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Beating Swords Into Plowshares

04 Apr

Sword and PlowshareAll futurists predict violence in the Second Coming of Christ, which (according to them) has yet to occur. Dispensationalists tell us, for example, in the Battle of Armageddon Jesus will destroy about 200 million soldiers. Others conclude that all of the enemies of Christ will be destroyed, until the only survivors are believers. Therefore, if Christ came today, considering the number of believers v/s unbelievers, I wonder how many billions of people would be wiped out, for no other reason than their leaders led them astray. I once read and later reread Paul Copan’s book: Is God a Moral Monster. Nothing that is recorded in that book, which the new atheists have said to accuse the God of the Old Testament of evil, even comes close to killing billions of people for no other reason than doubt or uncertainty.

Yet, when we look for scriptural support for such a violent doctrine, we come up empty, because, just after the Genesis Flood, God said he would never again curse the earth and destroy all life upon it. In fact, God covenanted with Noah concerning this thing, even when he knew the hearts of men are bent toward evil always (Genesis 8:20-22). Therefore, God gave Noah a sign to build his hope upon, and for the generations after him, and he set the rainbow in the sky as a testimony of this covenant. I can almost hear the Philadelphia lawyers among the futurists: “But, God said he would never again destroy the earth by a flood, he never mentioned fire.” True, God never mentioned fire. However, to make a covenant like this with Noah in order to give him hope, strikes of insincerity, if God intended to afterward destroy the earth by fire. Where is there evidence of such a thing in scripture? The whole argument impugns God’s honesty and truthfulness.

Notice what the word of God tells us through Isaiah:

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 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 2:2-4; emphasis mine)

We are told this prophecy was for the last days (i.e. the last days of Israel). At that time the House of the Lord (i.e. the Temple of the Lord) would be established. This is speaking of the spiritual House of God that resides in spiritual Jerusalem and, of which Jesus is the chief cornerstone. At this time, the nations would want to gather themselves to this spiritual House (the Church, believers in Christ) and want to know how to serve the God of Jacob. This is due to the Gospel that was preached, part of which included the vindication of the righteous through the destruction of their persecutors, namely Jerusalem and the Temple.

This is why the nations suddenly want to find out more about the God of Jacob. It is because Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed, just as believers said (cf. Matthew 26:64), even though they suffered persecution, due to their preaching such a thing. Notice what is happening here. The nations heard the Gospel and wanted to know more. The Kingdom of God was being spread without the use of swords or spears.

In the past the kingdoms of this world were enlarged through war, taking another’s land by force, through bloodshed. This would not be so in the case of the Kingdom of God. God’s Kingdom is spread over the earth without bloodshed. Paul mentioned that our implements of warfare are not carnal, i.e. not of this world:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2Corinthians 10:3-5)

Believers in Christ spread the Kingdom of God not through means of warfare, but by pulling down strongholds in the minds of men that exalts itself above the knowledge of God. Our implements of warfare are the words of God, which when planted in the hearts of men bring them into obedience to Christ.

 

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Posted by on April 4, 2018 in AD 70 Eschatology

 

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2 responses to “Beating Swords Into Plowshares

  1. john

    April 7, 2018 at 09:37

    Dear Brother Smood,…have you ever commented on Evangelical Christian Zionists?… who seemingly promote the expansion of Israel today using American tax dollars for the sending of planes, bombs, tanks and munitions. Respectfully, Johnny Alyusius, Glandorf OH

     
    • Eddie

      April 8, 2018 at 05:46

      Greetings John and thank you for reading my studies and for your question.

      To be honest, I never heard of that group / denomination until you mentioned it above. However, as a rule if I disagree with the statements or activities of a group, I don’t mention them by name. I may argue against their goals, but I don’t get into identifying anyone. The exception to this rule is atheists. If I quote an atheist to take issue with his criticism, I must identify him by name. Otherwise, it appears like I’m setting up a straw man’s argument.

      If the group identifies itself as Christian, and supports war of any kind, it is not doing the works of Jesus, but, as I said above, I cannot know that for certain, because I don’t know who they are. Never heard of them.

      Lord bless you, John, and thanks again for reading my studies.

       

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