Peace on Earth
The "Lord" returns in the future to "dwell in Zion" again, to "judge the nations," and to establish peace and righteousness in the "latter days". The Dead Sea Scrolls identifies this "Lord" as the Messiah figure of the future.
The intellectual elite of our world appears daily in newspapers and on our televisions. They are the "experts" who write the books about marriage, although they are divorced three times. They tell us how to bring up our children, and yet their own children rebel against them. They know everything about anything, and there is no doubt about it. Ask if they believe in God and somber tones cover the smirk and smile. And yet, the question of God is the essential question of all philosophy, all ideologies, and all human understanding. If this most essential question were on a test, it would count for ninety-nine percent of the grade and the remaining one percent of the test would directly depend on the answer to the first. If you are wrong about God, then you are wrong about very much else as well. Yet the intellectual and political elite are all confirmed in the opinion that "religion is the opiate of the masses." Those who won't say this in public believe it in private, as their very actions and behavior betray them. If our leaders are wrong about the first question, what hope do we have for a peaceful world guided by wisdom. My answer for that is zero. What do you think? Many of us deny or question the existence of the very One who gave us existence.
The father of secularism was the narrow minded and godless attitude of . . . atheistic science. Secularism had its inception as a rising protest against the domination . . . by the institutionalized Christian church. The majority of professed Christians . . . are unwittingly actual secularists. Secularism . . . sells man into slavish bondage to the totalitarian state . . . the tyranny of political and economic slavery. Secularism can never bring peace to mankind. Nothing can take the place of God in human society . . . Secularism simply ignores God. More recently, secularism has assumed a more militant attitude, assuming to take the place of the religion whose totalitarian bondage it one time resisted. But Beware: this godless philosophy will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness, war, and worldwide disaster.
God himself is being quoted here by the prophet. Isaiah presents his inspired collaboration with Melchizedek with a certainty of mind beyond mere human assurance. God is clear: anyone who would, can come. He is a loving father, actively pursuing the embrace of every mortal being in the world. The eternal covenant is open to all who have faith and who would follow God's Ways and Will. Man is not absolved of suffering, but he is lifted up over it, in the "peace that surpasses all understanding." And this is the "kingdom of heaven" that is "within" as spoken of by the Son of Man. What are God's Ways? What would God have us do? Here is God's answer through His inspired prophets. We will first review the Old Covenant with its external commands and then the New Covenant with its internal guidance. Together they are the Way of God.
In some circumstances, even one's own family can stand in the way of our choosing to do God's will. Such difficult and painful choices refine us in the heat of affliction and as always, as we choose, so we become. Ultimately, there is no peace between darkness and light, we must choose one or succumb to the other.
Matthew 10:34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peach on earth; I have
not come to bring peace, but a sword." (Jesus)
"Think not that I have come to bring peace, but rather a soul struggle." (Jesus)
There is no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall wholeheartedly in love with truth. The pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness leads to God. Truth is valuable because it can be acted out, it can be lived. Truth can never be man's Without the exercise of faith. "fail not to discern the words of truth that come not through the traditional oracles of supposed inspiration" (Jesus) "the man was not hungry for truth. He was not dissatisfied with himself. He was not ready to ask for help, and the eyes of his mind were not open to receive light for the soul.You cannot reveal God to those who do not seek for Him." (Jesus) "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free." (Jesus) Truth, if too bright, can blind as well as illuminate, therefore -
1Enoch 1:9 The elect shall possess light, joy, and peace; and they shall
inherit the earth.
America suddenly is the bully of the world, using its military might in an aggressive, self-serving way rather than as a defensive stronghold of peace. We have lost all respect and goodwill in the eyes of the world's nations. They will accept our money, but no longer look up to us as a moral force in the world. And yet America notices nothing, as long as the stock market stays up and the material goods keep flowing. We have ceased to use our minds to think for ourselves, our opinions are those of the last newspaper article we have read. We take our media and information sources at face value, without question. When the "wagging heads" of the experts wag so do ours - glassy-eyed, inured, and asleep. The prophets have said "our people are stupid." We only see what we want to see. Where is the thirst for truth? Prophets pull no punches; they live and die for the truth and only truth. Our own leaders prepare before us the rudiments for the potential destruction of an entire world. What does God say about America's world leadership of the sale and exportation of weapons technology to an entire world? When did it become acceptable to export destruction so that our richest people can become richer? Is it acceptable? What do we do? What do we say? The answer is a resounding nothing. History and God will hold America accountable for the deaths of tens or hundreds of million lives. But as long as we still have our cozy lives and our wants fulfilled - we see nothing. And so, not until our toys and possessions are taken away from us will anybody notice that there are a lot of bully's that have moved onto the block. Then will America cry and then will America open her glazed-over eyes.
Israel and Arab Nations are on a collision course of war. Arab states are uniting and strengthening their ties to Russia and China. The UN is unanimously sympathetic to the Arab Nations, and last but not least, the United States and Britain have for the first time withheld their historic position of support for Israel. And so the biblical scorecard of Israel vs. the World is coming into view just as prophesied. And yet, people say that Barak will bring peace but the prophets say "peace, peace there shall be no peace" (Jer 8:11). Who should we bet on? Barak or the prophets? Both Israel
and the Arab states have proclaimed their absolute rights to Jerusalem and its Temple Mount. The Arab nations openly proclaim that Israel ultimately has no right to exist. Since, we have learned that "the Lord" is preparing to restore to Judah and Israel to what is rightfully theirs, through a covenant with God and Melchizedek 4000 years ago, we can well surmise who the winner of this battle for the land of Canaan shall be.
