13th January 2014

One Day It Will Be Redundant! 

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.”
Revelation 21:1 (NRSV)

Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov died on the 23rd December 2013 aged 94. His name is a bye-word all around the planet, especially where there is war and conflict, because as you know he invented the cheapest, most simple, and most reliable rifle in the world—the Kalashnikov! It is commonly known as the AK- 47; “AK” for Automat Kalashnikova, “47” for 1947—the year it was invented by this Russian general. 

Recently I read an article written by a newspaper reporter called Robert Fisk who met him at an arms fair in Abu Dhabi 12 years ago. Apparently he ask him some pointed questions about all the carnage, death and destruction that his weapon had brought about over the years, but of course the replies to his questions sought to justify the rifle and blame the policies of governments worldwide.

But in some ways, this elderly soldier had come to terms with his invention and actually made this statement to the reporter: “You see, all these feelings come about because one side wants to liberate itself with arms. But in my opinion, it is good that prevails. It will be after I am dead, but the time will come when my weapons will be no more used or necessary.” This is quite prophetic because Isaiah tells us about a time when God will rule here on earth—notice what he says; “For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords (Kalashnikovs) into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:3-4 Italics mine). 

He was also asked, “But what about God? What would God say to him when he died?” His reply? “We were educated in such a way that I am probably an atheist, but something exists…”  I think that this elderly gentleman who had given most of his life to war and the manufacture of his famous, or infamous, rifle was pondering the future and perhaps seeing a glimmer of truth, I sincerely hope so. 

Yes, he was right, “Something exists!” And that great Being informs us that sometime in the future whenever he comes to dwell with us mortals—“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4). Or as General Kalashnikov put it, “The time will come when my weapons will be no more used or necessary!”

Father, please speed that wonderful day!

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

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Saturday 10:30am

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