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Danger! Peace and Unity ahead!

In a world threatened by war and division, who can ignore the cries for Peace and Unity. But pursing these concepts without God in the equation could prove to be highly dangerous.



Flaming FlagIN A WORLD of conflict and division, two of the most powerful attention-grabbing words are ‘peace’ and ‘unity’. But while they represent great ideals, they are amongst the most dangerous words on our planet today. And it is been no different across the span of time. Throughout history there have been those who were very willing to tell the people what they wanted to hear. The false prophets of Jeremiah’s and Ezekiel’s day proclaimed: ‘Peace, peace’ when there was no peace. And they papered over the cracks to preserve a false sense of security and harmony.

There are conflicts all over – Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan; the list goes on and on. Now North Korea is sabre-rattling in the nuclear arena whilst Iran convulses yet again. But while tens of thousands are maimed and killed in these countries and others, a recent EU poll puts the blame elsewhere. The view is that little Israel – geographically the size of Wales with a population equal to that of Greater London – currently represents the greatest threat to world peace.

Gordon Brown and Ban Ki-MoonSo world leaders – actual and aspiring – beat a path to the Middle East: the Pope, the UN, the EU, American presidents, Russia, Tony Blair, the Quartet, Uncle Tom Cobley and all. They are looking to make their respective marks on world history, and the recipe is utterly predictable.

Create a Palestinian state they say; and in so doing appease the Islamic world, defuse Huntingdon’s ‘Clash of Civilizations’ between East and West and drain the swamp of international terrorism. Peace – it is affirmed – will then automatically follow. Unfortunately God’s script says otherwise. And it is a supreme and self-delusional folly to focus merely on the bits of the Bible we like.

Beating Swords into Ploughshares

 

Spears into ploughsharesThe garden in the United Nations’ New York headquarters contains several sculptures and statues; one is called ‘Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares’. It is based on a verse from the prophets and reads: ‘And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.’

For anyone promising to deliver these things, the rewards would be great indeed – centre-stage in world affairs, international backing and huge resources put at their disposal. The prize for delivering peace would, in terms of kudos and status not least, be enormous.

But it is here that so many completely miss the point about lasting harmony. While the EU study was right in highlighting Israel, the survey was right for the wrong reasons. According to the Bible the Jerusalem will – in spite of the diplomats’ best efforts – be the epicentre of a climactic end-time conflict , and only beyond that will become the springboard to an ultimate and eternal peace. But the real reason is that ultimately it is not about Israelis and Palestinians. In fact it’s not even about the conflict between Islam and Christianity, or the clash of east and west; it is about the God’s great enemy knowing that his nemesis is drawing ever nearer and Jerusalem – where God has ‘caused His name to dwell.’

True peace comes at a price

 

So the purpose of God is not – in the first instance – to bring peace and unity to the world in its present condition. God will work out the ‘macro’ through the ‘micro’. God’s plan is to reconcile sinners – individually and personally – to Himself. And in this there is division. Jesus himself said that he came not to bring ‘peace but a sword’. His appearing was to separate light from darkness, truth from deception, wheat from chaff , sheep from goats , even one family member from another. Does this sound harsh? Don’t blame me; take it up with God. But even ‘Bible-believing’ Christians can become caught up in attempts to manufacture peace and unity. However, it is not for the Christian community to endear itself to the media, opinion-formers and policy-makers that Jesus called His disciples. In fact the Messiah that John the Baptist proclaimed was utterly devoid of political correctness. He wore a hair shirt not a smart suit : he didn’t offer a new policy directive but called sinners to repentance and faith in Christ. And Jesus didn’t appease or win over the political and religious rulers of his day: in fact they crucified him.
 

True unity is unique


Meanwhile, in terms of ‘unity’, there was only one form of unity which Jesus endorsed and prayed for – that is unity in the Spirit of God within the community of believers in Jesus Christ. Not for the Saviour of the world was it, or is it, the ‘all paths lead to God’ of contemporary ecumenism and multi-faith dialogue. Jesus may have been a carpenter but he was not into religious joinery. How much ‘unity’ amongst the multitude of the world’s faiths did Jesus encourage in claiming ‘no one comes to the Father but by me?’ And, whilst it is not designed or inclined to create peace and unity the message has not changed. It’s still the same. It remains God’s Plan A and he has no Plan B.
Yet as the time of Jesus’ return draws ever nearer there are several spurious end-time scenarios circulating within the Christian church. And the notion that the church will be an all-conquering spiritual force to which the world and its leaders will happily defer is creating a false security and a distorted worldview amongst believers . The heresy – because that is what it is – is creating profound and deleterious distortions regarding latter-day expectations within the body of Christ.
 

