Striding across the mountains— a messenger bringing the latest good news: peace! A holiday, Judah! Celebrate! Worship and recommit to God! No more worries about this enemy. This one is history. Close the books.
Over the holidays I tried to think of a message that was appropriate but yet, not the common one that all people hear constantly.
I am a creature of habit for I listen to the news local, national, and worldwide to see if there is something happening that can be brought to light by the sharing of prophetic Scripture.
Take the headlines concerning the capital of Israel. Yes, the Christian world recognizes that the Scriptures declare that Jerusalem is the capital, but in light of prophetic Scripture it does not become that until Christ returns to earth and sets up His earthly kingdom.
As I have written in past articles the conflict between the nations of Jewish and Palestinian people started back with Ishamel and Isaac and will continue until the Lord places His foot on the mount of Olives.
The word ‘peace’ brings to mind so many things, tranquility, rest, calmness, and so much more. It also to the Christian should bring about a sense of urgency.
The Apostle Paul warns us:
1 Thessalonians 5: KJV
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
I am now fifty-six years old and for as long as I can remember there have been countless tries of conferances and talks to bring peace to the middle east. All ending in complete and utter failure.
The true conflict that way I understand it from a Biblical perspective is a conflict about birthrights, not a land conflict, nor a spiritual one, yet religion is part of the problem.
Again, I speak of Ishamel and Isaac both sons of Abraham, both the fathers of great nations as God told Abraham.
Ishamel and his descendants go on to become the nations of the Arab people.
Isaac and his descendants go on to become what we now call the Jewish people.
Both nations claim the rights to the Mount.
The Jewish nation because of the first temple and also the place if I am correct where Abraham place Isaac on the altar.
The Arab nation claim the Mount because as it is told is the place where the prophet Mohammed ascended.
Christians also claim the Mount because of the place where Christ ascended with His angels after His resurrection.
To my best understanding those are some of the underpinning arguments concerning the situation in the middle east.
No one government, as even as pure intentions will be able to unravel all of these cords for truly lasting peace.
Yet, Bible prophecy tells us that there will come a man who will make a peace treaty with Israel for seven years and break the treaty in the middle of it. That man is known to Bible prophecy lovers as the anti-christ.
Yes, the Jewish people have been looking for a Messiah that would come and overthrow Israel’s enemys and restore the glory to the kingdom of Israel.
He did arrive on the scene, not as a mighty soldier and king leading His people to war, but, as a lamb, that one day would be led to the slaughter, to be crucified on a cross made from an old dogwood tree.
Yes, He is coming back again, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. with ten thousands of His angels and the saints by His side and will set up His kingdom in Jerusalem.
But, until then, the world still cries for, “peace”.
Revelation 22:20-21 KJV
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.