I am often asked, in regard to prophecy, if we can change or reshape it, or by some act of our collective wills. alter it. I believe that while we have free will the short answer to that question is no, we can’t. It’s set in stone, because the most High God is viewing what will happen from eternity’s perspective where time, as we know it, does not exist. We are told that there will be a war in the Middle East, at the end of days. We are also warned that the Antichrist will assemble the Kings of the earth in a place called Armageddon. At this time the world is holding its collective breath as the Middle East arms itself for war. Ever since Cain killed Abel, and Abel’s blood cried out from the ground, war and killing and the carnage that goes with it, has been a dark hallmark of the human race. We see glitzy ads on the Television, that glamorize war. There are catchy sayings like, Be all that you can be, that lure the young and innocent. Then there are madmen like Hitler who had to be stopped. All of this raises the question, is there such a thing as a just war? In my opinion WWII was a just war. We have set aside a day, Memorial day to remember those who gave their lives on the beaches of France, Okinawa, and Dunkirk. We remember those who whose lives were ended in Korea and Viet Nam. We salute those who never returned from Iraq or Afghanistan. It would seem that ours is a broken world. A brutal world. A savage world. Yet, there is a promise that I hold dearly too and it is this.
Isa 2:4 He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
This prophecy has not happened yet and it points toward a day when the Messiah shall reign in Jerusalem. It is going to happen, when the King returns. He will stop the bloodshed, the killing, the heartbreak and finality of death. Nations will no longer seek to destroy each other. When the King returns, this prophecy will be fulfilled! This, as believer, is what we look forward to. It is our blessed hope. It is what all creation groans in longing for. It is hallmark of His kingdom, and when it comes, men will beat their swords into plowshares. How wonderful a promise. There is nothing like it written anywhere else on this planet. Make no mistake, it is His physical presence on the earth that will accomplish this. The enemy of our souls will be cast into the Abyss and for a thousand years there will be peace as the world has never known it. In the meantime we take the time to remember those who have fallen, who will never see the light of the sun again, whose memory never lessens as the years pass. We remember, and wait for day when He will bind up the broken-hearted and war will be no more….
L. A. Marzulli