26th November 2018

Remembrance Sunday—A Postscript

“Therefore love the truth and peace.”
Zechariah 8:19 (NKJV)

Recently, many people in many nations remembered the end of WW1 with its ghastly carnage, millions of fatalities and consequential widowhood, maimings, PTSD, orphans and heavy reparations. Vast quantities of unexploded munitions still lie under the battlefields posing a lethal hazard 100+ years later. Sadly, “the war to end all wars” did not! WW2 was even more extensive and culminated with the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan, yet wars continue in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq-Iran, India-Pakistan, and many other countries. More deaths and misery as this non-exhaustive list of conflicts has left yet more minefields and deadly ordnance waiting to kill and maim the unwary on land and sea.

A question that has troubled many is why would a loving God permit wars with participants on all sides praying to Him for deliverance and victory? The Bible provides some valuable insights. In Jeremiah 25:29-31 the Lord God of Israel promised to send the sword through all nations to punish the wicked. God in righteousness sometimes punishes via the sword. Not surprisingly, when the Lord God of Israel became flesh and tabernacled among us, He said in Matthew 24:6-7 that before the end there would be wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. Isaiah 59:8 tells us that man does not know the way of peace and we see this also in the New Testament, where Romans 3:17-18 says they do not fear God or know the way of peace. James 4 tells us that wars come from lust and that we should submit to God and draw near so that he will draw near to you; to humble yourself and He will lift you up (verses 1-2, 7-10). Mankind will even make war against God, only to be defeated by God the Omnipotent (Revelation 16:12-14 & 19:19).

Now for the good news: Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, our peace, will return in power and glory (Matthew 25:31), establishing the Kingdom of God in its fullness. He will make war to cease globally as prophesied in Psalm 46:8-10, and prevent a deceived humanity from Satan-inspired suicide. He will guide our feet into the way of peace, and in His kingdom military training will cease and weapons be changed into agricultural tools as portrayed in Micah 4:1-4. God’s ways will be taught, the sword of the Spirit will penetrate hearts, and restore mankind to the image of Christ who is God and God’s Son! “Of the increase of His kingdom and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7).

Prayer
Abba, when comes the promised time that war shall be no more, and lust, oppression, war and crime will flee before Your face? As Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” and in His name we pray.
Amen

Study by John Armstrong

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About the Author:
John Armstrong is on the Pastoral Council of the Exeter Congregation of the Worldwide church of God, UK.

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Worldwide Church of God Exeter
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EXETER
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Meeting Time:
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Local Congregational Contact:
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Phone: 01392-421066
Email: johnarmstrong318@btinternet.com

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