Complacency amongst Chaos

 

What the Bible actually teaches is that things will get much worse before they become better : however they will become infinitely better after they have become worse . We are warned of an exponential increase in the frequency and scale of conflict, famine and disease, and – paradoxically and alongside – sadly an ignorance and indifference, which says that everything is going on just as it ever was, and ever will; eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.
The Beatles captured it in song: ‘Desmond takes a trolley to the jewellers store, buys a twenty carat golden ring, takes it back to Molly waiting at the door, and as he gives it to her she begins to sing: “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da, life goes on, yeah - La La how the life goes on”.’ There will be an astounding complacency amidst global calamity. Accordingly we need to understand the signs of the times and discern the times of the signs. We need to be as the ‘sons of Issacher who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.’
 

Keep a watch

 

A modern parable speaks of a small boy living at home with his parents. His name was Jamie. His father was a businessman, who travelled extensively in his work.

One day the father had to leave on a long business trip and leave his wife and young son at home.
 
‘When will you be back Daddy’ the boy asked?’ The dad was to be away for over a month and wondered how to explain in terms the youngster would understand. But glancing out of the window, he saw a solution. Taking the boy in his arms, he went into the front garden.
‘See that tree ... it has many green leaves. After some days you will see the leaves become yellow; then you will see some leaves fall to the ground. When you see the yellow leaves drop, you will know that I am coming very soon.’ And with that the father left on his journey.

Every day Jamie ran out to see the tree in the front garden. After a couple of weeks he saw that some leaves had become tinged with yellow. In days following more leaves changed colour. One day the youngster ran out to the garden and discovered a leaf on the ground. He was so excited he grabbed the leaf and ran inside. ‘Mummy, Mummy! Look, leaf fallen down. Daddy coming home soon’.
The next day more leaves had fallen, and Jamie grew even more excited: ‘My Daddy’s coming!’ And sure enough, his father returned that very same day. Jamie could see the evidence pointing to his father’s imminent return because he had been told what he should look for.


And while God alone knows the exact date of Jesus’ return; through the Son he has given us much that would describe the season: we see it all around us.

Danger ahead: blind summit in the road to peace!

 

Blind SummitBut regarding peace and unity there is a great peril ahead. The word of God teaches that there will be ‘double-dip’ – a highly dangerous ‘blind summit/hidden hollow’ in the peace roadmap which hides a calamity. Following a marked deterioration in the world situation the Bible does indeed predict a peace, but it will be a false and short-lived peace. And in a subsequent resurgence of indescribable evil many will pay the ultimate price for their faith. It will be then, and only then, that the Lord will return.

So the UN and world leaders need to ‘back up’ for a sentence or two in Isaiah’s prophesy. The context of swords being beaten into ploughshares is the preceding verses which the international community chooses to ignore: ‘In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples.’
 
It is only on the Lord’s return and after the best (and worst) efforts of man have failed utterly that true peace and harmony will prevail. It is then and only then that ‘they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.’

So in terms of delivering the peace process there is only one safe pair of hands; and these hands bear the only scars to be found in heaven – these are the wounds won on Calvary’s cruel cross by the Saviour of the world. Jesus is the only and the true Prince of Peace.



The above article first appeared in Sword magazine and is published with permission.


Sword Magazine, 26/09/2009

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Rosemary Cameron 03/10/2009 23:05
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (Rev 22:20)
Editor 05/10/2009 08:48
Netanyahu: UN is destroying the peace process

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday told his cabinet that the UN stood poised to destroy the foundations of the Middle East peace process by denying Israel its right to self-defense.

Netanyahu was speaking just hours before the UN Human Rights Council was to vote on whether or not to endorse and forward to the General Assembly the Goldstone Commission report, which accused Israel of committing blatant war crimes in its recent invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Nearly all of the conclusions reached by the Goldstone Commission were based on unconfirmed claims by Palestinians and the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip.

Endorsing and forwarding the Goldstone Commission report to the General Assembly would "strike a fatal blow to the peace process... Because Israel will no longer be able to take additional steps and take risks for peace if its right to self-defense is denied," said Netanyahu.