Natural disasters, wars, famine, droughts, military events, and overpopulation are all becoming progressively worse. Will all of these mounting problems be solved by human beings before they reach a crisis? There really are no solid arguments or facts that support such an optimistic thesis? Are world leaders committed to creating a peaceful, free, and healthy world?
The inherent weakness of secularism is that it discards ethics and religion for politics and power. Secular social and political optimism is an illusion. Without God, neither freedom and liberty, nor property and wealth will lead to peace. You simply cannot establish the brotherhood of men without the Fatherhood of God. A lasting social system without a morality predicated on spiritual realities can no more be maintained than could a solar system without gravity. No matter how hard we hope that our secular systems will "evolve smoothly" into spiritual based systems, it doesn't change the evidence arrayed against that possibility.
11Q13 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who
proclaims peace, who brings good news, who proclaims salvation, who says to
Zion: Your ELOHIM reigns. (Isaiah 52:7)
Deliverance from distress finally comes when the people of God arise, bringing peace and prosperity. God is working through them and in them and His rule shall finally prevail. (Author's comment, Michael Wise)
4Q246 until the people of God arise; then all will have rest from warfare.
DSC Their kingdom will be an eternal kingdom, and all their paths will be
righteous. They will judge the land justly, and all nations will make peace.
Warfare will cease from the land, and all the nations
shall do obeisance to them. The great God will be their help, He Himself
will fight for them, putting peoples into their power, overthrowing them all
before them. God's rule will be an eternal rule and all the depths of [the
earth are His].
1Enoch 1:7 But to them shall he give peace: he shall preserve the elect, and towards them exercise clemency.
1Enoch 6:9 The elect shall possess light, joy, and peace; and they shall inherit the earth. (Mat. 5:5; Ps. 1:1-6).
1Enoch 6:11 Then shall wisdom be given to the elect, all of whom shall live, and not again transgress by impiety or pride; but shall humble themselves, possessing prudence, and shall not repeat transgression.
1Enoch 6:12 They shall not be condemned the whole period of their lives, nor die in torment and indignation; but the sum of the days of their life shall be completed, and they shall grow old in peace; while the years of their happiness shall be multiplied with joy, and with peace for ever, the whole duration of their existence.
1Enoch 45:5 I will also change the face of the earth; will bless it; and cause those whom I have elected to dwell upon it. But those who have committed sin and iniquity shall not tread upon it; for I have seen them. My righteous ones will I satisfy with peace, placing them before me; but the condemnation of sinners shall draw near, that I may destroy them from the face of the earth.
He "changes the face of the earth," possibly through tectonic activity, which begins, upon his Arrival.
1Enoch 56:4 Peace be to the saints with the Lord of the world.
1Enoch 93:5 Walk in the paths of peace, that you may live, and be found worthy. Retain my words in your inmost thoughts, and obliterate them not from your hearts; for I know that sinners counsel men to commit crime craftily. They are not found in every place, nor does every counsel possess
a little of them.
1Enoch 93:6 Woe to those who build up iniquity and oppression, and who lay the foundation of fraud; for suddenly shall they be subverted, and never obtain peace.
1Enoch 100:3 And if he send his wrath upon you, and upon all your deeds, you are not they who can supplicate Him; for you utter against his righteousness great and powerful things. To you there shall be no peace.
1Enoch102:5 But you, ye sinners, are for ever accursed; to you there shall be no peace.
1Enoch 102:7 And when you die, sinners say concerning you: As we die, the righteous die. What profit have they in their works? Behold, like us, they expire in sorrow and in darkness. What advantage have they over us? Hence forward are we equal. What will they obtain, and what behold for ever? For behold they are dead; and never will they henceforward for ever perceive the
light. I say unto you, ye sinners: You have been satiated with meat and drink, with human plunder and rapine, with sin, with the acquisition of wealth and with the sight of good days. Have you not marked the righteous, how their end is in peace? For no oppression is found in them even to the
day of their death. They perish, and are as if they were not, while their souls descend in trouble to the receptacle of the dead.
1Enoch 103:4 Woe to you, sinners, when you die in your sins; and they, who are like you, say respecting you, Blessed are the sinners. They have seen all their days; and now they die in goodness and in wealth. Distress and slaughter they saw not while alive; in honor they die; nor ever in their lifetime did judgment overtake them.
1Enoch 103:6 Woe to you, for to you there shall be no peace.
1Enoch 104:11 And in which they shall rejoice. And all the righteous shall be rewarded, who from these shall acquire the knowledge of every upright path.
1Enoch 104A: 1-2 In those days, he (Enoch) says:
105:1-2 "The Lord will be patient and cause the children of the earth to hear. Reveal it to them with your wisdom, for you are their guides; and you are a reward upon the whole earth. Until I and my Son are united with them in the upright paths in their lifetime, and there shall be peace unto you, rejoice you children of truth. Amen." (Charlesworth,Pseudoepigrapha)
The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. (Abraham Lincoln)
Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world.(the Power Elite)
Eph. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the full armour of God, that ye may withstand the evil day.
Eph. 6:14 Girt your loins about with truth, and have on the breast plate of righteousness.
Eph. 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Eph. 6:16 and above all, take the Shield of Faith.
Eph. 6:17 the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.
The Messiah arrives in a very visible display and quickly puts down the war of the nations against Israel. War is put to an end forever. The world's leadership is replaced and peace reigns for evermore.
Quote "The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand" by Edmund Roache.