Please don’t think I am excitedly waking up each day expecting to see major new peace developments. But when I do see these, I am encouraged…
I certainly do live in hope that God will bless us with a single moment in time when everything changes. There are two precedents for this to actually happen, so if it did, I’d be the first to say “I TOLD YOU SO”. hehehe.
The first precedent is the very common Old Testament phrase “in that day”. There are 112 instances of that phrase in the KJV and 121 in the ASV. If you click those links you will notice that the phrase always refers to a specific single day. I like the AMP version and it has 100 instances. The first three are before Isaiah.
The next 44 instances of that phrase are in Isaiah alone! And there can be no doubt that they refer to a single day… which would be pretty spectacular don’t you think? Surely the whole world would have to acknowledge that something spectacular had happened and that only Isaiah’s writings from 2500 years ago could explain what had happened.
There are only 2 instances of that phrase in the New Testament. The balance are spread out in the books from the other prophets, and as you may know, many of them have the same or similar wording and are clearly pointing to the same day.
The second precedent is that we have perhaps already had a taste of what that sudden onslaught of peace could be like. This was in 2005…
Former Army Capt. Pete Hegseth… “I was in Baghdad for five days without a shot being fired,” he said in a recent interview with TIME. “There used to be 20 to 25 bodies a night around the Dora market. But now, nothing,” he said. “It was eerie. It was odd.” – Time (and from his own blog)
The same account can be read in Australian Major General Jim Molan’s book “Running the War in Iraq” which also describes the same eerie calm that occured across the country for 3-5 days. Jim was in Iraq during 2004-2005.
(NOTE: The surge and long term dramatic drop in violence occured in 2008)
I think the changes that we are about to experience can best be described by God’s own words through Isaiah…
Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is valued as a forest.
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) will abide in the fruitful field.And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places. – Is 32:15-18
The cause is God pouring out His Holy Spirit across the world. The resulting effect is dramatic peace across the world.
NOTE: I hesitate to note the next two verses. They indicate that at the same time as peace is coming to some people, something else is coming to other – unco-operative? – people.
On a totally different note, wouldn’t this be just AWESOME if this were true?! What happened to global warming?