Extract of report in Israel Today
Pastor Joh. W. Matutis (Guest) 06/10/2009 11:42
That gave me the Spirit of the Lord,
and I heard these words spoken aloud to me ...
===================================

And this is it what He told me: “Like America has defended, loved and promoted the state of Israel and has supported the Jews – just like that will that nation hate, condemn and curse that state and the Jews, worse than it has been since in history.

Lo and behold this is what the Lord says: “My people and My children must be hated by all peoples. All of them must turn their faces from them.
I will make them do that because I am a jealous God and I am zealous about my people and want to fight for My Israel and My children and want to be their Lord and God.

Don’t be amazed about the worldwide hatred and dislike against My Israel, against the Jews and the Christians alike. This is condoned and allowed by Me, says the Lord. All atheists will huddle against the faithful and will hatch a plot against them. They will do whatever they can, to force My children to their knees. But all these efforts will be futile, they will only achieve that the chaff will separate from the corn, the truthful from the false and will achieve My works of cleansing and healing.

My true people and children will not bend their knees on such pressure, and that will infuriate the peoples of the world even more. They will behave like savages inebriated, not shying away from doing the most abominable.
Unholiness galore will reign amongst them.

However You Israel and My children (flock of faithful) don’t be afraid of any of these things. You will not perish, they will not be able to ruin or even annihilate you. On the contrary, it will only make you noble, make you holy and will purify you. It will make you shine anew and put you under the Lord’s radiant glory. You will be rescued and help will come to you in a supernatural way for My people and My children. It will be totally different than you have ever imagined and dreamed about it. I have already prepared your rescue mission. My heavenly “armada” has already been launched.

Take note, I will not let it happen that My land (Israel) and My footstool
(Jerusalem) will surrender under the atheistic peoples of this world, the Lord says. Neither will these nations have sovereignty nor will they have any power in My land. I will neither succumb to these nation nor will they tell Me how to part it. I have given this land to Abraham and his descendants and they will keep it for eternity, says the Lord.

My people, don’t be fainthearted or desperate when the course of events suddenly turns dismal and you are wedged from all sides, when you do not see a way out or even a solution. I have never forsaken My children, never have I left them alone in dire straits. I love them, and I have thwarted any plots against them and have rescued them always at the very last possible instant with My mighty arm. Once upon a time I parted the Red Sea, led them through the desert and provided for them in miraculous ways.

I will do anything for Israel and My children. I will fulfil My covenant and my obligations with them. I will keep My word. Don’t faint and become desperate My people. You are positioned at a turning point in your history.

All of whom you thought will help you will end up having to endure misery themselves and will become desperate not knowing what to do next.
At the very moment when they are about to hit you I will slam the stick out of their hands and turn it against them.

At the very moment when you feel that everybody in the whole wide world has charged against, abandoned and hated you, I will personally come down from heaven taking command and shake the earth. Woe to the big nations of the world they will have to endure catastrophes to a magnitude never having seen or experienced before in history and the peoples that are charging against and are hating My people I will personally reckon with them.

I will withdraw my protecting hand from all atheists and will leave them alone in their fate. Pandemics will ravage their countries by devastating and devoiding their lands. The very foundations of the earth will be shattered. However, You My children don’t be afraid. I will protect you with my coat and will sustain you.

My Angels have launched and are backed by armies of heavenly hosts to protect and save you. I know My own. I know your weaknesses, too, I know your heart and your genuine demands.
My mercy and lovingkindness is with you. Out of my true love and mercy I will help My Israel and my parish. And I will not let it happen that the just will be buried with the unjust. Lo and behold, I will span my protecting arm around my children and my Israel, says the Lord. The scattering of My people will soon end. (Refer also to Revelation 12.1-17).

Please pass this message on to other children of God and encourage them to trust in God.

Pray for Israel, the Jews and the faithful (Christians) that you know.
The people of God will be going in to the “underground” and will be rescued by God miraculously. And then one will ask, where do all these come from?
And then one will say: “These are the ones who came out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God and their names will be written on their foreheads.” (Revelation 7.14-15). There will be no more night for them and they will neither need a lamp nor the sun. Lo and behold, the Lord God will be shining upon them, and they will reign forever and ever (Revelation 22.4,5).

Look forward to that.

Pastor Joh.W.Matutis

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