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The Warless World

The major reason why the Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah, is that to them He did not fulfill the prophecies in Isaiah 11:6-9 and 2:4. –

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
And the nursing child shall play on the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the viper’s' den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. – Isaiah 11:6-9

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and 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 any more. – Isaiah 2:4

It is obvious that while Jesus does give believers spiritual peace, the physical aspects of the prophecies have not as yet been fulfilled. Does this negate Jesus as being the Messiah? It does not, as we shall see.

The scriptures reveal the time frame in which the prophecies of a warless world will be fulfilled. This time frame shows us that the warless world will commence after the judgment when Jesus returns. This becomes very clear to the teachable mind when we correlate Daniel 9:26 and the remaining chapters of his prophecy with Zechariah 14.

In Daniel 9:26, we are shown that an Anointed One (messiah in Hebrew) is killed and Jerusalem is subsequently destroyed. –

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and to the end of the war desolations are determined. – Daniel 9:26

Jesus was killed before Jerusalem was destroyed forty years after His death in 70AD. Then Daniel proceeds to give an accurate record of historical events, including the coming antichrist (Daniel 11:36-45), who is foreshadowed by the evil Antiochus Epiphanes (Daniel 11: 21-32). The turmoil that is caused by the antichrist, which includes another attack on Jerusalem, (Daniel 11:41,45, Zechariah 14:1,2) cumulates into the last judgment in Daniel 12. Therefore according to Daniel’s prophecy, there is no warless world, or benevolent messiah appearing in the world after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD to the last judgment.

In Zechariah 14 we see the LORD returning and bringing the order that has been prophesied by Isaiah. Jesus prophesied of His second coming in Matthew 24, which correlates to Zechariah 14. He also said that it would be after the attack on Jerusalem, which is also prophesied in Daniel 11:41, and which is referred to as great tribulation by Jesus in Matthew 24:21.

After Daniel received his prophecies he was told by an angel that, “…the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” – Daniel 12:9 Daniel was referred to as “greatly beloved” (Daniel 10:11,19) by God. We travel forward into time when Jesus walked the earth with His disciples. One in particular is singled out, like Daniel, as being loved by the Lord (John 13:23, 19:26). Many years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Apostle John received the visions contained in the book of his prophecies called Revelation. It is here in Revelation’s chapter five we are shown in verse one, a book that is sealed and is opened by Jesus in chapters six and eight and Daniel’s legacy being continued through the eyes of his future counterpart, the Apostle John. Like Daniel, he stood on the sea and witnessed a beast rise out of the water (Rev. 13); an image that Daniel also foresaw (Daniel 7:7). This last one world empire would bring evil to its fullness upon the earth, and trigger the Lord’s return to destroy it. Thus the prophecy in Isaiah 11:4 will be fulfilled. –

But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. – Isaiah 11:4

As we have been shown by God’s word, the scriptures confirm that Jesus fulfilled the prophecy in Daniel 9:26; the Anointed One, the Messiah, that is killed before the destruction of the city. And the remainder of Daniel’s prophecy confirms the fact that there would be no benevolent messiah or a warless world until after the judgment. Therefore the fact that Jesus did not bring in a warless world in His lifetime does not refute His being the Messiah, it actually confirms it.

As Jesus said to all of us, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear” – Matthew 11:15. Those who can hear will understand that Jesus is the Messiah, and rejoice in the prophetic accuracy of God’s holy word.

Copyright 2023 by H.D. Shively

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