When President Obama threatened to strike Syria, many Americans shook their heads in disgust while others trembled with fear that World War III was imminent. Few ever welcome war, but to illegally enter into such a hostile environment, where both sides in this complex civil war view America as their enemy, with no clear objective or hope for resolution at such a great risk of losing sacred human lives seemed absurd. Yet, wars will continue in the Middle East and around the world without any true or lasting peace until the end of days.
Wars have raged throughout human history despite ceaseless clamors from the compassionate or afflicted for peace. Biblical scholars note that war first began when the angel Lucifer, in his lust to possess all power, authority, honor, and glory, waged war against his creator, God Almighty. Banished from heaven, Lucifer continues his war against God by deceiving and enticing mankind to rebel against Him. War and death have persisted from the fall in the Garden of Eden and the murder of Abel to the conflict between Abraham’s sons, Isaac and Ishmael which initiated centuries of conflict in the Middle East.
While the details underlying each war in history may be overly complex and the specific causes disputed, at the heart of every war, from insignificant squabbles between young siblings to mass world wars, is a common problem. Instead of accepting that which is so freely given and which satisfies mankind’s deepest longings forever, people have chosen instead to chase after that which does not satisfy, does not last, and was never theirs to take. Wars are usually initiated by those seeking power, control, land, wealth, influence or some other carnal notion of what may gratify their unquenchable desires. In the case of what may be deemed “just war”, defensive battles are launched by those seeking to free the oppressed or reduce mass suffering. In either case, the core problem is someone taking for himself what belongs to someone else, even basic human rights through dictatorial rule.
Thankfully, there is an antidote to war and a certain promise of everlasting inner peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace, Savior, Redeemer, and Lord. Christ’s promise of peace is not only for the inner soul but also for the physical realm. He will establish one unified kingdom in which peace will reign forever. God’s just kingdom will be preceded by Satan’s wicked imitation through the person of the antichrist, but when the nations are judged and Satan’s work is destroyed, God will set up His long awaited perfect, everlasting kingdom.
And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever. (Daniel 2:44)
Click on the photo link labeled "View 6 Photos" above to view a slide show describing six key reasons why world peace will continue to be elusive until after Christ’s return. Or, click on the links below to view specific reasons directly.
- Mankind is greedy.
- The human heart is filled with selfish pride.
- Mankind is wicked.
- Mankind is easily deceived.
- Mankind is lost.
- The time for world peace has not yet come.
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